General Questions. 1. What is your budget? I'm trying to stay under $500 buying used or refurbished on eBay. 2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished? Absolutely. This is preferred for my budget. 3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible? I need to run full software so I need a full Windows tablet PC, I think. I don't know what a notebook convertible is. 4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? 10 to 13-inches 5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]? USA. 6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? No. 7. How many hours battery life do you require? Long battery hours are nice, but it's not vital for me. At least 3 would be great. 8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc) While I will probably check email and google things once in a while, it will be primarily for digital art - drawing, sketching, painting, coloring. 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? I love my iMac, but an iPad does not have the pressure sensitivity I need, nor can it run my full software programs. I like my Android phone (Samsung), and my husband has an ASUS transformer. I had a little Acer netbook for a while that I really liked for portability. I've been looking at Windows tablet PCs, and trying some out. 10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc) Sketchbook Pro and/or Paint Tool SAI. I don't need it to run Photoshop or Illustrator, I can probably transfer the art to my desktop and use those there if need be. 11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list. No. 12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system? That sounds nice, but I wouldn't know how. Screen Specifics 1. Any preference on screen resolution? I don't think I'm techy enough to have a preference. For artwork, obviously I'd want the screen to be nice and crisp and bright, with good color. 2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun? No. 3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig? Yes, and yes. I've been using a Wacom Intuos 4 (small), though I've never gotten the hang (quite) of drawing on the tablet while looking at the screen. I don't know if I've had any experience with N-trig, but I've tried a few tablets, so I couldn't say. Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory? Not sure. I'd like it to be fast without drag and delay, but I won't be storing much on it. It just needs to run my programs well. The art will be transferred to my desktop for finishing, storing, and printing. 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? Micros are okay. I think the HDMI is for the TV/movies thing, right? I think that sounds nice but I've never done it or used it, and don't know if I ever will. Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? I'd like the pen to have an eraser if possible -- or if there is a tablet PC that will work with my existing Wacom pen? 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? As I said above, I've used a Wacom Intuos 4 tablet for a year or so. I know lots of places I've read say that the jump from Wacom to the N-Trig or whatever that is, will be a jolt, but I'm not that great with the Wacom tablet. I'm not sure if I'd notice. I have tried a couple of cheap tablets I found on eBay: the old Motion Computing M1300 by Gateway and the Motion M1400, which are, apparently, very similar. One was running Windows 7, the other XP. I REALLY like being able to draw right on the screen, and I've played around with both tablets. They run quite hot, and they are rather thick and bulky -- maybe all tablet PCs are? but I know these are old, so they are probably clunkier than newer models. - I absolutely need pressure sensitivity. I don't know if I need a bajillion pressure points, but it needs to be decent for drawing. - I think I would like it if the tablet could 'dock' into a keyboard of some kind - the ASUS EP 121 / eee Slates do this, I believe and I think I would use this for writing more if I had this accessory. - I like the idea of the tablet being both finger-touch capable *and* pen capable, but I'd need the finger touch to turn off, so that I didn't accidentally draw with the side of my hand. I want to be able to rest my hand on the screen as I draw. I have a Motion Computing CL900 on its way to me off eBay. I'm very nervous after reading bad reviews on Amazon. I'm eyeing the ASUS EP 121 and wondering if it would be better for me. I feel utterly lost in a sea of techy specs I don't really understand. I just want to draw!