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:
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!