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My AmigaOne X1000 Review!
Posted on 7-Jun-2012 7:04:01
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Amiga X1000: An End-Users Independent Review by Epsilon - June 2012
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Introduction
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I received my First Contact AmigaOne X1000 about a month or so ago now so it is only fair to let people know what to expect from this system, what it does and does not do.

Overall, I am a happy X1000 owner and glad I spent the money. It's a fun system.

I originally wanted it to replace all my Classic Amigas functionality from A2000 to A4000T - unfortunately it doesn't quite achieve that but it goes a long way towards my original goal. I still need my AGA Amigas for now.

I would have been much happier if it was $1000 less, so it was closer to a normal PC cost to be honest. I gather they aren't making much money on these systems so I guess it is ok.

Like all things in life, the Amiga X1000 has some great things, not so great things and some bad things.

I am aware a lot of people here develop software for AmigaOS 4 and work hard to do it. I recognise this straight up, and I am very grateful for all work done to release software for
the Amiga. Any negative feedback below should not be perceived as anything other than an honest independent review of the software available and not aimed at anyone in particular.

Also, I could well have missed obvious forum documented solutions to some problems mentioned, and some might also suggest I didn't try enough things to get things happening. It may be true, but as an end-user I think there is a limit to how much people want to tinker to get stuff to work, and this kind of feedback should be said I think. I may have made some mistakes also - Don't shoot me please, I am trying to be completely honest in my feedback and don't have a lot of time to get this done.

That said, Let's dive in.


The Good things:
----------------------

* The case is great - I love the boing ball front.
* AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 appears quite stable and responsive in normal usage
* The included OS4.1.5 Bootable LiveCD is excellent, and a life saver for booting problems with the OS.
* Icon refresh, drawer loading and disk access times are great
* Compatibility with older Amiga icon formats is terrific and saves redoing them yet again - thanks for that!
* Copying files from USB is very fast on the X1000, much quicker than I was used to on the older Amigas with Deneb USB.
* RunInUAE integration very welcome feature and works well to run old ADF ECS/OCS games and demos at full speed.
* I created customised UAE launchers for my Amiga 2000, Amiga 1200 and Amiga 4000 HD images I copied across to the Amiga X1000 and they run well.
* Facebook, Google Chat, IM support is great.
* DOSBox runs well to run old DOS games and demos - some fiddling needed in the config files to get it working optimally but result is not bad.
Note that demos and games from late DOS period in 1997-1999 do not run well in DOSBox under X1000.
* Playstation, Lynx, GBA and Sega Genesis emulation works well in limited testing.
* MUI-Mplayer works well for non-HD videos but requires some fiddling before it runs on X1000.
* PDF displaying is so much better on the X1000 than on any previous Amiga. I have now got most of my Amiga magazines in PDF format on the X1000
to review as needed.
* TuneNet - fantastic program and works well under OS4. Can play MP3, OGG, FLAC, streaming Groove Salad and more besides with no noticable system slowdown.
Is there any possibility to include all the plugins by default? It would be great to have a itunes style database and display/filter of all music on the HD to make it easier to navigate music..
* Cubic IDE - a classic Amiga program that works well under OS4 - I wish it had a portablE plugin though.
* DiskImageGUI - I use it on my classic Amigas too and glad to see it is included and resident by default and associations in place for the obvious image formats. I have all my Amiga Floppies in ADF and Amiga Cds in iso or ccd format now and on the HD for easy access as needed.
* AmiCygnix - I am grateful for the work done in this area to get GIMP and other Unix applications ported to Amiga. Please, we need Open Office or LibreOffice!
* USB joystick support works well in UAE and natively in OS4.
* Recent Elude demos for classic AGA Amiga work natively under OS4. Thanks for this support! Some native OS4 demos would be great!
* An attempt to create an App Store functionality. This is a great start but needs to be developed more - people are time poor and want software to be simple to install
and easy to run - the Apple App Store showed this to great effect. In a small community I think it is so important to have a centralised respository and framework for
obtaining software that can be trialled and purchased via PayPal through a portal that abstracts the user from the backend installation, mui classes check, library checks
and so on which should be in the background. I think this is achievable.
* Network support works well, and easy enough to get online. I haven't tried out Samba and Apache yet but they are installed ok. I had to manually edit files to stop boot popups though...

