Belkin has announced a new Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad mini, competing with a similar offering announced yesterday by Logitech.

Fastfitcase
The Next Web:

Coming in at just 7mm, the FastFit keyboard case is thinner than the iPad mini. That doesn’t stop the company from outfitting it with its TruType keyboard, which offers tactile feedback when keys are pressed. It’s also very light, which is not surprising given it’s made from anodized aircraft-grade aluminium.

The keyboard connects to the iPad mini via Bluetooth 3.0 and is able to offer 155 hours of “active use” with its 200mAh battery. Like Apple’s Smart Cover, it also utilises a magnetic clasp so it can automatically look and wake your iPad mini when it is opened or closed.

The case will cost $79.99, the same as Logitech's model, with preorders opening soon.

Top Rated Comments

Mad Mac Maniac Avatar
126 months ago
iPad mini by itself = 7.2mm thickness
iPad mini + keyboard = 14.2mm thickness
Surface Pro by itself = 13mm thickness
Surface Pro + keyboard = 16.25mm or 19mm thickness
Macbook Air = 3mm - 17mm thickness

iPad mini by itself = $330
iPad mini + keyboard = $410
Surface Pro by itself = $900
Surface Pro + keyboard = $1,000-$1,030
Macbook Air = $1,000

I know there are a LOT more considerations than thickness and price, but it's just an interesting comparison.
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SmileyBlast! Avatar
126 months ago
That keyboard really looks awesome.
A great mix of protection and productivity.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SockRolid Avatar
126 months ago
Umm...not really. This isn't a Surface Pro killer.

I still can't run OS X apps on my iPad, but I can run Windows apps on the Surface Pro.

Actually, I think you may be right.

There can be no Surface Pro killer because Surface RT / Pro are both D.O.A.

Dead. On. Arrival.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pacalis Avatar
126 months ago
That keyboard really looks awesome.
A great mix of protection and productivity.

Is it a tablet?

Is it a laptop?

I mean it's not as good of a tablet as just the mini.

And it doesn't really work on your lap. Or run any OSX applications...

And it doesn't run windows.

Obviously this is a disaster just like the surface pro. :D
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SockRolid Avatar
126 months ago
BOOM. $80 Surface Pro killer.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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