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OQO model 01 - Pocket Size PC - OQO model 01

There’s 256MB of memory backing up the CPU which can’t be augmented and although I initially thought that this would be the model 01’s Achilles heel, my fear turned out to be unfounded. Although I would never advise anyone to buy a notebook with less that 512MB of memory, the RAM complement isn’t such an issue in the model 01 since, you’re unlikely to be doing a huge amount of multi-tasking or running heavy duty apps on a device this size. That said, if you are going to use the model 01 as your only PC, as the guys at OQO do, I can imagine that the modest amount of memory could become an issue.

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There’s a 20GB 1.8in hard disk, which isn’t massive by notebook standards, but considering the overall size of the model 01, it’s an amazing amount of storage. The Silicon Motion Lynx 3DM+ graphics chipset has 8MB of video memory, but don’t let the name fool you – you’re not going to be playing any games on the model 01. Strangely, despite the dedicated video memory, 24MB of system memory has been appropriated.

The 5in transflective screen produces a clear image whether indoors or outside. The resolution of 800 x 480 is pretty low compared to a laptop, but is far higher than any current PDA. Writing word documents is no problem on this screen, and even web browsing isn’t too much of a chore – although the limited width does result in some sideways scrolling on most sites. There’s an ambient light sensor which adjusts the brightness of the backlight depending on the environmental conditions.

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The model 01 shares one of the same party tricks with the IBM ThinkPads – active hard drive protection. This means that the model 01 can tell when it has been dropped and automatically park the drive heads before impact, thus avoiding data loss – of course your model 01 might not survive the drop, but often the data on a device can be worth more than the hardware itself.

With dimensions of 125 x 88 x 23mm (WxHxD) the model 01 is chunkier than most fully featured PDAs, but it will fit in your pocket – depending on how tight your trousers are. You get an elasticated cloth sleeve, with a sewn in screen protector to keep your model 01 safe while you’re carrying it. Weighing in at around 400g, the model 01 is again heavier than a PDA, but still less than half the weight of the undoubtedly svelte Sony X505 ultra-portable notebook.

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