Touchpad computers are easily the most exciting products to hit the shelves this year, because they have the potential to change the way we use computers in our everyday life. However, this potential may be limited by the fact that very few of these devices have been designed to run on the familiar Windows-based operating system, and for many of us the idea of transferring to a foreign OS is likely to cause some hesitation. Fortunately, the Windows faithful have not been forgotten completely, because Microsoft has teamed up with the good people at Hanvon to produce the stunning Hanvon BC10C Touchpad.
One of the first things you notice about the BC10C is that, unlike its non-Windows counterparts, Hanvon has developed this tablet with a look and feel more similar to that of a traditional Windows-based system. For starters, although the BC10C can be rotated 360° for portrait display, its design shows a clear favouritism towards landscape mode, with the preferred base being slightly more pronounced than the remaining three sides. Presumably, this bias towards landscape functionality is due to the traditional layout of the Windows 7 display, which Hanvon seems to have embraced with wide open arms.
The second thing Windows users will rejoice over is the addition of an optical mouse – a familiar feature that many other tablets have chosen to exclude entirely. This addition allows the device to be operated in a number of different ways, either via the exceptional multi-touch panel display, or through the use of the traditional mouse. This feature is especially useful for anyone who is unfamiliar with touchscreen functionality, as they’re able to familiarise themselves with the new technology, while the optical mouse serves as a full-time back up should they get stuck.
In terms of performance, the Hanvon BC10C is an impressive machine. Driven by a 1.3GHz Celeron processor, the BC10C is actually more powerful than the Apple iPad, which has only been provided with 1GHz. Not only that, but even the most advanced Apple tablet is nowhere close to matching Hanvon’s inclusion of a 320GB hard drive, with the closest Apple competitor falling short by a massive 256 Gigs. That’s similar to the difference between an mp3 player and a high performance desktop computer, a feature that puts the BC10C in a totally different weight class in terms of its capabilities as a computer.
Of course all of this power has to be housed, so in terms of size the BC10C is slightly larger, and heavier than its competitors, but at the end of the day that’s the price you pay for this level of performance. Hanvon’s BC10C Touchpad is a serious machine with some seriously powerful capabilities, and at $898.00, offers incredible value for money to boot.
The Hanvon BC10C Touchpad is available in Australia from officeworks.com.au