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Sony Clie PEG-NX70V (Silver) Handheld
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $499.99
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Editorial Review

The Palm-powered PEG-NX70V Clié handheld comes equipped with a built-in digital camera (310,000 effective pixels) for taking digital pictures and video. The camera resolution has been improved to 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) with an option to save the images on Memory Stick media in JPEG format. Furthermore, the PEG-NX70V will record and play back video (MPEG-4) and store it on Memory Stick media.

The PEG-NX70V is equipped with a wireless communication slot for adding an optional wireless LAN (802.11b) card. Browse the Web, check e-mails, and synchronize data wirelessly with your PC via wireless local area network (LAN access point sold separately and Internet service provider required).

Display
The PEG-NX70V features high resolution on its 320 x 480 pixel backlit color display, which can display over 65,000 colors.

Operating System
The Sony Clié PEG-NX70V is powered by Palm OS 5.0 for more processing power, multimedia features, wireless connectivity, and higher security than OS 4.1.

Extra Software
The PEG-NX70V comes with the following Sony software: Audio Player, Clié Album, Clié Camera, Clié Mail, Clié Memo, Clié Remote Commander, Clié Viewer, Flash Player 5, Image Converter 2 1.0 (for PC), Memory Stick Backup, Memory Stick Export 1.1 (for PC), Memory Stick Files, Memory Stick Import, Movie Player, Movie Recorder, PictureGear Studio (for PC), PhotoStand, Photo Editor, SonicStage LE 1.5 (for PC), Sound Converter 1.0 (for PC), Sound Utility, Voice Recorder, and World Alarm Clock

Compatibility
The Sony Clié PEG-NX70V is compatible with Windows 98 SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home, and XP Professional editions.

In the Box
The Sony Clié PEG-NX70V comes with a USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, stereo headphones, remote controller, plug adapter, plug adapter attachment, hand strap, installation CD-ROM, beginner's guide, add-on application guide, End User License Agreement, Graffiti sticker, and limited-warranty statement. ... Read more

Features

  • High-resolution TFT color display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • 16 MB of RAM, 16 MB of ROM, Memory Stick expansion slot
  • What's in the box: PEG-NX70V, USB HotSync cradle, stylus, AC Adapter, stereo headphones, remote controller, plug adapter, plug adapter attachment, hand strap, installation CD-ROM, beginner's guide
  • Built-in digital camera (310,000 effective pixels)
  • Integrated wireless communication slot
Reviews (42)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good not Great
I think it's pointless to go on and on when writing a review so I'm gonna keep this short:
The Sony clie peg-nx70v is one wonderful piece of equipment.
I found that I extremely liked some of it's features like the compact design with the rotating screen, the thumb keyboard, the icon lay out, the camera/video recorder, and the voice recorder.
However, I rate it only good not great because of the annoying weight, how prone it is to being damaged, it's batery which tends to die rather quickly, and it's price.

Overall, I recomend the Sony clie peg-nx70v to most anybody!

5-0 out of 5 stars me and my Clie
This thing has more buttons & bells than I'll ever use!I'm glad I bought a book "How to use Your Clie".The included paperwork doesn't begin to explain everything you can do.Screen display is sharp & clear.I like using Graffiti to enter data rather than the keyboard. (You have three entry methods to choose from.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
Unbelievable technology!!!Great sony software to improve the useability and increase the features available.Incredible leadership by Sony, very innovative.I purchased mine for $299 a display model at a local retailer, I had a 32 mb memory stick from a video camera I had,I have only had the CLIE for a few days but its wonderful,I have not tried to sync it yet, for mac you need the program the Missing Sync for 30$ you can download it I haven't yet, but I have read good reviews and it seems like a solid program.

No complaints, it seems that something like this should costat least$1500.The software that Sony provides for it is excellent Bravo Sony!!!I purchased the Zire 71 which is also an excellent product at a great price around $249, but if you can get the Sony for anywhere close to $369 or more its still a great deal. ... Read more

Asin: B00006RSJ1
Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player   


CD Cyclone 256 MB Flash Key USB Pen Drive Storage Device
by CD Cyclone
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $154.00 -- our price: $42.99
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Features

  • Plugs into a standard USB port and requires NO software
  • Ideal for quickly transferring files from a laptop to a desktop or vice versa
  • About 3 inches long and less than half the width of a business card
  • Works with almost any OS: Windows XP, Me, 2000, 98, and MacOS 9
Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Does the job, cheap and easy!
I have an older (4 years) Dell 7500 laptop running Win 98. I wanted a flash drive to use as a cheap and easy way to do backup because I have no r/w drive. All my s/w is licensed so all I was really concerned about was backing up Word, Excel and email files. My main concern from researching many of these devices was price, durability and the ability to work with my older and slower USB port.

This product had a nice price point for the memory size, 256 meg. The 128 sized drives out there are about 40% cheaper than the 256's, but I think the doubled size is worth the extra $20-$30. The larger drives are at a premium right now with the 512 meg drives going for more than double the 256er's, and larger storage jumping even higher. It was not worth it to me. I'm sure in a year or two, even multi-gigabyte sized flash drives will be available for cheap, but I wanted it now.

Next, I was a little concerned about this brand; I'd never heard of CD Cyclone. I did a little research though, and they seemed like a reasonably dependable company.

Finally, some of the newer model flash drives gave me some concern about compatibility with my older system and USB ports.

Amazon had the best price when I factored in their free shipping program. The product arrived sooner than promised; the free shipping is supposed to take 6-9 business days and I got it in about 5 days overall.

The product comes insparse packaging with minimal documentation, the drive itself, a necklace cord, and a USB cable. Nothing else like a CD. The drive looks pretty cool, and weighs next to nothing. I popped open the cap to check that there was SOMETHING inside. (There was!)

The documentation says that newer operating systems than mine will do plug-and-play, but Win98 required downloading a small file (a driver, I guess) and rebooting before the device will be recognized. After installing the file and rebooting, it was plug-and-play instantly.

Using the drive from that point was extremely easy. It showed up on My Computer as the "E" drive, and all I had to do was drag the files I wanted onto it. It took about 30 seconds to copy about 80 megs of files. It couldn't have been simpler. Later I took the Flash Drive to a friend's computer running Win 2000, popped the drive in a USB slot, and was instantly able to read my backed up files.

It feels good knowing that if my older laptop dies or the disc crashes, I've got my files safely backed up. This was cheap and easy peace of mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars The age of "Star Trek" type storage is here
Specifications: Like most "USB ram drives" this device is the size of the average disposable lighter and about as heavy.The interface is USB version 1.1, which means that you can expect a transfer rate of about 1.5MB a second.The ram configuration is static, which means that you cannot upgrade the drive for greater memory capacity. The drive is plug n play for Windows ME, 2000 and XP only.Other operating systems will need a driver update.

Performance: Plugging this drive into the USB port of my computer, the drive was instantly recognized and installed.Within "MY COMPUTER" it was listed as a removable drive for ME, 2000 and XP.I have not tried any other OS.

There is no special formatting necessary to get the drive to work with Windows operating systems.These drives behave as any other hard drive. Files can be written and deleted with simple drag and drop actions.Copying enough files to fill the entire 256MB of this drive took about 5 minutes, as expected.

Quality and Fit:These drives are small enough to put into your pocket, and easy to misplace as well.All manufactures offer some way secure the device to a tether and wear around the neck or on a key chain.Unfortunately, the case these devices come in are often flimsy and will likely wear out and break eventually, exposing the ram and board inside to the elements. Additionally, The cap that protects the USB connector will likely be lost within a couple of weeks.Again, this exposes the device to the elements and limits the mobility characteristics.

This drive is small enough to fit into a USB interface without an additional cable extension, though one is provided.It is a tight fit when there is another USB device next to it though.

Other issues:Because not all computers have Windows ME and up installed on them, you will need to take the driver CD with you when you take your "ram drive" out to remote locations.

It is sometimes inconvienent to plug the ram drive into USB Ports on the back of a computer.A front USB port on a computer is a welcome site.

Because the drive uses the USB 1.1 interface, the read and write speed is limited.Other drives use the USB 2.0 standard and can read and write data much faster.Above 256 Megs this becomes relevant.

Other drives have the ability to change out multiple ram cards to make the USB drive truly flexible.Those drives tend to be twice the size however.

Pros and Cons:

Pros:

-Does everything it should do, and fills an important void in computer storage
-Very Small and convenient for transport
-USB interface available on most all computers made within the last 5 years
-All recent computers use ME and above for a OS (USB Plug N Play)
-About a million read/write operations before the ram fails

Cons:

-Small size makes it easy to lose
-Cost is still too high for mass adoption
-Need to carry around drivers for older or special OS
-Flimsy case will not likely last long
-Write times not as fast as USB 2.0 (1GB = 20 MIN) ... Read more

Asin: B00007IFK2
Sales Rank: 15685
Subjects:  1. Hard Drives (Drive)    2. Internal   


$42.99

Apple 15 GB iPod (M8946LL/A, April 2003 Version)
by Apple Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics (02 May, 2003)

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Features

  • Features redesigned and backlit navigation; includes earbud headphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, 4-pin-to-6-pin FireWire adapter
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M9244LL/A
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Equipped with a range of built-in utilities and games
  • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
Reviews (111)

5-0 out of 5 stars works great with windows and of course mac
don't buy into all the negative reviews people leave and all the mac bashing that goes on.people who have problems with iPod and windows are probably just idiots.my iPod works flawlessly with windows.i'm a believer in the right tool for the right job.macs are great computers and xp is the greatest thing to happen in the windows families.whichever your preference, the iPod is sure to work and integrate just fine.

i recommend that you first choose your primary use for the iPod, other than a music library, before deciding which model to buy.i own the 40 gig one, but i also edit video and use it has a portable hard drive.for most people, they will never fill 10 or 15 gig or however low the iPod goes now.so before throwing your money towards features you'll never use, ask yourself what you'll use it for first.

research, research, research...it's free!you're doing it right now by reading this.research and find what other things iPod can do for you before deciding which one to buy.

if you love music and you like keeping it simple, the iPod could wind up being the greatest thing you ever purchased.it is easy to use...easy to understand...works as promised...looks great...sounds great...feels great.

