I thought I'd post a review from an artist's point of view, I think the more artists that purchase, the more the manufacturers will take note! I'm a concept and character artist for Black Rock Studio, part of the Disney Interactive group. I've been totally digital in my output for just over a year now. Everything I do is generated via my Wacom tablet, sketching, inking and painting. There was always a slight disconnection in this process, and I had this Groundhog Day thing going where each morning I had to loosen up and re-train my hand and eye to work together with the tablet on the desk and the monitor in the air. I wanted to re-gain the tactile quality of drawing again, but without loosing the freedom and style I achieve from digital work. A Cintiq would be the obvious answer, but it's a 20lb monitor essentially fixed to a desk. The only other solution would be a slate style tablet, essentially a digital sketchbook. I'd spent a long time deciding on which tablet to go for, finally settling on either the Stylistic 5112 or the Motion LE1700, my past experience with Fujitsu and the LE1700's 1400x1050 display made it an easy choice.... The good people at Box Technologies here in the UK were very generous and loaned me a kit for a couple of weeks. Slates and tablets are rare commodities here in the UK and this was an unexpected but fantastic opportunity, so I'm indebted to Paul and Aurelie for their support here. I wont be giving much of a technical breakdown here as I didn't even check out all the mobile solutions and connectivity options the LE1700 had to offer (but our MIS guy did install Photoshop remotely over the wireless network which worked pretty well), I just wanted to see if I could draw on it! My two biggest fears were the pressure sensitivity and running speed, so I ran the Wacom tablet drivers and loaded up Photoshop. There is sensitivity, but I did notice the drop from my desktop tablet. I plugged away at it but I couldn't get the feel I was after. The calibration in PS was pretty noticeable too. I've heard if you have a Cintiq, you can calibrate the pen to work on the tablet and this may give 512 levels of sensitivity... but that's unconfirmed... So I ran Sketchbook Pro. And I was in drawing heaven. This may all come down to the way I work and the style I want to achieve, but as I said, I am a totally digital artist and can feel the slightest difference in pressure, but Sketchbook Pro appeared to compensate and I soon set up my brushes to emulate the one I use normally in PS. So sketching and inking are a dream on the tablet for me. No feeling of drawing in the ether, altogether a new experience and I actually found drawing FUN again. Painting, at least the way I do, still lacked the finesse I was used to, but if I'd had the time, I'm sure I could have worked with it in SBP. I sort of see it as maybe going from Oils to Acrylic... the tablet is a different medium! Some of the other artists here weren't so open minded, but if you see a tablet as a new tool and not an emulation of your current one you'll get on perfectly. It took me maybe 3-4 days to get to grips with the workflow, and have been using it to create prelim sketches for work paintings as well as sketching some personal work. Back to the kit, the resolution is great, I could run a SBP and have some ref running in ACDSee on the same screen. It's lightweight and virtually silent. It did run hot, but it didn't appear to effect performance. For the most part I had it lying flat on my desk as I would a sketch pad, and had ref up on my work monitor, a perfect combination. At home I sat with it on my lap, my wife glad of the company as I'd normally be in another room with my desktop and Wacom. I was even able to use it on the train from work, a short ride but the battery showed no drop in performance. So it's heading back today, I'm very sorry to see it go. I'm actually a bit worried about what I'm going to do without it! I will be purchasing one sometime soon, maybe the 2GB model. I tried out the 1GB and while there were no issues, more ram is more ram! So, it looks great, it feels great and applied correctly works great ( I just need to save up for it!) I hope that's of some use to those trying to make a tough choice! C.