Neo2 Alphasmart Word Processor with Full Size Keyboard, Calculator
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- ALPHASMART NEO2 PORTABLE WORD PROCESSOR WITH USB CABLE AND 3 (AA)BATTERY IS INCLUDED. TESTED/WORKING
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Very light and portable. To save transfer a file, plug the USB into your computer, open your word processing program, and push the Neo send button. It types right out to the open document. Can also be directly connected to printer. Working arrival
Top customer reviews
I want to get into writing books. I'm already blind as it is. So sitting and staring at the computer is not good for my eyes. And writing in a notebook is difficult for me.
With this, it's just like a computer minus the eye strain. It's simply a keyboard with a safe screen for your eyes. I love how simple it is to just connect to Word. And the best part is I can go outside and type on a sunny day. No glare. Not difficult to see the screen. And the battery life lasts for ever!
I love it! So so cool now!
I like to use it when I don't feel like getting on the internet. I also love the keyboard. The keys are full size but I'm still getting used to it because I use my computer so much.
It's used but looks brand new and came with an adapter, and a usb cable.
I'd recommend this to anyone who needs a portable WP. It's easy to carry and sits more comfortably on your lap than a laptop
Right now I have it in our spare bedroom on a desk beside my Win 10 HP laptop and have it covered up with a cloth case my netbook came in to keep the dust off and preserve its condition.
The machine boots up in seconds so you can easily get to work. The screen has good contrast, about the same as a TI calculator. I have pretty terrible sight, and the standard font size is big enough to see clearly, though it can be made bigger or smaller depending on your preference. The keyboard has good tactile feedback, but it may be too loud for some. There are 8 file slots, with each able to hold more or less 10,0000 words. If you use for extended periods of time this may be a problem, but as I transfer my work weekly this has not been a huge issue for me.
The best feature for me is the godly battery life. In the months I have owned the neo 2 I am still trucking along, though just in case, I'll plan to change the 4AA batteries once a year so I'm not tempting fate. I also have an alphasmart Dana, and I much prefer the neo for this reason alone. The Dana has a backlight, a sort of touch screen, and a bigger screen with more features, but the battery life is only about ten or so hours. Between the neo and the neo 2, there is not much functional difference, save that there are more classroom features you probably will not use, and the neo 2 is a nicer charcoal color as compared to the inexplicably army green of the neo.
The main interface may take a while to get used to since we are so used to our GUIs, but you technically do no need to even use the interface, and the keyboard shortcut functions are printed on the back for easy reference.
Overall, this is an invaluable tool for writing, and if I had to name one downside, it would be having to constantly explain to friends, family, and curious onlookers what it is when I use whip it out. I usually say its a digital typewriter, though if I'm feeling cheeky, I'll just say it's a giant calculator.
Helpful accessories to the neo are a booklight so you can type in the dark (I use a mighty bright), and for traveling, a 13.3 inch laptop sleeve fits perfectly.
Plugged it into my computer the other day to transfer a story I wrote sitting in the garage, and it was so cool. :-) my computer basically considered the device as a keyboard. So once it was plugged in, I set up word, put the cursor where I wanted, and his "send" on the neo2. It proceeded to "type" the file into word at about 60wpm (very rough estimate). I walked away for a while, then came back to the file when it was done.
Very nice tool.
It has 8 different files (at the top of your keyboard) that you can name and organize your writing into. It has a built in thesaurus, spelling check, and so much more. It also is very lightweight, so it is easy to tote around with you.
I highly recommend getting this, or a device similar, especially if you like writing a lot.