Huawei Folio Keyboard for MateBook

Huawei Folio Keyboard for MateBook

Keyboard

Feature Keyboard & TouchpadThe Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 folio case includes an embedded keyboard with backlighting and 78 keys. Huawei claims it has a metal oxide frame and is spill proof. The letter keys measure about .7 x. 7 inches, and...

$148.00
  • Category: On Sale

Feature

Keyboard & Touchpad

The Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 folio case includes an embedded keyboard with backlighting and 78 keys. Huawei claims it has a metal oxide frame and is spill proof. The letter keys measure about .7 x. 7 inches, and the entire keyslab measures 10.3 x 4 inches.
Huawei MateBook keyboard
Huawei MateBook keyboard
Huawei MateBook 2-in-1 keyboard

It provides a comfortable typing experience thanks in no small part to the 1.5mm of key travel. That’s just more than enough, and a good 1mm more than other USB Type-C devices. The keys also have good snap. In terms of mobile typing comfort, it’s second only to the new Microsoft Type Cover.
Huawei MateBook keyboard folio kickstand
Two small complaints though: We prefer a chiclet-style keyboard with space in between each key, even if it makes them smaller. It makes for less clumsy typing and fewer errant key presses. And as mentioned above, there are no default volume control keys.

Centered underneath the spacebar is the large single-piece trackpad, which measures 3.7 x 2.4 inches. It’s smooth, and works fine for basic navigation. We found the multi-finger controls like the two finger scroll finicky, however.

The leather-finished folio pulls triple duty, not only housing the keyboard, but also acting as a protective case and kickstand. There’s no doubt it’s well made and looks professional, and it provides the standard protection. The MateBook adheres via magnets that could be stronger. The tablet remains stable, especially with the folio closed up, but pick up the folio the wrong way and the MateBook flops out.

Huawei MateBook keyboard folio kickstand
Huawei MateBook keyboard folio kickstand

The kickstand function also needs work. The folio’s back portion flips over to prop up the MateBook, similar to the Apple iPad Smart Cover. It kicks out to two stops, about 10 to 15 degrees apart. The problem is that it doesn’t take much force at the more open stop to send the MateBook tumbling down. This isn’t much of a problem on a desk or flat surface, but it will spill the MateBook over the knees and onto the floor when used as a literal laptop.

The folio also ships with a magnetic loop for the MatePen. It sticks smack in the middle of the folio’s back portion. But again, we don’t have much confidence it’ll stay there due to the magnet. Give Huawei points for trying to find a pen dock solution for its thin tablet. With a more powerful magnet this one could have worked.