Damn you, Warner Crocker! Here I am, having just about managed to staunch the flow of drool that threatened to drown my cat and short-circuit my keyboard thanks to lusting over TabletKiosk's Sahara i440D Tablet PC, and you go and get me all moist again with your bearded review.
TabletKiosk's latest slates have already made me visibly moist, and GottaBeMobile's video review of the i440D has done nothing to dry me out. The 25mm thick Tablet PC is quite the mobile powerhouse, with the sleek, no-nonsense chassis containing a 12.1-inch dual-mode active/passive digitiser, room for up to 3GB of RAM and a 160GB SATA hard-drive.
My ageing tc1100 was already looking pretty shabby in comparison to the new Sahara slates from TabletKiosk, and having now read Steve's hands-on experience of them over at GottaBeMobile its taken to snuffling sadly in the corner of the room.
No surprise, really; with dual active and passive digitisers (meaning finger touch and more accurate stylus control), easily accessed RAM, hard-drive and wireless modules for future upgrades, and a casing design not only minimalistically attractive but obviously well thought through, the i440D is edging its way to the top of the list for those considering tablet upgrades.
The new Sahara Tablet PC range from TabletKiosk, that we previewed early last month, has finally been officially announced. Not much in the way of new information, with the processor options ranging from the Celeron M ULV 423 right up to Core Duo L2500's, RAM from half a gig upwards and a choice of Windows XP Pro or Vista Business.
While the two basic models, the i412T and i440T, have passive touchscreens, the i440D range-topper sports a dual-mode passive & active digitiser for the best of both worlds. Shipping will begin early March this year; price breakdown after the cut.
Tablet PCs are funny things - they regularly get lambasted by both the press and the blog-reader as being frivolous and pointless pieces of technology and yet, like gently passing wind in a medium sized chapel, pretty soon everyone knows about a new one. I'm thinking of designing a business model based on what I call the lust/lambaste paradigm, when an item taps into the primal "ugh, I need it!" part of the brain while at the same time your sly, sarcastic super-ego decries it as being pointless. Anyway, latest on the block is TabletKiosk's Sahara i440D, a true slate that runs Vista, and TabletPC2 have some sneak preview photos.
The pinnacle of three versions, the i440D sports a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo CPU, up to 4.0GB of RAM, biometric security, WiFi in a, b and g flavours, Bluetooth, a dual-array microphone, Type II PCMCIA slot and stereo speakers, all in a casing just 25mm thick. Screen options range from passive through to dual-mode active/passive digitisers as well as a transflective "outdoor" choice, all running at XGA 1028x768 resolution and measuring 12.1-inches. Full spec list and more photos after the cut.