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Toshiba is claiming to have the world's thinnest 10-inch tablet with its Excite 10 LE. This Android 4.0-powered tablet is indeed thin and lightweight, measuring 0.3 inches thick and weighing about 1.18 pounds. In addition to its thin design, the Excite 10 LE also offers a number of ports and expansion slots. With its size, range of IO ports, and good-looking magnesium alloy surface finish, the Excite 10 LE is certainly eye catching. Although thin and light are definitely key features for any tablet, we also demand performance. Toshiba understands this, and has included a 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor as well as 1GB of DDR2 RAM in this tablet. The Excite 10 LE is available in 16GB and 32GB model and both models are available with Android 3.2 Honeycomb or with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In this review, we'll take a look at the 16GB Excite 10 LE with Android 4.0 which has a suggested retail price of $529.99. The 32GB model with either version of Android will set you back an additional $70. The Excite 10 LE features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800, LED-backlit display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 10-finger multitouch support.
The Excite line of tablets from Toshiba is the company's second major outing into the tablet market after its generally well-received Thrive models. With the Excite X10 LE, an Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet, Toshiba has created what they have called the thinnest tablet on the market. It may look pretty and sport some impressive numbers in terms of its measurements, but how are the rest of its specs and, most importantly, how is its real-world performance? Let's have a look.Build & Design At a mere 0.3 inches thick, it's hard to imagine a thinner tablet than the Excite. Admittedly, I'm not crazy about how rounded the corners are -- an especially odd-looking combination with the sharp edges of the tablet -- but it's difficult to deny that this is one sleek tablet. I recently marveled at how light the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was in my first-look review, saying that it was one of the lightest 10-inch tablets I've ever handled, but the Excite has it beat. Weighing in at only 1.18 pounds (18.88 ounces), the Excite is feather-light and easily wieldable with one hand. That being said, the backside of the device is a little slick, but it's because it's a very spiffy-looking brushed metal (magnesium alloy) surface.
Toshiba's Excite 10 LE ($529 direct, 16GB) is the slimmest, lightest 10.1-inch tablet we've seen yet. At only 7.7mm (0.3 inches) thick and 1.2 pounds, it's even comfortable held in one hand, as long as that's a pretty strong hand. You'll pay a premium for the slimmest tablet on the block, though, both in money and in power, and even better slim tablets are coming from Toshiba soon. Physical Features and NetworkingOnce known as the Excite X10, The Excite 10 LE looks and feels like a premium product. At 10.1 by 6.9 by .3 inches (HWD) it's super-slim, with a brushed-metal back and a groove around the smooth plastic edge. The Power and Volume buttons, and the lock switch, are in natural positions for your fingers to find. For such a slim tablet, there are a suprising number of ports around the edge: a microSD card slot, USB, HDMI, and headphone jacks, as well as a separate, large power port. The 1280-by-800, TFT LCD screen is just okay. The Gorilla Glass covering the display is highly reflective, and you can sometimes see the pattern of the touch-screen actuators under the glass, which makes solid black areas look oddly textured.
It's official: Toshiba has taken the crown for the world's thinnest, lightest tablet. Weighing a little over a pound, Toshiba's $529 Excite 10 LE manages to fit a dual-core processor, Android 4.0 and a 10.1-inch display into its 0.3-inch-thick chassis. But do the Excite's features and performance match its extravagant price?Click to EnlargeWhere most tablets have a curved rear panel to make them seem slimmer, the Excite 10 LE has no need for that. Its squarish design reminds us of a svelter version of the first iPad, and, at 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches and 1.13 pounds, this slate can claim the title as the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet on the market.The 1.2-pound, 10.35 x 7.11 x 0.32-inch ASUS Transformer Prime is the closest to matching the Excite's dimensions. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, which also weighs 1.2 pounds, is slightly thicker at 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.34 inches. The third-generation Apple iPad (2012) almost seems bulky by comparison with its 1.4-pound, 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37-inch chassis.Click to EnlargeThe gray rear panel of the 10 LE is made of silver brushed magnesium alloy that resists fingerprints and feels sturdy. A thin layer of black plastic wraps around the tablet. The right side holds a black power button, volume rocker and sliding auto-rotation lock.
First it was the Toshiba AT200, then it was the Excite X10, and now it's the Excite 10 LE. Toshiba's latest tablet has a very distinct claim to fame: it's the thinnest 10-inch tablet on the market. At 7.7mm, it really is impressively thin, slimmer than any tablet we've seen regardless of screen size. It's also an interesting departure from Toshiba's Thrive tablets, which bordered on comically thick but were designed to be rugged and full-featured, with plenty of ports and protection. The Excite is geared toward a more average tablet buyer, and while its spec list isn't exactly standard-setting, it's solid: a TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 1280 x 800, 10.1-inch display. The tablet costs $529 for 16GB of internal storage, or $599 for 32GB. Rather than addressing a particular user with particular needs like it did with the Thrive, Toshiba's now gunning for the iPad, the Transformer Prime, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Xyboard, and every other tablet out there. Is thinner better? Read on. Video Review Hardware / design I remember picking up an iPod touch two years ago and thinking, "I don't know if I'd want something any thinner than this, and this might even be too thin already." Apple's device was so slender that it was difficult to hang on to, and volume buttons were harder to use on such a thin edge.
You can rarely go wrong by making a product thinner and lighter. Toshiba, a company whose first foray into Android tablets was a relative behemoth, is showing the world that they can do "thin" better than anyone. Yes, even better than Apple. Priced at $530 with 16GB of storage, or $600 for 32GB, Toshiba feels that its tablet's iPad-besting thickness and weight deserve a slightly higher price than the competition. The Excite 10 LE feels impossibly thin and light. After a week handling the 1.44-pound iPad, the 1.2-pound Excite feels like it's in a different weight class. The difference may sound insignificant, but for a device that's often held for long periods in one hand, it's a difference you can feel. It's also a difference you can see, as it measures just a 0.3 inch thick. If most 10-inch tablets feel like a cutting board, this one feels like a knife. For some, having the thinnest, lightest 10-inch tablet money can buy is enough to justify the $530 investment. If that doesn't describe you, then there are a number of design disappointments here to scare you off. The first design feature that threw me was Toshiba's big honkin' charging adapter. It connects to the Excite using a proprietary dock connection on the bottom edge of the tablet, and terminates in a standard USB plug that can be used with an included charging block.
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