The best iPad mini keyboards in 2023

Product shots of the best iPad Mini keyboards
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Using the best iPad Mini keyboards will transform your tiny tablet into a compact yet powerful machine on par with a laptop. The iPad Mini is an incredibly popular choice amongst Apple enthusiasts thanks to its Apple Pencil support, comfortably sized 8.3-inch display and powerful A15 chip. Whilst the small size is a great option for those working on the go, typing on that small screen can get old quickly so the best iPad Mini keyboard is a great way to ease the strain of a small workspace. 

Understandably, a few of these keyboard options will be bigger than the tablet itself so there is the possibility of sacrificing easy portability if you opt for a larger keyboard. We've included plenty of options including varying connections, mechanical and membrane keyboards and varying sizes. We'll make sure to specify each of these details in our listings to help you easily compare them. 

If you have yet to own an iPad, we have a handy guide breaking down the differences between iPad generations. Furthermore, we have a guide to the best iPad Mini prices on the market right now. And if you're an artist on the lookout for the popular Apple Pencil, check out the best deals on the stylus right now.

The best iPad mini keyboards right now

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Product shot of Apple Magic Keyboard

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01. Apple Magic Keyboard

The best iPad mini keyboard overall

Specifications

Keyboard format : International, plus 16 national formats
Size : 0.41–1.09 x 27.89 x 11.49 cm
Weight: 239 g
Multi-device : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great build quality
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Flawless performance
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Top compatibility

Reasons to avoid

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Premium price

If you're in a hurry and need to know what the best iPad mini keyboard is, that's easy: it's Apple's own Magic Keyboard. Obviously you have to pay a premium for it, but if you're serious about having a proper keyboard for your iPad mini, rather than something to tap out the occasional email with, it's definitely worth the expense.

It's compact but comfortable to use, and it'll pair instantly with any iPad running iPadOS, so if you have anything from an iPad mini 4 onwards you'll be good to go, and if you have a Mac or iPhone you can use it with them too. The Magic Keyboard has an incredible battery life and should go for a month or so on a single charge, and there's even a set of function keys for controlling all that useful stuff like brightness. volume and so on.

Product shot of Omoton Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

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02. Omoton Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

The best budget iPad mini keyboard option

Specifications

Keyboard format : International, plus 16 iPad hotkeys
Size : 28.5 x 12 x 0.6 cm
Weight: 282 g
Multi-device : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Looks good
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Performs well

Reasons to avoid

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Definite budget feel
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Needs AA batteries

Keen on the look of the Magic Keyboard but can't justify the expense? Omoton's ultra-slim Bluetooth people might fool people from a distance, and it comes in at a fraction of the Magic Keyboard's price. Obviously you get what you pay for; this is a plastic keyboard, not brushed aluminium, but despite its bargain bin price there are some great features to be had here, including a set of multimedia function keys like you get with the Magic Keyboard, and a decent battery life that should see it run for months off a pair of AAs.

Product shot of Logitech MX Keys Mini

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03. Logitech MX Keys Mini

The best iPad mini 6 keyboard

Specifications

Keyboard format : International, plus 9 national formats
Size : 29.59 x 13.19 x 2.09 cm
Weight: 506 g
Multi-device : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Solid build
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Dedicated emoji key

Reasons to avoid

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Another expensive option

Perfect for the iPad mini 6 (not to mention plenty of other iPad models), Logitech's MX Keys Mini is a feature-packed minimalist keyboard that comes in at about the same price as the Apple Magic Keyboard, while boasting some impressive features, such as smart illumination that turns on the keyboard's backlighting when your fingers approach and turns it off again when you've finished typing.

One little touch that you may or may not appreciate is a dedicated emoji key, and there's a whole set of multimedia shortcut keys included too. Battery life's great, too; while it'll go for 10 days on full charge with the lighting on, if you switch it off you'll get up to five months.

A product shot of the Arteck iPad Mini keyboard

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04. Arteck iPad Mini 6 Keyboard case

Another great budget iPad mini keyboard that doubles as a case

Specifications

Keyboard format : International
Size : ‎24.51 x 15.6 x 2.39 cm
Weight: 522 g
Multi-device : No

Reasons to buy

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Hinged stand
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Decent performance
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Low price point

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly cramped
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Battery life is lacking

Another great choice for the iPad Mini 6th gen, this cheap and cheerful model from Arteck doubles as a case and features a rotating swivel hinge. The hinge means that you can angle your iPad however you want for comfortable viewing (up to 130 degrees), and the keyboard itself feels good to type on, especially considering the low price.

Once more it's a little on the small side for extended comfort, and while the battery life isn't the best (up to 50 hours on one charge), it'll take a full charge in about an hour so that's not too much of a problem.

