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How Accessories Can Transform Your iPad in 2021

The best iPad accessories help extend your iPad’s capabilities, provide an added layer of screen protection, or just make the iPad easier to use overall.

Today, there’s no shortage of first and third-party cases, keyboards, stylus, and more for your iPad. The best of these accessories help extend 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.

In determining what to look for in an iPad accessory, consider what you want out of your tablet. Are you an avid note-taker who prefers writing to typing? If so, a stylus may be in the cards. Dislike the iPad’s on-screen keyboard? A separate keyboard with various viewing angle adjustments and backlit keys may be what you need to work comfortably.

Regardless of the use, we are big fans of iPad accessories that help users save time, work more comfortably, and ultimately become more productive.

Apart from the features specific to each accessory, you’ll also want a product from a company with a solid and trouble-free track record. Let’s not forget about excellent usability and function, either! An accessory can’t be good if it’s not useful.

So, keep reading to learn more about our picks for the best iPad accessories in 2021.

Best iPad Case: JETech iPad Case

JETech case on blue background
JETech

Pros

  • Doesn't add extra bulk
  • Supports two standing positions
  • Built-in magnets for auto wake/sleep

Cons

  • Case is not crack resistant

The JETech iPad Case is our pick for a great iPad case. It offers a minimalist design with a synthetic leather exterior, soft microfiber-feeling interior, and TPU rear case. This case is meant to be slim and lightweight, unlike many traditional bumper covers. Even so, it does an excellent job of protecting against scuffs and scratches.

JETech’s case has great usability. In addition to built-in magnets for auto wake and sleep, the case uses a trifold system that accommodates two standing positions to adjust to your preferred incline.

Best of all, the JETech case comes with more than ten color options, ranging from neutral blacks and grays to more vibrant colorways. This allows you to get the perfect case to match your style.

This case is available for the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro.

Best iPad Case

JETech iPad Case

JETech's slim and lightweight iPad case with tri-fold design incorporates two stand positions and built-in magnets for auto wake and sleep.

Best iPad Screen Protector: Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector

person drawing on ipad through Xiron screen protector
Xiron

Pros

  • Anti-glare properties
  • Matte film creates paper-like surface
  • Protects display from scratches and scuffs

Cons

  • Not the easiest to apply
  • May wear out Apple Pencil tips with heavy use

The Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector is a formidable iPad screen protector across the board. True to its name, this screen protector offers a paper-like feel thanks to a mix of different materials that offer high sensitivity and cut down on glare.

Just as importantly, the Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector does an exceptional job of sticking to your screen’s surface. When applied correctly, it will not produce any bubbles. It is also compatible with Face ID, so you don’t need to worry about any issues unlocking your iPad.

With the screen protector’s unique construction, drawing and writing feels ultra-sleek 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 highly responsive and sticks very well to your iPad's screen, making it easier for note-takers and artists to jot down notes and draw.

Best iPad Pencil: Apple Pencil 2

Person using Apple Pencil to draw ghost
Apple

Pros

  • Wireless charging
  • Flat edge for comfortable grip
  • Magnetically attaches to iPad mini (6th Gen), iPad Pro and iPad Air

Cons

  • Pricy
  • Not the most durable tip

Apple is constantly innovating 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 stylus easier to hold.

The Apple Pencil 2’s feel is virtually flawless as well. A powerful combination of the iPad Pro‘s 120Hz refresh rate, built-in pressure function, and a matte-feel tip makes the stylus feel great against the iPad’s screen.

One of our favorite features of the Apple Pencil 2 is its charging method. The stylus uses a magnetic mount 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 never to fall to zero.

Although pricy, the Apple Pencil 2 is head over heels above the competition of 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 will need to purchase the Apple Pencil 1 if you need a stylus for that model.

Best iPad Pencil

Apple Pencil 2

The Apple Pencil 2 offers enhanced improvements over the Apple Pencil 1, including improved latency and an all-new flatter side that makes it easier to grip.

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 pressure and tilt sensors to draw on your screen.

Best iPad Keyboard: Logitech iPad Keyboard Case

Person using Logitech iPad keyboard on table
Logitech

Pros

  • 4-year battery life
  • Perfectly-spaced keys
  • Rugged construction and thick rubber bumpers

Cons

  • Keys may pop off with heavy use
  • Keyboard not removable from 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 works as a keyboard and case cover.

A magnetic latch keeps your folio closed and protection is pretty good with rugged construction and thick rubber bumpers designed for impact. In terms of tactile feedback, the Logitech iPad Keyboard is very responsive. The keys are perfectly spaced out and each one carries a slightly rubbery feel for comfort. Built-in backlighting also helps tremendously in locating keys in the dark.

The Logitech case has an impressive 4-year battery life using two replaceable coin cell batteries. It also lasts up to 3 months per charge with several power-saving features in place, including automatic shut off when not docked in typing mode.

If you are looking for cheaper and beefier protection than Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for your iPad, this keyboard case is a fine choice.

Best iPad Keyboard

Logitech iPad Keyboard

Logitech's iPad Keyboard Doubles as case cover with impact-resistant thick rubber bumpers, offering much beefier protection than the Smart Keyboard Folio.

Best iPad Earbuds: Apple Airpods Pro

Person using AirPods Pro while traveling
Apple

Pros

  • Excellent active noise cancellation
  • Above-average battery life (~4.5 hours)
  • Easy-to-use sensor-mounted stem controls

Cons

  • Squeeze control cannot be disabled
  • Not the same fidelity as standard noise cancellation headphones

Like the Apple Pencil 2, the AirPods Pro is head and shoulders above the rest of the competition. It improves upon the standard Apple AirPods with updated active noise cancellation and bass performance.

Battery life for the AirPods Pro is above average with roughly 4.5 hours of listening per charge. The audio shines through really well, albeit not with the same fidelity as $300+ noise-canceling headphones. For a pair of earbuds, though, the AirPod Pro can’t be beaten.

One of our favorite features is the earbuds’ controls. Each bud has a force sensor-mounted stem, which is pinched or held to play the next track or adjust transparency to better listen to nearby surroundings. The learning curve for them is really quick, too.

Most importantly, they’re very comfortable to wear. The silicone ear tips press comfortably against the ear canal and do not cause strain. Users can also choose from small, medium, and large-sized ear tips to provide better sealing based on ear size.

If you’re okay with certain earbud limitations and a pricier tag in favor of comfort and ease of use, then the Airpods Pro are hard to beat.

Best iPad AirPods

AirPods Pro

Active noise cancellation and intuitive, pressure-sensitive controls make the AirPros Pro one of the most intuitive and convenient pair of earbuds on the market.

The Best iPads of 2021 for Drawing, Travel, and More

Best Overall iPad
2020 Apple iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
Best Budget iPad
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Best iPad for Drawing
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray
Need a Stylus?
Apple Pencil 2
Best iPad for Kids
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Protect Your iPad with a Tough Kids Case
HDE iPad Case for Kids with Handle/Stand
Best iPad for Travel
2021 Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
8.3-inch Screen Too Small?
iPad (9th Gen)
Best Laptop Replacement
2021 Apple 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Silver
Apple's Best Keyboard Accessory
Apple Magic Keyboard (for iPad Pro 11-inch - 3rd Generation and iPad Air - 4th Generation) - US English- White
Best Large iPad
2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Wi‑Fi, 128GB) - Space Gray
Best Small iPad
2021 Apple iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
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