TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate Tablet PC First Look Review

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TabletKiosk recently introduced their newest Sahara Slate PC, the i440D and guess who got their hands on one. That is right, the i440D is in the TabletPCReview.com office and our model is running Vista. After spending a few hours with the i440D, I was quite impressed by how fast the wireless connection was and how responsive the pen was. Key factors to look for in a slate tablet considering it has no keyboard and probably will be lugged all over the place.


The Sahara i440D resting on its stand. (view large image)

The TabletKiosk Sahara i440D Slate PC specs as reviewed (price as tested $2,295)

  • Intel Core Duo LV L2500 1.83GHz processor
  • Intel 945GM Chipset
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 80GB (5400 rpm) SATA Hard Disk Drive
  • Built-in Wireless a/b/g Networking
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 12.1" TFT XGA Wide Angle View LCD Dual Mode Active Digitizer / Touch Screen Display
  • Biometric Finger Print Reader
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x PCMCIA
  • 1 x eSATA
  • 1 x VGA -15 pin
  • 1 x Headphone
  • 1 x Microphone
  • RJ-45 and RJ-11
  • Dimensions: 11.81"W x 9.45"H x .98"D
  • Weight: 3.3lbs.
  • Battery: 6-cell Lithium-Ion (3800 mAh)

Design and Build

The i440D Slate Tablet PC has a solid chassis. The model I am reviewing has a black housing with a nice rubber-like matting around the screen, which gives it grip. It feels similar to the grip on the newer smartphones like the Palm Treo 755p. The i440D is also available in white, but I am sure the black model hides dirt better.


Side view of the i440D on its stand. (view large image)

I had no problems carrying the tablet around for long periods of time either, but it only weighs around 3.3lbs. That is why it is targeted toward the vertical markets, not that it isn’t a good tablet for normal users. Considering it is so easy to carry around, it would be great for note-taking and presentations. It even has a presentation mode in the control panel under Tablet PC settings, where you can also change display, battery status/performance, screen orientation, wireless settings and external display set-up.

Performance

It is powered by a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo LV L2500 processor, which does a fine job surfing the Internet and even running some of the benchmarks. I mean this tablet isn’t meant to be a replacement for your notebook, but more of a niche market model.

Super Pi benchmark

In the below results of Super Pi, where the processor is timed in calculating Pi to 2 million digits:

Notebook Time to Calculate Pi to 2 Million Digits
TabletKiosk Sahara i440D (1.83GHz Core Duo) 1m 19s
Lenovo ThinkPad X61 (1.6GHz Core 2 Duo) 1m 10s
Fujitsu LifeBook T4220 (2.2GHz Core 2 Duo) 54s
Gateway E-155C (1.06GHz ULV Core 2 Duo) 1m 58s
LG C1 (1.2GHz Intel Core Duo) 1m 49s
Toshiba R400 (1.2GHz ULV Core Duo) 2m 10s
Asus R1F (1.66GHz Core Duo) 1m 20s
Lenovo ThinkPad X60t (1.66GHz LV Core Duo) 1m 24s
IBM ThinkPad X41t (1.5GHz LV Pentium M) 2m 02s
HP TC4400 Tablet PC (2.0GHz Core Duo) 1m 13s
Dell Latitude D420 (1.06GHz Core Solo ULV) 2m 11s
Toshiba Portege M400 (1.83GHz Core Duo ) 1m 19s

 

Display

The i440D has a 12.1" XGA (1024×768) display that has a dual mode active digitizer and touchscreen, which can be changed at the push of a button. The display is nice, it doesn’t have much of a glare, but it is a little washed out especially if you don’t adjust the brightness setting to 100 percent. It also has three programmable buttons along the side of the screen that the user can can program to their liking.


The i440D screen. As you can see it’s a little foggy looking, but fine when viewing head on. (view large image)

First Thoughts

There is a nice array of features on the i440D and it can be connected to a dock or you can use the included stand and connect a mouse and keyboard. Even though it is different not having a keyboard, the pen works great and is accurate. Overall the Sahara i440D seems to be a strong tablet with good battery life, but I need some more time to dive into those tests. Stay tuned next week for the complete review to come with video.

Photo Gallery


Left side view of the ports. (view large image)

There is no ports on the right side or bottom, so basically what you see is what you get with the i440D. There are a few switches on the top, which are pictured below and a few programmable buttons next to the screen.


Top view of the i440D with power switch, wireless and Bluetooth. (view large image)

 

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