Video Series: tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC

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INTRODUCTION

    Microsoft has championed the Tablet PC from day one and even though sales have not been spectacular, they have made sure that the environment became a core component of Windows Vista. As a Windows Vista Tablet PC user I can vouch for its viability and usefulness. To date I have always used a Tablet PC with an attached keyboard. When the opportunity came up to review a keyboard less tabletkiosk’s Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC, I wanted to see how well it would work. Read on for the video series!

The tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D Tablet PC includes the following features (product page):

  • Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology
  • Intel Core Duo LV L2500 processor
  • 1024 MB DDR2 Memory
  • 80GB SATA Hard Drive
  • 12.1" TFT XGA Wide Angle View LCD
  • Dual Mode Active Digitizer and Touch Screen
  • Biometric Finger Print Reader
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • WIFI A/B/G
  • Supports Windows Vista™ Business, Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition, or openSUSE Linux

PRODUCT FEATURES

    tabletkiosk is the leader in keyboard less Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) and Tablet PCs. The Sahara Slate PC i440D one of their top of the line Tablet PCs.



Here is the unboxing video.



    In this part, I look at the tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D size as compared to a 12.1 Tablet PC laptop, as well as the digitizer and touch interface. The i440D sports a dual mode Wacom Active Digitizer and Fujitsu Resistive Touch Screen which are hot swappable at the press of a button.



In this part, I check out the finger print reader and the use of a Bluetooth keyboard.





In this part of the review I look at the PCMCIA slot, speaker quality and a couple of the included utilities.

BUGS AND WISHES

    I encountered no problems with the unit I received and found the performance to be very good for this class of PC. My only wish is for tabletkiosk to eliminate the need to switch between the digitizer and the touch interface. When you switch into touch mode, the digitizer interface is still active, however it looses some of its recognition abilities forcing you to turn off touch mode.

PURCHASING

   
The tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D can be purchased directly from tabletkiosk for $2295 from their store.

PROS


  • Touch mode


  • Excellent weight distribution


  • Full featured Bluetooth stack

CONS


  • Touch mode switching


  • Hardware buttons are too easily pressed


  • Fingerprint reader location

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OVERALL IMPRESSION

   The world is clearly moving towards touch screen interaction. Even though Microsoft’s tablet operating systems (XP and Vista) lack touch gestures, hardware manufacturers like tabletkiosk have forged ahead and provided touch capabilities. The touch capabilities at this point only provide mouse actions however the Sahara Slate PC should be able to handle any gestures programmed into the operating system. That being said the tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D is a very able Tablet PC computer. It performs very well against most 12.1” laptops and traditional (keyboard attached) Tablet PCs I have tested. The screen is bright and works well outdoors. tabletkiosk has done a good job of weight balance and it is very comfortable to hold with one hand. With WIFI and Bluetooth, the only missing networking option is Cellular Broadband, but that is easily remedied with a PCMCIA card. If you can live without an attached keyboard the tabletkiosk Sahara Slate PC i440D is definitely worth looking at.

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