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Is the Pepper Pad 2 Worth a Shake?

Techstination feature for Thursday, October 21, 2004

A new type of tablet shaped PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It is called the Pepper Pad 2….a portable wireless flat screen…with a Linux operating system and a 20 gigabyte hard drive…that consumers can use for Web browsing, email and listening to digital music. Pepper Computing VP Jon Melamut…

"The device is 2 pounds, 3 ounces. So it's lightweight. We wanted to have a big screen so you have a full fidelity user experience. We thought it was really important when you go to the Web that you get the full richness of the Web and you didn't have to look out on some little screen like on your phone or on a PDA. We've got a split keypad. It's a QWERTY keypad so you can just pick it up right off the coffee table or in the kitchen and start IM-g or emailing. We also support Bluetooth keyboards."

And while Pepper includes digital photo and music applications….one of the problems is the Pad can't use other Linux or Windows software. Who might buy it?

"We have some users that we talk to that frankly have been a little concerned about getting a computer. They hear that Windows is a problem, that you have to always install these patches and updates and they get lost and they're a little intimidated. And the other set is the individual who is very tech savvy and wants another device in their home."

The price…about 800 dollars. The company is taking pre-orders for January delivery at the Web site. You can find us at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.