Just glanced over it real quick...nice review there Surface...and I am now a proud and satisfied owner of a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet. Bought it as a Christmas gift for myself...sorta, basically I have been saving up for something ever since the HTC Flyer hit shelves...I did buy one and tried it out for two days but the implementation of the pen was very nearly useless for anything other than notes and crude pie charts. I returned it and saved my money for a while.
As stated earlier the pen works everywhere on the Lenovo and while I am happy with my purchase...I'll be happier still when the Android 4 update is released, sadly I have noticed a few bugs but all easily overlooked for the pen's utility.
Er... sorry? Why did you copy and paste my own post back in..? I'm confused.
Originally Posted by Graci33rt
Thanks for the reply! I'm having a hardware issue with the slate I purchased, and am probably going to return it. Do you think the Thinkpad Tablet would be a good alternative for a compact digital sketchpad?
Low-end tablet pc's are thicker/heavier no doubt, and the battery life won't get you away from an outlet for very long. But they might make up for it in savings. I picked up a Motion LE1600 off Ebay for less than $250, and that was with Win7 and Office 2010. Pair that with a 7" Nook Color (rooted, of course) and a copy of Sketchbook Mobile and you've got a pretty good sketch-on-the go, finish-at-home setup that's actually less than the Thinkpad Tablet.
How's the responsiveness of LE1600? Most modern tablets I tried were laggy.
I found this comment on youtube and they claimed there was no lag
"We use it with Manga Studio EX ($150) for graphic novels and book illustrations, and the performance is simply fantastic, for only $300+. LE1600/1700 are great replacements for any tablet PC for artists, incl. the great Wacom Cintiq 12WX ($999). The trick is in the Win XP Tablet Edition, which isn't as RAM-hungry as Vista or Win 7. Only with 1.5 GB and 30 GB hard drive, it works like a rocket and never lags the cursor movements at drawing or crosshatching."
Would you recommend a dual core LE1700 over a single 1600? I plan to use SAI on it.
I have had a bit of time to use the recently purchased Lenovo tablet, this is running android os, so its not a laptop/tablet that runs windows, it was easy to use straight away, quite intuitive you could say,its light, compact, and has a decent battery life.
My main reason for buying this tablet was for the ability to use it as a Sketchbook, I was very close to getting a cintiq but opted for this instead because of its portability and versatility, I got my hands on Photoshop touch for under $10 from android market, I was disapointed with it straight away, the line quality is quite bad, seems like there's no anti-aliasing, I've looked around to find possibly more options but unfortunately could not find anything that made the lines cleaner, I'm surprised the op got such good results.
So I downloaded Sketchbook pro, thought I'd give it a try for under $5, t was a very good idea because the line quality is there, this is quite a good alternative to Photoshop touch, the only issues are; inability to crop, unable to set canvas size, could not find an eye dropper tool (please let me know if there is a way).
I've found myself using the tablet as a replacement to my laptop because its so simple and efficient to use, I'm not certain that its practical for serious digital painting projects but for sketching its quite alright. The programs I mentioned above will need some further upgrades, what PS touch has sketch up lacks and vice-versa. I hope my short review was helpful.
I just found the eye drop tool in sketch up, was there all along, still no crop tool though and from what I've read no one else has discovered the tool.
Anyways I failed to mention that when using the tablet for drawing, if your not careful, tablet will register palm as input and cause some mistakes, I've noticed that its better to first touch the screen with the stylus before putting palm down.
Anyhow I'd very much like to hear your review pav, thanks.
I tested the ThinkPad Tablet in the field today, I tried to paint the mall scene in Photoshop Touch and it was a quite painful experience with a blurry image at the end.
The hardware is ok, the screen feels numb sometimes but does the job, the software on the other hand is not there yet, at least on Android.
Technically non of these is designed for an artist, the tablet is meant for hand writing and the Photoshop Touch is geared towards a basic photo editing. Acquiring colors was hard, a painting program needs a color wheel that would stay on screen all the time and I wish the Thinkpad pen button could get programmed as a color picker.
For now I'd stick with a laptop+wacom tablet combo and maybe look at Apple offerings.
Hello. Interested in the LE1700. Is it equal or better than a cintiq for drawing?
How is the screen quality? Contrast and so on. And is there any lag when you draw in spite of the 4gig ram?
I have just started painting and going to an art school this fall so I'm seriously thinking about this. Is this the best digital technology for life painting/drawing right now? I really wan't to be able to bring it with me to paint on location. Is this just a fun thing is it better to just use acrylics?
Sketchbook Pro is not a painting app either, I don't get why every app insists on color swatches instead of a full color wheel. Will try other less knowns app such as Peintureroid.
Not a painting app? I'll admit it's not perfect but then I'm not sure any of them are...have you experimented with different brush settings? You do realize that in SBPro you can change any of the default brushes by opening up the brush window and tapping the little icon to the right of the brush and bucket tool buttons, yes? And again it does have a color wheel....maybe not one you are expecting but you aren't limited to just the swatches pallet. Okay, okay...it's not a true color wheel...but then not even PS has that prior to CS5 (does it even now?) without a plugin. SBPro even has layers.
Peintureroid is actually pretty kewl but I'm not sure if it supports the pen pressure on the Lenovo...haven't tried it since getting the TPT, though I did use it on the Acer I had before my TPT.