I’ve been using an ASUS R1F Tablet PC for about six months now and am still quite pleased with its performance and reliability.
I’ve become addicted to its fingerprint reader for logging on to my user account and password-protected websites. But until recently I assumed that the reader hardware was defective.
Despite my practice at perfect my fingerprint swiping technique, it often took three or four tries to get a good read.
And then, a little over a week ago, I discovered an update to the UPEK driver software that powers the fingerprint reader hardware. (According to UPEK’s site, the hardware is used in notebooks from Amoi, ASUS, Gateway IBM/Lenovo, Itronix, MPC, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba.) The driver package works with Windows 2000, Windows XP (32 and 64 bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit), and Windows Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit).
Since February 13, I have consistently been getting successful reads in a single swipe, and on those occasions when I miss the mark, I hit it on the second try. That’s a huge improvement, and it certainly isn’t because my technique suddenly improved.
This experience really does show what a difference a driver can make.
(By the way, I found this driver by following a link from fellow MVP Aaron Tiensivu’s list of Thinkpad T60/T60p/T61/T61p 32-bit Vista drivers. Must reading for Thinkpad fans.)