CTL’s 2goPad SL10 is probably the best Windows 7 consumer slate on the market today, but unfortunately that may not be enough to recommend it. Where non-starters like the Netbook Navigator Nav 9 offer less functionality than the iPad for more money, CTL’s tablet has solid specs at a reasonable price. For $499, you get a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen that supports multitouch gestures, Windows 7 Home Premium, a real 250GB hard drive as opposed to some slow flash memory, a front-facing webcam, and the same Atom N450 CPU we’ve all come to know and love in our favorite netbooks.
We reviewed the 2goPad and found several things to like. Its capacitive screen handles two-finger, multitouch gestures with great aplumb. The 1.3-megapixel webcam works well in low-light, the ports allow virtually unlimited expansion, and the crapware-free system boots in just 52 seconds. However, the tablet lasted only 3 hours and 15 minutes on our battery tests, provided poor media playback, and its preloaded software didn’t do anything to help with Windows 7’s touch-unfriendly UI. Typical Windows 7 touch problems such as buttons that are hard to target and a virtual keyboard that often obscures text entry boxes make any tablet with Microsoft’s OS a tough sell, but when you combine that with short battery life and weak media playback, it’s hard to justify spending the same price as an entry level iPad.
Nevertheless, the 2goPad SL10 might be a worth look, if you have your heart set on a Windows 7 slate and don’t need a lot of endurance. Check out our full review of the CTL 2goPad SL10 and see for yourself.