Kingjim Pomera DM 250 Digital Typewriter Review

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Kingjim has just released a brand new digital notepad, which is basically a digital typewriter with an LCD screen. Previous generations used an E INK screen, but this one is really underpowered. This is extremely portable and can easily be thrown in your bag or backpack and won’t take up much space. Why should you buy it? The main selling point is distraction-free, there are no notifications or emails, it’s designed just for writing. It is mainly made and sold in Japan, but it has an English keyboard and a full English user interface as well. The overall color scheme is dark gray, but the company has made a limited edition of 250 units in snow white, which looks really amazing, but there are no pictures of it anywhere.

Hardware and software

Pomera has been manufacturing this type of digital typewriters since 2008 and has a long history in this industry. The DM250 replaces the popular DM 200 released in 2016 thanks to the E INK display. The old model had a foldable design, it folded the keyboard into the screen, which made it very bulky. The Pomera DM 250 has a 7 inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1024 × 600 and has a color screen. It has a nice compact size and can fold inwards for transport and then folds outwards via the hinge system. This makes it extremely portable and fits easily into a purse, messenger bag, backpack, or briefcase. Typing on the keyboard is pure pleasure thanks to the 0.6 inch key pitch and JIS layout. The keyboard is made of silicone.

There’s 1.3GB of internal storage, and your novels, screenplays, or thought classes can be backed up via cloud storage, which has an additional 1.3GB of files. However, if you write like the wind and need even more storage, there’s an SD card slot, capable of 32GB. You can transfer documents to and from the Pomera with the USB-C port. This is the first time a Pomera-branded typewriter has had a modern port like this.

There is a WIFI chip but it doesn’t have internet access, so you won’t be able to surf the internet or access cloud storage solutions, other than the Pomera Cloud. If you use the dedicated application Pomera link, you can connect Pomera and your smartphone via Wi-Fi and send you plain text files. It can even generate a QR code and you can simply access the files on any phone with a QR app. There is one trick left, you can send the txt file to an email address and that is the scope of the mail system, then the WIFI turns off once the document has been attached and sent.

The overall color scheme is dark gray, but the company has made a limited edition of 250 units in snow white, which looks really amazing, but there are no pictures of it anywhere.

The 250’s main user interface includes File, Edit, Search/Insert, Word List, Tools, View, Type, and Settings. File is basically where you can save existing documents, open existing documents, and view properties. Edit to undo, redo, cut, copy, paste, delete or select all. Find, lets you search for specific text in a document, replace words with another, access background patterns, or add a timestamp. The word list is where you access English/Japanese synonyms or dictionaries. Tools is where you can generate a QR code for your current and open document, show a calendar, adjust font style, attach an external Bluetooth keyboard for typing, and pair to a smartphone. View has some notable settings such as disabling color display and making it monochrome. Settings is where you can create a password for the device to add an extra layer of security. You can adjust the backlight brightness levels and change the language from Japanese to English.

Pomera does not support mice, so all operations must be performed with the keyboard. If you are connecting a wireless Bluetooth keyboard or using a USB-C keyboard, it is important to note that many function keys used by the Pomera 250 will not work. The use of an external keyboard will therefore be used for writing and not for navigation.

When you press the “menu key” in the position corresponding to the Windows key on a PC, the menu is displayed at the top of the screen. From there, use the cursor keys to move items around and press the “Enter key” to select. (“alt+F” for file menu, etc.), “ctrl+S” for overwrite, “ctrl+C” for copy, “ctrl+V” for paste, etc. Almost any shortcut that uses function keys can be remapped. Once accustomed, it is reassuring to be able to customize it for efficient operation according to its use and preferences. The thesaurus can be called with the “alt + F7” key, probably because it is used often. I won’t go into all the shortcodes, but they can be accessed and remapped in the settings menu.

Wrap

This latest generation of Pomera 250 is mainly in competition with the Freewrite Traveler. The Freewrite model is about the same price, but it uses an E INK display, supports 24 keyboard languages, and has mechanical keys. It can also store your documents on major cloud storage service providers, such as Evernote, Dropbox or Google Drive. The Pomera has a larger screen, and has a smaller footprint than the Traveler, it also weighs less. It depends on having a smartphone with Japanese apps. Sending documents by e-mail is also very useful.

Pomera 250

$599.99

Pomera 250

Advantages

  • Foldable keyboard/screen
  • Good resolution
  • Lots of features
  • SD card
  • WIFI to save documents

The inconvenients

  • Only supports TXT
  • Membrane keyboard
  • Need Pomera app to record on your phone
  • No browser
  • Limited use

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