Digital Cube i-Station G43 UMPC First Thoughts Review

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I was a CeBIT 2007 in Germany last week, and took the opportunity to check out some of the latest Ultra Mobile PCs, including one from Digital Cube.

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The name i-Station G43 UMPC doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, so it might be easier just to call it what it is, the "World’s Smallest UMPC." This 4.3-inch screen device is significantly smaller than the average 7-inch UMPC — such as the Samsung Q1 and the ASUS R2.

Slated for a summer release in Korea and a late fall release in North America, it is closer in size to a PDA than it is a Tablet PC.

The major complaint I’ve had about the UMPC category is that all the devices to date have been too thick and chunky to feel comfortable using with two hands. Not to mention geeky looking. The Digital Cube device addresses this fact, and fits in the hands more easily.

That’s the good news, but the problem you can see right off the bat with the G43 is that it’s powered by an underwhelming AMD Geode LX800/900 processor running at 500MHz. I thought the Asus R2 was bad with the Celeron 800MHz processor, this can only be worse. While the company didn’t try to cram Windows Vista on there (thank goodness), Windows XP is offered and I’d imagine runs poorly — they didn’t have it out for actual testing though. Digital Cube says they will be offering it with Linux also, which might be a better option given the hardware specs which are:

  • AMD Geode LX800/900 running at 500 MHz, throttled to 398 MHz
  • 4.3-inch touch-screen display with 800 by 480 pixel resolution
  • 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 30 GB or 60 GB Hard drive
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Touchpad mouse on the left side
  • Docking Station

The word is this device will sell for $700 when it comes to market later in the year.

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