The Not so good things:
------------------------------

* Lack of promotion of the X1000 system beyond the core Classic amiga fans still left - People don't know it's out there and it's the real deal - a new Amiga!
If no money for tv advertising use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other free means to spread the word - it shouldn't be a secret!!! Raspberry Pi showed how an
unknown system can get mainstream coverage. A cheap entry level Amiga product is sorely needed, with the high end X1000 option if amiga is ever to stop being a niche computer.
* Lack of original games to play. Most OS4 games are PC ports open sourced from over a decade ago. Battle of Wesnoth is good fun, even though it is a port.
BOH was great fun game though and I am glad for an original game! I bought the 1941 Extreme DX Dual game too which was good fun. More original games please!
* The AmigaOne keyboard and mouse looks and feels cheap. Which I guess it is. I know I can replace them but I want it all to match nicely.
* AGA demos and games needing greater than 68020 do not run well under UAE emulation under OS4, even with tweaking refresh rates, etc.
Perhaps this will improve with OpenGL support for the screen updates and using the other CPU core. I hope so because I want this to replace my all Classic Amigas including AGA when
they inevitably stop working one day.
* On MorphOS OWB has the option to download the correct fonts to display web pages, but this option is not available on OS4. Why? Is it possible to download the
fonts separately and load them in somehow into OWB? The display between OS4 and MorphOS OWB is VERY different.
* System Boot time is surprisingly long. My Windows 7 PC, MorphOS eMac and Mac OS X Macbook Pro boots much faster. I guess I expected it would be quicker.
* No proper word processor. Cinnamon Writer is too buggy and crashes often without explanation. Find it is better to use old Classic Amiga word processors like
Final Writer and Wordworth which have more features. I know it is a lot of work to port OpenOffice but I really think an MS Word compatible Word Processor is needed.
* Have multiple image viewers (loView, PictureAlbum, etc) as there isn't a one size fits all thumbnail irfanview style image viewing and image manipulation tool natively for OS4. Need a iphoto style database of all photos on HD for easier viewing, etc.
* Mame emulation on OS4 is hit and miss. Some games work well, many don't and I don't know the cause.
* Couldn't use my Dell 30" monitor with X1000 - gfx artifacts, screen ghosting and lines made it unusable. I switched to a much smaller 24" monitor which works well but a shame really.
* I had to create custom resolution in OS4 with reboot to use the full resolution capability of my 24" screen.
Can I suggest adding more standard resolutions into the monitor settings to save time?
* No native OS4 virtualisation software I could find - Something like VirtualBox would at least allow emulation of common applications not on OS4 under emulated Windows or Linux virtual machines. Not sure if this is any easier than porting the applications though!
* No alt-TAB to switch between applications, and applications that are running are not shown in the dock for ease of switching.
* I paid to have 4Gb installed but the system apparently only sees and uses 2Gb. knowing this would have saved me some money when purchasing it..
* The free SDK should be included with the system like with Mac OS X, rather than having to download it from Hyperion separately after registration.
* No Japanese or unicode language support at an OS level. This is sorely needed for me anyway and annoying when web browsing or reading documents in Japanese.
* No support for using USB webcams in IM programs for video calls.
* No included archiver! It is necessary to download a command line archiver like zip or lha if you require it. There is an unarchiver with GUI which works ok as long as zip file size is less than 2Gb.
Ideally an archiver should be included by default with context menu Add to archive function...
* Timberwolf beta is much slower than OWB. So slow loading web pages I gave up using it.
* Email applications in OS4 are a bit basic - YAM and SimpleMail are ok, but have a lot of
catching up to do in features like HTML support, etc. I just use Gmail in OWB directly instead for mail.

