Tablet Update – After 4 Days

So how am I getting on with my tablet after having it for four days? Very well. It’s turning out to be a lot of fun to use, and it’s doing all the things I wanted it to.

(When you’re done with this post, you may want to see my update after two weeks.)

As a Laptop

It works surprisingly well as a laptop – the keyboard is very nice to use, and although the screen is small, the high resolution keeps it very usable. At home, I just drop it on the desk, plug in the power, network connection, and USB hub, and it works perfectly well as a desktop machine. The keyboard is more usable than the one on the previous Toshiba machine (a Satellite), and the extra screen resolution comes in very useful. The fact that the machine is quite a bit faster helps too.

I can have almost as pleasant a set up to use, though, anywhere I have a table and chair, using it like any other laptop. Because it’s a Portégé, it’s small and light – much smaller and much, much lighter than the previous machine. That means that instead of being an unpleasant thing to lug along with me if I really needed to, it’s small enough to take everywhere with me in a bag, just in case I want it.

As a Tablet

As a tablet, the M200 is actually a bit on the weighty side. Fine if you’ve got something to prop it up on, but a bit much to hand-hold for too long. The tablet features, though, are available all the time, not just when the machine has been ‘converted’ to tablet-mode. I find myself using it it’s laptop form most of the time, but quite often using the pen to scribble notes or mind maps on the screen. I’m writing this now in OneNote, and have a mind map at the top of the screen. As soon as I start to get stuck for ideas, I can return to the mind map and do a bit more scribbling. If I have ideas whilst re-reading, I can make scribbled notes in the margins. OK, so a blog post doesn’t usually go through that much thought and revising, but I could ;).

At work today, I was making scribbled notes in my lunch break, planning future PigPog articles, and then switched to Ink Art to draw a quick sketch. Nice to be able to do. Before doing that, though, I checked my mail and did a bit of web browsing using it like any other laptop.

Carrying

I struggled to find a suitable bag. Most laptop bags are way to big. It fits nicely in the front pocket of the bag I had for the previous laptop, and would rattle about terribly in the main compartment of most. I first ended up buying a document wallet as a cheap alternative, but it was quite a bit too wide and didn’t offer much protection. Another visit to PC World found an answer – they did have one bag after all that was a good fit, and had a decently large padded pocket for everything else – cables, camera, binoculars, and whatever other bits I need for a day. It also has a few good compartments in a separate section in front, and a big ‘messenger bag’ style fold-over flap. The inside of the flap is made of a strange rubbery soft material that flops flat and makes for a nice soft surface to put the machine on. Stand the bag up, and push the laptop up against this surface in tablet mode, and it holds it at a nice angle, like a drawing board – bag and stand in one! Looks quite good, too, except the rubbery inside surface and the inside edge of the strap are both bright orange.

Name?

We name all of our machines after kids’ TV characters. This one is now called Moog.

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  2. Hi Does the bag with the “strange rubbery soft material that flops flat” have a name? I don’t mean like one of the kids’ TV characters. I mean what should I ask for if I wander into PC World with an unsheathed m200 this weekend? Thanks

  3. Hi Neil, It’s made by Tucano… http://www.tucano.it/ENG/html_esterno/index.htm

    …and as far as I can see from their site, it’s the “Cobra for Apple Horizontal Limit 14/15 inch” – but I can’t really be sure and there’s no labels on it to say. If you get the right one, the M200 is a perfect fit in the laptop compartment… http://www.tucano.it/ENG/wcProductCard.asp?WCI=product_card&CardCode=GEN_ITA&ProductCode=BOL-AP-G

    It took them a good ten minutes or so to work out how much it should be, since it was unlabelled – didn’t even have a barcode anywhere on it.

    We bought a DVD rewriter too (internal PC drive, not for the M200), and they started to try upselling some CDRs at the counter. When I said we didn’t want them, they offered them for half price. When I said we still didn’t want any, they gave them to us for free! Apparantly they’ve been told to sell lots of them, so they’re determined to do so even if it means giving them away. They actually charged for the CDs and knocked the same amount off the price of the drive, so it looks like they’re selling them.

  4. Two honors in one post! The trackback at the top of the responses list from Life On the Wicked Stage: Act 2 is a blog run by someone whose posts I spent much of last night reading on TabletPC Buzz, and learned a lot about the M200 from. Then I discovered that this post has been linked to by James of JKOnTheRun – one of my favourite blogs, all about mobile tech stuff – tablets, PDAs, and such like.

    Thanks guys!

  5. Thanks for the reply about the bag Michael I’ll have a look for that at PC World and try and fight off the CDR hawkers. I wonder if they do stickers for the otherwise trendy label-less Cobra Apple Horizontal too. You know like “Not an iBook inside” and “I heart my tablet pc”.

    (Oh and I’ve now consulted my toddler son who says it should be called Little Red Tractor. Odd name for a computer but never mind)

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