iBizs Xela Keyboard Stands Out from the Crowd

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-01-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PDA keyboards are a dime a dozen, but iBiz Technology's Xela stands out from the crowd by serving as a combination keyboard and case for your Palm PDA.

PDA keyboards are a dime a dozen, but iBiz Technologys Xela stands out from the crowd by serving as a combination keyboard and case for your Palm PDA. Released last month and priced at $70, the Xela is a hard-case shell that folds out into a QWERTY keyboard. The front of the case folds down to reveal the device. The Xela is designed to enable users to hot-sync their handhelds while theyre still in the case.

Xela, although bulky, is a good choice for users more comfortable inputting information using a keyboard.

In tests, I easily connected the keyboard device to my Zire 71 and could peck out full sentences. Unfortunately, the diminutive size of the keys means users with larger fingers could find themselves typing with two fingers.

The Xela supports Palms m500, m505, i705, Zire 71 and the Tungsten series through Palms Universal Connector. iBiz expects to release versions for the iPaq and Dell Pocket PC soon.

More information is available at www.ibizcorp.com.

 
 
 
 
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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