When I bought my iPad Pro, I immediately got the Magic Keyboard with it. Have zero regrets. I know it’s super expensive, and the full combo iPad Pro + Magic Keyboard + Apple Pencil 2 is even more expensive than MacBook. I also needed a case that was compatible with Magic Keyboard(MK), which made it even more expensive. I honestly didn’t think to search for alternatives – it turns out there are some good options equally good.

The iPad Magic Keyboard connects with the iPad using a smart connector, and most of the alternatives besides Logitech Combo Touch connect to the iPad using Bluetooth. Besides that, there are design differences and other small features like backlights, trackpads, weight, and number of keys. Some have function keys, and some don’t. Most importantly, all of these alternatives are cheaper alternatives to MK.

I’m only going to mention keyboards that are similar to Magic Keyboard. Meaning that they will have to have a stand and a keyboard and a touchpad, sort of a keyboard that will transform your iPad into a laptop.

Logitech Combo Touch

Logitech Combo Touch for ipad air and ipad pro
Keys:78
Weight:20.25oz (574g), 27.51oz (779g)
Trackpad:Yes
Color:Gray, Sand
Bluetooth:No
Smart Connectors:Yes
Keyboard Layouts:US, UK, ES, DE, RU, DK, FR, etc.
Backlight:Yes, white

Logitech Combo Touch is the best alternative to the Magic Keyboard. Just like the original one, it uses smart connectors for connection and has a trackpad, a backlight, and a stand.

This keyboard helps you with typing, browsing, movie watching, sketching, and reading, and of course, it can turn your device into a productivity machine. The keys and typing is very similar to what the Magic Keyboard offers. It comes in gray or sand color. At the rear, it features a convenient kickstand, accompanied by a set of functional keys on the keyboard that allow you to effortlessly control volume, adjust brightness, initiate searches, and more.

It provides better protection. It’s a 2-in-1 keyboard; it covers your iPad from all sides, front, back, and corners of your iPad.

It’s available in a variety of languages, including English (US, UK), Spanish, French, Russian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian and more.

Compatibility & Where To Buy It:

Apple Magic Keyboard costs $349, but you can get Combo Logitech for $154 while it’s on discount.

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ESR Rebound Magnetic Keyboard

ESR Rebound Magnetic Keyboard Case for ipad air and ipad pro
Keys:69
Weight:30.0 oz (850 g), 36.3 oz (1030 g)
Trackpad:Yes
Color:Black, White
Bluetooth:Yes
Smart Connectors:No
Keyboard Layouts:US, UK
Backlight:Yes, RGB

ESR Rebound Magnetic Keyboard Case is a close alternative to the iPad Magic Keyboard. Both keyboards are very similar, but ESR uses Bluetooth for connection instead of smart connectors.

ESR Rebound Magnetic Keyboard with iPad is heavier than a 13-inch MacBook. It’s heavy due to the built-in battery.

The keyboard has a backlight to make typing easier in a dark environment. It has a trackpad, just like the iPad Magic Keyboard, that is responsive to touch gestures(scroll, zoom, click, etc.)

Unlike the iPad Magic Keyboard, this one has an Apple Pencil cover that adds security and minimizes the chances of losing your pen. It also offers to place the iPad in a vertical mode on the keyboard stand(Original MK can’t do this due to smart connectors). There’s also an iPad case included in the price, which adds to the overall protection of your iPad.

Compatibility & Where To Buy It:

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Brydge MAX+

Brydge MAX+ keyboard for ipad pro, ipad air and regular ipad
Keys:78
Weight:27.01oz (766g), 34.2oz (970g)
Trackpad:Yes
Color:Silver, Space Gray, White
Bluetooth:Yes
Smart Connectors:No
Keyboard Layouts:US
Backlight:Yes, white

Brydge is a company that creates accessories for iPads, Macbooks, and even Windows tablets. The Brydge Max+ keyboard is a great alternative to the iPad Magic Keyboard.

The keyboard does make your iPad look more like a laptop than a tablet.

It has few differences in comparison to the iPad’s Magic Keyboard. It comes in different colors: silver, space gray and white. It also has function keys at the top that allow you to adjust volume, brightness, and other settings.

Unlike the iPad Magic Keyboard, which connects via smart connectors, the Brydge Max+ Keyboard connects with iPad using Bluetooth. With that being said, pairing isn’t as fast and seamless as it is with the iPad Magic Keyboard.

It also has a trackpad that works with all the gestures, but the cursor is noticeably slower, which is something I have not noticed using the iPad’s Magic Keyboard.

Unlike Magic Keyboard, this one has a battery. It’s rechargeable with a USB-C cable, and it can last up to 3-months with a backlight; it will only last around 40 hours.

