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7 iPad Air Keyboards to Boost Your Productivity

7 iPad Air Keyboards to Boost Your Productivity
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is just one of many keyboard options coming soon for iPad Air. / Credit: Logitech

To make the most of Apple’s new iPad Air, business users will need a keyboard.

A rumored keyboard “smart cover” from Apple failed to materialize when Apple announced the fifth-generation iPad last week, but there are still plenty of options for users hoping to turn the tablet — which is set to launch Nov. 1 — into a productivity machine.

Here’s a look at seven Bluetooth-enabled iPad Air keyboard options that are coming soon.

Belkin announced a lineup that includes three separate keyboard cases for the iPad Air, each featuring a built-in kickstand.

  • The QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case ($130) boasts a silver or black aluminum unibody design and has an impressive 264 hours of battery life on a single charge.
  • The QODE Thin Type Keyboard Case ($100) features a similar aluminum unibody and runs for about 79 hours of battery life per charge.
  • A cheaper option, the plastic QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case ($80) lasts 60 hours per charge.

Logitech’s new lineup of iPad Air keyboards includes three units.

  • The FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($150) lasts for 60 hours and features a water-resistant cover and capacitive touch keys, similar to the Touch Keyboard for Microsoft’s Surface tablets.
  • The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio ($100) also has a 60-hour battery life and features full tablet coverage and a more traditional keyboard with pressable keys.
  • The Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($100) is similar to the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio, but features an aluminum body that only covers the front of the iPad Air.

Finally, Zagg announced one iPad Air keyboard.

  • The ZaggKeys Folio ($100) lasts for 60 hours per charge, covers your entire iPad Air and features a full keyboard with backlit keys.
Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.