The ExoPC is a Windows 7 slate with a unique user interface designed to make the operating system easier to use with your fingertips. The computer has an 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive touchscreen display which looks great, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, and a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor.
The company sent me a demo unit to review, and there’s a lot to like so far. The build quality seems excellent, and the touch screen is very responsive. On the down side, there screen goes dark for a while every time you try to rotate the display by changing the compute from landscape to portrait mode — something that happens much more smoothly on most Android or iOS devices. I think you need faster hardware to really pull that off seamlessly with Windows 7.
The ExoPC also feels a bit heavy, at 2.1 pounds. While that’s pretty light by notebook standards, it’s a lot of weight to hold in your hands while surfing the web, or reading an eBook. It feels even heavier if you try to hold it with one hand, which seems like a natural thing to do when reading. The tablet will probably be most comfortable to hold if you prop it up on a table or on your lap.
The company’s custom software layer which rests on top of Windows 7 is interesting, but I haven’t played with it enough to really decide whether I’d rather use the ExoPC user interface or the default Windows 7 apps most of the time. Stay tuned for more details.
In the meantime, you can check out my unboxing video after the break. The Samsung Galaxy Tab makes a cameo appearance as well, because apparently I like comparing oranges and grapefruits.