Pros Relatively Small; Wireless; Standard Batteries
Cons Poorly Integrated Numeric Keys; PDA Stand; Only Wireless
Summary I purchased the Dell branded version of this keyboard to go with the Dell Axim x51v PDA. I like the PDA, but this keyboard falls short in a number of places. Maybe that's why Dell doesn't give you a large picture of it on their site. I've previously owned a non-wireless Palm Keyboard (the best), and a Viewsonic Pocket PC V37 keyboard (the worst). I have to believe that if the other CNET members that rated it high, experienced other keyboards, they might not have rated it so high. Dell engineers should have been forced to use it before choosing to rebrand it. First, the numeric keys are on the same row as the QWERTY row of letters, forcing you to use a special "shift" function key when you want to type numbers. It also has a numlock key. The problem with this is that if you buy a keyboard (instead of trying to use a silly thumbboard), you plan to do some REAL typing. Well, they should have put the numeric keys in a row of their own above the QWERTY line like the Palm keyboard. It's very annoying (and slow) to have to use the function key for numbers. I can understand it for characters you don't use that much, but come on, numbers? Secondly, the PDA stand works fine if you plan on orienting your PDA horizontally rather than vertically. (Most good PDAs now support shifting the screen image 90 degrees to provide a "wide-screen" mode.) But if you want to put the PDA in the stand vertically, it doesn't stay put with normal use. What I mean is, the typical way I use my PDA with a keyboard is to use the keys as much as possible, and use the stylus for a few things. With only slight pressure of the stylus on the PDA, it falls off the stand. It is evident that Dell understands this problem as they put a special sticker on the stand so that you don't insert a protruding blade of plastic from the stand in the sync slot on the bottom of the PDA because it could damage the PDA. Obviously, some people did this to steady the PDA and incurred damages--resulting in the warning sticker. Lastly, when pairing the keyboard to the PDA (pushing some buttons so the two devices can talk to each other), it's a little annoying to have to type a security code on both devices each time. When I'm in a business meeting, I would prefer not to have to take the time to do that. I'd prefer to turn on the keyboard and have it just work (securely). I'm not 100% sure that this last issue can't be resolved to work the way I would prefer, but then again, if I was designing the keyboard and software to use it, I would have made that more obvious.
"Good bye laptop"on by Jaxtrax
Pros Compact, Sturdy, Great key layout, Battery life, Ease of connection
Cons The blue and green function keys are hard to see, there is a very slight delay when speed typing, Price
Summary I have Dell Axim X50v that i connect through BT to my Moto V551 gprs connection when i am on the road. I have a laptop as well. I rairly use the Laptop anymore. The compact design is great. It took me less than 5 minutes to get connected at first. now i just open it up and it connects perfect every time. yes the price is more than i wanted to spend. but i am glad i got it. I use it with word and IE surfing is great. i did notice when i was typing fast there was a slight delay. I expected that so to me it isnt a huge deal.
"Excellent design and feel -- for the size -- as a power Treo 650 user it is a blessing"on by mjscaggs
Pros slim design, great feel for such a compact keyboard
Cons Documentation is incomplete and inaccurate. It took a while to get it in a "useable" state. There are bugs in the driver.
Summary As a power Treo 650 user and a "road warrior" it has been difficult to do a lot of e-mailing from the Treo 650. This keyboard, combined with the Treo 650, makes carrying around my laptop nearly obselete. The keyboard has an amazingly good feel for its slim and compact design. It is very ligt and easy to store.
The only down side is the documentation as it relates to the Treo 650. If half the effort that when into the mechanical design went into documentation, this would be an outstanding product. Although I have the unit functioning, it is not 100% and I eagerly await an updated driver that takes care of all the bugs in the system and I can actually use all the function keys on the keyboard. The price, given the driver probelm, is a bit pricey; nevertheless, I expect the software problems will be solved in time and that the keyboard will eventually be the best on the market for the Treo.
Pros Small, portable, nice typing feel, longer range than other wireless keyboard due to bluetooth
Cons battery comes out sometimes.
Summary This is a great PDA keyboard. I take my pda to class, and use this to take notes. It's great for just setting on my lap, while im taking notes. I do not suggest this for a permamnet keyboard. Use it for a pda, a treo, whatever it is, not for a notebook or desktop.
It's extremely small, and it's space saving, because you fold it back in and the keys get smushed together. And when you open it, the keys unfold. It fits in my purse, which is a great thing for a student.
It has a nice typing feel to it. The other wireless keyboards use IR, which is why they have a shorter range. Since it is small, though, the keys are put together, for instance, the number keys can only be accessed by pressing the blue function key as well as the top row of letters.
The only complaint I have about it is that when I leave it out in my purse without its case, the battery comes out. The cover is not all that secure, but I pop it right back in.
I suggest you buy this if you are looking for a bluetooth keyboard for your gadgets, it's the best one out there in my opinion.
Also, when you do use it, if you don't obstruct anything from its way, it has a longer range. I have my laptop across the room, and it still types, if it's obstructed and connects again, tho, it'll type whatever it is you left off.
Overall, a good buy. Very cool looking too, people ask me about it all the time.
Pros Great keyboard
Cons No easy instructions to get it to work on WM6 PPCs
Summary Do not bother to install any software for WM6. Use the default bluetooth option. search for keyboard, start a pair, when asked for a passcode, type 1234. Click next. Then on the keyboard, immediately type 1234 and press enter. It should pair and you're done. The shortcuts on the keyboard will not work but standard keyboard abilities are fine. Thank goodness! I didn't want to have to throw away my favourite foldaway keyboard.