3-0 out of 5 stars good, but there's better out there
I just recently got an ipod with my 2003 Beetle. I must agree with one of my fellow reviewers that it is a bit of a nightmare for windows users. I have to take my ipod to work with me just to put music on the thing. As far as playing music the ipod does an excellent job, everything that the ipod promises it performs. Not to mention how CUTE it is. An ipod is a great investment if you are a music lover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just a Music Player!!!!
This is my first iPod, even though i have been using mac's for about 4 years now! Now i am a proud owner of this product.I could not be happier.1st things 1st, i am sure you can read all the other reviews and find out that this product is bar none the best out there.But most importantly this is a multiuse product.I now how a portable 15gb firewire harddrive!and this product is smart enough to know the diff b/w music and my other files. as a student i MUST be able to have my documents on hand at all times, and "my comp crashed" does not work now a days. Along my purchase of my pod i picked up a media card reader, so while i am on the go with my digital camera (d100 nikon) i do not have to worry about carrying so many cards for my camera!and i also picked up a voice recorder, this allows me to record audio, which really helps me with things like test reviews, and meetings. (also helps with soundtrack as well). I know that 15g is not much by todays standards, but you have the ability to add an remove these files with ease.as a side note, i honestly do not see how people could actually use a pod that is larger, i have ahard enough time keeping track of 1990 songs i have on it right not (almost 6days worth) ... Read more

Asin: B00009J5VZ
Sales Rank: 15121
Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player    3. Jukebox    4. Apple    5. (Mac)    6. (Macintosh)   


Panasonic DVD-LA95 9" Portable DVD Player
by Panasonic
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $699.99
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Editorial Review

Panasonic's DVD-LA95 offers the versatility of a portable DVD player alongside the performance of a sophisticated home-theater component--and you can use it as both. The player handles DVD-Video, high-resolution DVD-Audio, and DVD-RAM playback--as well as standard and recordable CDs, including MP3-encoded discs. Its slender chassis holds a massive, 9-inch widescreen (16:9) LCD screen and a built-in rechargeable battery (good for about 2.5 hours between charges).

Designed to take full advantage of both audio and traditional video DVD formats, the DVD-LA95 delivers the immersive six-channel surround sound of the DVD-Audio music format. DVD-Audio offers super high-fidelity (192 kHz/24-bit) sound, in both multichannel and stereo. Because the DVD-Audio signal is too high-resolution for the digital converters in current surround receivers (and also as an anti-piracy measure), the DVD-LA95 performs its own decoding of DVD-Audio signals, passing high-resolution analog, not digital, audio to your surround receiver. This means you'll need an audio/video receiver with multichannel analog-audio inputs to appreciate this feature.

Audio features include DTS and Dolby Digital decoding with 5.1-channel analog- and digital-audio outputs, built-in stereo speakers, and Dialogue Enhancer for DVD movie viewing (which boosts the center-channel level by 6 dB during playback of Dolby Digital 5.1 discs, since most of the principal dialogue is channeled there). Advanced Surround Sound (VSS) simulates surround effects from any two speakers or from headphones. Other features include chapter preview, high-speed smooth-motion scan in forward and reverse (up to 100 times normal speed), repeat mode, title/chapter search with marker function, skip forward/reverse, auto power off, and resume play.

In addition to playing favorite DVD movie and music discs, the DVD-LA95 also plays video recorded on DVD-RAMs. DVD-RAM lets you record high-quality MPEG-2 video on DVDs, offering fast data transmission, speedy random access to chapters, and rewritability up to 100,000 times. ... Read more

Features

  • Multichannel analog and optical digital-audio outputs, built-in DVD-Audio, DTS, and Dolby Digital surround decoding
  • Dialogue Enhancer, VSS virtual surround enhance surround sound and stereo listening
  • Sleek, lightweight portable DVD-Video and DVD-Audio player with 9-inch LCD screen
  • Plays DVD-R, DVD-RAM, CD, and recordable MP3 CDs
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, 2.5 hours battery life from included rechargeable battery
Reviews (38)

3-0 out of 5 stars broken player rats!
We have had this player for about 2 years and loved it until it broke.We bought the extra battery pack which gave us aproximately 5-6 hours total playing time.It went on a lot of long car rides and plane trips with us.My son at age 6 dropped the player and then we had playing problems.I had a very difficult time getting service information.Finally I sent it to an indepentdent dealer who told me nothing could be done as Panasonic no longer makes the spare part and even if it did it would cost about 400 dollars.The service tech said they only make so many spare parts and when they run out that is it.I think this is shameful for such an expensive product.Buyer beware this product can't be dropped and should not be handled with small children.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS DVD PLAYER IS GREAT!!!!!
I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY 12 YEAR OLD SON FOR CHRISTMAS OF 2003.HE HAS HAD IT FOR OVER A YEAR AND USES IT JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY.IT IS GREAT!!IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE BATTERY LASTED A LITTLE LONGER BUT, THAT IS OKAY, AS LONG AS YOU PURCHASE AN INVERTER FOR LONG TRIPS.

2-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
When my Panasonic, no longer under warranty, needed a repair, I discovered that I had two options, either throw it away or buy a rebuilt player.The problem was a dead backlight, something that should have been a simple repair, but due to way machine is designed turns out not to be. I bought the rebuilt player and that was defective. It does come with a 90 day warranty, but local certified Panansonic dealer won't honor it. And onand on the story goes.

So beware, product was good, but once something happens and you enter the service system, you will experience frustrations. ... Read more

Asin: B00005OP2T
Subjects:  1. dvd-audio    2. 9-inch    3. DVD Player (Digital Versatile Disc Players)    4. Portable Digital Versatile Disc Player (Personal DVD)   


Real Digital RD2200 22" 16:9 LCD Flat-Panel TV with Speakers
by Real Digital
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $1,499.99
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Editorial Review

Real Digital's RD2200 monitor boasts a detailed, 22-inch TFT LCD screen with razor-sharp images and a 864 x 480-resolution picture. The RD2200 scan-converts from source inputs up to 1,600 x 1,200, letting you use it with PC and Macintosh computers (VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA) as well as with high-resolution home theater equipment like satellite receivers and DTV set-top boxes (625p, 625i, 1080i, and 720p).

A high (400:1) contrast ratio, exceptional peak brightness of 420 candles/square meter, fast (16 ms) response time, and wide (160 x 160-degrees) viewing angles enhance the unit's standard-format (4:3 aspect ratio) image.

For connections, you get RS-232 controls, high-definition component-video, S-video, two audio/video inputs (stereo analog audio, composite-video), Scart, and DVI (digital visual interface) inputs to accommodate several different devices, with video signals ranging from standard NTSC to PAL and SECAM. The RD2200 is wall-mountable with VESA-compliant mounting holes, and a built-in headphone jack allows private listening.

What's in the Box
Monitor, RGB cable, AV cable, power cable, Pbpbr cable, remote control, user's manual, AC adapter (85W), and warranty card.

Note: As this set is intended for display purposes only, it does not include an NTSC television tuner. All television reception must come from external devices like DTV receivers, satellite receivers, cable boxes, and VCRs. ... Read more

Features

  • Fast (16 ms) response time, wide (160 x 160-degrees) viewing angles
  • 22-inch 4:3 aspect-ratio LCD monitor with 864 x 480 resolution; TV is 23.6 x 16.9 x 7.24 inches (W x H x D) with stand
  • Scan-converts from inputs up to 1,600 x 1,200; compatible with PC and Macintosh computers (VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA)
  • Range of inputs includes HD component-video, DVI, and RGB for flexible connections and use with DTV (up to full 1080i)
  • High (400:1) contrast ratio, exceptional peak brightness of 420 candles/square meter
Reviews (19)

1-0 out of 5 stars El cheapo...
We bought 2 of these Real Digital monitors for my Mac G5 dual-monitor editing system at work.The resolution on them is absolutely horrible. At the end of each day I feel like I'm about to go blind. On the higher resolution settings, you cannot read the type because the pixels bleed together. On the lower resolution settings, the aliasing and jagged edges harken back to the days of Mac Classic. If you are considering buying this particular monitor for use with a computer, you'd be better off throwing your money out the window. We decided to return them and spring for Mac-brand flat-panel monitors. The difference is astonishing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Digital RD2200 PC "driver" / Review
Bought this monitor about 6 months ago and im really happy with it. I got a great price off this website. I use it with windows media center and when i hooked it up and ran the media center part it looked great but everything else like the windows desktop looked really grainy almost unreadable. After searching for a monitor driver because it simply installs "plug and play monitor i came up empty handed, nothing to be found" I figured out what you need to do is download a program called powerstrip, that allows you to tweak your settings to better suit this monitor. Using a page towards the back of the users manual that lists the monitors opimal frequency settings that cant be met using simply windows. After putting these settings into this program that runs at startup my desktop looks 5 times better than what it looks like when just plugging it in. Enjoy this great monitor

