2008 Tablet PC Holiday Buyer’s Guide: Education

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If you are a student looking for that perfect tablet to take notes on or give presentations with, we have some new tablets that may spark your interest. These tablets are focused toward the education sector and even some universities give discounts on them through their Tablet PC programs. Always check with your school for discounts on tablets and software like OneNote. These tablets can fall into the business category as well, but are targeted toward students due to the active digitizers, portable lightweight design and price. Unfortunately Gateway hasn’t updated any of their tablet line this year because they were a key partner in the education sector, a user favorite was the C-120x.

Less than $1,500

Lenovo ThinkPad X61

The ThinkPad X61 Tablet PC is a 12.1″ tablet that has a Core 2 Duo processor built from the Santa Rosa platform and Intel GMA X3100 graphics. Only weighing in at 3.8-pounds this mighty tablet has a solid chassis and design, making it ideal for students. It still maintains that same matte black appearance and signature ThinkPad design.

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Fujitsu LifeBook P1620/1630

The LifeBook P1620 Tablet PC has a 1.2GHz ULV Intel Core 2 Duo Processor. It has an 8.9” WXGA touch screen display and Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. This tiny tablet is very lightweight, loaded with a good variety of features and a great travel companion for students. The P1630 is the updated model to the P1620 and has the same great design just an updated processor and graphics. It was just released this month.

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More than $1,500

HP EliteBook 2730p

The HP EliteBook 2730p is an update to the 2710p tablet. It still has that great stainless steel look and solid design. The 2730p features Intel Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB of memory, up to 120GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch SATA II hard drive and a 12.1-inch Illumi-Lite WXGA UWVA anti-glare display. The 2730p is a good travel companion and great for note-taking.

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Fujitsu LifeBook T5010

The LifeBook T5010 Tablet PC features a 13.3″ WXGA widescreen display with active digitizer, built-in modular bay, integrated wireless access and Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology. This tablet is great for taking notes and giving presentations, thanks to the active digitizer and bi-directional hinge.

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Keep in mind this list doesn’t represent every great tablet currently on the market. Our holiday buyer’s guide is designed to highlight a few tablets we believe appeal to a wide range of people.

Remember, to get advice on which tablet to buy don’t just go with what’s popular, visit our What Tablet PC Should I Buy forum to ask what everyone else thinks you should buy based on your needs.

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