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Connect 9" Tablet Owners- Read this info! (or not, I don't mind)

onkz Avatar
11m, 3w agoPosted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
For those who visited Tesco on Black Friday this year, you may have picked up one of those Connect 9" Windows 10 tablets (Atom-based, 1GB, blah).

Now, you see that weird connector on the bottom? It's used for a keyboard dock. So I decided I wanted one. I went onto the Viglen website (who are the manufacturer of the Connect tablets) and found out that they NEVER sold a keyboard dock/case for the tablet outside of China! And they aren't available to buy online! I was amazed! But hey, for £49 I guess I can't complain too much.

So after much research, I found out that a LOT of Hong Kong and Chinese based companies (including Huawei, Swipe, Cube and PiPo) use this strange generic dock connector in their tablets, and from looking at pictures online, they look VERY similar to the one found on this Connect tablet by Viglen.

Here are some photos of other tablets with the same connector:
http://www.tudovemdachina.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/wpid-img_20150908_184633.jpg - PiPo W3F Tablet
https://www.maketecheasier.com/assets/uploads/2014/04/iWork10-kb-connector.jpg - Cube iWork 10

Now, I managed to trace some of these tablets, their models and where to buy accessories from. The BEST website for this is either eBay (out of stock currently) or AliExpress, according to my research. I have found a vast number of links which I shall update regularly, that seem to have the correct docking connector for the Connect tablet. As a student, I've had no time or money to pick one of these up to try, so I will say I am not responsible if it doesn't work, so if someone picks one up, do be sure to comment on it's quality and whether it works or not.

Here are the links to the "assumed-compatible" keyboard docks:
Link1: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/100-Original-10-1-inch-Teclast-X10HD-3G-Dual-OS-Bluetooth-Keyboard-Case/32329156205.html

Link2: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Magnetic-Suction-Keyboard-Protective-Case-with-Stand-for-PIPO-W3F-Tablet-PC/32377102394.html

Link3: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Special-Keyboard-Case-For-10-1-inch-Pipo-W3F-Dual-Boot-Tablet-PC-Leather-Case-High/32353820750.html

If I've posted this in the wrong place, please tell me. (I don't post here too often) :P
Hope I've helped some of you!
I will be adding more links to this from other, safer UK based sites like eBay in the next hour or so, if I find any.

- OnKz
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11m, 3w agoPosted 11 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Onkz, Thanks for your post. My Connect 9 inch tablet stopped working and on contacting Viglen/Tesco told that the drivers are not available. Is there any chance that you could kindly post drivers for the good of all those who bought this.
#2
Coolcapz
Onkz, Thanks for your post. My Connect 9 inch tablet stopped working and on contacting Viglen/Tesco told that the drivers are not available. Is there any chance that you could kindly post drivers for the good of all those who bought this.

What happened to it? Did it stop booting altogether or have you reinstalled Windows?
#3
Stooped booting, so reinstalled windows. Thanks
#4
Coolcapz
Stooped booting, so reinstalled windows. Thanks
Okay, I would love to post the drivers but I'm still trying to extract them from my device :P
Gimme a while, I'll post in the comments with some links soon
#5
Can you not just buyvone from a China based website like gearbest or that other popular site one here, I forgot its name.
#6
I have an 8 inch viglen connect tablet. When I switch on it will not let me enter my password, therefore I can't proceed any further. Help please? Rachel
#7
ibblackberry1
Can you not just buyvone from a China based website like gearbest or that other popular site one here, I forgot its name.
Yeah, AliExpress is a china based site
#8
rachfo89
I have an 8 inch viglen connect tablet. When I switch on it will not let me enter my password, therefore I can't proceed any further. Help please? Rachel
You'll need to plug in a USB keyboard and type it in that way. Mine had that issue too.
#9
tesco picked up on this too and u can order this from them which is the PIPO one you listed but rebranded for the connect 10.1 tablet.
http://www.tesco.com/direct/windows-connect-origami-keyboard/613-4090.prd
I bought one and it works great BUT it seems the magnets do not line up properly on the 8.9" version. it pulls it into the right place and works but is only magnetised on one side properly so doesnt stay in the case properly if you fold it up and move it about. set with the tablet on top it works like a charm and the tablet is actually considerably faster when your not using the touchscreen
#10
does anyone know if the magnets are in the keyboard case and attach to metal in the tablet chassis , the other way around ... or BOTH ?
#11
forgot to mention its OOS a lot but register for alerts and you will get one soon enough
#12
wyncs
tesco picked up on this too and u can order this from them which is the PIPO one you listed but rebranded for the connect 10.1 tablet. .. it works like a charm and the tablet is actually considerably faster when your not using the touchscreen

Wait, they actually have one on their own store? That's great news! Now we don't need to order from overseas retailers! :)

Thanks for the comment
#13
BUT- Now we know those "origami" keyboards actually work with the damn mysterious thing, we can order them from AliExpress because it's probably cheaper than Tesco's £30 keyboard.

