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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsPDA Jun 4th, 2020 - 3:25 PM EST
    Handspring Visor Edge
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: June 28th, 2001
    Rating: 9.5/10 SystemLogistics
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    Pros & Cons


    The Visor Edge is definitely one of the best PDAs out there right now. Let's recap what we've learned so far:

    • Thin anodized aluminum casing
    • Comes in 3 colors: Metallic Blue, Metallic Red, Metallic Silver
    • Metal flip cover
    • Faster than the Visor Platinum
    • Built in rechargeable battery
    • Comes with USB cradle/charger
    • Better looking screen than the Platinum
    • Lower price with Handspring's trade-up program


    As always no product is perfect, but they can always come really close. The Visor Edge doesn't have many flaws but here are some things that I thought needed to be addressed:

    • Installing Springboard modules is more complicated
    • Display is not color
    • Stylus can be difficult to slip back on
    • No reset pin
    • Price is still a bit steep for a non color unit


    As you can see, the Edge is certainly a great performer. It's sleek and modern design really appeal to me. Handspring really has a winner here. They took all the things that the PDA consumers are looking for and packaged them into a sleek compact design. Adding a color screen would make this near perfect product even better, but that would probably raise the price over anything reasonable. Although the Edge is a great product, there are a couple things that I thought Handspring could have approached better. Not everything is perfect but the Edge really comes close. It's even faster than the already blazing Visor Platinum with the same processor. It's design is great for corporate users, and it will even impress the younger crowd as well. At the moment, the Visor Edge is the best value if you already have an existing PDA with Handspring's trade-up program. $100 is nothing to sneeze at. So if you're looking to upgrade, the Edge is a great choice. For new PDA owners it's still a good product but you'll have to pay the normal $399. Although that price is a bit high, you still get one really great product and Handspring's amazing customer service. As I retire my old Platinum and say hello to the young and hip Edge, I'm thinking of what lies in the future for PDAs. If Handspring and Palm keep going the route they've been going, I think we'll see some interesting products in the future. It can only get better folks...

    Rating: 9.5/10 SystemLogistics

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