Your iPad Air 3 needs a case ... a keyboard case

The iPad Air 3 (2019) packs in pro-level performance for a mid-level price. It's perfect for those who want a powerful iPad to be productive, but don't want to pay the outrageous iPad Pro prices. But to become truly productive with your iPad Air 3, you're going to want a keyboard case to go with it. Here are some great options that we've managed to find that are designed with the iPad Air 3 in mind!

Make use of the Smart Connector

Apple Smart Keyboard

Staff Favorite

Since the iPad Air 3 now has a Smart Connector, you should take advantage of it and use something like the Apple Smart Keyboard. It's a lightweight cover that will protect your iPad Air from everyday scuffs and scratches, and it's insanely portable. When you need to type, just reveal the Smart Keyboard and start typing. It seamlessly connects to the Smart Connector for power and data transfer, and the keyboard itself is made from silicone with a fabric covering over the keys, so it should be a bit resistant to accidental spills if they occur.

$143 at Amazon

Like a Pro

Brydge 10.5 Series II

Brydge is another favorite of ours, as they make excellent, high-quality keyboard cases that turn your iPad into a laptop. The Brydge 10.5 Series II is a rugged case that will protect your iPad Air 3 from everyday bumps and nicks, while also providing you with a built-in backlit wireless keyboard. That's right! You can type away on your iPad in the dark with this case. The battery life on this case is also outstanding, as it'll last around 12 months per charge. No need to worry about a low battery, but it would be good to top it off every now and then! It also comes in several color options to suit whatever mood you're in.

$130 at Brydge

Simplicity at its finest

MoKo Keyboard Case with Pencil Slot

This keyboard case from MoKo is simple yet elegant. The exterior is made from a PU leather material that will provide ample protection for your tablet. The hardshell case that the iPad Air snaps into has openings to access all buttons and ports while it's inside the case. The Bluetooth keyboard itself is detachable, so you have freedom when typing. There is also a slot for your Apple Pencil, and it has a magnetic closure.

From $33 at Amazon

Variety is key

Fintie Keyboard Case with Built-In Apple Pencil Holder

Fintie's keyboard case has a ton of different color choices available, from professional neutrals to unique patterns and designs that make you stand out from the crowd. The case itself is made from PU leather on the outside and an anti-slip rubber-lined material on the interior shell, so your iPad Air 3 is safe and secure. The keyboard is detachable, and you can use the grooves in the cover as a stand to give you the perfect viewing angle. There's also a built-in Apple Pencil holder, so you're never without your writing or drawing tool.

$33 at Amazon

Go slim

Luibor Keyboard Case

These simple keyboard cases are made from leather on the exterior, and microfiber lining on the interior of the shell to keep your iPad safe and sound from everyday wear and tear. The case doubles as a protective carrying case and a stand. The keyboard provides a laptop-like typing experience and is not made from silicone, like many others. The case gives full access to all buttons and ports.

From $38 at Amazon

Splash of color

Earto 7-Color Rotating Backlit Keyboard Case

$54 at Amazon

This keyboard case from Earto is a great option for those who want to add some color to their iPad productivity. This keyboard can cycle through seven different backlight colors for the keyboard, so it sets itself apart from the rest. It also fully protects your iPad Air from everyday wear and tear thanks to the folio design, and it has full 360 degree rotation and 180 degree flip, allowing you to work from any angle.

If we're making suggestions

Out of the available options, we prefer the Apple Smart Keyboard Cover. The iPad Air finally has the Smart Connector port, so why not use it? Plus the Smart Keyboard is super portable and convenient, and it's made from a comfortable material that is fun and comfortable to type on.

If you want a bit more variety out of your purchase, you should go with the Finite Keyboard Case. It comes with a build-in Apple Pencil Holder and it has anti-slip, rubber-lined material to keep it safe and secure. Plus, it comes in so many different color and pattern options, you can pick the one that suits you best.

For those who want to turn their iPad Air into a pseudo-MacBook, then you should definitely look into the Brydge Keyboard cases. These will perfectly match the color of your iPad, and the keyboard itself is completely backlit, so you can type in complete darkness if you so choose. It will also last about 12 months on a single charge, giving you plenty of typing time without having to worry.

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