Review: Raon Digital Everun Note D24S


Raon Digital's third entrant into the ultraportable computer market is the Everun Note, a compact clamshell with a 7-inch WSVGA touchscreen released in September 2008 and now available in several different configurations.

The D24S is the top-of-the-line model that boasts a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core AMD Turion processor, 1GB of RAM, 24GB split SSD (8GB SLC, 16GB MLC), and Windows XP Professional. And thanks to Dynamism, it is also the subject of this review.

System Specifications

1.2GHz AMD Turion 64 X2
OS: Windows XP Professional
Storage: 24GB SSD (8GB SLC + 16GB MLC)
Display: 7” touchscreen (1024 x 600)
Wireless: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, 3G WWAN option
Size: 7.9" x 4.6" x 1.1
Weight: 1.58 lbs.

Full specifications and other details about the D24S are in the Pocketables Products database; comparison with other configurations can be found there as well.


Though there isn't anything particularly striking about its design, the Everun Note is still a nice-looking device. It's a bit more cute than stylish since it's somewhat chunky and looks like a standard notebook computer (only smaller).


Most of the Note is made of sturdy matte plastic that is resistant to fingerprints and gives the unit a fresh, clean look. The glossy finish of the lid, subtle curves, and rounded edges prevent the understated design from being too sterile.

Build quality is high, with no excessive creaking and a strong hinge. Nothing about the Everun Note feels cheap or carelessly slapped together. It's able to withstand being handled with a certain degree of roughness without looking like a ruggedized device, which makes the transition between tossing it into a bag, jostling it around a bit, and then using it in the most professional situations pretty seamless. "Strong yet delicate" might be too much of an oxymoron, but those are the words I would use to describe it, particularly because it sustained absolutely no damage from a four-foot fall onto a hardwood floor when the "pocket" I thought I was slipping it into turned out not to be a pocket at all.


The Everun Note is in no danger of being accused of being too thin; in fact, the all-white casing makes it look more noticeably "bottom heavy" than other devices with the same form factor.



Though some may erroneously classify the Everun Note as a netbook because of its design, I'm much more inclined to call it a UMPC or mini notebook and put it alongside the Kohjinsha SC3 and Fujitsu U810, as I've done below.




Note that both the Kohjinsha and Fujitsu convertibles are wearing their extended batteries.

A more mainstream mini notebook that many may think of in terms of rivaling the Everun Note is the Sony Vaio P.



Here are some additional comparison photos to put the Everun into a different, less clamshell-gadgety context.


Left to right: Everun Note, Willcom D4, BenQ S6, Sony Vaio UX180P.


Left to right: Samsung NC10, HP Mini 2133, Everun Note.


Left to right: Everun Note, Willcom D4.


Left to right: HTC Shift, Everun Note.


The Raon Digital Everun Note has a 7-inch touchscreen with a native resolution of 1024 x 600.


Unlike the Kohjinsha SC3 and Fujitsu U series, the Note isn't a convertible so its display doesn't swivel for use as a tablet/slate. It can be pushed down almost flat, though exactly for what purpose is beyond me. Though inking is possible, it isn't really practical without a swiveling screen and XP Pro doesn't include tablet functionality, anyway.

We all know that Windows XP isn't optimized for finger use, but the touchscreen responds well to fingernails and stylii (if you have your own; the Everun Note doesn't come with a stylus or have a place on its body to store one) if you don't want to bother with the optical mouse.


The screen is also very bright. Clarity is compromised by the nature of the touchscreen, especially against white backgrounds (where "fuzziness" is most visible), but it's still a really nice display. Natural viewing angles are good, as are color saturation and accuracy.


Though Everun Note has a lot of ports and hardware controls built into its compact body, their placement is tasteful and doesn't detract from the unit's minimalist design.


Above the keyboard are an almost-flush power button, stereo speakers, and two buttons (PS [power saving] and Auto) that control the Note's CPU speed and manage its power consumption. Strangely placed on the screen hinge is the 1.3-megapixel webcam (talk about an unflattering camera angle!).


