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Surface Pro 3

Dec
3
2014

The Surface Pro 3 has undoubtedly been the biggest Windows tablet of 2014. For the last 6 months we have been very busy working with Microsoft Australia and their partner resellers to deploy the Surface in large companies across Australia.

Here are two YouTube videos that we posted about the Surface Pro 3.

How I work with the Surface Pro 3:

Surface Pro 3 Review:

As you can see, the Surface Pro 3 is a brilliant work tablet for executives, travellers and office workers.

Through one of the Surface partners here in Australia we have been able to secure a special December bundle deal.

The bundle includes:

  • Surface Pro 3 – Select from i5 128Gb. i5 256Gb or i7 256Gb
  • Surface Type Cover Keyboard
  • Surface Desktop Dock.

Bundle: Surface Pro i5 – 4Gb RAM – 128Gb SSD – $1479.00 Inc GST

Bundle: Surface Pro i5 – 8Gb RAM – 256Gb SSD – $1799.00 Inc GST

Bundle: Surface Pro i7 – 8Gb RAM – 256Gb SSD – $2029.00 Inc GST

This is a fantastic deal for any business looking to try out the Surface Pro 3.

Remember that by purchasing through the commercial channel, you can opt for a 3 year warranty ($89 Inc GST) and the Surface Extended Hardware Service with Advanced Exchange.

We also have a list of Surface Pro 3 accessories building over here in our online store.

The Surface Pro 3 is just one of many Windows 8 tablets worthy of consideration right now. Talk to us to find out if the Surface Pro 3 or any other Windows 8 tablet is the best choice for your business.

Contact us to discuss the Surface Pro 3 or any other tablet option on 1300 110 101 or by email at info@tabletpc.com.au.

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Motion R12–Rugged Windows 8 tablet hands on

May
17
2014

The new Motion R12 rugged Windows 8 Tablet will come into stock this week, so here are some up close photos to get your appetite going…

The Motion Computing R12 is the latest high end, rugged tablet from Motion, replacing the tremendously successful J-Series tablet. The J-Series first emerged in about 2008, so you can expect the new R12 series to have a similar long life cycle.

As a serious business user, you can expect to be able to get power supplies, batteries, cases and docking stations well past the end of the 3 year warranty of the device.

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The R12 will come in many configurations, but featuring either an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor. Up to 8gb of RAM and 256Gb of storage will be offered from the factory.

Thanks to Windows 8, the R12 now features an eight megapixel back camera with an LED flash. Far superior to previous camera offerings on the Windows 7 tablets. There’s a front webcam too, something that was missed by J-series users.

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Users of the J-Series Motion tablets will be happy to see a new take on the mobile keyboard system. The Bluetooth keyboard connects via magnets to the back of the tablet and charges through a connector on the back of the R12. While you are using the keyboard, the holder acts as a sturdy easel to prop the tablet up.

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To say the R12 is a fully featured Windows 8 Tablet is an understatement! Ports on the standard unit include:

  • USB 3
  • HDMI
  • SD Card (Full size)
  • Audio In / Out.

The optional “Slatemate” version also adds:

  • Barcode reader
  • RFID
  • Serial Port.

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In addition to the ports is the Wacom Active Digitizer pen. Thoughtfully the Wacom Pen in the R12 is nice and large but it also has a dock in the tablet (pen barn, as they say in Texas) and a tether point so that you don’t lose it.

The rugged Motion R12 also has a fingerprint reader for easy and secure login. Essential in our opinion.

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Like the Motion J-Series tablets, the R12 has a well designed protective “Work Anywhere” cover that protects the screen and adds a shoulder strap option.

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Seen here fitted to the “Slatemate” version of the R12, the Work Anywhere allows easy access to the hot-swap battery.

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Motion rightly make a song and dance about their focus on a complete solution – a full range of accessories to ensure that any workflow can be catered for. It’s no surprise then that the R12 is ready to go with both desktop and vehicle docking options.

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Both the vehicle and desktop docking options offer major connectivity including:

  • Display out options (VGA, HDMI)
  • Extra USB 3 ports
  • Ethernet
  • Audio in / out.

