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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cool Gear: Ultramobile Computers

Take your digital darkroom just about anywhere with this new breed of portables

To stay connected, the Samsung Q1 also features WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, allowing you to log on to nearby wireless networks or use Bluetooth accessories like a wireless mouse. It ships with 512 MB of RAM, which can be expanded up to 1 GB. The standard battery will power the device for about three hours, or you can extend that to up to nine hours with optional battery upgrades.

Sony (www.sony.com) has also recently announced its ultramobile computer, the VAIO UX180P. It's not available at the time of this writing, but it will be soon. We expect to see similar products from other manufacturers as well.

What's most exciting about these devices is that, while they're not a substitute for a more powerful computer at home, they offer a lot more to the photographer in the field than what's offered by photo viewing and backup devices, without the extra size and weight of a full notebook computer. As someone who lugs a notebook, smart phone and iPod just about everywhere he goes, this a very appealing device. I hope the concept catches on.



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