|Screen Size||12.1 inches|
|Processor||1.5 GHz Intel Pentium M|
|Hard Drive||60 GB|
|Card Description||NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||32 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
Toshiba Portege M205-S810 Tablet PC (1.50 GHz Pentium M (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, USB DVD-CD-RW Combo)
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Paired with a second LCD display, you have some serious screen real estate. I do a lot of graphics, processing-intensive work, and wireless computing, and this is a terrific machine to do just about anything.
Add some software like OneNote, Corel Painter 8, and FranklinCovey TabletPlanner, and you have a great tool for meetings and ultimate portability.
My prior Tablet PC was the Toshiba Portege 3500, which is also a capable machine. The M200 is more powerful and has better video capabilities, allowing you to run 32-bit color on the built-in display.
The new cross-functional button (more like a joystick) and the four side launch pen buttons are a welcome addition. I do miss the CF Card reader, but it's not that big a deal.
Because this machine is a convertible, there's no learning curve for new Tablet PC users. The screen swivels and folds flat to create a slate that you can write on. I found that because of the faster processor, handwriting and speech recognition is faster.
The only other machine I can recommend is the Panasonic Toughbook CF-18, which is a ruggedized Tablet PC. The Panasonic is not for mainstream users, but if you're constantly out in adverse conditions, the ToughBook has a double-bright screen, small size, sealed ports (Panasonic says to actually run the machine under warm water if you spill coffee on it), and great battery life. But the keyboard is small, so you really do need to have a burning desire for a ruggedized machine.
Use of the 1.5Ghz Pentium 4M CPU makes this more powerful than other tablets in the field, putting it in the same class as most pure laptops. As with any laptop, you have limitations on hard drive size, memory, and add-on peripherals. As a laptop, this is average, as more feature-rich and economical options exist. I would *not* recommend this machine to anyone looking for a pure laptop solution.
However, I'm a firm believer in tablets as the future. I've seen how much suffering people endure with folios of printouts and papers, almost solely because they need to markup the paper and have access to multiple sheets as they work. While this doesn't purport to expand the screen size to 36"x48" (which would be AWESOME... someday), it does allow most people to finally start editing documents by hand, and cut down on the paper waste.
Also, as a forms tool, tablets are unmatched. The user experience in Windows XP for tablets is much closer to the long-enjoyed PDA functionality of Palm and PocketPC users everywhere... without the annoying syncronization problems. And One Note from Microsoft is probably the best utility going for tablet users.
As a tablet PC, this delivers. I can't speak to the MP3/DVD problems, but the tablet does have the necessary horsepower to do either or both, so I would tend to think the problem is configuration, not intrinsic problems.
If you have the cash, buy one for your group as an evaluation item. Once people start using it, your next problem will be to find the budget room to buy more.
So why did I go out and buy this PC Tablet? The answer lies in its weight and its swivel screen. When I first took my laptop to trial, I found that Microsoft Office OneNote program functions as an incredible litigation support tool. Easily modifiable I had my entire case from voir dire to closing argument at my fingertips.
But even a great laptop and superb support program have limitations. We lawyers ask questions and make arguments on our feet. You cannot hold a laptop in on hand and refer to it during direct or cross examination. The tablet solves that problem. Lightweight and locked in the tablet configuration, it's no more intrusive than a legal pad.
It is also a full featured laptop, with built-in WiFi. The screen size is some disappointing, but nothing is perfect. The four stars I give it instead of a five, is really a 4 1/2.
This is a very important advance in integrating computers into courtroom practice.
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If you have about $2500 to blow for a really cool toy then this is a great buy. However if you want to do anything useful with it don't buy it. Read morePublished on May 5, 2005 by Rob Pitt