Review: Belkin Thin Type Keyboard Case for iPad Air
3.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $129.95
Manufacturer: Belkin

How slim can an iPad keyboard get? Belkin’s Thin Type Keyboard Case takes its QODE keyboard design and applies it to a keyboard case that measures only 4mm thick. Is that enough to make a comfortable typing experience, or would you be better of with something else?

Features and performance

We’ve seen quite a few keyboard cases arrive on our review desk meant for Apple’s hugely successful tablet, the iPad, and in the Thin Type, we’re seeing yet another, as Belkin attempts to catch the eye of people looking to keep their tablet thin and friendly, while offer them a keyboard that is both comfortable to use and slim enough that it won’t attract a lot of attention.

Does the combination work?

Take the Belkin Thin Type out of the box and it’s easy to see what Belkin is going for in its design.

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In fact, if you have a space grey iPad, it is especially easy as the designs work perfectly together, with Belkin going with the space grey aluminium look itself, accented by the odd bit of black plastic along the bottom because, well, you need to store the battery somewhere, and we suspect that’s where Belkin has chosen.

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Beyond that bit of black plastic, though, it’s an aluminium slate with a plastic keyboard along the inside and a magnetic aluminium hinge, designed to work with the leftover magnets used in the iPad design.

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Now if you know the iPad well, you’ll remember that Apple first brought magnets to the iPad with the second-generation model, made not just for the smart cover switch — which allows the screen to switch on and off depending on if it was covered or not — but also to keep the smart covers in position, with a super-strong magnet that could hold the iPad up by just the case itself.

It was super handy and easily one of Apple’s best inclusions, but since the iPad underwent a design change to the “Air” style, the magnets have taken a backseat.

They’re still there, but not really used for the case design, as iPad Air and Air 2 cases tend to wrap around the tablet completely, rather than attaching via the magnetic edge like they did before.

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And yet, that’s exactly what the Thin Type wants to do: it wants to connect to an iPad Air and iPad Air 2 using that magnetic edge, a feature that is still there, but very underused.

Take out the iPad and you’ll find you can do just that, the magnetic hinge on the keyboard springing to life with the right edge, which is actually the left edge, specifically when the iPad home button is found on the right side in landscape view.