Monday, December 31, 2007

Violin Robot from Toyota

Violin Robot Toyota
Have ever heard the analogy about someone is having stiff and haves no soft side? He often is told alike robot. Moving stiff; without heart, and without art soul. But, soon the analogy will not apply again. The reason is, now robot also has art soul.

That is the capability planted by Toyota Motor Corp. at its newest product, namely violinist robot.

The robot form looks alike humanoid robots made in Toyota before. Having white colour with height around 1,5 meter and has two feets. It can run with speeds until 4 km/hours. The movement is also almost alike human.

Besides, the robot fingers have 17 hinges which able to be applied like human finger. Including, depress string at violin fingerboard. The robot also has harmonization ability between left with right arms. So, the robot can stringed violin to play certain songs.

The fingers also very sensitive and can do complicated movements. Like, depress violin strings high-speedly. The robot even can give vibrato effect (vibrant, Red) when its left hand depressing violin string.

At 2005, Toyota also have introduced similar skilled robot. All has sense of music. The robot consisted of two variants. One robot is move with foot, and one another move with wheel. Its size is smaller than “violinist”. Robot by foot has height 120 cm, and the robot by wheel has height 100 cm.

Music instrument played by the two robots is different. The new generation robot is playing violin. While two predecessor robots is play trumpet.

The robot has the ability because has artificial “lip”. The lip can make a move and blows air. Like whats done by human lip. He can coordinated lip blow with hand movement. The robot movement is not only blow. The robot can play some songs with trumpet, like the one is done by human.

The robots not only stand as music player. They also designed as man assistant robot. Of course, its agility and movement precision is extraordinary accurate.

“We wish to make robot which good for man in everyday life,” said Katsuaki Watanabe, CEO of Toyota Motor Corp. Forwards, company that is also one of the biggest car producer plans to add intelligent ability. So, the robot can be functioned as street guide or a tour guide.

For a while, the robots have not ready on market. But, Toyota plans to apply it in hospital and some its sub companies starting next year.

Check This Out:

iRobot Roomba 560: A Better Robot Vacuum

Wowwee Roboquad: An Odd but Perceptive Droid

Wowwee Robopanda: An Unbearably Cute Bot

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Teamgeist II : Smart Ball from Adidas

Teamgeist II
For most football lover, goal information is enough to be known in just minute time. But, there is nothing wrong gets more accurate data from a match. One of them is, determines the second when goal is made. This made in Adidas ball, Teamgist II, will realize it.

Ball form is not far different with normally ball. Its form remains to be circular with 100 % polyurethane material. One different thing is only the external design. Its form no longer be consisted of hexagonal and pentagon areas. But, its lines are design in the form of curvatures which is in the closing form of number 8, like previous Teamgist generation before.

Teamgist II also can do other complicated job. The collaboration ball product with Cairos Technologies can determine when and how the ball passes gate line. Then, the goal is can be said legitimate. More, the technology can record ball movement and all player activity in the field.

That thing can be done because the activity integration of three sectors. That is, ball, field line, and the sensor at wristwatch used by line judge and referee on the field.

Inside ball, planted sensor is recording all field angles as an electromagnetic field. The record is transmitted to main computer which always watchs ball position in field. The record result directly reported to signal receiver in wristwatch the game officers.

When ball pass gate border line, will be sent notification signal to game officer wristwatch. Of course is equiped with data display about time note when the goal is scored.

“The technology purpose is to making football gane become more transparent. Also to assists referee to make right decision, what influences result and quality of game,” said Hans-Peter Nuernberg, Adidas Innovation Team senior researcher.

“Now, the technology of course is still in a experiment period. But, we would continuously improve the system until reach 100% accurate” said Nuernberg more.

Check This Out:

Qingbar GP300: Multimedia in Video Glasses

MBW-150: Sony Ericsson Soulmate

Kodak EasyShare SV811: Your Digital Frame

Ultra TravelDrive Review: Mini hard disk from Memorex

Ultra TravelDrive
In January 2007, only one day after the launching of one terabyte harddisk from Hitachi, Memorex launchs portable data storage product called Ultra TravelDrive in Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Ultra TravelDrive is a storage device using harddisk drive 2,5 inchs technology, so that its form is compact and portable. Even small and easy to brought in hand, this storage device having capacities 120GB and 160GB.

