Well my Elonex ONE+ mini laptop arrived the other day. My thoughts so far. Pointless. A complete waste of space and its rare that a gadget will hit my doorstop and fail to envoke any type of excitement of trouser excitement. The marketers did a good job of this even suckering yours truely and thats the last time that I get a product if I cant find even one single review. Basically if you think of a netbook thats powered by by a Spectrum 128k+ with a color screens coupled with buttons that have the tatile feel of using a sledge hammer then you are thinking along the right lines. Read more here. EBAY AUCTION NOW ON!!
To make matters worse an “upgrade” pack was offered along with this for an extra tenner and then the laptop case for another tenner. Well ok thats forgivable as postage alone on a laptop bag is more or less that
Mine comes with the following spec
Bluetooth, 2Gb, 256Mb
Jet Black Chassis (yes I know its silver, dont know what happened there)
Splash-proof Removable Keyboard
1 Year Warranty
Now don’t get me wrong, to expect a power house with zippy response wouldn’t be fair on something for that cost and it can do what it says but that’s a grey line….
I could, for example, swim across the channel, and trading standards wouldnt be able to take a hammer to that statement. Yes the Elonex one+ can browse the internet, slowly. To put into comparison my smaller HTC Touch Diamond managed to load and render the same pages quicker AND faster than the ElonexONEt+.
If a page has flash then become a private doctor because you will need loads of patience (see what I did there)
Interestingly enough a google search for ElonexONEt+ Silver reveals nothing at all. This leads me to wonder where is this being pitched at, yes it was about before the EEEpc stuff but, in my mind at least, if you are going to offer a device as in introduction to computers it needs to be better. A first time experience for anyone using a device will lead to wonderment about what all the fuss is about with that new fangled interweb.
The keyboard feels like some spare parts from the old Psion era but without refinements which lead psions to take the lead at the start of the decade. To say that the mouse buttons are firm is an understatement. Having used it for a few hours you soon realise that you type, move your finger over the button and press with a touch of force. It’s really not fesable to use the side of your thumb unless you have shrek type hands, and if you did you wouldnt be able to use the keys so tightly packed together.
As for the screen is what to be expected for something of this price, vibrant and clear though you do find yourself leaning forward into it to view things, again rendering a bit of a “whats the point” feeling of the device. Netbooks as a whole really have been lost on me. Either get a decent enough mobile phone or get a small laptop that actually has some processing power.
So far the experience has left me feeling like Im more on dial up than a portable device i could take anywhere with me. Definatly not for a small business trip as trying to bring up data in front of clients is going to take too long.
In my next update Ill post about the MSN client, Pidgin, and see how we get on from there.
Updated on 16/5
Seems that this is the most popular page on my little old blog.
So its been a few months and I have to say that I havent, if at all barely used the thing. Its just too slow and even when you do wait for a boot up forget anything to do with flash based browsing. It really does kill the cpu and what with the advent of the new netbooks it is looking a tab obsolete at the moment but its the price tag that really sets it apart.
Ok so its slow but if you just want to twitter, facebook on something that can be hooked up to a monitor then ok it just about passes muster… just but like I say my phone (htc touch diamond with the new room) is more responsive and at least has apps written for it that use it properly. One something like this things need to be simplified and almost designed for an underpowered netbook.
Ill get some screen shots up if there is a bit of demand for it.
No demand for screen shots, shame really as this is one of the most read articles on my blog. however… I do have it for sale now on ebay!!
But seeing as I’ve put the pics on ebay I might as well put them here as well
Elonex ONEt+ Full Specification
Processor and Ram
|Clock speed||0.4 GHz|
|Processor type||Jz4730 RISC|
Storage Hard Drive
|Hard drive size||2048 GB|
Interfaces / Networking
|Display technology||LCD — TFT|
|Display diagonal size||7 in.|
|Maximum resolution||800×480 pixels|
|Audio inputs/outputs||Mic, headphones|
Dimensions / Weight
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||210x30x140mm|
|Available colours||Black, White, Silver, Pink, Other|
|Battery capacity||2100 mAh|
|Number of batteries supplied||1|
|Estimated battery life (mfr)||3 hours|
|Max batteries supported||1|
|Operating system||Debian Linux|
|Included software||AbiWord 2.4.5, Gnumeric 1.6.3, Bon Echo Web browser (based on on Firefox 2.0), Sylpheed email client, ePDFView, rgbPaint, CUPS printer driver support|