A while ago when i was interning with a game company some of you might remember me bitching about the terrible computer i had to use. It was a Dell, which is saying enough without having to list out any specs. Long story short my work day was nearly being doubled because of how slow this piece of shit was. The best art program i got to work on it was Paint.net which is pretty steep when you are making game assets. And saving a picture at print resolution at a large size would sometimes take hours. I gradually became more and more frustrated and exhausted because of how much effort i would have to pour into a simple task. My father being the cool guy he is noticed and brought me one of the old work computers from his office that he no longer used. At first glance it looked like a small, outdated notebook. But i was ecstatic when he turned the screen around and turned the computer into a tablet, with a pen and everything.
At first i just used it for MS Painting and such, because the computer only about 1.5 gigs of Ram and the hard drive is something like 35 or 40 gigs, not very impressive. Also the computer wouldn't pick up wifi so i assumed it had no wireless card after many attempts to try and re install the wireless driver.
But as i used the computer i started noticing it's many features. It has a thumb scanner, a built in mic, shortcut buttons for the tablet interface, and rotating tablet screen, and i recently discovered it indeed does have wireless. I also installed Windows 7 last night and it runs a lot faster. Also if you make some minor tweaks to the system and fix some MS bugs it will run even faster.
I just really wanted to recommend this little guy to anyone interested in having a computer for working on art while on the road, or having a portable alternative for school or work. These are also workforce computers so they are built extremely durable.
Some downfalls are that it lacks a actual track pad and has one of those awkward keyboard nipples, it has very limited storage, and the tablet isn't quite up to date. While the tablet end of this laptop was handled by Wacom, it was a while ago so it doesnt have pressure sensitivity. Which i know is a big downfall for some PS painters. As far as getting art programs on to it, downloading portable versions of PS, Flash, Illustrator, etc, onto a external hard drive are the best way to go. I actually use portable versions even for desktop work just to keep my tower un cluttered with programs.
The best thing about this though, is the price. You can find them used from 100 to 200 dollars (USD). Really affordable if you ask me, its extremely versatile and a 1.5 gigs of ram isn't terrible. Also as far as the hard drive goes, you can get a TB Hard Drive at Best Buy for $100.00.
I just wanted to recommend one of these to all of you. I know there are probably better models and newer tablet PC's but this one is super cheap for what it is. If you cant afford a fancy tablet laptop then i personally think this is the best alternative. You can read up on the entire thinkpad series here.