Hello, hello, community!
I’m back with another look at some new developments for the in-box accessories for the V 2021! We’ve previously given you some insights on packaging, the V prototypes, and some of the basics for the accessories. Now, we’ve got new info on a couple of items for the V: the pen loop that can be affixed to the keyboard, as well as the charger and cable.
So, sit back, relax, and stay a while, as I take you down yet another trip behind-the-scenes on these specific accessories.
For the pen loop, we received several samples that were of various sizes and shapes to test with a V keyboard. The pen loop is affixed to a ‘tab’ that has 3M double-sided adhesive tape, which can be attached to the keyboard, or any other place you choose. By using different sizes, we were able to test the adhesiveness to ensure that, once stuck to the keyboard fabric, it would not easily detach. Our tests with the samples showed that the larger the adhesive pad, the better affixed to the keyboard surface. One test we specifically performed was lifting the keyboard by the loop, and the largest size did the trick, staying attached.
Note that each loop will come unattached, allowing the user to stick it wherever they choose.
Another thing we took a closer look at is the charger. The initial finish had an uneven coloring and a rough texture, so we met with the vendor to seek a more premium solution. They suggested an oil treatment, which makes it smoother and matte. This treated surface is more susceptible to fingerprints; nonetheless, it is very easy to clean. Although we love its aesthetics, further testing for fingerprint affinity needs to be done.
For the cable, we have specific requirements. It needs to support at least 65W charging and a minimum of 5Gbps transfer speed, as well as be around 1.8m in length. The vendor initially provided a bulky design, which had rather large plugs at both ends. We found a better solution with them.
So, there you have it - some of the in-box accessories that we’ve tweaked to get ready for mass production. We’ve come a long way from the initial design concepts, and it’s really exciting to see even these little bits and pieces take shape.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep an eye out for more product news as we get ready to start shipping the V 2021.
Have a great weekend!