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SurferJoe46
28-07-2009, 02:50 PM
I need something that I can type on and doesn't have to have internet capacity at all.

I need to load some reference material into it from a CD-Rom and will need to be able to toggle back and forth between that material (ROM, not R/W) and the material I am typing, using copy/paste from the running program.

This is to be like a classroom activity with me having reference books on the hdd and a running program for the reference material at the same time.

Right now I am using a Palm Clie (Sony) and I use a stylus for entering from a screen keyboard.

It's slow - I miss a lot of material and I want to be able to type, not wiggle a stick to make entries.

Any ideas?

Agent_24
28-07-2009, 03:02 PM
Macbook Air.....oh wait, that doesn't have a CD drive.....

wratterus
28-07-2009, 03:22 PM
The whole optical drive thing really is a thorn in the side of most small notebooks. :(

What about one of these (http://www.shopping.hp.com/store/product/product_detail/NM325UA%2523ABA)? Smallest one I can think of off hand that has an optical drive.

http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=5&l2=131&l3=1010&l4=0&model=3042&modelmenu=2

That's a lot nicer, Asus will be better quality too.

pcuser42
28-07-2009, 03:54 PM
How small are you thinking? Netbooks or a 12"-15" screen?

Blam
28-07-2009, 05:19 PM
Could you use an external HDD or flash drive then store the stuff on that?

Would an External DVD drive be too much of a nuisance?

As Wrat mentioned-a CD/DVD drive is missing in most netbooks, otherwise netbooks would be perfect for your needs(cheap, lower powered but capable device)

Blam

somebody
28-07-2009, 05:55 PM
There is a 10" netbook which has an optical drive (http://www.liliputing.com/2009/07/asus-launches-eee-pc-1004dn-with-optical-drive-in-taiwan.html) - you will need to import it from Taiwan, or wait until they start selling it in the US.

Jen
28-07-2009, 06:12 PM
Just copy the CD contents to a USB flash pen. That way you don't need the laptop to have an optical device.

R2x1
30-07-2009, 08:39 AM
And when people tell you where you can stick your lecture, you can be much more at ease with a flash drive than even a small optical disk.

SurferJoe46
31-07-2009, 04:06 AM
OK - maybe an optical drive isn't necessary if the hdd in it can contain everything I need.

I have three or four reference libraries that I need to run and each is about 4mb in size, mostly text.

The USB-pen drive sounds intriguing, and I am just getting to that type of thing in my desktop units as I never really had the urge to use them in the past. They stick out and I felt they might be subject to easy damage hanging out of the case.

I don't want the tiny old "chicklette" keys and would really like it to be nearly silent to not disturb others who will be handwriting their notes sitting next to me.

Maybe needing to sync with the desktop(s) would be OK if I could put it off for a week at a time or so.

wratterus
31-07-2009, 08:26 AM
Sounds like a netbook (Eee PC probably) would be perfect. They are silent. The MSI Wind netbooks are quite nice too, havn't seen any issues at all with those so far, and the battery life is excellent. :thumbs:

Imagine a flash drive as being like a small external hard drive. You can put anything you like on them, they work anywhere a USB port is available and they are quick. They are also silent, where reading a CD is quite noisy, and you can update the content on them whenever and wherever you want. I keep one of mine on my keyring, that way I don't lose it.



Check this (http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1005HA-PU1X-BK-10-1-Inch-Black-Netbook/dp/B002DYIXMI/ref=dp_ob_title_ce?ie=UTF8&qid=1248985937&sr=8-1) out.

Check the combo deal - Eee PC, 2GB RAM upgrade and a bag, all for $420.41.

Here's (http://www.liliputing.com/2009/06/asus-eee-pc-1005ha-review.html) a review

And grab one of these (http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Cruzer-SDCZ6-8192-A11-Retail-Package/dp/B000UZN2ZK/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1248986208&sr=1-4).

Total cost - under $440 excl shipping. Man I wish we could get stuff this cheap in NZ!! :drool

What do ya think about that option? (When you see it tomorrow of course) :p

Blam
31-07-2009, 08:39 AM
Use an SD card, if you're worried that a flash drive may be subject to possible damage.

Just get the eee 900 with 20gb SSD model(should be enough for your needs) then use a the SD card as a transferal method to your method.

Or-Better yet, if you are near internet access, use something like Syncplicity, SugarSync or Dropbox to sycn your files if they aren't too big.

Or, when you go home sync using syncback SE over your LAN

Blam

sonar
31-07-2009, 01:41 PM
Use an SD card, if you're worried that a flash drive may be subject to possible damage.

Just get the eee 900 with 20gb SSD model(should be enough for your needs) then use a the SD card as a transferal method to your method.

Or-Better yet, if you are near internet access, use something like Syncplicity, SugarSync or Dropbox to sycn your files if they aren't too big.

Or, when you go home sync using syncback SE over your LAN

Blam

Goodluck finding stock of this as its linux. stop bringing those into the country a while ago.

Also if you want ease of typing then you are better going for a Eee PC with 10" screen such as 1000H, 1002HA, 1000HA.
unless you dont mind a smaller screen size then you can get the 904ha or 900ha.

the 9" models had a much smalle keyboard size and isnt the best for typing for most people, where as the Eee's using the 10" chassis have about 92% keyboard size which is a lot better.

Blam
31-07-2009, 02:14 PM
http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=378012

That'll do.

somebody
31-07-2009, 02:18 PM
http://ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=378012

That'll do.

SurferJoe is in the US.