Two Minute review of the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad Mini
Having got an iPad Mini I wanted to make sure it was protected and this time I wanted a keyboard too, so I took a look at the Portable Keyboard Case from Belkin, and here is our two minute review.
Designed to provide a better typing experience in a smaller package, the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case combines a removable keyboard and convenient folio in one slim, lightweight design.
Who are Belkin?
From their website:
At Belkin, we make people-inspired products and solutions. For nearly 30 years it has been our passion and our mission to create products that make people’s lives better, easier and more fulfilling. From wireless home networking and entertainment to mobile accessories, energy management and an extensive range of cables; Belkin products enhance the technology that connects us to the people, activities and experiences we love.
Our diverse and far-reaching product mix also includes high-quality security, infrastructure, energy and server-room solutions for public and private sector organisations. Our commitment to innovation, research and design has inspired over 2,000 products and 200 patented designs.
- Well-spaced keys with tactile feedback for accurate typing
- Shortcut keys for easy media control
- Connects to iPad mini via Bluetooth
- Durable exterior and soft inner lining
- Removable keyboard for more comfortable, convenient typing angles
- Keyboard folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for on the go
- 155 hours active battery life
- Includes USB-to-mini-USB cable for easy recharging
- Camera-lens cut-out
What’s in the Box?
- Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini
- USB-to-Micro-USB charging cable
- User manual
A Closer Look
Using the Cover
Fitting the iPad Mini into the Portable Keyboard Case was simple.
The top of the case also acts the stand and you can easily adjust the angle to suit you.
Charging is easy, and relatively quick – just connect the USB cable and away you go. The orange light shows that it is charging.
When the iPad Mini is in the case, and its folded up it looks very stylish.
Connecting the keyboard to the iPad Mini is as simple as enabling Bluetooth and following the instructions.
Using the keyboard is great – although it takes a little to get used to as its smaller than I am used to.
I really like this case – mostly because of they keyboard, although the actual case part is very good too!
There is a small hole on the back for the rear camera and all the buttons and ports are easily accessible.
Fitting and removing the iPad Mini to case was easily too, as was pairing the keyboard with the iPad Mini. It is also light-weight so carrying it around isn’t going to cause you any discomfort, especially over extended periods.
They keyboard itself is relatively small (it’s the same size as the iPad Mini to give you an idea) and so it takes a little time to get used to typing on it. If you type relatively quickly then like me you will probably make a few little mistakes to begin with (see the picture above to see what I mean). If you are a slow typer, or a single finger typer then you probably won’t have a problem at all.
Belkin claim the battery on the keyboard lasts for 155 hours of active use – so far this claim rings true as I haven’t yet had to recharge it, so I am very happy! I can be safe in the knowledge that as long as it’s charged up or hasn’t been used too much since the last charge that it is going to last me for a long time!
The keyboard is actually stuck onto the inside of the case and cannot be removed – not that this is a problem and actually works very well.
The Portable Keyboard Case retails for £69.99, so it is very reasonable for both a keyboard (which works very well) and also a case, which protects!