Thanks to the Microsoft Surface tablets (seen below), everyone is talking about all the new Windows 8 tablets that will soon be arriving. We are excited about them because it looks like manufacturers are moving in the direction we want. Namely, most of these new Windows 8 tablets having attachable keyboards for data input and they seem to be trending towards the good Wacom digitizing pens and away from the weaker N-Trig pens that we find glitchy. And all of these improvements are coming in light, thin, battery-sipping packages that are priced under $1000!
Clearly we haven't tested them all yet, and you'll need to stay tuned at we give you our opinions of each of the new machines we find acceptable. One tip we can share with you now is this. You will need to be careful with Windows RT and go for FULL WINDOWS 8! You will be tempted by RT tablets' lower prices, but in this case you really do get what you pay for. Windows RT is a significantly dumbed-down operating system for slower, cheaper processors. Although Windows RT has handwriting recognition and you can input text using your finger as a substitute stylus, most of the cheaper Windows RT tablets will not offer or ship with digital styluses. You'll need to bump up to full Windows 8 to get a good system with an integrated stylus, a feature which is critical to the performance of Active Ink.
Never fear, though. It looks as though you will be able to get a full Windows 8 tablet with the good Wacom digitizing stylus for just over $500. Dell's Latitude 10 (seen below) is ready to ship at a start price of just $649. And nearly all of the Windows 8 tablets and ultrabook variants we've looked at so far have a stylus option. When you combine this with the greatly improved keyboard/covers that they offer, they make for great Active Ink platforms