You will also get a case for your iPad inside the box, but the charger won’t be included. You can use your iPad charger. It doesn’t have an additional USB-C port like the the floating magic keyboard.

Overall, it’s a very well-built keyboard that looks good and offers multiple viewing angles, with solid typing experience and a trackpad. But not everything is sunshine and rainbows. The hinges on the keyboard felt worrisome. If I think about the longevity of this keyboard, it’s heavy, it has a battery life that can run out, and the cursor is a bit laggy.

Compatibility & Where To Buy It:

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Typecase Magic-Style Keyboard

Typecase Magic-Style Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9
Keys:78
Weight:19.7oz (558g), 24oz (680g)
Trackpad:Yes
Color:Black, Rose Gold, Raspberry, White, Navy Blue, etc.
Bluetooth:Yes
Smart Connectors:No
Keyboard Layouts:US
Backlight:Yes, RGB

Typecase Magic-Style Keyboard is a knockoff of the original iPad Magic Keyboard. It’s very similar to the originals, but there are several differences. It doesn’t have a USB-C port like iPad’s Magic Keyboard does. It connects to iPad with Bluetooth, not smart connectors, which means it has it’s own battery that you will need to charge.

It comes in different colors – Black, Navy Blue, Pearl White, Pink, Rose Gold, Carbon Black, and many others. It has 10-color backlights. iPad Magic Keyboard has only one color. It also has extra keys to adjust brightness, volume, etc.

Overall, it’s very similar to the original with a few drawbacks, but this one is a much cheaper alternative.

Compatibility & Where To Buy It:

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ZAGG Keyboard

zagg keyboard without trackpad
Keys:78
Weight:Depending on the model
Trackpad:Comes with and without
Color:Gray
Bluetooth:Yes
Smart Connectors:No
Keyboard Layouts:US, UK, IT, DE, FR, etc.
Backlight:Yes

ZAGG Keyboard comes in two options. You can buy it with a trackpad and without a trackpad. Without a trackpad, it’s going to be cheaper.

Besides the option to choose it with or without a trackpad, there are several differences if you compare it to the iPad Magic Keyboard. It connects to iPad using Bluetooth, unlike iPad Magic Keyboard, which connects via smart connectors. The design is a bit different from that of the iPad Magic Keyboard.

If you are going to choose a Zagg keyboard with a trackpad you will also be able to use gestures on your iPad(zoom, click, scroll, etc.)

Compatibility & Where To Buy It:

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iPad Pro 11-inch & iPad Air (4th and 5th gen) (with Trackpad)Check Price on AmazonCheck Price on ZAGG
iPad Pro 11-inch & iPad Air (4th and 5th gen) (without Trackpad)Check Price on AmazonCheck Price on ZAGG
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OHNI Touch Keyboard

Keys:78
Weight:
Trackpad:Yes
Color:Black, Silver, Pink
Bluetooth:Yes
Smart Connectors:No
Keyboard Layouts:US
Backlight:Yes, RGB

OHNI Touch Keyboard offers wider compatibility with Apple iPad devices. It’s not only compatible with iPad Pro, but also with iPad Mini and older iPad models.

Besides the wide compatibility options, it’s also the cheapest iPad Magic Keyboard alternative.

It connects to the iPad with Bluetooth, unlike the iPad Magic Keyboard, which connects via smart connectors. This means OHNI Touch Keyboard has battery that will require charging, unlike iPad’s Magic Keyboard, which takes power directly from the iPad.

The keyboard offers a 360-degree rotation option, providing flexibility with angles. This feature proves useful, especially when you’re watching a movie on your iPad and the keyboard’s position becomes distracting.

In summary, it serves as a more budget-friendly alternative to the iPad’s Magic Keyboard. OHNI has made compromises on certain aspects to prioritize affordability over premium quality.

Compatibility & Where To Buy It:

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Verdict: Which Is The Best iPad Magic Keyboard Alternative?

ProductsOverall Score
1.ESR Rebound Magnetic Keyboard Case9/10
2.Logitech Combo Touch 9/10
3.Brydge MAX+8/10
4.Typecase Magic-Style Keyboard8/10
5.ZAGG Keyboard8/10
6.OHNI Touch Keyboard Case6/10

I think we can all agree that Apple products are expensive, and finding a good alternative isn’t that easy. A high-quality keyboard designed for the iPad is rare to find.

I personally loved the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard because it’s the closest alternative to the iPads Magic Keyboard, and it offers more protection. I really liked the ESR Rebound Magnetic Keyboard as well due to the fact that I can change the orientation for the iPad when I’m working on the keyboard.

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I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.