This might be stretching it a bit, but I am curious to which is the lightest tablet that still has an internal optical drive. Most models with a DVD tend to be past the 4.0 lb / 1.8 kg mark. All the listed tablets, slates, and convertible PCs I've checked that are under that weight limit have clunky port replicators. General Questions. 1. What is your budget? 2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? 3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible? 4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? 6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? 7. How many hours battery life do you require? 8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? 9. Do you have an OS preference? For the sake of this argument, budget is US$100~$1000, no qualms about refurbished or used, and no media preference. Optimal writing area is 10 to 13-inches. No love for Compaq (and their stupid Fn/CTRL/ALT placement instead of CTRL/FN/ALT) 2~6 hours of battery life For entertainment purposes (movies, DVD burning); handwriting, sketching and email are secondary Preferred OS is Linux (Ubuntu, Arch, Mint, Knoppix). Win7, WinXP and Android are also acceptable. Screen Specifics 1. Any preference on screen resolution? 2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? 3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig? The higher the better, minimum of 1024x768. And while it would be amazing to work outdoors, I'll stick with buying an anti-glare protector. Also, Wacom >> N-trig. Component Specifics 2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Optimally, a BluRay burner, but a DVD-burner is adequate. Minimum 2 full USB ports. Won't say no to added card slots.