RM Slate 100 Review

Apple iPad slate was launched last year in January 2010 and here is another Slate, but not from Apple. Since the launch of the original iPad, other slate manufactures have been trying hard to fight back. Most of the tablets that were able to hit production last year ran on the Google Android operating system. RIM will be launching its own slate later this year and HP is also ready to introduce its TouchPad slate. RM Slate 100 is a different from all of them since it runs desktop version of Windows – Windows 7. Let us learn more about it!

It has really taken quite a while for these Windows 7 OS slates to appear in volume, but finally they are here and one of the first ones to hit the market is the RM Slate 100 which is a pretty high quality device. Immediately, when you touch it, you will be able to feel its quality. It has rubberized finish which gives it a very rugged feel. The company told us that it can pass the drop test with ease when dropped from up to 30cm above the ground / surface. Also, it has been pressure tested and easy withstand 25kg on the bottom and 15kg when switched on. The software that comes bundled with it has a little glitch which has auto brightness feature enabled that changes the brightness so quickly that we were forced to turn it off. You can choose if you want the Slate’s screen to rotate automatically or not.

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Macbook Air 13 vs Macbook vs Macbook Pro

* Weight: First things first. I’m going from 2.03 Kg (4.5 pounds) to 2.9 pounds (1.32 kg). My main motivation for the change was to reduce the total weight and 680 grams is really a lot lighter, in fact a 35% lighter.

* Temperature: Using it in the sofa is not only the weight, but also how warm it gets the Pro over my lap. It’s not only warm… it gets really hot even if you’re just browsing the web. I expect the Air to be much cooler.

* Processor: I’m loosing some raw power the Air clock speed of the Air is 1,86 GHz and 2,26 GHz in the MacBook Pro. Both are Intel Core 2 Duo manufactured with similar 45nm technology, both have 2 cores and 2 threads by core. The one in the Air is a SL9400 with 6 MB cache and the one in the Pro is a P7550 with 3 MB cache. Air’s processor is cooler with a maximum TDP of 17W vs 25W in the Pro and both admit Intel VT-x virtualization technology and 64 bits instruction sets. Who will win?

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