After many years of selling, then not selling, then again selling PCs in Australia, Philips has decided to stick to peripherals. At a press briefing this week, the company showed its latest line of products, ranging from tiny hand-held PCs to slick LCD desktop screens.
The Nino is an $869 palmtop PC that's about 50 per cent larger than the USR Pilot. Unlike the Pilot it's a Win CE-based machine. It doesn't have a keyboard, but it does have user-programmable keys on the side, like a tape recorder. It does, in fact, record 16 minutes of speech in a megabyte of its 4MB capacity. It even responds to voice commands.
One of the sexiest products on show was a $1700 flat screen LCD display. It runs off a USB port, and can be used to connect other USB devices such as keyboard and mouse, making for an uncluttered desk (if the PC is kept out of sight).
Other products include a CD-rewritable IDE internal drive, a parallel and a USB video camera, USB speakers and sub-woofer, a new model of the Vel handheld and a two-disk CD player that can copy audio CDs.