There's a battle raging among the manufacturers of keyboard cases for the iPad to see who can make the thinnest and/or lightest, and the most recent salvo in the war has been fired by Belkin with the new QODE Thin Type Keyboard Case for iPad Air (US$99.99). While we still haven't been able to compare it to the current generation of Logitech's similar Ultrathin Keyboard Cover (also $99.99), we were able to give Belkin's new thin keyboard a workout. How did it fare? Read on!
- Dimensions: 6.6 inches wide x 9.4 inches tall (169.5 mm x 240 mm). Thickness varies from .16 inches (4 mm) over most of the keyboard to a maximum of .39 inches (10 mm).
- Weight: 12.6 ounces (357.2 grams)
- Materials: Aluminum and polycarbonate
- Estimated battery life: 79 hours active, 3100 hours standby
- Charging cable: USB to micro-USB (included)
When looking at the keyboard, the QODE Thin Type Keyboard Case is surprisingly similar in looks to the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover in that there is a horizontal slot above the keys where the iPad Air is placed. There's also a hinged piece that connects the Keyboard Case magnetically to the iPad Air as a cover (the magnets are in the iPad Air, of course). Note that the black keyboard seen in the review photos is the previous generation Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cove and is used for comparison purposes.
Rather than sporting power and pairing buttons on the side like the Logitech Ultrathin (previous generation), there's a small switch in the slot on the keyboard that is pressed when the iPad is put in place for typing. That switch turns the keyboard on, then shuts it off when the iPad Air is removed. There's never a need to remember whether or not the keyboard is turned off; by default, if the iPad Air is removed, the keyboard is off. For first-time pairing, there's a Pair button on the top row of keys on the QODE Thin Type.