Acer to Roll Out Tablet OS Notebook
Acer America Corp. this week will introduce a new computer that runs Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC operating system but looks and costs more like a notebook than a Tablet.Acer America Corp. this week will introduce a new computer that runs Microsoft Corp.s Tablet PC operating system but looks and costs more like a notebook than a Tablet. "Its our first step at commoditizing Tablet functionality," said Jeffrey Friederichs, vice president of Acers Notebook Business Unit in San Jose, Calif. Other than the operating system, the TravelMate 250P is very much a traditional high-end notebook computer. It features an Intel Corp. Pentium 4 processor, a 14.1-inch display, 256 MB of SDRAM, wireless LAN and Bluetooth connectiviety and a 56Kbps modem.
The Tablet PC OS and Acers Electromagnetic Resonance (EMR) pen let users annotate documents directly on the screen. While the display can be angled to make writing easier, it cannot be removed or swiveled away from the keyboard. To that end, users can lock the keyboard so as not to type by mistake while theyre trying to write. Otherwise, the keyboard works as a regular keyboard.