Do a lot of typing on your iPad but prefer a real keyboard to a touchscreen? There are plenty of Bluetooth keyboard options out there, but what about incorporating it into a case that doesn’t add a lot of bulk as most keyboard cases do? For the iPad Air, Belkin has released the QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case.
It is a folio style case that offers a very thin keyboard to pair with the iPad Air in an attractive design for typists on the go.
Design and Use
The Belkin QODE Slim Style iPad Air Keyboard Case is exceptionally thin despite the real keys. The case comes in a variety of color combinations to suit your style: white/topaz, all black, white/purple, black/red, and white/sorbet. The outer cover of the case has a smooth, matte finish for a very clean appearance on the front. The back has an opening for the rear camera and a small opening for the rear microphone (something some of the early cases have seemed to miss). The back cover has a textured surface over two-thirds of the side and an embossed company logo. The textured part also has a fold out tab to allow the iPad Air to be propped up when using the keyboard. The tab uses magnets to keep it closed and in place.
On the inside of the Belkin Slim Style Keyboard Case, the iPad Air fits between two brackets to secure its position. There are also magnets in the brackets to adhere to the keyboard when closed. This is not a Smart Cover type of magnetic closure; it will not turn off or wake up your iPad Air when opening and closing the case.
The keyboard has very well spaced out keys, or what Belkin calls TruType keys. While not the size of a full sized keyboard, the arrangement makes typing very easy. There are only a few things different from a standard keyboard (single and double quote key, for example) that will make you pause and search until you become accustomed to it. The keys are very responsive and provide positive tactile feedback when pressed.
The keyboard itself has a rechargeable battery and comes with a USB to micro-USB charging cable. Belkin claims the battery in the keyboard can last 60 hours of continual use and 60 days of standby for a single charge. The Bluetooth pairing with the iPad Air offered no difficulties.
For a slim and attractive case with a built in keyboard, you can’t go wrong with the Belkin Slim Style Keyboard Case. The case is very thin and does not add unwanted bulk or weight, making it very complimentary to the iPad Air.
Provides: Folio style case with built in Bluetooth keyboard
Minimum Requirements: iPad Air