The bad things:
--------------------

* No Java support.
* No Adobe flash support.
* Video Driver is 2D only and doesn't use most of the overlay and 3D effects the card is capable of. Perhaps this is why HD video cannot play back well under MUI-Mplayer.
I know the video driver is a work in progress and I am glad the system was released ahead of this.
* Onboard audio doesn't work. Separate audio card is required to have sound.
* The sound ports on the front of the case don't work because they are connected to the onboard I guess. (I haven't opened the case) I really want to use my headphones with it...
* eSata/USB port on the front of the case doesn't appear to work. I have plugged usb devices to it but they are not recognised, but devices work in the other two front USB ports...
* YouTube doesn't work to playback content in OWB or Timberwolf.
* Downloads in OWB have no progress dialog or any sign they are running. I have to shell and list the file I am downloading to see if it is still being downloaded!!!!
* Multiple downloads don't work in OWB - it stops the current one if running to start the next one....
* Printing - after a brief read of what is involved in setting it up with network control and USB setups needed I gave up trying. Shouldn't be this difficult.
Is there an easy way to print to a USB HP InkJet All-in-One or Brother Laser printer under OS4?
* OpenGL games don't work and just crash the system when run. I know there is not OpenGL support yet but it is relevant to a user when trying games out. I believe there is a library you can copy over to fix this for some stuff but haven't tried this yet...
* An unfortunate occurance where my AmigaOS4 wouldn't boot at all after a system crash, permanently stuck in a boot fail loop.
This was traced to a faulty boot file on the SYS: partition that needed to be replaced and now works.
* Some information included with the system about known compatibility and workarounds for JIT older Amiga programs with X1000 would save a lot of mucking around.
I realise that this is to be expected given the age of the software trying to be run on it, so I make some allowances for that of course!

Some examples of workarounds I did:
* Having to replace a kickstart class file with an older version on the internet in order for DOSbox to work on X1000.
* Having to create custom screen modes for opening non-workbench screens for common Amiga applications that use it.
* changing cg_wpa setting in MUI-Mplayer to work on X1000.
* Need to use legacy Delitracker for full Amiga module compatibility, and some config changes and setup changes needed for it to work with AHI without crashing the system
when playing songs. I documented this one on Amigaworld forums to reference for anyone else who has this problem.

Conclusion
--------------

I hope this review is helpful for people to know what to expect from the X1000. As I said, it is a good Amiga, it does a lot of good things and I am glad it has finally been released.

I look forward to some of the promised improvements in the video driver, OS4.2, bug fixes and more to come I am sure.

I also hope to see a genuinely cheap Amiga platform released to hook in the general public to Amigas in the future. Like the Raspberry Pi has proven it is possible for an unknown computer
to become very well known. Much better marketing is needed - we have a good product here. We still need the top end products like the X1000 too, for those who want more in a computer.

Thanks to everyone involved in the effort to get this Amiga X1000 out there, and to the beta-testers and software developers for continuing to support the Amiga. I am very grateful
to still be able to use new Amiga products in 2012 - ten years ago I didn't think it would still be going now and I am glad to be part of it still!

Catcha,
Epsilon

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Re: My AmigaOne X1000 Review!
Posted on 7-Jun-2012 7:10:21
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@Epsilon

My front USB works here fine
and yeah you are right with some things
Some of this are work in progress
AGA games like AlienBreed2 3D and Breathless AGA works smoother like on my A1200PPC/060

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Posted on 7-Jun-2012 7:17:21
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Interesting read, but a lot of things aren't really related to the X1000. Your text is more a "how to work and live with an AmigaOS and/or 3rd party applications environment" kind of review. Nevertheless thanks for the time you've invested in this nice overview!

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Re: My AmigaOne X1000 Review!
Posted on 7-Jun-2012 8:34:00
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@Epsilon

* No Java support.
* No Adobe flash support.

While available for download, Apple does not include Java or Flash under OSX, and it will never be available on iOS devices.
HTML5 is replacing Flash and I don't care about Java, it's mostly used in servers, no need for it on the Desktop.
IF I play a video under flash (Youtube) under OSX the CPU fan start quickly, using HTML5 beta youtube I don't have such problem.
Both technos are known to have security issues often used by Hackers. (some of them being bad, grey, black). I'm sure Amiga OS don't need these technos to be hacked since there's no security in the system, except maybe stack overflow.

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Re: My AmigaOne X1000 Review!
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@cha05e90

+1

EDIT: Probably forgot to say welcome to the x1000 world :)

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@Epsilon

Grate read! Thanks!

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@Kicko

+1

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Well TV2 a Norwegian TV station shows a message if don’t have Silverlight installed, that your browser is old and out dated, just because the logical step forward is HTML5 because of compatibility between hardware platforms, it’s not part of Microsoft’s or Adobes policies.

And there are many brain washed web designers, that use standardized tools generate web pages, that is not HTML5 compliant, there is a lot of web and it administrators that are Microsoft fan boys.

The only thing that might force companies to go HTML5 is user demand and bitching.

