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So, I got new branded Asus R50A UMPC for test. This ultra mobile machine with 5.6" WSVGA (1024×768) screen, based on Intel US15W chipset, comes with Intel Atom Z520 (1.33 Ghz, 533Mhz) processor, 1Gb of RAM and 20GB SSD. Also it has 3.5G mobile unit, integrated 802.11b/g network card and GPS. First impression was very cool. Slick design, big screen build in fingerprint reader.
What in the box? Power adapter (110/220V), compact keyboard, bunch of cables, extra stilus and handling strap.
What else this machine has? Microcard reader, three mini-usb sockets, one regular USB and camera. Looks like pretty fine machine, but not for €1K+ price tag. But who cares when we buy real good gadget? However, my euphoria disappears during 6 minutes startup (this was not first startup – first took more, then 15 minutes).
It was preinstalled with Windows Vista SP1 Ultimate (for this tiny machine) aside with huge amount of Asus junkware, so it was was even unable even to calculate Vista experience score
Also it has no drivers for strange device, named "Mini Card" (with factory branded Asus OS installation)
Well, it's probably because I'm still not connected to internet… Let's connect office WiFi… Err… It has some troubles with wireless network discovery – 2 bars for 12 feet distance from access point (my W500 has all 5) and no other networks (with 4 and less bars on another machine). Let's connect it. Hm, "unable to connect"… Weird. Leave it by now. This is multimedia device, so, probably, video will play better? Well, it failed also with playback of Windows sample movie. So maybe it has great battery life? Not really. Without doing anything new 2 cells, 2600mAh battery enough for less, then two hours (with vista battery saver it extended to 3, while this device does not support aero interface).
But the final accord was this one (one again – this is branded Asus installation):
Bottom line: 0/5. I paid $360 for my wife's pink Acer Aspire One and got much better computer (it even has camera).
The only thing remains enigma for me is why, the hell, this piece of crap costs more, then €1,000?
Have a nice day and be good people – do not buy this machine!