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Best Solution For Portable Digital Sketchbook?

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I was hoping that the Apple IPad would make a perfect portable digital sketchbook but from what I gather I'm not too sure. It runs the IPhone OS which has Sketchbook Pro Mobile, no Photoshop, and there is no stylus at present.

 

I don't know much about what is on the market so what's the best solution purely for a portable digital sketchbook with Photoshop and Sketchbook pro?

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It's tough right now. The tablet PC market has really fallen apart and while it is still the only real choice for a digital sketchbook, there are fewer large models and less of a push towards new models.

 

Perhaps the Ipad with a capacitive stylus could be viable, but even that lacks the pressure sensitivity that a Wacom digitizer has.

 

Pen and paper on the road is still the way to go.

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The 12" Cintiq is not portable. The tablet itself is small, but it comes with a converter box that requires the AC power, USB + Video which means you'll have a snake of wires + your laptop. It might be "mobile" but definatey not usable on the go.

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I've just been looking at the HP Slate and the Microsoft Courier. It'll be interesting to see what comes of them though the Courier looks like it will have a split screen so may be too small for serious sketching.

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I run a 12" HP pavilion tx 2000 that I bought a year or so ago. Has a built in wacom. Installed a lot of apps, but ultimately CS2/3 lags when I use the tablet, it lags worse than my PC (which also lags a bit in photoshop). And I now sketch mostly on paper still : (

 

Although, it may be useable for what you want, maybe it was just a vista/photoshop thing, maybe a lighter app would work better for a tablet PC.

 

Cheers.

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Personally, I would trawl the used tablet PC market on eBay.

 

About 3 years ago I bought a Toshiba R15 for ~$600 USD, and while it no longer works on battery power, it's been a fantastic tool. It's my only laptop, so I appreciate the portable form factor, but if you're primarily looking for a tool for sketching on the go, the Motion LE1700 slate tablet is probably your best bet. Compact (high quality 12.1" screen) and light, but it has a modern processor (Core 2 Duo). It won't be super fast, but for sketching it should be more than adequate.

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Interesting stuff. I'm in no rush so I'll wait and see what comes of the new tablets this year. There seems to be a load on the horizon so it should be interesting.

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