Information appliances, also called Internet or PC appliances, are a new market that appeal to those customers who want to reduce their desktop hardware expenditures. What are they, who makes them, and what do you get for your money?
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have suggested that the information appliance market can be segmented into three groups: stripped-down PCs, Internet appliances, and thin clients. Although we understand the rationale, we hesitate including thin clients in this area, except as a comparison. In general, appliances include a CPU, operating system or browser (or both), memory, network card, keyboard/mouse, and sometimes a media device (CD, floppy, or hard drive) and (less often) I/O slots. However, as more storage and I/O capability is