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Palm Releases New Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard

Palm Wireless Keyboard AccessoryPalm has released a new Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard, confirming our rumor report from last week. The keyboard features five rows of full-size keys (including numbers) and folds up for compact portability. It has a pull out easel dock to prop up your device. Palm says the unit will provide up to five months of battery life from 2 AAA battery cells.

The Palm Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard is available now from the Palm.com store for $99.99. Its compatibility lists includes the: Treo 650, 680, 700p/w/wx, Treo 750, Tungsten E2 and Palm TX.

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Lifedrive

Mendodave @ 5/21/2007 7:26:27 PM # Q
If it works on the T/X I am assuming the LifeDrive will work. Do they not include this in the list of compatible Palms because it is discontinued?

RE: Lifedrive
Ryan @ 5/21/2007 8:47:36 PM # Q
I think you are correct. I will try to get confirmation.
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Yep, bad key layout once again.

twrock @ 5/21/2007 7:54:13 PM # Q
I can see from the larger image that they once again use the UWK key layout and put the slash/question mark key in a non-standard position. And I still think it is a terrible idea.


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RE: Yep, bad key layout once again.
ChiA @ 5/22/2007 12:35:39 AM # Q
I think you'd find the original Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard to be much more to your liking:

http://www.thinkoutside.com/products/sbt5e/sbt5e_product.html

look it up on expansys.com for a much better and bigger picture of the key layout.

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755

razorpit @ 5/22/2007 12:27:29 AM # Q
So it is not compatible with the 755? Good move Palm. Honestly, does the right hand know what the left is doing over there?

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Nothing New Here; Simply a Rebranded Keyboard

ChiA @ 5/22/2007 12:30:43 AM # Q
It seems to be the iGo Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard for Blackberry customised for Palm OS instead:

http://www.thinkoutside.com/products/stwbbbt/stowawaybbbt_product.html

I'm puzzled why Palm hasn't commissioned the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard:
http://www.thinkoutside.com/products/sbt5e/sbt5e_product.html

perhaps iGo are keeping the best to themselves?

In my view it's a superior product with better key size, layout and "stowaway" action. It's also universal should anyone feel the need to abandon the Palm ship...

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RE: Nothing New Here; Simply a Rebranded Keyboard
viqsi @ 5/22/2007 9:01:16 AM # Q
It's also got hideously buggy and broken drivers that haven't seen any kind of revision since last August - and that revision was to put iGo's logo in the About screen.

Anybody looking for a Stowaway Sierra on the cheap?

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RE: Nothing New Here; Simply a Rebranded Keyboard
jbhardy @ 5/22/2007 10:20:06 PM # Q
I've been looking for a Sierra, just about to purchase from Amazon. What do you not like about it, and secondly, how much is "cheap?"



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Usable without driver?

pkuhns @ 6/1/2007 2:18:15 PM # Q
I have this keyboard. Is it possible to use it with other devices such as Symbian phone or to use it with a Palm without the driver installed?


If you try to pair it with a device, it of course asks for a passkey. What is the passkey - if there is one?

It is supremely annoying if this keyboard requires a driver to use. Maybe I'm nuts for thinking this.

NX70 addict...

RE: Usable without driver?
BaalthazaaR @ 6/1/2007 3:38:28 PM # Q
Most devicess come with a default passkey of 0000.
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