Trick Out Your New iPad Air With These Must-Have Accessories

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We’re not going to deny it — right out of the box, the iPad Pro is an impressive device. Regardless of your model choice, iPad or iPad Pro, you’ll have a powerful tablet that’s capable of providing a near-complete experience. This is a machine for anyone who wants a full computer in a tablet form.

However, if you fall somewhere in the middle and love the freedom a tablet offers but also miss some of the elements of a laptop or desktop computer, there’s no need to worry. The best iPad accessories provide protection and convenient storage options for your Apple tablet. There’s also a whole range of keyboards, folios, cases and styluses designed to let you use your iPad like a touchscreen laptop.

Below, we’ve put together a list of the best iPad Pro accessories to ensure you get the most out of your device. These include:

  • Best iPad keyboards
  • Best iPad Pro cases
  • Best chargers and hubs
  • Best stands
  • Other iPad Pro goodies

Whether you’re off to college, in the office all day or at home watching movies, there’s an iPad accessory to help you best utilize your Apple tablet.

  

1. Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad

When it comes to the iPad Pro or iPad air, the Magic Keyboard the single most useful accessory you can buy, transforming your iPad from a tablet into something very close to a laptop. Admittedly it’s not cheap, but Apple has put a lot of effort into adding features to the iPad hardware and software which make its laptop-like experience more than just a gimmick. Attaching to the back of the iPad with magnets, this keyboard case has a hinge sturdy enough to let you use it both on a flat surface, while sitting in your lap, or even on a more wobbly surface, such as a bed. But the most crucial addition is the trackpad, which lets you control your iPad with a traditional mouse cursor while also supporting multitouch gestures such as swipe, pinch and zoom. There’s a chance that, with this thing strapped to your iPad, you may never need a traditional laptop again.

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2. Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Digital notepad writers and designers will appreciate the feel and accuracy of the Apple Pencil. The second-generation Apple Pencil is highly adaptable, letting you control your device with subtle movements of the hand. Press harder on the iPad surface for thicker lines or tilt slightly to shade-in areas. A quick double-tap of the Pencil changes tools, like an eraser, to fix those drawing imperfections. Once you’re done using the Apple Pencil, it can magnetically snap to the side of your iPad and start charging. While there are some high quality Apple Pencil alternatives, you can’t beat the original. Thanks to its impressive features, this smart stylus is one of the best iPad accessories ever made.

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3. Tomtoc Portfolio Case

While a Magic Keyboard might protect your screen, it won’t fully guard the rest of that precious iPad Air from drops, dings and scratches. The tomtoc Portfolio Case is an elegant and functional solution for not only storing your iPad and its accessories, but also protecting it. The outside of the tough and durable case is made from an EVA hard shell which offers some shock resistance, and inside, there’s a pocket for your iPad (that will also fit the Magic Keyboard), as well as number of elastic straps for storing cords, chargers and other essentials. This is an essential purchase if you plan on frequently taking your tablet out of the house.

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4. Paperlike iPad Pro 11 Screen Protector

If you love your tablet but miss the old days of feeling paper beneath your hand as you write, the Paperlike iPad Pro 11 Screen Protector is a great choice for you. In addition to providing protection for your screen, this smart invention has the feel of normal writing paper. It’s also anti-glare, won’t interfere with Face ID and provides an anti-skid surface for styluses as you draw or write.

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5. Anker 100W 4-Port USB-C Charging Station

In the age of USB-C devices, it seems inefficient to use an entire outlet on your power strip just to charge a single device. Instead, power your iPad (and the rest of your gear) with Anker’s 4-Port USB-C Charging Station, which has a two USB-C ports to go with a pair of USB-A ports, and with 100W of available power, will provide enough juice to simultaneously keep all of your devices’ batteries topped up.

