The cool new thing in laptops is the “Tablet PC”. To be completely honest, you could buy any single one on the market and be satisfied with your purchase… At least until the initial “Cool” factor of using a touch screen instead of a keyboard and a mouse wears off!
So here are the coolest of the cool when it comes to tablet laptops…
Rugged Tablet PC
This one is so cool, we cannot even recommend a purchase in good conscience. Sorry, it’s just that cool. It was designed for “Industrial and Military Computing”, and it might just be too much for the average civillian. It’s actually got a dashboard mount on the back so that you can install it to the dashboard of a police cruiser!
The G-NET Rugged Tablet PC looks like a sup erspy’s briefcase, seriously. It has a thick rubber handle on top and rubber corner mounted shock absorbers so the thing can survive being shot at and blown up in a warzone… Okay, it can’t survive an explosion, but you could drop it out of a moving car and not crack the case.
It comes with integrated 802.11b/g WiFi and Bluetooth modules, so you can connect at any hotspot, you can actually see the display even in harsh sunlight, and it’s got a neckstrap so you can lean it up against your waist, so you can compute with one hand and apprehend a suspect with the other.
This is, without a doubt, pretty much the coolest tablet on the market. The only downside is that it’s not incredibly practical! It’s heavy and cumbersome, and designed more for things like driving tanks than doing graphic design. Still, it’s cool as heck.
If you’re not in the military and you just want a really cool tablet, the Compaq TC is probably your best bet. It’s a hybrid Tablet PC, which is cool because it allows you to attach or detach a keyboard (some people just can’t really get the hang of writing with the tablet, while others love it, so this unit satisfies both groups).
It is a fully functional laptop, so you can actually use it for everything you use your current laptop for. In other words, it’s not a crummy unit with a cool interface to take advantage of gullible consumers. It uses an In tel Core Duo, it has integrated Wifi and Bluetooth, and it can handle graphic design, video editing, high speed internet, and just about anything else you want to throw at it.
The series started with the TC1000, which earned plenty of design awards in 2003, and was followed by the TC1100, the TC4200, and the still-available TC4400.
If you’re a millionaire, you can get a custom made Compaq TC for somewhere between three thousand and four thousand bucks. For the rest of us, expect to pay somewhere from one to two thousand for a new TC4400.