Last week was not productive at all. The past couple of weeks have been like this mainly because things in my real life took a bit of a winding twist due to my “Say Yes to Stupid Shit” mantra.
I did manage to spew out exactly 4000 words on Saturday night using my Bluetooth keyboard and my smartphone, which came a bit of a surprise, so I’ve obviously had to use this as justification to buy myself (or have bought for me) a new shiny.
I’m a gadget addict. I love them and I love reading about them. I think we’ve all tackled the pen and paper versus technology before and I’ve never had any qualms about expressing my love for my phone and Evernote, so it may come as no surprise that after a rough couple of weeks and a spot by the Better Half that I persuaded him that I needed to get another (I know – I’ve already admitted I have a problem) tablet.
This one is a bit different to our other finds. Most of the tech we’ve played with in the tablet department has been of the Android variety as they’ve been the cheapest and most cheerful. Years ago, I gave up my Windows PC in favour of my tablet fetish and then realised I needed a Windows machine to do all the things I need to do (run Scrivener mainly, and ping stuff. Oh, how I’ve missed ping). I eventually gave in to peer pressure and bought a Windows laptop two years ago. It wasn’t particularly cheap and I got a lot of use out of it, but it still wasn’t what I was looking for. Having used it until the battery gave out, I went back to my trusty keyboard and phone combination until this…
Yes, I’m writing on it now and I intend to do quite a bit of hammering away on it tonight.
It’s a Linx 8 – a £90 tablet with a full Windows desktop (and a great review from Eurogamer). I have to say that so far I’m pretty impressed. It’s speedy, it’s connected up to our wifi and my bluetooth keyboard with no issues. I’ve loaded it up with a few apps and apart from my clumsy fingers managing to compress some of my Evernote notebooks together (ffs) it’s brought me a lot of smiles so far. I did buy a special keyboard and case combination to go with it (for £7.49!) but the kids managed to get their paws on it and trash it before I had a chance to use it. However, it still works well as a stand so it’s in the pic anyway.
It’s a cheap setup for on-the-go writing and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be able to type away while not really looking at the screen so it doesn’t matter about the size of the font. If you’ve purchased Scrivener for Windows, you’ll be able to run it on this little baby through the desktop (Probably not suitable for huge documents though – it does slow down quite a bit) and it’ll happily multitask like any other Windows box. In fact, it looks so good I keep forgetting it’s actually a tablet!
I’m hoping it will inspire me to beat the 4000 words I managed to hack out at the weekend and get this 100k in 100 days back on the right track.
I’ll keep using it and we’ll see if it stands up to my routine of 180bpm, Evernote and drivel most evenings. For £90 for Windows 8.1, Office 365 and access to a (teeny) desktop, I’m not sure it could be wrong (Yes, apart from the whole “it’s Windows” thing.)
What’s your weapon of choice when it comes to writing?
DISCLAIMER: This post has not been sponsored by any of the companies mentioned above. It is a post purely about my excitement at having a full desktop on an 8″ screen and showing off my favourite writing facilitators.