For times when the onscreen keyboard on your iPad 4 just isn’t cutting it, it’s good to have a keyboard handy for those serious typing sessions. An external keyboard offers lots of tactile advantages that real keyboards provide without sacrificing the convenience of using an iPad. Many external keyboards come with covers and connect to the iPad via Bluetooth, allowing you to protect your gadget while offering easy typing. And they’re portable, making them super convenient when you’re away from your laptop and need to get some work done at your favorite cafe. We’ve rounded up a few keyboard options that are compatible with your iPad 4 so that you can type away with ease.
7. Touchfire Keyboard iPad
The Touchfire Keyboard and Case ($69.99) for iPad is a clean, silicone overlay keyboard that adds little nibs to each virtual key’s top, making it a bit more tactile for touch-typists. The 3D keys provide just the right amount of resistance for fast and comfortable touch-typing without the need of a physical keyboard. And it stores in the cover magnetically when you’re not using it.
6. Airbender Keyboard Case
If you want an affordable case and cover for your iPad, then the Airbender Keyboard Case ($36.95) is right up your alley. Just under $40, the Bluetooth case features a hard, thermoplastic shell that wraps snugly around your iPad 4 and comes with a snappy keyboard that will convert your iPad into a fully functional tablet PC.
5. Brydge+ iPad Cover
The Brydge+ with Speakers ($149.99) iPad cover is a full-sized anodized aluminum keyboard with built-in Bluetooth speakers. It also has a fully functioning QWERTY keyboard that’s paired with an industry-first stereo speaker and provides users with the look and feel of a laptop using their iPad.
4. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
Is it a cover or a keyboard? Actually, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99.99) is both, protecting your fourth generation iPad with a super thin screen cover that doubles as a wireless keyboard thanks to Bluetooth. When it’s time to write an email or do some work on the go, you’ll enjoy the smooth and quiet typing on the wireless keyboard that also features shortcut keys for commands like copy, past and more.
3. ClamCase Pro
Turn your iPad 4 into a laptop with the ClamCase Pro ($169)! The case encloses your iPad in an aluminum and plastic case that actually looks and functions like a laptop that you might forget you’re working on an iPad. It offers a keyboard just as you’d see on a laptop, allowing you to type with ease and familiarity while using your iPad.
2. Belkin Keyboard Folio Case
With the Belkin Keyboard Folio Case ($64.21), you get a keyboard when you want and need it or you can move it out of the way when you don’t. The keyboard will help you type faster and with less errors than on a touchscreen thanks to its spring mechanism underneath each key ensures a tactile response with every stroke. It comes in black or red and feature multi-angle viewing functionality so that you can find the angle just right for you with the adjustable stand that customizes to your personal viewing preference.
1. ZAGGKeys ProFolio+ Keyboard Case
The ultra-thin backlit keyboard case from Zagg ($129.99) is only .81 inches then when close, wile it’s backlit keys light up any situation in seven interchangeable colors. The island-style keys are engineered for maximum space and will provides users with fast, accurate typing.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.