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Logitech’s Smallest Keyboard

Writing on a tablet with a portable Bluetooth keyboard is easier than ever. Of late, I have to work from different locations daily. This situation has forced me back to my ASUS tablet and the Logitech keyboard. I wrote an article on the combination of the two of them earlier this year. They make a formidable pair.

Let’s Talk Weight

My current laptop is a seven-year-old 13.3″ ASUS Zenbook (named Zeus) that weighs in at 3.2 lbs. It is thin and light, but not as easy to carry as a 9.7″ tablet and small keyboard. First, the charging cable is larger, and second, the battery is getting weaker as it ages. It is still the original battery. I have upgraded the hard drive from a 128 GB SSD to a 480 GB SSD. The battery will probably be the next replacement required. I’m not sure I can upgrade the RAM, but it would be nice.

Back to the Keyboard

The Logitech Keys-to-Go Bluetooth keyboard is the ultimate in thin and light. I have the one made specifically for Android that seems to no longer be available on Amazon. They made the blue one for Android, a red one for iPad, and a black one for Windows. The Windows keyboard is the only one showing up on Amazon now. They are all interchangeable, but each has a few special keys set aside for OS functions specific to each one.ASUS Tablet & Logitech Keyboard

My amazement continues as I use this keyboard and in how easy it is to type. The keys have a good feel and enough travel to let you know the key is depressed. The built-in battery lasts a long time, then a quick connection to a charger with a Micro USB connector puts the green light back on. It is a fantastic device.

Living in the Past

I used a 12.1″ Dell laptop for about eight years, so I’m used to a smaller keyboard. It was my work and personal laptop, and I loved it. I had to retire it when both hinges broke. A sad day.

The Logitech keyboard is even smaller than the one on “Baby Dell,” but the spacing on the keys is enough to touch type. I’m not as fast as I was when I was typing every day, but it is getting better with each use.

Fresh and Cool

I have used this combination for a few days now, writing in the WordPress Android app. Currently, this works because I have WiFi available. The WordPress app requires a connection to the website but has no offline function. The app would not even open when I tried it last year. I’m not sure what I will do when I end up somewhere with no connection. I’ll cross that bridge when I get there, I guess.

I have enjoyed writing regularly again. It gets my brain active, and after a bit, the creative juices begin to flow. It is something I have missed.

Back to Writing

When writing, I use the Grammarly app as well as the Hemmingway app. I have not figured out an easy way to incorporate either into this portable writing process. When I have completed writing on the tablet, I upload it as a draft to my WordPress site and finish formatting on my laptop. By uploading the document, I can check the grammar and sentence structure before publishing. So far, the process seems to work.

I know there is a Grammarly keyboard for Android, but I don’t think it will work while I’m using the Logitech keyboard. I may have to experiment with that.

New Goals

Since I have committed to getting my writing chops back in shape, this combination is helpful. I throw them in a small bag and head out the door. The bag has a charger and cables for the tablet and phone, so no need to remember to grab extras.

I will try to give an update as I continue this new journey.

What portable tech are you using? I’m always open to new ideas.

Oh, and you DO name your tech devices, don’t you? Or is it just me?

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Can an Android Tablet Replace a Laptop?

Can a tablet replace a laptop? This is a question asked every day by many people. And if so, which tablet? And how do you get it to work like your laptop? I am always looking for a lighter bag when traveling. One caveat: I have never used an Apple device, so I can’t speak to them. I am an Android and Windows guy.

My Path

In March of 2017, I purchased a small, Bluetooth Logitech keyboard to accompany my 7″ Nexus tablet. In June, I upgraded the tablet to an ASUS Zenpad 3S 9.7″ tablet and paired it with the keyboard. That was when it became clear the future had arrived. The 7″ tablet worked but was a little small on for my eyes. Moving up to the larger tablet made a huge difference.

Full disclosure, I am typing this on my laptop since I’m at my desk. When traveling, the tablet keyboard combo works great.

Using the tablet keyboard combination does post challenges. Some automated tasks don’t work. Some software applications were not available in the app store. And the keyboard and screen are smaller.

I found workarounds for some automated tasks, I used available apps, and the size was an easy one for me. My laptop for seven years was a 12.1″ Dell computer named Baby Dell. I found the smaller keyboard easier and faster to type on than the big, clunky desktop keyboards. But that may just be me.

My Experience with Limitations

The limitations depend on what you regularly do on your computer. My primary functions are writing and research.

Here is a list from my experience.

  • WordPress App
  • Microsoft Word App
  • Microsoft Excel App
  • Google Docs and Sheets
  • Scrivener
  • Open Live Writer
  • WAMP for testing before updating a website
  • Grammarly
  • Hindenburg
  • Phrase Express
  • Evernote App
  • Onenote App
  • Misc. Notes apps

Blue = Good; Red = Bad; Green = Sometimes Sorta Maybe

The apps in Blue work as good and sometimes better on Andriod than Windows. The apps in Red have proven to be a challenge in Android. Grammarly does have the web application, but nothing native to Android for inline work. The apps in Green are a different story. Phrase Express and a few notes apps can sync through Dropbox if you want to work on that, but I’m not that motivated.

While my experience may not equal yours, I am interested in your stories. Have you tried this setup? Have you found a way to make it work? Has it been a disaster? Let me know below.

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Twice as Long

It seem everything takes twice as long as it should.

 

I have an interest in writing in Google Docs, but need to publish on my WordPress website. That process is clumsy and causes formatting issues.

A bit of Google research shows a simple add-on to Google Docs called Publish to WordPress that does all the configuring and translating in the background to convert a document from Docs to WordPress. How cool is that?

No need for copy and paste, then spending time re-formating,inserting pictures, etc. Just write, add pictures, format, then click Publish Post or Save Draft. Should be easy peasy. The only requirement is to have JetPack installed and an account to log into. Got it.

Or maybe not

Installing the Add-On was straightforward and went off without a hitch. Adding the first website was as easy as I thought.

In authorizing my main website, I got an error message. As I normally do, I copied it over to Google to see what the issue was and how to fix it. Nothing. Not a single hit for the error message.

Okay, let’s go to the Publish to WordPress website to search. It took several searches before finding the add-on was by Plugmatter. I read all through the home page a few times with nothing jumping out as a potential problem. Then I noticed an FAQ section to check out.

One sentence, “make sure JSON API is enabled” caught my eye. Further digging says it is enabled by default. Yeah, right. More Google to figure out how to check this in Jetpack to make sure it is enabled. I found that information quickly.

BINGO

Well, you guessed it. It was not enabled on this website. The instructions didn’t mention how to activate it, but that was an easy mouse click.

Back to Google Docs to try again … Success.

I am writing this in Google Docs, formatting it, and have added a picture with wrapped text. Now to see how it works in real life. Now to click Save Draft.

IN WORDPRESS

Publish to WordPress ScreenshotDid it work? Not so much. Picture alignment is off and I can’t get the text to wrap to the right. The bold and italics didn’t come over and neither did the heading 2 formatting. The font size was the same in Google Docs, but changes in WordPress. I am disappointed in the results. The code is bloated and difficult to navigate. Fixing all the issues would be easier to just start over.

Since the add-on is free, there seems to be no support, so there you have it. I guess I’ll keep looking.

Has your experience been different? Let me know. Where do you write? In WordPress or in another program, then publish on WordPress?