Still, nice to know we actually have an option to buy them in the UK now.
#14
wyncs
does anyone know if the magnets are in the keyboard case and attach to metal in the tablet chassis , the other way around ... or BOTH ?
APPARENTLY it works. The magnets connect fine as it shows on the bottom. I haven't confirmed it though so if you do buy one, please post it :)
1 Like #15
it works but doesnt magnetically lock properly on a connect 9 tablet. unless my tablet is faulty but i tried two cases both the same. magnet repels on the left hand side
#16
wyncs
it works but doesnt magnetically lock properly on a connect 9 tablet. unless my tablet is faulty but i tried two cases both the same. magnet repels on the left hand side
Did you ever find an alternative?
#17
Sadly no ... sorry
1 Like #18
I bought the same dock and managed to modify it to fix it to work with the Connect 9 - guess they put the magnets in it the wrong way round in the factory! It was easy enough to modify the dock to compensate.

Just pry the black plastic section on the left of the dock connector, starting at the far left end, using a blunt table knife just slide it just under the edge on the left hand side, slide it along a little and not too deep as there are plastic clips you could snap off. Don't push it in too hard or far, just enough to get it under and just twist it gently to pry up the plastic casing left of the dock connector. You only need to go a little way along. Lift the plastic up gently using the knife and the magnets will drop straight out. You don't need to completely remove the plastic cover, just pry it up from the left toward the centre connector pins and lift it a little - you don't need to pull it right off. There are 3 magnets in total, 2 smaller ones and one longer one.

Try placing them on the left bottom side of the tablet to get them into the right orientation and carefully take them off keeping the right orientation and slip them back inside the casing. If you haven't mashed it all up with the knife you should be able to clearly see where they go. The smaller magnets go toward the left end, the longer one goes toward the centre where the connector is.

When you're done, you should be able to click the black plastic casing back down. If you haven't broken it by jamming the knife in too far it should all click and seal back into place without any problem. If not and you've managed to break any of the clips a little superglue would do the job. I was careful with it and managed it first time.

Thank you so much for posting the useful information on the dock. I ordered mine from Tesco direct having bought the 1GB RAM, 32GB storage version in the £59 sale this Easter weekend. The dock works great and makes this tablet usable for writing long e-mails/documents. It was not too difficult to get it fully functional with this minor modification that is relatively easy to perform. Good luck and I hope this helps others.
#19
jthenley
I bought the same dock and managed to modify it to fix it to work with the Connect 9 - guess they put the magnets in it the wrong way round in the factory! It was easy enough to modify the dock to compensate.
Just pry the black plastic section on the left of the dock connector, starting at the far left end, using a blunt table knife just slide it just under the edge on the left hand side, slide it along a little and not too deep as there are plastic clips you could snap off. Don't push it in too hard or far, just enough to get it under and just twist it gently to pry up the plastic casing left of the dock connector. You only need to go a little way along. Lift the plastic up gently using the knife and the magnets will drop straight out. You don't need to completely remove the plastic cover, just pry it up from the left toward the centre connector pins and lift it a little - you don't need to pull it right off. There are 3 magnets in total, 2 smaller ones and one longer one.
Try placing them on the left bottom side of the tablet to get them into the right orientation and carefully take them off keeping the right orientation and slip them back inside the casing. If you haven't mashed it all up with the knife you should be able to clearly see where they go. The smaller magnets go toward the left end, the longer one goes toward the centre where the connector is.
When you're done, you should be able to click the black plastic casing back down. If you haven't broken it by jamming the knife in too far it should all click and seal back into place without any problem. If not and you've managed to break any of the clips a little superglue would do the job. I was careful with it and managed it first time.
Thank you so much for posting the useful information on the dock. I ordered mine from Tesco direct having bought the 1GB RAM, 32GB storage version in the £59 sale this Easter weekend. The dock works great and makes this tablet usable for writing long e-mails/documents. It was not too difficult to get it fully functional with this minor modification that is relatively easy to perform. Good luck and I hope this helps others.

