NEC MobilePro 780

Closed, the MobilePro is smaller than a rolled-up newspaper. The shipping unit I evaluated measured 25 by 13 by 3cm and weighed just 770g. Yet, it's not a palmtop: the unit's keyboard is wide enough for comfortable typing, and the 640 x 240 colour display - while only half of VGA resolution - won't make you squint. The standard configuration includes 32MB of memory (generous for a CE device), a 56Kbps V.90 modem, and a port for an external monitor.

Like earlier Mobile-Pros, the 780 provides a stylus, not a mouse; this model also has a thumbwheel for document scrolling. The business-oriented software bundle contains utilities for remote access and networking, plus fax and backup tools. You also get Windows CE's standard productivity software, which consists of scaled-down versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer and PowerPoint.

Like any other CE machine, the MobilePro can't serve as a primary computer. (Instead, use the included serial cable and synchronisation software to shuttle files between it and your PC.) In view of its small screen, lack of CD-ROM and floppy drives, and inability to run desktop Windows apps, this device is less a notebook replacement than an anti-notebook. But if your mobile computing needs are modest, the featherweight, inexpensive MobilePro merits a look.

NEC MobilePro 780

Price: $1600 approx.

Supplier: NEC

Phone: 13 1632

URL: www.nec.com.au

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