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Is that a laptop i see before thee???? no, it's a tablet in a case, with a built in keyboard.
7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard
Member Name: blissman70
7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard
Advantages: protects your tablet, gives you a keyboard with good size keys and a cracking price indeed
Disadvantages: leather look doesn't look like leather, no side grips and no room for usb connector inside the case
I like to use a laptop in my day to day life, mostly in my job but also at home as well, plus in free wi-fi spots as well, (thanks big burger house and over priced coffee shop, much appreciated).
Sometimes though, when I'm on the move, even my laptop can be a bit 'bulky', so to speak, so it's nice to have something a little smaller which is almost as useful. That device is in fact called a tablet, (no, not for headaches or upset stomachs), this tablet is a PC sort of thing that is simply a screen which has everything that you need behind the screen itself.
But it's not the tablet I'm going to tell you about today, it's in fact something that the tablet is housed in, this being a tablet case. Only it is not only a tablet case, it is a case and a keyboard which makes your simple tablet look, and act, almost like a real laptop.
Firstly though, I have to tell you that before you go rushing out buying any old case, with or without a built in keyboard you have to make sure that you get the right size one for the tablet that you have got.
This one is for a 7inch tablet, but there are all sorts of sizes for almost every size tablet, but as I said , this one I am talking about is for my 7inch tablet.
(I do also have one for an 8inch tablet and friends have the same style one for 10 inch tablets).
As for who makes this case, with built in keyboard. Well, it the only clue I have to this is the letter WMA, but sadly I haven't got a clue who that as it has no markings, logo or symbols on it at all. Even the single piece of paper that came inside the box didn't give me any more clues as to the name or brand. So I'm still at a loss. But it's easy enough to find on Amazon, by just inputting 7" Black Leather Look Case + USB Keyboard.
Regardless of the fact that this is almost a nameless case, with built in keyboard, it is still a case, with built in keyboard, which is surprisingly better than you'd think it could ever be.
So I can go into a bit of detail about it.
What does it look like then..?
It has a leather look to it and is about 250mmlong by 150mm wide and 40mm thick weighing in at 300grams, (without the tablet inside it).
The entire case is black with white stitching around the edges, including white stitching around the closing flap and even the stand flap.
It is this black with white stitching that gives this it's rather fine look.
The top section, or more the area on the top flap which will hold the tablet, we have three little L shaped grips, two at the bottom which are fixed, and a third at the top which slides up and down. This is the one that really grips your tablet in place.
There are no grips on the sides which can lead to your tablet possibly sliding out of the sides if you hold this in a certain way. But as the slider grip takes hold of the tablet pretty well even the lack of side grips isn't a problem really.
In between the keyboard section and the top section, which I shall call the spine as it is where the two sections bend, like a book, there is a length of wire with a full size USB connector on it so that it can be connected to the tablet either as it is or via an adapter, which two of these adapters actually came with this case, two different sizes so that more tablets are connectable.
There is also a stylus for when you want to use it on your tablet for such things as drawing, painting and such activities on your tablet screen.
Both the stylus and the connecting wire are housed in two little pouches which are stitched to the middle of this central section.
Then, on the back of the top section, there is a stand which when not in use lies flat on the rear panel, but when you need it it 'flops' out an acts as a rather fine stand so that this resembles an actual laptop, in a way, sort of.
Finally, to keep the whole case closed there is a lovely little flap that comes from the keyboard half and magnetically attaches itself to the top half, gently locking the two halves together, keeping your tablet safe from knocks.
As for the keyboard itself.
Well, this looks like any other keyboard, only having smaller keys and a few 'markings' that you don't see on a standard board.
Once I got used to the size of the keys, so that my fingers knew how close the letters were, I was flying away.
The keys are nice to press and the tablet picks up each one quickly enough for me, with a few slight snags over time but nothing worth worrying about.
The gap between the letter is good enough to keep the keys from scraping against each other and, which is the best thing, your fingers manage to hit the right key without knocking the ones around it, (although sometimes I catch one or two keys I don't want but as I type quite fast this happens to me on standard size keyboards anyway so I'm guessing this is more human error than this little device.
The space key is small, well, not as small as a single key, it is about the size of four keys, but even though it is smaller than my thumb is used to I can still manage to hit it 99.999% of the time.
The keys themselves are in the same positions as a standard keyboard, only being slightly smaller. But there are a few extra little ones that, at first, make no sense at all. Such as the key with the 3 reed 'Z's etched on it which, when pressed with the red Fn button, closes the screen down so that it saves battery power.
This red Fn button also helps out when wanting to use other buttons, such as F11, F12 and a couple of others. You'll know which ones as they are all coloured red.
