Nearly every month a new tablet PC is introduced as a potential iPad contender, but many still need to work on issues like sluggish performance or heavy chassis to truly compete. Among the several tablets debuted at the Computex Trade Show, the ExoPC Slate was the one that stole the show. Boasting of an 11.6-inch screen, undeniable good looks, customizable user interface, and snappy performance, the ExoPC Slate is one of the most pleasant surprises to come post-iPad.
Features – Hardware and Software
The ExoPC Slate sports a huge frame of 295 x 195 x 14.0 mm you need two hands to get a better hold of the device. Nonetheless, it’s just as thin, light, and pleasant to carry along as the iPad. The tablet has room for an HDMI out, 2 USB ports, webcam, speaker, microphone, and 2 USB ports. 1.6GHz Atom 2450 processor boots the device, which is also packed with an accelerometer, light sensor, multi-touch screen, dozens of entertainment apps, and Microsoft Office suite.
But what really steals the show for ExoPC is its 11.6-inch screen: it is snappy, it is high def, it is customizable. This is becomes more impressive when you consider the fact that the slate uses Windows 7 OS, a rather poor touch input tablet OS. With most Windows 7 tablets, tapping and swiping of fingers to run commands is not smooth.
ExoPC works around this problem by adding its own UI software layer. Doing so, ExoPC is able to offer a simpler and easier to navigate screen. It readily responds to swipes, light taps, and multi-touch gestures such as pinching to zoom in and out of an image or to shrink the homepage.
The custom software layer solves many of the issues with Win 7. Nonetheless, you can also switch to traditional Windows UI if you want to maximize the full capability of the tablet.
Equally impressive is the fact that you can customize your tablet experience. The home screen contains circles or disks that contain your shortcuts to your most-used programs, folders, favorite websites, or applications themselves. The wallpaper in each disk can also be configured to your liking.
Another thing about the screen: it can display 1080p videos smooth – a feat not even the iPad was able to do. Screen resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels.
- User interface is designed to make your tablet experience as convenient and easy as possible.
- In addition to video and music playback, web browser, games, eReader, and other apps, there’s a learning software for children.
- Despite its size, the ExoPC slate is lightweight and portable.
- Stroboscopic keyboard is said to minimize typing errors by providing an efficient visual feedback. Amply sized and spaced keys allow quick input whether you use your thumbs or ten fingers.
- Battery life is only five hours – with WiFi it could be shorter, 3 hours or less.
- The screen is highly reflective and has poor viewing angles.
The Bottom Line
This show-stealer has a tentative price of $599. ExoPC still needs to work on the quality of its LCD screen, but announced the device will be ready at the end of Q3 2010. For those who want an innovative device that also lets them personalize their tablet experience, the ExPC Slate is worth waiting for.
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OS
- 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD
- 11.6-inch LCD screen with 1366 x 768 resolution
- ExoPC UI layer
- Accelerometer + light sensor
- 5 hours of use per charge
- Dimensions: 295 x 195 x 14.0 mm
- Broadcom Crystal HD chip powers 1080p playback
- capacitive, pressure-sensitive multi-touch screen
- customizable screen
- handwriting recognition
- efficient typing system
- 1080p high definition video playback