Now that he’s getting on in years, but still running very, VERY well, I’m not as eager to pack him up, and haul him around with me. Past not wanting to risk damaging him, he also takes up quite a bit of space--way too big to carry in my messenger bag.
Meet Big Red...
For a good while, I’ve been researching small tablets with a minimum of Win10 operating systems. The Windows Surface is primo, but my pockets aren’t deep enough to make such a purchase. I checked instead for something in a far lower price range, sturdy and small enough to tag along with me when I’m working away from home, I needed one that was able to do pretty much the same amount and sort of work I get from Big Red, minus the video-making tasks.
I looked through loads of reviews and finally settled on one that sincerely does everything I required, and does it really well. I was able to download my must-have programs to it without any problems. They include LibreOffice, PhotoScape X, Google Drive, Pixlr, Skype, Google Hangouts, and a couple others that I work with consistently, like Chrome Browser and Slack.
Here's the new flashPress junior, mobile unit helping to ease Big Red's workload.
Meet RCA's Cambio!
RCA's Cambio is a 2-in-one laptop/tablet. Although it has only 2GB of RAM with an Intel Atom processor, it is still performing great, even with all the added programs and apps.
It houses a 10" display and 32GB of memory storage. It has front and rear cameras. Its battery life goes for about six hours.
It comes with Bluetooth.
Its track-pad works well,but I’m faster with a mouse, so I attached a Logitech Bluetooth mouse to it, as well as a portable, external speaker. It only took seconds to pair and they're working perfectly.
It does have its own speaker system, but I wanted a wider sound range when I'm practicing music with a video tutorial.
Its screen is detachable and clicks back together quickly via a strong, magnetic locking system.
💻 HDMI port
💻 Headphone jack
💻 Micro SD card slot
💻 Micro USB port
💻 Power button
💻 USB 3.0
💻 Volume button
💻 Windows button
Where'd I get it? Free delivery via Walmart...
Yup, Walmart sent it along, nicely packaged and delivered it right to my door at no charge.
A Walmart purchase made it simple to return, even though I live in a tiny village in the boondocks.
The Cambio is surprisingly sturdy. As well, it maneuvers to multiple positions, with an auto-rotating screen, that can also be locked.
It has touch-screen capabilities, and although its small, its external keyboard works great. It’s a bit more cramped than I’m accustomed to but it gets easier to work with each time I use it.
If I ever want to a bigger keyboard, I’ll get a Bluetooth compatible roll-up model that I can pack and travel with.
The touch-screen keyboard also works very well, and responds quickly, as does the Bluetooth connected mouse.
It fits into my messenger bag’s padded tablet pocket, with room to spare. That’s a hugeeee plus! I even have enough room left over to place both the mouse and the compact power cord into the same pocket.
There's a bit of weight to it but is far, FAR lighter than packing around Big Red, and his two-cord power supply.
I love not having to take an extra bag of equipment with me when working away from my desk. The Cambio has been a perfect solution.
About $100 USD, and less. I've seen rebuilt versions for about $80-something USD. You can click here to view them on Walmart’s electronics' shopping page.
So, if you're in need of a small 2-in-one tablet/laptop, this one is worth checking out, especially if you've got a tight budget. It's worth every cent I spent on it and has turned out to be one of the best tools I’ve ever invested in. Its performance is far exceeding my expectations.
My close friend, and long-time collaborator, Glenda Hosch Brackeen, of Longview, Texas, has been quite ill for several days now--literally at death’s door. Glenda served as the main content editor for flashPress, On Story Street and Sibling Synergy, for four years.
Just as she was about to embark on a brand new facet of her career, and in process of obtaining her ordination, ministerial license and to subsequently begin studies in pastoral counseling, she collapsed and was found without life signs by paramedics several days ago.
Her medical team’s prognosis is grim, yet while she breathes, hundreds of her friends and family continue to lift her in prayer.
Shara McKee, of The Pentecostals of Katy (Texas), is one of Glenda’s favorite people and vocalists. Glenda's also a devoted fan of the Pentecostals of Katy Choir.
Both are featured in the video below, performing one of Glenda's favorite songs, Ocean Deep was written by Savannah McKee, with lead vocals by Shara McKee and Justin Harrison.
Glenda taste as is excellent as her big, loving heart. If you pray, please pray for her. She is precious to many.
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