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BargainPDA: Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 Review

Apr 18, 2003, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Giblin)

"The new Zaurus SL-5600 from Sharp is a linux-based PDA with a 400MHz Intel XScale (PXA250) CPU. The street price is currently around $500 for the SL-5600. Sharp calls these devices Personal Mobile Tools, and if it were up to me I'd call the Zaurus, say, an 'Ultra-Light Computer,' but I'll use the term PDA here. The 5600 is an upgraded version of the 5500 which has been widely available for over a year, and the appearance is almost identical including the distinctive miniature keyboard which hides behind the quick button panel. The Zaurus is a very feature-rich device with plenty of power and expandability.

"The only aspect I haven't tested to my satisfaction is wireless networking; I'll add a section in a week or so covering this, or treat it as a separate review of the wireless CF card I've ordered..."

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