Motion Computing J3400 Tablet PC with Windows 7 Build 7201 = Awesome!
Guess what I’ve got in my hot little hands and am inking all over? A Motion Computing J3400 Tablet PC with: Windows 7 Build 7201 (that’s right – more recent than the RC), complete with Windows 7 ready Motion Dashboard, Motion QuickNav, camera, buttons, and rotation all working. This is as close to an OEM build of Windows 7 and OEM drivers as I have yet to see anywhere. I’ve also been playing with Windows Virtual PC running XP and the J3400 has not skipped a beat at all. In addition, this J3400 production build is using a brand new U9600 1.6 ghz processor, 4 gb of RAM, and a 64 gb SSD. This J3400 flies!
So far, I’ve been very impressed with how fluid the tablet pc experience has been on the J3400 running Windows 7. Inking and rotation have been flawless. I’ll be using the J3400 over the next couple of weeks, so look for some more impressions, as well as an InkShow.
By the way, I’ll also be taking the Fujitsu ST6012 head to head with the J3400, so stay tuned for that, too. Yes, I’m going to install Windows 7 on the ST6012, although I’ll be missing Windows 7 OEM driver for the Fujitsu unit.
Meanwhile, enjoy these screenshots showing the experience index, performance values, Motion Dashboard, etc. It is amazing to see only 48 processes running on this guy – well done Motion and Microsoft. I’m going to have to figure out a way to keep this tablet….
Click the thumbnails to view high res screenshots.
06/25/2009 at 12:16 pm
Are the Motion drivers for Windows 7 publicly available for those of us who want to install the RC on the J3400?
06/25/2009 at 1:01 pm
I’m checking, but I don’t think they are publicly available yet.
06/25/2009 at 1:15 pm
I would love this in a slightly smaller version… say 10″ like the old tc1100?
06/25/2009 at 1:21 pm
Thanks for checking. I am eager to see your thoughts on the comparison between the Fujitsu and the J3400. Having just tested both (to make a purchase decision), I found the J3400 to be much more impressive. It is difficult to quantify exactly why, but one thing is that the J3400 was much, much faster with Vista. The Fujitsu seems slow — and crazy expensive for the specs, as compared to the J3400.
06/25/2009 at 2:08 pm
06/25/2009 at 2:52 pm
@owen – don’t look for any motion win 7 drivers to be released before the fall when Windows 7 officially comes out.
06/25/2009 at 3:05 pm
Already posted this once:
I asked the guys that represent Motion in Germany for a “good deal” on one of those:
reply mail -> 4800$ (=3500Ã¢â€šÂ¬)
That price is just absolutely ridiculouse.
I just hope someone from motion reads this and realizes that they are pricing themselves out of the market in old Europe.
How a geek can long for the land of the free ;o)
06/26/2009 at 12:30 am
joe, i second you on that ! a smaller j3400 (with the new wacom multitouch penabled digitizer) would be what i’ve searched high and low to replace my venerable, discontinued, ls800.
06/26/2009 at 1:07 am
I would think the 4g ram and SSD made a big difference when fujitsu has only 1G ram and slow HD. maybe make the specs comparable before doing a comparision.
06/26/2009 at 1:42 pm
Max, count me in.
I went back to a regular notebook after my LE1600 broke – the j3400 would have been great, but the pricing here in germany is amazing.
06/26/2009 at 4:09 pm
I hope Rob does not do a speed comparison, because it’s unfair (SSD vs. HDD, 1GB vs. 4GB) and useless, because both use the same platform and same CPU type. So in real life they are almost equivalent, the J3400 with a negligible faster CPU, the ST6012 with a larger and faster HDD.
I hope he focuses on useability, ergonomics, button placement, important things.
And yes, the price for this tablet in Germany is a joke, shame on you Motion Computing.
06/26/2009 at 4:13 pm
I will not be doing a speed comparison…..
06/27/2009 at 9:25 am
Dell had a fantastic discount on the J3400 – over $1000 off on a price of $3306 – and I purchased one. Unfortunately, I think that the special offer is over. You can still get a $500 discount from Motion Computing by participating in one of their Web presentations.
The J3400 is a superb tablet PC. I agree with the few shortcomings that are outlined in the review. The add-on keyboard is a must. It works well except for the lack of a vertical tilt adjustment.
I did a clean install of Windows 7 (64 bit) version 7201. The previous build caused the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) on initial start-up. 7201 installs and runs without any problems. You do need to download and install all of the Vista drivers from Motion. A few of these are tricky to install, but all work properly. Windows 7 is a significant improvement over Vista which even Microsoft is abandoning.
Our J3400 has the 1.4GHz CPU, 4 GB of RAM and the 64GB solid state drive (SSD). Response time with this hardware configuration and Windows 7 is excellent.
We haven’t tested the cellular connection. WiFi and Bluetooth work properly. The Qualcomm GPS has very poor sensitivity. It couldn’t pick up any satellites at a location at which a Globalsat Bluetooth promptly acquired 7 satellites. My recommendation is to forget the Qualcomm and use the Bluetooth connected Globalsat receiver.
The purchaser show be aware that there can be considerable confusion about which options are included in a given hardware configuration. Dell, for example, lists the CPU speed as 1.2 rather than 1.4 GHz and the RAM as 2 GB rather than the actual 4 GB. Bluetooth, which wasn’t listed, is included.
06/30/2009 at 7:20 am
to Bluetooth work in your Windows 7 installation?
I have installt Windows 7 too on an J3400 (Build 7100).
Everythink itÃ‚Â´s fine, but no bluetooth is there!