Travel Typing – Netbook or Tablet?

Look.

 

If I just want to type, a very good keyboard is pretty much required. For traveling purposes, I have two portable devices that I can potentially take with me that will enable me to do long-form writing – my Lenovo S10, my pretty sexy netbook, or the iPad. Either I get a Bluetooth keyboard and pair it with the iPad, and use the iPad as my main travel input device, or I just take the Lenovo. The thing about the Lenovo is the fact that it’s a little small, and I have to grapple with Linux.

 

I don’t mind finding excuses to learn a little more about Linux, actually. It’s more of the small keyboard form factor that keeps me from feeling completely satiated in terms of being able to work as I would consider ideal. The small keyboard (and I’m using this now, so it’s more of a hands-on review) is not unpleasant to type in, and i’m pretty close to my optimum typing speed with it, but it’s more of the tininess of the keyboard. There’s none of the ‘authentic’ typing experience, complete with the clickety-clack that accompanies a full, old-school keyboard.

 

Of course, one would argue that taking a full-sized keyboard along with the tablet is, when taken as a whole, much more cumbersome than taking the netbook. True. But the versatility of the tablet is much more of a consideration – during travels I require more of the apps that run on the tablet than I do on the Lenovo. Just the GPS-enabled applications alone more than makes up for the potential loss in the form factor comparison. Plus it’s only during the time when I’m back in the hotel that I would want to indulge in long-form writing, so when moving about it’s only the tablet I need.

 

The Lenovo, though, is pretty damn small and light, I have to say.

 

Anyways, this pointless little ramble simply highlights the fact that:

  1. I have a little more to learn about Ubuntu to be completely comfortable to lug it around and be assured I can find and do whatever I need without on-the-job learning.
  2. Tablets are way cool.
  3. I love full-sized keyboards.