The keyboard folds into a 3.5-by-5-inch case that is only slightly larger than the Palm organiser itself. At 0.875 inches thick, the portable keyboard is a little too large to fit into most shirt pockets, but it will fit into a jacket pocket and takes up very little room in a briefcase or purse.
To set up the keyboard driver, it is hardly necessary to consult the instruction manual. Simply insert the accompanying software disk into the PC and double-click the PRC icon on the desktop. Inserted the Palm organiser into its HotSync cradle and press the HotSync button. To open the portable keyboard, slide its side-mounted thumb-switch down, unfold its panels, and slide the left and right sides of the keyboard together until they lock into place. There is a sliding support behind the portable keyboard's dock connector, into which the Palm organiser slides. Then, start the Memo application on the Palm and begin typing.
Typing on the portable keyboard is much like typing on a notebook PC. The response of the keys is quite comfortable, and the tactile feedback is satisfying. The keys are also positioned well for fast touch-typing. Note that you can only use the portable keyboard on a firm flat surface; you cannot use it on your lap because the keyboard's centre hinge does not lock. It is also advisable to handle the portable keyboard gently, as it is made from thin and lightweight materials.
For people who need to use their Palm for memos, e-mail, writing reports, or any activity that requires entering more than just a few words, the Palm portable keyboard tremendously convenient, especially given its small size and portability.