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Additional Pocketability

The Tango pocketable PC
The Tango pocketable PC

Two additional pocketable PC type concepts I wanted to mention (in addition to the Dell thing I talked about before)...

Actually, they're kind of a Tale of Two Kickstarters, one apparently failed and the other apparently thriving. Oddly, the one that failed seems more interesting in many respects. It never hurts to pitch your product to gamers, I suspect.

First up is Tango, which is a paperback-sized PC that plugs into a base unit that plugs into monitors and keyboards and mice. You can pre-order one for $349 and you'll get one Tango, one docking station, and a trial version of Windows 7. It boasts an AMD A6-5200 Quad Core 2GHz, meaning it's got a lot more horsepower than a lot of similarly sized devices. But the thing is, there are a lot of similarly sized devices. They're called mini desktops and they're a pretty similar size, without the docking station (at $89). On the one hand, clicking into a docking station is handy. On the other hand, I dunno, maybe I'm just not getting it.

Other people like what they see, though: the Kickstarter project is at $268k raised so far (way over the initial $100k goal). That's a lot of pocket.

On the other hand, the ICE xPC--a similar concept in an even sleeker package--raised only $10k of an aggressive $300k goal. What was extremely cool about this unit was that it not only slid into a (much more minimalist) docking station, but could also be slid into a tablet. See what they did there? This is how stuff should work. But apparently nobody thought it looked cool the way I thought it looked cool. I should say, it was also arguably a little spendy at $259 for the pocketable part, but $449 for the pocketable and the tablet to slide it into was dead on, at least if the experience was approximately iPad-like. Guess we'll never know.

Robert Richardson is the principle nomad here at the Mode.
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