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Samsung's Q1 Ultra followup sheds real keyboard for the virtual

The UMPC form-factor has lost much of its appeal as consumers have become so infatuated with netbook computers. It used to be that if you were looking for a computer with a small screen that was very portable, the UMPC was the only ticket in town.

One of the original UMPCs came from Samsung and was called the Q1 Ultra. Samsung has now introduced a follow up to the Q1 Ultra called the Q1EX-71G. That name is certainly a mouthful, and not as elegant as Q1 Ultra, but the machine itself is very slick.

The Q1EX measure 9-inches x 5-inches x 1-inch (W x H x D) and weighs less than 1.5 pounds. The device sheds its odd split thumb keyboard in favor of an onscreen keyboard and 7-inch touch panel LCD. The panel has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 and 300 nits of brightness.

Samsung promises that the standard 4-cell lithium-ion battery pack is good for up to 4.5 hours of run time and that the extended life battery is good for up to 8.5 hours. Connectivity options with the system include 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 is included. An integrated dual-array mic allows users to make VOIP calls using the device as well.

The hardware inside the tiny chassis includes a 60GB HDD, 2GB of DDR2 667 MHz RAM and the processor is a VIA Nano ULV U2500 running at 1.2GHz. The system runs Windows XP Tablet Edition and graphics are VIA Chrome9 HC. Samsung warrantees the Q1EX for 1 year for parts and labor.

The Q1EX is available now online for $775.99, which seems steep considering similarly specked netbooks can be had for half that amount.

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RE: Not the form factor
By Jedi2155 on 3/5/2009 11:51:45 PM , Rating: 3
The point is, NOT to convert but to play them in the format you get them in. Converting takes effort and time which having a full featured windows machine removes much of it.

RE: Not the form factor
By Suntan on 3/6/2009 9:26:27 AM , Rating: 2
Suit yourself. As commented elsewhere on this thread, if you’re looking for a pocketable player with more capability (should ship with MPlayer, and VLC shouldn’t be too far behind) get your name on the waiting list for a Pandora.

If you don't need pocketable just get a netbook or a UMPC and solve your problem already. A netbook can play pretty much anything short of Bluray rips.

Personally, for my needs, the Archos works really well. It can play most standard formats. Other than a couple of really old rips I have in .OGM format it plays everything I want to watch. I don’t download really f’ed up video formats, so I don't have issues with that.

My main sources of video for it are DVDs, which it can play straight off but results in less run-time as the larger files require more drive activity; and Digital TV, which is just a matter of pressing the “convert” button in the SageTV menu, then copying all the converted shows to the player when it is time to take a trip.


RE: Not the form factor
By Jedi2155 on 3/6/2009 4:01:24 PM , Rating: 2
Pandora looks pretty good...I'm pretty happy with my Zen Vision:M myself and its doing pretty good considering I've had it over over 3 years and dropped it over a dozen times. Supports most of the formats I need it to as well.

But I carry around my 17" 1920x1200 laptop now to most places I go so I barely even use my MP3 player.

RE: Not the form factor
By cheetah2k on 3/8/2009 9:36:47 PM , Rating: 2
No HSDPA (3G)... Disappointing really. I'm hanging out for the OQO 2+ which will be released in May 09. Expensive as hell, but its got a slideout keyboard, 3G, and all the bells n whistles in a very compact form factor

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