Review: Belkin Ultimate iPad Keyboard Case
4.3Overall Score
Price (RRP): $140 Manufacturer: Belkin

We’ve seen many an iPad keyboard case in the past couple of years, with these products doing their best at turning the iPad into a makeshift laptop computer, complete with the screen angle and flat keyboard.

Belkin’s latest case offers three angles for your screen to sit, a Bluetooth keyboard, and a way to protect both the front and back of your iPad, instead of only the front like in other cases. Is this really the “ultimate iPad keyboard case” like we’re led to believe?

Features

The iPad has seen more keyboard cases than any other tablet, and Belkin’s latest entry is another of these, though from the looks of things, this could be the first the addresses some of the design flaws we’ve seen in cases from competitors.

We’ll start with the basics, though.

The Belkin Ultimate iPad Case is a two part case that features a keyboard section and a wraparound case for the iPad itself.

The wraparound section snaps in place over any of Apple’s 9.7 inch iPad models since the iPad 2 (second, third, and fourth-gen), providing a rubberised case with holes cut out for volume, mute, power, camera, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, and docking port at the bottom – either the new Lightning or the traditional iPod dock connector.

The inside edge of this wraparound case features a bottom magnet that will be used with the keyboard stand, top magnets for keeping the case closed, and a slightly extended piece of plastic near the iPad’s speaker to help make the sound more pronounced instead of blocked off as it is in other cases.

On the back middle of this wraparound case is a pleather-section that acts as a stand-up hinge, coming away from the tablet slightly when the Ultimate Keyboard Case is switched into the almost-laptop mode that people will likely be buying this case for.

That leads us to the second section, which features a tactile island-key Bluetooth keyboard sitting in an aluminium shell, which is only evident from the outside and acts as cover for the iPad when closed.

The keyboard section also features three magnet strips which allow you to determine the angle at which the iPad sits in the case.

More magnets are present on under the space bar on the keyboard, with these used to give the closed iPad case a firmer hold, while also taking advantage of the auto-standby switch used in Apple’s Smart Covers.

A moulded recess in the case can also be found just under the space bar, which acts as an easier way to open the iPad case when snapped shut.

Belkin includes a microUSB to USB charge cable for the keyboard case.