Pros Bluetooth - Small, well designed - Clear virtual display - Easy connectivity - WOW factor!
Cons Battery monitor could be better
Summary I am really disappointed that a professional reviewer would slam a product the way you did. I have installed my VKB on several iPAQs (1940, 5555, 2715, 4700)and they all WORK well!
There is no question that if you don't follow the instructions perfectly, it will not work. My experience is that it does work and it works well...of course, I did read the directions.
I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of different devices and accessories for them. By far, this one is about the "coolest" accessory that I have ever used with my iPAQ. Besides being very small, functional and clearly complementary to my iPAQ, it is just a real neat "toy" to have. Without the slightest hesitation, I continue to give the BTVKB my highest recommendation.
Pros Accurate, stylish
Cons Costly, difficult installation
Summary I found the virtual keyboard easy to see even in the bright lights of my work environment. I also found it to be quite accurate. I'm not sure why others were having problems with that -- could it be the surface they are using is too reflective or something? I installed the bluetooth model, the guide wasn't very helpful, they do refer you to the manual on the CD, I ended up messing around and finally getting it to install. Main issue is that you have to do something called 'pairing' bluetooth users will know what I am talking about here, but anyhow it wasn't made very clear how to do it. I'm not sure its worth the $250 CAD... feels like I'm paying for their R&D. Still looks very cool, and I found it does what it is supposed to (once installed).
Pros a virtual keyboard
Cons no cushioning, keystrokes are not read well
Summary I actually first saw this at 2005 CES and had an opportunity to try it out. The first thing I noticed is that keystrokes were not read very well and scrolling might be an issue.
The second major problem is that it lacks any kind of cushioning like regular keyboards. Might be problematic if you type a great deal.
Third, if you are working on a very reflective surface, there may be some problems with the keyboard reading keystrokes.
It's a really great idea, but i wouldn't buy one especially if you anticipate doing a lot of typing. Better off getting one of those stowaway or cloth keyboards.
Hope this helps!
Pros I like using the keyboard at night without having to put on lights
Cons difficult to use in bright light
Summary I found the install a little difficult but was able to do it after I read some steps that were posted on an iPAQ site that did a review. Their steps were very helpful.
I am really happy with the keyboard and would recommend it to anyone who wants portability. I have found it to be instantaneous in connection and accurate in typing. The only difficulty is typing in bright light but that is easily overcome.
Pros Did not get what I ordered, to mention anything good.
Cons Takes much longer than promised to deliver.
Summary The product takes much longer than promised to be delivered, and when you get it is the wrong one.
I ordered the Bluetooth version and got the serial one instead. When I contacted support through the chat service on there web site the person on the other end asked if I received my unit and I said yes I did but without bluetooth the support person says no problem we will send you another one immediately. It was as if he knew that they sent the wrong one and they were just playing for time. When I asked how long it will take to get the replacement he said roughly the same time it took to deliver the wrong one.
So, I just cancelled my order and asked them to refund the money which they promised to do. Let's see!.....
Any way the serial device did work with my IPAQ H5550. Not so accurate though. Maybe needs more adjustment and practice.
You need almost total darkness to see the project keyboard. You can not see the projected keyboard in a normally lit environment. I am not talking direct sun light or intense lighting, no, just normal neon light and it is almost impossible to view the projected keyboard.
You need to pray & trust your luck when placing the order.
You need to learn typing all over again.
You need to work in almost total darkness.
You might need to re-think your entire life if you insist on using this product.