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.