Member Chad Essley (aka cartoonmonkey) recently reviewed Motion LE1700 vs Sahara i440 from professional illustrator's perspective and basically concluded his long-used Motion 1400 with VA screen STILL is state-of-the-art artist's tablet. His review:
A mint condition Motion 1400 VA screen with maxed 2GB RAM and 7200rpm Hitachi drive would be ideal solution well below $1,000-1,200. Wait another year for better slate offerings worth spending 2-3X more launch.
Be VERY wary of eBay sales, there's 1400's scams and end-of-life offerings. Pay a premium for fully accesorized unit. No one keeps original boxes and abuses their gear also.
XP tablets MUST come with original recovery disks and intact serial numbers. Scratched off and/or missing disks signal bad choices, no matter the price. Forget price as guide, pay for condition!
I bought M1300 used $600 with new LCD and two batteries in mint condition 1 1/2 years ago and still consider it certainly one of, if not best, tech purchase ever made. It runs PSCS3, ArtRage and anything else thrown at it, in Vista no less. The key is maxed RAM and 7200 drive above all else.
Felt tip nibs from Wacom and Targus Tornado USB cooling pad best accessories artist can have.
100% Old School tablet setup:
Sahara i440D - 4GB/500GB/7200 - Vista screams!
HP TC1100 1.2 - 2GB/160GB/5400 - Vista - portrait - primary computer.
HP TC1100 1.2 - 2GB/160GB/5400 - Vista - primary work computer.
HP TC1100 1.0 - 2GB/60GB/7200 - XP - laptop - partner's primary computer.
Acer 303xmi 1.6 - 2GB/100GB/7200 - Vista - laptop - work computer.
Motion M1300 1.0 - 2GB/60GB/7200 - Vista - semi-retired (needs repair).
Motion M1300 - for parts.
Motion M1400VA - awaiting resurrection.