The 1K Challenge – A Closer Look At The Rigs

Posted on 16 October 2010 by

1000 words written on 4 rigs that cost less than 1000 Euro and weigh less than 1000gm.

As you can see, I haven’t quite started yet but I’m in the final stages and expect to start this afternoon.

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The Toshiba AC100 is ready to go (indicative of the all-in-one nature of laptops perhaps?) but I’m still working on a few other devices. The main problem is that I don’t have a Bluetooth keyboard to use with the Galaxy Tab so I’m seriously thinking of going with the thumbs. I tested the keyboard in portrait mode last night and it wasn’t bad at all. I’m not saying it’s as stress-free or as fast as a keyboard but it would make a great all-in-one test (Cam, 3G, navigation, mp3 player, etc) and at 384gm, wow it’s a light solution. I’m going with it as an extreme, all-in-one mobile solution.

The Tega V2 is here and I’m struggling to get a package together that lies under the 1KG mark. Adding a keyboard, stand and smartphone (for the camera, navigation etc) brings it up to 1.4KG. That’s way over my limit so I’m thinking of dropping it and going with the X70 although with keyboard and stand, case and mobile phone comes to 1.2KG. The only Windows ‘tablet’ solution that I can put together with the rest of my ‘rig’ in under 1KG is the 5” Viliv S5. Unfortunately, 5” is below what I regard as usable in a table-top scenario with a keyboard.

This is interesting to see because we often regard tablets as lightweight mobile devices. With Windows, that’s not currently the case because once you’ve added the keyboard you are up to netbook weight. My Viliv S10 3G netbook is 1.25KG!

So what am I to do? If I was sensible I’d take the Viliv S10 but I want to take a Windows Tablet solution. The Tega V2 is here for review so for that reason (and to highlight the weight issue) I’m going to take the Tega V2. It fails before it starts but at least I get to spend some time with it.

So that leaves one more rig. I had the X70 lined up but considering that it will also come in at over 1KG, I’m not going to take it. Instead, I’ve chosen a mini laptop. Coming in at a total of exactly 1000gm for the laptop, smartphone and headphones its the Viliv S7.

The rig will provide this functionality:

  • ‘PC’ with email, web browser, document editing capabilities, storage, screen, keyboard and Wifi
  • 3G internet connectivity
  • Navigation system
  • Camera (minimum 2MP)
  • Video camera (MIN VGA)
  • MP3 player and headphones

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The Final Setup

Rig 1 – The 10” Windows Tablet. (Bottom-left in picture)

  • Tegatech Tega V2 64GB+3G = 880gm
  • Stand – 132gm
  • Keyboard/mouse (Samsung lightweight USB) – 258gm
  • Xperia X10i phone / navi/ mp3 / camera – 138gm
  • Headset – 20gm
  • TOTAL WEIGHT: 1428gm
  • Expected battery life: 4hrs
  • Cost: Can be done in under 1000 Euro. This rig costing near 1500 Euro

Rig 2 – The 7” UMPC (Bottom-right in picture)

  • Viliv S7 (Includes 3G) – 842gm
  • Xperia X10i phone / navi/ mp3 / camera – 138gm
  • Headset – 20gm
  • TOTAL WEIGHT: 1000gm
  • Expected battery life – 7hrs
  • Cost: Can be done in under 1000 Euro. This rig around 1200 Euro

Rig 3 – The 10” Smartbook (Top right in picture)

  • Toshiba AC100 – 862gm
  • Xperia X10i phone / navi / mp3 / camera – 138gm
  • Headset – 20gm
  • TOTAL WEIGHT:1020gm
  • Expected battery life: 8hrs
  • Cost: Approx 800 Euro (Smartbook with 3G costs 350 Euros. High-end Smartphone about 450 Euros)

Rig 4 – The 7” Superphone Tablet (Top left in picture)

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab – 384gm
  • Headset – 20gm
  • TOTAL WEIGHT 404gm
  • Expected battery life: 8hrs
  • Cost – 700 Euro

