Microsoft MVP Rob Bushway brought our attention to a new review of the Toshiba R10 Tablet PC and since I try to follow all reviews of Tablets I headed over to smh.com.au to give it a read. The reviewer is obviously trying to like the Tablet PC but has some real problems with the R10 and indicates the Tablet PC falls short of the desired goal both as a unit and as a genre. Needless to say this has gotten my dander up, as my Dad used to say.
The reviewer had trouble with the R10 in three areas, bulk, weight and price. His biggest complaints stemmed from the fact the R10 is bulky and weighs 2.8 kg. The Toshiba R10 with it’s 14.1 inch screen is one of the largest Tablet PCs on the market today. What did the reviewer expect? Of course it’s heavy at that size. All computers with a 14.1" screen are heavy, in the world of mobile computers size = weight. Every time. Unfortunately the author of the review did not point out that there are very small and light Tablets available to the consumer and this omission is what I had the biggest problem with.
The other main complaint the author had was the price of the R10 in Australia. He mentions a AUD3500 price which is about USD2600 at the time of this writing. I priced out his R10 on the ToshibaDirect store in the US and the equivalent unit runs about $1700. I have no doubt there is a price premium in Australia but that’s a huge difference and obviously would affect Tablet sales in that country. I would be interested in hearing from any readers in Australia who have information concerning the routine price premium for both notebooks and Tablets compared to the US.
I believe the reviewer wrote what he felt to be an objective review of the Toshiba R10 and the Tablet PC platform but when you give only one side of the story readers who might be considering their first Tablet PC could be misled. There are Tablets today, both convertible and slates, that weigh slightly over 3 pounds which is light by any mobile computer standards so research and make sure your primary need areas are addressed with your choice. A good place to start is my article which clearly explains the choices available and how you can make sure you get the Tablet that fits your work style.