The Apple iPad continues to find more than a million homes each month, Android powered tablets continue to pour out almost every other day while tablets running Windows 7 seem to be content making more noise than action. This is what we have become accustomed to, although things are about to change. If you have failed to read the move to the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Blackberry PlayBook as major players, here is something that can be an indication of the things to come – the CTL 2goPad SL10 running Windows 7 Home Premium.
The tech world first heard about this new tablet was at Computex held in June and it made quite an impact. More than three months later, things have only changed for the better with the CTL 2goPad SL10. It will dominate the market as soon as the 15 of this month. And for this, pre-orders are already being accepted. The price now is $499, though it’s a limited time offer, since after October 20 you will have to fork out a hundred dollars more to get hold of one of these Windows beauties.
And if all of the preceding information has stirred your curiosity, here are the specs. The CTL 2goPad SL10 is a 10 inch tablet featuring a 10 inch capacitive multitouch display having a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Running the show from behind the scenes is a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor coupled to a 2GB RAM. Hard disk space is a quite generous 250 GB though if that’s still not enough, there is the micro SD card reader.
These apart, the 2goPad SL10 includes 2 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks, as well as a built-in 1.3 MP camera. The tablet also comes with 2 channel stereo speaker while the 4 cell battery, and the CTL is good enough to provide for up to 5 hours of sustained operation. The 2goPad SL10 also includes an accelerometer, which means a change in orientation of the tablet will lead to a corresponding change in the display.
A unique aspect of the 2goPad SL10 is the EasyBits Quick software that come preloaded and does make things a lot easier as it makes it convenient to launch applications that are used most often. In fact, it can be considered even more easy to use than the Windows 7 Start Menu. However, things can get a bit sluggish with some of the animation effects, which though can be attributed to the inability of the Atom N450 processor and the Intel GMA 3150 graphics card to take up that much of load.
For connecting to the internet, the 2goPad SL10 comes equipped with 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet. However, on the flip side, the 10.3 x 6.6 x 0.72 inch tablet weighs in at a quite hefty 2.6 pounds. In fact, with that much of bulk, the 2goPad SL10 more closely resembles a netbook PC than a tablet device. Build quality otherwise is top notch while the touchscreen experience, one of the main grouse with Windows powered tablets, is surprisingly good.
Meanwhile, the company already has ambitious plans to come up with an even bigger Windows 7 tablet with an 11.6 inch display as well as a smaller tablet in the 7 inch category running the Android operating system.
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