While I’m slowly embracing the new mobile technology, I still have one foot (and probably ¾ of my body) entrenched in the old desktop/laptop technology. I love the convenience of being able to carry a tablet or smartphone around with nearly the same functionality as my laptop, but small things come at a price. The obvious price is screen size. These old eyes prefer to read larger text instead of the smaller text used by mobile technology.
The second price I’m paying is keyboard comfortability. No matter how much I try, I just can’t warm up to the onscreen keyboard. I watch the blur of my daughter’s fingers go 100 miles per hour on her smartphone. She’s able to hold several conversations at one time with her fingers darting back and forth across the lower third of her smartphone. Not so for me. My fingers more resemble a chicken pecking in the grass for insects, not to mention that without my reading glasses, I can’t hold the tablet far enough away to see the darned keyboard.
Low Teching the High Tech
My brother would probably say that I’m defeating the purpose of having a tablet by turning it into a mini laptop, but a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do. To that end, I purchased a portable keyboard, a quiet mouse, small iSound speaker and a dual on-the-go cable to make it easier for me to use my tablet to the fullest. Granted, I don’t connect these peripherals every time I use the tablet, but when I need to write on the go, I bring the crew along.
Let me introduce you to the crew:
- The cable that makes it all possible is the Micro USB cable with dual USB OTG adapter. With this cable, I’m able to plug in two devices, usually my keyboard and mouse, or any other USB device that I see fit.
- Kensington quiet mouse. I had the option of selecting a bluetooth mouse but chose the Kensington quiet mouse because it was corded and quiet. When it comes to bluetooth technology, I prefer to use it when it’s nearly impossible to not use it. For example, bluetooth technology in my car allows me to speak hands-free while driving. Similarly,bluetooth speakers come in handy when there’s no readily available electric source (like listening to music in a park). When it comes to peripherals that are used close to the tablet like a mouse and keyboard, wired is the way to go (it’s my personal preference).
- Portable silicon quiet keyboard. Similar to the mouse I bought this keyboard because it’s quiet and wired. I had a bluetooth Logitech keyboard, but it wasn’t much of a wine drinker. Plus, it was a bit quirky. There were times I had to shut it off and turn it back on to get it to work properly. Other times I had to reboot my tablet. With a USB keyboard, I no longer have to reboot to get it to work properly. Plus it’s waterproof. If I inadvertently splash wine, water or coffee on it, it will keep functioning properly.
- iSound speaker. This was a gift. My daughter was going to toss it out and I realized it would be a perfect addition to my portable writing crew. It’s small and has adequate sound for my usage. I liked it so much I ordered a larger, bluetooth versions of the iSound speaker. The larger version has the ability to turn other wired speakers into bluetooth speakers, but that’s beyond the scope of this post. I’ll address that at a later date.
My peripherals, tablet and cloud accessibility (aka my writing posse) allows me to work pretty much anywhere. For the record, however, I prefer working on my laptop because I can see everything much better, but my laptop (nicknamed Big Bertha) is too large and unwieldy to carry around.
Who knows, over time I may drag the lagging ¾ of my body from old technology into the new technological age, but if I do, it will be a one small step at a time process.