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AZIO KB334B Black 80 Normal Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard (work with iPhone, iPad, Android 3.0)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: with fresh batteries it is very responsive 50 feet away.
Plug and play with Ubuntu (but needed most recent kernel update beforehand).

Cons: New batteries are needed every other day.

Other Thoughts: I am guessing it has some kind of short, I would worry about the longevity of this keyboard.

For the first time ever I threw the packaging away day 1 because it worked so well. Now I can't return it.

Maybe I can hack it into something useful.

AZIO KB334B Black 80 Normal Keys Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard (work with iPhone, iPad, Android 3.0)
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Size: This keyboard is just big enough that I feel like I can type with it without frustration while the keyboard is not heavy or obtrusive.
Responsiveness: Quick response rate (better than my full size bluetooth keyboard) and works normally over 40 feet away from the reciever (I paired it with a Linux Mint HTPC that has a tiny USB bluetooth dongle).
The initial pairing was plug and play in linux with a newer kernel.
Haven't had it long enough to test resilience, but despite being surprisingly light, it feels well made.

Cons: Keys are definitely close together and smaller than standard. I do miss the intended key occasionally. If you are serious about fast and flawless typing I recommend something larger.

Other Thoughts: I have multiple HTPCs without dedicated keyboards, and I am using this as a mobile htpc remote that can also type in new titles and do the various maintenance I need to via command line.

I would recommend this keyboard for this purpose or for pairing with phones, tablets etc where a better (but still mobile) keyboard is desired over the virtual keyboard.

Pandigital Novel 7
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works! Surf the web, check email, calendar, games. Is extremely hackable, with many alternative ways to run and use this tablet already developed. The resistive touchpad works just fine, even though it isn't the multitouch version you find on more expensive touchpads. I don't have to push hard, and rarely does it miss a command (when it does it seems like a processor lag more than a touchscreen issue). The speed is adequate if you do one thing at a time. Can turn in any direction and the screen will turn with you. Wifi works well thus far. The alternative ROMs (altered operating systems) enhance operation significantly, and add capabilities like youtube and the android apps stores (as well as other ebook sources. I already want another one to be my HTPC remote.

Cons: Accelerometer works for screen orientation but can be slow. Can't play games that rely on it (at least not on the couple of ROMs I've tested). No bluetooth. Youtube doesn't work on stock software (however it does on the alternative ROMs). Stock software has limited video capabilities (again alternative roms improve this significantly. No video out, so you can't pretend this is a media player for your TV (like some other tablets). Internal and external storage on microSD and SD cards respectively. The internal can be changed if you are only mildly resourceful.

Other Thoughts: I bought two, one for me and one for my mom to surf the web at home. My kids want to play with it constantly, and my wife wants me to get her one as well (after just observing the stock software at work).
We have not had other faster tablets, and this may allow us to be a little more patient, but with a little attention this tablet can be very versatile.


Marnie K.'s Profile

Display Name: Marnie K.

Date Joined: 10/30/09

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 12/05/11
  • Last Review: 04/13/12
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