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Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by fog, Sep 13, 2016.

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  1. fog

    fog Pen Pal - Newbie

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    ~$400, but the lower the better. If I can save significant money for a minor compromise, I will.
    There is also some wiggle room upward.

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    Yes, if it comes with a reasonable warranty.

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    A keyboard would be nice to have, but not necessary.

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    10 to 12 would be good. Will consider lower too, if there are significant cost savings.

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    USA

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    No

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    Minimum 4 hours.

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet?
    Note taking, web surfing, media playback, sketching if possible.

    9. Do you have an OS preference?
    Windows 10

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    Would be good to be able to run a sketching program.

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    No

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?
    No

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?
    At 10 inch and above, would prefer to have ~FHD. Don't need much higher resolutions.
    Below 10 inch, can make do with ~HD, but would still prefer ~FHD.
    As for aspect ratio, 3:2 would be ideal. 16:10 should be fine too.

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    Will be mostly used indoors.

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig?
    Yes. Wacom ES or N-trig would be nice.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    Storage: 64GB. Would prefer a microSD slot.
    RAM: 4GB. (Perhaps can make do with 2GB, but probably not enough for running a sketching program).

    2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?
    USB 3.0 will be nice to have, but not necessary.
    As for the connector, would prefer USB Type-C, full USB-A, microUSB in that order.


    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    Shouldn't be too heavy, as it will be carried in my backpack along with my laptop.
    Would like the pen to have a comfortable hover distance.
     
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    I recently got an i7 Cube Book (Core m-6Y30, 4 GB memory, 64 GB storage, Windows 10, 1920x1080 10.6", Wacom EMR) for around $330. It also has a USB-C port (it does display out but probably no Thunderbolt, don't know about speeds or whether you can charge through it) and a micro USB 3.0 port (includes a dongle). It's a "sketchy" Chinese brand and the only place you can order it (as of now) is through GearBest, but so far it seems to be working very well. The micro SD card slot doesn't seem to be working though ... The battery life is also pretty good--around 8 hours for my use. You do have to buy the pen and keyboard separately though (I didn't--I have a couple Wacom EMR pens and a bluetooth keyboard lying around).

    You could also pick up a refurb Surface Pro 2. Woot's been selling them (http://computers.woot.com/offers/microsoft-surface-pro-2-10-6-tablets-13?ref=cp_cnt_wp_8_10) and you could probably find them for similar prices elsewhere.
     
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    Cube tablets are also available on Alibaba.


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  4. fog

    fog Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks for the replies.
    @surfaceproartist I'm reading your review of the Cube i7.

    How are the following options?
    Dell Venue 11 Pro 7140
    Dell Latitude 7350
    Dell Venue 8 Pro 5855

    Any idea what digitizers these use? I can get them for reasonable prices refurbished through Dell Outlet.
     
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    Unfortunately I haven't tested any of these.


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