5-0 out of 5 stars This works great if you know what you are doing!
I have this panel. I bought it because I wanted a TV in the bedroom and had limited space and money. I really wanted HDTV but from 6 feet away only videophiles could obviously tell the difference between EDTV and HDTV. SO I took the plunge and bought this. The rebate came quickly and yes there is NO technical support here. You are on your own. Also the warranty is serviced by AMAZON. The CR was shocked when I told her she was the one to help me. She laughed..but on with the story. I have this paired with a Samsung HDTV Directv receiver. I have my Directv TIVO and DVD player plugged into the SAMMY and then they all get connected to the LCD using DVI. The HDTV picture is fantastic and the TIVO is superior to the SVIDEO connection I used to use. The DVD is crisp and clear using 480P. The bottom line is that if you pair this with a a good video receiver you will be happy with this low cost LCD panel. And yes..don't even think of trying this as a computer monitor...It is awful! ... Read more

Asin: B0000AA9DR
Subjects:  1. reel, realdigital, rd-2200, 220, 2200    2. 22 inch screen, flat panel, flatpanel    3. widescreen, wide screen tv, liquid crystal display    4. wall mountable, multi media, multimedia   


Nike Sport 128 MB MP3 Player
by Nike Sport
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $199.99
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Features

  • Designed for movement
  • No-look buttons
  • Skip free audio
  • Smart wire management
  • Wearable and splash proof
Reviews (114)

2-0 out of 5 stars It was ok in the beginning then broke down
I was in the gym and it went on and then off. I then proceeded to try to turn it on and it did not work. I didnt not even try to fix the product b/c I read all of these awful reviews on amazon. I personally just went out and bought and iRiver iFP-890. I read the reviews on amazon and it was quite helpful. Again did not buy anything that is made by Nike Phillips b/c it seems to me it just doesnt work and it is a waste of money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not made to last.
It busted after about a year's worth of average use, both the unit and the headphones shortly thereafter. But when it did work, had decent sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good For Sports
This isn't a high capcity player, but it's great for going to the gym, running, and other outdoor and indoor sports activities. ... Read more

Asin: B00006LT11
Sales Rank: 5354
Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player    3. MP3 Player (MP 3)   


iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital Audio Player
by iRiver
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics (28 February, 2003)
list price: $99.99 -- our price: $75.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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Features

  • Supports playback of MP3, WMA, and ASF music files
  • Integrated digital FM tuner with presets and built-in voice recorder
  • Record to player directly from FM tuner
  • Comes with Sennheiser MX300 earphones, neck strap, AA battery, USB cable, and printed manual
  • 256 MB built-in memory
Reviews (130)

1-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I did a lot of research on the different players below $100.This one seemed to be the best.It took a while to receive from Amazon.com.I've had it for 4 days and must have spent 10 hours trying to get it working.The iRiver website and customer service are unacceptable.The customer service line rang busy for 20 minutes.When I did get through, I waited on hold for an hour and 4 minutes for someone to come on the line.When I did get someone, he was rude.He did not want to stay on the line and walk me through the steps to address the problem.As soon as I got off of the phone, I had another problem.Called back and got busy signal.Held again.After a few minutes on hold, a message came on that they were closed.Only open for support M-F 8-5.(And only then when you can actually get a live person.)The CD that comes with the device is not up to date.You have to go to the iRiver website to download the latest version and then update firmware.Then, you cannot use iRiver Music Manager.You have to go to Windows Media Player.Sometimes it would recognize the device and, other times, I had to reboot the computer to have the device recognized again.I was finally in a position to download music and had the songs selected.When I tried to sync, I got a message that said there was an unknown error.After hours of frustration, I decided to pack it up and send it back.I gave 1 star because it is small and seems to be a good device, if only it wasn't such a hassle to set up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable, lightweight, great sound, yadayadayada...
Well, here's what I have to say: I've had this little sucker for over a year now, and thus far, this is what my mp3 player has been up against:

1. NW Washington weather. Need I say more?

2. It's been dropped onto hard marble floors from chest height (roughly 5' 7") TWICE, and worked (although it developed a minor joystick anomaly that lasted about three days to a week) just fine, still works like a charm.

3. It's been on several camping trips in NW Washington (again, need I say more? This place is WET).

4. It's survived a day in Hana, Maui (even wetter than WA).

I'll tell you, this thing is pretty tough for a little device such as this. I also use it to play music in the halls, on my own sound system, and because my sub is a little funky, I have to readjust my equalizer, and it's VERY simple, once you get the hang of it (if you're having trouble with the custom equalizer, just hold the knob straight down for three seconds, and from there you can figure out how it works).
It's been with me all over the country, and in all sorts of situations. This mp3 player is like a Timex (takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'!), and the best part is, it gets GOOD sound, too. I have a pair of Sony (also a year old) headphones, and a set of Bose QC2, and the sound through both is phenomenal. I am thinking about trading up to a bigger mp3 player, and I think an iRiver is where I'll be aiming.

P.S. My advice on music transfers is to stick with the provided software, and get the firmware upgrade, and still stick with the software. WMP10 has the strangest ability to add clicks and whops to songs saved at 192 kbps, that are then transferred to the player. The iRiver software does none of that. That's all for now! Tata!

3-0 out of 5 stars good sound and bad interface
I just got this player for exercising. It's small and light enough to carry around. The sound is excellent. The interface is bad, the buttons are confusing. Everytime I tried to lower the volumn, it took me to the menu. USB 1.0 is slow. But I will probably buy it again, just for the price. ... Read more

Asin: B00008N6VM
Sales Rank: 60
Subjects:  1. MP3 MP 3 Player    2. MP3 Player (MP 3)    3. Portable Audio   


$75.99

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004
by Electronic Arts
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
CD-ROM (25 September, 2003)
list price: $49.99
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Features

  • PGA golfing game featuring Tiger Woods
  • Take your custom golfer through the trials and tribulations of all the great courses
  • Go up against some of the most famous fairways and greens with some of the top competition
  • Play online with the Playstation 2 Broadband Adapter
  • For 1 or more players
Reviews (58)

5-0 out of 5 stars Too addictive
This is as good as golf except perhaps you don't get the exercise. It's so addictive that I found I was doing this every night for hours and hours, till I had no option but to return it I mean it was affecting my work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best game ever!
This game is a lot of fun to play, but it does take a little time to figure out the maneuvers. There are scenarios to practice skills to make your player very skilled. Also you can make your character look pretty close to your own image. It is challenging and very addictive. Fun for both males and females.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiger Woods 2004


This is a message to all golfers. Tiger Woods 2004
Is the best Tiger Woods game since.... well...2003.This
game has a wide variety of golfers, courses, games, and
has awesome graphics. You can even create a character
that is just like you, or not.

Like I said, this game has awesome graphics. It seems
as if you watching golf instead of watching it. Everything
looks real, squirrels and birds look real. Most importantly
you can play as your favorite golfer, such as Tiger Woods.

It only takes about 10 seconds to load. Other games take
About 20 or 30 seconds.

The commentators say humorous stuff . They make fun
About you missing the shot. Most other sports games don't
Have commentators.

The ball drives even further than before. There is a lot of
windcarries the ball even farther.


I would recommend this game to kids 8 and older, because
Of controls.

If you want to create your own guy and win championships,
You need to get this game.
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Asin: B00009WAVL
Sales Rank: 2316
Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. PS2 (PSX2)    3. Sony Playstation (Play station) 2    4. Playstation2 (Play station2)    5. Sports    6. Outdoors   


GameCube 251 Memory Card
by Nintendo
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Video Game
list price: $24.99 -- our price: $16.95
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Reviews (107)

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential
For any Gamecube gamer this memory card is essential. I do not understand why Nintendo waited so long to create a bigger memory card than the 59, which is all but useless now.

A must buy for any serious gamer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yes!
If you have another, sell it and buy this (Unless, of course, you have the 1019). I have the 59, and it fills up way too fast. Third-party companies DO NOT completely understand how memory is stored, so it will get corrupted. Buy this.

3-0 out of 5 stars stupid
I have away better memory card the mad cats wich holds 102 blocks
of memory. ... Read more

Asin: B000067QW2
Sales Rank: 433
Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Nintendo Gamecube (Game Cube)    3. Memory    4. Accessories (Accessory)   


$16.95

Kodak EasyShare CX6330 3.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and Dock Bundle
by Kodak
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $379.99
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Editorial Review

Simple to operate, fully automatic, and highly affordable, the 3.1-megapixel Kodak EasyShare CX6330 digital camera is a great choice for all your special occasions and vacation snapshots. This special bundle also includes the EasyShare Dock 6000, a carrying case, and photo paper. It also features Kodak's exclusive indoor/outdoor LCD monitor, a continuous shooting mode of 3 frames per second, and video capture limited only by your memory card.

Optics and Resolution
With its 3.1-megapixel sensor, the CX6330 can capture up to 2032 x 1524 pixel images for enlargements up to 11 x 14 inches. It also offers 1600 x 1200 (2 MP) and 1280 x 960 (1 MP) resolution modes. The aspheric, all-glass Kodak Retinar 3x zoom lens helps you get closer to your subject with a focal range of 5.6-16.8mm (35 mm equivalent: 37-111mm). It also features a smooth 3.3x continuous digital zoom (for a 10x total zoom).