Ah I really should have tried that. Looks like I need to go back and get another as I returned mine.
#20
STRBramley
jthenley
I bought the same dock and managed to modify it to fix it to work with the Connect 9 - guess they put the magnets in it the wrong way round in the factory! It was easy enough to modify the dock to compensate.
Just pry the black plastic section on the left of the dock connector, starting at the far left end, using a blunt table knife just slide it just under the edge on the left hand side, slide it along a little and not too deep as there are plastic clips you could snap off. Don't push it in too hard or far, just enough to get it under and just twist it gently to pry up the plastic casing left of the dock connector. You only need to go a little way along. Lift the plastic up gently using the knife and the magnets will drop straight out. You don't need to completely remove the plastic cover, just pry it up from the left toward the centre connector pins and lift it a little - you don't need to pull it right off. There are 3 magnets in total, 2 smaller ones and one longer one.
Try placing them on the left bottom side of the tablet to get them into the right orientation and carefully take them off keeping the right orientation and slip them back inside the casing. If you haven't mashed it all up with the knife you should be able to clearly see where they go. The smaller magnets go toward the left end, the longer one goes toward the centre where the connector is.
When you're done, you should be able to click the black plastic casing back down. If you haven't broken it by jamming the knife in too far it should all click and seal back into place without any problem. If not and you've managed to break any of the clips a little superglue would do the job. I was careful with it and managed it first time.
Thank you so much for posting the useful information on the dock. I ordered mine from Tesco direct having bought the 1GB RAM, 32GB storage version in the £59 sale this Easter weekend. The dock works great and makes this tablet usable for writing long e-mails/documents. It was not too difficult to get it fully functional with this minor modification that is relatively easy to perform. Good luck and I hope this helps others.
Ah I really should have tried that. Looks like I need to go back and get another as I returned mine.
#21
STRBramley
jthenley
I bought the same dock and managed to modify it to fix it to work with the Connect 9 - guess they put the magnets in it the wrong way round in the factory! It was easy enough to modify the dock to compensate.
Just pry the black plastic section on the left of the dock connector, starting at the far left end, using a blunt table knife just slide it just under the edge on the left hand side, slide it along a little and not too deep as there are plastic clips you could snap off. Don't push it in too hard or far, just enough to get it under and just twist it gently to pry up the plastic casing left of the dock connector. You only need to go a little way along. Lift the plastic up gently using the knife and the magnets will drop straight out. You don't need to completely remove the plastic cover, just pry it up from the left toward the centre connector pins and lift it a little - you don't need to pull it right off. There are 3 magnets in total, 2 smaller ones and one longer one.
Try placing them on the left bottom side of the tablet to get them into the right orientation and carefully take them off keeping the right orientation and slip them back inside the casing. If you haven't mashed it all up with the knife you should be able to clearly see where they go. The smaller magnets go toward the left end, the longer one goes toward the centre where the connector is.
When you're done, you should be able to click the black plastic casing back down. If you haven't broken it by jamming the knife in too far it should all click and seal back into place without any problem. If not and you've managed to break any of the clips a little superglue would do the job. I was careful with it and managed it first time.
Thank you so much for posting the useful information on the dock. I ordered mine from Tesco direct having bought the 1GB RAM, 32GB storage version in the £59 sale this Easter weekend. The dock works great and makes this tablet usable for writing long e-mails/documents. It was not too difficult to get it fully functional with this minor modification that is relatively easy to perform. Good luck and I hope this helps others.
Ah I really should have tried that. Looks like I need to go back and get another as I returned mine.

