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Title: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tim Weaver on January 23, 2011, 05:42:23 pm
I need a new tablet. This will be my dedicated audio pc so it will need to run things like System Architect, Studio Manager, Smaart, and anything else audio related as well. I will be remote mixing with it so ergonomics and battery life play an important role in the decision as well.

What would you buy for yourself?


Thanks,
-=Tim=-
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 23, 2011, 05:47:46 pm
I need a new tablet. This will be my dedicated audio pc so it will need to run things like System Architect, Studio Manager, Smaart, and anything else audio related as well. I will be remote mixing with it so ergonomics and battery life play an important role in the decision as well.

I wouldn't buy a tablet to run all those applications. I'd buy a laptop or rack mount computer for that and use a small, light tablet to VNC into the wired computer running the apps. In my case that would be an iPad, but there are other alternatives in the pipeline if you don't want an iPad.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Gregor Buser on January 23, 2011, 06:32:43 pm
I have an acer 1820 PTZ, witch is a convertible. Best gadget I ever bought, except for the reflecting screen, but with a non reflecting screen foil it is ok.
Lots of power for this size, up to 7h of battery life, great screen resolution and only 1.7kg.
I don't know if you still can get it, since they replaced it with 1825 witch has a capacitive screen and therefore isn't controllable by a pen. Capacitive reacts better but try adjusting studio manager with you fingers...!
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 23, 2011, 06:43:23 pm
I don't know if you still can get it, since they replaced it with 1825 witch has a capacitive screen and therefore isn't controllable by a pen. Capacitive reacts better but try adjusting studio manager with you fingers...!

You can get both a capacitive stylus, and a pair of gloves with small capacitive buttons on each finger for finer control of multitouch devices than fat fingers.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Justice C. Bigler on January 23, 2011, 07:24:04 pm
We have a Motion LE1700 tablet for remote control of our PM5Ds and our XTA network and Galileo access.

I agree with Mac, get a real computer for all the heavy stuff like Smaart and use the table for remote control when you need to walk the room or stage.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tim Weaver on January 23, 2011, 07:37:55 pm
I wouldn't buy a tablet to run all those applications. I'd buy a laptop or rack mount computer for that and use a small, light tablet to VNC into the wired computer running the apps. In my case that would be an iPad, but there are other alternatives in the pipeline if you don't want an iPad.

Mac

Let's say that I will be using the tablet only. This will be my carry-on solution that goes with me in a briefcase with my cans and a change of socks. Primary concern will be remote mixing and system tweakage. running System Architect or various DSP gui's shouldn't be too hard of a task. Smaart may or may not make it on this computer.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 23, 2011, 07:54:38 pm
Let's say that I will be using the tablet only. This will be my carry-on solution that goes with me in a briefcase with my cans and a change of socks. Primary concern will be remote mixing and system tweakage. running System Architect or various DSP gui's shouldn't be too hard of a task. Smaart may or may not make it on this computer.

I think that is not a good solution when you are on the road. That means you are limited to the tablet for all your computing. Since Windows is not a tablet based OS, and most general applications are not tablet focussed it is going to be harder to do all the other things you might do with a computer. A tablet like an iPad or Galaxy Tab weighs almost nothing, is very thin, an will be almost unnoticed in your bag. It will have better battery life than a Windows tablet, I get a full day of off and on web surfing on a charge with my iPad, and I can watch movies on a plane or bus, or read books on it. When I want to type, or have a computer hard wired to my gear so it doesn't have to reconnect for an RF dropout, I have my regular laptop.

The pair don't have to weigh much more than the Windows tablet and they will be much more convenient and flexible.

