Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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  1. excalibur1814

    excalibur1814 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I didn't even consider installing Windows 8 on my Slate 2 due to various little niggles and Windows 7 is speedy enough for the moment. It's as if i know that I'll be replacing it when Windows 8 hits with some new device. Please HP... consider a Slate 3 with 1366x768 at least!

    Loving the weight and build of the thing...
     
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    The size and weight of the slate are primarily what have kept me with it. You're right about better resolution. In W8, I use the 1024 x 768 resolution, which feels far better for note taking. The notes fit the pages better when printed.

    Although, I think I would like a bit more from HP for the slate 3, like better viewing angles, brighter display, a significant increase in CPU and GPU power (although I think a dual core atom will suffice) and, hoping against hope, a Wacom digitizer. I know, its an unlikely dream list.
     
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    It may be coming: Could this be HP's Windows 8 business slate? | ZDNet
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Sure looks like a Slate successor. 10" puts it in direct competition with a lot of other slates. I like the outdoor viewable option. No word if pen support means NTrig or Wacom. Hopefully, we'll see a lot of W8 mock-ups at Computex in June. Maybe this one will be there. Still, there is going to be a lot of competition for the 10" tablet dollar and HP had better bring its A-game to the table if it is going to compete. By then, ULV IB CPUs with HD4000 graphics will be finding their way into tablets like the Samsung 7(8?). I suspect it will be finding its way into some 10" units as well. Still, it's nice to see some design competition. Nice find.
     
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    Given that we don't know anything about CPU, GPU or digitizer, we can't lust for it, yet. But I want to comment on HP's impulse to get off its naming patterns. So, instead of "Slate 3", clearly the obvious choice, they went with "Slate 8"?! Come on! I liked my "Slate Gamma" better! :) I hope this rumor is both true and has been purposefully leaked! That's how you drum up expectations for future products!

    Finally I can say: Congrats on the marketing front, HP!
     
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    Well, from what I can deduce from the 'leaked' information I can say that this device is probably going to be a non-starter for me. Items of interest are:

    1) Win 8 - I will stay with pen input on Win 7 until Win 8 SP 'n' is released that restores TabletPC function (unless Win 7 downgrade rights are also included and they may since this is targeted at enterprise).
    2) 10.1" 16:9 screen - since the 'prefered' ratio for Win 8 devices is 16:9 I am about 90% confident that this will be a 16:9 device which makes it a non-starter for me. Given the success of the iPad I am shocked that new devices are not coming out 4:3. I now demand 16:10 minimum. No longer will I take notes in a squished environment, even if the OS is trying to discourage taking notes by forcing touch typing as a prefered input method.
    3) N-trig digitizer - this is an educated guess based on the "pen optional" nomenclature. This is less of an issue than the two issues above but the desire for a Wacom machine in this size is being rekindled each time I use my new T731.

    Just say'n....
     
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    I have to agree on these two issues. I can live comfortably with W8 but the aspect ratio and Wacom digitizer are at the top of my wish list. I suspect that Wacom will be easier to find than the 16:10 ratio, but I don't think it will be impossible. I would probalby live with a 16:9 ration to keep the 8.9" display, but it looks like HP is moving up in size.
     
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