Motion Computing is releasing the LE1600, a slate tablet PC with improved ergonomics, a few technology innovations and advanced security capabilities all in a slimmer, lighter and more durable design. The LE1600 packages the latest generation of Intel Centrino mobile technology, longer battery life management, and design durability optimized for mobile professionals in healthcare, field sales and service, government and education.
The clipboard-sized Motion LE1600 Tablet PC weighs 3.1 pounds, about a quarter-pound lighter and a quarter-inch thinner than the Motion M1400. Motion's new product runs Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and is built-to-order per customer specification. The LE1600 has a magnesium alloy lower housing and carbon fiber upper housing.
The Motion LE1600 is the first slate tablet PC to ship with the latest generation of Intel Centrino mobile technology (formerly codenamed Sonoma), including the Low Voltage (LV) Intel Pentium M processor 1.5GHz, the Mobile Intel 915GMS Express Chipset, and the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 BG Network Connection. In addition, the LE1600 includes 512MB of upgradeable 400MHz DDRII memory and a 30GB hard drive, upgradeable to 60GB. The hard drive is a shock-mounted 1.8" design for enhanced durability.
Motion Computing says that with the LE1600's innovative battery logistics, mobile professionals can achieve up to a full work day of computing time without recharging. The Standard Battery provides more than three hours of use, and a slim, optional Extended Battery attaches flat against the back of the LE1600, maintaining even distribution of weight and balance. When used in tandem, the two batteries are hot-swappable and can provide up to eight hours of computing time.
The new tablet PC includes proprietary Speak Anywhere technology. The LE1600 intelligently switches between two of three microphones, depending on screen orientation, for high-fidelity voice and sound input. Speak Anywhere "locks in" on a user's voice, cancels out background noise, and enables accurate voice recognition and speech-to-text transcription in a range of applications from voice control and command to dictation to VoIP applications.
The LE1600's standard screen offers a 12.1-inch, high-resolution XGA viewing area and viewing angles of up to 180 degrees to simplify collaboration. The new slate tablet PC also features a Digital Video Interface (DVI-D) port for output to high-resolution flat-panel monitors and projectors.
A new all-in-one mobile keyboard peripheral is available for the LE1600. The Convertible Keyboard serves as a mini-dock and charging station for the tablet PC. The mobile keyboard adds the functionality of a full-size notebook computer without adding significant weight or bulk.
In terms of communications, the LE1600 includes Gigabit Ethernet, embedded Wi-Fi supporting latest standards and security protocols (802.11a/b/g), embedded Bluetooth, and IrDA.
An embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) enables hardware-protected encryption, as well as secures digital certificate storage for authentication and secure e-mail applications. The built-in fingerprint reader uses biometric data to prevent unauthorized access to system resources and encrypted data. The LE1600 also features the new Motion Security Center for quick access to the tablet PC's authentication, password and encryption applications.
The Motion LE1600 is available from US$2,199. Motion is also selling the LE1600c, a Celeron version, for US$1,899 MSRP.