Black Keyboard Protective Case for Cube I10 or Linx 10 or others £12.94 @ Gearbest
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Black Keyboard Protective Case for Cube I10 or Linx 10 or others £12.94 @ Gearbest

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Found 3rd May 2016
This is sold for the Cube I10 but I bought one last time they were a similar price and it works perfectly for the Linx 10 as well and probably the Chuwi Vi10 or other tablets with the 'Pogo Pin Connector' (keyboard docking pins).

I found the case well made, it feels pretty good and the keyboard also feels comfortable and of a reasonably good quality. On mine there seems to be only one magnet to hold the tablet onto the connector, on the right hand side, I believe there should be one on the left as well. Once docked and set up on a table it is fine but worth noting. The only other flaw I have with it is that it is the US keyboard layout. Otherwise it is a great item.

Now for the marketing wording from Gearbest:
Scrabble keyboard brings excellent tactile texture
Hold your device in a secure way with a magnetic closing flip
High quality leather material, stylish and comfortable to touch
Protects the screen from scratches, dirt and grime
Ideal for typing emails, chatting and playing games
Touchpad keyboard with special left / right key design gives smooth operation experience
Docking magnetic suction design makes input response time more faster than Bluetooth keyboard

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I might grab one... just need to find something else to buy at the same time X)

Looks good for the money. I'd like something like this for my 8" Lenovo Miix but it didn't have the pin connection so I guess I'm sick with the "universal" ones

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woldranger

Looks good for the money. I'd like something like this for my 8" Lenovo … Looks good for the money. I'd like something like this for my 8" Lenovo Miix but it didn't have the pin connection so I guess I'm sick with the "universal" ones



For 8 inch I think you are, I did see a Chuwi one on there with Bluetooth keyboard which actually looked quite alright. Obviously the camera and speaker cutout may not be suitable for you and the keyboard has no touchpad. Here is the link though: gearbest.com/tab…tml

nige182

For 8 inch I think you are, I did see a Chuwi one on there with Bluetooth … For 8 inch I think you are, I did see a Chuwi one on there with Bluetooth keyboard which actually looked quite alright. Obviously the camera and speaker cutout may not be suitable for you and the keyboard has no touchpad. Here is the link though: http://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_202429.html



​Cheers, but if I was going to get a keyboard, I'd want a touchpad - I don't know if they even do them for this size

Wonder if this is the same as the Linx Origami keyboard? It had such rotten reviews I wouldn't buy it at any price.

I have a ASUS TRANSFORMER PAD K010 anyone think this would work with that?

Edited: Removed - not comparing the same units

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louiselouise

Wonder if this is the same as the Linx Origami keyboard? It had such … Wonder if this is the same as the Linx Origami keyboard? It had such rotten reviews I wouldn't buy it at any price.



It is not, this is US keyboard layout and the keyboard feels well made, the original Linx one is UK keyboard layout and from the pictures and other user opinions is poor quality. Also, the Origami style of this has a magnetic flap that goes over the top to 'clasp' shut which I believe the original Linx Origami one didn't.

nige182

It is not, this is US keyboard layout and the keyboard feels well made, … It is not, this is US keyboard layout and the keyboard feels well made, the original Linx one is UK keyboard layout and from the pictures and other user opinions is poor quality. Also, the Origami style of this has a magnetic flap that goes over the top to 'clasp' shut which I believe the original Linx Origami one didn't.

Are you able to touch type accurately with it? What about the touchpad?

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louiselouise

Are you able to touch type accurately with it? What about the touchpad?



I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or my laptop. So I have just tried it for the last fifteen minutes straight, doing a bit of browsing, a few emails and typing a random couple of paragraphs of whatever popped into my head to see how it fared (don't ask).

Keys didn't miss a beat, however my touch type ability with the keyboard was a little diminished, this is due to the key size and spacing. As the keyboard is smaller than my laptop keyboard (which I am at most evenings) and my office keyboard (which I am on most of the day). My fingers naturally hover over the keys at a wider positioning than the keyboard on this. No other 10 inch keyboard would be any better as you only have so much width. The touchpad and 'tap to click' feels fine, not too responsive, but not too weak either, however the touchpad buttons do feel a bit cheap. I also found (and this may be specific to my tablet or the Linx 10 in general), when I switch the tablet on from 'full off' with it docked and set up, the keyboard and mouse are non-functional, lift the tablet and reset it after it has booted and it sees the keyboard and touchpad and all works fine.

