On Order: the Lenovo X61T Tablet

July 25, 2007

Lenovo X61T Tablet PCYesterday, I talked a little about the various devices that might be used for reading ebooks. We decided to go ahead and order this guy — the one I put at the high end of the spectrum — a Windows-based tablet PC.

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 Mac/iPhone hybrid tablet!).

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?

Update: It’s in! Take a hands-on first look.


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  2. […] this initial glimpse confirms my expectation that a tablet-like computer would make an excellent ebook platform, a longer-term trial is needed […]

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