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Palm 3169WW Universal Wireless Keyboard
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- Wireless keyboard compatible with Palm OS, Windows Mobile OS, Pocket PC, and Symbian devices
- Operates through infrared sensor for reliable wireless connectivity
- Full QWERTY keyboard with five rows of full-size keys
- Comes with Windows setup software
- See product description for list of compatible Palm products
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PalmOne Universal Wireless Keyboard - Keyboard - QWERTY, English
The Palm 3169WWZ Wireless Keyboard is compatible with many popular models of Palm OS and Windows Mobile OS devices. Operating through a infrared sensor, the keyboard is wireless and can be folded into a compact, conveniently portable size. It features the generic "QWERTY" format, and its keys can be customized to allow quick navigation and data entry. This makes it possible to access your favorite sites or open frequently-visited files with only a few keystrokes. The keyboard also works with Pocket PC and Symbian units.See all Product description
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I have seen pocket keyboards for palmtops through the years, but never owned one before. As a result, opening it was a bit difficult. After struggling with it for a few minutes, instead of trying to pry the keyboard out, carefully unlatch it, then slide the top part where the palmtop will sit to the right (the off and storage position is to the left). And folding it is the reverse process of this. It is a careful process to follow, in my opinion, but it does work every time with a bit of effort.
I was initially discouraged to see my palmtop wouldn't respond to my keystrokes, as I originally thought the Palm OS would have the drivers/firmware/etc. pre-installed. But after a few minutes of research on the Web, I found that you have to download and open the Keyboard.prc application and switch the status to ON, as well as just leaving Beam Receive on in Prefs.
Once that was complete, I tilted my palmtop on its side and changed to landscape. The keyboard worked beautifully, not missing one keystroke. Setup is literally that simple; there's really no guides to look up or manuals to read.
To be honest, however, the delete key (or backspace for PC owners) seemed awkward, and the spacebar is split in two parts with a bump in front, making it ergonomically unfriendly. However, overall, this is a great keyboard, and I would definitely recommend it to whoever has a Palm, and I can confidently say that after this, I don't think I'm going to write with Graffiti anymore unless I have to.
I have torturously read through dozens of negative reviews describing the incompatibility of the Palm Centro PDA phone with a plethora of Bluetooth and infrared keyboards. You cannot imagine my relief when, upon receiving the new love of my life - the Palm 3169WW Universal Wireless Keyboard - I was able to install the driver and get the keyboard 100% functional in 5 minutes. No exaggerations: I was running late for a flight when the package arrived, and I made a desperate and SUCCESSFUL!!! attempt to make the keyboard useable for my trip.
The only quickly-resolved glitch was that the intro screen from the CD had a broken button - I clicked on "install Palm OS driver" and nothing happened. However, I went into the directories on the CD and quickly found the correct installation file. Piece of cake.
The Centro's IR port is on the right side, so I barely have to dislodge the swinging antenna from its resting place. The connection is very good, while the device is on the kickstand. It had not occurred to me to use it without the kickstand - that would be awkward and uncomfortable. The antenna also swings up 90 or more degrees to get the top ports of other handheld devices.
Some of the keys are positioned in uncustomary places, but not without thought. It takes a little getting used to, but not much, and it's not physically uncomfortable to reach for any keys.
The keyboard is stable on the lap (unlike some other versions/models/manufacturers according to reviews). The keyboard folds across the middle. While unfolded, the middle joint is well-supported from the back/bottom and I've happily used the keyboard on my lap.
I would wish for some provision to secure the device on the kickstand. It just leans up. The retaining bar along the bottom is designed for thicker devices than my phone-sized Centro. It does not touch the Centro and does nothing to secure it. This is an understandable design, given that they need to make the keyboard compatible with so many differently-shaped devices. I think I'll get creative and improvise some sort of contraption to prevent movement.
The keyboard is flimsy for a desktop or laptop keyboard, but not when you consider what it is and how it moves, slides, folds and clicks closed. It won't last forever, but it will do quite reasonably. The price seems appropriate to the product.
I'm also going to get some sort of pouch. I'm not concerned about scratching or damage to the exterior casing. However, having dumped the poor keyboard into my messy, overstuffed purse, I've seen the battery cover pop open twice already (in a week) and spill the batteries into the purse. It's not big deal, but a little baggy will help.
In conclusion, the Palm 3169WW is not a perfect device, but it is a WORKING one. What a blessing and relief, after having almost resigned myself to the notion that no working keyboard out there was compatible with my Centro. There are so, so many Centro (or not-for-Centro) portable keyboard reviews out there, that I felt it was my duty to report back and show my fellow Centro-ites the light.
I've had the keyboard for almost a year now. I still like it. I've found two glitches / annoyances. The batteries fall out when the keyboard is in my bag. Sometimes, it refuses to connect to my phone. I think the two are related. Taking out and reinstalling the same batteries seems to help the keyboard talk to the phone.