Friday, 25 May 2007
Kohjinsha SA1F00KS Specifications
CPU: AMD Geode LX800 Processor
Display: 7" 800x480 WVGA Swivel LCD with Touch Screen Panel with up to 256MB VRAM
Keyboard: US Keyboard as standard
Memory: 512MB DDR Ram
HDD: 40GB HDD
Network: 10/100 Ethernet, Wireless 802.11BG and Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR
IO Ports: Digital Media Reader (SD/MS/Type II CF), 2 USB, VGA, Audio & Mic Jack
Operating Sytem: Windows XP Home Edition
Dimensions: 218mm x 163mm x 25.4mm
Weight: 990g including battery
Warranty: 1 Year
Comes with Slip-In Case and Stylus
Thursday, 24 May 2007
UPDATE 6/6/2007: It would appear that the screen calibration problems are not batch problems but a manufacturing problem. I have found that doing a 25 point calibration reduces the problem, but does note cure it. I have also been told that this problem is not present on the SA1F00KS, but I have not been able to confirm this.
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Sunday, 20 May 2007
This is off topic, but like most people I have been saddened by the abduction of Madeleine MaCann in Portugal on the 3rd May 2007. Haven been to Portugal on business in the past month, and disappointed by the lack of publicity for this case in Lisbon I wanted to do something to help highlight this abduction, so I have added this post and placed banners on the blog.
If you work in medical care look out for a 4 year old with a pupil bleed, as it could be Madeleine.
Above close-up of Madeleine's right eye, and below a close-up of Madeleine.
Lets all hope that Madeleine is found safe soon.
Saturday, 19 May 2007
I have now had my new Kohjinsha for 2 weeks, and whilst in my previous posts I mentioned how the keyboard had improved, over the past 2 weeks the quality of the keyboard has deteriorate and it is now suffering missed key strokes like the original SA1 series. I have also experienced problems with the touchpad not responding, which at first I thought was the driver, but even uninstalling the driver did not resolve this issue. At one point the unit became un-usable for 20-30 mins, but after several reboots the touchpad began to work again, and for the past week has been OK. Another problem experienced and mentioned in a previous post is the touch screen calibration. After loading Windows XP Tablet I discovered that I could not calibrate the touch screen 100%, but stranger still was the fact that only the right side of the screen seemed to be affected. I downloaded the latest driver and calibration software, but still could not accurately calibrate the screen. After playing with the calibration for awhile I found that I could achieve a more accurate calibration by using the 25 point calibration option, but this still gave problems with the bottom right hand side. These problems do not affect any hand writing recognition software but does affect the use of the stylus on icons and scroll bars on this part of the screen. I have raised this issue with Kohjinsha via the Japanese exporter, but to date have had no response.
To sum up, with the mouse, keyboard and touch screen issues I am disappointed that Kohjinsha have released this new model without fixing the previous known bugs, and with the premium price being charged by some resellers for the touch screen I am not sure I would recommend this model, however if you are looking for an ultra portable laptop with a touch screen and can live with these known issues, then the touch screen Kohjinsha may be for you. If you do not need the touch screen, then go for one of the cheaper models.
Despite my negative comments above I am still happy with the Kohjinsha and the touch screen is an advantage if you load ritePen or can install XP Tablet.
Friday, 11 May 2007
Below XP Tablet running on the Kohjinsha.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
+ Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is the ultra-mobility of this notebook. With its compact size and light weight, its easy to take anywhere. Whether you are blogging at your favorite hot spot, putting the finishing touches on a school assignment just before class, or just browsing the web at the office or home, this compact and discrete notebook will be sure to be there when you are.
+ The Wi-Fi is amazing..........................."
You can read the rest of what Tokyo Image has to say about the Kohji here.
Sunday, 6 May 2007
Over the next 24hrs I will be loading XP Tablet to the Kohjinsha to see how well it performs, so stay tunes for the results.
Friday, 4 May 2007
1. The supplied stylus is a cheap PDA type, and for me to small.
2. The case is like the previous models, and although it has a pocket for the stylus it still has an open end with no zip or fastening.
3. The mouse pad has a coating of lacquer making my finger stick rather than glide across it, although this will probably improve with use.
4. It is supplied with calibration software for the touch screen, but has no supplied hand writing recognition software. (I will test ritePen later)
5. The screen resolution is still unacceptable when set above 800 x 480.
6. No CE of FCC markings!!
The above are all fairly minor and can all be resolved either with add-on software or buying a better case and stylus. Now to the question you are all probably asking, "what about the keyboard?" Well we have all read the reviews on previous models, and how bad they keyboard on these are, well the GOOD news is they appear to have fixed the keyboard. I have only briefly used it to type some words, but at no time did it miss any letters, and I did not have to press the keys very hard. In fact I tried touch typing (although I am not very good at this) and no missed letters.
So to sum up after 10 minutes of use, anyone thinking about a Kohjinsha, it looks like this is the model to go for.
Thursday, 3 May 2007
SA1F00A = 40GB HDD/Silver
SA1F00E = 100GB HDD/White
SA1F00H = 100GB HDD/Black
SA1F00K = 40GB HDD/Black/Touch-screen
SA1F00R = 40GB HDD/White/Touch-screen
SA1F00V = 100GB HDD/Black/Touch-screen
SA1F00W = 100GB HDD/White/Touch-screen
Wednesday, 2 May 2007
KOHJINSHA SA series
|OS||Driver name||Main modification contents||Offer target date||Download|
|Win XP||Sound |
|Improvement of various compatibility||2007/1/29||KU00030.EXE |
|Win XP||Chip set |
|Improvement of various compatibility||2007/1/29||KU00040.EXE |
|Win XP||Video driver||Improvement of various compatibility||2007/1/29||KU00050.EXE |
|Win XP||Touch pad |
|Improvement of various compatibility||2007/1/29||KU00060.EXE|
If anyone tries these drivers please post your results.
Source: Super Dave