So, what tablet PC should I buy? :]

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  1. Definitive Cake

    Definitive Cake Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I'm starting college next year, and I've been looking around at tablet PCs. Through the thick and thin of things, I've decided I'd rather have a tablet PC, than, well, any laptop out there. But the problem is, I can't figure out what's a good buy and what isn't. I'm mainly looking for great durability and note-taking.

    Luckily, I've found you lot!


    1. What is your budget?
    Definitely below 1200 (USD).

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

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    I'd prefer compact or mainstream, but am willing to go with large as well.


    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    United States

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    I was really interested in the HP tx2500, but because of the consistent complaint of heat I'm not too keen on it.

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    atleast 5 hours constant use.

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    Note taking, some class work (perhaps), fun, web browsing, I'd really like to check out p-chopping on a table. Not a hefty lot, this won't be my main machine.

    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    Windows Vista.

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    One Note, FireFox, Photoshop, iTunes. Not too much.

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.
    No.

    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen, but I'm not too picky on this.

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    Definitely not XGA.

    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?
    I'd be much happier with Outdoor viewing.

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?
    Probably Active, because it's more accurate? But I'm not too sure about this.

    5. Do you require Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology?
    The Wacom stuff seems really impressive.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    I like to be able to store quite a bit of music, so around 100-120 gigs if preferable, but is negotiable.
    And, I want great computing. So, 1.5 - 2 gigs.

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    Yes.

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    No.


    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    Since really tiny adapters exists, Bluetooth is not a priority.

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    After reading around, I'm rather fond of the Toshiba R15.
     
  2. Nyture

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    The HP Tx2500 is the only one I know of that is offered at/below your price requirements.
     
  3. atom

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    At your budget..?

    Lenovo x60 (New on eBay for your budget)
    HP tx2500z (New at HP)
    Gateway C142XL (Try and see if you can get it on eBay).

    Anyway, the HP will not get 5 hours of battery life. So pretty much you have to go with the Lenovo. Then again.. there is no optical drive, though you can always buy the UltraBay and it will still be within your budget.
     
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    For the hardware muscle (especially multimedia capabilities) get the tx2500.

    The heat is actually not that big an issue from what I've done with it. Yeah, on a heavy load it'll get hot.... but that's a given with all laptops.
     
  5. Definitive Cake

    Definitive Cake Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks for the replies. :]

    I'll check out the Lenovo, too. Especially if getting a spare drive isn't going to destroy my funds.


    And I'm glad to hear that all the heat hype on the HP is just that.
     
  6. atom

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    Yeah, its not that bad, but its still a bit warm, nothing too bad unless you plan on doing graphically and CPU intensive things on it.
     
  7. Definitive Cake

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    It's seeming harder and harder to pass up, especially since I can get with vista already loaded up.

    All the complaints about heat and noise worry me though, as I'm not all that computer savvy. On that same note, I don't understand how it could be THAT noisy in class if I'm just using One Note.
     
  8. pattertj

    pattertj Tablet Tweaker

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    From my experience, the tx2500z wasn't too hot, it was too loud for classroom usage even with just OneNote running and in Power Saver mode.

    I opted for the Lenovo X60t and eventually X61t and they are both superb. They are solid machines, can be found with a good warranty and are dead silent and only get slightly warm. They are the coolest tablets I have ever owned.

    As for the DVD drive you can get just the external drive for roughly $60 so if the ultrabase is too much your still good to go.

    When I bought my x60t it was 1100 on ebay with an external CD Burner and a 3yr warranty. I used search.live.com cashback and ended up paying only $830 shipped so great deals can be had on x60t's on eBay. I highly recommend it.
     
  9. rajaaligarh

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    I am an advocate and I want to buy a tablet P.C..What type and brand would suit my needs?My previous brand was Dell Inspiron 6000 series which was really very nice but we are finding lots of problem related to service as we dont have service center in India.
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