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Tablet vs Normal Laptop

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by aquell, May 17, 2007.

  1. aquell

    aquell 2+ Year Member

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    Ok, so I have to make a decision in the next week as to whether to get a normal laptop or get a Tablet. I am going with Lenovo and they have a great price on both. Can anyone who has a tablet, or has used a tablet in the past, give me the pros and cons of them? I would prefer people that have used them within the past year, since the technology of tablets has improved immensely in the past couple years.
    Thank you so much for your help!!
     
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  3. -_-

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    one of my friend is always complaining problems of his thinkpad tablet. I think it was x40 based tablet.
     
  4. tooth decay

    tooth decay science officer 2+ Year Member

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    I was told that if you are going to get a tablet, get one with viacom technology which instead of relying on the pressure of a stylus, the table writes with a magnetic pen which is independent of the amount of pressure you apply. This technology costs more. On the other hand, is an electronic writing tablet really worth the cost over writing on paper?
     
  5. albodent

    albodent Member 5+ Year Member

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    tablet
     
  6. aquell

    aquell 2+ Year Member

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    ?? Would you mind explaining that statement :)
     
  7. tooth decay

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    Do you just use the webcam on your laptop to record? So you just aim the screen of the laptop towards the professor? How does that work? Thanks.
     
  8. aquell

    aquell 2+ Year Member

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    wow, what a great help. Thank you. And the help about the webcam was great to. Does it take a lot of memory or slow your computer down to store all those lectures on video? (excuse my lack of pc knowledge if this is a dumb question) thanks
     
  9. jim85213

    jim85213 Dentist 10+ Year Member

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    I would like to know the answer to this too. I have only seen laptops with the built-in webcam facing toward the user. Does anybody know of one that faces away from the user so that you can record a lecture?
     
  10. tooth decay

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    Thanks. Do you also use a separate voice recorder, or do you attach a microphone to your laptop and record? Also, do you need special software to be able to record to your laptop?
     
  11. jim85213

    jim85213 Dentist 10+ Year Member

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    I found that ASUS and Acer both make laptops with built-in, swivel webcams. They also have Santa Rosa models with that type of webcam. That would be sweet for recording lectures!
     
  12. llGSll K9

    llGSll K9 Member 5+ Year Member

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    I been a tablet user for 3+ yrs ..I personally cant go back to normal laptops... wacom based tablets dont need a battery for their pens and they are pressure sensitive ....it has helped me alot because i have all my notes for all my classes on it...You can take notes on your power point slides and save them...and there is no way new tablets will lag (basically u cant write faster than it can process)...down side is u need to take regular backups of ur notes which microsoft has made it built into the software...for example OneNote (Word for notetaking) has backup built into it....if u gonna get one smaller the better, it might cost a bit more but at the end it it will be worth it...I persoanlly have a toshiba m200 and Im very happy, i know few people that have the M200 and Fujitsu and they are all happy and both companys make solid tablets...good luck hope it helped a bit
     
  13. puncho

    puncho Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Our class was required to purchase tablets (HP tc4400). If I need to use the tablet function, it's great. However, the actual times when I use the tablet form is not worth it. Most of the time we'll be typing the notes anyways because it's so much faster. Because the tablets have to have a small screen and because our whole curriculum is electronic (as in textbooks as well), it's a bitch to study with and so most people just buy textbooks anyways.
     
  14. panzer

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    But then you have to turn your laptop around and face it towards your instructor to use the webcam.

    Would professors be happy of people recording them [some can be bitchy really]? :laugh:
     
  15. litldime

    litldime D2 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    I just got a new dell inspiron 1525 and it come w/ a built in webcam which is very clear. Since it faces the user, i would think it would be weird to turn it around to face the professor....lol... however, i have a cousin who has software on his laptop (not sure what its called) where he can record lectures and store them. The one thing I'm looking for (which would be hard to find) is a software that will record and convert the recordings to text. I think that would be awesome but I'm not sure if they are this advanced.
     
  16. panzer

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    Have you ever done an actual recording? You would have to be really close as static becomes worse as you move farther away....
     
  17. litldime

    litldime D2 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    i haven't done one neither was i talking about personal experience. i don't know how close my cousin sits in class but he has managed to clearly record his lectures.
     
  18. AndyK

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    Tablets are awesome! I have a Fujitsu T2010, and it rocks. Here's a mini-review:

    Pros:
    Wacom-based, so very high quality pen output
    Very light, only 3.5 lbs.
    Battery life around 5-6 hours.
    Price, one of the cheapest wacom pen tablets out there (I got mine for $1500)

    Cons:
    Built for minimal power consumption, so the processor, HD and RAM are underpowered. If you plan on keeping Vista, you need to get another 2GB of RAM.
    Careful with the screen, it scratches easily
     
  19. panzer

    panzer 2+ Year Member

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    ^ how much did it cost?
     
  20. microserf123

    microserf123 Blah...... School Sucks 2+ Year Member

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    @panzer look at the bolded text
     
  21. Ehhhh

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    TABLET!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im doing Med School classes right now and I always wish i had a tablet when sitting in class... You save tons of time and money wasted on printing stuff for class. Plus, you won't have to lug around a binders and binders of notes... The Tablet is most def. the best choice... Just get a reliable one... Oh and remember to get an external portable HD to back everything up...
     
  22. MikeCheck12

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    just do it old school. get a typewriter. you dont have to worry about battery power.
     
