Hands-On with FlyBook V5 Convertible Tablet

Everyone seems to be falling in love with the small form factor of subnotebooks like the Asus Eee PC, but some people may not be satisfied with the level of performance that they offer. The MSI Wind, HP Mini-Note, and other similar devices are meant to be secondary computers, but the FlyBook V5 from Dialogue — while being just as small — is actually powerful enough to be your primary machine.

The 8.9-inch widescreen is also a touchscreen that can swivel around. The FlyBook V5 is a convertible tablet with enough processing power to rival a 3GHz desktop computer. Key specs include an Intel Core 2 Duo ULV processor, Windows Vista Business, 2.0GB of RAM (upgradeable to 4GB), 80GB 1.8-inch hard drive, VGA output, 1.3 megapixel camera, integrated HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, and a swappable 6-cell battery.

I love the form factor and the touchscreen display, and it’s pretty neat that the webcam can rotate around. It is a little odd that you get a nub for the mouse instead of a notebook touchpad. The keyboard is also just as small as the Eee PC 701, so it may take some time to get used to it. And I’m not used to it yet.


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