My Samsung Q1b, a 2007-era UMPC based on a VIA C7 CPU and including 3G was one of my most mobile UMPCs. I used it, without plugging it in to mains power, for 10 days. This 7-inch 800×480 resistive touch-screen PC weighing 770gm and including just 512MB of RAM and a 40GB hard viagra online without prescription drive cost me over â‚¬1100. Battery life was around 3hrs. Today I found another use for it as an analogue audio recorder.
After trying 5 different laptops, a tablet PC and a USB audio device I finally found out that the Q1b has stereo line-in recording capability via the mic-in port. All the other devices I tested had mono inputs. A quick download of Audacity and I was recording some cable radio for in-car use during a multi-country trip at the weekend.
Going back to using XP was a shock and having to use the pen on an 800×480 screen was very awkward. The Tablet Input Panel felt basic in comparison with what weâ€™ve got today but there were a few surprises. Firefox was still fast, accessing network drives not a problem and Audacity (an older version I had installed) was working fine.
Crystalmark scores were around 12K for this UMPC compared to around 50K for the latest Atom tablets but the â€˜lowâ€™ performance is more than enough for this audio task.
I wouldnâ€™t recommend anyone buy one of these at all but it goes to show that there are unique features in every device and some that you just have to keep a hold of.
Do you have an old PC youâ€™re still using because it has a unique feature that you just canâ€™t find anywhere else?