• Think Outside Stowaway IR Wireless Keyboard for Pocket PC and Palm OS
Think Outside Stowaway IR Wireless Keyboard for Pocket PC and Palm OS

Think Outside Stowaway IR Wireless Keyboard for Pocket PC and Palm OS

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  • Write email and notes easily
  • 100% full size keyboard for touch typing
  • Supports most Palm and Pocket PC PDAs and phones
  • Includes Carrying case
  • Multi-positioning IR Wand accommodates most PDA's and phones

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Making e-mails easier on my Treo 700wOk so I switched from a Blackberry 7100 to the Treo 700w and its been a tough conversion for me as I got used to double pressing keys. I also wanted to use the Treo as a mini mobile office, specifically to take credit cards for my company [...] and write business e-mails but the keyboard is just painful to use with any speed.So I started looking at the fold out keyboards. Being careful with money by nature I didn't see any point in paying $100+ for bluetooth enabled keyboards, especially when I I found this keyboard.The size is about right, bigger than I would really want, but in all honesty if it was smaller it wouldn't be as easy to use. Setup on the Treo involved downloading a new driver because the one supplied crashed my Windows mobile 5 software. I was bummed when that happened. So if you buy it for WM5 download the driver first!Once I got the driver installed it was plug and play, the keyboard works perfectly. I only give it a 4 stars because it does have a learning curve and you have to train your brain to ignore the fact that the row of numbers is missing.Excellent solution to a common problem, Batterys come in the box and so does a nice padded case so you are all set to go as soon as you get it home. The nice thing about this keyboard is it really is flexible and does not interfere with other bluetooth devices.At the price, you can't go wrong. 4Love this keyboard, only 1 wish itemI really love this keyboard and wish I had bought it much sooner. I have a Toshiba e310 with PocketPC 2002 firmware upgrade and some of my comments are specific to this combination.Setup was extremely easy and quick. After loading the program, my PocketPC recognized it without any problem. Weight, size & design are very attractive. The keys themselves are VERY comfortable, and I find no difference in typing speed versus a desktop keyboard. The metal front bar is slightly loose when holding my e310 (7/16" thick, bar has 10/16" space but only 2/16" room after accounting for protrusions, probably a snug fit for a 9/16" thick device).Editing keyboard shorcuts are excellent! While using a Word or similar application, I can use control-X,C,V,Z for cut, copy, past & undo. I can move one word at a time (Control-arrows), to beginning and end of a line (GreeenFN, home/end), page up/down (GreenFN, arrows), select one word (Control, BlueFN, arrows) or line. Most, but not all, of these shortcuts are the same ones from the desktop computer, so it was easy to remember.The keyboard recognized application-specific shortcuts (Control-S for save and Control-Q for save & quit in TreNotes). Also brought up Help file, Control-H, but I'm not sure if this is PPC2002 or an application shortcut. Other file/task shortcuts that were very handy were BlueFN-X (close file), Enter (open hightlighted file), and Alt-Tab (cycles through open apps).Menu navigation shortcuts were not as good. Alt (don't hold down), arrows (or Alt & first letter of menu) allows movement among bottom menu items, but this was not as convenient as using the stylus because once the menu is selected, the only way to select the sub-menu (pull-down item) is to scroll among the choices. This is OK if there are only 3 choices, but some menu items had 10 choices. Some menu items do not have a first-letter: They only have pictures. The only way to select these are by scrolling with arrows. There is no keyboard shortcut for moving among TABs (ex. Task & Note tabs in Tasks editing mode).In summary, when I am doing most of my heavy typing, the keyboard allowed full access to editing shorcuts and enough of the application/menu shortcuts, so that I did not need to stop and get my stylus. When I am doing heavy file manipulations, I use the stylus. Since these two types of activities were carried out at slightly different times, I did not notice the less-useful menu naviation features. I did notice the lack of a Tab-navigation feature, but it was a small matter.My only wish is that there was another Blue FN key somewhere on the right bottom or top of the keyboard for quickly entering numbers while typing mostly letters. When I am entering a number on the left side of the keyboard, I have to awkwardly use my right index finger to press the left-side BlueFN key.Split Space Bar: The stange split in the middle takes getting used to. My thumb lands about 25% of the time right in the crack. (Once in a while my thumb lands on the plastic protrusion, a little