Last week I wrote that I was looking for a travel computer. Most people would call it a PDA, but I think they are much more than today. PDAs have gotten so powerful that they can replace a laptop in some instances.
I kept an eye on Craigslist last week and found what I think was a particularly good deal. This Dell Axim x50v was just $225. That includes state-of-the-art components including an amazing screen, a screaming processor, bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity. It runs on Windows so I can use Skype, Slingbox, and even Minimo, a small version of Firefox that appears to run Google Maps.
You don’t have to look too hard to find the same device cheaper than $225. In fact, I almost bought one for $140, but I was a little too late. The reason I jumped at the $225 one, was that it came with a GPS system. The system, a Garmin GPS 10, that can run $200 when you include the mapping software.
I found a portable bluetooth keyboard for around $60. I especially like that I can use it with my Treo 700P, should I need to. It looks like my travel computer is complete. I had budgeted between $250 and $300 for it, so I’m very happy to come in at $280. I’m tempted to sell off the GPS unit and software for around $80-100, but for now I’ll hold onto it. It will be interesting to see how much actual use I’ll get out of this travel computer.