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Kohjinsha upgrade tiny convertible with touch-friendly screen

Kohjinsha upgrade tiny convertible with touch-friendly screen

If there's one thing I love more than pie and kicking the shins of small children, it's Tablet PCs.  And in that respect I'm like a whole lot of people for whom size - or, more accurately, the lack of it - is an indecent draw, even if I know it would have long-term implications on boring things like usability.  Kohjinsha's svelte little convertible was one such temptress, gamely beckoning us in with a compact keyboard, 7-inch screen and full PC guts, but letting us down at the last minute like a chocolate condom by failing to have a touchscreen.

All that, however, has changed.

Kohjinsha ultra-portable: another middling review

Kohjinsha ultra-portable: another middling review

We've seen reviews of the Kohjinsha SA1F00A before, but I'm still in two minds about the dinky handheld.  On the positive side there's undoubtedly something cool about a full Windows XP laptop, complete with keyboard, that's small enough to make even the weakest road-warrior happy; on the negative, there've been all sorts of dark mutterings about usability and how fit for purpose its power-sipping specs are.  Now it's Jenn over at Pocketables' turn to have a try, and see whether the SA1F00A will fit into her mobile lifestyle.

 

Kohjinsha ultra-portable is perfect mobile-blogging tool

Kohjinsha ultra-portable is perfect mobile-blogging tool

Steve Paine is a man on a mission: a mission to test out the world of UMPCs and ultraportable computing and vanquish sub-par offerings from thoughtless manufacturers.  It's a thankless task (if of course you overlook the opportunities to play with cool tiny tech and the constant link-love) but that's the sort of dedicated man he is.  Steve has been spending some serious one-on-one time with the Kohjinsha SA1F00A, doing everything from emailing, blogging and video-editing in the name of comprehensive testing.

His opinion?  Well, I won't spoil what is a very thorough review, but it's fair to say that as a portable non-touchscreen sub-portable the SA1F00A has very little in the way of competitors.  The fanless-design is clever, although the casing itself is more industrial-chic than catwalk-friendly, and it stands head and shoulders above the crowd when it comes to mobile blogging (see a photo of Steve on a romantic assignation with the Kohjinsha, after the cut).

Akihabara review the Kohjinsha UMPC

Akihabara review the Kohjinsha UMPC

I really can't get enough of the sweet, sweet Kohjinsha sub-compact, and after seeing Akihabara's video flaunting of the twisty-screened UMPC-alike I want one even more.  Offering up the information that rather than some fly-by-night concept producer, Kohjinsha is in fact a well known Japanese company similar to Dell, they found that the SA1F00A on test was - despite a dicky trackpoint - flexible and usable. 

As in the previous PC Watch review, they did cast some doubt on the CPU (a 500MHz Geode LX800), which although good enough to web surf, run Office and email, stumbles when it comes to more media-rich functionality:

"Listening to MP3 and WMA audio files will be OK, but when it comes to watching DVDs off an external player, the CPU will not be able to handle USB 2.0, or properly decode Mpeg2 and DivX videos with high resolutions or bitrates" Akihabara News

Cheap build-quality and materials was also a concern.  I'd still love to get my hands on one, so if anybody at Kohjinsha is reading this and would like to give me a Christmas present, get in touch!

SA1F00B, the Kohjinsha UMPC [Akihabara News]

Kohjinsha’s ultra-portable convertible reviewed

Kohjinsha’s ultra-portable convertible reviewed

More than just the UMPC community went mad for the Kohjinsha SA1F00A ultra-portable convertible notebook we wrote about last week; it seems there are a lot of people who start uncontrollably drooling when faced with a compact and sleek little hand-held.  The news that it would be an unlikely sight outside of Korea was a blow, but for anyone who enjoys torturing themselves (or is thinking of pestering an importer) Engadget points to a PC Watch review.

Kohjinsha Tiny Convertible Tablet for the lucky Japanese

Kohjinsha Tiny Convertible Tablet for the lucky Japanese

It's no surprise really that the UMPC/sub-Tablet form factor has proved popular in the Far East - tiny laptops have been de rigeur there for years - and here's another to add to the "I wish we got that" list.  Kohjinsha is set to offer a convertible Windows XP UMPC-a-like that packs an AMD Geode LX800 processor, 512mb of RAM, a choice of 40gb or 80gb hard-drives, WiFi, Bluetooth, a full QWERTY keyboard and 7-inch screen into an 8.6x6.4x1.0 inch, 960g chassis.

Onkyo DX-Series upgrade dual-display netbook with more pixels

Onkyo DX-Series upgrade dual-display netbook with more pixels

We can't help but wonder whether Kohjinsha will be a little bit frustrated with Onkyo, who have rebranded the company's nifty dual-display netbook but actually one-up'd the original by slotting in higher resolution panels.  The Onkyo DX-Series has the same form-factor as the Kohjinsha DZ, which means a rotating pair of 10.1-inch LCD screens but the footprint of a regular netbook, only theirs uses two 1,366 x 768 panels rather than the original's 1024 x 600.

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