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Keyboards coming for the iPad Air 2 (Six clicks)

Keyboard makers are busy updating their products to fit the iPad Air 2. Here are some keyboards tested extensively with the iPad Air that should be good options for iPad Air 2 owners.

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The iPad Air 2 is physically similar to the previous model. It is slightly thinner, so keyboard makers are scrambling to make their top keyboard cases fit the new iPad Air 2. The keyboards in this collection should be available in the coming weeks to fit the iPad Air 2.

ClamCase Pro

The ClamCase Pro is different from most keyboard cases for the iPad. It looks and operates like a mini-laptop, but still lets you use the iPad Air 2 as a tablet.

It has a flexible hinge that rotates a full 360 degrees, which means it can be used with a laptop with variable viewing angles as well as in tablet mode with the iPad Air 2 pushed under the keyboard. 

The ClamCase Pro for the iPad Air 2 should be much like that for the iPad Air. The two iPad models are very similar with the exception of the latest iPad being slightly thinner than the iPad Air.

The ClamCase Pro for the iPad Air 2 should be available soon. The company isn't sharing the price of the new model, but it will likely be in the range of the $169 of the ClamCase Pro for the iPad Air.

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Logitech Type+

When ZDNet reviewed this keyboard for the iPad Air, it caught our fancy. The keyboard that is slightly wider than most has good key spacing and the layout is just like those on laptops.

The thin portfolio case should be slightly thinner when the iPad Air 2 model is available. The material on the case provides a secure grip for the expensive tablet and is also spill-resistant.

The Logitech Type+ keyboard case will be available for the iPad Air 2 short for a MSRP of $99.99.

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Logitech Ultrathin

The Ultrathin by Logitech was one of the first keyboards for the iPad, and it's still around due to the utility. It has continued to evolve, getting thinner and lighter with each subsequent model for the ever-slimming iPad.

This is a simple cover that protects the iPad Air 2 screen during transport, and detaches for use as a keyboard. It features smart cover technology that turns the iPad Air on and off when removed and attached via magnetic hinge for putting away.

The Logitech Ultrathin for the iPad Air 2 will soon be available for $89.99.

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Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro

One of the thinnest full cases for the iPad Air, the Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro should be even thinner for the iPad Air 2. The case provides full protection for the iPad Air 2 and adds a good keyboard to the package.

The innovative design of the Ultimate Pro allows for the removal of the keyboard from the portfolio. This lets you leave the keyboard at home when it's not needed, and to also use the iPad Air 2 in portrait orientation while in the case. That's not possible with most other keyboard cases for the iPad.

The Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro will be available for $149.99.

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Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 with Powerlift

When this case was released for the iPad Air, it was the first to allow charging a smartphone using the keyboard. That will still be the case with the iPad Air 2 model due shortly.

The KeyFolio Thin X3 combines a protective case, good keyboard, and the ability to plug a smartphone into the keyboard when the phone battery gets low (Powerlift). The big battery of the keyboard can charge a typical smartphone several times and keep on going.

The KeyFolio Thin X3 with Powerlift will be available soon for $99.99.

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ZAGG Folio

Long-time accessory maker ZAGG hasn't officially announced a version of this great keyboard case for the iPad Air 2, but a birdie tells us they are indeed working on one. The portfolio case is highly protective of the iPad Air, and should be equally so for the new model.

Unlike most other keyboards, the ZAGG Folio uses a hinge so multiple viewing angles are possible when using the keyboard. The keys are bigger than usual which facilitates fast touch-typing.

The ZAGG Folio should be available soon for the iPad Air 2. Pricing is not available at the time of publication.

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