I've only been looking into tablet PC's for the last two days, but I've been thinking about a new laptop for a couple of months now. I looked over the forums and saw a couple of good answers but to make sure that I make no mistakes I decided to post my specific concerns. I am an artist, but all of my work has been pen and ink on paper, I want to branch out into more digital areas and I wanted to try my hand at doing art on my computer. I have one of Wacoms old Graphire tablets but I have not gotten used to drawing in such a detached manner (or maybe I should try drawing on something other than Photoshop). At any rate, I want something I can practice on but it does not have to be super portable. After that I also have a handful of games, nothing too heavy (I prefer console games to PC) but my main game focus is listed below although I dont hold out much hope from what I've seen online so far. General Questions. 1. What is your budget? Ideally, $1,500, but anything up to $2,000 will do. 2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)? A convertible 3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9" Compact ~ 10" Mainstream ~ 12.1" Large ~ 14" It doesn't matter 4. Which country do you intent to purchase from? Well I am currently in the US military, and am currently in a country with a lot of sand...Basically I need someone who will ship to an APO/AE address but there are options. 5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? No 6. How many hours battery life do you require? 2 at the least 7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for? I am interested in trying my hand at digital art and drawing, I love surfing the internet, not too heavy into games but gaming is one of the two main needs I am focused on 8. Do you have an OS preference? Preferably, XP. I will accept Vista if I have to 9. What software and tasks do you intend to run? Photoshop for one, Illustrator which I need to learn (have both on current laptop), would like to hear about any other dedicated drawing and illustration programs that exist (especially if they can help do comic book designs) 10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list. Yes and this is the important part, the number one game I need to play is Bioshock. I had purchased the game only to find out that the NVIDIA Geforce Go 6150 card in my Pavilion dv2000 was incapable of properly playing the game. The rest of my games like The Sims 2 should not be too hard to play but I'm stuck with Bioshock and I want to try and play it at some point. Screen Specifics 1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen? Kinda like widescreen 2. What resolution do you prefer? 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. WXGA - 1280x768 ~ Wider viewing angle of XGA but ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. 1024 sounds good to me 3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option? Doesnt matter 4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer? Active, thats the wacom interface right? I dont need a touch screen. 5. Do you require Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology? Wacom sounds good Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Anything over 160 gb, 250 would be great, 300 (if there is such a thing for this type of computer) would be optimal 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? Nothing 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? I briefly read someone in another thread mentioning other art programs (sketch art specifically), I would be interested in a list of good programs.