NEC MobilePro 900: A Good Pick for Mobility

By Bill Howard  |  Posted 2003-08-22 Print this article Print

The NEC MobilePro 900 is just right for those who need a handheld—yet fully loaded—PC.

With computers, one size most certainly does not fit all, which is why a few companies, such as NEC, keep cranking out handheld PCs. The NEC MobilePro 900 ($900 street) is the latest and arguably one of the best of the clamshell "tweener" products—bigger and more versatile than a PDA, but smaller and more portable than even the smallest notebook PC.

Weighing in at just 1.8 pounds, the MobilePro 900 travels easily in a shoulder bag. At 1.2 by 9.7 by 5.1 inches (HWD), though, it wont fit neatly in a pocket. Still, the size is just right for business users who need custom business applications combined with embedded pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet Explorer. A professional working in healthcare, field service operations, sales, or inventory needs a computer with a real keyboard and the known Windows environment (here, Microsoft Windows CE). The 17.5-mm key pitch yields a keyboard thats 92 percent the size of a desktops. The touch-screen display is an 8.1-inch half-VGA (640-by-240).

For the complete details, read the PC Magazine article.

Bill Howard

Bill Howard is the editor of, the car site for tech fans, and writes a column on car technology for PC Magazine each issue. He is also a contributing editor of PC Magazine.

Bill's articles on PCs, notebooks, and printers have been cited five times in the annual Computer Press Association Awards. He was named as one of the industry's ten most influential journalists from 1997 to 2000 by Marketing Computers and is a frequent commentator on TV news and business shows as well as at industry conventions. He also wrote the PC Magazine Guide to Notebook & Laptop Computers. He was an executive editor and senior editor of PC Magazine from 1985-2001 and wrote PC Magazine's On Technology column through 2005

Previously, Howard spent a decade as a newspaper editor and writer with the Newhouse and Gannett newspapers in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Rochester, New York. He also writes a monthly column for Roundel, a car magazine for BMW enthusiasts.


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