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Portable Keyboards / Mice
What to get for working on the move

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Msg#: 3626497 posted 3:48 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've recently purchased a morphing tablet (TC1100 - it has a keyboard that folds out) to do work on as I go from place to place. Now, it does come with an inbuilt keyboard, but as you can imagine with equipment of this form factor it's not great to type on. The experience isn't altogether horrendous, but I'd rather have something a bit wider and easier to write freely with.

Also, the cursor requires a pointer or tracking nub thing (what are those called again?) and ideally I'd like a wireless keyboard / mouse combo.

I had a look at some flexible keyboards - you can roll them up, wash them etc - and they looked pretty good price-wise; but unfortunately I didn't see any that came with mice. Also, I'm not sure if these would be any better to type with as I understand they also have fairly small keys and sensors that don't respond too well.

Can anyone share their experiences with mobile computing and recommend a purchase? Or should I just give up and buy a laptop?



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Msg#: 3626497 posted 5:59 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

tracking nub thing
I presume you mean an IBM-style "Trackpoint". With a little practice, you may soon fall in love with it - they are certainly far better than touchpads.



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Msg#: 3626497 posted 8:21 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Ah yes, IBM-style Trackpointâ„¢. Thank you :-) It's handy for a number of things, but until I get used to it - if I ever do - it's too small to be comfortable and (more importantly) attached to the tablet. A wireless optical mouse would be preferrable as I can sit back and use that rather than hunch over the thing.

I'm not a huge fan of trackpads anyway, though I hear the ones on Macs aren't half bad... ;-)

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