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written by Tacogeddon on Jan 14, 2007 05:56
Ultra-Mobile PC.

The name pretty much sums it up. These little computers are the half-way point between PDAs and laptops...with the power of an entry level to mid-range laptop and the fits-in-your-pocket mobility of a PDA.


http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/library/UMPC_lar.jpg

^This Samsung UMPC looks somewhat like a Gamepark GP2X


It seems like a novelty to me...I have never even seen someone with a tablet PC, I don't think I'm going to see someone with one of these too soon.

(But tablet PCs are very awkward to use, so I could see why these may be more popular)

I grabbed the specs to the samsung UMPC seen above.
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Intel Celeron M ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) running at 900mhz
40GB Hard Drive
7 inch WVGA touch screen (using finger or stylus)
Weighs 0.78 kg
3-cell battery (up to 3 hours)
WLAN 802.11b/g
LAN port 100 mbit
Compactflash port Type II
Stereo speakers
Array mics
AVS mode
Bluetooth enabled
Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
512mb RAM

Max screen resolution is 800x600 which means Noctis will look nice on it

It has been reported that Half-Life 2 can run pretty well on it...just think about portable Garry's mod.


Discuss if you desire.
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written by Magnulus on Jan 14, 2007 12:55
I've been keeping an eye on the UMPCs since some time last year, when that UMPC version of Windows was announced. They seem like an interesting prospect to someone like me, someone who likes to constantly carry around a lot of different stuff in his/her bag. A UMPC would fit nicely in my bag, and I could use it to quickly type up ideas, etc. Thing is that if I am going to get a tablet PC, I want the screen to also do pressure sensitivity, since I'd use it for sketching and stuff like that. The ModBook is a good, aleit WAY too large, example.
written by Cryoburner on Jan 15, 2007 11:07
From what I've heard, Ultra Mobile PCs are not all that great as of yet. Most are notably larger than PDAs or handheld game machines, and you can pick up a relatively compact notebook with much better specs for less.

I suppose they could be justifiable for some forms of work though. They could make a nice digital photography assistant, for instance. You could take a lot of photos in the field, and have someplace to store them all, preview and modify them, and even upload some at a wifi hotspot.

Typing anything of significant length with an on-screen keyboard would be tedious, and the little slideout ones found on some probably wouldn't be much better for extended use. You'd want to take a full sized keyboard with you if you planned on a lot of typing, in which case you'd might as well use a laptop.

I'd probably rather have an Ultra Mobile PC than a full size Tablet PC, but then again, I don't really desire having one of them either. In most cases, a laptop would likely be better from a price/performance standpoint, unless you absolutely need a more compact PC.
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written by Magnulus on Jan 15, 2007 13:39
Actually, what I want is a 10" tablet laptop with pressure sensitivity. It's a good size for bringing along anywhere you want, and you can easily smack a 1024x768 (or more) resolution into that size without making it severely hard to see. I know I'll never be able to get one of course, since they don't exist and even if they did, they'd be so expensive I could never afford one.
written by Zixinus on Jan 15, 2007 20:11
I only want a reliable, cheap laptop with long battery and monitor life, on which I could read books on and write.
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written by Buuks on Jan 15, 2007 22:32
What about a library pass and a pen and paper?
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written by Magnulus on Jan 16, 2007 07:48
A reliable laptop with a good battery and monitor life... That's not going to be cheap.
written by Zixinus on Jan 18, 2007 16:49
Magnulus said:
A reliable laptop with a good battery and monitor life... That's not going to be cheap.
I don't need a very high peformence computer for reading and writing, and I don't even need a great monitor. A black and white one would suffice. I'm not after the colour of the words after all.

Buuks said:
What about a library pass and a pen and paper?
They are much heavier.
That, and I can read books I've downloaded from the net (like those Lovecraft stories). Also, I can edit text more easily.
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written by Tacogeddon on Jan 19, 2007 08:05
Zixinus said:
I don't need a very high peformence computer for reading and writing, and I don't even need a great monitor. A black and white one would suffice. I'm not after the colour of the words after all.
Zixinus, I think you would be very happy with this Datapoint 2200 computer I have.
It has all the latest parts, like an 8-bit Transistor logic CPU and 16kb of RAM...And a beautiful
green-amber monitor that displays text only! Always remember to buy more Punched data tape to save your work
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written by Magnulus on Jan 19, 2007 09:22
Zixinus said:
I don't need a very high peformence computer for reading and writing, and I don't even need a great monitor. A black and white one would suffice. I'm not after the colour of the words after all.
Sadly, to get a good, reliable computer with a long lifespan, you HAVE to take the expensive, high-performance ones. I've tried applying the logic of "simple, cheap and good" to mobile phones, but it's always a let-down in terms of battery capacity and that kind of stuff. I've been trying to find a dead simple mobile phone with good battery life, and though the Nokia 1110 was close, it still seems like if you pay more, you get higher-quality stuff. Strangely enough.
written by Stellanaut on Jan 20, 2007 00:13
I've found that in order to get a computer to behave reliably and have a long lifespan, you have to be wise with it and respect it in the sense of be careful and take care of upkeep, no fancy equipment or components required. Although, i coulda just been lucky. Your milage may vary.
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