by August 10, 2001 0 comments

Ezeebee is for those who are not savvy with OSs and Web browsers as you can switch it on like a television after installing it. Installing the Ezeebee is pretty easy, as you need to plug-in the power cord and connect the device to your telephone with the cable provided. Once switched on, it prompts you to enter the username and password of your ISP. It automatically connects itself to the Internet the next time it is switched on. You can also connect the device to a LAN (with built-in Ethernet option) if you want to.

The Ezeebee looks like a sleek monitor and comes with a full-sized keyboard and a two-button scroll mouse that gets plugged into the two PS/2 ports of the device. The 15” monitor supports a maximum resolution of 800 x 600 and is available in two different color combinations–Blue White and Silver White. The keyboard comes with Internet hotkeys besides the regular 85 keys. It has a built-in V.90 56 K modem.

It comes with an infra-red port compatibility that can be used to add an optional infra-red keyboard and a mouse at an additional cost. The infra-red module costs Rs 2,500 extra.

Ezeebee also has built-in speakers and options for microphone and headphone. If you want, you can also connect a HP 640C Inkjet color printer to the parallel port as the drivers for this printer are burnt on the ROM. The printer is priced at Rs 5,000 (plus taxes). USB devices like scanners and digital cameras can also be connected to the Ezeebee with the help of the two USB ports at the rear.

The OS of the Ezeebee is Linux burnt on the ROM with the Web browser. So,once you switch the Ezeebee on, the browser automatically opens waiting for you to key in the URL of the site you want to visit. Ezeebee has been configured with Yahoo Web-based mail, which allows you to view the attachments on the website itself. It supports Word, Excel, Powerpoint, JPEG, GIF, etc.

The device is virus-proof, as it has no storage device. On the flip side, this means that you cannot save any of your files on to the device for future reference. You will have to be connected to read or write your mail. However, you are given an option of extra flash memory for basic storage, where you can buy 8 or 16 MB to save some of your important files. These can be purchased at Rs 1,800 and 2,500 respectively. These can also be used on machines that have the Flash memory card slot.

The price of Ezeebee is actually only a little less than an entry level PC, thus making it not so attractive when compared a PC, which you can use to do plenty more things than just surf the net. It is priced at Rs 19,995 plus taxes. 

Contact: Ramanjeet Singh, HCL Infosystem. Tel:
0118-4520977, 4526518-19 Fax: 4523791, 4544527. Infinet, Frontline Division,
E-4,5,6, Sector 11, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301. E-mail:

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