Electrovaya of Ontario, Canada, may be one of the smaller and quieter sellers of tablets, but it makes a loud statement with its $2,299 Scribbler SC-2000. Perfect for a full day of work, this 3.6-pound slate is all business, with more than five hours of battery life, one of the thinnest designs around, a nice array of features, and a few unexpected luxuries. Unfortunately, it falls short on performance and warranty.
Built around a textured-magnesium case, the SC-2000 has a sophisticated and rugged look that hides its 1.2GHz Pentium M processor, 256MB of memory, and 30GB hard drive. The SC-2000 offers a speedier alternative to Motion Computing's 1GHz Fujitsu T3010's 1.4GHz speed limit. At 0.9 by 11.9 by 9.2 inches and 3.6 pounds, the SC-2000 is among the smallest and lightest of the second-generation slate tablets. Along with its seven-ounce AC adapter, the SC-2000 has a travel weight of less than 4 pounds., but it can't keep up with
Next to a smaller tablet with a 10.4-inch display, the SC-2000's 12.1-inch XGA screen seems immense, but it looks tiny compared to Acer's mammoth 14-inch tablet. An Intel Extreme Graphics processor taps into up to 64MB of the system's memory, and the display automatically adjusts its brightness to its lighting environment but takes 20 seconds to change.
Aimed at businesses, the SC-2000 has a fingerprint detector that generally allows access on the first try. With its standard assortment of controls, it's easy to get the hang of this tablet. It adds a helpful nub for Enter and scrolling, and the pen's coiled tether keeps it from getting lost.
Connections include a pair of USB ports, a VGA port for an external monitor, a FireWire port, audio ports, a Type II PC Card slot, and networking ports for LAN and modem. The SC-2000 also has an 802.11b radio, but it lacks a flash memory slot.