The first iteration of the Smart Display panel was seen at Comdex in 2002. The Smart Display, previously called Mira, is designed to act as a remote tablet that wirelessly displays information hosted on your home PC. However, at a cost of $1,000 with some notable drawbacks, we wonder why anyone would choose a Smart Display over a Tablet PC. Though more expensive, Tablet PCs are fully functioning PCs that can be toted around the house wirelessly and do not depend on another PC to be enabled.
- 3-pound LCD with touch-sensitive stylus, stylus keyboard, and handwriting recognition capability.
- May be connected to a host PC, whose content it replicates.
- Cannot be used simultaneously with a host PC (one disables the other). And only one Smart Display can connect to the host at a time.
- On its own, a Smart Display runs Windows CE; connected to a host PC, it runs only Windows XP Pro (not Windows XP Home).
- Connects by wireless Ethernet to the host PC.
- The first Smart Displays (10-inch LCDs) cost about $1,000 each (including a PC upgrade to Windows XP Pro).
- Usually weighs about 3.5 pounds; comes either as a convertible tablet with both a stylus and a folding, hideaway keyboard or as a slate, which greatly resembles a Smart Display.
- Runs independently, using Windows XP Pro and its own local hard drive.
- Unlike a Smart Display, a tablet has a resistive screen and requires a special stylus (you cant use finger or pen cap in a pinch).
- Connects by wireless Ethernet to the Internet.
- Tablets cost about $2,000 to $2,500.