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The Lenovo ThinkPad X200 and HP 2730p Tablet PC Shootout Is About to Begin



shootout 003 Tableteers have some interesting choices to make if they are looking at the two newest Tablet PCs about to become available. The Lenovo X200 Tablet PC and the HP 2730P Tablet PC are both refreshes in a way, but refreshed enough that I would call them new. I’ve posted First Look InkShows on both the Lenovo X200 Tablet PC and the HP 2730p and am getting ready to begin a shoot out of sorts between the two.

Don’t take that or what is to come as looking to choose a winner. While there are similarities and differences, I think, in the early going, that they are both excellent Tablet PCs. Quite frankly depending on your needs and preferences they are each an excellent choice. Of course in the end that choice is going to be yours if you are looking to buy.

Intriguingly, after posting the two InkShows mentioned earlier, we’ve seen more questions and responses on the ThinkPad X200 than the HP 2730p. So, here’s a chance to get those questions in. While I’ve logged and listed the questions already asked, if you’ve got more questions leave it as a comment to this post.

While I will be doing some side by side video and text posts on these two units, I’m also going to be alternating which device I use on a daily basis. One day I’ll take the X200, the next the 2730p. In addition to answering your questions, I’ll be reporting on how these two devices perform in my work flow. If you want benchmarks, I’ll run them, but keep in mind, both machines may or may not have the final software load and tweaks that will be shipping, so the benchmarks won’t have too much relevance. Also take a look at the specs and what we’ve already published as to what each machine is running.

So, fire away with your questions. Let the shootout begin.

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  1. Bert Hogendoorn

    10/30/2008 at 12:53 am

    I received my 2730p on Monday 20th Oct/08, and just after less than a week the display rotation sensors died (tablet mode will flicker from portrait to landscape on its own and often does not sense the change from one mode to the other) and the wireless switch never worked from get go. It is in the ONE position and will not budge.

    I will give them one more chance and see if the replacement is also a Monday morning special or something I want to hang on to.

    Under XP the Finger scanner / security is flaky, often not allowing the unit to shut down, but I believe the laptop may perform better in Vista, I will see as I am going to install it on the replacement laptop.

    Likes: Keyboard, display, pen action, battery life (over 9hours with EVDO Modem on 40% of the time and light duty tasks (with the optional extended thin battery) and shuttle dial for horizontal scrolling.

    Dislikes: the very poor speaker performance…

    Not sure about performance as often the system hogs so much resources when access tehe drive the mouse does not even respond (again maybe an XP thing).

    Ah it is really a great table/laptop if I can just see past these quality issues, I will keep you all posted on the replacement.

    I had my eye on the X200T (PC Mag’s Editor Choice) and the X200s (which I ordered but Lenovo dropped the ball on the delivery).

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