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11-02-2005, 06:05 AM
After looking at the few tablet PCs that I could, the Gateway has really caught my eye. Seems like a very sturdy unit. I notice on here that there are alot of issues with the pen? Is this fixed yet?
If you already own a Gateway Tablet, would you recommend getting it again to someone, or is there another model that you would recommend.
I have also considered the HP 2400 model convertible, its lighter, but the screen is also smaller...
Comment needed ASAP
11-02-2005, 04:48 PM
I recently purchased the CX2610 from Besy Buy. This is my first ever Gateway i have owned. My company tried Gateway desktops a longtime ago and we coul dnot get them working right for our needs so I have not looked towards Gateway since till now.
I have personally owned Compaq, HP, Dell, Sony laptops in the past and the first ever Acer Convertible Tablet 3-4 years ago. I am extremely happy with my 2610 so far. I was worried at first because it isnt a Wacom digitzer and worried about pen issues and spotty useage etc. I cleaned the screen thouroughly and have used it a LOT since I got with no issues at all with the pen. I think it writes much better then my old Acer did. It feels right witht he texture of the screen to me.
On top of having excellent tablet features the laptop itself in standard form is very snappy and fast. Considering it is a 533mhz bus instead of the standard 400 everyone else seems to be using in the Pentium-M chip setups, unless of course you go real highend such as a Dell XPS2 or M170, well a 9300 for that matter. But the gateway even tops those at the HD level because it is a SATA drive not standard IDE drive. I use Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and few other apps and they all run exceptionally smooth. The tablet screen isnt pressure sensative in PS, but I have found that not to be anissue anyways simply because I use a Wacom tablet for my editing. To top it all off, it really is built like a tank, very solid.
Being my first experinence and comparing this 14" WS tablet to all others on the market it is a STEAL. I absolutley love it and would buy and will be buying another soon for my fiance.
Hope this helps.
11-03-2005, 08:37 AM
Bought my 2610 last night and I absolutely love it. I have no problems with the pen like some people are suggesting. I do notice what looks like a polarized coating or something on the screen. How did you clean your screen?
Got my cx200X last night and love it despite initial issue with the config. I too had to really clean the crap out of the screen.
11-03-2005, 11:15 PM
This has so much to do with your usage, Eric B.
The units I've owned or trialed have VERY different pros & cons. A few notes:
*The size & weight (6+ lbs) of the Gateway C series tablets make them desktop-primary for most people (several female colleagues have said they wouldn't carry it with them consistently). By contrast, the Toshiba M200 or IBM/Lenovo X41 are mid-4lbs & mid-3 lbs respectively.
*If this larger size factor works for you, you will want to compare the C2608, C2610 (retail), and CX200X(custom). Having used the 2608 & CX200X in demos/trials, I prefer the latter (faster processor, DVD-RW+CD, & roomier 60-80GB).
*You might also want to look into the Toshiba Tecra M4, also large, but most users I know love em.
*The feature-set of the Gateway line is very impressive, built more for "prime time" than several other tablets I've played with.
*For a Tablet, this computer is built like a Mack truck. My Toshiba M205 has been, for lack of a better word, "brittle", getting small hairline cracks in the screen-frame, that eventually caused the screen to crack (the tech said somehow those hairlines made the screen "bow" or "flex". I don't have any such fears with the Gateway line. The've erred on the side of SOLID, if anything, which feels far more reliable.
Best of luck with your purchase! Always exciting to break in a new system.
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