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Reasonably good keyboard and cover
on February 18, 2013
I got this transleeve and keyboard when I picked up the Vivo Tab Smart and am tapping out this review on it now. I made it a point to get this accessory because I abhor virtual keyboards with a passion, and my experiences with an iPad and Logitech KB tell me this is the way to go despite a little more added weight.
Overall this combo is pretty decent. The keyboard has a metal frame, with chicklet keys laid out well with enough room between keys to be comfortable and not too cramped. Bluetooth pairing went well and was very straightforward, and it comes with a little micro USB to USB charge cable. I just charged it overnight using the tablet's charger and it's been working fine for the past week+. It has a little LED in the upper right corner to warn you when the charge level is going low. So, anyway, the keyboard is well executed except for the following items which I'm still getting used to:
* The Delete key *is* in the upper right corner where most Delete keys are, but it's kind of small and more often than not I'm actually trying to hit the Backspace key, so I'll be tapping what I think is the Backspace key, but actually tapping the Delete key instead. So like I said, I'm still trying to get used to that...
* The touchpad is not very impressive, and actually prompted me to send a note to ASUS tech support to see if there was anything can be done to improve its performance. What happens is that the cursor movement is not smooth; sometimes it moves like you think it would, but then it'll stop for a second or two and then it'll snap clear across the screen where It would have ended up if it didn't have that little hitch. It's almost like the processor is running some program in the background and delays the cursor's motion. The thing is, with a USB mouse connected, this jerkiness does not happen....
Once you're done using the KB, you just lay it on the felt side of the sleeve and since it's metal it just sticks to the magnetized backing. Very secure, very slick. It doesn't do anything to protect the back of the tablet, but it does present the Vivo Tab Smart as a very useful WIndows-based tool for personal and work usage.