Motion M1200

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2002-11-25 Print this article Print

Motion M1200

The Tablet PC device from startup Motion Computing, a company founded by former Dell Computer Corp. executives, also looks promising. The most notable aspect of the Motion device is its large (12.1-inch) screen, which is clear, bright and highly suitable to Tablet design.

Motion officials, who are aiming the M1200 Tablet PC at verticals such as retail and health care, said they believe they can bring Dell-style, just-in-time manufacturing to the Tablet industry. In fact, Motion makes no unit until an order is placed. Units are manufactured in Asia and shipped directly to customers.

As expected, the M1200 turned out to be excellent for anything graphically oriented. The resolution of the screen made even X-ray images clear.

Like all slate models, however, the M1200 is clunky to use with a keyboard. Motion includes a stand and a keyboard, but theres no getting around the fact that users who want a notebook and a slate have to carry separate hunks of plastic, silicon and glass.

The M1200 has one significant flaw: It runs so hot as to be uncomfortable, especially just beneath the processor. The Motion unit uses the same processor and chip set as the ViewSonic Tablet PC, which does not run hot, so the only conclusion we can draw is that Motion placed the processor too close to the casing or did not provide adequate shielding.

In eWeek Labs benchmark tests, the Motion unit was an above-average performer, a fact carried through to our usability testing. Overall performance came in just behind the ViewSonic.

With its large screen, the M1200 will have instant appeal. We hope that Motion can tweak its design to fix the heat problem and offer additional designs based on the larger display. Once it does, the company has the capability to take on established vendors, such as Fujitsu, in the vertical space.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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