Hello all, hoping for some guidance in a tablet. Firstly here is what it is for (and not for) I am a computer Science student in his senior year. This laptop will be used primarily for school, taking notes, and being able to run Virtual Machines for other OS's (VMWare ect). It also will have to be able to support programming aspects as far as compilers and IDE development situations (Visual Studio et al). I am also a web designer and would like to be able to do some basic Photoshopping with this, but it is not completely needed on the tablet. I already own a Dell m1730 XPS laptop, which is super fast, has SLI dual video cards etc. You could literally kill a bear with this thing. Its huge and cumbersome to carry around campus on a day to day basis. So if doing my web design on the tablet (ie Photoshop, Dreamweaver, ect) is going to increase the cost by a lot, then I could easily just do it on my XPS laptop. General Questions. 1. What is your budget? I'd prefer to keep it to the $1000-$2000 range. (I priced the XT at almost $3300) 2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)? Convertable. I will not always be using the tablet side when I am working on programming, or in a console application. 3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer? * Small and light ~ 5" to 8.9" * Compact ~ 10" * Mainstream ~ 12.1" * Large ~ 14" The 12.1 seems to be a nice fit. I want it to be portable and lightweight, but still be functional as a laptop as well. 4. Which country do you intent to purchase from? USA 5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes? Not really. 6. How many hours battery life do you require? As much as possible. I will be at school a lot using this, and outlets at school are somewhat of a commodity. I will certainly be looking for a tablet that has the capacity to have a battery replace an optical drive or some other similar system. 7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for? See above. 8. Do you have an OS preference? Probably Vista Ultimate. But whatever the best OS for a tablet is, I will go with. 9. What software and tasks do you intend to run? Word, OneNote, VMWare, Visual Studio, Photoshop, Dreamweaver 10. Do you intend playing Games. If so please list. No, I have my XPS laptop for that. (but I'll still end up seeing what the tablet can do! Screen Specifics 1. Do you prefer standard or widescreen? Whichever is considered "normal" 2. What resolution do you prefer? * XGA - 1024x768 ~ Large and easy to read text and graphic icons but you fit less on the screen. * SXGA - 1400x1050 ~ Small text and graphic icons which require good vision but the gain is a much larger screen. * WXGA - 1280x768 ~ Wider viewing angle of XGA but ideal for viewing Spreadsheets and other programs that require desktop space. I usually work in higher resolutions than all these on my XPS. In the range of 1900x??? So anything in the higher ranges will work. 1280x1024 or 1280x768 should be there. 3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option? Indoor only really. But if its outdoor also, all the better. 4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer? From what I understand, the active will be more precise when writing. If the writing response is sloppy, it will end up bugging me. So whatever is best for that. 5. Do you require Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology? Nope. Component Specifics 1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? at least 80GB harddrive, and 2gb ram (or at least upgradable to 2-3gb) 2. Do you require an Optical Drive? It would be nice to have the option, but if need be I can always share CD's or DVD from across the network. 3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)? Yes, a battery. (unless they can do 5-6 hours with only one battery) Misc 1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above? 2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration? I think that about covers it. Thanks all!