Do you like the thought of the Touch covers that are available for the Surface range from Microsoft? With their extremely thin profile, and the subtle protection they provide the Surface tablets, they are a great accessory to have. However, if you do not own a Surface tablet/device, or just do not fancy spending a huge amount on a keyboard, Encase have a solution for you, their very own Bluetooth Keyboard Case.
The main reason I talked about the Touch cover from the Surface range is because this is the closest keyboard I have seen and used that comes to that. It is incredibly thin, and the thickest part in the whole keyboard area is the micro USB port. The back is similarly thin.
The tablet is attached to the back by an adhesive layer, and while this isn’t my favourite method, it works well on the couple of devices I have tried. Wipe the back of your surface with a mildly wet tissue and that should get rid of any residue left.
The back of the tablet has a clever origami styled folding mechanism that allows the keyboard case to act like a stand.
This means that the case covers almost every aspect that you may want to use your tablet in, with a built in keyboard, of course.
Overall, in terms of protection, you have decent protection, and all corners of your device have good shelter, but being extremely thin means that you probably wouldn’t want to subject your tablet to extreme impact or big drops.
The keyboard itself is extremely thin, as I just mentioned above. There is the most obvious positive, which means that you end up with a very functional yet compact case for your tablet.
The negative, of course, is that the keyboard is extremely thin. Let me explain. The main problem with a very thin keyboard is the lack of tactile feel you get when you press buttons. The keyboard here has a tactile feedback, but it isn’t the kind of keyboard that you can touch type on, as you need to press the buttons a bit more properly, or so it feels. While this isn’t a show stopper, it does mean that it takes a little getting used to.
As far as the functionality and setup goes, it is as simple as any Bluetooth keyboard gets these days. Compatibility includes Android, iOS and Windows, so you are pretty much covered for anything you may want to use with this. Special functional keys for the different types of operating systems are also available, which range from everything from the Home and Windows key to media keys.
All in all though, this is a keyboard which combines the best of a lot of worlds, and does a good job. Not great, not perfect, but a very decent job.
More information, as well as buying details, on the Encase Wireless Bluetooth Tablet Keyboard Case (9-10″) can be found on the following MobileFun.com link:
It retails for £34.99.
A 7-8″ version is also available from the same website.
Cool, compact and extremely great to travel with.