If the Everun Note is ever to rise above the level of charming gadget, though, it needs to perform well and things start pretty well. Unsurprisingly its 1.2GHz dual-core AMD processor chomps comfortably through all the usual activities, like browsing the web, creating and writing documents and listening to music and since it’s dual-core, it can do more of these things at once without things coming to an abrupt halt. Fundamentally, then, it should run rings around any Atom based netbook and in terms of raw performance, it does. Amazingly, the Everun Note still manages to remain cool and quiet during use despite its more powerful components.
Battery life is, on the other hand, less convincing. For unwired power there’s a 5,200mAh (19Whr) Lithium Polymer battery that, with wireless radios turned off and screen brightness dialed down to 50 per cent, manages around two and half hours. This isn’t too bad, but start surfing the web and you’re looking at closer to one and a half or two hours before things go awry. Throw some music playback in there and the figure only declines and an hour and a half of video playback is as much as you can expect. Raon Digital is to provide a solution to this problem in the shape of a nifty portable power pack (with Ethernet port) and extended batteries, but these are obviously extra costs you’ll want to factor in.
Indeed, this is at the root of the lingering doubts over the Everun note. Yes, it’s powerful. Yes, it’s well featured. Yes, it’s flexible. But, you’ll probably want HSDPA. You’ll want a case. You’ll want the portable charger. You’ll want an extended battery. You’ll want a lot of extra stuff and it’ll cost a lot of extra money which, given the £549.99 starting price, is no small matter.
It’s about this point in the review where we should be delivering the final blow, putting the “charming but slightly flawed” Raon Digital Everun Note out its misery. Yet, we’re not because despite these issues, it represents a rare example of innovation and ingenuity. That it manages to squeeze a dual-core processor and plentiful hard drive into such a small case and for it not be noisy and hot is nothing short of remarkable, as is the keyboard and its funky little optical touch point.
Clearly it isn’t for everyone; it’s a niche product that’s fairly expensive and enough like a netbook to make comparisons inevitable. If, however, a miniaturised notebook sounds like your idea of fun, if you’re a gadget fiend with cash to spare, it’s definitely worth investigation and if Raon Digital goes away and works on some its issues, it could be something really special.
An unusual product with an unusual name, the Raon Digital Everun Note is bound to polarise opinion. But, though its price and form factor isn’t for everyone, as mini-notebooks go it’s in a class of one: it may not be quite the finished product it could be, but it has potential in spades.
The Raon Digital Everun Note is available to order from SuperGPS.co.uk for £549.99.