Brazil-based Apek launches Maxpad, a large screen Windows 8.1 PC-TV

While Microsoft and other companies have offered large touchscreen Windows 8 PCs for sale in the past, they have mostly targeted the business market. This week, a Brazilian company called Apek is trying to sell a similar product but this time as both a PC and as a television for the home.

The product is called the Maxpad, and comes in 39, 50 and 64.5 inch versions; all three have 1920x1080 touchscreens. Apek will even ship the TV with a custom color of the buyer's choice. Inside, there's an AMD A10 processor with a Radeon HD 7660 GPU, along with 8GB of RAM. There's support for both solid state 60GB drives or a regular 500 GB hard drive for storage. It also comes with a 5 megapixel camera for video conferences.

Besides Windows 8.1, the Maxpad includes its own software programs for taking screenshots of TV shows that can then be manipulated by the included art program. Those images can then be sent instantly to a user's social network account. There;s also a DVR feature that allows users to rewind live TV shows as much as 150 minutes in the past.

The ShowMeTech website has more information on the Maxpad, which took Apek nearly two years to develop and make before this week's launch. Maxpad also includes a remote for controlling both its TV and PC sides and the company has plans to add telephone support in a future update of the remote.

The Maxpad is now available for sale in Brazil and the site claims prices are $16,000 in Brazilian Real (about $5,400 in US dollars) for the 39 inch model,  $21,000 BRL for the 50 inch version ($9,000 US) and $27,000 BRL ($12,000 US) for the 63.5 inch unit. There's no word on if Apek plans to expand sales to other markets.

Thanks to Neowin reader leoberto for the tip!

Source: MaxPad via ShowMeTech | Image via MaxPad

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Ow, not to be confused with Maxipad...
Looks like an awesome TV though, but anything with pad at the end might confuse customers into thinking it's a tablet device (and the price isn't helping it much either if it wants broad adoption).

Xerino said,
They really need to come up with another name though.....

No doubt. Although I doubt someone will confuse it with... the other thing :laugh:

I thought Apple had the MaxiPad name trademarked for their next model? Perhaps they should sue these guys for naming their product in a confusingly similar way. :p

sviola said,
They don't speak English in Brazil and the feminine hygiene product there has a different name.
In Portuguese, Maxpad would be pronounced something like mashpad (though the a's would be pronounced different than in English, can't explain it with text).

Pluto is a Planet said,
In Portuguese, Maxpad would be pronounced something like mashpad (though the a's would be pronounced different than in English, can't explain it with text).

That would depend a lot on the region of Brazil, and if people will derive the name from the word máximo (also, people don't say Maximiliano as Mashimiliano, so I doubt there will be this confusion).

For certain things it is - for instance manipulating Gantt charts with you development team on a large touch screen is very nice but how vital it really is? Not that much but definitely useful and convenient.

Overall there is nothing wrong with Windows 8.1 in business environments. I use my Lenovo X1 docked to 2 x external monitors, mouse, keyboard, external 2TB HDD, gigabit LAN and then for meetings I unplug two cables (USB3 and power) and off I got in the meeting room. Having touch screen to complement my touchpad and keyboard is very nice. Overall I'm loving Windows 8.1 - there's things that need to get improved and software needs to catch up a little bit but with the upcoming Metro office and further refinements (start menu with tiles support, etc) I see only good things coming...