I've caught the "Convertible Fever"...

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  1. Ownallogist

    Ownallogist Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I'm a senior in high school and plan on attending a university in the fall. I've been doing some searching for potential laptops and I'm definitely hooked on convertibles.

    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    Less than or equal to $1500

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

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


    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    United States

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    None

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    At least four.

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    Mainly note taking with a little bit of entertainment (movies, music)

    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    Not particularly because I don't know an OS preference is :p

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    Nothing too special.

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.
    No.



    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    No preference.

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    Doesn't matter

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

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

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?
    Wacom sounds nice.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    At least 80 GB HD and 2GB RAM

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    Would be nice.

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    Not necessarily

    Misc

    I understand that my budget is low; this money will be coming out of my own pockets. However, I also understand that laptops tend to decrease in price as newer/better ones appear. So, if you could, guide me towards laptops that may "fall" into my price range.

    Much appreciated!
    Jordan


    p.s. - I know I wasn't very decisive throughout the quesitonaire and I hope that doesn't make it a hassle.
     
  2. Chocobo

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    If this will be a primary computer, Gateway's C140 is ideal because of its specs. It's also the cheapest tablet out there for ~$1000. But...it's Gateway.
    Next we've got a Lenovo X61, which is discounted 40% right now because of a bezel problem. This is also not an optimal decision.
    Coming up outside your price range is the $1500 Fujitsu Lifebook t2010 and its more powerful cousin the t40somethingorother at slightly more. You should be able to get both of these refurbished for cheaper at Fujitsu's eBay store. These will be top-notch quality and my choice.
     
  3. lifebytes

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    Explain the logic in how the X61 is discounted BECAUSE of a bezel problem? You realize that in large corporations like that, the engineering teams never talk to the sales/marketing teams, RIGHT?
     
  4. nikecar

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    I'll stack up my Gateway to any other tablet. the build quality is excellent. May not have gold flaked keyboard letters, but that's why its cheaper. :D

    shame folks have perception problems.
     
  5. Ownallogist

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    Need some advice:

    Should I search for a computer now and buy one asap or...

    Should I keep an eye on the market and purchase one closer to my departing time? (to college)

    Thanks for the help.
     
  6. chinesefireball121

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    I would personally wait until you need it, or maybe a month before you need it. You will get a better machine if you wait a few months
     
  7. nikecar

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    yeah, wait as these on the market will get lower in price, and the newer chip/models should be out. Also Dell will have theirs out so you have more choices.
     
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