The best iPad mini keyboards in February 2024

Product shots of the best iPad Mini keyboards
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 Most modern iPads are equipped with laptop-like capabilities, and with the best iPad Mini keyboards, you'll be able to transform your iPad Mini into an incredibly portable and compact workstation. Some of the best keyboards are entirely separate from your iPad, whilst others can double as a handy cover to protect your tablet. 

Many of us have iPad keyboards here at Creative Bloq to allow us to work and research on the go, and with a vast collection of reviews and articles, we have done the work to provide you with the best iPad Mini keyboards to fit your needs.

From mechanical to membrane keyboards, Bluetooth to USB-C, we've gathered them all to help you make an informed choice. You might not have an iPad yet, or maybe it's time for an upgrade; if so, check out our guide to the differences between iPad generations. If you know you want an iPad mini specifically, we're continuously updating our guide to the best iPad Mini prices, as well as the best Apple Pencil deals if you're an artist. 

The best iPad mini keyboards right now

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For details on the mini, why not check out our guide to the iPad vs iPad Mini. We also have a review of the iPad Mini 6th gen.

What is the benefit of having a keyboard for my iPad?

The best iPad keyboards can help you to type faster than using an on-screen keyboard, can be more efficient, allows you to utilise space better, and offers you the flexibility to convert your iPad into the ultimate workspace, resembling a laptop-style setup, if you also pair your new keyboard with one of the best mouse's for iPad. 

Can I use any keyboard with my iPad?

Yes and no. If you're using an external bluetooth keyboard then as long as your iPad Mini is equipped with Bluetooth then it should be absolutely fine, but if you're using a keyboard case then you'll need to make sure that you purchase the right one for your exact iPad Mini model/size. 

To get even more complicated, there are some keyboards out there that use a dongle rather than Bluetooth to connect to your device, and most of the time these will be USB only. In this case, you would need to purchase an extra adapter (from USB-type C or Apple lightning to USB for example) so you can slot the dongle into one of the ports on your iPad Mini. 

Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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