Included and Optional Docks
The included EasyShare Dock 6000 offers a USB port for fast and easy transfer of pictures from camera to computer as well as a unique two-position tilt feature for improved viewing of images from the camera's LCD. The Kodak CX6230 can be stored in the dock any time so that it will always be charged and ready to go (it can fully charge batteries in as little as three hours).

In addition to the transfer and battery charge features of the Dock 6000, the optional Printer Dock 6000 adds the ability to print 4-by-6-inch photos directly from your camera. You can also hook it up to your TV for a slide-show presentation.

Movie Mode
The EasyShare CX6330 can also capture video with sound at 320 x 240 pixels and 15 frames per second. Your video length is limited only by the amount of space left in the internal 16 MB memory or optional memory card. You can transfer these QuickTime movies to your PC, or view them on your TV with the included A/V cable.

More Features
Review your photos using the 1.6-inch high-resolution indoor/outdoor LCD screen on the back of the CX6330, which enables you to see your images even in direct sunlight.

The Share button on the back of the EasyShare CX6330 enables you to tag pictures right on the camera for automatic printing or e-mailing, after transferring to your PC. You can even store up to 32 e-mail addresses in the camera.

The CX6230 includes Kodak EasyShare software for Windows and Macintosh systems, providing quick, effortless digital picture transfer, organization, editing, e-mailing, sharing and printing. The exclusive One Touch to Better Pictures feature--which takes advantage of proprietary color technologies developed by Kodak--helps Windows OS users get vibrant, true-to-life prints from home inkjet printers.

Other features include:

  • Built-in flash with auto, off, fill, and red-eye reduction modes
  • Continuous shooting of 3 frames per second, up to 4 frames
  • Scene modes: auto, close-up, night, and landscape
  • Color modes: color, sepia, and black and white

Storage and Transfer
Images can be stored using the internal 16 MB memory or on optional Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via the included EasyShare Dock 6000 using a USB 1.1 connection. A USB cable is also included.

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included); rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended for digital cameras. The EasyShare CX6330 measures 4.0 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches and weighs 6.2 ounces without batteries.

What's In The Box
This special bundle includes the EasyShare CX6330 digital camera, EasyShare Dock 6000, carrying case, and photo paper. It also comes with USB and A/V cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with EasyShare software and drivers for Windows and Mac ... Read more

Features

  • Captures continuous video with audio; Amazon exclusive comes bundled with EasyShare Dock 6000, camera carrying case, and photo paper
  • 16 MB internal memory; compatible with Secure Digital and MMC memory cards
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery(included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1
  • 3.1 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 3.3x digital (10x) Kodak Retinar aspheric all-glass zoom lens with autofocus
Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little digital camera
This is my first digital camera, so I have no other camera to compare it with, but I think it's a great little camera.For the price, you can't beat its ease of use and the quality of the pictures you get.The dock is not really necessary - you can just hook the camera up to your PC using the USB port.But, the dock does provide easy chargine for the batteries.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice camera
1. I would like to say that it is a very good product.The picture quality is very good as an entry level camera.Battery life is fairly good with top end batteries, I have also used rechargeable batteries with poor results.I think that I can snap 20 pics with the rechargeable batteries, whereas I can get up to 60-70 with good energizers.
2. The size of the camera is nice, it's not too small but defenitly not too big.It has a comfterable feel when taking pics.
3.A nice feature is it's internal memory, I have purchased a large memory card to accent this nice feature.
4.It is very easy to use.This being my first digital camera, I have no problems using it.
5. I recommend this camera to anyone who is not looking to spend too much money for one.

5-0 out of 5 stars I liked it so much, I bought 2!
I did a lot of research before buying a digital camera.Wanted to be able to prduce 8 x 10's and scenic pictures, in addition to movie mode.I wanted one for myself, and one for my son, who predicted he would use it only for emailing and eBay...I was prepared to buy him a cheaper camera, but I found this model on Amazon with the dock included, at a price I could only buy the camera for at the stores!Add in the free shipping for the holidays, the great KODAK quality, and the ease of use, and we are very happy! ... Read more

Asin: B0000C8627
Subjects:  1. Digital Camera (Cameras)    2. Photograph (Photography)   


Linksys WPC54G Wireless-G Notebook Adapter
by Linksys
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $79.99 -- our price: $49.99
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Editorial Review

Early Adopters Pick, January 2003. The first high-speed wireless networking PC card for laptops to use the 802.11g standard, which is four times faster than the current standard (802.11b) and backwards compatible.

The new Wireless-G notebook adapter (PC Card adapter) from Linksys has both the 802.11b and newer 802.11g standards built in, so you can connect your notebook to existing 802.11b infrastructure and also the new, fast Wireless-G networks. The included setup wizard walks you through configuring the adapter to your network's settings, step by step. Then just slide the adapter into your notebook's PC Card slot and enjoy network access with your notebook computer, while retaining true mobility.

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products that are found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Once you're connected, you can keep in touch with your e-mail, access the Internet, and share files and other resources such as printers and network storage with other computers on the network, wherever you wander. At home, you can surf the Web or use instant messaging to chat with friends while sitting out on the patio.

You'll also be able to connect to any of the growing number of public wireless hotspots springing up in coffee shops, airport lounges, hotels, and convention centers. And as those hotspots upgrade to the new high-speed Wireless-G standard, you'll be ready to take advantage of the increased speeds.

Get connected to current standard 802.11b networks today, and be prepared for the future with the Wireless-G notebook adapter from Linksys.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, and airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

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Features

  • Compatible with Windows98SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • Operates in the 2.4 Ghz frequency spectrum with speeds up to 54 Mbps
  • Complies with IEEE 802.11g draft standards, and is backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11b products
  • 32-bit CardBus Interface
  • Up to 128-bit WEP encryption
Reviews (178)

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have always purchased Linksys in the past, routers, switches & hubs with absolutly no trouble. I read all the reviews here, some good, some bad. I took the advice of some who said not to use the setup CD and to download straight from the web. Another said to setup the router and not let your "know it all" 19 year old set up the laptop adapter first, among many others. Well, I set up the wireless router WRT54GS but could not get a clean install of the software drivers not even from the web. Finally I got it to install and work. It worked fine as a router with a Ethernet (wired) connection to my laptop. Then the fun started when I tried to install the Laptop Adapter WPC54G. I can't begin to explain the hours and pain that was spent. No matter what I did or how I did it, the adapter was active and appeared to be ok BUT it would not communicate withe Router. I tried every configuration I could. And, Yes, I called Linksys. Even at 3AM they are there to help you .... RIGHT! I called them 3 times, was on the phone for almost an hour each time and GOT NO WHERE. It might have been faster if the people spoke english as a first language!. Bottom line, Linksys said there must be something wrong with either the adapter or router, or both and left me hanging. THANKS. I bought both pieces back to the store and returned them. Would have liked to exchanged them for another Linksys set but, the experience was very very BAD. I purchased the D-Link DI-624 108Mbps G Wireless router and the D-Link DWL-G650 108G Laptop adapter. In 20 minutes I was up and Running. Lesson Learned? ... If you buy Linksys or anyone else, and it does work out of the box (if you followed instructions), consider it dead and don't waste anymore of your time trying and trying to make it work!

4-0 out of 5 stars Strong Connection and good range.
This wireless network adapter is durable and provides a great connection with relatively little configuration.I have installed this card in IBM T30 and A20 models as well as HP notebooks. I had a dlink card on my last computer that had less than half the range it claimed. The instalation was simple and intuitive enough for the technologicaly challenged could get wifi connection easily.I have yet to find an incompatible network.

This card isnt the cheapest (but its not the most expensive) but the price is worth the durability and knowledge that you are connected with a quality product.
Go wireless with the WPC54G today.

1-0 out of 5 stars WPC54G v2 & AES
After purchasing the WPC54G v2, I was disappointed to notice that it evidently doesn't support AES. I'm using the Linksys Network Monitor v2.1 (also tried Funk Odyssey), and driver v6.0.0.18.
Linksys' website has the product data sheet for this card, which lists security as: WEP, AES, TKIP, 802.1x. The user guide, that came with the card, as well as the user guide posted to the website, speaks about AES as a selection. And the Network Monitor application, prompts you to choose, "from either TKIP or AES," only that AES is not listed in the drop down list.
From my reading posts, it appears that v2 doesn't support AES, while some other WPC54G versions do. The problem is that Linksys makes it very unlikely that you'll realize this before purchasing the card. Between their website, userguide, software, as well as all their retail channel partners listing AES as a supported protocol, you're destined to purchase the card and be disappointed once you attempt to configure AES.
After contacting Linksys, this is the clarification I received, "...AES is supported with the previous version which is WPC54G Version 1. There is no driver yet for the version 2 wireless-g adapter that supports AES as on the moment. Keep posted from the website for any updates with regards to the device. You can go to www.linksys.com..."
This doesn't really manage expectations, though, and leaves it likely that others may potentially experience the same confusion. ... Read more

Asin: B00007KDVK
Subjects:  1. Linksys   


$49.99

Samsung DVD-V3500 Progressive-Scan DVD/VCR Combo
by SAMSUNG
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $179.99
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Editorial Review

Samsung's titanium-finished DVD-V3500 DVD/VCR combo is perfect for favorite movies and music, featuring VHS recording and playback, high-end component-video DVD outputs, built-in MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) decoding, and compatibility with JPEG image CDs and Kodak Picture CDs, which makes it easy enjoy a slideshow of digital pictures right on a television.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVD-V3500 stands ready to deliver the full potential of DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, providing higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The VCR delivers hi-fi stereo sound and quasi-S-VHS (QSPB) playback, which lets you view S-VHS cassettes--normally only playable on high-end S-VHS machines--in standard VHS resolution. Top-of-the-line component-video outputs (for DVD only) help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. Another handy feature is EZ-View letterbox eliminator, which makes it possible to watch full-screen pictures on 4:3 aspect-ratio TVs--even when you're watching widescreen DVDs. Supplied accessories include a composite-video/stereo analog-audio interconnect, instruction manual, and a remote control. ... Read more

Features

  • Space-saving full-featured DVD player with built-in hi-fi VCR
  • Component-video output terminals with progressive-scan output offers flicker-free images on HD or HD-ready TVs
  • Dual-mode optical pickup for CD-R/CD-RW playback, built-in MP3 and WMA decoders
  • Compatibility with Kodak Picture CD and standard JPEG CDs
  • EZ-View letterbox eliminator lets you enjoy full-screen pictures on 4:3 aspect-ratio TVs
Reviews (83)

1-0 out of 5 stars DVD player dies after 6 months.
Don't buy this product.The DVD player dies after 6 months, staying stuck on the "Loading" screen whenever you try to play a DVD.
I just wanted to express solidarity with all the other posters and help others avoid this piece.

