If you write emails, notes, create documents on the iPad mini (1, 2), a keyboard improves the experience vastly as opposed to tapping on the screen. iPad mini 2 keyboard cases are dual purpose: they serve as a good Bluetooth keyboard and they protect your iPad. Even more importantly, each of these is designed to be a good stand for the iPad mini 2 so it's easy to type and work on the iPad mini.
The market is quite inundated with a lot of knock-offs and low-quality iPad mini 2 keyboard cases. What matters is not just the keyboard's quality but the backup(battery), the overall design, the case cover and its quality. Most keyboards have the Apple layout (Mac) and come with enough buttons to make interacting with the iPad mini (retina) very easy. We picked a few iPad mini 2 Bluetooth keyboard cases/covers. Check it out:
Ionic Keyboard Case for iPad Mini 2
The Ionic is a leather keyboard case for the iPad mini (1 and 2). The textured leather (pebble-grain) lends a very interesting look to the case while keeping your iPad mini covered and protected. The keyboard part of the case is detachable. The keyboard itself has a very ergonomic design that allows for a comfortable typing experience. The case also features a stand. Incidentally, unlike other cases, this does not have a magnetic snap-on, instead choosing a leather flap/clasp.
Price: $79.85 ()
Buy it from Amazon.com for $24.85.
Belkin Keyboard QODE iPad Mini 2 Case
Belkin's QODE range of products is high-end but it doesn't figure high when it comes to customer reviews. There's nothing wrong with the design: it's great and spectacular but apparently, the engineering is kind of weak. Nevertheless, Belkin's QODE is a good iPad mini keyboard case. It's a combination of PU leather on the outside and grip suede on the inside. The case cover works as a stand too. The keys, needless to say, are spaced out well despite being a mini keypad. The spec says 155 hours of active use after a full recharge.
Buy it from Amazon.com for $34.99.
Poetic Keyboard Case for iPad Mini with Retina Display
This particular Poetic case is like the black leather version of Ionic. In many ways, it is. There's the stand, there's the detachable keyboard case covered in leather and the case itself protects the iPad mini 2 completely. Poetic cases are well-known for their quality of production and the design itself. This Bluetooth keyboard is no exception: the keyboard case is ergonomic and portable. The keys are rubberized to avoid scratches on the iPad mini 2 and make it easy to clean the keys.
Buy it from Amazon.com for $29.95.
New Trent Keyboard Case for iPad Mini 2
Trent is something close to the ClamCase we covered earlier. It's a rigid, rubberized, hardshell case which protects your iPad mini 2 fiercely. One unique thing about New Trent is that the case lets you turn the iPad mini into whatever orientation you prefer. There is an integrated screen protector. Along with the shockproof, waterproof features, New Trent is the toughest case you can ask for.
Buy it from Amazon.com for $40.95.
E-thinker Keyboard Case for iPad Mini with Retina
E-thinker is one of the lower-end products but it works fine and has a unique magnetic slot for the iPad mini 2. It's interesting because it holds the iPad mini 2 far more securely than any other magnetic slot. By way of design, E-thinker has a standard keyboard that works. It's one of the more minimal keyboard cases. The E-thinker doesn't protect your iPad mini 2 though; it doesn't “cover” it.
Buy it from Amazon.com for $23.95.
Logitech Keyboard iPad Mini 2 Case
Logitech's Ultrathin series of iPad mini 2 keyboard cases/covers is another of those that have an interesting design. While the iPad mini 2 attaches to the keyboard part with magnetic snap-ons, you can actually put the iPad mini 2 in a slot (landscape mode) when you type. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth and is designed ergonomically, with function keys. It's a Mac-oriented keyboard. And as the name suggests, this one's an ultra-thin keyboard which makes it easy to carry around.
Buy it from Amazon.com for $43.99.
Sharkk Keyboard Case for iPad Mini 2
Sharkk is like the New Trent but it comes as a lightweight variant of the case. The 360-degree rotation that lets you rotate the iPad mini 2 anyway resembles that of the Trent. The Sharkk iPad mini 2 keyboard case, however, looks sleek and stylish. Rubberized matte feels soft but offers a very cool look. The keys are equally soft, have an Apple layout and are ergonomically designed.
Buy it from Amazon.com for $39.00.
The prices mentioned are retail. On Amazon, you get these products with large discounts applied (except for a couple of these).
What has been your favorite iPad mini 2 keyboard case so far? Did we miss out on a good product? Let us know in the comments!