5 best iPad mini keyboards

5 best iPad mini keyboards

Summary: You wouldn't think the small size of the iPad mini would lend itself well to supporting a keyboard but accessory makers have produced models that work well. These are the best of the lot.

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TOPICS: Mobility, iPad, Tablets
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  • 5 best keyboards for the iPad mini

    The small size of the iPad mini isn't particularly suited for use with keyboards, especially those that form cases for the tablet. The width of the tablet means keyboards must be quite undersized, resulting in such narrow keyboards that good typists should be frustrated.

    Several accessory makers have come up with unique designs that provide surprisingly good experiences for touch typists. These use nearly full-sized keys on small keyboards that fit the iPad mini nicely.

    This collection of 5 keyboard cases for the iPad mini are the best choices available at the time of this writing. The writer has used all but one of them to type tens of thousands of words without problems. The last keyboard in this selection has not been used personally but was recommended by numerous readers and thus is included here.

  • ZAGGkeys Cover

    There are two styles of keyboard covers for the iPad mini, the cover and the portfolio. The cover is a simple keyboard that clips onto the iPad mini to form a cover for the display in transport. The portfolio style is a simple folio case that has a keyboard on one side and the iPad mini on the other.

    Due to its design, the cover style of keyboard is thinner and often lighter than its folio siblings. The ZAGGkeys Cover from ZAGG is such a keyboard model, with a sleek charcoal metal bottom that matches the iPad mini exactly.

    The iPad mini is inserted in a slot above the keyboard and is held in place by magnets. The unique hinge of the ZAGGkeys Cover is what sets it apart from other keyboards as it can be adjusted to a good range of viewing angles. The iPad mini can be removed easily for use without the keyboard, another plus.

    The keyboard is surprisingly good for touch typists despite the small size. Commonly used keys are almost as big as those on full keyboards, with lesser used keys smaller to fit everything on the little unit.

    This keyboard is physically bigger than all other models in this collection with the exception of the ZAGGkeys Folio which follows.

    At the time of this writing this is my favorite keyboard for the iPad mini.

    Unique features:

    • Adjustable viewing angle due to special hinge
    • Easy to remove iPad mini for use without keyboard
    • Large keys
    • Lasts months on a charge

    ZAGGkeys Folio -- $99.99 from ZAGG (also available in retail outlets)

    See the full review by James Kendrick on ZDNet

  • ZAGGkeys Cover

    No wasted space on the small keyboard. Fast touch typing is possible, this writer has written thousands of words on this model.

Topics: Mobility, iPad, Tablets

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  • This was very difficult to follow

    the only keyboard I could clearly see identified was the Zagg Keys Folio... am I missing something?
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • So Which Is Best?

    I'm leaning towards the ZAGG Folio but want to know if that is the best of the bunch.
    Guardsix6
  • Absurd!!

    If I'm going to have a keyboard with my Ipad....(gen1)..... and I own several, I want one I can type on, not some silly tiny thing where my fingers need to be scrunched up to the point that It's impossible to touch type at any decent speed if at all. The whole idea is to facilitate data entry isn't it? I get frustrated even with the keyboard on my 17" laptop. Perhaps I'm in the minority......but when my fingers hit the keyboard they want to fly along at 70+ wpm, not hunt and peck, or squeeze, crowd, and scrunch. The only keyboard I use anymore when I use a keyboard for my Ipad is the Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard 6000. The Ipad get's propped up in it's case, and the keyboard goes in my lap or on a convenient surface. It isn't elegant & uselessly compact. It's bulky, and usually sits in my briefcase if I'm traveling with the Ipad, but it works and works well for me. At $50 (approx), it's an excellent value. Smaller than full size, but large enough to be useable.
    **owly**
    • Blackberry

      LOL - Sounds like using my hated Blackberry Curve :-)
      neil.postlethwaite
  • Another useless post on zdnet

    What is the point? You didn't review any of them. Why are they the 'best'? Do you have any real input or is this more garbage you guys can write off as 'not news we are only opinion-based'.

    Yet flipping through pictures to read the story is ignorant and this entire article was a waste of time.
    Kevin Hatfield
  • Flexible keyboards

    If it isn't made yet: wouldn't it be the BEST idea of an external keyboard to make a flexible keyboard with a plug to connect to an iPad?
    Those flexible keyboards that you roll /wind to keep in a drawer...

    I think there won't be a better physical keyboard...

    Juan P.
    http://www.misrecomendaciones.com.ar (spanish recommendations for travel and tourism)
    sysgod@...
  • There are other tablets out there

    Since not all tablets are Ipad minis you might have mentioned, for example, the Galaxy Note 8.0. I bought a Zagg Folio for mine and it's the perfect keyboard experience - when you need it. When you don't need it you don´t use it and/or detach it. It's very compact and it looks like an integrated unit, so your tablet won't fall out of the slot that seems to be characteristic of cheaper versions.
    Robvdvelden
  • Ipad mini keyboard and civer

    What is the cost for the iPad mini keyboard and cover
    valdie
  • ?

    Where's the reviews? All I see a photos of the keyboards?
    ricksquires