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ECS V300 Tablet PC
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Jimmy Tang on Tuesday, 18th May, 2004
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


The ECS V300 Tablet PC

It has been four years since the first prototype Tablet PC was first publicly demonstrated back in COMDEX/Fall 2000. Over the four years, tremendous technological improvements in various key areas such as transistor technology, LCDs, wireless modules, and battery cells have led to the current generation of Tablet PCs that sports excellent wireless connectivity, visual and sound quality and most importantly, improved battery life.


The idea of a Tablet PC is simple; it's basically a light and highly mobile computing device. All purebred Tablet PCs run on Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system. This version of Windows XP supports inking, pen/stylus navigation and has a pretty advanced handwriting recognition capability. Most notably unique to Windows XP Tablet PC Edition is the three software designed and written for Tablet PCs, namely Microsoft Windows Journal, Microsoft Input Panel and Microsoft Sticky Notes.

The pen writing input is by no means a mark of perfection as it's still far from being the perfect input tool for Tablet PC. Let's face it; keyboard typing and entry is still the fastest and preferred input method for a typical day-to-day PC user. No matter how much the product's marketing can claim or tell you, using a pen/stylus to create a document is still a snail's pace when compared to the instantaneous response from our trusty keyboard. The keyboard is still a must have device when the Tablet PC is docked on your desktop. However, when you're on the move, the only form of input is (like it or not) the pen/stylus.

ECS V300 Technical Specifications
Processor
  • Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 800MHz
Memory
  • 256MB DDR SDRAM
TFT Color Display
  • 8.4" 800 x 600 SVGA TFT LCD
Storage Device
  • Fujitsu 20GB IDE HDD
Video
  • 640 x 480 pixels CMOS Digital Camera
Audio
  • Built-in Mono Speaker
Connectivity
  • Built-in V.90/56kbps modem with Fax support
Digitizer with Digital Pen
  • 600Lpi / 512 levels
External I/O Interface
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 x D-Sub connector
  • 1 x Microphone-In jack
  • 1 x Headphone-out jack
  • 1 x RJ-11
  • 1 x RJ45
  • 1 x 4-in-1 Card Reader (supports SM/MS/SD/MMC)
  • 1 x DC-In port
Power Supply
  • Removable Li-Ion 11.1V 2200mAh battery pack
  • 100-240V
  • 50W
Dimension
  • 23.6 x 17.5 x 2.5cm (L x W x H)
Weight
  • 1.18kg (with standard battery pack)
Factory Option
  • 802.11b Wireless LAN Module
Accessory Option
  • Digital Pen
  • External USB Keyboard Module
  • External USB Optical Drive / Combo (24x CD-R/ 8x DVD/ 24x CD-ROM)
  • Longer Duration Battery Pack (11.1V 4400mAh)
  • Carry Bag
  • External Charger
OS Support
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP Edition

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