Series Portable PDA Keyboard
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series m125, m130, m500 or i705, PC running Palm Desktop
in order to HotSync keyboard driver
Belkin G700 Series Portable PDA Keyboard is designed
for use with the Palm m125, m130 m500 series or i705
series handhelds. Ours was tested with the color
Palm m505 handheld with an extra 64MB SD memory card.
are the specs for the G700:
3.74x5.83x.55 (95mm x 148mm x 14mm), Opened: 6.85
x 9.77 x 2.75 (174mm x 248mm x 70mm), Weight: 7
ounces (198.4g), Key Spacing: (pitch) 17mm horizontally & vertically,
Key Travel: 2mm.
no trouble installing the Belkin G700 driver via the HotSync
installation tool. There are no printed manuals with the unit,
just a PDF, so it is advisable that you print out portions
to take with you on the road if you want to customize some
of the programmable features.
open and close mechanism is the best I've seen to date. (Ed.
Note: We compared open/close convenience with a similar PDA
keyboard model from Targus which we purchased for use with
a Handspring Visor Prism about two years ago. The Belkin mechanism
is much smoother, flattens faster and slides into position
firmly and positively. The Targus often needs a bit of fiddling
before it will close securely and its PDA support and latch
seem precarious compared to the Belkin). The G700 is very
sturdy and provides great support for the PDA. There is even
a built-in power jack which lets you recharged the PDA battery
when docked in the keyboard - great on the road. The only
drawback to this is that you'll need to bring the power adapter
in order to use this feature when you travel - something else
to pack and not leave in a hotel room.
is comprised of three sections and opens quickly and easily.
We also noticed that the size of the keyboard is slightly
smaller than the competition's, so those with larger hands
might have some difficulty typing. Typing characters was easy
and smooth but we found that the off-center Space bar was
somewhat annoying as we sometimes hit the Alt key by mistake.
keys located on the top first row are shared. Using a special
function key they provide easy access to Memo, Notepad, Calendar,
Calculator, To-Do list, Palm Mail, Search and Address Book.
it was a pleasure reviewing the keyboard. But with all the
gadgets the business professional or computer enthusiast must
use and carry with them today, you have to ask how much is
enough? Do you really need your laptop, cell phone, PDA, PDA
keyboard, modem, pager, various chargers, etc.?
Those with larger hands may have difficulty using the keyboard.
Off-center Space bar can interfere with typing. Need to carry
Palm charger with you. No paper manual - PDF only.
Sturdy, unique design. Very compact when stored. The ability
to recharge while typing. 1 year warranty.
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