I just received my NEO2 word processor that I bought for $25, including shipping, on eBay.
Yup, that’s kind of silly. After all I have four functioning computers. So why do I want this antique? Well, it will provide distraction free writing. It will allow me to write a first draft without editing as I type. And last: I bought it because I could.
Anyhow. Enough about me.
The NEO2 has a green screen with black letters that -depending on the font- will hold six, 16 character, lines of small text, five lines of medium text and four lines of large font text.
Mine also came with a couple of math and reading apps, and that’s it. No bells, no whistles, no extras. I don’t even remember how much memory it has. All I know is that it has 8 files for you to stash your works in progress.
As far as connections to the outside world go it has one type 2(I think) USB, one printer to USB, an IR receiver/transmitter, and a power connection.
–I told you it was bare bones.
The basic instructions are on the bottom of the device, so if you buy one of these little beasties, the first thing you want to do is go to http://support.renaissance.com/techkb/techkb/13002475e.asp and download the manual.
As far as storage goes, each of the eight slots have the default minimum file size set at 512 characters (about a quarter of a page).
While the default maximum size is 51,200 characters (about 25 pages).
But you can change it to the highest maximum file size allowed. Which is 102,400 characters (about 50 pages). This may slow the whole process up unless you ditch all those extra apps.
When you start looking through their website, you can sure tell these were for schools. They even have instructions on how to replace keys.
Now I wonder how long it will be before I break down and buy a keyboard for my second gen iPad, and put this on a shelf, never to be seen again?
On a much brighter note, I was in Walmart when someone discovered some miss-priced notebooks and I wound up with 10, 70 page, college ruled notebooks for 2 cents each. 🙂