Is the T902 the "best" tablet money can buy for digital artists/media professional right now?

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  1. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    It will be some time before we'll know... Haswell is around the corner, but it will probably be at least a year before we start seeing it implemented into mobile devices. I can't see why Fujitsu wouldn't make a T903 though.

    I think your probably right to wait it out. The T900 is still an adequate machine by ultra portable tabletPC standards, in fact, it's probably still a touch faster in many ways than the ULV Surface Pro or ATIV700t simply based on its full voltage processor and upgrade-ability for more ram. I admire your patience and resolve to not have to buy the newest shiny thing, I'm hoping the T902 will last me 4 years as a main work machine.
     
  2. Aman

    Aman Scribbler - Standard Member

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    " Is the T902 the "best" tablet money can buy for digital artists/media professional right now?"

    Big joke,!!!
    You know about my experience with T902,right?

    Fujitsu consumers should only expect High speed ,good picture clarity and sturdy frame and a reliable machine to do daily activities.And what they should very happliy expect is a nice stylus as a crayon to draw something,which only small children can draw.

    Very nice:Fujitsu reminded me of my childhood funny days where I was learning how to draw and I am very sure new T-Series owners would definately enjoy using this kid's pen Tablet PC.
    T-Series is Cramp!

    ModBook Pro or Wacom's Upcomming Tablet PC should be a serious option for sketchers.
     
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  3. Zero

    Zero Scribbler - Standard Member

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    What's special about the ModBook Pro?

    BTW Fujitsu has made the best tablets I've ever used. HP and Lenovo tablets aren't as good for drawing.
     
  4. Aman

    Aman Scribbler - Standard Member

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    See page no. 3 (starting from SuperFlyBoy's Comment/Reply) to the last of this thread and in that see all my comments and you will find exactly why I am saying ths stuff:
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/fujitsu/54537-prospective-t902-buyers-list-warnings-3.html

    Also see my complain thread:
    https://forum.ts.fujitsu.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=95&t=46178

    Less idea about HP and Lenevo,but ModBook Pro,Motion Computing and Tablet Kiosk Tablet PCs offer superior Sketching precision Experience.

    If Fujitsu can learn from the complains of its customer and accordingly follow them in eliminating them or reducing them in T903,it will be definately appreciable.
     
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  5. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    Aman, Its comments like these that are rather ignorant, especially after all the help I've offered in regards to your experience. I am a 2D animator and use the T902 to do production animation for TV, many shows you may have seen if you have children. The T902 has been incredibly sufficient for drawing, painting, animating, designing and sketching as a primary (and only) device for the last 6 months.
    Are you calling me a child, who only draws with crayons?

    It isn't perfect, most of us are well aware of that. But as Zero has said, it's the best we got. Until you try the modbook and discover otherwise for yourself, your in no place to say it's an improvement.
     
  6. Aman

    Aman Scribbler - Standard Member

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    I am not calling you a Child,may be you are lucky enough to recieve a non-defective T902 Unit.
    No idea of it.
    If its a windows 8 problem.no idea of it.

    But I know that artists buŷing a Windows 8 version of T902 will not be considering it usable at all for sketching and will not be happy at all.
    Nothing could happen after trying callibrating 75 times and nothing could much happen after complete Driver updates.

    Fujitsu would no longer be selling windows 7 versions.And it would have been better that I would have got Wndows 7 version so atleast I would have got a 40 percent chance of having a good pen Callibration
     
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  7. thatcomicsguy

    thatcomicsguy Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    @Aman:

    I did some hunting around, and it sounds like Windows 8 doesn't offer a way on the T902 of shutting off finger-touch, which can interfere with the pen action. That sounds irritating, but then, so does Windows 8.

    When using these kinds of devices, I've found that it is important to get an OS which compliments rather than detracts from it's use as an art tool.

    I've been on Win XP for a long time now, because that's what my old legacy hardware was built around. It works fine.

    What I'd recommend, Aman, is doing some more research on your specific issues and perhaps re-build your machine with Windows 7 where you might find finer control over the touch capabilities, (ie, being able to turn off the finger touch altogether either through the control panel or just by disabling the finger touch driver). It sounds to me like the bulk of your problems are linked to the capacitive touch screen function getting in the way of things.

