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There’s so many cool things to share about the Q1, but this one is the best up to this point. Remember my quizzical look during the unboxing, when I saw the included chunky USB cable? Turns out that this bad boy is more than your everyday, […]

Q1_usb_cable There’s so many cool things to share about the Q1, but this one is the best up to this point. Remember my quizzical look during the unboxing, when I saw the included chunky USB cable? Turns out that this bad boy is more than your everyday, run of the mill USB 2.0 cable. There must be some flash memory in the "bubble" area because there’s software integrated in the cable to set up a basic peer-to-peer connection between the Q1 and any host PC!

The cable could greatly assist with installing software if you don’t have or splurge for a USB optical drive. I happen to have a USB drive with my Toshiba M205 Tablet PC, so I’ve already installed software from CDs. Of course, you could always install software over a network too, but this USB synch cable rocks!

When you plug it in to the Q1 and then attach the other end to a host PC’s USB port, both machines fire up software called "SuperLink". SuperLink gives you a basic two-pane view between the two machines so that you can move files or folders between the two computers via a speedy USB 2.0 connection. You can’t automatically synch files with this tool, just manually move them. Still, I just moved the Office 2007 beta install from my desktop to the Samsung Q1 UMPC using this method. The file is about 440 MB in size and only took 32.7 seconds to transfer! This is a great included accessory and I don’t believe any other UMPC currently includes this (but I know someone will chime in if I’m wrong!)

Here’s a digital photo from the Q1 screen (800×480) showing the software:

Superlink_1

So far, I’m very impressed with this package from Samsung…the USB data sync cable is a fantastic touch! Now I’m off to finish that Office install and then hit up OneNote 2007!

-kct

  1. Anton P. Nym Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Wow, thanks for the tip! I didn’t see that anywhere in the documentation, so I just left it in the packaging. I may have to break it out after all.

    — Steve (on his Q1)

  2. Hi Kevin: please settle something for all of us: does the Q1 have (or not) a mouse/track stick with left/right mouse click buttons (a la Sony U)? It appears there is a directional pad on the right and on the left you have a button that resembles a track stick. Is this correct?

    Thanks.

  3. I am glad to see you a bit ahead of me on this one Kevin. I can use your lessons learned. Did you, or Steve, have any issues with the stylus not being calibrated to well during your intial setup? I had some issues and just wanted to see if anyone else experienced any.

    Very nice idea on the USB cable. Thanks for the info.

    Rich (Illuminator)

  4. That is excellent! Hmmm, close to remarkable. Yo Microsoft and Samsung. Ummm, a little advice, THAT SHOULD BE TALKED ABOUT!!!! As a matter of fact, just give Kevin some money and everytime he comes up with these nuggets of information and write about it, boom the proper marketing message is created and the he gets paid for doing the work that MS and Samsung should be doing. Hmmm, how would that go “Use this cable to make it easy to transfer data from you desktop/laptop to your UMPC in one very clean step”. It kills me. All of those millions of dollars being paid for marketing types and they create unexciting garbage marketing messages. Great job Kevin. Keep telling us more, those of us who understand the platform will spread the word and show corporate America what “Viral Marketing” is all about. Now, if you can only help those at Tablet Kiosk correct their power debacle so they can stop their negative marketing message. Yikes!!! These companies are clueless.

  5. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Ok, now THAT has to be the best comment I’ve read in some time! Kevin getting paid to help MS and Sammy market these things? Bring it on baby!! :) Seriously, you raise a good point re: the marketing aspect. No offense to any of the marketing resources, but I have to question: do you really understand the product you’re marketing? I don’t mean the 50% of info that everyone knows about the product, I mean the 50% that folks don’t know…and the 20% part that will give folks 80% of the key functionality they need…hmmm……

  6. Michael Venini Thursday, May 25, 2006

    Thanks Kevin! I didn’t even see that UBS cable. Must still be in the box.

    To answer Anton P. Nym question about the mouse:

    Yes and No. It does not have a mouse/track stick, and mouse buttons, but if you hold in the menu button(which pops up the Q1 menu), and move the D-Pad, you can move the mouse with the D-pad. Also while your still holding the menu button, if you press the resolution scalier button, it will act as a left click.

    So you can move the mouse with the D-Pad, but it’s not as smooth as a mouse/track stick.

  7. Can you use that SuperLink to install CDROM software, i.e. use your desktop CD/DVD to do the installations on the Q1?

  8. Richard L, I don’t know the answer to your question but if you put the Q1 on your network with the desktop then you can just map the CD/DVD drive to the Q1 and use it as if it was local. I regularly use this method to install s/w on my Sony U. I haven’t hooked up an optical drive to the Sony in a year.

  9. Jerad from Indiana Thursday, May 25, 2006

    I purchased a USB to USB product a few years back that included the SuperLink software to do exactly what you’re doing above.

    The version I got, however, also allows me to establish a network connection to another computer. I haven’t tried this second feature in a long time, so I don’t remember exactly how it works, but I do use the SuperLink software and cable occasionally on my job (computer service technician).

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