Large screen tablet

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by PL93407, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. PL93407

    PL93407 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I'm a college professor looking to buy my first tablet, to use as my "main" computer. One of my biggest requirement therefore is the screen size. I'd like at least a 14" one, and preferably larger. One of my student had a Toshiba Tecra M7 that he loved and it looked good to me. Unfortunately, that one doesn't seem be around anymore and I don't see a whole lot of 14" screen out there...
    Here's my list of requirements from the FAQ. Help please!

    THanks much,

    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    (not critical but would like good value)

    2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)?
    hmmm.... not sure what that means. I want a tablet laptop with a screen that flips (sounds 'convertible' to me...)

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9"
    Compact ~ 10"
    Mainstream ~ 12.1"
    Large ~ 14"

    Definitely large.

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?


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


    6. How many hours battery life do you require?

    Some flexibility maybe?

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?

    Work (presentations, Solidworks, data analysis)

    8. Do you have an OS preference?


    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?

    MS Suite; Solidworks; Autocad.

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.

    No. But I would like to be able to watch/write DVDs

    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?

    Prefer wide.

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    XGA - 1024x768 ~ Large and easy to read text and graphic icons but you fit less on the screen.
    SXGA - 1400x1050 ~ Small text and graphic icons which require good vision but the gain is a much larger screen.
    WXGA - 1280x768 ~ Wider viewing angle of XGA but ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space.

    SXGA sounds good; I saw a posting about Gateways WXGA being inadequate. I don't know if that would be the case for me...

    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?
    See explanation below for guidance.

    No preference.

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?
    See explanation below for guidance.

    Prefer Active.

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?
    See explanation below for guidance.

    Prefer Wacom (but really am open here)

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?

    Not that important for me.

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?


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

    Would prefer it yes.

    Again, thanks a lot for your help!
  2. nikecar

    nikecar Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I beleive the only one out there now with the large screen is the Gateway. There is another brand (Acer or Asus that has a 13" one) I think.

    That said, the Gateway site is doing some preconfigured models now. If you want to price it with more options, visit and look for the s7235 and the e295 models.

    check with your campus computer department in case you get education discount rates.
  3. jdwilson

    jdwilson Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The Asus R1F or R1E does have a 13" but there have been some problems with it.

    You may want to consider a smaller screen and then docking to an external monitor when you are doing "big screen" tasks. If so, then you'll want to look for a model that has a good dock available because many third-party docks don't work for larger monitors or are not guaranteed for Tablet operating systems.

    Another thing to consider is that rather than a 2nd battery, purchase a third-party external battery (plugs into your AC socket) which works well when you are seated somewhere and don't mind having a cable running to your briefcase. I like using this better than lugging around a PC that has a 2nd battery inside and, besides, the external batteries are available with more power at a lower cost. If being as compact as possible was your objective, this wouldn't be so good but then you're wanting a large screen . . .

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