I’m afraid I don’t have time to do a written review of my Windows 7 experience with the U820 but I can say that it’s good. So good that I took some time this morning to quickly go over the device and how it works with Windows 7. Highlights for me (over the Vista build I was running) are:
- Improved boot-up time
- Cleaner, quicker, more reliable log-in using fingerprint reader
- Divx and H.264 support out of the box.
- Hardware support for H.264 decoding out of the box
- Great battery life (between 2 and 5 hours depending on use)
- Vastly improved on-screen-keyboard experience
Windows 7 really does spell the end of XP on UMPCs in my opinion. The only question now is, cost. How much will a touch-enabled version of W7 cost?
The video below is relatively long at 19 minutes. YouTube’s HQ processing may take time so check back later if you want an HQ version.
Note: This video edited and processed using Windows Live Movie Maker Beta with the YouTube upload plugin on the U/B50N. The render time is much longer than with the old version of Movie Maker (in this case, way over 1hr to process 19 mins of VGA MJPEG 14mb/s source video) but the editing and posting process using this method is very very simple. I’ll have to do some more testing to see if it’s a valid option for UMPCs.
Thanks to Conics for the loan of the Loox. They have the 2GB version with an SSD option so check it out.