TRGpro Drops by $30

HandEra has dropped the price of the TRGpro to $220, down from $250. The company also offers a bundle that includes a TRGpro and 16MB CF Card for $225.

The TRGpro has held its value surprisingly well, considering it was released in October of 1999. Contributing to this is the fact that it's one of only two Palm OS models with a built-in Compact Flash slot. CF is the most frequently used type of flash memory and is significantly cheaper than most of its competitors. The other Palm OS handheld with a CF slot is the HandEra 330.

HandEra recently released drivers that allow the TRGpro to use 802.11 wireless networking CF cards. Of course it can use CF memory cards but it can also use other types of CF peripherals like GPS receivers, barcode scanners, wireline modems, and more.

The TRGpro uses the same connectors and general body shape as the Palm III series, which allows it to use most peripherals designed for the III series, including keyboards, cradles, etc.

Another factor contributing to the TRGpro's long life is its flash RAM and HandERa's release of updates which allow it to run OS 3.5. The company hasn't released a version of OS 4 for the TRGpro and hasn't committed to doing so. It's possible the company is unable to fit all the required software into the TRGpro's 2MB of ROM.

The TRGpro has 8 MB of memory and runs the 16 MHz Motorola DragonBall EZ. It has a monochrome screen and an enhanced speaker.

Despite its age, the TRGpro is comparably priced with the Palm m125 and has a similar feature set, though the m125 has a faster processor. Some would argue the TRGpro has a better screen and there are certainly far more peripherals available for the CF slot than the m125's SS/MMC one.

Thanks to Doug Southworth for the tip. -Ed

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I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:07:46 PM #
Palminfocenter's gone red. Nice, if you, I guess.

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:11:20 PM #
My eyes!

I'm gonna have to put on me sunglasses whenever I visit this site for now on!

I think this will be temporary. Valentine's Day comes only once a year, right?!

Argh my eyes
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:11:56 PM #
Too Red! Why not Blueeeeeeee!

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:20:09 PM #
I like it baby! I like it!

RE: Argh my eyes
Ed @ 2/14/2002 12:21:00 PM #
Yes, it's only temporary, in honor of St. Valentine's Day. If you really don't like it, you can register and pick any background color you like (hint, hint.)

News Editor

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:28:56 PM #
Whine whine whine... Go out and get a life! get yourself a date and stop whining about the color unless you're spending Vday on

yeah i dont like it coz its too bright but hey! this is the best Palm news site!


I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:34:39 PM #
I like's nice

tdvaughan @ 2/14/2002 1:21:14 PM #
Yup, when you consider some of the alternatives (electric lime, anyone? - I mean, what were you thinking?) red isn't too bad.

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 2:09:38 PM #
LOL....I thought the red was to celebrate the Chinese New Year! yup, it's the time of the year also!

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 2:42:49 PM #
it's black history month, how about a completely black backgroung....

just kidding, it nice to have a little change some times, good job Ed.

RE: WTF? Race issues going on.
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 2:58:06 PM #
since its usually white,,,ure saying the whole year round are for white people.only one day for Chinese people?

Man this is getting deep.

By the way,.. what is your ethnicity ED?

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 3:00:06 PM #
actually, the default is monochrome, so if you realy insist, it would mean that the site is only for monochromatic people....just read the articles, answer the poll and quit trying to make things into something they aren't...

sometimes a cigar is just a cigar...

Dearman @ 2/14/2002 3:46:10 PM #
yeah but the cigar comment came up when Freud was holding a large black cigar and discussing oral fixations and inter racial attractions
Really off topic I know
i still think he had some issues and was just in denial

OT: But...

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 12:20:40 PM #
I was reading a thread on another site and found this:

Now when will it be available in the states?

RE: OT: But...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 1:26:08 PM #
"Ordered Upon Request"
Did you call them to request one, and see if they will order it for you?

RE: OT: But...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 2:47:11 PM #
very good pick up my friend, we can expect to see these new babies soon...i'm gonna ask them when there shipping...

RE: OT: But...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 8:46:42 PM #
the link gets me nothing but a long list of handhelds. what am I supposed to see?

RE: OT: But...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 10:04:36 PM #
the last handhelds in the first section are marked m130 and m515.... these are the new ones comming out soon....

TRG Pro Rules

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/14/2002 8:43:04 PM #
It was the best Palm ever and it let me keep all my add-ons from the PIII. With the newer H330 HandEra is on the right track to providing backwards compatibility for users like us. Now only if there's a color screen ... :)

RE: TRG Pro Rules
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/15/2002 12:38:24 AM #
I agree with you. A color screen with replaceable lithium batt will be nice. 320x4something should also be inlcuded.. CF and SD is such a great combination (since im using both =).

but since im used to wont buy me.

OS4 won't fit???

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/16/2002 11:35:46 PM #
Ummm, let's take a look at what they HAVE stuffed into the TRGPro... (ROM Date 6/29/01)

* OS 3.5 and apps.
* CF Modem drivers.
* CF Ethernet drivers.
* VFS Support.
* Card access software.
* Backup/restore software.

And they've got 240+k left over.

What exact gain is OS 4 over this, from a user standpoint?

It seems most of the OS4 aps work fine as soon as the programmer figures out that maybe they should check for VFS support directly instead of just polling for OS version and making assumptions.



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