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Compaq Aero 1550 Pocket PC

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  • Uses Microsoft Pocket PC operating system--pocket versions of Word, Excel, Internet Explorer
  • 16 MB RAM holds years of appointments, thousands of addresses, and many applications
  • Semitransmissive STN LCD display with 240 x 320 resolution and 16-shade gray scale
  • Offers handwriting recognition, soft keyboard, voice recorder, compatibility, and "inking" inputs
  • What's in the box: Aero 1550, Stylus, Docking Cradle, Serial cable, Vinyl slip case, AC Adapter, User Manual, Microsoft ActiveSync CD and booklet
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Product Description

At 0.5 inches (1.27 centimeters) thick and weighing about 5 ounces, the Compaq Aero 1550 pocket PC fits in a shirt or jacket pocket. It is the first of the Compaq Aero series to adopt Microsoft's latest operating system for PDAs that includes pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, and many other applications. Despite its thin and light design, the Compaq Aero 1550 packs 16 MB each of RAM and ROM and features a 70 MHz processor.

Besides the Microsoft Windows operating system, the Compaq Aero 1550 is loaded with Compaq's own QMenu, Qutilities, and File Explorer programs. These utilities place frequently used actions--such as switching between or closing tasks, adjusting volume, and changing backlighting--only a click away. Other features of this pocket PC include an infrared port for one-button data transfer, a CompactFlash card slot, a microphone, and a headphone output.

The Compaq Aero 1550 delivers up to 14 hours of use through its rechargeable lithium-ion battery. A backup battery and an AC adapter help keep the unit charged so you never lose your data. In addition to these features, the Compaq Aero 1550 offers a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the box

  • Aero 1550
  • Stylus
  • Docking Cradle
  • Serial cable
  • Vinyl slip case
  • AC Adapter
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Pocket Reference Guide
  • Accessories Information
  • Important Safety Information
  • Register Now Card
  • Microsoft ActiveSync CD and booklet

Product Details

Product Manual [3.38mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00004T0RF
  • Item model number: Aero 1550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at September 4, 1999

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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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250 of 258 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2000
I bought the Compaq Aero 1550 because I wanted a palm-sized organizer, but I didn't want to spend the extra money for a color model. I already used Microsoft Office and Outlook for my e-mail. So I was looking for a solution that would integrate well with that, and I liked the extra built-in features of the Compaq Aero Pocket PC: Web browser, Internet dialup networking, ability to view MS Word and Excel documents either synchronized from the desktop or received as e-mail attachments, book reader, media player (MP3 and WMA files), multiple alert sounds, industry-standard Compact Flash slot for extra storage or peripherals (modem, network card).
The unit is about the same size as a Palm III (but thinner) and a little larger than the Palm V. It is very thin and light compared with all the other palm-sized Windows CE models. It is very easy to carry around during the day, for example, to meetings. It comes with a nice black leather-like slipcase with a stiff front to protect the screen.
The screen is exceptionally clear; even the smallest typefaces are very readable. However, the screen is best viewed in either bright light or in near darkness because of the inadequacy of the backlighting. The backlight is the same type as found on the Palm V. It produces a reverse video effect that is very good in near total darkness (as in a presentation where the room is darkened), but which doesn't work well in other low light conditions. On the other hand, the screen is very useable outside in direct sunlight. So, if you will be using it mostly at work, at home with good light or outside, the Aero is great.
The Aero 1550 is based on the earlier Aero 1500 models and has only mono sound. However, the quality is good, especially with headphones.
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Serpent on September 27, 2000
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O.K., I will include a few things that everyone else has forgotten to include in their reviews. First, not only does the pocket pc OS (which is Windows CE version 3.0) allow you to convert and view word and excel files, you can create and change them on your ppc as well. Pocket Excel allows you use most (perhaps all) of the formulas you are used to using with the pc version of Excel, but graphs don't show up on conversion and you can't create them. Merge cell also doesn't work in Excel and doesn't translate. Word translates pretty well. I'm impressed, but if you use the draw function (tool bar), or graphs, in a pc windows doc, it wont show up in the ppc. The Aero 1550 comes with 16M of ram, but it splits this up (and adjusts it automatically) between the programs and applications, and you need three or four meg of memory for each to run most applications, so, buy a flash memory card for it (I'm planning on buying the 64M). The battery lasts a long time, but it will last longer if you close out all the programs before turning it off because the programs you open will stay open until you close them (the Qmenu is a good way). I've read reviews that insinuated that pocket pc's are complicated, PLEASE! If you have any experience working with a pc and especially MS-office, then, unless you're a gibbering idiot, you wont need any help at all. It is totally user-friendly. I wasn't even aware that it had a manual on the program cd that comes with it until two weeks after it arrived. You will receive a program cd and a Autosync cd. The Autosync is the program that allows you to convert files from pc version to pocket version and vise versa. It also comes with a directory (file) with tons of books in it.Read more ›
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Marcel T. Hoffman on May 16, 2000
Here is an update to my 5 stars review of the older Areo 1530. I just installed the Pocket PC upgrade ROM to my 1530. I ordered the upgrade direct from compaq which makes it equivalent to the 1550. It is a flawless upgrade and information was saved to my desktop first. With more memory, sound recorder with rewind and fast forward dial, palm V can't come close to its versitility. Recent additions include a 40mb compact flash memory card, pocket pc version of Calligrapher handwriting recognition, JOT is good but Calligrapher is better. I have also added the modem. Pocket PC is a blast to use, much more user friendly than the older Win CE, and more internet friendly, downloading and reading email is a breeze. Above all, it's a more efficient operating system and less hassle to get from one place to another. The Areo's screen has more resolution than the palm V's and it can be adjusted for lighting conditions. Four shades of grey mode is best for indoor low lighting, 16 shades for moderate to bright indoor lighting and outdoors. It also has reversibility in its LCD image for better viewing with the backlight. Its best feature however is it's size, about as thin as the palm V and weighs about the same too. I would like to give it 6 stars, an extra one for the new Palm PC OS!
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. Lin on May 13, 2000
The Aero is about the same size and price as a Palm V, but it does so much more. PalmOS is still a bit easier to use than Pocket PC, but I'd take 8x the RAM and all the extra capabilities in a second.
I did have one disappointment, though. I had hoped to replace my portable MP3 player with the Aero, but the audio output quality is quite poor in comparison to what you would get from a Rio or a Nomad. I'm not sure if this is a problem with the media player or with the Aero's audio out jack (I suspect the latter) - but then again, the Palm V doesn't even have a headphone jack.
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