Posting this from my new Gigabyte S1080 Windows 7 tablet. My company (Liberation Software, Inc) is doing a field trial of these new windows 7 tablets to test if the tablets are a viable alternative to notebooks for service and sales departments at Deere dealerships in North America. We had a pair of the tablets delivered overnight from Gigabyte on the morning of the release date Friday July 1st. Not sure where to even begin with a review of these impressive devices. So, I'll start at the beginning. Unboxing the Gigabyte S1080 reveals a nicely packaged tablet, a driver DVD, a power cord, a brief manual that's in about 16 languages, and a cardboard sheet that has all of the various functions and shortcuts identified. Also included is a very nice leather carrying tote which has a picture frame type piece on the back. It can be snapped in place (via metal snaps) to secure it when carrying. Unsnap it and it puts it at a good viewing angle when set at a desk or on a table. (I'm using it right now to post, with a USB Bluetooth keyboard). The first S1080 tablet we decided to test as it was shipped from the factory. It was preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium x86. There wasn't much bloatware loaded by the factory, which was a relief. Once the out of box experience was completed in Windows 7, the system required one reboot for gigabyte's software to perform an "optimization" (not sure why exactly). Walking through the hardware features, on the front bezel, right side, is an optical mouse. You can use this to augment the touch screen interface. Simply moving your right (or left, depending on orientation) thumb will move the mouse cursor. Pressing down will serve as left click. On the opposite side are two buttons build in to the edge of the bezel, servicing as left and right mouse buttons. This augments the touch screen and makes some otherwise difficult operations such as resizing splitter bars, and drag & drop, much easier to accomplish. I haven't felt the need to plug in a USB mouse since I first started using it. The Keyboard is an entirely different story. While perfectly functional for mobile use, it's a lot slower than a conventional keyboard, I really do prefer typing on a keyboard instead of a screen. I consider this a fault of any tablet form factor, however, so I don't hold it against the tablet itself. The first S1080 (unaltered from the factory) was used to load a few DVD's worth of Deere software for testing whether the device can communicate with the onboard computers for Deere excavators, backhoes, and so on. I cannot get in to the details of how this works exactly, but the device functioned flawlessly. The included USB 3.0 interface will make it MUCH faster for us to copy over update DVD ISO images to the tablet than a normal computer - we'll be able to update 10 or more of these tablets in the same amount of time than it takes a conventional notebook, at a price factor that is less per unit. The same can be said of electronic parts catalogs, and so on. All of the software we tested worked great. The interfaces were a bit scrunched feeling at times, due to the 1024x600 resolution, but it was functional. I'd really prefer a 1366x768 display, to be honest, and look forward to an updated model at some point in the future. The touch screen interface is very responsive, and accurate. I would much rather have the option of using a pen for input, but with the included optical mouse on the bezel, it's not really a big deal. Also included on the bezel are four touch sensitive function buttons - one to bring up the onscreen keyboard, a pair of scroll up / down buttons, and a back button. All very handy! Feature wise, the tablet is pretty loaded for such a small form factor. Gigabit ethernet ports, built in 802.11n wireless, SDHC card slot, volume +/- buttons, USB2, headphone / speaker jack, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, USB3, SIM card slot for 3.5G (add on 3G modem required), and VGA out. The VGA out was somewhat confusing at first; you'd figure they would have went with HDMI to save space. However, it makes sense from a legacy compatibility standpoint - it'll connect to new devices and old. We also tested 3G on this via USCellular USB card (didn't have an internal mini pci-e handy this weekend). While riding out to the closest Deere dealer for testing, I was browsing the internet, checking my Exchange 2010 mail, and logging on to my office RemoteApps via RemoteApp and Desktop connection. Worth noting, at this resolution Visual Studio 2010 is unusable. But Office 2010 works great! The tablet as shipped included 2GB of DDR3, 320GB Hitachi HDD, Intel Atom N570 dual core 1.66 GHz CPU with Hyperthreading. It scored a 3.0 on the windows performance test, with gaming graphics being the lowest score. The Intel 3150 video chipset isn't stout enough to handle gaming, but was running Chess Titans fine. We experienced battery life of about 3.5-4 hours of constant use. Might have got a bit more out if we'd disabled USB3 and dimmed the display a bit. The tablet supports external snap on battery packs that should extend the life an additional 2.5-3 hours each. The LCD was usable (barely) in full on bright July sunlight. The viewing angle isn't bad - a bit restrictive on the vertical axis, but about 160 degrees on the horizontal. Overall I can't think of anything inherently *wrong* with this tablet. The only remaining wishes would be #1 slightly higher resolution. I feel it is a viable enterprise class platform, suitable for use in business environments. The second S1080 was torn down and upgraded - will post on that in part 2.