Wow, there’s literally a radio show going on right behind me in this room; Michael Garfield is interviewing someone from Palm as I quietly blog this. Just before meeting James here at the CES Broadcast Booth, I swung by the Toshiba booth for all of three minutes to catch up with the innovative and well designed R400 Tablet PC shown above. The 12.1-inch LED backlight display is a beauty!
I called this unit well designed because the look and feel is almost Apple-like in a glossy white way. I was very impressed by this one-line display that shows system info via the Windows SideShow technology.
Most impressive of course was the wireless dock that James mentioned earlier this week. According to the Toshiba reps, this is a true USB 2.0 wireless unit capable of 480 Mbps transfer speeds. The dock isn’t meant to be an access point, but instead creates a circular wireless area around three to four feet in diameter. Essentially, all of your peripherals get connected to the dock and when your R400 is in range, it automagically connects to them via the speedy wireless connection.
The throughput is more than fast enough to pipe audio and video through the ether as well; I watched a DVD movie clip that was streamed from the dock to the R400 with no wires. Watch for the dock in the second quarter of 2007; I asked about the price, but couldn’t get anyone to comment on that. Looks like the base R400 will put you in the mid-two-thousand range, but you’re getting a very capable Tablet that runs Vista like a pro.
Here’s a high level pic of how a typical wireless dock setup with the R400 might look.