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Thanks for the points. I hope this gets better over time. My XE is still on repair. 2300e was quite alot way back then . Bought the OS upgrade and a lot of stuff.

Firstly fun but then broke down.

When there is a bit cheaper version working with reasonable standards there will be a lot of buyers in my guess. A disk-drive or some newer method should be to transfer the old stuff from the store boxes.

Not promoting yet as it is not finished like the XE either..

Final Writer, Payback, DeluxePaintV,ABDII3D. Timberwolf.. If all this works better than on my new upcoming PowerTower PIV060 could consider.

Later for now.

Edit: Oops forgot the printing and Windows compability for work.





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Hi all,

Thanks for your feedback so far - I enjoyed writing the review.

As an update on my original X1000 review, this evening I have found the newer MUI OWB install on OS4Depot which is not included with OS4.1.5 for some reason.

After installing this on the X1000, I found this MUI OWB version (based on the MorphOS version) fixes the font display issue and provides a download progress window and supported multiple files being downloaded.

Also, I ran the script in the MUI OWB to download the ttf fonts and this gave me the same page views as MorphOS - everything looks so much better now in MUI OWB. Thanks for the port - seriously guys this should be included in the OS4.1.5 and later distribution rather than than the older OWB version.

Can someone point me in the direction of where I can download Japanese TTF files for MUI OWB?

Anyway, I am very happy to find this MUI OWB software today and fixed one of my annoyances on the X1000!

I noticed ibatch 1.4 website today too and might give that image viewer/manipulator a go next...

Catcha,
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@Epsilon

Quote:
* No alt-TAB to switch between applications, and applications that are running are not shown in the dock for ease of switching.


You may try the Alt-Tab Switcher

http://os4depot.net/index.php?function=showfile&file=utility/misc/alt_tab_switcher.lha

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* On MorphOS OWB has the option to download the correct fonts to display web pages, but this option is not available on OS4. Why? Is it possible to download the
fonts separately and load them in somehow into OWB?


Check "Download_Fonts" icon into the MUI OWB directory

Quote:
Downloads in OWB have no progress dialog or any sign they are running. I have to shell and list the file I am downloading to see if it is still being downloaded!!!!


You are using the Reaction version from Joerg ?
If so try with MUI OWB:

http://os4depot.net/index.php?function=showfile&file=network/browser/muiowb.lha

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@Epsilon

Lets see what I can help with here...

Quote:
* No Adobe flash support.
* YouTube doesn't work to playback content in OWB or Timberwolf.

Talk to Adobe about this one, until they write the software we're stuffed.
you can use getvideo from os4depot to download/play youtube files.

Quote:
* Video Driver is 2D only and doesn't use most of the overlay and 3D effects the card is capable of. Perhaps this is why HD video cannot play back well under MUI-Mplayer.
I know the video driver is a work in progress and I am glad the system was released ahead of this.
* OpenGL games don't work and just crash the system when run. I know there is not OpenGL support yet but it is relevant to a user when trying games out. I believe there is a library you can copy over to fix this for some stuff but haven't tried this yet...


The opengl stuff depends on the video driver. so is essentially the same problem and being worked on.

Quote:

* Onboard audio doesn't work. Separate audio card is required to have sound.
* The sound ports on the front of the case don't work because they are connected to the onboard I guess. (I haven't opened the case) I really want to use my headphones with it...


Plug your headphones in the back...

Quote:
* eSata/USB port on the front of the case doesn't appear to work. I have plugged usb devices to it but they are not recognised, but devices work in the other two front USB ports...


check the cables haven't come off in transit.

Quote:
* Downloads in OWB have no progress dialog or any sign they are running. I have to shell and list the file I am downloading to see if it is still being downloaded!!!!
* Multiple downloads don't work in OWB - it stops the current one if running to start the next one....


Use MUIOWB from os4depot.

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* Printing - after a brief read of what is involved in setting it up with network control and USB setups needed I gave up trying. Shouldn't be this difficult.
Is there an easy way to print to a USB HP InkJet All-in-One or Brother Laser printer under OS4?


The whole printing system needs a rewrite and it doesn't help that printer drivers are huge now, my last hp update was bigger than OS4.

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Have multiple image viewers (loView, PictureAlbum, etc) as there isn't a one size fits all thumbnail irfanview style image viewing and image manipulation tool natively for OS4. Need a iphoto style database of all photos on HD for easier viewing, etc.


