Tablets

Living with Lenovo


Ok… so we’re in Month

2 now of the Lenovo Thinkpad X41 Tablet PC trial and I thought I’d get you up

to speed about how it’s going. 

Personally, when they first came out, I thought of Tablet PCs as being

nothing but big gimmicks. I wasn’t convinced by what I read about them that

they were usable, let alone worth the extra money you’d spend for one over a

standard laptop. I can’t really say that any more.

With the reversible

lid, going between the pen and the keyboard is a snap. You don’t even

need to

rotate the on-screen image. As soon as you flip it around, the screen

goes

automatically from landscape to portrait and back again. The

handwriting

recognition is amazing. Sometimes, it even reads my writing when I

can’t.  The  portrait  view on the Thinkpad  makes

viewing  Web pages , Word  documents and everything  a

lot easier.

I initially had some

speed problems with the unit. It’s still sluggish at times, but most of that I

attribute to the Norton Anti-virus that came with the unit. It seems like

Norton slows down every machine I’ve ever used, but it’s better than no virus

protection at all.

I use FireFox as my main  Web browser, and was

surprised to discover that the Tablet Input Panel - the little 

pop-up that appears to allow you to  handwrite  data rather

than type it  in -  didn't work properly.  

Sometimes when you went to enter data into a field, it would pop-up,

other times it wouldn't.   This wasnt't a problem with the

ThinkPad at all though.  It's a known issue of Firefox in a Tablet

PC environment.   Doing a little bit of digging, I

finally  found a solution.

The Lenovo has now become

my standard portable. I had a trusty HP Omnibook, but that’s now gathering dust

– well until I have to return the ThinkPad that is. I’ll keep you up to date on

it.

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