Skip to main content

Axon Haptic Tablet Promises Desktop OS Support

Although the industry is prepping Android-based and Windows 7 tablets for the holiday buying season, right now the tablet computing market is dominated by the Apple iPad, which—despite its success—has been denigrated by some as little more than a scaled-up iPod touch. Some people want full-blown desktop operating systems in a tablet form, and Axon Logic is promising just that with its Axon Haptic tablet, which the company says can handle a user’s choice of Linux, Windows, and Darwin—the underpinnings of Apple’s Mac OS X. However, the price tag may make some customers opt for a traditional desktop or notebook computer instead.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Axon Haptic hardware has much in common with a netbook computer: it’s built around an Intel Atom N270 processor running at 1.6 GHz and supports up to 2 GB of RAM. The unit sports a 1.1-inch 1,024 by 600-pixel resistive touchscreen display that can be used with a stylus, along with a 320 GB hard drive, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Ethernet networking, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing webcam for video chat. The unit also sports three USB 2.0 ports, VGA output, and a memory card reader; folks who want mobile broadband will be pleased to see an option for a 3G CDMA SIM slot that can be used with Verizon’s 3G network. Other options include a USB Bluetooth dongle, external USB DVD drive, along with a Bluetooth GPS unit and a Bluetooth silicone keyboard for typing.

The Haptic tablet will run Apple’s open source Darwin operating system out of the box, making for easy installation of Darwin variants like Pure Darwin. However, the device will also work with Windows, Linux distributions, and Mac OS X—although, of course, Apple’s EULA prohibits installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware.

Axon Logic is now accepting pre-orders for the Haptic tablet, with a base price of $750 per unit. Axon Logic has not said when it expects units will ship to customers.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Editors' Recommendations

Geoff Duncan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member…
iPad Pro vs. MacBook Air: It’s closer than you’d think
Two iPad Pro tablets next to each other against a black background. Both have Apple's Magic Keyboard case.

You might assume that the iPad Pro and the MacBook Air are worlds apart, but they’re actually pretty similar devices when you think about it. Both are built for portability, come in two display sizes, and cost roughly the same. Picking between them is trickier than it first looks.

We’ve put together this guide to help you choose the right device, no matter your budget or use case. Whether you prioritize performance, portability, display, software, or something else, you should feel much more confident in your decision by the end of this article.

Read more
Common keyboard problems and how to fix them
logiech ergo k860 review logitech keyboard 4

Few things are more frustrating than when your keyboard stops working. From keys not responding correctly to power issues and backlighting problems, a lot can go wrong with keyboards, even if you have one of the best keyboards. Let’s take a look at common problems users experience and which solutions can get you back to typing ASAP.

The keyboard becomes unresponsive
If the keyboard was working fine before but suddenly stops working altogether, it's probably a power or software issue. If you have a wired keyboard, check that your connection to the computer is stable and in place. Unplug it and plug it back in again if necessary. For wireless keyboards, check that they still have battery life and plug them into a source of power, or replace the power if they've run out.

Read more
Save $200 on the one-month-old 14-inch MacBook Pro with M3
The MacBook Pro open on a table in front of a couch.

MacBook deals rarely involve discounts on the latest MacBooks, but Best Buy is breaking the mold by slashing $150 off the Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch with M3 chip that only launched last month. The discount goes even bigger for My Best Buy members with a further $50 taken off. For regular Best Buy users, it brings the price down to $1,449, but that could be as low as $1,399 if you’re signed up to My Best Buy. Reduced from $1,599, that’s quite the impressive discount for such a new laptop. Keen to know more? Let’s take a look.

Why you should buy the Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch M3
Sure to be one of the best MacBooks for those who like to have the latest technology, the Apple MacBook Pro 14-inch M3 has a lot of power within its sleek exterior. Packing the latest M3 chip, it has an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU so it’s pretty speedy. It’s worth taking a look at our MacBook Pro M3 buying guide to see the difference between the three M3 chips but you’re unlikely to be disappointed with performance here. There’s also 8GB of memory and 512GB of SSD storage to keep you happy. Alongside that is its 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display that offers Extreme Dynamic Range, 1,000 nits of sustained brightness for HDR content, and up to 600 nits for SDR content.

Read more