Monday, May 16, 2016

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet looks promising

I believe I saw the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet when I was walking around the HIMSS conference earlier this year.

The X1 Tablet is a bit of a confusing name because Lenovo has a series of ThinkPad products using the "X1" brand. You have the X1 Carbon, the X1 Yoga, and now the X1 Tablet. The X1 Yoga can be used as a tablet if you fold the keyboard around the device.

Similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, the X1 Tablet is a 12" slate running Windows 10 and it attaches to an external keyboard. Unlike the Surface Pro, the X1 Tablet uses a different type of built-in kickstand that folds down instead of folding out.

One of the unique features found on the X1 Tablet is its ability to attach to several different types of modules. These modules provide additional battery life, a built-in projector, 3D imaging camera, and more. I like the idea of a modular design for a mobile device because it allows you to easily customize the device with the features and options that you need, when you need them.

Is it time to say goodbye to the ThinkPad Helix and the ThinkPad 10? I think the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is here to replace them.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Because of Pi Day, save on 31.41% on the Dell XPS 13 Laptop

I'm not sure how long this deal will last, but today (3.14) is Pi Day and the Microsoft Store is deeply discounting the Dell XPS 13 (while supplies last). The XPS 13 is known for it nearly "borderless" 13.3" display on a laptop that has the body and footprint of an 11" laptop.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Will Windows 7 take you to 2020?

According to the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, Windows 7 mainstream support ended in January 13, 2015 and extended support will end in January 14, 2020.

Many hospitals are running Windows 7. They jumped from Windows XP to Windows 7, even when Windows 8 was available. Remember that Windows 10 was released in July, 2015. Given that changing operating systems across an entire hospital enterprise is considerable work, I would not be surprised if many hospitals remain on Windows 7 through 2019. After all, 2019 is only 3 years away.

I've personally really enjoyed using Windows 10 and the operating system offers the right balance of functionality when I'm using my mobile PC as a laptop/desktop vs. a touch-screen tablet. Now that I've become so accustomed to Windows 10, it's hard to go back to any mobile device running Windows 8.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Taking a Chromebook for a spin (Dell Chromebook 13)

Recently, I was given the opportunity to take a Chromebook for a spin. It's my first Chromebook experience. Stay tuned as I spend some time using the Dell Chromebook 13 and I'll post my review later this month. (When they report 12+ hrs of battery life, they really mean it!)

Monday, September 21, 2015

My question about the iPad Pro

The newly announced iPad Pro looks like a fantastic mobile device, but here's the question that puzzles me: why did it take Apple so long to release the iPad Pro?

The original iPad was released in 2010.
The iPad Mini came out in 2012.
Why did Apple wait until 2015 to release the iPad Pro?

The larger iPad supports an active stylus pen and will meet the greater demands of enterprise users. (I realize that Steve Jobs wasn't a fan of the stylus, but we all know the importance of the stylus pen in both the enterprise healthcare and education vertical markets).

The Smart Keyboard is also a very interesting feature and I'm curious to see how the Smart Connector will work if the iPad Pro is held in different 3rd party cases/covers.

In the healthcare vertical, the iPad Pro will meet some needs of busy clinicians, but I think Microsoft continues to hold the edge with Windows 10 tablets since full enterprise EHR functionality is so critical for mobile clinicians. Windows 10 tablet PCs have improved greatly and are now much lighter, easier to use, and more intuitive for touch-based computing. Now the key question is: now that many hospitals finally upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, when will they get to Windows 10?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Reviewing the HP EliteBook Folio 1020

Over the past several weeks, I've had the privilege to use the HP EliteBook Folio 1020, so here's my review on this beautiful enterprise-class notebook. The 1020 is a very thin, light computer that can be configured with a touch-screen so that you can easily navigate through your applications. The HP EliteBook series represent their enterprise-class notebooks built to meet the highest business standards in mobile computing.

Brief specs: 12.5" screen. up to 9-hr battery life. 2.68 lbs. 0.62" thin. In short: the design will remind you of a MacBook Air.

Here are some key features and considerations for medical professionals considering enterprise mobile computing solutions:

Enterprise Data Security: 
The Folio 1020 includes enterprise-class features to keep health care data safe and secure. HP BIOSphere, HP Sure Start, HP DriveLock | HP Automatic Drive Lock, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2/2.0, and much more. There's a fingerprint reader (biometric security device) next to the keyboard.

Thin and Light:
Medical professionals who are in the habit of carrying a laptop around the hospital or clinic will appreciate how the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is so light that it's actually easy to carry in one hand. It's not always easy to find enterprise laptops that are 2.68 lbs and also feature touch-screen options. 

Operating System:
I believe HP is still selling the 1020 with the option to downgrade and run Windows 7. Since many hospitals are still running Windows 7, it's essential to find new computers that are capable of running Windows 7. The unit that I've been testing originally came with Windows 8.1 Pro. Then, I updated to Windows 10 Pro.

Touch Screen:
Some may wonder why you'd need a touch-screen on a laptop, but I've found that navigating some functions is much faster and more intuitive when you can touch the screen. Also, if you're a medical professional and you're using this device at a patient's bedside, you can explain things much easier to a patient when you're both touching the screen to navigate through anatomy images, imaging studies, etc.

Military Standard Durability:
This isn't a traditional "rugged" PC with rubber bumpers and a thick body, but it is engineered with no moving parts (no spinning hard drives or cooling fans) and meets MIL-STD 810G durability standards for drop, shock, and vibration.

Enterprise Docking Station:
The EliteBook Folio 1020 connects to the HP UltraSlim Docking Station, so it's very quick and easy to switch between a desktop/workstation setup to a mobile computing workflow.

I also appreciate the fact that this laptop also includes an illuminated keyboard (essential for radiology professionals working in dark rooms), multiple USB ports, HDMI, and a microSD card slot. The bottom of the notebook did get a bit warm at times, so the fanless design supporting the Intel Core M processor may need some additional refinement.

If you prefer the 2-in-1 design (notebook + tablet) then consider the HP Elite x2 1011 (detachable tablet PC + various keyboard dock options).

Bottom line: the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 is a great business notebook for users who are looking for a thin, light, durable solution that meets the highly demanding enterprise security requirements found in health care. A 12.5" screen won't be ideal for everyone, but it's the perfect size that provides sufficient productivity and optimal mobility.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Adonit Jot Dash

The Adonit Jot Dash is one of the newest writing tools to hit mobile devices like the iPad or Android tablets. The Dash is powered by a battery, but it doesn't use Bluetooth to connect to your tablet. According to the Adonit website:

The powered 1.9 mm tip creates a more natural, pen­like stroke than a rubber tip stylus.

How does it do this?

There's not too much information on the Adonit website about the technology that drives this powered stylus. Based on my understanding, the internal battery in the pen allows the little 1.9 mm tip to have the characteristics found in common, rubber-tipped capacitive pens. You get more precision and control by using a 1.9 mm tip instead of a soft, rubbery tip.

I admit that the technology sounds interesting, but I think I'll stick to the traditional active digitizer tablet PC pens made by interactive pen companies like Wacom or N-Trig (acquired by Microsoft earlier this year). That's probably what keeps me using some older mobile devices that still support these pens because of the precision, the ease-of-use, and the overall note-taking reliability found on these types of pens.

Nonetheless, I'm fascinated by the Adonit Jot Dash, so I'll need to pick one up and try it out to see how it works.
Blog Widget by LinkWithin