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Portabook XMC10 Hands On: A 8″ Laptop with 12″ Keyboard

by Nicole on February 3, 2016

Japan’s is the only place where an 8 inch Laptop with a foldable 12 inch keyboard would end up on the market. King Jim has just launched the Portabook XMC10 in Japan and it’s running Windows 10 and comes preloaded with Microsoft Office 365.

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This ultra-compact laptop doesn’t look new, even though it is. It is thick at 34mm but for that thickness you get a ton of full size ports: VGA, HDMI, ethernet & USB.  Under the hood we’ve got a 2.4GHz Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM. The 32GB of flash storage will be occupied with the operating system, so it’s a good thing we’ve got a full size SD Card slot to expand your memory.

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If this feels familiar it’s because it is reminiscent of the butterfly keyboard that IBM had engineered called the TrackWrite, we saw it on the Thinkpad 701, what feels like a lifetime ago. What the laptop lacks in thinness it makes up for in keeping it’s overall footprint relatively small. For what it’s worth this is the smallest device you’ll find currently on the market with a full size 12 inch keyboard.

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Looking at the mouse pointer directly in the center of the keyboard alongside the Thinkpad like mouse buttons, It’s taking everything we’ve got not to put on some R&B from the 2000s while finishing this article.

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The display isn’t touch and only has a resolution of 1,280 x 768 display, it is at least matte which makes for great outdoor viewing.  We’re not sure what the battery life is like, but it does charge via Micro USB cable, so if you run out of juice just grab your external battery pack and charge away. At only 830 grams it’s very lightweight in hand but not on your pocketbook, originally it looked like this modern retro gem was only going to cost $730, Softbank was selling it for nearly 100,000yen which is $840 plus tax!  Perhaps a little to high to pick up for kicks!

But let’s be honest, just because you can doesn’t mean that you should. For novelty sake we have to give it to the Portabook XMC10 since the butterfly like transformation that you’d undertake at the Starbucks would be an instant conversation starter.

Want to learn more? Head on over to the King Jim website!