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DataHand?

Postby phill » 14 Jun 2005, 18:11

Does anyone have any experience with the DataHand.com keyboard?
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Postby gregvr » 14 Jun 2005, 19:27

I'm using a Microsoft natural wireless, which I don't totally recommend. My biggest problem is that the very large numpad really makes me have to reach for the mouse.

I'm very much considering . Price isn't too high, comes in black, etc, etc...

The only reason I want the smartcard version is that it is a bit newer than the others, and has a redesigned righthand side (they used to dead space to add copies of the navigation keys that are generally only on the left hand side).

Anyone ever used one of these?
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Re: DataHand?

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Postby phill » 17 Jun 2005, 19:35

I've been looking at it again. It's so big and clunky looking. I don' think I'll be happy with it. If it was sleek and stylish then I could probably get into it. But it reminds me of two bricks where my keyboard should be.

Why did Fingerworks have to go out of business... arg... two more weeks and I would have had one.
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Which keyboard?

Postby barbara » 18 Jun 2005, 03:23

For me, I'm going to try the Typematrix EZ-Reach 2030 http://www.typematrix.com/ezr2030/ in DVORAK.

I have shoulder problems from 'reaching' when using a normal size keyboard. The EZ-Reach is compact unlike other ergonomic boards, and having just learned to touchtype in DVORAK, I cannot go back to QUERTY so it limits my choices somewhat. It should work well with my iGesture.

Has anyone else tried the EZ-Reach 2030 :?:
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Postby jono » 18 Jun 2005, 04:07

Yes, I tried it a while back after my LP was stolen, as a replacement... It's *very* nice if you touch-type dvorak -- however, my big complaints were on key placement. It's compact, but many keys were pushed around and stuff on the edge/corner for the sake of compactness. But it's not a damned laptop -- they could design a flat matrix keyboard with a larger footprint... and then I'd have been sold.

They keys have a very shallow depth to them -- if I remember correctly, they were still a little stiff -- but this probably works itself out after some use.

Design issues and personal vendettas/necessities aside, it's a great piece of hardware and I recommend it to everyone who thinkgs the layout is acceptable.
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I went ahead and bought the TypeMatrix 2030

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Postby phill » 01 Jul 2005, 03:12

I received my new EZ-Reach keyboard today.

Wow what a difference it is to type on. I'm learning Dvorak at the same time and its very slow going right now.

One thing I forgot about was my mouse. It cant plug into my keyboard any more, so I had to get an extension for it to work.

Typing time: about 5 minutes.

I'm actually picking this up fairly quickly...
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Typematrix EZ-Reach 2030

Postby barbara » 04 Jul 2005, 12:20

My EZ-Reach 2030 arrived this morning. After a only a couple of hours I am already used to the key layout.

My opinion: I love it :) The keys have a really nice tactile feel, I like the grid layout of keys, and because of its compactness, I have been able to bring my iGesture into a much better reach zone.

I would recommend this keyboard to anyone looking for an ergonomic alternative.
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Postby phill » 05 Jul 2005, 06:30

It's been a few days for me now, and I have all the keys down but I'm still very slow.

I'm also finding out that the missing Mac keys are a pain to deal with. Simple things like adjusting the volume and ejecting CD's is not so simple any more.

The one thing that really bugs me is the placement of the command key. I wish it was where the third shift key is. That would make more sense to me. Also the cut, copy, and paste keys don't work either.

I'll give it another two weeks...
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The TypeMatrix 2030 is great!

Postby Shawn_Milo » 22 Sep 2005, 20:05

I'm almost two weeks into using the 2030, and it's great. Of course, there are no gestures, but it also costs hundreds less than the TouchStream.

The #1 feature is the straight rows of keys -- not staggered. The TouchStream is the same way, but now you get tactile feedback with it. For the first time in over 14 years of typing I'm touch-typing numbers!

Because of the way the keys are situated, once you get used to the straight rows (about a half-day or so), your hands kind of stay in one place while your fingers kind of swing straight forward and back while typing. It's a natural, comfortable feeling. There is virtually no reaching involved. It's also smaller in surface area than the TouchStream, so I think that reduce finger movement also.

There is an Enter key and Backspace key in the center of the keyboard, between the keys which belong to each hand. It was within the same half-day or so that I got used to using them, and I still reach toward the center on a regular keyboard (when I'm using my iBook unplugged). I think it feels more natural than groping out with the pinky finger.

Of course I got the Dvorak model. ;o)

I've been using it on the Mac and Windows, and you don't need drivers for either one. The main annoyance is, for Mac use, the command key is the "start" key, which is not next to the space bar -- it's a couple of keys further to the left. I'd like to see that become programmable in the future, the way it is in the Happy Hacking keyboard. But other than that, and in spite of it, I think it's the best keyboard out there today.

Here's the site:
http://www.typematrix.com/ezr2030

By the way, it looks better and feels more solid than it looks from the picture. It's pretty darn nice.

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Re: The TypeMatrix 2030 is great!

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Postby Shawn_Milo » 23 Sep 2005, 21:29

No, no issues with the PS/2 to USB adapter on Windows or Mac. The only difference is with the Shuffle key in Windows XP. The Shuffle key is basically like holding down Alt+Tab. Press it once to switch to the last app. Hold it down to scroll through the apps. The only issue is that, with the USB adapter the scrolling happens very quickly -- too fast to stop on the app you want. I contacted TypeMatrix and they told me that it only happens with the adapter. I tried it by connecting it via PS/2 and it worked normally, confirming their response. It's not an issue for me, since I'm used to hitting Alt-Tab anyway.

Note -- the PS/2 to USB adapter comes free with the keyboard from TypeMatrix. It also has an extra PS/2 input so you can connect a PS/2 keyboard and mouse into one USB port.

I'm also using my Cue Cat PS/2 to USB adapter with it, and it works fine, so you don't need any special kind. As long as you have a PS/2 to USB keyboard adapter. Be wary -- the extra cheap adapters are only for mice, and keyboards don't work. But, like I said, TypeMatrix gives you a free one which does the job admirably.
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