Tablets running Windows 7 might not be as thin or light as Android or iOS tablets, they may not always get the same kind of battery life, and they may not be as popular with consumers these days. But there are a few things you can do with a Windows tablet that you can’t yet do with an Android tablet — like use them as a full-fledged desktop computer complete with support for Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and other software, as well as DVD burners and other peripherals.
The NEC LaVie Touch makes that very, very obvious, thanks to a few hardware accessories that come with this new Windows 7 tablet.
When the LaVie Touch goes on sale in Japan it will come with a docking station that serves as a stand for the tablet — and which also has a built-in DVD drive. It also comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard.
In other words, you can use the tablet on the go, or you can connect it to the dock, pull out the mouse and keyboard, and treat the LaVie Touch as if it were any other laptop or desktop computer.
The machine has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state disk. It features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 1.3MP camera, and has 2 USB ports, an HDMI output, and SDHC card slot. The tablet comes with Windows 7 Professional and Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business.
The tablet measures 10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.6″ and weighs about 1.6 pounds. It will sell for over $1200 in Japan. I don’t expect to see this model in the US anytime soon. As far as I’m aware, none of the NEC LaVie Light netbooks ever made it to US shores.