So when you’re in the office, use the R12 just like a high-end docked laptop. But when you slip it into your backpack or briefcase, the R12 is the most powerful tablet that you can carry!

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On our test day, the new Intel Core i7 processor was very tidy about battery use. The tablet lasted a long day of testing and only need to be plugged in about 4:00PM. So for the average field user a single battery should get you through the day, but a spare in the bag would keep you running for a long haul Melbourne to Dallas flight!

For productivity and mobility, the Motion R12 is unsurpassed. We’ll have the R12 with us for on-site demonstrations anywhere in Australia from this week. Call us or email for your chance to see it!

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Fujitsu Q584 Windows 8 Tablet with Wacom Pen

May
12
2014

Another fantastic Windows 8 tablet with a Wacom Active Digitizer Pen hit our desk this week! It is the Fujitsu Stylistic Q584.

As I opened the un-branded box that it arrived it in the white edges of the Q584 made me think that someone was sending me a Samsung Galaxy Note. As a 10” tablet with white bezel and silver edges it can easily be mistaken. However, unlike the Galaxy Note the Stylistic Q584 fits firmly in the enterprise.

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q584 is powered by the impressive fourth generation Intel Atom “Bay Trail” chip. It is great for gameplay, document work and note-taking. Up to 4Gb of RAM and 128Gb SSDs are offered to make the Q584 a powerful companion device. 

Like its big brother the Q704, the Q584 is also IP57 rated for water and dust resistance. Theoretically you could take the Q584 into the shower with you in the morning… hmmm.

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Firstly there is a fingerprint reader built right into the back of the device. As many people are now discovering, these days fingerprint is a highly secure, quick and reliable compliment to your password for secure logins. Once you’ve had a fingerprint reader on your tablet, you won’t ever want to go back…

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The Wacom pen fits perfectly into the side of the device, and although it is a small pen, it is more comfortable to use than the standard Lenovo and ASUS Wacom pen offerings.

There is an 8 megapixel camera built in – pretty standard on Windows 8 tablets now – but, this one includes an LED flash.

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This is a sample shot using the standard Windows 8.1 camera app with the flash turned on. There is an impressive amount of detail in the image for a tablet camera.

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The standard Windows 8 tablet buttons are flush mounted on the left hand side as well an audio in/out jack. The speakers are mounted to either side (when looking at the device in landscape) and are impressively loud for a tablet of this size.

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Sealed port covers (required for the IP57 rating) hide an array of connections including microSD, 4G Sim Card, USB 3 and micro USB.

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There is a docking connector – Fujitsu offer an inexpensive port replicator for the Q584 – and a pen tether point so that you don’t lose your pen!

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There are a bunch of accessories including a docking keyboard, rugged case and shoulder strap yet to come for the Q584. We’ll bring you more once we have it!

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Asus VivoTab Note 8 VeraSleeve–Exclusive to Tablet PC

Apr
30
2014

Getting the right original accessories for a product like the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 can be tricky! It is our job to deliver a complete solution for our customers, so we have negotiated an exclusive shipment of the VeraSleeve for VivoTab Note 8 from ASUS.

No Australian distributor or retailer carries the VeraSleeve for the VivoTab Note 8 and you shouldn’t have to wait 6 weeks to get it from overseas! Our initial stock should arrive around mid-May. It will sell out quickly, so get your order in now!

ASUS Versa Sleeve for VivoTab Note 8 $39 Inc GST

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 Hands On Photos

Apr
17
2014

This morning we got up close and personal with the upcoming Fujitsu Stylistic Q704. The Q704 is a high end Windows 8 Tablet (Windows 7 is also supported) designed for business productivity.

Stock of the Stylistic Q704 is expected mid-May and will come in i7, i5 and i3 variants.

The 12.5” screen does not feel as big as you would expect. It has a 1920×1080 full HD resolution and a bright 350 nit display. Viewing angle is very good as you would expect for a high end quality business tablet.

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The hybrid Q704 keyboard has a clean, simple layout with nice big buttons and an ample track pad. There is a battery in the keyboard for extended runtime and as you’ll see down the post, lots of ports.

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One of the competition beating features of the Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 was the fact that the screen hinge was designed to be able to pivot the tablet screen all of the way back. You can that this design has carries over onto the Q704. See that in action below.

All of the other hybrid Windows 8 Tablets can not do this (Samsung ATIV, Toshiba z10t, Lenovo Helix, Microsoft Surface) and it is a sore point for many users.

It’s these clever user focused engineering solutions that set Fujitsu apart. They get tablets users like no-one else, but you would expect that since they’ve been in the tablet game for 20 years +.

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The Fujitsu Q704 is IP57 rated meaning that it can get seriously wet! You can see below that there are port covers in place on all the ports to facilitate this.

I wouldn’t call the Q704 a rugged tablet, but this is a nice feature for a mobile professional on the go. You never know when a shower of rain or a glass of water is coming at you!

There is a full sized USB 3 port and micro USB 2 port on the tablet along with a SIM card slot (for the 4G internal modem) and a microSD memory card reader.

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There is a fan on the side of the Q704, along with some standard buttons. There is some talk about users wanting tablets without fans these days, but when you want to get maximum performance out of an Intel Core i7 processor, a fan is your friend.

What I’ve found so far on the T904 tablets that have come across my desk is that the new Intel “Haswell” Core i7 chips run very cool – around 40 degrees C in average use, 50 degrees C when pushed – so I don’t imagine that the tablet will get hot to touch like they did in generations gone by.

The charging tip is the same as the Q702 meaning that power adapters like the Targus Car Charger will continue to work with this tablet.

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The keyboard dock enables 2 more fast USB 3 ports, HDMI, Ethernet and…

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A VGA port.

I still find that 90% of the meeting rooms that I conduct training in only have VGA available to connect. So with the Q704 keyboard handy maybe I can eliminate a few kilograms of the display input cables the weight down my backpack.

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Long time tablet users and digital artists will be happy to see that Fujitsu have gone back to using Wacom pens on the Q704.

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The new pen design has one right click button and no eraser on the back end, the same pen that comes in the new Lifebook T904. However, 3rd party Wacom Tablet PC pens will still work on the Q704. For example, you might want to use an older T902 pen with 2 buttons and the eraser.

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There is a fingerprint reader on board, a huge bonus for people who take security seriously (yes, you seriously should)!

Fingerprint login is another one of those features that Fujitsu have stuck with while most other manufacturers have not. 

The technology became very usable over the last 5 years and it since it is a massive time saver on tablets. Typing on your complex password 20 times a day is no fun, especially when you know that you could just swipe 1 finger and be done with it.

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A 5 megapixel camera on the back compliments a 2 megapixel camera on the front to complete the package!

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If you want to pre-order a Q704 (I know I have already), contact us on 1300 110 101 or visit our Fujitsu Stylistic Q704 online order page here.

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Motion Computing Announces R12 Rugged Windows 8 Tablet!

Mar
26
2014

We got a chance to get our hands on a new 12 inch rugged Motion Computing tablet last month. It’s called the Motion R12.

Take a look at Motion’s R12 “platform overview” video here:

The R12 will replace the J3600 as Motion’s 12” tablet for field workers. It includes the latest generation Intel Core i5 and i7 “Haswell” processors for far better battery life and maximum performance.

Compared to the J-Series (J3400, J3500, J3600) the R12 is a lot thinner and lighter – a welcome feature for a big rugged tablet. It retains the hot-swap battery capability for 24×7 operations. Mobile 4G / LTE will be standard on the R12 as well as the latest Wifi and Bluetooth 4 wireless.

Like the J-Series, the R12 will ship with an innovative keyboard stand as seen in the video. Other integrated options include a 2D Bar Code scanner, RFID and a Serial Port.

It’s tough of course too. The 1920×1080 screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. It’s drop tested to 4 feet and IP54 rated, bringing it up to the standard of the venerable Motion F5te.

10 finger touch ensures Windows 8 support, but the R12 also supports Windows 7. A new Wacom pen completes the package.

As always with Motion, a complete array of accessories have already been conceived and developed including desktop and vehicle docks, mounting solutions, carry options, network enable lockable charging docks and more. Demonstrations will be available around next week!

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

ASUS VivoTab Note 8 – 8 inch Windows 8.1 Tablet with Wacom Pen

Mar
17
2014

Exciting times down here in Melbourne! We’ve been testing the Asus VivoTab Note 8 for a couple of weeks. How far things have come in the tablet world!

What’s so special about the VivoTab Note 8? Well, it’s an extremely small and portable Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer pen. In fact, it’s currently the only 8” Windows 8.1 tablet with a Wacom digitizer pen and it is under $400 inc GST!

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If you want to go paperless with companion device, then having a Wacom digitizer on board enables:

  • Note taking in OneNote
  • Hand writing recognition
  • Red-lining and mark-up
  • Drawing and sketching.

As long time tablet veterans, there were times when we felt like we were the only ones in the world who had praise for the digitizer pen.

But now that consumer tablets have been all the rage for several years, discerning users who appreciate the need for advanced pen technology have turned in droves to tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

The Galaxy Note uses the same Wacom Digitizer system that featured on all good Windows Tablet PCs for the last 12 years.

And now, finally, we have the same on a small, ultra-mobile Windows 8.1 tablet.

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The VivoTab Note 8 features the latest Intel Atom “Bay Trail” quad core processor. The Atom is still not capable of powering a desktop replacement device, but it does leave its predecessors in the dust.

At last with Bay Trail, the Windows 8 experience is where it should be on a companion device. Graphics are smooth, touch is responsive, video is seamless and gameplay is awesome.

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There are a few minor sacrifices made on the VivoTab Note 8 to accommodate the Active Digitizer Pen. It’s a tad heavier than the svelte Lenovo Miix 2 (340g) at around 390g. It’s a tad thicker and the battery life is definitely shorter, but still very acceptable.

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The screen also has an uncanny knack for attracting fingerprints, so we would recommend using a screen protector for better results. But those sacrifices are worth it.

The 8 Megapixel Camera is good for a tablet camera. There is also a 3 Megapixel web camera on the front.

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Serious note takers will want to consider an accessory pen like the Wacom Bamboo Stylus Feel shown below. The inbuilt Wacom pen is a good back up, but it is too small and flimsy for extended use.

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The VivoTab Note 8 comes with a Microsoft Office Home and Student single licence. That gets delivers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The Note 8 performs great with OneNote 2013 as shown above.

Who will the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 suit?

  • Office execs looking for a note-taking companion device
  • Students looking to take notes in class
  • Sketchers and digital artists looking for a creativity device.

Contact us for more information about the Note 8, or buy online from our website here.

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Fujitsu Lifebook T904 vs T902 comparison

Mar
17
2014

Here is a close up look at the new Fujitsu Lifebook T904 side by side with its predecessor -the T902.

Fujitsu seems to have put the last model T902 on a bit of a diet to produce the T904. The Lifebook T904 now carries the Intel Ultrabook brand and it weighs in at 1.6kg, down from the T902’s 1.9kg.

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The T904 is still Fujitsu’s high end convertible tablet with Intel Core i7 and i5 processors on offer. 8Gb RAM and 256Gb SSD is standard on the models that we stock.

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The T904 is a lot slimmer while retaining the 13.3” screen. As you can see in the pictures below the screen is now much more glossy. Resolution has been beefed up to a fine “3K” at 2560×1440.

Importantly, the T904 still uses the good ol’ Wacom digitizer pen (docked in on the right hand side base). The pen has a new shorter, slimmer, square shape and loses the second right click button and eraser.

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There is no multi-bay expansion on the new T904 to save on space, but the battery is still removable. With the new fourth generation “Haswell” processors on board, you may not need an additional battery anyway.

I can’t remember the last time that I used an optical disk, so I guess not many will miss that feature too…

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The charger is the same as the last series, meaning that you can use our Targus car charger straight out of the box too.

More Fujitsu Lifebook T904 information to come. Stock is arriving soon!

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

Panasonic Toughbook FZ-M1–7” Rugged Windows 8 Tablet Hands On

Feb
9
2014

Only one month ago we saw Panasonic announce the new Toughbook FZ-M1 Rugged Windows 8 Tablet at CES 2014. On Friday, we got some hands on time with an actual pre-production Toughbook FZ-M1. Take a look at our pictures below!

The FZ-M1 is fills a big gap in the rugged Windows 8 tablet market. Many rugged tablet users are looking for a smaller, lighter device to offer to their workers.

