On fingerprint readers and raw grunt

, posted: 27-Aug-2006 07:45

I noticed on the Geekzone page that announces the R2H that Kevin said he'd rather not have the Fingerprint reader, but instead he'd rather have a better CPU and RAM.

On one hand I agree that more RAM and a quicker CPU would be great, but also think that the fingerprint reader is more valuable than it may first appear.

Having now owned a UMPC for over a month, logging on is often quite painful if you want to protect your login with a user name and password.  This is a slate tablet thing in my opinion.  Its great to have the little keyboard that you can tap away at, but if you tend to use larger passwords (which I do) entering a password at every power on by tapping keyboard is quite frustrating.  A fingerprint reader would be a great addition and IMHO should be a must for all UMPC designers.

Having said that - I do agree that more memory in particular is a must.  I've got 512 Mb in mine and its not enough.  I need more.

I have other things I'd like to see improved too many of which will be better in the Vista timeframe, but for now, I'm happy that I've got a form factor that works well for my needs.

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