Netpliance i-opener (ASY200-01) PC Desktop

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ENTERS THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

Feb 4, 2000
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Low cost and simple to use

Cons:Limited functions

Here comes the new kid on the block and backed by good word from everywhere. Watch out Web TV it's the i-opener and I believe it's here to stay. Soon to be sold at a Circuit City store near you soon as reported by The Wall Street Journal. I first learned about this dandy machine while burning what brain cells I had left trying to scan the pages of our nations economy (and my total of two shares of stock) in the coveted pages of Wall Street's own Wall Street Journal. I learned a few things about the i-opener in the report and did a little investigating of my own. this is what I found out.1) There was an intro cost of 199$ that was raised on Jan 30, 2000 to 299$(so I had to have it before that happened)2) Cost of internet access was 21.95 a month wich is a little higher than most but i-opener has a 1-800 number so that I can travel the country with this machine plug it up and I am on the web right away (a big plus for traveling)3) There is a 30 day money back offer so that if I had absolutely hated it I could slam it back in the box and forget it existed 4) Unlike other web appliances the is an optional printer than can be purchased for an additional 119$ (the i-opener is compatable with only one model of Compaq printer)which I have not purchased yet but am planning to do so5) The i-opener is sent via Federal Express cutting shipping time down to 7-9 days (I got mine in 7 days exactly) My experience with this product has been nothing but good. Now with e-mail capability on the go I can keep in touch with my mother more often lowering my guilt level and keeping the boxes of fresh baked cookies flowing. I can check job markets around the country on the web with familiar ease that comes with being a web idiot. This appliance comes idiot proof with audio step by step instructions and a simple feel that my 4 brain cells can work with very easily. There are, however, some drawbacks to the i-opener. You have to remember this is only a web appliance so there are some capabilities it won't have over a personal computer setup. First of all it will not work with any Java application on the net. The i-opener works with HTML pages wich means certain web sites will not work with the i-opener such as some chat rooms that are not set up for both. I have found that my most favorite site, Yahoo, does support the i-opener's HTML functions so that I can chat away like a chipmonk on a six pots of coffee. Also, another drawback is the inability to download any information. As I said before this is a simple appliance with simple functions and I feel it serves its purpose well to date. One other drawback is the ability to accept e-mail with attachments (completely preventing any 12 year old cyber geek e-mail bombers from frying the thing in your face) but you can receive pictures direct. Overall I am impressed. I can take it anywhere. I can buy thousands of dollars in beanie babies from anywhere in the country. I can e-mail mom reducing guilt wrinkles. I can get a job when I get fired for sleeping (which I like to call letting my 4 brain cells rest). Most of all I can do it without confusion and can get tech help anytime online or through a quick phone call.


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