The Acer C314 - What Our Readers are Saying...

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    The Acer C314 - What Our Readers are Saying...


    Perhaps you read our review of the Acer C314 Tablet PC. You know what we think,but our reader opinions can reveal a whole other perspective. At an 83.3% overall recommendation, it looks as though the Acer C314 gets a "B". Want to know how it gets the grade? Read on...

    Total User Ratings: 6Recommendations: 83.3% [​IMG] 16.7% [​IMG]
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    [​IMG] GREAT TABLET!! LIVES UP TO REVIEW!!!!
    Submitted by JO on 9/11/2005 8:03:13 AM

    Rating: 8/10

    Pros: FIRST OFF you need to delete mLokhandwala review as he as not used the C314 and is comparing an older unit. Great Grafics Fast!! Just love all the features

    Cons: Not anything major at all

    [​IMG] Very poor quality
    Submitted by mLokhandwala on 9/10/2005 3:50:51 AM

    Rating: 1/10

    Pros: Combination device.

    Cons: I have been using the TravelMate C301 (which is in the C300 series) for about a year now. I cannot but say that I could not have bought a notebook computer worse than this. The keyboard is so poor that after every few keystrokes, some key starts repeating although its not physically stuck. You look at the screen and realize that 50 'y's have appeared suddenly, and you have to delete them. Gets very frustrating when you are doing important work. I can only work well when i connect an external USB keyboard with it. The screen is poor, If you see it at any angle other than a perfect setting (which is difficult to get) you will see color variations. The accuracy of the Pen when using it as a tablet is poor, inspite of caliberating it several times. In less than a year, inspite of mostly using the laptop on power, the battery life has rapidly deteriorated. It never provided the promised 5 hours of battery life, and now its down to less than an hour. Everything about the laptop reflect very poorly on the Acer brand. No support, cheap plastic. The color of the area of the palmrest faded within 2 months of usage. The device generates so much heat that its impossible to confortably use it on your lap. You can feel the head affecting your muscles in the thigh, eventually making you put the laptop somewhere else. The weight of the notebook is also too much. I was aware of this problem when I bought it, but didnt realize that it would actually hinder usability. What happens is, because of the weight, you can never really use it as a tablet PC by holding it in your hands. I tried reading some ebooks while sleeping, and could not bear the weight of the device for long. I bought the laptop, as at the time (about 1 year ago) only Acer had a full convertible notebook / tablet PC combo. Toshiba was an option but it had lower specs. I am sure I would have been much happier with...

    [​IMG] What I was hoping for!
    Submitted by Nostromo57 on 8/10/2005 3:55:24 AM

    Pros: Enough muscle for everyday and light enough to take with me.

    Cons: Less battery life than hoped for. Screen quality doesn't match the Toshiba

    [​IMG] A best performance Tablet PC and notebook, but very heavy and tall... recommended
    Submitted by Gonza on 7/15/2005 2:07:19 AM

    Rating: 8/10

    Pros: Fast processor, lot of memory and disk space, best wireless connections & optical drive features, good battery life, pretty design.

    Cons: Heavy, tall, and less screen resolution.

    [​IMG] just got it.. i'm supper impressed with the performace of this baby
    Submitted by jimmy on 7/9/2005 5:28:38 AM

    Rating: 10/10

    Pros: long battory life.. fast cpu lots of ram and hard drive space

    Cons: alittle heavy screen res is only 1024x

    [​IMG] Looks like a great deal!!
    Submitted by Neversky on 6/20/2005 3:54:02 AM

    Pros: Great Desktop Replacement, Fast 2GHZ Pentium M Sonoma, Lots of RAM and Storage Space, Everything you could want in a notebook at a decent price.

    Cons: 1024 x 768 screen res. is somewhat disappointing.


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    I've had it for about 3 weeks now. Overall I think it's a good machine, working nicely, quick and powerful. I agree with the poster who said that as a tablet it's too heavy and hot to hold in your arm as if it were a sketchbook. I'm hoping to solve this problem with a lapdesk/tabletop thing that will tilt the computer upwards to make a better viewing angle when it's sitting on a table, and to be able to comfortably sit it on my lap. I was kind of disappointed with the sensitivity of the stylus/screen, as I am a graphics professional and was really hoping to use it for a lot of hand drawn art. I got a Cross pen but it isn't any more sensitive than the Wacom stylus that comes with the computer. I guess I'll just have to get used to working within a lesser range of sensitivity, specifically for making marks with a light touch. Anyway, it's going to take some getting used to before I am not bothered by that issue and the ergonomics of using the tablet. I use a Wacom standalone tablet in combination with a desktop computer at work, a very good one, and that thing is super-sensitive! I also don't like how when I use the hard brushes in Photoshop I see a lot of jitter in the lines. I guess the convertibles still have a ways to go before they are as good for drawing as a regular Wacom tablet, alas. IMHO that is. If anyone has any differing opionions about this please let me know.
     
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    I wonder if Wacom offers any advanced drivers to increase the sensitivity? Perhaps you might contact them on this. However I am assuming you are using the "Graphire" at work. I have used this hardware with a Mac for freehand illustration and I too notice that it is much more sensitive than the typical Tablet PC screen.
     
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    The tablet drivers available from Wacom are a must have for increased sensitivity and pressure control. Also, I really suggest getting the felt tip nibs from Wacom for an additional level of stylus stroke control.
     
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    I use an Intuos tablet at work---it's so sensitive it's almost hard to use at first, then when you do get used to it everything else seems wretched. I did download drivers from Wacom for my C314 which enabled pressure sensitivity where there was none before in Photoshop, Painter etc, but I will look to see if they have any additional drivers to enhance sensitivity. But that seems doubtful, I would think that's a hardware issue? I will try some felt nibs, anything that helped would be great at this point.
     
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    I just downloaded newer drivers, that did seem to help the sensitivity. I also am trying out a trial version of Alias Sketchbook Pro, for some reason I can draw lines in that program without any jiggle. It might be a good program for sketching and storyboards, and you can save layered files as PSD's. Can't find anywhere on the Wacom site to get felt nibs...
     
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