to the right of the crack, but it does not hurt my finger as a reviewer on Amazon has said, I do not hit it very hard). Most of the time, my right AND left thumbs seem to land on the LEFT space bar (I am right handed and my right thumb is habitually below my left thumb).Toshiba e310 specific: Certain functions do not work on e310. FN-ESC did not work in contacts. FN-Delete does not toggle insert/delete. Numbers/letters toggle function when NumLock is engaged does not work. FN-Enter does nothing, but Enter by itself selects files, etc. The bold blue masks (bottom ones, ex. Z-key has "today" and "OK" masked on it) seem to be designed for a phone, and does nothing. Similarly, the blue ribbon mask on the Control key does nothing.General Comments: Battery - long lasting. Body - rocks, right side not flush against table (paper used to stabilize). Backrest not adjustable (box used to raise viewing angle). Comes with a beautiful heavily padded leather case. Smelled heavily of rubber/chemicals - but is dissipating. Key action feels really good (not solid click like an IBM laptops, but soft airbubble click like a Toshiba laptops, which I prefer). Can turn off keyboard sound. 5Flawless installation, Great quality.The TO Stowaway IR Wireless keyboard is one of those PDA aids that you only dream about. The installation was clear and went without a hitch. Documentation is clear and helpful. My PDA, an iPAQ rx3115, immediately recognized it and responded to all the appropriate commands. The keyboard itself is easy to use as its spacing and key travel are undiscernible from a standard keyboard. The split space bar takes getting used to ... maybe 1.5 minutes. Truly, once I got used to where it wasn't, my fingers quickly made the adaptation. The control keys for opening new Word documents and Excel documents are really handy. Battery life appears adequate (I've not replaced the batteries yet and have had the keyboard for ~1 month.) The keyboard IS abbreviated and function keys are required to access numbers and some of the symbols. Such is the price of a keyboard that fits in your jacket pocket and easily in the smaller pockets of your business case. Quality if good, I have no complaints. It's actually more than I had hoped for in quality, appearance, durability and ease of use. Zippered carry case is a nice extra and provides good protection. 5Very well designed, only 2 complaintsMy system details: Sony Cli TJ37 with PalmOS 5.2, used constantly at Dartmouth College for all my note-taking, MP3 player, camera, and out-of-dorm internet needs; Debian Linux OS desktop computer used for HotSyncing;Positives:-I have to say that the keyboard portion itself is excellent. I am normally a desktop user, and switching to using this keyboard took absolutely no effort. The only keys that are in unusual places are the delete, slash, and backslash keys. Reviews for other IR keyboards had said the spacebars were weird - on this, the keyboard is split down the center, and is natural whether you normally hit it with your right or left thumb (I use both).-The keyboard is also designed so that you should never have to use the stylus while it is connected. It takes a little getting used to be, but there are 'Fn+[whatever]' key combinations for almost every operation (from replicating the standard hard keys, to selecting text, to 'Done' and 'New' buttons).-The connection to the PDA itself is excellent. I was able to move the infrared transmitter all over the place, and the PDA was still able to receive a very reliable signal. The transmitter itself is on a piece of plastic that rotates (no sliding, but you can just slide the PDA itself on the stand). None of those dumb mirrors to deal with.-The software driver that you painlessly install also ads an application called 'Keyboard'. In it, you can tune absolutely everything - from how long the PDA should search for the keyboard when it first turns on, to how the repeat rate for if you hold down a key, to 10 customizable 'Cmd+[number]' keys. Also, those of you internationals will be pleased that you can also choose different keyboard layouts. US English, French, and German come installed by default, and it has the capability to have new layouts installed (I didn't investigate where you can get them or how many are available, though).-The keys respond very quickly (you could certainly type at least 80 words per minute speed on it). The repeat speed (if you hold down a button) is somewhat slow but not much to complain about, in my opinion though.-The stand to hold the PDA is very sturdy and holds the PDA well and securely. It does have a negative with the metal bar though (see below).-There is a Windows .exe installer that should auto-run and be no hassle if you use Windoze. I, however, use Linux. I was very impressed, as I am with any company that does this, that the CD actually had documentation for installing the driver under a Linux system. The installation is simple for Linux (or Mac OS for that matter) users. Just install one little Keyboard.prc file.Negatives:-This keyboard does not have a lock to hold it flat, thereby making it somewhat difficult to type with the keyboard on your lap (the thing folds if you put much weight on it). You have to play a little balancing act to use it on any uneven surface. It is designed to be used on a flat surface.