New Tablet PC for college?

By ingeborgdot ยท 4 replies
Jun 9, 2008
  1. My friend's kid is going off to college this fall and they tell him he needs a tablet pc. I am not in the know about the tablet pc. Can anyone make some recommendations. He has between 2-4k to spend on it and software. Thanks.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad, without question, the most rugged and reliable one made... and maintain their resale value better than any other.

  3. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 441

    Is the tablet new and upcoming or old news? Why would the college be recommending this?
  4. pyromaster114

    pyromaster114 TS Guru Posts: 246

    I would go with the IBM/Lenovo tablets or one of the Toshiba tablets.
    IBM/Lenovo make very good tablets, and they tend to be very reliable and durable.

    Toshiba also makes quite a few different tablet PCs. They range from an inexpensive 1.5K$ to a pricey 6K$ if you get everything they offer... maybe even more than that.

    I myself just bought a Toshiba Protege M700. I got a good price on it at 1.5K from a reseller. It was a very good buy in my opinion. I got 2GB of RAM, 2.10GHz Centrino core 2 duo with and 800MHz front side bus (FSB).
    The thing is pretty durable, probably comparable to my dad's IBM that he bought not too long ago. It's also very light, and has an internal CD/DVD drive. I've never really used it much, but it's nice to have when you need it... where as with IBM/Lenovo, you have to run and get your docking base (which doesn't come standard with the laptop...) to rip your songs or burn your assignment that's due in 5 minutes to disk.

    The toshiba and the IBM/lenovo both have the intel X3100 GPU in them. It's a good little chip that'll enable you to do anything from classwork to 720p HD video and mild gaming during your down time.

    Another plus of the toshiba is that it has a built in webcam, something IBM/Lenovo has yet to offer on their tablets.

    And what school is requiring tablets? (Just wondering...)
  5. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 441

    He called his advisors and after talking to them they still like tablets but I talked him into a super powerful lenovo notebook. He got the best one they made for about a $900 less than the best tablet would have been.
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