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Subject: A keyboard with a connector... Please!!!


Author:
Nor M.
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Date Posted: 04/13/05 Wed

Excerpt from the BarginPDA.com review of palmOne Tungsten E2

"As noted, the Tungsten E2 is the third PDA to feature the multi-conenctor. This port allows expansion with accessories like cradles and keyboards. palmOne is working to make more accessories to better leverage this connector going forward."

Does anyone have a feel for the possibility that there might be a return to a keyboard model that plugs into the units connector and has a power pass thru?

This would be similar to the Darfon Portable Keyboards from a year or so ago that were made for the Palm, Compaq iPAQ and a number of other handhelds.

IR and BT keyboards both require batteries but do allow screen rotation.

I prefer the solid "marriage" between keyboard and unit when in the field; though I would like the ability to work in landscape. Perhaps the connector could be afixed to the backrest (where the handheld is placed) and then the backrest could be rotated between the two positions.

Just one persons thinking... anyone care to add theirs?

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[> Subject: Re: A keyboard with a connector... Please!!!


Author:
Antoine/d-roC - BargainPDA TE2 Reviewer
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Date Posted: 04/13/05 Wed

There are programs that do screen rotation so that point is kinda covered. With the palmOne Universal keyboard things seem solid thus far.

The Athena connector may be used for snap on keyboards; but I dont know considering how well the IR keyboard performs (great battery life too).

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[> Subject: Re: Great Idea and a Better Concept!


Author:
Mike Boston
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Date Posted: 04/14/05 Thu

To add to your concept, such a keyboard should have this new multi-connector (female side--the same spec'd connector as on the handheld itself) on the back base of the portable keyboard, not just a 'power pass thru'. This added concept would give even greater flexability.

The USB sync cable and power adapter that is included with each new TE2, T5 and Treo650 could all be taken with you into the field-- nothing extra to buy and carry. Thus you would have, as you suggested, the same power unit for charging and long hour operations (listening to music and writing at the same time) and the cable for doing backups/downloads or emergency trickle charges off of a USB port from a fellow writer's laptop while on assignment. Everything you get in the box when you buy a new handheld unit now does muliple duties.

Come to think of it this would also serve as an alternative cradle concept when you get back home.

That's two persons thoughts. Any other givers?

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[> Subject: Re: A keyboard with a connector... Please!!!


Author:
Gretchen
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Date Posted: 04/15/05 Fri

I am with you, I prefer the physical connection too, I mean the palm and the keyboard! I have tried ir with the T3 and if you slightly move its little mirror, youre hosed until you fix it again. Whats cool too, is I like to take my power to go sled and have that attatched as well so I can take all the time I need when directly connected. I also have a lap desk, I guess its called, and I like to put my knees up as I type in the lazyboy chair, and you cant do that with ir.

BT, if it works, that could be ok too, but I do like the feel of it all in one unit so I can see as I type.

we really need a connector somehow to connect the universal to the newer connetion type. That would be great. Prolly have to make my own, but I wont be limited with my stuff.

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[> Subject: Re: A keyboard with a connector... Please!!!


Author:
Chris
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Date Posted: 04/22/05 Fri

I don't need a portable mini-keyboard. When I'm on the go, I like to travel light and the Treo's keyboard is good enough.

What I would REALLY like is a laptop-like dock for HOME use. I want to dock my Treo and use a REAL full-sized keyboard and a REAL full-sized display! I don't want to sync with my "real" PC; I want my Treo to be my data hub. <:)

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