-I like how this has a metal bar to hold the PDA on the built-in stand (more secure in my opinion than rubber strips, etc). However, the bar is situated somewhat too close (at least for my TJ37). It just fits in without any case or anything on it. The TJ37 is about 1.3 cm or 0.55 inches deep, so you can gauge you PDA accordingly. Being just a metal bar, you can just bend it out with some pliers, though. Not a particularly neat solution, but it works.Notes:-The installation instructions for Mac/Linux say to download the driver from their website. I have no idea why they say that as the most recent version of the .prc file is right there on the CD. 5Think Outside Stowaway IR KeyboardI bought this for a Dell Axim Pocket PC. Overall a good product, but a few things take some getting used to.First of all, there are only three rows of keys. The top row with the numbers is missing, but accessible through one of two function keys. In addition to making it complicated to type numbers, it also means your hands automatically go to the wrong "home" position, because you're expecting there to be two rows above instead of one. My hands kept drifting to the "zxcv" instead of the "asdf" row. I don't like to have to keep looking at my hands to see if they are on the right keys. The spacing between the keys is also less than on a full-sized keyboard. However to be fair, you're probably not going to use this to enter large volumes of text, so the fact you can't touch-type doesn't really matter.With such a set of reduced keys, many of the existing ones do double and triple duty, which necessitates the existence of additional modifier keys. There are two function keys, a blue and green one, on either side of the split spacebar. Many of the keys have blue and green symbols, in addition to their primary symbol, which you type by using the blue or green function key. I'm starting to wonder if this choice of colors was made by someone colorblind. Why blue and green? Why not two colors that contrast better? Like maybe green and red, or blue and yellow? I have trouble telling them apart, and I am not colorblind. Green and blue don't work well enough for me, especially under less-than-perfect lighting.If you want to see how it should have been designed, look at the Palm keyboard. It manages to provide an almost full-sized keyboard which folds up into an even smaller (although slightly thicker) package. That's because it folds into four sections instead of two, and is wider. If something like that were available for Pocket PC, I would have bought it.Still there's little to complain about. Beats the heck out of entering text using handwriting input. If you make a lot of field entries with your Pocket PC this is a must-have accessory. 4frequent resetsAfter I added the Stowaway program to my HP IPAQ I found that I had to reset my IPAQ every time I wanted to sync it. I don't know if it's the IPAQ or the Stowaway doing it but before I installed the program I could sync it without difficulty. I did buy a refurbished IPAQ so that may be a contributing factor too. I wish the keyboard didn't require batteries; I had an old GoType keyboard that would use the battery power of my old PalmPilot. I wish the Stowaway could do the same thing. The compact size is nice but it does compromise the function of the keyboard. There aren't dedicated number keys so you have to push a function button and a letter key to get the number. If you want to use the special symbols associated with the number keys you have to push another function key. This can be annoying. With a real fast speaker that goes thru a slide show quickly I need to type fast at times and it's a hassle to remember which function button to push. I usually carry a bag to put the keyboard and my IPAQ in when I go to an event where I may need them so the compact size isn't a necessary function for me. The smaller size may benefit some people who carry things in their pocket but with all the portable devices we carry nowadays I figure most of us will carry this in a bag. At least most women will pack it in their purse. An extra set of number keys would make this function better. An advantage of the function keys is that they can pull up your calender, contacts, email, etc by just using the keyboard. Don't have to tap the screen to open these programs. The infrared communication worked well. No lags or mistypes. Setup with the disk didn't have my model on it but I just went to the websited and downloaded it from there. Setup was easy after that. Like other people noted there's a hinge in the middle half so you need a flat, hard surface to type on. I probably would buy this again. 