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What to buy?

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Falconbird Fri 26-Jun-15 08:31:13

I have a lap top and a Tablet. I use the lap top to go on line and the Tablet is for my grandchildren to play games on.

I like to do creative writing and would like a Wordprocessor (old fashioned I know) to use only for the writing. I have a good printer.

I'm confused as to what to buy, maybe another laptop just for writing?

Charleygirl Fri 26-Jun-15 09:10:41

I am not sure if wordprocessors are still around, even if you managed to buy one, what would happen if and when you needed repairs/spares. I personally would buy another laptop if you are most comfortable with that.

Falconbird Tue 14-Jul-15 07:15:57

Yes, I'm going to buy another lap top and use it just for writing. The amount of IT we are all accumulating is amazing.

My old dad who used to make wirelesses in the 30s and 40s would be amazed.

NanaMacGeek Thu 16-Jul-15 23:06:43

I'm curious to know why you need a separate laptop for creative writing. Why can't you use your current one? There are plenty of 'word processing' apps you could download to your laptop. Just using a laptop to access the internet by carrying out a bit of web browsing is not using any of the capabilities of a modern computer. Do you want to keep your writing a secret perhaps or are you worried about security? You could easily create another user with a new password on your computer.
Also it's very unlikely that a modern printer would work with an old fashioned word processor if you could get hold of one.
If you could say why you can't/won't use your existing laptop for creative writing, perhaps other Gransnetters could suggest some solutions.

Falconbird Sat 18-Jul-15 08:19:51

Hi NanaMacGeek.

I've written a few novels on laptops and the wear and tear on the keyboard is considerable.

NanaMacGeek Tue 21-Jul-15 17:22:34

Ah I understand.

You could buy an external keyboard to use with your existing laptop. It would cost a lot less than a new laptop. Even adding a monitor to display your writing on screen and just using your laptop for storing your data would be a cheaper option. I suppose if you only use a laptop on your lap, it could be more difficult.

There are a few suggestions online. I Googled 'best laptops for writers' and there was some advice there although no mention of wearing out keyboards. Some of the gaming machines are necessarily built with better keyboards but they would be expensive as they contain specialist graphics cards. I guess you need to spend some time trying out different laptops/keyboards for comfort and wouldn't need an expensive or particularly fast laptop, just a mid-range workhorse. Good luck with it.

Pittcity Wed 22-Jul-15 08:32:03

I have just bought a reconditioned laptop from ITZoo. It is a business laptop so very robust and cost under £100.
I would recommend them.