QUOTE(cmonex @ Apr 24 2006, 07:27 AM)
nah probably he was referring to the old librettos. you know, libretto 50ct, 70ct, 100ct, 110ct..
In that event, its a tough call
Both have comparable (for a 110ct) CPUs; Pentium/266 vs ARM/416,
comparable cursor control (trackpoint vs touch screen)
Advantages of an (old-style) Libretto over a Zaurus:
* bigger, better keyboard
* larger screen (800x480, probably not as bright)
* pcmcia slot
* IDE slot for standard HDD (at least 20gb, maybe larger
* built-in mic
* vga, ps/2, serial, floppy ports on port replicator
* Bigger, uglier, heavier (might "fit" in a large enough pocket, but only barely)
* 32mb RAM standard + 32mb additional (hard to find)
* No native USB (you'll need to use a PC slot)
* Aging hardware
Latest Windows supported are: Win98 and NT4 (both will be pretty slow)
The port replicator will give you lots of extra options, but at added cost and bulk
(bringing you closer to the range of the mini-notebooks)
The age of the hardware may be a problem-
the old Toshiba plastic housing gets brittle and cracks;
on a 6+ year old machine, its definitely going to be an issue.
I would be afraid to use a 6+ year old battery - if you can't find
a GOOD source of fresh, compatible battery cells, you can probably
assume the built-in one will be flat.
Good, fresh batteries, from a reliable source may cost as much as a 6yr old Libretto.
You will probably not be able to find a warranty for one,
should it need repairs, you'll likely have to replace,
or scavenge for parts and do the work yourself.
Repairs for Zauruses may be tough, but you CAN buy one from a Local vendor
who CAN offer some sort of warranty.
That being said, if Toshiba today managed to stuff a "modern" PC guts into an
old-Libretto style package, it'd be not merely an OQO and a Zaurus killer,
but one heck of a powerhouse.
(cpu: 700mhz, ram: 128mb, onboard USB, CF or PCMCIA, at bare minimum. Still way-underspec by today's PC standards, but sufficient to do most of what many of us would like from a handheld)
The Libretto U100 is much of that, but you won't find it in the $300 range,
and is mini-notebook sized (much bigger than any of the previous)