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Some people just want a portable word processor to carry around with them so they can write whenever they have time. AlphaSmart has just released the Neo which does just that. The Neo is a simple word processor with a monochrome 6 line screen that is […]

tandy-102neo_largeSome people just want a portable word processor to carry around with them so they can write whenever they have time. AlphaSmart has just released the Neo which does just that. The Neo is a simple word processor with a monochrome 6 line screen that is attached to a full sized keyboard. It’s light and runs on 3 AA batteries. It has a word processor (AlphaWord Plus) installed in ROM which includes a spell checker and thesaurus. It’s a definite retro device that some might find useful. At $249 I think I’d just get a Radio Shack TRS-80 Tandy 102 from eBay for less than $50. The specs of the two devices are amazingly similar, which is why I call the Neo a retro device. I had a TRS 102 back in the 80′s.

By James Kendrick

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  2. The Neo has a 700 hour battery life, which is much better than the old Tandy. Also, the Neo can work much better with modern computers.

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  3. These things are pretty cool. Over at the AlphaSmart site, there’s a guy who changed the color of his Neo to a retro red. Quite neat:

    http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y127/vrf/isoview.jpg

    http://www1.alphasmart.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=11;t=000378;p=1#000012

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