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How does $1,500+ sound to you?

We first talked about the DualCor cPC handheld back in January. The device has the intriguing capability of being able to run both Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0. The cPC uses a 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor (which was just announced), 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 40GB hard drive when running Windows XP.  There is also a 400MHz Intel Xscale PXA263 version coupled with 128MB RAM/1GB ROM when running Windows Mobile 5.0.

After the hype surrounding the initial announcement, we now have pricing information on the DualCor cPC. Our readers' eyes bulged when we stated that UMPCs would range from $600 to $1,000. They may be even more surprised to learn that the cPC will ring in at well above the $1,500 mark for enterprise users direct from the manufacturer. In fact, to get a cPC from Westwood, you will have to pay $1,500 plus an additional $500 bucks (although Westwood does throw a three year warranty in with the deal).

$2,000 seems like a hefty price to pay for a "do everything" device. If both operating systems are so important to people, a separate PocketPC used in conjunction with a Tablet PC or UMPC seems like a much cheaper and effective alternative. But then again, it seems as though convergence is the name of the game these days.

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By Griswold on 4/5/2006 7:09:23 AM , Rating: 2
Wait 2 or 3 years and these things will be interesting. As much as I'd like to have such a gadget, its way too expensive. But the same was true for notebooks and PDAs at some point.

RE: Bottom Line
By masher2 on 4/5/2006 9:51:32 AM , Rating: 1
> "Wait 2 or 3 years and these things will be interesting..."

People have been saying the same thing about these things since 1992 at least. Personally, I think its going to be quite a bit longer than 2-3 years to work out all the issues with this form factor.

RE: Bottom Line
By Xenoterranos on 4/5/2006 10:17:38 AM , Rating: 2
It's going to take a much nicer screen, maybe even a roll-out OLED screen, higher capacity HDD, robust video-out, and wireless integration with some very well designed perifrials. (spelling?)
Oh, and not so thick, but with much better battery life.

And the heart of an orphan child...

RE: Bottom Line
By AbelIAN on 4/6/2006 1:02:54 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I don't think this idea's going to fly - not a very high incentive for the very high price. The heart of an orphan child, though, would make this offer very tempting.

They might need a hell of a marketing campaign
By rushnrockt on 4/5/2006 1:37:26 AM , Rating: 2
With that kind of pricing, it would really seem to make more sense to buy a laptop and a pda, for $2000 you can get a rather nice one of each. I can't quite see their main selling point at this price, excel is not gonna be that easy to use on that screen.

By robert5c on 4/5/2006 2:30:20 AM , Rating: 2
i agree, you pay more for something without a drive or keyboard...

there are times when i can't bring a laptop and don't need it cause i'm just taking notes or keeping schedule...perfect for pda, and times when i can't waste effiency trying to do it all on my tiny pda. so i really can't see many people needing this

mostly though i think we need more info, what kinda of interface and navagation does it use...what other things like wifi and battery life does it have...ect.

Stupid and misleading article
By DallasTexas on 4/6/2006 8:18:06 AM , Rating: 2
So ONE company prices THEIR product for $1500 and without competition. Therefore, the conclusion is the WHOLE UMPC market is a failure because it's too expensive.

What a crock and irresponsible headline. Then you have all whiners swallow the bait whole. Good grief.

The UMPC is new category of products that site between a cellphone/pda and a notebook. Give it time and you will see it may (or may not) be good. You can speculate but having Intel and Microsoft behind it, it is likely to be great product category.
Full PC functionality on a small formfactor wth a reasonable size screen is great thing. Cost is NOT the problem. The problem is the user interface. You cannot put a heavy mouse and keyboard OS on a device you carry ON YOU. The MS OS is a an OS for a device you carry WITH YOU (a laptop).
Sorry if this is all over your simple minds

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