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|Sat Sep 15, 2001 - 4:59 PM EDT - By James Hromadka|
Lies, damn lies...
PocketMark 0.2.1 gives the Pro a 168 rating overall (168/170/163) compared to a 125 rating (129/101/132) for the Visor Deluxe. Surprisingly, the Visor Pro did more poorly than the Visor Platinum's past score, which was a 199 rating (203/178/201). To test real-world usage, I had Star Pilot refresh its greyscale night sky view on City magnitude setting with constellation lines turned on. The Pro took five seconds to finish, while the Visor Platinum took eight seconds. Under Rural magnitude (where more stars are calculated and drawn), the Pro took 14 seconds and the Visor Platinum took 29 seconds. So it seems that although the Pro had a poorer PocketMark score, it was significantly better than the Visor Platinum in real-world tests.
The Visor Pro uses a standard USB connector, so the black cradle that
comes with it can be used by all members of the Visor family, except for Prism and Edge.
Likewise, the Visor Pro will work with the Stowaway and can use a VDX cradle for HotSync.
The Pro can also work in a Prism cradle -- the connection feels loose but
works -- so a multiple-Visor family does not need multiple cradles unless
they have a Visor Edge.
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