Mac

ps. Smaart on a tablet seems silly, since you need to have at least 2 audio cables attached to the computer anyway. A base station computer and a VNC tablet seems much more useful.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Gareth Marsh on January 24, 2011, 01:43:01 am
I think that is not a good solution when you are on the road. That means you are limited to the tablet for all your computing. Since Windows is not a tablet based OS, and most general applications are not tablet focussed it is going to be harder to do all the other things you might do with a computer. A tablet like an iPad or Galaxy Tab weighs almost nothing, is very thin, an will be almost unnoticed in your bag. It will have better battery life than a Windows tablet, I get a full day of off and on web surfing on a charge with my iPad, and I can watch movies on a plane or bus, or read books on it. When I want to type, or have a computer hard wired to my gear so it doesn't have to reconnect for an RF dropout, I have my regular laptop.

The pair don't have to weigh much more than the Windows tablet and they will be much more convenient and flexible.

Mac

ps. Smaart on a tablet seems silly, since you need to have at least 2 audio cables attached to the computer anyway. A base station computer and a VNC tablet seems much more useful.


The laptop route is how I went about it.

Laptops with plenty of grunt are a lot cheaper than tablets (where I am anyway), and you can hold an iPad or similar so easily in one hand and the touch interface really is good. VNC does lag slightly with the display but commands happen pretty much instantly.

A bonus is that you can get the kindle app for the iPad and loads of games for it and that sorts your entertainment for the flights too!


Gareth
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Steve Dumont on January 24, 2011, 01:50:32 am
I have also been using a LE1700 as a remote for a laptop with great success.  I have also tried it as a direct controller for system architect.  Works fine in a pinch but.....

The main problem that I have encountered with SysArch and the tablet direct is that if you lose your wifi link for a second (ie going thru a lobby to get to a balcony) it takes a while for all your devices to re-connect and be controllable again.  This is of course a hassle but the bigger pitfall is that if you do not have your main amp screen visible (using custom panels etc) you don't necessarily know that you are not actually controlling anything until the amps connect again and want to sync.

Having smaart available on the tablet is quite handy for setting delay times on larger system.  Wireless measurement mic + tablet makes it easy to walk around setting delay times as you sit in the location you are measuring.  If you also have console control you can kill the pink and open a mic or music to verify by ear that you like the results.

Mac, how has the Ipad worked out for you?  One of the things that has kept me from trying it is that I like the fact that I can only make changes with the pen.  It seems like a much greater potential to change things by accident with a capacitive screen / fingers.

Steve

Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 24, 2011, 09:52:49 am
Having smaart available on the tablet is quite handy for setting delay times on larger system.  Wireless measurement mic + tablet makes it easy to walk around setting delay times as you sit in the location you are measuring.  If you also have console control you can kill the pink and open a mic or music to verify by ear that you like the results.

Mac, how has the Ipad worked out for you?  One of the things that has kept me from trying it is that I like the fact that I can only make changes with the pen.  It seems like a much greater potential to change things by accident with a capacitive screen / fingers.

Steve

I can see a wireless measurement mic going into the tablet, how does the reference signal get there?

The iPad has worked out great for me. I am typing this response on it. I have not used it much on shows because work has been slow, but I have used StageMix to set up fill mixes while sitting in the pattern listening, and a little eq.

Fat finger control is fine, although you can get a stylus if you want one. The stylus can't do multitouch though. I have read maybe a dozen books on it, watched some movies, played some games, handled a ton of email, and spent time here at PSW. Over all, I couldn't be happier with it.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Steve Dumont on January 24, 2011, 11:18:25 am
When I use Smaart / tablet it is always when using remote desktop to a PC at FOH.  Network is generally all wired except a wifi access point @ FOH for the tablet.

Reference Ch and wireless receiver from the measurement mic are tied into a USB Pre  which is wired to the laptop.  Tablet RDC to the laptop.
Refresh rate can be a bit laggy for Smaart if your WiFi link is not great but impulse and transfer response is plenty good for doing system setup.

Using it with a standalone tablet would indeed present a wiring problem.

