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Good case, mediocre keyboard
on June 16, 2015
So, I realize that the Nexus 10 is not the most popular tablet in the world, but I liked it, and I wanted a good keyboard case that didn't cost as much as a new tablet. This one seemed like the best one out there, so I got it, and I'm glad I did.
The case is very solid. It feels like leather, but I'm pretty sure it's plastic, which is probably better since it responds well to temperature swings and little bits of water. It was a little confusing at first getting the tablet in and out of it (I kept putting it in backwards thinking that the tine cutout was for the camera, but it's actually for the LED light on the other side), but after a few tries it has gotten pretty easy. Most importantly, it fits well and never comes out without me wanting it to.
Now onto the keyboard. Honestly, I would be pretty happy with this case if not for the keyboard, but that was a feature I wanted, so I am glad it is there, and I do use it from time to time. They keys travel well, though they are a bit small and cramped. I have three major complaints, one of which I know other reviewers have experienced. The spacebar seems very inconsistent to respond. I think it has only one sensor instead of the usual two, because I feel that it registers most of the time when I hit it with my left thumb, but not my right. Obviously, I am used to typing with both thumbs, so this is a major inconvenience. Second, there is only one shift key, and there is a home or arrow key on the other side where a shift key would normally be, so I frequently find myself hitting the wrong key instead of shift. I don't use this keyboard often enough to re-train my fingers, so this is a pain. Third, the keyboard has an auto-sleep function similar to many wireless mice. This, I suppose is good, and I have definitely had good battery life, going months at a time between charges with occasional use. However, there is about a 1-2 second delay between hitting a key while in sleep mode and the keyboard waking up, so if I go a long time between typing, it will miss the first word or few characters once I start again. There is no indication (aside from the elapsed time) of whether the keyboard is asleep, and it occurs regardless of whether the tablet's screen is on or off. This can be very frustrating.
This three issues are almost enough to make me not want to use the keyboard part. However, typing anything long on a virtual keyboard is a huge pain, and sometimes I have to type long things on this tablet, especially when I am traveling and don't have access to a laptop or desktop computer. One thing I have found that helps is using an alternative virtual keyboard, Swiftkey (now available for free on the Google Play Store), that still works when using the Bluetooth keyboard even though it is not on the screen. It will correct a lot of the errors caused by the keyboard so as to make it faster and less frustrating. I highly recommend installing and using Swiftkey if you purchase this product. It is great even when you're just typing on the screen as well.
Anyway, the keyboard pairs pretty easily and has an on/off switch and reset button that work reliably. The keyboard sticks to the case with magnets, which is a nice touch. There are two or three notches in the case so that the tablet can stand at a good angle for viewing, which is great for watching videos or reading books, especially on an airplane or at a table/counter. You can even rotate the screen to portrait while it's angled like this, though I don't recommend doing this unless you're just reading a book, because touching the screen in this position seems likely to knock it over.
Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with this case and keyboard, though the typing experience definitely leaves me wanting. I have used a lot of good keyboards over the years, so the lack of options is very frustrating. If you don't plan on using the keyboard extensively or frequently (such as typing notes in a college class or writing long documents for work), then I think it's a good buy. If you want a really robust keyboard, then I suggest getting a regular case with a separate keyboard from Logitech, Targus, etc. or getting a general keyboard case and trying it out before you buy.