That big data capacity is enough to accomodate around 53.000 photo files (JPEG), playable music file until 116 days nonstop, or 13 hours DV camera record (uncompress). Altogether is placed in mini box which few larger than eyeglasses boxes. Its weight is only 1/4 kilograms.

The display is so stylish and ergonomic. In a flash its form looking like agenda book. The corner made from jagged black colour rubber material, so will not be slippery when user bought it. It is present with metallic charcoal wrapper.

The covers can be changes with other colour, that is blue colour (ocean blue) and black (onyx black) for 120 GB storage and green (sagebrush green) and white (arctic white glossy) for 160 GB storage.

Its interface using USB port, so this equipment applicable to saving data from various desktop computer types and laptop, either having Mac and also personal computer platform. Electrical supply also conneted through USB cable, so don’t require any power supply again.

But, Ultra TravelDrive still be equiped with power cable, so when this device connected to old computer, it can still work. Ultra TravelDrive is also equiped with special button to do duplicate the data.

Quick Backup Button will facilitate user when start to saving data. With one touch, it directly installing backup software program (ArcSoft TotalMedia Backup) into computer which the data will be copied.

Then, this software offers some various back up data storages method. You can do it manually by choosing one by one files or folder which will be copied or do it automatically by chose specific file type to be kept, for example music file or video.

When it is in process of transferring data from computer, light emitting diode (LED) lamp located near by electrical contact would be flip-flop. Yellows LED would be flip-flop when Ultra TravelDrive removing the data with USB 1.1 speeds. Meanwhile, if green LED is flip-flop, it means this equipment is removing data from computer with USB 2.0 speed.

Ultra TravelDrive Review
Check This Out:

NetDisk Network Direct Attached Storage: An Unique Data Storage

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini: Disaster Recovery to Go

Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB: Calling in Backup

VholdR Review: Helmet Camera for The Adventurers

VholdR helmet camera
From snowy hillside, the idea emerged three years ago. Marc Barros wishes to record him self madness action skating on the snow surface with his friend, Jason Green. What a pity, the video camera is dead because the extreme temperature.

These Washington University (Seattle) skaters also almost die because operating the camera at the same time as skating. After this ugly experience, comes the idea to makes helmet with camera which light, strong, and enough to be operated with one finger touch.

In Portland, United States, that idea becomes reality. VholdR helmet video camera is born, promoted by Twenty 20, Barros and Green Company. This camera even gets for best design in CES Innovations 2008 in last Novembers.

VholdR helmet camera has small size, easy to wear, and ready to record extreme activity at the same time quickly upload its record to site like YouTube. “This camera compatible to outdoor adventure sport lover, like ski, snow skating, motor races, kayak, and wall climbing,” said Barros.

VholdR has equipment which making it hung on helmet of extreme sport fans. The weight only 4,8 ounces with length 3,7 inchs, so that not too encumbers the user head and helmet.

VholdR of course is not the first video camera which able to be hung in helmet. Oregon Scientific, Samsung, and Logitech has owned similar product.

This camera equipped with good features. This camera also contains shock regulator technology so that the record can be enjoyed without unnecessary disturb.

What nore fun, when worn in head, there is available the twin laser to know recording object boundary. So that the user is unnecessary worryed to wrong recorded or get wrong target.

Like Barros and Green dream, VholdR created shatterproof. Its body made from aluminium anodized which is anti-shock, no problem if sprinkling by water, anti-dust and dirt, anticorrosion, and also light weight. Added with Trail Mount system, this camera is also compatible for motor trail lover.

You are unnecessary worryed of damage at cassette or harddisk, because this camera does not contain both. All record result is kept in MicroSD memory card, like as other camera vendor products.