Steve
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 24, 2011, 12:02:01 pm
Taking this one more step, i am typing this using my iPad connected via VNC to my laptop. response seems fine, although controlling a non-touch interface via touchscreen is not as slick as using apps designed for iPad. but I can be in the bedroom working from the computer in the living room.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Jay Barracato on January 24, 2011, 01:06:50 pm
I wouldn't buy a tablet to run all those applications. I'd buy a laptop or rack mount computer for that and use a small, light tablet to VNC into the wired computer running the apps. In my case that would be an iPad, but there are other alternatives in the pipeline if you don't want an iPad.

Mac

Many of those alternatives especially at the low to mid price range (competing with Ipad) seem to be going with Android as an operating system. I don't know enough about what is available for Android to know if that is meaningful.

I am thinking of forgoing the touch screen and setting up a netbook with my audio stuff.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Paul Lipp on January 24, 2011, 02:02:51 pm
Im currently using a Motion computing M1300, which is alittle old, but runs great; I have Sys Architect, Studio manager, cobranet manager and chamsys running on here without any problem... all on a 1ghz 2gb computer,  to speed it up a bit I may put in a SSD drive, but everything runs flawlessly over wifi.

Mac's vnc into rack solution is what I use at work, and is alittle more stable... if your battery goes dead or god forbid you BSD, whatever your running is now shot.. and in my case, I have lighting running on my tablet, which would blow, I havent decided what to do about this yet, I havent done a show with lights on it yet, but im sure it will happen before I have a permanent solution.

Hope it helps..
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tom Reid on January 24, 2011, 03:36:03 pm
I think that is not a good solution when you are on the road. That means you are limited to the tablet for all your computing. Since Windows is not a tablet based OS, and most general applications are not tablet focussed it is going to be harder to do all the other things you might do with a computer. A tablet like an iPad or Galaxy Tab weighs almost nothing, is very thin, an will be almost unnoticed in your bag. It will have better battery life than a Windows tablet, I get a full day of off and on web surfing on a charge with my iPad, and I can watch movies on a plane or bus, or read books on it. When I want to type, or have a computer hard wired to my gear so it doesn't have to reconnect for an RF dropout, I have my regular laptop.

The pair don't have to weigh much more than the Windows tablet and they will be much more convenient and flexible.

Mac

ps. Smaart on a tablet seems silly, since you need to have at least 2 audio cables attached to the computer anyway. A base station computer and a VNC tablet seems much more useful.

Mac hints to something we called Thin Client computing back in the 80s.  The idea was you had horsepower somewhere deep in the IT jungle, and you accessed that horsepower via a lightweight client.  This worked fine with the usual caveats of network reliability, application scalability, and other "things" that soundmen needn't worry about.
As far as Windows not being a tablet OS, that was true until MS released XP Tablet PC.  Vista and Windows 7 have tablet APIs that can be added from the famed Add/Remove features button buried 3 layers deep.  I ran older versions of SA on a pigged out X41 tablet.  Except for the load time on the slow harddrive, the app was light enough to be responsive.  A good "G" wireless maintained connectivity.
For Smaart, Windows Remote Desktop also allows forwarding of the audio ports to the client.
I can anitcipate what kinds of time issues this would cause, but a hybrid of the record and playback port locations could be of some advantage to the guy who tinkers.


   
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tom Reid on January 24, 2011, 03:40:04 pm
For those who choose laptop, this is my new favorite.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=3B10ECA8EB78454180D484668504D02E

Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Gregor Buser on January 24, 2011, 08:25:19 pm
You can get both a capacitive stylus, and a pair of gloves with small capacitive buttons on each finger for finer control of multitouch devices than fat fingers.

Mac

Do you have good experience with that? From what I have read, those stylus don't really work good with capacitve screens.

Greg
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Weogo Reed on January 24, 2011, 09:04:38 pm
Hi Tim,

I'm still using an IBM Thinkpad X41 tablet, with a Samsung SSD.
This tablet has a high quality 12.1" IPS screen that has great viewing angles. 
1.5GHz, 2 gigs RAM, running win-XP Tablet version.

