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Wednesday, October 30, 2019
I've had this for a few years now, and while I can't recommend it to everyone, it's overall a decent product. If you find yourself on vacation with a phone, a tablet, and a portable micro PC that you hook up to your hotel's TV, this thing is perfect. The tactile switching knob looks like a dumb gimmick, but hey, it works. And the slot to hold your phone/tablet turns your tablet into a budget chromebook. Why are there no other keyboards like this? However, I can't seem to find a phone that can accept the bluetooth inputs quickly and reliably, but it works fine on tablets until the battery starts to run out. I've only used it in Android.
The design of the battery case is terrible. It's held on mostly with friction, it pops off easily because the tab to remove it is HUGE and isn't flush with the depression that it sits in, and it's directly in line with where your finger needs to go if you want to turn the keyboard on/off to switch the battery. I lost my cover in an airport and now I keep batteries in it with duct tape and paper towel. There's no replacement cover anywhere that I could find. Speaking of which, I have NO IDEA where they're getting the "two year battery life" quote from. You can use it for maybe a month, even when turning it off to save power, before the key inputs start to lag and become incomprehensible. And without rechargeable batteries, you'll be going through a lot to keep this thing operational.
It's a bizarre product that fits a very narrow use case, but when you find yourself in that case you'll be glad you have it. But the cons are equal to the pros. If you want a secondary portable device for a word processor, and don't want to drop a few hundred for a cheap chromebook, and if you've got an old tablet lying around, this is for you. Buy a set of rechargeable batteries with it and put a small strip of duct tape on the battery case so it doesn't fall off. It's also ENORMOUS, but I kind of like the heft to it. But if you're getting into the market, just get a cheap chromebook and save yourself the hassle.