Pros Light, lots of options, LAN and great sound
Cons Battery Life at 2-3 hours, the need to get accessories out
Summary This thing is very close to perfect for what it is intended to do. I have had this on three plane flights and taken notes in numerous meetings, streamed television and media from my home MCE PC via Orb.com and listened to streaming media broadcast from the net. Sure the battery life could be longer, but the extended battery will help and let's face it you are usually closer to outlets than most would estimate. At $1099 its maybe 20% too expensive, but I have realy enjoyed it and take it with me everywhere. Soon I will try it out with a bluetooth GPS in vehicle.
Pros Light, mobile, great for in car or on the go
Cons Pricey, speed, battery about like a PDA
Summary Doubt most of the whiners here even own one. Got mine via Best Buy online. For what it's supposed to do it works well. Better than my HP hx4700 so I see why HP is discontinuing those. Not as good as a full blown laptop but it's not a full blown laptop so don't expect it to be. Runs a bit better with an upgraded 1GB DDR2 PC4200 DIMM. Get a second battery and your good to go. Great for jotting meeting notes. Runs Door-to-Door Co-Pilot just fine and plays all the music and video you could want. Get a SD/MMC to CF adapter to run newer flash cards and a good set of headphones like the Bose Quite Comfort 2 or Shure e3r and you'll be all set. I really enjoy mine! It's a great first shot at the next wave in PC technology... just can't wait to see a Core 2 Duo model of this little guy!
Pros small size & Mobility, Win XP, Super Long battery life
Cons If I find one - I'll tell you
Summary Just took a trip- packed 20 books and 50 Word documents, 25 CDs--TWO POUNDS!! Breezed thru airport security!! I didn't take my keyboard because I didn't think I was going to use my Q1 that much or that I would have internet access in rural area of foreign country. My hotel had wireless network setup and ran to town and bought the cheapest USB keyboard we could find. No one else that a notebook so everyone in travel group were enjoying access to email. Was able to download maps and carry along on outings. Dual voltage make recharging a snap! At the end of our trip we collected all the digital camera cards and copied to my Q1 to organize. We burned CDs on the Hotel computer and everyone went home with 1200 pics and dozens of short videos on 3 CDs. Since I had the copies- I was able to slideshow all the pics on the plane with some of my friends.
*****>>>AND BY THE WAY>>>>> I bought the extra battery pack from CDW and with the right battery settings WE WERE GETTING 8.5 to 10 HOURS OF POWER!!!!!!!!! Try that with a Laptop...
Also Everyone who used it (even the newbies) liked it and caught on to the touch screen fast. If the Fonts were too small we used XP settings to make things readable for some guys. Also used the Voice recorder and was quite happy.
"Could be useful"on by swamp tech
Pros Light, Compact
Cons Price too high
Summary It seems some are missing the point. I don't believe this is designed to be used for gaming. There are the toys out there for that.
I am reveiwingn his product for use in the oil patch for our supervisors to stay in contact with one another, to access our company intranet from the field. I think in the corporate world this product can be useful as it is Bluetooth ready, has an attachable keyboard if the onscreen isn't preferred. Microsoft had a good demo on their site.
Pros Small, Mobile, VGA Port, USB, Built-in Keyboard, 40gb Hard Drive, Change Resolution, Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
Cons Short Battery Life, Celeron Processor
Summary Gaming seems to be one of the things that people want to use the Q1 for, and there is no problem with that; however, the Q1 uses Intel's proprietary 3D hardware. This severely limits the capabilities the Q1 has in gaming. The games that are going to run on the Q1 are old games (a la Starcraft and Classic Counter-Strike). Not to say that no new games will run, just that most require advanced graphics cards which this system will not support (ie: Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft, etc.). Not to say that the Q1 can't be used for games because it can, it is not the graphical powerhouse that most gamers would desire.
Glad that's over with. I have spent time thinking about the Q1 and messing around with some of its features. This is the perfect toy for any college student. Its mobile, has a USB port, touch screen, and can connect to WiFi networks on college campuses. The Q1 is also perfect for anyone in a mobile field (hospitals, police, military, etc.). Most of the examples I have provided need to make notes and connect to wireless networks on a daily basis. The Q1 is light enough to make any work done effective. With the addition of the USB port, users are able to connect a USB Keyboard, CD-Rom, Mouse, Headset, or any other device they need.
One of the programs that works great with the Q1 is Microsoft's One Note, which I personally consider a necessity for any students that own a Q1. One Note is designed from the ground up to be integrated with the Tablet PC Edition of Windows XP. It allows users to write directly into the program with the stylus or type, perfect for replacing 120 credit hours worth of notes. Using the integrated mic, students could also record lectures directly into their notes.
At the moment, the device is overpriced for the common person, fit only for (for lack of better word) "tech geeks." Overtime as prices for parts go down, the cost of the Q1's predecessors will hopefully follow. Once again, this is not a gaming console. Perhaps in a few years one of its predecessors may become the next PSP, but at this time it is not powerful enough to compete except to run older games. in the end... be careful, this might be the newest toy to make an appearance in Jack Bauer's arsenal in 24 for its mobility, ability to connect to wireless networks, and VoIP.