Which are the best Bluetooth keyboards for tablets? You can work quite well with most iPads and Android tablets. And with Windows tablets too, of course. Not just to answer emails or send text messages with, but also to work in professional apps like Microsoft Word and Excel. If you really want to get some work done, you’ll need a proper keyboard though.
I’ve tried lots of different ones in the last ten years and most generic tablet keyboards are not that great. Especially the cheaper ones are often a bit disappointing. But there are some that I can highly recommend. Well, here are the best Bluetooth keyboards for tablets.
By the way: If you can get an official keyboard cover for your tablet, that one will very likely be the better travel keyboard.
Logitech K380: The Best Keyboard For Your Desk
Let’s start with the Logitech K380. I think it is the best Bluetooth keyboard if you’re looking for one that’s somewhat affordable and should sit on your desk. It’s a normal size one and I’ve been able to touch-type with it immediately – yes, without having to get used to it first. The keys offer good travel.
You can connect it to devices running Windows, Android, iPadOS, and macOS. A very useful feature is that you can save up to three devices at ones. That way you can switch fast between your Windows PC, iPad, and your Android phone, for instance. It’s powered by batteries which last very long.
The Logitech K380 costs around 30 US Dollars and I think that’s a great value. I’m not the only one with this opinion. In fact, this keyboard is highly recommended from sites like Wirecutter from the New York Times too.
If you prefer a keyboard with a built-in stand feature, you can check out the Logitech K480. The keyboards are very similar but the K480 has a slot that can hold up your tablet.
Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard: The Best Travel Keyboard
I think the best travel keyboard for tablets is the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard. I’ve been using it for over two years already and I’m often asked what this keyboard is because it’s often seen in my videos. The keyboard is smaller than the one from Logitech and is similar in size to standard 10-inch tablets. In this case, you’ve got to get used to the smaller size first. That’s a downside but also means that it’s easier and better suited to travel with.
You can connect the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard with devices running Android, iPadOS, and Windows using Bluetooth. In this case, there is a built-in battery that’s charged using a MicroUSB port. Usually, the battery lasts over a month but that varies of course. Once you open the cover of the keyboard, it gets turned on automatically. As is the case with the Logitech one, you can pre-program up to three devices at ones.
A very useful feature is that the cover has a built-in slot that can hold your tablet. It works with most devices unless yours is too thick or has some rounded or weird edges.
I should point out that there are two types of reviews of it on Amazon. Some people love it just as I do. But others are reporting that their battery can’t be charged. So, it seems like some copies have problems with the battery. If you get one with a working battery, it’s an amazing keyboard. So, it’s probably a good idea if you buy it somewhere where it’s easy to return it if there’s an issue.
Usually, the keyboard costs under 50 US Dollars. However, it seems like Microsoft has stopped making this keyboard and it’s not on sale in many countries anymore. I don’t know of any similar alternative. So, if you can’t find it, you’ve got to get another one from this list.
Logitech K780: A Premium Keyboard
I think the value of the Logitech K380 and Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard is fantastic. But if you’re willing to spend a bit more money, you could check out the Logitech K780. Usually, it costs around 70 US Dollars.
While the Logitech K780 is made of plastic too, it does feel quite a bit higher-end. It’s much heavier and has a built-in slot to hold small and big tablets up to a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. You can save up to three devices here as well, and they can run Windows, macOS, Android or iPadOS.
It’s quite a big keyboard which means it’s more suited for your desk and it’s certainly not a great keyboard to travel with. So, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a normal desktop-class keyboard that’s a bit higher-end, supports Bluetooth and features a numbers block. I was able to type with it smoothly very fast. It’s powered by removable batteries.
Foldable Jelly Comb Bluetooth Keyboard
I’m ending this list with the foldable Jelly Comb Bluetooth Keyboard that costs around 27 US Dollars. The typing experience is not as good as the ones from Logitech and Microsoft. And it feels much cheaper too. I can’t recommend this one if you often need a Bluetooth keyboard.
Instead, I think the Jelly Comb can be an interesting choice if you need a keyboard on a few occasions only. Not at home, but while on the go. Folded up, the keyboard is very small and does not need much space. Folded out, it’s almost as big as a standard keyboard. But you’ve got to get used to the fold first.
This keyboard has been useful for me when I’ve been reviewing 8-inch tablets. I just threw it into my backpack and it was quite useful when I’ve had to answer a longer email or so. It fits in many jacket pockets too.
So, to sum up, the Jelly Comb foldable Bluetooth keyboard is not an amazing recommendation. But it can be useful for some occasions.
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