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Hardware video review of the LE1700 Tablet PC



LE1700 - antennaWe are very pleased to bring everyone this first look at Motion Computing’s newest Tablet PC, the LE1700, in this special launch day video review. It has been about two years since the release of the LE1600, and many people were wondering if this day would ever come. It has!

In many ways, Motion has again set the bar for other slate Tablet PC OEMs to meet. With the introduction of SXGA (1400 x 1050 resolution), Core 2 Duo, and integrated broadband, it is clear that Motion listened to their customers when designing this new version. In addition to integrated broadband (carriers unannounced at this moment), the LE1700 also supports a SIM slot for HSDPA and 3G in Europe. Theoretically though, there is no reason why other SIM cards shouldn’t work for those of us in the states. Guess we’ll see as folks start buying them.

LE1700 - bump caseThe other important addition to the LE1700 is the option for capacitive touch. Motion refers to this feature as WriteTouch. Other OEMs call it MultiTouch / Dual Mode, etc. This new option gives the user the ability to use touch and an active pen at the same time and works with the SXGA screen ( another first ), which is something we’ve all been asking OEMs for and Motion delivered. In addition to the active digizer model Motion sent us to review, they also sent us the WriteTouch version to examine. Unfortunately, the WriteTouch model we had was an early pre-production build and was not ready for a full fledged review. We hope to get a production ready model in the coming weeks and will publish a special InkShow when that arrives.

Unfortunately, the LE1700 still uses 1.8” 4200 RPM drives. This is definitely a sore subject among many who were at least hoping for 5400 rpm drives, and should be something that Motion addresses with future models. The overall design of the LE1700 remains mostly unchanged with the exception of some lights moving to a different side to accomodate the broadband antenna, a SIM slot, and the casing slightly raised up compared to the LE1600.

In this InkShow, I take an indepth look at the SXGA Active Digitizer model, go over the different digitizer versions, compare XGA to SXGA, show Aero running on it, and also look at the extended battery and the slightly improved convertible keyboard. In addition, I demo a very unique feature of the fingerprint reader that allows it to also function as a trackpad.

Thanks go out to Motion Computing for sending us the review units, and also to John Hill of Allegiance Technology Partners for his unique role in this process.

LE1700 - penHere are a couple of notes from the show that I failed to mention during the video or bear worth repeating:

  • The WriteTouch option uses a new digitizer from N-Trig, so other Wacom based pens cannot be used on it.
  • The WriteTouch option supports pressure sensitivity, but the back of the pen eraser is not supported.
  • WriteTouch is available in both Vista and XP Tablet Edition
  • Motion is shipping the LE1700 with 120 DPI turned on, which makes the fonts and buttons bigger and easier to read. This is to help those coming from an XGA environment adjust to the SXGA screen.
  • All LE1600 accessories will work on the LE1700.
  • After using the LE1700 for several days, I barely noticed the fan kicking on. That said, the back of tablet was very hot to the touch when plugged in to AC and recharging.

Here are the specs, as well as a link to the LE1700 product page ,and Motion’s official announcement . You can view the PCMark05 results below:

  • Intel ® Coreâ„¢2 Duo 1.5 GHz Processor or Intel ® Coreâ„¢ Solo 1.2 GHz Processor
  • Mobile Intel ® 945GM Express Chipset, Intel 950 Graphics
  • Integrated Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g) networking
  • Integrated Bluetooth ® and infrared
  • Integrated Wireless Broadband
  • Integrated accelerometer to help protect the hard drive
  • 30 or 60gb harddrive, 1.8” 4200 rpm
  • Base RAM of 1gb, support for up to 4 gb of DDR2 RAM
  • 12.1″ SXGA+ TFT LCD
  • Integrated fingerprint reader that also doubles as a trackpad
  • Integrated Ethernet
  • Optional WriteTouch dual mode to allow touch and active digitizer use.
  • Optional View Anywhere for outdoor and bright-light viewing. View Anywhere is not available with WriteTouch.
  • Ambient light sensor (ALS)
  • VGA port
  • DVI-D port
  • SD (Secure Digital) card slot
  • PC card slot
  • SIM card slot
  • Weight: 3.3lbs with Standard Battery, 4.3lbs with Extended Battery
  • Dimensions: 11.65” x 9.64 x .74”
  • Available to order with Vista Business or XP Tablet Edition.
  • Watch or download the High Res version InkShow  >(36:19 minutes, 275mb, Windows Media streaming or direct download)
  • Pricing:
    • The Motion LE1700 Core 2 Duo is available starting at $2,199. 

    • The Core Soloâ„¢ starts off at $1,999. 

    • View Anywhere is a $299 upgrade.

    • WriteTouch is a $299 upgrade.

  • PCMark05 results (1.5ghz Core 2 Duo, 2gb ram, 30gb 4200 rpm hd:

      • Overall score: 2467 PCMarks

      • HDD — XP startup: 3.95 MB/s

      • Physics and 3D: 62.26 FPS

      • Transparent Windows: 1442.26 Windows/s

      • 3D Pixel Shader: 8.81 FPS

      • Web Page Rendering: 1.27 Pages/s

      • File Decryption: 40.01 MB/s

      • Graphics memory — 64 lines: 151.95 FPS

      • HDD — General Usages: 2.53 MB/s

      • Multithreaded Test 1 / Audio Compression: 1430.64 KB/s

      • Multithreaded Test 2 / Video Encoding: 266.81 KB/s

      • Multithreaded Test 2 / Text Edit: 75.19 Pages/s

      • Multithreaded Test 2 / Image Decompression: 18.75 Mpixels/s

      • Multithreaded Test 3 / File Compression:  3.23 MB/s

      • Multithreaded Test 3 / File Encryption: 15.92 MB/s

      • Multithreaded Test 3 / HDD — Virus Scan: 14.94 MB/s

      • Multithreaded Test 3 / Memory Latency — Random 16 MB: 6.94 Accesses/s


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