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What tablet/laptop hybrid to choose for college?

by agg261 / July 26, 2013 8:22 PM PDT

(That is a tablet/laptop hybrid WITH stylus support;-)

After surfing through literally all threads here in the forums, numerous other forums and countless homepages of producers/manufacturers of tablets and/or hybrid laptops - this is my final attempt (and the only option I can see left) to find out which tablet/hybrid laptop suites my college studying best (as right now I'm TOTALLY confused about which one to pick!).

I've read about all the different "types" I believe: that is, Samsung, Lenovo, Asus, TP, Fujitu and so on. I've read about all the different models of each and what features they possess, their tech specs and so on, and probably spent around 20-25 hours total on continuous reading about everything I can find about each type.

I'm studying pharmacology which involves a lot of drawing some sketches (nerves, nerve synapses, structural chemical formulas) and mathematical expressions, just to give some examples. This means that I would mainly use it for taking lecture- and textbook notes using handwriting.
Therefore the most important feature for me is a display (screen) that is as precise/accurate as possible for using with a pen (stylus). However after all this reading I STILL can't figure out which tablet/laptop hybrid offers the most precise and accurate features for handwriting using a stylus/(digitizer) pen. And preferably the display is around 11"-12" (or 13" for that matter). .

* As I would like to be able to use the tablet to read my textbooks (ebooks - pdf's), then of course the screen resolution matters, what's the minimum resolution -you- would recommend to enable me to view the books in a good quality (for example when I have zoomed in to view a diagram/image/chart, etc)?

- Can anyone of you wonderful people give me some advice regarding this, please? All suggestions are appreciated.

As for operating system, I believe a Windows 8 based thing would be the best option (i.e. Lenovo ThinkPad tablet 2). However I might be absolutely wrong about that!

As the processor and the RAM play a vital role in how fast your tablet works, what are the minimum reference of 1) Processor and 2) RAM you would recommend for the tablet to handle big files easily?

Thank you SO much in advance for reading! ALL feedbacks are warmly welcomed and very much appreciated!

Best regards,

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The moment you wrote drawing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2013 2:20 AM PDT

I draw a line to Samsung models with the pen. Sorry if you feel short changed but the list collapsed at that point.

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by bkerrins / August 1, 2013 3:54 AM PDT

I have to agree. If you really want to be able to sketch, then you almost have to go with a Samsung Note 10.1 (I have it and love it, so clearly I'm biased). My daughter is going with the Note 8.0. She however draws but I use the pen to take notes during meetings. I recommend you use something other than S Note, since that stores in a strange format. Try something like Papyrus so that it will store in a PDF format so you can read it on your PC. The Note 8.0 is better for reading as it has a reading mode similar to a Kindle. I'm not talking about the Kindle app, but the electronic ink view.

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I got mine from a website called Re!
by Weechrissyahr / July 28, 2013 1:35 AM PDT

I am a student studying music in scotland and bought a netbook thing from
It was dead cheap... the other places were wanting like 200 odd pounds plus for one but they were only like 100 or something which as a student is a deal closer lol.
It does the job and has never caused me any problems unlike others i have had in the past.

They do other tablets n stuff too so probably worth a look I got a warranty with mine so if anything does go wrong they can fix it lol

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