Xircom Rex 6000: Review. by Brian -
My first reaction when pulling this little gem out of the box was, "Wow...small, yet very cool!" I quickly plugged the cradle (very stylish, by the way) into the back of my PC and went to work. I first downloaded the new synching software from www.rex.net, then I let it rip. The device took about 5 minutes for the initial sync, with over 1000 contacts in my database. Subsequent updates take only a few seconds. The default setting for mapping with Outlook worked extremely well…so far so good.
My first concern was regarding the small screen, and limited input abilities. It should be noted that earlier versions of the Rex allowed offered no input, so this is at least a step forward. I quickly learned that smaller is not always worse. The Rex segments the data into four categories to make it easer to find exactly what you need, quickly. I found it easy to navigate and relatively easy on the eyes. The onscreen keyboard is a little tough to use at fist, but it is acceptable for minor changes or adding short notes to yourself.
Xircom addressed users desire for web content in a unique way with the Rex. I logged on to rex.net to set up my personal web content settings. All the basics are here: national news, weather, sports scores, movie reviews, and more. I saved my selections and re-synched. Adding web content will slow your sync, but I have found it to be worthwhile. Now you can slip into the bathroom with the Rex in your pocket…much more discreet than the New York Times.
Is 2MB of memory enough? Well, with over 1000 contacts, 75% of the web content, and a hack version of solitaire I found on the web, my Rex is standing pat at 29% of the memory used. Not too shabby for a PCMCIA card!
Bottom line, this is the perfect device for those who are one the run, but don’t need the power and expense of larger PDA’s. The Rex is great for calendar, contacts and basic web content and comes with a very nice leather case (also holds business cards). You’ll likely be comparing this device to the Palm m100/105. I think the Palm’s are too bulky for similar functionality…at this time, stick with the Rex. !!