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6. Stump Stand

The iPad is the perfect companion in the kitchen while you’re making dinner, allowing you to play some tunes, catch up with friends on FaceTime or follow along with your favorite YouTube cooking channels. But the Apple iPad cover doesn’t always stand up to accidental bumps when you’re using it as a stand, and you probably don’t want to be exposing your Magic Keyboard to whatever combination of oil, water, salt and Kraft Mac and Cheese powder you have flying around. This is when you want the Stump Stand, which houses a metal weight inside its silicon base, so your iPad won’t unexpectedly tip over as you furiously rotate through recipes. The other nice part about the Stump Stand is that it lets you position the iPad at different angles, so you’re not limited in where, or how, you position it.

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7. ESR Slim Smart Case for iPad Air

You might be in the crowd who just wants to use their tablet as a tablet, and if that’s the case, protecting your iPad doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. the ESR Slim Smart Case provides complete coverage for your iPad, draping the back in a flexible TPU plastic skin that will guard against dings and scratches, while the screen is defended by a cover that is reminiscent of Apple’s smart cover, providing much of the same functionality. It will even fold into a stand, so you can prop your iPad up when you want to binge some Netflix.

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8. Logitech Crayon

It’s hard to argue against the Apple Pencil’s status as the best overall stylus for the iPad. But if you’re not a designer who absolutely needs premium features such as pressure sensitivity and double tap to change modes, and you want to save a few dollars, the Logitech Crayon is a great alternative. This stylus will work with all the same apps as the Apple Pencil, but still comes with features like tilt sensors and palm recognition and automatic pairing when you wake it up.

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9. Spigen Tough Armor Pro (2020)

Protect your iPad Pro from bumps, drops and spills with the Spigen Tough Armor Case. Its shock absorbent outer shell protects it from drops while the Air Cushion Technology keeps your iPad safe inside. There’s even a groove for your Apple Pencil and a handy kickstand for viewing. So no only do you get maximum protection, you get great utility as well. If you need to take your iPad outside or work in a rough environment, this is one of the best iPad accessories to protect your tablet.

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10. Brydge Pro+ Keyboard

If you really want to transform your iPad Air into something that feels like a MacBook Mini, consider adding the Brydge Pro+ keyboard to your arsenal. It types just like a MacBook Pro keyboard, with the same backlit, low-profile keys and the same Mac shortcuts that you’re used to. It connects via Bluetooth or through the USB-C for a more secure connection. And like the Magic Keyboard, it also has a trackpad that supports multitouch gestures. It may not be as light or slim as the Magic Keyboard, but it’s certainly a lot cheaper.

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11. Apple Smart Keyboard Folio

The classic iPad may not work with the Magic Keyboard like its fancier counterparts, but that doesn’t mean you’re resigned to using it only as a tablet. With the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio you can protect your iPad, and get a compact keyboard in one package. Made specifically by, the keyboard charges and pairs via the magnetic dock, which removes a few degrees of friction in your day-to-day use. The folio portion of it props your iPad up for optimum viewing angles while you type on this compact and comfortable keyboard.

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12. Logitech Slim Folio Pro

This backlit keyboard is ideal for working at night on your iPad Pro. It’s slim, and low-profile, much like the MacBook Pro keyboard. Across the top of the keyboard are shortcuts that come in handy to speed up your typing. Plus, it’s a folio keyboard, so you get a protective case for your iPad as well. No wonder it boasts a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.

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13. SKT Productions iRoller Screen Cleaner

If you’re one of those people who loves their device screen to be free from smudges and fingerprints, then you need the SKT Productions iRoller Screen Cleaner. With a few rolls over your screen, it removes fingerprints, smudges and smears more effectively than any microfiber cloth. The liquid-free design is also perfect for travel and easily kept in a side pocket until needed.

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14. ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case for iPad Pro (2020)

This smart cover not only protects your iPad from minor bumps and drops but also holds on to your Apple Pencil and clasps shut around your iPad. It puts your iPad to sleep when closed and automatically wakes it up when you open it, to save on battery life. And perhaps the best part, it will only run you about $16. Check out more of our favorite iPad cases.