3Nice Portable KeyboardAmazingly small size when folded. Key travel is identical to that of a laptop but the key size is more like the desktop keyboard. The lack of the number row, however, is at times a nuisance. It forces you to contort your hand in unusual key combinations in order type a number or symbol. To type a number, you hold down the BLUE function key to the LEFT of the space bar and then one of the keys on the top row. To type a symbol (the SHIFT of the top row of the desktop keyboard), you hold down the GREEN function key to the RIGHT of the space bar and then one of the keys on the top row. While this does preserve the ability - strictly speaking - to enter the characters, it makes touch-typing impossible. It also makes certain functions - like CTRL+END (to go to the end of a document) a contorted event (you hold CTRL with right hand and with your left hand press both the Green Function key and the right arrow).Some nice things it includes:- Windows key (to open Start menu)- Program Keys to launch apps like Word, Excel, Notes, Calendar, Inbox, Tasks, Contacts, etc- Rubber feet to keep keyboard from sliding around during use.- Number lock- Caps lockTwo other design flaws:1. Bar at bottom of the stand doesn't swing out far enough to actually clear the edge of and contain the PDA2. The stand does not allow using keyboard with PDA connected to power. No matter what device you use and whether you use it portrait or landscape, there will still be no place for the cable to go that connects it to power.That said, OVERALL, the purpose is to have a portable input method, and this is faster than any software input tool on the device. No keystrokes are ever "missed" and I type fairly fast (60+ wpm). Keyboard batteries last a long time (I've had the same ones in there for 3 months so far), and I like how the IR usage on the handheld doesn't drain the handheld's battery too fast. There are a few drawbacks, but overall a worthy purchase. 4Great keyboard, not too small to type onThe touch is great, and the keys are good sized: I can touch type with it, and my hands are not small. I got this one instead of the BlueTooth one, because I can use this one on airplanes, whereas BlueTooth, being a radio, is not allowed. It folds up really nice and small, so it doesn't take up too much room in your carry on, and the whole thing works well on the little table back in "cattle class" during those long flights.The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that--with my ipaq (hx2795), it presses the down button when in portrait mode. At first, I thought something was wrong with it, because it keep scrolling things off the screen! Usually I want to use landscape, anyway, but I have to put it into the second landscape mode to line up the IR, which is a tiny bit more work, because the ipaq doesn't let you hold down a button to get there, you have to use the iTask menu. Also, if you are doing a lot of punctuation or numbers, it takes a little while to get used to the function keys, since the keyboard is missing the entire top (punctuation and numbers) row.That may sound more negative than it really is: I really like this keyboard! 4great portable keyboardThis keyboard is great, and easy to set up -- just install the CD, sync your device, and you're done. I have a Palm TX and used to use a Palm wireless keyboard which I hated -- it was very temperamental and didn't work when it didn't feel like it. Plus since it was powered by Bluetooth (I think) it got in the way of beaming things -- I had to remember to turn off the keyboard before I could beam anything. But with this Think Outside keyboard, since it's an infrared device and doesn't use Bluetooth at all, it's great -- I just started typing a Word document on Documents To Go and there was no problem. It's also very snazzy looking and lightweight -- it takes two AAA batteries, which come with it. Altogether I'm very pleased with this, and won't go back to the old Palm keyboard. (Remember to delete the driver for the old keyboard on your Palm before you install the new one, since they might clash.) 4Excellent IR stowaway keyboardI have had this Think Outside Stowaway IR keyboard unit for over 12 months and it has performed flawlessly with no problems whatsoever.Other important and notable features:1) Very small, light and portable2) Very easy to open and close, but it should be used on a flat surface and not your lap for best results3) Very low power drain (it requires two AAA batteries), especially compared with Bluetooth-based keyboards4) Very fast and reliable IR connection (with easy alignment) is readily made with the Palm TX5) Very nice zippered case provided by the manufacturerNothing else is left to say. I very highly recommend it. I have used many other stowaway keyboards and have had many many compatibility and driver problems, etc. to solve (way too many, but especially with the Pocket PC type PDAs), but not for this one! Some people have also complained about a slow response to typing (with delayed key action on the screen), but I have not experienced this situation at all. 5