Beneath the keyboard, which is discussed in its own section below, is an optical mouse (same one used on the Raon Digital Everun) flanked by small mouse buttons that produce an unnaturally loud click when pressed.

Though I praised the optical mouse on the original Everun, I don't think it's quite as good on the Everun Note, mostly because it works better with a thumb than a finger. Since a thumb has more surface area than a finger pad, moving the cursor/pointer requires less "swiping" over the optical mouse, which means that you get to where you want to go faster and with a more fluid motion.

Using an optical mouse instead of a standard touchpad allows for a smaller device footprint, but I don't think it's well-suited for the Note's form factor. An optical mouse like this one works better on a handheld gadget designed for two-handed use.


To the right of the optical mouse and buttons are a mic hole and three LED indicators (WiFi, WWAN, and power/HDD).


On the front side of the Everun Note are USIM (not prewired with antenna) and SD card slots.


Headphone and microphone jacks, two USB ports, one mini USB port (when the Note is shut down, it can be connected to another computer and used as an external disk), and one of three vents are on the right side of the device.


A VGA port that can drive an external monitor up to 1920 x 1200 and half of the second vent can be found on the back.


The third vent and the power port are located on the left. Oddly, there is no charging LED anywhere on the device to indicate the status of the Note's battery. Is it charging? Is it fully charged? Who knows!


The Everun Note has a 73-key QWERTY keyboard with 16mm pitch (the Vaio P keyboard, in comparison, has 82 keys and 16.5mm pitch).


The layout is non-standard, with most of the punctuation keys residing in the top row, so the out-of-box typing experience is slower and less accurate than it is after the layout is learned.


The biggest obstacle for me is the size of the comma and period keys, which are too small given how often they're used. It already feels foreign to have the enter key right next to the L key, especially when in full touch-typing hand position; reducing the size of the period key exacerbates that awkwardness and makes accidentally hitting the shift key too easy.

Having to be mindful of these keys really has an impact on typing speed and accuracy.



The punctuation key issues aren't as much of a problem when hunting-and-pecking or even thumb typing (lots of stretching involved), but it definitely gets in the way when touch typing. Yes, touch typing: both hands on the keyboard, not looking at your fingers while typing. Depending on the size of your hands, real touch typing is not only possible, it's pretty comfortable too.

After two weeks of daily practice, I'm now seeing typing speeds of 70 wpm, about 79% of my average typing speed on a full-size keyboard (see my mobile device keyboard typing speeds chart for more comparisons). Accuracy is still challenged, though not as much by the punctuation keys as by the responsiveness of the spacebar. I find that unless I tap it deliberately and more forcefully than is natural to me, the key press won't register and I'll end up with text that is smashedtogetherlikethis. Not good.

Even with those issues in mind, however, the Everun Note keyboard is still outstanding for its size. Please refer to my keyboard size comparison photos to see how it compares to other devices. This will not be true for everyone, but for me, this is the smallest keyboard that I can touch type on both comfortably and naturally.


More than anything else, what many find most impressive about the Everun Note is its power.

Usually, when the word "power" is used in reference to a UMPC or mini notebook, it's sandwiched between a prefix and a suffix ("underpowered" for the grammatically challenged). Since the introduction of the original Origami UMPC in 2006, there has always been a trade-off between power and size. Whether it was Intel's Celeron, A110, or Atom Z5xx series, AMD's Geode LX800 and LX900, or VIA's C7-M, the UMPC's processor was never powerful (the Sony Vaio UX series, particularly the UX490N with its Core 2 Solo U2200, is the only exception).

So when it was revealed that the Everun Note would be powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core AMD Turion processor, even UMPC naysayers stopped and took notice.

