Need a cheap but durable tablet for college

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  1. Anthony0857

    Anthony0857 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I'm going to start college next fall, and am going to get a tablet to replace my old laptop, which is slowly dying. I am probably going to get a Lifebook T4220 since I've heard good things about it, but I've decided I should at least consider other tablets, especially since I suspect my old computer is failing slightly faster than I'm getting the amount of money I'll need for the T4220. What other tablets do you think would work for me?

    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?

    Up to $700, any higher and I might as well just get the T4220.

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

    Convertable

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?

    No preference

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?

    USA

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

    No preference

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?

    No less than three.

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

    Drawing, taking notes, and general computer use.

    8. Do you have an OS preference?

    I prefer XP, but I'll use Vista if the computer is powerful enough for it.

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

    Drawing with Photoshop, taking notes, internet, word processing, music and movies, and other general computer use.

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

    Nothing specific, but I'd like something at least good enough to run last year's games with the settings turned down.

    Screen Specifics

    1. Standard or widescreen?

    Either is fine.

    2. What resolution do you prefer?

    Any of the options will work.

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

    No

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?

    I require an active digitizer.

    5. Do you require Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology?

    I require Wacom.


    Component Specifics

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

    Hard drive size is not important as I have a good external drive, but I'd prefer at least 40GB. I require no less than 1GB ram for XP, and no less than 2GB if it uses Vista.

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    I would prefer it.

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    No


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

    It's not strictly necessary, but I want to be able to boot from USB.

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

    I want a system that will last a while, three or four years at the least before it starts to fail. It also has to be reasonably fast; if it can't run streaming video smoothly in Firefox while Photoshop is running in the background, it's not fast enough. If it does that, it'll probably meet my needs.

    Also note that I'll probably be buying from ebay, or somewhere else with comparable prices.
     
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    Anthony0857 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Is there nothing that fits my requirements, and if so, what particular demands am I making that rule out all the options?

    If we ignore everything except that I'm looking for something less than $700 on eBay, durable enough to probably last at least few years without serious flaws developing, and not so slow as to be completely worthless, what options does that leave me with?
     
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    You can get a Gateway C140x refurb for $500. I'm about to order one tomorrow.
     
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    That's a really good deal. I'll have to read more reviews before I go ahead and get that, but so far it sounds like it may be my best choice. Where are you getting it? I did a quick search, but can't find anyone selling it anywhere.
     
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    Here you go
     
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    Anthony0857 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    The auction you linked to was for the Cx2756. Is that the same as the C140x? They do look very similar, but I find almost nothing when I do a Google search for Cx2756, so I'm not sure. If they're not the same, is the Cx2756 Wacom-based?
     
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    The cx2756 is finepoint based, not wacom based sorry.
     
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    I guess I won't be getting that one then, since anything other than Wacom is not an option for me.

    What else do you think would work for me?
     
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    the tx2500?
     
  10. atom

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    Uhm.. no.

    The Gateway cx2755 has a Wacom Digitizer, the cx2756 is a cx2756 with the added processor (1.46ghz -> 2.0 and ram).

    The fact that the cx2756 looks like the C140x should be the 1st indication of that.
     
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