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Flexible Keyboard

Contents at a glance:
  1. Overview
  2. Layouts
  3. Typability
  4. Application and value for money
  5. Judgement

Overview

A Flexible, roll up keyboad is something I'd wanted for a while - partly for the novelty factor but also for the portability. The keyboard is made from silicon and, obviously, the circuit board that actualy makes it work. The beauty of the silicone is that you can throw whatever you like over it and all you do is wash it under the tap! Sounds like a great thing for my nextdoor neighbour, Sue, who has been known to throw wine, tea, coffee, sandwiches, four course meals, Vulcan Ale, Sulphuric acid over her keyboard.

OK, so I exagerate a bit, Vulcan Ale is illegal and I don't think the thing would survive sulphuric acid but none the less it does look to be fairly versatile. The fact you can just toss it in your bag is also a bonus - "quick, here comes the boss", *quickly pack away laptop* - no need to take care with this keyboard!

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Keyboard Layout

The printed layout on the keyboard is American, shame but I can cope - good old GB keyboard settings. Only problem is that once you change the keymap you don't get a backslash anywhere - good job neither Linux nor the Amiga use it.

The keyboard layout
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Typability

The keyboard is actually quite comfortable to type on. Has its downfalls that the keyboard isn't a full size keyboard, missing a few keys and this does mean that it takes some getting used to! That said, after not very long I was able to touch type quite accurately.

Unlike a normal keyboard you can type quite hard without hurting your fingers, the keyboard is soft to type on so your really couldn't damage the nerves in your fingers. The downside to this, of course, is that you can't smack some guy over the head with it and knock him out - not that I do that very often of course.

Other than the missing keys, I do find it annoying having to step over the cursor keys to, reach the right hand shift - really annoying but something I'll get used to no doubt. Other problem is that sometimes you press a key and nothing happens - could just be because I'm not used to it yet.

The final, really bugging, bad thing about this keyboard is the lack of home, end, page up and page down keys. There are two blank keys that do nothing whastsoever - what's that all about? | Back to Contents |

Application & Value for money

Value for money wise I can't really fault it - think I paid all of £4 for it, plus postage (I was ordering a load of stuff from the same guy on eBay so it doesn't really work out as that much.

Application - where to use it. Obviously, to use it properly you need some firm, flat surface to place it on but using it at meetings, in a hotel, anywhere that you don't wanna carry a full keyboard to. Using it with my laptop in the living room at the moment to write this. Anywhere you need a keyboard but don't have he space to carry a full keyboard to.

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Judgement

Ony a few minor grips and something that I'll get used to. Normally takes me about 5 minutes to touch type accurately on a new keyboard and this keyboard was not exception so I'd say it was a winner. Plus, think of the benefits - just toss it in your bag and you got a keyboard with you!

The keyboard layout