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15. Logitech K780 Wireless Keyboard

A cheaper alternative to a pricey keyboard case is to just use your iPad with a wireless Keyboard. Even better, you can get a full-sized Keyboard that won’t cramp your hands. The Logitech K780 costs a fraction of those cases, can quickly switch between multiple devices, including your computer and phone. And as a bonus for iPad owners, there’s a groove at the top of the keyboard that you can use to prop up your tablet while you’re using it.

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16. Anker PowerCore 20000 PD Charger

While iPads tend to have impressive battery life, there are inevitably moments when you’re in the middle of a critical task, running out of juice and a power outlet is nowhere in sight. It’s those times when you’ll be thanking your stars you tossed Anker’s PowerCore 20000 PD Charger in your bag. With enough juice to deliver nearly two full charges to an iPad Pro, you can rest assured you’ll have enough battery life to get through a day of remote work (and then some). Plus, with multiple USB ports, you can also charge your phone, or wireless earbuds or smartwatch at the same time.

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17. Ventev Desktop Charging Hub

Part stand, part charger, 100 percent useful, the Ventey Desktop Charging Hub is a great center station for your iPad and one of our favorite tablet accessories for your home or office desk. Two slots serve as docks for both your iPhone and iPad, while behind the iPad sits two charging outlets along with three USB ports on the side of the hub. The outlets are surge protected keeping your devices safe for unexpected power surges. It’s lightweight, portable and great for any home or work office.

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18. TwelveSouth StayGo 8-in-1 USB-C Hub

Over the years, Apple has made it easier to connect peripherals such as monitors, USB drives, SD Cards, and cameras to your iPad. But now that you can connect a mouse or trackpad to iPads, you can use the iPad like a desktop computer when you also connect a monitor and keyboard. If you want to connect a monitor and all the other accessories at the same time, you’re gonna need a good USB-C hub. The TwelveSouth StayGo is a beautifully compact solution that provides all the extra ports you’d need, including HDMI, USB, SD/MicroSD and Ethernet. This design not only looks great, but you can pick the right-sized cord that you use to connect this to the iPad, so you don’t have to worry about the USB hub dangling and wearing out the cord or USB-C port.

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19. Apple Magic Trackpad 2

Apple’s trackpads — whether that’s the Magic Trackpad 2 or the one built into its laptops — are so good that it’s better than using a traditional mouse. They’re responsive, accurate and the multitouch gestures that you have at your disposal make computing a breeze. If you have any plans of connecting their iPad Pro or iPad Air to an external monitor to use like a standard computer, we recommend getting the Magic Trackpad 2. Just like the trackpad on the Magic Keyboard, you can swipe, pinch and zoom your way through iPad OS just like you would if you were directly touching the screen. This thing is the Rolls Royce of pointing devices. 

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20. Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Wireless Mouse

If you really don’t like trackpads and an old-school mouse is more your speed, that’s cool. The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is a great pick due to its responsiveness and balance between a comfort and portability. It’s big enough that your hand won’t feel cramped, but it’s small enough that it won’t dominate whatever bag it ends up in when you’re using your laptop out of the house. 

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21. Gooseneck Holder for iPad

Reduce neck and eye strain with the Gooseneck iPad stand. The stand mounts to the edge of your table or desk, while the flexible arm can be contorted to the optimum viewing angle. The design adds a unique flair in the looks department, as the flexible arm looks more like a crazy straw than a desk stand. There is a downside to the whacky esthetics; it’s not really for hands-on use. When you touch the screen, the flexible arm bounces and wobbles, which makes it more suited towards just viewing content. If you need a stand to help you work, we recommend the Botend iPad stand.