CPU Benchmarks

Portable/Laptop power scheme, running on AC power:


Max Battery power scheme, running on battery:


Obviously, all of this power comes at a price. Well, two prices, really: heat and battery. To allow the unit to run for more than an hour and to prevent it from burning a hole through your desk, the CPU is automatically underclocked when the Everun Note isn't plugged in.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I understand why it's done and how it could be useful for those who use the device as a desktop machine (hooked up to a large external monitor and keyboard): full power when they need it, less power when they don't. It makes sense and to be honest, even at a reduced processor speed, the Turion still spanks the competition.

But on the other hand, what's the point of having all that power in a mobile device if the only way to take advantage of that power is to not really be mobile with it?


Because it's not as though the power brick is small or light. Having to carry the AC adapter and power cord around just so the Everun Note will run at its advertised clock speed adds an additional 0.76 pounds to your bag. That's nearly 50% of the Note itself.

In other words, the dual-core Turion is overkill for people whose primary use of the Note is to surf the web, check email, and do some light work.

SSD Benchmarks

The Everun Note D24S's 24GB SSD is made up of a 8GB SLC and 16GB MLC drive.

On my review unit, the 16GB drive was partitioned in four unequal parts: 5.6GB D drive, 6GB E drive, 1.5GB F drive, and 2.2GB hidden drive (EISA configuration). I was unable to benchmark the hidden and F drive (the latter because there wasn't enough space left on it), but here are the numbers for the C, D, and E drives.




I'm not sure why the C and D drives return almost the same scores when the C is supposedly a faster SLC disk, but those are the results of the CrystalDiskMark test.

Battery Life


The Everun Note is powered by a removable li-polymer battery (3.7V, 5600mAh) that will keep the unit running for about 2 to 2.5 hours of web browsing over WiFi, depending on usage and power scheme. An extended battery (3.7V, 7520mAh) is available as an optional accessory.


The amount of times I've had to rewrite this conclusion is indic ative of my feelings about the Everun Note D24S. Though some of its features are extraordinary, there's still something about the device that feels . . . not ordinary . . . but unfinished to me.


It has a USIM slot that isn't prewired with an antenna, a powerful CPU that can't be used fully when running on battery power, a responsive touchscreen that would be more useful if the screen could swivel like a convertible, and a great touch-typable keyboard that's hampered by a non-standard layout. None of these are dealbreakers in and of themselves (and many have workarounds), but their cumulative effect on me is negative.

I think the Everun Note is an excellent choice for a certain kind of user (great value for the price, versatile usage scenarios, easily upgradeable, usable without peripherals, etc.), but it's just not for me. I don't need the power of the Turion, I already have a "desktop" machine (my Vaio TZ), and yes, I'll admit it, I'm so enamored with the Vaio P that the Note kind of bores me. If not for the processor, arguably its most compelling feature, wouldn't it bore you a little too?

The Raon Digital Everun Note is available now from Dynamism in various configurations starting at $599. The high-end D24S model reviewed here is priced at $999.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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38 thoughts on “Review: Raon Digital Everun Note D24S

  • Avatar of John in Norway

    Your conclusions sum up what I’ve been thinking about this device. If I was going to buy it I’d probably go with the Sempron model. However, I haven’t seen a review of that particular model yet. I’m really stumped what to replace my OQO with when it finally dies – the Everun note, the Aigo MID or the Nokia N810 which are all cheaper but have lots of compromises. Who said choice made things easier? At least you’ve reviewed all three of those devices which gives me some perspective. Thankyou.

  • if only it had a 1280×768 resolutions screen,
    i love the size of the device, and the fact the screen has minimal bezel.

  • Avatar of Dr. Rainer Albrecht

    There is a review of the Everun Note S16S Sempron with the UMPCportal, reviewer chippy. I think the date of the review was 25th November, 2008.
    I myself purchased the S16S – and I am very satisfied with it.
    Dr. Rainer Albrecht, 45259 Essen, Germany

  • i could’nt agree with you more. excellent review. its a device that really has a very small niche. The fact that it dosnt have a swviel screen , such that it could be used as a minitablet is the main thing that keeps me from buying it – but this is such a major ommision that its too much of compromise for me.

