tablet pc --- school me

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  1. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    i thought it would be nice to have one for the office to keep track of all the notes i take in meetings and to draw out programming ideas...



    good, bad, and the ugly?
     
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    I'm thinking about buying on myself. The main issue I see with them so far is that they're relatively new so you might be stuck working out some bugs while the technology develops. I've been told that the XP software (tablet pc edition) is a bit buggy but Vista will have updated code that will be much easier to use.

    The tablet I've been eying recently is the Gateway CX. Pretty great price, 14" display. The only bad thing I've read about it is that it's heavy (6lbs) and gets tiring to use in tablet mode if you're cradling it in your arm.
     
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    see I was pricing that gateway with more memory, slightly slower core duo proc, bigger hdd, and that bigger display at like $1598 shipped.
     
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    I spent a few months looking into tablet pc's

    Very nice systems - i like them a lot.

    But there are issues with them, I have heard mix reviews on gateway - they are nice - but very very weak - they seem to have a higher rate of failure than other tablet pc makers.

    Gateway is one of the more affordable systems out there.

    Honestly however, it depends on what you want to do with it.

    If you know someone good with computers, i would consider finding a linux based OS for a tablet pc. and get an older one off ebay.

    If i were to buy a new laptop right now. I would buy the Lenovo X41 - the tablet pc from IBM - very nice - and lenovo is a solid brand.

    I know road warriors who i work with - that use lenovo T41 and T42 laptops given to them by corporate and they last for YEARS without any issues - and they get used all day long - everywhere.

    When it comes to a new technology like tablet pc's, if you want something that will last more than a year or two, you need to spend a lot of money.

    Same story as when laptops were still a new breed of computers.
     
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    tc1100 - the best designed tablet period. nobody has come close.
     
  7. JustJeff

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    Okay, I had to buy a tablet PC for school. This is the information that I have for you.

    http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?seg=HHO&poid=356710&coid=-30603

    That is the tablet i have. The info is on there. Just some common specs:

    Operating System *
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Genuine Windows® XP Tablet Edition 2005[/FONT]
    Memory Size *

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]1024MB[/FONT]
    Display Size *

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]12.1"[/FONT]
    Display Type *

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Wide View Angle XGA Display[/FONT]
    Display Resolution *

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]1024x768[/FONT]
    Graphics Chipset *

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Graphics Media Accelerator 950[/FONT]
    Graphics Memory *
    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]8MB-128MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory[/FONT]
    Hard Drive Size *

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]100GB[/FONT]
    Hard Drive Speed

    [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]5400rpm[/FONT]

    Okay, here we go:

    Pros:
    - Print PDF and other documents to OneNote (microsoft version of word with pen functioning) to easily take notes in class
    - Drawing is made easy
    - Graphs and math is made easy


    Cons:
    - Processor seems slow at times (May just be me)
    - Hard to read lots of notes on a small screen
    - OneNote is not compatible to print easily
    - Constant backup worry of crashing computer
    - Loads of programs running in background with computer that seem unneeded
    - No video card (This is bad because I'm using it for engineering and the video card is barely able to produce simple sketches in AutoCAD and the like... How am I supposed to make 3-D objects using AutoCAD products if my video card can't render them on my screen?)


    Wait until the end of the year after Vista comes out, and someone finally makes a really good tablet program. Until then, you are wasting your money (Or in my case, $2300 of tuition money :( )
     

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