Enfora preps ‘Wi-Fi wallet’ Palm PDA cases
Plus Dell's first 800MHz FSB system, eMachines' latest and ABIT's 1GHz FSB mobo
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Want Wi-Fi on your Palm? US-based wireless specialist Enfora has a very discreet solution the WP802b: a wallet for your handheld that contains a built-in 802.11b adaptor.
The 802.11b transceiver is powered by its own rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery. A typical running time is 24 hours on a single charge, says Enfora.
The case itself measures 3.8 x 6.2 x 1.4in (15.5 x 9.5 x 3.5cm).
The WP802b is due to ship in the next three months. Enfora is also working on dual-band 900/1800MHz GSM/GPRS version, and a 1900MHz GSM/GPRS model for the US market. These two products connect through the PDA's infrared port, allowing them to support almost all handhelds on the market, including PocketPC and Linux-based devices.
Enfora already offers a wallet-mounted infrared-based CDPD radio modem for Palm, PocketPC and other PDAs, for $299.
Dell's first Intel i875P-based PC, the Dimension 8300, was launched today. The 800MHz FSB, dual-channel DDR machine ships with Intel's 3GHz Pentium 4 with HyperThreading and up to 2GB of DDR 400 SDRAM. Buyers can stock the i875P's 8x AGP slot with a range of video cards including ATI's Radeon 9800 Pro and Radeon 9800, and Nvidia's GeForce 4 MX.
The 8300 offers up to 200GB of hard drive space through two internal drive bays. It supports two optical drives - users can mix'n'match from 48x CD-ROM, 16x DVD, CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW combo and DVD+RW/DVD+R drives.
10/100Mbps Ethernet comes built in, along with eight USB 2.0 ports (two of which are front-facing). A floppy drive (remember them?) is offered as an option.
eMachines has unwrapped its Spring PC collection, comprising three desktops ranging from $399 to $599 in price.
The entry-level T2240 is based on 2.2GHz Celeron and contains 128MB of DDR SDRAM, 56Kbps modem and 48x CD-ROM, all for $399. The $499 T2245 replaces the T2240's CD drive with a CD-RW unit and a 16x DVD-ROM drive. It ships with 256MB of memory. Both machines provide six USB 2.0 ports, 40GB hard drive and integrated Intel Extreme graphics.
The T2385 is based on a 2.3GHz Celeron with 512MB of DDR, an 80GB hard drive, and the same dual optical drives as the T2245. It too contains a 56Kbps modem, six USB 2.0 ports and integrated Intel Extreme graphics. It costs $599. All three machines come with built-in Ethernet.
In the UK, eMachines systems are exclusively sold by Dixons stores, so expect the new three to make an appearance there soon.
ABIT has released its first Intel i875P-based motherboard, the Gigasystem IC7-G aimed at overclockers. Why Gigasystem? The board supports a 1GHz frontside bus and a 1GHz memory clock.
The board features a number of overclocker-appealing refinements, including a BIOS that has full control of CPU speed settings and automatically resets whenever a failed overclock attempt crashes the system; a CPU fan speed control utility, and Serial ATA conversion for existing ATAPI and IDE peripherals.
The IC7-G sports eight USB 2.0, three 1394, one SPDIF port, and supports multiple Flash card formats. It also features an integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet network adaptor. ®