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The best iPad Pro cases: ensure the ultimate protection for your iPad Pro

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These days, the best iPad Pro case can be surprisingly affordable, and is crucially needed to help protect your device from inevitable dirt, scratches, bumps, spills, and other forms of accidental damages. So, given how easy it is to accumulate wear and tear on your iPad Pro, it's crazy not to ensure the best protection possible for it with a reliable case. 

The 5th generation pro-grade iPad is available in two different sizes: the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, and the iPad Pro 11-inch, both released in May 2021. It's important to be sure you're getting the right sized case for your device to ensure accurate fitting. 

And it's not just about the screen diameter, either. Each iPad Pro model depending on generation will have different button layouts, access ports and camera sizes, there's nothing worse than purchasing an accessory to later realise that it doesn't fit your Apple product. Before you buy, double check your model number (the A number can be found on the back of your iPad Pro) to ensure the case is compatible. 

This article brings together the best iPad Pro cases currently available, covering a variety of styles and budgets, in one handy place. Some are hugely protective, and will help your tablet withstand some big bangs. Others have extra features, such as adding a keyboard and turning your tablet into a laptop. And some have a minimalist, slimline design, for more stylish looks.

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1. Apple Smart Keyboard and Folio case

The best iPad Pro case overall

Specifications

Manufacturer: Apple
Color: Black
Weight: 297g

Reasons to buy

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Transforms your iPad Pro into a laptop
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Slim build
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Official product

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in black
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Not the most protective

The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio case features a full-size keyboard, and is the perfect accessory for your iPad Pro 12.9 or iPad Pro 11 device as it will effectively turn your device into a laptop. Being an official Apple product, the case is incredibly easy to fit and use: there's no charging or pairing required, you are able to simply attach the keyboard and start typing. 

When it's not being used as a QWERTY keyboard, the folio casing protects the back and the screen from scratches and bumps, so you have maximum peace of mind for when you're carrying your Apple iPad around. 

Having said that, you may be able to find far better protective cases available from elsewher if you're not adamant on having an official Apple case. If you're prone to dropping your devices, you're better off choosing another product, such as the sturdier offering from Otterbox (number 7 on our list).

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2. Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro range

The best iPad Pro case if you don't need a keyboard

Specifications

Manufacturer: Apple
Colors: Black, White, Cactus, Pink Sand, Surf Blue
Weight: 175g

Reasons to buy

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Perfect fit
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Premium quality
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Official product

Reasons to avoid

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Less protection than some offer

Being an official Apple product, this folio case will fit your tablet like a second skin, and it's super light too! The Smart Folio case offers great protection for both the front and back of your iPad Pro, so you can have peace of mind traveling around with it. The magnetic closure is highly satisfying and strong, but not so strong that you have to wrestle with your tablet to get it open.

You can fold the Smart Folio into varying positions and all angles will be beneficial for most of your needs, like reviewing photos, to watching Netflix, for instance. Overall, this looks and feels like a premium product. It's constructed from a single piece of polyurethane, and offers great protection. And, as long as you place it on a flat, sturdy surface, your iPad Pro will sit nicely enough without wobble.

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3. Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case with Keyboard

The best iPad Pro case for value

Specifications

Manufacturer: Logitech
Colors: Blue, Black, Red
Weight: 900g

Reasons to buy

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Well built case
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Keys aren't the best
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Heavier than Apple options

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case is a protective case with a backlit keyboard combined into one neat package. This case connects to your iPad Pro via Bluetooth (rather than via Apple Smart Connector, which is a better alternative for those less tech-savvy as it would save you the trouble of having to pair your device). The keyboard itself features full-sized backlit keys allowing productivity into the night and wherever you go. It also features familiar handy iOS shortcuts and the keys are well spaced so that your typing still feels fairly natural. 

The case from Logitech feels durable and has excellent edge protection; it will certainly keep your precious device protected from bumps, scratches and spills. On the negative side, we'd prefer the keys travel to feel a little less plastic-y. 

If you're after an iPad Pro case but can't quite afford the official Apple option, this is a great value alternative. Plus Logitech has been good enough to include a place to house your Apple Pencil (something that's lacking on the Apple keyboard folio case). It's compatible with the following models: A1876/A2014/A1895/A1983/A229/A2233.

