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ThinkGeek.com Celluon Laser Keyboard is Awesome on Playbook

It may be kind of sad that a pretty keyboard can push a meeting up an hour because everybody wants to try it, but that’s apparently what happens when you try to take notes with lasers. Both the keyboard and multi-touch touch-pad version work flawlessly and connect automatically as they should after the initial pairing (which was painless). It takes a moment to get used to typing on it, though, you do get used to it.

Now the internet-world is my oyster. I can now easily play flash games that required a mouse and arrow keys like one of my favorite time wasters bmx backflips. Though in the mean time I always did have the likes of duck hunt (in case you don’t know, just double tap for full screen), I smell brains, DeadSpace, LostKomodo and, the wonderful DoodleBlast.

One odd fact: No woman I have let use this keyboard had trouble typing, and all thus far have managed to type with 90+% accuracy on first attempt without the need to “get used to it”. Maybe it has trouble detecting manly sausage fingers. I’ll submit a user experience issue for people with large hands.

Do keep in mind however that if purchased in Canada, you’ll have to pay about $16CAD for duties at the border for shipping technology. Ultimately though, I must say I’ve wasted money on much worse, as I actually do use this purchase for more than a pick up line. “Want to see my laser?”.

My review after two weeks with the playbook.

So, I took the plunge and got a playbook. The first thing I realized when trying to get my files onto it was how amazingly easy it was to do. I mapped the Ip as a share (start -> computer -> map network drive -> \\ipaddressofPlaybook) and then even in standby mode I can access my files. I should speak to that as well that I never actually turn it off. It is always in standby mode. Don’t forget to turn on sharing in the playbooks settings and set a password.

So far the only bugs I’ve encountered entirely exist within blackberry bridge. If you subtract that from the equation, its pretty much bug free. The ability to play smooth flash games has allowed me to enjoy the likes of  angry birds and angry birds rio among other favorites like sonic and mario. A few games like the built in need for speed or dead space 2 are pretty amazing and show off the power of the hardware. Hopefully with the release of playbook QNX 2.0 this month it will continue its smooth experience.

 

For those looking for a Kindle application have no fear, I jumped that hurdle by opening the kindle cloud reader and making the link to it as an app icon. Note however you should lock it in portrait orientation before opening up the webpage. In portrait it is not buggy, in landscape it is. If you open it in landscape and try to switch it without reloading the webpage, it will be unpleasant. You will start to enjoy reading on it once you realize to turn the page instead of a swipe straight across, Amazon must have thought it more life like if you do it in sort of an arc from one side to the other. Sort of like an upside down ‘U’ but with more of a curve.

I enjoy the podcasts app immensely… The search is better on iTunes, but once you find it there and find out the title, you can easily search and add any of them to your playbook.

 

There are some glaring things that are missing such as the ability to organize your apps in folders. However the web browsing experience has been so fast (both wifi and tethered) and bug free that I can say I’m glad of my purchase.

Hopefully the upgrade to 2.0 will continue to leave me happy and plug the holes that are missing (such as native email etc. Though I’m on gmail… so I use the weblink and it doesn’t bother me.)

I just ordered the laser cube keyboard off of thinkgeek. I’ll review it when it comes too.

 

 

 

 

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