Its very interesting to see what we’ve we’ve got in terms of weight, battery life and cost here. The ‘expensive’ Samsung Galaxy Tab right turns in at less than half the weight and 30% less cost than the Windows-based rigs while providing the longest expected battery life. Everything is integrated into a single unit. Total convergence! Adding a BT keyboard would bring the cost to about 750 Euros. The AC100 looks attractive on specs too. With a lower cost smartphone this solution could be put together for about 550 Euros which would make it the cheapest solution by far. For a rig with a 10” screen, good keyboard and good battery life, it shines.

On first glance it looks like the ARM-based devices have won here but this isn’t a test of specs, it’s a test of usability. I’ve got to write my e-book on these rigs and there could be big advantages to the Windows-based systems when it comes to this sort of productivity. I’m looking forward to testing all the devices and will report back regularly over the next three days.

I’ll be updating as I go along via twitter and blog posts here on UMPCPortal so be sure to check back, subscribe to the RSS feed, the daily email feed or follow UMPCPortal on twitter. You can also follow me, Chippy, on Twitter for some more details, highs, lows, Q&A and pics and I go through the tests.

Oh, and as for the 1000 km travelling, ahem, I might throw in the towel on that one. We’ll see how it goes but at the moment I haven’t planned any major tours.

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  • Phil Endecott

    So what OS will be running on the AC100? You really have two machines to evaluate there, the Android version and the Ubuntu version! I really don’t know what’s going to happen with that hardware category; it could be

    – Google produces a version of Android that runs well on it.
    – The manufacturers start shipping Ubuntu (or something else).
    – The AC100 gets a terrible reception and the category dies out.

    • admin

      True! I’m taking the stock AC100 for the test.

  • iGadget

    This is exactly the sort os thing I’m looking for :)
    I’ll be watching you closely…

  • Adam

    The rig at the moment which I am putting together and about to take backpacking overseas for 12 months has a 24 hour battery life and weighs less than your average notebook

    * Apple iPad 64GB 3G (Jailbroken) – 730 grams (10 hour battery)
    * Kohjinsha SC3 7″ Tablet (Windows 7) – 820 grams (2 hour battery)
    * Apple iPhone 3GS (Jailbroken) – 135gm (6 hour battery)
    * Richard Solo iPhone battery- 63gm (extra 6 hour battery)
    * Klipsch x10i headset – 11 grams

    Total Weight = 1759 grams

    Total cost = AU/US $2755

    Currently I have an external battery which provided the Kohjinsha with 5 hours of extra juice but I will replace that dead weight with the iPad I just ordered. That kit worked well for me overseas for the last 6 months but I just got sick of trying to get Windows 7 with single resistive touch to be functional, and reading PDFs involved heaps of zooming and panning and scrolling which will all be much better on the iPad and GoodReader. I will be using the iPhone 3GS to act as a WiFi hotspot for the other touch devices.

    By having the SC3 and iPad I have the best of both worlds, the world’s best touch OS and unlimited apps plus a device with a physical keyboard, webcam, USB ports and full blown O/S to run iTunes, Onenote, Picasa, Chrome, Firefox, uTorrent and more.

  • animatio

    chippy did you ever consider one of these flexible, pocketable keyboards for use with a win tablet? they are very light and dirt cheap. need a usb port to connect. they would even be usable with winmobile smartphones via usb.
    see: http://www.pearl.de/a-PX3185-1002.shtml

  • myjic

    Not sure why you have not considered Asus T91MT, which is below 1K (weight as well as $s).

  • reverendo

    I thnk you should include the Viliv S10 just for comparison’s sake. Which CPU does yours have?

  • squirrel

    so at least Chippy find how to support 7″ tablets, that idea that looked ridiculous from the very beginning

    the typing speed!
    is that the only argumet to save this doubtful idea?

    • Typing speed is surprisingly good and easy, stress free using the device in portrait mode. Using it now with the WordPress application.

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