Contest! Win a Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad! (closed)

May 16, 2013

This contest is closed.

If you’re like me, you love your tablet. My iPad is great for surfing the web, using apps, and reading. But actual work? Not at all. Typing for long periods of time is too difficult on my iPad, which makes it hard to get any real work done. I’ve often thought about getting an external keyboard, but many of the ones I’ve seen have been so bulky that I might as well use my regular laptop. Then I was sent the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad to review, and all of my feelings have changed.

Belkin recently launched their Ultimate Keyboard Case, and so far the reviews have been excellent. After my own personal experience, I completely agree. It’s meant to stay with your iPad all the time, so it functions as both a case and a keyboard (as one might gather from the name). The back has an aluminum shell, but the connecting pieces are nice and thin. It was very simple to slip my iPad into place, and after the initial charge (I let it charge for about 20 minutes) setup took maybe 30 seconds and was incredibly easy.

The keyboard is great—obviously smaller than a full-size laptop keyboard, but certainly large enough to get the job done. I really like that there are individual, separate keys—it makes typing so much easier. Plus the keys are big enough and in the right place.  It also really protected my iPad from the various large things I carry in my purse.

I carried it around with me (everywhere) for a few days, and here are the features I love. First, it is SO thin. Hardly thicker than my iPad by itself! Also, it weighs almost nothing, so I barely notice it in my purse, and I was able to fit it into regular purses vs. my normal large work purse. It takes up so much less room than my regular laptop, which makes using it in tight spaces (like conferences and airplanes) a breeze. When I wanted it to be just a tablet, the case folded back nicely and didn’t interfere.

As a travel bonus, since it’s an iPad I didn’t have to take it out at security. Woohoo! (Hey, I’ll take any time saver there.)

Will this replace my laptop for everything? No—I had a hard time adjusting to no mouse, plus I need all of those awesome MS programs (PowerPoint anyone?). But I love the Ultimate Keyboard Case, and will definitely use it with my iPad on all trips from here on out. I recommend it to anyone who travels often or needs a super portable computer. It is compatible with iPad 2 plus Gen 3 and 4, and is available for $129.

So who wants one?? To celebrate the release, I am giving away a Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case!! In order to enter, please leave a comment answering the following question: What is your best tip for getting through security quickly? The contest starts today and goes through Sunday, May 19, at midnight CDT. The winner will be chosen randomly, and as always only one entry per person.

My tip for getting through security quickly (besides TSA Pre-Check of course) is to have everything ready before you get to the bins. Have your liquids bag (if you take it out) easily accessible, have everything out of your pockets, and have your laptop ready to pull out. Or you could take an iPad with the Belkin Ultimate Keyboard Case, which doesn’t have to come out!

Good luck!!

  1. tiffany l said,

    avoid lines with a lot of children!

  2. BV said,

    Wear shoes that are easy to take on and off.

  3. Trav said,

    Other than TSA Pre-Check, as you mentioned, is to wear slip on shoes or sandals. I can’t tell you how many times I wore lace up shoes on a plane before finally thinking “This is ridiculous”.

    Now, I rock either my Rainbow flip flops or my Clark loafers.

  4. NewNomads said,

    My tip is to take a minute to stop before you ever get into the security line and make sure everything is organized and ready to go.

  5. Anne said,

    Shoes – I have MaryJanes with velcro straps.
    Easy and FAST to slip in/out. I previously used a pair of sneakers that zipped up.

    Of course, getting TSA precheck beats everything !

  6. Ralph L said,

    Leave the children at home with Grandma…!

  7. DJ said,

    Know which security lines only have metal detectors and don’t make you go through the scanners.

  8. Mike said,

    Have your liquids in a clear pouch and ready.
    And look for the quicker lines.

  9. Isaac B. said,

    I don’t wear a belt until after security as well as wear easy to remove shoes

  10. SF said,

    Just be ready — we all know the drill yet I’m amazed at people (who appear to be business travelers) who still aren’t prepared when they arrive at the checkpoint….

