Cheaper than a laptop and easier to carry, AlphaSmarts are compact word-processing machines that run on regular batteries, automatically save your work, open files with the touch of a button, and show only a few lines at a time to limit distractions.
For writing assignments, the NEO would be beneficial for students because it makes the writing process quicker and easier. It also aids in motivation because students are excited to use this word processor. It makes writing fun for students who otherwise might choose not to complete the assignment.
The NEO serves as a good writing tool to be used in a classroom because it will help each student complete an activity in class, with less help than they would normally require. This would lead to greater student understanding of the subject at hand.