Review: Sharp Zaurus SL-C760

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:


Linux OpenPDA


Intel XScale (PXA255; 400 MHz)


128 MB Flash


x 480 dots, 3.7-inch, 65;536-color
Transmissive System LCD

Card Slots

SD Card slot, Compact Flash Card slot (type II)


QWERTY keyboard; handwriting recognition; stylus


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")


Approx. 8.8 oz (including pen stylus; protective card
I/O port cover and rechargeable battery)


3.5mm audio out