PDA Keyboard

A common feature available in most PDAs is the ability of wireless communication. Whether it’s through IR (Infrared), Bluetooth or even Wi-Fi, it can access other devices and attachments without wires to send and receive information. Palm and PocketPC PDAs are equipped with at least one of the three wireless communication methods. But how could the keyboard dependent generation rapidly adapt to the touch screen technology? How could the PDA and tablet industry make the devices universally acceptable? The answer lies within an accessory known as PDA keyboards.

One of the most beneficial accessories that you could have for your PDA is a wireless keyboard. Not a full sized PC keyboard, but a miniature replica of the original. Such keyboards can be folded up to an even smaller size for greater portability, the folded versions encompassing roughly a size slightly greater than your own PDA. The use of these keyboards is that they allow easy and fast text typing with minimum irritation. It is known that many people perform better at typing than writing with conventional pen and paper, and many people find inputting text through an on-screen keyboard to be quite clumsy.

Having a keyboard for your PDA is an enormously handy device which allows you to quickly write texts and emails. And numerous PDAs have a built-in Microsoft Office package, which allows you to write up MS Office documents such as reports, memos or presentations simply on your PDA; all the while without having to go through the hassle of the slow and clumsy built-in touch or the on-screen keyboard.

Although they may seem to be the perfect solution to PDA keyboard frustration, don’t think that you will enjoy your keyboard from the very beginning. Wireless PDA keyboards are generally smaller than conventional PC keyboards and therefore take some time to get used to. Trying to type with your maximum speed on the first day will result in a lot of unwanted typos. Instead, write slowly and carefully when you are using your keyboard. This will help you speed up the process of getting the hang of it and reduce the number of mistakes you make.

PDA keyboards are usually not plug-and-play. Most of the times they need to be installed on your PDA and different keyboards use different methods of communication. For example, the Think Outside Universal keyboard uses Bluetooth as its communication medium, whereas the Belkin Wireless PDA keyboard uses IR technology. The advantage that a Bluetooth keyboard carries over an IR keyboard is that the PDA can be placed anywhere, but within the Bluetooth function range.

Aside from wireless keyboards, there are a few keyboards that use cable as a medium to send and receive information from the PDA. These keyboards are usually for older PDAs or those that do not support wireless keyboards. But don’t let a wire make you think that these keyboards are useless. For example, the Flexis FX100 is a wired keyboard, but it is made of silicon and rubber. This allows the keyboard to be rolled up, which is hugely advantageous when it comes to portability. It is attached to your PDA’s sync port and therefore it requires no batteries.

PDA keyboards apply numerous methods to save space, so that it is easier to carry around but still just as helpful and similar to a regular keyboard. PDA keyboards do not usually include the number pad; instead they are equipped with the row of numbers on top of the alphabets similar to an original keyboard. If numerical entry is crucial to your work, separate number pads are also available which you can get in both wired and wireless versions.

The common belief in many individuals is that PDA keyboards are expensive. Granted that there are a few models which cost a bit more than you would expect, but they do offer such features which are worth the price. But keyboard prices are declining day by day as newer manufacturers enter the market, making the competition skyrocket. And for the benefits that they provide to PDA owners, they are definitely a feasible option to consider.

This PDA Keyboard Review is Written/Updated on May 20th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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