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.