TOY BOX: Tablet PC is all write for the most part

The Viewsonic Tablet PC is having difficulty reading my scrawl (it read my last name as Troglet), but at least I can boast, "Look, you can write on the screen!"

The Viewsonic Tablet PC is having difficulty reading my scrawl (it read my last name as Troglet), but at least I can boast, "Look, you can write on the screen!"

You can talk to it, too, and it copes quite well with my English accent. However, if I stop talking for more than a few seconds, it continues writing, as if possessed, trying to predict what I'll say next - which can be frustrating. The color and definition are amazing, the sound is good, the shortcut buttons on the front are handy, and the switch from portrait to landscape is cool. The dock and mini-keyboard turn it into a mini-desktop PC, which is useful, although the connector is worryingly fragile. I wondered how many more of my ham-fisted attempts it would bear. While it looks cool, I haven't yet worked out what a tablet can do that no other computer can for anyone (and that's most of us) who types better, and faster, than they write. It's great to have all your handwritten notes filed, but $1,799 for a notepad is steep. The verdict: Fun, but don't throw out your Mead pad. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Eleanor Trickett is deputy editor of PRWeek, based in New York. ----- Price $1,799 ($1,999 with dock, keyboard, and mouse) Available at Check www.viewsonic.com/tabletpc Specs 66 MHz Intel Pentium III-M Processor, 20 GB hard drive, built-in WiFi, firewire, and two USB ports. 3.4 lbs. Dock has: 24X CD-ROM, three USB ports, and Ethernet

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