  • I have the D60H model with the 1.2GHz Turion X2 and the double capacity battery.

    First off, great review Jenn but on the battery issue, I get over an hour with wifi on the single battery in linux using auto CPU scaling and over 2.5hr with the double, so I have no power compromise when mobile. Your limitation may be the fact you are running Windows XP.

    One thing you hadn’t pointed out is that other than the Vaio UX series above, all of those devices used to in your comparisons are running CPUs not even capable of playback of HD video content, something the Everun note does for me even when the CPU is running at lowered clock (800MHz) in powersave mode. HD content output at 1920×1200 to a projector (while compiz fusion is running with 9 workspaces) and smooth as butter playback. The other devices above, including the new Vaio P couldn’t even play the content on their own screens without a slideshow-like experience far less at higher res (even with no compiz fusion)…. and what do they show for battery life?

    I have to agree with you on the lack of swivel being an issue, it almost feels like a waste that a device with this spec list has no swivel but for me, I have adjusted to the keyboard so that’s not an issue and if only it had come pre-wired with the antenna, I wouldn’t have to open the unit to put something so simple in.

    So overall I love it, it is an easy desktop replacement in a ‘Netbook’ form-factor (which until these new kids showed up on the scene was called a sub-notebook for about 10 years) with the only issues being:

    – The lack of swivel
    – Only 1GB non-user-upgradeable RAM
    – Not Pre-wired with an antenna even though the USIM slot is standard


  • Getting 1 to 2.5 hours out of a battery is a pretty huge compromise.

  • Sensational review as always! The only thing I would add is that this machine (well, I have the similar D60H, but running Linux) is the best I’ve seen for traveling where giving presentations (including full-motion video!) and also being able to write at a reasonable pace.

    Although my setup is similar to that of Dijenerate, I do not agree about the swivel, RAM, or antenna as drawbacks. My main drawback is lack of Linux familiarity, giving me very slow bootup and unreliable suspend-resume. I need faster startup, either by learning bootchart and cutting unneeded stuff, or by figuring out how to fix suspend-resume.

    I’m puzzled by complaints about the battery life in a 1.6 lb machine with a 1.2Ghz dual core processor. There must be a compromise. All you’re saying is that you don’t care about the weight and cpu power as much as you care about battery life. I can always carry an extra battery.

  • I was wondering, does the Note have the same voice capabilities as the “classic” Everun? I remember seeing a video where Hugo Ortega was using the “classic” Everun as a phone, when someone called to the voice-enabled HSDPA mini-pci-e modem installed on Hugo’s unit…
    So, can the Note make/receive phone calls with a voice-enabled hsdpa modem? thanks!

  • I see no point for such non-pocketable small computers, because the eeePC 900a is there for $179.99 in your local BestBuy stores. The 900a is very quiet, cool, small, light and great battery life.

  • This review is very spot on to the things I needed to know about this device. I have read other reviews, but they were neutral and did not really give such good comparative criticism. This has helped me make the decision of buying the Everun Note, and that answer is no.

    I have been trying to find something to rival my Toshiba Libretto U105. In fact I bought a Samsung Q1, and a Fujitsu U810, and neither one seems to get more use than the Libretto, in fact I am typing this on my Libretto right now! The fact of the matter is that my main issue with all these ultraportables, netbooks, and UMPCs in general is the screen resolution. At 7″ the Libretto has a beautiful 1280×768 resolution and so far I have not found any similiar size screened device with the same resolution. In fact I like the Everun Note a lot, but the deal breakers for me are the resolution, and the lack of PC card or Expresscard support. I use a Sprint Air Card and I tried the USB dongle for a while, but it was annoying to have it stick out so far out of the USB ports as well as take up my sole USB port on my Fujitsu U810. So back to my Libretto which even for its age still blows away the current “netbooks” in speed and features.

    Thank you for a great review, hopefully you will have something on your site in the future that will help me to “retire” my Libretto.

