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Good Case and Great Keyboard - But Not Together
on January 2, 2013
Belkin has made a decent case and a great Bluetooth keyboard but did not follow through on putting them together. First, the case: great fit with the KF HD, well made, OK synthetic cover material, nice and soft interior, cutouts in all the right places. The case stays closed with a magnetic tab. When the case is open, the tab folds back and stays out of the way. The keyboard was a snap to connect via Bluetooth, and I love typing on it. It's light but not flimsy, perfect for the KF HD or any other Bluetooth enabled device. The rechargeable battery means there's no need to worry about remembering to bring extra batteries - a big plus in my book. A USB charging cable is included.
However... the keyboard attaches to the cover with Velcro. When I leave the keyboard in the cover, the angle of the Kindle propped up is too small, making the KF unstable. It's unstable enough to fall face down on top of the keyboard. I did not notice any scratches but I would not risk it again. When I remove the keyboard, the KF HD can be propped up at several different angles and is much more stable. But then I have to hold the keyboard - with the scratchy part of the Velcro on it - on my lap or need a table to use it comfortably.
When the cover is closed with the keyboard in place, the whole thing is understandably bulkier compared to the KF in a case without a keyboard. I mentioned the soft interior of the case - too bad the screen of the Kindle does not touch any of that softness because it is facing the keyboard. Sure, the keyboard has two rubber thingies on the top - presumably to keep the Kindle screen from touching the keyboard - but I don't feel the screen is protected enough should I toss the Kindle in a bag or should it come across any kind of pressure. I'd be happy to keep the keyboard out of the case if there was a separate carrying case for it.
Last but not least - the price. For $100, I would expect a genuine leather case with all of the above issues resolved. I bought it at a lightning deal for just under $60, and that would have been a fair price if not for the way the keyboard and case are put together. As it is, if you want a Bluetooth keyboard for your Kindle Fire HD, I suggest going with a good case for the Kindle and a separate keyboard. Belkin does offer a similar standalone keyboard. Unfortunately, it again comes without a carrying case.
In short, this case / keyboard combo could easily earn 5 stars if the Velcro is eliminated, the price is about 40% lower, and the keyboard gets a cover to protect it and the KF HD screen.