Belkin bulks up iPad mini with $80 Portable Keyboard Case

If you decided to go small by getting an iPad mini but find yourself needing to do some serious work (like blogging, for instance), Belkin may have just the accessory: the Portable Keyboard Case. The removable chiclet-style keyboard marries up wirelessly with the 7.7-inch tab via Bluetooth and has "well spaced keys for its size," including custom iPad shortcuts, according to the peripheral maker. The battery lasts a whopping 155 hours between charges, and when the Starbucks staff finally kick you out, you can fold all your kit up into the built-in folio, complete with a camera-lens cutout. If that sounds like your cup of chai latté tea, hit the PR after the break.

Show full PR text


Belkin Expands Keyboard Lineup to New Apple iPad mini

Playa Vista, Calif. – November 14, 2012 – Belkin today announced the launch of a new portable keyboard folio for the iPad mini. Designed to provide a better typing experience in a smaller package, the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case combines a removable keyboard and convenient folio in one slim, lightweight design.

"Because the iPad mini enjoys most of the same features as a full-sized iPad, it only makes sense to offer a scaled down version of our award-winning keyboard folio for the iPad mini," said Jamie Elgie, senior director of product management at Belkin. "No matter the size of the device, people want an alternative to touchscreen typing that is comfortable, intuitive and accurate, and our new portable keyboard gives them that option."

With a laptop-style keyboard and well-spaced keys for its size, the Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini helps reduce typing mistakes common on tablets. It also connects simply via Bluetooth® wireless technology and has iPad mini-specific shortcut keys to easily control audio and video. The integrated folio offers sleek, low-profile protection with a smooth inner lining to protect against everyday wear and tear. When not in use, the keyboard folds flat into the case making it easy to pack away and go.

Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini (F5L145) - $79.99

  • Well-spaced keys with tactile feedback for accurate typing
  • Shortcut keys for easy media control
  • Connects to iPad mini via Bluetooth
  • Durable exterior and soft inner lining
  • Removable keyboard for more comfortable, convenient typing angles
  • Keyboard folds flat when not in use, making it ideal for on the go
  • 155 hours active battery life
  • Includes USB-to-mini-USB cable for easy recharging
  • Camera-lens cutout

Availability

The Portable Keyboard Case for iPad mini is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com and will be available at Belkin.com and Walmart in November. It also will be available in Canada at Best Buy and Future Shop.

About Belkin International, Inc.

To learn more about Belkin, visit http://www.belkin.com/aboutus/.
Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/belkin, and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/belkin.

Engadget Eurocast 005 - 11.15.2012