Axim X3, X3i Handhelds Demonstrate Dell Has Done Its Homework
Dell's first entry in the handheld computer spacelast year's Axim X5was capable, but I found it too bulky to consider carrying around.Dells first entry in the handheld computer spacelast years Axim X5was capable, but I found it too bulky to consider carrying around. The latest Aximsthe X3 and X3ibest the X5 yet remain affordable. An X3 powered by a 300MHz Intel XScale with 32MB of RAM costs $229, and a version with a 400MHz chip and 64MB of RAM runs about $300. The $379 Axim X3i, which I tested, offers an 802.11b wireless radio that adds only a nub of an antenna to the top of the units slim form. Both Axims run Windows Mobile 2003 software and include a nice configuration tool that made it easy to set up and switch among my wireless links.
The Axim X3i comes with a removable 950- milliamp-hour battery, and Dell sells extra 950mAh and 180mAh batteries for $49 and $99, respectively. For more details, check out www.dell.com.