Amstrad (a UK company) have a product called the emailer link > http://www.amstrad.com/default.shtml
It allows the sending, receiving and printing (with printer) of emails.
The benefits of this over a pc are the price and the fact it can be just plugged into a phone line and you don't have to pay a monthly subscription to email or surf the net. On the negative side you have to pay to collect emails and are charged per minute to surf the net.
Does anyone know if similar products are available in th US?