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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello everyone, 

I'm on the hunt for a Windows Laptop/Tablet that I can use with a pen to take notes aswell as light CAD and Matlab workloads. Two of my friends use Surface Tablets (will update modell tomorrow) and they are pretty happy with it but I can't/don't want to pay >800€ to take notes. Do you have some alternative options arround 500€ or maybe a good source for refurbished device in Europe (Germany/Austria).

Any help would be appreciated.

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there are a few cheaper lenovo yogas, like the yoga 300 (there are non touch models though) that can be folded into a laptop/tablet and you can get some styluses for them, but im not sure if it would have the same experience as a surface

im not sure if you can find it where you are but in aus there is a tablet called the kogan atlas that is like a budget version of a surface

5 minutes ago, elementL said:

or maybe a good source for refurbished device in Europe (Germany/Austria).

find some refurbished stuff on ebay


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3 minutes ago, elementL said:

Hello everyone, 

I'm on the hunt for a Windows Laptop/Tablet that I can use with a pen to take notes aswell as light CAD and Matlab workloads. Two of my friends use Surface Tablets (will update modell tomorrow) and they are pretty happy with it but I can't/don't want to pay >800€ to take notes. Do you have some alternative options arround 500€ or maybe a good source for refurbished device in Europe (Germany/Austria).

Any help would be appreciated.

The Surface Go might be a good option for you. It's significantly cheaper and you're able to load your own OS on there. It comes with Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to normal Windows 10. It would still be pretty decent at light CAD work.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, DakotaWebber said:

there are a few cheaper lenovo yogas, like the yoga 300 (there are non touch models though) that can be folded into a laptop/tablet and you can get some styluses for them, but im not sure if it would have the same experience as a surface

I just looked into some of them and they seem promissing. What do you mean with no touch model but pen support? So i can only use "touch with the pen"?

 

 

@Netivity:

6 minutes ago, Netivity said:

The Surface Go might be a good option for you. It's significantly cheaper and you're able to load your own OS on there. It comes with Windows 10 S but can be upgraded to normal Windows 10. It would still be pretty decent at light CAD work.

Yea but it is still quite expensive. As far as i know the 64gb version is garbage because of the super slow storage and type cover + pen are ~100€ each. Thats a total of 700€ again :(

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8 minutes ago, elementL said:

I just looked into some of them and they seem promissing. What do you mean with no touch model but pen support? So i can only use "touch with the pen"?

 

 

@Netivity:

Yea but it is still quite expensive. As far as i know the 64gb version is garbage because of the super slow storage and type cover + pen are ~100€ each. Thats a total of 700€ again :(

That's fair enough. I believe that if you are a student you get a certain percentage off though.

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5 hours ago, elementL said:

arround 500€

even a decent regular laptop is hard to find with this budget

 

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