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UMID M1 retail bundle: massive PSU, fiddly port adapters

UMID M1 retail bundle: massive PSU, fiddly port adapters

If you've watched our two hands-on videos from MWC09 (here and here)you've probably seen all you can stomach of the UMID M1, but the company still has a few surprises in the shape of their retail bundle.  While the first batch of Korean M1 pre-orders - sold there as the mbook - have been recalled due to dodgy build-quality, that hasn't stopped the reviewers from detailing exactly what you get in with the mobile internet device.

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UMID M1 MID typing demo video & gallery

UMID M1 MID typing demo video & gallery

After my brief hands-on with the UMID M1 mobile internet device at the start of the week, and coming away not entirely convinced by its keyboard or OS, we stopped back to see the MID again and test out just how suitable the keyboard is for thumb-typing.  The good news is, a combination of two-handed use and the standard Windows XP scheme make this ultraportable a whole lot more tempting a prospect: check out the second hands-on video after the cut.

Video and more images of the UMID M1 after the cut

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UMID M1 MID hands-on: Video Demo

UMID M1 MID hands-on: Video Demo

We had a chance to spend some brief time with the UMID M1 MID at Mobile World Congress this week, courtesy of Intel's stand, and in the plastic it certainly does little to disappoint if it's a super-small full QWERTY notebook you're looking for.  One thing that was hammered home after some hands-on time: this is very much a niche product.

Photos and Video Demo of the UMID M1 MID after the cut

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UMID M1 gets 3G-free $924 pre-order price

UMID M1 gets 3G-free $924 pre-order price

We didn't get a chance to catch up with UMID at CES this year, but their connectivity-heavy M1 MID made an appearance and was promised for a June release in the US.  Price, though, hadn't been decided, but was expected to be "not too expensive"; either the people at UMID aren't familiar with what constitutes expensive, or Australian buyers are being swindled.  The UMID M1 mobile internet device has gone up for pre-order at Justek, an Australia-based reseller, for a whopping AU$1399 ($924), with stock expected by February 27th.

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