I currently have a touchsmart tx2 tablet pc like the one seen here:
I have been using this to take notes in my classes for the past year or two - i write on the screen and organize notes using Microsoft Onenote.
However, I just tried something a little different last week: I used a wacom bamboo fun tablet for taking notes and found it works just as well if not better than writing notes on the built in screen digitizer because :
- you don’t have to flip the screen over to write
- you can switch between typing notes and writing equations/drawing diagrams pretty easily
- the wacom tablet is much more pressure sensitive and picks up strokes about 20% better than the N-trig digitizer in the screen.
Now the only thing I found difficult was that OneNote shrunk the pen size to about 2 pixels - using the screen digitizer I didn’t notice because I could easily see where the pen was. However I found a cool program called CursorAttention 1.3 that highlights the pen - so no more problems with losing it.
Before I got the tablet pc, I assumed it was really hard to take notes with a wacom tablet since its so tiny (4x6). Well, it’s actually fairly easy - if you can write on the lines of an index card, you can easily take notes on a wacom bamboo fun tablet.
You can also use the tablet for other things - like sculpting in blender/ sculptris and GIMP.
All in all, if you have a laptop already, a bamboo fun first gen (~$80) is a bit more cost-effective than buying a new touchscreen laptop (~$1000).
I’m surprised I haven’t seen or heard of anyone else using this wacom note-taking method before. I guess I’ll take some credit for this solution so… if you’ve got the tablet and laptop already… just get oneNote and go ahead and use it!
Edit : if you’d like to see some of my notes/ comparison between bamboo and n-trig digitizers, please mention it in the comments and I will see about posting some.