October 15, 2016
UPDATE (20 OCTOBER 2016)
Actually, don't ask me how, but someway the case accentuates the sound with the speakers pointing down and into the case, and the sound is louder than when the speaker edge of the tablet is lifted from the case and the speakers are pointed right at you. It is amazing, and I wouldn't have thought it possible, but it sounds pretty darn good(!) [and it sounds even better if the tablet's bottom edge is pulled 1/4 inch from the top edge of the keyboard---I don't know what is improving the sound by pointing the speakers down into the case, but I guess maybe it has some- thing to do with the metal and/or magnets built into the case?]; so, due to my being wrong about the sound, I am upping my review to 4 stars.
This case has a somewhat nice design, but I have two concerns and suggestions that I have noticed right away, as follows:
1.) There should either be a way to flip the tablet frame that the tablet snaps into, around horizontally 180 degrees; or, the frame should have the cutouts for the buttons, micro-USB port, rear camera and the speakers, on the other side and/or end as well, so the tablet can be flipped around the other way 180 degrees. The reason for this is, the way the case is setup now, when it is open and stationed so the tablet stands up in landscape mode with the bottom edge of it against the keyboard, the speakers are blocked; but, if the tablet could be flipped over 180 degrees, the speakers would be facing upwards and wouldn't be blocked. Yet, the way it is setup now, there is no way to flip the tablet around horizontally and unblock the speakers; and this makes watching videos without using headphones or earbuds problematic.
After all, the tablet DOES allow flipping it around the other way horizontally, causing the graphics to flip 180 degrees (and, actually, it can be flipped in any of the four ways and the graphics will flip around correctly in all four directions---NICE!).
[Perhaps the case I was sent, and/or a considerable batch of them, was and/or were meant to have the frame the other way around, but they were assembled incorrectly? That is quite possible I suppose. If the frame wasn't glued to the case, but was also magnetic (using a semi-soft, magnetic metal for the frame instead of the plastic that it appears to be), it could be flipped around.]
2.) In order to put the case and tablet in "stand mode", so to speak, the way the case is designed now the keyboard has to be moved outward onto the case's flap. Instead, it would be much better if the case was designed so the keyboard didn't have be moved in order to put it in "stand mode", but still be able to retain the stand design as it is now (but with the frame flipped the other way around)---rather than this case being designed like the other Fintie case with the awkward "pop-out 'brace'" to put it in "stand mode" [I don't like that design at all, because it is not as sturdy and "aesthetically pleasing" (the case doesn't look as good in "stand mode") while touching the screen in "stand mode"---and that's why I bought the "Blade" model]. So, please figure out a way to redesign this case so that can be done.
ATTENTION MANUFACTURER AND/OR SELLER: If the case I received was assembled incorrectly, or if you can assemble one, many or all of them from hereon out, with the frame the other way around, would you please send me one with the frame so the speakers can be faced upwards (and/or so it can be adjusted either way)? [I have thought about breaking the glue and re-gluing it the other way around, but I'm concerned that it would not only void the warrant, but a.) that it would perhaps damage the case irreparably, and/or b.) that it would not work very well if at all. I would very much appreciate one that is designed with the speakers pointing upwards.]
Anyway, now that I have said all of that, and to further review this tablet case, other than with the design flaws as outlined above, it is in principle a nicely designed case in most other respects / aspects; with the exception of the keyboard, while left in the case, preventing the case from automatically putting the tablet in sleep mode (but that's not a big deal because one can simply press the sleep/power button before closing the case while the keyboard is installed in the case, or the tablet will timeout and go into sleep mode automatically in a short while anyway---whatever length of time you have it set to in the tablet's settings). Another exception or two is and/or are that it would be much preferable if the case was made with real leather, and perhaps with more protective padding (or a version of the case was).
Otherwise, the design and practicality of this case is quite pleasing, at least in principle; and, if the suggested design corrections and/or improvements are implemented, it will be a quite nice case indeed. And, if I am sent a corrected and/or improved version of it at no cost to myself, I will up my rating to 5 stars; but, as the case stands now, it is not yet worthy of more than 3 stars.
One more suggestion, it would also be nice if the designers and/or manufacturers of this case could figure out a way to also make it work as a stand in portrait (vertical) mode as well. Thank you for all of your consideration of this entire review.