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I am using a UMPC

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Jun-2007 21:25

For my benefit (carrying a rather large laptop is not good for your back), I decided to give a try to Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC).

I am thinking it can be quite useful when going to my weekly meeting, or simply away for a weekend, where I don't expect to have to work 100% of the time, but would like to keep in contact via e-mail or even catch up with my RSS feeds.

So I got the TabletKiosk EO v7110 off Darryl, who is now going around with a Samsung Q1. I have Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate installed on this UMPC (instructions to install Windows Vista on UMPC here), plus Avast, Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, Skype, FeedDemonHamachi and BeInSync to keep my UMPC always synchronised to my laptop. I have just downloaded and installed Ilium Software's InScribe, a free software keyboard for UMPC and Tablet PCs.

I also tried the Vodafone vodem (HSDPA) and it's working well so I have cellular data connectivity if I can't connect to a Wi-Fi network. I am using the vodem because it's a USB device - this UMPC does not have Express Card or PC Card interfaces so I can't use the better performing Vodafone Merlin XU870 (HSDPA) or the much faster Telecom AirCard 595 (CDMA EVDO).

So far so good, the user interface is similar to the Tablet PC, which I am used to, so no big learning curve.

I recommend installing a remote control software such as GoToMyPC (or the free LogMein) so that you can use your bigger laptop or desktop sometimes - I am configuring this device, updating stuff, copying files and instead of using the much smaller screen I just have to connect to it and remote control the device:

Bummer is the smallish hard drive. I have only 10 GB free now, which is going to be a problem if I wanted to have a bigger media library loaded into it.

Just for kicks, below is the Windows Vista Performance Index:


For comparison, this is the Windows Vista Performance Index for my current laptop:

 



Let's see how it goes.

UPDATE: It works well, and it is synchronising to my laptop with no problems. I only wish that TabletKiosk would make the drivers compatible with Vista. The touchscreen doesn't work until you login, and don't try downloading any drivers from Windows Update, because this will most likely make you have to return to a previous Restore Point, as it happened to me. It also has problems coming back from Sleep, which is a bummer because this is one of the main functions for a UMPC, right?







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