Just wanted to update with my latest method. I'm a tinkerer -- I just can't let things like this go
And really, it's annoying as hell to redock my tablet 3 times just to type an email. This thing is so lightweight that even just typing shakes it enough to disconnect.
Not anymore, though! My latest technique starts off like before -- I've shimmed the dock with cardboard in the front and back. That stops the wobble, which is a pretty good start. The problem is that shimming by itself doesn't stop the tablet from slipping up just enough to disrupt the electrical connection, even though the docking hooks are still engaged.
I finally got desperate and lined the back of the dock with Scotch double-sided clear tape. It's actually incredibly sticky, and it holds the tablet in the dock perfectly. I got a solid week without a single
disconnection, which is the best I've seen yet. It even stayed perfectly connected while I was using it in the passenger seat of a moving car!
Slight problem, of course: now I have a glorified laptop
I was able to get the tablet out, but it took a lot of careful pulling, and I wouldn't want to do it regularly. And of course, the tape came out with the tablet, along with a bit of the cardboard shim. I generally only use this thing docked, but of course when you need a tablet, that's where the TF701 shines. If I have to put up with this being an excellent touchscreen laptop, I'll happily take that over the constant disconnections, but it's not ideal.
My next idea, which I haven't tried yet, involves 3M "command" adhesive. I picked some of the thin, clear kind up at the hardware store the other day and I'm going to give it a go when I'm feeling brave. I think two (maybe even one?) of these will hold the tablet well enough, and if I want to undock it, I can pull the tabs to remove the adhesive. If that works, that's probably the closest I'm going to get to a successful fix, and I'll be pretty happy with it.
I'll report back either way!