3 Mobile Internet Key, Altec Lansing iPod docking station, HP Mini Note

3 Internet key
Price: $15/1GB, $29/3GB, $49/6GB per month

The 3 Mobile Broadband Key is the simplest we’ve seen yet. There’s no CD software installation because the software is on the USB flash drive-sized device and installs automatically. You simply remove a small cradle near the plug for the SIM card, plug the device into a USB port and after a short wait while the software installs, using it is a snap.

It’s a simple matter of clicking connect/disconnect in the software, and you can build up a contact file if you wish and send text messages direct from the SMS client. We managed a download speed of between 1.6 and 2Mbps, more than adequate if you’re used to a 1.5Mbps plan from your ISP or have no plans for heavy downloading while you’re on the road. Three mobile also promises that the next upgrade to their network will yield full a 7.2Mbps, so it’s a great buy either way. 4/5

Altech Lansing T612 iPod docking station
Price: $399

There isn’t much a vendor can get wrong with an iPod stereo deck. The Altech Lansing T612 iPod docking station is one of many and like most the experience extends to putting your iPod (or the iPhone when it arrives) into the slot and pressing play.

Like similarly-priced competitors, the T612 will make an attractive addition to any living room at only about a foot square in size, and while purists will scowl at the mp3 format, the sound quality is fine for consumer use. Even with the volume, bass and treble turned al the way up the unit issued barely a hint of distortion.

The remote is unobtrusive and easy to use but the controls are limited to moving forward and backward through tracks. A way to navigate up and down through the iPod’s menu such as a clickwheel would cap the user friendliness off. 3/5

HP Mini Note
Price: $899

The HP Mini Note seems in a category all its own, too big to be an ultramobile PC and too small to be a true notebook. The size causes too many problems that keep it from being a compelling purchase. The major gripes are that your finger keeps slipping off the tiny track pad and the device has a bad screen angle that makes you hunch down in your seat to see it.

It looks good but with a 1.2GHz chip and 894Mb of RAM it’s not going to be a heavy-duty data workhouse — the Windows Vista Basic set-up was interminably long. Moving data to and from the device is also nightmarish as there’s no optical drive, so you’re left at the mercy of Vista’s labyrinthine network settings to connect to a LAN. 1/5

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