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Contrary to popular belief, a Tablet PC doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. For just an arm $949.99, you can grab a Gateway CX210S with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. Now the Gateway tablets tend to be rather large and heavy: the CX210S […]

Gateway_cx210Contrary to popular belief, a Tablet PC doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. For just an arm $949.99, you can grab a Gateway CX210S with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. Now the Gateway tablets tend to be rather large and heavy: the CX210S is no exception with a 14-inch WXGA screen. The weight must be embarrassingly high as well; I couldn’t find it on the Gateway site, but I’d suspect we’re talking at least 6 or 7 pounds for this convertible tablet.

Still, for folks that don’t want a small-screen UMPC at or near the same price, this could be a nice entry level stepping stone into the world of Tablet PCs. You’ll get a capable machine with 1 GB of RAM, 80 GB drive and Intel Core Duo running at 1.73 GHz (not 1.73 Hz as stated on the product page….at least I hope it’s not Hz!)

  1. Gateways support site lists it as being 6.2 to 7.25 lbs depending on component options selected.
    I’m actually replacing my Portege 3505 with a Gateway CX2620 which is on the same chassis as the CX210 and lists the same weight.
    Although its a refurb, its very well equipped and is Vista Ready.
    Should be here today or tomorrow so I’m anxiously waiting.

    David

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  2. Unfortunately with weight that high many users who will ‘try’ tablet technology this way will often not understand the true benefit because it is too large to lug around. I know at least 3 students at my school who still carry paper pads over tablets they have at home. And even more unfortunately they tend to spread a vibe that “tablets aren’t so great” because they have a feature that they really can’t make use of. A sentiment I am quick to fight against with my handwarmer – the Motion LS800. (And yes, the heat is super welcome in the vasty Wisconsin winter).

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  3. Yes, weight IS ridiculously high. I am the not-so-proud-anymore owner of a Gateway Convertible. 4 months of going to classes with a 3 kilo monster are enough to make me want to switch to an R2H. Now I’m saving again… *sigh*

    In al fairness though, battery life kicks ass on my Gateway. a good 6 hours sans wifi and with lowest screen brightness.

    //F2theD

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  4. I heard that tablet had a lot of manufacturing problems, that people were facing a real tech nightmare, with screen malfunctions, HD crash, keyboard not responding, etc. Is it still the case?

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