Alphasmart

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To write the rough draft of “Elaty Riaf”, I used my Neo by Alphasmart. This was the first time I have done this. Here are my observations:

Positives:

  1. not very expensive ($28 used on Amazon)
  2. comfortable to type on
  3. the battery lasts for a long time
  4. this is a word processor only, and therefore I am not distracted by the Internet while writing

Negatives:

  1. the screen only shows a few lines at a time, which makes it difficult to refer back to character traits and names
  2. no thesaurus
  3. when I was in public, people interrupted me to ask about the “weird keyboard”
  4. once I transfer the file to my computer, I no longer feel like using the Alphasmart
  5. I must re-format for publication after transfer, rather than setting up formatting at the beginning of writing

 

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Overall, I would use this again, especially during times where I am on a strict schedule for writing. However it did not change my life enough to insist on use.

Have you used this before? Something similar? What did you think?

 

Love, Ashley (Crookham)