Ever since the iPad Pro was released, I have been looking for a keyboard that would turn it into a writing device. To no avail. And adding to the misery was the fact that the 12.9" iPad Pro had all the cons of a laptop and not many pros of a tablet.\n\n\n I gave up on the 12.9\u201d iPad Pro and upgraded to the 9.7" iPad Pro under T-Mobile\u2019s Jump on Demand program. The smaller tablet is portable (as a tablet should be), but can also be used as a laptop replacement in a few cases, writing being one of them. But my hunt for a good keyboard continued.\n\n\nApple\u2019s own Smart Keyboard and Logitech\u2019s Logi CREATE were decent options. I've written about my experiences with those keyboards here and here and both had their drawbacks.\n\n\nSo when Belkin came out with its QODE Ultimate Lite Keyboard Case, I was quick to give it a try.\n\n\nWhat\u2019s great about it\n\n\nBelkin QODE Ultimate Lite Keyboard Case is well-built, professional-looking and \u00a0extremely durable. Its design makes it extremely stable without adding any extra weight to the keyboard, so it won\u2019t flip over and fall when you use it on your lap. Since it\u2019s not using the \u2018smart\u2019 connector, it offers two viewing angles, perfect for working on a table and on lap.\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya\n\nThe keys have great travel, as good as my MacBook Pro keyboard. And it\u2019s a \u2018full\u2019 keyboard, with the exception of some reshuffling of less frequently used keys (like colon or tilde), so my typing isn't slowed down.\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya\n\nThere are shortcut keys that you can use with a dedicated Fn (function) key. These include keys for going to home and switching between apps, which is great for productivity \u2014 while working on a story I frequently switch between the word processor and web browser. A key for taking a screenshot. Media keys for pause, play, rewind and fast forward. Volume control keys. And keys for copying, cutting, pasting and selecting text.\n\n\nUsing it in tablet mode\n\n\nUnlike the Belkin keyboard that I used with my iPad AIR, this one doesn\u2019t attach the keyboard to the iPad Pro case with a magnet so I can\u2019t detach the iPad and use it as a tablet or in portrait mode. That said, it can be folded into a tablet mode that doesn\u2019t add a much bulk, though I would have preferred a more elegant solution.\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya \n\nBelkin keyboard case can be folded in tablet mode.\n\n\n\nAlthough it has dedicated keys for volume control, when held in tablet mode you need access to the physical keys on the iPad and the Belkin case allows full access to those keys and the charging port.\n\n Swapnil Bhartiya \n\nDirect acces to volume keys\n\n\n\nA few flaws\n\n\nEven Belkin is not perfect, but these are imperfections I can live with\n\n\nThe keyboard isn't backlit.\nReshuffling of keys takes some getting used to\nNo holder for the Apple Pencil\nNot using the \u2018smart\u2019 connector, pairs with Bluetooth\nNo dedicated keys for screen brightness\n\n\nI do wish that like the iPad AIR keyboard, it was possible to detach the iPad Pro from the keyboard and also use it in portrait mode.\n\n\nBeyond these few points, I love this keyboard. I have written this entire post with it and it worked great.\n\n\nAt $99, Belkin has the least expensive and best keyboard for the 9.7" iPad Pro. If you are an iPad Pro owner looking for a great keyboard, then Belkin is the one for you.