If you’re drawn to one of the new iPads, you’re probably weighing the benefits of getting an official keyboard or Apple Pencil for it too. Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s a bad idea – you should get the cheaper Logitech versions.
Apple finally showed off the new iPad (10th generation) and two M2 iPad Pro tablets and alongside them Apple also released a new Magic Keyboard. This keyboard and stand hybrid makes it easy to use the iPad as a laptop, but it comes at a pretty high cost. In addition to Apple’s tablet price, you’ll have to shell out $249, $299, or $349 / £279, £319 or £379 / AU$399, AU$489, or AU$579 for a compatible keyboard for the iPad (10th generation), the iPad Pro (11-inch, M2) or iPad Pro (12.9-inch, M2), respectively.
Fortunately, for those looking for the convenience of a keyboard and case to keep their shiny new iPad more secure, there’s a great solution that isn’t as budget-friendly. Logitech makes its own iPad-compatible accessories that do the exact same thing at a fraction of the cost.
Right now in the official Apple store, you can find the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad (opens in new tab) for new iPad professionals. While still not the cheapest accessory in the world, it is just $199.95 or $229.95 / £219.95 or £239.95 / AU$299.95 or AU$349.95 for options 11-inch and 12.9-inch compatible, respectively.
Also, you can go to Logitech’s own store and pick up a Touch Combo for the iPad (10th Generation) (opens in new tab) for $160. If you want to forgo a trackpad for your iPad (10th generation), you can opt for Logitech Slim Folio Keyboard Case (opens in new tab) ($100) or the Rugged Folio keyboard case (opens in new tab) ($140). They are not currently available in Logitech stores in the UK and Australia, but we are finding out when and if that will change.
It’s not just the cases that Logitech makes, but it also makes its own Apple Pencil. O Logitech Crayon (opens in new tab) (which is a great name by the way) promises to deliver pixel-precise drawings on any iPad with a USB-C connection, and it even uses the same technology as the real Apple Pencil. If you want to pick up this digital pen, it will cost you $69.95 / £69.95 – not currently available in Australia.
Logitech add-ons aren’t a must buy for all iPad owners – some people don’t need a fancy pen or keyboard, they just want a simple-to-use tablet – but if you’re planning on getting an official iPad keyboard case or Apple Pencil , we seriously suggest you get one of these products.
Of course, these accessories are not made by Apple, but considering they are sold in the Apple store, they are just as official as third-party add-ons.
However, if you’re still set on getting the right Magic Keyboard for your iPad, be sure to check out our guide to the best iPad Pro Magic Keyboard deals to make sure you get one for the best price. Plus, we have all the new iPad pre-orders and iPad Pro M2 pre-order information you need right here.