  11. Jeff D said,

    Get there early and have your stuff prepared ahead of time.

  12. Christie said,

    Have a place for everything. I recommend a bag with a lot of pockets (Lo&Sons OG). It’s easy to remove things for the x-ray machine and it’s easy to put stuff back in after.

  13. Joseph M said,

    I use a TSA approved backpack that allows the laptop compartment to open separately –so that it doesn’t have to be removed to go through the scanner .

  14. Jim said,

    Get TSA precheck through your airline’s status program if at all possible. I take a secret (and somewhat troubling) delight to whiz through security without disrobing while my travel companions wait in line and go through “the drill.”

  15. Brian Murphy said,

    Before arriving at the airport, put cell phones, coins, keys, etc in a baggie to put in coat pocket

  16. Chris said,

    TSA pre

  17. Joel A. said,

    Wear slip-on shoes.

  18. Laura said,

    Take off your sweater/jacket while in line and wear slip on shoes, if possible. Goes is great, of course. I haven’t taken my liquids out in the last few years and they don’t seem to mind.

  19. Mikey said,


  20. Dan said,

    Slip on shoes; put wallet/phone in briefcase and easy access to liquids

    Or, simply, TSA Pre

  21. CG said,

    When you’re with family, don’t forget the family line. Saving time in line makes up for the extra bags at the checkpoint.

  22. SEE said,

    Bring a plastic bag or keep a pocket empty in your carryon luggage just to put your keys, spare change, wallet, cell phone etc in before going through security. Wait until you get to the gate before putting the stuff back in your pockets; no need to hold up the security line!

  23. Jon said,

    My tip for getting through security quickly: locate and enter the security checkpoint with the shortest line (most medium-large size airports have multiple security checkpoints within walking distance).

  24. Meghan said,

    Toiletries In a plastic bag in the front pocket of the carry on!

  25. Nick T said,

    Bring nothing and do not wear anything!

  26. Macworld said,

    Having an Ipad!

  27. Andy O. said,

    Wear shoes that are easy to take on and off.

  28. Denise L said,

    Be prepared and then just relax.

  29. Kaye said,

    Always have a light jacket with zippered pockets and put your wallet, phone, keys, watch, etc in the pockets while in line… Rather than having all if those things loose in trays.

  30. Brad said,

    Be prepared and keep the things you know you need to pull out accessible.

  31. Bruce said,

    Scottevest for belt, keys, phone, electronics, etc all off in advance. Slip off shoes. Minimal liquids in a bag in my pocket that can easily be pulled out. Help to be as quick after collecting your stuff after screening as before.
    Remebre – keep you shoes on in Europe and Asia

  32. allure said,

    Be very organized – i carry absolutely nothing except my handbag with few dollars and credit cards/ID, my ipad and mobile phone. So for scanning, i just need to put my handbag on the tray, removed my travel sandals and pass through TSA easy breezy. No jacket, no jewellery (or i keep them in my handbag) or liquid and i use the premier priority boarding line as i am usually in biz or first class (good employer!).

  33. Yaakov Tayeb said,

    Be pregnant..

  34. Robert P said,

    Be ready when it is your turn

  35. Omar said,

    Get TSA pre-check!

  36. Jamie said,

    Put everything from your pockets into your carry on before you get to security line and avoid lines with non-frequent flyers.

  37. Brad said,

    Avoid families

  38. Truthiness said,

    TSA approved laptop bag (don’t have to take laptop out); don’t get on security line with kids, if possible.

  39. Karl Mitchell said,

    TSA approved laptop bag (or iPad) and slip-on shoes.

  40. Gavin said,

    I make sure anything in my pockets is in my carryon while I am in the line…

  41. Terry said,

    Travel with slip on shoes and put as much as you can, out of your pockets, into you carry on and you should pass through without a hitch.

