Flexible Keyboard: Does It Work? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/11/09

Flexible Keyboard: Does It Work?

By Joe Terrell - bio | email

TYLER & LUBBOCK, TX (KLTV & KCBD) -

"You know a computer keyboard has a lot of buttons, does a lot of things. But the one thing it won't do--it won't bend."

The flexible keyboard is a full size keyboard and it sports a USB connection.  "Why you say would you want a keyboard that was flexible? Portability for one thing, but there are other advantages. I got to get this thing open."

You see people drink things while they work on the computer. For me it's coffee. For this guy, it's not coffee. I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to use Twitter in the bathroom.

"Almost looks like a towelette dispenser, like you'd get these in the bathroom and another one would come out."

It's flexible. Just replace the current keyboard's USB with this one...and my operating system recognized it, just like that.

"This is taking a little getting used to." It's weird. It doesn't' feel like a regular keyboard. Spacebar especially gave me trouble.

Again, it's the same size as the other keyboard. But my fingers are having trouble figuring out how hard you need to press. No click when you press down either. I know instantly, this could never be a replacement for my hard keyboard. I keep checking to see if the letters are making it to the screen.

One thing's for sure, I can't type anywhere near my normal speed. This thing would not survive 10 minutes in a busy newsroom.

What about gaming? I survived at Tetris until I had a meeting to go to and that's when I discovered after rolling this thing up to take it into this meeting, keep in mind about 20 minutes into this experiment we had a torn key. I know, it's just the F4 button-- but it certainly seems an appropriate grade for durability.

"The sides are very, very thin so they're flexible." And with the tear, of course there goes all the claims of being waterproof.

Coffee spill.  "Oh...all over my keyboard!" It did well for a while. Of course we didn't spill much onto the keyboard.

Does it work? Good idea, but probably not worth your money. We give the flexible keyboard, a no.

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