Casio Cassiopeia E-200

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The first Cassiopeia Pocket PCs never quite matched Compaq's iPAQs, but the new E-200 is likely to close the gap convincingly. We always liked the 16-bit colour screens on the E-115, EM-500 and E-125, but they didn't work as well in every lighting situation as the iPAQ's less-colourful reflective screen. The E-200 delivers the best of both worlds: a reflective screen with all the colours. We've only had a brief chance to use the E-200 indoors, so we'll withhold our final verdict on its screen quality, but at first glance it appears to be a winner.

The E-200 also has both a CompactFlash Type II slot and an SD card slot inside a redesigned case that's about the size of the iPAQ, although it weighs a touch more. For people who dislike the added bulk of the iPAQ's expansion sleeves, the E-200 may be a better choice. And Casio says that you can use both CF and SD cards simultaneously. This lets you listen to music stored on an SD card, for instance, while you're surfing the Web via Bluetooth or 802.11b CompactFlash card. Casio will also offer a PC Card adapter, which should further help the E-200 compete against Compaq's Pocket PCs.

One useful innovation is the USB connector built into the E-200’s docking cradle, which allows you to attach peripherals like keyboards, mice and printers to the device (drivers permitting).

Casio has also refined the shape of its new Pocket PC offering. It's still fairly rectangular, but definitely more sculpted. The directional pad is now centred below the screen and the speaker is hidden behind the pad. Inside the case is a 206MHz StrongARM processor with 64MB of RAM. There's also 32MB of built-in flash ROM, so the OS can be updated in the future. Casio claims up to 10 hours of use from the rechargeable battery. Unfortunately, the E-200 won't come with a screen cover, just a soft case.

Specifications

Display
Resolution 240 x 320
Pixel Pitch 0.22 mm
Type LCD display
Technology TFT active matrix
LCD Technology reflective
Diagonal Size 3.5 in
Diagonal Size (metric) 8.9 cm
Output Type color
Native Resolution 240 x 320
General
Operating System Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002
Miscellaneous
Color gray, metallic gray
Color Category gray
Included Handheld Accessories stylus
Processor
Type SA-1100
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 206 MHz
Audio
Type speaker(s)
Networking
Wireless Connectivity IrDA
Input Device
Type touchscreen
Multimedia
Audio Microphone, speaker
Battery
Installed Qty 1
Installed Qty (Max Supported) 1 (installed) / 1 (max)
Run Time (Up To) 12 sec
Type handheld battery
Form Factor CR2032
Technology lithium, lithium ion
Power
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
Header
Brand Casio
Product Line Casio Cassiopeia
Model E-200
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
System
Platform Windows
Handheld Type handheld
Expansion and Connectivity
Expansion Slots 1 x CompactFlash Card - type II
1 x SD Memory Card
Interfaces 1 x serial RS-232C
1
1 x headphones
1
Expansion / Connectivity
Device Type docking cradle, PC Card enabler
Free 1
Free Qty 1
Chassis
Included Expansion Base(s) PC Card enabler, docking cradle
ROM
Installed Size 32 MB
RAM
Installed Size 64 MB
Card Reader
Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card
Audio Output
Type speaker
Audio Input
Type microphone
Expansion Slots
Type CompactFlash Card, PC Card, SD Memory Card
Form Factor type II
Total Qty 1
Interface Provided
Interface headphones, serial RS-232C
Qty 1
OS Provided
Type Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC 2002
PDA Software
Type Card Backup Tool, MSN Messenger, Voice Recorder, Windows Media Player, Menu, Microsoft Reader for ebooks and audio books, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Word, Terminal Services Client, Transcriber
Power Device
Type power adapter
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Supported Battery
Max Supported Qty 1
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3.2 in
Depth 0.7 in
Height 5.1 in
Weight 6.7 oz
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Service Included parts and labor
Location carry-in
Full Contract Period 1 year

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