Docking tablets and keypads appear to be the new flavour of the day as NEC and Asus push new offerings that transform a tablet to a desktop.
The 10.1 inch Windows 7 tablet slots into a docking station with a DVD drive and is then run with the included wireless mouse and keyboard to create the full desktop experience, only much smaller.
The company has a range of other netbooks , notebooks and desktop PCs coming out on September 15, though it is holding onto the LaVie Touch until October 6 – and they’re only available in Japan.
On its own, the tablet weighs 729 grams (an iPad 2 is closer to 600 by comparison) and boasts a 10.6 hour battery life. The LCD screen resolution sits at 1280×800.
The unit runs on a 1.5GHz Intel Atom processor, with 2GB RAM and a range of connectivity additives like USB, HDMI and SD card ports.
The price is hefty for the tablet that comes with the added dock and peripherals, reportedly hitting up to the equivalent of US$1,230.