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By J. W. Dysart

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Some Palm Pilot users won't be happy untiltheir handheld PC is sophisticated enough to launch a spaceshuttle. In the meantime, slightly less demanding users are doingjust fine with the spunky Visor ($149) by Handspring.Developed by former Palm execs, the Visor is perfect for roadwarriors looking for an address book, date book, to-do list, memopad, calculator, e-mail support, expense management and a worldclock. Bonuses: Handspring's Web site offers links to dozens ofadditional Visor applications offered by third parties, and itsSpringboard expansion slot allows you to add a modem or keyboard.Key features include Windows or Mac-compatibility, Palm software, aHotSync USB Cradle, a stylus and Microsoft Outlook support forWindows users.

J.W. Dysart, asoftware analyst and Internet business consultant, has written formore than 40 publications, including The New York Timesand The Financial Times of London. He is also a columnistfor our sister publication, Entrepreneur'sStart-Ups.

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