Have you tried free hand writing? I did and was not impressed. I found I can type faster than that.
There was one person that wanted the screen not to read the writing but to record his cursive writing. Sadly the resolution of the digitizer is too low and it came out too clunky for the effect they were after. In their case we solved it by using pad and pen then a scanner into the PC.
As to durability, I've come to the conclusion that we are renting laptops for about 4 years. After that we replace them. Is that durable enough for you?
I need a tablet PC, more on free-hand writing, as a tablet PC mode, rather than as a laptop, I need a fast processor, preferably Core 2 duo, windows vista already, with big RAM for faster speed, with wifi, bluetooth, leight weight expansion slot, reliable durability, productive, 3x USB 2.0, strong hinge, nice resolution, big battery life, I already looked for Toshiba M400, is that really ok, what I am after is its vista OS, but I am scared because of many feedbacks about Toshiba M400 on vista, are, so bad, you need to reinforce its graphics card, new hardwares to meet the standards of vista, is it ok to buy R400? I saw Gateway, and it fit all my needs, but the question is, does it has extra slots? does it has a good durability? Or any new brands or suggestions pls?