1-0 out of 5 stars Did not last....
this machine did not last 6 months with us.It started skipping on DVDs, and the remote in NOT AT ALL intutitieve.I cannot recommend this at all.The VHS does still play, but it was expenseive for just that!

4-0 out of 5 stars samsung-great brand- ok product
Everything is fantastic except the rather slow loading time and the remote must be angled just right for it to read. ... Read more

Asin: B00008N6YJ
Subjects:  1. dvdv3500, dvdv-3500, 3500, v3500    2. dvdv35, dvdv350, dvd-v35, dvd-v350    3. v350, dvdv-35, dvdv-3500, dvdv-350    4. vcr, dvd, dvd combo, combination    5. video combo, vcr combo,    6. DVD Player (Digital Versatile Disc Players)    7. Video Cassette Recorder (Recorders, VCR, VCRs)   


Panasonic SC-HT700 CD/DVD Home Theatre Sys
by Panasonic
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $349.99
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Editorial Review

Early Adopters Pick: April 2003. This home theater system includes the world's slimmest 5-Disc DVD changer, as well as a six-speaker system.

The SC-HT700 handles the audio end of a home theater, giving you surround sound decoding, amplification, and playback through a specially matched six-speaker system (left, center, right, left and right surround, and low-frequency subwoofer). The five-disc carousel system's DVD-Audio playback makes it adept at music as well as movies, offering super high-fidelity (192 kHz/24-bit) sound. DVD-Audio discs provide multichannel and stereo sound, incredible storage capacity, and unique bonus materials not available on regular audio CDs.

DVD movies will look and sound great through the system's 54 MHz/10-bit video decoder, video depth enhancer, progressive-scan video output (for use with high-definition and HD-ready televisions), and Dolby Digital and DTS discrete 5.1-channel surround decoding and rendering. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, providing higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The speaker set includes four satellite speakers (front and rear left and right) powered by 45 watts each, a 90-watt center-channel speaker (critical for handling most of a movie's dialogue), and a powerful, 170-watt subwoofer specially designed for unobtrusive placement. All speakers are magnetically shielded to protect your TV from distortion induced by the speakers' magnetic fields. In addition, a digital-synthesized FM/AM tuner lets you listen to your favorite radio stations. ... Read more

Features

  • 45 watts per channel x 4, 90 watts for the center channel, and 170 watts for the subwoofer
  • High-resolution DVD-Audio playback; JPEG, MP3, and WMA CD playback
  • Magnetic shielding for distortion-free placement near a TV or computer monitor
  • Includes digital FM/AM tuner and a universal remote control
Reviews (42)

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from Panasonic!
Customer Service - the Panasonic website claims this is very important to them. I had my home theater only 3-4 months when a VCR tape got stuck. I has now been at the service center for almost 4 months! When I am lucky enough to get a response from Panasonic (which is rare), they make promises of completion and/or replacement. But promises won't play the DVD's my family would have liked to watch together over the holidays. When we finally got through to the customer service center on the phone, they had the nerve to hand up on us twice. IF YOU WANT A COMPANY TO STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS - STAY AWAY FROM PANASONIC!!! I have truly given up hope of even getting my home theater back from the Panasonic service center.

1-0 out of 5 stars THIS PRODUCT IS TERRIBLE IN PERFORMANCE
I CANNOT BELIEVE PANASONICS ENGINEERS ALLOWED THIS ITEM TO BE
PRODUCED AND PLACED ON THE MARKET. THE SOUND IS EXCELLENT HOWEVER
THE MECHANICAL FUNCTIONS SPELL DISASTER. I FOUND THIS UNIT TO BE SUBSTANDARD. AFTER JUST SIX MONTHS OF VERY LOW USAGE THE UNIT BLINKS ON AND OFF AND THEN SHUTS DOWN. RE-PLUGGING THE ELECTRIC CORD BRINGS IT BACK TO LIFE FOR A FEW MINUTES THEN IT DOWN AGAIN.
THE EXTREMELY HIGH NUMBER OF UNITS THAT I SEE FORSALE ARE ADVERTIED AS RE-FURBISHED THEREFORE I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE CALLING THIS PRODUCT AN EXTREME FAILURE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Have owned THREE.......And considering a fourth


I have owned three of these (currently have two ...the first one was stolen) This is a great product for the money (got all of mine for $260 or less) Have had mine for about 7 months use them all the time with no problems.
Very easy to set up, good sound, great price.
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Asin: B00008XL1I
Subjects:  1. scht7000, scht-7000, scht7, sc-ht7, scht70    2. scht700, scht-700, sc-ht70, sc-ht700    3. progresive scan, prog scan, multi-disc    4. 5-dvd, 5disc, disc changer, dvd changer    5. movie, ht700, ht-700    6. Home Theater System (Theatre)   


Canon ZR60 MiniDV Digital Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, 18x Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization
by Canon Video
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $449.99
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Editorial Review

Looking for an easy way to break into the world of digital video? Look no further than the Canon ZR60, which makes capturing valuable family memories as simple as pressing a button. Connect your camcorder to a computer running Windows or Mac operating systems, and experience the digital world like it was meant to be: quick, seamless, and fun.

Lens
The ZR60 features a high-performance 1/6-inch 680,000-pixel CCD to capture high-quality video and digital photos. The zoom technology found in the ZR60 lens is the same as Canon uses in its broadcast TV lenses. The ZR60 is fitted with a high-performance 18x optical zoom lens, which can easily handle all your shooting needs--from wide-angle shots of all the family at the reunion to close-up sports action at full telephoto. The ZR60's 360x digital zoom significantly expands the telephoto magnification of the subject.

Image Stabilization
Canon's image-stabilization system corrects camera shake caused by, for example, an unsteady hand. This image-stabilization system makes for smoother and steadier video even with hand-held shots, at full telephoto, and with shots taken from a moving car.

Digital Stills
For added flexibility, you can take up to 700 still images on a MiniDV single tape. The camcorder records the photos for approximately 6 seconds, as well as recording the sound for your verbal notes or narration. You can search through the recorded tape for your photos using the supplied remote control.

This photo-search feature allows you to search for images recorded in photo mode. Search forward or backward through the images one at a time, or plus or minus 10 images from the current position.

More Features

  • 2.5-inch fold-out color LCD screen and 0.33-inch color viewfinder
  • The My Camera function is designed to let you customize a number of features, including start-up image and sound, shutter sound, start-stop sound, and the self-timer sound
  • The full-function wireless remote control works at distances up to 16 feet

Inputs and Outputs
The ZR60 comes with the standard IEEE 1394 port (also referred to as FireWire), which provides a lossless connection to a PC or other DV machines. Additionally, the ZR60 features two types of analog audio and video inputs and outputs: composite and S-video. The analog audio inputs of the ZR60 let you perform dub or insert editing from CDs, cassettes, microphones, or the soundtracks of other videocassettes.

MiniDV Format
MiniDV is the new preferred format for personal and broadcast-quality video, highly regarded for its high audio and image quality. With up to 540 lines of horizontal resolution and minimum color noise, MiniDV delivers a 20 percent clearer picture than analog camcorder formats. This is all delivered on a cassette that's 1/12th the size of a standard VHS tape. A MiniDV tape offers digital recording time of 2 full hours--20 times the capacity of a CD.

Power, Size, and Contents
The ZR60 comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, which has an approximate battery life of 75 minutes when using the LCD screen. The camera itself measures 4.1 by 2.3 by 5.8 inches and weighs 18 ounces. This package includes the ZR60 camcorder, battery pack BP-508, power adapter CA-570, wireless controller WL-D80, shoulder strap, stereo video cable, and the DV Network Solutions CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • NTSC
  • Takes digital still photos and stores them on tape
  • Connects to PCs and Macs via Firewire (IEEE1394)
  • MiniDV camcorder with 18x optical zoom, 360x digital zoom
  • Image stabilization for smoother and steadier video
  • 2.5-inch fold-out color LCD screen and color viewfinder
Reviews (38)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Camera
This camera worked great for the price that it sells for. I was able to creat DVDs that the family loves. I would say that the image quality during low light conditions is not the best, but with regular light it is fine. The MIC is omnidirectional which means it picks up anything from any direction, and it is not of the best quality. An external MIC would be a good idea. Overall I would recommend this camera to anyone on a budget.

