updated 04:45 pm EDT, Tue October 21, 2008
Dell tablet PC problematic
Dell's multi-touch screen is still undergoing teething issues According to an online report published on Monday. The N-Trig digitizer used in Dell's multi-touch Latitude XT Tablet PCs has issues that, nearly seven months since the products' launch, have not been resolved. According to users, some of the problems include errors that prevent the digitizer software from being found, making the tablet useless in auto and dual modes. While this problem goes away after a couple of reboots, many see it as frustrating and counter-productive. The report goes on to name an additional flaw that has the digitizer clicking items while the stylus is hovering when the tablet is exiting standby mode.
The problems are not apparently relegated to the digitizer, as the wireless card seems to quit functioning at random, with a reboot getting it back on track. Despite efforts to work with Dell technical support on resolving these issues, they persist, the author claims, before concluding the Latitude XT is not ready for the mass market.
Microsoft's Surface computers, due to be released to the public in the coming months and already in use at certain retails stores, use similar technology, though rely on human touch instead of styluses. Apple also relies on multi-touch but has so far used it only for handheld devices and trackpads.