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A really good fit for the Samsung Note Pro 12.2!
on August 4, 2014
I had just come off of a couple of bad relationships with some Windows 8 hybrid tablets (i.e. tablet plus detachable keyboard) and was ready to give up on the idea of having a 2-in-1 because of ongoing connectivity issues. Looking at the newer Android tablets I noticed that Samsung's Note Pro 12.2 had this case/keyboard as an option and checked it out. I am a HUGE fan of Logitech's K810 bluetooth keyboard- I liked the spacing of all of the keys and the back-lighting, and the multiple bluetooth source connectivity was extremely convenient and reliable. I noticed that the pictures of the keyboard on this case looked quite familiar- in fact it is the exact same layout, but the function keys have now been optimized for the Android OS. I would hazard to say that this similarity is what sold me on buying the Note Pro because I had such a good experience with the K810.
When used in conjunction, the Note Pro 12.2 and this keyboard case go together beautifully in terms of functionality. The case has a very heavy, hard feel to it on both sides- so much so that I could see how it could be viewed as a turnoff for some. It is not an elegant case, but it does seem sturdy, and that's really all that I care about (you don't buy a 12.2" tablet for elegance!). I cannot account for all for the negative reviews stating that the tablet pops out too easily, except that perhaps there were some production inconsistencies and there are some bad units out there. I have not had any issues at all with the friction points being loose- when I put the tablet it in clicks. When you flip it into the flat position I guess I could see how a faulty unit could be an issue as the friction points only grasp one-half of the tablet, but I've tried holding it up to see if the tablet slides out and it doesn't; seems like a good fit to me. I have read some reviews that state that they have noticed smudges on the screen from when the keyboard presses against the tablet in the closed position- I haven't experienced that.
Ports and buttons are on the right side: there is a micro-USB port for charging (charging USB cable included), a sliding power button, and a bluetooth pairing button. I am assuming it is a pairing button as the manual is about as minimal as it gets and makes no mention of what it is for but it does have a bluetooth symbol on it. Once I turned the bluetooth on my tablet on and the the case on, it paired up rather quickly so I never had to use it. There is a holder for the Note Pro's stylus but as the tablet already has a silo for it I haven't used it.
Of course it's not a perfect product. I would have liked the keys to be backlit like the K810 but considering that this is a niche product I guess that wouldn't be too financially feasible. It is rather bulky and adds a bit of heft to the tablet, but as I said earlier I feel the tradeoff is worth it for me personally. As it is a bluetooth device, that will obviously drain your tablet's power but the Note Pro's battery life is nothing to sneeze at.
I don't think there is really any way to add a decent keyboard to a case without adding a certain amount of bulk and I think Logitech got it right in this case. In my opinion, this is a quality product and definitely a must-have if you have the Samsung Note Pro 12.2.