The OQO: WindowsXP in the Palm of Your Hand

The OQO computer has finally arrived after existing as vaporware for several years. This small computer, about the size of your average PDA, runs a full version of WindowsXP Home or Professional. A one-gigahertz Transmeta processor and 20 GB hard-drive give users more power than a PDA, but less than a laptop. So does the OQO fulfill a value-add need that laptops and PDA don't offer?

Cost And Contents

The OQO, preloaded with WindowsXP Home, can be purchased from the OQO Website for $1,899. WindowsXP Professional will cost you $100 more. There is no option to buy the OQO without an operating system. You can also pre-load Microsoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition for an extra $300.

The OQO and the accessories come in an attractive box. You get the unit itself, a carrying sleeve, a power cord, an AC adapter, desktop stand, digital pen and a docking cable. The stand does not have a built-in charger or docking ports.

The docking cable can fold up easily to fit into a purse or backpack. This can make the cable more portable than traditional docking cradles. The cable plugs into the bottom of the OQO unit and replicates the following PC ports:

VGA output (1280 X 1024 max resolution) USB 1.1 FireWire Ethernet DC Power Audio Out

You can plug the docking cable into the OQO whether or not it is on the desktop stand.