The Motion CL900 is based on the single-core 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor, which is paired with 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 memory. The tablet also features integrated Intel GMA 600 graphics and a 62GB solid-state drive, which is an upgrade from the 30GB SSD on the baseline CL900 model. The Atom Z670 is an energy-efficient processor built for tablets, and while it helps the Motion CL900 deliver outstanding battery life, it keeps a lid on performance.
In anecdotal testing, the Motion CL900 showed it’s capable of running mainstream office apps and engaging in some lightweight entertainment pursuits. We occasionally found ourselves waiting for an app to open or close or for a command to be recognized, but the lags never lasted too long. And many times, a lag was the result of a double-click not being recognized, an event that occurred less frequently the more we opted instead for the Open command from the right-click menu. On the whole, we were able to navigate Windows comfortably. Web surfing felt natural and responsive, even when running multiple tabs, and when we queued up 720p movie trailers on Apple’s site, they loaded quickly and played smoothly.
Windows 7 is not an operating system optimized for touchscreen devices, but Motion includes a few touch utilities that make navigation easier. ExTouch puts a task bar along the right edge of the display, which includes easy-to-tap buttons for frequently accessed applications. ExTouch also allows quick access to commonly used functions such as cut, copy, and paste and volume and screen brightness adjustments. You can customize it by dragging apps into the ExTouch window. There is also a utility called QuickNav, which also puts a menu bar along the right edge of the display. It provides shortcuts to a number of applications, the most useful of which I found to be shortcuts to the webcams and a button that calls up a large onscreen keyboard that’s faster and easier to use than the standard Windows touch keyboard.
Motion claims the CL900 will run up to 8 hours on a single charge of its 4-cell battery. We didn’t run a formal battery-drain benchmark, but we found during the course of this review that it lasted upwards of 7 hours when we were engaged in a typical usage scenario that included using Google Docs, watching HD video, and listening to music. Unfortunately, the battery is not user replaceable.
Also unfortunate is the fact that Motion backs the CL900 tablet with only a one-year parts-and-labor warranty. Many business systems ship with three years of coverage.
If your job requires the use of a small, portable tablet, the Motion CL900 makes a strong case for why it should be that tablet. It boasts a gorgeous design that looks sleek and is very lightweight yet incredibly durable. The display features a relatively high resolution and is protected by Gorilla Glass and can be read in direct sunlight. And the tablet will run for nearly the entire workday on a single charge. Really, the only drawback is the high price, which will require you to make a very careful pitch to your boss or budget manager in order to successfully procure the Motion CL900.