11.6-12.1" tablets

The ExoPC Slate vs. the IdeaTab Lynx- Which To Choose?

If you are out to choose a tablet, you might be considering the ExoPC or the Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx. Both are inexpensive, entry-level tablets that run a version of Microsoft's Windows. In this article, we break down the two machines and see how they stack up against each other.

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PROCESSING POWER: The ExoPC comes equipped with an older Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.66 GHz. This chip has only one core, which means that only one task can execute at a time. However, multiple programs can be running at once, albeit slower. This processor supports Hyperthreading technology, which helps to smooth out the experience of using multiple applications at once. By comparison, the IdeaTab Lynx has a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor with two dedicated cores and Hyperthreading technology. This makes the IdeaTab Lynx the clear performance leader, with superior execution speed and the ability to process two instructions at one time, in addition to the advantages of Hyperthreading.

MEMORY: Both of these tablets come equipped with two gigabytes of memory, which should be more than enough for the applications that the Intel Atom processor class is able to handle. However, heavy multitaskers may wish to look elsewhere. As far as tablets go, two gigabytes is pretty standard for memory. However, you must take into account the footprint of the Windows operating system.

SCREEN: Both tablets have near-identical LCD displays with a resolution of 1366x768, a size of 11.6" and a pixel density of 135 PPI.

OPERATING SYSTEM: The ExoPC comes with Windows 7 Home Premium, which is an older operating system that was designed for desktop and laptop computers, not tablets. However, it should be possible to change the operating system to the version of your choice. The IdeaPad Lynx comes with Windows 8, which is designed specifically for touchscreen devices. However, many users find Windows 8's interface to be clumsy and obtuse, and would prefer to use Windows 7. Therefore, this decision comes down to personal preference.

STORAGE SPACE: Both tablets come with onboard storage in the form of flash memory. The ExoPC comes in two options, 32 or 64 gigabytes. The IdeaTab Lynx comes with 64 gigabytes. It is important to note, however, that the IdeaTab's operating system uses up about half of its storage capacity out of the box. Both tablets have a MicroSD card slot that lets you supplement the storage with an SDHC card.

EXPANDABILITY: The IdeaPad Lynx comes with an adapter that allows it to be connected to a USB device. There is also a $130 keyboard dock that increases battery life and adds two full-size USB ports. The ExoPC has two USB ports on the device itself, without requiring an adapter.