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7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard
Member Name: eilidhcatriona
7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard
Advantages: Ideal size, easy to use/set up, does what I needed from it
Disadvantages: Not very protective or durable, some connection issues
The black leather look case is suitable for 7" tablets, mine being a 7" Android tablet. The tablet is held securely in place on one side of the case with adjustable catches, and is connected to the keyboard on the other side of the case by USB. A USB to mini-USB adaptor was provided with my tablet, and this was necessary to connect the keyboard. The case does not come with an adaptor. The case has a magnetic clasp to hold it shut.
Once connected, you can sit the case with tablet in it on a table, and using the stand on the outside of the case, behind where the tablet goes, you can prop up the tablet and have the keyboard flat - the result is something which looks rather like a netbook.
The case itself is a black leather style, but it is the least leather-like fake leather I have ever seen. It is plasticky stuff, and feels rather flimsy - if not treated carefully it could rip quite easily. The outside of the case has some light padding under the black covering, so that it is comfortable to sit the case on your lap. Saying that however, I find it difficult to balance the case on my lap without holding it up myself - the stand is in the middle of the case, and so if I balance it on my lap, the stand sits in the middle of my legs and doesn't prop the case and tablet up very well. A wider stand, or having two parts to it on either side of the case, would give more stability when using it on your lap.
As a protective case, this one does not have a lot of merit. It does offer a bit of protection - your tablet will be safer there than with no case - but I wouldn't just stick it in my bag without giving it a bit of extra protection, i.e. from a netbook sleeve. The reason for this is that the case is open on three sides, and given that my tablet is a fairly chunky one, there is a gap of over 1cm all the way round. Additionally, the tablet is secured top and bottom, but not on the sides. It is held in quite tightly and is unlikely to slide out, but you never know. However, I didn't buy this case to protect my tablet, I bought it because it had a build in keyboard.
The keyboard is fairly small, with keys around the same size as that of a netbook. I find the size is just right for me, I have had no problems with keys being too small or hitting the wrong keys. It is pleasant to type on, not too noisy and with the keys being quite shallow and not depressing very far. I enjoy typing on this keyboard more than on a regular desktop one; I am typing this review on the very thing that I am reviewing!
Generally speaking, the keyboard is very responsive. I find that my typing appears onscreen immediately when using Google Docs (well, Google Drive now), although I have noticed a delay when I get quite far into a long email. Unfortunately I don't know whether that is an issue with the keyboard or the tablet.
However I have found that sometimes my tablet does not register that the keyboard is there. Again I don't know if this is a problem with the keyboard or the tablet, or even the USB adaptor, but it is very annoying. The tablet shows that it is aware that the keyboard is connected ("Physical Keyboard" only appears in the settings menu when it is connected, and if the tablet did not know it was there, an onscreen keyboard would appear), but there is no response from the keyboard - when you type nothing happens, and the light for caps lock doesn't come on when you hit it. This only happens occasionally, and is fixed by disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard, but it is very irritating.
This is the only real flaw of the case and keyboard for me, and I'm not even sure where the problem lies. The case doesn't seem very protective, and the material isn't very durable, but the case is exactly what I wanted - I can sit and write on my tablet, and the case turns my tablet into a netbook. I'm very glad that I added this case to my order, and it was £8.50 very well spent.
Summary: It's not perfect, but it's all that I needed
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