How useful is a Tablet PC?

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by everythingblogcast, Sep 5, 2006.

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  1. Harvy

    Harvy Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hey guys and girls... if they're any:)

    I would first like to say thanks to the people who post on this forum. As I've found it invaluable in finding out information on tablet PCs.

    I've been interested in tablet PC's, ever since I saw them on Stargate Atlantis (very nerdy, i know), but never thought they'll be able to contend with normal laptops until recently.

    Just a few weeks back I was dianosed as having dyslexia (about time too as I'm now 28!) and I'm also currently half way through my PhD. I'm currently attempting to apply for extra funds to supply necessary equipment to aid in my learning and this may could include a laptop pc.

    Could you please answer two questions.

    1) What are the benerfits and drawback of a tablet PCs? And I'm refering to interfaces.

    2) Would a dyslexic person benerfit more with using a tablet PC over a normal laptop?

    Cheers :D

    Harvy
     
  2. P8RSON

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    Harvey,
    Your best person to talk to on dyslexia and a tablet is member everythingblogcast.
    Send him a P.M if he doesn't notice this thread.

    As to the benefits and drawbacks; I can answer the first question.
    Benefits are:-
    1. In addition to typing, you have the ability to write directly on the screen.
    This can be an easier method if that is your preferred choice of composing text.
    2. You can easily draw graphics, make pencil ammendments or write handwritten notes next to typed text ~ software permitting and for that I strongly recommend MS OneNote.
    3. For software that supports pressure sensitivity i.e. Photoshop, you will achieve far greater control in this area over a standard mouse.
    As you know, a mouse gives zero PS whereas a pen would give similar effects as seen using a graphics tablet.
    4. You can stand and use the tablet, whereas with a notebook you can only use it sitting down.
    5. There's bound to be more benefits but I'll leave those to other members to cover.

    As to drawbacks;
    1. What drawbacks!!
     
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    First of all hello and welcome Harvey to the forum of tabletpcreview.com. The standard benefits of using a tablet pc is as P8RSON has stated above and there are no drawbacks unless you class everyone in your class wanting to play with the tablet pc. lol.

    In this question is yes a dyslexic person does benefit more with using a tablet pc over a normal laptop. Yes I am a HND computing student and yes I have been typing for about 10 plus years and from time to time I get sick of typing and love to write, thats the great thing of a tablet pc you can write on screen with a special pen/stylus but still its better then using a keyboard to complete an assignment. I have used PDA's so I know how to write on the screen so no broken screen.

    Yes its great having a tablet pc in class because you can have the way you want, typing if you need to, if its slow and you have the time or writing on screen because of the fast talking.

    Details on the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)

    Taken from http://www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport/students/stu_students_with_d_1.shtml

    Please note the A specialist equipment allowance of up to £4,795 for the whole course. This means that you can ask for software as well. I would recomened two software product:
    1. textHELP Read & Write Gold 8 that can screen talk to you. More details at http://www.texthelp.com/page.asp?pg_id=1071
    2. Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 that can change speach into text on screen. More details at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nuance-Dragon-NaturallySpeaking-Preferred-PC/dp/B000GTHVHU/sr=1-1/qid=1157127553/ref=pd_bowtega_1/202-5400560-0961460?ie=UTF8&s=software

    Note that the textHELP Read & Write Gold 8 is avaible in a student (DSA) edition which is VAT free all you have to do is contact them and inform them that you are getting the DSA.

    Taken from http://www.texthelp.com/page.asp?pg_id=1007 exculding the Website address (Last detail of quote).

    If you require any more help contact me.
     
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  5. everythingblogcast

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    Also you can get free software that you can write on screen.

     
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  6. Harvy

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    Hey guys,

    Cheers for all the advice everythingblogcast, jackamck and P8RSON. It's been a real help and I've chosen to go for the M400.

    Keep up the good work :D

    Harvy
     
  7. P8RSON

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    Just as long as you find the right tablet Harvy, the service here is a bonus. :)
     
  8. everythingblogcast

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    Its good to hear that you picked the M400. Its a excellect Tablet for a dyslexic to use. Dont forget to ask for the software as well off the DSA.
     
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