Need cheap and small just for school.

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by mitch77, Aug 18, 2006.

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  1. mitch77

    mitch77 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi,

    I am completely ignorant of the makes and models.

    I do know this:
    We want a pretty small & light weight one.
    We mostly want a cheap one.
    It will be used for taking notes and typing papers,
    and maybe a bit of web research.
    Needs to have at least fair battery life.

    Also do any of these convert your writing to type?
    (So it could be edited in MS Word etc).

    We are not opposed to used or refurbished.

    Thanks very much for your input.

    mitch
     
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    price range?

    the tablet pc OS has the capability of converting writing to text.
     
  3. Barry J. Doyle

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    Cheap and small do not necesarily go together in the Tablet PC market. The best you might find is the Acer C200 with a Celeron CPU option.
     
  4. mitch77

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    The TravelMate C200???
    Clearly our idea of cheap is worlds away from yours.

    As close to $500 as possible.
    This is why "Used/refurbished" was mentioned.

    How about the C100 or C200?
    Any reason I should not consider a good used one of these?

    Is there some other used make or model I should prefer?
    OR avoid?

    thanks
     
  5. Fido

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    It will be hard to find a tablet that is that cheap. The only computers that cheap are mainstream models, and tablets still cater to a niche market. What do you want tablet functionality for? A standard laptop might be the best choice for you.
     
  6. mitch77

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    You can't take notes on and draw graphs on a standard laptop can ya?

    How about this Fujitsu Lifebook B2562 ?

    A search of Ebay "tablet pc -battery -power -case -screen -harddrive -adapter -adaptor" and you'll find lots in that range.

    However I've no idea whats worth a look...

    thanks
     
  7. P8RSON

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    You can't write directly onto a laptop.... otherwise it wouldn't be a laptop but a tablet instead..

    The Fujitsu Lifebook B2562 is a notebook PC.
    Again, you can not use it as a tablet.
    You have to buy a dedicated tablet in order to write dircectly on the screen.

    The only other way would be to purchase a cheap graphics tablet and plug it into the USB port but take my advice, you would not want to try to use a graphics tablet to write with AND you would have the problem of the OS AND software not supporting what you are trying to do.

    Sorry but if you want to have a tablet feel you are going to have to look at a dedicated tablet.
     
  8. mitch77

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    A "dedicated tablet"?
    What are these things I am seeing on TV and print ads that seem to have all the standard laptop features and components, and then you can flip the screen over facing out, latch it down and use the laptop as a tablet.
    I could swear I have seen people in these ads using a sylus on the inverted laptop screens! I have seen them called tablet laptops (& visa versa).
    Are you saying 'there are not such devices',
    or does "dedicated"
    ( Wholly committed to a particular course of thought or action)
    mean something in this context I am not aware of?
     
  9. P8RSON

    P8RSON Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Mitch..... whether it be a 'slate' or a combo laptop that transforms into a form of 'slate', both are termed a 'TabletPC'.

    What I am saying; you was referring to a laptop, as in what you said:-
    I am referring to a laptop that does what you say ~ that is a tablet.:)
     
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