2-0 out of 5 stars Worked fine - died just out of warranty
I had a Sony Hi-8 that was great. I love my Canon digital cameras so I thought I'd get a Canon MiniDV. Well, it works fine and has good features. The video is great, the audio and low light is probably not up to the Sony camcorders. Still, for the money I liked it and was happy. Just out of warranty it goes black and won't record. The shutter or CCD is dead. Reading online this seems to be a common problem with Canon camcorders. So, my new Sony MiniDV is rocking. If you are looking at a Camera, get a Canon, if you are looking at camcorders, get a Sony.

1-0 out of 5 stars I have used it ~10 times, it now won't work
This has got to be the (...) product I have ever bought.Purchased July 2003, I have seldom used it as it was a gift for my mom.I used it last week and now suddenly it won't display anything in Camera mode!(...)

Please don't even think about buying this, chances are that it will die on you as well.It is a shame as I have always used Canon digital cameras, but it seems they suck at making camcorders. ... Read more

Asin: B000088USR
Subjects:  1. zr-50    2. Digital Camera (Cameras)    3. Photograph (Photography)    4. Camcorder (Camcorders)   


Garmin eTrex GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Yellow)
by Garmin
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $139.99 -- our price: $89.29
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Editorial Review

A few years ago, when personal GPSs first became available, every geek from here to Poughkeepsie was enthralled about the possibility of always knowing exactly where on the planet they were. While the Garmin eTrex isn't the most feature-rich GPS out there, it will definitely come in handy if you don't want your next camping trip to end up like a scene from The Blair Witch Project.

The eTrex is sort of a dumbed-down, rugged version of the company's more advanced eMap. Designed specifically for hiking, biking, and camping, the eTrex is one of the easiest-to-use GPS units available. It offers the ability to track up to 12 satellites so you never lose contact with one. The eTrex won't work inside--however, we don't anticipate that you'll get lost inside a building very often.

Among the eTrex's notable features is its ability to calculate your current and average speed. We used the eTrex to determine the distance from work to home, and calculate how fast we were walking. This helped us gauge the average time it should take to get to work. This feature should really come in handy on extended hiking, camping, or cycling trips where planning your average speed and tracking the distance traveled is critical.

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&nbsp&nbspMark pointer page
Sticking with its theme of simplicity, the eTrex has only five buttons, making it easy to use with just one hand (It's specifically designed for the left hand.) Weighing only 5.3 ounces with the batteries installed, the eTrex is also ultralight, making it an easy addition to a daypack. The eTrex is also waterproof, so a little water shouldn't damage the unit.

The eTrex can hold up to 500 user-created waypoints. And using Garmin's TracBack feature, it's easy to plot a course with up to 10 waypoints and follow it in both directions. --Julian Strate

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Light
  • Waterproof
Cons:
  • Batteries only last about 20 hours
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Features

  • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites
  • Calculates current and average speed, time of sunrise and sunset, trip distance, and more
  • Automatic track log--10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions
  • Tough waterproof case; runs for 18 hours on 2 AA batteries
  • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)
Reviews (147)

2-0 out of 5 stars "NOT waterproof"
I have had this unit for several years and it has performed adequately.It's repeatability is usually about 30 feet.It's easy to use, but doesn't take maps.

But despite Garmin's claims, it is NOT WATERPROOF!I took it sailing, where it got splashed.Then I noticed it stopped working and there was water in the screen.When I got home, I tested it by holding it under water in my sink to see where air would bubble out from.This test showed no bubbles(leaks).Confused, I decided it must have sucked the water in through a hole somewhere.So I filled the sink with HOT water.Sure enough, as the air inside warmed up, bubbles began streaming out of a little hole built into the back of the unit.This test also proves that if this GPS is warm (like from being in the sun as you might be when you're using a GPS) and then it gets splashed with cold water (70 degrees here in FL), it will suck that water up through that little hole and destroy the GPS. To clarify, the hole is not a flaw in my unit, it is very intentionally molded in to the case.

I am extremely dissapointed in Garmin, and since they claim the unit is waterproof when it is not, I don't know how I'm going find a new one that truely is.

My advice, if your GPS is really going to get wet, is to do the hot-water test and see if it leaks air. If so, return it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, yes-- but not a good option for geocachers
I purchased a yellow Garmin eTrex GPS about a year ago. My main reason for buying it was because I learned about the sport called 'geocaching', and, knowing little about these devices at that point, I purchased one on the advice of a couple of friends. I used it heavily for for about 5 months before coming to some conclusions about this device's capabilities.

I will first list the yellow eTrex's good points:

- It's cheap-- one of the cheapest GPS receivers you can find.
- It's easy to find-- you can buy one at Target, or at most any sporting goods store.
- It's durable. You can drop it several times or dunk it in water, and it'll still work (dry it out first before you attempt to use it again).
- It has an interface to hook up to your computer to download new firmware and to download geocaching waypoints, if you have the need for this.
- It's easy to use and very intuitive for first timers.

Now, its drawbacks. Realize that I am rating this device from the viewpoint of a geocacher, and we're probably the most demanding users of GPS receivers out there:

- It is not an accurate device if you're attempting to get a definitive lock on a waypoint within 50' of your goal. Once in the general search area, the signal will likely bounce around and give you wildly varying readings. For example, if you've entered a waypoint and get within 50' of your search area, expect to find readings bouncing around from 5-50 feet with each step you take. I used this unit in varying terrain, under varying tree/bush cover, under varying weather/cloud conditions, and in varying temperatures, with the same results. I was able to obtain two other samples of this receiver, and those tests came up with the same results, so I surmise that my eTrex wasn't just an errant sample of these receivers. Upgrading the receivers' firmware did nothing to help the accuracy.

Granted, my experiences with this receiver probably won't matter that much to most of those who will purchase this unit for tasks such as finding your way around while camping, hunting and hiking. For those uses, this unit will work just fine. However, if you're a geocacher and want a GPS unit that will pinpoint your goal effectively, without bouncing your readings from 5-50 ft. as soon as you walk two steps any direction, you will want a GPS unit that has WAAS capabilities (wide area augmentation system). I now have a GPS receiver that has WAAS, and it provides a much more stable lock when in the area of my intended goal.

In short, I found this unit to be frustrating to use for geocaching. There are other GPS units that will provide more stable signal-lock than the Garmin eTrex for close to the same price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for ATV use!!
I bought this unit not knowing what to expect. Well it has exceded my expectations in every respect. First of all the one I just received has a newer software revision. It has WAAS and is software revision 3.10 which has a new screen which my friends with revision 2.* doesn't have. I looked on there website and they don't offer this revision for download so it must be something that just brand new usits offer. Well anyways...I use this with a program called ExpertGPS which overlays my tracked trails on an Aerial Photomap from Satellites. So cool. I can see excatly where I rode. Mine worked flawlessly in the woods. Now it is winter here and there are no leaves on the trees but I think it will work just as good in the summer. I got the bike mount and mounted the unit to my Yamaha Kodiaks handle bars. Workes great. Battery seems to last a very long time for me. I have used it a few days hours at a time and there still going. I am one very satisfied customer. Oh you need to get the serial cable to hook this to a computer to view your trails and edit your waypoints and many other cool stuff. ... Read more

Asin: B00003WGP5
Subjects:  1. global positioning system    2. WAAS; Receiver; compass; e trex; e-trex;    3. etrex    4. GPS (Global Positioning System)    5. Units    6. map (mapping)    7. navigation    8. PDA    9. Laptop   


$89.29

Toshiba e355 Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003
by Toshiba
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics (24 June, 2003)
list price: $299.99
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Features

  • What's in the box: Toshiba Pocket PC e355, USB Cradle, 10W AC Adapter, 1-Stylus, Soft Slip Case, Quick Start Card and Warranty Card
  • Value-priced handheld with all the benefits of the Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 operating system
  • Enhanced schedule/calendar capabilities and data backup synchronization
  • Sleek and light body, weighing a mere 5.1 ounces
  • A bright 3.5" transreflective display offering 64K colors and a 240 x 320 resolution
Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Buy
I recently purchased this PPc.It was the first one I had purchased and found it very easy to use.I used it mostly for taking notes, and keep an organized schedule after I purchased the Targus Universal Keyboard, which works very well with the e355.I was impressed with the battery life on medium settings which gave about 3-4 hours of battery life.

Hopefully this review will give a student a little insight into this "student" view of this.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pda to have
I am a high school teacher. I wanted something to take notes on and to remind me when homework was due. I searched far and wide reading review after review. I got alot more than that with the e355. I have been using it for about 3.5 months now.
I'll just list the Pros and Cons becasue i could go on all day!

Pros:
1. Great speed.
2. Works right out of the box.
3. Excellent battery life (3.5 to 4hrs continuous running)
4. Crisp display. (especially for video playback)
5. Smooth buttons that feel pretty nice on your fingers.
6. Good price for the quality you get
7. The speakers on this player play audio in the best way i have heard for a small speaker unit. You would not believe that a pda could do so well with sound. It plays my mp3s, wma, anything and don't forget the videos.
8. It has a SD card slot so you can expand the memory at any time. the SD card slot has a dummy card that protects it from being damaged by dust or other particles.
9. Quick charge time. Good size storage built in, 64mb.
10. Windows Mobile 2003 is much much much more stable than its predeccessor.
11. It's much much much thinner than many other pda's i have reviewed.
12. It's much more resiliant to 'falls to the floor' than the Dell or Ipaqs for example. I'm a teacher. I can guarantee you...running around the class will lead to a fall on the ground. It has a metallic covering. (no shaking inside!)

