The New Slate Keypad/Folio: the good, the bad and the ugly!

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  1. sjaywu

    sjaywu Pen Pal - Newbie

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    After agonizing about the decision with bronsky's fantastic review, I finally pushed the button and got one. Well, CDW says they'll have some in stock Jan. 5, and it'll ship shortly after that. I've decided to commit to this slate for the next 3-4 years at least.
     
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    I got one too!

    waiting for it to be delivered as we speak.

    I have a small question, do you need to keep it connected to the usb at all the time? or does it have an internal rechargeable battery?

    EDIT: Just read the HP website... yes, the battery is rechargeable.
     
  3. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    It's an internal rechargeable battery. You don't need to keep the charger attached. Actually, the battery lasts quite long.

    I used the folio this week while traveling and must say that it is perfect for flying. Even when the passenger in front of you pushes the seat back, you can continue to work with no problem. Oh, and the attendants did not bother me at all about the KB being bluetooth.
     
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    2disbetter Function over Form

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    Bronsky, thanks for the review. It was very helpful. I would be using the keyboard heavily for programming which uses a lot of special keys, making this not so ideal for me as well.

    I'll admit though that I don't have much problem with the girth of the case. It only adds size in one dimension. Still I'll look at it a little more and make a decision then.

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  5. sjaywu

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    Filled with disappointment at HP "business as usual." My order for this slipped to February 19! I ordered it on December 15, and there are no indications it'll actually be available at that point either, cause I was told January 5th not a few days earlier. The sales people just can't get it right.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    @sjaywu - sorry to hear that you're having such a long delay getting your folio. I wonder what the problem is?

    I have been using mine now for a few weeks and I thought I'd update my thoughts. First, I still think the folio is too thick. I have a side-by-side with an IPad folio and I think that HP simply over-designed this thing a bit. The way that the IPad display is anchored when in keyboard mode is a more elegant solution than HP's velcro assisted method. The velcro under the display frame is unnecessary and adds a lot of bulk. I do, however, like the way the HP keyboard is anchored, more than I like the magnetic anchor on the IPad.
    Here it is next to the Ipad. HP's engineers could have made it a bit thinner ... at least as thin as the IPad folio.
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    The folio is significantly thicker even though the Slate is nearly as thin as the IPad. However, overall, the HP is still smaller and easier to stow or tote along than the IPad in its folio.
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    Next to each other, you can see that the Slate display holds its own with the IPad.
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    You can also see thst the IPad keys are much more crowded, even though the Slate is smaller. HP clearly tried to make plenty of typing room and accomplished that goal with the placement of punctuation keys on the FN key. I am getting more used to it and appreciate the extra typing room. It is clearly superior to typing on the IPad.

    One thing that is easy to notice is how dull the white letters and numbers are on the HP keyboard compared to the IPad KB. This is an easy fix for HP.

    I have heard a lot of complaints about the HP display but, IMO, the only place where the IPad display clearly excels is at more extreme viewing angles.
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    In all, I find that I am using the folio more, as I get used to it. I'm glad I bought it and will be keeping it. Still, overall use is approximately 10%. The rest of the time, I use the tablet in its original case.

    BTW, the comparison pictures are of my Partner's IPad. It's interesting to have both devices in use in the same practice so we have the opportunity to compare them on a daily basis. The windows device is the better solution IMO and we'll see if my partner eventually comes around.
     
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    I ordered mine November 16 and I am still waiting also. If I do not hear anything by the end of next week, I will, unfortunately, be canceling my order:mad:
     
  8. Boomer

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    Just got a new Keyboard Folio for my Blackberry Playbook for Christmas. I believe the manufacturer is Hip Street.
    The keyboard part is just held on by magnets. I removed it from the Blackberry folio and guess what? It fits perfectly into the original folio that comes with the Slate, pen and all, it is very thin. It came from Walmart for about $70. (Blackberry Playbook Tablet Portfolio Case with Bluetooth Keyboard - Walmart.com.

    If you want to hold it onto the existing folio, you may just need velcro it in and remove it whenever you want to use it.

    1 review gives it very low battery life. I have not used it enough to confirm this.
    It seems to work quite well with the slate.
     
  9. Steve S

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    <<...It fits perfectly into the original folio that comes with the Slate, pen and all, it is very thin...>>

    Boomer: I would just like to confirm; you're saying that the keyboard fits the back of the front flap of the Slate 500 folio case, and that you can close the flap...?
     
  10. Boomer

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    Steve:
    Correct. You can then wrap the existing band around both and the keyboard remains nicely in place. It is only about 4mm thick. I tried to add pictures, hope it works.

    Boomer
     

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