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Old Feb 6, 2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Belkin Announces Bluetooth Keyboard Cover For iPad Mini




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

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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.

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Better.
I could go for this one.
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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I might have to think about getting one of these. It looks pretty sweet.
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Looks very similar to the logitech one...
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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Good to see that the iPad Mini is covered as well.

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Old Feb 6, 2013, 02:05 PM   #6
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The more leaned-back angle of this one sounds better to me than Logitech's more vertical angle. (At least for the Mini which sits so low.)

The full-iPad version looks to have two angles--very nice. (Not sure if that's true with the Mini.)

http://www.belkin.com/us/F5L141/p/P-F5L141
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Old Feb 6, 2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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It's funny how they always need to put aircraft in front of their aluminum, which doesn't say anything at all. But it's anodized, thats nice. I could imagine something like this rocking all the netbooks and surfaces out there.

Ok maybe it's not a deep need for hardware keyboard on the iPad. Still I like writing text on a MacBook more. I will give this acknowledgment to Microsoft with their surface attempt. This new Tablet revolution shouldn't be limited to a rectangle full of software. That's why I like this apple+balkin/logitech combo. Apple is doing the tablet only part well, others have their chance to bring other (say notebook) qualities in.

You gain some nice to have key combos as well. All that good cmd+c/v/a and shift+arrows-selection stuff. With activated accessibility features doing cmd+tab and cmd+shift+tab for switching apps works too (at least someone told me).
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BOOM. $80 Surface Pro killer.
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BOOM. $80 Surface Pro killer.
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.
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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.
You don't want to run OS X on an iPad, not as is.
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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.
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[QUOTE=weezor;16799625]It's funny how they always need to put aircraft in front of their aluminum, which doesn't say anything at all. But it's anodized, thats nice. I could imagine something like this rocking all the netbooks and surfaces out there.QUOTE]

Well, it sounds better than saying it is made out of mobile home aluminum....
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Ok, and bluetooth keyboard cover for....iPhone 5, when?
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Thinking about this or the Logitech announced yesterday. I think the keys are better on this one (spring mechanism/TruType) but I need to try both to determine which one I like better regardless of key mechanism. Logitech seems to make better products in general so I'm unsure.
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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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Belkin has announced a new Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad mini, competing with a similar offering announced yesterday by Logitech.

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

Article Link: Belkin Announces Bluetooth Keyboard Cover For iPad Mini
Looks like a surface.
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I would like to see this and the logitech one in person. I'll bet these would be a great companion to the mini.
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