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We're almost ready to port everything to our new site.  Please bear with us as we continue to try to make your visits even better.  Our new URL is  We're not quite ready yet (as you'll see when you get there), but we're finally getting closer. 

Windows 7 is going to make 'touch' and 'multi-touch' names that are easily recognized, so we're changing with the times to cover as much about mobile computing as we can.

Windows7 runs on HP Mini1000 - and runs well.  See our first impressions here.

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CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is being held as I write this.  We're there for a full week to bring you all the latest on mobile computing, starting with Storage Solutions, then CES.  We'll cover both the show floor, various press events and CntrStg.

I'm sure we'll meet up with many of you at the usual press events such as CES Unveiled, Digital Experience (my favorite part of CES) and ShowStoppers.  Digital Experience is celebrating its 10th year at CES.  We've attended since 2000.  ShowStoppers has already closed registration.

This year there's a new kid in town, and its name is CntrStg.  This sounds like a great spot for bloggers to connect with other bloggers and representatives from many companies on a smaller and more personal scale than the CES show floor.  It's also where the annual Tablet get-together will be held.

Microsoft's Win7 is already causing a lot of buzz.  Integration of touch seems to be the promise.  We'll report on this more as different items are publicly available.

HP's MiniNote1000 is now available.  Check out the various models available.

We've taken a closer look at the HP's Pavilion Entertainment Notebook (and Tablet PC!) - the tx2500.  See the improvements here.

While in Austin, Texas I attended AMD's Tech Day 2008.  The event was more than anticipated. There's so much information that I've dedicated a full page to it.  Find it here!

I also had an opportunity to visit Motion Computing.  The Motion M1200 was my first 'Editor's Favorite Award' winner.  Watch for news from Motion on July 1.  In the meantime, check out our article that notes what some of the people at Motion had to say here.

HP's Pavilion HDX - New Price

Although you may not have won the Dragon that we gave away, HP has made it more affordable for you to purchase one. 

The starting pricing associated with the HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment series (a.k.a., HP Dragon) on the HP Home and Home Office Store has been lowered to $1,399.99 effective now.  Check

HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Series Notebook
256MB ATI(TM) Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 2600 XT
Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T8100 (2.10 GHz)
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Integrated HP TV Tuner w/ 4 Speakers + 1 Subwoofer
Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
20.1" WSXGA+ HP Ultra Brightview (1680 x 1050)
240GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (120GB x 2) LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD+/-RW w/Double Layer
2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network w/Bluetooth
HP Imprint Finish (Dragon) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone
9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Power Pack software - Roxio, Muvee and Serif

HP Announces New Entertainment Notebook with Tablet PC Features

The HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Notebook (fondly known as The Dragon) contest is complete on The Tablet PC and Mobile PC World.  We have a winner.  Bob Walters is the happy new owner of the Dragon. See his plans for it here.

For those of you who entered, thank you.  I hope you had as much fun as I did with this contest.  Answers are posted on Mobile PC World forums.

You still have a couple of opportunities to enter the 2 remaining contests at and

Please join us in thanking HP and Buzz Corps for these amazing computers.

See Days of the Dragon for details, photos and the complete list of participating sites.

As news of Windows 7 starts to trickle out, Microsoft is showing how the Surface technology may be included in the next Windows release, making touch an important factor in developing the new operating system.

Chris Flores, a Director at Microsoft who works with the Windows Client Communications Team gives more information on the Windows Vista Blog.  This is great news for those of us who have been using ink and touch on our Tablets.  Having the operating system even more tightly integrated is great news!

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Reviews - See our reviews on the latest models here:

HP tx2500 Photos and Specs   HP tx1000 See our review here
Fujitsu U810 See our review here   Lenovo X60 See our review here
HP tx2000 See our review here   HP 2710P Photos Here
Lenovo X61 See our review here   Fujitsu B6210 See our review here
MobileDemand T8600 See our review here   Lenovo x300 Coming soon
HP iPAQ 310 See our review here      

See what other users think in our forums!

