Tech Search

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to you folks about my writing endeavors.  Well, first of all, I’d like to proudly announce that I obtained my goal of completing the first draft of my novel by the end of January.  Hu-freain-zzah!!  Now, said manuscript still needs to undergo some heavy editing, but that’s a whole other can of worms I won‘t open just yet.

During my journey writing this rough draft, I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to set aside my old school pen and paper for my next project and instead try using a computer.  But that brings me to my current conundrum and I hope some of my readers might be able to offer me some advice or suggestions.

I’m looking for a new computer to use exclusively for my writing.  Something slim, light and easy to carry, with a full keyboard, USB port(s), a decent word program (not having to purchase Office separately would be stellar), and a rather long battery life.  I’m not a Mac/Apple person so that end of the tech spectrum is out (no offense to the Mac/Apple users out there!).  I’ve been eyeing a certain device but I have my reservations where I‘ve read conflicting reviews and the price is at the top of my budget.  Before Christmas, I thought I found a decent device in the ASUS Transformer Book but after further inspection I sadly found that it didn’t work for me.

I can usually come to a decision on my own after doing a bunch of research, but this time I’m stuck.  Does anyone out there have any suggestions for a writer friendly (and highly mobile) laptop or tablet with a keyboard dock for under $500?  Do any of you who write regularly have devices you swear by?

Until next time…

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~A.M.

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