Thinkpad Tablet 2 - 3 months in

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  1. tijo

    tijo Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    At the office, I work on rather large Excel spreadsheets, Word documents as well as running FEM simulations. All those tasks benefit from more desktop real estate. It's not as much a matter aspect ration than one of vertical pixel count. When you get to the lower resolutions like 1366x768, it's where it starts to hurt in comparison to 16:10 and 4:3 aspect ratios. YMMV of course.
     
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    At the office, I'd probably go for a scenario of docking my TPT2 and using a larger external monitor...
     
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    I've slowly grown used to the widescreen aspect ratio. I much prefer the paper like feel of an iPad or my old M1400. I will tolerate the widescreen on the TPT2 due to the small size and lightness of the device. I've found that I just can't get used to using the device in portrait. That said Windows 8 makes really good use of the widescreen with its snap features. I love being able to use a web browser with onenote docked to the side to take notes and clippings as I go.

    On the power side of things - the TPT2 really shines as a onenote/office device but is quite weak on multimedia - video of nearly any kind. This has been the way for all my tablet PCs. Lately I've been comparing the TPT2 to a galaxy note 8. The note is fine for browsing and video but quite weak at inking. Hopefully BayTrail or a small Haswell tablet will give us the best of all worlds.
     
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    I use a standard sim which I was previously using in an iPad which works fine. Sorry cant comment on the Lenovo mobile offering
     
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    My unit is a 3679-A13. I ordered it directly from lenovo. I hope this helps.
     
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    I am indeed having problems with some of my .mkv files (MPC-HC), my .mp4 files play just fine though. I suspect it might have to do with the bitrate, but I haven't done a thorough check.
     
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    I love the widescreen mode, IMO it's nicer than the ipad's ratio for web browsing especially. I do agree that portrait is funky, but it's actually kind of nice for annotating and handwriting on documents. I've never had an issue with video though, other than the pathetically low volume, but any video I've thrown at it plays with no issues.
     
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    eco,
    Thanks for the review, it helps with the decision I have been pondering.
    I have been looking at the TPT2 for an upgrade from my TPT1.
    I have not had any real problems with my TPT however, I use it in the field and
    the problem for me has been I take notes then go back to my truck and do reports on a windows 7 Tablet (Fujitsu T900) or use my T900 on the jobsite (not my favorite thing do to size and expense to replace)
    This creates a 2 step process,which I would love to skip and that is where the Windows 8 TPT2 comes in, do reports (mostly Excel although there is some other windows based programs as well) with the device and only return to the printer in the truck to print the completed reports.

    In my opinion, no other device would give me the combination that I am looking for, Stylus, able to run windows programs (including many
    specialty softwares) and interconnect with any windows peripherals that I may encounter with the drivers being available.
    I will still have the T900 for the power hogs but it can remain on my desk most of the time, if I am correct.
    Your review looks to support this thought process, so thank you.

    Terry
     
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    What resolution mkv files did you use? I installed the latest K-lite codec pack (I know these are pretty bad, but I don't have problems on my i3), which has the latest LAV filters. I tried playing a 720 mkv file, plays fine for a few minutes then starts to have audio sync problems, then just stutters. Seems to be a buffering issue with the player (WMP). I tried VLC and it played a heck of a lot better, but again after a bit I would start to see artifacts then it would just die.
     
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