I recently wanted a tool to write on, like a typewriter, which would keep me safe from distractions.
I did a bunch of research and finally settled on the AlphaSmart Neo 2, in large part because of this thread.
So far, I have to say, I’m absolutely loving it. It’s just you and the keyboard. You can edit your words, but not much else. There are 8 files you can write into, which are each accessed by a dedicated key. It’s very easy to get your words onto a computer via a standard USB cable. And it’s extremely cheap. They are no longer in production but you can get them on eBay for $20-30 (although to get one shipped internationally like I was, you’re looking at another $40-50). It’s like an outlet for my creativity which isn’t my screen, and which isn’t as inconvenient or slow as writing on paper. It’s got me writing far, far more. Previously I’d been scared to write, because I didn’t want to be on my laptop even more than I have to be every day.
I’d recommend for anyone who wants something to write on that’s digital, convenient, but non-distracting.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this area!
Some other tools I considered but didn’t go for:
Freewrite: https://getfreewrite.com/. Was really expensive ($400+) and didn’t have the ability to edit your text in any way
Old-school typewriter. They are all seriously heavy and you need paper, and you can’t get it into digital format for later editing without a lot of pain
Raspberry Pi + keyboard + screen. Was surprisingly hard to find a boring non-backlit screen, and would have been tricky to make
Cheap laptop with no internet connection. Still would have some distractions like Minesweeper, and I didn’t want the colour screen
P.S. Is there an area of HTC for recommending tools?