Versa T400 Tablet PC

NEC is the latest convert to the Tablet PC cause with its Versa T400. We saw a pre-production model of NEC’s take on Microsoft’s new platform.

Tablet PCs largely fall into two categories: convertibles and slates. Convertibles combine note­book and tablet into one package, with a turn-and-twist screen for when you want to use it in tablet mode. Slates dispense with the keyboard entirely, leaving the pen for all input.

Choosing the slate format for the Versa T400 has allowed NEC to create a superslim and light model. Measuring just 22.4x29.7x1.5cm, this is one of the smallest devices of its kind we’ve seen so far.

The screen stretches to 10.4in, providing plenty of space to pen your meeting notes and diagrams. There’s built-in Wi-Fi, or 802.11b, networking in addition to 10/100 Ethernet, so hooking it up to the company’s LAN (local area network) shouldn’t pose a problem.

NEC has opted for a 933MHz Intel Pentium III-Mobile processor coupled with 256MB of RAM.

There are plenty of shortcut keys situated around the edge of the machine to make life easier (particularly handy since there’s no keyboard), including up, down and enter for quick navigation and selection without the pen. The hard drive runs to 20GB, which is small but should still suffice, and there’s built-in audio. It also comes bundled with a stand, which is useful when you’re deskbound; a USB CD drive is optional.

In brief: NEC Versa T400
(Pre-production unit)
The Versa T400’s small, light form factor makes it good for use on the move. The lack of keyboard will inevitably slow you down, making it more of an addition to your current PC than a total replacement.
Price: $3999
Vendor: NEC
Phone: 13 1632
URL: www.nec.com.au

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