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New Toshiba Multi-Touch Portege Will Not Have Active Digitizer EMR In It



Toshiba Multi-Touch Portego WacomWe brought you news on Saturday about Toshiba’s M750 prototype with Wacom’s Capacitive Touch digitizer being demoed (video and pictures!!). Shogmaster is telling us that Toshiba is NOT planning on including the active digitizer EMR in the capacitive touch solution, which means a pen won’t be included and you won’t be able to ink. This would be the WRONG decision, Toshiba, and we hope that this is just an accidental miscue in your product plans. Am I right, Tablet PC community?

Bad news guys. Despite the picture of the Device Manager, it did NOT have the active EMG digitizer in it. They DON’T have plans to include both, which I promptly freaked out over and drew surprised reaction from the poor Toshiba Engineer from the video (yes, the chap accidentally giving us the middle finger throughout the video).

Perhaps my reaction will change their minds, but so far, I’m not so sure about their plans with capacitive touch.



  1. Sumocat

    01/12/2009 at 2:22 pm

    I hate to double comment, but since you’re asking: yes, this is a mistake. I won’t repeat the logic I spelled out on the previous post, but basically multi-touch in addition to active digitizer is great, but multi-touch alone on a two-handed tablet is asking for trouble. And this opinion comes from someone whose primary personal computers are a tablet with active digitizer (Toshiba R25) and a handheld with multi-touch (iPhone).

  2. rocke86

    01/12/2009 at 2:47 pm

    This basically kills off inking support, why on earth did they do this, i’d prefer a resistive screen to this, cause at least I could do some inking.

  3. Philip Seyfi

    01/12/2009 at 3:50 pm


  4. Loren Heiny

    01/12/2009 at 5:19 pm

    We talked with Toshiba also and I think there may be a bit of miscomunication going on here. It may be on our part or not. We understand that the pen will be supported, though for right now they were showcasing multi-touch.

    I haven’t had a chance to try the new Windows 7 beta on my Dell, but at least earlier the pen hasn’t worked with its multi-touch drivers either. :-) This is more about the current state of things than what’s going to be.

    Is there room for a touch only device? Yes. Is the “M750” it? I doubt it.

  5. Ben

    01/12/2009 at 9:31 pm

    I certainly hope that it can do both. I wouldn’t consider purchasing a non-pocketable that didn’t do both.

  6. SomeDude

    01/12/2009 at 9:33 pm

    I like my tablets and my women to do it both ways. ;)

    …Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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