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lukeschlather 769 days ago | link | parent

I'd really like a similar device with a full sized keyboard. This certainly replaces a little pocket notebook, but personally I don't use pocket notebooks. I'd like something to replace a full-sized notebook: easy to type on, basically just good for text, sort of a portable digital typewriter.

Anyone know any good resources for larger screens? I'm curious if you can get 7" + screens with slightly better refresh rates than eInk, but not as power-hungry as a full-color backlit display. The perfect screen would be something like the TI-86, except 8 times as large. Does anyone make 1000-2000 character displays in a 7-14 inch form factor?

I feel like you ought to be able to make something like with 30-40 hours battery life (if not better) for around $200-$300.



Auguste 769 days ago | link

Have you taken a look at the ASUS Transformer Prime? It's not quite what you're looking for, but it might do the job. The keyboard dock gives it a total of around 18 hours of battery life.

http://eee.asus.com/en/eeepad/transformer-prime/features/

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keeganpoppen 769 days ago | link

man that website is... a bit much.

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fluidcruft 768 days ago | link

Yeah, it's somewhat notorious. The usual course of action is to mock that suave guy using the keyboard dock like a tablet.

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Cieplak 769 days ago | link

The closest thing I can think of is a kindle with linux on it. You have a great product idea. Sort of like a netbook with an e-ink display.

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duaneb 769 days ago | link

Sure, but the kindle has the same problem: horrible keyboard.

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Cieplak 769 days ago | link

Agreed. This is certainly a niche that needs to be filled.

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Kerrick 769 days ago | link

It's been mentioned before, but I don't know that it has enough of a market to be commercially viable.

Here's a tweet I wrote a few weeks ago about it:

> I'd really love to see a laptop running a linux command line environment with an e-ink screen. Programming on the beach, anybody?

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oscilloscope 768 days ago | link

System76 could offer a Pixel Qi netbook. I would pay a premium for that.

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shrughes 768 days ago | link

If you want the smallest possible device with a nearly full sized keyboard, you should get a Sony Vaio P. They're no longer made, but they are "real computers", being rather slow netbooks. They'll fit in a jeans pocket barely comfortably, and in other pants' pockets rather comfortably.

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ZenPsycho 768 days ago | link

Similar devices have existed. This is one that Douglas Adams used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwriter

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