HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC

Posted on August 25, 2006 in News

Another new addition to the family, that is on the technology front. I’ve recently purchased an HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC. I’ve been toying with the idea of buying a tablet for quite some time now and have finally taken the plunge. I bought the Tablet PC mainly for it’s portability and also for it’s note taking capability. I’m using Microsoft OneNote in conjunction with the other features provided by the Windows XP Tablet PC 2005 Operating System to help me document stuff better. This particular Tablet PC is a combo, that is, you can use it as a normal laptop or as a Tablet as illustrated in the pics below.

Hp Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC in Laptop ModeHp Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC in Tablet Mode

If you’re thinking of getting a tablet PC you should check out the Top 10 Benefits as listed by Microsoft :

  1. Simply the best mobile PC ever
  2. Interact with people, not your PC
  3. Take notes easily
  4. A truly personal computer
  5. Make comments quickly and naturally
  6. Easily convert handwriting to typed text
  7. …or don’t bother to convert handwriting to text
  8. Rely on all the benefits of Windows XP
  9. Take advantage of Tablet PC-enabled software
  10. Use the Tablet PC in Multiple Languages

Other programmes that are quite useful on this platform are MindManager, Microsoft Outlook and FeedDemon (blog reading client software). With the tablet you can sort and read blog entries and e-mail a lot quicker. In terms of specs I went for something that had a very basic configuration since I already have another laptop that is pretty powerful but not as portable as the tablet. High level specs are as follows:

  • Hard disk: 60GB
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Processor: 1.66Ghz

You’ll find what I would describe as an accurate view of the HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC’s capabilities here on ZDNet. I’ve owned/used a lot of laptops but this laptop has an interesting feature I’ve never seen in use on any other laptops, namely an Ambient Light Sensor. This is a small sensor which detects the level of surrounding light and adjusts the screen brightness accordingly. One of the other things I like about the Tablet is you can choose to work in either Portrait or Landscape mode by rotating the screen.

So, I now have 5 screens to look at in my home office as shown below, namely an HP Pavilion zd7020US Notebook PC, Desktop PC, 14” TV , HP Compaq tc4200 Tablet PC and my work IBM X40. Great if you want to multi-task.

Richard Byroms Home Office
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