This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
First Look: The skinny on Belkin's iPad Mini keyboard case
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

First Look: The skinny on Belkin's iPad Mini keyboard case

2:18 /

This $70 keyboard case is good, but its tiny size requires some trade-offs.

-Hi. I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com and I'm here with the Belkin iPad Mini Keyboard Case. You can get this case for around $70 online and it's a pretty good case. It's got a nice, thin form factor for a keyboard case. It folds up. It has a magnetic back and you fold it back. There's kind of a little rubberized clasp that you detach the iPad from and then you fold back the cover, and that's how you get it to fold into a stand. This does weigh around 11 ounces so it does double the weight of your iPad Mini. That is one of the drawbacks to this case, but that's what you expect from a keyboard case. The other drawback is that it's a little bit crimped. I did like the keys. They're pretty tactile. They're hard keys. They're not those kind of rubberized, soft buttons. So, you can use this as a keyboard, but is a little bit crimped. It's not a full-sized iPad keyboard. In order to do that, you'd have to sort of have a butterfly style keyboard. The other drawback is the keyboard layout. For instance, there is no apostrophe key. The apostrophe key also has the quotes key and there is no dedicated key for that and you have to hit the function button to get an apostrophe, and that's a little bit irritating. So, there have been some compromises made to get this keyboard as small as it is. As a result, this is one of those funny products that is a good product, but it does have enough drawbacks that would give you pause to get one especially because it costs $70. So, what I would recommend is that you only get this case if you really think you're gonna use the keyboard a lot. The keyboard isn't removable from the case so you have to keep the keyboard in there and that makes it a little bit cumbersome to carry around all the time with you. To be clear, this is a Bluetooth keyboard. So, you pair it with your iPad and you get a wireless connection to that keyboard. It charges via USB and it does get long battery life. You do get around 155 hours of battery life according to Belkin. It is also worth mentioning that there is a cutout for the camera on the backside of the case which is nice. So, it really is for someone who wants to do a ton of email, even some word processing. And then, again, it is a little bit crimped. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Belkin iPad Mini Keyboard Case. Thanks for watching.

New releases

Apple 6 vs. Apple 6 Plus
1:46 September 16, 2014
The new, larger iPhones have already set an Apple sales record for preorders. While the phones won't be available...
Play video
iPhone 6, reviewed and up clos...
3:12 September 16, 2014
A bigger screen, a whole new design, and the promise of Apple Pay. What else does Apple's newest iPhone offer?...
Play video
Apple's iPhone 6 Plus is big, bright,...
2:35 September 16, 2014
The larger of the two new iPhone models offers better battery life and a better camera than the smaller, but...
Play video
A closer look: iPhone 6, 6 Plus...
1:36 September 16, 2014
This year's iPhones have a different look. How is it different, and what do the sizes feel like? Take a look...
Play video
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus features,...
2:31 September 16, 2014
Trying to decide between iPhones? Here's what both the 6 and 6 Plus have in common, and how they're diffe...
Play video
Apple iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus camera...
2:00 September 16, 2014
Both of Apple's new smartphones offer significant updates over the iPhone 5s before, but how do they compare...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 052: Cheetah-bot...
23:23 September 16, 2014
On today's show, Khail and Ashley panic a little about cheetah-bot's untethered evolution, gush about the...
Play video
The LG G3 brings a Stylus
4:30 September 16, 2014
One of the best phones of the year adds a stylus option, HTC is working on a GoPro-like camera and Samsung...
Play video