Pros Packed with features, Easy to handle, Fun to use, Great WOW Factor
Cons Price, CPU Speed
Summary I did a lot of looking and could not wait to get my hands on this machine. I was looking at the Nokia 800 but wanted to get something with a real PC functions. Yes if I waited like 3 to 6 more months faster ones would be out but that is then this is now.
The R2H is packed to the gills with features from the finger print reader to both wifi and bluetooh built in. The controls are great and easy to get use to. Some say no keyboard was a negative I say it is not I use the thumb keyboard to enter text and I like it. Memory is another great feature it came with 768megs most come with 512megs and I can pop in a 1gig chip to add more. Still trying to find out if you can add the 2gig chip to give you over 2 gigs of memory. And after getting it I found out that you can get a free vista upgrade.
Ok the CPU could be faster and you do have to turn off a lot of the apps that Asus installed. Just do not remove the Asus wireless program like I did in error. Some say the weight is bad I say it is fine it feels very solid.
Hey let's not forget it comes with GPS built in. And I had no problem getting it to work. It comes with soo much I still have not read all the software directions to get the most out of it but I am woking on it.
I am very very happy with my purchase and may trade up in about 2 to 3 years.
Pros built in finger print reader for security, small, 60 gigs of memory, touch screen, GPS
Cons battery life is only 2 hours, no cd drive
Summary For a pc thats this small and does everything a normal pc can (and some that normal pcs can't) this asus is a neat little toy for business, work, and a little entertainment. It has a built in web cam and finger print reader(for security),3 usb ports, wireless lan, GPS, and a fairly large screen compared to its size. It has 60 gigabytes to fill with music, video, photos, programs, and anything for business the only thing that slows it down is the 2 hour battery life and the lack of a C.D. drive.
Pros When Space is a Premium You Need This!!!!!``
Cons GPS part is real weak. Buy a Bluetooth or cabled GPS Antennae
Summary I have a fujitsu 3500 tablet and I loved it but its growing obsolete. It's stuck on Win 98 so I bought the Asus R2H. I like it because the screen is big enough for my vision to be able to read it and it's portable enough to carry with me at work and use. The built in bluetooth is a plus cause now I can buy a Freedom mini bluetooth keyboard and whatever bluetooth mouse
and use that in my vehicle with no cables dangling about. This is very important when you drive for a living. It can be upgraded to 1GB ram making it max out at 1GB plus 256MB of ram. The built in SD slot is a nice little feature also. I networked it to my home pcs cdrom drive and install programs that way but eventually will need to buy a external DVD drive usb 2.0 if I ever need to reformat and reinstall windows. Did I mention that its Vista ready also?
"Why bother?"on by MMP-7
Pros can't think of any
Cons lots, keep reading
Summary First, it?s heavy and chunky for a UMPC compare with Q1 ultra?s slim 630gram. It looks cool, but build quality is rubbish. After half a year?s use, the paint on the ?aluminium? body start falling off to reveals the plastic underneath.
Overall performance is horrible due to slow Celeron M processor, especially slow when in battery mode. But no hard feeling, who expects to do any heavy duty work on this machine, we want a cool machine can run a long time on battery. Stop dreaming, it became unbearably hot after about half an hour web surfing. The battery, last around one hour web surfing.
Wireless has very weak signal and constantly falling off about 10 yards from my router. This is a driver problem as it works fine on vista. But this machine just can?t cope vista and Asus can?t bother to offer a driver update.
Hard to use the device with native screen resolution because some windows don't fit on screen properly. In addition, the mouse it?s a pain to use, very heavy and not accurate. Dial key is good, but don?t work on the hard touch screen Asus applies on the R2H
GPS was very finnicky to get working. On a nice sunny day in the open field, I got 3 satellites after 5 minutes waiting.
Most included software is badly implemented and buggy, or just shouldn't be there at all
Pros Small, lots of features
Cons Many features marginal, support non-existent
Summary I did a fair amount of research before I got mine, and knew there would be a few issues. I had no idea how many I'd encounter, and after several months of use I can say I will never buy an ASUS again, UMPC or not. I suggest that you also look carefully before you buy one! First issue was the junk-ware that drags the machine to it's knees - it literally made the R2H unusable. That's ok, it's fixable. GPS doesn't work well - a key reason I picked this unit. Wifi doesn't work well, it's incredibly weak (that is, not really useable), old drivers, no support. ASUS utilities are very half-baked, but some are required, like the little UI tool to turn the GPS on. Remove that one, and the GPS doesn't work, period. Power mgmt is flakey, even by Windows standards. Battery life isn't terrible, but not nearly as good as many laptops. The mouse and cursor buttons on the front are handy and pretty robust, and so is the case. Sounds is ok, but mono. Disk space, 60gb, is good. However their weird recovery scheme is a problem. There is no command line console option, so there is no way to try and manually recover anything - the only option is to completely rebuild the disk, losing all your work and all customization. A CD/DVD drive is optional, and without it there aren't any good available alternatives. I found this all out the hard way, trying to reformat their default disk setup from 2 partition FAT32 to 1 partition NTFS. I lost several days of work when I needed to use their recovery system to wipe everything in order to make it NTFS. The built-in 100mb ethernet is handy especially since the built-in wifi is so bad, but the enabling of it is a little finicky - it is apparently only enabled if connected at power-on. Bluetooth seems to work fine, but I don't use it that much (I've used it to ActiveSync Outlook to my PDA). The fingerprint reader is nice, but reads inconsistently. The related security software is rather bulky and is required for fingerprint reader use, and is a bit buggy, but better than most of the other ASUS software. Caveat emptor!