Hands-On With the Samsung Q1Ex
Resistive, Touch Screen Those that opt not to buy the dock and use the Q1Ex on-the-go will have to rely on the 1024x600 resolution 7-inch touch screen to navigate through the Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system. The resistive touch screen can recognize both pen and finger input, but we preferred to use the included stylus to maneuver through menus on the smaller screen. We kept making the wrong selections when using our finger tip. We also preferred to use the virtual keyboard rather than handwriting since we found ourselves having to press fairly hard to sketch out letters and didn't find the handwriting recognition to be accurate enough. Via Nano Powered Like with the NC20, Samsung went with a Via Nano U2500 CPU over the Intel Atom offering. The 1.2-GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and Windows XP operating system provided a smooth computing experience with applications opening quickly. While streaming video over Hulu.com played back without any hiccups, when we tried to play a 720p HD clip, it continuously paused. Stay tuned for our full review with benchmarks and battery life results. Early Outlook
As we said earlier the Samsung Q1Ex is a niche device for those that are looking for a highly mobile computer with a touch display. However, while its $749.99 price has come down from its predecessor's plus $1,200 tag, it is still hard to swallow for its limited capabilities. Nevertheless, those lusting after touch capability in a device larger than a phone but not as big as a netbook may find what they are looking for in the updated Q1Ex.