New Product: Pepper Pad 3 Handheld Web Browser/Media Player

MEDIUM MEDIA Fans of portable video face a stark choice: squinting at microscopic cellphone and iPod screens or lugging around a bulky laptop. Staking out the middle ground is the Pepper Pad 3, which sports a roomy 7-inch touchscreen and a 20-GB hard drive. And with Bluetooth (2.0) and Wi-Fi (b/g) connectivity, it also lets you browse the Web, send e-mail, and IM whenever you're in range of an access point.

WAND OF WONDER Not going anywhere for a while? Spice up your Pepper by plugging in a USB keyboard, or use it as a universal remote for your home theater, thanks to an IR emitter. And unlike a PC, the Pad is said to "just work" - always a good strategy. $699 781-862-2500

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