    Also, edge accuracy, it must be understood by anybody getting into the digital art world, is just plain bad with ALL Wacom hardware in both Cintiq and Tablet PCs, and I believe, in the Cintiq alternatives. So it's best to calibrate your stylus for the area of the screen in the middle, about 3/4 of an inch in from the edges and just not sweat the edges so much. It's not ideal, but you get used to it after a while.

    As for calibration; you're never going to get 1:1 accuracy from any Wacom device; there will always a little bit of drift between where your stylus nib is placed and where the cursor appears as you work across your screen. It might be perfect on one place of your screen, but half a screen away, may be a little off; I've found there can be up to about an 8th of an inch variance as you move the cursor around the screen. However, you get used to this quite quickly until it is simply no longer noticeable; you end up paying attention to the cursor position and not the stylus nib position when you draw. The brain is entirely capable of translating the drift without any necessity for worrying about it on the conscious level. Switching brands will not make any difference in this regard.

    The Wacom hardware used in any Tablet PC, (and in the Modbook Pro) comes from the same OEM supply. The drivers made by Wacom for this particular hardware are all Windows based, so the Modbook Pro people will have had to do some creative work to get the Wacom gear running on their machines. They might have found some way to improve the experience, but I've not heard anybody make this claim.

    There may be some differences wrt shielding between different brands since that construction is up to each individual Tablet PC maker, but for the most part no manufacturer I've ever heard of has failed to follow the recommended specs Wacom gives when they sell their OEM digitizer components. I've never heard of any Tablet PC suffering from EM interference problems, (that is, EM coming from within the computer itself; external power devices passing close to the screen are another matter), so I would suggest you may have misdiagnosed the issue in your case.

    Also, using a ruler on the screen of a Wacom-enabled device is dodgy at the best of times; it works, but is simply not the most accurate way of creating lines. Digital art screens are a whole other animal when compared to pen and paper, and while they share some characteristics of the physical mediums, they should not be mistaken for being the same; they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. I would recommend using the digital ruler/vector tools in your art software to create straight lines instead of a real world ruler. You'll be much happier with the results.
     
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  8. Aman

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    Thanks a lot for so much valuable information.:)

    If suppose I decide to buy Asus Taichi 31 (13.3 inch version),
    How does its N-Triq stylus and N-Triq drivers perform compared to Wacom?
     
  9. thatcomicsguy

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    I've only ever used N-Trig on a little Android handheld with a 7" screen, (can't remember the brand). It was just a little notepad program with a limited sketch tool. The stylus worked, but it was nothing like using a regular Wacom device. I don't know what it would be like on a full Windows machine with real art software.

    N-Trig has in the past scored poorly with digital artists as compared to Wacom tech, but their newer hardware has received somewhat better reviews over the last year or so. The popular opinion, however, is still that Wacom offers the best system available today. --There are some new-comer digitizers on the market today which are getting excellent reviews, (made by Yiynova and Bosto) but none of that new technology has yet migrated to the Tablet PC market; it's strictly found in Cintiq clones.

    Personally, I would say that your current Tablet PC is about as good as it gets, but you are certainly encouraged to experiment with different studio tools in order to find the best fit for your personal needs and tastes. If you do end up replacing your Fujitsu with an Asus, you can let us know what your experiences are like. I'm sure people here would be interested to hear about it.

    Good luck!
     
  10. Aman

    Aman Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The leader in Tablet Pen Technology has always been the Wacom but some Tablet PC manufacturers like Fujitsu do not properly integrate Wacom Technology with proper shielding in their Tablet Pcs.
    The best manufactures I think,are Motion Computing,Tablet Kiosk and ModBook Inc.

    If we look at the specs of Taichi 31,they aren't impressive than that of the ModBook Pro or T902,but if it can offer good pen accuracy and decent overall performance in less cost,it could be not a bad option either,considering that this one has the latest 4th Generation N-Triq technology,not the old N-Triq Tech.
     
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