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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  • ZAGGkeys Folio

    The keyboard in this case is virtually identical to that of the previous model in this collection. There is no wasted space and fast touch typing is possible.

  • ZAGGkeys Folio

    The side view shows how little bulk this case adds to the iPad mini for transport. It completely protects all sides of the expensive iPad mini.

  • Logitech Keyboard Folio Mini

    Logitech has produced a real winner in this folio case. It has a denim material on the outside making for secure handling of the case. It is extremely light making it easy to transport, while completely protecting the iPad mini.

    This case lacks a hinge that supports various viewing angles for typing, but the one angle is comfortable. The iPad mini connects to the keyboard via magnets.

    Logitech has incorporated a design that has large keys for the alphabet keys and smaller ones for lesser-used letters and symbols. It is possible to type accurately with speed.

    The iPad mini can be folded down over the keyboard for easy use as a tablet.

    Unique features:

    • Magnets secure the iPad mini for typing
    • Large keys
    • iPad mini can be easily used as a tablet while in the case

    Logitech Keyboard Folio -- $89.99 from Logitech

    See the full review by James Kendrick of ZDNet

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