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We confirmed that Dell would be launching the XT Tablet PC today and our information is correct as Dell has done so as expected.  The Latitude XT is a real powerhouse mobile PC with a dual digitizer allowing both pen and touch interaction as expected.  Those […]

We confirmed that Dell would be launching the XT Tablet PC today and our information is correct as Dell has done so as expected.  The Latitude XT is a real powerhouse mobile PC with a dual digitizer allowing both pen and touch interaction as expected.  Those folks at GottaBeMobile have the full details along with the press release and Linda Epstein of Tablet PC2 has done her usual great job and gotten some hands-on photos of the Dell.  The big boys at Engadget have gotten a brief hands-on session with the new Dell and have written up their impressions.  They found the new Dell to be very solid and well constructed (the word sexy was used) and seem overall to be impressed.  What has surprised everyone, myself included, is Dell’s announced pricing.  They have stated that the XT Tablet PC will start at $2499.  Say what?  That is $700 more than I paid for my HP 2710p that is fully loaded!  Ouch.

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  1. GoodThings2Life Tuesday, December 11, 2007

    I was excited for this entry for a long time… I’ve watched and waited for it, and even had my company Dell guy promising me a demo unit. But after the unimpressive CPU, graphics card, and slow hard drive, not to mention the excessive price, I’m no longer interested in it… not when I could by a Lenovo or Toshiba or any other better-spec system for less money.

    I priced out a much nicer Toshiba M700 config for $2000 (including 3 year accidental/on-site warranty extensions).

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  2. Well now we know how Dell thought they could afford to run those Toshiba R400′s through the table saw…

    Either Dell is paying way too much for that muli-touch sensor, or expecting us to pay way too much for it…

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  3. Toshiba recently released the Portege M700 which has both pen and touch capabilities.

    From http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cdetland.to?seg=HHO&poid=405951&coid=-34917&fgpn=PPM70U-01R01D: “When the rules change, you can too with the performance and versatility of the Portégé® M700 Tablet PC with a 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LED Backlit Display* with digital pen support, touch capability and anti-glare display for indoor/outdoor viewing.”

    I may have to rethink my decision to go with the HP 2710P.

    Woadan

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  4. Forget Dell. It won’t have a touchscreen, but Everex’s Nanobook is now the Cloudbook and will come roaring in next month at just $400 with a 30GB HD! I think that kills the EeePC for me.

    http://www.electronicsinfoline.com/New/Laptop_and_Tablet_PC/everex_nanobook_becomes_the_cloudbook_gets_gos.shtml

    Yeah, they say GoogleOS (whatevah), but you just know people will shoehorn XP onto it!

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  5. this is a perfect example of a company blatantly taking advantage of a market (business) that they feel can afford it, to try & makeup for their other markets much lower profit margins.

    absolutely NOTHING about this machine warrants a $2500 starting price. i mean get real, it isnt even spec’d that well to begin with.

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  6. @ Mike: The Everex is comparable to the Eee that Kevin has been spending time with of late. Neither of them are even close to the Dell Tablet.

    Not to say you can’t decide on the former over the latter, but in terms of what they will do, you can’t compare. The Everex and the Eee aren’t even touch screens–they’re simply mini notebooks running a slimmed down version of Linux. The XT is in competition with the HP 2710P, the Toshiba Portege M700, and it appears Dell also thinks the Motion LE1700 by their price.

    Also, the Linux on the Everx is gOS. The same one they used in the gPC. It stands for good OS, and does not appear to be related to Google in any way.

    See http://www.thinkgos.com/index.html.

    Woadan

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  7. Woadan, I’m in general agreement with you: the device classes are very different. However I did read last night that there will be a version of the Everex with a touchscreen.

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  8. I have been using my 2710p pretty heavily in the last week and I don’t think I would want a touchscreen especially if the screen would be similar to a ppc screen. I would be too worried about scratching it. When I am at work and using it in tablet mode I am constant laying papers on it to sign. Does anyone know how the screen feels on this one?

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  9. @ Kevin: The Everex that will sell for $400 will _not_ have a touch screen. How much are you willing to bet that most people will end up spending $400 for their Everex?
    ;)

    @ sixftunda: The HP2710P has a touch screen. It has, to be specific, an active digitizer, meaning you have to use the included pen with the tablet PC. Or did you mean you wouldn’t want one on the Everex if you bought one?

    WOadan

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  10. where the hell is the exact weight listed? i keep seeing alot of “sub 4lb”, which means pretty much nothing. it could easily be like “3.9lbs without battery”, ive seen it before!

    the fact that Dell isnt releasing the exact specs to the press pretty much guarantees this thing is a fatty (weight wise). who wants to use a 4lbs vertical device?

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