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Digital Signage Testing with the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2

By: Jack D'Ardenne

Recently, I had a chance to demo Lenovo’s Thinkpad Tablet 2 so we could test it with Duke’s Digital Signage Service (running Four Winds Interactive’s software).  The tablet featured an Intel 1.8Ghz Atom processor, 64GB SSD, 2GB ram, and ran the 32bit version of Windows 8 Pro.  I deployed several different signage templates to the tablet and it ran them all  well.  Content Player did a nice job of resizing all of the 1920×1080 templates down to the tablet’s 1366×768 resolution.  The templates that featured touch interaction worked perfectly.  I did see some some sluggishness with the RSS ticker and slide changes when there were transitions set for slide changes, but that’s to be expected with the tablet’s specs.

We are interested in tablet’s for signage because they can show classroom/meeting room schedule information and also allow scheduling right from the device.  Currently, Four Winds does not support Exchange 2013, which Duke recently upgraded to so room scheduling is not an option using the Duke’s signage service.  Four Winds says they do plan to support Exchange 2013 in the future and when they do this Lenovo tablet would be a great device for room scheduling signage.

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