Handhelds gain portable rival: tiny e-clipboard

Handhelds gain portable rival: tiny e-clipboard

LAS VEGAS'The 6-pound Qbe, pronounced cube, might just make wearable PCs and handhelds obsolete. It resembles a clipboard but has a full-color touch screen and runs Microsoft Windows 98.

Officials of Aqcess Technologies Inc. said preorders for their company's device are reaching the half-million mark. The Santa Ana, Calif., company will begin shipping the devices next month.

The Qbe packs a Pentium III processor; low-end models have Intel Celeron and Pentium II CPUs. The 13-inch color touch screen is capable of 1,024- by 768-pixel resolution.

Components include an 8G hard drive, 128M of RAM, a wireless 56-Kbps modem, an internal microphone and speakers, a digital camera, a smart-card reader, a CD-rewritable or DVD-ROM drive, a hot-swap device bay, Universal Serial Bus and Firewire ports, and two Type II PC Card slots. The lithium-ion rechargeable battery operates for up to four hours.

The unit will cost about $4,000 including a compact keyboard, a mouse and additional ports that attach to the back for desktop use. Details appear on the Web at www.qbenet.com.

Contact Aqcess at 888-818-0055.

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