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CathyJ

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Which Alphasmart?
« on: May 30, 2007, 08:17:25 PM »

I think I remember a thread on the old MWF about Alphasmarts, so if I'm remembering correctly, there are people here who use them.  The subject came up in a "time management for writers" course I'm taking, and, coincidentally, someone on my local RWA loop mentioned them this week also.

So -- if you're using an Alphasmart, is it a Neo or a Dana (or maybe one that was a predecessor to either)?  And how well do you like it?

I am thinking it would help force me to write, because I'd be on something that was strictly a writing tool, rather than having e-mail, internet, games, etc.  I am too easily distracted!

Thanks.

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Re: Which Alphasmart?
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 09:44:44 PM »

Hi, CathyJ

I've had an older model (AlphaSmart 3000) for 4 or 5 years now.  I take it almost everywhere I go, from doctor's office visits to weekends away (often instead of my laptop).  I use it for ideas, notes to myself, rough drafts, and revision.

What do I like about it?  It's cheap (under $200), durable (I've lost count of the number of times it's been dropped or fallen to the floor and still works like a charm), and easy on batteries (I'm on only my 3rd set of 3 AAA batteries since I bought it).  Downloading to my computer's a snap (just connect them and hit SEND).  Start-up is quick and easy (Turn it on and start typing).

What don't I like about it?  I can only display 4 lines of text at a time, I can't add words to the dictionary, two keys stick a bit when I press them, and I'd like a bit more memory (still 100 pages is nothing to sneeze at).

Would I give it up?  Sure--if you give me a NEO to replace it (I looked at the DANA and wasn't impressed).

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Re: Which Alphasmart?
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2007, 10:33:23 PM »



So -- if you're using an Alphasmart, is it a Neo or a Dana (or maybe one that was a predecessor to either)?  And how well do you like it?


Cathy
My (to be strict, my wife's, since she's the one who won it in a raffle at Murder in the Grove--but she has a fancy laptop and I don't) Alphasmart gets fairly little use because I seldom go anywhere, and the computer is much handier at home.   The Alphasmart does indeed take some getting used to, but that could be partly because it's pretty old: a predecessor of both Neo and Dana.  I googled Alphasmart and got several interesting references, and maybe you'd be interested in doing the same.  This one looked interesting:<br> http://laptopmag.com/Review/AlphaSmart-Neo.htm<br>
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Re: Which Alphasmart?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 10:39:58 PM »

I think I remember a thread on the old MWF about Alphasmarts, so if I'm remembering correctly, there are people here who use them.  The subject came up in a "time management for writers" course I'm taking, and, coincidentally, someone on my local RWA loop mentioned them this week also.

So -- if you're using an Alphasmart, is it a Neo or a Dana (or maybe one that was a predecessor to either)?  And how well do you like it?

I am thinking it would help force me to write, because I'd be on something that was strictly a writing tool, rather than having e-mail, internet, games, etc.  I am too easily distracted!

Thanks.

Cathy
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Re: Which Alphasmart?
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 02:04:36 AM »

 ;D My Alphasmart 3000 is older than Dave's.   I love it.   I would probably go for a NEO if and when my Alphie wears out.  I use mine out in the garden, at the bookstore...just about anywhere.  It's a tough little workhorse, so light and so simple to use.  I can't afford a laptop, and I think that even if I could and did, I'd still take my Alphie out into the garden, to the bookstore, etc. instead.

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Re: Which Alphasmart?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 06:49:31 AM »

Cathy, I also have the old Alphasmart 3000 and love it. Never used the Dana or Neo, but I suspect with these machines, less is more. My Alphie turns on instantly, turns off ditto, is light and cheap and tough, runs forever on  those AAA batteries, fits in my big purse, downloads to my desktop quickly and easily. Great for writing in scraps of time, or out on the deck.  If more bells & whistles means more distractions, longer power up/power down time, or shorter battery life (I don't know if it does) I'd say that would be a net loss.

It's pretty much useless for editing, which is the stage I'm in, so I haven't used it as much lately. Even so, it's great for taking along and answering emails while you're in waiting rooms (to download & send when you get home) or even walking around the garden and making notes.

Anyway, I highly recommend it.

Kathy W.

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Re: Which Alphasmart?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2007, 10:04:51 AM »

Thanks so much, everyone!  :)  It sounds from everyone like the Neo is the way to go.  (Yeah, I can see that it could be pretty worthless for editing, but if I could get the words there in the first place, without so many distractions, I think it would be worth it for me.)

Cathy
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