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Description
  • Write email and notes easily
  • 100% full size keyboard for touch typing
  • Supports most Palm and Pocket PC PDAs and phones
  • Includes Carrying case
  • Multi-positioning IR Wand accommodates most PDA's and phones
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Making e-mails easier on my Treo 700wOk so I switched from a Blackberry 7100 to the Treo 700w and its been a tough conversion for me as I got used to double pressing keys. I also wanted to use the Treo as a mini mobile office, specifically to take credit cards for my company [...] and write business e-mails but the keyboard is just painful to use with any speed.So I started looking at the fold out keyboards. Being careful with money by nature I didn't see any point in paying $100+ for bluetooth enabled keyboards, especially when I I found this keyboard.The size is about right, bigger than I would really want, but in all honesty if it was smaller it wouldn't be as easy to use. Setup on the Treo involved downloading a new driver because the one supplied crashed my Windows mobile 5 software. I was bummed when that happened. So if you buy it for WM5 download the driver first!Once I got the driver installed it was plug and play, the keyboard works perfectly. I only give it a 4 stars because it does have a learning curve and you have to train your brain to ignore the fact that the row of numbers is missing.Excellent solution to a common problem, Batterys come in the box and so does a nice padded case so you are all set to go as soon as you get it home. The nice thing about this keyboard is it really is flexible and does not interfere with other bluetooth devices.At the price, you can't go wrong. 4Love this keyboard, only 1 wish itemI really love this keyboard and wish I had bought it much sooner. I have a Toshiba e310 with PocketPC 2002 firmware upgrade and some of my comments are specific to this combination.Setup was extremely easy and quick. After loading the program, my PocketPC recognized it without any problem. Weight, size & design are very attractive. The keys themselves are VERY comfortable, and I find no difference in typing speed versus a desktop keyboard. The metal front bar is slightly loose when holding my e310 (7/16" thick, bar has 10/16" space but only 2/16" room after accounting for protrusions, probably a snug fit for a 9/16" thick device).Editing keyboard shorcuts are excellent! While using a Word or similar application, I can use control-X,C,V,Z for cut, copy, past & undo. I can move one word at a time (Control-arrows), to beginning and end of a line (GreeenFN, home/end), page up/down (GreenFN, arrows), select one word (Control, BlueFN, arrows) or line. Most, but not all, of these shortcuts are the same ones from the desktop computer, so it was easy to remember.The keyboard recognized application-specific shortcuts (Control-S for save and Control-Q for save & quit in TreNotes). Also brought up Help file, Control-H, but I'm not sure if this is PPC2002 or an application shortcut. Other file/task shortcuts that were very handy were BlueFN-X (close file), Enter (open hightlighted file), and Alt-Tab (cycles through open apps).Menu navigation shortcuts were not as good. Alt (don't hold down), arrows (or Alt & first letter of menu) allows movement among bottom menu items, but this was not as convenient as using the stylus because once the menu is selected, the only way to select the sub-menu (pull-down item) is to scroll among the choices. This is OK if there are only 3 choices, but some menu items had 10 choices. Some menu items do not have a first-letter: They only have pictures. The only way to select these are by scrolling with arrows. There is no keyboard shortcut for moving among TABs (ex. Task & Note tabs in Tasks editing mode).In summary, when I am doing most of my heavy typing, the keyboard allowed full access to editing shorcuts and enough of the application/menu shortcuts, so that I did not need to stop and get my stylus. When I am doing heavy file manipulations, I use the stylus. Since these two types of activities were carried out at slightly different times, I did not notice the less-useful menu naviation features. I did notice the lack of a Tab-navigation feature, but it was a small matter.My only wish is that there was another Blue FN key somewhere on the right bottom or top of the keyboard for quickly entering numbers while typing mostly letters. When I am entering a number on the left side of the keyboard, I have to awkwardly use my right index finger to press the left-side BlueFN key.Split Space Bar: The stange split in the middle takes getting used to. My thumb lands about 25% of the time right in the crack. (Once in a while my thumb lands on the plastic protrusion, a little to the right of the crack, but it does not hurt my finger as a reviewer on Amazon has said, I do not hit it very hard). Most of