Totally Tablets

These six PCs showcase all the best features the booming technology has to offer.

MANUFACTURER ACER Product Watch
MODEL Acer TravelMate C310
FEATURES

• Three USB ports
• Standard media bay
• Disk anti-shock protection for added safety
• Optional 124-pin PCI Express Acer ezDock grants expansion options
through 24 ports

SCREEN SIZE 14.1 inches
BATTERY LIFE 8.5 hours
WEIGHT 6.4 pounds
CONSIDERATIONS

• Expensive
• Tools lack built-in security

PRICE $1,569
COMPANY INFO www.acer.com
MANUFACTURER FUJITSU Product Watch
MODEL Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D
FEATURES

• 30-GB hard drive
• 512 MB of internal RAM
• Fingerprint reader for extra security

SCREEN SIZE 8.9 inches
BATTERY LIFE 3.5 hours
WEIGHT 2.2 pounds
CONSIDERATIONS

• Skimpy battery life (users can purchase an additional six-cell
battery with five hours of life for $116)

PRICE From $1,499
COMPANY INFO www.fujitsu.com
MANUFACTURER GATEWAY Product Watch
MODEL Gateway M280
FEATURES

• Reinforced with magnesium for durability in backpacks
• Full-size keyboard
• Continuous Sensing Technology makes stylus more accurate than most

SCREEN SIZE 14. inches
BATTERY LIFE 4 hours
WEIGHT 6.75 pounds
CONSIDERATIONS

• Stylus stored in hard-toaccess spot on bottom of computer
• Heavy

PRICE $1,299
COMPANY INFO www.gateway.com
MANUFACTURER HEWLETT-PACKARD Product Watch
MODEL HP Compaq tc4200
FEATURES

• 80-GB hard drive
• Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Certified for Novell Linux Desktop
• Optional outdoor viewable display allows for 67 percent more contrast in
bright sunlight with no loss of battery life

SCREEN SIZE 12.1 inches
BATTERY LIFE 5.5 hours
WEIGHT 4.6 pounds
CONSIDERATIONS

• Media bay is optional
• Pen-activated programmable buttons are confusing and hard to program

PRICE $1,549
COMPANY INFO www.hp.com
MANUFACTURER LENOVO Product Watch
MODEL IBM Lenovo ThinkPad X41
FEATURES

• Integrated 802.11 a/b/g wireless digitizer pen that stows inside machine
• Built-in fingerprint reader formore security (select machines)
• Optional docking station

SCREEN SIZE 12.1 inches
BATTERY LIFE 6.3 hours
WEIGHT 3.5 pounds
CONSIDERATIONS

• No internal disk drive—students who want to read or write CDs must
purchase external device

PRICE $1,799
COMPANY INFO www.lenovo.com
MANUFACTURER TOSHIBA Product Watch
MODEL Portege M200
FEATURES

• 60-GB hard drive
• Stereo speakers
• Standard keyboard and nVIDIA GeForce Go 5200 graphics card for
high-quality gaming
• Two main memory slots may both be occupied at same time

SCREEN SIZE 12.1 inches
BATTERY LIFE 4 hours
WEIGHT 4.6 pounds
CONSIDERATIONS

• No Bluetooth (antenna only)

PRICE $1,649.99 preconfigured
COMPANY INFO www.toshiba.com

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2006 issue of THE Journal.

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