The record ability is 30 fps with resolution 640 x 480 lines, and easy to arranged file size.
With 2GB capacities of MicroSD card its can accomodate video record until 100 minutes. This camera supported by battery which capable to operate until two hour. To transfer the video record its available USB cable connection and synchronization software with desktop computer.

Lens and its picture sensor can be rotated freely, to 192 degrees. So, picture shoot from difficult angle also can be done without difficulty.

The camera operational is easy. Enough with one red buttons on the top, user will not get difficulty to operates it when start action in difficult field.

Available also LED lamp on the top and bottom of camera to indicate the condition of battery and memory limit. Green light means free to records, but, if the light changes to yellows, means an alert to stop record. After get red light, means you can’t record any video again.

This camera will be ship to market at this Christmas. You can order it at vholdr.com site. The Price is US$ 349.99.

VholdR Specs:

Dimension: 95 x 53 mm
Weight: 4,8 ounces
Camera: CMOS Sensor type, very sensitive at low light condition
Lens: ¼ inch 4G type, 3,6 mm size. 90 degrees viewpoint
Video: 30 fps, mpeg4 (. avi)
Memory: MicroSD (supports MicroSD HC)
Connectivity: Mini USB 2.0
Purchasing Package is including helmet hanger and USB cable

VholdR Review
Check This Out:

Fuji FinePix S800fd Review: A Smart, Simple Superzoom

Nikon Coolpix P5100: Digital Camera for Serious Newbie

Casio Exilim EX-V7: Unique Sensation

Samsung YP-T10 Review: Tiny and Cheap Music Player

Samsung YP-T10
In this year-end, Samsung is launchs their new music player line, Samsung YP-P2, YP-S5, and YP-T10. Among three, YP-T10 is the smalest, light and economic music player. But, is not mean that YP-T10 is worst than other player.

Like YP-P2, YP-T10 provides three storage capacities choices, that is 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB (YP-S5 only provide 2GB capacities). Besides, this player present in various colour choices, that is black, white, purple, red, and yellows.

This music player takes the same form with its predecessor music player, Samsung YP-K3, and takes the features of the YP-T9. Its design is simple and cute. Although light, YP-T10 still felt solid and not frail.

YP-T10 has 2-inch TFT LCD screen, take almost half place of its front part. Picture presented is sharply enough. Under the screen there is the navigation button which sensitive to finger touch. USB UART 24 port located in under side.

Better than YP-K3, its 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA) screen resolution can play video with format of MPEG-4 and WMV with 30 frames per second (fps) speed. Meanwhile, for music, this gadget can play MP3 and WMA file.

Interface system owned by YP-T10 is clearly not look like Apple iPod interface and navigation. Samsung creates dog cartoon character so called Sammy, which will guide user in doing navigation.

Maybe it’s sound weird and odd. But, the children will love it. Adult user can choose one of provided themes. Its menus arranged to be neat, the navigation is designed intuitively, and the text easy to be read.

Samsung interface software at personal computer offers something interesting. He would automatically do podcast RSS feed synchronization when YP-T10 connected to computer. It also will update and download every file which you are subscribes to, and direct transfers it at Datacast menu in the music player.

When tested in our lab, the sound is so amaze me. The voice not fails if matched to Apple iPod Classic voice, by using Denon AH-D5000 headphone. The result, YP-T10 voice heard to be more loudly, crunchy, and solid.

Particularly if talking about its screen quality. It is really hotstuff screen. Video record and photo is presented sharply and so detail. But, because it’s glossy screen, YP-T10 is not able to yield black colour with good quality.

To support its harmony, this player also provides some equalizer styles which easy to access. It applies Samsung voice technology what named Digital Natural Sound engine (DNSe). This technology claimed able to present high quality acoustic sound for user.

Besides, YP-T10 has FM radio player, Bluetooth stereo (AD2P and AVRCP), voice recorder (working with internal microphone), and text viewer application.

