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Okay, I bought a Gateway CX2726 Tablet PC Notebook
I brought it home, got the Windows set up done... played with the tablet feature on an Oekaki board for about an hour.
Was NOT impressed with the tablet feature at all. It is not accurate, the cursor ghosted heavily to the left of the pen tip, even calibrating it and fiddling with the settings didn't help and there is no pressure sensitivity.,..
However, that wasn't the worst part. Like I said I had the thing turned out about 3 hours in total.
2 Hours to just set the thing up and then an hour to play with it.
I turned it off and went to bed.
Next morning I got up, ordered a spare 12 cell battery and then went to go play on it again to see if I liked it better the next day.
Hit the "on Button" ... NOTHING
Held the on button in... NOTHING
Finally after plugging and unplugging, battery in and battery out trials I got the damn thing to turn on...
for about the length of time it took windows to LOAD
then it just turned off all by itself.

I called gateway... The were like... "Did you have a storm or something?"

Me: "No, no storm. It's on a surge protector anyway. It's less than 48 hours old this should not be happening please don't treat me like an idiot. I know it should at least turn "ON"!!!"
Them: "It sounds like you have a faulty mother board, I'd take it back where you bought it or send it into us for a refurbish."

Me: "... .... Oh yes, I will be taking it back and NOT replacing it with a gateway thank you very much."

So I no longer have a tablet PC notebook (It wasn't so hot anyway and the largest screen they had was only 14") so I'm back to a 17" widescreen regular old laptop.
I went with a Toshiba Satelite It's sleek, it's purdy, it works well. (It's battery runs out quick though, 2 hours O_O)
But now I have to return the gateway battery that is coming, get my money back on that and then order Toshiba's high-capacity battery pack.

Oi Vey!

I do not recommend the PC Tablets yet... they have a long way to go yet, I'll stick with my regular tablet until technology catches up a little more.



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Dec. 10th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
I really wish you'd have asked me on this one. XD

I could have told you Gateway is crap. Ever since they dropped the '2000' from the computer name, it's crap.

HP is crap. So is Compaq now that HP took over.

I have an old (3 yrs old) Toshiba Satellite laptop that's a P4 (they don't MAKE them anymore because of overheating issues) that is still running like gangbusters and never giving me any problems, other than the fact that the hardware design is on crack (You can't get to the fans to clean them out without taking the computer apart).

A Toshiba will be the best investment you ever make. So will a Dell.

Dell's tech support is top notch, as well. Toshiba? I dunno about their tech support, I've never needed to call it in 3 years. ^_^

Another laptop that I don't hear many bad things about is the Sony Viao. However, I don't hear much good about them either, it's mainly neutral. That about covers the four major 'brands' of laptops.

Then you get into the 'specialised' ones.

Alienware is a glorified Dell, basically. VooDoo computers rocks my socks.

'Nuff said. :)
Dec. 10th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
I have to say. I love my Dell desktop to pieces...the laptop I bought from them though...was crap. I've had so much trouble with the first one I got from them, and it took an arm and a leg before they finally sent me a "new" (aka referbished one). Which after 2 weeks gave me the same problem I had with the first one. THANKFULLY it only happened that once and *knocks on wood* it doesn't act up again. The whole laptop will halt and you have to restart it. I'm glad I got the extended warranty...if this one acts up again I will be tell Dell to shove it and take it back, then promptly see if I can find another company for a new laptop..the problem is, I got an educational discount on the Dell laptop and I don't know if you can get the discount with Toshiba or Sony. *sigh* all I wanted was a laptop to do my work on! ;A;
Dec. 10th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I've heard that the Dell desktops are fine, but my Dell laptop is CRAP! I got it through my school when I was taking some computer classes - out of fifteen laptops, 10 or 12 of them had some sort of issue - of those, it was 6 or 8 that had to be replaced. Our desktop hard drive just took a crap a couple of weeks ago (mechanical failure - gee, great!) - but I talked to the data recovery people about my laptop, too, and she told me that Toshiba is one of the top 2 brands that they almost never see come in with problems. Caerfree has also been very pleased with her Toshiba. I think you picked a winner this time! :)
Dec. 10th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
My dell started giving me trouble the first day I got it. Let's just say right now it's an expensive paper weight. I'm going to have to get a new laptop, and because of how the customer service reps were with me when I had a problem with it originally, I'm going for a Sony or a Toshiba.

Toshiba runs a little cheaper, which makes it more likely for me to get one.

Until I can afford a new computer, I'm stuck sharing my housemate's desktop. Though, it's not a bad system.
Dec. 10th, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)
Until Graphire makes a tablet pc with guts I can service myself, I'm not into the whole laptop thing at all.
All my computers have been custom-built or required extensive upgrades every few years.

I've heard horrors about table PC's. They're made to be high-cost ego boosters for CPA's with no use for it as an art machine.
Dec. 11th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
Fuck Gateway! My gateway comp died in a YEAR! As soon as the warranty was out. >:(
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