CNET First Look
Vulcan FlipStart E-1001SThe Vulcan FlipStart E-1001S is the most laptop-like UMPC we've seen so far. The clamshell offers welcome features including a touch pad, but it's still not the real-world, practical UMPC we've been waiting for.
[ Music ] >> I'm Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET.com and we are here with the Vulcan flip start E10001S. Now if you've heard of this before you've heard of Vulcan, that's because that is a company that was started by Paul Allen and one of the cofounders of Microsoft. And for years he's been pouring his money into this guy, it's a UN PC, you put the lid open like this and you have got a fully functional minicomputer and ultra-mobile PC. Unlike a lot of the other UN PCs we've looked at this guy doesn't have a slide up screen, it's almost like a little shrunk down laptop. And you actually take it and sit here and pretend to type on it like you are using a little tiny laptop, it's got these little kind of Blackberry style keys that are kind of hard to use, but you can you know sort of used to them. What we love about this guy is the multiple input options, you have your little pointing stick right here for moving the mouse around and you are left and right mouse buttons, but you've also got this little 1.5 inch teeny tiny touchpad. If using this little black berry style thumb keyboard is a lot of trouble, there are a whole bunch of shortcut keys built in. There is a control all delete key right here, there is a desktop key for getting back to your desktop and this is a special key here that will launch flip start, it's a little custom software for getting into a lot of the options on the system. You can do a lot of the things on this kind that you can do on a full-size laptop, like surf the web, work on Word documents and music productivity stuff and for your UN PC the battery life is not terrible but the thing is kind of big because it's got this big thick battery slapped onto the bottom there, so this is a pretty big blue brick to carry around in your pocket all day. Now you've got a couple connections on here, you've got a single headphone jack and you've got one USB jack and you can actually plug a little docking station right onto the back of it and that's that some other connections including a ether net jack if you want to plug directly into the net. One thing we like about the flip starts clamshell design is that it keeps the keyboard and display safe, but some of the other UN PCs we've looked at, they kind of feel like they fall apart if you just look at them fun. I'm Dan Ackerman and that's the Vulcan flip start E10001S. [ Music ]