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The much anticipated appearance of the OQO ultra-portable computer (UPC) is closer to reality now that the Model 01 is available for ordering from the OQO web site. The OQO has been discussed for over two years and has often been the butt of vaporware jokes. […]

Oqo_model_01The much anticipated appearance of the OQO ultra-portable computer (UPC) is closer to reality now that the Model 01 is available for ordering from the OQO web site. The OQO has been discussed for over two years and has often been the butt of vaporware jokes. Those should subside with the appearance of the device at hand.The OQO is available with either Windows XP Home or Pro and is priced at $1899 and $1999 respectively. OQO went with a 1 GHz Transmeta processor, 20 GB HDD, and 256 MB of RAM. It will be interesting to see if the OQO lives up to the hype with its hardware configuration and pricing or if consumers will complain about the performance of the device.To see the full specs just read on.

OQO Specifications1GHz Transmeta processor20GB hard drive (shock-mounted)256MB DDR RAMDimensions: 4.9″ x 3.4″ x .9″Weight: 14 ounces800 x 480 W-VGA 5″ transflective display (indoor/outdoor readable)3D accelerated graphics with 8mb video RAMQWERTY thumb keyboard with mouse buttons and TrackStik®802.11b wirelessBluetooth® wireless4-pin FireWire® (1394)USB 1.13.5mm stereo headphone jackMicrophoneDigital penRemovable lithium polymer batteryBattery life up to three hours, depending on usageOQO docking cable includes:3D accelerated 1280 x 1024 VGA video outputAdditional USBAdditional FireWire (1394)EthernetDC powerAudio outAdditional FeaturesActive hard drive protection that safely parks hard drive heads upon detecting freefallScreen that slides on rack and pinion mechanism to reveal thumb keyboardShift, control, function and alt keys that have smart-lock with LED indicatorsThumbwheel allows for traditional scrolling as well as enhanced featuresAmbient light sensor that automatically adjusts backlight to appropriate levelExternal antenna connector for 802.11b (in addition to built-in diversity antennas)Included Accessories Power cord & AC adaptorDocking cableDesktop standDigital penCarrying sleeve

  1. Pity that the 90% of the world’s population that lives outside the USA can’t buy it…..

    Looks like an opportunity for the Dynamism’s out there – exporting rather than importing.

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  2. I read yesterday that units ordered in the US are drop shipped from the factory in Singapore so it should just be a matter of time before it is available outside the US.

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  3. How well is XP going to run in 256 MB of RAM?

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  4. I don’t think WinXP will run well at all in 256 MB of memory. WinXP needs 512 with any kind of multi-tasking at all. What the low RAM will do to the OQO is drain the battery faster as WinXP pages to disk a lot.

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  5. Handtops has posted a couple of in-depth reviews of the OQO.

    http://www.handtops.com/show/news/52/0/OQO_review___In_depth.html

    They even tried to put Linux on it. Sort of.

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  6. Are you picking one up?

    I appreciate your thought processes and detailed review. You’re obviously not a PCWorld or the NY Times paid writer that only writes cursory reviews, YOUR’RE A USER AND OWNER OF TECHNOLOGY like the rest of us.

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  7. PA, thanks for that! I’m not going to pick one up any time soon. Maybe Model 02. :)

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