Student needs tablet for note taking

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  1. dwaynevbrooks

    dwaynevbrooks Pen Pal - Newbie

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    $1000.00 max

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    No

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

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?

    Compact ~ 10"
    Mainstream ~ 12.1"
    Large ~ 13.3"

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    Any

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

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    Min. 3hrs

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Notetaking, Surfing

    9. Do you have an OS preference?
    No, once it windows compatible.

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    Microsoft Office, Autocad maybe

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



    Screen Specifics

    1. 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. (no longer available new, must look for used or refurbished machines)
    WXGA - 1280x768 ~ has a wider usable area than XGA, ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. The mainly used resolution for new tablet PCs since 2008.
    WXGA - 1280x768

    2. Do you require the screen to be readable in sunlight?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Will be nice

    3. Do you prefer your display to be glossy or matte?
    Matte

    4. Do you require Touch? (without pressure sensitivity) (Which one: resistive or capacitive)
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Yes

    5. Do you require a Pen? (with pressure sensitivity) (Which one: Wacom or N-Trig)
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Yes


    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    Minimum required. Will only be using for note taking then will sync with home PC


    2. Do you require an Optical (CD/DVD) Drive to be built in?
    No. USB a must

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


    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?
     
  2. ninetynine

    ninetynine Pen Pal - Newbie

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    HP TM2 is pretty much the one and only choice for under $1000.
     
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    If it's just simple notetaking with a stylus and typing, minimal web surfing (nothing too crazy like loads of heavily flash based sites), you might want to look into a netbook. Thus you can buy something for cheaper and still have it perform what you need.

    But if you're planning on doing CAD design on a netbook, that's pretty much a red flag. You'd want something of the high performance caliber to get renders and work with minimal nuisances. The upper level of tablets generally cost more than their notebook counterparts.

    Though it's not to say that the netbook has all the features a standard tablet/notebook is capable of. I'm not sure if they have 1280x### resolutions for netbook tablets, that would be a thing to check while looking around.
     
  4. Frank

    Frank Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The issue with netbooks is that they only have a resistive touchscreen, if they're convertibles. And so they're 'useless' for good note taking.

    A new tablet PC, for less than 1000 USD, yes, the HP TM2 is your only option. Still, the HP2710p, 2730p, Fujitsu T2010/T2020 would be better suited for your needs, but you have to buy them used or refurbished if you don't want to spend more than $1000.

    Touch, none of the above mentioned tablets have an option for it, only the pen.
    If you want touch, then really, the HP TM2 is your only option.
     
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