Tablet Keyboard: Comprehensive Comparison and Consumer Guide 2018

Male office worker typing on the keyboard. studio shot

While one of the major selling points of tablets is their portability, the typing experience sometimes leaves something to be desired. Most of us are used to typing on touch-screens for our cell phones but doing so on a tablet can be awkward and time-consuming. Those who spend a lot of time typing on their tablets may want to consider a tablet keyboard to make the process go smoother. We have amassed what we believe are the best tablet keyboards of 2018 to make your typing easy and your work go by faster.

Product FAQ

What does a tablet keyboard do?

A tablet keyboard will connect to your tablet (usually wirelessly) in order to help you type faster and more accurately. Generally speaking, a tablet keyboard should be paired with a tablet stand or tablet case to hold up the tablet while you’re typing, but some tablet keyboards can hold the tablet on its own.

Will a tablet keyboard work with my tablet OS?

Most tablet keyboards these days can work with different OS setups, even if they are made by a specific company (i.e., Microsoft keyboards will indeed sync with Apple iPads). However, you will always want to check to make sure that the keyboard will sync with your OS. If your tablet has one of the major OS systems (Android, Windows, iOS), then most tablet keyboards on the market will sync with it. If you have a different OS, you will want to do more research.

Is it difficult to type on a tablet keyboard?

Some tablet keyboards are smaller than traditional keyboards. If you’re a touch-typist, this will probably require some level of adjustment. Most skilled typists can adjust to a smaller keyboard with relative ease. If you are concerned about size, there are also some keyboards out there that are full-sized and work well with tablets, though you do compromise a bit of portability if you’re lugging around a full-sized keyboard.

How We Reviewed

We wanted to choose tablet keyboards that worked with multiple OS systems and also played to a variety of needs. Some people value portability over ease of typing, and others couldn’t imagine ever trying to adjust to a half-sized keyboard. We tried to select the best of all worlds. Plus, we kept an eye on the budget and tried to cater to a variety of price points. Lastly, no matter how much or how little we spent on the tablet keyboard, we always had an eye on quality.

Product Price Range

A tablet keyboard can range in price from around $15 to over $100, depending on the size of the keyboard, its features, and the brand it comes from. Obviously, the more you pay often means you’ll get more features, but for a tablet keyboard some users may find that less keyboard is better.

The Best Tablet Keyboards of 2018

One of the major complaints that many typists have about the smaller made-for-tablet keyboards is that they often make the typing experience feel very cramped. Smaller tablet keyboards often have smaller keys, and the keys are placed closer together. This can cause experienced touch-typists to miss keys and become frustrated. The Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Keyboard is a great solution to this problem. It’s a bit smaller than regular keyboards and a bit larger than normal tablet keyboards, so the Anker keyboard can provide you with a full-sized keyboard typing experience in a smaller package.

Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Rechargeable Battery, Universal Compatibility with iPad and Computer - Black
  • Ultra Compact: Takes up only two thirds the space of a traditional keyboard (11.3 × 5.0 × 0.5in).
  • 6-Month Battery Life: Rechargeable lithium battery with an industry-high capacity of 800mAh lasts for 6 months between charges (based on 2 hours non-stop use per day).
  • Comfortable & Intuitive: Low-profile, matte finish keys enhance your typing experience. Automatically connects to your last-connected device.
  • Broad Compatibility: Use with all four major operating systems (iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows).
  • Package contents: Anker Ultra Compact Bluetooth Keyboard, 2.3ft Micro USB charging cable, welcome guide, our fan-favorite 18-month warranty.

Key Features

The biggest feature of the Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Keyboard is how it fits a full-sized keyboard into a smaller package. If you have a bit of space for a keyboard but still want your tablet to be reasonably portable, then this is a great purchase to make. This is a rechargeable keyboard, and one charge should last you around six months.

Pros

  • very affordable keyboard
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    performs well and is reasonably durable 
  • good design
  • if you paired this with an appropriate metal tablet holder, you’d have the look of a miniature computer at a very low price.

Cons

  • the price means that there’s a compromise
  • appears to be metal, but it’s actually made out of plastic
  • typing experience feels flimsy 

If you’re looking for a keyboard that appears slick but has a very tempting price tag, then this is the one to choose. We can’t recommend this one enough for its performance, appearance and price. This is the keyboard to get if you’re on the fence about whether or not your tablet even needs one in the first place. With the price tag, you can’t afford not to have the OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard.

OMOTON Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard Compatible with 2018 iPad Pro 11/12.9, New iPad 9.7 Inch, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPhone and Other Bluetooth Enabled Devices, White
  • 1. Cable-Free. Bluetooth Connection with your Mobile Devices such as Tablets and mobile phones, Bring you more convenience when you need to type, Operating Distance up to 10 meters.
  • 2. Super Compatibility. Compatible with iPads, iPhones and Bluetooth-enabled Tablets, Laptops, and Mobile Phones.
  • 3. Reasonable Layout. QWERTY Layout with Hot keys Customized for iPads, Including Volume, Music Control, Brightness etc.
  • 4. Long Battery Life. 30-days continuous use and automatic sleep mode allow up to half a year between battery changes. (2 X AAA Battery, Not Included)
  • 5. Perfect Size. Just Big Enough for your fingers to enjoy a wonderful typing, and small enough to put it into your suitcase/handbag. And OMOTON Mall provide you friendly customer service and worry-free 1-year warranty.

Key Features

The OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard has a look very similar to Apple keyboards, with the silver back support and the white keys. In fact, the only real difference at first blush is the size: the OMOTON keyboard is much smaller than the traditional Apple keyboard. However, even though it appears to be an Apple product, it has connectivity with all the major tablet OS systems, like Android and Windows.

