When it comes to real-world application usage scenarios you’d hardly notice that you were on a UMPC. Firefox flies, Coverflow’s in iTunes and flash-based video is a breeze. Even H.264 under flash9 which is normally a real CPU hog. Using Piclens and Skype with video is a smooth experience and even CPU intensive processes like MovieMaker are possible.
Office application suites were not tested but given that Open Office and Office 2003 work on lesser devices, there is no reason the believe the this device will have any problems.
Only a slower application startup time gives hints that something is holding things up and that would be the 30GB drive in this test model that only returns an average 18Mbps read rate. Tests at Lazion.com have shown that the 60GB drive might perform slightly better than this but neither can reach the useful speeds that a 2.5″ drive can provide. Thank goodness the drive is two-screw accessible and a swap-out to a fast 5mm-high, zif-connected SSD will be the first upgrade that is recommended for a performance boost. Again, stay tuned to UMPCPortal for details on that as its on the list of tests to be done.
Only one tested application didn’t work as expected and that was Google Earth which is too slow to use under OpenGL mode. Using DirectX more is possible but not impressive.
So its an impressive story both under external power and internal power. A new class of device that really can perform day to day duties on the desk. Just plug in that USB mouse and keyboard, attach a huge monitor and enjoy extended desktop productivity. Unplug, close the lid and just walk away for mobile use.
A further word on battery life.
The standard Everun Note comes with a small 20wh battery which, much like the small batteries on the U810, OQO and Flipstart, gives around 2.5hrs of life. Be aware though that as with other devices, this can drop dramatically under certain conditions. Expect no more than 100 minutes when using outside with full backlight and Wifi or 3G. Add some heavy CPU duties and it will drop further. If you require extended mobile battery life you’ll have to be flexible enough to carry extra power. Fortunately, there are some interesting options being talked about with the Everun Note. An extended battery (1.5 times normal size, available in Oct or Nov), an external charger/power pack (shown below and available soon) and a car kit (also available soon.) Only the standard battery as an accesory is missing from the list but we will definatey feed back toRaon DIgital that this needs to be available cheaply, and immediately. If all these options are well priced, I don’t see any issues with battery life. Dropping into hibernation, swapping a battery and starting up is a one minute operation. If you have the external power pack you even have the option of a hot-swap. The external charger will also allow you to plug that battery in and charge while you carry on with normal mobile operations. The 2.5hrs of battery life doesn’t seem so bad after considering the number of options given. Note that the DC input voltage is 5V. (be prepared for a fairly high current charge if you are thinking of using small 5V power-packs)
Bootup, standby, hibernation.
The access times through various methods don’t stand out as much as they might have done. Under battery power its over 1 minute to boot, 30 seconds for hibernation and 9 seconds to come out of standby. Under mains power, all these figures drop by about 30%. An overnight drain test on the battery in standby showed a 2%-per-hour drain.
The sound quality through the two built-in speakers on the Everun Note is good. Far better than many mobile devices and the location of the speakers gives noticeable stereo separation. Its loud enough too. The Provided Realtek driver software offers a good range of features from echo-canceling, full-range EQ and virtual 3D modes. It also appears to offer a stereo mix recording setting which allows Skype calls to be recorded without special software similar to the ‘waht you hear’ function on Creative soundcards. No line-in is provided on the device despite the input-sensing jacks.