SXGA Tablet

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by aeview, Nov 24, 2007.

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  1. UserNameK

    UserNameK Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hey folks. I posted here a long time ago. Anyway, I ended up getting a C-140X. They C-140X is a great tablet...BUT, I work a lot in Photoshop and the WXGA resolution is bothering me. It just so happens that my mother wants a tablet and would probably get a C-140X. As such, I am considering passing mine on to her and getting myself a SXGA tablet. So, I need advice on what one to get. Requirements are SXGA and a very fast processor. I will upgrade the memory and hard drive on my own. I was looking at the Fujitsu T4220 but I don't think it has a dedicated graphics card. Am I correct? If so, what kind of impact will this have on my graphics experience.
    Can anyone recommend a very fast SXGA tablet with a dedicated graphics card? If that is not possible, what is the best one with integrated graphics? I've included the full question and answer part below, just in case. Thanks a bunch and what a great site.



    1. What is your budget?
    Whatever it takes, essentially.

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

    3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    As big as possible

    4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
    USA

    5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    Nope

    6. How many hours battery life do you require?
    As much as possible, not my biggest concern

    7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?
    Most graphic intensive would be Photoshop

    8. Do you have an OS preference?
    Vista

    9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?
    Photoshop and Illustrator would be the most graphic intensive, aside from that just Word, OneNote, and other basic applications.

    10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list.
    Probably Spore when it comes out.



    Screen Specifics

    1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen if possible

    2. What resolution do you prefer?
    SXGA, end of story. Please read my first paragraph that explains it if you did not before.

    3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?
    Either is fine

    4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?
    Active, Wacom


    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
    Doesn't matter

    2. Do you require an Optical Drive?
    Doesn't Matter

    3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
    It would be nice but it is not my main concern.

    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
    It would be nice to have a built in cam and microphone.
     
  2. UserNameK

    UserNameK Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Looking around a bit more, it appears that the T4220 is the only option at the moment. I guess my only question, if this is the case, is how much will the integrated graphics card reduce graphic performance? Thanks.
     
  3. aeview

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    Toshiba M400 and Lenovo X60/X61 do come in SXGA+, too.

     
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    Thanks, but on the Lenovo website the X61 is only XGA. Do you know how much having an integrated graphics card will impact performance? Thanks again.
     
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    schmolch Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The video-card is not relevant at all.
    Photoshop neither utilizes the video-card's memory nor any of the GPU's processing power.
    Every calculation is done in the CPU, all the video-card has to do is render your windows-desktop.

    Im not a photoshop-guy but that was my assumption and a quick google confirmed it.
     
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    kureshii Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    As far as I know, dedicated video cards accelerate 3D graphics performance, and usually video performance as well. It has little to no impact on flat graphics as far as I know. For that, the GMA3100 is definitely up to the snuff.

    If you want good PS performance you'd want to look at a faster processor, larger memory and of course faster FSB.
     
  7. aeview

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    Lenovo removed (I hope temporarily) SXGA+ option from the website. I checked Ebay - there're plenty of X60/X61 with SXGA+ there.

     
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