Itâ€™s pretty bad when a glorified keyboard costs nearly as much as an off brand laptop.
Yes, yes it is. But when it comes time to upgrade away from my Alphie, I’ll pass on the off-brand laptop and go with another Alphie (or the NEO, which is, I gather, the next generation). And here’s why:
Alphie serves one purpose. Writing. That’s it. All you can do with it is write (or play with the calculator applet, but even the most die-hard procrastinator loses interest in that after a while.) There’s no powering up, or rebooting, or waiting, waiting and more waiting.
I hit the ON button and type. Hit OFF and make lunch. ON and type. OFF and change the kid’s movie. ON and type. OFF, and…etcetera etcetera etcetera.
I take it outside in the afternoon while the boys play. Usually it’s stacked on top of a pile of notebooks, books, phones, etc, and it has no issues with being juggled along with everything else. When I have to chase the ball into the road and step between an overenthusiastic lightsaber match, I stand up and toss Alphie into the seat. It’s lightweight enough to move it quickly out of the way of balls, flying trucks and frisbees. I take it camping without a second thought. I can sit with it in front of the TV and still feel my legs two hours later.
Given a choice between another Alphie and a laptop, I’d take the Alphie. I don’t want wireless access. The point is to get away from the computer. I don’t want my emails and address books and 3492 loops going on vacation with me. I just want to write. And nobody does pure, distraction-free writing like Alphie.
I have, however, been considering another option lately. There are only two things I don’t like about Alphie—the stiffness of the keys and the lack of backlighting (especially bad when we’re camping.) So I’ve thought about getting one of those foldable keyboards for my iPAQ. Not only is it backlit, but you can edit as well. (Okay, technically you can with Alphie, too, but it’s a bitch.)
Anyway, the whole point is that I actually would pay almost as much for a glorified keyboard as I would for an off-brand laptop. I just won’t take it apart to lube the keys. :rofl: