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News Week of January 4, 2009

CES 2009 Update

Pictures of Tablets at CES

Intel MIDs
TabletKiosk's New Medical Tablet - MediSlate
TabletKiosk's New EO Tuf-Tab
TabletKiosk's New Sahara Tablet PCs 
(Source: Chris De Herrera, Tablet PC Talk)


Posted Friday, January 9, 2009 by ChrisD
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CES 2009 Coverage Day 0

HP TouchSmart - See the latest HP TouchSmart dx9000 - optimized for business!

Getac Rugged Tablets - See a Getac Tablet PC on a vibration table with water running over it!

Kingston SSD - See the latest solid state devices from Kingston that offer improved performance and battery life! 

OQO 2+ - The first PC with an OLED screen!
(Source: Chris De Herrera, Tablet PC Talk)


Posted Thursday, January 8, 2009 by ChrisD
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HP Brings First All-in-One Touch-enabled Desktop Technology to Business Customers

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Building on the success of the recent HP TouchSmart PC for the home, HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced the market’s first all-in-one, touch-enabled desktop PC for businesses.

Through the use of interactive technology, the HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC can transform a business’s end-customer experience, allowing customers to connect, select and interact with vendors and each other. Customers can have a hand in, for example, placing orders with a retailer, conducting virtual video service calls, using touch to teach or utilizing social networking for business.

HP is working with a variety of software partners to develop innovative touch applications for small businesses and the retail, health care, hospitality and education markets. DNA Digital Media Group, GuestMVP, Interactive Multimedia Artists and Uniguest are among the early companies using HP touch technology to enhance and create interactive applications for tomorrow’s business needs.

In addition to its easy-to-use touch screen capability, the all-in-one PC includes the hardware and monitor in one space-saving device, while offering a full suite of business-ready software applications and built-in multimedia features tailored for small to medium-sized business environments.

“There is untapped potential for touch technology in the business marketplace to engage users in a way that has never been done before,” said Alan Reed, vice president and general manager, Business Desktops, HP. “With our partners, the HP TouchSmart fuels evolving business models and offers hands-on tools through custom programs and customer-facing applications that help companies better engage, interact and serve consumer demands.”

Getting in touch with your small business

The HP TouchSmart for business is pre-loaded with Windows Vista® Business 64,(1) a powerful Intel® Core 2™ Duo P8400 processor,(2) 4 gigabytes (GB) of memory, a 320 GB(3) high-speed hard drive and a Virtual LAN (VLAN) driver.

“Given the variety of usage scenarios for our small- and medium-sized customers, touch-enabled PCs offer additional choice, ease and flexibility to the workplace,” said Rich Reynolds, general manager, Windows Commercial Marketing, Microsoft Corp. “Innovative Windows 7 features coupled with the HP TouchSmart PC serves as a great foundation to help businesses connect with consumers.”

Without using the TouchSmart PC’s wireless keyboard and mouse, users can hold video chats with remote workers through a built-in webcam and microphone, access e-mail and the Internet, and manage contacts, calendar items and photos.(4)

The HP TouchSmart for business is a space- and energy-saving portal for businesses. Its ENERGY STAR® qualified and EPEAT™ Silver registered design uses 55 percent less metal and 37 percent less plastic than standard PCs and monitors. With the easy-to-use HP Power Manager(5) tool, companies also can configure their individual PC power settings to save energy without interfering with their ability to perform work.

Its 22-inch diagonal high-definition,(6) widescreen HP BrightView LCD display tilts up or down for maximum viewing. Customers can watch and create CDs and DVDs with the PC’s built-in slot-load SuperMulti DVD drive(7) and enjoy high-quality sound through integrated premium stereo speakers. The system’s integrated five-in-one Media Card Reader lets users easily transfer photos, files and videos to their computer from various types of memory cards.

Pricing and availability

The HP dx9000 TouchSmart Business PC is expected to be available in North America in February at a starting U.S. street price of $1,399.(8)

In addition, the system is backed with HP Total Care Advisor and Business PC Service and will come standard with Commercial Limited Warranty support, with extended service available via commercial Carepack services.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Thursday, January 8, 2009 by ChrisD
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Tablet PC2's The Best of 2008

1. The Best All-in-One & Best Family PC

HP TouchSmart IQ816t

Windows 7 is Coming - The PC of the Future is Already Here...

Next-generation, touch-enabled PC with 25.5" diagonal widescreen brings your digital life to your fingertips

Want quick touch access to information, e-mail, TV, music, and more? The convenience of connecting via webcam? Check out our next-generation TouchSmart IQ816t PC. This slim and stylish system looks "at home" pretty much anywhere. And once you discover the fun of having it in your kitchen or family room, you'll never go back.

Clutter Busting slim, stylish, all-in-one design with integrated webcam and mic

Music, photo/video editing, checking e-mail and weather, --all with one touch

Record and watch TV using in-package TV tuner and remote control and experience HD entertainment with built-in slot-load Blu-Ray player  (Source: Linda A. Epstein, TabletPC2.com)


Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 by ChrisD
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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet

Pros

Solid build quality Integrated 3G/HSPA Integrated webcam Excellent keyboard 12.1in. wide-screen LED-backlit display

Cons

No optical drive No touchpad Moderate battery life with the 4-cell battery Expensive

Verdict

Although it lacks an optical drive and a touchpad, and battery life could be better, this is a typically well-built ThinkPad. If you're a Tablet PC fan, it's a very good (if somewhat pricey) choice.
Read full review of Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet  (Source: Sandra Vogel, ZDNet Asia)

Posted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 by ChrisD
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