Cons.
1. Sometimes if you use up close to 90% of the memory, it stalls.
2. The 'record audio' button is placed near the top so sometimes taking it out you may mistakedly begin recording. (this can be disabled though so it is not really a con)
3. It does not include the ability to 'go wireless' for internet. You can still access the internet though but you need to be connected to your computer. I did not need wireless internet just yet. When it does become ubiquitous...maybe then i'll go for something else.
4. The battery is not removeable. By the time this actually becomes a problem I'll be getting a new pda..about 2 to 3 years from now.

THis is an excellent PDA is you do not need wireless internet access right away.
I would recommend it with all authority people out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars good pocket pc
I dont know whats going on with amazon.com because I bought this pocket pc a month ago here for 165 dollars and now it costs more than two hundred.Anyways its a great pocket pc with 32 mb storage capacity, runs all the latest games fine (www.handango.com or www.pocketgear.com).My only complaint is that I have no clue whats going on with the battery on this thing. If i charge it and leave it alone for one week the battery drops to zero. ... Read more

Asin: B00009K7ET
Sales Rank: 16749
Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player    3. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA, Electronic Organizer)    4. Pocket PC (PCs)    5. Casio    6. Handheld (Hand Held)    7. Toshiba   


DVD Remote Controller Kit
by Sony Computer Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
CD-ROM
list price: $19.99 -- our price: $14.99
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Editorial Review

Admit it: all in all, the PS2 is a pretty good video game console, butit's a mediocre DVD player. Easily the most major sin Sony committed againstDVDphiles was the initial unavailability of an official remote control. Becausethe PS2 gamepad is a stunningly poor substitute for a real remote, Sony'sofficial remote control entry comes as a welcome, but not quite perfect,solution.

Compared to most third-party PS2 remotes, Sony's design is much less childish.It's quite comfy, and, aside from a few extra buttons modeled after the PS2controller (X, O, R1, R2, etc.), it features the same style as most of Sony'sslick AV remotes. Tragically, Sony omitted both eject and power buttons. Whatwere they thinking?

The supplied new software drivers add quite a bit of functionality to the PS2,making it almost as feature-packed as a regular low-end DVD player. Three-speedscan, slow motion, A-B play, shuffle, chapter program, and other enhancementshave now been added to the PS2's playback capabilities. Most of these featuresrequire the remote to access. Also, to use the drivers, you'll need to keep a PS2 memory card (where the new software is stored) and the IR receiverconstantly plugged into a gamepad port--a minor headache. Also, while most ofthe problems with untimely frame skipping are solved, I still found the chapterrewind to be somewhat slow and unresponsive.

DVD fiends who can bear Sony's tiny control buttons will find this model easilythe most functional of the PS2 remotes. While the PS2 will never replace afull-fledged DVD box, at least it now has a decent remote control that's on par withthe big boys. --Mark Brooks

Pros:

  • Full-featured DVD remote looks and acts similar to most AV gear
  • DVD software adds many new features for picture setup and playback
  • Comfortable in the average-size hand
Cons:
  • Requires use of a memory card and a controller port to operate
  • Tiny buttons
  • No power or eject buttons
  • Sluggish chapter rewind
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Features

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviews (88)

1-0 out of 5 stars whats the point
I don't see the point of buying a remote control for your PS2 when you can use your controller to play DVDs. to me a product like this is a waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars This does work for the compact designPS2 (SCPH-70012)
Ok I bought this so that my 6 year old could play DVD's in his PS2. It works really good. BUT if you have your PS2 connected to your VCR instead of directly to the TV, you have to buy a special cable to hook your PS2 to the TV (about $15).This cable doesnt interfere with you satelite or cable because there is a place on the side to screw that to. If you dont have this special cable you will have blackouts on the DVD's you play to keep you from recording the DVD's with your VCR. We really do like this remote because we have the TV on a wall hanger to keep my boys 3,4 and 6 from messing with it, and it makes it easier for us to use the PS2.

1-0 out of 5 stars When fowns attak
I thought this remote would work for my PS2.I was wrong.The only thing it did was make the screen go all white.Don't waste your money on this remote! ... Read more

Asin: B00005NYZ1
Subjects:  1. Video Games    2. Sony Playstation (Play station)    3. PSX (PS1 PSOne PS (1 one I)    4. Controller    5. Rumble Packs (Paks)    6. Cables (Cable)    7. Adapters (Adapter)    8. PS2 (PSX2)    9. Sony Playstation (Play station) 2    10. Playstation2 (Play station2)    11. Great Deals (Outlet store)    12. Cases    13. Storage   


$14.99

Garmin StreetPilot 2610 In-Car GPS Receiver with 128 MB CompactFlash Card
by Garmin
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Electronics (15 September, 2003)
list price: $1,299.99 -- our price: $619.94
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Editorial Review

Newly simplified for automotive applications, Garmin's portable StreetPilot 2610 features both a touchscreen and an alphanumeric remote control so you'll always have easy access to automatic route calculations, helpful turn-by-turn directions, and guiding voice prompts. The 2610 offers a color display, built-in maps, and everything you need to download additional map detail. It offers more precise location finding because of its WAAS technology, a feature the original StreetPilot and the StreetPilot III lacked.



All the travel information you need, right on your dash.
With its built-in photo sensor, the StreetPilot 2610's bright display automatically adjusts to outside light conditions. The unit is powered through either its external speaker (which comes with a handy 12/24-volt adapter cable) or its dedicated AC power adapter; both are supplied.

The unit's built-in routable basemap covers North and South America and contains a wealth of practical and nuanced data, including state and country boundaries, lakes, rivers, streams, airports, cities, towns, coastlines, state and interstate highways, local thoroughfares, secondary roads within metro areas, and interstate exit information for services such as gas, food, and lodging.

The 2610 accepts downloadable map detail from Garmin's PC-based MapSource City Navigator CD-ROM (included), which provides street-level detail, addresses, and listings of nearby restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and other attractions. (This feature requires a CompactFlash card, and a 128 MB CF card is included; you must first downloaded MapSource data in order to find points of interest and addresses.)



Hungry? Find out what's available around the bend.
The StreetPilot's integrated dash-mounting system fosters easy adjustment and quick release. The unit comes with a built-in patch antenna and an MCX-type connector for attachment to an optional external GPS antenna.

Garmin makes accessories to help you integrate your GPS unit with your life and your priorities. Keep it at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps with a carrying case that has space for your hookup cable and remote control. In the car, you'll appreciate the mounting options and clear reception afforded by the magnetic/suction-mount antenna that'll give you a better signal than if you just place your unit on the dash. Using your system in more than one vehicle? Garmin's dashmount is just the ticket, providing one temporary and one permanent adhesive mounting disc so you can move the unit between your cars.



What's in the Box
The StreetPilot 2610, the MapSource City Navigator 6 CD-ROM (full U.S. plus select Canadian coverage; unlock included), a 128 MB CompactFlash memory card, an integrated dash mount, a portable beanbag mount (friction mount), an external speaker with a 12/24-volt adapter cable, an AC power adapter, a PC/USB interface cable, an alphanumeric remote control, an owner's manual, a quick-reference guide, and a setup guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Indefinite data storage; no memory battery required; CompactFlash map storage: type I and II compatible
  • Integrated dash-mounting system provides easy adjustment and quick release
  • Comes with alphanumeric remote control and external speaker; includes USB interface with cable
  • Bright, automotive-grade 8-bit color LCD: 3.3 x 1.7 inches; 305 x 160 pixels
  • Audible and visual navigation instructions and warnings
Reviews (78)

4-0 out of 5 stars GPS is good but strange things have been happening at Amazon
First of all the GPS is good.But strange things have been happening at Amazon.I wonder if any of you guys have the same experience.I have a habbit to place items of interest into the save-for-later shopping cart.That way I can easily add it to cart if and when I do decide to buy it, and it makes it easy to monitor the price.But in the last few months, after I placed an item into the save-for-later cart, next time I looked at it, the price of the item had been jacked up by 20-30%.I was really puzzled about the fact that they decided to raise the price after I expressed my interest.And this has happened at least 4 or 5 times in the last few months.It happened to some of the expensive items like this GPS, a Tag watch as well as a couple of inexpensive items.Of course, I didn't buy any of them with price increase.Then I would watch in amazement as the price slows come down as the days go by, eventually down to the same price as when I first placed it into cart.Is this a new marketing strategy at Amazon or am I being too cynical?

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice little Gadget
I purchased this GPS about 3-4 months ago and I am really pleased with it. It comes with all the stuff you need to get started. Installation was a breeze and in no time I was surfing around unknown towns without fear of getting lost. Upgraded to latest version of maps from the Garmin website and they are pretty good. Off course there are few glitches here and there but that true for any map. Overall accuracy is great though. All you might need extra is a bigger CF which is cheap these days. I have my state and neighbouring states in the 128 MB one which comes with the package and have not felt the need yet to get a bigger one. Maybe cross country drivers need it but for most people 128 MB CF is enough. I like this unit better than the 2620 even though 2620 is the later one.Both of these are essentially the same unit except 2620 comes with whole USA and Canada maps preloaded but is more expensive. I don't think this justifies the price difference between these 2 units. Overall I am a happy customer who loves this little gadget..

