RadioShack to sell Personal Internet Communicator

— 12:18 AM on October 3, 2005

It looks like AMD's Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) will finally be available in North America. RadioShack has picked up the device, and will reportedly begin selling it in stores this week for $299. But before you get too excited, recall that the PIC runs Windows CE and has only a 366MHz Geode GX processor, 10GB hard drive, four USB ports, headphone and mic ports, and a VGA output. Even with pre-installed software that includes Internet Explorer, Flash, MSN Messenger, and unnamed word processing, spreadsheet, and email apps, you're not getting a whole lot for $299.

To the Personal Internet Communicator's credit, the device's three-pound, 5.5" x 8.5" x 2.5" form factor is pretty neat. Still, it's hard to get excited about a device whose hardware spec looks embarrassingly inadequate next to some of Wal Mart's sub-$300 Linux systems. Those mid-tower systems may not be able to compete with the PIC's book-sized form factor, but for just $200 more, there's always the Mac Mini.

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