Over the years, the Tablet PC
has become a decreasingly demanded niche, but even the Tablet bashers in the crowd can't help but give this one a serious look. Motion Computing has engineered a new Tablet that solves many of the issues that have plagued the platform for so long and even fixes a few things that weren't broken. Let's dive in, shall we?
Atop the list of luxeries included on the J3400 is a dual-battery design that can supposedly provide for "all day computing." Additionally, it features a rugged, tough enclosure and a daylight-readable display that is right at home under the Arizona sun. Clearly, Motion designed this machine for those who do a majority of their work outside of the traditional office, but we get the idea that even mild road warriors could fall head over heels for what it's offering.
According to David Altounian, president and CEO, Motion Computing, the J3400 was "developed based on more than seven years of tablet PC experience, and feedback from customers across industries." He goes on to call it a "mobile computing device with the capabilities our customers are demanding – a powerful processor with a compact rugged design that supports users who must be productive whether in the field or in the office." Within, users will find an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Speak Anywhere technology that can intelligently switch between two of three microphones, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, integrated Gobi mobile broadband (EV-DO and GSM / HSPA support), a 12.1" Hydis AFFS+ wide screen display, 2.0-megapixel camera, smart card reader, fingerprint sensor, GPS and a FlexDock with full input/output connections. There's also a 1.8" HDD (shock-mounted) with an option for a 64GB SSD.
Not unexpectedly, Motion has built the J3400 to MIL-STD-810F specifications, which means that it can withstand small to medium drops as well as survive a litany of awful environmental conditions. The unit starts at $2,299 and is available to order right now, but it doesn't take too many options to push that price well above the $3,000 mark.