Portable computer advice please ...

alli2, Apr 5, 3:18am
Hi, I currently go traveling with a HP iPAQ handheld pocket computer with all my notes and info on it, but with failing eyesight the screen (70mm x 55mm) has become just too small to read text files, maps, PDF's etc. I don't want to take a laptop due to it's size and weight, could anyone familiar with the smaller range of portable computers advise me of something suitable, larger than a handheld and smaller than a laptop. It must be connectible by USB to other computers. Thanks.

lilyfield, Apr 5, 3:57am
Toshiba netbook-or Asus


suicidemonkey, Apr 5, 4:01am
Connectable via USB to other computers? What do you mean?

alli2, Apr 5, 4:34am
Some cheap units are "notetakers" only.

r.g.nixon, Apr 5, 5:45am
A large magnifying glass could be cheaper?

dunedin_ree, Apr 5, 5:58am
An iPad would be worth considering.It would definitely do PDFs, maps, text files and so on (as well as internet browsing, email, movies, music, photos, etc etc).

A netbook (pick a good brand though, like Asus!don't get sucked into buying one of those $200 "netbooks" which run Windows CE) would also do the trick - but IMO an iPad would give you an experience more similar to what you currently have with your iPaq.

zaowl, Apr 5, 7:28am
PC technology based manufacturers, Toshiba is one I know of, will be bringing out slates to compete with the iPad. Unfortunately from what I heard yesterday Toshiba won't be introducing theirs til later this year. It would be worth doing some research into the slate technology being introduced if you are PC orientated rather than Mac.
Edited to add: I have no issue with Mac technology this is just an alternate avenue to the iPad option.

pcfix4u, Apr 5, 7:48am
Wouldnt it be cool if you just put on a pair of classes, plug them into lappy, Ipod, phone,, and there is your computer screen and you can just dial the size in and out,,,,look out for traffic,,,LOL.

alli2, Apr 6, 3:18am
Hi, I currently go traveling with a HP iPAQ handheld pocket computer with all my notes and info on it, but with failing eyesight the screen (70mm x 55mm) has become just too small to read text files, maps, PDF's etc. I don't want to take a laptop due to it's size and weight, could anyone familiar with the smaller range of portable computers advise me of something suitable, larger than a handheld and smaller than a laptop. It must be connectible by USB to other computers. Thanks.

suicidemonkey, Apr 6, 4:01am
Connectable via USB to other computers! What do you mean!

r.g.nixon, Apr 6, 5:45am
A large magnifying glass could be cheaper!

dunedin_ree, Apr 6, 5:58am
An iPad would be worth considering.It would definitely do PDFs, maps, text files and so on (as well as internet browsing, email, movies, music, photos, etc etc).

A netbook (pick a good brand though, like Asus!don't get sucked into buying one of those $200 "netbooks" which run Windows CE) would also do the trick - but IMO an iPad would give you an experience more similar to what you currently have with your iPaq.

alli2, Apr 6, 7:13am
Thanks folks, I'll check out some of your suggestions.

zaowl, Apr 6, 7:28am
PC technology based manufacturers, Toshiba is one I know of, will be bringing out slates to compete with the iPad. Unfortunately from what I heard yesterday Toshiba won't be introducing theirs til later this year. It would be worth doing some research into the slate technology being introduced if you are PC orientated rather than Mac.
Edited to add: I have no issue with Mac technology this is just an alternate avenue to the iPad option.

alli2, Apr 7, 7:13am
Thanks folks, I'll check out some of your suggestions.

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