The Bluetooth Keyboard Case from Bravolink is made of an attractive leather look material on the outside and a soft, protective lining on the interior. Two flexible tabs hold the bottom corners of the tablet in place. This flexibility allows the case to accommodate 7" and 8" iOS and Android tablets that are Bluetooth compatible. See the details below.
In the Box
- 1 Leather-like Folding Keyboard Case with Detachable ABS Bluetooth Keyboard
- 1 microUSB Charging Cable
- 1 Printed User Manual
The keyboard looks pretty much like a standard keyboard except for the absence of Function keys and the addition of a couple of unfamiliar keys that will activate special functions for iOS or Android tablets. The keys are large and comfortable for typing with enough space between the keys to avoid striking multiple keys at once. There is no separate Numpad but there are standard number keys across the top of the keyboard and directional keys on the bottom right.
The USB charging port is on the right side of the keyboard near the power switch. Plug the microUSB connector into the keyboard and connect the Type A connector to an appropriate power source to charge the keyboard. The indicator light will shine red while charging. When the keyboard is fully charged, pair it with your Bluetooth enabled tablet. Consult you device's manual for instructions. Then press the Connect button on the top of the keyboard. A blue light will flash while it connects to you Bluetooth device. Then follow the instructions that appear on the screen of your tablet and enter the code as requested. Your keyboard is ready to use.
Although this keyboard is intended for use on an iOS or Android device, it will also pair with and function quite well on a Windows computer with native Bluetooth or a compatible adapter installed. As mentioned above, there are some standard keys unavailable for Windows use but simple typing is still easily accomplished. The detached keyboard worked fine with XP Pro, XP Home, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Insert you Bluetooth enabled tablet into the tabs on the case and fold the top of the case back as shown in the slideshow images. Your tablet will be supported in a comfortable viewing angle for typing. The keyboard is attached to the case with a magnet at each corner and can easily be removed for more convenient typing if you wish.
I detached the keyboard and immediately assumed it would be difficult getting those strong magnets lined up properly to get the keyboard back in the case. I was wrong. The magnets in the case draw the bottom of the keyboard right back where they belong. I held the keyboard a couple of inches above the case and let it go. It lined up with the case perfectly all by itself.
Although the word leather is used a bit freely in the product description online and on the box, the keyboard case is a very nice quality leather-look material, not leather. The case is also supposed to accommodate 7 and 8 inch tablets. Technically that's true but the magnets that hold the case closed couldn't quite reach to secure the case closed when it held an 8" tablet. The case will hold either size tablet in Landscape position only. The tabs are too far apart to hold either size tablet in Portrait mode. The case folds neatly to create a stand to hold a 7" tablet in an upright viewing position but the weight of an 8" tablet caused the stand to collapse every time.
The manual explains how to connect to a Bluetooth device and includes a graphic listing of Keyboard Shortcuts but most of those shortcuts are not included on this keyboard. I suspect parts of the manual were probably recycled from another similar product and not adequately edited for inclusion with this product. I still really like the case and the detachable keyboard but it's best suited for use with a 7" tablet.
The Bravolink Bluetooth Keyboard Case with Detachable Keyboard is available in a variety of different colors including Light Blue, Red, Pink, and Black. You can find it on Amazon for about $25. The following list of specifications were taken from the product box. The online specs were in some cases different than those below.
- Bluetooth version: 3.0
- Operation distance: Up to 10m
- Input: Micro USB 5V charge
- Lithium battery capacity: 200mA
- Standby time: 30 days approx.
- Charging time: 2-2.5 hours
- Uninterrupted working time: 60 hours
- Material: ABS Plastic (the keyboard); PU (the leather-like case)
- Keyboard Dimensions: 8.12" Wide x 5.5" Deep x .24" High
- Keyboard weight: 11.5 oz.