A simple, functional design. Note the model reviewed is the opaque grey / black version, there's also a translucent blue (iMac look) version. First impression is that it's bigger and heavier than you expected, very solid feeling and just slightly bigger than palm sized. Controls are kept to a minimum, just four buttons on the right hand side of the device perform all functions through the on-screen menus. My disappointment was the quality and fit of the compartment doors, although they work perfectly well the closing mechanism and strength is still something I'd question.
|Here are two picture of the Digital Wallet just to give a better impression of the size of the unit.|
The case is made of a plastic material. Perhaps we could see future models with a rubberised casing and rubber grommeted compartment doors (which would render it weather if not water proof). Various compartments and connectors are detailed below.
The Information LCD positioned at the top front of the device displays current status and menu systems. It's a monochrome display able to display about 20 x 8 characters of text.
I personally would add a backlight to my "might be nice" list, although the LCD is relatively easy to read the lack of backlight means that you'll only be able to use the Digital Wallet in well lit areas.
Battery / Charger
|Supplied battery pack is rated as 7.2V 650 mAH and is made up of six AAA batteries.||Supplied AC Adapter / charger, input AC 100V-240 V 50/60 Hz 0.3 A. Output 9 V 1100 mA.|
During testing we took the supplied battery pack through several full discharge / charge cycles to ensure accurate measurement of battery life (later in this review). On the main display is a battery power remaining readout "BATT. XX %" we found this to be slightly inaccurate, or at least not tuned to the discharge curve of NiMH batteries, it drops quite rapidly but the batteries still last, notably below 40% remaining battery power the unit continued to operate for much longer than initially expected.
PC Card Slot
|IBM Microdrive inserted into PC Card slot (using IBM PC Card adapter.||Examples of other PC Card adapters, left to right: Sony MSAC-PC2 MemoryStick adapter (not yet compatible - PC1 is), Supplied CF adapter, FujiFilm PC-AD3 SmartMedia adapter.|
Carry Dock / Connections
|Neatly packaged, the Digital Wallet comes along with: a NiMH battery pack, Carry Dock docking unit, an OEM PC Card CF adapter, USB Cable, AC Adapter, Power Cable, CD-ROM containing drivers for Windows 98, Windows 2000 and MAC (OS8.6+).|