Toshiba Excite Pure, Pro and Write tablets eschew excitement

Three new Android 4.2 tablets from Toshiba are decently specced, soberly designed and quite expensive -- but hardly exciting.

Toshiba's clearly more excitable than most if it can work up this much excitement over these three thoroughly unexciting new tablets. They're decently specced, soberly designed and quite expensive -- but exciting?

The best of the bunch is the £349 Excite Pro (pictured above), with its 10-inch screen that packs in a whopping 2,560x1,600 pixels. Beavering away inside is a powerful Nvidia Tegra 4 chip with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, expandable with microSD. There's an 8-megapixel rear camera and HDMI out. Like the others, it runs on the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The £499 Excite Write (which makes me want to go and play Excite Bike in a smelly arcade right now) is virtually identical, except it comes with a great big pen (pictured below) that acts as a stylus.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 , it lets you doodle on your slate, although my esteemed colleague Eric Franklin on CNET.com says it's not as well integrated into the software, and you can't make your lines thicker by pressing harder -- you have to change a menu.

And as the pen is so massive, there's obviously no room to store it in the tablet. Make sure you don't lose it.

The baby of the bunch is the £249 Excite Pure (pictured below), a cheaper 10-inch effort that cuts some corners with 1GB of RAM and a less powerful Tegra 3 chip. Its 1,280x800-pixel screen is half the resolution of Google's Nexus 10.

All three are out later this summer, from Currys and PC World. The Write and Pure seem too expensive for anyone to get excited about, but the Pro might raise a few eyebrows.

What do you think? Show your excitement in the comments, or over on our level-headed Facebook page.

Update: The Excite Pure is £249, not £299 as we previously reported.

 

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