Product shot of IKOS Foldable Wireless Keyboard

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05. IKOS Foldable Wireless Keyboard

The best foldable iPad mini keyboard

Specifications

Keyboard format : International
Size : 14.48 x 1.19 x 7.87 cm
Weight: 145 g
Multi-device : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Supremely portable
+
Useful stand
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Hinge placement can be irritating

Unless you have tiny hands, a keyboard the same size as an iPad mini is likely to be a bit too small for comfortable typing. However if you want something of a similar size that's easier to use, this folding keyboard should do the trick. Folded up it's slightly smaller than an iPad mini and nicely portable, but once it's opened out it provides a decent-sized typing surface.

The IKOS keyboard is made of aluminium, with scissor switches in its keys for a responsive typing feel. Its batteries will last up to 560 hours in standby and 80 hours in normal use, and as an added bonus its case doubles up as a stand for your iPad mini (or any other compatible device).

A product shot of the Snugg iPad Mini 5 keyboard case

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06. Snugg iPad Mini 5 Keyboard Case

The best iPad Mini case that feels like a laptop

Specifications

Keyboard format : International
Size : ‎24 x 16.41 x 2.9 cm
Weight: 531 g
Multi-device : No

Reasons to buy

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360 rotating keyboard
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Doubles as protective case
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Great sturdy build

Reasons to avoid

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Hinge prone to wearing out after extended use

This sleek keyboard will double up as a protective case for your iPad Mini 5. It features colour-changing, backlight keys and the 360 degree rotatable hinge means this keyboard has plenty of viewing angles to best suit you. It fits the iPad Mini perfectly with exact cut outs for easy access to charging cables. If you have a later model, Snugg also have a keyboard case option for the iPad Mini 6. (opens in new tab)

Snugg promises users that their keyboards feature comfortable ergonomic typing positions similar to a MacBook or traditional laptop. Overall this is a great option if you're wanting a keyboard that will both double as a case and make your iPad feel more like a mini laptop. 

Product shot of Logitech Keys-to-Go Ultra-Portable

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07. Logitech Keys-to-Go Ultra-Portable

The best slimline keyboard for iPad mini

Specifications

Keyboard format : International, plus 6 national formats
Size : 0.6 x 24.2 x 13.7 cm
Weight: 180 g
Multi-device : Yes

Reasons to buy

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Spill and dust-resistant
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Slim, tough and lightweight
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Neat design

Reasons to avoid

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Needs more than a light touch

For an iPad mini keyboard that you can take anywhere with confidence, Logitech's Keys-to-Go Ultra-Portable is an excellent (if pricey) choice. It's small, slim and lightweight, and it's wrapped in a durable, liquid-repellent covering that means you don't have to worry about spills or even fluff from your bag clogging up the keys.

It's compatible with all iOS devices and has a set of shortcut keys to make your life easier, and its rechargeable battery can go for up to three months if you're typing for two hours a day. It's maybe just a little on the wee side for lengthy typing sessions, and while it has scissor keys, that tough coating means that you might have to use a little more pressure than with most keyboards. On the whole, though, this is one tough little cookie.

Product shot of ONHI Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Mini 5

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08. ONHI Wireless Keyboard Case for iPad Mini 5

The best iPad mini 5 keyboard case

Specifications

Keyboard format : International
Size : 20.32 x 20.32 x 1.27 cm
Weight: 453.59 g
Multi-device : No

Reasons to buy

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Tough aluminium case
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Optional backlighting
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Adjustable hinge

Reasons to avoid

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Surprisingly expensive

If you have an older iPad mini 5 and want a combined keyboard and case, this wireless keyboard case from ONHI does a fine job. It provides a hard aluminium casing for your iPad mini, and an attached wireless keyboard complete with a proper hinge so that you can angle your device exactly at the viewing position that's most comfortable for you; no need to prop it up.

The keyboard has optional backlighting, although that seriously affects the battery life; you'll get around five hours of backlit use, or up to 180 hours without lighting. Again, this one is likely to be a little on the small side for extended typing, but as an all-in-one solution it's a difficult one to beat.

Product shot of Boriyuan iPad Mini 6 Keyboard Case

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09. Boriyuan iPad Mini 6 Keyboard Case

The best iPad mini case with keyboard

Specifications

Keyboard format : International
Size : 28.1 x 17.8 x 3.2 cm
Weight: 550 g
Multi-device : No

Reasons to buy

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Backlit keys
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Handy case
+
Removable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Cramped size

If you want a case as well as the best iPad mini keyboard and you want to keep things simple, it makes a lot of sense to combine the two. This keyboard case from Boriyuan does just that. It combines a case that doubles up as a stand (and also features an Apple Pencil holder) with a mini backlit keyboard that has three brightness levels and seven lighting colours.

The Bluetooth keyboard attaches magnetically so you can easily detach it when it's not needed, and while it's a little on the tiny side (you wouldn't want to use it for all-day writing sessions) it has a full set of function keys and it's also compatible with Windows and Android devices. 

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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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