Now that the iPad Air features a new, all-powerful M1 chip, the tablet’s capabilities are approaching desktop levels. So whether you’re looking to create a piece of art, write your next assignment, or just stream on the go, the accessories we explore here come to enhance your experience. Look quickly!
The eagle-eyed among you may notice that some things are missing, namely chargers and the Apple pen. But since the iPad Air comes with an included charger, there was little point in recommending you buy something you don’t need. As for the Apple Pen, we consider this an important enough accessory to have its own best list of alternatives, so you may want to click the link to learn more.
Buying guide: what to look for in iPad Air accessories (4th and 5th generation)
For the iPad Air, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for accessories. The most important factor is the size of the screen, and with the Apple iPad Air 5 (2020) copying the design of its predecessor, the iPad Air 4 (2020), there is little to worry about in that sense if you have the 4th, then most of your accessories are compatible. Still, you may want to read a little more before making a decision.
Use case: This is the most important question to ask yourself. What do you need the peripherals for? If you are going on a big adventure or if you want to leave the device with your child, you should invest in a good sturdy cover. If, on the other hand, you want to turn your iPad into a mobile workstation, you should look for a keyboard cover and a stand. Want to connect your iPad Air to a 4K TV monitor? You may want to look into a Type-C hub that supports 4K output. Price: Then there’s the price, how much money can you give for each peripheral? Yes, unbranded accessories are only a fraction of the price compared to original ones, but you get what you pay for. Some features may not be as good or quality may be lacking. So before you go hunting for iPad Air accessories, budget and balance it with the features you want. Brand: A good rule of thumb to get the most out of your money is to look for well-known brands, preferably ones you’ve tried before. In our range you will find items from Logitech, ESR and Anker, all of which are known for their quality products.
Not all iPads are made to the same dimensions and this is especially true for iPads prior to the 4th generation. Thankfully, since Apple hasn’t changed the case or the cameras of the iPad Air 5 for the 2022 refresh, rest assured that most cases and other peripherals will be compatible with it, but the previous generations won’t. . If you are upgrading from an iPad Air 3rd generation or earlier, some accessories are not compatible.
For this best list, we’ve selected items that are compatible with the 4th and 5th generation iPad Air. Some accessories, such as the stand or the hub, may also work with other devices.
Which iPad Air do I have?
To make sure you select the right peripherals for your iPad Air, you need to be able to see which generation it is. Unfortunately, since Apple doesn’t follow any sort of numbering in the names, it’s not easy to remember.
The fastest way is to turn your device over and look at the model number, which should be located on the bottom right of your device. The model number should look something like this: Model: A2342. Another way to find this number is to go to Settings > General > About.
Then you can look up this number online and find the generation of your iPad.
Official Apple Accessories
If you don’t want to risk compatibility and different generations, you can of course just opt for the official accessories. But the premium for that is pretty significant and Apple is known for sacrificing features at the altar of design. So before you jump to the Apple Store, check out the features our recommendations offer.
Best iPad Air 4th/5th Gen Accessories
Best all-round protection: ESR Rebound Hybrid Case 360
This is a very versatile case / © ESR / Amazon Store
ESR is known for providing affordable peripherals with excellent features. For the best all-round protection, we chose the ESR Rebound Hybrid 360 because, apart from the name, it offers ingenious features, a relatively reasonable price and decent protection. This case consists of two parts. A detachable magnetic cover and a head protection body.
If you don’t want to be limited by the shape of your case or take a flop with you every time you use your device, this is what you need to look into. The removable cover is easy to remove, protecting your device with a clear cover that is easy to handle. When you want to lay your device down comfortably, the removable cover snaps onto it magnetically, both horizontally and vertically at different height levels.
Best Keyboard Case: Logitech Combo Touch iPad Air (4th 5th Gen)
The backlit keyboard really won me over. / © Logitech / Amazon Store
For the 5th generation iPad Air, Apple has blessed us with a desktop chip, the M1. So why not combine it with a keyboard case? Logitech produces some premium peripherals and the Logitech Combo Touch is no exception.
This case is not only a keyboard but also has a trackpad with which you can use your iPad Air 5th gen (2022) as a laptop! The keyboard is backlit and also detachable. The textured back is unfortunately only available in one color but looks very professional. It also features function keys that are usually missing from Apple solutions.
Best Rugged Case: BRAECN Shockproof Case
It’s a good thing they included a strap as I don’t see this fitting in any small bag. / © Amazon Store / BRAECN
If you’re about to embark on an adventure with your iPad Air, you’d better pack some serious protection. The Braecn Shockproof case is a practical solution. Now if you’re looking for a rugged case because you didn’t bring protection when it matters, this shockproof case has enough plastic to survive the casual torture of a child too.
Its main feature is the rotating hand strap, which allows you to hold the iPad Air firmly. In addition, you’ll find a swivel stand and shoulder strap that allow you to hang the device around you or secure it in a convenient place to view your content.
Best Stand: Lamicall 360 Gooseneck Tablet Mount
This standard is more flexible than I will ever be. / © Lamical / Amazon Store
Here the selection is a bit more subjective. Desk stands come in many shapes and forms to suit the individual needs of each setup. Personally, I found the Lamicall 360 desktop stand to be the best solution in terms of adjustability and access.
Allows you to mount any tablet from 4.4 to 12.9 inches. This allows you to freely adjust the rotation of your iPad without restricting access to the main port, which is essential when leaving the device on a desk. Quick access for charging, file transfers or wired screen connections is paramount in such setups, and the freedom the Lamicall 360 offers will be appreciated.
Best USB Hub: Anker PowerExpand Direct 6-in-1
The aluminum design fits nicely with the iPad Air 5 / © Anker / Amazon Store
Speaking of workstations, a USB-C Hub is a must-have for your iPad Air. Allows you to connect multiple devices, such as monitors and storage expansions.
For this, we opted for the PowerExpand Direct 6-in-1 from Anker, which offers a wide choice of ports. It supports SD and microSD cards and has a single USB A 3.0, an HDMI port for your display and a USB type C that can also be used to charge your device with up to 60W.
You also get a handy 3.5 mm audio jack to connect your headphones. But what really convinced us is the smaller form factor that allows for a compact handheld experience without floppy dongles and the aluminum construction that matches the iPad Air.
Extras: Screen protector
But if you want a complete set of accessories for your iPad Air 5 (2020), you should definitely consider a screen protector. Screen protectors for the iPad Air come in two main categories, structured so that it feels more natural and smoother to the touch. Here’s a quick recommendation to get you started.
And this is all we can recommend you for now. We understand we haven’t covered the entire spectrum of peripherals you can find for the iPad Air 5, such as car mounts, chargers, or crazier cases, but the selections are many! If you think an item is worthy of being on this list, don’t hesitate to write it in the comments below!
What did you think of this selection for the iPad Air 2022? Do you have any products to recommend? Let me know in the comments.
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