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4. Logitech Folio Touch iPad Keyboard Case with Trackpad & Smart Connector

A well made, protective iPad Pro case with a keyboard

Specifications

Manufacturer: Logitech
Colors: Black
Weight: 900g

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Nice kickstand
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Backlit keys automatically adjust

Reasons to avoid

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Limited key travel

This protective case, also from Logitech, features a flexible kickstand that offers 40° of tilt. So you can be sure to get the right angle for the task at hand when you want to review your photos, sketch, do a Zoom call, or watch videos, you can even fold the keyboard out of the way entirely – which is a really neat design feature.

Logitech state that: 'The large, well-spaced keyboard containing a full row of iPadOS shortcut keys lets you type comfortably with speed and accuracy.' While this is true, it's a shame that on this keyboard, the buttons feel just a little like typing on a plastic touch screen as they don't really press down in the same way as those on a laptop. 

However, there's always going to be a trade-off with this kind of case: In keeping the design lightweight, the keyboard's functionality has suffered only slightly. It is a durable case which offers great edge protection, and the keyboard works really well, it's also good value for money, so don't let this put you off. 

The keys automatically light-up to adjust to your environment's lighting, which is another neat feature. Nice one, Logitech. It's compatible with the following models: A1980/A2013/A1934/A1979/A228/A2233.

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5. Torro Tablet Case compatible with Apple iPad Pro 11

The best iPad Pro case for style

Specifications

Manufacturer: Torro
Colors: Black, Red, Dark brown
Weight: 290g

Reasons to buy

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Quality leather 
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Great protection
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Stylish looks

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest

This Torro iPad Pro 11 case has a high-gloss finish, cream microfibre interior and contrasting cream TORRO bull’s head insignia, designed for people who are after a stylish, functional and high-quality product to enhance and protect their iPad Pro. 

Thanks to the Napa leather, the case has a lovely soft feel to it and the silicone-based internal frame with toughened sturdy rear plate offers additional shock absorption, so you can be sure that it's durable. Even though the case closes via an elasticated band rather than using magnets, you can still facilitate the wake/sleep function of your iPad by simply lifting and closing the microfibre lined cover. 

The Torro case offers good all-around protection and the leather provides excellent grip. For added functionality, the case has three anti-slip stripes to enable three angles for comfortable reviewing of photos and footage, TV viewing, typing and so on. Overall, this is a high-quality iPad Pro case.

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6. Zugu Case 2020 for the iPad Pro 12.9

A stylish iPad Pro case with great drop protection

Specifications

Manufacturer: Zugu
Color: Black
Weight: 522g

Reasons to buy

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5ft drop protection
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Stylish looks
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Adds some weight

We know that you’d like to keep your iPad Pro’s sleek lines and metal body on show for the world to see, but ultimately protection comes before styling. Hang on a minute, though: this case doesn't compromise on style either – brilliant! 

The Zugu Case 2020 strikes the perfect balance between function and aesthetics, offering reliable full-body protection while staying slim. There are airflow vents in the PC/TPU shell that prevent overheating, too.

The case has been engineered with a robust bumper and rugged TPU and PC shell for major drop protection. Despite boasting a relatively slim profile, this case offers protection from drops up to five feet, making it ideal for the ultra-clumsy or people who use their tablets in harsh environments. 

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7. OtterBox Defender series for the iPad Pro range

A great combination of style and safety

Specifications

Manufacturer: Otterbox
Color: Black
Weight: 898g

Reasons to buy

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Robust and rugged
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Slimline
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Stylish aesthetics

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey for polycarbonate

When it comes to protective cases, whether for iPhones or iPads, OtterBox is about as good as it gets. And with this particular case, you can rest assured that your prized tech possession will be safe and secure without scrimping on style. 

The OtterBox Defender offers three layers of protection in a drop-proof case. There's a solid inner shell and a resilient outer slipcover; the case feels grippy, so there's very little chance it will slip out of your hands, and the level of protection withstands drops, bumps and shocks, while the clear polycarbonate rear panel means you can still showcase your iPad Pro in all of its glory. 

This case from OtterBox comes with reinforced rubber corners to help to protect your iPad Pro against accidental drops and damages, while a slightly lipped front keeps the screen safe from scratches. In short, this isan excellent bit of kit, that's well worth the money. 

