1537[slightly OT] the OQO 01
- Sep 3, 2005For those looking at the OQO 01, it arrived Thursday and I decided
today (Sat) to send it back. I never really got as far as "what will
I use it for" because it failed so quickly on certain (for me)
critical issues. The lady on the service line was very nice, at
- keyboard - not really a problem, since there's a nice $100
bluetooth keybaord that also folds up to approx 3x6 size. I could
type paragraphs using my middle fingers and use the joystick and the
mouse buttons on the left side OK.
- pen - a problem, partly I feel nervous about poking a soft LCD
covering with a plastic pen hard enough to trigger the click button.
Bigger problem was the pointer drifted inward as the pen got closer
to the edge, so I really had to focus and work very hard to click on
a button close to tthe edge of the screen. I tested using Powerpoint,
and i couldn't reach the polygon fill button on the left side of the
screen - ended up clicking on the metal rim around the display. I
don't know if I could have gotten used to this over time but it
wasn't pleasant. Oh, and as Ron pointed out, the pen is just a mouse
replacement, it is not a handwriting tool (don't know if this matters
- screen - not very bright, some worries about using it in sunlit
rooms; but I could edit black on white in Word OK.
screen size: I use Full Screen all the time in Word, so there was
enough text viewing for me. However at 800 x 480, Powerpoint was
tough. I'd have to edit in zoom most of the time and that would get
tedious. Really scary, though was when the XP Windows dialogs took
place, because those 800x600 pixels are squashed really closely
together, so I had to put reading glasses over my reading glasses to
read the text. Black on blue, even worse. This turns out to be a
showstopper for me, and I'll have to learn not to order YYYx480
screens any more.
- cabling - this was a major bummer I didn't expect. The power cord
has not 2 but 5 pins!. It is a big thick thing that plugs into the
bottom ! left edge of the gadget, so it is under my hand the whole
But worse is the multi-outlet cable. This is a thick (like a 1/3"
thick) cable that plugs simultaneously into three plugs in the
bottom! edge of the gadget: the 5 pin (?) power socket, a 15-pin
multi-outlet, and the firewire plug. This cable then has 6 outlets
evenly spaced along its length about 5" apart, each with a stout
black rubber casing: ethernet plug; firewire plug; USB; AC power;
VGA; audio (I think). This cable alone weighs as much as the computer
and takes more space to pack.
The showstopper part for me is that I have to carry and connect this
cable in order to hook the computer to a larger display. Won't happen.
heat - it runs hot. not warm, but hot. It's an all metal case so it
transfers the heat fast. Not a showstopper, but not nice.
angle of viewing - it lies flat, with or without the keyboard out.
Not a good viewing angle.
the stand - lovely *heavy* aluminum angle stand. I think they want me
to carry this with me wherever I take the little computer and the big
cable, but that won't happen.
The showstoppers for me were the VGA hookup, the big cable, the small
Lessons to self: stop trying to make N00x480 screens work for real
work. Borrow someone's IPAQ for an hour sometime. Don't buy a tablet
computer until I borrow one for a day. Maybe it will be sufficient to
reformat my current laptop's hard drive and reinstall a new OS and
use the old keyboard for another year.