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Motion LE1600 review: Motion LE1600

For such a light machine, the Motion LE1600 doesn't skimp on features. The audio array has three microphones that can be configured to capture just one close voice or a large room full of voices. If you use speech-recognition software, the three-mic array allows you to dictate (under reasonably quiet conditions) without having to use a headset. The LE1600 also offers the type of ports and slots you'd expect to find on any ultraportable laptop, starting with two USB 2.0 ports, a mini-USB connection, standard headphone and microphone jacks, Gigabit Ethernet, and both DVI and VGA ports. However, the tablet lacks a FireWire port. In addition to the expected Type II PC Card slot, you'll find an SD card slot for flash media.

Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth and an integrated Intel 802.11b/g card, which accessed three wireless networks flawlessly in our casual tests. Unfortunately, the LE1600 lacks an optical drive, though an external DVD/CD-RW drive is available for an additional $199. Corporate buyers concerned with security will appreciate the tablet's built-in fingerprint sensor and embedded Trusted Platform Module, which protects data by enabling hardware-based encryption.

The Motion LE1600 is not a muscle machine, but it is as solid a business computer as most people will need. Our test unit, which cost $2,578 (as of July 2005) and is built on Intel's current-generation Centrino platform, included a low-voltage 1.5GHz Pentium M processor, 768MB of speedy, 400MHz RAM, and a small 30GB hard drive spinning at a pedestrian 4,200rpm. With those components, the LE1600 earned respectable scores on CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks, coming in just 3 percent behind the ThinkPad X41 Tablet and 7 percent ahead of the Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000, with its slower processor and memory. In our battery-drain tests, the standard battery on the LE1600 lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes--36 minutes less than the Fujitsu's larger standard battery. Neither could hold a candle, though, to the ThinkPad X41 Tablet's much larger battery, which lasted 5 hours, 26 minutes.

The Motion LE1600 comes with a one-year limited warranty, which covers the tablet PC, the hard drive, the memory, and select accessories; two-year and three-year standard warranties are available for an additional charge. Although most computer manufacturers offer 24/7 toll-free technical support, Motion's toll-free number is staffed only from 6 a.m. to midnight CT, Monday though Saturday. When we called the tech-support line, the technician answered quickly and was friendly and effective in dealing with our queries. The Motion support site includes the usual drivers, FAQs, and more, but its knowledge base was a little thin. For example, when we searched for the term fingerprint (remember, the LE1600 has a fingerprint reader), it returned no articles.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo MobileMark 2002 battery life in minutes  
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System configurations:
Fujitsu Stylistic ST5000
Windows XP Tablet; 1GHz Intel Pentium M; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; Intel 855GME up to 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2060AT 60GB 4,200rpm

Motion LE1600
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 715; 768MB DDR2 SDRAM PC3200 400MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS 128MB; Toshiba MK3006GAL 30GB 4,200rpm

ThinkPad X41 Tablet
Windows XP Tablet 2005; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 758; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM; Intel 915GM/GMS 96MB; Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 40GB 4,200rpm

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