  • Great review Jenn, waited a while to read it :D btw for anyone wondering, it isnt hard to put in the antenna needed for 3G support (there is a port on that back meant for it so its all internal).

  • Avatar of ArchiMark


    Great review as always…

    Can you please clarify about your ‘typing test’ as to whether all your typing tests are done using ‘touch typing’ or are some touch typing and some thumb-typing?

    I know that some devices lend themselves to one or the other, but mixing typing types in the test would not be an ‘apples to apples’ comparison and if done that way, should be noted accordingly in your typing test matrix.


  • Is your OQO on its last leg? Your replacement choices are unexpected, as all are very different from each other and from the OQO. What about the Model 2+? Steve’s live session video of the S16S and D24S is here:

  • The Kohjinsha SC3, Willcom D4, OQO Model 2+, and Vaio P (all Atom Z5xx and GMA500) can play HD content. 1080p H264 and 720p WMV 6.5Mbps videos play flawlessly with PowerDVD installed. :)

  • There’s a mix of typing styles on there because, as you said, certain styles work better on certain devices. Most are self-explanatory (e.g., the iPhone is obviously a thumb-typing device), so I didn’t clarify what style was used during testing. For gadgets that “support” multiple typing styles, however, there’s the parenthetical “UMPC mode” and “laptop mode” next to the device name to indicate which method was used. You’re right that a mixed-style chart isn’t an apples to apples comparison, but I think it’s useful for people to just have a general idea of how data input on various devices compare, regardless of type. Maybe I’ll redo the chart and split it up according to typing style or just add the parenthetical phrase to every device. Which do you think would be better?

  • Jenn,

    Can you play any format of 720p content on these devices in any player is what I was asking? For example, if you grabbed a 720p quicktime trailer from could you play it full screen in quicktime player on those atom based machines?

    Further to the point, can those systems get past four open tabs in firefox without the entire user experience becoming slow as molasses?

    These are things that are practical scenarios for web users where if you buy a system that can do 2.5~3 hours of battery life only with wifi off but can’t handle simple multitasking, what is the point of that machine.

    I know we are in a recession, but why does that seem to mean for intel, regression of performance?


  • I usually see 1hour 15 minutes minimum on the single capacity battery screen brightness at 70% and WWAN on during the entire time while using the slim battery.

    Given the previous machine used was a Vaio UX, this is great!


  • Calculators come smaller and cheaper than that now, if you just shop around you can find alternatives :)

  • Ah, sorry about that. I thought you were saying simply that none of the other devices could play HD content period. I didn’t know you were asking specifically about all formats playing in all players.

    In the case of those devices, the Intel GMA500 (and not the CPU) is really the problem. It is *supposed* to be able to play all HD formats but the drivers aren’t up to par. There are lots of heated discussions and general cries for help about this in the Pocketables Forum. Basically, Intel just failed to deliver on their promises. :( There are workarounds that allow, for example, 1080p H264 to play in MPC, VLC, and maybe GOM and KMPlayer (haven’t tested that for myself), but that’s obviously a far cry from “all HD formats playing in all players.”

    Multitasking actually isn’t as bad as you might think on the Atom Z5xx. Even on just 1GB of RAM and Vista, it can handle 10 Firefox tabs (including one streaming radio) open at once with no problem. Even having Firefox, iTunes, Adobe Reader, and Open Office is possible. I have a video of that here:

    There’s no question that the Everun Note, even when underclocked, is more powerful. But some of the other devices are really good too. The Fujitsu U820 also has excellent battery life; the others *can* as well but only with the optional extended batteries (no different than the Note in this respect).

  • Jenn, if you can thumb-type 70 wpm on any device then I bow down to your thumbs :)

  • No, that’s my touch typing speed on the Note. I think I’d dislocate my thumbs if I could thumb-type 70 wpm!

  • Avatar of GeoffreyM

    Great review, Jenn. (And you thought I wouldn’t bother reading it!) That said, I am even more convinced that this device would end up tossed out a window if I bought it.

