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GoType Keyboard for Palm
27, 2000 PRODUCT
OK, I would
be the first to admit that the whole line of Palm gadgets may, for
teachers, fall somewhere between "too much money" and "oh no, not
another learning curve". But just consider the possibilities: store
your grades, keep your parents' names and contact info , put every
meeting from here til summer in it...you get the idea. Wouldn't
it be great to log onto a website each morning and download the
latest information you need from the office? Who's sick, what's
new, and when is the next meeting. But enough about the Palms themselves...
I wish I had
a nickel for every time someone watched me get mine out and start
writing, only to hear "you mean you had to learn their way of writing?
I'd never do that." Not only is learning "Graffiti," as it's called,
easy, but it works pretty well. But, it's slow if you're entering
more than a sentence, and those tiny on-screen keyboard alternatives
are like typing with one finger.
plugging your Palm into a physical keyboard. LandWare's GoType keyboard
simply flips open to accept your Palm device. We like its slightly
smaller size. Even though typing is slightly cramped, this is an
acceptable tradeoff for portability. And the rigid, lightweight
clamshell design flips open easily for "lap typing", giving it the
edge over foldable "accordian" units which are more suitable for
tabletop use only.
keyboard features programmable F-keys and allows hotsyncing and
charging right from the unit. There are separately designed models
for both the Palm III and Palm V (but the new Palm M100 model is
not supported, yet).
If you own a
Palm device and need to enter more data than is comfortable with
Graffiti, you need to consider the Landware GoType keyboard. A full-size
keyboard might be faster, but then, it would be connected to a full-size
computer as well. You could type a novel with this thing, and easily
lug it in a purse or even a coat pocket.
Keyboard for Palm III, Palm V, Palm VII or Handspring Visor ($69.95)
and Casio handheld PCs ($79.95). Size varies depending on which
compatible PC you order for: approximately 10" x 4" x 1". Weight:
11 oz (approx.) Learn
more or order now from Landware's website.