the time, my right AND left thumbs seem to land on the LEFT space bar (I am right handed and my right thumb is habitually below my left thumb).Toshiba e310 specific: Certain functions do not work on e310. FN-ESC did not work in contacts. FN-Delete does not toggle insert/delete. Numbers/letters toggle function when NumLock is engaged does not work. FN-Enter does nothing, but Enter by itself selects files, etc. The bold blue masks (bottom ones, ex. Z-key has "today" and "OK" masked on it) seem to be designed for a phone, and does nothing. Similarly, the blue ribbon mask on the Control key does nothing.General Comments: Battery - long lasting. Body - rocks, right side not flush against table (paper used to stabilize). Backrest not adjustable (box used to raise viewing angle). Comes with a beautiful heavily padded leather case. Smelled heavily of rubber/chemicals - but is dissipating. Key action feels really good (not solid click like an IBM laptops, but soft airbubble click like a Toshiba laptops, which I prefer). Can turn off keyboard sound. 5Flawless installation, Great quality.The TO Stowaway IR Wireless keyboard is one of those PDA aids that you only dream about. The installation was clear and went without a hitch. Documentation is clear and helpful. My PDA, an iPAQ rx3115, immediately recognized it and responded to all the appropriate commands. The keyboard itself is easy to use as its spacing and key travel are undiscernible from a standard keyboard. The split space bar takes getting used to ... maybe 1.5 minutes. Truly, once I got used to where it wasn't, my fingers quickly made the adaptation. The control keys for opening new Word documents and Excel documents are really handy. Battery life appears adequate (I've not replaced the batteries yet and have had the keyboard for ~1 month.) The keyboard IS abbreviated and function keys are required to access numbers and some of the symbols. Such is the price of a keyboard that fits in your jacket pocket and easily in the smaller pockets of your business case. Quality if good, I have no complaints. It's actually more than I had hoped for in quality, appearance, durability and ease of use. Zippered carry case is a nice extra and provides good protection. 5Very well designed, only 2 complaintsMy system details: Sony Cli TJ37 with PalmOS 5.2, used constantly at Dartmouth College for all my note-taking, MP3 player, camera, and out-of-dorm internet needs; Debian Linux OS desktop computer used for HotSyncing;Positives:-I have to say that the keyboard portion itself is excellent. I am normally a desktop user, and switching to using this keyboard took absolutely no effort. The only keys that are in unusual places are the delete, slash, and backslash keys. Reviews for other IR keyboards had said the spacebars were weird - on this, the keyboard is split down the center, and is natural whether you normally hit it with your right or left thumb (I use both).-The keyboard is also designed so that you should never have to use the stylus while it is connected. It takes a little getting used to be, but there are 'Fn+[whatever]' key combinations for almost every operation (from replicating the standard hard keys, to selecting text, to 'Done' and 'New' buttons).-The connection to the PDA itself is excellent. I was able to move the infrared transmitter all over the place, and the PDA was still able to receive a very reliable signal. The transmitter itself is on a piece of plastic that rotates (no sliding, but you can just slide the PDA itself on the stand). None of those dumb mirrors to deal with.-The software driver that you painlessly install also ads an application called 'Keyboard'. In it, you can tune absolutely everything - from how long the PDA should search for the keyboard when it first turns on, to how the repeat rate for if you hold down a key, to 10 customizable 'Cmd+[number]' keys. Also, those of you internationals will be pleased that you can also choose different keyboard layouts. US English, French, and German come installed by default, and it has the capability to have new layouts installed (I didn't investigate where you can get them or how many are available, though).-The keys respond very quickly (you could certainly type at least 80 words per minute speed on it). The repeat speed (if you hold down a button) is somewhat slow but not much to complain about, in my opinion though.-The stand to hold the PDA is very sturdy and holds the PDA well and securely. It does have a negative with the metal bar though (see below).-There is a Windows .exe installer that should auto-run and be no hassle if you use Windoze. I, however, use Linux. I was very impressed, as I am with any company that does this, that the CD actually had documentation for installing the driver under a Linux system. The installation is simple for Linux (or Mac OS for that matter) users. Just install one little Keyboard.prc file.Negatives:-This keyboard does not have a lock to hold it flat, thereby making it somewhat difficult to type with the keyboard on your lap (the thing folds if you put much weight on it). You have to play a little balancing act to use it on any uneven surface. It is designed to be used on a flat surface.