Targus PA870U Universal Wireless Keyboard

Targus PA870U Universal Wireless Keyboard

$79.99 $53.44

  • Release Date: 20 May, 2003
  • Used Price: $59.84
  • Availability: Usually ships in 24 hours
  • Third Party Used Price: $40.00
Features: Ideal for Travel: Rugged, Compact Folding Wireless Ir (Infrared) Keyboard, Comfortable: Full-Size Keys Feel Like a Standard Notebook Keyboard, Convenient: Easily Enter Data Wirelessly Into Your PDA, Lock button keeps keyboard flat, Compatible with many popular PDAs and PDA/cellular phones

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Customer Rating: 4.14 of 5 (112 total reviews)

  • 5 starsworks as well as it promises

    There has a been a lot of fuss over the universal IR keyboards among PDA users, and this Targus model is no exception. Even though there have been many bad reviews here regarding this keyboard, I bought it anyway, because if there's one thing I've learned about PDAs, it's that the same products will often work differently for different people.

    Perhaps I am in the minority, but the Targus Universal Wireless keyboard works perfectly on my Toshiba e355. Because the e355 runs on the PPC 2003 OS, I downloaded the updated driver software (V1.25) directly from the Targus website and didn't even bother with the included CD. The installation was a snap; very quick and painless, and none of that "window on top of another window" business some users experienced. The keyboard itself works great on my PDA; there is no elfing -- the letters appear immediately after pressing a key. I normally type up to 70wpm, and this keyboard had no problems matching my speed. In fact, I typed this review entirely using the Targus unit.

    The size of the keyboard is pretty comfortable; it has approximately the same width as a regular keyboard. The travel feels about right; it will provide the same tactile motions as that of a desktop. I do, however, have certain issues with the keys. One is that this keyboard is modeled after a notebook's, so the keys are flat rather than protruding. This requires adjusting, for sure, but I got used to it after about 30 minutes of typing. Also, the keys are not arranged quite like a regular keyboard; the letter keys are fine, but others like numbers, "shift," "space," "control," etc. are noticeably smaller and rearranged slightly differently. Particularly problematic is the "space" bar, which is divided into 2 smaller keys. However, these are not issues exclusive to this Targus model; all foldable keyboards have to be rearranged for them to be compact, and so require some adjustment on the part of the user. After a little practice, it really does start to feel like a regular keyboard.

    Since the keyboard can be locked into the flat position, you can use it either on a desk or on your lap. (I actually find it more comfortable to type with the keyboard on the lap, because it's so thin when opened that it doesn't have the natural height of a regular keyboard. On the lap, you can manually create an incline more easily.)

    The mouse pad function is cute, but it's not really that functional. For one, you have keep pressing the pad for the arrow to move across the screen; I could have just used the stylus and done the same thing in half the time. Still, it might be useful in situations, say, when you lose the stylus.

    I do wish that this keyboard included cursor buttons, since I tend to rely on them to move between lines when working on a document. But a lot of other handy functions do make up for it. Things like "backspace," "cap lock," and the "delete" buttons are items that I didn't realized I missed until I had them again. Also, the programmable keys, that launch applications such as Excel and Word, magically work when pressed. If you are a big fan of shortcuts (i.e., Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, etc.), then you will be glad to know that they work with this keyboard as well.

    The PDA holder slate has these three metallic, wire arms that are supposed to keep the handheld in position when the keyboard is in use. The Toshiba e355 is one those ultra-thin devices that will not fit too well; I find that mine can slide around if I do not use the keyboard on a flat surface. Alternatively, rubberized arms would probably provide more grip.

    Although in the closed position the keyboard is a bit thick, it is still adequately small enough that I would want to take it with me when traveling or for meetings.

    Overall, I feel that this is a great product; it does everything that it's supposed to do and connects to my handheld wirelessly. Despite minor issues, I would still highly recommend buying this keyboard if you want something that can work with multiple PDAs. At the Amazon price (I've seen this unit at Circuit City and Best Buy for almost twice the cost), its a steal.

  • 4 starsAlmost perfect.

    This keyboard is impressive. Though it is not practical for constant use, it is certainly the answer if you have large amounts of text to enter. (I would not jot down a phone number or address with it, but if I'm copying a recipe, taking notes, or writing e-mail, it's perfect.) Even though I have a great and small laptop, there are times when I want to be typing in thirty seconds and be done-and certainly not re-forming graffiti gaffes or trying to remember punctuation. The software is easy to install, and you get the hang of connecting it to your visor after a few times. It's particularly useful for third party applications that don't have a pc desktop interface; my checkbook program, for example, would otherwise have me do my week's collection of receipts with the stylus.

    For the keyboard-
    PRO: *Full size, comfortable, responsive; has a nice, faint clicking sensation. *Attaches easily. *Truly compact. *Some function keys. *Flawless (in my experience) integration with the rest of the machine-not glitchy and doesn't seem to drain the batteries. *Kinda slick to whip it out in a meeting room.
    CON: *It can't sit right on your lap, really. You have to put it on something flat.

    For the software-
    PRO: *Easy installation. *Some nice controls for repeat rate, etc. *Compatible with non-keyboard use of the Visor whenever you prefer. If it's in the keyboard, the machine knows it-use of the stylus is not at all compromised.
    CON: *You still have to use the stylus. You can't tab between fields, choose items from pop-up menus, scroll through lists, or other things those of us who are truly keyboard-dependent have come to expect.

  • 5 starsAwesome w/ ipaq 1910

    Awesome! Setup is quick. Works great with my ipaq 1910 !!!