I decided to take the plunge for my next semseter at college

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by PhysicsMaestro, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. ThePhoenixEffect

    ThePhoenixEffect Pen Pal - Newbie

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    1. What is your budget?
    2200 and under

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

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    * Mainstream ~ 12.1"
    or
    * Large ~ 14"

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    US

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    Not really.

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    4-5+

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    Note taking- Symbolic Intensive (I'm a Chem Major)
    Organizing


    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    Windows

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    ChemDraw
    Running many PDF files at once
    Firefox with heavy window/tab usage
    Mathematica
    OneNote/Office in General
    MindManager

    I tend to run a lot of different things at the same time. For example, I'm running three firefox windows with at least 8 tabs each, and I have 4 PDF files open. (Along with OneNote and Excel)


    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.
    Not really. Starcraft 2 whenever it comes out, maybe?

    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen, but I'm willing to sacrifice that...

    2. What resolution do you prefer?

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


    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?
    In/Out would be nice, but I can deal with just Indoor

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?
    Active

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?
    Wacom

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    100+GB HD
    2+ GB RAM

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    It would be nice, but I could sacrifice that for mobility. I plan to use another laptop if I really want to watch DVD's. Software installation could be problem, but I'm sure there could be a way around it.

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

    Misc
    I want something that will last me for the next four or so years, but I also don't want it to be too heavy. Functionality is extremely important. I want the best writing experience possible.

    Thank you for your time!
     
  2. pibach

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    I Suppose best inking experience is on Hp's 2710 p
     
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    suppose? based on what?


    To answer the question, you can deal with the Lenovo x61t, the Fujitsu 4220, the Gateway c-140x (use the MPC link on their webpage to customize it).
     
  4. PhysicsMaestro

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    I recently got a Fujitsu 4220 not more than 2 weeks ago and I'm extremely pleased with it. I run the same programs you run with some minor differences (Opera instead of Firefox, Matlab instead of Mathematica). I think you could get the options you want in your price range (100gb HDD, 2GB ram). I do also recommend the SXGA+ screen and modular drive battery. The modular drive battery has proved very useful, as it essentially doubles the battery life of the machine. What you do is remove the CD drive and replace it with a battery. I don't need a CD drive on a daily basis, so this was very useful (only need it for software installs).
     
  5. ThePhoenixEffect

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    I'm definitely considering the Fujitsu, but how about the X61t? It was a front runner for me before I found out about the bezel issue. So far it seems that there isn't a "fix" of some kind, but are they still selling the defective ones? Does anyone know what other issues came up, especially with the Multi-touch/Multi-view screen? I'll probably wait another month or so before I decide.
     
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    "Suppose", because theres is no solid base for that, just what I grabbed as a statement over from JK:
    http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2007/10/jkontherun-revi.html

    Steve: "How do compare the inking experience of the HP 2710 to some of the other tablets you've used?"

    JK:"The inking is wonderful, it feels like pen on paper."

    Also people of Gottobemobile like this tablet.

    But a thorough comparison of the inking experience is still missing out.
     
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    I believe similar things have been said about the Fujitsu tablets - especially when using the felt tips
     
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    i've seen that type of comment with other tablets. However, it doesn't compare the experience of several. His comment in't a ringing endoresment that its the best. However, I'd wager anything with WACOM will be about the same.
     
  9. PhysicsMaestro

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    How does it compare to the X61T? Well, I don't really know. I do know that I was in the same situation as you: Lenovo or Fujitsu? I chose Fujitsu because it sounded like they had better delivery dates, better customer service, fewer "engineering flaws," and all the features I wanted.
     
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