160 of 165 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2010
This is an update of a review I submitted 10 days ago. The most important thing you should realize is that this keyboard does not behave as a rigid keyboard does. That's both good news and bad news. The good news is that it's easy to fold and can easily fit into a standard Ziplock bag with lots of room to spare. It's ultra-portable. The bad news is that all this malleability comes at a price.
I find that when I type on the keyboard, I often make mistakes. Letters either repeat or don't appear at all. There is undoubtedly a learning curve to reduce typos, but what confounds me is that the keys are not equally calibrated as far as touch is concerned. A relatively light touch on let's say the "x" might yield multiple x's, whereas the same level of pressure on the "y" might not yield anything at all. The trick to using the keyboard is to keep your eye on the iPhone screen and make sure that your input is being entered as you intend.
While you may need to make corrections as you enter text, you will nevertheless find that text entry is much faster with this KB than with the iPhone's virtual keyboard. In contrast, my fingers fly on the Apple bluetooth KB, and there's no error correction needed. On the other hand, my dollars were flying faster, too (at $70 versus $30).
Pairing is easy, and if you're on a Mac or using an iPhone 4, you don't need the CD that ships with the KB.
In my earlier review I wrote, "I received the KB yesterday, just a few days after I ordered, and immediately fell in love with it....Today, while showing this amazing KB off to some friends, an entire row of keys (asdf) and the space bar stopped working."
I'm happy to say that the distributor was incredibly responsive to my problem. They paid for my return shipping and immediately sent me a replacement via Priority Mail.
Disappointingly, the new KB didn't leave as positive a first impression as its predecessor. The original KB did not exhibit the same level of key pressure unevenness. This leads me to believe that the keyboards are somewhat idiosyncratic. Quality varies from KB to KB.
In summary, this is a great peripheral to carry around with you for light typing. It's incredibly compact and lightweight. But, if you plan to sit in an airport for several hours and catch up on your email or do heavy some document editing in your favorite Microsoft Office substitute app, you would probably be better served by a rigid keyboard.
114 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2010
I am writing this review using my Menotek keyboard, which is attached to my wifi Ipad via it's bluetooth capacity! It outdid my expectations to say the least! I don't even need wifi around to use my keyboard-- once I've linked the keyboard (go to settings, then bluetooth, then enter the # that pops up on the iPad screen. note: you have to do this each time you use the keyboard, but it doesn't take long) it can be used anywhere. meetings. conferences. seminars. I know. I used it during a week-long conference where the power points were extensive and moving fast. With this keyboard, I kept up with all the notes and then some! I should mention that I had JUST gotten the keyboard, yet was able to use it immediately without extra practice. It DOESN'T take much to get used to it. :) I simply rested iPad and keyboard on a book I'd brought along. :)
This keyboard is the first flexible one I have owned. the fact that it was said to work great with the Ipad (a true claim), has raised keys, is waterproof, bluetooth AND rechargeable helped me decide to buy it. But mainly I went by the reviews.... that is why I'm writing this one... so YOU don't have to worry/search as long as I did.
Here are some of my original questions answered:
- YES it works with wifi (even wifi only) iPads.
- BELIEVE the almost 5 star rating (other flexible keyboards are lucky to get three stars)
- YES, the keyboard REALLY is extremely flexible and DOES roll up pretty tiny. (DON'T keep it in a ziplock like I did...I don't think it is very good for it not to "breath"...besides, I've since had reason to need more protection for it than a simple baggie (on a plane flight I stuffed the keyboard into my carry-on and ended up forgetting its presence and damaging it later, fitting more stuff on top of it :( ... Shows I love this product, I guess, because, I forked out the dough for a new one ;). )
- YES, it has a number pad. It's enough for me -and I work in an office! (the #'s double up with the main keyboard. just turn on # lock)
- I LIKE the mini sized keyboard (the KEYS aren't really THAT mini...it just doesn't have an additional number pad attached to the side, so it looks shorter.
- product shipped to me fairly fast from this company.
- the keyboard looks great with the ipad, and is size appropriate :)
- keyboard battery life lasts at LEAST all day with full use (I haven't tested longer than that before charging it)
- keyboard WORKS with my iphone 3Gs, after the iphone4 update. yay!
- I CAN pretty much rest my fingers on these keys since they are raised, WITHOUT it typing uncontrollably. a BIG plus! Just don't rest too hard....
note: you will need a lap desk, large book, or other to use the keyboard. not a problem for me.
