Hewlett-Packard is likely to cut the prices of its OmniGo range of palmtop computers after price falls in the personal digital assistant (PDA) market. John Arifin, Asia-Pacific product manager for handhelds at HP, said after the release of the OmniGo 100 12 months ago the product had been better accepted than the original palmtop computer, the 95LX. He said the dual keyboard and handwriting recognition feature were the obvious distinctions. The palmtop computers, which include the top-of-the-range 200LX, are considered more as PC companions than part of the OmniGo range. An OmniGo 700, which is used in tandem with a cellular phone and PC for mobile transmission, has been released recently but is a niche market product. It is known internally as the OmniGo personal communicator, but AT & T owns the trademark on that name so it cannot be used commercially by HP. 'The OmniGo 100 as a new product in a new category has done much better than when the 95LX was first introduced,' Mr Arifin said. He declined to give sales figures. The OmniGo 100 uses GEOS - the same operating system as the OG 100 - and has a book-bindery application. Numerous information and applications can be readily downloaded from the Geoworks web site. The 200LX uses a modified version of Microsoft's flavour of DOS for its applications. 'The handwriting feature [Graffiti] has definitely been a huge advantage as it is one of our key features that puts us above the competitors,' Mr Arifin said. 'As an alternative, we are positioning the 200LX with data card and cellular phone . . . as a personal communicator,' Mr Arifin said. Mr Arifin said there had been some interest in Asian developers for double-byte character input. All HP's calculators and hand-held products are designed and built in Singapore. 'We do not see the OmniGo 100 competing with the PDAs from Hong Kong or Taiwan, as it falls in the higher-end organiser category versus the learning/translating application category, with more features, applications, PC connectivity and has higher memory capacity.' At present, there is no graphical method of file exchange. But a new piece of software, Intellilink for Windows, allows porting of Windows and Windows 95 applications and personal information managers to and from the palmtop 200LX.