News - Latest releases about Tablet PCs


We're adopting our new name as we start bringing our multiple sites into one.  This will help keep all information about Tablets and UMPCs in one place while allowing us to expand into other mobile computing areas as well.

Thank you for all your support over the past five years and we look forward to seeing you here for the next five years and more.

We've added a new page for comments and opinions.  This is in response to some of the articles and other things we find that we think should be something you're aware of.  It might be a follow up from a reader to an article, or it may be an opinion we hold about something that may or may not be relevant to the rest of our site. 

Our first article is why Microsoft is confusing consumers with its consistent naming of products that are inconsistent. If that raises your curiosity, read more here.

See our review on HP's latest Tablet PC offering - the tx2000. 

We've just received a new model and will be reviewing it soon.  It's going to be an interesting comparison to try it next to the HP HDX Dragon.  For full specifications, check our Comparison Charts.

Although this isn't related to Tablet PCs, it's a great way to kick off news about another mobile computing option. It's an easy way to make a difference in our world.

Microsoft and Dell have announced a new program where you can make a significant contribution that will work to eliminate AIDS in Africa just by buying a special Dell PC (PRODUCT) RED running Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED.  To keep up with the news and find out more about the PCs, check here.

HP has announced its newest Tablet PC - the tx2000  For our review and additional photos, check our Review.


I've been using Lenovo's newest offering, the ThinkPad X61, for a few months now.  There's no doubt that Lenovo is striving to make the best Tablet PC they can.  They're getting close, too.  This Core2Duo is fast and the SXGA+ screen is amazing.  It's good to see the 1400x1050 resolution on more Tablets. Be sure to check the specs of it on our Comparison Charts and watch for the review I'm in the processing of doing.  For now, though, as much as I'm happy with the X60, the X61 surpasses it.  Between the Core 2 Duo processor and the indoor-outdoor screen, this is a machine that any serious Tablet PC user needs to consider.

I'm also testing a Tablet PC completely different than anything I've used before.  This is the Dialogue Flybook.  I think this could be the perfect traveling computer.  It's very lightweight, but the 10" widescreen gives enough screen space for running multiple windows at once.  The drawback is that it's running Windows XP Pro.  I plan on installing Windows Vista to see how it works with it.  If not, I'll then install Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.  I have no quarrel with RitePen, in fact I think it's a great program, but if I'm going to review the Flybook, I'd like to see it running a full Tablet operating system.

FOLLOW UP: As much as I loved the form factor, the warranty support on the Flybook was disappointing at best.  I can't explain why the screen cracked from the time the lid was closed until it was opened later that day (without being moved), but I was made to feel as though I did something to cause it.  Not only did they want an exorbitant amount of money to replace the screen, but the machine was never returned to me although I asked for it back without it being repaired.  As there was no reason that the screen cracked, I can't recommend the Dialogue Flybook. 

Tablet PCs are continuing to change the way we use computers. They’ll continue to do so and in more ways than we’re currently envisioning. As this year has progressed, our expectations of more innovations in features and size and even more availability and features galore, including dual core processors and better graphics were realized.

Tablet PCs are not only alive and well, they're thriving. Sales are better than they've ever been and are consistently improving.  Windows Vista will bring more computers that use Tablet and Touch Technology to consumers. 

2008 will bring changes to our site, so please watch for them.

Do you have questions about which Tablet PC will work for you?  Be sure to check our Comparison Charts for the latest information on available models.  Once you find one that meets your needs, click on the name to head to the manufacturer's page for more information.
The Tablet PC is honored to have received the Orchid Award from Jerry Pournelle (  Jerry stated, ""A large and pretty Chaos Manor Orchid to Terri Stratton and her The Tablet PC web site. If you use a tablet or contemplate doing so, you need to know about this site, which collects information about tablets, software (free and commercial) and accessories." 

I'm very excited and proud to have received this.  Thank you, Jerry!


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