Laptop/Tablet for professional illustrator used to Cintiq

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by lealla, Oct 31, 2018.

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  1. lealla

    lealla Pen Pal - Newbie

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    This is my second post here - I actually posted over a year ago when my search began - and I still haven't made a purchase. I am a professional illustrator using a Cintiq every day. I want a laptop tablet that I can take away from the desk to draw on. Drawing is the most important part, as it needs to be a smooth, as natural experience possible (similar to cintiq).

    Part of the issue is the lack of model availability here in Australia, and difficulty in importing (and expense given our tumbling dollar).

    So please bear in mind that any suggestions will need to be purchasable in Australia.

    OK - on with the details!
    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    Up to $2000 AUD

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    Must be a laptop - i.e have an attached keyboard.

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    • 10 to 13-inches
    • Above 13-inches

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    Must be available in Australia

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    A few - not really important as I am usually near a power supply.

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Illustrating using photoshop. I will also being occasionally VPN-ing into my main machine, and doing the usual email/web browsing.

    9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?
    Must be Windows

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, SketchUp

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom EMR, AES or N-trig?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Yes - as close an experience to Wacom Cintiq as possible - i.e very smooth, quick and natural.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    Around 500 GB HDD. Enough memory to run photoshop smoothly and rapidly.

    2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?
    Must have HDMI and a few USB ports.

    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?

    Nothing to add except that my backup laptop has now died so will need something soon. Hopefully I can get lucky in the black friday sales :)
  2. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    I think you should get something with EMR and Feel driver support but I don't think anything like that is under your budget unfortunately.

    For instance, HP ZBook X2 is a 14" EMR device that would fit your needs well but it's more like $2000 USD...
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