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Dell launches its smallest desktop PC yet

Dell Computer launched Monday what it says is its smallest desktop computer yet. The OptiPlex SX260 is 50 percent smaller by volume than the company's current OptiPlex machines and comes with an LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor.

Desktop chips to hit 15GHz by 2010, says Intel

Users can expect to see the processing speed of Intel Corp.'s desktop processors hit 15GHz and that of wireless device and PDA (personal digital assistant) processors hit 5GHz by 2010, the chip maker's chief technology officer said in Tokyo on Wednes...

Square previews 'Final Fantasy X-2,' new titles

Japan's Square Co. Ltd. unveiled Tuesday its forthcoming games for the Japan market for the next six months and offered a first look at its "Final Fantasy X-2" title. At an event in Tokyo, the company announced launch dates for seven games and also d...

Matsushita, MS promote new media storage standard

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known as Panasonic, and Microsoft Corp. have jointly developed a new way to store, access and retrieve digital multimedia stored on recordable optical discs, they announced in Tokyo on Friday.

WPCE - Pioneer planning network AV server for US market

Engineers at Pioneer in Japan are working on a client/server system that allows digital audio, video and Internet content to be accessed through televisions in the home and are hoping to launch it in the North American market in the second quarter of...

WPCE - Tablet PCs get an outing in Tokyo

Less than a month before they are due to go on sale, Tablet PCs from a variety of companies were unveiled to the public Wednesday as the World PC Expo show opened in Tokyo.

WPCE - Matsushita rolls out new cameras, SD peripherals

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known as Panasonic, will take the wraps off two new digital still cameras, a mobile photo printer and data storage device designed to work with the SD (Secure Digital) memory card when World PC Expo ope...

WPCE - Toshiba debuts Bluetooth hard drive for PDAs

Toshiba has married its card-size hard disk drive with Bluetooth wireless technology to come up with a portable storage device aimed at PDA (personal digital assistant) users who need large-capacity storage. The Hopbit will be publicly unveiled at th...

HP to add fingerprint scanner, WLAN to new iPaq PDA

Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing a series of iPaq PDAs (personal digital assistants) with a built-in fingerprint scanner and WLAN (wireless LAN) support, according to documents filed by the product's maker with the U.S. Federal Communications Commiss...

Takara unveils mini digital music player

Takara Co. Ltd., a Tokyo toy maker, is giving one of its most popular product lines a high-tech touch. The company has taken some of its small plastic cars and built a digital music player into them, and is displaying the result at Ceatec.

Philips shows off coin-size optical drive

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV is using the Ceatec 2002 exhibition to give a recently developed miniature optical disc and drive its first major public showing and the company couldn't be happier with the reaction from the Japanese public.

Japan's KDDI to launch IrFM payment trials

Japanese cellular carrier KDDI Corp. will begin trials next year of a system that allows cell phone users to make credit card purchases online or in stores using their mobile handsets, it announced this week at Ceatec 2002. The carrier is the first i...

Sharp shows new Linux Zaurus PDA

Sharp Corp. is giving visitors to the Ceatec 2002 exhibition a first look at what is likely to be a new high-end member of its Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant) family.

Sanyo links digital cameras with the network

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. says a new system it has developed which links digital still cameras to wireless LAN networks has been attracting considerable attention from potential users and camera makers.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

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My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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