[maemo-users] Bluetooth keyboard?

From: Mike Klein mklein at vxappliance.com
Date: Wed Mar 19 01:04:01 EET 2008
Some of the locking/folding keyboards <used> to have problems with 
providing stable surface (they flexed)...and I think many have solved 
this early issue. This used to be only reason to ignore folding style.

Something coming soon that looks kinda cool is the credit-card sized 
(bluetooth) keyboard from Freedom Input...supposed to be produced in 
march...but they've been hyping this for past year I think.


If I have 2 thumbs free I could bang away hard on this little 
sucka....N800 or folder keyboard could be better for 'longer' typing 
stints I guess.


Daniel M German wrote:
>  Mark> On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 4:17 PM, Mike Klein <mklein at vxappliance.com> wrote:
>  >> Key travel sucks on them. Not a good typing experience. Hard to home
>  >> your fingers on keys.
>  >> 
>  >> They do look great though!
>  >> 
>  >> If you're not a real typer you will be happy.
>  >> 
>  >> mike
>  >> 
>  Mark> I am definitely a touch typist, but I'm adaptable. I can use my Psion
>  Mark> Series 5 to good effect, as well as a tiny folding IR keyboard for my
>  Mark> Handspring Visor. (Too bad the Nokias don't have IR... of course I'd
>  Mark> still be lacking a driver.) They both have sculpted keys, though, so
>  Mark> it's easy to home your fingers. I'm not expecting a desktop (or even
>  Mark> full-sized laptop) keyboard experience. Apple does tend to place form
>  Mark> before function, image over substance, and hype above reality, so
>  Mark> don't get me started...
>  Mark> But I digress. What I really need to know if it's *compatible*, as in
>  Mark> plug-and-play. If it won't work with the N800 or kubuntu out of the
>  Mark> box, I'm not interested.
> yes, it is. it works with the N800 out of the box. No special
> configuration is needed.
>  Mark> But if I could find something the size of my IR keyboard for a
>  Mark> reasonable price that's compatible, I'd jump at it. $80 for the Apple
>  Mark> keyboard is way at the top end of what I'm willing to pay, and then
> Mine came with a mac pro. I would never use it for day to day typing
> (for the reasons Mike mentioned) but it is great for the N800.
> --dmg
>  Mark> only if it will work with my laptop and desktop as well. $130-$150 for
>  Mark> something that cost the manufacturer $10 at most to make is not my
>  Mark> idea of reasonable (the "Stowaway" model under various brands.) The
>  Mark> even smaller thumb keyboards (akin to the built-in N810 keyboard) are
>  Mark> not an option, either, as that would defeat the purpose.
>  Mark> There's a cool little device that projects an image of a keyboard on
>  Mark> any surface, but it's too expensive and won't work on a lap or leg. I
>  Mark> forget who makes it and what it's called, but aside from the coolness
>  Mark> factor and tiniest possible size for toting around, it also lacks any
>  Mark> feedback feel and requires a reasonably flat and relatively large area
>  Mark> to work.
>  Mark> Mark

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