Round up: The best iPad Pro accessories


The best iPad Pro accessories

Best iPad Pro accessories

The iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 9.7 are a powerful, versatile tablet combo, made even more so by its Smart Connector, which gives you one more way to hook up accessories.

Apple clearly sees them as a device built for productivity, proven by the fact you can get official Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories for it, but the world of iPad Pro accessories extends far beyond Apple’s official selection.

Logitech and others have created alternative offerings, which are often cheaper or better, or fill gaps that Apple hasn’t catered for.

Whether you want to work, play or create on your iPad Pro there’s an accessory for you and these are some of the very best.

(We’ve aimed for universal accessories but some of these are size dependent, and noted in the copy. We’ll be updating in the coming weeks.)

Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus


Colors: Chrome, Black | Official site

The Apple Pencil is great for writing and sketching, but if you’re more of a painter it’s not going to get the job done. For that there’s the Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus, which, as the name suggests, has a brush, making it ideal for digital artists.

There’s a stylus too if you want to sketch and in a pinch you can even write with it, though not with as much precision as the Apple Pencil. Still, it’s far cheaper and much better for the artistically-inclined.

STM Atlas case

STM case

Colors: Charcoal, Denim, Red | Official site

If you just want a little protection for your tablet the STM Atlas case will get the job done. An understated slimline fabric design keeps it looking classy and ensures it doesn’t bulk up whatever bag you chuck your iPad into.

It also folds out into a stand, with a hinge allowing you to adjust the landscape angle for comfortable typing or viewing, and there’s a slot for the expensive but easily lost Apple Pencil.

With a magnetic closure as well, to ensure the screen is always off when the case is shut and on as soon as you open it, this is a well thought out case and an essential addition to any unprotected iPad.

Logitech Create keyboard

Logitech Create

Colors: Black, Red/Gold, Black/Space Gray, Blue/Silver | Official site

If you want to use your iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, then a keyboard is an essential accessory and while the official Smart Keyboard is a strong option the Logitech Create is a great alternative.

In fact, in many ways it tops Apple’s terminal, with a full protective case ensuring the back of your iPad Pro stays protected and backlit keys so you can type in the dark. It’s also cheaper than the Smart Keyboard.

On the flip side it adds quite a lot more weight and thickness to your slate, but a palm rest at the bottom makes it comfortable to type on and nicely spaced keys ensure you can do so quickly and accurately. Which, if you’re typing a lot, is really the most important thing.

Currently this is only available for the iPad Pro 12.9, but we’re hoping Logitech sees sense and brings this out for the smaller version soon.

Gamevice controller


Color: Black | Official site

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but you can avoid that fate by investing in a Gamevice controller and making the most of all the power tucked away in your iPad Pro.

Sadly, this currently only fits the iPad Pro 9.7 (although happily a 12.9-inch version is on the way) and if you’re using Apple’s smaller flagship you can slot it into the Gamevice to provide hardware controls, including thumbsticks, a D-pad, triggers and other buttons.

If you’ve ever tried to play a first person shooter with a touchscreen you’ll know what a difference this can make and if you’re serious about your games this is near essential.

Logitech Base charging stand

Logitech Base

Color: Silver | Official site

The Smart Connector is a smart idea, but for the most part it’s only used for keyboards. Logitech decided to change that by launching the Base charging stand, which uses the Smart Connector to juice up your iPad Pro.

Magnets in the charging cradle ensure your slate is aligned, making it easier to use than if you had to plug the tablet in.

It looks the part too, with the slim aluminum build of the dock giving it a premium appearance that matches the design of your tablet – plus the Apple Pencil will sit neatly on the front.

We’re not sure if it’s supposed to, but that’s the beauty of putting things places and seeing if they work…


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