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Actually, they reviewed several categories of PCs, but no Tablet PCs other than four UMPCs. Wired got their paws on the Asus R2H, the Samsung Q1, the Sony UX-180P, and the Tablet Kiosk eo V7110. The verdict? Each was rated from one to ten with the […]

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Actually, they reviewed several categories of PCs, but no Tablet PCs other than four UMPCs. Wired got their paws on the Asus R2H, the Samsung Q1, the Sony UX-180P, and the Tablet Kiosk eo V7110. The verdict? Each was rated from one to ten with the following results in order from best to worst:

  • Sony UX-180P (8/10): The high score is thanks to the higher native resolution of 1024 x 600 and speedy processor. Ironically, the one feature that sets the Sony apart, the integrated keyboard, wasn’t mentioned in the Pros or Cons.
  • Tablet Kiosk eo V7110 (7/10) because the Via CPU handled all tasks well. The battery life was listed as "solid" at 1 hour and 50 minutes. Huh?
  • Samsung Q1 (6/10) as "you have to pull out the battery to read it". What did they think it was: an eBook? I’m chuckling because the Samsung has a battery indicator on the battery and you don’t need to remove it. Maybe they confused the battery with the hard drive?!?
  • Asus R2H (5/10): this surprised me as the Asus offers the most features standard. Wired indicated that it choked on Windows Movie Maker video editing. Just goes back to what we always say: you have to use the right tool for the task

Oh Wired, I think you’re unplugged when it comes to UMPCs; still, it’s a positive sign to see the mainstream media review them.

(via Origami Project)

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  1. Loose Wires In This Review Tuesday, December 5, 2006
  2. The last three are just bizarre (deserving better grades), but the UX180P (the only one I have hands-on experience with) I’d rate at a 7 with a tentative 7.5 for the UX280P’s RAM upgrade.

  3. Wired is an awesome magazine, however I’ve noticed that many of their reviews are really whack and seem to come from a lack of knowledge about the kind of gadgets that they are reviewing. They should probably stick to what they are good at

  4. that is so not a good review of the UMPC’s. not even reviewed for their usuage models but instead for a usage model of a laptop.

  5. This is typical of MSM “reviews”. You will rarely see us assign ratings to a device here on jkOnTheRun because they are totally subjective. Our mantra here is that everyone’s needs are different when it comes to mobile technology and a device with a killer feature for some may be totally unnecessary for others. I especially dislike articles like this that review multiple devices and rate them as the ratings end up as a ranking system which is totally inappropriate in my opinion.

    I get dismayed when articles like this do not point out that the Tablet Edition is a superset of Windows XP and thus the Sony UX should be penalized for not coming with them. Why would you not consider it a negative when other devices have this additional functionality yet the Sony UX doesn’t have it?

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