The fine folks at Impress' PC Watch
recently got a chance to check out Kohjinsha's attention-grabbing SA1F00A
ultra-portable laptop to see how it stacks up to the competition (UMPC
and otherwise), finding the pros and cons to mostly break down as you'd expect. While some of the finer points are lost in translation, they do seem to have dug the unit's small size and smart design, not to mention the UMPC-beating price point. On the downside, while the 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processor helped to keep the battery life in check (about five hours of juice), it is somewhat underpowered compared to other, pricer devices -- although it should still be more than adequate for most common tasks. The small size also means a compromise on screen real estate, with the 7-inch display pumping out a scrolleriffic 800 x 480 resolution, though we suspect that's a price most will be willing to pay.