My current laptop is becoming temperamental. Well, it started it in August. I have held off until now, as the ASUS EP121 appeared (from the pre-release demos) to be perfect for the 3 uses I put the laptop to. Now it is no longer what it was demoed to be, what is my next best solution. Waiting a couple of months for a price drop/new release is an option, as the current laptop is still working. 1. What is your budget? It is a UK purchase, am ideally thinking around £600-£700 max, that would probably be ~$1100 (which is what the EP121 is). If it is more than that, then I guess it will wait for a bit longer, until I have the funds 2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? Would prefer not a used system. I do however purchase other items as refurbished, if the price is good, and there is still a usable warranty. 3. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)? Probably looking for slate/convertable (but not in the normal convertable meaning) 4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? * Mainstream ~ 12.1" * Large ~ 13.3" This isn't something I am going to hide in my pocket. I don't like the 10" netbooks, so I suppose the larger the better (it will be replacing a 15" non-widescreen laptop) 5. Which country do you intent to purchase from? Prefer UK 6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? Not really. I have issues with Dell and HP warranty on the business side of things, but supposedly they are better for consumers 7. How many hours battery life do you require? At least 2-3, preferably 4 to be particularly useful, the higher the better. 4hrs and an exchangeable battery would be great 8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web ]Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc) Laptop replacement at home, browsing internet, word processing Out and about, tethered shooting with a camera, and photoshop 9. Do you have an OS preference? Tethered shooting will require MS Windows OS 10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc) Photoshop is most demanding 10. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list. Might be nice, but not playing any at the moment (as current laptop can't). C&C, or Battlefield have played in the past Screen Specifics 1. What resolution do you prefer? * SXGA - 1400x1050 ~ Small text and graphic icons which require good vision but the gain is a much larger screen. (no longer available new, must look for used or refurbished machines) * WXGA - 1280x768 ~ has a wider usable area than XGA, ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. The mainly used resolution for new tablet PCs since 2008. Highest possible really, minimum wxga (minimum would like to be 800px height ideally). 2. Do you require the screen to be readable in sunlight? Outdoor viewing of images would be very useful. 3. Do you prefer your display to be glossy or matte? No preference 4. Do you require Touch? (without pressure sensitivity) (Which one: resistive or capacitive) When used in slate mode, yes 5. Do you require a Pen? (with pressure sensitivity) (Which one: Wacom or N-Trig) Yes, prefer pressure sensitivity. Currently like using a pen for editing Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Hard disk size not amazingly important, but would be very useful to have ~16G free after OS and programs. Intend on using USB hard disk for permanent storage and backup Photoshop would ideally have 4GB+ 2. Do you require an Optical (CD/DVD) Drive to be built in? Not a requirement, might be nice. A writer would be more useful than a reader 3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)? External battery power, and external/USB more useful than the ability to have it internal (being able to swap a new battery in is probably just as useful) Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? I tend to use suspend and hibernate a lot, but I would hope that all current technology can support this. If the device can be put in a bag whilst suspended that would be a plus. Two+ USB ports would be useful, at least 1 a must. 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? WIFI, but what doesn't have it nowadays. I have a b/g/N router Pluses, but not important, would be internal GPS, and 3G What I am looking for is basically two devices in one, currently I have 3 usage scenarios, all currently performed by my 15" laptop. The pre-release version of the EP121 seemed to be everything that I required. Unfortunately, it appears that they have not gone forward with the docking station on the EP121, which means that it is not likely to be comfortable to use to type on, when the device is on my lap. Currently I am using a laptop, 15", running resolution 1400x1050. It only just fits into my bag (stretches it slightly), at Width 11" (280mm) and Depth 1" 1/4 (35mm). The length of 13" (330mm) is not too long, another 4" would probably be OK here, but the circumference on the depth and width must not be larger, and would ideally be smaller slightly, as it is starting to damage the bag (circumference would be below 630mm say). So, usage 1, is sitting down on a sofa, using the device as a laptop, typing into a word-processor, and web-browsing. This is where the dock of the EP121 would have been good. Usage 2, is where the tablet capabilities of the EP121 would have been used. Tablet in a rucksack, going hiking, so dock would be left at home. Tablet would be suspended/hibernated, until getting to a photo-oportunity. Then it would be used for tethered shooting (hence USB and windows OS). External battery/swapover might be used/useful here. Also, ability to connect to my phone over USB (for 3g), or internal 3g might be useful, for connection to internet (internal GPS maybe?). Hard disk would be used for photos, possibly up to 16gb shot in a day. This is where it would be very useful to be able to see the device in the daylight (although, being the UK mainly, not so much daylight around). Usage 3, holiday use. External battery probably not required. Device usually left at hotel. However, used as a backup device for photos, transfering them to external USB hard disk. The device would be used for photoshop and editing photographs in this usage. This is where the better the resolution of the display, and the better the pen device, the easier it would be. I am not a fan of the 'convertables', which are laptops where the screen rotates 180 degrees to be tablets. It I am lugging about the weight of an extra keyboard etc. for the base, then I might as well use it as a laptop. Thanks for any and all suggestions Edit: Reasons for not being an IPAD, might help in the reasons behind why I am looking for a device When I first saw an ipad, I did wonder whether it would be the good replacement I have been waiting for (have been thinking about a slate for a while). However, not having a keyboard like a laptop, means that I couldn't sit down, with the device on my lap, whilst typing and looking at the screen. Also, it didn't originally appear to be powerful enough (apparently it can run photoshop alternatives) It doesn't have a usable USB port for shooting tethered to my camera (although there is now a Camera Connection Kit, it does not support tethered shooting it seems, only downloading of taken pictures) It doesn't have a usable USB port for transferring images to an external USB hard drive. Although the Camera Connection Kit can be jail-broken to allow attaching of external hard disks, I don't think that the system should be restricted in this way. I would like to have a warranty of some sort on the device, although I expect it to work without problems.