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Logitech Tablet Keyboard for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Originally introduced for the iPad, the Logitech serves as a protective case made of brushed aluminum, and becomes a Bluetooth keyboard that turns the Galaxy Tab into a netbook replacement.
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By James Kendrick, Rest in Peace on
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The small packaging shows just how small the case/keyboard is. The small size is misleading as the wireless keyboard is 92 percent full-sized like many netbooks.

See the full review by James Kendrick of ZDNet Mobile News

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The Logitech is essentially a tray that serves as a case for the Galaxy Tab, while housing a full keyboard ready to turn the tablet into a laptop equivalent.

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The chiclet keys of the keyboard allow for fast typing, with good spacing and key travel.

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This combination of switches and indicator lights makes the initial Bluetooth pairing very simple. The keyboard goes into standby mode with a few minutes of inactivity, and can be turned off with the power switch to maximize battery life.

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The keyboard is specially designed for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and has a row of special keys dedicated to performing common tablet functions from the keyboard.

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These keys are very useful for controlling the tablet without lifting the hand off the keyboard. There is a set of arrow keys that facilitate moving around inside documents.

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In addition to the CAPS LOCK key, the Menu and Search keys are dedicated keys that are often used in laptop mode.

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Like the original iPad model, the back of the case is made of brushed aluminum which protects the tablet during transport.

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The tablet is easy to set in the keyboard, and after the initial pairing is instantly connected with no user intervention. The viewing angle is comfortable and the keyboard is very good for touch typists.

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From the side is is readily apparent just how small the Galaxy Tab/Logitech Keyboard combination is, while still rivalling the functionality of a netbook.

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The tablet can be used in the keyboard in portrait orientation, and the combination is just as steady as in landscape.

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Once placed in the case, the duo is hardly bigger than the Galaxy Tab itself.

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The Galaxy Tab fits snugly in the case, and a cutout provides access to the tablet's charging port.

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