Pippin Isn't Ripe Yet

The multimedia set-top box handles the Web, E-mail, games, and more--inexpertly

On paper, the Pippin @World looks like a winner. This $500 set-top box, based on technology from Apple Computer and designed by Bandai Digital Entertainment, lets you surf the Web, do E-mail, play games, even write letters and draw on your TV. Alas, Pippin pays a high price for all that versatility: It doesn't do anything well.

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