The AlphaSmart 3000 was released in January 2000 by AlphaSmart Inc, allowing 'on-the-go' text entry and basic word processing. Text could be stored in up to eight files and transmitted to a PC or Macintosh on demand. It followed on from their previous product the AlphaSmart 2000, adding spell-checking, direct printing (allowing a user to plug in a printer directly, bypassing a computer), auto-off power save, and a keyboarding timer. Later models of the 3000 could also transmit text via infra-red.
The AlphaSmart's low power consumption, light weight, and generally rugged construction led to them being popular with both journalists and writers, as well as education departments.
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