The industry's first tablet PC with multi-touch screen technology has taken superb to a new level with the Dell Latitude XT2. The XT2 lets you use natural gestures like a pinch or tap for scrolling, panning, rotating, zooming and more.
- Innovative multi-touch responsive screenDual-digitizer for low pressure, high touch accuracy
- New LCD-based wireless antenna design for excellent connectivity
A Touch Of Genius
The XT2 provides an outstanding tablet experience. A high-performance system designed with intuitive input capabilities including a capacitive multi-touch screen and pen, the Latitude XT2 can work the way you want. With just a stroke of your fingertips, you can:
Once you experience multi-touch on the XT2, your keyboard and touchpad may get lonely.
- scroll through large web pageszoom in on graphics, photos or online mapsenlarge emails to aid readingclose your screen collaborate in real-time
- and more
Pricing for the Latitude XT2, available now, starts at $2,399.
February 12, 2009
TabletPc2.com 2009 Valentines Day Gift Guide
There are all kinds of ways to express your feelings on Valentines day. For those of you looking for something a little more unique than hearts and flowers this year, I've gathered a few things to inspire you...... Flaming hot laptops, a candy apple red netbook, The finest Caramels, Chilled Champagne, the perfect martini or wine glass, the perfect accessories for the iPhone 3G, a kiss created from DNA........
Dell Latitude XT2 Tablet PC
The industry's first tablet PC with multi-touch screen technology has taken superb to a new level with the Dell Latitude XT2. The XT2 lets you use natural gestures like a pinch or tap for scrolling, panning, rotating, zooming and more. The XT2 provides an outstanding tablet experience. It's a high-performance system designed with intuitive input capabilities that can work the way you want. At just an inch thin with an ultra small power supply, the XT2 can comfortably go almost anywhere. It also offers great features and plenty of flexible options.
February 13, 2009
MobileTechRoundup 162: Son of Kindle and Economic Stimulus
MoTR 162 is 27 minutes long and is a 24.7 MB file in MP3 format.
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HOSTS: James Kendrick (Houston), Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)
Matt has his own economic stimulus plan
Amazon Kindle 2, Whispersync and content on mobile devices.
Google Sync arrives through ActiveSync licensing.
TeleNav on the Android
Freeware of the show: WizMouse adds scrolling in Windows when apps don’t have the focus.
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February 17, 2009
Netbooks worm their way into businesses
When ADNH Compass, a 17,000-employee catering company based in Abu Dhabi, decided to give its branch managers new PCs late last year, it chose Acer Inc.'s Aspire One netbooks instead of full-size laptops.
"The users who are not that computer-literate were excited that something like this was being given to them," said Graham Smith, ERP software manager at ADNH Compass. But it was Smith himself who pushed for the purchase of the low-cost, downsized Aspire One systems. "Both our operations managers and logistics operators are always on the move, so it makes sense to have something light and portable," he explained.
Now Smith is working to enable users of the 2.5-lb. netbooks to access the company's Web-based SAP applications via 3G wireless connections. He said that will let the branch managers at ADNH Compass, which operates throughout the Middle East, do month-end inventory counts in real time as they walk through product storage areas.
Netbooks such as the Aspire One and Asustek Computer Inc.'s Eee PC typically have smaller screens and keyboards and use less powerful processors than conventional laptops and notebook PCs do. But they're also lighter and usually less expensive, with prices often starting at under $400.
Digitizing Google Earth with a Tablet PC
Gotta Be Mobile
Meg over at GIS @ Vassar put up a post that kind of hits both my interests – GIS and Tablet PC’s. The new historic aerial photos feature in Google Earth 5.0 brings out a new level of use for a Tablet PC. Head over and check out how some change detection is accomplished right from Google Maps using a Tablet PC and the built in Polygon creation tools. The historic aerial photos feature in Google Maps 5.0 will open up a whole new level of analysis and this is a nice example of how having a Tablet PC comes in handy!
February 16, 2009
Sony warns of laptop shortages
Vendor is struggling to meet VAIO P demand – expects free supply by end of March
Sony has warned of supply shortages for its VAIO P ultra-mobile PC until at least the end of March due to huge demand, despite its large price tag.
The device, which was unveiled at last month's Consumer Electronics Show, is priced at £850 for the consumer version and £1,000 for the business model, but despite that, Sony has said that it is currently only able to supply around 50 per cent of orders.
"The products will start to ship next week and [both models] will be in short supply because the level of demand has been quite scary," VAIO business unit head Nicolas Barendson told MicroScope.
February 18, 2009
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GottaBeMobile.com and Notebooks.com Ink a Deal
Gotta Be Mobile
We’re happy to announce that GottaBeMobile.com has been acquired by Notebooks.com, another authority in the mobile computing space. Combined, the two sites will continue to serve millions of mobile technology enthusiasts and buyers.