Also to check against Gordon's comment I tried left Ctrl out and it seemed to work fine as did the left shift (being my go to when typing anyway), either Gordon got a different model or a faulty one. There may be more faulty ones out there too, I haven't read about any particularly high failure rate on these but who knows? (Just saying these are coming from China, that is always a risk I guess).

For size comparison, I got out my trusty ruler and measured from the left of the Q key to the right of the P key for some consistency, this will hopefully show why I struggled a little to touch type at speed (hitting the wrong keys and having to delete and correct a lot more than usual):

This keyboard: 162mm
Logitech K400r: 177mm
Dell E6220 laptop keyboard: 187mm
Official PS3 Bluetooth keyboard: 195mm
Standard USB keyboard: 195mm

Edited by: "nige182" 3rd May 2016

nige182

I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or … I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or my laptop. So I have just tried it for the last fifteen minutes straight, doing a bit of browsing, a few emails and typing a random couple of paragraphs of whatever popped into my head to see how it fared (don't ask).Keys didn't miss a beat, however my touch type ability with the keyboard was a little diminished, this is due to the key size and spacing. As the keyboard is smaller than my laptop keyboard (which I am at most evenings) and my office keyboard (which I am on most of the day). My fingers naturally hover over the keys at a wider positioning than the keyboard on this. No other 10 inch keyboard would be any better as you only have so much width. The touchpad and 'tap to click' feels fine, not too responsive, but not too weak either, however the touchpad buttons do feel a bit cheap. I also found (and this may be specific to my tablet or the Linx 10 in general). When I switch the tablet on from 'full off' with it docked and set up, the keyboard and mouse are non-functional, lift the tablet and reset it after it has booted and it sees the keyboard and touchpad and all works fine.Also to check against Gordon's comment I tried left Ctrl out and it seemed to work fine as did the left shift (being my go to when typing anyway), either Gordon got a different model or a faulty one. There may be more faulty ones out there too, I haven't read about any particularly high failure rate on these but who knows?For size comparison, I got out my trusty ruler and measured from the left of the Q key to the right of the P key for some consistency, this will hopefully show why I struggled a little to touch type at speed (hitting the wrong keys and having to delete and correct a lot more than usual):This keyboard: 162mmLogitech K400r: 177mmDell E6220 laptop keyboard: 187mmOfficial PS3 Bluetooth keyboard: 195mmStandard USB keyboard: 195mm

Great! Tempted to buy now! Kudos for such a detailed reply

nige182

I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or … I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or my laptop. So I have just tried it for the last fifteen minutes straight, doing a bit of browsing, a few emails and typing a random couple of paragraphs of whatever popped into my head to see how it fared (don't ask).Keys didn't miss a beat, however my touch type ability with the keyboard was a little diminished, this is due to the key size and spacing. As the keyboard is smaller than my laptop keyboard (which I am at most evenings) and my office keyboard (which I am on most of the day). My fingers naturally hover over the keys at a wider positioning than the keyboard on this. No other 10 inch keyboard would be any better as you only have so much width. The touchpad and 'tap to click' feels fine, not too responsive, but not too weak either, however the touchpad buttons do feel a bit cheap. I also found (and this may be specific to my tablet or the Linx 10 in general), when I switch the tablet on from 'full off' with it docked and set up, the keyboard and mouse are non-functional, lift the tablet and reset it after it has booted and it sees the keyboard and touchpad and all works fine.Also to check against Gordon's comment I tried left Ctrl out and it seemed to work fine as did the left shift (being my go to when typing anyway), either Gordon got a different model or a faulty one. There may be more faulty ones out there too, I haven't read about any particularly high failure rate on these but who knows?For size comparison, I got out my trusty ruler and measured from the left of the Q key to the right of the P key for some consistency, this will hopefully show why I struggled a little to touch type at speed (hitting the wrong keys and having to delete and correct a lot more than usual):This keyboard: 162mmLogitech K400r: 177mmDell E6220 laptop keyboard: 187mmOfficial PS3 Bluetooth keyboard: 195mmStandard USB keyboard: 195mm

Ordered my first Gearbest order

You should post it on the Linxtablets forums (or I could, if you like) - Linx 10 owners are a bit miffed at the crappy keyboard options and would love an alternative, I bet

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louiselouise

You should post it on the Linxtablets forums (or I could, if you like) - … You should post it on the Linxtablets forums (or I could, if you like) - Linx 10 owners are a bit miffed at the crappy keyboard options and would love an alternative, I bet



