There are now two of OQO's Model 2+ UMPCs out in the wild, and the second - which has the SSD option - paused long enough to get unboxed by MID Moves' Steve Paine. The solid-state drive seems to make a big difference, with its maximum 53MB read and 35MB write rates keeping Vista moving along smoothly, despite the Intel Atom processor.
OQO's new Model 2+ was only officially announced back at CES, but the OLED touchscreen UMPC is already going places. Pocketables' Jenn is taking it on an Intel-sponsored MID tour, and since one of the biggest changes in this generation of hardware is the switch to the Atom Z540 1.86GHz processor, she's run some benchmarks of her test device.
Back when ASUS announced their P565 Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone last month, one of their most impressive claims was that its 800MHz processor is good for Vsbenchmark scores near double those of rival handsets. Now video demos of the smartphone in action, up against an HTC Touch Diamond, show just how fast the P565 is.
We don't talk about supercomputers very often here on SlashGear, but this is definitely interesting. NEC announced yesterday that their SX-9 supercomputer had reached the pinnacle! Yes, it reached the fastest standing in the world when it comes to high performance computer or HPC.
Intel's Atom 330 is most definitely intended for the nettop, not the netbook, market, we're told, and so hopes were high that the latest super-efficient chip would offer a pleasing boost of dual-core performance what with battery concerns no longer an issue. PC Pro brought a Shuttle barebones - I'm guessing the X27D - based on the Atom 330 in from the cold and proceeded to benchmark it against not only the single-core Atom N270 but a 2GHz VIA C7-D system too. The results were, to be blunt, mildly disappointing.
After a week or so of positive reports on Windows 7 pre-beta performance - with testers generally finding the upcoming OS, even in its current early state, besting Vista in real-world challenges such as start-up and friendliness to ageing or low-power hardware - we're perhaps overdue a more critical one. InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy certainly delivers the goods, with a full-on benchmarking comparison that, on the face of it, suggests that Windows 7 "threatens to deliver zero measurable performance benefits while introducing new and potentially crippling compatibility issues."
You've seen it live and bare, now see the LG X110 netbook stripped from its packaging and paraded. UMPC Fever have unboxed the 10.1-inch budget ultraportable and not stopped when they got to the plastic; they've also cracked the X110 open to scope out possible upgrade points.
The Samsung NC10 netbook has had a pre-release unboxing and benchmark photoshoot, pitting the NC10 against ASUS' Eee PC 901. While falling short of a full review, it does tell us that the keyboard is more usable than the Eee PC's - thanks to larger keys - and the trackpad, though relatively small, works well. As for the benchmarks, in CPUMark 2.2 the NC10 scored 75.05 points, while the 901 managed 74.27.
Check out the full Samsung N10 image gallery after the cut
Steve from UMPC Portal has been able to comfortably use the Everun Note as a desktop replacement, with the setup you see here running two Firefox windows with five tabs, Skype and Livewriter with 434MB of RAM free. In fact he's unable to tell the difference between the Note's performance in this setup, and that of a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo laptop.