AlphaSmart 3000

AlphaSmart 3000

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  • But Mom, It's MY AlphaSmart!

    Jan 8, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Light, a cinch to use, perfect for writers and kids alike
    Cons: Small screen

    Summary: Many months ago, I heard about this new portable, lightweight word processing machine called an AlphaSmart. Writers on a discussion list were raving about it. I had to check it out since I was already in the market for a laptop. Upon ... read more

  • Alphasmart- A NEAT THING With a Few Little Problems

    Apr 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: So easy to use, lightweight, inexpensive, COOL, and all-around fun.
    Cons: Infra-red transference beam doesn't work with some older computer systems

    Summary: When these desk calculator-sized word processors were given away at the Writer's Roundtable Conference a few years back as doorprizes, many of the participants had never heard of them. By the following year, they were the most eagerly anticipated and ... read more

  • A Caregiver's Dream - The Almost Perfect Alphasmart 3000

    Mar 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Allows many disabled kids to take notes, easy to use, almost indestructable, optional word prediction
    Cons: Clumsy file transfer, small display, low file capacity.

    Summary: When you only have the good use of one hand...and limited use at that...taking notes in class or doing writing assignments can be a great chore or even impossible. Think about studying for a test and either having no notes to count on or borrowing ... read more

  • Alphasmart -Paperless Classroom

    Jul 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, durable, no student distractions.
    Cons: Wireless only to three feet, text alignment, no graphics.

    Summary: I have Alphasmart 3000 IR's and they work well with my classroom (http://www.paperlessclassroom.com) The units are exceptionally durable and the battery life is incredible. There is a get-it utility that allows me to transfer text to the keyboard as ... read more

  • AlphaSmart 3000 better than a laptop

    Dec 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, easy to carry, extra long battery life, priced right!
    Cons: can't add special words to spell checker

    Summary: The AlphaSmart 3000 is the best, most economical way I have found to type on the road, in my easy chair, at a meeting, at the beach, on the boat - anywhere! When I get back to the computer, a simple USB hookup and one keystroke is all I need to download ... read more

  • ALPHASMART 3000 - Why Buy A Laptop For Text?

    Apr 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Very portable, lightweight, long lasting battery capability and moderately priced.
    Cons: Keyboard not the easiest to see due to "gel" type case color.

    Summary: It wasn't until I began working for my local newspaper that I was introduced to the Alphasmart 3000 and now I find I want one of my own. For text, there is simply no easier way to travel than with an Alphasmart 3000. It is so ... read more

  • Our Family is Smarter

    Apr 10, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Convenient, User-friendly, and reliable
    Cons: you'll need extra batteries

    Summary: I think one of the best things about this "portable keyboard" is the fact that I can use this whenever I want to. I don't have to be limited to one room or one space. I'm free to think and expand my workspace. Waiting for my ... read more

  • Get AlphaSmarter Than Everyone Else!

    Apr 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lightweight, portable, easy to use, works cross-platforms!
    Cons: limited to 8 files, keys can be a bit louder than conventional keyboard

    Summary: I have been using the AlphaSmart in an educational setting for almost six years now. I am an elementary school teacher, presently working as the Technology Integration Specialist for a large metropolitan Boston school system. ... read more

  • Alphasmart is awesome!

    Apr 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: lightweight, fast transmission between alphasmart and computer, not to expensive.
    Cons: none

    Summary: Now in my home, we have way too many computers and the last thing I needed was yet another computer. But I wanted a light one to carry around instead of my dell laptop that I had bought a year ago. I really didn't want to spend so much on a ... read more

  • Very Handy

    Mar 13, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The excellent keyboard and price. Perfect for a travelling writer.
    Cons: I have no cons for this excellent product.

