Don't-Miss Input device Stories
For serious typing sessions (or if you just can't get the hang of the iPad's on-screen keyboard), an external keyboard is a great iPad accessory. Here's our guide to the different types, along with recommendations for the best models.
If you're a user of Dragon Dictate, you can cut the cable with one of these wireless mics.
Blue Microphones' Spark Digital microphone captures sound well and supports both computer and iOS recording. But its stand makes it more difficult to work with than it should be.
Logitech's Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 sacrifices some ergonomics for portability, but the result is an impressively travel-friendly mouse that gives you much of the Multi-Touch functionality of a trackpad.
Adonit's new stylus not only defies form-factor expectations, but it also provides one of the best note-taking experiences on the iPad.
This convenient keyboard connects to up to four devices (three via Bluetooth, one over USB) simultaneously, letting you easily switch between them, though its keys are a step down from Apple's.
Forte is a USB audio input device for music production.
Keymo assigned keyboard combinations to your cursor so you don't have to use a mouse.
Use hand gestures to control iTunes.
If you love mechanical-key-switch keyboards but not the space they require, or have been hoping for a retro-style keyboard without the retro cables, the Laptop Pro is worth a look. Despite its name, it works great with a desktop, too.
Wacom's smallest and most-affordable Cintiq has many charms going for it—but it's held back by its lack of Multi-Touch capability.
Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard takes much of what was good about the company's K760—including great keys and the capability to pair with up to three devices simultaneously—and adds backlighting and a more-portable design.
Moshi's Luna isn't the first illuminated keyboard for desktop computers, but it's one of the very few that's made to work well with a Mac.