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How accessories can transform your iPad in 2021
The best iPad accessories help expand the capabilities of your iPad, provide an extra layer of screen protection, or just make the iPad easier to use in general.
Today, there is no shortage of first- and third-party covers, keyboards, stylus and more for your iPad. The best of these accessories help expand your iPad’s capabilities and make it more useful. For example, magnetic keyboards and a stylus can convert your iPad into a sketchbook or laptop for more intensive writing or graphic design projects.
When deciding what to look for in an iPad accessory, consider what you want out of your tablet. Are you an avid note writer who prefers to write rather than write? If so, there may be a stylus in the cards. Do not like the iPad’s on-screen keyboard? A separate keyboard with different viewing angle adjustments and backlit keys may be what you need to work comfortably.
Regardless of usage, we are big fans of iPad accessories that help users save time, work more comfortably, and ultimately become more productive.
In addition to the features specific to each accessory, you will also want a product from a company with a solid and hassle-free track record. Let’s not forget the excellent usability and function either! An accessory can not be good if it is not useful.
So keep reading to learn more about our selection of the best iPad accessories of 2021.
- ✓ Does not add extra bulk
- ✓ Supports two standing positions
- ✓ Built-in magnets for automatic wake / sleep
- ✗ The case is not crack resistant
The JETech iPad cover is our choice for a great iPad cover. It offers a minimalist design with an exterior in synthetic leather, a soft microfiber feel interior and TPU back case. This case is designed to be sleek and lightweight unlike many traditional bumper covers. Still, it does an excellent job of protecting against scratches and scuffs.
JETech’s case has great ease of use. In addition to built-in magnets for automatic wake-up and sleep, the case uses a trifold system that holds two standing positions to adjust to your preferred incline.
Best of all, the JETech cover comes with more than ten color options, ranging from neutral blacks and grays to more vibrant colors. This allows you to get the perfect case that matches your style.
This case is available for iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Pro.
Best iPad cover
JETech iPad case
JETech’s sleek and lightweight iPad cover with tri-fold design incorporates two tripod positions and built-in magnets for automatic wake-up and sleep.
- ✓ Anti-reflective properties
- ✓ Matte film creates paper-like surface
- ✓ Protects the screen from scratches and scuffs
- ✗ Not the easiest to use
- ✗ Can wear Apple Pencil tips in heavy use
Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector is a formidable cross-line iPad screen protector. True to its name, this screen protector offers a paper-like feel thanks to a blend of different materials that offer high sensitivity and reduce glare.
Equally important is that the Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector does an exceptional job of adhering to the surface of your screen. When applied properly, it will not produce any bubbles. It is also compatible with Face ID, so you do not have to worry about problems unlocking your iPad.
With the screen protector’s unique design, drawing and writing feel ultra-slim and responsive. Many users have praised its texture, the excellent grip when used with the Apple Pencil, and improved drawing ability over traditional screen protectors with its paper-like feel.
This screen protector is compatible with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Best iPad screen protector
Xiron Paperfeel screen protector
This screen protector is very responsive and adheres very well to the screen of your iPad, making it easier for note holders and artists to write down notes and draw.
- ✓ Wireless charging
- ✓ Flat edge for comfortable grip
- ✓ Magnetically attached to iPad mini (6th generation), iPad Pro and iPad Air
- ✗ Pricy
- ✗ Not the most durable tip
Apple is constantly renewing itself with accessories for the iPad, and the Apple Pencil 2 is no different. The second generation Apple Pencil is much improved over its predecessor with improved latency and a new flatter side that makes the pen easier to hold.
The feel of the Apple Pencil 2 is also virtually flawless. A powerful combination of the iPad Pro’s 120Hz refresh rate, built-in push function and a matte tip make the stylus feel great against the iPad’s screen.
One of our favorite features of the Apple Pencil 2 is its charging method. The pen uses a magnetic bracket on top of your iPad to sync and charge. By intuitively storing your Apple Pencil 2 on top of your iPad, you can expect your battery to never drop to zero.
Though expensive, the Apple Pencil 2 is surpassing the competition from copycats out there and is equally useful for note-takers and graphic / design artists.
Note, however, that the Apple Pencil 2 is not compatible with the 8th generation iPad. You need to buy Apple Pencil 1 if you need a stylus for that model.
Best iPad pencil
Apple Pencil 2
Apple Pencil 2 offers enhanced improvements over the Apple Pencil 1, including improved latency and a brand new flatter side that makes it easier to grab.
For standard iPad owners
Apple Pencil 1
The original Apple Pencil converts an iPad into a notepad or canvas with its unique stylus design using sensitive touch and tilt sensors to draw on your screen.
- ✓ 4 years battery life
- ✓ Keys with perfect distance
- ✓ Robust construction and thick rubber bumpers
- ✗ Keys can jump off during heavy use
- ✗ The keyboard cannot be removed from the case
The Logitech iPad Keyboard Case is a versatile accessory. Long considered a cheaper alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, this case converts your iPad into a laptop with a design that acts as a keyboard and a cover.
A magnetic lock keeps your folio closed, and the protection is quite good with robust construction and thick rubber bumpers designed for shocks. In terms of tactile feedback, the Logitech iPad Keyboard is very responsive. The keys have a perfect distance and each of them has a slightly rubbery feel for comfort. Built-in backlighting also helps tremendously in locating keys in the dark.
The Logitech cover has an impressive 4-year battery life using two replaceable coin-cell batteries. It also lasts up to 3 months per. charging with several power-saving features in place, including automatic shut-off when not docked in writing mode.
If you are looking for a cheaper and fuller protection than Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for your iPad, this keyboard cover is a good choice.
Best iPad keyboard
Logitech iPad keyboard
Logitech’s iPad keyboard also acts as a case with impact-resistant thick rubber bumpers that provide much more powerful protection than the Smart Keyboard Folio.
- ✓ Excellent active noise reduction
- ✓ Above average battery life (~ 4.5 hours)
- ✓ User-friendly sensor-mounted spindle guides
- ✗ Squeeze control can not be disabled
- ✗ Not the same quality as standard noise canceling headphones
Like the Apple Pencil 2, the AirPods Pro is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. It improves over the standard Apple AirPods with updated active noise reduction and base performance.
The battery life of AirPods Pro is above average with about 4.5 hours of listening per. charging. The sound shines through really well, though not with the same fidelity as the $ 300 + noise-canceling headphones. For a pair of earphones, however, the AirPod Pro cannot be beaten.
One of our favorite features is the earphone controls. Each knob has a power sensor-mounted stem that is pinched or held to play the next track or adjust the transparency to better listen to the surroundings nearby. The learning curve for them is also really fast.
The most important thing is that they are very comfortable to wear. The silicone ear tips press comfortably against the ear canal and do not cause strain. Users can also choose between small, medium and large earplugs to provide better sealing based on ear size.
If you’re okay with certain earphone restrictions and a more expensive roof in favor of comfort and ease of use, then the Airpods Pro is hard to beat.
Best iPad AirPods
Active noise reduction and intuitive, pressure-sensitive controls make the AirPros Pro one of the most intuitive and practical earphones on the market.