iPad Mini Keyboard Cases Hitting the Market

Belkin and iPadMiniMod have each released iPad mini cases with integrated keyboards, adding to the collection of accessories for the new tablet.

Belkin's $80 case connects to the iPad via Bluetooth and features a removable keyboard with shortcut keys to play or pause music, as well as change tracks.

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iPad Mini Mod's $40 aluminum case also connects via Bluetooth and uses Smart Cover magnets to turn the iPad on when the case is opened. It comes in both black and silver to match the iPad mini.

Top Rated Comments

WestonHarvey1 Avatar
111 months ago
Learn to type on the screen. There's this automatic assumption that you can't, but you can.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrsir2009 Avatar
111 months ago
TBH I've never really understood keyboard cases on tablets. They make the tablet significantly more bulky, hindering it's portability, and aren't as good for using on the lap as laptops... So why not just use a laptop? 11" MBA anyone?
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paulloewen Avatar
111 months ago
I've written two novels on an iPad 2 and Clamcase. It's an amazing experience, to be honest. The touchscreen works for 500-1,000 words, but beyond that gets frustrating. Firstly, you're not looking directly at the screen (and can get some strange glare). Secondly, your hands are slightly more cramped than with a keyboard (which is as wide as the iPad with bezel). Thirdly, you can't see as much of your document because the keyboard takes up half the screen.

Why not use a laptop? Well, there are things the iPad can do that laptops can't (mostly gaming, but also simply the ease and comfort of browsing on the couch). So you buy an iPad for $500 (for its strengths) and then a laptop for $1000 (for the keyboard)? Or just an iPad for $500 and $100 for a keyboard? You end up getting the best of both worlds (unless you want OS X, which is another story completely).
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spb3 Avatar
111 months ago
those keys must be tiny.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LastLine Avatar
111 months ago
It made me chuckle that she couldn't hit the key without knocking shift...that should never have made it through the cutting room ;)
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
APlotdevice Avatar
111 months ago
Learn to type on the screen. There's this automatic assumption that you can't, but you can.

Of course you can type. But the lack of feedback makes touch typing almost impossible*. Plus using an external keyboard means you can see the whole screen when typing.

*not that touch typing is much more practical on a keyboard this small.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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