Good computer/device for taking notes in class?

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I'll be a senior at my university for this next year, and have been taking handwritten notes up til now. I'm a history major, so this can turn out to be a lot of writing, especially when I have to write out 10 pages every test I take, for several history classes. Taking notes by hand helps me to concentrate

I'll be a senior at my university for this next year, and have been taking handwritten notes up til now. I'm a history major, so this can turn out to be a lot of writing, especially when I have to write out 10 pages every test I take, for several history classes. Taking notes by hand helps me to concentrate more and be more organized, but for the past two years the condition of my hands has declined rapidly. I have rheumatoid arthritis, which is especially bad in my hands, and can barely write a half a page without significant problems. My laptop is too big to cart to every class and isn't practical for taking notes. It's become old and slow, is heavy, and doesn't fit too well on the desk. Plus it dies easily. So instead of struggling with that thing, I'm hoping to find something smaller to take notes with. I need something fairly compact in size that is easy to carry around, that won't be a distraction in class because of its size. I don't need it as a second computer or anything, just as a notepad essentially. If you could suggest anything, I would appreciate it!

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Renney:
8" Winbook tablet running Windows 8.1 and Word. Onscreen keyboard or use a small Bluetooth keyboard. Those tend to be cramped though. Or a Surface tablet, 10", onscreen keyboard is much large, or use a keyboard that attaches to the Surface. Current model is Surface 3, an older Surface 2 would be just as good and cheaper than the $500 latest model. Or any other Windows tablet or convertible.. Asus has several that can be a tablet, but they come with a keyboard that makes them a small laptop. Full Windows and Office capable, if they don't come with it.
Troubleshooter-Trev:
Either record the lesson as "h" said or you get a Tablet PC. Where have you been for the last 5 years if you do not know they exist! Plus if you are still in University and you have Arthritis now. What is the POINT in continuing, you will not be able to get a job that involves using your hands / writing. That disease gets WORSE and never better. So you are studying for a career that you will NEVER have.

Sorry to be blunt but that is fact. If you wanted something sugar coated you should have bought a doughnut!

h:
If your hands hurt after 30 min, they will hurt on a tablet too. Writing is writing. What you need is a tape recorder. Explain to your teacher, and he may either let you record, or set you up with a note-taker volunteer (who will not know who you are, so your privacy is preserved).
chickinnugget:
Hp mini, I have a hp mini 2102, its small and the keyboards buttons are suprisingly nice and responive to your touch. I'd reccomend a mini computer or just a mid size laptop for your needs.
sinead:
I think a tablet would be handy

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