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Although I’m initially impressed with the performance of the new Q1 Ultra Premium, it’s not all a “happy, happy, joy, joy” situation. There’s a few aspects about the device right out of the box that are disappointing and even downright aggravating.First up is the lack of […]

Samsungq1upmousetouchscreenAlthough I’m initially impressed with the performance of the new Q1 Ultra Premium, it’s not all a “happy, happy, joy, joy” situation. There’s a few aspects about the device right out of the box that are disappointing and even downright aggravating.First up is the lack of HID drivers from Samsung. One would think that after producing the Q1 series for nearly two years, Samsung would have worked with eGalax so that the touch panel would be recognized as a Tablet PC input device, not as a mouse. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened; at least not out of the box, nor by running the Samsung Update application for new drivers. This means folks will either need floattip.exe, although I’m certainly going to try the drivers I used nearly a year ago on the Samsung Q1P. Until then, I’m stuck with ink that’s a little “jaggy” and I don’t have a floating Tablet Input Panel. I’ll report back after trying the drivers.

While we’re on the subject of inking, let me remove all doubts from folks wondering about vectoring. The device will vector just like all of the other models in the Q1 series. In fact, most touch-screen devices will be prone to the vectoring problem unless they have some type of palm-rejection software in place like the Fujitsu P1610 and P1620 devices. A device with a harder touch on the digitizer might help a little, but it won’t alleviate all vectoring.I’m also finding myself getting used to the screen. It’s different from the Q1 and Q1P and I don’t mean due to the 1024 x 600 resolution. No, I mean the actual feel of the screen when using a finger or stylus. Right off the bat, the screen doesn’t have the matte-like finish of the Q1 and Q1P. It’s a glossy finish or it has some type of glossy protector on it. It also has a little more “give” than I’d like. What I mean is how much the screen surface pushes in when touching it for input. The older models didn’t have much give at all, but I’m finding that the Q1UP does. I’m not crazy about that just yet, but I suspect I’ll get used to it. Because of the gloss finish and the screen give, the whole ink input feels softer to me. Like I’m not writing on a screen, but more on a screen with a soft, plastic protector on it. This also means fingerprints galore… oy!Here’s a pic of the glossy screen on the Q1UP. Note the clarity of the reflection.Samsungq1upscreenAnd here’s the same shot with the Q1P. The reflection is softer due to the matte display.Samsungq1pscreenI’ve already mentioned that the hardware buttons don’t rotate and I feel that’s another missed opportunity on the part of Samsung. The whole experience would be enhanced if this worked as it should.The last negative I can think of is the form-factor itself. I spent about an hour reading an eBook on the device last night when it hit me. Due to the extra thickness (about a half-inch thicker than the earlier Q1 devices), the Q1UP is… well… brick-ish. Not as much as the WiBrain was for example, but even with the subtle curves here and there, it’s pretty much a brick. A well-designed brick, but still a brick. ;)Lastly, while I love the 6-cell battery and the long run-time it provides, it causes the device to be out of balance. What I mean is, the left side is heavier than the right side due to the batttery. I’ve tried to balance the device in the middle and it immediately tips to the left due to the battery weight. If I had to guess, I’d say the weight distribution is about 60 – 40 from left to right. A deal-breaker or a major issue? Not for me, but I think people might want to know that about a device they might be holding for hours.

  1. that certainly is annoying but with Vista that won’t be as big an issue.

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  2. the above was in reference to the need for floattip.exe

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  3. All valid points although i actually prefer the ultra screen due to its lack of friction.
    I also like the weight distribution as it makes it easier to hold in the left hand (less torque)

    Lack of HID drivers is definately a big minus point. Lack of key backlightimg annoys me too.

    Have you tried ‘grab and scroll’ plugin for firefox yet? Its so nice.

    Any video playback results yet?
    Steve

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  4. You mean “Grab and Drag”? It’s awesome on a touch screen device.

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  5. Steve, good point on the lack of backlit keys. I noticed it last night when checking e-mail and forgot to include it in the post. This is what happens when you go out celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the morning and go to work in the afternoon. ;)

    I doubt I’ll test the “grab and drag” extension because it works the same on all devices. It works well, but trying it on this device isn’t going to tell anyone anything new.

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  6. yeah, grab and drag. Thats the one.
    I had it on the Everun but it really came to life on the q1u. Wonderful.

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  7. Ahh, good ol’ Ren and Stimpy reference, nice.

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  8. Ben, they’re not easy to work in to a post, but we try. ;) And now you’ll be singing that tune for the rest of the day. No need to thank me.

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  9. So, how to these shortcomings make you feel about the Q1UP as a whole?

    At this point, would you call it a keeper?

    Was it worth upgrading, or is the jury still out on this one?

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  10. Kevin,

    I have been playing for the past week with the Q1UP and like you am very pleased with it. The only small problem I have is with the screen. The screen is nice and bright and the touchscreen responsive but I find that there seems to be a plastic surface layer raised ever so slightly on the left part of the screen. Is this normal ? The surface layer plastic doesn’t seem to be tightly stretched across the screen. It is not really a big deal but you can take your finger and press on the layer of slightly raised plastic up and down without registering a touch. Do you have this experience too? Or do i have a defective screen ?

    Thanks for your help.

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