Axim X3, X3i Handhelds Demonstrate Dell Has Done Its Homework

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-11-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dell's first entry in the handheld computer space—last year's Axim X5—was capable, but I found it too bulky to consider carrying around.

Dells first entry in the handheld computer space—last years Axim X5—was capable, but I found it too bulky to consider carrying around. The latest Axims—the X3 and X3i—best 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.

 
 
 
 
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. Jason's 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 jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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