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Quick hit: Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for the iPad Mini
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Belkin Portable Keyboard Case for the iPad Mini (Photo courtesy Belkin, Inc.)

Sometimes on-screen keyboards just don't cut the typing mustard.

For road warriors or even casual users who have an iPad Mini and want some semblance of a built-in keyboard, Belkin's Portable Keyboard Case for iPad Mini case might be the right choice.

The case is quite light and doesn't add a lot of heft to the svelte Mini. I swapped my Apple cover for it and found that it was still easy to carry around and offered protection for the back of the tablet.

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In order to get typing, the case uses Bluetooth to pair with your Mini. A simple process, but take care to turn Bluetooth off when not using the case as it can drain your battery more quickly.

I found the keyboard, while not full-sized, generally easy to type on, and was able to breeze through emails and pretty much any document (or app) where a physical keyboard makes more sense than the on-screen variety.

The case is rated to have 155 hours of battery life and is easily charged through an included USB cable.

Belkin's Portable Keyboard Case for iPad Mini retails for $79.99.

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