- Oct 3, 2008
Soft - but with threshold feel. The resistance is high then low as the rubber dome collapses during key press. Key travel is more than you would expect. Still, it's meant to be used with thumbs. Finding the 'right key' when thumb typing is made easier with the dome-top keys.If you had to describe the current Pandora's keys, would you call them soft or clicky? Are they similar to the keys on a blackberry? Also how does the responsiveness and tactile feel of the keys change over time?
The blackberry I used to have had very short mechanical spring based key travel - semi-clicky. The Pandora's keys are nothing like that. To describe the Pandora's key feel... hmmm... Kind of like the keys on a remote control only much higher quality with more feel?
The keymats do 'break in' over time. When I got my 1Ghz Pandora I was surprised at how much resistance the keys had compared to the CC Pandora that I'd been using before. It is noticeable going from one unit to another. However, I've never broken one down. They get better with use - not worse.
Keep in mind, this is a console sold in thousands of units - not tens of thousands. There isn't a budget to design a custom 3-piece click mechanism per key and assemble hundreds of tiny mechanical parts per keypad. Rubber dome isn't the greatest keyboard on earth - but done right they're not horrid. It's a thumb-only keyboard. Anyone who touch types on the thing must be 8 years old or have tiny tiny hands.
If you're going to do any 'serious typing', plug in a USB keyboard OR use a bluetooth one. I have one of these that I use with my Pandora occasionally:
Note: Mine was a different brand and not sold through a China-direct company - but it looks identical to the one in this ad.
Does that help?