Best keyboard cases for iPad Air 2

The 2018 9.7-inch iPad is the exact same size and weight as its predecessor, the 2017 9.7-inch iPad. The real differences are inside, with Apple Pencil support in the 2018 model. Luckily, the best cases you can get for last year's model are the same for the 6th-generation iPad.

ESR Trifold Case

If you're looking for a case for your iPad that also has all the features of Apple's smart cover, and is wallet-friendly, the ESR Trifold Case is perfect.

The ESR Case is a snug hard plastic case that your iPad can snap into, giving you protection from small bumps and scratches. The case also features a front flap that will cover your screen when you're traveling with your iPad. Of course, this flap will be able to act as a stand and enable the auto-wake and auto-lock features, just like Apple's Smart Cover.

For only $12, you can pick up the ESR Trifold Case in a plethora of colors including, black, navy, gray, red, pink, and many more!

Logitech Slim Folio iPad Case

Logitech's Slim Folio case is a great way to keep your 9.7-inch protected and to never be away from a proper keyboard!

The Slim Folio case connects to your iPad using Bluetooth LE, and completely covers your iPad head-to-toe in a hard exterior shell to protect your iPad from scuffs and scratches. Plus, the case is powered by two replaceable cell batteries, which means you don't have to charge it and it will last up to 4 years!

The full keyboard has an entire row of hotkeys specifically designed to work with iOS, so you'll never have to touch your iPad screen to adjust the volume, switch between apps, or even change the language!

Logitech Slim Folio iPad Case is available for roughly $80.

Fintie iPad Keyboard Case

Looking for a keyboard case that's a little easier on the wallet? The Fintie iPad Keyboard Case has got you covered!

The Fintie iPad Keyboard Case is made up of a faux leather material that's soft but durable enough to protect your iPad from minor damage. Plus, this keyboard case doesn't force you into landscape mode. The part of the case that holds the iPad actually rotates to allow you to type in portrait or landscape mode.

The keyboard is a little clunky and you'll definitely notice some extra bulk on your iPad when you use this case. The good news is the case is only around $32, which is much more wallet-friendly than a lot of keyboard cases out there.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle

The Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro series is perfect for people who are looking for heavy-duty protection. A hard polycarbonate shell protects all sides and edges of the iPad, and a built-in screen protector and dust covers protect the Lightning port and headphone jack.

It comes in a wide array of colors such as blue, pink, black, and white, so you should have no problem finding the perfect hue for you. The Supcase Unicorn Beetle will run you about $25.

Twelve South BookBook

Twelve South's BookBook case wraps your tablet inside two hard leather covers, masking it as a vintage book. The BookBook provides a zippered closure so that you can keep your iPad safe from the elements; when opened, you can also use the built-in support frame to prop up your tablet and use it at a variety of angles. Twelve South's BookBook case cost about $70.

Speck Balance Folio

Speck's popular multicolored foldable case is available for the 9.7-inch iPad and is available in one of five colors. With two different viewing angles, one ideal for typing and one ideal for reading, the Speck Balance Folio also acts as a stand for your iPad.

The magnetic front cover will wake and lock your iPad screen, so you never have to think about whether it's on or off, and the camera in the back is protected by a raised edge. Speck's Balance Folio starts at around $20.

iPad Smart Cover

The case available for the 9.7-inch iPad on Apple's website is $39. The Smart Cover protects your iPad's screen when you're not using it (and acts as a foldable kickstand when you are). It's available in a variety of colors (including Product RED).

Yekbee 360 keyboard case

If you're looking for a stylish and versatile keyboard case, then this is the one you want. Yekbee's 360 keyboard case features gorgeous backlighting in seven colors, and it swivels at the hinge, so you can watch videos and play games hands-free, use it in a sort of "convertible laptop" style, and just go full laptop when you need to get some work done.

You can snag this in black, silver, gold, rose gold, or pink for roughly $65. There is a bit of a compromise in that the case requires separate charging, but that's a minor inconvenience.

Any others you've spotted?

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Updated August 2018: Updated pricing for each item and added the awesome back-lit Yekbee 360 keyboard cover.

Originally written August 2017. Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

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