01V96 Editor and LS9 Editor show up ok at 1024 x 768 resolution.
Actually about as readable as my newer Lenovo T410 with a 1440 x 900, 14.1" screen.

Am looking at stepping up to the X60 or X61 version, with the faster processor and 2.5" hard drive that can easily be replaced with an SSD.

I'm finding that I can get around really fast with the Trackpoint, and don't really use it that much in tablet mode.

An ipad looks cool, but my older eyballs would likely be challenged by the smaller screen.

Just what works for me.

Good health,  Weogo
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 24, 2011, 09:06:48 pm
Do you have good experience with that? From what I have read, those stylus don't really work good with capacitve screens.

Greg

A normal stylus won't work at all on a capacitive screen. You need to get a capacitive stylus.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Gregor Buser on January 25, 2011, 08:14:02 am
A normal stylus won't work at all on a capacitive screen. You need to get a capacitive stylus.

Mac

Yes I know, but what if heard is that those stylus sold for capacitive screens don't really work or are at least quite imprecise! I have never tried one therefore I like to know if you have positive experience with one?
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Loren Aguey on January 26, 2011, 12:15:57 am
Many of those alternatives especially at the low to mid price range (competing with Ipad) seem to be going with Android as an operating system. I don't know enough about what is available for Android to know if that is meaningful.

I am thinking of forgoing the touch screen and setting up a netbook with my audio stuff.

Android has little to no developing for mixer control software that I'm aware of going on right now. Not sure if we'll ever see SM for android however it does have plenty of VNC apps which means that with a hard wired PC any android tablet should work. I just tried it with my EVO and my Dell laptop and it works fine. Nothing I'd really use or rely on in a show situation but nice to know there's more choices than ipad vs tablet pc for controlling a mixer.

None of the Android tablets are on par with the ipad IMO (yet) but they're are some badass android tablets being released this year. At least one I know of will being able to triple boot into windows, android, and MeeGo.

I already use PC and prefer android over iOS so I'll be looking into those options when I'm ready to spring for a tablet.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Riley Casey on January 26, 2011, 04:24:42 pm
What he said on the concept of leaving the computer on a nice, solid surface next to the console or at amp world / RF world, whatever.  I would be curious to know what the real world responsiveness of VNC to a Mac or PC is like.  I have yet to buy into the iPad universe, being careful to always be a version two buyer of anything I possibly can but I do have what is rated as the top o' the line VNC app for my iPhone and even leaving aside the screen size the speed of responsiveness is a serious issue when I have tested it with things like Studio Manager running on my MacBook.

I wouldn't buy a tablet to run all those applications. I'd buy a laptop or rack mount computer for that and use a small, light tablet to VNC into the wired computer running the apps. In my case that would be an iPad, but there are other alternatives in the pipeline if you don't want an iPad.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 26, 2011, 05:55:06 pm
What he said on the concept of leaving the computer on a nice, solid surface next to the console or at amp world / RF world, whatever.  I would be curious to know what the real world responsiveness of VNC to a Mac or PC is like.  I have yet to buy into the iPad universe, being careful to always be a version two buyer of anything I possibly can but I do have what is rated as the top o' the line VNC app for my iPhone and even leaving aside the screen size the speed of responsiveness is a serious issue when I have tested it with things like Studio Manager running on my MacBook.

I use a $1 VNC app called "Remoter". It seems to work OK. Screen response from when I make a move on the iPad to seeing the move on my MacBook Pro is near enough to instantaneous to suit me. The difficulty is that Studio Manager does not support screen zooming, so with a VNC connection it is pretty small on the iPad screen. It can be a little hit or miss as to whether you hit the right button. This is compounded by the fact that the active "button" part of SM's onscreen controls is significantly smaller that the graphic image of the control, and things like the eq section or dynamics section don't have a full screen window. I have not tried a stylus, that is the next step.