  42. Joe C. said,

    One of my best tips for security is to know what you’re going to be through, and prepare accordingly. I always try to wear shoes that can come on and off easily, and my carry-on is always organized by what needs to come out. Additionally, my carry on is a TSA-approved laptop bag which zips out and allows the laptop to get through unobstructed while still in the bag – this has saved me more time than I can count going through security.

  43. Bob M said,

    take the items out of your pockets and your watch, and put them in a front pocket of your carry-on bag. That way you don’t have to bother with them in the plastic bin.

  44. Tri said,

    Got an iPad? Leave the laptop at home… Save everyone time!

  45. Nurit said,

    Be really late for your flight, beg and they let you go through the short line of the airline crew… ok that’s not a very nice one so save it for emergencies! (has worked for me in the past) :)

  46. Joey said,

    observe the lines and pick the one with the most number of business people (less elderly & less children the better)

  47. GetToThePoints said,

    Check all your luggage and wear flip flops

  48. KT said,

    Become a federal employee or contractor and show your badge when entering the employee line. We zip through security now! :)

  49. Vivek D said,

    Do not wear a belt and if worn, put it in your computer bag prior to getting to security. Try to wear flip flops or slip ons.

  50. Scott M. said,

    Slip on shoes and keep everything you would have to remove like car keys, watch, change, sunglasses in a jacket pocket(s). The jacket comes off easily and gets put in the bin with shoes, and you can wait until you get to your gate to reposition everything so as to not hold up the line of people behind you.

  51. Saif said,

    Put all the contents of your pockets/bet in your carry-on bag before getting into the security line. That way you also minimize the risk of losing anything during screening!

  52. Lucie said,

    Ask if there is a shorter line elsewhere. Today at PHL the queue was about an hour long. I asked one of the TSA gents standing there if there was anywhere with a shorter one, and he sent me to the next terminal over where there were only 4 people at security. It was well worth the 5 minute walk to just breeze through.

  53. Suzy S. said,

    Besides TSA Pre Check, wearing my slip on shoes instead of my sneakers. Also having anything that needs to come out in the outer zip pocket for easy access.

  54. sean callahan said,

    Try and fly very early in the am seems like alot less lines the earlier you fly

  55. ket said,

    I like wearing slip on sneakers for easy removal at he security line and put everything else in my backpack. Makes it easy to keep track.

  56. curtis said,

    liquids out in a ziplock baggy, laptop out, shoes, jacket off and cram all loose objects into jacket pockets.

  57. Lynette Walker said,

    Don’t wear lots of jewelry, belt, and put all loose change, keys, etc. in carry-on. Plus shoes that are easy to slip in and out of.

  58. Michael said,

    A $20 Bill between your Boarding Pass and ID!

  59. trish clapper said,

    do early check in and keep basically everything in back suitcase so you can move right threw line.

  60. Sean said,

    Don’t wear a belt or a watch because you will always forget about them.

  61. Amy said,

    Empty those pockets!!

  62. Pat Lamorgese said,

    No belts, loafers, watch and jewelry in carry on bag, boarding pass in passport.

  63. Emily said,

    Follow TSA carry-on guidelines and have small items/liquids in a separate bag that is easily accessible.

  64. Darryl said,

    Put keys, wallet, cell phone, etc. into your jacket pockets (preferably zippable); remove jacket and put in bin.

  65. Em Robin said,

    Prepare before you leave for the airport. Pack light, don’t bring so much stuff in carry on (jewelry, cosmetics, etc), wear clothing (undergarments too) that don’t set off the machines, either wear slip on shoes or pre-loosen laces to make sneakers slip on/off easy. Please wear socks for hygiene’s sake. Pay attention to those ahead of you in line so your mind gets the drill down before it’s your turn. Be pleasant to the workers too!

  66. Abhinav G. said,

    Put everything from your pockets and yourself in the carry-on bag.

