help needed from uni student

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by leaftye, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. cmgames

    cmgames Pen Pal - Newbie

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    hi there, could anyone recommend something for me?

    I would like something very portable to take to university with me
    include microsoft office software
    excellent battery life
    usb ports if not hard disk can be 5 gig or more
    wifi enabled
    cheap
    uses pen for handwriting
    can use architecture software for drawing
     
  2. daver

    daver Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    cmgames,

    first of all, welcome to the forums! We've got tons of well-knowledged folks around here, and then teh village idiots like me :)

    But before anybody can really make any suggestions, I'd recommend filling out this survey-like form here. It really helps us know what you're looking for in a tablet, and thus we can make better suggestions that are talored to what you want. Because what you described, basically *any* tablet out there can do :)
     
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  3. cmgames

    cmgames Pen Pal - Newbie

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    1. What is your budget?
    100 – 500 pound


    2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)?

    UMPC (really light)

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9"
    Compact ~ 10"

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?

    uk

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?

    none

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?

    5 hours +

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?

    On the train, in lecture theatre

    8. Do you have an OS preference?

    Not really, just the best one

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?

    Microsoft Office, Word, Visio, Excel
    Maybe architecture packages such as Cad programmes

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.

    No

    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?

    Not bothered

    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.
    • WXGA - 1280x768 ~ Wider viewing angle of XGA but ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space.
    Any

    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?

    Indoor/Outdoor.

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?

    Active Digitizer

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?

    Wacom


    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?

    1gb +

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?

    not neccessary

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?

    2nd battery if battery life on existing one is poor
    also requires usb to fit external hard drive

    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
     
  4. P8RSON

    P8RSON Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    UK £100 to £500 = $204 to $1,020 USD..... Now that's nigh on impossible... especially if you are wanting this Tablet for the UK market.

    What makes this further difficult is you also want:-
    • An Active digitizer with Wacom support.
    • A long battery performance.
    • Ability to run CAD.
    These are all items which will add to the cost of your 'basic' Tablet and again your budget is not going to hit any of the additional requests.

    .... not unless you look for a second-hand unit that is.
     
  5. cmgames

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    i guess the main thing is to write notes and do drawings in lectures using the pen. i have a desktop at home so i could do the cad stuff on there. as for battery life, so long as it lasts 4-5 hours i can always recharge it inbetween lectures.
     
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    Tablets with Active digitizers don't come cheap... especially for the UK market.

    You are still going to have to look at finding a second-hand Tablet.
     
  7. cmgames

    cmgames Pen Pal - Newbie

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    would you recommend any types for me in the 500 to 900 pound range?
     
  8. P8RSON

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    Again, if you purchase a Tablet in the UK market you're not going to find a new Tablet with either Active or the cheaper Passive digitizer for even £900.

    Unfortunately your options are limited...

    You can't purchase the cheaper Gateway, as it is only sold to the US market.

    You can't purchase a cheaper Fujitsu from the Fujitsu ebay store as again it is only for the US market.

    Remaining Fujitsu's and Fujitsu Siemen's are out of your price range.

    ASUS do one Tablet, the R1F (soon to be updated) but that's still out of your price range.
    They do however sell the R2H Ultra Mobile PC for around £700 but that will be something you are not looking at.

    Lenovo only do the X61T, which again is out of your price range.

    HP do a number of Tablets, both Passive and Active digitizers.
    The Passive TX1000 is the cheaper option and is just inside your price range.
    The TC4400 is just outside at around £1150 and the 2710p dearer at around £1250.


    Your only option is to try and find a second-hand machine....
    As to which to choose; because of limited options for your budget, you would be left wide open to whatever is available.



    If you are lucky, seek out an older Fujitsu Siemens T Series machine.
    They are built to last. As such if you find one it should last you until you upgrade.
    Look for either a T4010 or newer T4210.
    A T4215 would be out of your reach in the UK.

    You may also find an older Toshiba M200 or M400.
    Both have Active screens and are a good second-hand option.

    Also look around for an older Lenovo X60T.
    They again have Active screens and like Fujitsu's are built to last.
     
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    think ill go for the TOSHIBA PORTEGE M200, i seen it on ebay for 300 so will go for that. just wanting to know what is the battery life like on this and if its poor can i upgrade to better battery. also what is the weight of this thing and also are there any downsides to this model?
     
  10. P8RSON

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    The M200 was a great Tablet when it was first released back in 2004.
    Battery life though is lower than what you are looking for, at only 3 to 4hrs per charge.
    You could if you wish though purchase a second battery but unlike Tablets such as the ASUS R1F or Fujitsu Siemens T Series machines, the M200 only has the ability to carry one battery at a time (the R1F & T Series use a maximum of two batteries giving added mobility).

    For a read up on the M200 go to here.
     
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