Here are summaries of some recent Computing product...


December 02, 1991|By Knight-Ridder Financial Service

Here are summaries of some recent Computing product reviews. each product is rated on a scale of one to four, with one computer indicating poor and four indicating excellent:

MindLink, for the Macintosh, is able to run HyperCard (meaning at least 1 megabyte RAM and a hard disk.) $299. From MindLink Inc., Box 247, North Pomfret, VT 05053. (800) 253-1844.

Librex 386SX, $3,599 (with 60 megabyte hard disk). From Librex Computer Systems Inc., 1731 Technology Drive, Suite 700, San Jose, Calif. 95110. (408) 441-8500.

Zenith MastersPort 386SL, $4,499 (with 60MB hard disk). From Zenith Data Systems, 2150 East Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, Ill. 60089. (800) 553-0331.

HP 95LX. $699, From Hewlett-Packard Co., 1000 Northeast Circle Blvd., Corvallis, Ore. 97330. (503) 757-2000.

MindLink uses a variety of word exercises, suggestions and approaches to help you produce, refine, collect and report ideas and solutions to problems. (A Windows version is available for PCs.)

Librex 386SX is a small, light notebook PC with a great keyboard.

The Zenith MastersPort 386SL is heavier, larger, and more expensive, but with long battery life because of the 386SL chip's power-conservation abilities.

The HP 95LX is a pocket-size PC with a miniature keyboard and a quarter-size screen. It combines 1-2-3 spreadsheet and financial calculator abilities with address and schedule keeping.


Rating: 3 computers

Librex 386SX

Rating: 3 computers

Zenith MastersPort 386SL:

Rating: 3 computers

HP 95LX:

Rating: 3 computers

(This column reviews shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers.)

Balloon Speller. Lists troublesome words for your student to try to capture with a hot air balloon. The game has variations, but you get the drift.

Spelling Bee. Set up tests for any grade level. You build a list, complete with clues and phonetic misspellings of words: If your child has trouble spelling "difficult," give him a clue such as "hard" and misspell the word as "dificult." If he spells it correctly, fine. If not, he gets to try again. Percentage scores flash on-screen, along with more review chances.

Wordhide. If your student is fond of puzzles, this spelling program is a treat. You create a word list, which is then hidden in a puzzle of random letters. Print out the puzzle and have your student find the hidden words. You could use the same word lists for all three programs, giving your problem speller a chance to associate the words in three different environments.

For copies of these programs send $4 each or $15 (plus tax for Californians) for all four, plus a disk full of laptop utilities, to Shareware, P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Or call (310) 595-6870. Please indicate 5 1/4 -or 3 1/2 -inch disks.

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