    Summary: This is a review on an excellent computer device called AlphaSmart. There are two kinds. AlphaSmart 2000 and the new one, AlphaSmart 3000. This review is on AlphaSmart 3000. AlphaSmart has many features. In fact, it has so many features that ... read more

  • An excellent tool when traveling

    Mar 2, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price ($249), light weight, durability, compatibility with MAC OS and other platforms.
    Cons: Lack of backlight.

    Summary: As a consultant and regular user of a laptop while traveling, I have found the AlphaSmart 3000 serves as an excellent companion while "on the road." The ability to function for several hundred hours on AAA batteries provides incredible convenience while ... read more

  • Have the remote, the stereo but I keep Alpha!!

    Feb 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Writers are poor in their pockets but rich if they own AlphaSmart
    Cons: Only draw back is if you don't have one

    Summary: I'm a pretty simple person. But don't cross me when it comes to this tiny blue machine. The AlphaSmart holds 100 single spaced pages. It has paste copy and cut. There are no disks to carry. A technically challenged person can work it very easy. You turn ... read more

  • Don't write home without it

    Jan 22, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Portable, durable, useful
    Cons: Mysterious data loss appears possible

    Summary: I got an AlphaSmart 3000 for my husband, the not terribly computer literate writer, who rides a lot of mass transit. It is everything he wants except that the keyboard has no backlight in low light situations and once, during a train ride, an entire long ... read more

  • Great writing tool!

    Jan 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful translucent aqua color. Full size keyboard for easy typing.
    Cons: Has a hard time transferring text to an old Macintosh.

    Summary: I love my alphasmart! It runs on three batteries and is only 2 lbs. It is easy on your shoulder when you carry it around. I love the color and the ease with which you transfer the text to a computer. Plus it is a lot cheaper than a laptop computer. I ... read more

  • Save money: Alphasmart is a Terrific Writing Tool!

    Nov 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Durable, easy to use, holds a charge for hours and hours, great for traveling.
    Cons: No backlight

    Summary: I typed this review on an Alphasmart 3000, which I then downloaded to my PC. For about a year I had been reading these ads on this unit in such magazines as Writers Digest. Finally, curious, I went on to Alphasmart’s website ... read more

  • Alpha... Cool and EEEZYYY!

    Nov 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lightweight, Easy to use, rugged, inexpensive, good warranty
    Cons: Doesn't work as well with a slower windows PC

    Summary: As a radio journalist, over the years I've used a lot of so called "portable" computers which were geared toward word processing, but was always disappointed that the machines just were either too heavy, cumbersome and always a pain to ... read more

  • Phenominal typing powers---itty bity living space!

    Oct 30, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lightweight, virtually indestructable, cheap
    Cons: I'd love an ergonomic (split) keyboard

    Summary: The AlphaSmart is incredible! My first experience with one was about two years ago. I was a CTAP (California Technology Assistance Project) mentor for my elementary school. We meet about once a month to work on projects for our school. One mentor had ... read more

  • Right Writing, and Fun, Too

    Oct 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lightweight, full size keyboard, cheap word processor
    Cons: nothing

    Summary: At Christmas in 1998 my husband gave me the top item on my wish list, an Alpha Smart 2000, produced by Intelligent Peripheral Devices, Inc. Alpha Smart is a feather weight (2 lb.) but amazingly sturdy word processing device with a four-line LCD screen ... read more

  • Excelente!

    Oct 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: 100
    Cons: 0

    Summary: The Alpha Smart 3000 is awesome! I have not had any problems with this! I haven't needed any tech support AT ALL! You see, it is in my oh so very humblest of humble opinions that the Alpha Smart 3000 should be put in the Computer Input Devices Hall of ... read more

  • Great word processor!

    Sep 29, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: inexpensive, large font on LCD screen, easy hookup and sending
    Cons: no light to see when typing in dimness

    Summary: I am a freshman in college, who has cerebral palsy, which affects my handwriting, so that it is not the easiest to read. One of the counselors at the college told me about the Alphasmart 2000 when I was registering for college. I did not get to ... read more

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