The Good Largest tablet screen; excellent Dashboard software; relatively small and light; long battery life.
The Bad Back of tablet heats up; problems with digital writing.
The Bottom Line With the largest screen of the new "slate" tablets, Motion's M1200 makes computing more personal and mobile.
Motion Computing M1200 Tablet PC
While its competitors worked on tarting up their tablet PCs with complicated hinges and technological doodads, newcomer Motion Computing kept its M1200 tablet design simple and straightforward. If you're in search of a computer you can write on, look to the Austin, Texas-based start-up for one of the most useful tablets on the market so far. Neither the smallest nor the lightest system, the M1200 delivers a useful 12.1-inch screen, backed by an 866MHz Pentium III-M processor and the best configuration software we've seen on a tablet--all for not much more than $2,100. The tablet's performance keeps pace with the middle of the pack, but you won't miss any speed in everyday use. By sticking to the basics, Motion Computing has pulled off a major coup against its larger and better-funded competitors. Made by Taiwan's Compal--which is a part owner of Motion Computing--the silver and gray M1200 is a simple but functional tablet PC of the slate variety (in other words, no attached keyboard) that's easy to transport and easy to use.