Only UMPC reviews the Asus R2H UMPC

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The Asus R2H is finally appearing in the U.S. and Only UMPC already has a first-thoughts review. On the plus side: the unit came with an extended battery: 48 W/hr capacity (almost 3.5 hours of use) and pixel doubling increases the resolution up to 1024 x 768. Downside: the fingerprint ready acts a little flaky. All in all, this is a good first-hand overview of this UMPC model that so many folks have been waiting for!

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I tested this camera for a client. I didn’t have the light running for more than 15 minutes. The battery lasted approximately 6 hours before recharging. The LCD, however, had a few dead pixels – never saw this before. Tried returning for exchange and had to put up quite a fight. Anyone else seen this? http://www.batteryfast.co.uk

Anton P. Nym

How much of the shorter battery life is attributable to the extra hardware in the R2H? I know that each device isn’t that battery-hungry, but when you add in the GPS, camera, fingerprinter, etc it does mean more power consumption unless they’ve found savings elsewhere.

(To be honest, I feared that the ASUS model would have a battery life issue because of the gadgetry; that’s why I didn’t wait for it and went with the Q1 instead.)

— Steve

John Christian

I just realised that my information is wrong. The Asus standard battery is a 4 cell one at 24 Whr, while the extended is an 8 cell battery! So the Samsung Q1 seems to be much better built in this regard as people seem to get over 2 hours on the 3 cell battery. I would almost go as far as saying that battery lifetime is almost double on the Samsung compared to the Asus if you compare their battery use.

John Christian

The extended type Asus batteries here are 4 cells according to some earlier news I read (their standard batteries are 2 cells). So the Samsung Q1 has a standard 3 cell or the larger 6 cell battery. This makes it a bit confusing to buyers. The Samsung can easily come out better on battery power in tests, simply because they use bigger batteries (making the device heavier too). But I guess the Samsung also is generally lighter than the Asus if you take out the batteries and compare. Maybe thats why Asus opted for 2 and 4 cell battery solutions?

I’d love to see some comparison reviews – and especially the Samsung Q1 Pentium M version that is also coming out these days.

Also, whats up with the non-widescreen resolutions on a 16:9 format screen? Wouldnt the picture look very stretched? How is this on the Samsung Q1?

jk

Sony has single-handedly pioneered the self-destructive battery, thus insuring that our environment is protected since we know Li-ON batteries are hard to dispose of.

Olive

So this UMPC gets “almost 3.5 hrs” with a 6860mAh battery (assuming you’re not using wireless features, which of course is exactly what I would want to use a UMPC for most of the time).

By comparison, the Sony TX850, with a much larger screen, gets 6+ hrs out of a 7800mAh battery. Looks like the UMPC makers need to hire some of Sony’s (or Lenovo’s) engineers to come up with a more battery-friendly design.

Oliver

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