Accessory manufacturer Belkin wasted no time at all getting a new series of iPad Air cases and keyboards out to the public, and they all look quite nice. TUAW was able to get two of the keyboards -- the QODE Ultimate Keyboard for iPad Air (US$129.99, will be available from AT&T for $99.99 with the purchase of a new device) and the QODE Slim Style Keyboard Case for iPad Air ($79.99). Let's take a closer look at these two "fresh from manufacturing" keyboard cases and how they work with Apple's slim iPad Air.
QODE Ultimate Keyboard for iPad Air
The QODE Ultimate Keyboard is -- hands-down -- one of the nicer keyboard case designs I've seen. It's quite slender, made of aluminum with some rubberized parts where the case needs to flex. It's also one of the easiest keyboard cases to use, with no power switches or pairing buttons. You literally just snap your iPad Air into the case where it's held by two neatly-designed clips on one side and a precisely-molded protective surrounding. Once the case is installed, just turn on your iPad Air, flip it up so that the left side snaps into one of three magnet-enhanced locking positions ready for typing. The keyboard turns on, with a small blue LED giving you the thumbs-up to begin typing. Of course, you'll need to do a one-time pairing from Settings > Bluetooth to establish the relationship between the two devices.
The case is remarkably thin, and weighs just 14.6 oz (413 gm). There are cutouts for all of the switches and ports on the iPad Air, giving you full access without having to remove the case. A small micro-USB port is visible on the right side of the case, giving you an easy way to charge the internal battery through an included cable.