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ThinkOutside Palm Portable Keyboard Review

ThinkOutside Palm Portable Keyboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: James Bond had one and so can you! Well no not really, but if James Bond did exist you can bet he would be taking notes during his meetings with M with this keyboard.
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ThinkOutside Stowaway Palm Portable Keyboard Review

James Bond had one and so can you! Well no not really, but if James Bond did exist you can bet he would be taking notes during his meetings with M with his Palm and this handy little stowaway folding keyboard from the folks at ThinkOutside.

The Palm Portable Keyboard, as it is officially called, is basically a modified laptop keyboard that folds into itself to become not much larger than the actual Palm Pilot is.

The stowaway keyboard works best when used on flat surfaces like a table-top. It would be a bit tough to use it on the lap however. Then again it's really designed to aid the user in situations like a meeting where lots of notes need to be made, rather then the occasional note.

The unit comes with in a small elastic protective case along with a small instruction booklet, and a drivers. Before you can use it with your Palm you will need to upload the drivers via the Palm Hotsync cradle. Other than that it is a fairly painless procedure to begin using the keyboard.

Simply unfold it, lock it into position and raise a the palm support and jack into position before dropping your Palm into place. Once both devices are correctly mounted, use the keyboard as you would normally to greatly speed up the amount of info you can cram into the Palm.

The keyboard is constructed of four sections, with the two outer ones being able to lock into place and keep the entire assembly as rigid as possible. Seeing as there are no locking mechanisms for the central fold it really is imperative to use the keyboard on a flat surface.

The keystroke is similar to that of a laptop keyboard in that it is quite short - roughly 3mm. The keyboard is more than an adapted laptop keypad though. The Palm Portable keyboard also has a few Palm-specific keys like; apps, menu, calc, find, show, details and scroll just to name a few.

The only real downside of the keyboard is that palm users have one more thing they must carry around. Being that it is really designed to tackle the meeting or office environment, chances are that the user will be going with more than just their palm. With that in mind, tossing the small package into a briefcase or shoulder bag is not going to take up much space, or add any significant amount of weight.

For the gadget freaks out there, the Palm Portable keyboard is high up on the list of must have items. For those of you who only use your palm to make brief notes, or during the day as you wander around, then the keyboard will not really make much of a dent into your daily routine. All in all a really good adaptation of a keyboard for the Palm.

The keyboard is only a few millimeters thick and uses laptop quality buttons to give any Palm pilot user more out of their device.


 

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