ExoPC Breeds a Netbook with an iPad

Does anybody else remember those old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials? You know, the ones: “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter! You got your peanut butter in my chocolate!” Well, even if you never saw them, you probably get the idea. And if not, ExoPC is here with a modern day example of what happens when you meld an iPad with a Windows netbook. Yes, it’s an 8.9″ multi-touch slate complete with a black bezel to rest your thumbs.

Engadget caught the specs on this $599 tablet: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (s msft) with a custom UI, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU (s intc), 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB SSD, Wi-Fi, optional 3G, Bluetooth, three USB ports, 1.3 megapixel webcam and four hours on a single battery charge. Yup, there’s definitely a netbook hiding in there. The product page focuses solely on that custom interface and points out support for Adobe’s Flash (s adbe) not once, but twice. Think they’re trying to make a statement?

Unlike some of the netbook-based slates, ExoPC’s wise choice of the Windows 7 Professional Edition means that there’s native support for inking. Why companies overlook this and go with Windows 7 Starter Edition — and no native ink support — on touchscreen netbooks is beyond me. It’s like selling a sports car that comes with only three wheels! Although the ExoPC product doesn’t specify, I suspect that the display is resistive, and not capacitive touch, however. And that diminishes the overall inking experience, unless there’s some excellent palm rejection software included. There’s also no mention of the device weight, but with dimensions of 25 x 16.8 x 2.1 centimeters, I’d say we’re looking at or under two pounds.