Wired Mag reviews UMPCs but misses the device concept


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)



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?


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.

Chip Chick

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


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.

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