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I am little bit confused which tablet PC to buy-acer travelMatec300 or toshiba M200. I like toshiba because is lighter but at same time i like having a bigger screen like c300. I am hoping you guys to give me more information over which tablet is better  and which one you would choose for me. Since i am a student , i really like the m200 design but also i work with lots of application because i am also majoring in computer science thats why i find c300 much easier to work on.Any advices are appriaciated..
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Another question to ask is the form factor.  I actually prefer the "pure slate" models... they are generally lighter, thinner, durable, and easier to hold in you hands.  This works extremely well, if you also have a 2nd "normal" computer to do word processing or other key-board intensive tasks.

The difference between a 4-pound convertable tablet or a 3-pound slate, might not seem too much right now... but wait until you've carried the 4-pounder around for a few weeks (particularly if you also carried other stuff, like books).

I bought a Motion M1200 (the latest is the M1400) and it came with a USB keyboard.  I think I've used the keyboard about 10 times in the past year.  The keyboard now sits in my closet somewhere...  since I do everything with the stylus.

I much perfer taking notes in my own hand writting.  I send my "journal files" via email to others, print 'em, etc.
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the toshiba tablet is 4 pounds and acer is 6 pounds. I have tried them both and in my opinion there is a noticable difference between both.I also have a P4 pc at home and a PC at work but its very limited of applications and so on. Thats why i will have to use my own tablet  at work.
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I'd seriously consider the pur slate format of the NEC or Motion, or the detachable keyboard of the HP.  The difference in weight is significant (at least to me).  Besides, with a good portfolio-style case (I'm obviously familiar with the Motion products), you can carry papers, business cards, PCMCIA cards, etc.

...just one person's opinion!
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I'd personally would go for acer. I nearly bought the tablet couple of weeks back but eventually had a travelmate instead. Yeah, you're right about acer having a nice big screen.

Reasons I think why you should go for acer:
1. Cheap (main reason why I went for it in the first place + good connectivity)
2. Big screen
3. Excellent technical & non-technical helpline support (rang them few times to sort some technical questions out)
4. *allegedly* physically robust (there was a story about a computer warehouse burnt down, and the only system which survived the aftermath, you guessed it, acer)
5. Good no-hassle warranty cover + international cover too
6. Good connectivity

...and no, am not an acer salesman.



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I am going to buy it from buy.com There is one thing i am concerned about. Buy.com offres 2 year warranty+ 1 limited for 170$. Acer offer only 2 year for 170$ and 3 years for 300$. Which one would you suggest me to go with?
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I would go with buy.com but i got little concerned if buy.com warranty is the same as acer's in terms of what it covers and what it doesnt.
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I guess best bet is, 1. to check with buy.com what the terms and conditions are 2. Compare it with acer.

But imagine this, one day, your laptop breaks down, and still under warranty...dont you think it's a lot of hassle to get it all packaged-up, send it to buy.com and everything is done through phone/email/mail *only*?...Acer on the other hand has *physical* stores all over the places, and you can always take your laptop to the nearest centre and be rest assured that you are dealing with a specific someone at the store who you can always call up to check if everything is progressing ok with repair, or whatever the reason you send it there in the first place.

I dont usually like doing transactions over phone/email/mail...u tend to end up speaking to different people everytime, and from my experience usually it takes longer to solve problems this way...

But if you have faith in buy.com, by all means go for it, after all, it is cheaper.
I would go for the acer option though.
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