TabletPC’s: Not Quite Dead Thanks To Motion

Remember when there was so much buzz about TabletPC’s? Well the market has been quiet for some time, but Motion Computing put a little buzz back into this with its announcement about its new, updated TabletPC.
The new LE1600 is thinner, lighter and more durable with Intel’s Centrino mobile technology. There is an optional hot-swappable extended battery which delivers up to a full work day of untethered computing time. An attachable all-in-one mobile keyboard, mini-dock, and charging station. Versatile connections for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, IrDA port and Gigabit Ethernet. Hardware-based encryption. Speak Anywhere technology using a three-microphone design.
Motion has gone beyond making a flat PC to making a TabletPC designed for the mobile user. Think about it – a 3 way microphone that changes depending on the orientation of the Tablet.
The clipboard-sized Motion LE1600 Tablet PC weighs 3.1 pounds and features a slim, tapered design, about a quarter-pound lighter and a quarter-inch thinner than the Motion M1400. Motion’s new flagship product runs MicrosoftÆ WindowsÆ XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and is built-to-order per customer specification.
Motion’s durable slate design has been extended to the LE1600. With a magnesium alloy lower housing and carbon fiber upper housing, the LE1600 achieves an optimal balance between durability and weight as well as improved wireless performance.
Building on the features of the M-series of tablet PCs, the Motion LE1600 includes proprietary Speak Anywhere technology. The LE1600 intelligently switches between two of three microphones, depending on screen orientation, for high-fidelity voice and sound input. Speak Anywhere locks in on a user’s voice, cancels out background noise, and enables accurate voice recognition and speech-to-text transcription in a range of applications from voice control and command to dictation to VoIP applications.
The LE1600’s standard screen offers a 12.1-inch, high-resolution XGA viewing area and viewing angles of up to 180 degrees to simplify collaboration. The new slate tablet PC also features a Digital Video Interface (DVI-D) port for output to high-resolution flat-panel monitors and projectors. In addition, the optional View AnywhereÆ display technology offers high-quality display clarity and visibility at nearly all angles in nearly every lighting condition. View Anywhere display technology offers high-quality display clarity and visibility at nearly all angles in nearly every lighting condition. View Anywhere gives users a 10-to-1 reduction in sunlight reflection compared to Motion?s standard tablet PC displays.
Delivering increased flexibility for mobile professionals, a new all-in-one mobile keyboard peripheral is available for the LE1600. The Convertible Keyboard serves as a mini-dock and charging station for the tablet PC. The mobile keyboard adds the functionality of a full-size notebook computer without adding significant weight or bulk.
Other enhanced features include:
* Gigabit Ethernet to provide faster wired network connections and protect IT investment
* Embedded Wi-Fi supporting latest standards and security protocols (802.11a/b/g)
* Embedded Bluetooth simplifying peripheral connections and reducing cabling hassles
* IrDA for quick wireless synchronization with PDAs and SmartPhones
* New ergonomic pen with improved weight balance and integrated eraser
* Motion accessory cable which enables powering an external DVD drive directly from the tablet
“Globally, we’re seeing tablet PC market growth strengthen substantially,” said Roger Kay, vice president of client computing at IDC. “IDC’s research anticipates that tablet PC shipments in 2005 will increase 84 percent over their 2004 level, and we expect growth in 2006 to be sustained at 86 percent over the 2005 level. Mobile professionals, especially workers in health care and field sales, realize that tablet PCs can offer better mobility and increased productivity.”
Embedded Security Ensures Data Integrity
The LE1600’s advanced security capabilities help ensure user, network and enterprise data are protected. An embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) enables hardware-protected encryption, as well as secures digital certificate storage for authentication and secure e-mail applications. The built-in fingerprint reader uses biometric data to prevent unauthorized access to system resources and encrypted data. The LE1600 also features the new Motion Security Center for quick access to the tablet PC’s authentication, password and encryption applications.
The Motion LE1600 is available from Motion?s international network of more than 700 value-added resellers or at for $2,199 MSRP. Motion is also selling the LE1600c a Celeron version for $1,899 MSRP. The LE1600 comes with a standard one-year limited warranty extendable to two or three years. In addition, a wide range of complementary peripherals are available, including the Extended Battery, Convertible Keyboard, USB Mobile Keyboard, FlexDock docking station, ergonomic digitizer pens and cases.