Advueu releases new mini Tablet PC


V800xpt2I have previously discussed my specifications for a mini Tablet PC that I feel would make the perfect compromise between mobility and functionality.  jkOnTheRun reader Matt has pointed me to an interesting Tablet PC that fits most of the criteria mentioned in my specifications for a small Tablet PC.  The Advueu V800XPT-2 is an updated version of the California company’s original Tablet PC that comes closer to an acceptable form for truly mobile use.  The small size of the V800XPT is due to the 8.4 inch screen which I think is the perfect compromise between portability and ease of use.  The screen is SVGA though, so it would have to be seen to determine how much utility it has.  The Advueu does have an extended battery that lasts over 5 hours of continuous use which is very good for the road warrior who doesn’t want to worry about finding the next electrical outlet.

V800xpt1withkbThe most interesting design feature of the Advueu is including a full keyboard that fits in an organizer type binder that also carries the Tablet.  This provides you with the benefits of a convertible while still honoring the true slate form factor.  The 512 MB of memory and 40 GB hard drive should be plenty to fully realize the potential of this Tablet PC.

Unfortunately the worst design choice that Advueu made was going with a Transmeta Crusoe CPU, which is no doubt why the battery life is so good.  If they only put a Pentium M in this little sucker.  No word on pricing for the V800XPT-2 but a search on newegg shows they have several refurbished PT-1s which is the earlier model with only 256 MB of memory and a 30 GB hard drive.  These can be picked up for only $868 which is actually a pretty good way for those who are interested in trying a Tablet PC to do so without spending too much.  Full specs after the jump.

8.4-inch SVGA full-color screen for portrait or landscape viewing

Processor: Transmeta Crusoe 800MHz 

Keyboard with touchpad fits into protective carrying case

Memory: 512 DDR RAM

Digital pen and AAAA batteries

Included long duration battery:
Up to 6 hours extended battery life

Built-in 4-in-1 Card Reader

PC camera:
Built-in CCD camera 640×480 for video conferencing

Operating System:
Powered by WindowsXP Tablet Edition.

40GB Hard drive

Integrated Wi-Fi, Ethernet & USB connectivity



Microsoft is reporting that they will roll Tablet and Media Editions into their next Operating System.

My guess is that Microsoft is lifting the Tablet and Media Edition specs because all PCs/notebooks will have the bare minimum specs in the next few years to run all Windows OSes.

I also think the Tablet and Media Edition cannot sustain enough market traction to succeed independantly and instead of scrapping the platforms, include them as enhancements to Windows.

Higher end manufacturers will include a touchscreen.

My .02


This looks like an exciting product. But to me it just reminds me why I’m not buying a tablet… too many compromises in price and specs, and not enough expected benefits from the tablet side of things. It’s a bit too expensive to make it a giant PDA, and it’s not capable enough to make it my main pc.

But I do think we’re getting closer. It would be nice if one day most laptops have tablet features built in.

JK, what do you think is the end game for tablets? Is it going to be in “every” laptop, or is it going to be a niche market? Will price and specs ever get near regular laptops?

And I guess I wonder about the same question fro laptops and notebooks. They are getting closer to desktop specs and prices, but remain quite a bit more expensive for similar specs. Do you think they will ever get almost identical in price and specs to the desktop machines?


On the comments on another site (I cant recall at the moment which), someone mentioned that they had talked with the people at Advueu. They said that they would be soon coming out with a updated model. I assume that this is it. The comment also said something about the price being $1100. I don’t know how true this is, but this would also make it a little expensive. We will have to see.


That device looks sweet. Finally an affordable tabletpc. It also doesn’t have a huge screen which is good in my book.


What’s interesting is that I started carrying the U50 in a Targus case made for the Toshiba Libretto with the foldup keyboard connected to the U50.

In a pinch, I open the case and use the U50 or unfold the keyboard and I have it with me.

Now to find some type of contraption to tilt the case so I can use it like a normal laptop.

Mike Cane

OK, this is what I get for just *scanning* your stuff. You clearly stated this is a NEW product, just announced, so, duuuuh, probably too early to show up anywhere.

As Emily Litella used to say: Never mind!

Mike Cane

>high skepicism<

Clicking on the Tiger Direct and NewEgg links at Advueu’s own site brings up *no* listing for the product at either site… hmmm. So much for finding out what the full retail price is (I’m too lazy to go for a third try… if these people can’t be bothered, why should i?).

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