ExoPC Windows 7 Slate PC reviewed

The ExoPC is an 11.6 inch slate computer with a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. It runs Windows 7, but includes a unique user interface that runs on top of the OS making it easier to launch and close applications, as well as flip between then when you’re using your fingers instead of a mouse. You can click a button to get to the default Windows 7 user interface though, and the ExoPC can run virtually any Windows app.

The company has promised to send me a review unit eventually, but it looks like Engadget’s Joanna Stern got her hands on an early model. How early? The ExoPC’s custom on-screen keyboard doesn’t actually work yet, although you can use the default software keyboard that comes with Windows 7.

On the bright side, she seems pretty impressed with the ExoPC software. The tablet also has a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, which allows it to play 1080p HD video without a problem, as well as 720p streaming Flash video.

On the down side, like most other sub-$1000 Windows slates on the market today, it looks like you’ll be lucky to get 4 hours of battery life out of this machine. Visit Engadget for more details.

  • Plantje

    I have pre ordered one of these babies in the 64GB version.
    After receiving it I plan on inserting a 3G/GPS card from Huawei myself.

    This morning I had a very open discussion with an iPad owner. Right now, the real downside I agree upon is the battery life of the EXOPC.

    What I really don’t get is why everybody is making such a big fuzz about the app store and the number of apps available? Microsoft has thousands of apps! Next to that you can easily create your own applications.

    • Zorro

      The Huawei 3G/GPS card doesn’t work with the Slate. It was discussed at length in the forums.

      Microsoft doesn’t have thousands of apps, it has the ability to install them if you download from another developer site or buy it off the shelf – that’s obviously nothing like The Apple Apps Store, or the Android Marketplace, or app-get for Linux.

      • Plantje

        If you are still reading the forums you can see that currently they do have the Huawei 3G/GPS card working. Huawei has provided new drivers and now it is working.

        Ok ok…Microsoft itself doesn’t have thousands of apps. But there are thousands of apps available. However….that’s not the point I am making…. Can you tell me what the importance of a huge app store is? Why does everybody think every device without an app store is a fail?

      • Anonymous

        Windows has thousands of applications. are you gonna deny that?

  • Javajolt

    The ExoPC has always shown and continues to show the most promise for PC based tablets, and at leats pad, tablet and or slate is NOT included in the name.

    The ithingy might be attractive but who in the hell wants something they don’t own and are dictated to about what they can and cannot run on? NOT ME!!!!! Besides that ithing is NOT a real computer.

  • http://crazzycool.blogspot.com/2010/10/hp-slate-500-windows-7-business-tablet.html Rvj6969

    I think HP Slate 500 is better product and real challenge to iPhone. This ExoPC looks cool as well.