The iPad Air remains the best overall tablet for most people, and its gorgeous screen and advanced processor make it a joy to use. You can also get most accessories for the iPad Air 4 and iPad Pro, though some cases and keyboards are for the iPad Pro only. Whether you’re looking for a case, charger, keyboard, or anything else, we’ve found the best iPad accessories to fit any budget.
|1||SPARIN 3-Pack Screen Protector for iPad Air 5 / Air 4 10.9 Inch||9.8||Check Price|
|2||BERSEM [2 PACK] Paperfeel Screen Protector||9.7||Check Price|
|3||SPARIN 3 Pack Screen Protector||9.5||Check Price|
|4||Logitech Folio Touch iPad Keyboard Case with Trackpad and Smart Connector||9.3||Check Price|
|5||Keyboard Case for iPad Air 5th Generation||9.2||Check Price|
The Process We Used to Evaluate
To test the iPad keyboards, we used them to write this guide—a total of about 5,000 words. We noted how easy it was to type on each one and how accurately they recognized our fingers pecking at the letters on the keys.
We also used the accessories with an iPad Air 2 connected to a keyboard via Bluetooth over a distance of about 10 feet from the tablet to check for any connection issues or lag when typing.
Finally, we checked out these accessories in a few other ways: We tried attaching some of them to an iPad case, and we looked at other design elements like battery life and durability.
For the speaker cases, we used each speaker’s controls (if they were included) as well as its app interface while using it with an iPad Air 2 connected via Bluetooth over a distance of around 10 feet away.
SPARIN 3-Pack Screen Protector for iPad Air 5 / Air 4 10.9 Inch
The Sparin Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPad Air 5th 4th Generation has the best cutouts of the screen protectors we tested, and it’s also the least expensive one we found. Its screen protector’s glass is really sturdy and has a nice, smooth feel to it, and it’s thin enough to barely affect the touchscreen’s sensitivity.
This screen protector’s package includes a wet wipe and a dust-removal sticker, and it has a two-year warranty. The only downsides are that it doesn’t come with a replacement kit if you mess up the installation and it doesn’t offer the same level of protection as some of the thicker screen protectors we’ve tried.
BERSEM [2 PACK] Paperfeel Screen Protector
The BERSEM Paperfeel series screen protectors are made of a layer of PET film that’s as thin as a sheet of paper.
The company’s proprietary installation method allows you to apply the screen protector smoothly and accurately on your iPad Pro 11 inch.
The screen protector features a paperlike texture that’s great for drawing and writing on with a pen, pencil, or stylus.
It’s coated with an anti-glare layer to prevent rainbowlike distracting refractions of the screen when you’re using it outdoors.
The Paperfeel screen protector maintains the responsiveness of the iPad Pro’s touchscreen, unlike plastic screen protectors or the glass ones, which can make the screen feel somewhat unresponsive.
SPARIN 3 Pack Screen Protector
Our favorite screen protector for the iPad Air 4/5 (and iPad Pro 11 inch) is the Sparin Tempered Glass Screen Protector. This screen protector is bubble free, easy to align, and has an air-exhaust adhesive that helps it smoothly attach to your screen.
The 9H hardness material on this screen protector helps prevent scratches to the screen during daily-wear-and-tear, accidental drops, and some scuffs and scratches.
It’s also flawlessly compatible with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. Our testers found that the precision and responsiveness were on par with the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio.
This protector is thinner than most, measuring 0.26mm, and is still able to maintain screen touch features. It does have some optical distortion, but we found that it didn’t affect the viewing quality too much.
Logitech Folio Touch iPad Keyboard Case with Trackpad and Smart Connector
The Logitech Folio Touch Keyboard Case is the best option for people who need a trackpad and keyboard but don’t want to spend a lot of money. The keys on this case are well-spaced, the trackpad is accurate and reliable, and the backlighting can be adjusted to three different brightness levels.
The Folio Touch offers a laptoplike typing experience, and the large, well-spaced keys are easy to see and use. But the keyboard doesn’t include any shortcut keys, which means you have to use the trackpad to access iPad functionality.
The case can be folded into four different viewing and typing modes: keyboard-only, keyboard and trackpad, trackpad-only, and folded closed. The backlit trackpad is also a great feature for anyone who uses a tablet for sketching and drawing.
The Folio Touch pairs with your iPad via Bluetooth, and it also uses the iPad’s built-in smart connector to power itself, so you never have to charge it. The case has a magnetized latch that securely closes the folio when you fold it in laptop mode and keeps it closed even when you carry it around in backpack or purse pockets.
Keyboard Case for iPad Air 5th Generation
If you have an iPad Air 5th generation 2022 or an iPad Air 4th generation 2020 and you want to share the screen with someone else, we recommend the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio.
It’s compact, sturdy, and easy to use, and it pairs via Bluetooth so you don’t have to worry about cleaning and replacing the built-in battery. Its keys are fully backlit, and we found it to be more comfortable to type on than other slim keyboards we’ve tested.
The downside is that it works only with the iPad Air 5th generation 2022 and iPad Air 4th generation 2020 and doesn’t fold completely flat, so if you want to use it with a different device or prop up the tablet at a different angle, you’ll have to find another solution.
If you want a keyboard case that’s more versatile and can also accommodate an iPad Pro 11-inch (2018 model) or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018 model), we recommend the Brydge 12.3. It’s a bit bulkier than the Apple keyboard folio, but it’s much more versatile and offers more ways to prop up your device at different angles.
In our testing, the keys on the Brydge were more comfortable to type on than the keys on the Apple model. It’s also backlit, and its Bluetooth connection is easier to pair with various devices.
However, this keyboard is much more expensive than the Apple model, and the keys have a different layout. If you prefer that layout, you may like this keyboard better, but we think most people will find the keys on the Apple keyboard to be more comfortable.
If you want the most compact and portable keyboard case option, the Zagg Slimfolio is a great choice. It’s lighter and smaller than the other picks we’ve tested, and it offers the same typing experience; its keys are just more cramped. It’s also cheaper than most of the other options we tested, and it offers a two-year warranty.
Consider These Factors to Ensure Your Pick Checks All the Boxes
I’ve tested a lot of accessories over the years, and I’ve found that a great case or keyboard should have the following features:
A great iPad case protects your tablet when it falls out of your hands in the middle of typing a paragraph, when you drop it on the sidewalk while running to catch a train, or when you accidentally knock it off your coffee table.
To provide all-around protection, some cases have an outer shell that wraps around the back edge of the tablet and also covers part of each side. Some models have a built-in screen protector.
Easy To Use
A great iPad case should be easy to put on and take off. It shouldn’t require you to read an instruction manual every time you want to switch between using your tablet without its case and with its case.
You shouldn’t have trouble plugging cables into any ports—including speakers—with the case on.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What accessories do I need for iPad?
You need an iPad, a Lightning to USB Cable, and an AC adapter.
2. What case do I need for iPad?
The iPad case you need will depend on the type of iPad you have. If you have an iPad Mini, you will need a different case than if you have an iPad Air.
3. How do I protect my iPad?
There are a few things you can do to protect your iPad from scratches and other damage. You can use a case or sleeve to protect the device, and you can also apply a screen protector to the screen to help keep it from getting scratched or damaged.
4. What do I get for someone who has everything?
A gift that is unique and special, something that they will appreciate and never forget.
5. Do iPad screens scratch easily?
Some people say that iPad screens scratch easily, but others say that this is not the case. If you are concerned about your screen scratching, you can purchase a screen protector to help protect it.