If you know me, you’ll know that I love my iPad mini 6.
It’s yet another Apple device that I’m always rambling on about. I don’t care, though – the size, speed, and near-perfect ergonomics mean that Apple’s tiny tablet is forever by my side.
In fact, I’m using it more than ever these days, thanks to a bunch of accessories that are slowly turning it into something of a mini powerhouse.
There are four iPad mini accessories in particular that I want to show you today which may inspire you to create your own little ecosystem for this wonderful device.
Pitaka MagEZ Case Pro and Charging Stand
Pitaka makes some awesome accessories for Apple stuff – I’ve been a big fan for a long time. But they recently sent me something which has genuinely transformed the iPad mini in terms of its capabilities and how I use it.
It’s actually two products, and we’ll focus first on the MagEZ Case Pro.
It’s an iPad mini case – simple. No dramas, really, although it is definitely one of the better options on the market. It looks pretty nice, fits perfectly, and doesn’t add too much bulk or heft to the iPad mini.
It’s also fully compatible with the Apple Pencil and includes a slightly odd holder thing for Apple’s don’t-call-it-a-stylus. This didn’t quite work for me (the magnets on the case are plenty strong enough) but thankfully you can detach it.
However, this iPad mini case actually has a trick up its sleeve. On the rear of the case, you’ll find a magnetic charging pad, denoted with a shiny, dotted cross. It enables your iPad mini to be charged ‘wirelessly’, which is something the device itself isn’t technically capable of.
The MagEZ does this via a built-in USB-C connection within the case. You plug it in while attaching the case, and bosh – you’ve got an iPad mini with something akin to MagSafe.
There’s a wireless ‘Pita!Flow’ (Pita’s accessory ecosystem) charger in the box which snaps pleasingly to the rear of the case when you need to juice up your iPad mini. You’ll need to provide your own adaptor, but the cable is nice and long, and it’ll charge your iPad mini at 20W, which is absolutely fine.
However, things get even more interesting when you add Pitaka’s wireless charging stand into the mix. This combo has been game-changing for me; by having my iPad mini attached to the stand while working in the studio, the tablet is always charged up and ready to go. There’s even a charging surface for your phone on the stand’s base.
It’s a great stand, too. The magnets are the strongest I’ve come across, and the swivelling head is also notched, so you can angle it perfectly in landscape or portrait orientation. There are even reusable sticky pads on the base of the stand to ensure it doesn’t budge when you attach and detach your iPad.
Price-wise, this little setup isn’t cheap (the case is $79, while the stand is $129) but considering the fact it grants your iPad mini wireless charging and includes one of the best magnetic stands I’ve come across, I think you’re getting a fair bit for your money.
Paperlike Pro bundle
I talk a lot about Paperlike for two reasons. Firstly – and for full disclosure – they are a long-time supporter of my brand, which is rather lovely. Secondly, their products are absolutely superb.
I never thought I’d say this about a screen protector – they’ve never been ‘me’ in the past; I hate the idea of attaching a film to the beautiful screens on my devices.
But Paperlike is different. It turns your iPad mini (or any sized iPad, for that matter) into a proper notepad or sketchpad. It does this by not only adding a protective layer to the screen but also one that literally feels like paper.
Trust me – the first time you experience Paperlike, you cannot help but say “wow!”. I’ve had a Paperlike screen protector on my iPad mini pretty much since day one, and I’d never go without one now.
Even better, Paperlike now offers a Pro bundle, which features a screen protector, grips for your Apple Pencil and a great little cleaning kit.
NuPhy Air60 Wireless Mechanical keyboard
If you’ve seen any of my previous videos on the iPad mini, you’ll know that I’ve been hankering after a proper Apple Magic Keyboard case for a while.
I’m not convinced that Apple will ever make one, unfortunately, but that’s why I’m always on the hunt for an alternative.
That’s how I came across this little gem from Nuphy. The Air60 is a 60% wireless mechanical keyboard, which means it is 60% the size of a full-sized keyboard (it therefore lacks the function key row at the top).
This is what makes it such a great companion for the iPad mini – it is the most compact little mechanical keyboard I’ve ever used.
If you weren’t aware, mechanical keyboards are basically like old-fashioned keyboards; they have proper switches beneath the keys which click and clack as you type away. Find the right one, and you’ll fall in love with typing again – immediately.
The Air60 NuPhy sent me has Gateron Brown low-profile switches and is super comfortable to type on. It’s noisier than your average mini travel keyboard, which is something you’ll need to take into consideration if you intend to use this in public places. But it hasn’t really been an issue for me.
This keyboard has fancy lights, and a simple switch for Windows or Mac operation and can be used either wirelessly or via Bluetooth. But what I really love about it is the combination of the keyboard and the NuFolio case.
It really is one of those “why didn’t I think of this?!” products.
The NuFolio wraps perfectly around the Air60 (which snaps into place thanks to magnets and cut-out grooves for the keyboard’s feet). This means you can comfortably lob it into a bag or sling it under your arm while travelling.
You can also fold the folio so that it acts as a stand for your iPad – and, if you wish, your iPhone, too. It’s such a brilliant touch, even if you do need to find a non-slippery surface to ensure it stays upright.
As a travelling combo for the iPad mini, it doesn’t get much better than this. Combined, they cost around $150, but if you use the code ‘mark’ at checkout, you’ll grab yourself a 10% discount.
Harber London Slim Microfibre iPad Pro EVO
I’m always on the lookout for a nice sleeve for my iPads, and Harber London may have sent me the best one I’ve used so far. It’s called the Slim Microfibre EVO, and it’s really rather lovely.
Harber London offers loads of handmade bags, accessories, and wallets, and I’m a big fan of their tech stuff in particular. This slipcase is a great example of the quality you get when you spend a little bit more on your accessories.
The EVO fits the iPad mini perfectly – even with a case attached. It also includes an Apple Pencil holder, which is super convenient and secure.
You can grab this case in leather, too, but I opted for the microfibre version just because… well, because it looks great, feels lovely, and I’m a big fan of the colour.
It’s soft on the outside and inside, and, thus far, hasn’t worn at all – despite me chucking it all over the place and constantly taking it in and out of bags.
If you don’t mind spending a bit and value hand-made stuff that will really protect your little iPad mini, I’d definitely give the EVO a look. At £59 in the UK (around $75 in the US), I don’t think it’s bad value at all.
I hope you found something of interest above for your own iPad mini setup.
More importantly, I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favourite iPad accessory? What have I missed above? Get involved in the comments!
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