HP Elitepad 900

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  1. whazzup

    whazzup Scribbler - Standard Member

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    SOFTWARE TO TEST:

    1. FireAlpaca (FireAlpaca.com - Free image editor)
    Ok, this should be the first software you try, because it's free, the stylus pressure support is unparalleled in the 'free' software category, and because if everything works well with this software, it's a safe bet to say that japanese art software (Illuststudio, SAI, Opencanvas, Manga Studio) will pretty much work.

    2. Photoshop (Adobe)
    Not much to say here. Granddaddy of art software.

    3. Sketchbook Pro (SketchBook Pro - Drawing App - Autodesk)
    A standard for sketching software from Autodesk.

    4. Corel Painter (Digital Art Software - Corel Painter 12)
    A standard for painting

    5. Zbrush (:: Pixologic ::)
    3D sculpting software.

    There're tons more software out there, but the above should be a good subset.
     
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    whazzup Scribbler - Standard Member

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    WHAT TO TEST:
    This was a simple test I devised to test some non Wacom tablet displays I had earlier, but I'm sure your testing team has much more experience and advanced tools than what I have:


    1. Ruler Tracing Test
    Use the ruler to draw uniform lines diagonally across the screen.

    2. Cursor Hover Test (Very Important)
    With the pen tip hovering over the screen, try to move the cursor pixel by pixel, around one of the small squares. Next try to paint the square black, without spilling over into other squares.

    3. Slow Tracing Test (Very Important)
    By tracing over the guidelines slowly, we can see how much jitter the digitizer has. Note that because of the smooth glass surface, the tracing is bound to look inaccurate. But this is an important test because when you see people testing tablets, they just scribble something over the screen, see the pressure sensitive strokes, and end it at that. Not very useful.

    4. Fast Tracing Test
    By tracing the guidelines quickly, we can see whether there is abnormal jittering.

    5. Pressure Test
    With pressure sensitivity on, trace over the guidelines.

    6. Dual Monitor Support and Displays in different rotations
    With a second display, the tablet pen calibration can get all screwed up with the coordinates. In addition, rotating either display into different modes (portrait/landscape) can potentially cause problems.



    A video I did last time:
    [video=youtube;Sb_4szuFnaE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb_4szuFnaE[/video]
     
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  3. whazzup

    whazzup Scribbler - Standard Member

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    And another:
    [video=youtube;_vzxQlsLzs0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vzxQlsLzs0[/video]



    *I apologize for the multiple off-topic posts, but I was not able to put 2 videos in 1 post.
     
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  4. 2disbetter

    2disbetter Function over Form

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    You know I'm not surprised. HP is really started to demonstrate how they lack leadership with the ability to compete in a world where Apple leads technology by the nose. (I say this with great disdain, but am appreciative of Apple pushing quality and higher screen resolutions at least)

    The Slate 500/2 was the perfect form factor. It could have competed with the Surface and all the other tablets on the market. Why would they deviate from that? Was it too difficult to source a higher resolution screen?

    Instead we get tablets that are larger but still packing the internals of the slate. I don't understand.

    If I get ANYTHING larger than the slate, it better have a core i3 processor at the minimum, and at least 4gb of RAM.

    HP is sitting on the resources and technical know how to really come out with a powerful product that could compete, but it requires them to take a risk. And that is something the stuffy old shareholders at HP are too stupid to allow. Instead they'll ride the ship until it sinks and then jump over board.

    2d
     
  5. simpleatsh

    simpleatsh Pen Pal - Newbie

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  6. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    I could not agree more. All the slate needed was better components. HP got the size and weight correct. I'm begrudgingly moving to a 10" surface, but stepping up to Ivybridge power.

    http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/28976-hp-will-be-broken-for-four-more-years

    Looks like Meg agrees with you. Half of HPs products will be gone in a year
     
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  7. dceggert

    dceggert Owner of a TabletPC Museum Senior Member

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    Actually, the TC1000 was a creation of Compaq, not HP. So was the iPaq. HP's competition were pitiful so they bought Compaq and then proceeded to ruin those innovative products in favor of the less innovative HP versions. Still going on today? Think Palm and the Touchpad. Acquired, ruined, then dumped.

    It is a window into the corporate politics that are plaguing the top rungs of the internal ladder.
     
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    Rick Sr. Program Manager

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    @Wazzup....Thanks for the insight on pen usage. Think I will spend some time this weekend playing... :)
     
  9. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I must, must, MUST remember these facts! Thanks dceggert :)

    Damn shame :(
     
  10. whazzup

    whazzup Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I don't mind having a gadget for testing too! ;)


    But anyway, here're the images I used:

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