Good typing experience; Dedicated iPad function row above numbers; Siri button; Well-spaced keys
Must detach iPad before putting it in slot; Misplaced colon key; No Caps Lock indicator
The Belkin QODE Thin Type Keyboard Case is a light and sturdy iPad Air accessory that offers a comfortable typing experience.
Belkin has a number of iPad keyboards in its lineup, but the QODE Thin Type Keyboard Case is for people who place a premium on portability. This $99 accessory weighs less than a pound, and is as stylish as the iPad Air itself. But with a ton of keyboard cases on the market, does the QODE make the cut?
Like Logitech's keyboard, Belkin's is made of aluminum, which pairs nicely with the Air but leaves the tablet's back exposed. The slot that holds the iPad, as well as the keyboard, is made of white plastic, but if you think it will show dirt too easily, you can also order a version in black.
At 9.45 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches and 13.35 ounces (0.83 pounds), the Belkin QODE is slightly thicker and heavier than the Logitech Ultrathin (9.45 x 6.9 x 0.25 inches, 0.71 pounds), but both are significantly lighter than the 1.15-pound Brydge+ case, which also includes a speaker.
The only major issue we have with the QODE's layout is that the colon key is on the bottom row, to the right of the space bar, instead of farther up, near the right Enter key. We also wish there were a light to indicate if the Caps Lock key had been pressed.
Although the Logitech Ultrathin keyboard case's keys had just 1 mm of travel, their slightly larger size allowed us to type at a rate of 61 wpm. Neither was as good as what we saw on the Brydge+; that keyboard has 2 mm of travel, and we averaged between 63 and 69 wpm.
Belkin estimates that the QODE's battery will provide about 79 hours of typing time. A microUSB port on the back edge lets you recharge the device.
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Accessories Type||Bags and Cases|
|Size||9.45 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches|