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is buying a HP 320LX worth it?

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musicalnugget Page Icon Posted 2020-09-12 10:15 AM
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i saved up money to buy one but i am thinking about not doing so, should i buy it or not?
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ntware Page Icon Posted 2020-09-12 12:45 PM
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It depends on what you want to do with it. I personally bought one just recently in a very good shape, and I really like it. But if you’re used to WinCE 3.00 devices like the Jornada 720, the 320lx is nothing like it. It is much slower and the memory constraints are a huge deal. Even though .net was ported to WinCE 2.0, I wasn’t able to run any .net app except very simple “hello world” ones. Any other app will fail with out of memory errors. What I like about the 320lx is that it is a nice widescreen monochrome HPC. In my opinion it defines a particular generation of those devices. If you’re a collector, it is definitely worth getting one. If you just want to play around with WindowsCE I suggest you go after a Jornada 720/728 or NEC MobilePro. Those devices will definitely give you a better, smoother experience.

As a bottom line comment, what I really like to do with my 320lx is to use PCanywhere CE to connect to my Windows 2000 machine. It works very well, and allows you to use desktop-class software remotely, given that you have a proper PCMCIA WiFi card that works on the 320lx, which can be hard to find.
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musicalnugget Page Icon Posted 2020-09-12 9:00 PM
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yea, it's for collection purposes and bragging rights, i'm buying it to kind of "rebuild" my collection since i sold the old one (40+ hpcs) to buy a new house.
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CE Geek Page Icon Posted 2020-09-12 9:42 PM
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Wow, nice to see someone else who had a collection rivaling mine (previously only our former active member, cmonex, came close to my collection). The proceeds didn't pay for the house by themselves, did they?
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musicalnugget Page Icon Posted 2020-09-12 11:52 PM
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unfortunately, it wasn't the only batch of things that i had to sell. but i'm optimistic that my collection(s) will get back to shape and i will be able to flex on everyone again
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C:Amie Page Icon Posted 2020-09-13 7:43 AM
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You were such a prolific collector and yet you're new here?
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musicalnugget Page Icon Posted 2020-09-13 10:19 PM
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i found this site when looking for a site dedicated to HPCs recently just to ask the question i asked here >.<
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kennytaylor661 Page Icon Posted 2020-09-17 6:47 AM
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Do it.. My first HPC was an 320LX. Picked up the CE 2.0 ROM module as well. (mine came with CE 1.0) I eBayed the thing ~15 years ago and really wish I'd kept it.

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