This will be the number one question that people will have when they look at the Lenovo Miix 700. How’s the keyboard? I went very hands-on at IFA to find out.
I’ve used the Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover for a year now and I find it productive but it would be nice to have a little more mechanical feedback beneath my fingers and I know that a lot of people just can’t get on with it at all. The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700, the Surface look-a-like, could be the product to cater for our needs.
Before you watch the video let me tell you that there is a little confusion over the keyboard. In the demo’s here at IFA it’s connected via the same type of mechanism as on the Type Cover but Lenovo have it listed as a Bluetooth keyboard. One of the product managers told me that the design is almost the same as we see here. Will it have both physical and Bluetooth connectivity?
As you watch the video you’ll see a couple of touchpad errors (jumping pointer) but you’ll also see some mistakes purely because of having to work in front of the camera in a crowd of people. The keyboard has the same hollow bounce as you get on the Type Cover when it’s lifted at the back so the quietest results are had when the keyboard is laid flat.
Overall the keyboard has a better feel for me but not if that touchpad isn’t brought under control.