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Electrovaya Scribbler SC-2100

Review by Linda A. Epstein

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The first thing you notice when you remove the Scribbler SC-2100 from the box is the ice white pearl finish of the case, which sets the look of the Scribbler apart from other tablet PC's.   While aesthetics are not important to everyone, they are very important to some.   For those drawn to straight clean lines the Scribbler is an eye catching machine.    

Every element of design that went into the SC-2100 was with the user in mind.  Form follows function and everything is designed to make the out of box user experience as user friendly as possible, including the fingerprint scanner.  

Electrovaya is know for its long life battery, and the Scribbler SC-2100 is no exception, we got and amazing 5 Hours 8 minutes of battery life with the Tablet running in always on mode, with the wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive set to always on.

Like the Sahara, the Scribble is a 1.3 ghz slate style Tablet PC, which is the fastest processor available currently shipping.  With 768 ram installed the Scribblers boot time is just over 60 seconds, has a beautiful display and runs every program we tried flawlessly.

Buttons Galore:  conveniently placed buttons on both the right and left sides of the scribbler give you access to Power On/Off, Rotate Screen Layout, Windows Security/Task Manager, Windows Start Menu toggle, Windows Journal - Open New, On-screen Keyboard toggle, Escape (Esc) Function for Tablet Buttons, Wireless, Direction Ball + Enter


scribbler tablet pc

The scribble has a Cover-Stand-Keyboard-Touch pad combo (shown above) that can be attached in landscape mode and used with or with out the touch pad. As the scribblers long life battery adds weight to the machine, the cover-keyboard combo is not designed with durability in mind. Its designed as A convenience accessory that allows you to protect the screen of your Tablet PC while traveling and give you the convenience of having an attachable keyboard should you need one on the fly.

While it may seem a bit on the flimsy side, the keyboard-cover does what it is designed to do. Lightweight and easy to use, it works equally well on a conference table or an airplane tray.   While we still recomend a docking station for Slate style Tablet users, if the aditional cost of the docking station is prohibitive, the

In 2003 Electrovaya was first to launch the fingerprint sensor on a Tablet PC.  And hands down no question about it it is the easiest to set up and most usable biometric system I have encountered.   

When the Scribbler boots your greeted with a screen that asks if you want to enroll a fingerprint and then takes you through the process with both photos and speech . The program literally"talks" you through the process.  fingerprint scanner  You choose which finger you want to use, It scans up to 8 samples of your finger print and it works.  No jumping through hoops, no frustration, no spending hours trying to set it up, within a minute or two its set up and working.

Another thing worth noting is that the scribbler comes with both a users manual and a quick set up guide. both of which are easy to use and find what you need in.

scribbler boxWhat's in the Box:

  • Scribbler SC-2100 Tablet PC
  • 7.4V Super Polymer Lithium-ion battery
  • Pen & Tether
  • Wire Stand
  • Scribbler SC 2000 User manual
  • scribbler SC 2000  Quick Start guide
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Power cord
  • Scribbler limited warranty card
  • Windows XP Tablet pc edition booklet
  • zippered faux leather case with mesh interior pouch
  • Scribbler recovery cd's scribbler Application and driver CD's


  • Intel® Pentium M – LV Centrino - 1.3 GHz
  • 12.1” XGA TFT 32-bit color Toshiba
  • 768 RAM
  • 60 GB hard drive
  • 32MB Intel 8285X GM/GME Graphics Controller

.scribbler tablet pc 

The Display:  12.1 inch Pressure Sensitive Screen, is clean, crisp and clear and the 1/4 inch black border around the viewable portion of the screen eliminates the problem of trying to close an app from a non responsive corner of the screen.   While this is not the outdoor viewable screen you can see it well outdoors in indirect light

Battery Life:  5 Hours 8 minutes in always on mode, wireless on, no standby, no hibernate and the screen and hard drive on.

Heat:  thanks to a fan and ventilation  heat  is not a problem or an issue with the SC-2100,

WiFi: Intel Pro 802. Wireless 2200BG  network connection

Notable Features:

• State-of-the-art SuperPolymer® Lithium-ion 75 Whr battery
• Dual Array Microphone System for better quality of sound
• Now available “Outdoor Viewable Screen” for your Scribbler
• Extended battery run-time of up to 9 hours
• Fast Intel Centrino 1.3 GHz processor ensures superior   performance, efficiency and power management
• Very bright 12.1 inch Pressure Sensitive Screen
• Light Sensor adjusts screen-to-environment brightness
• Integrated Biometric Device for Finger Print Sensor
• Integrated IEEE 1394, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi wireless network connectivity
• Keyboard/Mouse included to convert the Tablet PC from
  slate to laptop format (included with Premium and Standard Units only)
• Sleek, thin, and lightweight design

Software included: Corel Grafigo (Full Version), Farstone Virtual Drive Lite (Full Version), Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 (Full Version), Note Taking, Ink Annotation, MS Reader, Speech Recognition, On-screen Keyboard, Alias Sketchbook (Trial Version), Franklin Covey TabletPlanner (Trial Version)

The Pros

  • 5 hour + battery life
  • designed with end user in mind
  • Cover-Stand-Keyboard-Touch Pad comes in handy for those on the move
  • Integrated Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to peripherals
  • The best stand I have seen included with any Tablet PC.

The Cons:

  • Heavier than most slate Tablet PC's
  • Keyboard cover can only be used in landscape mode
  • keyboard does not attach to back of unit when not in use
  • optical drive must be purchase separately
  • Pen placement at bottom of tablet rather than the top means you have to remove it

In Conclusion:   

The Electrovaya Scribbler SC-2100, was designed for ease of use and convience and it doesn't disappoint in either.   The SC-2100 excellent choice for anyone who needs long battery life, the convenience of a keyboard- stand- cover combo and performance from a slate style Tablet PC.

scribbler keyboard

Top left square is a removable touch pad that can be attached
(see photo on right)

Cover-Stand-Keyboard-Touch Pad combo

The Cover-Stand- Keyboard-pad combo combines the functionality of a mouse and keyboard with desktop stand and display cover into a single product. Lightweight and easy to use, it works equally well on a conference table or an airplane tray.

scribbler keyboard

Keyboard with touch pad attached.



scribbler stand

Strong and sturdy, this is without question the best stand I have seen included with any Tablet PC.



scribbler dock

Tablet PC Docking Station   -  (We were not Provided with a docking station, information below from the electrovaya web site)

90° Rotation (Support screen automatic change between   portrait and landscape mode)
• 3 different tilt angles
• Built-In Optical Storage - DVD / CDRW Combo
• 3 USB 2.0 Ports Type A
• 1 Audio Line-Out; 1 Audio Mic Line-In
• 1 10/100 Ethernet port
• 1 Cradle/Docking Interface - 32 pin Connector


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