by Jamie McAfee
XIRCOM REX 6000
With so many options in the pda arena, the Rex 6000 stands out because of its small size.
Shaped like a credit card, this tiny wonder is great for keeping users organized. All of the features found on any PDA are present on the Rex — calendar, address book, an on-screen keyboard — and it can store more than 1,000 names, numbers, and appointments.
The Rex is ready to set up right out of the box. It comes with a cradle that allows for synchronization to Microsoft Outlook and other personal information management programs including Symantec’s ACT and Lotus Organizer. Also, the Rex attaches directly to a notebook computer through a Type II PC card slot for quick syncing.
When connected to a PC, the USB cradle is hardly noticeable on the desk. The installation process was as easy as inserting the CD; prompts walked us through the rest of the setup process.
We only experienced trouble when we tried to set up a connection to the Web. The cradle must be attached to a PC with Internet access, restricting mobile users from getting Web updates such as news unless they have wireless access. Setting up an update account on the Xircom site was time consuming and after finally finishing, we could still not update the Rex.
Overall the Rex 6000 is a handy, inexpensive, little device to have. For those who seek a constant Web connection, the Xircom is probably not the model for you.
PROS: Small size makes carry a pleasure; easy to use
CONS: Web access and updates didn’t work; set-up time was consuming