Review: Sharp Zaurus SL-C760

 
 
By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2003-10-24 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A groundbreaking Linux PDA is only available in Japan -- or is it? We review the new Zaurus SL-C760 and tell you how to buy one stateside.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last winter, Sharp showed off a new, lither successor to the Zaurus -- one that looked like a tiny PC. Since then, sadly, the company decided to only release the Zaurus SL-C760 in Japan, not the U.S. But these days, country borders mean little. You can now get the new Zaurus in the U.S., through Dynamism, a Web company that localizes cool technology from other parts of the globe. We were so impressed with the early version we saw at CES, we decided to get one in to test. Not even the $800 price tag – about 25% higher than in Japan – put us off.
In my last PDA column, I waxed enthusiastic about the iPAQ 2215. At the time, I decided there werent any Linux PDAs worth adopting. But after the Zaurus SL-C760, Ive changed my tune. A worthy contender for the handheld crown, this new model is like a notebook computer that fits right in your pocket.
The C760 runs on the OpenPDA version of Linux and is built around a 400MHZ Intel XScale CPU. Weighing in at just over a half-pound, with a 640x480 3.7" display, this baby is svelte and powerful. Check out the hardware specs:
OS Linux OpenPDA
CPU Intel XScale (PXA255; 400 MHz)
Memory 128 MB Flash
Display x 480 dots, 3.7-inch, 65;536-color
Transmissive System LCD
Card Slots SD Card slot, Compact Flash Card slot (type II)
Input QWERTY keyboard; handwriting recognition; stylus
Power 3.7 V DC; lithium-ion rechargeable battery
(good for roughly 8 hours of continuous operation)
External Dimensions Approx. 120 x 83 x 23.2 mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 0.9")
Weight Approx. 8.8 oz (including pen stylus; protective card
I/O port cover and rechargeable battery)
Audio 3.5mm audio out


 
 
 
 
Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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