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The alphasmart is a light and portable note taker with a small display screen. The fantastic thing about the alphasmart is that it allows people who aren't so great at hand writing to participate a bit more be it in a lecture, meeting at work or even if you don't have a laptop and want to type something out to put on your desktop computer.
It is ridiculously easy to use, once the batteries are in it is just a case of turning the alphasmart on and away you go! The "Qwerty" keyboard means not getting confused. There are 8 files on the alphasmart allowing you to write up to 8 documents at a time before having to upload the documents onto a computer.
It is also incredibly easy to get your work onto a computer, simply plug in the USB cable, open a word processing programme and click send, then you can sit back and watch your work upload before your eyes.
I use my alphasmart for college classes, I always fall behind taking hand written notes and my handwriting is pretty terrible! So this is perfect as I am a good typer.
I would reccomend them for anyone who doesn't have the best handwriting or just prefers to type.
It has being organised that I am to have a Alphasmart 3000 for use at University. I am waiting for confirmation from my LEA (Local Education Authority) that I can purchase one of these machines. Which I am expecting any day. Here is what I know about the AS3000: It has a Full Size keyboard with 80 keys. Rugged, lightweight design. 4-line by 40-character LCD display. Functions as a full-featured keyboard when connected to your Macintosh's or PC's keyboard port. Comes with 3 AA batteries. It holds 100 pages of text. It has 8 files to store different data in, each holding approximately 12.5 pages of text(adding up to 100 pages) Send the text to any application on your PC or MAC via special cable or standard USB Print directly to most printers It features: Spell Checker, Keyword Search, Keyboarding Timer, AutoSave, AutoPower off, Cut & Copy & Paste, Password Protection, Two-way tranfer(PC to AS3000), Features for special needs like Sticky Keys, Key Repeat, Different keyboard layouts. The AS3000 also lets you add extra software to it, which are called Applets. These Applets are used to extend the functionality of the AS3000. Although most of the applets you have to pay for, there are a couple you can download for free. The battery life in the AS3000 is: 3 AA Batteries = 300-500 hours NiHM Rechargable = 100 hours I Would suggest standard AA Batteries. The size of the AS3000 is: Height: 1.9 in. (4.8 cm) Width: 12.4 in. (31.4 cm) Depth: 9.3 in. (23.5 cm) The weight of the AS3000 is: Weight: 2.0 lbs. (.91 kg) Prices: AlphaSmart 3000 Non-Infrared keyboard for PC/MAC, with PS/2 & AT 'Y' cable, manual, batteries with 3 years return to base warranty. = £199 AlphaSmart carry case = £19.95 AlphaSmart 'GET' utility for a PC for downloading files to and from the PC to the AS3000 <
br> = £19 I will write another opinion on the AlphaSmart 3000 when I receive the product hopefully in 1 weeks time.
As part of my HND course, I was asked to, to use and evaluate a piece of equipment for a person with a disability and I choose to evaluate the AlphaSmart 3000. The AlphaSmart 3000 is a simple, portable key board/ Note taker. It is compatible with any computer, Macintosh or PC, and with most printers. It enables users to type, edit and electronically store text (for example, reports, essays, email messages or notes), and to practice keyboarding, without having to be at a computer. It is basically a full-size keyboard, made of a blue plastic keys ( that can get scratched easily) and all, about the size of a three ring binder. There's a line of grey opaque function keys above the number key row, and a four line LCD character display above the keys . The whole thing runs on three AA batteries. The AlphaSmart includes a calculator, which allows equations up to 14 lines long to be typed into the applet. The word processor includes all the usual functions such as cut and paste, spell check and find. One feature of the AlphaSmart is the ability to change keyboard layouts. The usual QWERTY is standard, but Dvorak can be chosen. Left-handed only or right-handed only can also be chosen for persons with disabilities. There is a sticky-keys option to type combination keystrokes without having to actually press the multiple keys simultaneously. Text typed into the AlphaSmart can be transferred to a PC or a Mac, with cables which connect to the keyboard ports or USB ports. The AlphaSmart 3000 holds about 100 pages of single-spaced text in eight It automatically saves your text, and your place in the text, even when you turn it off. It includes cut/copy/paste and a built-in 70,000-word spell checker. It can print directly to most printers through its printer port. Also included are features for individuals with special needs (sticky keys and key repeat control), All of the files can have a password on it so no
one else can access any of your work. Good when there are little children about. The AlphaSmart has four different speeds:- Very Slow Slow Default Fast This enables the speed of the letters to be typed to go from slow to fast. The AlphaSmart has also got four different keyboard layouts. QWERTY- this is the standard keyboard for most computers and typewriter’s DVORAK- this is a scientifically designed keyboard which requires less finger reaching and stretching. There is also two more options of a layout which is right hand and left hand only. This enables faster typing for a person with limited hand movement. Benefits The benefits of the AlphaSmart to a user with a disability is that they can carry on there education and gain a better knowledge of certain subjects. The AlphaSmart is portable, so that it can be moved around, and be taken to every lesson. It is very light, lighter than a laptop, so it can be carried around or stored in a persons bag. It can store over 100 pages in one text file, of which there are eight. It runs on 3AA batteries, and it can run on these batteries between 200 and 500 hours. Therefore I think that having a AlphaSmart will benefit any person with a type of disability. I also think that the AlphaSmart can also benefit people who do not have a disability. As it is light and very portable can be used for people on the go, and who don’t want to carry a laptop around with them all day. I would certainly recommend this piece of equipment to anyone.