Handspring Visor Deluxe (Blue)
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It's color is more of a midnight purple. The doc is not included. Some scratches, but everything else looks good and works properly.
The Handspring Visor Deluxe is the hot new handheld that runs the popular Palm OS, so it's compatible with thousands of existing applications. It's also expandable with Springboard modules that can add extra memory or a modem, or transform your Visor into an MP3 player, video game, GPS receiver, and more. Plus, its fast-synchronizing USB connection is compatible with both the PC and Macintosh.
To set up the Handspring Visor Deluxe, we followed the Getting Started instructions printed on the software CD-ROM case, inserting the batteries, calibrating the touch screen, entering the date and time, connecting the included USB cradle to our PC (an optional serial cradle is available), installing the desktop synchronization software, and synchronizing the Visor with our PC. The entire setup process was straightforward and intuitive, requiring only about five minutes.
Fans of Palm Computing's Palm III line of connected organizers will have no difficulty using the Visor, as it runs on a licensed version of the Palm OS. All the popular Palm personal information management (PIM) applications are included and work exactly the same way as they do on the Palm. The Visor also uses Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition system for text entry, which takes only a few minutes to learn and a few hours of practice to master. Handspring has added to the Palm OS an advanced date book, calculator, world clock, and support for floating-point math.
The Visor Deluxe comes with 8 MB of RAM, providing plenty of room for thousands of addresses, to-do items, and memos; hundreds of e-mail messages; and several years of appointments. It also includes a USB synchronization cradle, two AAA batteries, a stick-on Graffiti "cheat sheet," a leather slip case, a stylus, a Handspring logo decal, a Quick Reference Guide, inserts describing accessories and cases, and a software CD-ROM. The CD-ROM includes Palm Desktop Software 3.01, a software link to Microsoft Outlook, and the full-length User's Guide. However, the Visor Deluxe does not come with an AC adapter.
Using the Visor was intuitive and fun, just like the Palm III series organizers that it's based on. However, unlike the Palm, the Visor has an easily accessible expansion port that supports Springboard modules. For our tests, we installed a modem module, an 8 MB memory module, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, and a Physician's Desk Reference module (note that you can install only one module at a time). Installing these modules is very easy, and they can greatly increase the functionality, power, and usefulness of the Visor. (For more information, see the descriptions of the individual Springboard modules.
Overall, we were very impressed with the Visor. It takes the best of the popular Palm platform, and adds memory and expandability--all at a great price. --Mike Brown
Most helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
If you never thought you'd give up your planner...
By Renee H.
If you're looking at the pictures of the Visor Deluxe and thinking it's cool and a great deal...buy it. You're right!
I was not someone who purchased the Visor Deluxe so that I could run a variety of complicated computer programs...I simply wanted something that would replace my paper planner system. The problem was that for years I was a very right-brained planner user. I had cartoons on the pages for every day, wrote all of my appointments in different colors, and put stickers on the calendar for major events. I thought I'd never get used to using a computerized organizer. This sharp-looking blue Handspring Visor has completely changed my opinion.
The format of the Visor is so easy that it takes only minutes to learn how to navigate the different screens and functions. Graffiti writing, which to some sounds terribly complicated and intimidating, is easy and logical on this organizer.
And the added bonus is that with all of the memory on the Visor Deluxe, there is plenty of space for add-ons and functionality which make it far more useful than a paper system.
Take the plunge. It's worth it!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Love the Visor
I've had my Visor Deluxe (Blue) for about 3 weeks now, and I absolutely love it. I have to admit, I am a gadget person, but I made the decision to purchase the Visor mainly for functionality purposes. It has met, and even exceeded my needs.
Set-up of the Visor and the cradle is extremely simple. It took me all of 5 minutes... ok, I outsourced a little (I had someone crawl under my desk at work to plug in the cradle). Seriously though, the set up and sync feature are very easy to use.
I primarily use my laptop or my office desktop to enter data into the address book, date book, to do list and memo pad, and sync with my Visor a couple times a day. However, it couldn't be any easier to enter data directly into the Visor; the Graffiti program is outstanding. Everyone told me it was a piece of cake to master the handwriting recognition, but I still had doubts about my ability to master it. Trust me, it takes 5 minutes to learn and the touchpad is very accurate.
I would strongly recommend the WriteRight screen protect. I don't like scratched surfaces, so I was sure to put a piece of the screen protect on as soon as I got the Visor. It doesn't fit perfectly, as the shape of the Visor screen differs slightly from that of the Palm, but it removes easily and maybe oneday Visor users will have more of a selection of customized accessories.
I ordered the rainbow 5-pack, which is the same stylus that the Visor comes with. They're great... just the right weight distribution of metal and plastic and they look nice too.
Download Vindigo if you decide to buy a Visor. It is the best database of restaurants (Zagat), places to shop, movies, nightlife etc. I believe it is only available for major cities, including NYC, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, but if you live in or travel to any of these cities, you will love Vindigo.
I haven't had the Visor long enough yet to get into the Springboard feature, but it seems really useful for true techie travelers.
As far as cost goes, you can't beat it for the product you're getting. You get 8MB for ~$250. You pay ~150% of that for the Palm Vx (8MB), which runs on the exact same platform as the Visor.
My only complaint at this point is that I have yet to find a case that I like. I am not interested in the slim leather case and I have looked at the RhinoSkin products. There really don't seem to be as many alternatives for the Visor as there are for the Palm. Maybe I'm being stupid, but I think I'm going to wait just a little bit longer to see if someone comes out with a slim, stylish, yet protective and inexpensive case for my Blue Visor. In the meantime, I am using the cheesy case it ships with and treating my Visor with extra great care.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Cool and highly expandable
I must have debated between the Palm and the Handspring for about two weeks. But after reading alot of reviews and articles on the internet about the two I would have to say that the Visor Deluxe is the winner.
The Visor Deluxe is very comparable to the Palm Pilot IIIxe in more than one way (Price is the same, almost the same functions, same OS, etc...) but what did it for me is that you can have the functions of Palm Pilot VII with the Visor Deluxe. You know what I am talking about, internet and communication. Why? How? This is because Visor & Visor Deluxe comes with an expansion slot. Which makes it thicker but expandability is infinite. Right now there is in the works several cool cards you can buy including a GPS and a MP3 player. Cool huh? Buy this and you won't have to shell out $400 or more for a Palm. What about software you ask? Well the guys who created Palm in their garage are the ones who are currently running Handspring and they have licensed the OS from Palm.. So What Palm can do so can your Visor!
Palm Compatibility, Expandability and Cool Colors, what more do you want. If you want the slimness of the Palm V and hope to be nerdy enough to put it in your pockets then maybe this isn't it for you but if you want functionality, get a Visor Deluxe! And save some cash!