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Thursday, July 31, 2008

HP's 2133 Mini Note: Great Design, But Compromises Abound

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:34 AM

Nearly two months ago I did my unboxing and first impressions video of the HP 2133 Mini Note, and now here's my full video review. As a recap, the version I look at in this video retails for $599 USD and can be purchased directly from HP. It has a VIA 1.2 Ghz CPU, an 8.9" LCD screen (1280 x 768 resolution), 1 GB of RAM, a 120 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, 802.11 a/b/g WiFi, a 3 cell battery, and runs Windows Vista Basic. Check out the video after the break. Read more...


Thursday, June 5, 2008

AMD Sets Sites on a Piece of UMPC Pie

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://aving.net/usa/news/default.a...e=02&SP_Num=175

"AMD revealed its 8.9-inch ultra low-cost sub notebook during Computex 2008, which is powered by AMD Sempron processor, ATI RS690 chipset and Linux OS."



Looks like there will be no shortage of players in the low price UMPC market. This is AMD's upcoming offering set to go for about $400.

Tags: UMPC, AMD

Unboxing & First Impressions of the HP 2133 Mini Note

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:37 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d28tnzOkWzE



Do you believe in love at first sight? Normally I don't, but I have to say, one look at the HP 2133 Mini Note and I felt my heart flutter - it's damn fine looking! The HP 2133 Mini Note is HP's answer to the Asus EEE. Ranging in price from $499 for a Linux-based, 4 GB SSD version to over $750 for a Windows Vista Business based version with a 160 GB hard drive. The version I look at in this video retails for $599 USD. It has a VIA 1.2 Ghz CPU, an 8.9" LCD screen (1280 x 768 resolution), 1 GB of RAM, a 120 GB 5400 RPM hard drive, 802.11 a/b/g WiFi, a 3 cell battery, and runs Windows Vista Basic.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Willcom's D4 Handles Vista in Style

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/14/...nto-our-hearts/

"Check it out, 'cause you're looking at what must be the world's smallest QWERTY device capable of running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1. At least it will be when it makes its debut in Japan come June. Measuring just 188 x 84 x 25.9mm and 470grams, all that power / battery conservation / smallness of the Willcom D4 (aka, Sharp-built WS016SH) comes courtesy of a 1.3-GHz Atom processor pumping away beneath that sliding / tilting 5-inch, 262k color, LED-backlit 1,024 x 600 touchscreen hiding a 64-key QWERTY keyboard. Inside you'll find 1GB of memory, a 1.8-inch 40GB disk, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, microSD slot, HD audio codec with mono-speaker, and Opera browser riding atop Japanese PHS (W-SIM) or 802.11b/g WiFi. Hitting Japan for ¥128,600 (about $1,254) -- a lot less with 2 year contract."



Oh my! That looks pretty sweet. If you need to be running Vista on a portable this looks like the way to go. I'll be curious to see some performance specs regarding how well this little number actually handles Vista.

Tags: Vista, UMPC, Willcom

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Ruvo Avox A65U1 UMPC

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.digitalreviews.net/revie...ing-review.html

"I’m pretty impressed with the unit so far given the constraints of the 1.2GHz VIA processor chip and the size of the box. Battery life is a reasonable 3 to 4 hours depending on brightness settings alone. We still have to see what it will be under WiFi load, etc. What I particularly appreciate in the Ruvo Avox is the absolute silence of the unit. The chip doesn't need any extra cooling through fans and it is quite comfortable to have on your lap or in your hands for an extended period of time. I’ll tell you what: the “wife” factor is very high! She loves the Avox (keyboard is purrfect for her...)"



This has features of two devices that I love. It has the basic form factor and touch screen of the Nokia n800/n810 (see my video review coming soon) but in a larger package more around the size of the Asus Eee (which I recently picked up). Unfortunately, it also picked up my one nit-pick with both devices, an 800x480 resolution. Not that it exactly bad, in fact on the N800, it is amazing on a pocketable device at that pricepoint. But this is around $1000, so I expect a little more. In fact, you could buy the Nokia and the Asus and have plenty of cash left in your pocket over what this device goes for and I don't see much more that this gives you.

Tags: UMPC, Ruvo, Avox

Friday, February 1, 2008

Samsung's Q1 Ultra UMPC Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

As a follow up to my Samsung Q1 Unboxing video, I shot a full video review talking about my experience with the device. The long and the short of it is that it has potential, but without a memory card slot, and with only a 40 GB hard drive and a slow CPU, it doesn't quite measure up to the potential that it has. As a media player, it's great - watching movies on that excellent screen is a pure joy. But it's a heavy, big, expensive tool for just watching movies on. Check out my full review on YouTube and let me know what you think.



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