WD® PROVIDES AN EASY WAY TO BACK UP ALL THE COMPUTERS IN THE HOME
New My Book® World Edition™ Network Hard Drives Offer Plug and Play Installation and Automatic Continuous Backup To Keep the Entire Family’s Data Safe
WD® (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its newly redesigned My Book® World Edition™ network storage drive, simplifying the critical but tedious task of backing up an entire household’s precious files. Designed for consumers who have multiple computers on a home network, the new drive will be available in 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte capacities, and is compatible with PC and Mac® computers.
Keeping your family’s data safe
If you’re the family Chief Technology Officer, you understand the importance of backing up photos, music, video and all the other files that are so important to your family, right? And maybe you’re the only one in the house that gets it. Now you don’t have to nag the rest of the family to back up, or chase down their computers to do it yourself. In just a few simple steps, you can set up automatic and continuous back up to the World Edition drive for all your family’s computers. Whew, okay, that’s done and now you don’t have nag anymore.
Secondary PC Display Using Tablet PC
Check out Internet Table Talk that has put up a guide on on using your existing tablet PC to double up as a secondary PC display. This guide has been confirmed to work with Windows 2000 and XP, although it remains to be seen whether it will play nice with Vista. In the end, you will get an actual side display and not some segment of your desktop. For the PC, you will need RealVNC and a Windows virtual display driver, while your tablet will need VNC Viewer which is located in the extras and installed via App Manager. To get the full skinny, head on here and have fun! Sure breathes new life into your existing tablet PC while saving you a couple of hundred dollars on a USB secondary display.
February 19, 2009
Lenovo ThinkPad X200t 12.1in Tablet PC
Tablet PCs have traditionally been a niche concern. With a few notable exceptions, like the HP Pavilion tx2050ea, they're made exclusively with business users in mind and particularly those who, in marketing parlance, work in "vertical environments" - otherwise known as people who stand up a lot! This could be a supervisor in a factory, warehouse or shipping depot, an architect on a building site or an executive moving from meeting to meeting, but whoever it might be, the needs and usage are very specific, often requiring bespoke software to get the job done. And, when it comes to Tablet PCs, Lenovo and the ThinkPad brand is oftentimes an obvious port of call.
Today we're looking at the ThinkPad X200t which is, believe it or not, the first widescreen Tablet PC ever to don the ThinkPad name. Based on a 12.1in, 1,280 x 800 resolution display it bears all the hallmarks of the ThinkPad brand: it's black, it's adorned in soft-touch plastic and it's built like a Roman road.
Indeed, outside of genuinely ruggedized notebooks, such as the ToughBooks from Panasonic, it's hard to think of a notebook brand that's as reassuringly rugged as a ThinkPad. Its magnesium alloy chassis and high quality plastics ensures every element of the machine is reassuringly sturdy and robust, while the 360 degree hinge for the screen has a smooth but secure action.
February 23, 2009
Trimble Tablet - A New Breed of Rugged, Portable and Connected Field Computer for the Construction Industry
Trimble today introduced the new Trimble(R) Tablet for Construction, a rugged, versatile and fully connected handheld computer for heavy and highway and marine construction professionals. The new Trimble Tablet is an integral component of the Trimble Connected Site(TM) portfolio of productivity-enhancing technology solutions to streamline construction workflows between the head office, field crews, site supervisors and earthmoving machines. Combining laptop computing capabilities with a large, daylight readable graphics screen and the simplicity and operational power of the Trimble SCS900 Site Controller Software, Trimble has once again raised the bar for in-field construction computing, site supervision, measurement and stakeout operations and eliminated the need for multiple costly devices on the construction job site.
The announcement was made today at the 2009 Trimble Dimensions User Conference.
Built Tough for the Construction Site
The Trimble Tablet was designed specifically to take on the perils of the construction job site. It is extremely rugged, with an IP67 environmental rating, long battery life and tough washable housing. Its design eliminates the need for a cooling fan and utilizes solid state disk drive technology so that it can withstand shock and vibration for operation on an all terrain vehicle or truck, and has fully sealed USB and serial communication ports. The tablet is protected by rounded rubberized bumpers, making it both easy to hold as well as providing protection for the computer.
An Integral Component of the Trimble Connected Site
The easy-to-use tablet PC with built-in cellular and WiFi connectivity allows construction professionals to quickly receive design changes or updates in the field and to deliver measurement or stakeout results back to the office for on-the-spot approvals. Connectivity gives field crews the ability to rapidly communicate on site problems, take corrective actions or provide information to the project engineers upon request. Trimble Tablet is at home in the hand, on a rod, in a supervisor's truck or on a desk in the office, and through advanced office and vehicle docking stations can be moved quickly from one location to the next providing optimized use with computing peripherals such as keyboards, mice and large display monitors.
The Trimble Tablet is expected to be available in April 2009 through the Trimble Heavy and Highway Construction distribution network.
