The OQO: WindowsXP in the Palm of Your Hand

Specs

Processor1 GHz Transmeta Crusoe
Hard Drive20 GB
RAM256 MB DDR
Dimensions4.9" X 3.4" X .9"
Weight14 ounces
Screen800 X 480 W-VGA 5" transflective
Graphics3D Accelerated 8 MB
Networking802.11b and external antenna port Bluetooth
ConnectivityUSB 1.1 and Firewire
AudioHeadphone jack, Mic
BatteryLithium Polymer 4000 mAh

Closer Look

The OQO feels very solid and weighs a bit more than your average PDA. The large almost five inch screen rolls up to expose the keyboard underneath. While the keys are very small, you do get a full set of keys and even a number pad on the right side. An almost undetectable microphone is built into the case, just to the right of the power button.

You may think, due to the small size of the keys, that it is difficult to hold down Shift, Fn, Control or Alt while pressing another key, but OQO offers a solution. When you press any of those four keys, they turn green and remain "pressed down" until you hit the next key.

The three connectors on the left bottom side of the OQO are for the docking cable. Next is a port for connecting an external 802.11b antenna. After that a thumbwheel helps you scroll through large screens in Windows. Finally, there is a USB 1.1 connector.

Most of the USB memory key chains and newer hard-drives worked with the OQO, but older USB hard-drives did not. We suspect that the OQO can't supply enough power to spin up some of the larger devices.

While I understand that it is an engineering feat just to get the USB port in the OQO case, it would have been great to have a USB 2.0 port.

The left side of the OQO has the built-in wireless and Bluetooth antennas. It also has a baby FireWire port.

The top of the OQO has an air vent and the removable Digital Pen, which functions like a Digital Tablet pen.

Finally on the right side of the OQO are the audio out connector, another air vent and the other side of the wireless/Bluetooth antenna.