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Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide

We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.




The Gigabyte M528's mere 512 MB of memory is sufficient, given its Linux operating system.
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17. MSI Wind
Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom
Chipset: Intel 945GMS
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 80 GB
Graphics: Intel 945GMS
Screen Size & Resolution: 10-inch 1024x600
Size: 10.23 x 7.08 x 0.748 inches, 2.6 lb.
Run Time: 5.5 hours
Operating System: Windows
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If you can get past all the possible "Wind" jokes, MSI says the name is supposedly an acronym for "Wi-Fi Network Device." The Notebook UMPC has a 10-inch screen with a 1024x600 resolution, an 80-GB hard drive, and 1 GB of memory. It is a retort to ASUS' Eee PC and it supports both Windows XP and Linux.

Mobile Internet Devices

18. Gigabyte M528
Processor: 800 MHz Intel Centrino Atom
Chipset: not listed
Memory: 512 MB
Hard Drive: 4-GB SSD
Graphics: not listed
Screen Size & Resolution: 4.8-inch 800x480
Size: 6 x 3.1 x 0.88 inches, 0.75 lb.
Run Time: not listed
Operating System: Linux
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We don't need no stinkin' Microsoft! Or so it seems for the M528, which is Linux-based. The 6 x 3.1 x 0.88-inch UMPC packs a 4.8-inch touchscreen with 800x480 resolution and is stuffed with a 4-GB SSD and 512 MB of memory. (The latter would be an inordinately small amount were it not for Linux.) There's even a keyboard should your touch prowess or handwriting prove less than adequate. According to Gigabyte, the unit weighs in at just about ¾ of a pound.




TabletKiosk eo TufTab v7112XT is a rugged version of the v7110e.
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19. TabletKiosk eo v7110e
Processor: 1.2 GHz VIA C7M
Chipset: VIA VX700
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 40 GB to 160 GB
Graphics: VIA VX700
Screen Size & Resolution: 7-inch 800x480
Size: 8.98 x 5.75 x 0.98 inches, 1.98 lb.
Run Time: 3.5 hours
Operating System: Windows
Web Site

The i7110 sports a VIA C7-M processor, 1 GB of memory, and hard drive choices from 40 GB to 160 GB. While sized similarly to other models, the 7-inch touchscreen has a native resolution of 800x480 but also provides a zoom function to display 800x600 and 1024x600 at 800x480.

20. TabletKiosk eo TufTab v7112XT
Processor: 1.2 GHz VIA C7M
Chipset: VIA VX700
Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 40 GB
Graphics: VIA VX700
Screen Size & Resolution: 7-inch 800x480
Size: 8.11 in x 5.32 in x 1.22 in, 1.98 lb.
Run Time: 3.5 hours
Operating System: Windows/ Linux
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If you have a need to toss your UMPC MID around like a football or otherwise bring it into a business environment, the TufTab might be your choice -- if you have an expense account to which you can bill it. Picture the i7110e wearing a leather jacket and carrying brass knuckles and you basically have the v7112XT.