Overwhelmed by options.

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by DBro, Oct 4, 2007.

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  1. DBro

    DBro First Time Buyer

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    Hello. I need some advice on what Tablet would be good for me. I've looked at pretty much every brand on this site and each time I look I change my mind on what sounds better so I'm asking you to narrow my options.

    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    -around $2500 cdn.

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

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    -12-14’’ I’d prefer a the lager but I am open to the 12’’

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    -Canada preferably but I can get it shipped from the US if needed.

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    -I am very leery of Gateway, Dell and HP but I am open to convincing

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    -around 6, more is better

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    -taking notes, drawing, photoshopping, itunes, web surfing, moderate gaming possibly,
    Its mostly day to day stuff

    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    -Windows

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    -photoshop, word, one note, msn, itunes, IE, adobe illustrator

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.
    -i dunno it wouldnt be anything really heavy duty, maybe starcraft :p

    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    -no preference

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    -SXGA or WXGA

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

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?
    -active! I wish to draw pretty pictures. :D

    5. Do you require Wacom or Finepoint Technology?
    -Wacom


    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    -100GB or more , 2 gig min.

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    -i’d prefer one but I am not against say, the Thinkpad X60 ultrabase, i dont know much about usb drives either

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    -a second battery is nice but i could just buy a backup

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

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    -I like the fingerprint reader option

    Thanks for reading! :D
     
  2. phuthanvinh

    phuthanvinh Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Personally I haven't had any tablet yet but wait, I have a fujitsu t4200 is on order :), so much suggestion for you, go to ebay and buy an old tablet for about $400, use it and see how it works, you dont want to spend 2000 on tablet for the first time, because you don't know if the size of the screen too small for you, or the weight to heavy or stylus control, etc. let's try a cheap old one first see how do you like it, and I'm sure for $400 tablet, you can use it as long as you don't need it any more, since then you can buy a new one.
     
  3. pibach

    pibach Scribbler - Standard Member

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    best tablet ever was HP tx1100. If you get this cheap...
     
  4. DrNick664

    DrNick664 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    You should look into the X61, T4220 or even the C-140X.
    Those all have the SXGA or WGXA screen options, have good battery life overall, and don't have ULV processors. Both the X61(lenovo) and the T4220(fujitsu) have 12" screens. The C-140X is made by gateway, but it is also f the only 14" screen tablet pc on the market.
    And you will probably not want the Tx1000 series because it uses a passive screen. (not wacom)
     
  5. pibach

    pibach Scribbler - Standard Member

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    you're right I meant pointing to the TC 1100 (the old but very nice hybrid) which has active digitizer (but of course hasn't the beef requested here)
     
  6. leaftye

    leaftye Old timer Super Moderator

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    I'm not so sure about the X61. Lenovo has been very spotty about offering the SXGA option, and when they did sell them, they had problems. For SXGA, I prefer Fujitsu, Gateway, nothing, and a Lenovo, in that order.
     
  7. pibach

    pibach Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The x61t SXGA+ screen is very nice. The bezel issue you only recognize after reading here in the forum. Build quality is top notch.
     
  8. DrNick664

    DrNick664 Scribbler - Standard Member

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    yeah lets narrow it down even more and say Fujitsu and Gateway. I said the X61t because it was somewhere in the middle price range (at least when i was looking at it) The Fujitsu is obviously a very good tablet PC. Everyone loves it and even the older models are still selling strong. The gateway C-140x is also a very good choice because it has dedicated graphics options and when configured right can be beastly. (I have C-140x with T7300 and ATI graphics) Just remember that the C-140x is beastly in its weight as well. I can't carry it and more then 1 medium sized textbook in my backpack, and thats without the AC adapter.
     
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