Interesting the quoted price in that comment for the Fujitsu T4010 was $4000AUD.
There’s a bunch of them there.
The Fujitsu T4010 is an interesting beast, similarly spec’d to the Portege m200, with a similar weight. However, it actually includes an internal DVD drive.
My Toshiba Tecra M2 weighs in at 2.25kg according to most web reviews. I took my slim DVD/CDRW drive out this morning to weigh it, the weight? 135g! Weight of my weight saver? 17g!
Just a bunch of graphing tablets from Wacom.
Right, I thought, let’s enquire with the salespeople at the store.
So I got talking about the Tablet PC with one of the staff members there.
I asked whether they stocked any Tablet PCs, especially of the convertible variety.
He said no, and told me it was not feasible to do so because Tablet PCs were more a niche product than a mainstream one.
I responded by saying that I read that the next version of Windows, Longhorn may include the Tablet PC features inside the mainstream version of the operating system.
I said if the rumours are true, then I’d be expecting in the next year or so leading up to the release of Longhorn, we’d be seeing many more lower priced Tablet PCs on the market.
He seemed shocked at the price.
Made a bit more conversation about the Tablet PC, then walked out the door.
Here’s a bit about the LG LU20 that’s in the Computer World ad:
– Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz
– 12.1″ XGA Screen (1024×768)
– Intel Extreme Graphics
– 60G HDD
– 512MB RAM
– 1.58KG including 6 cell battery.
Includes no optical drive.
Definately a good price, but would be nice to have an optical drive.
However, i’m not too fussed about that at this stage.
Flipping through the Green Guide I saw another ad for the same Tablet PC (the LG one) at Centre Com for $2155. So a $20 difference.
The same company, CentreCom, advertise the Toshiba Portege m200 for $4099. (The Portege m200 they advertised has an 80G HDD). Which seems closer to the Fujitsu T4010 price that was quoted in my comments.
Final thought (before I head off to lunch), would the Tablet PC still be considered a niche market if a major electronics manufacturer, such as LG, start pricing their Tablet PCs closer to the $2000 mark?
Seems to be a good price to me.
That’s interesting, it looks like a Tablet, doesn’t run the Tablet PC edition OS though.
Might consider this LG LT20. I’ll try to get out to those two stores i’ve mentioned (Computer World/ComputerCOM) and enquire about the LT20 there.
Maybe a way to get retailers to get them in store is by more people asking the salespeople at stores about the Tablet PCs.
This could get a reaction from them.
The worry in their eyes is that they will be left with “dud” stock. You know retailers hate to have stock that they can’t sell.
And some consumers, like to see and buy bleeding edge devices.