Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 Is Almost Near Perfect [Review]

Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 Is Almost Near Perfect [Review]

I’m actually typing this review using Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 ($100). There are a few keyboard cases out there created to both house the iPad 2 as well as provide an alternative to the iPad’s digital keyboard, but this keyboard case’s keyboard is an iPad-toting writer’s dream.

The Good:

The keyboard part of this alliance is superb. Touch-typing was a breeze, thanks to a chiclet keyboard with appropriately sized (and spaced) keys. No, the keyboard isn’t as roomy as a laptop keyboard — but it’s fantastic for its size. The keyboard also has a number of keys that make it convenient for iPad use such as the “select right,” “select left” and “select all” keys, which allow you to easily select text without removing your fingers from the keyboard. Alongside the select buttons are “cut,” “copy” and “paste” buttons as well as a button that reveals and hides the iPad’s digital keyboard.

Using the case as a stand also worked well. Propping up the iPad so I could watch Netflix while multi-tasking was easily achieved, thanks to 24 grooves along the base of the  stand — giving me no less than 24 different angles to set the iPad’s screen at. The velvety texture of the base helped out by keeping the whole thing from slipping around.

Fashion-wise, this case amounts to a little black dress for the iPad. It’s classy, but if you’re looking for something that will make your iPad stand out among all its iPad friends, this probably isn’t the way to go.

The  Bad:

While the keyboard paired easy enough initially, I found that it was sometimes finicky about acquiring a subsequent lock, causing me to have to go into the settings and manually hit the selection for the keyboard in my iPad’s bluetooth settings. This wasn’t always the case, but it was frequent enough that I found it bothersome. Though the keyboard contains a “pair” button, I found that the key was ultimately useless as I could never get the keyboard to pair with it.

Pulling the keyboard from its hiding place is a bit of a task too, and it took a little coaxing to get the keyboard to come out and play as it attaches to the back of the iPad sleeve with some pretty strong rip-and-stick fastener.

Likewise, removing the iPad from the case can be somewhat of a pain. The fit is tight and the iPad is held snug inside the case with a flap that folds into the back of the case. Oh, and the case doesn’t make it easy to attach the iPad’s charger. Due to the lip of the portion of the case that holds the iPad, the charging slot becomes hidden and connecting the charger is a bit of an exercise as you have to feel, as opposed to see, where you’re putting the charger.

While the construction of the case is mostly pretty good, I found the stitching around the case edging to be a bit wonky. Bits of the stitching are overlapped, causing pulls that I find myself picking at because they’re constantly sticking up around the edge of the case.

Verdict:

If this keyboard were just a bit less finicky with pairing and it was easier to remove the iPad, this would truly be a near perfect keyboard case.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 Is Almost Near Perfect [Review]

Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 Is Almost Near Perfect [Review]

Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 Is Almost Near Perfect [Review]

Belkin’s Bluetooth Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 Is Almost Near Perfect [Review]

  • urandom

    Instead create of ugly workarounds why just not buy notebook?

  • Spoffer

    I recently purchased this keyboard and agree completely with both the good and bad mentioned here. I purchased it to allow me to be laptop free at a recent conference and it worked extremely well for that purpose and still remained relatively small and compact. If you are looking for a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad 2, this is the one!

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

     Because he wanted a tablet with an occasional use of a keyboard.  Not that many notebooks have touch screens and ten hour battery life.

  • Shane Bryson

    How is anything considered near perfect in comparison to the ClamCase? All of these portfolio like keyboard cases are terrible and ugly looking. The ClamCase is seamless and gorgeous.

  • Bert Vanderveen

    Is ‘almost near perfect’ something like ‘nearly almost perfect’? Just asking…

  • John-Mark Ikeda

    I think this thing is overrated. It makes your iPad huge. The construction is good, but the whole thing feels wobbly with too many flaps. If it was easier to put the iPad in and take it out then I could see it being more useful. Why buy an iPad if you want to carry around something twice as big and heavy. The keyboard is pretty nice though- not as good as the logitech keyboard that is like the apple one though. 

  • Kevin

    Call me a dinosaur but I prefer the good old bluetooth keyboad like in this one http://www.geeknaut.com/blueto

    I prefer not to hog up things.

  • Terry Ng

    Precisely. 

  • Alex Pena

    I’m so happy I read you’re comment! This is EXACTLY the kind of case I was looking for, and now purchase it when they have more in stock :) 

  • ninhkinpoop

    I didn’t experience anything bad with it like outlined above. I carry it to uni everyday and I don’t find it bulky or heavy (I’m not a muscley person though, just a skinny girl) and extremely easy to get it set up on those tiny lecture tables. As for the pair button, I think all you have to do is wait for the Bluetooth to finish ‘loading’ (for lack of a better word) on the iPad, press pair, and then just start typing and it’ll automatically find it. Now when I turn it on, I just turn on the Bluetooth and not bother with ‘connecting’ the device, I just open up the application and type and it will connect itself.

    If it’s too ‘flappy’ for you, find a nice elastic to wrap around it, those you can buy at stationery shops, so it looks like an actual folio or planner. But at least it protects the screen. I definitely prefer it over carring a netbook, a charger and having to take netbooks out of its sleeve/pouch

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Kelly KeltnerKelly Keltner recently crossed over from the Dark Side, and now has an iPad. She also has a cat. Sometimes, the cat uses the iPad (it's possible the cat also wrote this bio). Both she and her cat share a love of pop culture and treats. You can follow her, but she'll just start walking faster.

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