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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-10-10 18:40
Subject: [tech] Oh mighty LJ brain
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Anybody have experience with portable (or folding) Bluetooth keyboards? Love-its? Hate-its? Recommendations?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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Alexander B. L.
User: aleksandyr
Date: 2007-10-11 01:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Stowaway/ThinkOutside model is quite nice, but was ultimately returned as it doesn't fit in anything short of cargo pants.
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Steve
User: anton_p_nym
Date: 2007-10-11 02:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have the slimmer version of theirs, which I can carry either in a small pouch on my tablet's carrying case or my shirt pocket. It's nice and light, with good key travel and responsiveness, but it does lack a row of number keys... which can slow down typing a lot if doing a lot of numbers.

-- Steve prefers that to the larger 4-fold model as it's really thin and it locks for lap-typing, but sometimes feels the lack of number row.
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2007-10-11 01:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I bought the Sierra Stowaway for my tablet PC.

LOVE the design.

hate the performance -- wayyyyy too slow, and I kept getting repeated characters.

I bought a $20 USB compact keyboard that I find much more responsive.

If you'll be at Philcon or Loscon, I can let you try out the Sierra, because I still carry it with me.

oh -- and remember, you can't use a bluetooth device on most airlines, still.
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Samantha Ling
User: lingtm
Date: 2007-10-11 02:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think they're fine for the short term, but if you like typing on your lap, they don't really hold together well. They're a bit wobbly. If you have a hard flat surface though, they're ok. I didn't find any problems with them. But like aleksandyr said, they're kind of bulky for carrying around all the time.
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The Green Knight
User: green_knight
Date: 2007-10-11 06:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I bought a Palm Lifedrive-with-folding-keyboard for my Japan trip, thinking I might do some writing that way, and ended up with a notebook thanks to the quirks of that combination. Palm - as soon as I've cleared my files off it - and [Palm] keyboard will go back on ebay.

Meanwhile, I drool over the ASUS Eee which appears to be the closests one can come to the Psion experience these days.
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Mister Eclectic
User: howeird
Date: 2007-10-11 06:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Used to use one all the time when I had an iPAQ portable - cost $80, but worth it. It folded to about the same size as the PDA. The cons: the single AAA battery life was not good, and it kept losing its pairing. Pros: light weight, handy, unobtrusive, good size keys, including hot keys.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-10-11 13:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What model was it?
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Mister Eclectic
User: howeird
Date: 2007-10-11 15:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
HP iPAQ FA287A Bluetooth Keyboard, Folding
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Jonathan Wood
User: thexmedic
Date: 2007-10-11 13:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I had one made by Dell. Don't remember the model. For my PDA. Rocked hard, as long as you're OK with something a little more cramped than a regular keyboard. Not that I'm that dexterous, though. And definitely has cool points.
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Arrow In A Stream
User: jabber
Date: 2007-10-11 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have THIS. Love it, love it, love it!

Not folding or particularly portable, but the built-in trackpad is great. Too bad it's not centered under the space bar, like on a laptop, but otherwise, great.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2007-10-11 16:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Had a folding palm keyboard for the Palm-V. Loathed it. It felt cheap and, since it lacked any kind of locking mechanism for keeping it in the "open" position, it was wholly unsuitable for bus and train. It would probably have been okay for flight, since one has a tray there.
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jeffsoesbe
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2007-10-11 16:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Back when I had a HP Jornada 568, I used a Targus/Stowaway portable keyboard a lot. I loved it. The keyboard locked open (though I still wouldn't have tried to use it on my lap) and the Jornada sat in a nice spot. The keyboard touch was really good - I could hit full speed on it.

I used it to take notes in work meetings and got many "woah - way cool" comments from co-workers. I also used it on airplanes for writing and notes. It folded up well to about the same size as the Jornada.

Now I use more powerful IPAQs (like the 5550 or 4250) and handwriting recognition, or haul my laptop around, so I don't do as many notes as before. But if I was back to notes/writing on a handheld, I'd definitely consider the Targus/Stowaway/whateverTheyreCalledNow keyboards.

- yeff
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