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Be vewy, vewy quiet.  Hear the hard drive spinning?  Me neither, because the Samsung Q1 SSD that appeared on my doorstep today doesn’t have a hard drive.  The SSD stands for Solid State Disk and this baby packs a 32 GB SSD in place of a […]

Q1 SSDBe vewy, vewy quiet.  Hear the hard drive spinning?  Me neither, because the Samsung Q1 SSD that appeared on my doorstep today doesn’t have a hard drive.  The SSD stands for Solid State Disk and this baby packs a 32 GB SSD in place of a regular hard drive.  The SSD is as quiet as, well, RAM.  The good folks at iCube were nice enough to loan me the Q1 SSD for a few days and I will be offering my impressions of the Q1 as a UMPC and the SSD as a state of the art mobile PC.  I’ve only had the Q1 for a few hours but I can tell you so far this baby is really fast!  It does not feel like a Celeron powered device at all and I attribute that to the SSD.  Everything I do happens without hesitation or the famous disk thrashing, even though it only has 512 MB of memory.  Make sure you don’t miss the soon to be released episode of the MobileTechRoundup podcast where we conducted an on-air boot time race between the SSD and Kevin’s Q1 with a hard drive.  The winner was not surprising but the margin of the victory was shocking to say the least.  I will post some pictures of the Q1 SSD as soon as I find the USB to connect my camera to the PC.  It was last seen before the move to the new Mobile Tech Manor.  The Q1 SSD looks exactly like the other Q1s anyway, it just has the phrase “Solid State Disk” in the upper left corner.

  1. Kevin,

    Congratulation. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more sharings. Envy you.

    If possible, would you kindly do a video focusing on the Q1 with daily usage softwares such as OneNote, MS Word, MindManager, OutLook, etc.? Currently, I wonder how much of a use can a user depend on the Q1 for these daily apps, aside from surfing the web.

    Thank you in advance.
    John

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  2. John, I hope to have a good look at those very apps if I have time. If not a video at least writing my thoughts.

    Sincerely, not Kevin. :)

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  3. James, please dont take this the wrong way but why in the world would you review something none of us can afford? The price on this unit will be extremely expensive and quite honestly no other difference other than speed? Are we that spoiled that every ssd that hits the market we all need to go oooohhhh and ahhhhh?

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  4. Battery life?

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  5. Ricardo, I understand what you are saying but the reason I was excited to jump at the chance to look at the first portable with a real (32GB) SSD is because I firmly believe that SSDs are the wave of the future for mobile computing. The greater the number of devices that are manufactured with these the lower the price point will get and at some point they will be affordable by everybody. That’s why I think it’s important to look at the benefits (if any) that SSDs have over hard drives. Call it doing my homework, and sharing that homework with everybody. :)

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  6. Hmm…looks exactly the same…maybe icube wouldn’t notice if they accidentally got back the wrong Q1! LOL

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  7. Bill, I’ve already pulled the hard drive out of Sammy for that very reason, but James won’t go for it. ;)

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