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BETT 2014 Thread, Stone UMPC - First Look - Thoughts? in General; Post here and discuss the possibilities of the stone UMPC here. Original article: http://www.edugeek.net/index.php/com...bettt-stone-pc...
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    Post Stone UMPC - First Look - Thoughts?

    Post here and discuss the possibilities of the stone UMPC here.

    Original article: http://www.edugeek.net/index.php/com...bettt-stone-pc

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    Wow that thing is ugly!

    Props to them for looking at it but the beauty of the EEPC is its looks and cost. I don't want xp installed on it by default either. Linux is fine when its sold, just let the users do the software upgrades to XP.

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    I think the cost may be prohibative on this unit if people are directly comparing it to the EePC, it is already available from a number of OEMs as well here is an example http://www.ebuyer.com/product/133791

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    Nice little scoop for Edugeek. Looks like a rebadged Belinea S.book 1

    Intresting little thing. For those who are intrested have attached some press shots
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    If i'm talking for personal use then the eee pc looks like more fun, purely for the gimmick of solid state and the customisations that can be done. I'd also use it as a cheap web browser/word processor on the go so linux is fine and the eee is cheaper.

    I just want a slightly larger screen.

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    It looks to be manufactured by FIC http://www.fic.com.tw/product/umpc.aspx if you google a bit for Everex Cloud Book, Packard Bell Easynote XS20 there are reviews apparently it was targeted to compete at the same price as the EePC when run with its gOS http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/01...attles_eee_pc/

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterW View Post
    It looks to be manufactured by FIC http://www.fic.com.tw/product/umpc.aspx if you google a bit for Everex Cloud Book, Packard Bell Easynote XS20 there are reviews apparently it was targeted to compete at the same price as the EePC when run with its gOS http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/01...attles_eee_pc/
    I have GOS 2 installed on the workstation next to me here. It's ok but not very flexible at all. I love the integration of web apps but you can just use web favourites. It's ubuntu without Gnome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterW View Post
    It looks to be manufactured by FIC http://www.fic.com.tw/product/umpc.aspx if you google a bit for Everex Cloud Book, Packard Bell Easynote XS20 there are reviews apparently it was targeted to compete at the same price as the EePC when run with its gOS http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/01...attles_eee_pc/
    Correct Peter, it is the FIC unit, DB was telling me about it on Wednesday when I was down and he brought the info up on it.

    As for it, in a way I do prefer it to the Ee

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    I looked at both one of these and the RM equivalent and I think I prefered the Stone to the RM for school use just with the fact that it runs XP as that is what staff and students are more acustom to.

    At 350ish the spec isn't fantastic and is not ideal for a main PC or laptop but it has potential for some tasks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterW View Post
    It looks to be manufactured by FIC http://www.fic.com.tw/product/umpc.aspx if you google a bit for Everex Cloud Book, Packard Bell Easynote XS20 there are reviews apparently it was targeted to compete at the same price as the EePC when run with its gOS http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/01...attles_eee_pc/
    i was about to say that that thing reminded me of the easynote xs, although of the pictures i've seen of the pb easynote doesn't have the weird calculator holder space that the stone seems to have.

    the trackpad and mouse click in the corners allows you to hold the device in both hands and is a novel idea, and something i'm sure i can get used to.

    but i'm yet to be convinced the novel trackpad placement is as versatile as having a normal trackpad or trackstick in the centre. price is the wrong side of 300 quid and xp is bound to be very sluggish..although a plus is that it has a touchscreen and yet bizarelly no way to flip it into a true lay flat tablet...

    the easynote xs was released with very little fanfair and the decision to offer only xp and not a linux variant has undoubtedly affected the final price of both products. the eee has nothing to worry about with these two....let's see what v2 has in store, although ihave a feeling the easynote might not get to version 2. seems packard bell are a bit embarassed by it, probably because of the eee's better value all-round package.

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    The register have have a review of the Maxdata Belinea s.book 1 here.

    Verdit is it's a good UMPC but the Eee is better.

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    samsung q1

    i have a small set od 26 samsung q1 ultra pcs, whilst they look good, i have them running xp pro in an active directory domain. I would say they are generally good for whats inside them, but :-

    1- returning one under warranty is a nightmare, you have to ring samsung and speak to two techies, then ring super unfriendly UPS to pickup the package, and then fill out a form for ups on their arrival.

    2 the processor power, as with all laptops is quite poor, so its nice and slowand thats with xp, so god help you if you get visturd.

    3 the wireless is also very slow, as you will find with all wireless connections, so dont expect high speeds.

    4 the mini 'keyboard' has tiny buttons , and seems to have the key you are looking for missing, ( i now it sounds daft)

    on the plus side nice clear screen, and for home use they would be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    The register have have a review of the Maxdata Belinea s.book 1 here.

    Verdit is it's a good UMPC but the Eee is better.

    Thats not quite true... the only reason tthey said it was better was because of the price diffrence..

    We bought an eee and a Stone UMPC...

    We are now buying 15 Stone UMPC's as they are a better option..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit View Post
    Thats not quite true... the only reason tthey said it was better was because of the price diffrence..

    We bought an eee and a Stone UMPC...

    We are now buying 15 Stone UMPC's as they are a better option..
    Sorry, V lazy but could you list the benefits over teh Eeeeeee? I've only very quickly seen a few pics of the stone & it looked a bit like a laptop my nephew had when he was 2 so quite interested in the benefits of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    Sorry, V lazy but could you list the benefits over teh Eeeeeee? I've only very quickly seen a few pics of the stone & it looked a bit like a laptop my nephew had when he was 2 so quite interested in the benefits of them.
    The eee has a 4 gb HDD ad the Stone has a 40

    The eee is Unix and the Stone is XP

    The stone has bluetooth

    The stone has a touch screen

    The Stone is only just over 100 extra

    The Stone more RAM

    The idea of these in our schol is for senior staff to take them to meetings..

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