04-01-2012, 01:13 PM #1
Digital artist desiring an upgrade.
It's shameful to admit, but for the past 4 years I have been using a Wacom Bamboo Fun. The smallest one out there, too. So now I feel it is time to invest in some proper equipment.
1. What is your budget?
Art Student = Broke. The cheapest you think would qualify after the rest of this info will do. But I am willing to go up to around $500.
Please feel free to discuss more expensive tablets in addition, however
2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
3. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)?
4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
Mainstream or Large. So 12"-13"
5. Which country do you intent to purchase from?
I live dually in America and the Philippines, but I prefer to buy online anyhow.
6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
7. How many hours battery life do you require?
A minimum of 2 hours, hopefully.
8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
9. Do you have an OS preference?
10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
Photoshop CS3, Illustrator CS4, mostly.
But also Sai, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Autodesk Sketchbook, and others if the tablet can run it, but it's not necessary.
10. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
I love video games, but I am not subjecting any tablet to them, haha
1. What resolution do you prefer?
WXGA - 1280x768
2. Do you require the screen to be readable in sunlight?
3. Do you prefer your display to be glossy or matte?
4. Do you require Touch? (without pressure sensitivity) (Which one: resistive or capacitive)
I do not require touch.
5. Do you require a Pen? (with pressure sensitivity) (Which one: Wacom or N-Trig)
I absolutely do!!! Wacom would be wonderful.
1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?
I am willing to settle for anything over 30gb, but 80-100 is ideal.
2. Do you require an Optical (CD/DVD) Drive to be built in?
3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?
No. I don't require it, but it would certainly be an added bonus.
1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?
I would prefer if the tablet had a USB attachment for flash drives.
2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
I have a 2 year certification in Digital Arts. In the fall, I will be pursing a bachelors in Fine Arts. The reason for this change is that I already know how to operate a variety of art software at an exceptional level, and that's all 'Digital Art' programs really teach. The Fine Arts program will hone my skills as an actual artist and help me tune my drawing abilities. That being said, it's much easier to carry around a tablet pc than art supplies, and I can practice virtually anywhere.
Thank you for any help.
Last edited by PhasesofRays; 04-01-2012 at 01:17 PM.
04-01-2012, 08:49 PM #2
Re: Digital artist desiring an upgrade.
For $500, you'd have to go the used/refurbished ebay approach.
A good one is the HP 2730p. That should more then adequately serve your needs.Lenovo X-61 Tablet - 1.6 ghz, 4 gb ram
Gateway C-120X - 1.06 ghz, 2 gb ram (dead)
Hp TC1100 - 1.1 ghz, 1.5 gb ram
Ls800 - 1.2 ghz, 2 gb ram
Eee PC T-91, 1.3 ghz, 2 gb ram
Ipad 16gb Wi-FI (it does count as a tablet)
HP Slate 500 - 1.86 ghz, 2 gb ram
Asus Ep121 - 1.33 ghz, 4gb ram
Samsung Series 7 Slate - 1.6 ghz, 4 gb of ram
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