The iPad Pro is regularly touted as a laptop replacement and creative tool. However, if you want to make the most of a USB-C port on your iPad, you'll need a few extra peripherals and accessories.
In some ways, this is easier said than done. Which devices enhance your iPad Pro experience is not always clear. In addition, the manufacturers subsequently provide regular support for half-hearted iPad products.
Making the most of your iPad Pro's fantastic software can lead to incredible frustration. So we took the time to put together some peripherals and accessories for the iPad and improve its features.
(Most of these products are based on the USB-C port of the iPad Pro and do not work with these other versions of the iPad.)
One of the biggest productivity factors of the iPad Pro is the lack of an SD card reader and / or additional USB ports. This makes transferring files to and from the iPad a problem. This can be frustrating if you want to take full advantage of the fantastic video and photo editing programs on the iPad.
However, you can handle the problem with a handy USB-C hub. These hubs can add a variety of input formats to your iPad (including HDMI) and are a prerequisite for any iPad power user.
Not all USB-C hubs currently work with the iPad Pro (the next) iOS update offering more hub support), but the few USB-C hubs currently working with the iPad Pro are pretty good:
- RAYROW 6-Port Attachable Hub : This little hub was designed specifically for the iPad Pro. It has a 4K HDMI port, a USB-C port for charging, a headphone jack, SD and MicroSD card slots, and a USB 3.0 port for external drives. Unlike most USB hubs, the RAYROW Hub sits flat on the iPad Pro, which does not interfere with normal use of the iPad. (That is, this will not work well with most iPad cases.)
- Baseus 6-Port Attachable Hub : The Baseus is a fantastic, ever-available hub that attaches to the corner of your iPad becomes . It does not get in the way (unlike most dongle hubs) and makes your iPad look like the Borg. Port wise it has a USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port, SD and MicroSD card slots, a USB-C port for charging and a headphone jack. (If you have a bag on your iPad, this hub will not fit.)
- FALWEDI 10-Port Hub : This hub hangs on your iPad (a little awkward), but has a ton of ports and can be useful for use with your laptop or desktop. The FALWEDI has SD and MicroSD card slots, a USB-C charging port, three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, an Ethernet port and a headphone jack.
- Satechi 6-Port Slim Hub: For a USB-C hub, the Satechi is incredibly slim. It's a great device that's "always in the bag," and since it's a dongle, it works well with any laptop or phone. The Satechi has two USB 3.0 ports, SD and MicroSD card slots, a USB-C port for charging and an HDMI port for external displays.
Now that you've got a good USB C hub, it's time to look at external monitors.
Use an external display for more fun and productivity.
Thanks to the USB-C port of the iPad Pro You can easily mirror the screen of your iPad to an external monitor. Simply connect the iPad to a monitor with a USB-C cable and you're done. This feature is great for watching videos, drawing, or doing your "serious" work on a "serious" monitor. (For monitors without a USB-C video input, you will need a USB-C to HDMI cable or a USB-C to DisplayPort cable, or you can use a USB-C hub with an HDMI output.)
Here are some monitors that support the USB-C video input:
- LG 27 "4K Monitor : This is a high quality 4K monitor designed specifically for the USB-C video input has been. It's also equipped with AMD FreeSync technology for seamless gaming and has some built-in USB ports for iPad power users who want to do without their desktop PC.
- ASUS ZenScreen 15.6 "Portable Monitor : This portable HD monitor is designed for work on the move. Powered by the USB-C output of your iPad (saves you the search for a power outlet), it is easily adjustable and even has an integrated pen holder.
- AOC 15.6 "Portable Monitor : This HD monitor offers a great mix of affordability and practicality. Small and easily customizable, it works perfectly with the iPad Pro.
Of course, you can mirror your iPad Pro wirelessly to any Apple TV device, and with Mac OS Catalina (from late 2019) you can mirror your MacBook screen on your iPad (although it's not clear if you're using OS Catalina iPad screen on a MacBook can reflect).
There is more than one iPad pen
Everyone knows that the Apple Pencil is wonderful – it adds a whole new dimension of control to your iPad required for any type of iPad-based visual art.
The expensive Apple Pencil is not your only option, many wonderful Apple Pencil alternatives are available, many of which are direct clones of the Apple Pencil itself.
Here are Some of our most popular iPad Pro pens:
- Apple Pencil Gen 2 : The Apple Pencil kicks ass. It does not have to be paired via Bluetooth or anything else works just fine. It's very responsive, has built-in palm repellency features and can be magnetically attached to the side of your iPad Pro (and charged while it's there). If you choose the Apple Pencil but hate the price, you should buy the first generation Apple Pencil (which does not support gestures or wireless downloads).
- Logitech Crayon: The Logitech Crayon is basically just an affordable clone of the apple pencil. It automatically pairs with your iPad, responds very quickly, and has built-in palm rejection features.
- Wacom Bamboo Sketch : This is a traditional pen that happens to work with the iPad Pro (and works great) you can usually find it for sale). It connects to your iPad via Bluetooth, has two customizable buttons and can be magnetically connected to the side of your iPad. You can also use it with non-Apple devices. This feature may be useful for some users.
Now that you've settled your pen situation, it's time to take a look at some keyboards.
Let It Go The Virtual Keyboard of the iPad
Typing on the iPad's virtual keyboard can be problematic especially if you want to turn off the iPad a table (or really any surface). However, on some keyboards, the iPad works perfectly, and with a cheap little keyboard you can turn your iPad into a productivity machine.
Here are some of the best iPad Pro keyboards:
- Apple Official Smart Keyboard Folio : The official iPad Pro keyboard works both as a shell and as a keyboard. Slightly expensive, it works perfectly with the iPad Pro (and has a clean boot look).
- ProCase Keyboard Case : This is basically a low cost version of the official iPad Pro Keyboard Case. In contrast to the official keyboard, however, it has a small retaining notch for your Apple Pencil.
- BRYDGE PRO laptop-like case : The BRYDGE PRO case turns your iPad Pro into a tiny laptop. It's an elegant MacBook-like case with a solid built-in keyboard that puts a heavy strain on the iPad and limits the use of the iPad as a tablet.
- Logitech Keys-to-Go : This wireless iPad keyboard can be paired with any iOS device and provides a great wireless alternative to some of the more common iPad keyboards.
The mouse support for the iPad Pro will be available in late 2019 with the iOS 13 update The iPad keyboard market is sure to see a flood of keyboards with integrated track pads. So if you're a fan of mouse support (why not?), You may want to wait for the iOS 13 update before you buy a keyboard. You can also use a wireless mouse next to one of the keyboards listed in this article.
Speakers, Headphones, Microphones, and MIDI Devices
It is no secret that the iPad Pro is a powerful device for musicians a whole album on his iPad So what tools did he use? What audio equipment works with the iPad Pro?
Here are some great audio peripherals that you can use with the iPad Pro, but remember that you may need to purchase a USB-C to USB-A adapter for one of these devices to work:
Other audio products (especially MIDI devices and microphones) may have built-in USB-C ports in the future. Of course, most of these devices are already pretty cheap; It's probably not worth the effort to buy a native USB-C music device if you can only rely on an adapter or a USB-C hub.