At the risk of inciting the ire of Apple haters, I dare say that the iPad is the best tablet you can buy today. That is not to discount the fact that it is expensive device, of course, but the experience it offers surpasses that of its competitors. And speaking of price, some people might think that paying several hundreds of dollars for a tablet is enough, and that there is no reason to spend more on accessories.

I beg to disagree. If you are willing to spend a considerable sum on a device, you might as well go the extra mile to ensure that you get the best out of it and to protect it, right?

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That’s where keyboard cases come into the picture. Personally, I see protective cases as a given. Let’s just say that I have had one experience too many with naked gadgets and gravity.

When it comes to the iPad – regardless of the model – I like going one step further and looking at case-keyboard combos. After all, the iPad can easily become an indispensable writing tool on the go, and having a keyboard aside from the virtual one can make a world of difference in productivity.

Here are some of the best choices for iPad keyboard cases.

The Contenders

Belkin Keyboard Folio

Best iPad Keyboard Cases

Belkin Keyboard Folio

Features: TruType™ keys (faster and more accurate typing); 60 hours of active use; 2,000 on standby; rechargeable batter via USB
Compatibility: iPad 2 and new iPad
Price: $99.99

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

Best iPad Keyboard Cases

Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

Features: Beautiful! Available in black and white; 6 months battery life; clever magnetic clip
Compatibility: iPad 2 and new iPad
Price: $99.99

Zaggfolio iPad

Best iPad Keyboard Cases

Zaggfolio iPad

Features: Thin; microfiber lining; keyboard and case can be bought separately; lots of colors to choose from; months of “normal use” between charges
Compatibility: has iPad 2 and new iPad versions
Price: $99.99

In Summary

As you can see, the best iPad key board cases are all the same price range – you may get them cheaper depending on where you buy them – and they basically have the same features. I think the deciding factor will be the aesthetics, and I have to be honest in that I am torn between the Logitech and Zagg.
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