Pros Size, visibility.
Cons Usability, setup, support, troubleshooting
Summary I found the same issues when pairing with my Nokia 6260 smartphone "No available devices", I resolved this by entering a passcode directly on the driver (first time connect) Only the arrow keys seem to respond. When I try to type an emailtext msg I receive an error "App Closed MCE". And the email app disconnects. The VKB is functionally inept, even though the company said if I can load the drivers I will have no problem.
"Waste of money"on by fec130
Pros Good idea compact.
Cons Will not pair because of the pairing security requires specific pairing program not use in current computers or phones/PDA?s.
Summary Tech support is non-existent or even less. I have sent several emails to the store Golan Technology and ITech. With no answer when I did get through to the manufacture on instant message chat the first question asked was, were did I purchase the device. When I responded Golan they said ?Contact Golan, goodbye!?
Researching I have found FAQ with results of pairing will only work with IBM Bluetooth software. Old Bluetooth technology and newer Bluetooth devices will not work with the older software. So it is your choice use VBK keyboard and only it or use other Bluetooth devices. A waste of money and ended up being a waste of time and effort trying to get it to work.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY UNLESS THE ONLY BLUETOOTH DEVICE YOU PLAN ON USING IS THE VBK KEYBOARD!!!
Pros Highly portable, accurate, very impressive to fellow-geeks.
Cons Only a so-so battery life, getting it to sync was a chore, requires a flat and opaque surface with slightly dimmer-than-normal lighting.
Summary I got this for Christmas along with a Palm TX and I take them almost everywhere. As mentioned, my only complaints are that it took a while to sync. Seeing my frustration, my friend ended up doing it in about 1 minute... I'm not sure what he did differently, but there are plenty of help sites out there (http://www.compact-impact.com/contents/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=27 or http://www.virtual-laser-keyboard.com/F-A-Q.ASP#a-31 are helpful).
It's still a bit pricey for another toy but if you have a large and heavy laptop you don't like toting around, you may want to consider getting this.
Pros Versatile, easy to carry, a real WOW factor
Cons Took so long to get connected - no support
Summary Clearly this device is not for everyone but for those of us that use our PDAs for work, rest and play then this is a winner. But watch out for compatibility and bluetooth connections. I have an 02 XDA Orbit running WM5 (that is also my Sat Nav, Phone, Diary, DVD player, Radio....) and the keyboard just wouldn't connect - bluetooth could see it but not pair. I also had several other keyboards loaded, Resco, Spb, slimline portable so after a complete backup, did a factory restart (back to the basics) and the VKB paired and worked immediately. I systematically reloaded all my programs (one by one) including Spb Mobile Shell and the VKB is still working well. In the end the only programs I didn't load were the keyboards and it does work without drivers in WM5 - so I'm left with the bland and boring internal keyboard version that comes with the operating system but use transcribe instead when not using this incredible technology - takes but seconds now to connect (turn bluetooth on, turn keyboard on and wait 5 sec when the blue light remains on) and start typing.
Since this took so long I haven't attempted to load any drivers yet so I can play with the adjustments and sensitivity factors but fear there aren't any for my PDA in the list anyway - closest is the Atom Exec but it doesn't like my Windows Vista OS on the laptop.
So perhaps those of you who have had similar problems, I suggest restarting your PDA with manufacturers default and try again - it could be as simple as a software conflict. Hope this helps someone else.
Pros Lightweight and uber-cool
Cons Works ONLY with the Microsoft Bluetooth stack
Summary You're either going to love it or hate it. Computers UMPCs, and PDAs all ship with 1 of 3 Bluetooth Stacks, (the software that controls how BT interfaces with the OS)from Microsoft, Toshiba or Broadcom (Widcom). This device works great with MS, and not at all with the other two.
Sony, Panasonic, Dell and many others portables ship with Toshiba. If you order this device, be prepared to learn a LOT about bluetooth, as you will have to uninstall the software that shipped with your device and revert back to the MS BT Stack. This can be done, and there is plenty of info on the web on how to do it, but the procedure may render other BT devices such as stereo headphones unusable. And don't expect ANY support from the bendor. If you are unsure, check out their web site first and see the FAQs. It may also result in an unstable Operating System and require a complete wipe-n-reload of Windows.
I DO NOT recommend this device for novice or intermediate level geeks. This device and all the cool-toy points that go with it should be attempted only by those that still think pocket protectors are trendy.
Yes... mine works just fine and I love it.