Enhance Your iPad Experience in 2023 with Must-Have Accessories

In the ever-evolving world of tablets, the iPad remains a formidable contender, offering versatility and performance that can turn it into your trusted laptop replacement or simply a cherished companion in your daily adventures. But what makes this remarkable device even better? The right accessories can transform your iPad experience from good to extraordinary.

While Apple’s own lineup of accessories is undeniably top-notch, it’s time to explore the vast landscape of alternatives from innovative companies like Otterbox, Logitech, and Anker. Not only do they often match the quality of Apple’s offerings, but they also come with the added advantage of being budget-friendly.

To help you navigate this world of accessories and make informed decisions, we’ve gone hands-on with a variety of cases, keyboards, styli, and other gadgetry. Whether you own the sleek iPad Air, the compact iPad Mini, or any other iPad model, we’ve got you covered. Join us on this journey as we unveil the best iPad accessories of 2023, designed to elevate your iPad experience and meet your unique needs.


Number 1. Otterbox Symmetry 360 case



Otterbox isn’t just about protection; it’s about combining security with style, and their Symmetry Series 360 collection proves it! When it comes to safeguarding your precious gadgets, Otterbox is the undisputed expert. But what makes the Symmetry Series 360 truly stand out is its flair for design.

Picture this: Symmetry cases that resemble Apple’s Smart Cover, but with a crystal-clear, scratch-resistant back that exudes quality and durability, all without piling on unnecessary weight to your iPad. And let’s not forget about the robust edge protection that ensures your tablet remains unscathed, even in the face of those inevitable accidental bumps.

But Otterbox goes the extra mile with a nifty addition – a flap that keeps your iPad’s screen cover securely closed and offers a snug spot for your second-generation Apple Pencil, neatly tucked to the side of your iPad Pro.

Now, I know you’ve seen those budget-friendly iPad cases flooding Amazon’s search results, but not all of them are worth your attention. However, brands like Moko and ProCase step up to the plate with options that won’t break the bank. If you’re a fan of Apple’s Smart Cover aesthetic but cringe at the thought of shelling out $50 or more, these brands offer a wallet-friendly alternative that oozes style without emptying your wallet. Protection meets affordability – what more could you ask for?


Number 2. Twelve South HoverBar Duo



Twelve South’s HoverBar Duo is the iPad stand that comes oh-so-close to perfection! What’s the secret behind this gadget’s greatness? Well, the “duo” in its name reveals its versatility. It’s like having a Swiss Army knife for your iPad setup. This remarkable stand can do two things effortlessly: prop your iPad up using an arm attached to a weighted base or attach that same arm to a desk or table with the included clamp.

Now, when you first lay eyes on it, you’ll find that it’s already fully assembled on the weighted base, but switching to the clamp attachment is a breeze, thanks to the clear instructions and basic tools that come right in the box. And if you’re lucky enough to have the latest model, you’ll appreciate the quick-switch tab that makes the transition between the weighted base and clamp attachment a tool-free cinch.

Securing my trusty 11-inch iPad Pro in the HoverBar Duo’s tablet clip wasn’t a Herculean task, although it did take a bit of muscle to get the arm into the perfect position. But hey, that’s a testament to the arm’s strength – it steadfastly held its ground, no slipping, sliding, or wilting under pressure. Personally, I found myself mostly using the clamp attachment, which turned my iPad Pro into a glorious secondary screen while I worked. And fret not, because the included clamp can snugly fit most desks and tables, accommodating surface thickness from a mere 0.4 inch to a generous 1.4 inches.

Now, if you’re the type who values elegance above all else and doesn’t mind sacrificing a bit of flexibility, Elago’s P2 stand for iPad might just be your knight in shining aluminum armor. Crafted from a single piece of aluminum, it boasts a perfectly designed ledge for your iPad and cleverly placed cutouts for your charging cables. Plus, it’s spacious enough to embrace most iPad cases. It might not fold, and it might not adjust, but its minimalist design will undoubtedly add a touch of sophistication to your workspace.


Number 3. Logitech MX Keys Mini



Let me introduce you to a game-changer in the realm of Bluetooth keyboards—the Logitech MX Keys Mini. While it may not have been tailor-made exclusively for the iPad, it seamlessly teams up with it to deliver a typing experience like no other. This keyboard is a compact powerhouse that inherits the ergonomic finesse and the signature aesthetics of the esteemed MX lineup.

Picture this: a sleek and slender profile, slightly elevated thanks to its top bar, and keys that not only look great but feel even better under your fingertips. Typing on the Keys Mini is an absolute joy. But what truly sets it apart is the intelligent backlighting feature. It’s not just there to dazzle; it comes to life when it senses your hands approaching the keyboard, ensuring that it only illuminates when you’re typing. This smart move conserves precious battery life in the long haul. Logitech estimates that the Keys Mini can keep up with you for up to 10 days, depending on your backlight usage, or a whopping five months if you decide to go backlight-free.

Now, I’ll admit, at $100, the MX Keys Mini may seem a tad pricey, but here’s the kicker—it could very well serve as both your go-to iPad keyboard and your trusty desk companion. The magic happens when it effortlessly connects to not one, not two, but three devices simultaneously. With a simple press of a key, you can seamlessly switch between them. And it doesn’t stop there; it boasts a few nifty extra keys, like the one that summons the emoji picker and another that mutes your microphone (an absolute lifesaver during those endless Zoom calls).

But if you’re on the hunt for an even more budget-friendly or ultra-slim iPad keyboard option, fear not. Logitech’s Keys to Go is a stellar choice, often found between $50 and $70. We’ve sung its praises before, and it remains a solid contender for those seeking affordability and portability without compromising on quality.


Number 4. Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad



When it’s time to treat yourself to the pinnacle of iPad accessories, there’s no contest—Apple’s very own Magic Keyboard reigns supreme. This luxurious case is the epitome of sophistication, and it’s tailor-made to embrace the latest iPad Pros, creating a magnetic, almost ethereal connection that leaves your tablet seemingly “floating” above the keyboard and trackpad.

The Magic Keyboard is the embodiment of opulence, with typing comfort that’s second to none and a trackpad so precise, it’s a joy to use. It’s not without its quirks, though; the limited range of motion might be a slight downside for some users. But let’s face it, this keyboard case is the epitome of extravagance. It’s not just a keyboard; it’s a statement piece that adds a touch of elegance to your iPad setup.

Sure, it comes with a hefty price tag, but if money is no object, or if you’re on the hunt for the most stylish iPad keyboard money can buy, the Apple Magic Keyboard is the one to covet. It’s a symbol of luxury and functionality, and it’ll elevate your iPad experience to a whole new level of sophistication.


Number 5. Apple Pencil



No shocker here, folks! Brace yourselves for the ultimate truth: the Apple Pencil is, without a doubt, the undisputed champion of styluses for the iPad. Whether you’re talking about the first-generation Pencil or its second-gen sibling, these sleek, high-tech marvels are meticulously engineered to sync seamlessly with iPads, and it shows in their buttery-smooth writing performance.

Now, let’s talk about the second-gen Pencil. It’s not just a stylus; it’s a digital masterpiece. With its ingenious double-tap feature that you can tailor to your heart’s content, and pressure sensitivity that lets you craft digital artwork with unmatched precision, it’s a creative genius’s dream come true. Yes, it’s a bit of a splurge, with a price tag of $100 or $130, but let me tell you this: if you’re an artist, it’s an investment that will leave you absolutely enthralled. The Apple Pencil is your muse, your paintbrush, and your gateway to a world of limitless creativity. Trust me, disappointment is not in its vocabulary.