Thursday, January 05, 2006
Toshiba M400 Tablet PC Notes
Spent some good time talking to the former Toshiba Tablet PC Product Manager , Brian Forrester.
- The removable cd drive on the M400 does not support a replaceable battery, just an extra hard drive.
- there is a thin extended battery that fits on the bottom on the M400 .
- No plans for making the R200 in to Tablet PC. They don't think it will sell. That R200 is so thin and light- under 3 lbs - and screams to be a Tablet PC
As I've said in the past, the m200 feels too thick considering there's no optical drive. It feels like there's a lot of wasted space, especially when I first had it next to the little Acer.
A convertible R200 would be both smaller and lighter than the X41T which Lenovo are touting as the smallest in it's class. Tableteers would queue round the block for this.
How they can thin it wouldn't sell is beyond me.
This is a classic catch-22. The tablet is a "small market" because we don't have the same choices as a normal laptop. There are a few devices that are small and a few with high-res screens and a few with optical drive, but very few complete packages compared to the "normal" notebook market.
I really think a smaller, lighter device with good specs (i.e., a thinner m200) would sell VERY well with a wider audience.
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