Olivetti has entered the handheld market with the launch last week of the da Vinci series of pen-based palmtop computers.
There are currently two models in the line, which starts with the da Vinci, a sub-#100 device featuring handwriting input, or can be supplied with an optional folding palm-size keyboard. The da Vinci features 256Kb of memory and a 160 x 160dpi backlit LCD screen, and comes supplied with a PC docking cradle and a copy of Olivetti's own PIM software.
The da Vinci Pro boasts a high-resolution screen and 1Mb of on-board memory as well as an internal PCMCIA slot for fitting a modem card. The Pro model will cost about #170.
Both machines use a proprietary operating system but are offered with optional third-party link filters which can be used to synchronise with popular PC contact managers and PIMs such as MS Outlook and Lotus Organiser.
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