  23. Ehhhh

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    Hahaha Don't listen to Mike, he's in class with me and he fantasizes of about tablets more than me... Sometimes he fakes writing on his XPS and pretends its a tablet... its kind of weird....
     
  24. MikeCheck12

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    I actually do fantasize about tablets wearing apple bottom jeans and boots with the fur.

    Adding to AndyK's comment, If you really want a good tablet, 1500 is not bad. The HP tablets are okay (under $1000) but they're not as durable as other ones like lenovo and fujitsu.
     
  25. bbakersc

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    I just bought the Lenovo X61 tablet about 3 weeks ago, 3 gigs of ram 160 gig 7200 rpm hdd, core 2 duo, vista ultimate, multiview multi touch screen. 2 8cell batteries etc....
    and the verdict is... I LOVE IT!!! I will NEVER own another computer that isn't a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet so long as I live!!! Good choice on only getting the Lenovo, make sure you take advantage of the 4 year on site warrenty and accidental damage. My Brother has had dozens of lenovo's and he has hardly needed that warrenty, but when it does break they come THAT DAY to fix it... WORTH EVERY FRIGGIN' PENNY!! btw total cost was $2767
     
  26. bbakersc

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    lenovo's new X61 is that way now... magnetic or whatever, not pressure like the HP's. I have a buddy with an HP and it sucks something fierce, it helped me with my decision, I'll tell you that much.
     
  27. bbakersc

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    just for the record the lenovo's PEN is super light, no batteries needed and you barely touch the screen to write on it. I wanted to be fast so the 7200 rpm hard drive was a MUST for me along with the RAM, but the bigger, faster hard drive and RAM add up fast. Decked out they are around $3000 stripped about $1500. Remember the LENOVO's are the best computers for like 15 years running for a REASON. If you are going to go with any laptop I suggest a Think pad (tablet or not) and get the 4 year on site warrenty!! Good luck all.
     
  28. TempleDMDKrazd

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  29. Lurchdubious

    Lurchdubious the Homeless Ninja 7+ Year Member

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    i'm wanting to buy another macbook when i get to dental school, but i admit i've been building and rebuilding a dell xps on their website and it looks pretty sexy. the thought of going back to windows makes me dry heave, but if i do, has anyone had any troubles with the dell xps?? i think model 1330? i've looked at lenovo a little but never used one. i highly doubt i'll get a tablet, as i don't really see the need. what exactly is the rationale for getting a tablet? not being able to type fast? i'm not hatin', just curious.
     
  30. udonzilla

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    i totally agree, xps is sexxy. how do you like yours mike?
     
  31. Lurchdubious

    Lurchdubious the Homeless Ninja 7+ Year Member

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    sexy indeed, especially cuz you can get it with 4 gigs of RAM and 300+gig hard drive, and other fun upgrades for a lot less than a similarly equipped mac. i just wish i could run Mac OSX instead of vista.

    i looked into tablets a lil more. they look pretty cool, i just don't think i want to justify paying an extra 1K for those pretty bells & whistles. i KNOW the wife won't want to. lol. i did have an instructor that used a tablet 2 years ago and it was an EXCELLENT tool for his Anatomy and Physiology lectures. he would pull up images from the text/internet and draw on them and manipulate them the way he wanted and it was a great way to learn.
     
  32. tamkhan

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    i think laptops are fine. no need for a tablet, unless you already own one and are used to it.

    xps looks nice:thumbup:

    i own an hp, and it does the job. dropped it on concrete once, and the screen cracked from the top, but it's still working perfectly fine. cost me 750 bucks only:D
     
  33. udonzilla

    udonzilla devil's pie 7+ Year Member

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    what do you guys think of the gateway tablet?
     
  34. bbakersc

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    I wouldn't touch a gateway with a ten foot pole! I am NOT a gateway fan. No luck with them so far.
     
  35. Lurchdubious

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    i will never own a gateway either. i don't know anyone with anything good to say about them.

    cheap.
     
  36. bbakersc

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    you'll get what you pay for, that goes for anything. If you want great no hassle laptop... get the Lenovo think pad!!
     
  37. MikeCheck12

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    if you want kids, dont get an xps!!! I have one and they're good but theyre gaming computers. They do get hot so I have to carry an antec fan to keep me fertile.
     
  38. Lurchdubious

    Lurchdubious the Homeless Ninja 7+ Year Member

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    i'm talking about the thin/light/portable xps, not the 15"-17" monsters.
     
  39. sublimeu4ea

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    Try Microsoft OneNote 2007. I use it for just organizing my notes because it creates tabs and autosaves, but it has a search function that will search within the recorded audio saved via OneNote depending on its clarity. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/default.aspx

    I took a wine tasting class last semester with a deaf girl. She had a program and a receiver that would save our entire lecture on her laptop as speech to text. It would even generate a complicated word like Bordeaux incorrectly but phonetically, and then re-write it as correctly as possible (boar-dough ---> bordeaux). I can't tell you what it was, but I know that the professor was required to wear a microphone transmitter.

    edit: found this article http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,138262-c,voicerecognition/article.html
     
  40. udonzilla

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    gaming computers, thats the only reason why i was looking at gateway. they are one of the few tablets with a dedicated graphic card. but if gateway sucks i should stay away from it too.
     
  41. litldime

    litldime D2 Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

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    thanks for the info!
     
  42. bbakersc

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    yes the suck something fierce. If you want a gaming computer get a desktop too. What is $500 more if you drop 2500 on a laptop... right?
     

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