Very nice. Motion has released the J3500 Slate Tablet PC, a ruggedized entry into their lineup that in review testing seems to be not only a reliable performer but one that will give users an excellent touch and pen experience.
I was fortunate enough to spend a few days with the J3500 Slate, and I’m quite impressed with what Motion has done here. Keep in mind that this is a niche Tablet PC aimed at a niches that need ruggedized computers, but for those who fit the markets Motion is going for, this will most likely be a welcome choice to consider.
Let’s talk about the device and what it offers.
Touch and Pen
The dual digitizer touch and pen experience work very well. We’ve seen this dual approach before, but this is as smooth an implementation as I’ve seen with Windows 7 Professional as the OS. Inking is smooth as silk using the included stylus, and the two finger touch works well. Switching between the two input methods is effortless. Motion has included some Touch UI widgets to emphasize that they are paying attention to the current touch craze and they offer you a range of options on how to interface with the device. The cute little widget that I show in the InkShow seems almost out of place on a business orientated device, but then that’s my taste and may not be yours.
Fit and Finish
The device is a bit heavy for my liking, but then it is a ruggedized device and that requires an entirely different spec when it comes to protecting the guts of the machine. That said, the slate feels very good in my hands and the attention to detail in the design and construction is evident right away. It doesn’t feel like your typical ruggedized Tablet PC and in fact could easily pass for not being one. That said, it is a rugged piece of kit conforming to the MIL-STD-810G and IP-52 ratings. The device can contain two batteries that are hot swappable. With two batteries the J3500 weighs in at 4lbs. With one it weighs in at 3.6lbs. The 12.1 inch display fits seamlessly into the case and can be optionally fitted with Gorilla Glass if you need that kind of protection.
Options, You’ve Got Options
Besides choosing between Core i7 and Core i5 processor solutions, users have various options that they can choose from in storage, display, and connectivity. You can install at 1.8GB HDD with 160GB capacity or opt for an SSD in 64GB or 128GB capacity. In addition to the Gorilla Glass mentioned above, your display choices include the following:
• 12.1″ AFFS+ LED backlight digitizer wide screen (WXGA) display with dual touch
• 12.1” TN LED backlight digitizer wide screen (WXGA) display with dual touch
• 12.1” AFFS+ LED backlight digitizer wide screen ViewAnywhere® (WXGA)displaywithGorillaTMglass
You’ve also got a range of connectivity options that include GOBI 2000 in addition to the standard WiFi and Bluetooth, and Ethernet.
The J3500 includes a DPad for navigation and three multi-function programmable buttons on the bezel. Intriguingly as I looked for a button for screen rotation, out of the box none was programmed for this function. By default automatic screen rotation is turned off and you can switch this on. I didn’t have time to see if I could program one of the buttons for this function, but you can always access rotation controls via Motion’s Dashboard.
I am genuinely pleased to see the J3500 among Motion’s offerings. Given the market, the steep price points (the review unit I reviewed is priced at $3162 and of course prices will depend on your options), is understandable but certainly not targeted at consumers. The excellent design choices and usability of this device sure make me long for affordable Tablet PC solutions for the consumer market.
Motion included the docking station and a portable keyboard for my review as well. I cover both in the InkShow.
Press Release follows:
Motion Launches the J3500 Rugged Tablet PC
Enhancements include advanced Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, and a host of new options including dual touch technology, durable Gorilla™ glass and expanded storage capabilities
AUSTIN, Texas – June 22, 2010 – Motion Computing®, a leading provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, today announced the J3500 tablet PC. Built on the Motion® J-Series line of tablet PCs, the J3500 features Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors for enhanced performance, security and manageability. The J3500 also offers a variety of integrated features including touch technology, Gorilla™ glass, and expanded storage options.
