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The good folks at Vulcan were kind enough to send me a pre-release evaluation unit of the new FlipStart ultraportable PC.  The FlipStart is essentially a tiny laptop complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, trackstick, integrated EV-DO, and a secondary display in the LID.  It’s […]

The good folks at Vulcan were kind enough to send me a pre-release evaluation unit of the new FlipStart ultraportable PC.  The FlipStart is essentially a tiny laptop complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, trackstick, integrated EV-DO, and a secondary display in the LID.  It’s taken a while to get the FlipStart out the door but it appears Vulcan has used that time wisely with a lot of attention to detail and a very solid build quality.

The unit I am using has a Pentium M 1.1 GHz processor with 500 MB of RAM, A 30 GB hard drive, Windows XP SP2, integrated EV-DO, and a web cam.  I used the web cam to make a video call to Marc Orchant and it worked pretty well so I can see the FlipStart as a great mobile communications device using VoIP.  I recorded a 20 minute quick overview of the littlest laptop and have posted it here for your viewing pleasure.  I’ll have the device for a few weeks and I’m sure this won’t be the last you’ll hear or see of it.

  1. Nice job James. I like it when a guy can just start the Video and wing right through it for a full 20 minutes! Nice Work. I certainly can see the units advanatges and of course, disadvantages. I am really surprised that they put the “Nose CAM” where they did. It never ceases to amaze when a device that had to have some serious thought put into it, took at least two years to release, and then they build in a nose hair e=xaminer LOL.
    Now, Would I want one? (The FlipStart not a Nose Hair Exaoiner LOL) Absolutely. I think it will be very interesting to see what you have to say after a few days. Also Nice to see JKONTHERUN get one so early. Says alot about your presence on the web. Now we need to see the BIG QUESTION. What $$$ will this hit the street at ?.
    Take Care,
    Ron P

  2. “500MB RAM”? Surely you mean 512MB…?

  3. James Kendrick Tuesday, March 6, 2007

    Ron P, the word on the street is $2,000 but I don’t have that from Vulcan.

    arebelspy- yep, system info in the device manager says 500 MB but it’s probably really 512.

  4. Can you run some standardized benchmarks so we can see how performance compares with other machines like the 01+ and the Sony UX? Just run of the mill stuff like Sisoft Sandra, 3DMark, PCMark, WinStone, and WinBench should do. Thanks.

  5. I’d also suggest moving the lamp thats behind your desk to in front of you (behind the camera), not behind you (in front of the camera). It’ll help with the illumination so we can see the Flipstart better.

  6. Matthew Miller Tuesday, March 6, 2007

    No WiFi or Bluetooth? At US$2,000 I would think that was a given for a device coming to market at this point in the game.

    Is it EV-DO Rev. A? Is it with Sprint or Verizon? Or can you even say?

    Too bad it doesn’t have a touch screen. While it is usually nice to see devices come out of vaporware status, I’ll be passing this one by for sure. There are a couple cool new features, but not it doesn’t make it worth the hefty price tag for me.

    Thanks for the first look video James!

  7. I had a big smile on my face for 20 minutes.

    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I think it looks cool. Reminds of a gameboy. Or a beefy old school Sharp clam shell PDA.
    Too expensive for me but I wouldn’t mind having one.
    It would be perfect for field workers who can easily check email from anywhere.
    That device has some great potential to show the wide variety of uses for something that small with EVDO.

  9. I don’t understand that they added an analog vga out to the port replicator. Should have been DVI, since analog vga ports always (always!) have bad video quality.

  10. Hey James! Haven’t watched the video yet, but from what I’ve seen, it looks a bit like the makeshift imac laptop that someone made (post somewhere on engadget – check it out, its quite good!) I sure hope $2000 is not the final price! Looks a bit chunky though…and agree with Matt – a touchscreen would have been good.

    Having said that, I wouldn’t say no to one :)

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