2008 Tablet PC Holiday Buyer’s Guide: General Use/Mainstream

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The general use/mainstream tablets are for your standard consumer. They are affordable, great for surfing the Web, doing photo editing or listening to music. Don’t get me wrong many college students love these tablets too, in big part due to the price. They are packed with standard features and the HPs come with some nifty remotes and nice speakers, almost a multi-media tablet. If you are interested in testing out what Tablet PCs have to offer, one of these is a good place to start. Prices are very reasonable for a 12.1″ notebook that gives you the opportunity to write on the screen.

Less than $1,000

HP Pavilion tx2500z

The HP Pavilion tx2500z tablet features an AMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology processor, up to 4GB DDR2 system memory, ATI Mobile Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics and a 12.1″ WXGA touchscreen/active digitizer display. It  has a solid design with a cool imprint finish and is called the “entertainment tablet”, thanks to the Altec Lansing speakers and full feature set. Very fun to play with.

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$1, 000-$1,500

Fujitsu LifeBook T1010

The LifeBook T1010 Tablet PC features Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology, 13.3-inch WXGA display, Genuine Windows Vista Business, and up to 2GB DDR3-1066 SDRAM memory. It is an affordable, portable tablet great for email and the Internet.

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HP TouchSmart tx2

With a convertible, swiveling 12.1″ touchscreen display, the Touchsmart tx2z functions as a notebook or a tablet PC. Digital pen is included and stored in the notebook’s base for note-taking and slate functions. Base model is equipped with 3GB memory and can be customized up to 8GB. Also features webcam, AMD dual-core processor, wireless Internet card and DVD burner.

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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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