New Capacitive Dual Touch
The J3500 with capacitive dual touch enables mobile workers to take advantage of the natural gesture navigation features built in Windows® 7 and other software applications. Optimized for digitizer and touch input, users can navigate touch-enabled software applications or legacy programs with smaller targets that require the accuracy of pen input. For more flexibility, palm rejection technology distinguishes between intentional and false touch while stylus recognition enables users to easily switch between input modes.
“Motion has long been recognized as an innovator in tablet computing, and is again offering new ways for enterprise users to enhance productivity through multiple interaction methods,” said Eddie O’Brien, VP Microsoft OEM. “Now, mobile workers can take full advantage of tablet computing, benefitting from the accuracy of pen input and the convenience of natural gestures, enhancing productivity as they navigate applications in the field.”
Enhanced Integrated Features
The J3500 also offers new features to help improve productivity and durability across Motion’s target vertical markets such as construction, field service and healthcare, including:
- · Extra-durable Corning Gorilla™ glass, offering up to a 4 times improvement in breakage resistance1, and new anti-smear coating for improved visibility
- · Enhanced system storage, with available 160GB hard disk drive (HDD), and 64GB or 128GB solid state drive (SSD) options and up to 4GB of RAM
- · Improved 3.0 megapixel documentation camera
- · Integrated Gobi2000™ mobile broadband with GPS
“Governments today must empower an extensive mobile workforce that depends on accessing information whenever and wherever,” said Darrell Lewis, VP of Product Management at Accela, Inc. “With Accela Mobile Office™ software running on the J3500, field workers in areas such as permitting, licensing, code enforcement, and public works, can take advantage of enhanced mobile computing capabilities in a sleek, rugged device.”
Intel Core vPro for Enhanced Performance, Security and Manageability
Now with Intel® Core™ i7 or Core™ i5 vPro™ technology, the J3500 offers a significant improvement in performance and enables Motion customers to experience:
- Enhanced remote management capabilities enabling IT technicians to repair and secure the PC from any location, even while powered-down or in sleep mode, enabling greater levels of energy efficiency and streamlined maintenance processes
- Increased security with fully manageable hard drive encryption, and Intel® Anti-Theft technology used with Computrace®, protecting valuable data in case of loss or theft
- Improved multitasking with smart technology that adjusts processor speed to support workload changes, providing power when needed and working more efficiently when possible
“Enterprises have embraced the J-Series line of Motion Tablet PCs based on their flexibility, performance, mobility and durability,” said Mike Stinson, Vice President of Marketing, Motion Computing. “With the J3500, we extend the enterprise benefits with a tablet PC solution that is powerful, durable, multi-functional and mobile, enabling mobile workers to significantly improve productivity and collaboration through real-time access to enterprise data in the field.”
Enterprise-Ready, Durable Tablet PCs
Tested to withstand harsh mobile work environments, the rugged and flexible J3500 Tablet PC meets MIL-STD-810G and IP-52 ratings to ensure protection against bumps, drops, rain or other conditions that can damage commercial-grade computing solutions. Additionally, the dual hot-swappable battery solution extends the computing day and enables easy replacement of charged batteries without interruption. Built to fit seamlessly into enterprise environments, Motion’s complete line of tablet PCs utilize either the Windows® 7 or Windows XP operating system, reducing the burden on IT and enabling mobile workers to manage the same applications available to office-based employees.
The new Motion J3500 is now available through Motion’s network of value-added resellers and distributors. For more information or to find a certified Motion reseller visit Motion’s Channel Resources page.
1 Based on internal Motion strength tests versus standard glass.
About Motion Computing
Motion Computing is a global leader in integrated mobile computing solutions, combining world-class products with services customized for the unique needs of target vertical markets. The company’s enhanced line of rugged tablet PCs, mobile point of care solutions and accessories are designed to increase mobile productivity while providing portability, security, power and versatility.
Motion Mobility Solutions offers a complete portfolio of products, services and support that helps ensure a successful mobile deployment for increased productivity, reducing project risk while delivering a more rapid return on investment. For more information, visit www.motioncomputing.com.
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