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Old 12-05-06, 08:35 AM
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So, I have had my HP laptop for about 18 mos. now, and it is going to pieces. The CD drive nearly caught fire a few weeks back, so now I have no external drives. Also on occasion it turns off for no reason, no shutdown, just off. This is kinda frustrating.

I am thinking about a new laptop for grad school (I may try and see if they will buy me one for research) and I have been thinking about a tablet/laptop. Not so much a tablet, but one that operates as both. Many notes from my courses are in pfd format, and marking them up on the PC seems easier than printing reams of paper, then storing them in the closet for years. Plus I am left handed and I don't have to worry about binder rings and pen smear. I don't chare about handwriting recognition, I can read my own stuff.

The genreal consensus here is that tablets suck, but is that tablets with no keyboard? Are there manufactures that even make the hybrid tablet? I check the adds and don't see anything. I thought Dell and Toshiba used to make them. I don't think I am ever going back to HP/Compaq, since the one I have has been a pain.

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Old 12-05-06, 11:08 AM
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they have tablet PC's with a special version of Winodws XP

but they are expensive and you never buy version 1 or 2 of any MS software. wait till version 3 or later
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Old 12-06-06, 09:49 AM
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Gateway makes one, where the screen flips around and lays on the keyboard.

Gateway M280E(297144-0) Tablet PC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834101003

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Thanks for the link, but that one seems a bit light in the specs.

I found some on the Toshiba site as well, but those are quite pricey.
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Originally Posted by Nifty03
Gateway makes one, where the screen flips around and lays on the keyboard.

Gateway M280E(297144-0) Tablet PC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834101003

I have this laptop and its pretty decent.

My only gripe is that you have to hold the pen a certain way or it won't write on the screen, the button on the pen must always be pointed up (if that makes sense). The levels of pressure aren't good enough for detailed drawing, but the One Note software is kind of cool.

I have a Wacom Cintiq that I'm spoiled with as far as writing on the screen goes, so you might not have the same biases that I do.

The battery life is decent and the keyboard feels really good and types well.
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