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11-09-2013

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Re: Is having an active digitizer really worth it?

2013-12-21, 21:55 PM

Unless you are an artist and need pressure sensitivity there is really no reason to get a pen.  One of the reasons excellent capacitive styli as the one I recommended earlier struggle a bit in OneNote is that the inking algorithm in OneNote sucks. It's not the pen, it's the program,  Even a digitizer pen will look pretty dodgy writing in OneNote.

 

To demonstrate this, try writing some text in Fresh Paint using a brush.  You will notice your handwriting dramatically improved over OneNote.  I think one of the issues in OneNote is that handwriting is being read as text realtime for searching later and this results in sloppy penmanship.

 

Yes I would love it if the Y2P had a pen, but I haven't seen a device with a pen yet that offers enough to give up all of the other things the Y2P does so well.

 

As a matter of fact, it is really only the lack of a digitizer that prevents the Y2P from being THE perfect hybrid.

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12-14-2013

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Re: Is having an active digitizer really worth it?

2013-12-28, 22:19 PM

Other than my screen bleeding a little bit and the flex when I close it I'm pretty happy with the Y2P. I also don't trust the durability on the Y2P too much after using it for awhile, it seems somewhat fragile. Looking at prices on the old Yoga 13 I almost think I should've just went with that since it is about $250 cheaper than what I paid, but battery life is kind of important to me. Of course, I also got a better screen and a limited warranty.

 

I've been thinking about picking up a Surface Pro V1 refurb for $500 and a type v1 cover for $65 - 70. That is basically what an iPad air costs. I'm amazed how much value the Surface Pro version 1 stuff has lost over just a year, I guess I will never buy a new microsoft product.

 

The other option I have is the Thinkpad Tablet 2.

 

They're both basically the same price, and both would be secondary devices. (even though the Surface Pro is supposed to be a primary device the screen size and etc would be limiting for more advanced tasks, making it more of a secondary device in my mind that I could do work on if I was in a pinch.)

 

The Yoga 2 Pro & Surface Pro/TPT2 combo would bring my costs to $1,400 with a combo that potentially does every single thing I would want to do on the go.

 

One other cheaper option would be to wait for the supposed Wacom enabled Asus Vivotab that is set to retail at $300. I'm not listing the Venue 8 pro because there's been a lot of problems reported with it's digitizer.

 

I would never trust writing on the Y2P screen - it flexes and has issues even when transforming it into tablet mode, it's fine for touch but for pen I don't trust it at all.

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Re: Is having an active digitizer really worth it?

2013-12-29, 0:31 AM

ok well it's a done deal. I got the surface pro refurb & open box touch cover for a total of $539. Seemed like good enough value. My total Y2P & Surface Pro combo costing me $1389, which again, seems like good enough value. Guess we'll see which I use the most out and about, and I might sell off one of them, who knows, but keeping both doesn't exactly break the bank either. 

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