Highs and Lows

Palm PCs


The Cassiopeia E-100 runs the stripped-down Microsoft OS, Windows CE. Windows CE means tight integration with big Windows. The color screen is powered by 16MB RAM and a 131MHz processor. A CompactFlash slot allows for easy memory expansion. The Cassiopeia syncs to your desktop computer with a serial cable. If you only need a memo pad/calculator and the occasional game of mini-solitaire, check out the Handspring Visor.

Manufacturer: Casio

Model: Cassiopeia E-100

Street price: $499

Phone: (800) 836-8580

Web site:www.casio.com


Handspring's Visor runs the popular cross-platform Palm OS. The screen isn't in color, but the Visor Deluxe ($249) is available in five iMac-like colors. The USB connection allows for faster data syncing with your desktop than through a serial port. But with this one, you'll be compromising on memory. The basic Visor has only 2MB RAM. The Springboard expansion slot will accept an optional pager, modem, MP3 player, Universal Remote, GPS receiver or memory card. The Visor runs on two AAA batteries that last for up to two months.

Manufacturer: Handspring

Model: Visor

Street price: $179

Phone: (888) 565-9393

Web site:www.handspring.com

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This article was originally published in the June 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Highs and Lows.

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