Looking for a desktop with tablet functionality

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eire1274
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This one is kind of a weird issue. What I need is an all-in-one desktop PC, 20" or larger display size, that is penabled. As in, supports pen input.

I just went on a hike through Lenovo and Acer via their in-house sales people, and both directed me to high-end big-display lots of point touch systems, but that isn't what I am after. What my client wants is something that is a full-fledged PC, with functionality similar to the Wacom Cintiq series. She is currently using a 20" Cintiq with a laptop, but want's to compress to one piece of hardware rather than a couple cabled together.

MOST tablet-notebook systems use tracking systems that can be adapted to Wacom or other brand digitizer pens, but you can't find them in large display sizes. I have seen a desktop PC packaged with a Wacom pen over at Nebraska Furniture Mart's PC showroom, but they have long since sold out and nobody has any clue who made it. Apparently somebody ordered he wrong machine, so they only had them for a few weeks until it sold out. It was never a stocked part.

I've seen kits where you can take the film out of a Wacom tablet and fix it over the display, which can be done on an all-in-one, too, but this just isn't in what I want to even consider doing. I need something off-the-self.

Nick McDermott

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There's a lot of multitouch all in one pc, but with pen enabled ??? The only one that i know is the iOne H5
and i don't think it's the same "stylus" pen sensibility (the Wacom Cintiq is 2048 pressure levels)
Also i don't know how much it will cost to you and if you can buy only one cause they seems to build for companies/hospitals...

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I've worked with those before at a local medical office. The pen isn't pressure sensitive, and just reacts with a capacitive sensor, like an Android or iOS tablet. They are also STUPID EXPENSIVE.

What I need is something with an active digitizer AND pressure sensitivity, but this may have been just a one-off machine, which sucks because I imagine it would have a dedicated market.

Nick McDermott

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yeah for sure... Really, i don't have see a lot of devices like that (mainly the Wacom ones...) I'll continue to search in hope to find something ;)

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3dGameMan wrote: Acer has the Z3: http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series/z3

& the Z5 line: http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/series/z5

The gal at Acer pointed me to those, but couldn't provide any pen information at all. Do you know what pens are compatible?

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After a long conversation with Acer, it turns out that the Z3 and Z5 are "penabled" using a conductive metal stylus. Just like an iPad. Not what I want, as there is no pressure sensitivity or linkability with a pressure-rated stylus.

I did find out what NFM had. It was the KDS "VisBoard" 21" (link to the 19" that NewEgg used to carry) which was packaged with a Core2Duo micro-PC attached to the back. Long since discontinued.

Nick McDermott

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Okay, got a solution. Gee, what fun.

Anyway, looks like the initial build will be a Yiynova MSP19 Tablet LCD (I've used one before, really slick and Wacom-like) coupled with a Lenovo ThinkCentre M72e microPC kit. Everything will bundle up nicely, thanks to Yiynova maintaining a VESA bracket on their tablets; just snap the stand off, mount the PC bracket, and mount the stand to it.

Granted, this is only 19", so slightly smaller than the request, but it strikes me as odd that this type of device is so hard to find! Yiynova has just released a 24" version, but it hasn't made it state-side yet. However, at an expected $900 price, buying the 19" ($500) AND the 24" ($900) AND the PC ($550) is STILL CHEAPER ($1950) than buying a large Wacom Cintiq, as the 22" hits $2000 WITHOUT A PC, and the 24" at $2600! Geez!

Why don't I get clients who want normal stuff these days?

Nick McDermott