Quality, brightness and contrast are all high quality with color balance, black blacks and contrast being particularly good. Use in direct sunlight use is, like most devices, almost impossible although the screen is bright enough to use in bright shaded areas. The glossy finish on the screen, while great for grab-and-drag firefox action, means reflections can get annoying. The 1024×600 resolution, or rather, the default font settings on XP, might be a problem for some. At desktop distances, these will need a bump up to about 125% of normal size (CTRL+ in Firefox, also available OS-wide under advanced display settings) leaving you with similar font sizes as with an 8.9″ screen but with, obviously, less screen area. With the device being so small, however, hand-holding is simple and at 30-40cm, the font sizes aren’t a problem even for this reporters tired eyes.
The screen doesn’t rotate but it does fold back flat which can be useful in some scenarios. (Car, standing, annotation of a presentation being simultaneously projected via the VGA port.) Note that it doesn’t fold flat when the VGA port is in use.
The graphics chipset will drive external monitors up to 2048 wide and can support clone or extended mode with the added bonus that the driver software remembers where applications were positioned and where the extended screen was positioned if you need to unplug and go mobile.
Stability and reliability.
After just 5 days use, its impossible to report conclusively on stability but the operating system and hardware drivers all seem to work well together. No post-standby bluetooth failures or lost USB drives here. Time will tell on reliability so check back here in three weeks time when the device will be leaving UMPCPortal to go back to meet its maker.
The Bluetooth range hasn’t been tested but if it’s as good as the Wifi, it will be fine. The WiFi reception is excellent.
- Manufacturer: Raon Digital
- Model name: Everun Note
- CPU type: AMD Turion 64 x2
- CPU speed: 1200 Mhz (800Mhz under battery power)
- Graphics: ATI RS690E
- OS: Windows XP Home. (Options available from some resellers)
- Display Size: 7″ 1024 X 600
- RAM: 1024 MB non-upgradeable.
- HDD: 30GB. 60GB and 12GB versions available. Resellers may offer other options.
- Keyboard: YES. 16mm pitch on Alpha keys
- Mouse PointerL YES Optical with combination left click.
- Battery capacity: 19 (W/hr)
- Weight: 750g (test device)
- Size (w/h/d mm): 200/118/28 mm
- SD card slot
- USB2.0 (x2)
- Mobile sim-card slot. (Standard)
- Mini-USB 2.0
- Mono mic (front right near indicator lamps)
- PCI-Express Mini (internal)
- Stereo speakers
- Webcam 1.3mp
- BT2.0 + BlueSoleil stack with Skype integration for BT headsets.
- Charging voltage: 5V
- Access ports for: PCI-Express Mini, HDD (zif, 5mm height), Battery
Accessories available (unconfirmed)
- Car kit
- Extended battery
- External charger/power pack/Ethernet port.
Before I summarize then, lets highlight some bad points.
- Hard drive speed is slightly disappointing in comparison with the CPU and GPU performance. On a 5mm 1.8″ spinning hard drive there’s not much more you can do though so its fingers crossed for a fast 12GB SSD version of this when it becomes available. Expect max 18Mbps read and write speeds on the 30GB HDD. 60GB HDD might be better.
- Fan is loud when it goes to full speed. It appears to be a two-speed fan that is almost always at its low-speed setting. Gaming will start the fan within seconds and desktop use at full power occasionally triggers the fan.
- Power button is in a strange position. When holding the device in one hand, as you’ll find yourself doing a lot, the power button falls directly under the left thumb. I recommend setting the power button to ‘always ask.’ Better here might have been a repeat of the very useful, FN key.
- Mouse pointer appears to be sub-standard on this test device. Optical mice on the previous model of the Everun have been smooth and useful but the Everun requires a strange side-thumb action to get it to work. Disappointing. We advise to check other reviews to see if other devices suffer from the same problem.
- HDMI out is a port that the Everun Note is crying out for. I’m not sure if this version of the GPU supports it though so don’t expect it in the future.
- H.264 hardware decode missing. although CPU is strong enough for 720p.
- Built in webcam drivers seem very slow. CPU almost idles and yet the webcam can’t return high frame rates. Testing a Philip 9200 webcam resulted in very smooth Skype video.
- A turbo button for a battery mode might have been useful for running certain apps for short periods.
- Google Earth doesn’t perform under OpenGL mode. Unexpected. Its smooth on Atom-based netbooks.
- Antenna for 3G is not pre-installed (on this test device) making it difficult for customers to upgrade.
- 2.45 hours max battery life with WiFi on is nothing impressive and this can drop to sub-2hr levels when used with full backlight. An extended battery will be a must for mobile users and will add to the cost.
- Charge rate appears to be very slow but as its 5V input, cheap car chargers and external battery packs should be easy to find. Note: Power brick provided was not final version.
- Occasional unregistered keypresses and non standard punctuation key positioning slows down keyboard input.
- Wifi and Bluetooth linked so that Wifi must be on for BT use. Power save function in the Wifi module limits impact on mobile-phone-tethered battery life and it is possible to turn the Wifi radio off through the device properties. Raon should provide this option in their control software.
- Not pocketable. The oft-heard ‘if I have to carry a bag, why don’t I buy a normal notebook which is twice as powerful for the same price’ argument applies for people that don’t really need ultra mobility. Even if the Everun Note was smaller though, its functionality would be limited. We think the size is jsut about right for the jack-of-all-trades target use.
- Price, when compared to netbooks, is high.