Thursday, May 10, 2012

First Customer Review of The All-New BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform


...First Customer Review...

The All-New BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform


We originally planned to send out all the review units before we began sending out production units to customers. Due to a last minute modification I had to make to our tool, we fell behind schedule, so I decided to skip shipping out review units until all customer units were delivered. We are completely caught-up with the backlog of orders, and will begin sending out review units next month. 

This explains why you have not seen any formal reviews in major publication yet. The great news is that customers all over the world have received their all-new BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms, and they absolutely LOVE them!!!!

So far, one customer wrote a great review I thought I would share with you here.

Review: BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform


What is it?

The BulletTrain Express Keyboard Platform holds an Apple Wireless keyboard and Apple Magic Trackpad. Essentially, it gives you the same set up as you find on Macbook Pros and Airs.

How does it work?

Basically you snap in your Magic Trackpad and Wireless keyboard. The two devices then sit in the platform. It allows the user to access the trackpad beneath the keyboard just like a Macbook.

BulletTrain Express with Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Magic Trackpad

Why should I care?

It all depends on your approach to computing and your style. Personally, I love how the MBPs are set up. I find I am way more productive with the trackpad beneath the keyboard. I tried using a trackpad in place of a mouse but I found it cumbersome and really not all that effective. I particularly found the trackpad problematic if I was working in a spreadsheet application; I would end-up reverting to a mouse.

The BulletTrain Express feels very solid. It does not move when you are typing and holds both the keyboard and trackpad level. It also provides some much needed wrist support. After 2 days of using it I have to say I am thrilled.

You could also effectively use the BulletTrain Express as an input device for a computer in the living room or media centre. It is totally lap friendly!

The only thing I don’t like is that the BulletTrain Express does not house a full-size keyboard. I do a lot of work with numbers and I need a keypad. I have purchased an SMK-Link Bluetooth keyboard/calculator.

That’s all great but how much does it cost?

The BulletTrain Express costs $79. However, you also have to purchase an Apple Wireless keyboard and a Magic Trackpad. The total setup cost: $223 and with the Bluetooth keypad is about $300. Not inexpensive. But if you already have the trackpad and keyboard and can live without the number pad then you are just looking at the $79.

So how do I get it?

You can order it here.

Conclusion

I love this product! Quite often I am disappointed in tech products as they are not often as they are described. This product is different. I noticed this right from the beginning. The product was on back order and when I emailed to find out when I would get mine, the product creator called me. We discussed the Express and he was confident that I was going to love it. He was right. So, if you have used a MacBook Pro and 
loved it you will love this set up for your desktop.

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