Electronics and computer peripherals company Belkin has released a new portable keyboard case for the iPad mini which promises to bring both a level of protection, and a physical keyboard to Apple's diminutive tablet.

The keyboard connects to the iPad mini via Bluetooth, and an on-board rechargeable battery is said to be good for 155 hours of active use. The keyboard itself folds flat when not in use for easier transport, and there are also iPad-centric shortcut keys for easier media control, in addition to a camera cutout.

A well-designed iPad mini keyboard case could potentially be a boon to frequent travelers looking for a lightweight machine who are weary of touchscreen typing. However, just how comfortable it is to type on such a small layout remains to be seen – one imagines a user experience similar to those very small netbooks which were popular in recent years.

The Portable Keyboard Case will set you back US$79.99.

Source: Belkin via Far East Gizmos