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03-09-2009, 11:40 AM
Hello, I'm interested in the experience of members that use Tablets in a business/boardroom context. I want an unobtrusive machine for notes with clients, reading PDFs, and scanning email while away from the desk.

Processing power and keyboard aren't critical. Battery life > 5hrs (with extra pack) and accuracy of handwriting recognition are key.

Hopefully my answers to the questions below will help clarify needs/desires.

Thanks for any help.

General Questions.

1. What is your budget?

Less than $3,000 all in. Including necessary accessories, extra battery, recommended upgrades, etc.

2. Do you prefer a Slate, Convertible or Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC)?

Leaning toward Slate.

3. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?

* Mainstream ~ 12.1"

4. Which country do you intent to purchase from?


5. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?


6. How many hours battery life do you require?

5+, including extra battery pack (if needed).

7. What do you intend to use the Tablet for?

Notes with clients, draw diagrams with clients (simple graphs, free-hand Venn-diagrams, etc.), reading and marking up PDF files, surfing internet, remote email access. Will not be main computing device.

8. Do you have an OS preference?


9. What software and tasks do you intend to run?

Office, Adobe, database software like DEVONthink (for mac)

10. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.


Screen Specifics

1. Do you prefer a standard or widescreen display?

Either is fine. Prefer wide.

2. What resolution do you prefer?

No real preference.

3. Do you require an Indoor only or Indoor/Outdoor screen option?

Indoor/Outdoor. Often work out of the office. Sometimes outside. Often in naturally lit boardrooms.

4. Do you require a Passive or Active Digitizer?


5. Do you require Wacom, Finepoint, or N-Trig Technology?

No preference. Advice needed based on use described above.

Component Specifics

1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require?

Not large. Will just hold documents.

2. Do you require an Optical Drive?


3. Do you require ability to add a second Battery or Hard Drive (Modular Bay technology)?

Battery, yes (if main machine is has less than 5 hrs of life). Hard Drive, no.