OQO model 01 review

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It’s powered by a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe TM-5800, designed from the ground up for low power consumption. This is matched with 256MB of memory and a shock-mounted 20GB Toshiba hard disk with active protection to park the heads in free-fall. These components seem measly when docked and, at the very least, you’re likely to need external storage space before long. But it’s a handy specification to take around in a PC that will fit in your pocket. The battery doesn’t last very long, however, and ours gave out after two hours, 45 minutes of light use (with the backlight set to low). You can buy spare lithium-polymer batteries but, at £100 each, they’re not cheap.

OQO model 01 review

The OQO avoids many usability criticisms because it makes no pretence at regular notebook layout and usage; but back at the office you’re restricted by the very modest hardware, and that makes it outrageously expensive. If you really need all the bells and whistles of Windows XP on the move, consider IBM’s ThinkPad X41. It will cost you another £100 and weigh you down a further 900g, but offers a far better balance between portability and practicality. Nonetheless, the OQO is certainly an achievement in miniaturisation, and packs an undeniable wow factor as a luxury PDA.

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