Problems With the Wibrain B1

July 15, 2023
David Sunnyside

The hyper hand-held devices are getting more and more powerful. The Wibrain B1 is a very capable device that packs a full laptop into a small package. It has a trackpad and thumb Qwerty keyboard, WiFi, GSM, WebCam, Touch screen and much more. This device is a dream gadget for any Blogger on the go.

Unfortunately, the unit does have some problems. Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) resolves most of them, but a few remain. One of these is that Suspend and Hibernate do not always resume properly, and a few other bugs crop up from time to time.

Another is that the hardware does not support a full range of resolutions for display on monitors and projectors. The unit is configured to work at 1024x600. However, the display is letterboxed and does not maintain the proper aspect ratio when displayed on larger monitors. This is a common problem on other UMPCs and is a simple fix with a small utility.

Another issue is that a number of applications have unnecessarily large windows that extend beyond the height of the Wibrain's screen. This includes the Firefox browser and a number of email programs, including Evolution. Finally, the built-in audio is weak and does not have a headphone jack. This is a common issue with all mobile devices and can be solved easily by using a pair of external earbuds or a standard USB headset. The unit is also rather warm when used with WiFi active.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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