Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

Definitive guide to keyboards for iPad and iPad mini (Spring 2013)

Summary: There are lots of keyboards available for the iPad and a few for the iPad mini. This collection is the best of the lot based on hands-on use in the field.


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    Logitech Keyboard Folio

    The Keyboard Folio can be used in two configurations: the standard typing mode (pictured above), and with the iPad covering the keyboard for use as a tablet.

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    Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case

    This new case from Belkin uses innovative magnetic strips to provide three different viewing angles for using the iPad with the keyboard. The Bluetooth keyboard turns on automatically when the iPad is placed in one of the strips, and turns off when the magnetic connection is broken.

    Dimensions: 245x197x18.8mm (9.6x7.75x0.74 inches); 411g (0.9 pounds).

    The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for the iPad is available in black and in white. The white model, which is aluminum on both the top and bottom of the case, is $129. The white model should be slightly lighter than the black one.

    $129.99 from Belkin.

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    Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case

    This case allows sliding the iPad forward, covering the keyboard for use as a tablet. This mode works surprisingly well in spite of the extra weight of the case.

Topics: Mobility, iPad, Reviews, Tablets

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  • Another cruddy Slide Show

    ZD Net, James, you have totally failed your readers / clients in publishing a Slide Show article with no 'View as one page' link.

    You have also totally failed your advertisers / sponsors.

    Very few tech will tolerate the total waste of time that a Slide Show demands. as a result, we just go to he next article or another media publication that is less arrogant and more consumer friendly.


    Don't you ever listen to Sheldon when he quotes that a definition of insanity is doing the same thing in exactly the same way, over and over and expecting a different result?
    Leo Regulus
    • Cruddy slide show

      Must agree with Leo. In fact the entire article leaves everything to be desired. If Kendrick thinks his article is a "definitive guide" it's time for him to retire. ZDNet allowing this type of none guide to appear as a guide is ........... Oh hell, it's just junk.
  • Another keyboard option

    I just got my Crux Skunk ipad keyboard case and it is fantastic. Beautifully designed and made out of aluminum with finish matching the iPad, the keys have great feel. You may want to check it out for your next review.