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I am going to college this fall and was wondering if you guys had any suggestions about a good tablet pc. I am planning on majoring in computer science, so it would have to be powerful enough to handle all the programming stuff. I would also prefer one that has decent Linux support, however this is not completely critical, I can use Windows if I need to.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Linux + tablet pc = problems

I've seen a few people in my classes using tablets, they are usually the normal laptops where the screen flips around and the display tilts so you can write on it like a normal piece of paper.

The most common brand I've seen is Lenovo (formerly from IBM). They are known for their good quality and are probably your best bet, but they are pricey.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...67E79E0E7C9A2D
    
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Toshiba makes great Tablet PCs! I have a Portege M400, and recently the M700 has been released. It has a great feature set and for a decent price. Any decent tablet PC will probably be around $1500-$2000, and these fall in that range. Check them out:

Toshiba Tablet PC List

Among new features on the M700 are: Wireless N support, touch screen without digitizer (can use fingers), and Core 2 Duo CPUs

One thing I would recommend: get the bare minimum RAM that you can from Toshiba and upgrade yourself. All you have to do is pop out the keyboard and the RAM slots are right underneath. They rape you with RAM and it's a very easy thing to upgrade. You might consider that for hard drives, too.

Lenovo's are solid, but I think Toshiba's are a bit more stylish and cost effective. There are other brands to check out. Also, visit http://www.studenttabletpc.com. Lots of information for students using tablets!
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