Iâ€™ve had some contact with Netbook Navigator about their Nav7 Tablet. When it starts shipping next month itâ€™s going take the 7â€ UMPC market out of a long , dry spell.
If youâ€™re looking for a consumer tablet solution, youâ€™ll probably want to look away right now because I wonâ€™t be writing about always-on battery life, application stores, maps, games, user interface candy and gyroscopes, no I’ll be talking about a mouse pointer and Windows 7.
OK, that shook them off!
If youâ€™re still here, then have a closer look.
Weâ€™re talking about a device thatâ€™s slightly lighter than the excellent Viliv X70 EX (590 vs 660) and a little slimmer and less wide. Thereâ€™s also an important advantage on the CPU. 1.6Ghz instead of the 1.2/1.3Ghz of the Viliv X70. On top of that, and I think you’ll like this, the Netbook Navigator Nav7 has a mouse pad and mouse buttons.
On the rear of the device youâ€™ll see the pad and buttonsâ€¦
So itâ€™s a right-hand pad and left hand button. It wonâ€™t feel natural to start with but iâ€™m sure people could get used to this. Weâ€™ll have to test it to be sure though.
On the negative side thereâ€™s only a small 19Wh battery which means weâ€™re dealing with a min 2hrs, max 3hrs (my estimate.) Netbook Navigator say 4-5hrs max which might be possible under those favourable but unrealistic JEITA conditions!
Netbook Navigator are offering the Nav7 with a range of SSD options (16, 32, 64) and a 2GB RAM option [cheer!] A 3G option is included too.
Pricing starts at a $599 (no OS) and goes up to $849 for a 2GB RAM, 32GB Windows Home Premium setup. Add $100 for the 3G and another $150 for the 64GB SSD option.
Availability is said to be very soon by our contact at Netbook Navigator. They also said we can take one for testing so expect a live session on this one soon.
All details, links, images etc, available for the Netbook Navigator Nav7Â in our product database.