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April 23, 2005, 9:34 pm
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the 700m now and Dell was incredilbe with support, I'll give them that
much. A couple of pros and cons from a new user after using it for a
1) How big are your hands? No joke. Mine are average sized. This
keyboard is not. It is about 10% smaller with half size comma, period
and slash/? keys. I thought I'd never be able to use it but am
actually doing rather nicely. If you have big hands, forget this
machine unless you are a hunt and peck typist.
2) The speed is pretty good. Many say that the lack of a dedicated
graphics card isn't fatal and, to be honest, the display is quick and
sharp. Where it is lacking (as are the others) is that the hard drive
is old speed and most don't have the new high speed drives. I'm not
sure it keeps up with the processor.
3) The 2GHz chip is speedy. For the most part performance is
acceptable (hard drive should eventually be replaced) and I wouldn't
think of getting anything but the fastest chip available. With 2GHz
the heat is fine and having it on for hours I have no problem typing,
although the left side gets a little warm, but nothing uncomfortable.
4) The screen is gorgeous. At first I would have stayed away from
these glass-like coated screens. In a flourescent lighted room they
perform better than I thought. Contrast is fantastic. THis is the best
screen I have seen and looked at all of them at CompUSA and Circuit
City. The size was a little small but if you don't mind type being a
tad small (I don't) it is perfect. Size is incredible as is weight.
5) Batteries. I got 2 long life batteries (8 cell.) Afterwards I ended
up getting a discount on one 4 cell because many times I don't need
the battery and just want portability. If this appeals to you, get one
of each because the small battery won't last (maybe 2 hours at best,
IMHO) but is a joy to carry around. Having a laptop that is less than
4.5 lbs. (approx 2 kg) is incredible.
6) Get the Intel upgrade to wiresless. I'm finding it performs very
well with my linksys router. THe Netgear one I got for my folks seems
to be terrible but I don't think it's the laptop.
On a whole, this is a very well designed machine with the exception of
a few quirks (why put the USB ports on the LEFT, small keyboard could
have been expanded slightly or full size comma period keys by changing
silly arrow keys that are barely used.) For the price (I got it at an
insane price, under 2K with 3 batteries and fully equipped with 512MB
which I swapped out a 1GB chip for $140) it is a steal. Oh yeah, I
also got the service plan included. :) Get it.
Hunt and Peck Typist [Re: Need Advice....Buying a DELL 700M very soon]
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 17:34:03 -0400
1) How big are your hands? No joke. Mine are average sized.
This keyboard is not. It is about 10% smaller with half size
comma, period and slash/? keys. I thought I'd never be able to
use it but am actually doing rather nicely. If you have big
hands, forget this machine unless you are a hunt and peck
No offense, but you touch typist are really picky. I learned when I
was just a child on a Remington model 18. Oddly enough I found it in
the trash one day and it was really heavy being I was so small. But
I had a knack of fixing broken things and the cartridge didn't move
when you typed. Well that was easy to fix. And about 40 some years
later, I still have it. And it still works. <grin>
Anyway touch typing was like impossible for me back then. As I
didn't have enough strength in my little fingers to make a good
impression. So I quickly switched over to hunt and peck typing. That
way every keystroke got about the same amount of pressure. And the
output looked as good as a old Remington 18 could produce.
That worked great of course until computer keyboards came out. Well
actually electric typewriters came out before then. So I tried to
use touch typing and I was always faster with hunt and peck type
typing. Years later, I would try touch typing again since they say
it is the fastest. But it never was for me.
Well today I can do some touch typing, but I honestly still like
hunt and peck method much better. As the keyboard spacing is a big
deal with touch typing. But no big deal with hunt and peck typing.
In fact, the tighter the keys, the more I like them. As you touch
typists really like these big and wide keyboards. Boy I hate them
My typing speed averages around 40 to 50 wpm. Which is just so-so
compared to touch typist. Although if I was touch typing, I don't
think my mind would allow me to do much faster. Many touch typist
find that my speed is just incredible for a hunt and peck typist.
After I stated about what I like about hunt and peck typist. You
touch typist will enjoy this one. I once worked on a computer where
the one user who was a touch typist who had worn down all of the
keys. Meaning all of the keytops were blank.
I had to type in a password and I always have to look down at the
keyboard to start off. Later I don't have to look down too much. But
seeing all blank keytops, my mind just blanked and I had tons of
problems. Seems silly since I knew what key did what anyway, but
seeing a blank made me think all blank. Ouch! <grin>
I have to admit, since first learning on the old Remington, I still
smack the keys really hard. One would think this would be hard on
keyboards. And so would I. But you know what? No keyboard has ever
stopped working ever! I mean I had some used keyboards that had keys
that didn't work too well correctly. But smacking them harder, they
only get better instead of worse. Pretty amazing, eh?
My favorite keyboard was on a Epson PX-8 which was a CP/M 2.2 laptop
from 1984. You touch typist probably would have hated it. As the
keys were really close together. But I found it had a very good feel
for me. I still have that one too. But what can you do with a CP/M
2.2 laptop nowadays? <sigh>
Bill (using a Toshiba 2595XDVD under Windows 2000)
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