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Dell's multi-touch screen still has teething issues

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.



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  1. Guest

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    Dell quality

    This used to be a company that designed and tested its products really well and stood behind them after they were shipped to customers. Large scale out sourcing of Research and Development to ODM and now even manufacturing is the cause. The middle management who used to state we do not need engineers - we can get it done in Taiwan and we need only managers to manage these projects - see the results. This is a company that is heading the Gateway and may be born as a re-branded acer or may be ASUS.
    Eat that you stupid managers - remember when we told that this could happen in 2001.
    We designed and we are engineers and realized long ago you were selling the dell crown jewels to Taiwan and China

  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

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    Dell quality

    This used to be a company that designed and tested its products really well and stood behind them after they were shipped to customers. Large scale out sourcing of Research and Development to ODM and now even manufacturing is the cause. The middle management who used to state we do not need engineers - we can get it done in Taiwan and we need only managers to manage these projects - see the results. This is a company that is heading the Gateway and may be born as a re-branded acer or may be ASUS.
    Eat that you stupid managers - remember when we told that this could happen in 2001.
    We designed and we are engineers and realized long ago you were selling the dell crown jewels to Taiwan and China

  1. Guest

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999

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    Dell quality

    This used to be a company that designed and tested its products really well and stood behind them after they were shipped to customers. Large scale out sourcing of Research and Development to ODM and now even manufacturing is the cause. The middle management who used to state we do not need engineers - we can get it done in Taiwan and we need only managers to manage these projects - see the results. This is a company that is heading the Gateway and may be born as a re-branded acer or may be ASUS.
    Eat that you stupid managers - remember when we told that this could happen in 2001.
    We designed and we are engineers and realized long ago you were selling the dell crown jewels to Taiwan and China

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