Off to college, need a lappy!

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by fldrice, May 12, 2009.

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Which convertable laptop?

  1. Lenovo x61 or x200

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  2. HP TX2

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    0.0%
  3. Fujitsu T2020

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  4. Toshiba M750

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  5. Dell Latitude

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Other (Please list)

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
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  1. Huskie35

    Huskie35 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget? Not a huge issue. In the ballpark of $1500 though.

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? Yes, with warranty.

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

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? Mainstream

    * Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9"
    * Compact ~ 10"
    * Mainstream ~ 12.1"
    * Large ~ 14"


    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from? U.S.A

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? 100% open.

    7. How many hours battery life do you require? Over 3.5, the more the better.

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc) Word processing, basic internet browsing, online poker, and occasional movies/games.

    9. Do you have an OS preference? Windows

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc) Word processing, mozilla firefox, Bit torrent.

    10. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list. Maybe here or there, nothing too serious though.



    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer a standard or widescreen display? Prefer, but not limited to.

    2. What resolution do you prefer? I have good eyes, and like high definition and clarity, hope this answers it.

    * XGA - 1024x768 ~ Large and easy to read text and graphic icons but you fit less on the screen.
    * SXGA - 1400x1050 ~ Small text and graphic icons which require good vision but the gain is a much larger screen. (no longer available new, must look for used or refurbished machines)
    * WXGA - 1280x768 ~ Wider viewing angle of XGA but ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. (Only resolution available in new tablets circa mid 2008)


    3. Do you require the screen to be readable in sunlight? No
    See explanation below for guidance.

    4. Do you prefer your display to be glossy or matte? Prefer matte, but again, not a big deal.

    5. Do you require Touch? (Which one: passive or capacitive) Yes, either is fine.
    See explanation below for guidance.

    6. Do you require a Digitizer Pen ? (Which one: Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology) Any one would work, but yes I would prefer to have one.
    See explanation below for guidance.


    7. Do you require pressure sensitivity? No


    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? ~200GB should do the trick.

    2. Do you require an Optical (CD/DVD) Drive to be built in? Yes. I want to be able to watch movies, as well as play Cd's, or play an occasional game.

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)? Not required, but would be a plus.


    Misc
    I am going to major in Elementary Education, so I do not need any extremely taxing programs. A good warranty (3 or so) years is important to me. I want to get at least 5 years of life out of my machine. Looks are not extremely important, mostly focused on build quality and dependability.

    Considerations thus far:

    Lenovo x61 or x200
    HP TX2
    Fujitsu T2020
    Toshiba M750

    Thanks for all your help!

    Kyle
     
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  2. fldrice

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    You may want to consider the hp 2730p as well.
     
  3. Huskie35

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    Thanks for the recommendation. I like the features and build of the TX2, but the graphics are a bit of a turn off. This looks like a nice option.
     
  4. samuelmaskell

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    I would say you're not going to want the lenovo
    I really like the look of and will most likely buy it myself
    but it costs 200 extra to get it with touch
    and it doesn't have an optical drive
    and you said you wanted both of those things

    the t2020 doesn't have a touch option
    and doesn't have an optical drive
    the t5010 seems amazing
    but it's probably out of your price range

    the tx2 is well..
    long story. doesn't seem like a smart choice to me
    you do get what you pay for
    there's a reason why it's so cheap

    the toshiba is what I voted for
    it's the fastest out of everything you listed
    and seems like a very good machine

    the dell also seems good
    but I think it's over priced for something with such a slow processor
    maybe you can find a good deal on their outlet site

    hope that helped
     
  5. Huskie35

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    Helped a ton. Thanks for the response!
     
  6. Huskie35

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    Bump to the top! Buying this weekend, please give me more responses if you have anything to add!
     
  7. samuelmaskell

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    I called lenovo out on some false advertising so now you can get a refurbished x200 tablet for really cheap.
    I know I said you wouldn't want it but it's a very nice computer and for the price it would be hard to pass up. It won't have touch but that's really not that big of a deal. The only reason you need touch is so that you can show off in front of your friends. It's so much easier to use a pen.
    now, one thing that can be a problem is the lack of optical drive. If you can put up with using either the docking station or an external optical drive then you're golden but if not.. the toshiba's probably best bet.
     
  8. Huskie35

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    I could get a Toshiba Portege M700 for $400. It has a cracked hinge, but doesn't not affect rotation or anything. Also the volume knob does not work, but I could just adjust it from the task bar. I could probably have both these things fixed for relatively cheap. It has 3GB of Ram, and 160 GB on the hard drive. 2.2 GHz processor. What do you think? should I bite the bullet?
     
  9. samuelmaskell

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    hard to say really
    I don't really trust used laptops personally
    but it could be alright
    the price is definitely very nice
    it's not going to be as fast as the m750
    but that most likely won't be a problem
    does it have an optical drive?
    no all m700 come with one..
     
  10. fldrice

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    Wouldn't do it if it's not in good condition. Sounds like the m700 was dropped.
     
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