BTC-808 Bluetooth Keyboard Case Cover for iPad Mini

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 4.15.38 PMiPad is a great device, but its cramped on-screen keyboard leaves a lot to be desired. It works fine for shorter typing excursions (e-mails for instance, short product reviews like this one, etc.), but it’s not meant to be used for extended typing sessions. This is even more the case with iPad Mini, which makes any serious typing an exercise in hand acrobatics.

Physical keyboards help alleviate this problem somewhat. The physical key response is very valuable, especially if you are a touch-typist. However, many such keyboards, including this one, are still pretty cramped and make fluid typing all but impossible.

That is one of my favorite tablet keyboard/cover combos. It’s simple, lightweight, and very innovative in terms of its design. It also allows me to simply and quickly detach my iPad Mini and use it as a tablet – which is for the most part my preferred way of using it anyways. It also provides a lot of protection for the iPad in the cover mode, and the keyboard action is one of the better ones of all the tablet keyboards that I tested.

This is a Bluetooth keyboard, and it relies on having it synced with your iPad mini for connection. This was relatively easy to accomplish, and the wireless connection remained steady and reliable throughout the time I was using it.

The keyboard allows you to prop up your iPad mini while typing. The propped up iPad mini was securely lodged, although I would not want to use this keyboard away from a flat surface (a desk for instance) on which to rest it. You are also unable to adjust the viewing angle while typing, which is another minor inconvenience.

I think that for the kind of value it offers this case can hardly be beat. It’s the most inexpensive such case/keyboard combo that I’ve come across.

Overall, this is a decent product that can help you get more out of your iPad mini in terms of productivity. However, the physical limitations of iPad mini have also put a constraint on the maximum usability of any small keyboard like this one.

**** Product provided for review purposes. ****


Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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