Also, Apple bluetooth keyboard = $70. This bluetooth easy-travel keyboard? = $30! yeah. That's a no brainer. :) I'm a happy typer now! :D
Note to cynics or people wondering: I am NOT a paid reviewer, or affiliated with the company. Just sharing what I've learned about this little device. I wrote this review in early 2010, and am happy to say my keyboard still works perfectly 2 years later. ( I keep it protected in a hard case), I think that helps. I have yet to find a better flexible keyboard, let me know if you do. :) take care
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I was surprised that this device works so well for a keyboard that is totally non-rigid.
The keys feel different so typing feedback takes some getting used to. The only drawback is that you need a flat surface to support the keyboard (a lap won't do). It connects quickly and keys are very responsive - I type full speed without problems, as well as with a wired keyboard. It's an improvement over the on-screen iPad keyboard for typing e-mail or documents. It rolls up into a 4-inch cylinder that can be easily packed for traveling.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
This keyboard was the least expensive one that was a usable size, so I got it for use with my Ipad and QuickOffice.
It arrived quickly, and I put it on the charger overnight. When I turned on the Ipad and hit the sync button, it immediately appeared and when I typed in the code, it was hooked up! I have not even looked at the manual yet!
In QuickOffice, it functioned perfectly, and gives you the arrow keys that the Ipad keyboard is missing, which is important to me to correct typos! The buttons are slightly different and closer together than those on my Toshiba NB205, which I have depended on for work for about a year. The keys work well and have a decent tactile feedback, a huge improvement over the onscreen ones. Size wise, it is about 1/4 - 1/2 inch narrower than a netbook setup, but the actual keys are smaller and mimic the "chicklet" arrangement. Easy to touch type on.
After a few minutes I was able to type without many mis-strokes, and think it will be a boon for working away from my normal setup.
The keyboard rolls up into a 2"x2.5"x4" package, and is only missing a small bag to carry it in. It uses a standard mini usb cable to charge. I have not had it long enough to test the battery life, but it did come mostly charged.
The whole package is completely water/spill proof, and the rubber is a nice feel on the fingers. The ONLY downside to this keyboard that I can see, is it needs a flat surface to work on. You won't be balancing it on your knees at the beach for instance! A small price to pay for an inexpensive, durable, bluetooth keyboard for your ipad.
It does come with drivers for other operating systems, as well as a tiny USB bluetooth dongle to use it on your non-bluetooth laptop or desktop. I have not tried that out yet, but someone may find that useful.
I would buy this product again.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2010
Well, the keyboard still works, however, it just isn't that practical. I caved-in and went ahead and purchased the Apple Wireless keyboard. What a difference! The Menotek keyboard was too squishy, the letters would double/triple type, or the wouldn't register all the time. The Apple keyboard registers all key presses fast and accurately. While the Menotek is somewhat more portable, it just isn't quite up to the task of doing any serious writing. It was a nice little toy to show off to the co-workers, but when I needed to do real typing, the Apple keyboard wins hands down!
Save yourself some headache and get the more expensive keyboard for more serious typing... yes, even on a iPhone.
Contacted seller and they asked to send it back (at my own cost). They shipped one out to me almost next day. I'm happy so far with the seller's response so far. I have a new keyboard in hand and I'm typing again with it. It is still very nice, I'm just crossing my fingers on the long-term durability. Just to reiterate, I traveled back and forth to the office with the keyboard, never folding it in my laptop bag. It would fit flat in one of the pockets. I maybe rolled it up once or twice to demonstrate it to some co-workers. For me, it seems a little too fragile for constant portability. If this one doesn't work out, I may have to eat the cost of buying the rigid (more expensive) Apple keyboard.
UPDATE 28 days later -- Changed to two stars
After light typing and transportation (not folded or rolled) an entire row of keys does not work now zxcvbnm(row). I originally loved the keyboard and now am wondering if I should've just got the rigid Apple keyboard. I've contacted the seller but I'm well beyond the 14 day return period. Disappointed at the quality of the product. If it can't handle light travel back and forth to the office (without even folding it) for thirty days, you might as well get the nicer more expensive keyboard that will last you MUCH longer.
