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Looking around the chassis, the top edge houses the stylus, while on the right is the battery release button and a headphone socket. On the bottom there’s a full-size USB port (USB 1.1 unfortunately) and a thumb wheel. Here you’ll also find the power socket along with two other connectors for the expansion cable. Finally, on the left hand side there’s a four-pin FireWire port. Flanking the chassis are two wireless antennas for the integrated WiFi and Bluetooth adapters.
The whole rear is taken up by the lithium polymer battery. This is good for over three hours of use – at least it was when I was using it. It’s an intelligent battery – you can press a button and get an indication of charge state without having to turn the device on. Because the battery is slim and light it would be quite easy to carry a spare with you for those long haul flights, but at £115 it doesn’t come cheap.
In the box you get a solid metal cradle for the model 01, but there’s no connectivity here. Instead you have to employ the expansion cable that also comes in the box. This cable connects to the base of the unit and obscures the power connector – the power supply the plugs into this cable to feed the OQO. The far end of the expansion cable sports a D-SUB port for connection to an external monitor, while along the length you’ll find a four-pin FireWire port, a USB port, the power socket and a headphone socket.
Also the metal cradle and expansion cable works admirably, it’s not the most elegant of solutions and I would prefer a proper docking station that the model 01 just slips into, with all the connection options hard wired into it. Thankfully, when I spoke to Jory Bell recently, he hinted that there was a plethora of accessories due to market soon, including a proper docking solution. Jory was also keen to tell me that everyone employed at OQO uses a model 01 as their sole PC, so I imagine that a solid docking solution is just as important internally as it is for customers.
I’ve talked about the outside of the model 01, so let’s take a look under the skin. Driving the model 01 is a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe CPU. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a device running a Transmeta chip, but it’s a solid choice as the focus of these chips is low power drain; ideal for a device like the model 01.