Advantages Small, portable, surprisingly fast, good build quality and screen, very unique, many features
Disadvantages Gets very warm, very pricey on relase, loud when the fan kicks in
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Well, at the start of the summer holidays, I bought an OQO Model 01+. An Ultra Mobile PC (or UMPC as they’re known), something which most people see as a pointless bit of kit (myself included… I saw it, thought WANT and bought it). I didn’t really see a use for it at first, I already had a laptop, a computer, so why did I need it?
As some of you know I am a poet, and I like graphics a fair amount. Unfortunately there was no chance it would run Photoshop with a 1GHz processor and 512Mb of RAM, though I did get Office 2000 working on it through a USB disc drive so poetry it was.
Surprisingly it’s easy to use, you get a nipple like on the old IBM Thinkpads as a mouse and a left and right click down the left hand side. It actually looks like you’re playing with a games console until people look at it up close, especially with the built in stylus, then it looks something like a Nintendo DS, especially because of how slimline it is
The screen quality isn’t bad, though saying that it is only five inches, and it’s surprisingly more usable than some netbooks I’ve used, (here’s looking at you, Asus Eee). The build quality and design behind it is top notch, you see a pain with using the keyboard originally, but you soon see that if buttons weren’t hard to press, people with bigger hands (like me) would surely struggle to push only one button at a time. Opening the sliding mechanism is like cocking a rifle; it’s got a well-oiled, smooth yet industrial feel about it, when I first got it I sat there for a good half an hour just playing with the slidey bit when I first got it.
As for the specifications, I’ve already mentioned the 1GHz processor and 512Mb RAM that struggles to handle anything more than two Firefox tabs and Microsoft Word, but that’s alright, that’s all it’s made for. The 30Gb hard drive is more than enough for a few songs (I have 2,000 songs on there right now) and documents. It runs the (now) 8 year old Windows XP flawlessly, and I have to say that it’s the only computer I’ve ever owned that hasn’t had a problem with it, at all. the 800x480 screen is hardly generous, but it works, and it's pretty good quality for a machine of it's size. the onboard graphics happily go up to 1280x1024 on an external monitor
Well, what do we reckon? Are they worth getting?
Look at it this way: they're (spec-wise) an Asus Eee 701, (30Gb Hard drive, 1GHz processor, 512Mb RAM) but a lot more portable, a fair amount more unique, and actually run XP without problem.
Unfortunately, they also get very warm when used to their full, and the typing wouldn't be as fast. Also £100 extra 2nd hand is a lot more to pay. It's up to you whether the advantages balance out the disadvantages or not, but I for one am glad I got this over a netbook
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