by February 28, 2001 0 comments

Dax 56 kbps Pocket Modem

External modem. Rs 4,050
Features: USB interface. 
Pros: Small and lightweight; stable connects; easy to set up.
Cons: Low volume; not enough indicator LEDs.
Source: Apcom Computers
79 Chamiers Road
Chennai 600028.
Tel: 44-4323557/3558 
Fax: 4347051 
E-mail: sujit@daxit.com

This is one of the smallest modems to be reviewed in PCQ Labs. The whole
modem can easily fit into the palm of your hand. Mobile professionals can use
this modem to access the Net when on the move.

Installing the modem is as simple as plugging in the USB cable. Windows
automatically detects it, and drivers are available on the accompanying CD.
There’s no power cable, since the modem can take power from the USB port
itself, thus reducing the number of cables that have to snake around your
computer.

Most people will notice the absence of several LEDs that one gets used to on
a bigger external modem. The Dax pocket modem has only three of these: MR for
modem ready, OH for on hook and DATA for data transfer. The volume of the modem
is also very low–so low, in fact, that you’ll have to hold it up against
your ear to hear the dial tone. The modem also lacks speaker and microphone
jacks, so you can’t add these even if you want to.

The modem gave us stable connects when we connected it to VSNL, and we didn’t
face any major problems while downloading files, other than the low speaker
volume. Overall, it’s slightly expensive compared to regular serial port
modems, but gains points for its small size and low weight.

Anuj Jain at PCQ Labs

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