The new 2019 edition of the Amazon Fire HD 10 seems to be as popular as its predecessor already and should be among the most sold tablets of 2020. It got a great score in my review because it offers good hardware at a very affordable price. To get the most out of it, you need a couple of accessories though. Well, I’m Andrzej for MyNextTablet.com and these are the cases, stands, gamepads and adapter I’m using with the Amazon Fire HD 10.
JETech Case For Fire HD 10
My Amazon Fire HD 10 from 2017 had visible scratches on its back fast even though I did take good care of it. That’s why I’ve gotten a case for the new version immediately. I’m using the JETech Case for the Fire HD 10 that costs around 15 US Dollars. It’s a very simple case that protects the tablet from all sides. As usual, it has cutouts for the buttons, ports, and cameras. Once you open it, the screen gets turned on automatically. Yes, there are tons of similar cases on Amazon and most of them are probably great.
Jelly Comb Bluetooth Keyboard
I can recommend the Jelly Comb Bluetooth Keyboard for occasional use only. I think it can be a very useful accessory if you need it a couple of times only and want something that takes up as little space as possible. Folded up, this keyboard is very small. And once you unfold it, it’s about the same size as other tablet keyboards. While it works well, you’ve got to get used to the fold in the middle of it. Usually, it costs around 27 US Dollars.
Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard
Now, the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard is one I can comfortably recommend to everyone because it’s my favorite travel keyboard. You probably have seen it in many of my videos already. Even though it’s a bit smaller than a standard keyboard, I’ve gotten used to it fast and then it’s easy to type on. It is very portable, has a cover with a built-in stand feature and the battery lasts up to a couple of months. The keyboard costs around 40 to 50 US Dollars, depending on the market. Sadly, Microsoft seems to stop selling it. Sometimes you can still get it though.
Adjustable Lamicall Tablet Stand
I’ve been testing an adjustable Lamicall Tablet Stand for a while now and have been happy with it so far. The stand is made of plastic and takes up little space when folded up. With this stand, you can prop up tablets in different angles. An unusual feature is that you can adjust the height. That can be useful if the Fire HD 10 shouldn’t touch the table – for example when it’s a bit wet in the kitchen or bathroom. The adjustable Lamicall Tablet Stand costs around 10 US Dollars.
Big Lamicall Tablet Stand
If you’re looking for a bigger, more permanent stand, you can check out the bigger aluminum Lamicall Tablet Stand. It can be very useful if you’re planning to use Alexa with the Show Mode. You can adjust the angle and it’s a very solid, stable stand. However, it’s a bit too bulky to travel with. Usually, you’ll have to pay around 14 US Dollars.
Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller
Even though I tried several gamepads for Android devices a couple of years ago, I didn’t find one I really liked. I’m testing more right now but the only one I’m super comfortable with so far is the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller. Yes, that’s the same Bluetooth Gamepad you get with an Xbox. While it’s not that cheap with a price tag of around 40 US Dollars, it works very well. The Bluetooth connection is stable, and it works fantastic with the Fire HD 10.
Amazon Basic Stylus
The Amazon Fire HD 10 does not support an active pen. However, that does not change people from constantly asking me which pens I can recommend for tablets that don’t support an active pen. The answer is simple: If the tablet does not support an active pen, there is no pen I can recommend. You can use pens made for capacitive touchscreens. But they’re very unprecise.
I’m experimenting with the Amazon Basics Stylus right now. You can find tons of similar ones online. While those pens usually do work, they’re as precise as your finger only. You can’t use it to write down handwritten notes because it’s not precise enough for that. It’s okay for young kids to play around with or to use as a pointing device instead of your finger. But it is most certainly not an alternative to active pens you’ve seen on Apple’s iPads or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S tablets.
Don’t get me wrong, for some use-cases, it’s good enough. I gave one to my grandmother for example. She has long fingernails and it’s easier for her to use touchscreens with it. But you won’t be able to use it to write down notes at school or so.
TUTUO USB C Dongle
The Fire HD 10 is the first tablet from Amazon that features a USB C port. While you can’t use it to connect external monitors, you certainly can connect some USB C accessories like hard drives, SD card readers and even a mouse. For things like that, I’m always using a TUTUO USB C dongle. That dongle has an SD card reader and a USB 3.0 type A port. It costs around 10 US Dollars and works well.
SanDisk Extreme 128GB MicroSD
If you need more than 32GB or 64GB of storage, you can use the microSD card slot to expand it. The cards can be up to 512GB in size. Most cards should work fine. I’m using a 128GB SanDisk Extreme MicroSD which costs around 24 US Dollars.
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- Excellent graphics performance
- Long battery life
- Fire OS based on Android 9
- Regular updates
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