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Hey guys!

I'm a 15 year old high school student in Australia, and I find it clumsy studying on my desktop which I usually use for tasks such as playing games and other things.
I am looking for an almost silent solution which allows me to:

do my school work,
browse the internet,
mucking around with a few games/apps (rarely)
edit word documents
read word documents/notes for studying

and the main thing is that I would like to keep myself organized (I've tried the diary and it just doesn't work for me that is


The reason why I do not want to use my desktop as often for studying is that it strains my eyes and it's awkward as my parents choose to place the computers of the house in a place where they can see what me and my siblings are doing.

I just want a silent and snappy solution which allows me to do the listed things.

Do you guys think it is worthit? It's selling in Australia for around $489.

Please leave comments! Thanks guys!
post #2 of 23
If you're looking to do homework, you might want to consider the Asus Eee Transformer, with it's detachable keyboard/laptop dock/thingy.

EDIT: mWave is stocking it: http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-54010123...B_Storage_10_1

EDIT2: More expensive, but bundled with the keyboard dock: http://www.techrific.com.au/notebook...c-141_185.html
Edited by brodie337 - 8/21/11 at 2:42am
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Ah, the thing is it that I have already taken a look at the Asus transformer tablets and I have actually went to tech stores to take a peep at some of them. They are very light and slim I have to say.

But the thing is, I don't think I will be purchasing the detachable keyboard as my budget is $500 and under.

The keyboard itself is $230 looking at the shop you linked me to, just for the keyboard it doesn't look very worthit (yes I know it kicks the battery life up but it's just a little too expensive for me)

Is the Asus transformer superior in performance than the A500?
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Originally Posted by brodie337 View Post

EDIT2: More expensive, but bundled with the keyboard dock: http://www.techrific.com.au/notebook...c-141_185.html
Thanks very much! This makes me reconsider now, it may be worth it but is the keyboard a real bonus?

EDIT: A review here and the people commenting all scream out that the Acer Iconia A500 is much superior than the Asus transformer in build quality and hardware performance.

http://technidroid.com/reviews/acer-...s-transformer/
Edited by LokSupguller - 8/21/11 at 3:38am
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^ Keyboard is a real treat, considering it adds more battery life, a USB port, and an extra SD card slot for $150. I'd say its performance is quite on par with the Iconia, judging by my experiences. Also, custom ROMs are available for Honeycomb devices so you will see performance boosts when you root your tablet.
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Originally Posted by LokSupguller View Post
Thanks very much! This makes me reconsider now, it may be worth it but is the keyboard a real bonus?

EDIT: A review here and the people commenting all scream out that the Acer Iconia A500 is much superior than the Asus transformer in build quality and hardware performance.

http://technidroid.com/reviews/acer-...s-transformer/
Yes that is correct. I have owned both the Asus EEE pad transformer TF101 16gb, and the Acer Iconia A500 16gb and the difference in design quality is remarkable. I suggest going hands on with both of them at a local business before making a decision.
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Originally Posted by LokSupguller View Post
Thanks very much! This makes me reconsider now, it may be worth it but is the keyboard a real bonus?

EDIT: A review here and the people commenting all scream out that the Acer Iconia A500 is much superior than the Asus transformer in build quality and hardware performance.

http://technidroid.com/reviews/acer-...s-transformer/
They are full of crap, performance wise. The transformer, if anything, has an edge. See, asus actually updates the thing. Is the Acer even on 3.1 yet? The TF is 3.2. Asus is actually almost always right behind the XOOM, the dev platform for honeycomb, in regard to updates. Not bad at all.

As for build, I'd give that to the Acer. Not massively, but it is there.

Either one you get, you will need a keyboard for word editing. Transformer is designed to work with one. You can get a bluetooth keyboard for either however.
    
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No one is mentioning the hp touchpad? Okay..
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No one is mentioning the hp touchpad? Okay..
The touchpad has no way to do some of what he wants, such as word editing. It was at one point, a promised update, but now...?

Besides, he's in Austrailia, I haven't heard of them lowering price on the touchpad. Have they?
    
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They are full of crap, performance wise. The transformer, if anything, has an edge. See, asus actually updates the thing. Is the Acer even on 3.1 yet? The TF is 3.2. Asus is actually almost always right behind the XOOM, the dev platform for honeycomb, in regard to updates. Not bad at all.

Either one you get, you will need a keyboard for word editing. Transformer is designed to work with one. You can get a bluetooth keyboard for either however.
Thanks for the info dude (:
But people have said you can attach a keyboard (usb keyboard) into the Acer Iconia A500 through the full-size USB port and it works perfectly. I'll probably buy a Microsoft ARC keyboard and do typing on the A500 with it.

The keyboard dock for the Asus transformer just goes over my budget really, my budget is $500 under.

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I suggest going hands on with both of them at a local business before making a decision.
I actually have! I met the A500 in officeworks and fell in love with it on first sight I just loved using it when I was at the store! The interface was beautiful and touch screen response was snappy and very good.

As for the Asus Transformer TF101, I've tagged along with my parents when they purchased a vaccuum cleaner and surprisingly one of these were on display. The entire tablet felt... eh I guess it felt very flimsy compared to the A500. I guess this maybe because it's meant to have the ability to attach to the keyboard dock and act as a screen.
The Tablet was locked by the technology store so I didn't have a chance to actually look into the tablet and see the interface in person.

So I can't totally say the Acer is superior in things, but a review I read says that the A500 is the champion performance wise.

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Originally Posted by jjsoviet View Post
^ Keyboard is a real treat, considering it adds more battery life, a USB port, and an extra SD card slot for $150.
I don't really care about the extra battery life as such, the A500 offers 9 hours and I only need it for school times and at home when I'm flipping through notes I've made.
The Acer A500 already has a USB port available, and yes I know it has 2 but I don't really need it because if I need to transfer files I will do it through a SD card from my laptop and PC and camera.

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Also, custom ROMs are available for Honeycomb devices so you will see performance boosts when you root your tablet.
Root my tablet? Will you care to explain? (please )
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