Alternative to a PC and Laptop for notetaking/websurfing?

  1. Hi, When I’m studying for long hours and taking notes on my 24” IPS-panel, power-consuming PC-screen I often feel like my eyes dry out fast and sometimes my body feels ill. This happens much faster than if I read my chemistry/science books without my computer turned on. However I need something for taking notes digitally.


    What Am I looking for?
    A smaller all-in-one-screen like an ipad (or a bit bigger) which is handy, and can be used only for searching words and explanations online and taking notes in a program like Office words. So I want it to start up fast if I need to look up words, and then I want to be able to turn it off after I looked up the word so I can continue reading my book. A good attachable keyboard and mouse would is also required for the machine.

    Can someone help me find this?
     
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  3. Simon Bridge

    Simon Bridge 15,261
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    Some sort of tablet ... I've seen people make great portable use of galaxy note.
    I've used an Asus Transformer so I can type longer missives without the keyboard hogging the screen.
    Some tablets can be loaded with a gruntier, more full-featured OS than Android too.

    You'll struggle to find just the right balance of functionality and UI - go to a store and try stuff out.
    I'd just say: avoid Apple.

    note: there are ways to adjust your desktop or laptop screen for easier reading and use so it doesn't tire out your eyes so much.
     
  4. I'd have to second the Galaxy Note series.

    I have both a 1st and 2nd gen iPad along with a Note 3. A good friend has a Note 10.1 and lets me play with it from time to time. Awesome product. I use the S Pen on my Note 3 quite a bit.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snG-ZcMi5zM
     
  5. robphy

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  6. christian0710 First there is a problem if your screen is making you ill ! Most likely your screen is too bright causing your eyes to squint. You need to adjust the brightness according to the light around you, a bright screen in a low lit area is bad for your eyes.

    2nd. I came across this today that might interest you.
     
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