I recently had the chance to use the Compaq made Micro Keyboard for the iPaq. I found the Micro Keyboard a joy to use and feel that it really can serve a need to those who want a light-weight easy-to-carry keyboard. It’s not as fast as using a fully fledged desktop sitting keyboard, but it keeps your handheld to being truly ‘handheld’, here’s the beginning of my review, or click here to see the entire thing.
I really love the handwriting recognition built into Pocket PC 2002 with its transcriber software. However, when there’s a need for writing speed nothing beats a qwerty keyboard (or a dvorak keyboard if that floats your boat). So if you’re a Compaq iPaq owner and need to type fast on it, but don’t want to sacrifice the ‘handheld’ aspect of a handheld, what can you do? Why, buy the Micro Keyboard of course. Let me help you decide if that’s worth the money though!
What is a Micro Keyboard?
The Compaq Micro Keyboard is a small (of necessity) device that clips to the base of the iPAQ and offers 37-key functionality. Often times this style of keyboard is called a thumbpad, derived from the fact the tight key arrangement makes using the thumb the most ergonomic way of typing. Compaq prefers to call it a Micro Keyboard, so I’ll oblige to that.