Engadget reviews ExoPC Slate.
Engadget.com has had their review unit of the much anticipated ExoPC Slate for a week and has just released their review. ExoPC has taken the time to transform Windows 7 into a more touch friendly operating system and has also included several touch apps. For those not up to speed the ExoPC Slate is a 11.6 inch capacitive touchscreen tablet using the Atom Pinetrail processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM, and has a Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator to pump out 1080p goodness.
Here is their summary:
We’ve come to look at the ExoPC itself as a bit of a conundrum and perhaps the best illustration yet of exactly why Intel and Microsoft need to do some serious work on their respective tablet offerings. Although ExoPC offers a unique and interesting touch UI on top of Windows 7 to compensate for Microsoft’s lacking consumer touch features, it’s not anywhere close to done, and thus requires Windows 7 to fully operate. Yet ultimately, it’s Windows 7 — and the power-hungry parts needed to run it — that end up crippling the ExoPC the most.
If it weren’t for the promise of the ExoPC software layer, we’d probably write this tablet off like most of the other Win 7 slates we’ve seen. However, it’s hard to overlook the totally unique interface and preloaded applications, as they significantly improve the Windows touch experience in a way that is unmatched by any other Windows tablet we’ve seen. With that said, $599 is a lot of money to bet on a platform that isn’t ready and a piece of hardware that must be plugged into the wall for the better part of the day. The ExoPC may be a solid choice for developers and early adopters looking to tinker, but it’s just not a mainstream consumer tablet… yet.
The odd thing about the ExoPC is it not for sale to the general public. It was for sale to forum members on ExoPC in limited supply, but the way they will be selling it is through other retail partners who will rebrand the devices. Each one will say “Powered by ExoPC”. Check out ExoPC.com for more info on that. There is no USA partner yet, but their is a Canadian version called the Ciara Vibe who will be ship to the USA until a partner is found.
Posted by Chris Garcia via Engadget