FlipStart 1.0 review: FlipStart 1.0

Even though it lacks the power-saving solid-state drive of the VAIO UX390, the FlipStart had a nearly identical battery life performance, giving us 3 hours, 31 minutes in our DVD battery-drain test using an external DVD drive powered by a USB port. That's an improvement over earlier UMPC models, but you'll have to shut the system down, put it to sleep, or hibernate it whenever you're not actively working to get a full day's use out of it.

Vulcan backs the system with an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty, although the AC adapter and the battery are only covered for 90 days. There's an 800 number for tech support available from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the company's Web site provides a knowledge base, driver downloads and documentation.

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Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo U1500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 32GB NAND Flash Memory

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 768MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 60GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.2GHz Intel Core Solo U1400; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 80GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Windows XP Professional; 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS/910GML Express; 30GB Toshiba 4,500rpm

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    FlipStart 1.0

    Part Number: FS-1.0
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    • Weight 1.7 lbs
    • CPU Intel Pentium M 1.1 GHz
    • Installed Size 512 MB