Comments on: Review: Mini-PDA Keyboard

Many users are dissatisfied with entering text via Graffiti and are looking for alternatives. Some of these people turn to attachable keyboards, of which there are several on the market. Pepper brings us this review of the Mini-PDA Keyboard from DNR Enterprises. It connects to the handheld via a cable which can be switched out, allowing one keyboard to be used with different types of handhelds.
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Think I'll stick with my Stowaway

bookrats @ 2/20/2002 11:57:45 AM #
(At least, when they build one for the T615C)


Jeff Meyer

RE: Think I'll stick with my Stowaway
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/20/2002 2:24:00 PM #

- Folded up, it is not much bigger than this one.

- No cable to worry about.

- Holds the PDA at a comfortable viewing angle.

- Full size keyboard... good "feel" to it.

- Seems to take a pretty good beating. I've had no problems with mine.

RE: Think I'll stick with my Stowaway
c_blue @ 2/20/2002 3:12:59 PM #
Agreed... I left graffiti a long time ago..

I ended up with a PPK for long text writing and fitaly stamp for everytime input.


good review Pepper

Dearman @ 2/20/2002 12:27:15 PM #
It looks like a good lunch time solution when 1 hand is busy feeding my face and the other can type away. you said it doesn't interfere with the UC's hotsync on M5xx but will it interfere with my GPS unit or my OBD2 connection?

"any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Aurthur C Clarke

Very similar to Fellows keyboard except more expensive!

skoty @ 2/20/2002 2:14:55 PM #
I have a Fellows keyboard, and this looks very similiar. Especially with the fact that it has a changable connector for different PDA's. Instead of a cable, the Fellows keyboard uses a little adapter and the keyboard actually attatches to the PDA. The Fellows keyboard is much cheaper at around $35.

My only problem with the Fellows keyboard is that you couldn't turn off ALL the noises it made. Even if I disabled sounds, it still made one annoying sound whenever I enabled the keyboard. I have a buddy that works at Cirque, and he has provided me with an updated "completely quiet" driver. Now I have no complaints. Great price, great keyboard.

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definately isn't for you.

skoty @ 2/20/2002 2:20:38 PM #
Here's a link to the review of the Fellows keyboard:

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definately isn't for you.

RE: Very similar to Fellows keyboard except more expensive!
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/21/2002 12:19:01 AM #
I have never liked Fellowes keyboards. The drivers are horrible and user support is extremely lacking in the company. :-/

I have the Fellowes pocket keyboard for my Handspring Visor Prism, and I have never been able to reliably use it with a springboard device attached. The drivers, for some odd reason, attempt to access the springboard instead of the actual keyboard.

Last I had checked, none of the support pages on the Fellowes site had anything regarding this problem... or any pages on the keyboard itself.

After I attempted to contact Fellowes support thru email, I was only given the reply that there *might* be an update someday. :-P

Nice, but limited, keyboard

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/20/2002 4:45:50 PM #
I bought the the Mini-PDA Keyboard for $30.00 off of their website when it was first introduced It does not compare favorably to the Stowaway but is great for basic inputs. It is definately difficult to type on but is probably not intended for writing a novel. Ultimately it is a flawed, but definately useful, keyboard.

RE: Nice, but limited, keyboard
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/18/2002 10:07:06 PM #
Ok...just bought this today. Does anyone know if it will fit in one of those stowaway/palm cases? Ill update you all when I try it out.


I.M. Anonymous @ 2/21/2002 12:14:01 PM #
Seiko Instruments may have the best option yet as far as keyboards with the Thumbboard. 40 bucks, free case that holds board and PDA, app buttons, QWERTY style, shortcut buttons, no batteries needed.

I would also like to see TTD come out with a version of their Q-board for more models.



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