1. DC Power: DC input for the AC-Adapter powerpack. The adapter is
100V-240V, 50-60Hz compatible so it can be used just about anywhere in the
world provided the
adapters are on hand. The AC-adaptor supplies the AquaPad
with 12V, 3A so you can run the unit all day long without worrying about
the battery running out. Battery life is roughly 3 hours, and charge time
about 2 hours.
2. USB Ports: The two USB 1.1 ports are really useful if you want
to plug in a keyboard and mouse. This is best done when the unit is
not being held as a small door folds down to reveal all of these ports. We
tested the unit with Mac USB keyboard and a Logitech USB mouse and
had no problems.
3. Headphone Jack:
The audio jack is ideally suited for small ear
bud type headphones with minijacks. As the jack is located quite close to
the top of the port bay, not all headphone jacks will fit.
we first tried to connect a pair of Grado SR80's to the AquaPad, but the port
was just too close to the side and they would not
When you have headphones that do fit, the AquaPad
automatically cuts the sound to the built in speaker (whose quality is
rather poor). The audio quality to headphones is really good, but the only
controls you have are the two small buttons which control sound level.
Since there is no hard drive in the AquaPad, your best chance to listen to
a lot of music on the go is to stream it from the web using the Real Audio
player that ships with Mozilla.
4. Stylus Pen: The stylus pen clips into this integrated bay when you don't need
it so you don't loose it. The stylus is basically the same as what you
would use with a Palm or Handspring. Since the screen is touch sensitive,
you can use your finger tips if all else fails, but I wouldn't recommend
using any other pointers which might damage the thin plastic sheet which
lies over the screen.