Ultra Personal Computer
July 2004
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The OQO ultra personal computer (uPC) from San Francisco, CA U.S.-based OQO, Inc. is said to be the smallest, high-performance Windows XP computer with complete PC functionality.

The size of a PDA, the OQO weighs 14 oz and measures 4.9 by 3.4 by 0.9 in. The hand-held computer is based on a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe™ TM5800 series processor and can function as a media player that can hold up to 1,000 songs or three movies. With high-speed wireless access, it can also be used as a portal to the Web and e-mail.

The unit’s main feature is its modular design. When the screen is open, users can input data via a thumb keyboard with mouse buttons and a thumbwheel. When the screen is closed, the unit turns into a tablet-style PDA, complete with digital pen for input. If connected to the unit’s docking cable, the uPC’s capabilities are expanded to include video, Ethernet, and audio line out, and it can be connected to LAN or high-speed data networks.

When inserted into a desktop stand and connected to the docking cable, the device becomes a functional desktop PC. Connected to an external monitor, the computer supports a screen resolution of 1,280 by 1,024. Also, through FireWire and USB, the unit can support peripherals such as printers, scanners, and digital cameras.

The OQO uPC features a removable lithium polymer battery that lasts from 2 to 6 hrs, depending on usage. The 20-GB hard drive has 256 MB of RAM. As of press time, the unit was scheduled to be available sometime in the second half of 2004.

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