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Thursday, December 22, 2005

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Rob Bushway

Very good summary, Michael. I appreciate the post.

My main computer is a T42p - love it.

Rob

Rob O'Daniel

I've had no experience with the Toshiba, but the oh-so-overpraised IBM Thinkpad X41's keyboard - the entire reason for buying a 'vert - is no marvel. The lack of a Windows key is a dealbreaker on *any* keyboard for me and the Function key is exactly where the Control key should be. And the feel of the keyboard, while certainly not bad, isn't anything significantly better than most and didn't seem as good as many of the Dell notebook keyboards I've used.

And then there's that silly TrackPoint nub instead of the standard touchpad interface that nearly all notebooks offer. Now granted, I know that's a highly personal preference, but most folks have at least a cursory familiarity with the touchpads offered on most notebooks, whereas the TrackPoint is quite foreign to newcomers and certainly takes some getting used to.

And even with the RAM bumped to a gig, the X41 seemed quite sluggish as compared to notebooks and even other tablet (slates) PCs I've used.

The pen felt kinda light and cheapy, but the flat edge did make it a bit more comfortable to hold.

While I do like the rubbery grip along the battery edge of the X41, it simply has too many tradeoffs for me to consider it a good bang-for-the-buck value either as a notebook or a tablet PC.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of tablet PCs and, specifically, I really like the various Compaq and Motion Computing models I've used. I'd recommend embracing the tablet UI and avoiding a convertible - you can always hook up a compact USB keyboard (and even a nice optical mouse) if you're in a pinch to do some hardcore data entry.

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