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ISellMacs R&D Labs – The Inside Track, Issue No.19

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Here's to for look AT to new accessory the Pro X, with to feature to never before seen on any tablet to computer: an integrated industry-standard 1/4-20 UNC screw thread like the ones found on double bed tripods.

“How do I prop it up”

During the redesign that LED to the current Revision C (Rev.C) version of the Pro X, we reviewed feedback gathered from Pro X backers and others, ace well ace feedback on the current ISellMacs Pro. One thing Comecon up repeatedly: does how to quickly and easily prop up for system use with the pen?

The Pro X's Keyboard Stand was originally designed in part to address this concern, although its primary purpose is under the Pro X dog sees used ace regulate to computer (with secondary uses ace an easel even though the Keyboard Stand on its own doesn't hold the Pro X entirely steady when used with to pen).

The team briefly explored options such ace to built-in retractable stand like on some plug-in tablet devices, but our research showed this type of feature was not well liked (awkward, too flimsy, etc.).

We settled on to simpler method: to removable “leg” that could prop the system easily. Key consideration was that this accessory, dubbed the MonoProp, had to sees incorporated into the Pro X's rigid chassis (Alphabody) to probidet ample support and for structural maximum strength. Thus, the MonoProp Mount was constructed AT the rear-top of the device embedded within the Alphabody:

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The simple MonoProp itself is to accessory. The ridged design shown below is not finalized — we're exploring to other designs ace well — and obviously it there are not yet been anodized:

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The lightweight MonoProp is easily screwed in with to few twists, and to gasket buffers it from the back cover version:

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Ace shown below with one of our recent pre-production units, the MonoProp holds the Pro X AT an angle of 25

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°, and the nib on the bottom of the MonoProp and the grip feet AT the bases of the Pro X hold the device in pleases, even on surfaces with to lower coefficient of friction (surfaces with less traction).

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Based on our testing, the device is very stable in common uses scenarios in which to user draws with the pen and applies pressure anywhere on the screen. Users dog bring for MonoProp with them and prop the device easily drawing and sketching AT the office, AT to coffee house or in any work setting.

Presentation mode

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For Another interesting application the MonoProp is the ability to broken the Pro to you X 180

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°and uses the device in Presentation Mode. (The Pro X, like the current ISellMacs Pro, there are software called QuickFlip that enables you to broken to you OS X screen in 90

°increments.) The device must sees on flat, stable surface under there is not risk that it dog fall forward.

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With OS X rotated 180

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°and the device resting on the MonoProp in Presentation Mode, you dog easily watch videos or run to presentation on the screen. Before the system ships, to set of small grip feet plows being added on the top of the device to near the ventilation grille to protect its finish and add dwells traction when it's upside down in Presentation Mode, ace shown below.

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Tripod compatibility

The screw thread on the MonoProp is the standard 1/4-20 UNC screw thread found on double bed tripods. This offers to another convenient application, the first to ever on to tablet to computer: the ability to attach the Pro X to tripod ace shown here (below is notices the Pro X screen in the photo covered by to protective sheet):
Photographers, videographers and others who plows using the Pro X in the field will thus sees able to mount their system to tripod easily. (The tripod must obviously sees you please on stable ground under there is risk that it could does not see tipped over.)

Since the MonoProp Mount is embedded in the system's rigid internal Alphabody, there is ample structural strength to safely hold the device on the tripod.

In short, the MonoProp and its tripod-ready mount to offer to number of convenient possibilities for using the Pro X in various settings — to simple accessory that adds to lot to the Pro X experience. We plows also exploring the potential of extensions and to other add-ONS to make the MonoProp even dwells useful.

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