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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 272 272

How about an expectation of not having a drone fall out of the sky and land on my head? I don't have anything against drones, just against the many idiots in this world who could easily buy one.

What's wrong with flying your drone in a place where nobody'll be annoyed by it? I don't drive my motorcycle through the park, so keep your drones out too.

Comment Re:Rather than extra battery how about a power cor (Score 1) 79 79

You know they sell additional "power bricks", right? I carry a small one for my Thinkpad in my messenger bag and it adds something like 200g to my loadout. The ones for the Broadwell Thinkpads are even smaller...

As for 6 hours of battery life: That's roughly where we're at for modern machines (say since Sandy Bridge) with ~100Wh of battery power at medium-high load with network connectivity and high display brightness. A W550s would fit the bill... and it's not really that heavy.

Comment Re:this is a watershed event (Score 1) 195 195

Many laptops these days can only fit 7mm high drives. This has been the case for years now... even my Thinkpad X220 only has a 7mm slot (you can get a 9.5mm high drive in there, but it's a squeeze and you need to remove the keyboard and palmrest assembly IIRC).

Comment Re:Just in time (Score 1) 189 189

What? Of course not. The laptop formfactor was never comfortable nor desirable to use from the lap. It was a screen with a keyboard.

I disagree with that... completely. Crappy laptops have never been comfortable or desirable for actual lap usage (trackpads too close to the edge making you have to hold your hand way crooked when the thing's in your lap, too much heat dissipation over the bottom of a full-metal chassis/casing, crappy battery life), but well-designed ones take this stuff into account and are awesome for this. Take classic Thinkpads for instance - well-proportioned cooling systems, long battery life, and the trackpoint is far enough away from the bottom edge of the machine that you can very comfortably use it with the device on your lap.

The ideal part of that is that it could stand on a table and type long narratives with. ... kind of like I'm doing now from my Surface, something I completely wouldn't bother with when using a phone or an iPad.

Why is that? My mom has had an iPad since the first one came out, and soon added a flip-style keyboard case - pretty much the same as the Surface series. She types up thousand-page documents on that thing (mostly translations of books), and the keyboard is no worse than the Surface type covers.

One man's unusable is another man's killer feature

I suppose so. I still use the Ethernet and VGA ports on my laptop regularly :D

Comment Re:Just in time (Score 1) 189 189

It is a hybrid that takes the best of the laptop and tablet form-factors and combines them. It is called and sold as a tablet.

And the best of the laptop form factor somehow doesn't include the ability for the screen to, well, stand on its own at any angle you want?

I completely disagree with this statement. Surface-style devices are at best, as you've stated yourself, tablets with bolt-on keyboards to make them less useless. As tablets, they're fine - I can't think of any better device for viewing a PDF and taking notes at the same time... hell, I'm doing exactly that on my Win8.1 tablet right now.

But anything that requires a keyboard, well, I'm grabbing a proper laptop.

Comment Re:Just in time (Score 1) 189 189

I differ ... typing this on a surface pro.

Have you tried one?

Yeah, I've tried one. And multiple clones. And you know what the biggest problem is when compared to a traditional laptop? The fucking hinge.

I mostly use my laptop (currently an X220 - until Lenovo releases new devices with a decent keyboard layout, I'll probably be sticking with this, too...) without a table - in the back yard, on the train, on the couch, in bed... the #1 most important component is the hinge that keeps the screen from falling over - it's what separates the laptop form factor from tablet + kickstand + keyboard.

And after using a Surface Pro 3 for a week (I was trying to replace the X220 and my note-taking Win8.1 ATIV Smart PC tablet with a single SP3), I've come to the conclusion that the SP3 is completely useless out-and-about unless you use it without the keyboard - and then, well, you don't have a keyboard. I found myself carrying a 3 pound book (seriously, a big atlas from my high school days) around my appartment just so I'd have something to put the damned SP3 on without having to worry about it falling over every time I move even one muscle.

It's a LAPtop. Don't take away the functionality that makes it so.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 2, Informative) 191 191

OK, from the top then :D

Traditional tablet PCs with WACOM styluses have existed for ages - over 10 years. They use an active digitizer (built into the screen) combined with an inductive stylus, which has a pressure-sensitive tip and does not require a battery. It's the same technology WACOM uses for its separate graphics tablets, which is why the pens are, in many cases, interchangeable - I can use the pen from my graphics tablet for my tablet PC (in this case, a Samsung ATIV Smart PC tablet), for instance. This technology is highly accurate, works across the entire system (due to presenting as a [PS2 or similar] pointing device) and is highly compatible with all existing software. Many Windows and Android devices come with this hardware built in... others (such as Microsoft for their Surface line) have switched to WACOM's main competitor for these products, N-Trig - even more accurate, but require batteries in the pens AFAIK.

iOS devices such as iPads have no such hardware built in - they have a "fat finger" capacitive touch display and no native palm rejection due to the fact that if you turn off the capacitive touchscreen, well, you lose all input - WACOM systems automatically turn off the capacitive touch when the stylus comes within a few centimeters of the digitizer screen, which incidentally also allows hovering over the screen with the stylus as a pointing device. The workaround palm rejection algorithms in these "let's use capacitive touch as a crutch for a stylus" devices and apps are almost always universally horrible. I'm hoping WACOM figured out something better for the product you mentioned, but I kinda doubt it.

The accuracy is also quite horrendous - with most iPad styluses, you wouldn't be much worse off using a hot-dog instead.

Hence the complicated workaround for iOS with Bluetooth (for the pressure sensitivity) and the very slow performance - take a look here for instance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

I dunno about you, but while the reviewer keeps talking about fast performance, I'd pretty much be pulling my hair out. That might be because of that Bamboo drawing app on the iPad though, and not because the Bluetooth connection is lagging (although that's a possibility too!).

Comment Re:Cool (Score 2) 191 191

That's an edge case - a special product that doesn't work system-wide - and not a traditional WACOM stylus - the latter requires an active digitizer panel integrated in the screen, which iOS devices simply do not have. There's an entirely different level of accuracy involved, and the iOS version of the product only works with certain apps.

Traditional "real" WACOM styli work system-wide... everywhere you can use a pointing device. And they have absolute positioning on screen.

I am intrigued though - I wonder how the iOS version of the product works, since they're missing an elementary part of the system they usually use (the digitizer in the screen).

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