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One of the most interesting features of the Gen10 tablet is the magnetic cover — the 'coverboard' — which doubles up as the keyboard and dock for the device.
In quick hands-on use, removing the cover from the device was easy enough and best achieved with a little twist. A triangular section on the rear provides a guide for docking the tablet with the coverboard.
The coverboard is not a standard PC keyboard either, as it contains dedicated buttons for Android functions. For example, it has a shortcut to the Home screen, much like the Windows button on PC keyboards. It also has a DC input, which means the tablet can be charged while docked.
"We were really happy when Microsoft announced the Surface, because they took the route of not making clickable keys," the Archos spokesman told ZDNet.
"We spent ages on the coverboard working out how thin we could make it and still have the sensation of pushing down, which is what's important typing on keyboards on laptops," he added.
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