How Sleek is the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air? [Video Review]

| December 20, 2013 | 16 Comments

BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case Review. I’m looking to buy the best keyboard for iPad Air for content creators like myself: B2B, financial services professionals and bloggers.

For those of you who are not familiar with my work on VisibleBanking.com, since early 2007 I’ve been curating and championing social media and digital innovation in the global financial services industry.  You can find on my blog a broad range of content covering topics such as social media, social business and mobile, and formats like blog articles, photos, video comments and video interviews.

In early November 2013, I bought an iPad Air. It proved an excellent purchase: it’s much lighter than before, it’s superbly designed and it’s fast and powerful.  Arguably, it’s currently the ultimate hybrid device for both entertainment and work.

Being both a global social media planner and a practitioner, I’ll let you imagine how much content I have to produce on daily basis.  I need to be able to capture my ideas and articulate my concepts as and when needed throughout the day, from the office or on the road.

In my opinion, the iPad’s on-board virtual keyboard is not fit for heavy typing and content production.  I find it lagging a lot which makes it rather challenging to capture a conversation or cover a live event.

I’ve been reading and watching dozens of online (video) reviews for the last month or so, but I couldn’t find the one which would provide me with all the information required to select the best keyboard for my needs.

So I thought it’d be a great opportunity to test some of the best keyboards for iPad Air to date and share my feedback with you in the form of a social media mash up in the form of a blog post including content like PowerPoint slides, YouTube and Vine videos, and photos.

Those are my very first product reviews, so not only am I feeling very humble and excited at the same time to share my work with you, it would also mean a lot to me to receive your comments and suggestions, and compare our experiences using those devices.

 

BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case

In this review, I will share my thoughts and my hands-on experience of the BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air.  As of Friday 20th December, this popular Bluetooth keyboard enjoyed a score of  4.2 stars on BestBuy.com (from only 5  customer reviews).

You will find below the product dimensions:

  • Length: 7.75 in (197 mm)
  • Width: 9.6 in (245 mm)
  • Depth: 0.74 in (18.8 mm) closed with iPad
  • Weight: 0.9 pounds (411 grams)

 

VIDEO REVIEW

REVIEW BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case iPad Air Sleek Design Video

You surely noticed the YouTube video at the top of my article, REVIEW Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case iPad Air | Best Keyboard for iPad Air?.

You will find the following sections in my comprehensive review:

  • Intro
  • Build and design (2:10)
  • Protection: inserting and removing your iPad Air (6:38)
  • Bluetooth pairing (7:59)
  • Keyboard layout and features (9:14)
  • Sound (11:14)
  • Conclusion (13:07)

Watch my video to find out if this light and responsive Bluetooth keyboard from BELKIN met my expectations and fulfilled all my needs (business and entertainment).

 

SEE ALSO

 

PHOTO COVERAGE

I invite you to find below a photo selection of the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard case.  Those pictures are all included in my photo album, Best Keyboards for iPad Air, on Google+.

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VINE VIDEO

Please find below a screenshot of the vine video I put together to showcase the BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air in just 6 seconds.

Vine Video BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air

 

25 PROS and CONS

Please find below a categorized list of strengths and weaknesses I shared on slideshare in my presentation, 25 PROS & CONS BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air.

CORRECTION: this keyboard is not backlit, apologies for the typo.

I aimed to help you make a better informed purchasing decision by taking advantage of all the hours I spent researching for the best iPad Air companion to increase productivity on the go.  So I’d hope you enjoyed my full review of the BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case which is one of the best keyboards for the iPad Air.

Are you using this Bluetooth keyboard?  Are you thinking of buying it?  I invite you to share your questions and your comments on the BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case for the iPad Air here on my blog, on twitteron YouTube or on Google+.

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Based in London, Christophe is an entertaining social media keynote speaker and a trusted advisor to the global financial services industry on the topics of social media, social business and digital innovation. Christophe has contributed to over 140 events in 18 countries. Currently, Christophe is 'Social Media Senior Managing Consultant Europe' at IBM Interactive and an Associate at the Moller Centre.

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  1. steve says:

    In your opinion, is this keyboard sturdy? I’m think about a keyboard for my iPad Air, but I travel frequently and wouldn’t want something that breaks or gets damaged easily.

  2. Winnie says:

    Wow! You’ve put a lot of work into your review. Timestamps, a presentation, a Vine, and a video. I’m impressed. I purchased the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case a while ago. I like it’s light weight design, backlit keys, viewing angles, and the fact that it can cover my whole iPad. In fact, I’ve recommended it to a few of my coworkers.

  3. Antonio says:

    Hi Christophe,
    Thanks for the review. Very complete. I only have a question: with the time, does the keys of the case mark the screen of the ipad? Thanx in advance. Cheers!

  4. Steve says:

    Hi, Christophe! This is good to know. I I’m glad I stumbled across your reviews. I was considering this Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case and the ZAGGKeys Folio to use for my iPad Air.

  5. @Winnie
    Thank you for your comment. Those video reviews took a lot of organisation, time and energy. So your positive feedback is much appreciated.
    The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case is an excellent option for the iPad 2/3/4 and the iPad Air: it provides a good typing experience, it is light for a full cover, and its 3 viewing angles with strong magnets make it usable even on your lap.
    But no backlit keys I’m afraid! For that, you’ll need to go for the ZAGGKeys Folio (full protection) or the newly released ZAGGKeys Cover (screen protection).

  6. @Antonio
    Thank you, I’m glad you find my review of the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air worth watching. Did you check my other video reviews of the ZAGGKeys Folio and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover?
    After about a month using the keyboard both at home and on the road, I didn’t experience any marks on the screens while folded. I hope this helps.

  7. @Steve no problem, I’m glad you found my video reviews useful.

  8. Jackie P. says:

    The Belkin Ultimate has had a big impact on the way I work. It also affects how much work I am abl to get done. I can work almost anywhere and have the functionality of a laptop with the size and feel of a tablet. I think it can get a little top heavy though so you hav to be careful when you move it. This is one good keyboard. I love it.

  9. Jaysen Kindall says:

    The case is great. It provides access to all the ports and I have noticed a big improvement in the volume since I started using this case. The battery life is nothing to complain about. I’m getting 120+ hours between recharges. I’m glad I bought this one.

  10. Salvatore Daino says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the plastic on this iPad Air case. Not only does it feel cheap, I’m worried about its strength and it’s ability to protect the iPad. I’d be OK if it were all made out of the metal on the other side. I’d even be willing to pay for it. I think they could have done a better job considering the price they are asking.

  11. Jenny Cho says:

    I like this is one. I have the BELKIN Ultimate Keyboard Case and only have one complaint. When it’s closed my screen stays on sometimes. Does anyone else have that problem? And is there any way to fix it easily?

  12. Rick says:

    I bought the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case a month ago. The size and weight are great, but the keyboard I’m having trouble. A couple of the keys are sticking. I can’t seem to straighten it out. I’m returning it to Amazon. Disappointed.

  13. Amanda says:

    I had a Logitech case but it broke shortly after I got it. I heard good things about the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case and I can see why. It’s working perfectly for me. I like the baterry life and the keybard lights nicely. I think it’s a keeper!

  14. Cole Cambry says:

    The Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case is by far the best case I’ve owned. There are little things that could use improvement, but in the big scheme of things, it does well for me.

  15. Love this Belkin case – the Belkin ones are such great quality too -I’ve had one one my iPad 3 (remember that!) since it came out and the case is still in excellent condition.

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