Attempting to manoeuvre into the handheld space presently dominated by 3Com, Compaq has announced its first Palm size PC, the Aero 2130.
The fit-in-your-shirt-pocket PC is designed to attract the mobile professional with features including access to what is now considered the essentials of business: e-mail and networked information.
To this end, Compaq's Aero 2130 offers a 10-hour battery life, substantial storage with upgrades of 24MB available, Internet download features, security and high visual quality. The gadget can even talk to you via its Internet audio technology.
Built on Microsoft's Windows CE platform, the PC vendor claims to meet these criteria with a first-to-market offering of a colour handheld that utilises thin-film transistor and reflective screen technology. According to Compaq, the comparatively large colour screen and high pixel resolution allow e-mails to be read easily.
Compaq's Asset Viewer software is also included in the package in an effort to stem serious security concerns among mobile PC users. Designed to verify device owner, review memory capacity and availability, and access serial and model numbers, the software also enables the palm-size PC to be integrated into a network environment whilst on the road.
The Aero 2130 is available immediately via Compaq's normal distribution channels for $1175.