Top positive review
A good keyboard, part of a great package
on 12 August 2014
Ordered the keyboard just after midnight on Saturday, keyboard was popped through my letterbox before I was out of bed on Monday morning! Thanks Amazon.
As for the keyboard, I am very impressed. The keyboard isn't the best in the world, but the result is very good considering the size and weight of the keyboard. I'm writing this review on the keyboard with a Nexus 7 (2012 version.)
Firstly the "negatives". This is not a keyboard for writing your next novel on. The feel of the keys is a little light and loose compared with a decent laptop or pretty much any desktop keyboard. The back is a brushed aluminium effect plastic - looks nice, but does slide around a bit. Some of the keys don't seem to do anything on my Nexus 7, but I may be able to use External Keyboard Helper from the Play Store to map them to whatever I want (after trying with my Galaxy S4, all the keys work as expected - so will vary with the device). Also the manual info on the keys doesn't match the product. That's about it for the negatives!
They keyboard comes with a pretty heavy duty bag to protect it, along with an attached pocket for the tablet stand. The bag is just spacious enough to also hold my Nexus 7 tablet as well - though the protection may not be enough to keep me relaxed about having them rolling around together in a bag.
The stand has multiple angles of tilt, and holds my Nexus 7 and also a 10" Asus Transformer Infinity fine. Should be fine on a train with the 7" tablet, not so sure the 10" would stay upright on a train.
The keyboard is about 5cm longer than the Nexus 7 and 1cm wider. I've tried a smaller keyboard that was roughly the same size as the Nexus 7, and found it to be too cramped for my hands. This one is much better, though I wouldn't want to write for hours on it.
It has a full Qwerty keyboard, a full row of numeric keys and also a row of shortcut keys for things such as Home, email, and media keys. The one I received has the US layout - @ and " are back to front, but that's not a big deal for a lightweight portable keyboard that I'm not going to be using every day.
The build quality of the keyboard is very good. No real flex, nice looking finish and the keys don't rattle or stick.
So in summary, I'm certainly going to use this keyboard a fair bit when I'm away instead of relying on the on screen keyboard.