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8. Pipetto Origami Pencil iPad case Pro 11 & Pro 12.9

The best cheap iPad Pro case

Specifications

Manufacturer: Pipetto
Colors: Various
Weight: Not specified

Reasons to buy

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Many stand modes
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Loads of color options
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Apple Pencil slot

Reasons to avoid

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Not as protective as some

The Origami Pencil Case features lots of stand positions and functionality, and comes with a slot for your Apple Pencil as well as a TPU bumper for extra protection. It's similar to the Apple Smart Cover featured in this guide, and it even turns the device on/off when opened/closed, in the same way that the Smart Cover does. 

The magnetic cover is made from PU and has exactly the same touch and feel as Apple's Smart Cover. The back is made from a shock absorbent TPU, which means your iPad is fully drop protected, feels great in hands and will wipe clean. 

The 'Origami' folding style of the smart cover is what makes it stand out in terms of functionality and usability, as it offers a total of four different angles, so you can review photos or footage, watch or type in comfort. There are so many different colors to choose from too.

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9. Speck SmartShell Plus for iPad Pro 12.9

The best clear iPad Pro case

Specifications

Manufacturer: Speck
Colors: Clear, Onyx Black
Weight: 53g

Reasons to buy

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Slim design
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Clear and transparent
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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Not everyone likes polycarbonate

This clear case for the iPad Pro enables your beautiful Apple tablet's design to really shine through. So, if showing off your iPad is important to you, while keeping it safe from everyday knocks and scratches, dirt and spills, you'll want to consider this well-designed bit of kit. 

The sleek, slim-line case fits the tablet really well and the transparent rear features cut-outs in all the right places. What's more, there's a gap along the side so you can add on Apple's own Smart Keyboard to effectively turn your tablet into a laptop. We really like the reinforced edges and corners that will give you peace of mind that your lovely device is safe from drops.

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10. STM Dux Plus Case for iPad Pro 11 Case

The best iPad Pro case for drop protection

Specifications

Manufacturer: STM
Color: Black, Navy
Weight: 750g

Reasons to buy

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Very rugged
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Slim-grip design
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Attractive looking

Reasons to avoid

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Pretty heavy

If you're a bit accident prone with clumsy tendencies, you'll want to consider this highly-protective case from STM to you-proof your iPad Pro. The Dux Plus case is said to maintain all operating functions after plummeting 26 times from a height of four feet, making this the most rugged case to be featured in this guide. 

And what's lovely is that it still retains your tablet's stylish looks. STM uses transparent materials on the back panel so that you can customize your device with personal images, scan a tagging barcode, or simply let the beauty of your device shine through. The case also features integrated Apple Pencil wireless charging and storage, and STM’s patented magnetic closure. What's not to like?

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11. ZtotopCase for New iPad Pro 12.9 Case 2020

A smart case for the iPad Pro 12.9 with an organizer pocket

Specifications

Manufacturer: ZtotopCase
Colors: Black, Dark Gray, Rose
Weight: 329g

Reasons to buy

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Nice color options
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Slim and light

Reasons to avoid

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Not very protective
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Might wear over time

Made from synthetic leather and microfiber, this smart offering from ZtotopCase will certainly keep your device well-protected, especially from dirt, scratches and bumps, though it isn't going to save your iPad Pro12.9 from any big drops or accidents. This case features a deep recess to protect your device's camera too, and at this low price, you can't ask for much more. 

But there is more! The iPad Pro 12.9 case has a built-in leather hand strap, stylus loop, organizer pocket and provides multiple slots for you to set up your iPad Pro at various angles for watching movies or typing up essays and emails. 

Like most of the other cases in this guide, this case supports the iPad Pro's auto sleep/wake function. All-in-all, the premium synthetic leather exterior, anti-slip interior lining and hard back shell offer great protection against average daily use.

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12. Spigen Rugged Armor Pro for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch

Protective case with a cool industrial look

Specifications

Manufacturer: Spigen
Colors: Black
Weight: 415g

Reasons to buy

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Shock absorbing tech
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Attach Apple Pencil

Reasons to avoid

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Only comes in black

This is an excellent rugged case, with shock-absorbing Air Cushion Technology that will help to protect your iPad from accidental drops. This case has carbon fibre detailing and a matte finish to provide a cool, industrial aesthetic appeal.

Designed for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021), there's a side opening to magnetically attach your Apple Pencil to the case, and the cover folds back so you can additionally use this case as a stand for when you need to work hands free or stream content. 

There are precise button cutouts and easy access to the charging port, overall this case from Spigen is well-made, good-looking and very protective for your device.

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A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'. 

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