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ZDNet: Best of COMDEX Fall 2000 [Gateway/Transmeta AOL Appliance Wins an Award]

Nov 19, 2000, 03:20 (1 Talkback[s])

"Beginning with Bill Gates's Sunday night keynote, it was clear that tablet computing was going to be one of the prime buzz generators of the show. Tablet computing products have come a long way, and Comdex featured an assortment of shapes and sizes, including new models and prototypes from Aqcess, Ericsson, Hitachi, Honeywell, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. While the jury is still out on whether consumers will flock to tablet PCs, the possibilities are exciting."

"...Up until now we haven't seen an Internet appliance that we could recommend without hesitation to our readers, but Gateway's new AOL-based appliance changes all that. Based on Transmeta's Crusoe processor, the Connected Touch Pad is the first Internet appliance to offer Instant AOL, providing access to AOL's content, e-mail, instant messaging, and other services. Other features that help to set it apart include a touchscreen (it has a stylus and wireless keyboard as well) and keyboard shortcuts to popular AOL destinations and services. And best of all, the $599 device works with both dial-up and broadband connections."

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