  67. Taylor said,

    Wear shoes that are easy to take on/off. Keep all electronics, liquids, etc. at the top of your suitcase so they’re easy to take out for the scanner.

  68. Daniel said,

    I only wear slip on dress shoes, or sandals, never any shoes with laces!

  69. Joiceann said,

    I wear comfortable clothes and shoes that slip off so I don’t hold up the lines.

  70. Brent said,

    I look for the line with more than one screening belt and/or more workers.

  71. addrienne mertens said,

    spandex =)

  72. JWStephens said,

    Run really fast.

  73. Matt said,

    Be prepared. We’ve all been through the lines before. When it’s your turn, you’ll go through that much more quickly.

  74. Bradley B. said,

    Status. And paying attention to which checkpoint has a line with 300 people in it and which has 3 people, one terminal over.

  75. Pamela T said,

    Put your 3oz bag in the top outside pocket of the roller bag, put belt in purse at home, don’t wear necklace, have slip on socks in with 3oz bag for putting on bare feet.

  76. Anne said,

    Don’t try to stuff everything (shoes, jacket, bag) into one bin.

  77. Ryan U said,

    I always take my belt off and put it in my carryon before i get in the security line

  78. Nancy@acommunaltable said,

    Know what you have to take out separately for security ahead of time and pack/plan accordingly. Some airports LHR in particular require ALL electronic devices to to be removed from carry ons. Solution? Put them all in a clear 2 gallon ziploc before security. Use a quart bag for loose change, keys and watch. After security, scoop up bags and reposition/repack.

  79. Lindsay said,

    TSA precheck!!

  80. amy c said,

    Travel alone.

  81. Sutasinee said,

    Use TSA Checkpoints Friendly Laptops bag.

  82. Emman said,

    No what to do at the checkpoint… (I.e. remove laptop from case, remove everything in pockets, remove belt, etc.)

  83. NR said,

    leave the belt in my bag, wear slip on shoes.

  84. Chris said,

    Best advice is to dress ready. Flip flops if possible, jacket in your carry on, and bring your ipad instead of laptop if you can. And grab extra bins! You can always stack them if you have too many, but I somehow end up using them all most of the time.

  85. Diane S said,

    If you must travel with lots of jewelry, take it off & store it before getting in line for security.

  86. Marvin said,

    Have a nice backpack with a small front pocket to put all of the keys, phones, and pocket lint in before getting to he X-ray machine….

  87. Diane said,

    Be sure to have emptied your pockets before arriving at airport.

  88. Anthony C said,

    Do not wear a belt

  89. Ari K said,

    pack everything you’d need to remove for TSA in locations easy to get to…

  90. Mark Jackson said,

    Not bringing liquids. Get them from your hotel or from a store when you land!

  91. Bo said,

    Wear slip on shoes and don’t wear a belt! Also, try not to have too many loose items in your pockets.

  92. Alita Alexander said,

    Don’t ‘over stuff’ your carry on bag!
    TSA checked all bags that they claimed were ‘over stuffed’ and were quite rude to those being searched & re-searched because their bags were ‘over stuffed’.

  93. Jacob W said,

    no belt, wear flip flops, leave the kids at home, do not bring the laptop. (for leisure trip)

  94. Ismael said,

    Travel with a baby. You get to skip the nude-o-scope and sneak in some liquids… For the baby of course.

  95. Walter said,


  96. Emily said,

    Pay attention and wear slip-on shoes.

  97. Chris A said,

    Besides PreCheck, have a routine so that everything is second nature. My bags/bins are always lined up in the same order so I can get shoes (slipon, always!) and jacket on quickly at the far end, and my laptop bag always goes on the belt facing the same way so I can just slip the laptop in easily.

  98. jennifer chadwick said,

    slip on shoes

  99. RKB said,

    Pre check is the best.

  100. Pat B said,

    I take off watches, keys , cell phone, coins, and anything else that normally goes in the bin and put the in my blazer pocket, and the blazer goes in the bin. Then I go quickly as i can and then put thing back where they belong as I’m walking to the gate.

