Tablet for artist

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by hohnir, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    I'm a first time buyer so please be nice.

    1. What is your budget?

    Under $300. Shipping not included.

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?

    Sure.

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?

    Preferably a notebook convertible. But a slate will be "ok".

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    5 to7-inches
    7.1 to 10-inches
    10 to 13-inches ----this!
    Above 13-inches


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

    Asia - Philippines

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

    I'm not sure about HP. My friends told me it's not good to buy from them : CS sucks, products don't last, etc. Feedbacks are not good.

    Even nameless brands are ok as long as it is durable. But preferably, Asus, fujitsu.


    7. How many hours battery life do you require?

    2 hours up.

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

    Painting, Drawing, college student type activities

    9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?

    Windows is good.

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

    Photoshop CS4. Must not lag.

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.

    The Sims 3 IF possible.

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?

    Nope.

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?

    WXGA (1280x800). I need space.

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance

    Yes. I'm currently using a Dell Vostro 1014. The glare is annoying. As long as I can see it's fine. Can't be too picky.

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance

    Pen - with pressure sensitivity - Wacom

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?

    2GB RAM
    120 HDD UP
    expandable memory not really needed then again it's still a plus


    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?

    Only need USB, the rest I can live without.


    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?

    Additional battery is a +

    Responsive screen is a must. I've tried a graphics tablet but I don't like the hand to eye coordination.

    Older models are ok - say 3-4 years. I want the likes of ASUS R1E~~quite rare.
     
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  2. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I think the Asus R1E has a reputation of burning a hole in your lap? Not really sure about its build quality either...
    The old Fujitsu's are your best bet. In Ebay you can save searches and be notified when certain items are put up for sale internationally so you can snatch them before anyone else does. You would do well to find a T5010 in your price range, if your willing to go used. HP2730p might be an option, or any other HP elitebook convertible used that reaches your price range. some of the older Lenovos too, like the X200T, X201T, X60...

    good luck!
     
  3. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    Thank you. I found a cheap NEW X201T , too bad it's still in bidding process.
    Can't believe it's i7. Wow.
     
  4. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    If it's still bidding, it will end up north of $400.

    You are looking at Core 2 Duo machines for south of $300.
     
  5. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    One can hope. ;) 2 days more.
     
  6. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The cheapest X201T has sold for was $450 in the last couple of months. 2 days is forever on Ebay. You should make another plan.
     
  7. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    Yeah I do.
    Any more tablet suggestions?

    Thank you.
     
  8. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    HP 2730p, Lenovo x200t, or the Fujitsu 4220 are good bets. These are three good models and can be got for right around 300$ sometimes nowadays on Ebay. HP may have a bad rep for its consumer models, but there's almost universal praise for its high end models like the tablet pcs. The x200t is a solid machine as well. My understanding is the Fujitsu is too. All are dual core machines, and all take atleast 4 gb ram-- a couple of them take up to 8. All are Wacom too. These are the sorts of machines that'll fit in your budget, but the truth is they're good machines anyways.
     
  9. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    Thank you. How about this one? I'm not sure if this one includes a stylus. Also, is it a WXGA and wacom support?

    Lenovo ThinkPad X200

    EDIT : nevermind. I know now.
     
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  10. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    HP 2730p :

    HP Elitebook 2730p Tablet PC Review

    FUJITSU T4220 :

    Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 Tablet PC User Review

    These are the two that I finally choose within my budget.
    Thank you for all the feedbacks.

    Questions :
    1. Which is better for artist? I am going to use Photoshop CS4 and Paint tool Sai.
    2. How responsive and accurate is the stylus?
    3. Should I pick the HP 1.8 ghz core 2 duo 120gb over the 80gb 2.2ghz core 2 duo of the Fujitsu? ---I'm not sure which has better performance. Please enlighten me.
     
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  11. Steve B

    Steve B Moderator Moderator

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    They're both good, provide good tracking, and truthfully, and are powerful enough. I don't think you'd really notice any difference between the two in terms of power. I've had a t5010 with a 2.4 ghz processor and I compared it to my x200t with a 1.86 ghz cpu, and .... eh... there was no real functional difference in terms of my digital art usage or whether one computer felt smoother than the other. I'm sure there's a breaking point, but I don't think it's going to occur when you're comparing 2 different 3-4 year old computers. Still, statistically, the T4220 is the one that should perform better.

    Sai runs well on anything, it's so light. I even run it on a single core Pentium, and it performs well enough. I dont use CS4, but others do on their tablet pcs. I'd look around, and search, and view their responses. My understanding though is that it works fine.

    The truth is that comparing these two is more about peripherals. How much do you want it to weigh? Do you want to be able to have a dockable CD/DVD drive? How does thickness compare? etc Both are good choices.
     
  12. hohnir

    hohnir art hobbyist

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    Thank you again sirs!

    I have another question,
    What's the difference between the T4215 and T4220?
     
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  13. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    They are both about the same. Maybe they used different versions of Core 2 Duo. Probably different versions of North/southbridge chipsets and GPU versions. You won't notice anything different.
     
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