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Old 09-07-2013, 03:25 AM   #1
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The World's Thinnest Wireless Keyboard

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It's seems identical to typing on a virtual keyboard displayed on a large tablet screen. Not sure if has any success replacing "standard" keyboards with "real" keys.

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I don't see any advantage over something like this. They don't give a price, so I don't know how the two technologies compare price-wise. I would have trouble typing on either of them.
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No advantage. The existing keyboard cases have real keys, thats the drawcard. If I wanted to use a keyboard which had not got real keys, I'd be using the built in one. I have a logitech ultraslim for my iPad 3 and its excellent. This wouldnt get a second look, from me.
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I love it. I am a big fan of tactile feedback which this doesn't have, but as a person who has destroyed many keyboards and ended up using a virtual keyboard till the replacement arrived, it looks like the cats ass to be able to have something like this available as a backup.

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You destroyed MANY keyboards? By spilling stuff on them or just beating them to death with your typing? I'm on a computer pretty much all day and other than a couple laptop keys coming off, I've never been able to destroy a keyboard.
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You destroyed MANY keyboards? By spilling stuff on them or just beating them to death with your typing? I'm on a computer pretty much all day and other than a couple laptop keys coming off, I've never been able to destroy a keyboard.
Mostly spilling I am afraid, at least 3. I have had some keyboards for many years, and destroyed other within weeks. I've been in the keyboard destroying business for at least 45 years and have destroyed at least 6 or one about every 8 years. Practice makes perfect.

You probably still have your very first keyboard and use it daily.
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Actually, yes. It's an old Keytronic mechanical key. I don't remember the model number, but I remember looking for another one on Keytronic's web site and they don't make them anymore, and haven't in years.
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You have to see the significance of this...

Most wireless keyboards made for tablets are pretty thick because of the keyboard itself. And because they have to house a battery, Bluetooth and MicroUSB modules. Plus there's a pretty decent sized board in there.

If my pick wasn't dull, I would reopen my Belkin keyboard just to show you what's in there.

But what I'm trying to get at is that most of these keyboards are currently twice the thickness of the keyboard parts used in today's laptops. And like four times the thickness of the Microsoft Surface's keyboards.

Everyone wants that Surface cover because it doubles up as a cover and keyboard. They don't want the OS or the tablet itself, but everyone digs that keyboard. But it's not stand alone, which is why we can't have it for the iPad or Android.

And that's the future they're aiming for. They want to be able to produce keyboards that are able to be latched on to the magnets of the side of these iPads and Android tablets. The Bluetooth is easy enough to manage, and so is the battery, but the keyboard function itself has to be trimmed down.

It's not going to be "paper thin" on the outside, but it in the insides, yeah.
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But I want actual keys. I want to feel the key clicking. Beating my fingertips against a tabletop just isn't the same.
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But I want actual keys. I want to feel the key clicking. Beating my fingertips against a tabletop just isn't the same.
I think that's what the Type Cover is? Again, it would still be tactile, just the inside would be the paper thin part.
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I think that's what the Type Cover is? Again, it would still be tactile, just the inside would be the paper thin part.
Not according to the guy in the video. He says quite clearly it will be like typing on the screen of your tablet. No real advantage (except, possibly, to see more screen at once... but for me personally thats not an advantage)
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That guy says one thing, but I bet the real use will be different once someone that doesn't just fantasize about stuff and puts it to real world usage.
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What I get from the article is that it is a fully functional keyboard with built in Bluetooth. In the video it has a top plastic looking thing that probably houses a battery. I am not good at typing on tablets, basically one or two fingered typing is all I can manage. Carting around a bigger keyboard with tactile feed back is not that convenient especially as I would not use it that often. (I do have a couple of mini blue tooth keyboards, but only use them at home).

For me something like this would be an advantage. Would fit easily into briefcase or backpack and while I like tactile feedback and a full sized keyboard, but would prefer this one to the one I didn't have for 5 days this summer.

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Microsoft makes their Touch keyboard work by having some texture to the keys and giving audio feedback. You can actually feel your finger placement and hear your keystrokes.

This doesn't appear to offer that. Plus it's another device to charge. I'm not a fan as shown, but it does have potential.
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