  101. grace said,

    Slip-on shoes

  102. Paul said,

    Leave the house ready for security. Everything already in carry one, then it’s just belt and shoes.

  103. Laxman S said,

    Wear a comfortable pair of slacks and t-shirt with floaters so that way you can take off floaters if needed. Place all your hand luggage and belongings in a backpack or carry bag. Keep your laptop in a separate compartment so its easy to remove and lastly keep an easy to reach compartment empty in the bag you carry so that you quickly put all your cash, coins, mobiles in there just before you go through security and take them out easily after you have passed security. These tips will not only ensure hassle-free and quick security checks but also a comfortable trip :)

  104. Brad K said,

    Just be prepared in general, have a clue of what is happening.

  105. Wendy said,

    I’m in a weird mood tonight. So my best tip is Don’t fly. Actually it would be only have a personal item and wear easy on off shoes.

  106. Fernando said,

    Become a trusted traveler and reap the benefits of tsa pre check.

  107. ben said,

    Do put too many things in hand-carry luggage.

  108. joanna said,

    don’t bring hand carry luggage.

  109. Rick said,

    No laces! Slip on shoes only.

  110. John Richard Genir said,

    Just bring a bag with one zipper. So if you are near the security, you just need to open the bag and they can easily see all your things inside. Don’t put any unnecessary object inside your bag especially illegal thing.

  111. John Richard Genir said,

    Don’t bring any illegal object.

  112. Rachel said,

    Take a deep breath!

    And see if there is another line that will get you to the same place. You might have to walk a but more on the other Side, but for most of us that beats waiting in line.

  113. Diego said,

    Slip on shoes & keep belt in carry-on.

  114. Sang said,

    tight jeans and no belt

  115. Rich C said,

    Keep sneezing like your sick. TSA will not want to get near you!

  116. J.L. said,

    Check TSA guidelines before heading out

  117. Jean J said,

    Get a routine in place in addition to having everything ready.
    Each time you go through, take your shoes off and put everything in bins in the same order.
    Finally, put your belongings on the belt in the order you need them on the other side: roller case, briefcase, laptop bin, other items bin. You’ll put yourself back together faster.

  118. MSPpete said,

    Take the scuba regulator out of the carryon bag and put it in a bin. Most security screeners apparently have no idea what a scuba regulator looks like and always search my bag if I leave it in. Really – never seen a scuba regulator?

  119. lauren @ steel + heels said,

    I always wear the same thing to the airport to ease me through security: jeans or work-appropriate pants, a light tissue tee, no jewelry, no belt, slip on shoes with those socks that are meant to be disguised under your shoes (who wants to step on the airport floor in bare feet?), a light jacket and scarf (for napping on the plane). My only bag contents are my iPad, wallet, phone, keys and book. I figure that if this gets me through security very quickly, I can have time to sip a latte! Love your blog!

  120. david said,

    TSA precheck and have my cpap which must come out of the case organized

  121. Michael G. said,

    Take as little as possible and get in a good line.

  122. James said,

    Smile and be patient and you’re in/out before you know it.

  123. Mitty said,

    Priority boarding lines + TSA Pre-check make passing through security a breeze. Two minutes or less, total.

    But for folks who don’t have that luxury, or when you are traveling with others who do not have TSA pre-check, here is my advice:

    1. PREPARE. Have slip on shoes or flip flops/sandals & have all of your liquids ready in that 3-1-1 ziplock bag.

    2. SCOUT. Look for the line that appears to be the quickest. Business persons and those traveling light tend to be the fastest. Avoid lines with children, elderly, and groups of more than 2 traveling together.

    3. BIN-IT. Once in line, start preparing yourself for the bins (if you are still waiting to put items into the bins). Take off your belt, watch, wallet, shoes, heavy coat, and any other metals off your persons and into the bin. Toss your 3-1-1 bag in there as well. Grab another bin and take out your laptop and put it in a bin. Your personal bag and carry on do not have to go into a bin.

