So, I’ve got my novel back, thank heavens. I use both dropbox and an external harddrive so didn’t lose any data except what I wrote on the train yesterday morning. I’m having the harddrive looked at today and will probably be able to recover that since I had Scrivener set to save every two seconds. Okay… that might be a slight exaggeration, but the point is that I probably haven’t lost any work.
The consensus, however, is that the laptop is probably thoroughly fried because it was nose down in an inch of water while powered on. We’re going to let it sit for a week but I’m likely in the market for a new computer.
One day into using my ASUS Transformer Prime, here are the things that I love.
1. It is light and small.
2. I adore the touch screen. Clear, responsive, and intuitive
3. The keyboard is very comfortable.
4. The battery life is great. Haven’t run out of charge yet.
5. The docking station is easy to use.
6. It runs Android and I’m comfortable with that from my phone.
Things I am not keen on.
1. The trackpad was so hyper-responsive that I had to turn it off or I wound up typing in random places on the screen.
2. No way to turn of the tap feature of the trackpad. It’s all on or all off.
3. If you accidentally side-swipe a document program closed in the list of windows, you do not get a warning that files are unsaved. It just closes the program.
4. It is top heavy. If you have the screen open too wide, it will fall over if your hands are not on the keyboard.
5. It runs Android and will often default to portrait view because the program assumes I am using a phone.
So far I’m trying Documents-to-Go and OfficeSuitePro to see which one works better for my needs. As far as just straight ahead writing, both are comfortable to use with a slight edge to Documents-to-Go for having track changes. Neither of them will allow you to have more than one file open at a time and since my writing process usually involves having two files open, this is a little awkward. I might keep both programs in order to trick my machine into conforming to my needs.
All in all, it’s a solid little thing and will be good for the around town machine, but I’m a little spoiled in my needs for a full time writing machine. I’m open to suggestions on a replacement for the damp laptop. I was using a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet X61. The only thing I didn’t like about it was the weight.
Here’s my list of wants.
1. Less than four pounds
3. Docking station that can connect to a large screen
5. Built-in camera
6. Full keyboard
7. I’m not a gamer, so don’t need that sort of power.
8. Less than $1500