The Belkin QODE Ultimate iPad Air keyboard case is a folio style case for the iPad Air with a Bluetooth keyboard built-in.
After spending several weeks using this iPad Air keyboard to work on several projects including our PS4 review, I find it delivers a very nice typing experience for users who want to travel with just an iPad and a keyboard case.
The Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard case for the iPad Air is a higher-end version of the QODE Slim Style we recently reviewed. For the higher price users get a metal keyboard tray with support for more angles and a much nicer looking case for the iPad Air. Like the cheaper case, the iPad does not automatically turn off when you shut the case. There is no power button on the keyboard as it will turn on and off as needed, something it did reliably during our testing.
The Belkin QODE Ultimate iPad Air keyboard case includes a plastic iPad holder that includes magnets to keep the case shut when you are on the go and to prop the iPad Air at one of three angles for typing or simply to keep the iPad at the best angle while watching a movie. The ability to position the iPad Air in one of three angles is a big plus as many iPad keyboards only allow users to place the device at a fixed angle. Thanks to the multiple angles I can use this iPad Air keyboard on a table or on a lap easier and adjust for harsh lighting.
The base of the case, where the keys are located, is made of aluminum for a premium look and feel that also delivers a very solid surface to type on. I am not a fan of keeping the iPad in this case when I am reading a book, though you can wrap the keyboard around the back.
The typing experience is very nice thanks to well spaced and well placed keys with enough travel for a mobile keyboard. I wouldn’t trade my MacBook Pro Retina keyboard for this, but it is definitely good enough that I can leave home with the iPad Air and the QODE Ultimate iPad Air keyboard and still get work done. I will often grab this combo when heading out in the evening or when I visit my in-laws on a weekend so that I can turn any downtime into writing time.
The key travel is sufficient for a mobile keyboard and Belkin delivers a good deal of space between the keys so that any typos were my fault, not one I could blame on the keyboard. The Alt and Command keys operate as on a Mac, allowing users to delete or select words or lines at a time. There are function keys for volume control, copy and paste as well as media playback and a dedicated Siri key.
Punctuation is the only real place I slow down on the Belkin QODE Ultimate iPad Air keyboard case. The period, comma and question mark are easy enough to hit, but even after a few weeks I have yet to adjust to the colon and semi colon position to the right of the space bar.
Belkin claims the QODE Ultimate iPad Air keyboard case battery lasts 264 hours, which is something we haven’t hit yet, but it is still going strong after heavy use and no recharging during the last several weeks, so suffice to say battery life is good.
The QODE Ultimate is an excellent iPad Air keyboard case that delivers a wonderful typing experience, multiple angles and a case that looks very nice and provides protection. For the price I wish it was backlit for easier use in low light situations, but even without this feature it is a great tool for mobile productivity.
Users can buy the QODE Ultimate iPad Air keyboard case from Belkin for $129.
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