When Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 tablet, the world took notice. In the months since the Surface Pro 4’s release, we’ve seen other manufacturers mimic some of the design and goals of Microsoft’s popular tablet. Although there are similarities among these clones, there are also distinct differences that make them better for different types of users. One of those Windows 10-based tablets is Toshiba’s new 12-inch dynaPad which is designed to give you the feel of writing with pen and paper.
In order to deliver a natural handwriting experience that feels like writing with pen on paper, Toshiba bonds two sheets of high-quality glass with a metal mesh sensor. For durability, Toshiba incorporates Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance.
Using professional-grade digital inking technologies from Wacom, Toshiba’s Active Electrostatics (ES) TruPen features a metal design and supports 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and writing or drawing capabilities from extreme angles. The battery-powered pen can last for at least 1,000 hours.
In addition to promising an excellent writing experience, the dynaPad claims to be the world’s thinnest and lightest 12-inch Windows tablet, measuring just 6.9mm (0.27 inches) thin and weighing 1.28 pounds.
The dynaPad features a carbon fiber housing along with a rubberized finish to reduce flex and give you a good grip on the tablet. When combined with the optional full-size keyboard, the dynaPad can function as a clamshell laptop. The keyboard has a 19mm pitch and 1.5mm stroke along with a touchpad. The keyboard attaches to the dynaPad with magnets.
The dynaPad runs Windows 10 and features a 12-inch Full HD+ (1920x1280) TruBrite display. Other key specifications include an Intel Atom x5 Z8300 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of flash storage. For connectivity, the dynaPad offers two microUSB 2.0 ports, a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB, and a micro HDMI port. You’ll also find 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board along with a 2MP front-facing camera with dual-array TruTalk mics and an 8MP rear camera with auto-focus.
You’ll find a handful of Toshiba business applications preinstalled on the tablet including TruNote, TruCapture, TruRecorder, TruNote Clip, and TruNote Share. With these applications you’ll be able to create detailed drawings, search handwritten messages, capture images from various sources, record voice notes, capture and mark up screen images, and share real-time content with others. All of these applications from Toshiba work seamlessly with Microsoft Office.
The dynaPad is now available for pre-order from Toshiba and will be available in Microsoft Stores in late January for $569.99.