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I had a quick play with 2 Omegas and saw 2 more. The two I tried were in large cases, there was one (not powered up) in a smaller case. I was told that one of the machines I tried had a pre-production motherboard and was not running at full speed. The second one was a don't-know - we've only just been given it.

Both machines felt fast though screen update was not quite as smooth as Iyonix - apparently there is no graphics acceleration yet. They were running 1024x768x24-bit colour, both being limited by the monitors connected (their arrival was apparently a surprise so the dealers were just using whatever monitor came to hand).

The machines were not for sale - they were the dealers' first units. They were 26-bit RO4.03 machines. One Dave from MD told me that the XScale card is a couple of months away and will ship initially with RO4.03.

However, the good news is that we now have Omegas in independent hands. So people can finally compare with Iyonix and decide which to buy. Up to now, IMHO, we have had one real m/c, warts and all, vs one datasheet and it's good to move on to real-world comparisons.

BTW, I'm posting using O2 on an Iyonix. All 4 of my USB ports work fine but I can't use my second serial port until the OS is updated (coming soon...). I had no opportunity to test the USB, serial or parallel ports on the Omega so can we wait until someone does before concluding who has the most ports?

Tony

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 23/2/03 6:29PM
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