-I like how this has a metal bar to hold the PDA on the built-in stand (more secure in my opinion than rubber strips, etc). However, the bar is situated somewhat too close (at least for my TJ37). It just fits in without any case or anything on it. The TJ37 is about 1.3 cm or 0.55 inches deep, so you can gauge you PDA accordingly. Being just a metal bar, you can just bend it out with some pliers, though. Not a particularly neat solution, but it works.Notes:-The installation instructions for Mac/Linux say to download the driver from their website. I have no idea why they say that as the most recent version of the .prc file is right there on the CD. 5Think Outside Stowaway IR KeyboardI bought this for a Dell Axim Pocket PC. Overall a good product, but a few things take some getting used to.First of all, there are only three rows of keys. The top row with the numbers is missing, but accessible through one of two function keys. In addition to making it complicated to type numbers, it also means your hands automatically go to the wrong "home" position, because you're expecting there to be two rows above instead of one. My hands kept drifting to the "zxcv" instead of the "asdf" row. I don't like to have to keep looking at my hands to see if they are on the right keys. The spacing between the keys is also less than on a full-sized keyboard. However to be fair, you're probably not going to use this to enter large volumes of text, so the fact you can't touch-type doesn't really matter.With such a set of reduced keys, many of the existing ones do double and triple duty, which necessitates the existence of additional modifier keys. There are two function keys, a blue and green one, on either side of the split spacebar. Many of the keys have blue and green symbols, in addition to their primary symbol, which you type by using the blue or green function key. I'm starting to wonder if this choice of colors was made by someone colorblind. Why blue and green? Why not two colors that contrast better? Like maybe green and red, or blue and yellow? I have trouble telling them apart, and I am not colorblind. Green and blue don't work well enough for me, especially under less-than-perfect lighting.If you want to see how it should have been designed, look at the Palm keyboard. It manages to provide an almost full-sized keyboard which folds up into an even smaller (although slightly thicker) package. That's because it folds into four sections instead of two, and is wider. If something like that were available for Pocket PC, I would have bought it.Still there's little to complain about. Beats the heck out of entering text using handwriting input. If you make a lot of field entries with your Pocket PC this is a must-have accessory. 4frequent resetsAfter I added the Stowaway program to my HP IPAQ I found that I had to reset my IPAQ every time I wanted to sync it. I don't know if it's the IPAQ or the Stowaway doing it but before I installed the program I could sync it without difficulty. I did buy a refurbished IPAQ so that may be a contributing factor too. I wish the keyboard didn't require batteries; I had an old GoType keyboard that would use the battery power of my old PalmPilot. I wish the Stowaway could do the same thing. The compact size is nice but it does compromise the function of the keyboard. There aren't dedicated number keys so you have to push a function button and a letter key to get the number. If you want to use the special symbols associated with the number keys you have to push another function key. This can be annoying. With a real fast speaker that goes thru a slide show quickly I need to type fast at times and it's a hassle to remember which function button to push. I usually carry a bag to put the keyboard and my IPAQ in when I go to an event where I may need them so the compact size isn't a necessary function for me. The smaller size may benefit some people who carry things in their pocket but with all the portable devices we carry nowadays I figure most of us will carry this in a bag. At least most women will pack it in their purse. An extra set of number keys would make this function better. An advantage of the function keys is that they can pull up your calender, contacts, email, etc by just using the keyboard. Don't have to tap the screen to open these programs. The infrared communication worked well. No lags or mistypes. Setup with the disk didn't have my model on it but I just went to the websited and downloaded it from there. Setup was easy after that. Like other people noted there's a hinge in the middle half so you need a flat, hard surface to type on. I probably would buy this again. 