First, the cut-and-paste: General Questions. 1. What is your budget? Exactly $1500 (Xmas present, I'm stone broke otherwise.) 2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)? Convertible would be nice, but other considerations are more important. 3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? * Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9" * Compact ~ 10" * Mainstream ~ 12.1" * Large ~ 14" Definitely Large- screen real estate is a major concern. I am very worried about the idea of drawing on a screen that is smaller than a sheet of notebook paper, although I do see other artists buying the 12" screens... 4. Which country do you intent to purchase from? US 5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? I love Wacom tablets. 6. How many hours battery life do you require? A few? Enough for a decent sketching session away from an outlet. 7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for? Drawing and computer art primarily, with secondary use in Office and web access. 8. Do you have an OS preference? I would prefer XP, not a huge fan of Vista. 9. What software and tasks do you intend to run? Painter IX, PhotoImpact X3, Office 2k3, Firefox, Thunderbird. 10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list. Being able to run GuildWars would be nice, but is definitely not essential. Screen Specifics 1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen? Standard if possible, better aspect for drawing. 2. What resolution do you prefer? * XGA - 1024x768 ~ Large and easy to read text and graphic icons but you fit less on the screen. * 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 ~ Wider viewing angle of XGA but ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. (Only resolution available in new tablets circa mid 2008) SXGA or WXGA- as high-res as I can get. 3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option? See explanation below for guidance. Indoor/Outdoor would be much preferable, I like drawing landscapes. Shade is usually available, however. 4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer? See explanation below for guidance. Definitely Active. I need a pen, and I don't like finger-touch controls at all. 5. Do you require Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology? See explanation below for guidance. As mentioned, I would much prefer Wacom, but the key is good quality and responsiveness. Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Probably any modern Tablet will have enough HD, maybe 100G minimum to be safe? Memory, as much as I can get, minimum 1G or so. 2. Do you require an Optical Drive? It would help a lot with backups and installs, but I can get an external if I need to. Pen and Graphics quality are much more important. 3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)? Again, would be very nice, but not the prime consideration. Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? My chances of being able to replace this if it dies are pretty much nil, so sturdiness and/or a good warranty (if there is one to be had) are important. I plan to baby it, but I really need to avoid models with major known problems. I will be using it a lot, but I don't currently have much of a schedule, so having to send it away for service would be unpleasant rather than impossible. I don't know if it's even possible to get one without any more, but onboard wireless helps a lot. More relevantly, I would like one with some forward compatibility, so up to 1k would be good. 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? I don't really need much in the way of security features to protect my data, such as fingerprint locks, but theft prevention features would be much appreciated. I don't care if it is heavy, I am a sit-down-and-draw type anyway. I don't care if it is the latest model as long as it can do what I need it to do. The TravelMate C310s were my running favorite when I first started daydreaming about this, but I figure I might as well consider some of the more recent models. The Gateway C-143XL was looking pretty good, but the reviews I have seen of it don't look so hot, and as it won't run the most recent edition of Photoshop, I'm worried about its capabilities with Painter and PhotoImpact. I am basically buying this as a drawing pad with computer capabilities on the side. What should I get?