Ooh, more potential tablet pc addicts! I bought an almost new hp tc1100 (centrino 1gig) on ebay for £1200 a week ago. Weight is very important for me, I don’t like dragging a big chunky laptop around. That’s why I like my tablet pc with its detachable keyboard.
I bought mine because I was fed up with being stuck at the desktop pc for painting. I’m too impatient to learn traditional painting (and it lacks undo which is important if you suck at painting like me) and now I can paint on my tablet wherever and whatever I want. Plus, surfing the net wirelessly while watching tv and sitting on the comfy sofa is great too.
I had a laptop before and couldn’t really do as much with it as I wanted because for painting you’d have to plug in a tablet and that means I’d be stuck at the desk again which defeats the purpose… Laptop just isn’t mobile enough. I also hate using touchpads. Having a pen for everything is so much better!
Whatever you get, make sure it has a wacom digitizer. After you’ve installed a special wacom driver you can use pressure sensitivity in Photoshop and other applications. The driver doesn’t come with it but can be found somewhere on the wacom website. It’s like using a wacom cintiq with an entire pc crammed into it. It doesn’t have as many features as normal wacom tablets though, no tilting for example and only 256 pressure levels (intuos2 has 1024). But still good enough for most stuff.
Plus, you can put all your images, demoreel etc on there and take it to job interviews to show off. It’s small and light enough to take with you every day to work as well, very important if you do freelance and don’t want to use the company’s rusty old macs for example. It’s powerful enough for 3d work (centrinos are more powerful compared to desktop pentiums at the same mhz). It has a geforce4 go in it (stay away from shared graphics if you want to do 3d with it).
Ahyes, the screen is extremely good as well, much better than most laptop screens. Haven’t seen any other tablet pcs though so I can’t compare. You won’t see much on it outside in the sunlight though, but Fujitsu do a tablet pc with an indoor/outdoor screen (stylistic something, can’t remember which one, but that’s the one I wanted to get first until I read that the screen overall isn’t that good, but if you need to use it outside it’s probably better than most).
About that ACI one - I’ve found some info on it here: http://www.tabletpcbuzz.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13393&SearchTerms=ACI
It doesn’t seem to be a real tablet pc and doesn’t include the tablet pc OS, and it’s quite big and heavy so I don’t think you could hold that in one hand and scribble on it with the other. And the pen isn’t pressure sensitive either… I’d rather go for a proper tablet pc with detachable keyboard or no keyboard. For me it has to be as light and compact as possible. But that’s just me…
Tablet PCs are the greatest things since sliced bread, honestly! And I don’t care what other people think.
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