What do you think about convertible notebooks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jhtrico1850, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. jhtrico1850 macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    Good: The computing power of a notebook (which is near desktops, except GPU)
    Take notes!
    Keyboard! (unlike tablet pcs)

    Bad: battery life
    premium (though you get more functionality)

    They look nifty. Would be a good buy for college. They seem so good, though I wonder why they aren't as popular. Maybe most people just want a laptop that works? I'm interested in more than "just works" though. I know ModBook is out there and I heard about a "tiny" macbook (UMPC), but this is different.
  2. ironring2006 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    Hate to break it to you, but "convertible" notebook is just a type of Tablet PC. Most Tablet PC's fall into either "slate" or "convertible" category.


    This one isn't any different than what is out there already other than possibly coming in at a lower price.
  3. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2007
  4. jhtrico1850 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    Well I've only recently been aware of convertibles and didn't realize how much they penetrated the MicroCenter:D And why would you classify the convertibles as a class of tablets rather than notebooks? Why classify them as one or the other? They look like a 50/50 mix of both to me.

    Those hybrids (convertibles with detachable keyboards) take things a whole step further, though I think quirks of convertibles (battery/price) should be amended before we go there.

    The x60 looks kind of plastic/ugly to me, but they always look better in real life:) I wonder what will be Apple's take on convertibles.
  5. wildthing1994 macrumors member


    Apr 8, 2007
    Tablets aren't all that.

    Let me say first this is in my oppinion. :) Tablet PCs or the converted macbookpro really aren't all that great. Their good if its a second computer and you only use it for one purpose, (like working with graphic) but as a multipurpose labtop or notebook, to use at school or work and to be able to bring home play games or listen to music, its not for me.
  6. landis macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2007
    Toronto/Kingston Canada
    i have always wondered, 'if you have a keyboard, why do you want to write?'

    people can type alot faster than they can write and use a mouse to click.

    and it probably isn't that great for drawing either

    it is a little too gimmicky for me, plus the hinge looks like it will snap really easily
  7. kinchee87 macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2007
    New Zealand
    Man, what the heck. How are those important? License Agreement as documentation on how to use software? What about Windows Live Messenger as standard software?
    Guess they didn't think weight and size were important enough specs for a portable...

    I've always wanted to own a convertible. Mainly for the ability to control the cursor with a pen when photoshopping and to draw diagrams.
  8. jhtrico1850 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    How do you do complex math functions on a keyboard? I realize there is code like this but eww

    Imagine drawing that in paint.

  9. ironring2006 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    I had a friend who had an X40 from IBM before they became Lenovo branded. He used it as his second computer in addition to his desktop. They're perfect for taking notes in Engineering classes where you rarely write down words, mostly formulas and diagrams. Of course, the rest of us just used a pad of paper and pen/pencil, and we seemed to get along just fine.

    I find they're a bit more gimmicky than useful though, and the Lenovo's have a large price premium on them, but they are probably the best of the lot in terms of quality.
  10. Collin973 macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2006
    Man that reminds me of my high school ap physics class. I think I had that drawing on one of my test. "What is the voltage across R3?"
  11. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    They can be useful for some classes, but yeah, a pad and paper will do just as well. Also, if you try and push their utility to all your classes, you're just gonna screw yourself over. I know this idiot who uses one to take notes directly on his slides in class, it ends up looking insanely messy because it's hard to write properly and the writing seems to be too thick. Luckily you can erase, but why put yourself through that trouble?

    But if you insist on having all your notes on computer and you're taking classes that you can't easily type up, like math, physics, etc, then it could be useful.
  12. afofddy macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2007
    Nice! I had alot of ppl ask me how to do it... cause I admit it, it's not very easy right now, it will be simplified in the future with quicksteps.
    The only advantage now is that you can do everything you can with a LVZ. Like add sound files, or help files, or whatever
  13. james2002 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2007
    If you want to get an idea about how good a convertible tablet pc is for a student check out studenttabletpc.com.

    I have Toshiba m400 and a 17" C2D MacBook pro, both have their uses. I'm currently a graduate student and read hundreads of journals in PDF format. You can not beat the ability of organizing them and annotating them while not having to spend all the money on ink and paper to print them. Taking notes in class is great, you never run out of paper and you can even record classes with most tablets (internal mic) and match the recordings with the handwritten notes. It's also not as loud as typing your notes during class. If your professor e-mails out powerpoint slides before class, even better, you can open the file and make your notes on the slides by hand.

    As a grad student I give lectures, with my tablet I can emphasize items on my slides and make drawings on slides while giving the lecture, adds a nice level of interaction.

    Tablets have their uses but as someone mentioned above they are not gaming rigs. They are not supposed to be, they are a business tool with specific uses. I love both my laptops. I have the MacBook to run certain programs I need and for that I love my MacBook. For me a tablet is not a gimmick.

    Check out the site I mentioned above.
  14. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    My Dad has an HP one (and a Mac Pro).

    It lets him surf the internet still with his medical issues. The poster above me has some great points too - ones i hadn't thought of!

    For my needs, i don't need one - but they do have their niche.

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