  • I got to agree great review. To bad that you can’t get at least 4 hours of battery life with WiFi. I have the SC3 and the keyboard on the Everun Note looks easier to type on. I can actually type pretty good on the SC3 but it took a while to get the hang of it. Jenn if you compare the SC3 and the Everun Note screen,is the SC3 a lot better? More crisp, fonts, etc… I have had several notebooks over the years and one thing I can say is the SC3 has a very good screen even outdoors you can see it.

  • I actually get nearly 3.5 hours on enhanced in XP with wifi and firefox on my Note and 2.2 hours on standard battery.

  • I have the Note too, and all I can say, it’s an amazing machine but have to agree that it’s unfinished. However, this one shines when you add the extended battery, a mini pci 3g modem plus antenna, and tweak it to max performance while on battery, where you can make it work at 1ghz instead of the 800 mhz (since it’s dual core, it means a very noticiable 400mhz improvement).

    With all that, you have a connect everywhere machine, 4 hour battery life umpc, monster performance machine that still is way cheaper than anything else in the market, even with all the extra hardware included.

    I’m in complete love with my Note, you have to work a bit to make it shine but it’s well worth it. Besides, as a gamer, to be able to play EQ2, HL2 episode 2, Crysis, stalker and almost any modern game currently in the shops in such a small device is amazing, and for me the Sony Vaio P is a bad joke in comparison.

  • “this device would end up tossed out a window” Don’t mince words now. Tell us how you *really* feel!

  • Avatar of John in Norway

    My OQO is literally held together with electricians tape! It’s black so it doesn’t detract too much from it. I’ve managed to repair the wifi antennas but the yellow/green screen is really annoying.

    I’d love the new OQO but it’s just too expensive, especially if they haven’t fixed the faults from the present model. Plus, I’ve found that I don’t actually need everything it offers – voice dictation, active digitiser etc.
    I’ve been researching the Nokia tablet and have found, with workarounds, that it will do almost everything I want (plus it’s available in Norway). If my Nokia E90 had a touchscreen or a way to move around in long documents, plus a tabbed internet browser, I’d be happy with just that. Unfortunately, there still isn’t one device that will meet all my needs (and that I can afford).

  • Avatar of Heavyharmonies

    This model is a solution in search of a problem. 24GB split SSD? Welcome to a low-end eeePC. Not impressed.

  • The SC3 screen is brighter but clarity/crispness is about the same. The Note keyboard is considerably better, in my opinion, than the SC3’s because of its size. I can’t touch-type on the SC3, though hunt-and-peck typing is fine.

  • Hmm. The UMID M1 might be worth considering…

  • Avatar of DoctorZick

    Since I need to edit HDV video on the road (and the Note, conveniently, drives Full HD 1920×1080 moving pictures on an external monitor), the least demanding program for the chore is Adobe Premiere Pro [NOT 2.0]: the Everun Note D24S has the requisite Disk speed, but I heard that Premiere Pro can be installed only on a Hard Disk. The D60H Note, on the other hand, does not have a 7200RPM Hard Drive. Did anyone try HDV editing on either system? [I suppose both support the SSE2 instruction set.]

  • Jenn –

    After your experiences with the Everun Note, is the HTC Shift still your favorite? If they were roughly the same price, which would you recommend? I am at the point of replacing my Jornada 720 and can only buy one device. These seem to be the closest. I would probably be using it mostly without WIFI on. I’m thinking of Presto to try to get close to instant-on.

  • Well, I personally didn’t care for the Note very much (as noted in my conclusion), so I would always choose the Shift over it, even though it’s not as powerful and has a less touch-typable keyboard. As for which I’d recommend, it really depends on what kind of user you are and what you’ll be using the device for. If you have some time, you should pop into the Pocketables Forum and lay out your wants/needs in a new thread. :)

  • It’s a fantastic laptop i ever used before.I am really i am impressed with it’s design and internal features. Overall it’s a awesome product and i am very happy to have it.

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