I've made my mind up to look only for tablets in size of 10" (or a little bit smaller but not too small). The 11.6" form factor may be more comfortable to use but it's also bigger, heavier and less portable in general.
At this moment there seem to be only two options available (well, three but see explanation below). The first one is DELL Latitude 10
which is a 10.1" inch device with Wacom support. It's available for around 300$ on eBay (used / refurbished). The problem with this tablet is that it's a business oriented device. It has more ports than any other 10" tablet such as a full USB 2.0 port, etc. Because of this the tablet is way heavier and bulkier than the other ones:
DELL Latitude 10
10.1" (1366 × 768) IPS
Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz
274 × 176.6 × 10.5 mm
The price is good though so I'm seriously considering buying this tablet when I've got some additional finances to spare. On the other hand, the tablet which I'd prefer to have is Samsung XE300TZC
. In terms of specifications, this tablet is exactly the same as the former but is much smaller and lighter:
10.1" (1366 × 768)
Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz
257.4 × 165.3 × 8.2 mm
It also has only one micro USB port and lacks the other ports available in DELL but I don't really need them. The difference in dimensions and weight is huge though, despite the fact that the screen size is exactly the same in both devices. The real problem with this tablet is its price. Even for used / refurbished device you still need to pay around 500$
which I couldn't justify comparing to the DELL tablet that can be bought for 300$ despite all the other benefits.
I mentioned the existence of a third option. It is Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2
. I don't take this device into account because there are just too many reports over the Internet about the poor quality of the device and other issues related with it.
When it comes to other screen sizes, the newly announced ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8 seems to be the only smaller Windows 8 tablet with Wacom support. It's supposed to cost 299$ once released but I'm still not convinced about the 8" screen size. For 2 years I've been using Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9" that has 16:10 aspect ratio (1280x800) which the same as the ASUS device. The 8.9" screen size is still enough to use it comfortably but I've always thought that anything smaller than this would just be too small to view / edit text documents comfortably. If I were to choose something smaller than 10" I'd prefer a device that is similar in screen size to the Galaxy Tab rather than being even smaller than this.
I've also found a useful thread in another forum:List of Windows 8 and RT tablets and convertibles with stylus
In summary, at this point of time it's DELL Latitude 10 vs Samsung XE300TZC for me but I'm still going to search and look for other options.
Edited by tomasz86, 18 January 2014 - 03:26 PM.