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Seiko ThumBoard Review
This year there has been a wide array of new keyboards for Palm OS devices released. The Seiko ThumBoard is a clip-on one that uses the serial port and replaces the Graffiti area
The biggest complaint I have with the keyboard driver is that it interferes with Palm's keyboard driver. You can't have both enabled at the same time, so you have to toggle both of them when you switch from one keyboard to the other.
Another down-side to the driver is that once you enable it, whenever you turn your device on it will beep at you. It also causes the Palm to turn on whenever you place it in the cradle or remove it. If you disable the keyboard after you use it the problem will disappear, although you might find yourself getting sick of turning the driver on and off.
Where the keys are placed, however, is a little obnoxious. The letters and numbers make complete sense, but the punctuation seems completely random. Even more annoying, all of the punctation except the period require two keys to use - something which can add up to a lot of extra time. But on the plus side the symbol key makes it quite easy to find some of the rarely used yet very important characters.
There are keys to replace your hardkeys as well as ones to replace the silk screen buttons. Unfortunately, the keyboard can't be used for games, although that really isn't essential
Size, Portability and Form factor
In your pocket or clipped to the Palm, the keyboard is definitely small. Compared to the Stowaway it is definitely pocketable, although it severely disrupts the Palm's form factor. The black plastic seems to clash with the look of aluminum, and the keyboard is much wider then the device. Despite how poor it looks attached, it is still very portable and light-weight
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