The Intel Classmate Netvertible appears for preliminary evaluation

Joanna Stern is usually the first person to get a look at the new netbook devices and writes some fantastic reviews that I personally read before making purchase decisions. She continues this practice with an article that takes a first look at the CTL 2go Tablet (aka Intel Classmate Netvertible). This is a touch screen netbook device that will compete with the upcoming ASUS touch screen netbook device.

The Intel Classmate Netvertible appears for preliminary evaluation
Joanna Stern is usually the first person to get a look at the new netbook devices and writes some fantastic reviews that I personally read before making purchase decisions. She continues this practice with an article that takes a first look at the CTL 2go Tablet (aka Intel Classmate Netvertible). This is a touch screen netbook device that will compete with the upcoming ASUS touch screen netbook device.

The CTL 2go Tablet is a device that flips and swivels to switch between a standard laptop mode and a tablet/slate mode. One of the biggest surprises for me in Joanna's article was the probable price of US$499 to US$549. The device specifications are 8.9 inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive, and integrated WiFi. The lowest price model will run a version of Linux and Windows XP should add about US$50. XP doesn't have Tablet functionality integrated unless you upgrade to the Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system or install 3rd party applications like RitePen (for handwriting recognition. However, a Tablet PC at about US$500 is fantastic since most Tablet PCs come in at US$1,200 plus.

I am traveling this week with my 10 inch MSI Wind and to be productive I think a 10 inch display is just about perfect. If handwriting for notes and sketches is important to you, then I can see how this upcoming Tablet netbook will appeal to you.

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