Tablet PCs and Sonoma...or AMD equivalent

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  1. Dadoc7

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    Anyone have advance info on any of the Tablet PC makers plans to incorporate the new Sonoma Centrinos? I'm assuming AMD doesn't have a product yet that can compete. I'm interested in a "high end" convertable or even a slate with keyboard cover.
     
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    Sonoma will come, but I don't think it will be right away. I know HP and others are looking to refresh their tablet lineup, but I'm thinking it's going to be at least a few months before we see Sonoma. I'm not sure many Tablet buyers really need it though, especially considering the prices of Tablets are higher than comparable notebooks. Adding another few hundred for Sonoma probably won't be well received.

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    Maybe I've got it wrong, but in my mind the idea of having a unit which is maximally set up to provide multiple uses is the ideal:

    1) light enough to be reasonably portable...ie, ~ 5 lbs or less
    2) tablet allows me to take notes when I'm interviewing a patient...then pasting my notes into our paperless charting system
    3) using Dragon Naturally Speaking to maximize my productivity when there's a lot of typing to do
    3) being able to play a videogame when I want some "pure fun"
    4) watching movies, when my wife and I go on vacation

    I don't want multiple devices...that seems even more expensive.

    Am I dreaming...just deluded...or on the "bleeding edge" of technology?

    Dale C. Dallas, MD
    Kaiser Permanente
    Walnut Creek, CA
     
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    You can do all of those things without Sonoma though.

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    Thanks, Brian...

    At this point, I'm supposing you'd suggest any of the higher end tablets.

    Dale
     
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    Any of the current ones would be fine, yes, although high end gaming will be a problem on most.

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    As more Tablet models roll out - especially with the new Sonoma-based chips, one would expect more powerful video options. For instance, Sony has incorporated a 64MB dedicated ATI Radeon in some of their Vaio Pentium M subnotebooks. Perhaps as Sonoma rolls out and there are more and more choices in Tablet PC's, we will see one or two manufacturers follow suit, adding quality nvidia or ATI dedicated video which would make a Tablet perfect for everything from gaming to video editing. Let's see what 2005 brings...

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    I just saw an announcement on Toshiba's Satellite R15-S822...I wonder if they'll offer a dedicated video card, but I'm curious about the capablities of the supporting architecture associated with the Sonoma...it may be that with 1 GB of RAM, I might be able to get reasonable response for action games, while nothing like my desktop.

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    You have a valid point, there will be more studies coming out on the new integrated graphics cards. Intel claims a 91% performance increase, which is pretty huge. As it stands now, I can play RTS games like Rise of Nations without any problems.

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    A 91% increase is a HUGE claim. One would think that the only way this can be done is to have dedicated video. At the same time this would increase costs to the consumer significantly. I think Intel is overstating the facts. On the other hand, if the new hardware is benchmarked under specifically coded software - anything is possible.

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