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The 7-inch UMPC Round Up

Someone asked to compare all the available ultra-portables in the market, especially the ones in the 7″ display. So we rounded-up four UMPCs — Asus Eee PC, Neo Explore X1, Astone UMPC and Deep Blue H1. See comparison chart after the jump.

The results of the comparison chart are pretty interesting. If you don’t place these cheap laptops side by side, you’ll never notice which model tops the scale.


UMPC Round Up

Despite the unfamiliar processor in Via, the Deep Blue H1 and Astone UMPC gets you the best bang for your buck. The extra weight is obviously because of the heavier but bigger storage space on the HDD.

Hope the chart above will help you decide on your next laptop purchase.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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29 Responses

  1. sylv3rblade says:

    hmmm.. Spec-wise and price-wise it’s Deep Blue. I just wish it came in white.

  2. liz says:

    this is so helpful!

    the deep blue h1 sounds interesting. but, where can i buy it in the philippines? i haven’t seen it in the PC shops in malls, even in MOA. do i have to go somwhere special?

  3. BrianB says:

    PC corner, I think for Deep Blue. I pasted a link somehere in a previous post.

  4. Lucien says:

    I suggest you guys wait for HP’s Mini-note with VIA’s Isaiah processor, CN. The current one they released comes with VIA’s C7-M processor running at 1.6ghz at most which is still not as good as Celeron-M running at 900mhz.

    A couple of websites have pitted VIA CN against Intel Atom and aside from burning less battery power, VIA CN also provides roughly 30% better performance… And is also way cheaper. Meaning HP Mini-note will eventually overtake EEE PC on the performance to price ratio.

  5. Mike Lopez says:

    Deep Blue H1 looks like the clear winner here.

  6. BrianB says:

    Abe, VIA is the best low-voltage processor n the market. A good number of high-priced portables use it.

  7. stellar says:

    tsk tsk now I feel bad for buying the Neo Xplore because of the Deep Blue specs. Anyway, Xplore has a card reader at the back of the unit. =)

  8. pretty much, the h1 wins. extra lbs for HDD is not a big deal…

  9. jhay says:

    So any one here uses the h1?

  10. BrianB says:

    When the Eee PC came out, it was admired for its portability and cheap price. Yes computing will never be the same again due to the Eee. But even the Eee can be used for evil purposes.


  11. andre says:

    is deep blue made in the Philippines?

  12. onin says:

    m from cebu.. i want to but h1 too.. sama meron nyan dito..

  13. erjanorbe says:

    Thanks for the round-up, very useful.

    In my opninon the H1 is better, but if it’s about the weight, I’d rather get the Astone UMPC since it’s got more features.

  14. onin says:

    i think i would buy either the blue H1 or the astone umpc; I still have to check the stores here in cebu; but i dont think they are available here in cebu. OR does anybody know if they are? (i dont have much time to go around kc, i am on residency training) :)

  15. pc express says:

    well…according to our store in PC Express alabang town center. we sold 20 units it all came back because client unsatisfied so slow and its not an international brand only assembled here in the Philippines….Where is Blue made anyway????like NEO????

  16. Clint says:

    Hi all,

    I purchased a Deep Blue H1 (PCExpress). To tell you the truth, Linpus Linux pales in comparison to the eeePC Xandros Linux version (wifi problems using WPA, unusually long loading times randomly happening). This fault is due to Linpus itself (pretty bad configuration and apt4rpm repositories are not configured properly).

    I re-installed using a Windows XP installer that was lying around unused (because my desktop is running PCLinuxOS) and suffice to say it works pretty well (the 1Gb RAM helps a lot for XP). It’s a wonderful secondary mobile computer. I also installed MSOffice 2003 as well and winamp.

    Comparing linux to XP though, XP does run slower – as evident when I play videos (720×480 XVID HD) in both linpus (before I deleted it) and XP.

    Typing this in the Blue H1 now. And yes, I chose this over the eeePC due to the specs/price configuration.

  17. akira says:

    there’s a 60gb version of astone umpc now.

  18. Igor says:

    Thanks for your UMPC / netbooks posts, sir. They were of great help in my Blue H1 purchasing decision.

  19. Mark says:

    Never heard of Deep Blue H1, is this available in Gilmore? specs-wise it looks pretty good.

  20. dhongskie says:

    Hi all,
    Heto ako nangugnutang sa bumbay para makabili agad ng Blue H1, na love at first sight ata ako dito sa Netbook na to!

  21. elaine says:

    I got my blue H1 last week and it is really good. I love it. Specs is very good for its price. windows XP OS installed. so far so good, no problems at all. very handy and cute. battery really last at 4.5hrs. no overheating. up for deep blue H1!!!

  22. freddie moya says:

    I’m a newbee in IT and i am 56 years old already but nevertheless i still got interested and want to learn more. I have a desktop pc at home and windows xp as my os. i have experienced on several occasions that my pc won’t boot and it seems like its totally dead. only after reformatting and re-installing my windows xp that it would again boot. I have a 4gb and 8gb flashdrive, is there a way that i can make my flashdrive bootable, and if so, how can i do it? Please enlighten me on this and thank you in advance

  23. freddie moya says:

    Hello everybody, i still consider myself a nerd when it comes to computing although i am already 56 years old. i want to know if it is possible to make my flashdrives bootable, please help me on this

  24. Asus Eee PCs aren’t UMPC, they are actually MIDs(Mobile Internet Device). Because of it’s storage capacity, it will be limited to a few small apps(programs), although it has as desktop like processor, yet it’s ram limits it maximum capabilities. Originally, Asus Eee PCs comes pre-installed with linux based OS(operating system) for reasons of having small footprint on it’s storage medium. Yet still, there’s packages with windows xp pre-installed, it almost fills up the whole SSD hard drive, leaving almost no space for full office applications. But using portable apps on external devices can be our work-arounds.

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