I'm *definitely* not expecting perfection! I've owned many of these "Transformer" devices over the years and none of them were perfect. However, I *do* expect the keyboard dock to work well! The keyboard dock for the Hi12 (even the "new and improved" version) is easily the worst keyboard dock of any of the "Transformer" style tablets I've owned over the years, including the Onda Obook 11 Plus (same type of inexpensive, Chinese device). Even with smaller keys, the difference between typing on the Onda keyboard dock and the Hi12 keyboard dock is night and day. I can probably type twice as fast on the Onda simply becuase the keys work properly....
The reason why the keyboard dock is so important to me is that it allows a single device to be "everything". It allows me to use my device like a touch-enabled laptop when using applications where a physical keyboard is very important and then if I want to use it as a tablet, I simply "take off" the screen! :-) WHen transporting the device, I simply close it up like a laptop and slide it into a "sleeve" type case (that also holds my accessories such as OTG cable, cleaning cloth, etc). Super portable and fully functional. And of course, the primary reason(s) that I started getting into these Onda/Chuwi Chinese devices is because they also dual-boot windows and Android/RemixOS. So now I have a single, super-portable device that can be a laptop, a tablet, can run Android and can run Windows 10. I can use it for on-call support for work while "on the go" (using my cell phone as a hotspot), I can use it to alter the tune in my vehicle (HP Tuners application, which only runs in Windows) and I can use it for my "everyday" activities in Android (web browsing, email, forums, games, etc).
I have absolutely no interest in lugging around "separate" hardware components (bluetooth keyboard and mouse) - I want it all in a single, ultra-portable device that I can just "grab and go" quickly and easily. These devices with a keyboard dock give me the best of both worlds - a single device that can be a laptop or a tablet - Windows or Android. I don't want to have to have a latop *and* a tablet.
All of the other transformer-style devices I've had had keyboard that were very functional. But that is a huge issue with the Hi12 if you are a heavy keyboard user. Simply put, the Hi12 keyboard dock sucks and completely ruins the device for me and my use case! :-) I really wish that wasn't the case, because the tablet itself is great in every other aspect...
The *only* reason that I even considered the Hi12 is becuase it has a keybaord dock (and is dual-boot). The "daily driver" device I use MUST have a keyboard dock that works well.
Not sure if I'm going to keep the Hi12 as a "Tablet only" device or just sell it. I'll probably just sell it since I really don't need 2 dual-boot tablet devices. :-) I was *so* hoping that the replacement keyboard dock worked better and that the original one was defective. However, that was not the case..