Better late than never? If you’re desperately out shopping for Christmas presents this week, you might want to to stop by your local Microsoft Store if you have one in your area. No, don’t go there to buy a Zune or a Windows 7 license. Instead, you might want to check out the ExoPC tablet.
The iPad still dominates in this space, but Microsoft really wants you to think about this Intel-basd tablet running on Windows 7. Yes, it comes from a somewhat obscure manufacturer, but the 11.6-inch (1366×768) display and Atom N450 processor aren’t that bad. It’s also nice that it rocks a 64GB SSD. To help cover up the not exactly finger-friendly Windows 7 Home Premium, they’ve also tossed in a custom skin to make it a little more usable.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that battery life is rated at a paltry four hours and it’s ringing in for pre-orders at $699. That’s the same price as a 64GB iPad (WiFi-only), but I’d say a Wintel tablet has to be cheaper than the Cupertino counterpart to really compete on this front, regardless of the SDHC expansion, integrated 1.3-megaixel webcam, dual USB 2.0 ports and HDMI output.