I was recently considering buying a Wacom Intuos3 6x8 to use with my PC, and I was also looking at notebooks so I can do my browsing, coding, video editing etc. from the couch. It struck me that I should perhaps consider combining the two and go with a convertible tablet PC.
Since I'll always be using it on my lap or a desk I want to get the biggest screen possible which so far seems to be the Toshiba Tecra M4 - I am assuming this model is penabled. It will be rare if ever that I cradle in my arm. The Toshiba has the option of faster Pentium M processors.
What are the screens like compared to an equivalent notebook? Brightness, colour, viewing angle? If I go with a standard notebook I'm leaning towards one of the 15" Toshibas that can do 1400x1050. If I can I'll even get one with a 17" display that can do 1600x1200 (I wish there was a 17" tablet). I intended to stay with 4:3 unless I had no other option.
What can I do with the Intuos that I cannot do with the tablet screen? Besides coding and other things for which I'd definitely use the keyboard, I am mostly going to be working with Maya and Photoshop for graphics, along with video editing and DVD authoring applications. I considered perhaps combining an Intuos3 with a standard notebook, but I don't know how practical this will be in the couch environment, plus I then have to carry the Intuos around along with the notebook. I kind of like the idea of working directly on the image, perhaps more so for general navigation than for actual drawing and model manipulation.
The tablet seemed a nice idea as tool to scribble my coding and graphics design notes, as well as everything else that currently gets scribbled onto the papers in my environment. I'm concerned about the writing ability because I've had a PDA for years and I can write fast, but not nearly as fast as I can on paper. Typing is fine for some things, but not that useful for brainstorming or drawing diagrams.
With a tablet PC can I use the pen for navigation even when the keyboard is active? I've never been particularly good with laptop mouse navigation, although I think the Toshiba has the eraser thing that IBM use and I've had the most success with those.
What features would I get with a replacement Wacom pen over the one that comes with the M4? Do Wacom have a same-size replacement? Anyone have any complaints about the included pen?
If I need a customised M4 can I get it anywhere other than direct from Toshiba?
I was planning to go straight to 1GB RAM - is Tablet Windows more of a hog than XP Pro without the tablet features? I'm not sure if I should go with the default processor or bump it up - I'm thinking as fast as possible is a good idea as rendering and compiling always take too long no matter how fast the processor (I will probably offload final renders to the desktop where they can run at their leisure).