iPad Belkin QODE™ Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2

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  1. Mactaculious macrumors regular

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  2. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502a

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    I took a look at the original version and it looked pretty decent. The back is a little thicker than I would like, but I guess that can't be helped. I pre-ordered this one as I really like the removable back and a keyboard case is necessary for me.
     
  3. acm1108 macrumors regular

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    I wrote a review & article about one model of these for the iPad Air 2. It has a known defect with bluetooth and reconnecting/disconnecting.

    I ended up getting this for about 35 bucks and this has been great. I rarely have to charge it and I use it for work and note taking everyday.
     
  4. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    How well does that fit? I saw that earlier, but their website says not Air 2 compatible.
     
  5. acm1108 macrumors regular

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    It fit fine.
     
  6. madamelulu macrumors member

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    Will you link your review? Thanks!
     
  7. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    Any issues with the camera?

    Just noticed a review on amazon that mentioned dremeling the camera hole.
     
  8. acm1108 macrumors regular

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    My review I did when I first got it. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1818662

    Now remember this is my review, and my biggest gripe was it's 1 feature...bluetooth
     
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  10. acm1108 macrumors regular

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    Actually I think you're right. Which could have been my problem. I must say though- I bought both the Anker Keyboard Cover & the Trent Airbender, both cost less then 1 of these Belkin's and they work great. I can have the detachable keyboard if I wanted to or the whole keyboard case in one. Best of both worlds.
     
  11. madamelulu macrumors member

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    Im really impressed by the design of this keyboard case, but the price point is unbelievably high. Does anyone else agree? Any thoughts about other brands or even a mix of products from other brands that would give most of the same features for a reduced price?
     
  12. earthdog macrumors regular

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    Yep its expensive however IMHO it is worth it. I thinks its over priced but a great device.
     
  13. Pat too macrumors member

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    Just bought one for my Dad's iPad Air 1. Yep it's expensive but the Belkin has a combination of features, some unique, that are not seen in other keyboards covers. The 'up to one year' battery life is a standout feature considering most of the competition, like the Logitech Type+ are around 3 months.

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    The back cover/case is easily detached from the main keyboard and can be used on its own. If you have an Apple Smart cover then this can be used to protect the screen when you don't need the Belkin keyboard.

    The vertical/portrait orientation is a unique attribute, handy for viewing certain types of documents and typing lists etc. Other features include Auto keyboard on/off, auto iPad sleep/wake, backlit keys, pairing of another device such as iPhone. I also like how they've put grooves near the speakers so that the sound is more directed towards you, making the iPad sound a little better.

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    A few niggles: I don't like the small return/enter key, much prefer the typical Logitech layout with slightly bigger enter key.

    Most uses of magnets are good, like the 'case closed' magnet and the main docking angles. However the back flap magnet seems very weak in comparision , making the magnetic connection between the flap and back cover less effective. I guess they did this to make the back flap as slim and flat as possible.


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    When closed the aluminium front cover looks very nice but when used in keyboard mode this becomes the 'bottom' of the keyboard case! I can see this getting scratched quite easily as there only 2 tiny little dimples to provide some protection. I will put some Bluelounge Kicks (sticky rubber strips) on the front to help protect the surface from too many scuffs and scratches.


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  14. minicard macrumors regular

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    Just ordered the white version. The feature that "sold" me is that it has it's own back case which is easily removable and is compatible with the Apple smart cover. I was originally planning to go with Kayscase and Smart cover, but with this setup I can now add the keyboard when I need it.
     
  15. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a little disappointed in Belkin. I preordered mine and it was shipped two weeks ago. Unfortunately, they used some odd shipping method, where UPS delivered the package to the USPS, and now I am waiting for some odd third-class shipping that I've never heard of. the post office said it would be 3-4 weeks before it gets shipped to my house.

    I'm not sure what recourse I have at this point since I got free shipping. The website said 3-7 days, and if I knew it would take over a month I would have paid for faster shipping. I'll probably stop at Best Buy tomorrow and see if they have them in stock (doubtful). Guess I'll have to wait.
     
  16. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502a

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    It arrived

    So with no warning, my case was delivered today, very excited. This is the first keyboard case I have owned, but I will post my initial impressions.

    First, the case looks very sharp. I got the white case to go along with my white iPad Air 2, and it matches perfectly. The keyboard itself is fairly easy to use. The keys are easy to press and are comfortable. They seem a little small, or close together, but I probably just have to get used to them. Despite that, I am able to type with few errors.

    The main reason I got this case over the others is for the back case. The case is thin and I think adds just enough bulk to mak the iPad comfortable to hold. Before, they iPad seemed a bit too small. It is also lighter than I expected, and the leather on the back gives it a premium feel.

    The magnets used to hold the cover closed, and the ipad to the keyboard are much stronger than I expected. I can lift the iPad with my hand, and it will remain attached to the keyboard. It takes a good pull to remove the ipad and back cover from the keyboard, which is a very good thing in my opinion.

    No issue with pairing. I will post more as I use it, but for now, definitely worth getting.
     
  17. minicard macrumors regular

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    Agree, I got the white case. It looks like the Apple wireless keyboard. Appears to be well made. I like that I can pair my phone and iPad.
     
  18. Tacit37 macrumors newbie

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    This keyboard has amazing features. How does this compare to logitech ultrathin keyboard reponsiveness?
     
  19. Pat too macrumors member

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    It's faux leather by the way, though it looks and feels pretty decent.

    So I gave the Belkin keyboard case to my Dad and later asked him how he's getting on with it. "It's not working" he said. What?! But it was working perfectly when I gave it to you! Apparently it loses the Bluetooth connection in use or it doesn't connect at all. The main culprit is the iOS 8.1.2 update installed just recently. I will have to try and reset his network settings and see if that helps.
     
  20. dawgfang macrumors member

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    I bought one for my new Air 2 at an AT&T store. I was skeptical and was sure I would return it.
    Nope, I absolutely love this thing. Perfection in my opinion.
     
  21. GoBIG macrumors newbie

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    I ordered this case from Belkin weeks ago!...it finally arrived today! So far I'm loving this keyboard! It took so long to arrive, I was ready to cancel my order! However, I'm glad I didn't. I'm typing on it now, and it feels completely natural. I'm a touch typist, and I must say that the keys don't really feel cramped at all. I also love the fact that I can separate the case from the keyboard, and use it with my Smart Cover, when I don't need a keyboard. This keybard case does everything that I wanted...including being able to use in portrait mode!....two thumbs up!
     
  22. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    I've been thinking about ordering this as I've been using my iPad as a computer replacement. Only thing that has held me back is the price, but since mNy of you seem to like it I may pick one up!
     
  23. minicard macrumors regular

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    If you want the "feel" of your iPad being a Macbook Air then you might want to look at the Clamcase. It runs about the same price. The reason I got the Belkin is because I could use it without the keyboard attached all the time.
     
  24. kupkakez macrumors 68000

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    Is that also by Belkin?
     

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