AlphaSmart 3000

SAN FRANCISCO (05/01/2000) - Want to take electronic notes without shouldering the weight--and cost--of a notebook? Check out the slim, translucent $199 AlphaSmart 3000. About the size of a notebook PC keyboard, the AlphaSmart Inc. device packs 1MB of memory and can store up to 100 text pages and eight separate files. As you type, text appears on a legible, four-line, 40-characters-wide LCD screen. AlphaSmart uses an included USB cable to upload its files easily into almost any program in a PC or Mac. You place the cursor where you want the text to appear on your PC app window, and press . The maker has added features to the 3000 model, including the ability to cut, copy, and paste within and between files; it also costs $50 less than the previous model (the AlphaSmart 2000). The shipping version is rated to run for up to 500 hours on three regular AA batteries, and at 2 pounds the unit won't weigh you down--making it a good laptop alternative for travelers. AlphaSmart; 888/274-0680; www.alphasmart.com.

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