Tablet PCs

(Updated March 2008 to add latest models)


Selecting a Tablet PC

Tablet PC manufacturers / models


  • TravelMate C310- 1.73/2.0 GHz, 512MB -2 GB RAM, up to 100GB disk, LCD: 14.1", 1024x768, DVD+-RW
  • C200- 1.5-2.0 GHz, 512MB -2 GB RAM, up to 100GB disk, LCD: 12.1", 1024x768, DVD+-RW






IBM / Lenovo


Motion Computing

  • LE1700 - Core Duo/Solo, up to 4GB RAM
    • Consider the Field Case and USB keyboard for a flexible combination of slate-style or "notebook" layout
  • LE1600 - Slate-style Tablet - 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM (1.5GB Max), 30GB disk, 3.1 lbs, 12.1" LCD List US$2,199
  • LS800 - Slate-style Tablet - 1.2GHz, 256MB RAM (1GB Max), 20GB disk, 2.2lbs, 8.4" LCD. List US$1,699


Comparison Charts

Local Tablet Vendors

Tablet PC software

Mathematical software

Personal Productivity

Presentation software


Tablets for Teaching

(Notes originally from the CS Faculty pages)

Tablet PCs are a combination of a laptop with the old-known graphic tablet. Using a pen instead of a mouse, you can write directly on the screen.

It is specially adapted to teaching to large classes: most class-rooms are equipped with a beamer and a large and high screen, while their board is lower by necessity (you need to write on it), and often much smaller. Plus, a board requires you to write unnaturally large, which is slow and awkward, while you can write on a tablet PC at a more natural size, and let the projector enlarge it.

There are several technological solutions, some corresponding to a conventional laptop which can be used eventually as a tablet PC, some corresponding to a tablet PC which can be used eventually as a laptop. Most of them are sold with Windows XP installed, but more than a few can be set up under Linux. LawrenceFolland has been studying some of them and points out several websites listing offers:

Tablet PCs and Linux

Linux Software for Tablet PCs

Tablet PCs and Apple

  • Apple doesn't make tablets, nor are there (yet) announced plans to start.

Tablet PCs in education

Tablet PCs in research

Tablet PC news/discussion

Other Tablet PC links

-- LawrenceFolland - 28 Jan 2005

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