PeteCal wrote:CNET says it weighs 1679.9 lbs Is this a mainframe? ;-)
(1) I have a USB writing tablet and I would like to "write" into MS Word docs but I can't master the hand/eye from table top to screen. This should solve that, am I right? Can I write on the screen and have Word convert to text? Is anybody doing that?
(2) A while back when Staples had these for $350 then $300 the next day it was said something about Staples got a batch with some bad connector. So they were clearing the stock. What are the odds these are the returns that were refirbed?
For those of you who have this tablet and have shared your experiences, thank you for real information on this topic. I appreciate the other outlooks.
This tablet is made by Samsung. It comes bundled with Samsung proprietary note-taking software specific to their s-pen. The Samsung Note also has proprietary Samsung note-taking software. You can use S-note on either tablet, and they both work wonderfully.
If you want Samsung's note-taking app then either choice is good; however, with the option for really capitalizing on the wacom stylus, you can use anything developed for windows with this tablet. Microsoft OneNote is free on Windows 8 and is a valid substitute for the Samsung software. If you do, however, have the desktop version of office, then using the desktop version of oneNote is the best note-taking experience you can have. This includes handwriting conversion to text, math, etc. You can always use the handwriting input keyboard for text input into web browsers or other programs. From my experience with both the note and this tablet, the handwriting recognition on both needs some work, but at the same time, it is the best I've ever used. (My handwriting could use some work, too. The recognition software has a tough job.)
The only difference between this tablet and the Samsung Note tablet is the operating system. Do you have a desire to run applications written for a phone/mobile system, or do you need the option to run full desktop applications?
As for all the hate about this being an under-powered laptop, this is only slightly true. This is not an alienware with an i7 processor, but it is as powerful as any iPad or Android tablet. It fits nicely in the middle between glorified phone and full blown laptop. I have run adobe products on this tablet, and they work great. I have not worked on a 6000 layer photoshop drawing (that would bring my gaming rig and its 16GB or ram to its knees). It can handle small projects without a problem. If you're looking to do full scaled professional project, then go buy a full scale professional system. You don't see people saying that the macbook air sucks because it doesn't perform as well as a macbook pro. This is not a top-of-the-line system.
This is also not a gaming rig. Don't even attempt to play modern PC games on this tablet. You'll be disappointed. I tried a few of the very non-demanding Tell-tale games and could only run them on the lowest settings. As for casual gaming, this can handle anything an iPad or Android tablet can. It can also handle many modern indie PC games.
In summary, internet, this is a valid choice for a tablet. This is not an iPad or an android tablet. It is also not a full blown laptop. It fits in that happy medium where it simple enough to not cost an arm and a leg while satisfying 90% of your computing needs. If you're looking for something more, get something more. If you're looking for something less, get something less.
In my research this was the best value for a Windows 8 tablet (not RT) with a wacom stylus. The pen is amazing. Samsung, Microsoft, HP, and others also offer a full sized pen that is more comfortable. Palm rejection is finicky until you figure out the the digitizer only needs to see your pen before you put your palm down. Once the pen cursor appears, the touch is then turned off.
Did I mention that Sketchup runs fantastically on this tablet? If you haven't drafted with a digital pen, you're missing out.