With software that has easier to hit controls the response should be pretty good. For controlling an M7, StageMix is a much easier to use solution. Hopefully Yamaha will bring that interface to other consoles. PM5D is probably a non-starter since there is no network interface.

Screen size remains an issue with software that can't zoom in, but responsiveness doesn't seem to be an issue. Since Yamaha is clearly aware of the iPad, and probably other devices like it, maybe they well make SM more tablet friendly. I like using StageMix on an M7, but I'd rather be using a PM5D in the first place.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tim Weaver on January 27, 2011, 11:09:02 am
Well I'm typing this reply on my new used Lenovo X61 tablet. Its a convertable tablet so it actually as a full keyboard and mouse setup. I flip the screen and its a tablet. It's a core 2 duo at  1.6, 120 gig drive, and 2 gigs ram. Fairly respectable machine. What really sold me on it though, is the fact that it is both a stylus tablet AND a touchscreen! You can use your fingers as well as the included wacom pen. I don't know if I'll make much use of it, but I'm thinking that for Chamsys it'll be pretty cool.

Best of all it was only $329 from ebay.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Robert "VOiD" Caprio on January 27, 2011, 11:15:57 am
PM5D is probably a non-starter since there is no network interface.

The 5D has a USB interface and I've heard from reliable sources that you can use a Belkin wireless USB hub to interface with it. I have yet to try it but once I get the hub I'll report back with my findings.

Product link:

http://www.belkin.com/networkusbhub/

Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tim Weaver on January 27, 2011, 01:36:15 pm
If that's the case it should work with the 01v96, no?

Definitely interested in your findings!
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Robert "VOiD" Caprio on January 27, 2011, 01:42:02 pm
I expect it would!
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tom Reid on January 27, 2011, 04:26:29 pm
The 5D has a USB interface and I've heard from reliable sources that you can use a Belkin wireless USB hub to interface with it. I have yet to try it but once I get the hub I'll report back with my findings.

Product link:

http://www.belkin.com/networkusbhub/
I've been using this product for 3 years.
Performance is rock solid.
There is a piece of software required on the machine(s) using the hub.
The software divides up individual USB ports to a virtual ID, and talks to them via Ethernet.
It also allows sharing of the devices USB port, and a priority for the share.
In my application the device controls 4 XTI amps.
So in my case the software assigns 4 VID to each XTI, and communicates over one IP address.
SA doesn't mind the app, and performance is equal to using an Itech on Native IP.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Dan Richardson on January 27, 2011, 07:03:01 pm
I use a $1 VNC app called "Remoter". It seems to work OK. Screen response from when I make a move on the iPad to seeing the move on my MacBook Pro is near enough to instantaneous to suit me. The difficulty is that Studio Manager does not support screen zooming, so with a VNC connection it is pretty small on the iPad screen.

Remoter is my current favorite iPad VNC client.  I own several more expensive ones,
but Remoter connects faster, holds the connection while I do something else on the iPad,
and they have really figured out how to make fingers do the job.

I'm puzzled by your zoom comment, though.
Remoter zooms. Studio Manager doesn't have to.
I can get in there far enough so that the screen is 3 channels wide,
making those tiny little orange sliders big enough to use.

I'm going to a PC, though. Wonder if that's it?
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on January 27, 2011, 07:13:06 pm
I'm puzzled by your zoom comment, though.
Remoter zooms. Studio Manager doesn't have to.
I can get in there far enough so that the screen is 3 channels wide,
making those tiny little orange sliders big enough to use.

I'm going to a PC, though. Wonder if that's it?

