AlphaSmart Updates the Dana Laptop
AlphaSmart has announced they are now shipping an updated version of Dana at a lower price of $379. The update includes more internal RAM, updated software and support for additional peripheral devices including SDIO cards and WiFi adapters.
The original Dana model has been updated with new features and enhancements, including a doubling of memory capacity, SDIO support for adding peripherals via Dana's two SD slots, additional on-board fonts, and enhanced spell checking technology in AlphaWord, Dana's word processing program.
Additional software updates include the latest version of PrintBoy Premium which adds printing support for many Palm OS applications, additional USB and SDIO drivers that offer expanded support for several USB modems and select 802.11b wireless network adapters is now built into Dana and more built in fonts for Alphaword.
AlphaSmart also made a few hardware tweaks and Dana's display now supports 16 grayscale shades and the internal memory has expanded from 4MB ROM/8MB RAM to 8MB ROM/16 MB RAM.
The majority of the new features (other than expanded memory) can be installed on previous models of Dana by AlphaSmart using DanaUpdate version 1.2, a software update available from the company for a $10 charge.
About the Dana
Powered by Palm OS 4.1, Dana includes a full-size, integrated keyboard and a 560 by 160 pixel touch screen that is roughly 7.5 by 2.25 inches. The backlit, monochrome screen is 3.5 times wider than what's on the typical Palm OS handheld. The screen image can be rotated both horizontally and vertically.
Dana weighs two pounds. It is 12.4 inches wide, 9.3 inches deep and 1.9 inches thick. It is made of strong ABS polycarbonate plastic and has been designed to survive being mistreated. It has an infrared port and two USB ones and can be HotSynced like any other Palm OS model. It comes with a rechargeable battery and an AC adapter. It can also run off three AA batteries. AlphaSmart rates the battery at 30 hours, off of a single charge.
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