Latitude ST Accessories: What Works, What Doesnt

May 6, 2012

Dell’s attempt at a Tablet PC which they call the Latitude ST, shows much potential. However, after purchasing, many will find disapointment in the lack of accessories that consumers can be sure will fit the device well (if not made especially for it).

Unfortunately, aside from the dell-offered accessories, this tablet is left to its own (userss) devices to find ways of outfit, protect, and enhance their new toy. Below are the first accessories I’ve purchased for my Latitude ST tablet.

Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2


I have read some prior reviews for the original generation KeyFolio. Primary complaints were a) bulky b) flimsy c) annoying way of attaching the tablet to the velcro backing, and not for every day use. Looking by the picture, it looks like the same thing – sans demo tablet and the slightly removed keyboard. However the features in this newest model are worth noting:
a) The bulk is still there, but the keyboard is very light and secures by magnets – one in each of the corners. For my Latitude ST, I will purchase Windows 8 upgrade for it, allowing it to be more touch friendly. However I am still “crippled” without the keyboard (which IS “OPTIMIZED” for Android) when doing text input intensive tasks.
b) It is very sturdy, with a slight exception being the spine. The Latitude ST is about 1.8 lbs and so far, I have not had any concern with it falling out. The “hinge” corner set they sent you is very quite versatile in two says: they are secure yet pliable. Maybe I’m lucky, but my ST fits very well using a combination of two large bottom corner supports, one small upper left corner support (the large would block USB port), and NO support in the upper right). The upper right is where the stylus recesses into the tablet, and I like that as opposed to the spot the case has. The elastic band that goes around it seems it will hold tight, but if I can update this review at a later date to report on how its held up under wear I will try and do so.
The velcro attachments are very secure and, the way I have them arranged as described above, can easily remove the tablet from the case if passing it around, etc. They also separate the keyboard from the tablet screen, which was actually a top concern of mine.
c) Some said with the prior model, that it was “not for every day use”. To this, I would agree to a certain extent in the fact that it does nearly double the weight of the tablet. That being said, the purpose of my purchase was the removable bluetooth keyboard (to save a USB port), to give me something to sit it on the table at an angle, and to protect it. You can’t fold it backwards and use it in Portrait mode without removing the keyboard, or shutting it off to avoid hitting keys. It is clumsy in this regard. Don’t buy if you are looking for something that will be perfect to use and type on while it’s sitting on your lap in bed or in a chair. I cant think of any way one could design something like this that isn’t a bit clumsy in your lap – without a flat surface at least. Remove the keyboard, and there’s more space to adjust the viewing angle which is very nice. Just need to take care of that keyboard, we’ll see how it holds up under use over time.

 

What accessories have you purchased? Add your comment below!

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One Response to “Latitude ST Accessories: What Works, What Doesnt”

  1. Thanks for posting your review of the Keyfolio. I also have a Dell Latitude ST and was trying to decide on purchasing the Keyfolio. Your review helped, I’ll get mine in a couple days.

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