Insten® Foldable Portable Roll-Up USB 2.0 Keyboard Keypad
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"ths is wg the keyboard does when i type. Yeah, it works sometimes, but good uvk in a chatroom or for an essay. just buy a nw keyboard that isn't foldable. You'll be glad you did."
I buy this, and it comes in the mail, and I plug it in. Now I'm not expecting anything extraordinary, just basic functionality so that I can type quick things in class if I need to. I'm not expecting speed or anything, so I'm patient with it. Typing takes extra pressure with each keystroke, and the keystrokes have to be almost perfectly vertical to register. Ok, no big deal I can do that. But then I notice that about 2 keys don't work. AT ALL. No matter how hard I hit them. Ehh I can live without one of the Shift keys and the plus sign, so I keep it. Well, I continue using it, and pretty soon (about 2 weeks of use in class) about half the keys don't work. HALF. DON'T. WORK. I bought myself Logitech Notebook Kit MK605 Keyboard, Mouse, and Laptop Stand instead. The keyboard is actually smaller than this rubber one, and it works like a charm. Plus it came with a mouse and stand (Granted it's quite a bit more expensive, but I figure you get what you pay for at this point)
The primary problem is the keyboard lacks both home and end keys. Given how frequently I use these keys, and particularly because typing speed on this device is much slower than a standard keyboard, it makies using it extremely painful. The worst part is that there are a number of keys which they've doubled or quadrupled up on which could, instead, have been used to provide home and end. I really hadn't expected the device to have fewer keys than the typical laptop keyboard. If you're doing tasks which require frequent use of home and end (copying lines of text for configuration, editing shell scripts, etc.) I would suggest finding a slightly larger foldable keyboard which at least has a complete laptop keyset on it. I consider this a boneheaded enough decision to warrant knocking the device down to two (since I need to go buy a different one.) Otherwise it would have been a four.
It's light weight,
good quality rubber that does not smell, and looks easy to keep clean
water tight on the keys (you can't submerge it in water, but you could throw several cups of coffee (or other drink)over it without the keyboard breaking down)
It's a very difficult to type keyboard. Many key's don't respond well. you need to hit the key in exactly the center, hitting the side will not type the character.
Multiple errors when writing, is more difficult than using a cellphone keypad.
It does not have a feedback (it's hard to know when the computer registers a key, and because you have to type very precise you'll need your eyes focused on the keyboard almost all the time).
For that purpose, it is best to install a windows clickkey program, to give you some form of response. (google for "download windows click key sound", I use a program grc freeware click key, only 45kB in size, and a great help for this largely unresponsive keyboard).
there's what looks like a large button to the left, saying 'caps lock', but I think that must be a mistake as that compartment only has cable and perhaps some electronics under it, it does not function as a key.
this compartment I believe when bent too hard, one could break the printing board under it, and destroy the keyboard.
when rolling up the keyboard, or slightly bending it, many keys get involuntarily pressed. when bending the left bottom down, the 'enter' key gets activated.
The SHIFT buttons are split in two, and so is the enter
There is a 'wake up' button located where the windows key should be, and on the right where the right mouse click should be.Read more ›
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I game a lot.
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great at first, semi slow response time, cable started to break, several keys started to stop working several months after use.Published 9 months ago by Kevin p.
Broke from simply being stored in the cylindrical case it came in, but what do you expect from the price? (When it broke over half of the keys just stopped working.)Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer