PC Magazine reviews Motion LS800 Tablet PC

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The Tablet PC community is buzzing about the new 8 inch Motion LS800 Tablet PC and rightly so.  The mini-Tablet PC is hopefully the first of many such devices to hit the market and it is apparent many consumers have an interest in a small Tablet like this.  PC Magazine has reviewed the LS800 and given it a "fair" rating, 2.5 out of a possible 5.  Their biggest complaints are heat, cost and what they call a short battery life.  They love the size and light weight and state the included pen has a "Mont Blanc-like" feel to it, which sounds nice.

I wish Motion had used an XGA (1024×768) resolution screen instead of the supplied SVGA (800X600) but the author of the review states he is glad they went with the lower resolution as a higher resolution would be hard to read, so I’ll hold off on my judgement until I can see one for myself.  The lack of a PC Card slot might be a killer for me since it means I could not use my EVDO card for true wireless connectivity.  The review complains about the short battery life but admits they couldn’t run a benchmark to test it.  Motion claims a 3 hour battery life which is ample, it will come down to real world battery life to determine how long it will last "in the wild".

Overall the reviewer was impressed with the small form factor of the LS800 and I am still convinced that buyers will flock to this type of highly mobile Tablet PC.  If they can afford it.

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smooth

The external VGA can drive at least 1600×1200, so using it on the desktop is not a problem.

There’s just no space for a PCMCIA card slot. The SD slot supports SDIO. There are WiFi, Bluetooth and all sorts of SDIO cards. Not sure about EVDO, but that’s probably just a matter of time.

dbrotzen

I agree with Kevin the lack of the PC-card slot is unfortunate. Still find it an exciting product.

jk

Going from the Transmeta to the Pentium M ULV makes a tremendous difference in both performance and battery life. I think the Motion blows the Adveue away, as it should.

Fernando

And of course, there’s the Flybook, which with the same size screen, has GPRS built-in and a PCMCIA slot. Of course, it also has the Transmeta processor, but I hear that the Intel is in the works by Dialogue, due out in six months or so.

Fernando

How does this compare to the old (almost 2 years) Advueu/Vison/ECS Tablet PC, which also had the 8.4 inch screen and slate form factor? Other than the Intel Processor on this one (the Vison has a Transmeta Crusoe), I don’t see much innovation here.

WiG

I was excited too when I read this new TPC. Bought U71 a few months ago to try TabletOS, and really like it and also impressed with its handwriting recognition. Now I want a bigger TPC with 8-10 inch XGA but not more than 1kg weight. They should have given XGA as an option.

jk

The Intel graphics allows high res when outputting to an external monitor. I don’t know how high the LS800 goes but it should be as good as any laptop out there.

Stu Kim

It was disappointing that Motion decided to settle with SVGA. I won’t need the high resolution while I’m carrying it around, but I will need it when I connect it to an external monitor at home.

Kevin

I was excited about this product also until I saw it lacked a PC Card slot. Not being able to use my EVDO card makes it worthless to me.

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