7 Reasons Why I Bought Magic Keyboard For My iPad

Last Updated on September 23, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks

Regarding keyboards, Apple did have a couple of misses in the past. Creating a model compatible with an iPad and praised by the public seemed almost impossible. But they did redeem themselves after the introduction of the Magic Keyboard. It is a first-rate accessory that is also a bit pricey, so it is understandable if you are on the fence about buying it.

I bought my Magic Keyboard a while ago, and honestly, I rarely detach it from my iPad. I’m used to using the iPad in landscape mode, and most of the apps are responsive to horizontal mode. But is the iPad Magic Keyboard worth it?

Here is a list of reasons why we think the Magic Keyboard is one of the best accessories for iPad.

1. It Turns My iPad Into A Laptop

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Once you connect your iPad with Magic Keyboard, it looks a lot like a laptop: keyboard, touchpad, landscape mode. Of course, it has limited capabilities, but you can complete most of the tasks on it.

The keyboard lifts the iPad so that the device is closer to your eye level. Additionally, you can choose the angle.

Of course, there are some drawbacks if we compare iPads to laptops. But you can do basic stuff on an iPad if it doesn’t require specific software.

You can check the key differences between Laptops and iPads in this article.

2. Comfortable Typing Experience

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My iPad Pro 11-inch with Magic Keyboard and Pitaka MagEZ Case 2

Apple truly perfected the keyboard design with this one. The typing feels natural and is a significant improvement from some of the company’s earlier attempts.

The keys feature the scissor mechanism that takes the overall experience to a whole new level. The Magic Keyboard allows you to type in all environments, including low light. The keys are backlit and not loud. So you can use this accessory in a library, and you won’t disturb anyone.

I also have a 2020 Macbook, and I like writing much more on Magic Keyboard instead of my laptop since the keyboard is quite bad and always gets stuck. I’m not the only one who noticed how bad their butterfly keyboards are.

3. Trackpad

The Magic Keyboard features a trackpad that allows the use of gestures. These can improve your productivity tremendously. A trackpad unlocks a wide range of options in Apple applications such as Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

The trackpad is smaller than the one on a MacBook.

Apple has a guide on their website where they show you all the possible gestures you can do with Magic Keyboards.

4. High-quality Build

As soon as you unpack the Magic Keyboard, you will feel how sturdy it is. It might not be to everyone’s liking, especially when looking for a super-light keyboard. On the other hand, the quality of the product itself is undeniable.

The keyboard feels super stable, even with the floating screen. The thickness makes it incredibly comfortable when typing for a long time. Furthermore, the size of the keyboard enables you to reach the screen while you are using the keyboard.

It’s super stable when I use it on the desk. In bed, it’s not that comfortable. If you want to watch movies, TV series, YouTube, or whatever on your iPad, I suggest getting a tablet stand specifically for bed.

5. Extra Protection

Accidents happen. iPads get dropped. Sure there are many better options if you really want to protect your iPad, but I love that you buy the keyboard and you get that extra layer of protection in case you drop it. I have dropped it a few times and I always had the keyboard on and there was no damage to the device.

6. No Battery

Magic Keyboard doesn’t have a battery. Instead, it is powered by the iPad itself. So you can forget about checking the percentage all the time. All you need to be worried about is that your iPad is charged.

7. Additional USB-C Port

The Magic Keyboard has a built-in USB-C port as a part of the hinge. It is solely for charging. But that enables you to use the standard charging port for file transfer, which is incredibly handy.

When you attach your iPad to the Magic Keyboard the original part will be on the right side, but the built-in USB-C port in the keyboard will be located on the left side.

It’s nice that Apple thinks of these little things. Sometimes the charger just isn’t long enough and now you can have one port on one side and the other port on the other side.

Can iPad with Magic Keyboard replace MacBook?

The iPad with a Magic Keyboard can be a good option for basic computing tasks such as browsing the web, checking social media, checking email, creating and editing documents, using apps, video calls, etc. It is portable and lightweight, even with all the accessories, making it convenient to take on the go.

If this is how you use your MacBook, then yes, an iPad with Magic Keyboard can serve as a replacement for your Mac.

However, there are some limitations to what the iPad can do. iPad doesn’t have the same processing power as MacBook Pro, nor the storage or the RAM. Also, many software are made purely for desktops, which won’t be available for iPad users.

To summarize – iPads are not ready to replace MacBooks, just yet.

Verdict: Is Magic Keyboard Worth The Price Tag?

At the end of the day, it all comes down to how you plan to use your iPad. If you purely want your iPad for social, occasional internet surfing, or controlling your smart gadgets, perhaps you don’t need it. If you plan to type on it – I recommend it. As I mentioned before, I practically use my iPad only in landscape mode, and I haven’t stumbled upon apps or websites that aren’t responsive to landscape mode.

I personally love to send emails from my iPad, make quick responses in other messaging apps and plan my day and take notes(that’s probably the only time when I change it to portrait mode).

If Magic Keyboard is not for you, I recommend checking our other article, where we talk about Keyboards for iPads and Tablets, where you can find some great alternatives. Some are cheaper, and also some are more expensive, believe it or not.

We suggest checking: Best iPad Magic Keyboard Alternatives


Is Magic Keyboard waterproof?

Unfortunately, Magic Keyboard is not waterproof. Therefore, avoid spilling a large amount of liquid all over it. Accidents happen, and you can try to rescue your Magic Keyboard, but it will probably stop working right away or in the next couple of days.

Can you put a case on iPad with Magic Keyboard?

Yes, your iPad can be fully protected even when using the Magic Keyboard. But you have to know if a protective case is compatible with this accessory. There should be a smart connector. If the manufacturer hasn’t mentioned it in the description, look for three tiny dots on the back of the case. Or you can check our article about which iPad cases work with Magic Keyboard.

Can you fold back the Magic Keyboard?

Users can’t fold back the Magic Keyboard so that it is on the back of the iPad. While this feature could be practical, Apple is sticking to the original design. Therefore, you can either use your iPad as a laptop or close the Magic Keyboard. The hinge is preventing the fold.

Can you clean Magic Keyboard with water?

No! Considering that the Magic Keyboard is not waterproof, soaking it or using a super wet cloth is a huge mistake. However, you will still have to clean it somehow. It is best to use a damp cloth over the keys. Don’t press on them too hard – just a gentle wipe will do. If there are any more stains on your Magic Keyboard, invest in the keyboard wipes. They have just the right amount of cleaning product and won’t damage the keyboard.  

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  • Ernests Embutnieks

    I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.