Soft-touch exterior case; Velvetlike lining; Stand is moderately adjustable; Can type in your lap
Stand a bit awkward to set up; Small Spacebar and Enter key; Feedback slightly mushy
The Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini protects your tablet without weighing you down.
Belkin, one of the major Apple accessory makers, has now added a keyboard case for the iPad mini to its portfolio. Like its similar accessory for the full-size iPad, the Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini protects the mini with a thin rubberized sheath. For $80, this case also doubles as a stand, though it could be easier to transform.
At 1.28 pounds with the iPad mini inside, the Belkin case is the lightest keyboard case we've tested that completely encloses the mini. The rubber-coated ZaggKeys Mini 7 weighs 1.6 pounds, while the Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 and Ionic Keyboard Tablet Case are 1.4 pounds.
The iPad mini slides into place -- landscape mode only -- via two rubber L-shaped holders on its bottom edges. A simple rubber clip fastens the top of the iPad mini when the case is closed. In work mode, that clip can be popped off so that a portion of the case may fold backward to create a triangular stand that supports the iPad as you type on the keyboard.
It took some tweaking to get the iPad mini to stand on its own. Nevertheless, we successsfully used the Belkin in our lap, which is something we can't say about most competing cases.
PerformanceLogitech Ultrathin Keyboard mini remains our high performer; we averaged 61 wpm on that keyboard.
Despite the roomy, island-style layout, a few things tripped us up on Belkin's keyboard. Feedback was slightly mushy, and both the space bar and Enter key are small.
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Size||8.1 x 5.8 x .6 inches|
|Weight||9.4 ounces; 2.28 (with iPad Mini)|