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HP Compaq Tablet PC tc1100

Unique tablet PC convertible-slate
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

A modern day re-interpretation of Compaq's fabulous "Concerto" pen convertible of the mid 1990s, the Compaq Tablet PC tc1100 is neither a pure slate nor a standard notebook convertible. Instead, it is a very compact slate with a detachable keyboard that provides the tc1100 with unmatched flexibility. Gone are the Transmeta 5800 chip and Finepoint digitizer of the original HP tc1000, all replaced with more standard Intel and Wacom Tablet PC fare. As a result, the tc1100 is a faster and entirely more pleasant machine. It also comes with the superb BOE Hydis wideangle display (albeit in the small 10.4" format). HP also offers a dock with additional ports and an optical drive for this daring and innovative Tablet PC design that will appeal to those who are bored with a traditional convertible. This is probably the most versatile interpretation of a modern pen slate, and arguably the most innovative as well.

Form-factor Slate convertible
Processor Intel Celeron or Pentium 713/733/753
CPU Speed 1.0/1.1/1.2 GHz
Chipset Intel 855GM
Standard/Max RAM 256MB/2,048MB
Disk/drive 30/40/60 GB
Card slots 1 PC Card Type II, 1 SD
Display type Wide-angle transmiss. TFT
Display size/res 10.4-inch/1024x768
Digitizer/pens Wacom/1
Keyboard/scale Detachable 83-key, 95%
Ruggedness standard
Housing Magnesium and plastic
Size (WxHxD) 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8
Weight 3.1 lbs.
Power Li-Ion, 40 WHr ("up to 4.5 hrs")
Interface 2 USB 2.0, RJ11, RJ45, IR
Interface Bluetooth, audio, 802.11 b/g, video
List price US$1,599 to US$2,299
Contact www.hp.com
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