Intel’s big idea: A hefty 27-inch tablet
While everyone else seems to be abandoning slightly bigger tablets for the “standard” 10-inch display size, or the smaller 7-inch design, Intel must think that there is a need to go in the other direction. At its Intel Developer Forum last week, the company unveiled its new Adaptive All-In-One prototype.
As the name implies, it is primarily intended for use as a desktop computer with monitor included. However, because it has a docking station instead of the usual fixed stands and direct power plug-in that this configuration usually has, Intel is touting that it can also easily function as a 27-inch portable tablet.
Seriously?! I mean, the thing weighs 14 pounds. That is heavier than all but the earliest portable computers to come out of the early 1980s. One of the main draws of the current “slate” tablet format is you can hold it with one hand and use the touch screen with the other. Try holding 14 pounds in one hand for an extended period of time.
So, it is a huge tablet without one basic ergonomic feature that tablets have. That leaves instances such as this: you need to give an interactive demonstration in the conference room so you lug your Adaptive there and lay it down on the table in front of everyone. This way, anyone watching the presentation can also participate by reaching out and touching the screen.
That might be a bit of a stretch, but it was the best work situation I could manufacture where only a huge tablet like the Adative All-In-One would do. If you can think of a better one, please let me know.
Greg Crowe is a staff writer covering mobile technology for GCN. Follow him on Twitter: @GCNLabGuys.