Re: Windows Tablets

Ed Marquette <marquette.ed@...>

I would take special care before buying a tablet computer if you
are totally blind. Perhaps I should offer up a definition of a
tablet. By tablet, I'm referring to a computing device larger
than a phone that has a touch screen only, and no readily
available keyboard.
Computing devices that have auxiliary keyboards are excluded from
my definition. There is NO WAY someone, going by touch alone (and
no sight), can type as efficiently or as accurately on a touch
screen as one can on a device with a physical keyboard.
I know a little about touch screen devices. I've used an iPhone
for 6 years (from a 3s to a 6s), and although I love my phones, I
dictate. When I have to type something, it is a pain.
Similarly, I have an UltraBook (a Yoga IdeaPad), a device with
both a touch screen and a real keyboard, and I've had it for 4
years (since before JAWS had touch gestures).
I've used the touchscreen fewer than 3 times. Frustrated with
typing on the touch keyboard, I always revert to the Yoga's
built-in keyboard.
Perhaps it is just me, and I am exceptionally awkward, but I'm
just honestly sharing my experience.
So, if you are totally blind, when considering a tablet, make sure
to factor in the cost of a keyboard too.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of
Kramlinger, Keith G., M.D. via Jfw
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 1:54 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Cc: Kramlinger, Keith G., M.D.
Subject: RE: Windows Tablets

Do these tablets have USB inputs for external hard drives, DVD
drives, etc? Thanks. Keith

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Les
Kriegler via Jfw
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 11:51 AM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Cc: Les Kriegler
Subject: RE: Windows Tablets

I have a Surface Pro and I'm very pleased with it. The prices
have come down since I purchased mine last year. You can find
less expensive tablets, but I believe at least for me, the
additional cost is worth it. I initially purchased a Dell tablet
and had to return it. It was under $500 but didn't function
properly. I'm running Jaws 17 with Office 2013 and Windows 10 and
the only program that crashes on occasion is Internet Explorer,
and that will happen regardless of what you buy or what operating
system you run.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of
Michael Mote via Jfw
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:15 AM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.' <>
Cc: Michael Mote <>
Subject: RE: Windows Tablets

From what I hear, the Surface Pro works very well. A few months
ago, I purchased a tablet size Asus model, with a laptop style
keyboard as part of the computer itself. I got it from Amazon for
around 170 bucks. Doesn't have a lot of hard drive space, but it
is pretty fast. I purchased a Micro SD card for initial storage
purposes for around 15 dollars. The computer is very light
weight, and easy to travel with. If you use something like this,
I would recommend a drop box account, so you can put your files
there, and grab them when you get back home for your big computer.

One thing to keep in mind when searching for a Tablet. Make sure
it is running a full version of Windows, and not Windows RT. The
RT systems won't run JAWS. Good luck!

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Tom
Behler via Jfw
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 7:02 PM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.' <>
Cc: Tom Behler <>
Subject: Windows Tablets

Hello, everyone.

I have a question that I hope will not be considered off topic for
this list.

I would like to purchase some sort of a Windows tablet to use when
traveling, and for when I don't want to drag my laptop computer

I am currently using Jaws 16, but plan to upgrade to Jaws 17 at
some point, probably in the next few months.

I assume that any windows-based tablet that I might get now will
automatically come with Windows 10 installed, which I'm ok with,
since I'll eventually need to upgrade my other computers to that
operating system at some point.

Can anyone give me recommendations and approximate costs of
windows tablets that would have sufficient resources to
accommodate Jaws, and basic Microsoft software such as Microsoft
Office, Outlook e-mail, etc.?

At one point, I had considered moving to an IPad, but I am quite
comfortable with the Jaws to windows interface, so would prefer to
stick with a Windows tablet if at all possible.

Thank you!

Dr. Tom Behler from Michigan

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