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Targus PA870U Universal Wireless Keyboard
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- Ideal for Travel: Rugged, Compact Folding Wireless Ir (Infrared) Keyboard
- Comfortable: Full-Size Keys Feel Like a Standard Notebook Keyboard
- Convenient: Easily Enter Data Wirelessly Into Your PDA
- Lock button keeps keyboard flat
- Compatible with many popular PDAs and PDA/cellular phones
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Targus PA870U Universal Wireless Keyboard
From the Manufacturer
The Universal IR Wireless Keyboard works with Palm and Pocket PC PDAs as well as Palm/PPC based PDA/cell phones and smart phones. No more juggling different keyboards or worrying about switching products because it works with the worlds most popular PDAs, PDA/cellular phones and smart phones. Supports PDAs with screen flipping software and includes a 210 degree rotating infrared arm (patent pending) and two coin batteries...The Universal IR Wireless Keyboard- Do more anytime, anywhere!
- Do more anytime, anywhere with the Targus Universal Wireless Keyboard
- Unique from competitors- No mirrors required! Direct-link IR arm insures constant connection
- Feels like a standard keyboard
- Full-size, wireless infrared (IR)keyboard- Folds out in seconds, adjusts to ideal viewing angle, then folds to fit in your pocket or purse
- IR adjustable arm- Transmitter is flexible enough to target any IR part
- Universal holders for device in portrait and landscape mode
- Flexible IR transmitter works with Palm & Pocket PC PDAs, PDA/cell phones and Smartphones
- Memory module holder and stylus pen well
- Battery powered; needs no cables
- Lock button keeps keyboard flat for typing on your lap
- Dedicated programmable hot keys
- Snap out guides hold PDA securely
- Thin, compact and lightweight
- Palm OS or Microsoft Pocket PC 2000, 2002 or 2003
- Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP
Top customer reviews
I first had trouble with the software installation program provided on the CD. The first window asked me what kind of operating system I was using, so I checked PocketPC. The next window popped up behind the first, almost totally obscurred, and all attempts by clicking or switching windows failed to make it visible. When I used the Task Manager to end the process that was listed as nonresponsive, another process took over and seemed to finish the installation properly. But when I tried to use the keyboard with my Casio it did not work.
My next problem was with the support area on Targus. None of the FAQ seemed relevant to the problem. The best suggestion was to uninstall and reinstall, perhaps without any memory cards. So I did this (and uninstalling was not easy), but still had problems with the obscurred window and frozen process.
Next I checked for an updated driver installation program. There was one, so I downloaded it and tried again. This version did not produce an obscurred window and did not freeze, so I thought I had it by now. But the E200 still did not work with the keyboard. I checked everything--the batteries in the keyboard were good. My IR port worked with another computer. I just could not get a connection between the keyboard and my E200.
My son owns an earlier version of the Casio PocketPC, the E125. I tried using the Targus with this version, and it still failed to work.
I looked around the Targus web site for a way to ask about the problem and found nothing. I can find no help from other Casio users on the Internet. It seems that everyone else is using either USB keyboards or a different wireless keyboard. I feel alone and depressed after looking forward to using this product. It does seem to have great features. It got some great reviews by users running the same operating system software on different pocketPCs, so I can't believe it doesn't work on mine. I wish I could figure out what is going on.
* The installation is simple
* The alphabet keys are large as compared to other PDA keyboard
* Feel of keyboard good.
* Arrow keys not there....mouse dial provided.
* No delay in text entered in the PPC.
* Good Quick keys for opening applications
* You can even switch OFF you PPC from the keyboard.
* Mouse dial gives complete navigation on the PPC.
* Small Number keys and difficult to type
* "Space Bar" key a little annoying
* Small "SHIFT" key on the right
* Is not that stable on the lap, needs a hard surface to operate on
* Mouse dial not that useful for EXCEL applications.
* Mouse dial not useful for text selection in WORD
The only drawback is the fact that it becomes very easy to miss a few keys here and there having been so used to a full-sized keyboard. I would occasionally slip despite having used it for quite a while. Another thing is the response time, there is a split second lag (seems like half a second?) from the time of the key stroke to the display for the character. What does this translate to? Well it could mean anywhere from 1~10 characters not being displayed, thus preventing you from spotting the typos immediately. This may not seem like such a big deal but it can potentially become quite irritating when you have a bunch of words getting mixed up.
All in all, it is a very useful tool for those who do more than simply keep phone numbers and calendar events on their Visors. It is also more portable than the one-piece Landware GoType. And yes you'll get the usual "wow"s and "oooh"s from perfect strangers... if you're into that kind of stuff.