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James Kirk
07-05-2003, 11:10 AM
I have ordered a handheld and wish to purchase an external keyboard, but can find no information about how users find the suitability of the 2 types: viz the foldable keyboard and the snap-on thumb keyboard. I would be grateful for advice on the efficacy of the 2 types.

07-05-2003, 12:33 PM
What handheld? (Palm or PocketPC)

I have a Palm Vx folding keyboard and its fine. Don't use the Palm Vx now though, so its surplus. It was almost as good as a standard keyboard.

07-05-2003, 01:54 PM
I have used a rollerkeyboard and it is pretty good, on an iPaq 3970.
Rather than fold, is is flexible and rolls up.
Try www.wbs.com.au/rollakeyboard
Not sure who does them in NZ. They have models for all sorts.

James Kirk
08-05-2003, 12:15 PM
The OS is PocketPC; the PDA is a Dell AXIM X5 not yet delivered. Belkin tell me that their keyboards are not compaticle with the AXIM. The Dell keyboards (probably 3rd party manufacture but don't know who) are very pricey, eg NZ$260 for the folding one.

James Kirk
08-05-2003, 12:17 PM
Thanks, I'll give them a try. However one of the main keyboard makers, Belkin, tell me they don't have one compatible with the Dell AXIM X5, so maybe these things are not standarized like those for desktop PCs.

08-05-2003, 12:42 PM
No, the connectors are all different. Total pain in ze ass.
Unless the Dell is a rebadged Tosh or iPaq you might be stuck with the Dell one.