HO invented the AlphaSmart Neo has to be the greatest genius since Gutenberg. I’d nominate him/her for the Nobel.
For writers, and others who live by the pen (and laptop), the AlphaSmart is unsurpassed as the friendliest tool to make you efficient and productive. It is – so far – the ultimate mobile writing solution.
It is a must-have for us writers who travel from location to location to cover charity galas, fundraising luncheons, press conferences and person-to-person interviews where a pen and notepad is a vital implement of our trade.
Actually you can leave the pen in your pocket. Just take the lightweight (at two pounds) Neo out of your briefcase, press the on button and you’re ready to go. No boot-up to wait for! Three AA batteries afford 700 hours of writing in eight files, hundreds of pages of text. Watch your progress on the LCD which shows from two to six lines of type on the screen, depending on your choice of large or small type size.
I got tired of scribbling notes on a pad and trying to read my own handwriting later as I typed them on my desktop. I can cover eight different events and store my notes in individual files. Actually I compose my stories as I take notes. When I return to my office I attach the USB cord and press one key to download each file to my PC for final editing. I don’t see how I can live without my Neo.
While a major market for the AlphaSmart Neo is the school – with students taking notes in class and at lectures – almost everyone will benefit with this amazing computerized typewriter. I mean lawyers questioning clients, insurance guys, detectives on a case, the list is endless.
Trust me, get one for yourself and you’ll write to thank me. If nothing else, it’s a great conversation starter. When I place my Neo, which looks quite elegant, on the dinner table at a black-tie gala to take notes during the program, inevitably heads turn, questions are asked, and I’m engulfed in compliments. For more information and to order a Neo at $249 go to www.alphasmart.com.