« on: February 12, 2007, 07:57:17 PM »
Do you have any experience with tablet PCs? I was considering the prospect of getting a Thinkpad Tablet, I think they are x41s. Tablets seem that they would be convienent for a law school student, but I can't find any students with them to verify this. Folding the screen and reading it like a book, and being able to markup files with notes sounds really useful. I've had friends in IT who tried tablets when they first came out. At first they loved them but as time went on they liked them less and less and cited the biggest issue is the software that recognizes your writing. That was then, I'm not sure if tablet PCs have made any strides since then.
I have an X41 tablet. So far so good. It has done well as a tablet but has forced me to comprimise a bit on the notebook side. Th e comprimise in this case is performance. This problem was fixed with the release of the X60 tablet a few months ago.
The tablet form factor is one which should be more popular than it actually is. In combination with Onenote 2007, I pretty much have an ideal computer for most note taking situations. I cannot tell you how much easier it was to keep track of cross and counter claim action in civ pro by use of diagrams throughout my typewritten notes.
I most frequently use the pen to edit my notes. Pciking up paragraphs and sentances, moving the around, changing them up - all seem much more intuitive using the pen. Web surfing also seems more natural. If you spring for an X60, you can purchases it with Multitouch technology which allows you to use your finger or pen to point, click, write and move things around.
My caveat purely has to do with the abysmal 4200 RPM drive in the X41. I would reccomond staying away from it. Rather, get an X60 tablet. I really would not recoomend any other Tablet PC becuase most others incur a high weight penalty for the sometimes increased performance. Low weight is what makes the X41?X60 series so nice.