Pros Small and easy to take everywhere, locking keyboard
Cons battery cover seems flimsy, PDA holder very small, directions on Disc not paper
Summary I bought this after returning the Stowaway wireless keyboard. I was disappointed in the appearance of the Palm keyboard as I really like the look of the Stowaway. I do like the locking keyboard and the fact that I haven't had any problems with the software. It works right away, though shortcuts and directions are on a disc instead of on paper. The silver slide to hold the PDA is not high enough to even touch the PDA. Who are they kidding if that is supposed to hold it in place!? The other thing I'm worried about is the battery cover. I've already managed to remove it a few times without meaning to, it doesn't seem as if it's on there strong enough. I bought the insurance, so if there's any problem I'll keep returning it! I bought this keyboard so that I could do school papers away from home and it's by far exceeded my expectations on that account, so I'm happy so far with my choice. Too bad it didn't come in silver to match the Tungsten E.
Pros Small, light, smart design
Cons Extremely moody, unreliable, exasperating
Summary When I bought my Tungsten E, I had in mind to use it as my typewriter machine without having to carry a big and heavy laptop. That is the reason why a Keyboard is so important to me. Nevertheless, it seems to be that my palm and my keyboard are inmersed in riduculous fight for power. I install the driver in the palm and everything works perfectly fine... until the next day. My keyboard just doesn´t work. The only way to make it work is after reseting the palm and basically I didn´t have that in mind when I invest in them. I have downloaded the latest driver from palm site and the problem persist. I don´t know what else to do!
Pros Compact, feels fairly solid, generally very responsive
Cons Keyboard sometimes suddenly stops working on my Treo 650, front slash and question mark key is in funny place
Summary I have had this keyboard for about three months now, and it has come in very handy. It allows one to buy only one keyboard and use with a variety of handhelds. Although it is a bit smaller than a regular keyboard (I miss using the old Palm full-size folding keyboard), it is reasonably comfortable to use. I like to use it to take notes at a meeting or send an e-mail when I'm sitting somewhere that has a table to set it on. The keyboard appears solidly built.
However, there have been some occasisions when I have had the keyboard stop working while I was typing. Occasionally, the driver has turned off (seems to be a problem in power-save mode), but many times I have to close the keyboard and open it again to fix it. This is annoying if you are sitting in a lecture taking notes. Also, the front slash and question mark key are in a funny place off to the side. This has caused me to hit the arrow key by mistake.
Overall, this is handy to have if you do any kind of notetaking or e-mailing while you are on the go. It beats carrying a laptop.
"Space key break makes it difficult to type with. Lousy keys. Assembly & disassembly too complicated."on by mvfiftytwo
Pros Can't think of any compared to the competition.
Cons Space-bar is split where right thumb presses, making it a big hassle to use. Letter keys are flat and not indented for better feel like other keyboards. Real hassle to assemble and disassemble.
Summary It was the most frustrating thing to type with this keyboard because of the location of the break between the left and right space bar keys. Your right thumb lands directly on the break. What were the engineers drinking when they committed to this design? Also, the keys are flat and slippery and not indented. Other companies' keyboards are better--unfortunately this is the only one for the Palm TX. Assemby and disassembly is much too complicated and complex. Other brands are much easier to assemble and disassemble. For these reasons, I returned it after three days of trying to like it.
Pros Extremely efficient, Doesn't need a flat surface, Good battery life, Programable function keys
Cons Palm driver stops working when you install RealPlayer for Palm with DRM; You have to turn it on and off via the Palm
Summary I have to say, this is one of the best Palm accessories I've used (and that's including the cradles). It's small to carry, it folds and unfolds like a charm, and the keys have good tactile feedback. Plus, it works whether you're typing in landscape or portrait mode. The only two drawbacks (and the reason I didn't give it a 10) were the fact that you have to turn it on and off via the Palm (i.e., while it still draws power when you open it up, you can't *use* it with the Palm unless you have the ON position turned on in the Keyboard application on the Palm), and once you install RealPlayer for Palm with DRM, the Keyboard application gives you a "Fatal Error", making the keyboard itself useless if you didn't have it turned ON in the software before you installed RealPlayer. I'm not sure who needs to get their act together, but Real or Palm need to look into this situation.