The ExoPC Windows 7 tablet is one of the big boys of the slate world, having a 11.6 inch display and some horsepower to go with it.
The staff over at liliputing.com came up with a detailed review of this big size tablet. But first, a little spec rundown: the slate has a Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage, 2 USB 2.0 ports, mini-HDMI port, SDHC slot, WiFi, bluetooth, a Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator and a 1366 x 768 capacitive display and everything runs on Windows 7 Home Premium. T
he design is simple and functional and is based on the same OEM used for other tablets, including the WeTab. The tablet has some black areas around the screen so you have something to grab it by. The coating has a black matte finish which presumably doesn’t collect fingerprints and heat shouldn’t be an issue, as the hot spot of the tablet is on the center of the back, where you will rarely place your hands.
On the left you’ll find the aforementioned ports and a mic/headphone jack. The tablet has 2.1 pounds and considering the size, it’s not very heavy. It’s easy to keep in landscape mode, but in portrait mode it might prove too much for one hand.
The 2 internal speakers are loud enough to live up a room, but they lack quality, so you’ll have to go for an external system if you’re pretentious about your music. Moving on, the display is decently responsive and accurate and there won’t be any confusions where pushing two close buttons.
On the downside, the viewing angles are not very satisfying, as in landscape mode the colors lose strength if you tilt the screen. It’s better in portrait mode, but the glossy display reflects glare and you might see a big light on the screen if you are in a well lit room.
The ExoPC tablet runs on Windows 7 Premium, thus benefiting from some improvements you get with more expensive versions of the OS. One of them is the simulation of right mouse click by keeping the finger pressed on a spot to activate the menu. There’s also pinch and zoom support, kinetic scrolling in IE 8 and a virtual keyboard for when you deal with input boxes.
On top of Windows there are two proprietary skins: Millenium, which lets you change screen rotation, connectivity on and off, adjust brightness and the ExoPC UI Layer, which lets you access apps and functions from two lateral tool bars without using Windows.
The tablet comes with a myriad of apps, including internet radio and TV, some games and a map app, but the most impressive is the browser, which recognizes pinch to zoom. Don’t get too excited, as the browser is pretty unresponsive and pinching takes seconds to complete. Luckily, the screen is big enough to show pages at a decent size in normal mode.
Thanks to the HD video accelerator, videos run smooth, including 1080p from Youtube. The overall performance is good, supported by the 2 GB of RAM, and you’ll see pages and apps load up fast. On the downside, the battery drained after 3 hours and 20 minutes and if you’ll run games or videos intensively expect much less.
The ExoPC tablet is available for $699.