Category Archives: tablet PC

Lenovo Ideapad U1 – fantastic 2

LenovoIdeaPadU1Hybrid21_thumbIt’s good to see new idea implemented. Now it’s Lenovo’s turn. The idea of having tablet and the base is not that new since always innovating introduced a while ago although they don’t do mass production as of yet [or can’t build enough.] However, Lenovo came up with a similar idea, but it seems to be much more practical. Instead of having 1 machine which can be separated into 2 pieces, they decided to have 2 separated machines that can be merged into 1 device. Really interesting!

A tablet part is running by 1GHz ARM processor, 16GB SSD, Wifi-n, 3G, resistive touch, webcam, and battery. It’s powered by Lenovo-customized version of Linux. A base part is another machine running by Core 2 processor, standard HDD, memory, HDMI, Wifi-n [another NIC for base!!], and battery which is operated by Windows 7. You might wonder if they can really run as 2 devices; They can! according to laptopmag.com. You can use your TV or monitor plug to HDMI for the base while playing with the tablet part somewhere else.

How do they work? There is some sort of synchronizing program when 2 parts are joined. You will not lose anything when running on each device. For example, you are browsing Google Reader on tablet part. When you merge it to the base, that page will show in Windows 7 too. Well, I’m looking forward to it!

Lenovo blog says it is believed to cost $999 as starting price point and will be available in April, 2010. Not too shabby.

More information:
Hand-on video @ laptopmag.com
A lot of pictures @ pocket-lint.com
Inside info @ Lenovo blog

Always Innovating starts shipping the Touch Book out

Some people who were on pre-order this little slate tablet PC are receiving =) That’s darn good news considering my Pandora’s future is still unknown. What really interesting about this machine is it’s powered by ARM architecture CPU which you will see more and more often these days. I don’t know if it can perform up to par on bigger type of machine or not. I bet you will see that sooner or later.

Hardware specifications have been changed just tiny bit from what we have known back in March.

  • Texas Instruments OMAP3530 with Micron 256MB (RAM) + 256MB (NAND) Memory
  • 8.9 inches 1024×600 A+ screen
  • Main storage: 8GB SD card — we decided to change from Micro SD to standard SD, so that you can easily upgrade it
  • Internal USB wifi 802.11 b/g/n powered by a Ralink 3070 chipset
  • Internal USB bluetooth class 2.1
  • FCC, CE, UL-certified, 5V, 3.5A power adapter
  • 8.9 inches pressure sensitive touch screen
  • US Qwerty 24cm-large keyboard — around 95% of the size of a standard keyboard
  • Cirque Touchpad
  • Two Owolff high-quality internal stereo speakers
  • 3D accelerometer
  • Two internal batteries 6000 and 12000 mAh — it can be replaced with a screw driver
  • 7 USB ports: three external, four internal, three of them may be reserved for wifi, bluetooth and keyboard
  • Bi-color silver/black case — see photos — with a beautiful dark-red back cover (we decided to go only for red for the first batch as it really jumps out, you won’t regret it).
  • Secured attachment system of tablet into keyboard
  • Independent magnet system for the tablet — we don’t want your Touch Book to un-magnetize all your credit cards while carrying it in your bag!

For the time being, twitter might be the best resource catching up all info about this machine.

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These above pictures have been posted by sfeger. Follow him if you are interested in Touch Book.

For me? it seems to be too thick for my taste, but you’ll never know, if you haven’t touched/seen in person. I still look forward to getting a good news from Pandora, or Zune HD if I can’t resist when it comes out next month.

Pre-order @ alwaysinnovating.com if you feel this is right for you!

Crunchpad getting real!

Since the earlier prototype didn’t look that good, recently there are some leaked photos of new one, probably the final product including the box. It comes in many colors as well.

They look pretty good, don’t they? TechCrunch came to talk later about the detail that it is still the same idea they want at first—dead simple web tablet. Spec is still unclear, but it is 12” touch screen equipped with camera, speaker, microphone, 1*USB port, audio ports. That’s it and it’s probably powered by Intel Atom or VIA Nano. These two won’t make anything different anyway. One more thing is price. They mentioned that less than $250 is the cost. $300 could be the price for sell. How does it look to you? Will you like to try?

For me, 12” might be a bit too big for me. Also battery life is a deal breaker. We’ll see how it turns out pretty soon

more info @ techCruch.com

Touch Book – nice little affordable slate tablet PC

Always InnovatingAfter waiting for Viliv S7 for too long, as usual things go fast in semiconductor world and that is even faster on mobile computing. Today, upcoming ideal machine is coming. Close enough to all netbooks’ buzz with 8.9” screen; but if you may know Intel Atom which is considerably low power consumption on x86 world, it’s still by far to ARM CPU. Oh, yeah ARM on your mobile, PDA, or whatsoever is improving a lot lately. You will see ARM coming more and more I bet.

