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Asus R2H question: Outdoor screen visibility and rotation

Oscar sent me a question about the usability of the Asus R2H UMPC’s screen in outdoor/sunny conditions:

I’ve been thinking about getting a umpc for use in my airplane for gps navigation and XM satelite weather downloads. It would replace an old Fujitsu LTP-600 which is barely legible in the bright cockpit. I have two questions about the r2h that would help me decide whether to give it a try:

1. What can you tell me about the legibility of the display in bright conditions. In a car? In the open on a sunny day? I realize this is somewhat subjective.

2. Does the r2h have a portrait display mode?

Oscar, I haven’t used my R2H outdoors very much, but I think it would be acceptable. Like any other LCD, it washes out in bright light, but I usually just crank up the screen brightness to compensate. I’ll have to do some more testing, and see just how usable it is. Does anyone else have any experiences that might answer Oscar’s question about the R2H or any other UMPC?

Regarding a portrait screen orientation, yes, the R2H can rotate the screen 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees. That is, you can orient the screen pretty much however you want. You can do this with the default Intel graphics driver software that comes pre-installed, but there’s a freeware app that makes it much easier to rotate your screen. It’s called uRotate. It requires the .NET Framework 2.0. It lets you go from any screen orientation directly to any other with a simple graphical interface, rather than having to dig through menus, or cycle through all of the stops in between (like on the Samsung Q1). uRotate is a must have app for any UMPC, in my opinion.

Anyone else know of good screen rotation software?
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4 thoughts on “Asus R2H question: Outdoor screen visibility and rotation

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  2. TabletKiosk will be releasing an EO 7210 (model number to change?) very soon which has a screen they say is “as good as a Motion”… I have seen the device myself and taken it in the bright sun of South Texas. It is most definitely NOT “as good as a Motion”, but it IS much better than the other UMPC’s to date. We will also see a few more UMPC type devices with outdoor screens in 2007, but I gotta ask why not just consider a Motion LS800 or perhaps the new Fujitsu P1610? We have these devices and they are acceptable – to – great in direct sunlight, better in indirect sun. Is it a matter of price? Now, if your needs are for flight plans, may be this is of interest. Viewability in both direct and indirect sunlight is very good. http://tinyurl.com/hszwm and http://www.eflybook.com Hope this helps!

  3. In addition to the visibility question, I am curious to know how the R2H would do running the OS from a solid state hard drive or flash drive. It seems like this would make an ideal candidate for an EFB (Electronic Flight Bag), but given the altitude restrictions of conventional hard drives, I would be interested in seeing how it would do with a solid state solution.

  4. @JoeN-

    I think it would run just fine from a solid state drive – witness the Samsung Q1 Flash-based model. I think right now the problem is the cost (high) and availability (low) of large enough Flash-based drives. But I’m sure that will change over the next year or so, and we’ll start to see more and more solid state devices.

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