By on August 18, 2004

The OQO (pronounced oh-queue-oh) is such a spiffy little unit, I’m surprised that Apple didn’t build something like it first!

In handtop mode, the screen slides up to reveal a QWERTY-style thumbpad, mouse buttons and a TrackStik. The 800 x 480 W-VGA 5” transflective display is readable indoors and out, and the attached digital pen can let you go without the keyboard. It also sports 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless, FireWire and USB 1.1 jacks. It runs full-blown Windows XP, but I wonder if the tiny display will cause some headaches trying to run some apps.

What I see as its real beauty is when you slide it into its cradle; it becomes a full-fledged desktop machine. You can hook up a full-size keyboard and monitor, scanner, printer, or whatever else you want to hang off the thing. The docking unit adds 3D accelerated 1280 x 1024 VGA video output, ethernet, and an additional USB and FireWire port. In the photo above, it looks like the mouse is bigger than the computer!

It’s no megahertz monster; the processor is a 1GHz Transmeta chip, but I don’t think that will deter the travelling business guys and girls that are the likely targets of OQO’s marketing.

No word on how much, but I’m betting that it will sell quickly no matter the price. And I’ll also lay odds that Apple has something like it in the works.

Oh, and be sure to check out their promotional video; lots of shots of ancient computer hardware, and even a glimpse of a shiny black BMW Isetta! (another car I’d love to own someday.)

“It is the only computer you need.”

as seen on Gadget Madness



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