I received a new Motion J3400 tablet PC today from our IT department. Itâ€™s for our ICU pharmacists and will be replacing the Motion LE1700 tablet PC they are currently using. The tablet has the same application configuration as our desktop machines: Siemens Pharmacy, Soarian Clinicals, internet access, etc.
The J3400 is a slate model tablet PC, i.e. no attached keyboard. Itâ€™s solid, but doesnâ€™t feel all that heavy. In fact, I think itâ€™s easier to hold than the LE1700 itâ€™s replacing. The back of the J3400 is covered with a hard rubber like material that makes it resistant to falls from a height up to 36â€. Thatâ€™s a nice feature as our pharmacists tend to be hard on their equipment.
Attached to the back of the J3400 is a Motion Mobile Keyboard. The keyboard pops off and can be used to create a small docking station for the tablet when a keyboard is absolutely necessary. The keyboard is small, spill-resistant, attached via four magnetic connectors, and not very user friendly. I wouldnâ€™t want to type on it for very long. Most of our pharmacists have no need for the keyboard as they use the tablet to access patient information during rounds. So, I think Iâ€™ll just remove the mobile keyboard and put it in a drawer for now. You would never know it was missing by simply looking at the J3400.
This particular tablet came with Microsoft Vista Business edition installed. Iâ€™m not quite sure how that happened as all of our computers throughout the facility run XP Professional. I have no real opinions on Vista versus XP, except to say that the â€œinkâ€ experience on Vista appears to be a little bit more robust than XP.
One thing is for certain, this little dude is much faster then our LE1700. Overall, Iâ€™m impressed. I prefer a convertible tablet PCs to a slate, but Iâ€™ll certainly have fun with this one for a few days before I turn it over to the ICU crew.