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By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-05-26 Print this article Print

To keep the Actius MM10 superslim, Sharp left out an internal optical or floppy drive. The company sells $99 external USB floppy, $229 CD-ROM and $299 DVD/CD-RW drives separately. For a limited time, online buyers receive a DVD/ CD-RW drive free (one notebook per order).

Although the Actius MM10 does not necessarily require one of these drives for general use, companies will have to at least have a drive on hand for the installation of software, or theyll have to install applications over one of this units network connections.

The Actius MM10 comes equipped with a connection cradle that charges the unit and, through an included USB cradle, makes the hard drive in the Actius MM10 available to another machine as a removable USB drive.

The system ships with a synchronization application called SharpSync that enables users to automatically synchronize files and folders between the Actius MM10 and a second machine when the Actius MM10 is placed in its cradle.

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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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