[maemo-users] External Keyboard Recommendations

From: Hal Vaughan hal at thresholddigital.com
Date: Mon Jun 23 19:34:35 EEST 2008
On Monday 23 June 2008, you wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 3:39 PM, Hal Vaughan 
<hal at thresholddigital.com> wrote:
> > I had to shelve a lot of what I was doing and now I'm at the point
> > where I want to get an external keyboard to replace the iGo one I
> > have, which is cramped.
> I have a compact Gyration wireless USB keyboard that I've been using
> with my N800, which works great but is a little inconvenient because
> you still have the wire for the receiver, but it's hanging free with
> the weight of the receiver on the end. The other thing is that there
> apparently are no mouse drivers in the tablet OS, so the mouse
> doesn't work. I've been looking for a reasonably priced bluetooth
> keyboard, but such a thing apparently doesn't exist. So, I think the
> best option is one of the small USB keyboards, like this:
> http://www.cyberguys.com/templates/SearchDetail.asp?productID=7599 or
> this:
> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?
>EdpNo=1388872&CatId=142 .

The only problem with those is that they don't fold up.  I'm looking at 
taking this with me in the woods and through the more natural parks of 
the area and even when I go up in the mountains, so I want something 
that folds up that I can stuff in a small (as small as possible) case 
with my N770.

> The roll-up keyboards are great if you have a solid flat surface on
> which to set them, but I tend to want/need to use it on my lap or
> other soft, uneven surfaces. Also, it would be a simple matter on one
> of the rigid units to rig up a holder on the keyboard itself for the
> tablet.

Yeah, I figured a folding keyboard that comes out flat would be just 
perfect because all I need is a place to sit and type, not a flat 

> Do the 770s have USB host mode? There's no point in discussing
> anything USB if they don't.

I don't know.  Anyone know?


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