Touch book The specifications of Touch Book

  • 9.4″ x 7″ x 1.4″ for 2 lbs (with keyboard)
  • ARM Texas Instruments OMAP3 chip 600MHz
  • 1024×600 8.9” screen
  • Storage: 8GB micro SD card
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth
  • 3-dimensional accelerometer
  • Speakers, micro and headphone
  • 6 USB 2.0 (3 internal, 2 external, 1 mini)
  • 10h to 15 hours of battery life

That looks like netbook, right? Look closer in variety of view:-

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Screen is completely detachable and works like a slate tablet PC. That reminds me of HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1000, hybrid tablet pc one. Although Touch Book is sort of  low power comparing to netbook or any UMPC, with $299 (or $399 w/ keyboard) price tag, it’s hard to beat. 10-hour battery life with no sleep/shutdown hassle—that looks like huge PDA replacement for me =)

Stay tuned!! I might have a chance to get this for review later on if Pandora will not be released anytime soon hahaha.

Check out more info or *PRE-ORDER* @ https://www.alwaysinnovating.com/touchbook/ & First hand-on by Gizmodo—over there there are such a nice set of photo and clip when Touch book ran. I think it’s quite impressive. If you ask me, I will take this over Viliv S7 I have waited for a while since battery life is more important than performance due to my usage.

Touch book - Internal USB portOh I forget to mention internal USB port it features! Kind of very cool idea! Instead of hanging USB dongle outside, why don’t we put them inside the chassis??

haha Logitech, with their nano receiver, might not think it’s cool though =)

TechCrunch reallys takes their tablet project seriously?

Whoa! that’s the first word seeing TechCrunch plain simple tablet named Crunchpad turn out to be real. The idea is quite simple—a device, tablet PC basically which has nothing but touch screen and web browser. If you missed that, check this out. That’s on July 21, 2008 around half a year ago!

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And now they come out with their prototype B. It’s not a render photo anymore, it’s real.

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Briefly it’s like Motion Computer device and runs Ubuntu. Check for more information at TechCrunch. There are youtube running this in person too, but as it is prototype, so don’t expected to have that deep info. They just told that it would be ended up around $299 or so.

What do you guys think of this? or grabbing used motion like LS800 is a better idea!? I just don’t think this Crunchpad has that bright future honestly until it will be like what they designed at first.

[via UMPCPortal]

Viliv S7 — set your eyes on it!

After Kohjinsha SC3 got my attention from its design, it failed me completely when coming to battery life–2 hours or so. Now Viliv, the company I also never heard of, come up with Viliv S7 claiming that it would suck less juice and be able to achieve 7-9 hours on single charge!

Viliv S7

And more importantly its form factor won any of their class, IMHO.

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Whoa! What an impressive first look from UMPCportal.com. It’s Atom-based device, 1GB RAM, 30/60 GB HDD, 7" touch screen, 1024px * 600px, 830g (including battery) I couldn’t ask for more.

In fact, I don’t believe if this baby could really achieve 7-9 hours life. But by this approximation, I just wish it would get up to 5-hour-battery-life and that would be enough for my need indeed. If the price is right (less than a grand, please), I won’t hesitate to grab one.

Stay tuned! this will be out around the beginning of next year. I hope this company could make this dream come true.

Check out more gallery & info at UMPCportal.com

OMG! What a cute little tablet PC–Kohjinsha SC3

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Well, I am not sure whether this should be UMPC or tablet PC. Actually, it should be something in between. However, pocketables.net got a review of this baby which you really have to check it out.

Brief spec:

CPU: Intel Atom Z520 Silverthorne 1.33GHz (single-core, hyper-threading)
Chipset: Intel SCH US15W (Poulsbo)
RAM: 2GB DDR2-533 (1GB standard, upgradeable)
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
Hard drive: 60GB
Display: 7” swivel touch-screen (1024 x 600)
Wireless: 802.11b/g, [Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, GPS]*, 1seg tuner
Size: 7.44″ x 6.10″ x 1.00″-1.30″
Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Colors: Black or white
Price: around $1,000 [this is not Netbook indeed]
*[optional]

It’s smaller than Eee PC, but much more interesting since its screen resolution is quite large and more importantly, it’s a swivel screen!! I do hope it will ink as good as Fujitsu P16xx or as same as Samsung Q1–that should be alright.

According to Jenn in the review’s comment

Inking

Inking on the SC3 in portrait and landscape slate mode is actually pretty good. The display is a passive touchscreen, but it’s not overly sensitive. It responds to stylus taps and fingernails immediately but will only register fingertaps when done deliberately.

