On Order: the Lenovo X61T TabletJuly 25, 2007
Looking at the various tablets that are out there, this one on paper sounds like a good candidate. At just over four pounds and a little more than an inch thick, it’s at least in the ballpark for a comfortable read while lounging on the couch. With a transflective screen that Lenovo claims is very readable outdoors, it could be a good read out on the park bench, too. A claimed battery life of seven hours means I could sit on that park bench in real life for at least 3 or 4. The 12.1 inch display should be big and sharp enough to comfortably display a full-size PDF without having to squint. The screen responds to both stylus and a finger touch, so page flipping and note taking can be done with the most appropriate tool.
With a walk-out price of over $1800, it’s obvious that no one would ever buy this machine solely for reading an ebook. On the other hand, if you’re like me, you might need to have a laptop handy most of the time anyway so this might be a viable option (or, in my case, a good-enough substitute until Apple makes its own !).
When the machine gets here, we’ll know for certain and I’ll be sure to post the results here.
Have you had any luck using a tablet for ebook reading? How about for day-to-day computing?