Pros

  • typing experience combined with a smaller size
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    a great compromise

Cons

  • isn’t as portable as many other smaller keyboards
  • doesn’t have any backlighting

Sometimes, all you want is something that is ultra-portable, and this is where the Artek HBO30 Universal Slim Portable Wireless Keyboard shines. This is a great solution for those who want a keyboard that will fit into the smallest of bags, and for those that still wish to type on a keyboard rather than on the surface of their tablet. The Artek wireless keyboard also has an impressive array of backlighting colors, so you can see to type in the dark and have a sleek look, as well.

Arteck HB030B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 7-Colors Backlit Keyboard with Built in Rechargeable Battery, Black
  • 7 Unique Backlight Color: 7 Elegant LED backlight with 2 brightness level and auto sleep feature to maximize power usage.
  • Broad Compatibility: Use with all four major operating systems supporting Bluetooth (iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows), including iPad Air 3 10.5-inch (2019) / iPad mini 5 (2019) / iPad 9.7 inch iPad 6 2018, iPad 5 2017 / 10.5 inch, 11 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro, iPad Air / iPad mini / iPhone / Android Tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus / Windows / Mac, etc.
  • 6-Month Battery Life: Rechargeable lithium battery with an industry-high capacity lasts for 6 months between charges (based on 2 hours non-stop use per day and backlit off)
  • Ultra Thin and Light: Compact size (9.7 X 5.9 X 0.24in) and light weight (0.37lb) allows easily carried and packed backpack, messager bag or case.
  • Package contents: Arteck Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard, USB charging cable, welcome guide, our 24-month warranty and friendly customer service.

Key Features

Where the Artek HBO30 Universal Slim Portable Wireless Keyboard excels is in its size. This is a very small keyboard. While this might take some getting used to for experienced touch-typists, it means that your tablet will stay like the ultra-portable device that it was meant to be. If you wanted a full-sized keyboard, why not just carry a laptop?

Pros

  • The size is the big pro
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    relatively high quality
  • Check Circle
    it didn’t take that long to adjust

Cons

  • small size if you don't like it

If what you want is a keyboard that is seriously tooled for the needs of the tablet typist, the Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard is definitely the one to spring for. It’s not the cheapest option, but it’s made specifically for laptops and will provide a phenomenal typing experience. Plus, not only will it connect wirelessly, but it will also connect to a USB port, which is a major plus for those of you who might have older devices or devices with faulty Bluetooth connections.

Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard for Computer, Phone and Tablet – Logitech FLOW Cross-Computer Control Compatible
  • Multi-device wireless keyboard: Beautiful type-on-everything keyboard with easy switching between three devices, including any computer, tablet and smartphone
  • Logitech FLOW cross-computer typing: Use as a regular keyboard or combine with a compatible Logitech FLOW mouse (sold separately) to type, copy, paste and move files seamlessly between computers
  • Comfortable typing: Full size, fully equipped keyboard with large, quiet keys and convenient number pad
  • Integrated phone and tablet stand: Holds your devices at the perfect angle to type and read
  • Wide compatibility: Windows 8 or later , Mac OS X 10.10 or later , iOS 5 or later , Android 5.0 or later Chrome OS

Key Features

The typing experience on the Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard is unparalleled for tablet keyboards. Many say that they can’t tell the difference between typing on the Logitech keyboard and typing on a normal keyboard. If you are looking to use your tablet for some serious writing, then the Logitech keyboard is definitely worth consideration.

Pros

  • can connect to up to 3 different devices instantaneously
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    great for those who might have multiple devices to switch
  • Check Circle
    batteries will last for over a year

Cons

  • one of the more expensive
  • ban
    isn’t the smallest keyboard

Comparison Chart

tablet keyboard - OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard
 
 
Prime Shipping
: Yes
Wireless connectivity
: Yes
Wired connectivity
: No
Multiple OS support
: Yes
Warranty
: 1-year
tablet keyboard - Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Keyboard
 
 
Prime Shipping
: Yes
Wireless connectivity
: Yes
Wired connectivity
: No
Multiple OS support
: Yes
Warranty
: 18 months
tablet keyboard - Artek HBO30B Universal Slim Portable Wireless Keyboard
 
 
Prime Shipping
: Yes
Wireless connectivity
: Yes
Wired connectivity
: No
Multiple OS support
: Yes
Warranty
: 1-year
Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard - tablet keyboard
 
 
Prime Shipping
: Yes
Wireless connectivity
: Yes
Wired connectivity
: Yes
Multiple OS support
: Yes
Warranty
: 1-year

Our Verdict on the Best Tablet Keyboard of 2018

Again, we reviewed a variety of different keyboards because the best tablet keyboard really depends on your tablet computing needs. However, we absolutely fell in love with the OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s the least expensive keyboard on the list, but it checked off a number of boxes for us. First of all, it ’s very light, and it’s very portable. It will take a bit of adjustment if you are used to a full-sized keyboard, but we didn’t find the adjustment process to be all that painful.

We also really adore the look of the OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard. Many reviewers used Apple iPads, and when the iPad was combined with the OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard and a metal stand, it really did look like they were using a miniature iMac. In addition to being adorable, this is also a great corporate look.

Not many products under $20 will take you to the boardroom and back, but the OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard can certainly do it. Of course, the fact that it’s made from plastic means that it doesn’t have the same feel as an Apple proprietary keyboard, but we’re completely sold on its price point. However, if you think that you’ll need a backlight in order to type properly, be aware that the OMOTON Ultraslim Bluetooth Keyboard doesn’t have it.

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