Monday, September 25th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
TVemail is perfect if you'd like to use electronic mail but are shy around computers. eNote.com's $79 device is about the size of a modem. In fact, it is a modem â€”and little more.
You connect it to your television like a VCR or video game and also plug it into a phone jack. Then you call eNote.com to set up as many as five e-mail addresses. The service costs $99.95 per year or $9.95 per month.
The box dials a toll-free number four times per day to check for incoming e-mail. A flashing light on the front alerts you to waiting messages. You compose outgoing messages and save them to the outbox for sending during the next scheduled call, or you can force a call at any time.
The unit is always on. Typing is done on a cool wireless keyboard that works flawlessly. There is no mouse. You navigate through the menus that appear on the TV with four colored keys and the arrow keys.
TVemail can be set up to download news, sports, TV listings and weather information daily, as well as connect to sponsors' shopping opportunities. You can also view text or photo attachments and connect the device to a printer with a USB port.