We rarely buy a new computer and our knowledge and criteria waste away during the years in between. This Compaq Mini 110 notebook, aka a netbook computer, sometimes generically listed under tablets, was acquired three months ago for two jobs: (1) Composing sonnets, etc, en route by train to The Blogger’s Retreat and back (300 mins actual writing time), (2) Writing and editing novels while on holiday.
Pluses: Dimensions (Much smaller than laptop; some hardback novels are bigger), screen size (Fine for word processing), weight, built-in proper keyboard, email/internet capability.
Minuses: Battery life, lack of CD/DVD drive, no software other than XP, cursor pad.
Compromises/improvisations: Power lead essential (British trains now have power points), data transferred from main computer as email attachment, new programmes downloaded from internet, pad bypassed with dinky mini-mouse (shown). Word processing: I’m very pro MS Word but the WP part of freebie Open Office accepts Word documents hence saving of £100 for new MSW.
Numerics: Cost £240 but cheaper options available Specs: 1.6 GHz, 1 GB RAM, HD 160 GB, up to 3 hr battery life, dims: 35 x 265 x 170 mm, weighs 1.1 kg.
PERSONAL NOTE: The need became apparent in France in June when I wrote a 4000-word short story WITH A PEN. Barbaric! Might as well have used a chisel on granite. Realised I could also keep novel on the boil via improvisation mentioned above. Must emphasise this is an in-between indulgence; desktop much more comfortable and comprehensive.