Handwriting recognition through the Tablet PC Input Panel is great. I’m not an inker, so writing on the screen feels unnatural to me. I know there isn’t exactly a “right” way to ink, but I’m pretty sure seasoned tablet folk would notice how awkward I am. Even so, the SC3 recognized every single word I wrote.

Writing directly on the entire screen through Windows Journal is not as great, but still quite good. The screen seems able to withstand light palm touches; vectoring is only an issue with heavy palms and when that sharpish bone right above the wrist taps it.

Posted by Jenn | 01:13 PM on Jul 16, 2008

HTC shift vs Kohjinsha SC3 Fujitsu U810 vs Kohjinsha SC3 image image

Full review @ pocketables.net!

If your tablet PC & Firefox 3 crash a lot, get nightly build now

image I don’t know whether this would happen to you, but surely it happens to me quite a lot; let’s say >5 times a day since Firefox download day. It was just closing itself or crash/freeze and needed restart the browser, esp. on particular web pages (Gmail and else) and more importantly on your tablet PC. There are a lot of Tablet PC user suffering from this issue, but then now solution is here now. Grab Firefox 3 nightly build–3.0.1-candidate, then this issue will be gone.

Some folks report this happen on one w/ Wacom Intuos3 as well. After update to this version, you will find yourself much more happy like you were with its predecessors.

[via jkOnTheRun]

Thinkpad X61 Tablet and Photoshop are friendly eventually

imageWell, a long time passed since the last time I posted about this problem and the way to solve is just what I haven’t thought it would work, but it works–99% great. I have tried on every situation from messed system to after clean installation, and it still works properly.

This is what I did:-

  1. uninstall every drivers about touch + Wacom digitizer — restart once.
  2. download driver here
  3. then install. That’s it.
  4. download Wacom bamboo driver from Wacom directly
  5. then install it, now you will be able to use your pen, not your finger
  6. now you’ve got to have your multi-touch in hand and install it.
  7. At this point, everything should be ready.

I have tried on Windows 7 64-bit. It works like a charm for both digitizers, no luck, no drama ever again–just work. However, you have to use only Photoshop (32-bit), not 64-bit one.

This is unbelievably easy, isn’t it? I don’t know why I could not get it work at first. If you still have the issue, get into device manager (start >> “devmgmt.msc”) then you have to see something like this;

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the yellow asterisk ones are what Photoshop is looking for (bamboo driver). The rest is from multitouch driver. You’ve got to have both to get both passive and active work together.

If you have a problem, just ask. I might be able to help :-P

Note: rarely yet I found that Photoshop doesn’t recognize the Wacom pen properly. I mean the pressure doesn’t register at all. You just have to re-open Photoshop, then it will be all set. This is waaaay better than restart your system.

Workaround X61 Tablet Pen problem in Photoshop

It’s an odd that we can’t use Tablet features in Photoshop if you are using Tablet PC with Multi-Touch screen (Both active and passive digitizer) Although a pen sensitivity works flawlessly with every other programs such as OneNote, Alias SketchBook, InkSeine, or even Paint.NET, it just doesn’t work with Photoshop. Yes, you could draw on it, but without sensitivity? why do we have to use an active digitizer? passive one should be enough.. Okay every problems have a solution. This still applied. Just for a reference, I am testing on Thinkpad X61 Tablet Multitouch, but this is a problem of all Multitouch tablet.

The problem is Photoshop can’t recognize the Wacom pen on Multitouch screen. In other words, an active digitizer on Multitouch Tablet PC will not work in Photoshop. I don’t know if this should be a Adobe or Wacom issue though. But if I have to answer, it should be Adobe that needs to work with Wacom about this since other programs work just fine. From this problem, when you draw, you will get something like this.

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You can tell that I’m not an artist or any kind close to that. So don’t laugh at me :-/ As you see, what you got from original driver of you tablet. Isn’t worth using tablet at all….

Solution:

Here is what you have to do, you have to go to Wacom website and get a bamboo driver. Then installed it. Easy, right? You will get something like this instead:-

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I’m not quite sure which one is better–still kid drawing :-/ but you can see a difference, big difference since an active pen is working properly now. Nonetheless, this is not a permanent solution at all because touch–or passive digitizer–will not work under a bamboo driver. It means that you will be able to use only Wacom pen, mouse and keyboard–not your finger. If you want to touch again, you just have to install multitouch driver. Then everything will be normal again–Photoshop will not recognize active pen again. In case you want to use Photoshop w/ active pen in the future, all you have to do is reinstalling a bamboo drive back and forth again and again :-D

I don’t know when this problem will be solved permanently but now, at least, you will be able to get an advantage of your machine. “May the active pen be with you”

updated–same day–12:44pm: After I messed with all this, I might get Multitouch work. I just need to check about it to see whether it’s going to last. Up to now, they are still working after several restarts w/o tweaking a bit. Stay tuned!