Buyer's Guide 2019: iPad Pro Cases, Accessories & Gear

If you've purchased a new iPad Pro, it's important to protect your investment with a case. You may also want to check out accessories like an Apple Pencil 2, an iPad keyboard, a screen protector, or a USB hub. In this 2019 Buyer's Guide article, we'll cover five of the best iPad Pro accessories for your new tablet, from the new Apple Pencil to offerings from brands like Zagg and Speck. 

Related: iPad Pro In-Depth Review: Is It the Laptop Replacement Apple Promised?

*All prices are for the 11-inch iPad Pro*

 

Apple Pencil 2 ($129)

The Apple Pencil is the type of accessory that only Apple could make. The pencil seamlessly integrates with the iPad—from a hardware perspective, the pencil magnetically sticks to the iPad, allowing it to charge wirelessly while being securely stored. From a software perspective, it’s built into the operating system, enabling you to wake your iPad up with your pencil as well as enjoy true pressure sensitivity across apps. This is a must-have accessory for anyone who enjoys art, taking notes by hand, or making any type of markups on their iPad.

 

Zagg Glass+ Visionguard ($59.99)

I can’t tell you how many iPads I’ve seen that were no longer functional because of their shattered screens. Make sure you’re not only protecting your investment with a rugged case, but also with a glass screen protector. Zagg is one of my favorite brands when it comes to screen protection. Their glass screen protectors are both high quality and easy to install. What makes the Visionguard screen protector truly stand out is that it not only protects your iPad from you (and your accidental drops), but it also protects you from your iPad. TheVisionguard blocks out blue light, which can cause eyestrain and has been shown to affect your quality of sleep.

 

Brydge Pro ($149.99)

The first time I attached a wireless keyboard to my iPad Pro, I was amazed at how much it helped my productivity. Not only does a keyboard make typing a lot quicker, but there are also a variety of keyboard shortcuts that make navigating my iPad easier, and multitasking more functional. The Brydge Pro is by far my favorite iPad keyboard that I’ve tested. It’s made of machined aluminum that matches the iPad’s finish, and the keyboard’s hinge design makes your iPad look a little like a MacBook. The hinge system also allows you to view your iPad at any angle, which I love, and the backlit keys are really helpful for low-light use.

 

HyperDrive 6-in-1 USB-C Hub ($89.99)

Apple switched the iPad Pro to a USB-C connector with the idea of supporting more accessories. However, many accessories still don’t utilize USB-C connectors. The Hyper-Drive is an excellent solution for this problem; it plugs into the USB-C port of your iPad so it can connect to a variety of different port types. The HyperDrive supports microSD so that you can easily sync photos with your DSLR camera, an ethernet cable in case you want to connect to wired internet, a USB-A port for older accessories, and my personal favorite, a headphone port. It also has a USB-C port with pass-through charging, so you can charge your iPad while using the other accessories. Finally, the HyperDrive is made from high-quality machined metal that looks sleek and matches your iPad.

 

Speck Presidio Pro Folio ($59.95)

Selecting the right case for an iPad is not just about protecting your device; it’s also about finding a case that holds your iPad at the correct angle for you. Folio-style cases are my preferred type because I can balance my iPad securely from both seated and reclined positions, and the screen is properly angled. The Speck Presidio Pro Folio offers excellent protection without being bulky, and even has a built-in slot for your Apple Pencil.

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