Motion Computing CL900
A new competitor on the tablets market
Many worry that their laptops or CD-Players or other gadgets of the sort will get scratched at the slightest touch or drop to the floor. This is the reason a lot of companies pay extra attention to the materials their products are made of. Motion Computing CL900 is one of them, considering the fact that it’s been around for a long time, although it’s not as well-known as other tablet manufacturers. Business people will love it, because they’re a category which has been far too overlooked too many a times. Let’s see what this baby can do.
Corning Gorilla Glass display
First and foremost, the Motion Computing CL900 that will urge you into buying it after simply looking at it briefly, mainly thanks to its design: black aluminum with rubber trim. The aluminum ensemble in this combination was put there to protect the tablet against vibration, liquids, dust and several other adverse conditions it could pass through. The screen received a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, another means which offers protection against cracks and such. A 10.1″ sits behind the layer and it comes with 1366 x 68 pixels which, as our tests prove it, support 720p video playback. Continuing with the display of CL900, we have to say that it was designed for stylus and finger input, which it performed admirably n both instances; its tracking of up to 4 fingertip inputs simulatenously was more than impressive, although there are other such products offering up to 11 fingertip inputs.
Some design problems
If we wanted more precise touch control, we used the stylus or the digital pen available with this gadget; in the case of the stylus there was a small key there which allowed for a right-click option without us using the usual press-and-hold. The right edge of the device holds a small button which offers access for a stylus, although the plastic compartment doesn’t look as good as aluminum ones on other models. The power and lock keys sit on the left edge and, when we tested the tablet, it was hard to say if we managed to actually press them or not, because they didn’t make any sound and didn’t move much to indicate whether they worked or not.
1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor
The docking station on the Motion Computing CL900 proved to be a useful tool, especially seeing that it featured 1 Ethernet port and 3 USB 2.0 ports. The solid metal this dock is made of allows for folding it up and backing it over itself to create a raised surface the likes of a podium; this surface is ideal as a resting place for the tablet. But, however hard we tried, we couldn’t modify the angle or the height. Another disadvantage: the gadget rested flat, so we used it only when standing up or else connect it to an external monitor to make it work properly. So, if you’re one of those who work at a desk, you’ll have to look for a different tablet.
Moving on with our review, we’ll add that the CL900 sports an SD card reader, 1 USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth 3.0, 1 miniHDMI port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 2 cameras (none of which made a good impact on us), Gobi mobile broadband, ExoPC user interface (tablet-friendly at that) and other features.
The single-core 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor and GMA 600 graphics both performed well in our tests.
We’ll end our review by saying that all of the above make the Motion Computing CL900 a good option as a Windows tablet, even though it’s not as loaded with features as other products of its kind.
|* Intel® Atom Z670 Processor (1.5 Ghz)|
|* Genuine Windows® 7 Professional or Home Premium (32-bit)|
|* 10.1″ Wide Display (LED BL, 1366×768) Dual Bonded Display w/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass|
|– Up to 720p @60Hz|
|– Up to 1080p @ 50Hz|
|* Intel® GMA600 @ 400MHz|
|* HDMI 1.3a, HDCP 1.3|
|* Screen Rotation: 0°, 90°|
|* Maximum 300 nits|
|* MIL-STD-810G drop tested|
|* IP52 tested|
|* Durable Corning® Gorilla® Glass|
|* Aluminum-alloy internal frame|
|* Water, dust and splash resistant|
|* SSD Storage|
|* Intel® SM35 Express Chipset|
|* Right mouse-click button|
|* Active digitizer pen (battery required)|
|* 1GB or 2GB 800MHz DDR2 (not upgradeable after purchase)|
|HD Audio Controller|
|* Realtek ALC272 High Definition Codec|
|* SATA 2.0 – 3.0Gb/s|
|* 30GB or 62GB Solid State Drive (SSD)|
|* Combined Audio In/Out Jack|
|* Mono Speaker & Dual Array Mics|
|* Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN|
|* Integrated Bluetooth® 3.0 Module|
|* Optional Integrated Mobile Broadband with GPS capabilities (Gobi connectivity)|
|* Wireless SIM Slot|
|* Optional Expansion Peripherals|
|* 1 Combo Audio In/Out|
|* 1 Video Out (micro-HDMI, Type D)|
|* Power Jack|
|* 1 SD Card|
|* 1 USB|
|* Dock Connector|
|Built-in Cameras (2)|
|* Front Facing Web cam up to 1.3 megapixel resolution|
|* Rear Facing up to 3 megapixel image resolution|
|– JPG photo format with a resolution up to 2048 x 1536 pixels|
|* 10.9″ x 7.06″ x 0.61″ (276.7mm x 179.2mm x 15.4mm)|
|* Lithium-Ion battery with 43WHr capacity|
|– Battery capacity: up to 8 hours2|
|* 2.1 lbs.1|
|* 2 hours (Tablet PC on/off)3|