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News Week of October 19, 2008

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC Review

We have Lenovo's newest Tablet PC, the X200 in office and we put it to the test. This 12.1" tablet has a reinforced lid that uses carbon fiber on the top and glass fiber around the edges for added strength. It's definitely a solid ThinkPad with some new features like a bi-directional hinge, which is a bonus and it's powered by a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor. Check out how the X200 compares to other tablets in its class.

 
(Source: Tiffany Boggs, TabletPCReview.com)


Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by ChrisD
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The Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC

Let’s just say that Lenovo continues to get it right with Tablet PCs, and that the Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet PC is a real winner and call it a day. The reason? It is a winner.

Oh, all right, I’ll go ahead and do the review because while I am enthusiastic about the X200 there are a few issues with this Tablet PC. I write these reviews from within the perspective of my usage scenario, which may vary considerably from yours. I do a lot of note taking with the pen, a lot of writing at the keyboard, and like my Tablet PCs to be capable of crunching some video and audio files for GBM.  Keep that in mind as you read along. I also encourage you to check out the other posts in the Lenovo/HP Tablet PC shootout , as well as Rob’s Lenovo/Dell Tablet PC Shootout posts.

Lenovo scored big time with the ThinkPad X60 and X61 Tablet PCs, both of which were a decided step up from the x41. Beyond the screen size we are not seeing such a large jump with the X200, but Lenovo continues to offer users an excellent Tablet PC experience while raising the bar for the convertible Tablet PC form factor. It is an excellent combination of power and mobility. I’ve been using a ThinkPad X61 for sometime now and have really enjoyed that Tablet PC experience as well as the overall functionality of the X61 as a notebook. Although I’m disappointed that there is no high res screen option for the X200 (as well as other later models from other OEMs), I would have absolutely no problem moving to Lenovo’s latest. In fact after evaluating this X200 model I would look forward to it.(Source: Warner Crocker, GottaBeMobile.com)


Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 by ChrisD
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G-NET Releases New Affordable Industrial Panel PC and Rugged Tablet PC Models

G-NET Incorporated, a provider of industrial vehicle mount computers and LCD monitors is proud to introduce two new models to its line, the G-NET Industrial Panel PC and the G-NET Rugged Tablet PC.

Puslinch, On (PRWEB) October 21, 2008 - G-NET Incorporated, a provider of industrial vehicle mount computers and LCD monitors is proud to introduce two new models to its line, the G-NET Industrial Panel PC and the G-NET Rugged Tablet PC.

"These two models represent a big step forward for our company." says Shawn Gusz, CEO of G-NET Inc. "The rugged tablet pc in particular is something we are very excited about. Over the past 10 years our company has only offered fixed mount vehicle PC's; the new rugged tablet is the first battery powered portable unit in our industrial computer and industrial LCD monitor product line."

According to Gusz, over the past two years G-NET has experienced a big shift in focus from the consumer market over to the more specialized rugged and industrial computer market and these two new products are reaffirming that position. When asked about the differences between the G-NET Rugged Tablet PC and the handful of other tablet offerings on the market, Gusz said, "There are definitely some good choices out there for industrial and government sector clients, but one of the main differences is cost. It seems that any company focused on this market also feels it can price gouge for something that should be more reasonably positioned. Our Rugged Tablet PC is just as good, if not better then many of the units out there priced over $3,000 but our offering has a base price of only $2,199."

The G-NET Rugged Tablet PC in its base configuration includes a 1.2 GHz processor, 512mb of RAM, 40gb rugged hard drive, and a 10.4" sunlight readable touch screen monitor and is preloaded with Windows™ XP. The rugged enclosure is designed to protect the unit in harsh environments, from the vehicle to the battlefield.

"The second product we are really excited about is our new 10.4" Industrial Panel PC. This system was built with affordability in mind. The unit features a fully enclosed metal chassis, a 1.5 GHz CPU, 512mb of RAM and a 40gb hard drive. As with most of our products the display is also a sunlight readable high brightness touch screen which is almost always required for vehicle mount and industrial applications." says Gusz. "We really believe in these new products and we will continue to innovate and develop new solutions in order to further position ourselves as a leading provider of industrial and vehicle mount computers."

For more information on G-NET Vehicle and Industrial Computing, the new G-NET Industrial Panel PC or the G-NET Rugged Tablet PC please visit www.gnetcanada.com   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 by ChrisD
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Touchscreen Eee PC Due Early 2009, Will Run Windows 7 Later Says Asus CEO

After the DIY options, and initial hints, official word is out that there'll be a touchscreen Eee PC next year. And that's from none other than the CEO, Jerry Shen, himself. The guys over at Laptopmag got the low-down from Shen, who confirmed the machine will exist by "early 2009," and will actually be running Windows 7 by mid 2009. That's pretty interesting stuff, and though he wouldn't specify a form factor for the touchy Eee, Shen also spilled the beans on a few other aspects of the Eee success story.  (Source: Gizmodo)
Posted Tuesday, October 21, 2008 by ChrisD
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ASUS S101 luxury Eee PC unboxed

The ASUS S101 is, despite being neither budget netbook nor all-capable ultraportable notebook, a source of constant obsession to many, and the company have now made it easier to see [via] whether you’ll be able to actually buy one or merely admire from afar.  At the moment it’s all very Europe and Asia weighted, so to tide you over UMPC Fever have a full set of S101 unboxing photos.  (Source: Chris Davies, SlashGear)
Posted Monday, October 20, 2008 by ChrisD
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Laptops to Get Multi-touch Technology Soon

HP, ASUS to lead the charge with software "backing" from Microsoft.

Popularily of devices like the iPhone is making the laptop brands rethink about multi-touch technology. Given that Microsoft's next installment of Windows OS willl include features to take advantage of multi-touch capabilities, laptop manufacturers can smell the market for multi-touch enabled laptops.   (Source: Sourabh Kalantri , Laptop Logic)


Posted Monday, October 20, 2008 by ChrisD
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CS 50 TFs Given Free Tablet PCs

The teaching fellows for Computer Science 50: “Introduction to Computer Science” each received a free tablet PC laptop from the Microsoft Corporation last Tuesday—a donation valued at more than $70,000 in total.

The computers—which the TFs will be allowed to keep for personal use once the course is over—are one of several corporate donations engineered by the course’s instructor, David J. Malan ’99.   (Source: Melody Y. Hu, The Harvard Crimson)
Posted Monday, October 20, 2008 by ChrisD
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