Inside the Asus R2H Origami UMPC (What few will have the stomach to do)

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  1. PROPortable

    PROPortable Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Regardless of the fact that an Origami UMPC is either out of your price range or simply impractical for you at this time, the fact remains that the technology most likely intrigues you. Now, I’m not going to review the unit or go through all of the functionality – that can be left up to legitimate reviewers with no bias. Given its functionality and the limited production UMPC’s on the market, there are sure to be plenty of reviews – that is, once there is supply for reviewers to get their hands on. Now, I’m as biased as they come, even though I can be the most outspoken and critical voice if Asus ever screws up, but this is one toy I’ve been dying for. Of course, once I was able to get my production unit, after a weekend of playing around with it and setting it all up, I figured I’d tear the entire unit down so that I could better know what’s really going on inside. As a totally new form factor, it’s just amazing to see what’s what. Below are a collection of images I took basically starting from the rear of the LCD panel and working back to the rear battery. I noted the images to point out some of the important things. Since I doubt I’ll see anyone else willing to do anymore than take off the memory door to check what’s behind it, I hope this is a treat into the inner workings of the coolest new toy on the block…. If you’re trying to keep up with the Jones’s – you better have an R2H.

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    One reason I wanted to give everyone a view of the insides of my R2H was to help everyone understand what the Origami design was all about. Anyone saying that they think this should be as powerful as their notebook can look at these images and hopefully understand what the unit is configured as it is. The three things that I find are common always revolve around the CPU, RAM, and HDD. Looking at the thermal envelope in a unit of this size, this 900MHz cpu is all I’d want because even a 1.2Ghz would be too difficult to keep cool given the restrictions. In terms of the hard drive, the unit has a 1.8” hard drive, which is what some of the ipods used to have. Actually, it was the ipod that basically ruined this size hard drive for everyone. They ate up the entire world’s supply of 1.8” hard drives a few years back and because of that, they weren’t implemented in many notebooks and therefore stunted their growth… We’re limited with a 60gb/4200rpm Hitachi drive (no one makes faster, however Toshiba just came out with an 80gb/4200rpm). On to the RAM, some ask why 256mb is soldered onboard and there’s only one open upgradeable slot. As with some of the notebooks, I tell everyone it’s either that or only have the one slot available. This is because the soldered RAM chips take about far less room thickness wise (close to 1/4" less). So think of the onboard RAM as something extra for video to compliment the so-dimm.

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    Just as a quick note about stock, we have about small quantities coming in every few days. However, the second large shipment won’t arrive here until the week of the 5th of November, with subsequent shipments coming every week or so after that. It’s my guess that over this time incoming supply will go to fill backorders, as I don’t think we’ll have stock in long enough to actually call it “in stock” and have units available for same day shipping until after Black Friday. For more information on the R2H, we have plenty on our site, so feel free to look around:

    http://www.proportable.com/detail.aspx?ID=188
     
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    Thanks Justin.... I thoroughly enjoyed the read and views.
    I've bookmarked and saved this page for later reading in more detail and referral to others should the need crop up.

    You make a valid point about the limited hard drives and iPOD's.
    Interestingly, the size though will soon be put to test as Seagate release their new 1.8" 60GB & 120GB (yes 120) drives at the end of the year.

    ....and guess who is going to get these 120GB monsters...... Yep, you got it.
    See here to find out and read.
     
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  3. PROPortable

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    Yep, I know all about it.... and you know who makes the ipods..... Yep, you got it. Well, I don't know if you got it, but Asus is the known maker of most of them. It doesn't mean they'll have any drives though. When Asus' S5n came out, the first 15-25 in the US came with 40gb 1.8" drives.... After that - Apple sucked Hitachi dry like something you'd find on the spice channel. They literally bought every single 1.8" drive that Hitachi could produce and until this year, no one else even made that size drive. Apple also sucks up a considerable amount of the CF HDD's that they make as well.

    The seagate should have excellent specs.... I believe I heard it was going to be a perpendicular drive - still at 4200rpm - but should be more efficient and better performing.
     
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    Bugger..... I didn't know it was going to be perpendicular... but it does make sense given the accommodating size.
    Thanks for that piece of information. :)
     
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    I think so..... I see and read so much everyday that sometimes certain things just mold together... but this is one of those things that really peaks my interests, so I think I'm write.... but I'm sure it could be googled.
     
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