Further Impressions of the Viliv X70EX UMPC

I am getting blasted with questions about the Viliv X70EX UMPC that arrived yesterday, so I felt I had better offer up some further impressions after having used it for a day. I have taken some additional photos to show the size in the hand a little better and one super-short video that shows screen rotation. I am getting good use out of the X70 already — even better use than the smaller S5.

 

I find the X70 very nice to use with an external keyboard and mouse in “desktop” mode. I get the size benefit of the little 7-inch EEE PC but retain the utility of a full-sized keyboard when needed. I used it this way almost all day today and didn’t feel like I lost any functionality at all. The screen is the perfect size for the 1024×600 resolution and I can easily see everything with the UMPC sitting on the table in front of me.

I do a lot of web surfing and have adopted a method that works well for me. I rotate the screen to portrait orientation using the Intel Graphics utility. It has hot-keys configured for rotation (CTRL-ALT-ARROWS) and can rotate in all four orientations. The x70 is comfortable to hold in the hand this way, even for long periods, and web browsing using Firefox with the Grab and Drag add-on is a joy.

The touchscreen is not as soft to the touch as that of the S5 but still works well. I do find the larger screen makes operating the interface by finger much easier than on the S5 and I don’t reach for the stylus often at all. The uBoard keyboard is working nicely on the big screen; I can use it like a thumb board easily in either orientation. That’s how I’m rotating the screen back and forth as well.

The 1.3 MP webcam does a decent job with Skype, though that’s the only thing I’ve done with it so far. It’s a stretch to keep moving the X70 until the camera field of vision is in the correct place as it is on the far right of the device. Sound quality is pretty good for this. I enjoy listening to music through the stereo speakers; the volume is loud enough and it sounds pretty good for a small device. Listening through headphones is very nice and the included audio utility makes it easy to tailor the sound to the music playing.

Reading e-books with eReader Pro in portrait is awesome. I can display a very full page and read to my heart’s content and turn the page either by tapping on the lower part of the screen or even with the D-pad controller. I’m enjoying it so much that when I go back to the iPhone I’m not liking that device as much as I did before.

The speed of the X70 is very fast, as I would expect from the SSD. Opening programs and folders is nearly instantaneous and it’s a great computer on which to do even serious work. Rebooting the system is quick (I haven’t timed it) and sleep/resume is just a few seconds. It’s a very full computing environment with the keyboard and mouse, as evidenced by writing this right now. I don’t feel I’m sacrificing anything — the mark of a very good device.

The X70 has integrated 3G but I haven’t been able to test that yet. I have the AT&T SIM in my iPhone and a T-Mobile SIM but I can’t use either one to test it. Using the iPhone SIM would violate my TOS and could get my account canceled. The same is true of the T-Mobile, but I’m going to cancel it anyway so I don’t really care. The problem is that T-Mobile U.S. 3G isn’t compatible with the 3G bands of the rest of the world so even if I can get it to work, it will be EDGE only. I’ll have to think about that for a bit and if anyone has any thoughts, please share them.

I’m going to continue to use it and report on how that goes. I have taken some photos, as mentioned, so have a look. You can compare the thickness to the S5; the X70 is even thinner than that and as a result feels good in the hand. Take a look at the video, which I knocked off really fast using my still camera. I couldn’t edit it, so excuse the few seconds in the middle as AVG decided to update the AV definitions after I started shooting.

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