After having a 17″ laptop, I thought it would be hard to use a 12″ tablet PC, but I was wrong. It’s light, it’s handy and it’s tough.
The Gateway E155C combines top-of-the-line technology with its touch screen, its digitized pen, it’s fingerprint security option, and its swivel screen, for a computer experience that is close to perfect.
Since I’ve gotten the tablet PC, I’ve had to install and uninstall several programs, and I’ve done so without any issues. In addition, I’ve taken it with me while out of town for two weeks, where it got jostled, sucked up more dust than a computer should, utilized by my 13-year-old, was charged in a 21-foot camper trailer, was left in a hot truck, hauled around in a purse and more.
It’s a trooper. I couldn’t ask it to do anymore.
The wireless option isn’t new to hard core computer users, but it was new to me, and I’ll never be without a wireless computer again. In fact, to hard core computer users, the digitized pen wouldn’t be that “new” either, but to me it was something right out of a movie. I love being able to draw on the computer. I love being able to write my notes out and brainstorm in different colors. The option to highlight while reading text is handy. The usefulness of this PC for students/teenagers is enormous. It’s functional, but a fun size and good looking. Meaning, a student can actually have fun while learning. I plan to get my own teenager one for her first laptop computer (no, I’m not sharing).
The digitized pen allows the user to write right on the screen, creating graphs, handwriting notes, or simply cruising Email, it’s as easy as pointing the pen. The screen also has touch ability, which I’ve not really used yet, as I don’t have any software that utilizes a touch the screen.
Being able to swivel the screen 180 degrees is beyond handy. I can literally sit on the couch with the family and the tablet isn’t any bigger than a standard paper notebook on my lap. This is a handy feature for a writer who might find themselves anywhere in the world, and where adding a mouse or an external keyboard would not be an option.
If I had a complaint, it would be that the tablet comes loaded with Microsoft Works. I didn’t realize Works was even still around. I hate it, but I can’t find my copy of Word to uninstall the one and install the other, but it will take time. In addition, the Symantec security software shorted out somehow and I couldn’t get to my Yahoo mail page. It took awhile to uninstall Symantec, but I finally got it done and the problem was gone. I’ve also tried to use the system restore (due to the Yahoo mail problem, before I realized it was a Symantec issue) and it did not work. I’m still not sure why.
On to Gateway Tech Support: Wow. I got through after a ten minute wait. Which, as most of you know, is not a long time to be “holding.” I got a person who was helpful, not sarcastic in the least bit, and best of all, an American. I personally detest getting tech support of any kind from people in another country when our own country has such high unemployment. To me, having techs in North America is a huge selling point. The guy actually helped me – on the first and only phone call — (Symantec issue) and I was off and running again.
I give this tablet PC five stars, or ten stars, or whatever type of star system you want to think of when you think “Maybe I should look into this.”