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7 Best iPad Air Keyboards
The vibrant accessory ecosystem for the iPad means a large number of keyboard accessories guarantee lots of choices for iPad Air owners. Adding the right keyboard to the iPad Air can open it up to a wide range of work functions, especially with the arrival of Office for iPad.
The keys to building a good keyboard for the iPad are:
Good viewing angle for the iPad when propped in the keyboard
All the keyboards in this collection connect to the iPad Air over Bluetooth, and are rechargeable via an included USB-microUSB cable. Run-time is typically several months on a single charge, and all of the keyboards go into standby mode after several minutes of inactivity.
Most of the cases come in one of two forms: a simple cover that attaches to the iPad Air and has a keyboard on one side, and a folio style. The folios are typically a little heavier than the cover style cases, and offer protection for the iPad Air front and back, while the covers only protect the screen when closed.
We've used dozens of keyboards since the original iPad was introduced. This experience gives us a rounded view of which keyboards make the grade and which fail.
The keyboard/cases in this collection are the best we've tried so far for the iPad Air. Each keyboard is shown in three poses to give a good idea of what buyers can expect. Links to the full reviews on ZDNet are provided where available.
The pricing provided for each case is the MSRP at time of publication. Most of these accessories can be purchased cheaper online and in some big box retail stores.
Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover
The Anker is not the best keyboard in this collection but it is by far the best value. It has a unique stand to prop up the iPad Air when the tablet is inserted in the slot above the keyboard.
Typing on the Anker is a solid experience, although the keys are a little cramped. The row of iPad control keys now common on keyboard accessories is missing. These controls are instead accessed by hitting the Fn key in combination with one of the number keys.
What makes the Anker worthy of the best list is the value. The cover is almost as good as some of the pricier big-name models, yet can currently be purchased from Amazon for $30.
Anker TC930 Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air specs:
- Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches
- Weight: 11.6 ounces
The Anker keyboard can be purchased at the time of publication for $29.99 from Amazon.