Casio's MPC-701 is a robust pen tablet in a diminutive size. The tablet was designed for vertical markets, and includes features to meet the needs of various scenarios, such as a low power consumption Transmeta CPU and dual hot-swappable batteries for up to 10 hours of use. Two models are available: the MPC-701M30STD includes a transflective LCD and is designed for outdoor use, while the MPC-701M50STD with its transmissive LCD is designed for indoor use.
Other useful features include a backlight and photo sensor for low light situations, 128 MB DDR-SDRAM, V.90/K56flex-compliant modem, CF media drive, PC card slot, Ethernet port, 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 1.1 slots and infrared communications port. The tablet runs Windows 2000 Professional, is splash resistant and includes a numeric key pad, function keys and stylus.
A basic handwriting recognition tool, smART writer, is included, which does a fairly good job of recognizing handwritten block print, though it cannot recognize script. The program can also be trained to recognize handwriting. Despite the unit's wide feature set, its lack of integrated wireless capability, touch screen instead of a digitizer screen, heavy weight (3.1 pounds) and high price make it less useful than Tablet PCs for many applications.
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