Feel free to post it there, I have forgotten my login for those forums as haven't been on there in a long time.
Edited by: "nige182" 3rd May 2016

nige182

I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or … I have not noticed any problem with either but I usually use a desktop or my laptop. So I have just tried it for the last fifteen minutes straight, doing a bit of browsing, a few emails and typing a random couple of paragraphs of whatever popped into my head to see how it fared (don't ask).Keys didn't miss a beat, however my touch type ability with the keyboard was a little diminished, this is due to the key size and spacing. As the keyboard is smaller than my laptop keyboard (which I am at most evenings) and my office keyboard (which I am on most of the day). My fingers naturally hover over the keys at a wider positioning than the keyboard on this. No other 10 inch keyboard would be any better as you only have so much width. The touchpad and 'tap to click' feels fine, not too responsive, but not too weak either, however the touchpad buttons do feel a bit cheap. I also found (and this may be specific to my tablet or the Linx 10 in general), when I switch the tablet on from 'full off' with it docked and set up, the keyboard and mouse are non-functional, lift the tablet and reset it after it has booted and it sees the keyboard and touchpad and all works fine.Also to check against Gordon's comment I tried left Ctrl out and it seemed to work fine as did the left shift (being my go to when typing anyway), either Gordon got a different model or a faulty one. There may be more faulty ones out there too, I haven't read about any particularly high failure rate on these but who knows? (Just saying these are coming from China, that is always a risk I guess).For size comparison, I got out my trusty ruler and measured from the left of the Q key to the right of the P key for some consistency, this will hopefully show why I struggled a little to touch type at speed (hitting the wrong keys and having to delete and correct a lot more than usual):This keyboard: 162mmLogitech K400r: 177mmDell E6220 laptop keyboard: 187mmOfficial PS3 Bluetooth keyboard: 195mmStandard USB keyboard: 195mm



Well, you've convinced me to give this another try (its not like I can send the other one back). I really liked the case. I must have just got a faulty one or it got beaten up a little in the post.

Gordon Bell

I got this keyboard for the Linx 10. I may have got a faulty one, but it … I got this keyboard for the Linx 10. I may have got a faulty one, but it was awful.Left CTRL simply didn't work, left shift crunched on pressing and had to be pressed very hard.If you are a fast typist, then it misses key hits on a regular basis - 'one finger' typists will probably be fine.The touchpad 'tap to click' is oversensitive and you drag icons all over the place - there was no way I could see to disable 'Tap to click'.Gordan did you buy the official Linx 10 one that looks like this and is rubbish:Also op, did it match up well cosmetically.. like size shape and that... I forgot to order one and just stumbled on this post again.It did the job (just), but its not a good keyboard. Its a shame because the case is vey nice and it links to the Linx 10 very well.


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Yes the delivered item matches cosmetically, there is a magnetic flap below the keyboard which closes over the tablet to clasp the case shut. The keyboard is the same width as the Linx 10 and as per the pictures the case is about 1cm wider either side, but the height is a perfect fit so it closes shut exactly as it should.

Thanks ukez, for spotting the differences between the Origami Keyboard and the Cube i10 Keyboard. That makes me even more optimistic that it will be better - fingers crossed Added your quote to the Linxtablet.co.uk thread

nige182

Yes the delivered item matches cosmetically, there is a magnetic flap … Yes the delivered item matches cosmetically, there is a magnetic flap below the keyboard which closes over the tablet to clasp the case shut. The keyboard is the same width as the Linx 10 and as per the pictures the case is about 1cm wider either side, but the height is a perfect fit so it closes shut exactly as it should.


Nice one...

Apologies op, you are correct - managed to find my order history, and this is a different unit.
This is one ordered (which was £4 more expensive) - looks very similar, but the arrow keys are not the same (its not the official keyboard, but a cheap clone. It's terrible):
banggood.com/Ori…tml

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ukez

Nice one...



Wow that does look very similar, a keen eye is needed to spot the differences.

Got a despatch email from Gearbest today - a little slower than I would like but can't grumble for just under £13. Fingers crossed (Though from looking at the tracker, it's from Belgium Post, so it's closer to the UK than I thought).
Edited by: "louiselouise" 10th May 2016

Original Poster

I have figured out the magnet issue on this, it isn't actually missing a magnet. The right hand one is the correct way round to attach to the Linx tablet, the left one is the wrong way and repels the tablet. Luckily the weight of the tablet and the one correct magnet do hold it on ok and the pins still connect fine to use, but that is why it doesn't seem to grip so well on the left. I imagine this is a tablet specific issue and that the Cube I10 might have the left magnet reversed and so that they link up correctly.
Edited by: "nige182" 21st May 2016

I have figured out the magnet issue on this, it isn't actually missing a … I have figured out the magnet issue on this, it isn't actually missing a magnet. The right hand one is the correct way round to attach to the Linx tablet, the left one is the wrong way and repels the tablet. Luckily the weight of the tablet and the one correct magnet do hold it on ok and the pins still connect fine to use, but that is why it doesn't seem to grip so well on the left. I imagine this is a tablet specific issue and that the Cube I10 might have the left magnet reversed and so that they link up correctly.

