October 14, 2004 12:06 PM PDT

Oqo's mini-PC heads for American hands

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Start-up shrinks PC to palm size

April 16, 2002
The mini-PCs are coming.

More than two years after revealing plans to come out with a pocket-size Windows PC, start-up Oqo on Thursday delivered its first commercial model: a 1GHz computer with a Transmeta chip and a 20GB hard drive. It costs about $1,900.

Although the San Francisco-based company first championed the concept of a palm-size computer, rivals such as Antelope Technologies and Sony, which has the Type U mini-PC, have already put PDA-size computers onto shelves. But their sales so far have not been massive, and Sony doesn't sell the Type U in the United States.

Still, the concept of a tiny PC has intrigued consumers, and an attachable keyboard and docking station eliminate some of the inherent design problems with PCs of this size.

A test drive of the Oqo can be found here at CNET Reviews.

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