Monday, December 12, 2005


Gift Guide Advice: Portable PC�s

Greg Michetti writes the column on cnews and he has this quote about tablet PCs costing double that of notebooks of similar performance running XP home. I guess he has not seen the Gateway Tablet PC, the Averatec, HP’s TC4200, Toshiba’s R10, R15, and M200, etc.

For example, a good, portable business notebook that uses the Windows XP Tablet PC operating system is usually about double the cost of a retail model running a larger item running Windows XP Home.

Translation: Prices range from $2,500-$3,000 for the former to $900-$1500 for the latter.

He also talks about the X41 Tablet PC and mentions the light that illuminates the normal ThinkPads. The problem is that that the X41 does not have that light.

I can’t tell you how many frequent flyers I know who rave about one thing on the ThinkPad: The little white on/off light at the top of your open lid. It allows you to see the full ThinkPad keyboard without having that annoying overhead cabin light on; meaning others can watch the in-flight movie while you struggle away on tomorrows exciting PowerPoint presentation on how Sarbanes-Oxley affects your company.

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