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Zaurii, HPCs, and GPSs. Also interested in better batteries for portable devices. Would'nt it be great to have a battery that lasts 8 hours <i>with</i> WIFI on?
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6 Feb 2010
I just bought one of these, and I have to say I am quite pleased with it. Check out Lisa Gade's review:


She only gave it 3 out of 5 stars, but that was when it was over $1,000.00. Also, it originally came with Vista, which ran kind of slow (resource hog that it is) and Service Pack 2 helped to speed it up. Many downgraded to XP Tablet, and were very happy with performance. Myself? I upgraded to Windows 7 and I am really happy with it. I hope to investigate some Linux distros as well, but haven't had time yet.

This thing is loaded with features:

1.6 Ghz Intel Atom Z530 processor
1 GB RAM (well that's a little too minimalist)
5.6" screen 1280 X 800 resolution
Intel GMA 530 video
60 GB hard drive
1.3 MegaPixel webcam
a,b,g,draftn WIFI
GPS and Garmin Mobile PC Software
convertable to tablet mode
1 USB port
CF slot Type I and II
SD card slot
Fingerprint sensor
VGA out and Ethernet using supplied dongle
4 cell battery gets about 7 or 8 hours
Mono speaker and audio jacks

Got mine for $416.00 plus (exorbitant) shipping charge ($457.00 total) from ubid.com. You won't find a more feature packed portable for the price.
21 Jan 2010
I am putting my SL-6000L up for auction on eBay later tonight. This device has been well cared for and is in good condition. I will probably regret this, but I think I am ready to move on to something new.

I am the original owner, and all original packaging, and parts are included. The screen is outstanding with no dead pixels or scratches and is viewable in direct sunlight with backlight turned off. The screen is VGA, and can be rotated from portrait to landscape with the touch of a button. This was originally sold as "ruggedized" and supposedly can be dropped from 36" without breaking it. (I never had the guts to test this, although I read about a guy who dropped his off of a roof, and his screen cracked, but the Zaurus still worked otherwise.)

It has a voice recorder built in to record voice memos, and has built in WIFI, and the Opera web browser which works very well. It also has a Microsoft Office compatible Office Suite with Word processor, Spreadsheet, and Presentation software pre-installed. With the included USB adapter, and the right drivers, you can use a USB keyboard, mouse, and some external USB drives. Some external CD-Rom drives are said to work with it, although mine didn't. It has a text editor, media player, calculator, PIM apps, and an image viewer.

I have reset to a factory fresh install, and added the driver to support SD cards greater than 1 GB, and installed a console application, an improved text editor (zeditor), Sharp's camera software, IR keyboard drivers, Kismet, Quasar Media Player, and a file explorer app. I will include a 256 MB CF card with a nand backup of this setup. I also include a 256 MB CF card with the original Sharp ROM, in case you try some other ROM, and want to go back. I used this ROM to reinstall to factory state.

Also included are a 4 GB CF memory card, and a 2 GB SD memory card. On both memory cards are more apps that can be installed including software that I purchased from TKC (thekompany.com) and Masabi Software (Repton game). These programs are in the "download" folder on both cards. I will include howtos that I have gleaned since I have had this device.

I fabricated a metal and leather case that I use most of the time. It was designed to allow use of an IR keyboard with the screen rotated to landscape. It is homemade, but has been very useful to me. (You cannot use the CF camera with my case, as the case does not allow the camera to go down into the slot far enough.) The "Kickstand" snaps onto the case, and has Velcro on the back to use the external battery case along with keyboard and adds a couple hours of run time without A/C power.

A nice review of the SL-6000L can be read at:


Intel PXA255 Processor 400MHz
64 MB Flash ROM
4 inch semi transflective CGS color LCD w/ backlight
480 X 640 (VGA) resolution w/ 65,536 colors
Touch screen
SD (Secure Digital) slot
CF (Compact Flash) type 1 and 2 slot
Mini-USB host port
IrDA (Infrared) port
Built in slide-out keyboard
Speaker and headphone/microphone jack
Docking station and USB cable
A/C adapter and cord
Lithium-polymer battery
Quick Start Guide & Start up guide booklet
Original Sharp software/manuals CD
Clear swing up screen protector


Screen protector (film type already installed & a few spares)
Mini-USB to USB adapter (to use external USB devices) ($8.00 value)
Transcend 2 GB SD card ($15.00 value)
Drivers pre-installed for greater than 1 GB SD card
SD card is pre-formatted ext2 (applications can be installed to it)
PQI 4 GB CF card formatted FAT32 ($15.00 value)
Sharp CF digital camera CE-AG06 ($15.00 value)
Extra battery (holds a good charge) (Priceless)
Home made metal and leather case
Micro Innovations Infrared Keyboard ($35.00 Value)
External battery case (to be used with rechargeable batteries only)
CD with copies of drivers, applications, howtos, and backups
4 TKC softwares (Blocks, Trump, Mahjongg, & Painter ($22.00 value)
Masabi Software's Repton Game ($15.00 value)
2.5 mm retractable earphones (wiped w/ alcohol to sanitize) ($30.00 value)
small A/C adapter, and car charger kit ($30.00 value)
Dane-Elec 256 MB CF memory card w/ Factory ROM backup (Priceless)
SimpleTech 256 MB CF memory card w/ Nand backup including extra drivers (Priceless)

I had some issues with batteries. It would say that the "backup battery was extremely low", yet it worked fine, and kept time. Changing the battery seemed to fix this. Also, after reading in a Dell Axim forum to let the battery charge for 24 hours instead of 2 or 3 hours, I haven't had the "backup battery low" warning again from either battery.

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17 Jan 2010
I'm selling the Netbook that I wrote about in this thread:


It is a nice piece of hardware, but will never properly support Linux, even though it was sold with Linux pre-installed. It runs Windows XP flawlessly, but I really bought it to be a mini Linux box. I am also selling the metal base that I made which added a DVD/CD-RW Combo drive, and CF card reader. I also throw in a legal copy of Windows XP Home Edition. And last but not least, an external USB WIFI adapter. (The internal WIFI never worked great, and finally stopped working at all.)


I hope to raise enough cash to buy a Zaurus replacement. Maybe Netwalker?
20 Dec 2009
Lately my Tosa is constantly telling me my backup battery is "extremely low" and suggests that the backup battery switch be turned on. That switch is on as it has been since I bought this in October of 2004. (Wow, this thing is 5 years old!) It still keeps time, and works perfectly other than that annoying message. So I am thinking that my backup battery needs replacing.

Any info on what battery and where to purchase would be appreciated.

Also, this probably should have been in the model specific > 6000 forum, but I fear it might not be noticed in that mostly dead area.
18 Dec 2008
This is not really a new product (as far as being mentioned here on the forums), but I think this is an effort by our old friend (and member here) Guylhem. It is called the Letux 400. It is similar to the Razorbook, Elonex One T, HiVision Mininote, and several other iterations of the same (or similar) basic design. Wasn't Letux Guylhem's old project from before his wreck?



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