Responsive keys; Sturdy yet thin aluminum design; Multiple viewing angles; SoundFlow design provides audio boost
Feels a bit heavy in tablet mode; Furthest magnet position not good for lap use
The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad provides a fantastic typing experience along with multiple viewing angles.
At what point does a tablet become a laptop? Belkin's $99 Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad employs a hard aluminum alloy base that's designed to expand the tablet's functionality while retaining its slim style. With multiple viewing positions and comfortable typing experience, this accessory is definitely a worthwhile iPad companion.
When folded up as a case, the front of the iPad is well-protected by a hard aluminum cover that's steely gray apart from a small Belkin logo in the bottom-right corner. The other side of the case is lined by plastic, but is mostly a leatherlike material that folds up to allow the three viewing angles.
The keyboard itself has raised keys on a stark-black base. The keyboard design is sharp and professional, but it collects smudges. Spending an extra $30 for the silver version of this accessory, which has white keys, should mitigate this issue.
The Ultimate is certainly thin. At just 0.25 inches thick, the case minimizes bulk better than most of the competition. However, the 17-ounce weight of the keyboard case makes this device feel a bit heavy when used in tablet mode. The iPad itself weighs 1.4 lbs., so the combo tips the scale at 2.5 lbs. In comparison, the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard weighs 11.4 ounces.
Features and Layout
We like that Belkin includes a dedicated key to launch Siri and an @ key, but were disappointed there was no key to lock the iPad. Starting up the Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad is as simple as pressing the Bluetooth pairing button on the keyboard.
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Although we like that the Belkin Ultimate offers three different positions for the iPad, we wouldn't recommend the magnet furthest away from the keyboard for lap typing. In this position, our iPad flopped backward, but it felt secure in our lap while in either of the first two notches of the case. If you're using the Ultimate on a flat desk, you won't have much to worry about.
Although it's not ideal, the Ultimate's design does allow you to flip the keyboard part of the case around to use your iPad in tablet mode.
Belkin claims that its SoundFlow design directs sound toward the user to make music and movies sound better. Sure enough, when we played The Lumineers' "Flowers in Your Hair," the track sounded fuller and a bit louder with our iPad in the case versus by itself.
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|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Size||0.25 inches thick|