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Great keyboard from the makers of stow-a-way,
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This is my third keyboard that I've purchased for my PDA (Axim X50v) and I'm thrilled with the quality and performance of this keyboard. I highly recommend this product to anyone considering a keyboard.
I first bought a Belkin IR keyboard from Office Dept and it sucked. It felt cheap. The keys were poorly spaced and I couldn't get it to work with my Axim X50v. But in reality the biggest problem was the cheapness of the keyboard. I paid $60 for the keyboard and felt that I should have paid $20. Piece of crap. Decided to return it within 5 minutes of opening the box.
The second keyboard I bought was the "Dell Axim X50V Portable / Foldable / Full Size Bluetooth Keyboard" from Suntekstore / Amazon. This keyboard sucked for several reasons. First off, while it may have number keys (unlike this keyboard) the keys are all undersized so I couldn't type with them. Not a good start. Second problem is that the keyboard was made for cell phones, NOT PDA's! I couldn't put my Axim on the stand without it falling over or leaning at an unacceptable level toward the ceiling. Total crap. And the third problem was that I couldn't get it to connect to my PDA. I'm sure i could've figured out the third problem but the keyboard sucked so bad I made the decision to return it after an hour of opening the box.
Then I ordered the Think Outside keyboard...
This keyboard is head over heals better than the other keyboards that I just mentioned. The keys feel nice and they are well spaced. Opening the unit was a little stiff at first, but now slides open and closed easily with a satisfying "click" at either end of the process. The Axim fits PERFECTLY into the cradle that is built into the unit (I use the Axim in landscape position). I was also able to get this keyboard to work in about 30 minutes. Not plug and play, but reasonable. The keyboard sacrificed the number keys to make room for the larger key spacing, but I haven't found that it's a problem to type numbers by holding down the function keys. The best thing about this keyboard however is the quality. I paid $90 for it and I'd do it again in a second.
BTW, for those of you who are trying to figure out if the extra money for bluetooth is worth it, it is! I keep my PDA in its cradle by my computer charging when I'm at my desk. At any time I can flip open my keyboard and start typing notes without ever removing the PDA from its cradle. It's very convenient!
I've owned the keyboard for about a week and I'm very thrilled with the quality and performance it. It's a joy to use and easily doubles the usefulnexx of my PDA
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Initial post: Jan 18, 2007 5:56:27 AM PST
Julia L. Beadles says:
I miss my old Palm i705... and it was before bluetooth. So... do you think this one would work with a smart phone or whatever they call my cell phone (the "cingular 8125" duh... would it have hurt Cingular to come up with a catchy, cute name? my preveious one was t-mobile Sidekick.) with pocket pc and bluetooth. The keyboard on it is okay but I *do* type way faster with a standard keyboard. I saw the same junky Belkin IR "faux keyboard" at OfficeMax? or OfficeDepot, maybe both, we have both stores and I looked at both stores. Whatever. In any case, I too, thought "It's a steal all right, piece of junk!" not worth the $80 or whatever it was they wanted in store!! So I didn't even bother to attempt to buy it since I knew I would be bringing it back... Anyway, thanks for the review! I'm putting it on my wishlist, just in case my husband is still racking his brains for a birthday gift for me! Or a Mother's Day gift. Heh heh
Posted on Jun 29, 2008 7:47:01 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Plural of PDA is PDAs, not PDA's. PDA's is possessive.
Posted on Oct 30, 2008 8:06:33 PM PDT
Thanks for the great review, convinced me to buy it. I've gone through a lot of PDA keyboards in the past - over 6 at last count, and this is by far the best. I use the stowaway to type notes in class (which are easily emailed to classmates also).
The keyboard took a while to get used to, and changed my typing habits a bit - it's faster to type 'USD' instead of a dollar symbol, and I find myself doing this even on full-size keyboards now. I just wish it had a full number row, I would gladly have it a little bigger to be able to type numbers faster.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2010 6:34:22 AM PDT
W. Johnson says:
If you need a numeric keypad in a portable bluetooth keyboard, try the Matias folding keyboard. It folds up into a package about 5 x 10 inches. Amazon usually stocks Matias products. To see all the technical details, Google for "Matias Canada folding keyboard". They are Canadians, Eay? LOL!
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