Monday, June 20, 2005


Convertible Keyboard came in

The eval / prototype convertible keyboard came in from Motion. I'm not ready to do a full review on it yet, but I can tell you that the typing on this unit is hands down better than the old hardtop keyboard, and much better than the TC1100 keyboard. The keys are quiet and full, the mouse buttons are quiet, and I didn't feel like I needed to "hit" the keys in order to get them to work, as was the case on the hardtop keyboard. I effortlessly typed. All the keys were where my hands expected them. I could see myself typing on this all day if I were mobile. What I really like about this unit is that I don't need any cables, and it comes with a usb port and a power supply for the accessory cable.

I've also used it on my lap and had no falling over issues, unlike the TC1100. The base is much bigger. In addition, the hinge provides some very reasonable tilt angles, much like a regular laptop.

All of that said, I've had some issues with getting the tablet out of the hinge - it took a lot of strength and grunting, almost like the hinge and the connectors in the slate needed some WD40 or something. One of the release latches was also very difficult to manuever - kept getting stuck half to the release point. I'm working with Motion on getting a replacment prototype. I'm chalking it up to a very early prototype of the keyboard. We'll see when I get the replacement in.

By the way, I thought you'd like to know you prompted me to purchase an LE1600 of my own, along with the convertible keyboard. Thankfully, I was able to secure a small student discount. It was out of my original price range, but since I plan to use it when teaching and while taking classes, I think it'll be a worthwhile investment. It should arrive on 7/5. I'll keep you posted.
Great to hear that. Always glad to help. Let me know if you have any questions..
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