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No, I did not pick up a Mac.  I have switched back to the HP tc1100 as my main Tablet PC.  I have been using the Gateway M280 (or whatever model number Gateway is using this week) exclusively for the past few weeks and while it […]

No, I did not pick up a Mac.  I have switched back to the HP tc1100 as my main Tablet PC.  I have been using the Gateway M280 (or whatever model number Gateway is using this week) exclusively for the past few weeks and while it is a powerful machine my back just can’t take it anymore.  The Gateway is super fast and is a superb laptop so those users who work primarily at a desk all day (a la Marc Orchant) will love this Tablet PC.  It’s got a big hard drive, fast processor and a widescreen display that is beautiful.  Throw in the 12 cell battery and this baby runs for 4½ hours easily.  So why the switch?  The Gateway weights almost 7 pounds and when you throw in the accessories I carry along with the large Booq bag the whole kit must weigh 16 pounds.  Since my work has me running from office to office all day it quickly began wearing me down and making my back ache by the end of the day.  Not a good thing for someone who’s been through two back surgeries over the years.

I spent last evening updating the HP and getting it ready to go and my back is saying “thank you, thank you” every time I move around with it.  My wife is using the Gateway to see how she likes it, I’m sure she will as she normally just uses a Tablet at home.  We’ll see, though.  She’s not very happy about losing the HP.

  1. I guess your wife is stronger than you? :)

    I found it strange that Marc went with the Gateway. It’s a great starter tablet but it lacks all the niceties that a Tablet PC pro like him would miss such as eraser, light weight, and pressure sensitivty.

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  2. Yes, his wife IS stronger! Ha, Ha, just kidding. OK, so I wasn’t happy about the switch because, well, the HP was just kind of sexy. You know, in a compact sort of way. The Gateway just seems to “manly”. I will agree, the Gateway is fast and the screen has great resolution. I will try it as a table tonight and let you know my thoughts (boy, will I let you know my thoughts). One day next week I’ll venture out and use it to write a few posts during my lunch.

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  3. Hey, you can always go back to the Sony U; can’t beat the weight !!!

    Best of luck for your back…

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  4. Josh – it’s definitely not a “starter” Tablet in my estimation. I think the configuration I outlined is pretty much the high-end, from a performance perspective, in the Tablet space right now. It’s not a mobility configuration, for sure. But that’s just one aspect of the Tablet PC experience IMO. As we’re discussing in the comments on my blog, how and where you work have a lot to do with the decisions you are now in a position to make about the right form factor and we now (thankfully) have a pretty excellent array of options to choose between.

    I put a lot of thought into the “how and where” question before making the decision to add almost two pounds to my gadget bag by making this move. When I add in the weight of the external optical drive and its power supply that I carry with M200 when I travel, call it an extra pound. The benefits the wide-screen, all-included Gateway offered seemed the best fit for my needs. As James points out, I spend most of computer time sitting – either at a desk, in a conference room, or in a big overstuffed easy chair. Weight is simply not an issue. Size, OTOH, is. The small, high resolution display on the M200 is great for real estate but was getting very hard on my aging eyeballs, especially late in the evening ;^)

    While the weight is pretty even, the Gateway “feels” lighter than the Tecra M4 which was the other contender in my update decision. And the wide-screen was the closer (for me), all other considerations being pretty equivalent between the two units.

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