Alphasmart 3000 Portable Laptop Keyboard Word Processor w/ user's, teacher guide For Sale
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Alphasmart 3000 Portable Laptop Keyboard Word Processor w/ user's, teacher guide:
Alphasmart 3000Portable Laptop Keyboard Word ProcessorIncluded:AlphaSmart 3000AlphaSmart 3000 User's Guide (98 pgs)Teacher's Guide (20 pgs)AlphaSmart Cable Setup GuideAlphaSmart Keyboarding Chart
battery and cables not included
Alphasmart 3000 portable word processor keyboard. It has a pretty standard looking keyboard, with a few special keys added for the Alphasmart functions. For example, the key next to the space bar that has a clover symbol is used to precede Alphasmart instructions, such as page up and down, left most character, and rightmost character.
I'll describe the best features of the Alphasmart 3000 word processor, but you may first want to know the big gotcha. The main sacrifice for the incredible portability of the Alphasmart is the limited LCD screen. The display is a mere 4 lines of 40 characters. Seemingly much too miniscule to do any real work. But then when you try it and get used to it, you'll find it adequate for more work than you thought.
What is it?
If you're not familiar with the Alphasmart, it is a portable word processor with a full-sized keyboard, and a simple but effective file system that allows you to take notes or compose drafts of whatever you want to write. It is durable, simple, light weight, and operates hundreds of hours on three AA batteries. In addition to all its light weight and portability, it is very tough. Translation -- a near perfect portable word processor.
The three AA batteries can supply up to 700 hours of use, and 500 hours of use is common. You can check the status of the batteries with the cntl-alpha smartkey-b sequence. And even if you get the low battery indicator, you can still upload your files because the unit will be temporarily powered from the USB cable. You cannot edit files when the USB cable is inserted, but you can at least save your work even if the batteries are low.
This all adds up to a clever device that is portable in a way you cannot imagine if you've primarily been working with conventional laptops and their couple of hours of battery performance, their weight, and their delicate construction (just drop one and see).
While the editing features of the older Alphasmart Pro are limited, the Alphasmart 3000 gives enough to let you insert and delete text, cut and paste text within a file, and even cut from one file and paste into another. The unit is always in an insert mode. Anything you type goes into the current document, and you can delete characters with a backspace key.
The Alphasmart has 8 file keys that let you select which file you want to view or work on. The Alphasmart 3000 allows the same storage capacity for each file and can store up to about 100 pages of text total.
With the Alphasmart 3000 you can easily move around a document with up, down, left, and right cursor keys. You can quickly get to the beginning or end of a document. You can move up and down by a screen (4 lines) using page key sequences. And you can move to the beginning or end of a line quickly. The 3000 model also has a find function that lets you search through a file.
The 3000 model as mentioned also has a cut and paste feature that uses similar key sequences to most word processors you may be familiar with. With the ability to insert and delete text, cut and paste, and move quickly around within a document, the unit is handy for making notes and drafts of papers, articles, or book chapters. The Alphasmart 3000 even has a spell checker available as a selectable applet, though this is likely an operation best performed after a document has been uploaded to your computer.
Another feature included in the model 3000 that is the ability to download files from the computer into the Alphasmart. This feature requires a program (available for PC or Mac from Alphasmart) that handles the communication. Load the program into your computer and then you can move a file to the Alphasmart 3000 for working on it in a super portable way.
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