This site is by far the BEST resource for Tablets on the Web. I have spent hours and hours and hours searching and reading everything I could find on Tablet PC for artist, and none have been better than the forums here!
So, First , I want to thank ALL of you who have spent your time to share your thoughts and experiences.
I have a fairly simple and focused reason for getting a Tablet Pc,
I am working on a Comic Strip as my Hobby, and I am creating it with all the guidelines of a Newspaper formated strip such as black and white dailies and color only on Sundays. To this end, I am using Corel PhotoPaint X3 (nothing against Adobe PhotoShop, but I had Corel on an old computer and am used to it ... and Corel is considerably cheaper). The only 2 other things I do with a computer is casual Emailing and casual Web-surfing ... NO gaming, spreadsheets, intense word processing, etc...as I have a desktop and a notebook if need for other task.
I have been working on the strip with my 2 year old budget notebook (1.4 GHz Celeron M, 512 Mb Ram with 14" widescreen) and Graphire Wiacom tablet. And as you experienced artist know, there is a strange dis-association with this set-up, drawing on the tablet while looking at the screen for results. So, I THINK the Tablet PC configuration would eliminate this problem and be a more natural form factor for art creation. Also it would be less of a "footprint' to deal with too, as the notebook PLUS tablet is awkward at best for me.
After reading most all the related forums here and looking on EBAY for a Tablet PC in my target range ($500 ballpark), I think I have narrowed my choices down to Motion M1300/1400, Tecra M4, Toshiba M200, Fugitsu T3000 series convertible or Fugitsu Stylistic ST4000 series slate(under $350 .. is this a deal or what??).
Since this does not have to be my main COMPUTER but rather an artist tool for me, the things I don't need in this tablet is
-Vista capability, Windows Xp works fine for me.
-anymore processing speed than needed for 2-d artwork creation
as I am willing to give up some processor power for portability and
-battery life longer than 2-3 hours with wi-fi off, as often I have
access to outlets, and don't require wifi while working on art
-an on board optical drive (DVD/CD), I don't watch movies on my pc's
but I do TIVO-to-Go via a wifi connection download (usually while plugged in when I sleep)from time to time -- TIVO IS AWESOME!!!
-a hard drive bigger than 20Gb, as I have a desktop to archive on.
-pressure sensitivity beyond 512, as 256 would probably do
-outdoor viewing, as I work inside
-any more weight or size than necessary
Also, I am not looking for the PERFECT Tablet PC ... but rather an acceptable Tablet PC. Anything that works as good, or almost as good, as my 2 year old buget notebook (1.4 GHz Celeron M, 512 Mb Ram with 14" widescreen)).
Also, I understand the Cintiq is the modern 8th wonder of the world, but I have no desire for it because I am mobile when working on the strip (at work on my breaks, in den, kitchen, bed, and where-ever else I have a minute or two to work)...and also I WILL NEVER be a talented enough artist to use the advantages of the Cintiq, nor the over 512 pressure sensitivity.
All that said (and thanks for listening so far), I would like to hear from those of you who actually use a Tablet PC for comic strip style art, or 2-D illustration creation. On one post I read some where, I think the guy who draws the OVER THE HEDGE strip said he used a M200, but that was years ago.
In additon, I would like to hear your thoughts on SLATE vs CONVERTIBLE, as I am naturally leaning toward SLATE since it looks like an art tablet and seems to be much lighter and thinner, and with things like wireless keyboards and Motion's keyboard in the hardshell cover, I think my limited keyboarding needs would be handled acceptably. Also, for those of you with a CONVERTIBLE, do you find the thickness of it to be a hinder when drawing on a flat surface, such as counter-top, or is it a worthy price to pay for the ability to convert form?
Your Processor and Ram,
and the affects you think they have on [u]acceptable</u> performance
Your screen size and resolution, and if you think it matters to go higher or lower in either
Whether your screen is view anywhere and if you think it matters
Your opinion of screen protectors, and screen feel with the sylus
You opinion on SLATE vs CONVERTIBLE
Your Battery Life
An example of art work you did, or link to artwork done on Tablet Pc
And your overall grade of Great, Good, Good-Enough, or "wish it were more" for your Tablet PC
As well as ANYTHING ELSE YOU FEEL SOME NEEDS TO KNOW ....
And lastly, if ANYONE reading this (artist or not) has any experience buying one of these, or similar, used budget Tablet PCs on EBAY recently, please share your reflections on the buying process as well as the general condition of these machines and your over-all satisfaction with the device for what you do with it, and considering price you paid.
THANK ALL OF YOU SO MUCH!!!