5-0 out of 5 stars A gas saver!!!!
I purchased this unit 5 months ago, and I am still very happy I did.
The computer interface was easy to navigate for the initial setup.Setting up waypoints and routes was fun, and all the addresses for my friends around this great country of ours are programmed, as well as routes from "home" to each.I was able to load all the maps around all the pre-selcted routes in a 250MB card.This feature is useful if you don't want to use up all the memory space with entire states, unless it's your home state, or the ones you visit the most.Either way, the preloaded maps are adequate for when you stray from the beaten path.As I enjoy exploring new towns, I can search for addresses, by zooming and pointing in the map (with the touchscreen interface, like a PDA), or by searching the internal database of points of interest by proximity. I'm able to sit in my car and look at what's around:restaurants, hotels, points of interest, museums, hospitals, etc.
I have no problems with the accuracy of positioning.The unit's WAAS is awesome, and it has never let me down.I am a music lover, and sometimes I can't hear the voice instructions.I keep the volume medium low, otherwise, it's annoying.You can push the "speak button" if you missed the last instructions, and you can see the distance to the next turn at any time on regular map view.I have learned to glance at the screen from time to time.The screen displays the name of the street for the next turn long before the voice prompt.This makes up for any short-fuzed announcement in busy streets without having to cut-in at the last minute.It also has a numerical view screen, which allows the unit to act almost like a digital speedometer.I find it fun, but since it takes a second or two to process the information, it seems to have a small mph discrepancy (2-5 mph under normal driving circumstances).
The biggest advantage I found with owning this unit is the tremendous amount of gasoline I have saved by quickly navigating around my own town after relocating.I enter the address of my destination, and shortly thereafter, I'm there!When I first moved here, I called my post office for direcctions to my nearest office.I made the 30 minute drive several times, until the Garmin maps revealed that there was one within 5 minutes from my house.It has a different zip code, which is why I was not informed initially.Tha't just an example of the utility of this small unit.
I don't leave it in the car, since it would be the only thing worth stealing from it!, so I bought a camera case that fits perfectly for only $8-10 at the electronics store.I leave the cables and beanbag stowed in a compartment in the car.
What I would like to see improved:wireless computer interface (it already has IR for the remote).A bigger included card (even if only 256MB).A sexy male voice option. :)
Even after my purchase, I have continued to explore what's out there, and i have not found a better option than this.It's amazing how much time and gas a person with poor sense of orientation like me can spend.This also makes a great gift for our real estate friends, and other roaming professionals.
As for me:I never leave home without it!. ... Read more

Asin: B0000AN4EG
Subjects:  1. Digital compass (compasses)    2. Vehicle mounted (vehicular)    3. GPS (Global Positioning System)    4. Units    5. map (mapping)    6. navigation   


$619.94

AudioSource IC8S Round Ceiling Speakers
by Audio Source
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $249.99 -- our price: $72.99
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Editorial Review

These AudioSource round ceiling speakers are ideal for locations where traditional standing or satellite speakers simply don't fit physically or aesthetically. They install directly into the side of a wall or ceiling, using the wall and the space behind it to function as the speaker cabinet. As such, they require absolutely no floor space, and the frames and grilles are paint-ready, so you can match the speakers to any decor. Best of all, their unique design doesn't sacrifice sound quality for functionality, as they distribute clear, enriched audio for everything from home theater to multiroom applications.

Each 100-watt speaker has a frequency response of 28 Hz to 24 kHz with an 8-ohm impedance. The drivers consist of an 8-inch polypropylene cone woofer, a rubber surround, and a 1-inch center-mounted swivel tweeter. The speakers measure 10-1/4 inches in diameter with a 4-inch depth, and weigh 7 pounds apiece. The speakers come with a five-year warranty on parts and labor when accompanied by proof of purchase.

Note: To install the speakers correctly, you will need to cut two holes in the wall or ceiling. The installation is not difficult if performed correctly.

What's in the Box
Two IC8S round ceiling speakers and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 100 watts, with frequency response of 28 Hz to 24 kHz
  • 10-1/4-inch diameter with 4-inch depth; 7 pounds each
  • Ceiling- or wall-mounted speakers for drywall installation
  • 8-inch polypropylene cone woofers and 1-inch center-mounted swivel tweeters
  • Require no floor space; frames and grilles can be painted to match any decor
Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Speakers and a Great Value
Reason for purchase:

I am in the process of finishing my basement and had purchased the IC8S speakers to use a surround speakers in my designated home theater area.The in-wall / in-ceiling mounting was an absolute must for me, since I wanted a "clean" look for the room; however, I didn't want to spend a fortune on Infinity, JBL, or similar since the prices for those start at $200/pair.I stumbled onto the Audio Source speakers on Amazon and decided to take chance on these speakers based on the good reviews.I was hesitant, though, because I didn't recognize the brand and the price seemed "too good to be true", so I didn't get my hopes up.

Background on the install:

The Audio Source speakers serve as surronds (right, left and back) in a setup that includes a Denon AVR 883 receiver, JBL Northridge series bookshelfs, JBL northridge center speaker and a JBL powered subwoofer.I used monster cable or similar quality speaker cable throughout the room.

Review:

These speakers are very good --- in fact I'd say they are outstanding given the price you pay for them. I can't imagine you'd find anything better for under $200/pair.They produce very clean, crisp highs and nice warm mid-range sound.The directional tweeter is a very nice feature that I did not expect to see on speakers of this price.Obviously you won't get much bass response out of these speakers, but you don't need that if you pair these with good full range front speakers and a good powered subwoofer.The sound I am able to get out of these speakers in conjucntion with the rest of the setup is tremendous.I am totally pleased with these speakers and would recommend them to anyone looking for great sound on a "budget".Obviously there are some "audiophiles" who will find shortcomings with these speakers, however, the average consumer, like myself, should be pleased with these speakers.

Other thoughts:

The packaging included with these speakers indicates that Audio Source is a division of Phoenix Gold.This made me feel a lot better about these speakers.I have had good experiences with Phoenix Gold audio components for mobile installs I have done in the past.

The IC8S speakers are quite large-- approx 10 - 11 inches in diameter.Take good measurements to make sure you have no obstructions in the area where you are mounting.Make sure you have room for these speakers before you buy.

I also bought a pair of the IC6S for background listening in a second room.These are also very good, but don't sound quite as "rich" as the IC8S.The IC6S are considerably smaller than the IC8S --- so I would consider these speakers if you have space constraints.



5-0 out of 5 stars Great performace for the price.... Installed 6 pairs so far!
I purchased several pairs from another vendor and installed them in new houses as home theater 5.1 packages. They sound excellent with plenty of bass. Movie soundtracks sound excellent on these. I then purchased a pair for myself from Amazon since they seem to have the best item + shipping price out there. I installed these in my garage and WOW. I have the coolest garage around! I think I will install another pair later!

Make sure you tell Amazon to ship these double-boxed, otherwise they come shipped in their retail box which doesnt offer much protection. The edges were cracked on both speakers in the pair I purchased. =(

5-0 out of 5 stars Feels good to save $$$ and jam at the same time!
I have JBL cabinet speakers from college, but now that I am married and have kids, my wife and I didn't want the speakers cluttering up the house or getting tampered with by the kids. We pondered for weeks, and decided to go with in-ceiling speakers, as opposed to in-wall AND in-ceiling. I think we made the right choice. I've read some arguments that criticize the logic of putting speakers in the ceiling for home theatre, but they work fine. We put AudioSource 8-in speakers for front L/R, and 6.5-in for the rest of the surround, along with their 100W subwoofer, and the movie and music come to life! I have no complaints about the sound, even when compared to my JBL cabinets. In-ceiling install was a breeze (whereas in-wall would have been a nightmare for a guy like me with little knowledge of how a house is put together). And it's not like we blew big bucks on the in-ceiling speakers, so I won't feel like I have to take them with me when we move -- I'll just buy some more for the next house. ... Read more

Asin: B00005OP36
Subjects:  1. in-wall, inceiling, in-ceiling    2. audio source, i-c8s, ic-8s, inwall,   


$72.99

Lexar PD-128-231 128 MB JumpDrive Portable USB Flash Drive
by Lexar Media
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Electronics
list price: $49.99 -- our price: $27.54
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Features

  • PC and Macintosh compatible
  • 128 MB of storage space
  • Can hold any kind of data--MP3 files, pictures, video, etc.
  • Data protection light that blinks until your data is safely stored
  • Built-in hole where you can add an optional key ring
Reviews (131)

4-0 out of 5 stars Handy Little Flash Drive
It worked great for me for about a year.The capacity was somewhat constricting but that's what i paid for....Not a good choice if your computer is on the ground.I barely stepped on it and it busted.So its time for an upgrade!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Until it crashed - wonderful
Had one for just under one year. Worked well with a variety of media: music files, pictures, documents. Moved files back and forth between several pc's without any difficulty. Seemed fairly durable as well. Like with another reviewer, one day it just stopped working. Technical support tried walking me through several steps to no avail. As with any backup or transporting drive, do not have files only on the media. Even if it was still working, if I had lost it.....

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable
I've have one of the these and another, more expensive, Lexar flash drive just suddenly die on me, and I've read of others who have had the same experience. If you have one already, don't use it as a 'backup' - only use it to transport files. ... Read more

Asin: B00006I5FQ
Sales Rank: 2507
Subjects:  1. Flash Memory (Flashcard, Flashcards)    2. Compactflash (Compact Flash)   


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