Thursday, January 05, 2006


Toshiba M400 Tablet PC Notes

Spent some good time talking to the former Toshiba Tablet PC Product Manager , Brian Forrester.

I would KILL for a nice, thin 3lb convertible with a 12" screen.

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.
As I've just blogged, perhaps there is a reticence on behalf of OEMs to invest in a small market but why not drive that market and CREATE the demand.

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.
I just looked at the R200 again. Damn. I would buy that in a second in tablet pc :)
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