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Updated import pricing: UMID M1 mbook sans HSDPA

Umid_justek_ls Justek emailed to let me know that they've just updated their import pricing on the lower spec'd HSDPA-less UMID M1 mbook MID. UMID sells this model (1.33GHz Atom, 512MB RAM, Linux, 16GB SSD) for 759,000 KRW (~$564 USD) in Korea, so Australia-based Justek's new $930 AUD (~$658 USD) asking price isn't too bad. For an additional $155 AUD (~$110 USD), the company will ship the white clamshell MID with Windows XP Home SP3 installed.

US consumers may not be too thrilled with the idea of paying $750+ for an XP-based MID that doesn't come with integrated 3.5G, but if you have your own copy of XP and can obtain the drivers (which should eventually be made available for download on UMID and possibly Justek's site), $658 is fairly reasonable for what the M1 mbook has to offer in its compact body.

The MID is expected to be in stock at Justek next week.

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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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15 thoughts on “Updated import pricing: UMID M1 mbook sans HSDPA

  • In this economy, I expect to see many electronics manufacturers go out of business this year (some very quickly). With their announced pricing, this company isn’t posed to do well. MIDs really seem irrelevant in the age of cheap netbooks; however, with the growing trend of turning netbooks into larger, yet still small laptops I think pricing will climb and may put a crimp on the recent trend of portable sales out pacing desktop sales. Personally, I’ve given up on the idea of a MID and have decided to go with 2 purchases this year–an HTC Touch Pro 2, which will have a 3.8 WVGA screen and qwerty keyboard, and an MSI Wind X Slim 320.

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    Dang…I knew I shouldn’t have ordered that custom Vaio P90 yesterday….could have bought 2 UMID’s with XP instead….if only you’d posted this yesterday, Jenn….

    ;-/

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  • so Australia-based Justek’s new $930 AUD (~$658 USD) asking price isn’t too bad.

    sorry cant read

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  • 2 UMIDS ? One for each hand ? I guess that would make touch typing easier.

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  • Avatar of orbitalcomp

    Man, ArchiMark…you’re really on a gadget buying frenzy lately! :-)

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  • I gather there is a new similar sized MID demod by intel at IDF bejing from a firm called NFS, plus it has a convertible screen

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  • Great review! Looks like the UMID M1 is as good as I hoped.

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  • I would have thought that after the Aigo you would want to stay clear from MID’s for a while. :) I think the Sony P was a good choice, I know I like my Sony P. I still have my Aigo with XP and take it whenever I just want to be very mobile.

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  • Avatar of Britman

    Don;t forget any import taxes and duty, more so in the UK. Mr Revenue and Customs just love slapping TAX on these Gray imports.

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  • Regarding expansion / file transfer; is the ‘mini USB2.0’ port capable of accepting flash drives to transfer photo’s in the field etc? Would it require an adapter to do so?

    Thanks in advance,

    James

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  • Thanks Jenn,

    I wonder why they don’t just put a fully functioning USB2.0 port on there as standard, must be some kind of size limitation perhaps – but that’s great if its included – I hope you get one soon to review!

    James

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