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Raon Digital Everun Note review

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Rightly or wrongly, when reviewing any product one normally has a pretty good idea whether it's any good or not straight out of the box. Call it a sixth sense, call it intuition, or call it bias if you like, first impressions count for a lot. Yet, every now and again a device comes along that defies such knee-jerk reaction, one that defies easy categorisation. Today's target, the Raon Digital Everun Note, is one such device.

A mini-notebook that's slightly smaller than a DVD case, it shares DNA with all sorts of products. It has the white casing and basic appearance of a netbook, the processing power of a genuine ultra-portable, a touchscreen like an MID and the form factor of a UMPC and truth be told were one to pigeon hole it anywhere, the latter category fits best. Unlike a lot of UMPCs, however, it has a proper keyboard and it also has something neither a UMPC nor a netbook can lay claim to: a dual-core processor.

In this case it's an ultra-low voltage 1.2GHz AMD Turion X2 that's backed up by a predictable 1GB of DDR2 RAM. For storage there's a 60GB mechanical hard drive, while the touchscreen enabled 7in screen has the now eerily familiar 1,024 x 600 native resolution. Naturally enough Wi-Fi is included, as is Bluetooth and a Webcam. One noticeable absentee, though, is an Ethernet port but unlike the MacBook Air, or any netbook for that matter, the likelihood of sitting down at a desk with the Everun Note are pretty slim - it's simply too small to make it worthwhile.

How small? Well if the screen wasn't enough of a clue, the full dimensions of the machine are just 200mm across by 118mm deep and 28mm thick. Unsurprisingly this means it's pretty light too, reading just 737 grams on our scales - slightly less than the 742 gram official figure.

What does this mean in real terms? Well, as noted before it's slightly smaller than a DVD case, making it about the same size as your typical paperback book, so it can fit in places even a netbook can't manage - like those impossibly small tables you get on trains, which is where it is right now. And if it can fit here, it can fit pretty much anywhere, so cattle class on a plane is absolutely no problem, in fact you'll still have space on your table for a drink and a bag of those rubbish crunchy snacks they always hand out - hmm, Thai Sweet Chilli, how original!

Connectivity is decent for the size of the machine, too. Ethernet might be missing, but you do get three USB ports (two regular ones and one mini-USB), headphone and microphone jacks, VGA and, on the front, an SD Card reader and a SIM card slot. Before you get too excited, however, HSDPA is an optional extra, so though it's great the facility is there it's going to cost more money. This is a real pity since, were the Everun Note £549.99 with HSDPA, it would be very good value. Without it, however, the case is…well, for now, let's just call it complicated.

HarryGlass

October 3, 2008, 5:46 pm

I always thought a trackpad or an IBM style nipple was the simplest solution to the lack of space on a netbook; it's nice to finally see a company following that route (even if this isn't quite a netbook). I wish Lenovo would stick one on their netbook. Given the touch screen I'd say bump an extra 1GB of ram into this thing & put on Vista (for its much improved touchscreen features) and you'd have a pretty killer machine. If they gave the next version a tablet mode and slimmed it down a bit they could add 𧶀/300 to the price and it'd still be good value.

Hallainzil

October 3, 2008, 8:54 pm

Moving all punctuation to the top seems like a mistake to me - whatever about square brackets and the hash, punctuation like commas, full stops and apostrophies are every bit as essential as letters, and are used far more often than many. Why not move the Q out while you're at it?





Otherwise, it seems like a pretty decent achievement. Flawed, certainly, but decent nonetheless.

Dark of Day

October 3, 2008, 10:02 pm

Definately getting closer to what I want from a mini-notebook/netbook type thing

Xiphias

October 4, 2008, 2:44 am

This is the size a netbook should be, it's just a shame it didn't manage to pack in everything else that the ultimate netbook requires.





It's not clear from the review how the optical touchpoint works? It doesn't sound like a normal trackpoint if you can press down on it so is it some sort of 'optical mouse sensor mounted upside down' job?

Oliver Levett

October 5, 2008, 1:43 am

This kinda reminds me of the HTC Shift, but updated. If there was a custom UI, and a way of accessing the touch screen without having the keyboard out (like the Shift), the touchscreen would be more useful.

Spode

October 19, 2008, 4:27 pm

Certainly looks like it does a lot of things right. But considering what Netbooks are used for - I think I'd sooner take a single core 1.6GHz ATOM over a 1.2GHz X2. I'm not sure a second core is particularly useful...

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