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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard
Closer Look: VisionTek CandyBoard
VisionTek 900335 Detailed Features
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

VisionTek 900335 Detailed Features

One particularly interesting feature on the VisionTek CandyBoard 900335 is the inclusion of a laser pointer. Since this mini Bluetooth keyboard works well with all computer systems: Linux, Apple Macintosh, and PC, the laser function allows the CandyBoard to become the ultimate all-in-one presentation device. By pressing the button located along the bottom of the keyboard, a red laser is displayed out of the left side (see image below).

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The embedded laser pointer is visible for well over 100 feet, and is strong enough to be clearly seen in well lit rooms. While this feature may not be the main selling point for the VisionTek CandyBoard, it broadens the application range for this mini-keyboard beyond computers and smart phones.

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Compatible with Bluetooth 2.0 and earlier, the VisionTek CandyBoard pairs directly to compatible devices or can be added onto non-Bluetooth devices by using the USB receiver stored in the underside of this mini keyboard. It was simple to pair the CandyBoard to Bluetooth-compatible mobile smart phones, computers, and game consoles (such as the Sony PS3). The process is very simple: search for Bluetooth device on your computer or mobile phone, press the 'Bluetooth Pairing' button on the CandyBoard (top left button), and type in the security code to confirm.

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VisionTek specifies the CandyBoard to have an operational range of up to 10 meters (30 feet). However, when the USB button receiver was tested on a Windows 7 laptop computer it responded perfectly at a measured distance of 40 feet. Using the Sony PlayStation 3 game console's built-in Bluetooth receiver, the CandyBoard successfully controlled the system without issues up to 40 feet as well. While longer distances my be possible, most users won't be able to see the screen of any device beyond this length.

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The VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth keyboard comes with its own built-in Lithium Ion battery, which operates at 3.3V/80mA. The CandyBoard is easily charged using the included USB cable to connect it to any USB port with 300mA or more DC power - which is nearly all USB 1.1 or later ports. The CandyBoard's battery light will illuminate red while charging, and will turn off when fully charged. There's a power On/Off switch located beside the USB port, allowing users to prolong the battery life whenever the CandyBoard is being transported, stored, or not in use.



 

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# thanks!eric 2011-01-17 10:42
this is great to know! i was wondering about this device, but wasn't sure if it was worth it!
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# Switching between multiple devices?IM0001 2011-01-18 16:14
I may have glanced over this in you review but when using the keyboard with multiple devices, can you switch between which device it was controlling at a time easily or did you have to manually connect/disconnect when switching devices?
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# RE: Switching between multiple devices?Olin Coles 2011-01-18 16:22
In my situation none of the devices are on at the same time; it's either the PS3, HTPC, notebook, or something else.
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# Pairs with iPhone 4 but can't "send" textsNoogies 2011-04-21 20:34
The Candyboard Keyboard pairs easily with an iPhone 4, and makes entering text easy, but you need to use the "Send" button on the iPhone to transmit your SMS message. The enter key acted as a "new line" key only.
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# Works with Android 2.2+Marc schlenker 2011-10-26 00:32
I use mine with my Motorola Atrix, PS3 and Laptop.
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# Great conceptRich 2011-11-26 18:33
I had a Lenovo N5901 but the mouse buttons weren't the greatest so decided to get this one. Works great when it does work seems to get locked up. I am using it with a win7 running XBMC. Don't know if it is just mine or what.
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# pairing codeJudy1686 2011-11-27 08:10
I can't figure out the pairing code to use. I got it paired beautifully with my Playbook, but can't seem to get my Torch paired, what is the code again???????
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# RE: pairing codeOlin Coles 2011-11-27 08:17
From the article: search for Bluetooth device on your computer or mobile phone, press the 'Bluetooth Pairing' button on the CandyBoard (top left button), and type in the security code to confirm. This random code is generated by the phone/device, and changes every time.
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# RE: VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Wireless KeyboardJudy1686 2011-11-27 08:35
Thanks, doing that and it doesn't give me the random code, not sure what is different from when I paired the Playbook so easily. I have been looking to see if the Torch needs some settng adjusted? Does it work with the Torch? If you know that for sure then I won't give up hope and try to figure this out.
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# RE: RE: VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Wireless KeyboardOlin Coles 2011-11-27 08:39
I don't have the instruction manual handy, but there could be a generic code listed in there. I am unable to confirm it works with Torch, as I don't have a test sample available to me.
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# RE: RE: RE: VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Wireless Keyboardjudy1686 2011-11-27 09:02
I figured out the code is 0000 but for some reason I get message unable to pair do you want to try again. I have tries several times, I turned off the wifi as I find that helps with the playbook sometimes when trying to connect
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# candy boardfrank 2013-12-31 15:52
Will the bluetooth candyboard work with the pivos xios ds media player? And if so how? Thanks
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# RE: candy boardOlin Coles 2014-01-01 09:14
Yes, it should. You would need to assign the control within Android's settings.
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