Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories, a great idea for your K1 Tablet PC to boost productivity and protection
Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories were almost immediately offered by the company, together with the release of their entertainment tablet, the IdeaPad K1.
While most other companies, even third party providers, have some accessories that fit more than their own tablet device – tablet sleeves designed to fit a 10 inch tablet fit any such device from any manufacturer – some companies, including Lenovo, have made some accessories that fit their device only.
Unfortunately, there are not many available at the moment, even the announced keyboard – more about it later – is not available even in the Lenovo online shop.
Lenovo seems to be more inclined to push their other services, like for instance the warranty extension plans, the additional applications available from the Lenovo app store and additional cloud storage.
Nevertheless, there are some accessories that are worth mentioning and warrant further consideration, in case that you either have a K1 already or are inclined to purchase one in foreseeable future.
The Keyboard Dock KD 101
It is interesting that Lenovo decided not to push the ThinkPad keyboard that was designed for the ThinkPad tablet and features the famous red button design so familiar with the ThinkPad line. For some reason, within the listed Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories there is the Keyboard Dock KD 101, which does not have a touchpad and mouse buttons, but looks like any Bluetooth keyboard available anywhere else. The keyboard dock offers charging for the IdeaPad and also dubs as a stand, while also holding the keyboard at bay. It is unclear as of yet if the keys are being triggered through a Bluetooth connection, or if the KD101 connections provide an interface. If the keyboard is a Bluetooth keyboard, you may want to consider purchasing the ThinkPad keyboard folio, not only does it look better, it has the mentioned touchpad and red-lined mouse buttons, but it can also dub as stand and is a carrying case all in one. If you really need the charging and holding capabilities of the little round docking part, you can purchase this part separately as well.
The IdeaPad Tablet K1 Charger Dock
As already mentioned, the IdeaPad Tablet K1 Charger Dock is also on the list of available Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories. It makes sense to purchase this little holding charger only if you do not buy the KD101, keyboard dock, because the docking part of the KD101 is exactly the same thing. If you like to have all your options open, you may want to buy this little gadget just not to have to hold the tablet in your hands all the time. While the tablet weighs considerably less than two pounds, if you are watching a two hour movie, you will get tired and positioning it just right may prove to be tricky without such a holding facility. You can also connect the adapter to it and charge the unit while you are using it – it is not recommended for the battery life, but it saves time.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 Case KC200
Buying a carrying case or sleeve should be always considered, because these tablets will show more wear in a relatively short time span if you neglect to do so. Despite the Corning® Gorilla® Glass scratches will appear if you just drop it into your suitcase or briefcase. The Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 Case KC200 is not only a protective carrying sleeve, but can also dub as a two-level stand, holding the gadget for easier viewing. The built is very similar to the iPad Smart Cover. Of all the Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories, unless you decide to go with the aforementioned ThinkPad keyboard folio, this one should be considered a must buy. On the other hand, there are scores of sleeves available for tablets of similar size that can be appropriated for this purpose, but none have the nice Lenovo logo on it.
The Nylon Black Durable Cube with Pocket Carrying Case
Of all the non Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories, this is the one that comes with a very interesting offer by a very well known online store. Namely with the durable carrying case you also get a dual tip stylus pen, an universal silver tablet stand and the car headrest tablet mount. Granted, the carrying case is nothing fancy and does not have any dashing colors with the Lenovo logo, but it will do the job.
DURAGADGET Splash Resistant Black & Pink Reversible Carry Case
This Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories list should include such a stylish neoprene case that offers protection even from water made by a trusted manufacturer. DURAGADGET produces plenty of such carrying cases for all existing tablets and gadgets, generally in flashy colors and in proper quality. The strong colors are a matter of taste, but they fit the IdeaPad K1 tablet perfectly.
SumacLife Durable Neoprene Carrying Case
Just in case that you would like more choice with your colors, SumacLife extends the Lenovo IdeaPad Accessories line by more than a dozen water resistant sleeve carrying cases in plenty of colors with a zipper mechanism.
ArmorSuit MilitaryShield Screen Protector
ArmorSuit has made a scratch protecting shield for the touchscreen of almost every single available tablet that is on the market today. Despite the fact that the glass surface of the tablet is supposed to be scratch resistant by itself, the protective shield takes all the dirt and impact away from the device and provides durable protection against any kind of scratching damage. The world famous ArmorSuit lifetime replacement warranty is valid for this product as well.
Accessory Power Premium Gold Plated High Speed 6 ft Micro HDMI Cable
Connecting your tablet to the HDTV set allows you to stream your onboard videos directly to a big screen. Such a cable is almost a must have, particularly if you do use your device to make your own videos while outside.
32 GB MicroSD Memory Card
Extending your onboard storage is always a good idea. Also, if you do have a laptop computer with an integrated card reader, you can load movies and other videos, photos and even music easier onto your tablet device. It is all about the ease of use and flexibility. Some of these offers do include a card reader, adapters and extended warranty.