[icon-discuss] Re: Question for all BraillePLUS owners; also getting some window-shopping time with the BraillePlus

  • From: Marta Rodriguez <yerbabruja@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 01:23:21 -0400

I don't find the braille keyboard on the Braille Plus to be cramped.  It's 
almost set up like those ergonomic keyboards, the 1 2 3 and 4 5 6 keys a little 
farther away from each other so that you don't have your arms together in front 
of you while you're typing, as you often do with a regular Qwerty keyboard.

But you might want to consider that if you don't like the braille keyboard, you 
can always add a qwerty keyboard to the device, which would certainly give you 
a little more typing room.  I just got myself one of those Adesso mini 
keyboards, the type that is small enough to carry in a laptop bag or a big 
purse.  I use that with the Braille Plus when I get tired of using its own 
braille keyboard.  Also have a foldable rubber keyboard, but find that keyboard 
isn't as easy to use as the Adesso one.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Zachary Kline 
  To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 1:13 AM
  Subject: [icon-discuss] Re: Question for all BraillePLUS owners; also getting 
some window-shopping time with the BraillePlus

  The Braille Plus keyboard isn't crampt, in my opinion.  It feels quite 
spacious compared to the BNS keyboard I remember.
  The braille keys themselves are spaced wide enough for my finger s to fit 
between them.
  The keypad is a little close together, but no more so than an average 
chordless telephone, and a lot wider than some cell phones.
  I'm not living in your area, so afraid I can't help with the loan issue.

  On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 09:48:59PM -0700, Rob Lambert wrote:
  > I have seen some pictures of the Plus (I use a very powerful magnifier on 
my MacBook) and the keyboard looks cramped. I've still got a 15 year old 
Braille 'n Speak and I know what cramped keyboards are like because of it. LOL 
I have not updated in 15 years, and I really am looking at a new device, but 
i'm at...well...6 forks in the road. LOL. I'm looking very closely at the 
Braille Plus as one of the devices I'd like to get. So yeah is the keyboard on 
the BraillePlus cramped? Also, a good friend of mine told me that where she is 
if she needs to look at something such as the BraillePlus or Icon, that she can 
(in the sense of equipment loans for review purposes). I'm from Nevada and I'm 
not sure what we have here besides Easter Seals (which I heard on the news last 
week will be closing due to funding issues I think) and the NFB and I'm not 
sure if they have a tech lab or not. I know the local Blind Center only has the 
BrailleNote and PACmate (last I looked). What I'd like to do is to actually 
make a hard look at the device, but I can't make it to the conventions this 
summer due to my need to take the Praxis for my bachelors in special ed.
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