You all know that I have been looking for a keypad/folio that would fit the Slate 500, much the same way as the IPad or Thinkpad Tablet keypad/folio. When HP announced that it was releasing one for the Slate 2, it was a “must order” for me. Now that I have had the chance to test it out, I am quite ambivalent. Even before I ordered it, I thought the price was rather high. After seeing it, I am on-the-fence as to whether or not to keep it. Here’s why: IT’S BIG (the ugly). It’s really BIG! When the box arrived from HP, I was surprised at how thick the box was. I was even more surprised at how much the folio filled the box after I opened it. Did I mention that it’s really BIG! It is the size of the old 3 ring date books that yuppies in the 1980's were so fond of carrying around and noting their executive assistant lunches and appointments to have their big-hair done. It is nearly twice as thick as the Slate in its original folio. It is almost twice as thick as my Acer 3820TG notebook. It Types Great (the good) I was pleasantly surprised when I started to type on it. It is one of the best small keyboards I have ever used. It has a great typing feel and, even though the keys look small, my fingers do not slip off, nor wander onto other keys, like I have experienced on other “chicklet” style keyboards on 10" netbooks. Note, however, that I have small hands and my fingers fit well. I don't think those of you with crab-claws or lumber-jack hands would fare as well on this KB. The keys have great action. The typing experience reminds me of typing on a Lenovo Thinkpad E420, short throw but positive action. I can get decent typing speed as long as I am working with familiar key/letter placement (more on this later). Once the slate is put into its pocket, held in by a velcro enclosure, you can select two angles. One is perfect for a desktop or airplane tray table, while the other works well if you have to put the slate down on a coffee table or a surface below your sitting area. The second angle holds the display at the proper attitude to avoid any issues arising from low vertical viewing angles. The Keyboard is Truncated (the bad) After typing on the keyboard for a few minutes, I was impressed with the typing action and getting used to the feel, increasing my speed. I was forgetting how big the thing was an considering that it would make a great travel folio. It looks great deployed. It would present a very professional look deployed at a meeting or in a conference room, typing notes. I was thinking of what a great classroom notebook it would make if you typed-in your notes. Then it hit me when I needed to type a possessive case, “there’s no apostrophe?”. Well, after closer inspection, I found the apostrophe (“‘”, as well as the quotation marks (“, brackets, and question mark (?) were not in their usual places on a US keyboard. HP’s engineers did not have enough room to design proper sized keys and keep a full keyboard so they made some keys accessible by hitting the “fn” key. The "fn" keys are the ones in the boxes in the picture below. Every time I needed to get access to one of these special keys, I was stopped dead in my tracks. This is going to take quite a lot of getting used to. It is a shame too, since I was just starting to get over my initial revulsion to the overall size of the keypad folio. Have I mentioned how BIG it is? Other stuff: The keypad is powered by a USB cord that attaches to its power socket on the right. Once you turn it on (power switch at the top) it syncs seamlessly with the slate, even when the slate comes out of sleep, it is instantly ready to type. There is very little lag when typing. Less than I have experienced with my current keyboard, which is designed to be used with an Ipad. Even though it feels really big to me, it fits into my briefcase and the case can close normally. In all, when I was finished testing the KB, I put my slate back into its original folio. That is the way I will probably use it most of the time. Given that, I am really wondering how much I will really use this accessory. On the other hand, it is perfect for typing on an airplane, in a hotel room or, better yet, at a bar. All things being equal, I would probably be inclined to keep the folio and use it strictly for travel. That was my thought before I encountered the truncated keyboard. I was really spooked by this and the difficulty I was having keeping any rhythm going while looking for a ? or other key that needed an “fn” press as well. I’m not sure I can get used to this or even want to. At $100, I have to really think twice about keeping it. I confirmed with my rep that I have the standard 30 days to return it, so I’ll be giving it a go for the next month to see if it is worth keeping. As for now, I would bet that I will be returning it before too long.