Top keyboard/cases for the iPad 3 (gallery) Summer 2012 edition

Top keyboard/cases for the iPad 3 (gallery) Summer 2012 edition

Summary: We tested many keyboard/ case combos for the iPad and present this selection of the best.

TOPICS: iPad, Hardware, Mobility

The unveiling of the Surface Tablets by Microsoft with the clip-on keyboards has opened many eyes to the utility of a thin tablet paired with a keyboard cover. Owners of the iPad can benefit from similar functionality with third party keyboard cases that are currently available.

Not everyone needs a keyboard for their new iPad, but those who do need look no further. This selection of top keyboard/cases is the result of hands-on use of quite a few, resulting in these best of class. All of the cases have keyboards that can handle anything from light typing to banging out the next great novel.

Best keyboard/case combos for the new iPad 3

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All of the keyboards use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to the iPad. They range from super-thin and light models to full leather portfolios for the iPad. If you are thinking a keyboard might be useful, take a look at these and you should be able to make up your mind. Each keyboard is shown in a variety of views to clearly demonstrate what you get with each.

This gallery has been updated with keyboards released since original publication a few months ago. You will find the hot Ultrathin Keyboard Cover and the Solar Keyboard Folio from Logitech now in the coverage.

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Topics: iPad, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Thin but useless

    What I don't understand is why Microsoft was so proud when they introduced the two thin but useless (floppy) keyboard covers for the Surface. Not only do the keys have no travel or tactile feedback, but they are floppy and cannot be used on anything but a flat, solid surface (how often do you have a flat, solid surface in front of you when you want to use a tablet?).

    Microsoft has seen the huge variety of thin but solid keyboards for the iPad. All of which have real keys that you can type on.

    Yet, Microsoft has chosen to produce flexible keyboards without keys. If they were just trying to be "different", they should realize that "different" does not always mean "better". Sometimes "different" can mean "worse".
    Harvey Lubin
    • Actually one does have tactile feedback

      The Type Cover shown by MSFT does have real keys with a minimum amount of travel. The Touch Cover relies on touch to generate keystrokes, and without feedback.
    • And you, of course, have tried the keyboard?

  • Keyboards

    I have an iPad 1 and the Zagg keyboard/case combo. A bit bulky, but very useful. Love the iPad for browsing and web-based business solutions. The keyboard helps a lot.
  • Got you beat

    "James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long."

    I have an original IBM "luggable" at 44 pounds. Fired it up last year. A couple of seconds to the DOS prompt and it's still running fine....
    • 1

      I have original Commodore 3016-series (PET) what boots in instantly (if monitor is just warmed :D)
  • Nononono

    The name isn't "iPad 3" or "new Ipad". It is just "iPad".

    Just like Apple has "iPod", "iPod Touch", "Macbook Pro" and "Macbook Air".

    The only difference now and in future, is that at the behind the device is small print what tells what _generation_ device it is. So the latest iPad is "third generation" while iPad presented in next year is "fourth generation". Like iPod is presented. The first and current iPod are both "iPods", other just "first generation" and other "fifth generation" (or what the version number is now).