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It was on my last day at CES that I had the meeting I’d been looking forward to most. OQO is a company that I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while, since its model 01 hand-held computer looked very cool indeed.

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Like the Sony VAIO Type U that I reviewed a while back, the OQO model 01 is a hand-held device with a full-blown PC inside it. The model 01 sports a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe CPU and backs it up with 256MB of DDR memory. Graphics are handled by a Silicon motion Lynx 3DM+ chipset with 8MB of video memory, while storage is taken care of by a 20GB 1.8in hard disk. The model 01 is built to run Windows XP and can ship with either Home or Professional flavours.

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The OQO model 1 is smaller than the Sony Type U, and I have to say that it’s more aesthetically pleasing. With dimensions of 122 x 85 x 22 (WxHxD), the model 1 is slightly more pocket friendly than the Sony, but it’s the sliding screen and hidden keyboard that really make this pocket sized PC special.

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With the screen closed, the model 01 looks like a big PDA or a very small tablet PC, but when the screen slides up, a keyboard, TrackStik and numeric keypad are all revealed. Having a real hardware keyboard rather than an on-screen soft one, makes the OQO a more versatile product than the VAIO Type U, and although the keys are small, I didn’t have too much trouble typing on the device.

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