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The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad

It's not often that I get to try something before it's released - but Belkin gave me the opportunity to do just that when they sent me over a pre-production sample of their 'Ultimate Keyboard For iPad'. 

My two previous experiences with iPad keyboards had been less than satisfactory...but it seems like things have moved on in leaps and bounds since then. One of my main objections to using a physical keyboard with the iPad in the past was the constant need to revert back to touching the screen to do things like move the cursor or use cut and paste. Now I don't know whether Apple has revised the way that the iPad can interact with a bluetooth keyboard - or whether the previous keyboards I used were just particularly poor - but it transpires that functions like these can now be accessed directly from the keyboard itself. This makes a physical keyboard a much more attractive and useful proposition. I didn't demonstrate it in the video - but Command X, C, V also work for Cut, Copy and Paste and B, I and U operate Bold Italic and Underline as expected.

Now as this was a pre-production version I was advised that there were a couple of things that are being tidied up before release - the open to wake function has yet to be implemented and the rubber pads to protect the iPad are not the finished article. The case is due out in a few weeks and I can see it being very popular with people who like to travel light and type everywhere. 

I post these blog entries from a laptop - if I had to type them on an iPad screen it would be torture. The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard case would make jobs like this a breeze, even in the cramped conditions of an economy (coach) seat on an airplane. The price is right at the top end - but people who make their living from typing will appreciate the true value of a quality product like this.

One thing I didn't mention in the video was it's weight, it's probably lighter than my normal iPad case - according to the Belkin website it's just 17 ounces or 481 grams.

More information is available from Belkin themselves - links below

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Reader Comments (11)

Still don't quite understand the need for that big touchscreen thing.
What advantage does it give you over a laptop? It's not weight for sure.

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

These things are really just down to personal preference. A good way of thinking about it is to have a walk through a car park and consider how many of the different models of cars parked there you would consider buying yourself. With me it's usually less than 5%. Now that doesn't mean that 95% of people have made the wrong choice, it just means that their requirements and priorities are different to mine. I'm not right and they are not wrong - we are just different.

Some like to use a tablet - some a laptop , or a desktop or a smartphone or a games console or just pen and paper. I don't begrudge anybody for the choices they make - but I don't like it when people suggest removing some of the available options as it will discourage some people from participating.

April 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sure, ongoing diversification is great. It goes with planned obsolescence, which sucks.
I then take the one car without all the electrical bollocks and gimmicks and, while we are at it, a smart phone, the one which is untraceable by companies and governments. And yes, also the good old light bulb (the one which hasn't been intended to blow after 2000h something).

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

nice review. that keyboard really looks just like a macbook pro keyboard,

June 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

I bought one of these and it's very good except the UK version has one MAJOR cock-up with the keyboard layout.

The bottom row of keys from the M right-wards is shifted along by one space. As a touch-typist this is extremely annoying. There was no reason for Belkin to do this because they put another non-alphanumeric key in the place where the comma should have been.

I am handicapped and need something like MS Sticky Keys to enable me to use any device. Is such a facility available, please?

Many people believe Apple Devices have the best accessibility options. However never having the need to use these I'm just not qualified to comment on how well they work.

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