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Now that the new one The 2021 iPad Pro with M1 drive (5th generation) is official. We know it is just like its predecessor in terms of design. This means that it works with iPad Pro keyboard cases that are already available. So let’s take a look at the best options for you to choose from!
If you want to follow Apple’s vision of the M1 iPad Pro as a computer replacement, getting a keyboard case is an absolute must. Below are the best iPad Pro 2021 compatible keyboard cases out there right now.
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Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
Apple’s Magic Keyboard is not only compatible with the new M1 iPad Pro, it is also the focus of its marketing materials. This is clearly the keyboard case Apple wants for the best iPad Pro experience. The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro shines with its cool design, the adjustable viewing angles, the additional USB Type-C port and, above all, the fact that it is backlit keyboard with trackpad.
The most notable downside, aside from the price, is that this keyboard case is quite heavy. If you prefer a thin and lightweight keyboard case instead, you might be better off with the next one on this list.
Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro
This keyboard case is so thin and light that people can easily believe that it is just a case and nothing more. But it actually has a nice, if not backlit, or very tactile keyboard. And it’s actually not as super light as it might seem, at around 297 grams (0.65 pounds), but it’s still the lightest out there.
The Smart Keyboard Folio in particular doesn’t have a trackpad, but to be honest, the iPad doesn’t really make good use of mice or trackpads, so it’s not as lossy as the lack of backlighting. On the other hand, this keyboard case can serve as a stand for your iPad Pro and offers two viewing angles. In addition, the keyboard half can be turned on the back of the iPad like a normal case, which conveniently deactivates the keys.
Personally, I got used to the tiny key movement of the Smart Keyboard Folio pretty quickly and find it comfortable to type on, but one major gripe is how quickly it can get dirty, no matter how protective you are. The outer rubbery material easily collects all dirt from any surface you place it on.
Logitech Combo Touch keyboard case with trackpad for iPad Pro
In contrast to Apple’s iPad keyboard cases, this one from the renowned Logitech brand has a robust outer material. The keyboard part is removable so that it can only be used as a protective cover with a stand if necessary.
The Logitech Combo Touch has function keys, a backlight and trackpad, plus a cutout for an optional Apple Pencil 2. It’s definitely a good case if you prioritize adjustable viewing angles and toughness over brightness. In fact, at 574 grams, it is not the lightest keyboard case.
Do I need an iPad keyboard?
This is a great question to ask yourself before making a large amount of money, especially on a first-party keyboard. Many iPad apps and games do not use attached keyboards. So, if you want to play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas or navigate VLC with a keyboard, you will be disappointed. You can’t even use the arrow keys to navigate the home screen. This is not a deal breaker, but good to know to set your expectations. The iPad keyboard is best used in writing-oriented apps or anywhere that there is a text field.
Either way, it is definitely worth having a keyboard case if you send or write a lot of messages. iPad keyboards are great for browsing the web, writing social media messages, taking notes, or even essays. Plus, keyboard cases are twice the size of regular cases and stands that most of us need anyway.