ViewSonic shrinks tablet PC weight

LAS VEGAS'The lightest convertible tablet PC surfaced today at the Comdex trade show.

At less than 4 pounds, the V1250 from ViewSonic Corp. of Walnut, Calif., has a 12.1-inch screen and an Intel Centrino chip with IEEE 802.11b wireless capability that can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch.

The V1250 comes with the latest Microsoft Windows Tablet PC operating system and extra programs, including Antivirus from Panda Software Corp. of Glendale, Calif., MindManager from Mindjet LLC of Larkspur, Calif., and TabletPlanner from FranklinCovey of Salt Lake City.

The $1,795 PC has optional accessories such as an external CD/DVD-rewritable drive, a docking station and a spare battery.

Converting the PC from notebook to slate format for handwriting is easier than with previous models, mostly because of its light weight.

Stay tuned to GCN Lab coverage for an upcoming review of the new tablet.

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