Edited by ZenBalancer at 2-24-2017 06:07 |
I discourage the use of most BT keyboards, at least for use-cases when you take breaks from typing and either click with the mouse more or use the touch interface more for a while.
There is for the MS Sculpt keyboard for instance a default energy saving feature that can't be turned off (no driver option nor in Windows or Android), and your first press or a few presses after the timeout interval are used to wakeup the device, so if you don't pay attention you have to go back each time and fix what you wanted to type. I also felt there was a bit of extra lag, 10s of milliseconds, but perhaps that was in my head or it's this current BT version of the keyboard. Google for reviews about such timeouts and general lag. Some people pick that up and are bothered by it like me, and some don't notice it or don't mind. Especially those with different use-cases that don't notice any lag in comparison to a different tech or connection, wouldn't mind perhaps.
So I kept it just to remember why I don't like it unless I have a specific use-case for it, since it wasn't that expensive. I got a wireless USB instead, which wakes up and types immediately, only the touchpad integrated in the keyboard can't wakeup the keyboard so have to press a key first.
If you choose either tech, be sure you don't mind their specific quirks, or make sure your model is implemented better.
From what I understand Hi13 supports OTG too (if relevant, I think it's needed for USB HUIs too), so an adapter is needed from USB-C to standard USB and from there to a little passive hub for (in case the OTG adapter doesn't have more ports) for a USB keyboard and mouse, if one doesn't want the keyboard dock for the standard USB ports too (in tent-mode for use with another keyboard) or uses a 3rd party tablet stand, like for portrait mode to see full page documents or book pages in "full screen".
I want the keyboard dock, also to protect the screen in my bag, and have a portable directly connected keyboard like a regular laptop. But for work I would be putting the tablet on a foldable stand (make sure the back of the stand has enough support for such a big touch surface) in portrait-mode ("standing up") to see full book pages without zooming in the page, and easily navigate on a Windows integrated virtual desktop to a different Reader Window of the same book to cross-reference or look back at what I forgot about, by using the search function or navigation pane of the Adobe Reader DC. Then swiping from outer left edge of the screen to right again (default Windows 10 gesture for touchscreens) to switch desktop and thus default focused window to go back to my original PDF window in fullscreen mode at the page I was at, to effortlessly continue reading.
I share my keyboard and mouse from a different device via Synergy (buggy, but works, especially with hotkeys setup), handy for copy and paste between a number of different OS devices too, via "shared clipboard". To copy from the book into the editor on the default device for instance. That's why I'm not counting on the Hi13 for any major performance needs, but instead want it as a reader and digital notepad (OneNote for me), a cheap but more convenient digital alternative to paper and pencil or pen, at least more convenient to me for portability and other digital benefits.
Currently doing that on a refurbished Surface Pro (first gen) but the relatively small screen at 10.8inch and narrow ratio (not a 3:2) is kind of a bummer. And I wanted to have a cheaper screen than MS but bigger and more paper like screen resolution. So that's how I found the Chuwi Hi13. I think it will be getting used to such a singificant screen size upgrade. I had a 13.3inch Android once before replacing it with a more portable even cheaper one with dual simslots, which was handy for a while. But definitely not a pleasent reading screen because of the very low PPI and small screen.
Hopefully my experience and use-case gives an idea how to enjoy what the Hi13 (especially with it's dedicated accessories) might be meant for with clearly lower performing specs than the expensive "originals" or other alternatives, but exactly right where it counts for such use-cases. Although needing to get used to so much screen space and weight to hold on to, but to me I estimate it will be worth it in comparison. Until a future version from Chuwi or others. Then I would upgrade my other one as the performance working horse but also with active stylus pen support, without compromise in PPI or much in screen size.
EDITS: (language) improvements and additions.