Along the top, above the keys, there are three lights, which you may have seen similar on a standard board. These lights are underneath three different 'marks', those being caps lock, scroll lock and page lock.
How do I connect my tablet to this case, with built in keyboard?
This is simple.
You just have to open the case, then gently pull the top L shaped grip on the top of the upper section upwards, sliding it away from the grips on the bottom. This slides easily and can only go so far.
Then, with the grip at its furthest, you place you tablet into the open area, resting the bottom of it onto the two lower grips.
Then let the upper slider grip rest onto the top of your tablet.
You tablet should be nicely gripped in between the three grips so that you can then set about connecting it up to the built in keyboard.
To attach this to your tablet, or more connect it, you simply plug in the full size USB connector to the micro USB connector, which should come with this case, and then plug the micro USB connector into the tablet. If by chance your tablet has a full size USB port then there's no need for the micro USB connector.
Once connected up your tablet should recognise the keyboard straight away, opening up a new 'typing choice' on the tablet screen itself.
You're now ready to start typing using the keyboard instead of the touch screen on your tablet. You shouldn't have to do anything to the settings as it is all done automatically for you . Or it was for me anyway.
And don't worry as you can still use the touch screen as well as the keyboard in case you really want to.
This is not a bad little case that not only protects my 7 inch tablet but it also gives me the opportunity to use an almost normal keyboard to go about my typing life.
It is supposed to be a leather look case but although it does look a little on the cheap side, a bit like the ones you get from those 'dodgy' market stalls that the customs and excise are always watching. But regardless of the 'tacky' leather, (or none leather), look, it is still quite nice as a case that protects you tablet from harm.
The little strap that folds over the two sides attaches itself using a magnetic effect, in other words, there is a magnet on the strap end and a metal portion on the fold itself. This hold the two folds together so that it is closed around your tablet.
As I mentioned there are three 'grips' that hold my tablet in position, two on the bottom with a sliding one on the top, but there are no 'grips' on the sides which makes it possible for the tablet to slide out. But as the top slider grip is pretty strong it would take a bit of effort to actually get the tablet to slide out.
In fact, to solve this little possible problem I attached a little strap on both sides which, even though not solid, stops the possibility of my tablet sliding out of the sides.
I do have to say that the top 'grip' does sit very close to the camera on the front of my tablet but it doesn't affect the lens when using it. I mentioned it just in case any tablets out there have a front facing camera that is closer to the edge than mine is, which could be blocked by the top grip.
And speaking of camera's, as my laptop has a dual camera, one on the front, which I mentioned sits just under the top grip. The other camera is on the back of the tablet and when the tablet is sat in this case that camera becomes as useful as a pair of glasses on a man with no ears. So I do have to take the tablet out of the case if and when I want to use the rear camera, although as I tend to use the front one more often I don't really get too bothered about the rear one at all.
Then again, I supposed I could cut a hole in the tablet so that the camera lens can peak through it if I really wanted to??? I'll let you know if I get around to it.
Then there's the speed of typing itself. I don't mean how fast a person can type, I mean how fast the typing comes up on the tablet screen as you type along on the keyboard. This is instant, even after several pages of typing, without any real lag at all, which is what you need really.
The stand at the back is a bit of a let down as when I use it on my lap I do have trouble keeping the tablet holding section of the case upright, even with the stand fully out. I have to keep my knees together otherwise the stand drops through the gap and the tablet section fold flops down. This is down to the fact that the stand as it can also be called, has a narrow base and slips in between my knees every time, causing the top section to flop right back instead of standing upright at a right angle.
I have thought of attaching a length of cord or leather strip from front to back, using rivets or the like, just so that the two sides can only open so far without falling down.
When I close the case everything fits in so well, with the thickness of the case being only just thicker than it would be if it was just a case, even though it has a nice little keyboard built in. when this is closed you simply wouldn't know the keyboard was actually there.
The wires, or connector, tends to fit in the 'spine' area, although I have to do a few tiny adjustments in order for the whole wire to fold away with out anything poking out.
I have left the micro adapter in position a few times and this does stick out of the side of the case due to the fact that there's just no room for it inside the closed unit. But that doesn't really matter as the cable simply sits along the side of the case and doesn't really get in the way.
So what about the price of turning your tablet into a laptop, (sort of)?
This is the best thing about it. I mean, what can you get with £7.00 these days? Yes, that's all this cost from Amazon, £7.00, and you'll still get a few pence change.
In all, this is a fine looking case that not only protects your tablet from outside dangers it also acts as a keyboard so that you can have a full screen on your tablet whilst still typing away.
Now that's genius isn't it?
The leather look may be more comical that classy but the lovely looking white stitching surrounding the corners, stand and clasp really do make the leather look look a little more like leather, (sort of).
Summary: How do you turn a tablet into a laptop..? voilą
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