3Nice Portable KeyboardAmazingly small size when folded. Key travel is identical to that of a laptop but the key size is more like the desktop keyboard. The lack of the number row, however, is at times a nuisance. It forces you to contort your hand in unusual key combinations in order type a number or symbol. To type a number, you hold down the BLUE function key to the LEFT of the space bar and then one of the keys on the top row. To type a symbol (the SHIFT of the top row of the desktop keyboard), you hold down the GREEN function key to the RIGHT of the space bar and then one of the keys on the top row. While this does preserve the ability - strictly speaking - to enter the characters, it makes touch-typing impossible. It also makes certain functions - like CTRL+END (to go to the end of a document) a contorted event (you hold CTRL with right hand and with your left hand press both the Green Function key and the right arrow).Some nice things it includes:- Windows key (to open Start menu)- Program Keys to launch apps like Word, Excel, Notes, Calendar, Inbox, Tasks, Contacts, etc- Rubber feet to keep keyboard from sliding around during use.- Number lock- Caps lockTwo other design flaws:1. Bar at bottom of the stand doesn't swing out far enough to actually clear the edge of and contain the PDA2. The stand does not allow using keyboard with PDA connected to power. No matter what device you use and whether you use it portrait or landscape, there will still be no place for the cable to go that connects it to power.That said, OVERALL, the purpose is to have a portable input method, and this is faster than any software input tool on the device. No keystrokes are ever "missed" and I type fairly fast (60+ wpm). Keyboard batteries last a long time (I've had the same ones in there for 3 months so far), and I like how the IR usage on the handheld doesn't drain the handheld's battery too fast. There are a few drawbacks, but overall a worthy purchase. 4Great keyboard, not too small to type onThe touch is great, and the keys are good sized: I can touch type with it, and my hands are not small. I got this one instead of the BlueTooth one, because I can use this one on airplanes, whereas BlueTooth, being a radio, is not allowed. It folds up really nice and small, so it doesn't take up too much room in your carry on, and the whole thing works well on the little table back in "cattle class" during those long flights.The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is that--with my ipaq (hx2795), it presses the down button when in portrait mode. At first, I thought something was wrong with it, because it keep scrolling things off the screen! Usually I want to use landscape, anyway, but I have to put it into the second landscape mode to line up the IR, which is a tiny bit more work, because the ipaq doesn't let you hold down a button to get there, you have to use the iTask menu. Also, if you are doing a lot of punctuation or numbers, it takes a little while to get used to the function keys, since the keyboard is missing the entire top (punctuation and numbers) row.That may sound more negative than it really is: I really like this keyboard! 4great portable keyboardThis keyboard is great, and easy to set up -- just install the CD, sync your device, and you're done. I have a Palm TX and used to use a Palm wireless keyboard which I hated -- it was very temperamental and didn't work when it didn't feel like it. Plus since it was powered by Bluetooth (I think) it got in the way of beaming things -- I had to remember to turn off the keyboard before I could beam anything. But with this Think Outside keyboard, since it's an infrared device and doesn't use Bluetooth at all, it's great -- I just started typing a Word document on Documents To Go and there was no problem. It's also very snazzy looking and lightweight -- it takes two AAA batteries, which come with it. Altogether I'm very pleased with this, and won't go back to the old Palm keyboard. (Remember to delete the driver for the old keyboard on your Palm before you install the new one, since they might clash.) 4Excellent IR stowaway keyboardI have had this Think Outside Stowaway IR keyboard unit for over 12 months and it has performed flawlessly with no problems whatsoever.Other important and notable features:1) Very small, light and portable2) Very easy to open and close, but it should be used on a flat surface and not your lap for best results3) Very low power drain (it requires two AAA batteries), especially compared with Bluetooth-based keyboards4) Very fast and reliable IR connection (with easy alignment) is readily made with the Palm TX5) Very nice zippered case provided by the manufacturerNothing else is left to say. I very highly recommend it. I have used many other stowaway keyboards and have had many many compatibility and driver problems, etc. to solve (way too many, but especially with the Pocket PC type PDAs), but not for this one! Some people have also complained about a slow response to typing (with delayed key action on the screen), but I have not experienced this situation at all. 5
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