I can confirm this does make the case work perfectly with the Connect 9. 8)
#22
Can someone upload the 8.9" touchscreen driver please.
#23
just one item missing from an otherwise brill post and tip, mark either left or right side before taking off as there is a clear difference in thickness to allow for the slope of the tablet when docked
#24
jthenley
I bought the same dock and managed to modify it to fix it to work with the Connect 9 - guess they put the magnets in it the wrong way round in the factory! It was easy enough to modify the dock to compensate.
Just pry the black plastic section on the left of the dock connector, starting at the far left end, using a blunt table knife just slide it just under the edge on the left hand side, slide it along a little and not too deep as there are plastic clips you could snap off. Don't push it in too hard or far, just enough to get it under and just twist it gently to pry up the plastic casing left of the dock connector. You only need to go a little way along. Lift the plastic up gently using the knife and the magnets will drop straight out. You don't need to completely remove the plastic cover, just pry it up from the left toward the centre connector pins and lift it a little - you don't need to pull it right off. There are 3 magnets in total, 2 smaller ones and one longer one.
Try placing them on the left bottom side of the tablet to get them into the right orientation and carefully take them off keeping the right orientation and slip them back inside the casing. If you haven't mashed it all up with the knife you should be able to clearly see where they go. The smaller magnets go toward the left end, the longer one goes toward the centre where the connector is.
When you're done, you should be able to click the black plastic casing back down. If you haven't broken it by jamming the knife in too far it should all click and seal back into place without any problem. If not and you've managed to break any of the clips a little superglue would do the job. I was careful with it and managed it first time.
Thank you so much for posting the useful information on the dock. I ordered mine from Tesco direct having bought the 1GB RAM, 32GB storage version in the £59 sale this Easter weekend. The dock works great and makes this tablet usable for writing long e-mails/documents. It was not too difficult to get it fully functional with this minor modification that is relatively easy to perform. Good luck and I hope this helps others.
Could you please do me a favour. I need to find if i can use this keyboard to enter the bios before i splash the cash. Press escape or delete key when you restart the tablet. Anybody let me know if this keyboard lets you into bios!!!
#25
Guys I need to find if i can use this keyboard to enter the bios before i splash the cash. Press escape or delete key when you restart the tablet. Anybody let me know if this keyboard lets you into bios!!!
#26
I've just tested this for you and I can confirm that it does boot in to the bios using the keyboards Esc key.
It's in portrait mode but I'm sure you can deal with that.

http://s33.postimg.org/94h0o22cf/2016_06_11_19_34_32.jpg
#27
STRBramley
I've just tested this for you and I can confirm that it does boot in to the bios using the keyboards Esc key.
It's in portrait mode but I'm sure you can deal with that.http://s33.postimg.org/94h0o22cf/2016_06_11_19_34_32.jpg
Thanks mate really appreciate that.
#28
STRBramley
I've just tested this for you and I can confirm that it does boot in to the bios using the keyboards Esc key.
It's in portrait mode but I'm sure you can deal with that.http://s33.postimg.org/94h0o22cf/2016_06_11_19_34_32.jpg
I have bought this keyboard but i cant get into bios. Do i need to connect it to tablet In a specify way? Are you using 10 inch tablet?
#29
Tomsolo
STRBramley
I've just tested this for you and I can confirm that it does boot in to the bios using the keyboards Esc key.
It's in portrait mode but I'm sure you can deal with that.http://s33.postimg.org/94h0o22cf/2016_06_11_19_34_32.jpg
I have bought this keyboard but i cant get into bios. Do i need to connect it to tablet In a specify way? Are you using 10 inch tablet?


I'm using the 9" tablet. Are you sure it's connected correctly? Have you moved the magnets so it clips in better?

Edited By: STRBramley on Jun 14, 2016 14:08
#30
STRBramley
Tomsolo
STRBramley
I've just tested this for you and I can confirm that it does boot in to the bios using the keyboards Esc key.
It's in portrait mode but I'm sure you can deal with that.http://s33.postimg.org/94h0o22cf/2016_06_11_19_34_32.jpg
I have bought this keyboard but i cant get into bios. Do i need to connect it to tablet In a specify way? Are you using 10 inch tablet?
I'm using the 9" tablet. Are you sure it's connected correctly? Have you moved the magnets so it clips in better?
No i havent changed the magnets yet but i made sure to press hard so that the contacts meet.
#31
I got one of the connect 8.9" tablets. my son set it up, put a password on it and forgot it. Anyone know how to factory reset these? Thanks.
#32
banjoflanjo
I got one of the connect 8.9" tablets. my son set it up, put a password on it and forgot it. Anyone know how to factory reset these? Thanks.
Assuming the password is in Windows, then you'll need to boot in to recovery mode and reset or refresh Windows. I can't remember the sequence, but I did it on a used Connect 9 bought from a well known auction site. Note this will effectively wipe out any personal data you may have saved. To my knowledge that's the only way you'll be able to get it back to a useable state.
#33
been searching online and can't find the sequence to factory reset. was hoping someone on here might know.
#34
Hi I have a 7" Connect tablet and forgot the password so I did a factory reset and now all I get is a blue screen with two small rectangular icons, one solid and one opaque! Any ideas?
#35
Torchwood8
Hi I have a 7" Connect tablet and forgot the password so I did a factory reset and now all I get is a blue screen with two small rectangular icons, one solid and one opaque! Any ideas?
Post a pic of the icons here.

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