Stowaway Keyboard from ThinkOutside Impressions
Robert Zach wrote in with his impressions of the soon to be released Stowaway Folding Keyboard from ThinkOutside, the keyboard that fits in your pocket. Click the read story button for his letter detailing his initial experiences with the keyboard.
I already sent you a simple "Thank You" letter, but now after playing with the Stowaway for two days I'd like to let you know my impressions of the product....In a word...
I was going to send you a glowing response the very same day I received the unit, but I figured I'd live with it for a full two days before I sent any response. I thought that I'd calm down and send you some more usable/valid (you know, beta program type) feedback; well I was wrong, I'm just as impressed today as I was yesterday! More...
So you know, I am an engineer by degree and have some exposure to "user interface" and engineering design, this product is an engineering marvel. And everyone I have shown it to feels the same; people ranging from technical neophyte to techno-weenie. The look and feel is right on and construction top-notch. In comparison to my GoType (wait - there really is no comparison), the Stowaway is really a step forward. I have found the "Hot Plug-in" feature of the driver to be terrific, as well as the seemingly endless configuration possibilities. The ease of use of the keyboard (nice tactile feel), the key layout, and the hot buttons are all very nice. And it took me quite some time to understand the multitude of ALT, CTRL, CMD and SHIFT permutations provided by the driver. I did find some issues with the software (creator type names, un-install, serial port polling frequency) and had a question about a key on the keyboard (why is the "1" key smaller?), but I don't want to even think of these issues as I rave on about the product. I will be more than happy to share my findings with you and/or the appropriate beta team resources at ThinkOutside. I had every intention of calling you today to discuss the points above but simply ran out of cycles. Of course the first day I had the unit I was completely unproductive (maybe you don't want to use that line for marketing) at least at work that is! I spent most of the day playing with the keyboard and driver. As a result I had a whole day of work to catch up on.
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