« on: February 15, 2008, 12:29:59 PM »
Just to throw in my .02 on the tablet thing- my previous computer had one, and I specifically choose a model without it. Here's why:
1. durability. Most tablet designs involve rotating the screen on a bezel. This will break eventually. K.I.S.S.
2. if you take notes by hand (slower for many people), you will need to convert them to type in order to search them. Although handwriting recognition programs are a lot better than they used to be this is still one extra (time consuming) step.
3. if you want to make notes on documents, especially note sthat other people can read, there are very simple programs that let you do this.
4. I lost the pen (i know, user error) and a new one was $50. I just don't need one more thing to keep track of in order to work. My particular model would not respond to anything other than the pen, so no using a plastic stick or something.
On another subject, you don't need the base to play a CD. I have a cheap external drive and speakers and that works fine for me. I can't really imagine needing to play a CD at school for research or something, so the drive will stay at home.
Oh, and my Lenovo was around $950 delivered. I go to UVa, and the prices on their "discounted" models (Apples and Dells, I believe) was higher than anything I found online.
Good thread, evidently a subject everyone is interested in.