Is there anything you had to set up? I can get it to go to full screen, or not, but I could not make the 2 finger spread zoom work like it does on other iPad apps. A real zoom would make a big difference.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Tom Reid on January 27, 2011, 09:14:04 pm
Talking as an evil Windows guy, MS does offer a Mac client for the MS RDP.
The advantage is in performance for me RDP runs fast on about any machine I've used,
and it allows me to a lot of flexible options.
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client
Free too!
I do not know if MS is up to Ipad rdp clients,
But Mochasoft ...http://mochasoft.dk/iphone_rdp.htm
is a crippled rdp that is functional to run something off the "server"
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Nitin Sidhu on January 28, 2011, 05:19:09 am
Can we have two instances of VNC on one computer ?

eg. Laptop running Ultra VNC hardwired to the Venue, and then another tablet controlling the laptop, also through Vnc.

So we have a case where the laptop is being a server, while simultaneously also a viewer.

Sidhu
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Dan Richardson on January 29, 2011, 01:41:16 pm
Is there anything you had to set up? I can get it to go to full screen, or not, but I could not make the 2 finger spread zoom work like it does on other iPad apps. A real zoom would make a big difference.

Mac

Nope, no setup. Haven't got an Intel Mac, but I just enabled Screen Sharing on the G5 in my studio, logged in with Remoter, and two-finger zoomed right in.
Handles my differently-sized dual monitors perfectly.

I can replicate what you're seeing if I set Remoter's TrackPad Type to WholeScreen and enable it.
Try toggling Remoter's trackpad to off, or changing the type to Normal or Plain.
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Craig Hauber on February 02, 2011, 10:14:00 pm
I much prefer VNC to microsoft RDP as it doesn't require pro version of XP, doesn't lock out the desktop of the serving machine and you can run multiple client instances, and on each client you can have multiple open windows each a different machine.

For example, I have a digital console at a club right now that is side-stage with it's companion PC running the GUI software.  I then have a hard-wired PC on the balcony in which I can mix from if needed.  If I go up to the third floor to deal with audio levels I can quickly bring up that same console on my iphone without having to run back downstairs and log off on the other computers.  Likewise at the same time I can grab the desktop of a computer in the main system rack to change the matrix video switcher, grab a master itunes machine in the DJ booth to cue up background music as well as fiddle with the lightjockey to dim the lobby lighting a bit more on my way through.

Meanwhile all these machines are still available for local operating if we have full crew complement or if an override is needed.  One machine is linux, two are macs and four are XP in the place and can get them all from any of them along with iPad and iPhone.
-Simply can't do all this with RDP :-) 


Craig Hauber
CSA Productions Inc
Santa Barbara/Ventura CA
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Mac Kerr on February 02, 2011, 10:39:53 pm
Nope, no setup. Haven't got an Intel Mac, but I just enabled Screen Sharing on the G5 in my studio, logged in with Remoter, and two-finger zoomed right in.
Handles my differently-sized dual monitors perfectly.

I can replicate what you're seeing if I set Remoter's TrackPad Type to WholeScreen and enable it.
Try toggling Remoter's trackpad to off, or changing the type to Normal or Plain.

I don't know what I was doing before, but it just worked fine for me. I was able to zoom in, and then select the hand tool and move any of the faders easily. Go figure.

Mac
Title: Re: What tablet for Tablet mixing/system control?
Post by: Randall Hyde on February 05, 2011, 11:05:30 am
I need a new tablet. This will be my dedicated audio pc so it will need to run things like System Architect, Studio Manager, Smaart, and anything else audio related as well. I will be remote mixing with it so ergonomics and battery life play an important role in the decision as well.

What would you buy for yourself?


Thanks,
-=Tim=-

I bought an HP Touchsmart laptop that converts to a tablet. I run SAC from it (wirelessly). It's an i5 system, so it has the oomph to run the apps you're discussing. It is, however, a bit heavy for a tablet computer (when converted to tablet mode).

It does operate as a standard laptop as well as a tablet. However, if you want a tablet for the light weight, I'd hold one of these before purchasing it.
cheers,
Randy Hyde