Small Packages

Huxford, David C.
October 1993
Journal of Financial Planning;Oct93, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p150
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the HP OmniBook 300, the newest, smallest, usable computer for most financial advisors. It measures 1.4" high, 11.1" wide and 6.4" deep and weighs 3 pounds. It uses a 386SX chip that gives it enough power to run Windows and DOS programs. It comes with two megabytes of random access memory(RAM) which can be upgraded to eight megabytes. The major disadvantage for all users of the OrnniBook is its screen. It is a 9-inch, 16-level gray scale, VGA nonbacklit monochrome screen. The other major disadvantage of the OmniBook is its, limited disk-storage facilities. The good news is that Windows 3.1, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are built into ROM. The OmniBook has no floppy drive, so you must use communication links to your desktop or use PCMCIA devices to load data and programs. The OmniBook has a built-in mouse that pops out of its side on a lever. Also, Apple's Newton Message Pad, made by Sharp Electronics For Apple is considered a PDA (personal digital assistant.


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