Sep 5, 2015
Bottom line? If I am going to use a tablet, I might as well get the accessories and peripherals that will make it work for me. I like the comfort of being able to use one as a laptop at least some of the time, so a portfolio-type of accessory is just what the doctor ordered.
One problem: not all tablets get the same treatment from accessory makers — which is somewhat understandable. What happens if you get a hardware piece that doesn’t have an iPad-like stable of third-party accessories to choose from? What if you have multiple devices with slightly different dimensions?
What about, say, an adjustable portfolio keyboard case, like the ZAGG Auto-Fit Folio 10″ Keyboard Case?
Well, let’s see.
It has mostly solid feel; mostly black, hard plastic constitution, and the parts seem well-fused together, with a surprisingly minimalist touch of moving parts. Appearance wise, it looks much like a folio cover it is advertised as, with one long hinge connecting the two main pieces.
The “bottom” houses the bluetooth-enabled keyboard. It is a full keyboard, packing in keys in a QWERTY layout, a number line and function line too. It also has dedicated “back” and “delete” buttons, and arrow keys too. For a mobile keyboard, it’s as full-functioned as one could expect. The spacing works well, and the individual keys are are far from overly firm. The wrist rest area is especially spacious; the entire bottom is pretty thin, but there’s just enough space for a micro-USB charging port on the one side, and an on/off-pairing button combo on the other.
The top portion has the piece’s main claim to fame; besides serving as the front cover, it manages to incorporate a spring loaded mechanism which serves to be an adjustable means of securing 10-inch tablets in place. It’s relatively simple set-up, and quite intuitive to use: just push in the tablet downwards and in, and the spring mechanism gently pops up, securing the tablet against the top lip structure.
We tried the setup primarily with two 10-inch tablets. Fitting them in and paring them up with the keyboard was easy enough. After pairing, it worked very well, with quick response time and a fantastic set of function keys that work especially well with Android: calendar, email, device- wake-up and more invoked with the touch of a key.
Physically, the top lip is wide enough that it manages to not interfere with hardware buttons that might not be that optimally placed.
As an added plus, it works well with Windows Tablets too.
All in all, it’s a great idea that actually works well. The Windows Tab functionality is a bonus, and while the keys could be firmer, and the re-pairing process can be temperamental, but at $49.99, it is pretty nice. It’s good to know that the folio comes in 7″ and 8″ flavors too.
ZAGG is currently offering a back to school sale; this is the time to stock up on some of your favorite accessories.