Well, for those of you familiar with installing a Palm Pilot device or software or accessory, this won't be any different for you, and for those of you who aren't I'll do a quick run thru of how the installs go.
- Insert media (floppy or CD) that the program or drivers are on
- Run setup program on said media
- Say "Yes I want to install this thing"
- Sync your palm again and install the software
- Use said software.
And the install for this took about as long to actually do as it did for me to type that up. The application is only 15K on the palm, so it takes little time to sync into being. For me the install was simple and fast, I couldn't ask for anything more in that part of it. Once the software was uploaded, I ran the application on the palm pilot called "Pocket Keys" and turned the keyboard on by checking the box. It beeped, and then I went off to memopad to type.
How Well Does It Work?
Well, so its built well, and it was easy to install, you know, that only counts for so much, how well does this thing actually work? The proof is in the pudding, so lets just go and see how it works.
First impression was extremely mixed to put it lightly. I loved the fact I didn't have to sit there killing my fingers while writing, however the keys are kinda small and a little tough to hit. The biggest problem I ran into there was hitting a different key than I wanted to, due to the small nature of the unit, it was easy to miss. The upshot was no force was necessary to make it work, you contact the key and it registers, no clicky-clicky necessary. So this overall was a decent first impression, but it definitely had some problems that kept it down some there.
After I first used it, I felt positive enough about the keyboard to risk a purchase on it. (Yes I bought it AFTER I tried it; I said it was easy to open.;) So I had my parents get it for me for my birthday. After my b-day, I obviously played with it some more, and developed a better feel for the keyboard. The small size kept being a bit of an annoyance, but that quickly became less and less so as I used it more. After a couple hours of playtime, I was getting pretty adept at typing and was going as fast, if not faster, than I could with a stylus on the screen. Missed keys are not that infrequent, but how many of you are perfect in graffiti either? Some things I really got to like on this were the placement of all the extra keys. The keyboard has a lot of the symbols you use frequently, making it s LOT easier to punch them in (I tried to remember them in graffiti, and, well, botched it. I just couldn't do it.) So as I used it, I'd say my opinion of it went up some.
All in all, the keyboard is a nice gadget for the Palm Pilot. The compact size makes it easy to carry around, without being a distraction or requiring a desk to use.
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