CTL announces Windows 7 2goPad tablet
This year has seen a slew of Android-based tablet computers being snapped up by eager buyers, but for PC users wanting the more familiar environment of Windows 7, CTL has announced the 2goPad SL10. The 10.1-inch device features an Atom processor, WiFi and Bluetooth, a couple of gigabytes of memory and 250GB of hard disk storage. There is of course full Flash support, a built-in webcam for video conferencing, and USB connectivity is joined by SD card reading capabilities, to cater for storage expansion or to show off a prized photo collection.
Rather than offer its users access to an app store to satisfy their mobile computing needs, running on Windows 7 allows the 2goPad SL10 to open the door to Microsoft's entire catalog instead. The 0.72-inch (18.28mm) thick device also promises to take multi-tasking in its stride and offers full Flash support. All the action takes place on its 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution capacitive multi-touch screen and the tablet is powered by Intel's Atom N450 processor running at 1.66GHz.
There's also a 250GB SATA hard drive and 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 802.11b/g/n wireless and wired ethernet LAN, Bluetooth connectivity (although exactly what flavor isn't stated), a media card reader and a couple of USB ports. An included 1.3 megapixel video camera, built-in stereo speakers and an omni-directional microphone should help satisfy any video-conferencing needs a user might have. Its Lithium-ion battery is said to give five hours of typical use between charges.
It's not the only Windows 7 tablet computer out there, but it has quite an impressive feature set for the price. Currently going for US$499 via CTL's online shop, the 2goPad SL10 carries a suggested retail of US$599 and comes bundled with a VGA adapter and carry case.