The best iPad Pro accessories

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The iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 9.7 are a pair of powerful, versatile tablets, made even more so by Apple's Smart Connector, which gives you one more way to hook up accessories.

Apple clearly sees them as devices built for productivity, as evidenced by its official Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories, but the world of iPad Pro accessories extends far beyond Apple's official selection.

Logitech and other manufacturers 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

Sensu

Colors: Chrome, Black | Official site

Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus

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 the artistically-inclined among you 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, although 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

STM Atlas case

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, which ensures the screen is always off when the case is shut and on as soon as you open it, this is a well-thought-out and versatile accessory.

Logitech Create keyboard

Logitech Create

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

Logitech Create keyboard

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 some 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 downside 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.

Currently the Logitech Create is only available for the iPad Pro 12.9, but we're hoping Logitech sees sense and brings this out for the 9.7-inch Pro soon.

Gamevice controller

Gamevice

Color: Black | Official site

Gamevice controller

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 that power tucked away inside your iPad Pro.

Slotting your iPad into the Gamevice provides you with hardware controls, including thumbsticks, a D-pad, triggers and other buttons. It's currently only available for the iPad Pro 9.7, although a 12.9-inch version is on the way.

If you've ever tried to play a first-person shooter with a touchscreen you'll know what a difference having a dedicated gamepad can make – and if you're serious about your iPad games this is a near-essential.

Logitech Base charging stand

Logitech Base

Color: Silver | Official site

Logitech Base charging stand

The Smart Connector is a smart idea, but for the most part it's only used for keyboards. Logitech decided to improve on 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. And, as a bonus, your Apple Pencil will sit neatly on the front of the Base – we're not sure if it was designed that way, but sometimes that's the beauty of these things.

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