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Turns a tablet into a laptop -- well almost.
7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard
Member Name: broxi3781
7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard
Advantages: Keyboard and case for android tablets.
Disadvantages: Small keys, must be pressed hard, lag.
But for all that this is not the prettiest of cases, it is quite functional and really does give your tablet some extra protection against bumps and spills. My husband insists on keeping electronic equipment, including his laptop on the fish tank, and this has taken a spill from the top of the tank to the floor ( which is still better than into the tank). No harm was done to the tablet inside.
The main reason to buy this case, is not simply as a case though - you will find better ones for your money if you only need a cover for your tablet. The only reason to buy this really is the keyboard. This has a little stand, very much like you would find on the back of a photo frame on the back, so you can prop this open and use the keyboard, just as you would a laptop. I much prefer this to sitting about with stylus typing into the touch screen keyboard, but this does have it's limitations.
The first issue with this keyboard is size. This case is about 8" across but the keyboard size is about 7". I have long thin fingers, but even so, find this a bit awkward for typing with two hands. I often end up hitting the wrong key, and usually resort to typing with two fingers. My husband has even more difficulty and ended up using a stylus. My sons both type with a single finger anyway, so although I believe their hands would fit nicely - it hasn't been tried out. Another issue with this keyboard is that you have to press harder than an ordinary key board. I'm using to using a lighter touch and often leave letters out. The third issue is lag, and I do notice a delay between correctly striking a key and it appearing on screen.
This is a full qwerty keyboard with numbers on the top and keys for F1 - F10. Keys like + and - are displayed to the side rather than with the numbers as on most keyboards, and of course you have the directional arrows which work something like a mouse, but are far more awkward to use. There is no actual mouse or trackball.
What is in the box?
Not much really, you get the case and two styluses. There is a built in wire with a usb attachment. My tablet requires an adapter to go from this usb end to the tablet and this is not included. This does not require any power source as it draws power from your tablet. I do believe the amount of power used is minimal as it does not seem to run the battery down.
What this is good for:
I would recommend this for surfing the web, writing the occasional email, and perhaps even a short review. I think it would be grand for a child to use when using a tablet to go online and read or do a bit of research. My son - age 7 really likes this and thinks it is a tiny laptop. I think it would be fine for a child updating their facebook page and that type of thing as well. Combined with a tablet, this would be handy to take on holiday and keep up with emails etc.. but it is never going to replace a full sized laptop or PC full time.
What it is not good for :
This is not going to work for typing school reports, taking notes in class, or lengthy emails and business use. It's fine for typing short pieces, but typing will be much more slow and awkward than with a full size keyboard. This is for light use only. I would not recommend this for anything that requires pages of text. This is sold for android only - so I would not expect it to work with apple products.
This came with our tablet, but I do not believe any installation is required. You just plug it in and you are set to go. You must however , have the correct usb adaptor for your tablet, which is different for different makes of tablet. Unless of course your tablet has a usb port, but I am not certain if any do.
My rating and recommendation:
If you prefer a physical keyboard to a touch screen one, and own a 7" android tablet, than yes, I do recommend this. It has it's limitations, but it is only £10 and does make using a tablet easier, as well as providing a fair level of protection. I am not deducting any stars for it being awkward to use due to size - that is to be expected. I am deducting one star due to the fact that I have to press the keys harder though, and because of the lag time involved.
Summary: A few faults, but a good addition to an android tablet.
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