Writing By Hand – Available Tool BOOX

I mentioned many times that I write the first drafts of my books by hand. Even though I love paper and pens, the fact is, that even though the typing from the paper into the computer gives me the opportunity to catch plot flaws and errors in general, it is also a strain. For quite some time I have been looking for a possibility to work directly on my computer, but I just don’t feel too comfortable with it. Writing by hand has always been my thing, and I love this part of being an author far too much to just entirely give it up.

A wonderful friend of mine has shown me a tool, called the BOOX Note Air2, a ‘paper reader’, namely a tablet, thin as paper, light, handy, where the owner can take notes by hand, which the tablet then transfers into a computer font. Perfect!

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My writer-self was screaming when I had that thing in my hand: ‘want!” GIVE ME THAT THING!”

The other half of my author-personality was more rational: “Now, you won’t type in your stories anymore, that might mean, you’re going to miss plot flaws, other errors, your books are going to suck…”

What am I to do?

Well, it’s never wrong to start researching the things you’d like to have. After all, these are expensive devices, and you will have them for quite a while.

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What we have here is the comparison between four different products, one of them the BOOX Note Air2, with THe Meebook E-Reader, the Kobo Sage E-Reader and the Kobo Forma E-Reader. All of the other products cost more than $200 less than the BOOX Note Air 2. Also, they cannot offer what the BOOX Note Air2 can. We’re talking about a tablet that can take notes, transfer them into a PDF, transfer handwriting into computer fonts – and here it gets tricky… I tried the handwriting-transfer-document possibility, and the BOOX Note Air2 had problems to adjust my handwriting and transfer them into decent text. It has WiFi, it can take recordings, one can draw, create, take notes, correct, adjust, show, present, and is an e-reader as well… but it had problems with my handwriting, which makes me hesitate. That was actually the reason why I considered buying one!

The reviews for all of the compared products aren’t much different from each other. The BOOX product does have wonderful reviews, but there was the one or other user who wasn’t happy with it, and they returned it. But so were users with the other products.

The BOOX Note Air 2 has a screen size of 10.3 inches and weighs only 2.2 pounds (it does feel lighter)… But what is it good for, for me especially? I have a fully functional SAMSUNG Galaxy tablet, aligned with my phone and laptop, and I use a Kindle Paperwhite reader, which is, according to many studies one of the best e-readers, currently. (Well, after someone apparently trampled on it and gave it a good kick, it got a couple of hiccups, occasionally, but that’s only a detail). But basically I’m working here, as a writer. I’m fully equipped, and by thinking about it, a paper journal costs me $30, and doesn’t use any batteries.

After carefully studying the devices, I’m not that much wiser than I was before.

Maybe someone has experience with the one or other tablet/e-reader/device and can advice me on what to do?

Finally – A New Computer!

In July 2017 I published a blog post about my good ol’ desktop getting tired and that I’m looking for a new computer. I did look for a new computer. Unfortunately, life got in my way, and it took me somewhat longer to get there.

Finally, 15 months later, my old computer had to be replaced. It was time. The desktop took up to 18 minutes to properly start, and sometimes it needed a few tries.

Months ahead I had gotten all possible information I could get to compare different laptops for writers and asked the most stupid questions to computer experts to get the answers I needed.

Armed with all that knowledge, I decided on an ASUS laptop and went to the store, meeting a very patient, very polite, humorous and friendly young man who obviously knew what he was talking about and who did not try to convince me to buy something else when I told him what I was looking for. He just recommended me a particular model and explained exactly why.

That day I got a laptop, software, a mouse and a keyboard and took everything home. It took me nearly two months to move all data to the new computer, occasionally peek into the old one to check how I did this or that or how the settings were in that or the other program.

About a week ago I eventually said ‘goodbye’ to my old desktop and took it to the store where I originally bought it, over eight years ago! (Thank you, Fujitsu!) The store will take it in for species-appropriate disposal. May it rest in peace.

To the interested parties: I got an ASUS 2-in-1 Q525UA, laptop. ASUS calls it ‘The Powerful And Elegant Convertible,’ and I admit, they’re right.

It has a keyboard as well as a touch screen, display and sound are incredible, it’s 15″ display has an unbelievable quality, and the entire laptop is light and easy to transport. Of course, there are many more features, but let me tell you: It’s easy to work on and doesn’t need much space. I’m very happy with my choice.

Should anyone be interested in knowing more about the ASUS Q525UA, check out the ASUS Website HERE.

I’m not paid to promote my computer. I only published this post because I think it is an amazing laptop for writers – and I promised in my July 2017 post that I would be informing in a blog article what computer I bought.