is the PB Mini Keyboard worth the wait?
got an email saying that I have to wait 5to7 days more, wth! anyone recieved their keyboard? is it worth to wait for it or just cancel it ...
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04-03-2012, 04:27 PM #3
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My wife got me one for my birthday last week.
It's VERY well-made, even the vinyl case is a quality piece. The back of the keyboard is finished with the same texture that the Playbook itself is.
The keyboard is nice to have for some functions. It's nice to have tab keys, for instance (it's an FN+Spacebar, but it's still a tab). You lose predictive typing, which is kind of a drag.
And, sadly, for me the keys are a little too small for touch typing. It's possible, but it's only marginally faster than using my Bold 9900 as a remote.
On the whole, though, very nice.
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04-03-2012, 05:24 PM #8
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- Better keyboard than on-screen keyboard
- Decent battery life (just leave it on)
- Splashtop HD works very well with it (or very difficult to use without physical keyboard and trackpad)
- Trackpad is very useful (especially in Spalshtop HD)
- High quality product, well made
- Touch typing is still not possible as keys are too small and arranged in different ways than full size
- No battery level indicator (was hoping PB would provide such)
- Trackpad doesn't have buttons (certain functions via Splashtop is not possible)
- Heavy together with the case that comes with it
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04-03-2012, 05:35 PM #10
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I have found it quite useful, I was using it today detached from the case. I was using freenote for roughwork while I had the hard copy of an assignment in front of me and the keyboard off to the side if a quick search of the net was needed. I have come to like it more and initially thought I would switch back and forth between the convertible case and the minikeyboard case but have found I just stay with the minikeyboard more often than not. It is nice to have around if needed and personally I don't find it heavy. Most people complaining about weight must be children.
- 04-03-2012, 06:10 PM #14
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04-03-2012, 06:40 PM #15
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its great. dont use my laptop as much to school anymore. unfortunately, my keyboard doesnt want to seem to turn on unless i give it a boost with my charger. have to call rim for a replacement since i can barely get mine working unless i plug it in...
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04-03-2012, 06:48 PM #17
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Received mine via mail from TheSource last week.
The keypad area was smaller than I expected, so touch typing is via two-three fingers on each hand. This will take getting used to. I don't like the case. Instead, I found the case my PlayBook originally came with and keep the keyboard in that (I use the Icon Carbon Case for the PB).
I had an Apple keyboard but it wasn't very portable, the mini-keyboard is definately portable. Comes in handy when precision is needed. The touch pad is nicer than using a BT mouse. I find I prefer having the keyboard separate from the PB. Can also hold the keyboard like I would the PB and thumb type on the keyboard.Mike
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04-03-2012, 06:51 PM #18
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Here's the actual weight of each
- Playbook (16GB) - 427g
- Keyboard case - 266g
- PB mini keyboard - 175g
With the mini keyboard + case, the weight is more than doubled. While this is still not HEAVY to lift, it's like carrying 2 PBs in terms of overall weight.
One of the PB's advantage is the size, and the weight due to the smaller size. Effectively this combo eliminates this advantage over other devices such as a small netbook, so you gain one but lose another.
So here I'm adding my list of PROS and CONS of the keyboard case
- Sturdy and looks good
- Holds both PB and keyboard well
- Elastic straps to hold down keyboard not only looks ugly but also covers the power switch
- The stand collapses easily on a slight push
- Difficult to remove PB from the plastic frame (not good if you have dock charger)
Last edited by conix67; 04-03-2012 at 07:27 PM.
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- 04-03-2012, 07:05 PM #21
for those saying your unable to touch type on the keyboard I think it would be fair to explain its only because of your hand size. i touch type perfectly fine. i dont have little girly hands either...
for anyone whose unsure if you'll be able to touch type i would ask to see it in store and try before you buy. though there are plenty of people who would be able to touch type on it. for those who complain it could be that when your fingers rest on home row they are touching, which might be uncomfortable for some, but if your an experienced typer your fingers are never sitting on home row if your typing.
there is a slight skew to the keyboard though. numbers are off by 1, and the layout of the keyboard is a grid shape, unlike a typical keyboard that has cascading keys.