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Video: OQO model 2+ is eye-catching but fills a very narrow niche

At CES 2009, OQO unveiled the next model of its ultra-mobile PC--the OQO model 2+. OQO offers the model 2+ in 1.33GHz and 1.86GHz configurations, the later with an OLED touchscreen display. Watch a video of the unit in action.

At CES 2009, OQO unveiled the next model of its ultra-mobile PC—the OQO model 2+. OQO offers the model 2+ in 1.33GHz and 1.86GHz configurations with the following specifications:

1.33GHz (base price $999 US)
  • Intel Atom Z520 CPU
  • Windows XP Home
  • 60GB HDD
  • 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g + Bluetooth
  • 5" Wide VGA LCD touchscreen
1.86GHz (base price $1,499 US)
  • Intel Atom Z540 CPU
  • Windows vista Business or Windows XP Pro
  • 120GB HDD or optional 60GB SSD (+$700 US)
  • 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g + Bluetooth
  • 5" Wide VGA active matrix OLED touchscreen
  • Optional embedded 3G Gobi Global Mobile Internet chip (+$149 US)

A docking station, with dual layer CD/DVD +-RW drive, is available for $399 US.

The OQO model 2+ is a very powerful ultra-mobile PC and its OLED display produces a beautiful picture. Yet the model 2+ will, like its predecessor, likely be a device that fills a very narrow niche. At $1,499, or even $999, the OQO model 2+ is not a second computer. It is a desktop replacement, which means you need the docking station—taking the price to $1,398 or $1,898. Add cellular Internet connectivity and the price jumps to $2,047. These prices don't even include the cost of an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

I understand the idea behind the OQO model 2+ — a fully-functional PC that can go from your desk to your jacket pocket. I'm just not sure many business users will pay such a hefty price for an ultra-mobile PC.

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