New tablets and convertibles from CES 2020

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  1. Marty

    Marty Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    You know, even though this is very commonly held wisdom, I'm going to challenge it anyways. :vbtongue:

    Every so often, there is a device comes along that could be considered "golden," an unusually complete and excellent representation of a device class, relative to the market.

    For example, the VAIO Z Canvas is still anomalous for being a slate built around a 47W chipset that also runs stably and quietly. This capability is buttressed by its unusually durable construction (frame and glass), paired with an amazingly color-accurate screen, while still retaining a portable form-factor.

    These qualities you don't just find in every release cycle; it was created under the special circumstance of a newly-formed company, with an amazing engineering pedigree (VAIO Z), throwing their entire talent towards creating "the perfect slate".

    So no, imo there's NOT always something just around the corner, and a good tech buyer has to recognize when a perfect storm of qualities presents itself—and realize a 'perfect storm' does not mean perfect (ZC has flaws for sure), but rather a singular representation of your ideal device, which you might not see again for years. Then hit 'buy'.

    That's the art of being a TPCRer. :vbwink:
     
  2. doobiedoobiedum

    doobiedoobiedum Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Oh I did that when Huion released the Kamvas 13 Pro but then months later they updated the rest of the range to etched, bonded screens and I sold my 13 Pro at a loss. Huion have upped the rez of the Huion 24 and I'm not being burned again - 16-19 inches with a 2.5K screen is the ideal for me to hook up to a 4K iMac so I will wait.
    That perfect storm came again though when the zbook showed up in 2018 at a never to be repeated price but this time I'm happy and I bought it. It'll do me another 4-5 years for portable drawing.
     
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    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    Superb. Just perfect!
     
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    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    Yeah, that's pretty awesome thinking, Marty - I really should have bid against you for that Z Canvas :p.
     
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    And I am very glad you did not. Even one dollar over, and I would have very likely went bust. :p
     
  6. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    What an insightful post. It's been surprising to me over the years how many great tablet designs, particularly in the past decade, have been one-off or dead-end efforts. There is not always an improved version on its way or even assurances that a current device that meets your needs perfectly will remain readily available if a replacement model is needed. In my case, the Asus Note 8, Surface 3 and even my beloved Go come to mind. When the right device hits the street, you have to know when to jump.
     
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