While there are lots of 10” rugged tablets available, companies have been pushing for a 7” device, but they still need the advanced features that only Windows can offer – Security, Management, Multi-User, Desktop etc.

So with a 7” screen and weighing only around 600 grams, the FZ-M1 seems to fit the bill.

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The FZ-M1 feels brilliantly light in the hand, but also incredibly robust. We’re told it’s even tougher than the Toughbook G1!

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When looking at the FZ-M1 next to my Nokia Lumia 920 (4.5” screen) you get a feel for how compact it is.

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The modular option bay at the back protrudes slightly, allowing the FZ-M1 to be seen easier when on a flat surface. The screen viewing angles are excellent all round.

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Like the FZ-G1, the FZ-M1 will come with an Intel Core i5 processor, albeit the later Haswell version. 4G will be offered on the device, a first for rugged tablets in Australia.

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The only thing that the FZ-M1 doesn’t have that we’d like is an Active Digitizer Pen. However, although the FZ-M1 will ship with Windows 8.1 on board, it will mostly be used away from the desktop.

Companies looking at this type of device will be deploying touch friendly line of business apps in the Windows 8.1 modern app environment.

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Unlike the FZ-G1, there is no screen edge recess on the FZ-M1 which makes it slightly more comfortable with touch input.

An optional factory installed integrated accessory port houses a Bar Code Reader, GPS, serial port or microSDXC slot.

There will also be GPS and 3G antenna pass-through for those models fitted with those features.

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Like all Toughbooks, the FZ-M1 will be paired with a variety of peripherals like desktop and vehicle docking stations, carry options, batteries and chargers.

Stock is expected around March – April. Contact us for more information.

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.

7” Toughbook FZ-M1 – Rugged Windows 8 tablet announced at CES

Jan
9
2014

FZ-M1In amongst the piles of 7” and 8” Windows 8 tablets announced at this weeks Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a new 7” Panasonic Toughbook.

Typically small rugged tablets have had to use an Intel Atom processor, making them a poor choice for all but the simplest jobs.

This new Toughbook is not compromised like that. The 7” powerhouse gets a fourth generation Intel Core i5 “Haswell” chip and up to 8Gb of RAM.

That’s more than the average desktop PC in a 600gram package!

Product highlights:

  • Intel Core i5 Haswell
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • Up to 8Gb RAM
  • Up to 256Gb HDD
  • 3G / 4G options
  • Hot-swap battery
  • Weights around 600 grams
  • 7” 1280 x 800 Screen
  • USB 3 port
  • Docking connector
  • 5 foot drop tested, IP65 – Water and dust resistant

Initial pictures reveal a docking connector, USB 3 port, and an audio port.

Like the Toughbook FZ-G1 there is also mention a configuration port. In the G1, that port can be configured at factory with enhanced GPS, a barcode reader, serial port or a microSDXC card reader.

Where the M1 improves over the G1:

  • Hot swap battery
  • Lighter weight
  • Smaller form factor

Where the G1 will still be better than the M1:

  • Larger screen (G1 10 inch vs  M1 7 inch)
  • Higher resolution screen (G1 1920 x 1200 vs  M1 1280 x 800)
  • Wacom active digitizer

This is an important Windows 8 tablet for Microsoft too since many other manufacturers have turned to Android for their smaller tablets like the Getac Z710.

Pictures of the Panasonic Toughbook FZ-M1 rugged Windows 8.1 tablet so far:

 

The smaller form factor should appeal to many field tablet users. Carrying this device all day would be a lot more appealing than the 10” equivalent.

We look forward to finding out more about the FZ-M1.

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About the Author: Brett Gilbertson was awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP Award for Tablet and Touch in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

He has been a Tablet PC user since 2002. Depending on the day Brett uses several Windows 8 Tablets including the Fujitsu Q702, Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and the Motion F5t. He also keeps a Samsung Galaxy Note, a Nexus 7 and an iPad around the home to keep current with emerging Tablet trends.

Tablet PC Solutions has a strong focus on business grade hardware and software applications for Tablet PCs. Our expertise is sought after by Australia's largest and smallest organizations.
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