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.