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Hands on with the InFocus Mondopad

September 27, 2012 | Telepresence Options
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By Caleb Denison

Like a giant interactive whiteboard, the InFocus MondoPad brings presentations to life, but is it simple enough for classrooms and boardrooms to really take advantage of?

Earlier this year, InFocus introduced the Mondopad, a hybrid television and computer built specifically to conquer the classroom and boardroom. Like Sharp's competing Aquos Board, this all-in-wonder machine promises to make "presentation, annotation and collaboration" easier than ever before with video, drawing and even multitouch capability. Recently, the Wilsonville, OR-based company came by Digital Trends HQ and dropped one of for us to play around with. We played around with it and offer our impressions below.

Out of box

The Mondopad is big. Take that concept you have of a flat-screen TV and toss it right out the window. The Mondopad measures 38.3 x 53 x 5.5 (H x W x D-in inches) and weighs 96.5 lbs. Wrangling the Mondopad from its box is a two- or three-person job, to be sure. You can wall-mount the Mondopad (very carefully) but it comes with two large "feet" that fit up and into the bottom of the cabinet to act as a stand.

InFocus Mondopad speaker whiteboard touchscreen computerIf you want to use your own audio system, you can, but InFocus includes its own self-amplified sound bar, which mounts directly under the screen. It uses two 3-inch drivers and a �-inch tweeter on the far left and right sides and houses a 25 watt-per-channel amplifier as well.

Also in the box is a 720p webcam and microphone array for video conferencing, a wireless mouse and keyboard and a stylus.

It's not a tablet!

To be frank, we're not fans of the name. This is for a couple of reasons: First, Mondopad just sounds funny. The name got more than a few chuckles around our office during the few weeks the device was in residence. Second, the name implies that the device is a monster-sized tablet -- and it isn't, despite the fact that a great deal of the press seems to have bought into that notion.

InFocus Mondopad keyboard stylus touchscreenSure, thinking of the Mondopad as a tablet brings to mind a simple interface with touchscreen capability -- that's probably a good thing for InFocus' marketing department -- but to refer to the Mondopad as a tablet seems misleading and inaccurate, because it is so much more than that. Under the hood of this tank is a full-fledged PC running on Windows 7 Pro, a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics. It also features six USB A ports, a USB B port, two Ethernet jacks, built-in Wi-Fi, two HDMI inputs, S-Video, component and VGA inputs, and comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Does that sound like any tablet you've ever heard of?

We understand that "touch-screen PC" doesn't sound as good, but let's call it what it is.


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