Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year 2008!

2007 was gooood and 2008 will be even better!

Kohjinsha updates product line with 2 new convertible UMPCs

In short, the new L series is upgrade from AMD based SA models, but now with 1024 x 600 touch screen. V series will add GPS to K/SH6/8 models with Intel a110 platform.


Kohjinsha V shown here is based on the SH6 I reviewed.


New convertible UMPC from E-Lead

Noahpad UMPC features Ubuntu 7.10, 1GHz VIA C7, 30GB hard drive and 512MB of RAM...

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4 cell battery rated 3900 mAh.. Screen folds to bottom of the device but you can "use" the keyboard still..

No info on price yet, but more will be shown at CES 2008.


Friday, December 28, 2007

Asus Eee PC accessories & extras

Asus has just uploaded pix of Eee PC upcoming accessories..

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That 6 cell battery looks specially good as it ads only 10 mm to Eee's size but delivers about 5.5 hours of mobility. Combine that with the original 4 cell battery and you get 9 hours from 1 kg package!

6 cell with 7800mAh
Size: 5.5 x 4 x 14cm

Asus Eee PC product site

Wibrain B1 dissected

It wasn't me, it was fcc..

Click to see the pix

Place for Siemens HSDPA modem on the right..

SIM slot and RAM slot on the left..

Thanks again FCC

Via Engadget

Thursday, December 27, 2007

How to add internal 3G HSDPA to Asus Eee PC

Mobility means mobile connectivity to me. So this had to be done..

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I needed to cut 3mm of plastic away here.

and about 3 mm slice from this thin plastic wall.

This is ZadaCOM 3G+ HSDPA modem opened.

After desoldering connectors away I soldered these wires as shown here.

SIM card slot... All working... Surf is up!

Questions? Comments?

This mod works on any eee pc without the extra pcie slot. ( so it's not good for 8G models ( pcie slot has that 8g ssd drive ) and not as easy on first 4g models with pcie connector in place ( you would need to cut 20 mm of from the pcb to make it fit) )

Good how-to open Eee guide

Zadaco 3G USB Modem

How-to add touch screen to Eee PC

All Asus Eee PC News

Sunday, December 23, 2007

MIU HDPC design updated

This UMPC was first named as "ugly sofa" but now it looks much better..

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Looks like it will have dual os as seperate phone and windows xp on it. It will feature modular base with options like WWAN and DMB. No word on other specs yet.


Via UMPCPortal

Friday, December 21, 2007

How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc

Click to see the video and pix

Panel dimensions: 165 mm x105 mm x 1 mm

Questions? Comments?

UPDATE: Asus will be making touch screen versions of Eee PC

My original touch screen post

How-to add 3G modem inside Eee PC

Good how-to open Eee guide

How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc 900

How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc 901

All Asus Eee PC News

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Video Preview: Wibrain B1 UMPC

I finally got it! Customs wanted to play with it first so I had to wait few days.

Click to see the video

More detailed review coming soon..

Meanwhile you should also check Kevin and James talking about it at JkOnTheRun and read about it at UMPCPortal Forum.

Thanks Wibrain

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Asus Eee Pc with touch screen

Click to see the video

Should you do it? Yes! If you need any help, just ask.

UPDATE: How-to do it yourself video here

How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc 900

How to add touch panel to Asus Eee Pc 901

UPDATE: Asus will be making touch screen versions of Eee PC

More posts about Eee PC

Nokia N810 in da house

Last time was not that good so as I got this one as a loaner, I need to do second look and review..

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.. if I get a chance, as JJK thinks it's his!

btw. he is also very mobile... maybe there will be jjkmobile some day...

My first touch with HTC Shift

Just few hours ago I got to test HTC Shift, the dual OS hybrid UMPC. It was production model, so it should be the final version.

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First impressions: Solid quality finish, metal on the front, similar to N810. Size felt just right for me. Slider was ok, but a bit clunky. It felt a bit heavier than Asus Eee.

Second impressions: Screen is bright and clear. It has best interpolated 1024 x 600 mode I have seen. It responded ok, touch screen worked really good but felt a bit soft. Thumb typing in slider mode was not that good.. it should be a bit less wide. Typing on laptop mode was fine but the keyboard is really small.. ok for me. Stylus is tiny. Hinges/rails felt even more clunky and loose as i started to really test the usage modes... they didn't look that strong either. That tiny mouse pad is useless.. i wish they had used synaptics pointer.

Final impressions: It felt really good multi use umpc. Slate mode is really good, specially if you haven't got used to pointer mouse.. one hand holding it, on hand typing urls etc. was ok.. felt a bit heavy like that. Connectivity is super with hsdpa, wifi and bt.

Bad battery life (- 2 hours), limited WM side and hinge/slider clumsiness keeps me still thinking if I'm going to buy it. I'm now actually happy it's not out yet, as now we can see what's coming from CES. If it had been out earlier, i would have bought it without testing..

Earlier news about HTC Shift

HTC Shift details and links at UMPCPortal

Monday, December 17, 2007

Asus Eee PC 8G dissected

It got dissected and the first found was the new 8 Gb SSD, now on the PCI-E slot.

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RAM and SSD cover open

8GB SSD, made by Asus, using Samsung flash

Housing opened

Empty places used in 4G model for SSD chips. [ translated ]