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    Chris
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    PC, laptop or ipad

    What would you say is best for PALS? i currently have a laptop which i share with the wife (i say share, i have to fight for it sometimes lol) I got rid of my PC at begining of the year due to being uncomfortable at the desk. When i cant get on laptop i use my phone to check emails, websites and stuff but its getting way too fiddly and ive given up trying to type on it!

    What would you recommend?

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    G60dubber
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    Still use a pc & the laptop. Do have to use a mouse with the lap rather than the touchpad as too difficult with fingers. Need to do quicker input when playing poker online n whacking in raises ;-).
    Did buy a motorola zoom (same as ipad, but runs flash as well) but couldn't physically use so swapped for lap top. Sarah Ez is v knowledgable ref IT stuff. OT should be able to refer you to a computer specialist to get relevant assistive software, computer control stuff etc.

    I use a HTC and have a stylus pen to use with it when fingers not playing ball. May help you.

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    jadedjohn
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    chris an ipad is what i use most of the time - as adie suggested no use for weebly website editing though - i have a galaxy tab also but too small - my kids love playing angry birds on it though :-) there are loads of cheap tablets out now, my mate bought a Advent one in PC world for 179, i had a go on it, and it was pretty good.

    john

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    G60dubber
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    I'd buy one just for Angry Birds, best game I've ever played :-)

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    Chris
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    love angry birds lol. I would prefer an ipad but convincing the mrs its an esencial piece of equipment that i need is proving difficult!

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    There are many things to take into consideration before purchasing a computer such as intended use?, will you be using it as a communication aid? using it indoors/outdoors or both? will computer controls such as switch, head mouse, eyegaze etc. be used? will you use it for environmental control system?

    See this thread http://forum.mndassociation.org/show...no-further-%29
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    computatec
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    I have a desktop PC and a laptop and use both. I much prefer the desktop, but cannot sit at the desk for long. I use a logitech radio keyboard and mouse which allows me to use the keyboard on my lap instead of being tied to the desk which helps a lot. The biggest advantage of the desktop PC is having a decent sized flat screen monitor so I can see what I am doing. My laptop is a good fast machine but the smaller and odd shaped screen is a bind and it has some odd tricks, like suddenly moving the insertion point while I am typing and other minor irritations. My Must Have accessory for the laptop is a USB radio mouse. A tiny unit plugs into a USB port and the mouse is small and compact enough to use on the arm of my chair or even my thigh. Brilliant solution to the touch pad nonsense.

    The biggest problem with using two machines is that sooner or later you will end up with files out of sync. I try to use the desktop for all input and just use the laptop for browsing and research on the internet.

    Clive

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    G60dubber
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    good point about wireless mice, an absolute must for pc / laptop work. The good aspect about ipads (or similar) is that they're being used more and more as the platform for assistive technology. I've got the computer support peeps from NHS over next week so will let you know any nuggets I glean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by computatec View Post
    I have a desktop PC and a laptop and use both. I much prefer the desktop, but cannot sit at the desk for long. I use a logitech radio keyboard and mouse which allows me to use the keyboard on my lap instead of being tied to the desk which helps a lot. The biggest advantage of the desktop PC is having a decent sized flat screen monitor so I can see what I am doing. My laptop is a good fast machine but the smaller and odd shaped screen is a bind and it has some odd tricks, like suddenly moving the insertion point while I am typing and other minor irritations. My Must Have accessory for the laptop is a USB radio mouse. A tiny unit plugs into a USB port and the mouse is small and compact enough to use on the arm of my chair or even my thigh. Brilliant solution to the touch pad nonsense.

    The biggest problem with using two machines is that sooner or later you will end up with files out of sync. I try to use the desktop for all input and just use the laptop for browsing and research on the internet.

    Clive
    I have been driven nuts by the random movement of the insertion point which no one seemed able to explain until a couple of days ago when Pete from Abilitynet suggested maybe my hands are dragging on the touchpad or some other key. He suggests moving the pointer well away from the insertion point when typing and in theory this should reduce the chance of it happening. Have been trying to remember to do this and it seems to work. EUREKA!

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    sarahezekiel
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    I think eyegaze is the future for all of us. Never have to change systems and the support, if you go with Tobii, is great.

    Sarah

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