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?
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 added, it becomes an anorexic PC, not an appliance. Appliances are generally