Use iBatch fort that. It was influenced from Irfanview, and includes renaming pattern, batch conversion, creating thumbnail icons (#?.info files - nicely aligned fits all one size....) etc... iBatch had been rated as "must have" from AmigaFuture Magazine.

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@Epsilon

hmm. and where is the "great things" section? good thing is to hear that usb is faster than on classics, not so good, that x1k cant emulate a system beyond 68020 or a pc from the beginning of this century, but most of that is known to us. i personally miss that "what is x" euphory. i mean it was advertised as a whole new world of "amiga" computing at first..

besides you should be able to switch between applications using lamiga+m, thats amiga way, in contrary to what you seem to be accustomed to (pc).

and what concerns 4gb ram, this is common knowledge that amiga (like) systems cannot address more than 2gb. i wonder why the systems are shipped with more, but i guess it is for linux users.

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4GB are for Linux and OS4.1 when it`s done

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If HP want's to sell a few more printers there is a chance for them to get even more selling units.

Only a driver needed for a certain good model. Then many get the same colourlaser?
As a few exaples has showed this from other perhiperals.
PS is not tried. Got the Color Laser 2600N and a few packages of tone. Not parting with that. (Maypbe HP buys TurboPrint and upgrades that..;)

Epson and Canon too to join. They might have the money? If You want sales take some ideas in consideration.

The best model from each who comes to participate. Not so much asked.

This has been a problem for a while. Maybe Hyperion brothers have a deal allready.

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@Epsilon

This is exactly what I think was missing. A review of the machine from an indepent, "normal" user! ;)

Great job.

I underline, in particular, the bit were you mention the lack of promotion. "Real" publicity is costly, but awareness can be created free of charge, particularly on Facebook and similar.

Great to know that "Battle for Wesnoth" works ok. It's currently the best Amiga game by far, IMHO.

The "4GB becomes 2GB RAM" is a real pain. And strangely so... ;(

The inabilty to do multiple downloads in OWB is really weird. I've always managed to do it with my (now dead) A1, with no problems. The lack of feedback is frustrating, but at least it worked. Great to know that a newer version solved this!

In all, it seems the X1000 is a capable machine, that improves on the A1 (the only machine I can compare it with).

Still, and especially given the shortcomings you mention, I maintain it's still quite pricey for anyone but the rich and/or ultra fans. :\

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@PR

Sales of a couple of hundred printers would never justify the cost of a couple of hundred man-hours required to develop a proprietary driver, so no printer manufacturer would even consider it these days. Hell, most only do the most basic parts for Mac, and don't support Linux at all!

The best bet is to use a completely new system (CUPS for example, though that's far from perfect), or to look for printers which use a standard protocol such as PostScript.

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Re: My AmigaOne X1000 Review!
Posted on 7-Jun-2012 13:47:30
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@wawa

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wawa wrote:

besides you should be able to switch between applications using lamiga+m, thats amiga way, in contrary to what you seem to be accustomed to (pc).


Indeed, though that'll only work for tasks if each task is on a separate screen.

@Epsilon
This is something that has always been the way with AmigaOS. There are 3rd party add-ons which give you that functionality, but it generally comes down to just remembering where each application is. Personally I don't mind this at all, since I control the depth of each window, I find it very quick to switch between applications, and any which I prefer to have on their own screen can be easily accessed too with LAmiga+M (and LAmiga+N to switch back to Workbench).

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Re: My AmigaOne X1000 Review!
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@Epsilon,

Is this a review of the X1000 or of OS4.1.5? Because going by your review it sounds like the only difference between a SAM and the X1000:

1 - Has a nice custom case in your opinion
2 - Runs software somewhat faster than a SAM
3 - Boots slower than a SAM - but since you don't specify which stage in the boot process takes so long this could also be due to OS4.1.5.

What about "The Power of X"? You know, the things that are supposed to make the X1000 special, kind of like the Amiga was with it's custom hardware: Xena (the onboard XMOS), Xorro (the proprietary hardware slot), and the second CPU core? Any word on how those things perform?

Aside from that, glad you're happy having spent $2000 more than you would on a SAM running OS4.1.5. Hey, just think if OS4.1.5 never comes out for the SAM - you'll have something really special then!

Did you read that fully as there is no mention of SAM in it (unless you count SAMba). I fail to see why some people just have to always be so negative towards things.

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