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What is owner opinion on Atom based Win8 tablets?

  1. #11

    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    You gave me my Sunday morning laugh before breakfast -- ...."An i5 can run more than an Atom...." -- Well I suppose a Ferrari can go faster than an old Chevvy Citation or the "Peoples car" from the old East Germany --Trabant.!!

    Don't forget also that very few Atom processors can run in 64 bit mode so that also adds hugely to the applications that won't be capable of working on an Atom processor.

    If you basically just want to surf the net, do email / basic word processing or even some fairly light EXCEL or power point stuff then it will work fine - won't be the fastest system around though.

    You could even play movies / DVD's -- but running anything complex like photoshop with huge files with loads of layers --well just forget it.

    Battery life would be fine -- it really depends on what you want to do on it. -- Don't even THINK about it for serious games though. Spider Solitaire would probably be about the max you could get out of it.


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  2. #12

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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    ...but running anything complex like photoshop with huge files with loads of layers --well just forget it.
    Well, you can, but why would you want to? You can certainly do fairly complex work with Photoshop, albeit slowly; however, and more importantly, if you need to process and deliver photos, you can do some surprising work with Lightroom.
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  3. #13

    Most modern x86 Atoms can run x64, except they are locked by OEM's in the BIOS.
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  4. #14

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    if you guys want an Atom-based Win8 machine (me personally, I still only want Core processors because battery life isn't the main thing for me), the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 got a positive review from Engadget:

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    Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review

    to me, the most impressive aspects are the size and weight of the tablet. it also comes with a nice pen which is nice.
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  5. #15

    That was a pretty shallow review from Engadget. Seems like they were more interested in the Thinkpad name and its looks more than how it performed.

    That said, this was the tablet I really wanted. I love the form factor, the optional dock and the pen being built in. I waited and waited for this thing to go on sale. It was so far behind schedule that when it did release I decided to wait for the Surface to see what it had to offer.

    However, now that the TT2 is out there it has some serious, show stopping issues if you spend a minute or two reading the Lenovo forums. 1) The WiFi is borked 2)The USB is suspect with a lot more stuff than just powered DVD and HDD. 3) the wait is 4+ weeks if your lucky.

    If I could get one with the digitizer tomorrow and knew that the factory wasn't going to screw up installing my wlan then I probably would, but I can't so I continue to weigh the options.
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  6. #16

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    yeah, I don't know how you can use a support forum to judge things. by its very nature, people come to a support forum because they're having a problem. it's a magnet for problems. people don't go to a support forum to talk about their daily activities.

    if you judge by support forums, every product in the world is massively defective, whether it's an apple forum or lenovo forum or whatever.

    and yeah, Engadget's review is typical nowadays especially among the mobile sites. I still wait for the hardware sites like Arstechnica and Anandtech. They do reviews like I expect. Tons of details about the hardware and performance. Sites like Engadget focus more at the consumer level. Their reviewers just don't have a lot of technical expertise. I'm not singling out just Engadget. it's prevalent at Gizmodo, The Verge, etc.
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    I posted this a few days ago:
    AnandTech - Microsoft Surface Pro Review
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  8. #18

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    yeah, I love the guys at Anandtech. they have computer engineering and science backgrounds and it shows in the attention to details with their reviews. same thing with Peter Bright over at Arstechnica. He has such a breadth of knowledge. It's really impressive.

    with a lot of other tech blogs, they're just normal people who get to play with a lot of hardware. they focus on details that normal people see when they play with machines at the store. how it feels in the hand. how long the battery lasts. how bright and colorful the screen is. how the trackpads and the keyboard feel.
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  9. #19

    Yeah, you pretty much named the two blogs, Anandtech and Arstech, that I trust for reviews. I want geek info. Too many blogs are brand whores who treat tablets/laptops like fashion accessories - "oh that's hawt"

    I would never judge a product solely by 'reader reviews' or forum posts but I also wouldn't dismiss them completely. Like blogs, they are best taken with a grain a salt and a prudent ear.
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  10. #20

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    Win8 Pro

    I have a ThinkPad Tablet 2 running Atoms 1.80 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM in a Windows 8 Pro environment. My workhorse apps are Office 2010 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. So far I have not seen any drag in running the programs. I also use the tablet to watch movies on Netflix w/o issues. With the 9-10 hours of battery life, this tablet is coming really close to be my desktop replacement.
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