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Old 12-28-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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Convertible tablet

I'm looking for one of these as it looks like most of the slate tablets out have very little HD space. I want to be able to run some low-intensity apps such as Hero Lab and some visual novels on it as well as reading manga and if possible videos.

Requirements:
- x86 processor (QEMU isn't really an option when a lot of what I want to run would require x86)
- atleast 2 cores (the cost for single core is about the same)
- non-hinge design (i don't like the single point of failure)
- on the lower end of $300 (i don't mind having something that is a couple generations old as aside from video, i wouldn't be using it for anything resource intensive. The key thing is that I must be able to find it. Some older convertible models don't exist for sale on the net except as parts).

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- Windows XP or 7 (if not I believe most of the stuff I can run can use Wine...I don't know about Hero Lab though).

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Old 12-28-2011, 01:41 PM   #2
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What do you mean by "non hinge"? And convertible is going to have a hinge.

http://www.amazon.com/T101MT-EU17-BK...5097594&sr=8-1

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Old 12-28-2011, 03:13 PM   #4
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A Bit more than $300 though.

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:17 PM   #5
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There are also some sliding models out there. The ones coming out this year are obviously more than ~300. I was looking at the Acer C210 (a few years old, but for what I was planning to use it for fine) which was sliding model but it exists only as parts on the net. Even craiglist doesn't have anything for me.

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What do you mean by "non hinge"? And convertible is going to have a hinge.

http://www.amazon.com/T101MT-EU17-BK...5097594&sr=8-1

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The hinge is very suscpetable to breakage.
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Old 12-28-2011, 04:19 PM   #6
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- on the lower end of $300 (i don't mind having something that is a couple generations old as aside from video, i wouldn't be using it for anything resource intensive. The key thing is that I must be able to find it. Some older convertible models don't exist for sale on the net except as parts).

Ebay is your friend. Searching for "tablet pc" will - besides a lot of "real" tablets - bring up some very good devices. Brands are HP, Fujitsu (Siemens), Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad, to name just a few. Keep patience, follow the offers carefully (it always involves a risk buying used electronics) and you will find what you're looking for.
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You aren't going to get this for under $300, I'm afraid. These things were never very popular so there aren't many out there. However, I am not sure why you need a convertible. Why not just get an android tablet with USB port and then connect it to an external? How much storage space are you looking for anyway?

However, it is true that using Android would make you unable to use a lot of apps, like the visual novels. Though, I find for visual novels, since the interface is pretty simple, remote desktopping works decently.
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You aren't going to get this for under $300, I'm afraid. These things were never very popular so there aren't many out there. However, I am not sure why you need a convertible. Why not just get an android tablet with USB port and then connect it to an external? How much storage space are you looking for anyway?

However, it is true that using Android would make you unable to use a lot of apps, like the visual novels. Though, I find for visual novels, since the interface is pretty simple, remote desktopping works decently.
Andoirds on the market today are all ARM devices and remote desktopping isn't always viable. If there was an x86 Android device around ~300 I'd consider it as Wine can run most visual novels fine.

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You could try a Win7 tablet, but it's not going to cost anywhere near $300. Around $700 is the lowest I've seen for those.

I'd actually wait for Win8 to come out. Then maybe there will be more Windows tablets because of metro, although I'm not sure how many will be x86.
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You could try a Win7 tablet, but it's not going to cost anywhere near $300. Around $700 is the lowest I've seen for those.

I'd actually wait for Win8 to come out. Then maybe there will be more Windows tablets because of metro, although I'm not sure how many will be x86.
The Tablets (at least the ARM ones) will not be able to run the Windows 8 desktop mode... only Metro WinRT apps afaik.

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