----------ORIGINAL REVIEW-----FIVE STARS----------
I'm typing this from the new keyboard that is paired with my iPhone 4 right now. It paired up really easily and I was typing instantly (you can have a fun time with the app, Type and Talk). The keyboard is fairly comfortable, and the keys are squishy, but I am typing fairly accurately. Time will tell about the durability during my travels. But I don't expect to be doing heavy duty work with the keyboard. It works, it gives me the ability to type out long emails (and reviews), it is portable/foldable, I can type correct punctuations and proper english. I can't ask for anything more. Battery life is nice, and it comes with a bluetooth dongle and retractable USB charging cable (nice touch).
It was delivered very quickly and I am happy with this product. Works flawlessly so far with the iPhone, and I saved a bunch buying this keyboard instead of the Apple keyboard
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2010
I just purchased this KB for my 32gb 3G iPad. To my surprise it works great and at an excellent price!!! The instructions are little confusing but just Bluetooth connect like you would any BT device. Turn on keyboard, turn on iPad BT, push the connect button on the keyboard, the iPad will recognize it and display a code to enter. The code is different each time. That's it! Type away!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
I bought this keyboard thinking I could use it to type notes with my ipad at school. No. The first one I got worked for a few months during the summer, then the middle row of keys stopped working, so I sent it back and they gave me a new one. It was about three weeks into the school year, and the T and backspace keys no longer work. If you're looking at this keyboard to stay on your desk, it'll be great, but if you actually want to take it out into the world, I'd suggest you try a more traditional keyboard.
In short, it's a great idea, but they came up short on the execution.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2010
***************Edited again ( January 8, 2011)*************************
I have to say, I wouldn't normally go so far out of my way to write and edit a review twice, but I have to come back to commend Elemenos on their fantastic customer service.
I wrote to them saying that the keyboard stopped working and they immediately offered a replacement or refund ( since I am no longer in the states) and issued it the next day. I'm very impressed with their service
************Edited Update of review January 4, 2011*******************
After having it for a month, it stopped working. Although it is fully charged, the ipod reads "Cannot Pair" when I try to connect it. I contacted Elemenos and will see what they can do, otherwise I will be very disappointed over wasting 30$**********************************************************************
Original, now null and void, review as follows:
I bought this after slaving over dozens of search results on how to hook up a keyboard to my ipod touch, which I use all the time for notes and felt like it could easily be a netbook replacement. After almost going ultra nerdy and attempting to jailbreak and make homemade bluetooth hacks, I find OS4 magnificently has bluetooth keyboard support! Voila! My search for the holy grail keyboard had been solved,and at 30 some dollars, wasnt too much! My only gripe with this keyboard, which so far has been impressive, is in the design- id prefer trading waterproof silicone for a fold up one that could be a little larger and also more elegant for popping in the backpack/ purse. ( its akward to roll this baby up without some sorta holder). Connecting is simple, just turn on bluetooth, enter the code the ipod gives you onto your keyboard and you're good to go. It charges via a USB plug which is supposed to give it pretty long battery life ( havent tested long enough to weigh in on this). Another minor gripe which I hope I can grow out of is that I keep hitting the CAPS key since the keyboard is squishy and a bit smaller than what I'm used to. But all in all, a thumbs up.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2010
I decided to take a chance on this since I've been looking for an inexpensive bluetooth keyboard for messaging on my PS3 (even though I wasn't sure if this would work with it).
The keyboard works flawlessly with my PS3 with no extra hoops to jump through or anything. Plus, it's small, easy to stow under my coffee table, and the keys are more responsive than expected for a flexible keyboard.
For people new to adding bluetooth devices to your PS3, here is a quick rundown of the procedure:
-Go to the "Accessories" option under the setting tab.
-Click on "Manage Bluetooth Devices," then "Add New Device."
-Hit "Scan for new devices" on your PS3, and then when the screen advances, press the "Connect" button on you keyboard (make sure it's turned ON :)
-You'll be prompted with a set of six numbers on your PS3 that you need to input on the keyboard to register it. Press them in order, followed by the "enter" key.
-TA DA! It's registered.
So long as you don't hit the "Connect" button on your keyboard again, you should be paired up with the PS3 for as long as you like. Simply flip the power switch on the keyboard and start typing and it will connect again automatically.
I'm loving everything about this product and am glad I took a chance in trying it over the other more expensive bluetooth options.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2010
[Updated November 2010]
I wasn't using this keyboard that much and wanted to start using it again. Well it stopped pairing with just about everything and the device it did pair with (iPhone 4) the Z and M keys don't work. Bummer!
It is low cost and it works with the iPad. Tried with windows 7 and it didn't want to connect. I bought it for the iPad so I am happy with it.