I was not an Ã¢â‚¬Ëœearly adopter’ of Tablet PC’s back when the Toshiba 3500 was released, or the HP 1000 but man was I looking at them every day. I knew the specs like the back of my hand. I remember going to Best Buy all the time and looking/playing with the Toshiba 3500 demo that they had sitting on the shelf. I kept watching and waiting for something I could use so I could plop down the money. I was in heaven looking at Tablet PC’s Ã¢â‚¬” but without any money to have a second computer they were expensive back then.
In my day job, I needed something that could be my only computer to use for everything. The early Tablet PC’s just would not fit the bill for being the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœsole’ machine. Why do you ask?? Graphics and power. I use a really large program, very large data sets and VERY large aerial photo files. To use a Tablet PC as my only computer would have killed my productivity
Then came the Toshiba M4 early in 2005Ã¢â‚¬” guess what, I bit I ordered one and have been a Tablet PC owner ever since Ã¢â‚¬” has it really been 2 years already?? That M4 is what I was waiting for, it had a 2.13 PM (the fastest at the time of release), and a 128 Meg dedicated video card and the HD big enough for my files.
Today, things have changed a little. I use the Lenovo x60t as my daily computer. I also have a monster machine sitting at my desk with Dual Xeon 3.6 processors and all the other fancy stuff The x60t is a nice machine for my daily work, but when it comes to the big stuff Ã¢â‚¬” it’s the desktop for the crunching.
What’s my point you might ask??? Today there is a push to make things smaller and the battery last longer. There are people that might need something more powerful, but still want the function of a Tablet PC. I might be in the minority here in the Tabletscape, but GIVE ME POWER. There are some great machines coming out with Core 2 Duo processors, 7200 drives, ect Ã¢â‚¬” all the goodies that make a nice replacement for that desktop, with one flaw Ã¢â‚¬” no graphics. Why can we have all the laptops with 128, 256 or even 512 of dedicated video memory, but we can only get Intel graphics in a Tablet PC form factor?? I for one, this is where I might be in the minority, would give up some battery life for a Dell XPS Tablet PC, or one of the new Fujitsu T4220’s with a dedicated graphics card added into the specs. I get these 4 gig aerial photos for my Ã¢â‚¬Ëœreal’ job to review while visiting a client site and I just cringe thinking of how they are going to display on my Tablet to review
How about that 12.1 inch Tablet PC, but make it so I can hook it up to my 24Ã¢â‚¬Â wide screen and really push out the video!! Maybe with the new Intel chipset the graphics will be on par with a dedicated graphics card and my worries will subside a little, but I sure would like to see someone slap a powerhouse out there with a full set of specs that included a nice 256 meg graphics card.