Techie Talk by Judy @ 10:02 AM
OQO Model 01

OK. So this is pretty cool. A fully functional WinXP machine… in the palm of your hand. The OQO Model 01 has arrived.

I have to admit this is a snazzy looking little doodad that warms the geeky cockles of my heart. It’s just 4.9″ x 3.4″ x .9″ and weighs just 14 oz., yet it runs standard WinXP. That means it runs standard XP software, although with a 1 GHz processor, a 20 GB hard drive and 256K of RAM it’s not going to set the town on fire. This is a word-processing, email-reading, contact-keeping, calendar-watching sort of device. It has a thumb keyboard and a trackstik with mouse buttons as well as a digital pen and a thumb wheel. It looks easy to use. It can be hooked to a docking station for full-size use if desired.

WiFi is integrated, as are Firewire and USB ports. But it has no CD drive, so an external USB drive is required in order to load software. There are reports that it runs hot, so be careful sticking it in your pocket!

As cool as this little goody looks, retail is a not-so-cool $1899. For that price one can pick up a small, slim full-function notebook. There are early adapters that will go for the OQO Model 01, but I don’t think I’ll be among them.

For my money, I’ll stick to my syncing my Palm Tungsten T3 with my laptop at work and my computer at home, since I need both of those computers anyway. And the inconvenience is worth around $1500 to me.

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