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22. Lamicall Adjustable Tablet Stand

If you love using your device on the breakfast table, your office desk or any other flat surface, the Lamicall Adjustable Tablet Stand provides an easy way to mount your device how you want. The stand’s simple design makes it easy to choose between an upright and horizontal orientation while the rubber cushioning and feet prevent damage and help keep your tablet in place. The stand also features a rotating hinge, letting you choose the exact viewing angle you desire.

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23. Airpods Pro

Airpods Pro pair with your iPad like a fine wine. You can work or enjoy music uninterrupted with ANC (active noise cancellation) that blocks unwanted outside noise to create the optimal listening environment. But you don’t have to press pause or take out an earbud when you need to hear the outside world. Transparency Mode lets you hear what’s going on around you, and even allows you to hear yourself naturally when you speak. Airpods Pro are a great wireless earbud solution for your iPad and one of the best iPad Pro accessories for sale today.

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24. Belkin Thunderbolt USB-C Cable

Every iPad user should have a USB-C to USB-C cable handy. You never know when you need to quickly transfer data from your camera to an iPad, or offload files to an SSD and with 40Gbps transfer speed, this cable definitely delivers on quickness. The cable can also be used to connect your iPad to a larger display. If 1.6 feet is too short, the Belkin cable does come in 2.6-foot and 6.5-foot, 40Gbps options. Keep in mind the 3-foot option only boasts 20Gbps transfer speeds.

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25. SteelSeries Nimbus+

Apple’s suite of devices became more serious gaming machines with the arrival of Apple Arcade, and since then, more games have landed on the platform which greatly benefit from the accuracy of a proper controller. While many existing controllers are compatible with the iPad, the SteelSeries Nimbus+ is specially designed for Mac OS, iOS, iPad OS and TV OS, which means you’ll never have issues with compatibility or responsiveness while going after a Victory Royale in Fortnite. No expense has been spared here, and the Nimbus+ has all the features you’d want, including clickable analog joysticks, trigger buttons with Hall Effect magnetic sensors for peak precision and a battery that will let you farm crops in Stardew Valley for 50 hours before you have to recharge.  The Nimbus+ is also fully equipped to function as an Apple TV remote, providing additional functionality for those who may binge Netflix when they’ve had enough gaming.

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26. Belkin Carrying Case and Stand for Apple iPad Pencil

You spent a lot of money on an Apple Pencil, now it’s time to protect it. The Belkin Apple Pencil Case stores your Apple Pencil when it’s not in use. With separate compartments for the pencil cap and an extra tip, it neatly organizes all of the Apple Pencil components. It also doubles as a nifty display that adds a professional, boss-status look to your office desk. Keep your Apple Pencil safe and stored with this handy iPad accessory.

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27. SanDisk 128GB iXpand Flash Drive Go

Anyone who has ever worked in an office or gone to school knows how useful a flash drive can be. Having one that can connect to your iPhone, iPad and Mac with a Lightning and USB-C connector is a godsend. The SanDisk helps you quickly clear space on your devices or transfer important work from one device to another in a flash (yes, pun intended). This is an iPad accessory that is uber-smart to keep on hand.

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28. amFilm Glass Screen Protector

The very least you should do after buying your iPad is ensure the screen is protected. While the built-in screen is made from toughened glass, adding an extra layer of protection will provide an extra sense of security and mean you have to worry less if your screen comes into contact with metal corners. This amFilm Glass Screen Protector is a budget-friendly and easily installed option for your device. It’s also 99.9% transparent, scratch-resistant and highly responsive, too.

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29. MEKO Universal Stylus

If using your finger as a stylus doesn’t really appeal to you, or you’re looking for an affordable way to create precise diagrams and sketches on your device, the MEKO Universal Stylus is an excellent choice. The pen-style tool comes with a number of interchangeable discs and fiber tips as well as bonus replacements. This stylus is available in a range of colors and is a great accessory for anyone looking to use their device for writing, drawing or note-taking.

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