If you’re buying a new iPad, there are a variety of accessories you can purchase to help you get the most out of your tablet. Below we’ve highlighted some of our favorites, all of which you can find in our Guide to the best iPad accessories.
Zugu case for $50: It’s our favorite folio case for the iPad for several reasons. It’s not only durable (with a hard bumper), but it has a magnetic lid that stays closed and a flip that lets you position the screen at eight different angles. The case is also magnetic, so you can stick it on the fridge securely. It’s also reasonably priced, comes in a range of colors and has a place for your Apple Pencil.
Logitech Combo Touch (10th Gen) for $160: The Combo Touch comes with an integrated keyboard, trackpad, and kickstand, making it ideal for working on your iPad. It’s also detachable, so you can easily remove the keyboard when you don’t need it. It connects via Apple’s Smart Connector, meaning you never have to fiddle with Bluetooth or charge it.
Apple Magic Trackpad 2 for $129: For a spacious trackpad, the Magic Trackpad 2 is an excellent choice. Instead of physical buttons, it has Force Touch sensors where you can feel different levels of pressure on the pad. With support for various iPadOS gestures, you won’t have to touch the screen as much. It automatically pairs with your iPad via Bluetooth and charges with the Lightning port.
Logitech K380 Bluetooth Keyboard for $40: If you prefer an external keyboard, it’s hard to go wrong with the Logitech K380. It’s lightweight and portable and can be connected to up to three devices via Bluetooth (with dedicated buttons to switch between them). The keyboard is powered by AAA batteries, which lasted us about four months, so you don’t have to worry about carrying a charger.
Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) for $129: Those who use an iPad to draw, take notes, or mark up documents should consider an Apple Pencil (2nd generation). It glides across the screen with low latency, is great for browsing on iPadOS, and supports handwriting in multiple search fields so you don’t have to use the keyboard to type. It is compatible with iPad Air (4th generation and later), iPad Mini (6th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later), and 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later).
Twelve South HoverBar Duo 2.0 for $80: The HoverBar serves two purposes. You can mount it to the side of your bed, kitchen counter, or shelf (to display contents comfortably and hands-free) or you can use the included stand at your desk. With the 2nd Gen version, you can now remove the arm from the clamp and attach it directly to the mount, making it easy to switch between the two modes.
Nimble Champ Pro portable charger for $63 (10,000 mAh): If you mostly use your iPad on the go and are constantly looking for a wall outlet, a portable charger is essential. This one from Nimble supports USB Power Delivery and has 60 watts of power (we charged the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with enough juice to charge other gadgets). With a USB-C port And USB-A port, you can charge two devices simultaneously.
Twelve South StayGo USB-C Mini Hub for $60: Regardless of the iPad model, ports are limited. This hub from Twelve South has an 85-watt USB-C port with pass-through charging, a USB-A port, HDMI, and a headphone jack. If you’re having trouble installing it on an iPad with a case, the included USB-C female to USB-C male cable will solve the problem.