Accessorise your Tab

  • Technology
  • Monday, 21 Nov 2011

HDMI adapter and the USB Connection Kit 2

THERE are a slew of add-on accessories available for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Tab, like all Honeycomb-based Tablets, ­supports the USB On-The-Go (OTG) protocol that allows for ­several USB enhancements that go beyond data syncing and charging. But Samsung hasn’t included a USB port or ­memory card reader in the Tab in a bid to keep its model thin and ­lightweight.

However, users can still take advantage of the OTG features by getting the optional USB Connection Kit which comprises a USB ­adaptor and SD card reader.

The USB adaptor allows users to plug in a keyboard, mouse or thumbdrive to the Tablet and the card reader is for transferring data to and from an SD card directly.

However, peripherals that require a lot of power like a portable hard drive will probably not be able to run off the Tablet’s power. Such devices have to be connected to an auxiliary power source like a powered USB hub.

The Connection Kit retails for RM109.

Or if you are just looking for a physical keyboard, there’s the Keyboard Dock. It not only makes typing easier but keeps the Tablet securely stationed. It also doubles up as a charging dock for the Tab.

The keyboard also features Android hotkeys for launching the Internet browser, e-mail client, music player and more.

It is priced at RM299.

Also available is the Book Cover case to ­protect the Tab against bumps and scratches. The ­durable and stylish protective folder ­features cutouts for the ­headphone jack, camera and flash.

It can also be used as a stand to hold the Tablet in place, which comes in handy when typing with an external Bluetooth keyboard or even for watching movies.

The flap closes securely thanks to a magnetic clasp but don’t expect it to wake up the Tab from sleep and vice versa. Perhaps, in the next ­generation. The case costs RM219.

Samsung also has an HDMI ­adaptor for viewing applications, web browser, presentations, photos or videos on a HDTV.

It retails for RM139.


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