Cassiopeia BE

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Print this article Print

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Based on Windows CE 3.0 and a Casio-designed interface and application set, the Cassiopeia BE-300 trades some of Pocket PC 2002s flexibility to hit a low price point—$299. Although the BE-300 sports a nice color display and is a solid performer for basic PDA tasks, it lacks the available application breadth of other Palm OS or Pocket PC operating system-based devices.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Users accustomed to Pocket PC- or Palm-based devices will need time to learn the BE-300s new Casio-designed interface.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Unless the BE-300 is a huge hit among PDA buyers, lack of applications and drivers will likely place a pinch on users looking to expand their BE-300 devices.

PROS: Operating system and applications are saved in flash ROM, so users may save other data to flash as well; bright color display; low price.

CONS: Windows CE applications must be specifically recompiled for BE-300; display is difficult to read outdoors.

Casio Computer Co. Ltd., Dover, N.J.; (973) 252-7570;

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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