Lightning Review: WiBrain B1E UMPC

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The Gadget: WiBrain's B1E UMPC, a slightly wider (and much thicker) than PSP-sized UMPC with full QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, trackpad and on-board webcam.

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The Price: $699

The Verdict: Meh. The keyboard feels great and the trackpad works about as well as a standard laptop trackpad, but the speed and quirkiness set this thing back a bit. It's decent enough when you're just browsing the net, but startup times and shutoff times are atrocious. CNET says it's the slowest UMPC they've tested, which we agree with. The 4.8-inch screen's 1024x600 resolution is sharp, but renders text so tiny that anyone over the age of 30 will not be able to read it.

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We also had trouble getting the webcam to work with Skype, which might have been just us, but we had a lot of trouble doing a lot of other things (Wi-Fi connection, Windows Update) with it as well. It's definitely not a great Windows machine. The relatively low price of $699 may make this worth it to you if you need an XP machine on the go, but we'd recommend a small laptop instead of the WiBrain if you don't mind the extra space. [WiBrain]

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I have one - though it is the BH, (with the gig of ram and the 60 gig drive) it actually performs really well, the gig of ram is prolly what does it (let's face it 512 sucks with xp) though I also have to say that once you do a very standard- get rid of drop shadows and take off anti aliasing on the desktop and such it really does make the speed ++. so far I have been running ableton (I can squeeze about 60 tracks simultaneously with effects on al of them without crunching the cpu) and have been running cinema 4d for modeling with open GL and have had no slowdowns or crashes- also I threw photoshop cs2 on it and it seems to be doing fine with it.

so far as Baldur's Gate II and Grim Fandango- I have never been able to get grim fandango to work on xp, but I am sure it would handle it- so far I have only played command and conquer and warcraft III on it and they handle fine