I got mine today - funnily enough I was wondering why the magnet didn't feel strong and wondered if it was faulty.

With the origami part folded up on the back it stays on and types just fine. Impressed with it, especially for just under £13

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I got mine today - funnily enough I was wondering why the magnet didn't … I got mine today - funnily enough I was wondering why the magnet didn't feel strong and wondered if it was faulty.With the origami part folded up on the back it stays on and types just fine. Impressed with it, especially for just under £13



Yep, I tried it with an Archos 90 Cesium and (although that tablet is only 8.9 inch) the magnets and pins line up correctly and it holds how it should, so it must be tablet specific, some are oriented the other way. Shame it doesn't seem an easy job to take out and rotate the magnet.

I have been looking for good keyboard for linx 1010 for sometime. I have placed my first gearbest order. Fingers crossed.

Mine arrived today. I can see that tablet has recognised keyboard but can't get it to work. Magnetic connection on left-sided magnet doesn't catch well probably due to reverse polarity

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sach1636

Mine arrived today. I can see that tablet has recognised keyboard but … Mine arrived today. I can see that tablet has recognised keyboard but can't get it to work. Magnetic connection on left-sided magnet doesn't catch well probably due to reverse polarity



Have you switched the tablet on before connecting, connected and rested on a flat surface so it is sitting as it should be? The weight of the tablet should then make the pins all connect despite the left magnet. Try the mouse and then keyboard. Perhaps try pushing the tablet onto the pins a little firmer if need be just to make sure the connection is being made to all pins, but be careful as too much and you will make the magnet in the stand part break contact and the back will drop.

Thanks for prompt replay. I tried restarting tablet and then removing tablet from keyboard then also adjusted tablet but no luck. I checked device manager and inset HID keyboard device, tried updating driver but key board won't work. There are no lights etc so not good design.
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Probably faulty item

Bit late in the day to add this but might help anyone wanting to mod their case (to match up the magnets properly). This Connect 8.9" tablet dock had the same problem - hotukdeals.com/mis…477?p=27691571

jthenley

I bought the same dock and managed to modify it to fix it to work with … 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.

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louiselouise

Bit late in the day to add this but might help anyone wanting to mod … Bit late in the day to add this but might help anyone wanting to mod their case (to match up the magnets properly). This Connect 8.9" tablet dock had the same problem - http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/connect-9-tablet-owners-read-info-don-t-mind-2344477?p=27691571



Thanks, I hadn't got round to trying anything to correct the magnets so I just tried this. Edging the knife (I used a butter knife) in gently I was able to pry the plastic apart, there were two magnets inside, a smaller one on the left and a larger one towards the middle. The larger one is loosely fitted and can be removed easily by sliding the knife under and sticking the magnet to it then pulling the plastic away. The smaller one is a tight fit, same method worked but had to do it quite a few times to get it to edge away with the knife. Once both were out and rotated, I used the knife again to slide them back into place, the smaller one first being the tighter fit, and then the larger. The hardest part is pushing it closed again afterwards. I ended up putting some paper around it for protection and using some pliers to squeeze it together until it clicked, the pliers did unfortunately still leave a minor mark but it isn't really noticeable.

Hi can anyone confirm this fits the original Linx 10 rather than the newer Linx 1010

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Ian5052

Hi can anyone confirm this fits the original Linx 10 rather than the … Hi can anyone confirm this fits the original Linx 10 rather than the newer Linx 1010



Yes it fits the original Linx 10, but as mentioned the left magnet is reversed polarity. I strongly advise prying it open on the left (carefully) and taking the magnet out and refitting it the correct way for the Linx tablet. It is a bit fiddly but worth it.

nige182

Yes it fits the original Linx 10, but as mentioned the left magnet is … Yes it fits the original Linx 10, but as mentioned the left magnet is reversed polarity. I strongly advise prying it open on the left (carefully) and taking the magnet out and refitting it the correct way for the Linx tablet. It is a bit fiddly but worth it.



Thanks for the quick response and confirmation

Ian5052

Thanks for the quick response and confirmation


I've done it twice now, it works fine but you will obviously need to set your keyboard to US layout.

Also, of the two I bought one of them came with a not so great touch pad. Neither touch pads looked like the image shown on Gearbest with separate buttons. They had buttons, but they are covered over with a touchpad.
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