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Pen-Enabled Windows Tablet
      #47188 - 10/22/14 05:03 PM

About a year ago (last December), I bought into the idea that I should try to keep all of my technology under the Windows tent since so much of what I do is driven by Windows-based software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). I was starting my own consulting practice and simultaneously needed a new phone and PC. And, I thought a tablet would be a good tool, too. Since I work away from my office most of the time, it was easy to determine that I should go with a laptop, rather than a desktop, PC.

I've been pleased with my phone (Nokia Lumia 928) and laptop (Acer running Windows 8.1). The tablet, a Dell Venue 8 Pro, has not fit my needs. More specifically, the pen implementation on the DV8P has not fit my needs. I heard the horror stories about the 1st generation pen and I stayed away until Dell released the 2nd generation. However, it doesn't seem to work very well for me.

I resolved myself to retiring the pen and using the tablet without it. Some Windows programs simply won't perform very well on an 8-inch tablet being driven with your finger(s) or a capacitive stylus. (Simply stated, the buttons are just too close together. Yes, some Windows programs allow you to switch between mouse and touch modes, and that helps, but I also use programs that haven't implemented that option.) Then, I recently started looking at the Surface Pro 3. Yes, the screen is much bigger, but also, the pen works SO well. If it had been available last December, I would have purchased it instead of my Acer/Dell combo.

Of course, the SP3 isn't cheap. And, my Acer is performing quite well. So, outside of the SP3, what pen-enabled Windows tablets should receive serious consideration?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Pen-Enabled Windows Tablet [Re: David_Prewitt]
      #47200 - 10/23/14 10:00 PM

There are a lot of good things I can say about the Dell, but the pen has never been one. It's pretty bad. There's the Lenovo ThinkPad 10 tablet, a 10" Intel Atom tablet that's less expensive, smaller and lighter than Surface Pro 3 and it has an excellent Wacom pen:

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