Powerful Chrome OS tablet with EMR and USB 3.1 for $329? Yes please!

Discussion in 'The Tablet PC Life' started by Shogmaster, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. doobiedoobiedum

    doobiedoobiedum Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Ah this is bad. Looked on the Apple page and this kills the new iPad for me. Compared to iPad Pro's

     
  2. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    Whoa, an $11 discount for students. I bet they are jumping with joy.
     
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    darkmagistric Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Not totally tragic. I still enjoy using my 1st gen 9.7 Ipad Pro for light sketching, story boarding, and Life Drawing classes. Its still a decent IPS display....more then still sufficient for art creation and media consumption....despite this screen not having all the display based Bells and Whistles. But its not like Apple will use a crappy TN Panel or anything.

    However....I wish they would release a 7.9 inch Mini Model with Pencil. However....should my ipad die or fail me.....its nice to know I could get.....basically a new pencil compatible one for just $300ish.

    What I want to know however.....does it have the Faster Refresh Rate for the screen and 4GB of Ram that the current "Pros" have?
     
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    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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  5. Shogmaster

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    60Hz for the display.
     
  6. darkmagistric

    darkmagistric Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The 2GB Ram limit is more the deal breaker for me then the display. With my 1st Gen 9.7 Pro.....in both Clip Studio Paint and Medibang Paint I hit the 2GB Ram limit way too easy and far too often. That kind of really sucks because we all know 4GB of Ram is cheap as hell, you can actually buy two of these 9.7 iPads at roughly the same price of a single 10.5 inch Ipad Pro.
     
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  7. doobiedoobiedum

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    I suppose you are not the target market as Apple are trying to regain foothold in schools. The bigger problem is Apple going cheap on the screen. ALL these companies need to treat kids in schools as future buyers and treat them with respect and regard or lose them as future customers.

    I work with art students and parallax really kills off interest in digital art by students who are good at drawing but aren't digital nerds. They will try the iPad be puzzled by lack of accuracy and put them down again.
    I looked at the EMR chromebooks that may find their way into schools and can't see anything yet on screen construction but Google needs to do a bit better on how maths / geography etc scribbles are stored because having to then retype to correct any wrong equations will put the more academic / science / math type of user off and back to pen and paper.
    Back to screens - if they are like the education iPad then they are no better and just cynically going cheap.

    There are some puzzles in the schools tablets - there's a Samsung Chromebook Pro with an amazing screen but is it a bit big for classrooms? Kids backpacks?
     
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    batty Pen Pal - Newbie

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    The Wacom AES pens from the current Thinkpads are also pretty thin and can be siloed. IIRC they use super capacitors to hold charges instead of AAAA batteries.
     
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    I sighed when I learned the new iPad wasn't laminated...

    But I *laughed out loud* when I learned it had 2 gigs of RAM.

    They're truly the Scrooge McDuck of the big tech companies.

    I hope they have a resounding flop.
     
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  10. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    I don’t understand the responses here sometimes. It’s a cheaper iPad for the education sector that’s Pencil compatible! 300$, new. What did folks expect? Why would people expect this pencil-compatible budget model to somehow have basically all the features of the much more expensive models, but still be 200-300$ cheaper? I find the responses here rather unrealistic

    It was just a 2-3 years ago that screens such as the one in this were considered fantastic. And a lot of people wished it would have a stylus. Now we have both, at 300$, and all there is is complaining. Sheesh! :p

    If it’s underpowered for your work flow, and you need more ram and a better screen, then guess what? You have to get a more expensive model. Just like with other windows and android devices.

    It looks good to me. iPads are often overpriced for many use cases. I can imagine a 300$ price point will bring this right into line with a lot of artist/student pocketbooks that always felt the iPad was out of their budget.
     
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