I LOVE the high expectations which the iPad generation of tablets has created in the public. I knew it was coming, but now that it's upon us, I still find myself blinking with surprise. With all the flashy new tablets today, nobody but a screwball artist would hanker after a 6 lb old and, by today's standards, slow machine, (though entirely fine for Photoshop and all the art demands I place upon it). It means you can buy Tablet PCs from last decade for a song. How much is a song worth? Well, I just picked up from eBay a really sweet Tecra M4 for only $30. THIRTY BUCKS! It came with a gig of ram, a nearly un-touched battery which might as well be brand new, and cosmetically it's next to pristine. A grandma must have kept it in her temperature-controlled garage for the last eight years! I picked it up as a spare-parts machine in case my desk-mounted workhorse ever blew a gasket. That hasn't happened, so I figured, why not press this new one into active service? So I dropped in a spare hard drive and now I've got a fully functional M4 to backpack down to the coffee house with. I've ordered another gig of RAM just to round it out, but even on its existing memory, it performs perfectly for most of the tasks I run on it. And good lord, 14" of high-resolution screen space? It feels GOOD! Very comfy to work on. Built for the size of my hands. No more squinting and leaning into the work. Just sit back and draw. Ahhh. Over the last three years (!!) I've learned the ways and tolerances of this particular machine, and the over-heating problem is only an issue if you engage the GPU in a significant way, which means without the hardware hack all I'd want to do on it is draw, not watch videos and such, but drawing is all I'll need this for, so who cares? I suspect I'll still hack it when I find a free afternoon and some spare 10 ohm resistors, largely because I love to tinker and because I'd want to quiet down the main fan which is anything but silent. But even so, in the coffee shop I can't hear it over the ambient noise even when it's just me and the cute server in the place on a slow afternoon. The air conditioner is more loud. Anyway, I'm just posting to say that a 14" digital portable drawing board is just about the greatest thing since my 12" digital portable drawing board, but. . , better. What a fantastic machine! It feels like a proper, full-on sketch book. Here's the very first sketch I did on the thing to test it out, (Miyazaki inspired; my fall-back position when not thinking while drawing.) So I'd like to extend a big thank-you to Apple and every other manufacturer and their slick new tablets. I've spent more money on markers and paper in the last couple of months than I did on this device. For those very few in the know, it's a golden age for artists who want to go digital.