A Portable Solution To Cramped Keyboards

OnBoard Travel Keyboard

OnBoard Travel Keyboard

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I love my little Acer Aspire One netbook. I’ve adjusted pretty well to the small screen, but I have to admit that sometimes typing a lot on the small keyboard cramps up my hands.

Enter the Atek onboard travel keyboard that I bought last month (for my husband, incidentally). It weighs less than a pound and attaches to the USB port of my netbook or my husband’s laptop.

It has a standard keyboard layout with standard-sized keys set at a standard distance apart. So typing on it really feels like typing on a full-sized PC keyboard, although the delete key and a few others are not in the usual position. It comes with its own lightweight case and with an inflatable wrist-rest that we haven’t tried yet.

With a 2.8-pound netbook and a one-pound keyboard, I’m still hauling a lot less weight than I would with a standard laptop. And the typing is easier.

I also own a flexible, rollup keyboard from Adesso that weighs about the same but looks easier to transport. I’m still getting used to that one, which has a squishier keyboard and more space between the keys. I’m not sure whether I’ll ever be able to type quickly enough on it to make it work out for me. If not, I’m sure my husband will share his keyboard …


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