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Bulky, but otherwise excellent
on August 12, 2013
One sentence review: This keyboard/cover is excellent value for money.
A) Performance as a keyboard: The MiniSuit keyboard is a pretty standard compact bluetooth keyboard. Setup and connection to the tablet was a breeze, using the instructions enclosed with the keyboard. The keyboard feels solid and responds like a Macbook keyboard (no spongy feeling to the typing). Since it is a compact keyboard, expect some key misses as your fingers get used to the compact layout.
The space bar can be a bit finicky - if you hit it off-center it may miss the keystroke. It wasn't much of an issue for me, but it happens often enough to detract from the performance.
The keyboard needs to be woken up if the tablet goes to sleep. You need to hit a key and then wait a second before the keystrokes start getting sent to the tablet. I think this is a feature of all bluetooth keyboards, though.
The keyboard needs to be charged separately, but it holds a charge for a long time (at the level I use it). I like the fact that Win8 identifies the use of the keyboard and automatically hides the on-screen keyboard.
Basically, as a keyboard this is an excellent performer, especially at the price.
B) As a cover: The keyboard/tablet cover is made of sturdy materials. Some sort of leatherette, with stout stitching. The sleeve for the tablet is well-designed and snug.
The design of the tablet sleeve allows the use of the edges of the screen (necessary for Win8 usage on a tablet), and it allows easy access to the ports and the pen slot.
It is firm and sturdy, but that gives rise to it being bulky, and with the keyboard present it makes for a pretty bulky all-round package. However, it looks and feels great, and I'm fine with paying a bit of a price in the size of the package for the security and feel I get from the case. It does have a nice, quality look about it.
The case has only one angle at which the tablet can be stood up, using a stand in the back. This is pretty firm, but it does take some strategic placement if used on the lap. If you're laying in bed, you may find that the viewing angle is more shallow than you'd like. This, combined with the bulk of the case is responsible for me taking one star off the rating of this item.
The keyboard can be removed from the case, so if you have another case/stand for the tablet you may be better served using that in combination with the bluetooth keyboard as an external keyboard.
So basically, the MiniSuit Thinkpad Tablet 2 keyboard/cover is a well-made option for people who want to have an external keyboard for their Thinkpad Tablet 2.