    I think if everyone did #3, lines would go a lot quicker. Preparing and knowing the process is key.

  124. Dragana Todoric said,

    Get there early as possible

  125. Ana Vukašin said,

    Always go alone

  126. Nikola Todorić said,

    Be prepared to wait and smile, smile

  127. Mile Zec said,

    Avoid long lines and don’t bring hand carry luggage

  128. Stoja Todorić said,

    Look like you are about to pass out

  129. Lindsay said,

    Wear slip on shoes is my #1 tip

  130. will said,

    strip down when almost at checkpoint

  131. Magres said,

    1. wear slippahs (OK mainlanders call them flip-flops) and carry sneakers/socks in your carry-on.
    2. While in line, take everything out of your pockets and transfer them to your coat/jacket with zippered pockets.

  132. Lauren said,

    Wear slip on shoes and get in the line that looks to have the most business travelers, not families.

  133. Kimberly said,

    Look for line without families. Have ziploc for liquids in side pocket for easy access.

  134. Jason said,

    Take all your metal stuff you wear: belt, watch, wallet, etc. and put it in your bag as you are waiting in line so you can breeze through the inspection. Then just grab your bag on the other side and keep walking. Don’t put it all back on until you are waiting at the gate (doing nothing anyway).

  135. Randy Nvnez said,

    Following things have helped me in the past:
    -Don’t bring so much to begin with. If you can check it, great!
    -Remove things that TSA requires to be removed beforehand and have it in your carryon or backpack. Once you’re through, then put it back on. Best to have it removed before lining up for security.
    -Watch the pace of the lines and go where it is quickest. Usually the outer lines are the fastest
    -And if possible, enroll in the TSA program which allows you to move quickly through security by being a frequent flier
    -And most importantly, give yourself enough time in the event things go south.

  136. castem said,

    Pack jacket/coat in a carry on bag before getting in line.

  137. Nick Knight said,

    I put my keys, loose change and other pocket contents in my backpack (carry-on). Saves scooping it all out later.

  138. Sean said,

    To get through I usually plan what Im wearing ahead of time: sandals, no belt, no sweatshirts/jacket, have your laptop in a very accessible place to quickly separate it and put it away when the time comes. As far as liquids I don’t bring any and rely on the hotel to supply me with my necessities. One big thing that I learned is print the actual ticket out, too many times ive been screwed by my cellphone bar code not working.
    Alternatively, I saw an older lady with incontinence who was moved right to the front.

  139. Jackie @ freeismylife said,

    Limit the amount of technology that you carry wiith you. A smartphone and an iPad is usually plenty for any trip.

  140. Stacey said,

    Big fan of TSA pre-check (first time this weekend! – it was like going back in time to 15 years ago). Other than that, I recommend being strategic about the checkpoint and specific line you use – e.g., avoid a line with families or (yes, a little stereotyping here) people who look like inexperienced travelers.

  141. dwh said,

    Precheck – best thing ever

  142. Robert Macfarlane said,

    A few tips, where comfortable trousers which dont require a belt (thank the lord for elastic)… people standing up undoing an elaborate belt before yanking it through the belt loops is never going to endear the line behind.

    No nasty surprises!
    Some airports are relaxed on ipads, some are not so I generally use the time waiting in the line to take out the ipad and put my keys, wallet mobile and everything else from my pockets into my bag. This stops any nasty surprises if you get scanned because you forgot something in the rush to put your bags down as people scrunch up behind you.

  143. Tracie said,

    Empty all pockets while still at home, wear slip on shoes and as little metal as possible.

    Have your ID and boarding pass in hand before you approach the security line.

    Also, always keep extra quart size bags in your carry on as a Just in case.

    And if you can, get Global Entry and apply for precheck!

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