Palm Computing has launched a new clear case Palm connected organiser at its lowest ever entry price of $449 to satisfy what is claimed to be a growing demand amongst the younger consumer market.
The Palm IIIe organiser combines the functionality of previous Palm Computing organisers with a new transparent flip case design, sharper screen display and a range of new carry case accessories.
According to Craig Will, Palm Computing's Asia-Pacific director, the Palm IIIe is designed specifically for a younger generation of consumers that do not wish to sacrifice functionality for style.
"Over the past few months we have seen a growing demand for a similar type of pocket- size information management device from a broadening range of consumers, such as students and the younger workforce. The Palm IIIe organiser's design, functionality and price is set to satisfy this demand," Will added.
The Palm IIIe organiser includes version 3.1 of the Palm OS software and desktop software. It also features infrared (IR) "beaming" for sharing information - such as schedules, events, applications, games or memos - wirelessly with other IR-enabled Palm Computing organiser users.
Palm also announced new accessories for the Palm Computing family of organisers, including a new solution for connecting to PC and Macintosh computers via Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports.
The PalmConnect USB kit is a cable that allows users to connect HotSync cradles and cables to PCs, laptops and Apple USB-equipped systems. The kit, expected to be available late this month, includes the latest version of the Palm desktop software for Macintosh users and is priced at $89.95.