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Decent, but beware the pitfalls
on March 22, 2012
First a note: I bought this purely for the keyboard. My tablet doesn't have such a case available and I was hoping it'd fit but had back-up plans if it didn't. As it was... no, my Lenovo K1 (not recommended) does not fit this case, but the keyboard works, so... I have to say though it's a very nice case and I wish it did fit. If I had a Tab I'd be all over it.
Let's talk about the keyboard. It's made of rubber, and the "Q" to "P" keys occupy slightly less (say, 5%?) width than the Q through P keys on my desktop keyboard, which isn't bad and certainly isn't significantly different enough to cause any problems. The keyboard is a standard bluetooth unit, and will work with any device that needs a bluetooth keyboard. It charges via a micro-USB port - a cable, but not a charger, is supplied with the unit, so you can charge it by plugging it in to your PC.
Once turned on, the keyboard seems to be active all the time - that is, I didn't have problems with the keyboard "going to sleep" and needing to be pressed a few times before becoming active again like other BT keyboards I've used. Overall, it's a good implementation of Bluetooth.
The fact the keyboard is rubber makes sense - you don't want something harder scratching up your screen. But at the same time, it does have some downsides. It's not really possible to type at speed as the buttons frequently, if pressed too hard or in the wrong place, double (iiee you offften fiind youu''ve typped soometthing liike thiss) The feel is OK, but overall it kind of reminds me of a Sinclair Spectrum - remember them?
Another factor that causes problems is that not all keys are present, and those that are aren't always in the same place. There's no right shift key, which you're likely to hit out of habit. The quotation marks are by the arrow keys, rather than near the Enter key. += is by Backspace. There's a row of dedicated function keys at the top of the keyboard, but most of these appear to be non-functional on my tablet.
The major advantage of the keyboard is that it's somewhat nicer to type on than the screen, and that the screen doesn't get messed up by having a huge keyboard occupy a third of it when you use it.
Overall some compromises need to be made to make a useful device and they're not bad, but you need to bear them in mind. The keyboard will not turn your tablet into a Netbook, but this keyboard is definitely better than the on screen keyboards by a few order of magnitudes. And the price is good too.