Screw licensing OS X - Give me an iPhone-based netbook
Jason Perlow wrote a great piece tonight on why Apple should license OS X to netbook builders like Asus, Dell, and HP. This certainly hasn’t been a strategy that has gone well for Apple, nor is it anything they’re likely to do any time soon. However, it’s the last thing they need to do, and, as much as the “branding” buzzword irks me, I really think it would dilute the Apple brand (there, I said it…brand, brand, brand). That is, after all, what sells Apples (that, and a pretty great OS on some nifty hardware).
Just as Apple provides users with premium laptops (at a premium price), premium MP3 players (at a premium price), and premium smartphones (at a premium price), they could own the premiumnetbook market by basing their model on their iPod Touch. Make it 10″ convertible tablet with the same multitouch interface found on the Touch, dispense with a touchpad since the touchscreen would give you everything you need, and you’d have a very thin, light, snappynetbook in a new wide form-factor for which customers would gladly pay $600-$700.
February 24, 2009
Toshiba Technology Alert: New Portégé Tablet PCs
Toshiba expands its Portégé M750 line to deliver a full performance Tablet PC solution for the back-to-school buying season. The newest additions include the Portégé M750-S7211, Portégé M750-S7212 and Portégé M750-S7213 which offer users more options suited for their required use and budget needs. For the user who requires additional warranty coverage, the same configurations will also be available in a four-year limited warranty model. Featuring EasyGuard® Technology with PC Health Monitor, the Portégé M750 series can help protect your laptop from theft, spills and jolts as well as continuously check the performance and functionality of a systems’s critical hardware components and alert users when the system is in need of a tune up. Based on Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, the Intel® Core™2 Duo processor family is designed to provide powerful energy-efficient performance so you can do more at once without slowing down.
Lenovo Touts Semi-Rugged ThinkPads, Panasonic Wants More Details
Lenovo designated eight of its ThinkPads as semi-rugged after the notebooks passed a battery of tests designed by the military. The semi-rugged designation means, according to Lenovo, that the notebooks can be put to hard labor in computing environments such as public safety, utilities, construction and the military.
The Lenovo notebooks that received the semi-rugged categorization include the ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL 300. The ThinkPads that were put through the wringer weren't necessarily designed to fit the rugged model, but were built and enhanced with durability features, including an air-bag-like protection system and roll cage.
ASUS T91: the Netbook-like Tablet PC Gets Reviewed
That ASUS Eee PC T91 prototype I prodded at CES gets a closer inspection today. Bit-Tech gives it a run-through and finds plenty to like about this low-cost hybrid between a convertible Tablet and traditional netbook. Like the Eee PC 900-series, the T91 uses an 8.9-inch display running a 1024×600 resolution; The screen is a resistive touch-screen, similar to the original UMPCs.
February 25, 2009
Tablet PC2 Review: HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC
Sleek and thin with a beautiful display the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC
is packed with features and small details that make the HP EliteBook
Table PC experience stand out from the crowd.
With so may Tablet PCs available today what makes the 2730p Tablet PC standout?
Ease of use, an exceptional screens..... There is no question that HP paid careful attention to detail when designing the HP 2730p EliteBook Tablet PC. The listened to users It's sleek, sturdy and powerful, the case is fingerprint resistant, it has a great pen and ink experience,a built in webcam and a light to illuminate the keys.. Those are just some of the features that made the HP Tablet PC stand out from the crowd.
HP Touchsmart TX2 tablet PC
Unlike standard notebooks, tablet PCs such as this HP Touchsmart TX2 feature a screen that can swivel and fold back on itself.
The screen is touch-sensitive, which means you can then write directly on the display with a stylus or use a finger to tap on icons and buttons, rather than having to use a keyboard and mouse.
HP has decided to take the tablet PC concept a step further by adding the ability to recognise multi-fingered gestures (of certain kinds). So, just as with the Apple iPhone, you can zoom in and out of photos by placing two fingers on the screen and then pinching them together or pulling them apart.
Click here to find out more!
We were impressed with how little pressure was required to get the 12in screen to react to a prod of a finger. The multi-touch gestures also worked pretty well. Rotating photos, for example, is achieved by holding two fingers on the display and then twisting one while keeping the other still. We started off trying to do this one-handed, but using two hands was much easier.
February 27, 2009
HP’s Touchsmart TX2 is unusual among Tablet PCs in that it’s intended for home use rather than corporate use. You’ll find glossy patterned plastics more in-keeping with the company’s Palivion range than its Compaq machines. The only question is, is there actually a market for touchscreen displays on consumer laptops?
The panel works with both a stylus and fingers, making it easy to navigate the Vista OS. We found it too responsive, however, with the device reacting before we’d even touched the display. As such, it’s impossible to rest a palm on the screen when scribbling away with the stylus, forcing you to adopt a more uncomfortable hovering motion.
The TX2 excels when it comes to regular laptop use. The keyboard offers the excellent usability we’ve come to expect from HP, providing the perfect mix of quality and ergonomics. The tapered edges make it easy to distinguish the keys when touch typing, and the coarse plastics are tactile and robust.