Samsung YP-T10 Specs

- Dimension: 96 x 41,5 x 7,9 mm
- Weight: 43 grams
- Memory: 2 GB/4 GB/8GB
- Colour: black (midnight black), white (cloud white), purple (mythic purple), red (maple red), yellows (lime yellow)
- Screen Size: 2 inch
- Resolution: 240 x 320 pixel (QVGA)
- Duration:
- 30 hours for audio
- 4 hour for video
- Bluetooth: A2DP and AVCRP version 2.0
- Voice effect: DSNE 2.0
- Audio: MP3, WMA
- Video: WMV, MPEG-4
- Other feature: FM Radio, Text Viewer, Photo (JPEG), and voice recorder

Samsung YP-T10 Review
Check This Out:

Transcend T.sonic 820 Another Review

Zune 80GB and Zune 8GB Review: Microsoft Master Digital Music

Samsung P2 Review: Bluetooth Boosts Flash Player

Monday, December 24, 2007

Apple Airport Extreme N Review

Apple Airport Extreme
This upgrade to Apple’s access point would have been better for users if it had true dual-band operation, like the Linksys WRT600N. As it stands, the Extreme N can operate in either 5-GHz (802.11n only) or 2.4-GHz (11b/g-compatible) mode, but not both. Still, since most MacBooks are lln- enabled as of late last year, there’s a good chance that your entire home network can move to 5 GHz, if you’ve got relatively now hardware.

For households with Macs and PCs, the lack of a firewall at the router is another problem. This router might-and in light of the increasing Apple-focused malware landscape, I stress might-work for Macsm but it definitely will not work for PCs. Considering that this is a device intended as an all-in-one Internet gateway for home networks that include both PCs and Macs, dropping firewall security is a mistake, in my opinion.

The access point has the impressive styling and case of use everyone expects from Apple, however, and shows solid performance. It’s also got a USB port that you can configure to share a USB hard drive. Pricing is good, too, though a little expensive in light of the single-band operation and the dearth of security features. For the Apple-only home, this product is fine, but it’s definitely not a preferred choice for networks that include PCs, no matter what the attractive packaging says.

Apple Airport Extreme N Short Review
$179 direct

Check This Out:

Mediagate MG-350HD: Tough Setup,Big Payoff

Pegasus Cynalynx: Media Streamer Runs Dry

BlueAnt Z9: Double Microphone, Superior Technology

Lexmark C782n Review: Paper-Handling Wiz

Lexmark C782n
Speed, paper handling, and output quality are all factors in choosing an office laser printer. The Lexmark C782n is fairly fast and has good print quality but its forte is paper handling. It comes with the trays and accessories to deal with huge printing volumes, as is fitting for a printer with a 150,000 page monthly duty cycle.

The C782n has a 600e-sheet capacity, divided between a 500-sheet drawer and a 100-sheet multipurpose tray. Other configurations add a duplexer and a second 500-sheet tray; an optional 2,000-sheet feeder can boost capacity to an astounding 3,100 sheets. Stapling, finishers, output and banner media tray, mailboxes, envelope drawers, and other accessories are available. Unsurprisingly, this is a hefty machine at 20.8 by 23.8 by 18.5 inches (HWD) and 105 pounds.

The C782n’s rated 40 ppm for monochrome printing and 35 ppm for color, borne out on our tests, also befits large volume printing. It’s clear, though, that the C782n favors speed over output quality. Its text, though subpar for a laser, is fine for business use. Graphics were adequate for internal use, though you might not want to send them to key clients. Photos were fine for light office needs.

If your office prints in bulk, the C782n should be on your laser printer short list.

Lexmark C782n Review
Price range: $1,299

Check This Out:

Xerox Phaser 8860 Color Printer Review: A $2,500 Bargain Color Laser

Brother MFC-240C: Another Multifunction Printer

Samsung SCX-4521F: Multifunction Printer

Linksys Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router With Storage Link (WRT600N) Review

WRT600N linksys
In the summer of 2007, Linksys entered the 802.11n market, but its WRT350N didn’t offer enough - neither enough speed nor enough features. The brand-new Linksys WRT600N attempts to correct that-and succeeds.

Several improvements make this router the best of the crop I looked at. First, it looks cool in a Bat Cave sort of way. Second, it’s true dual-band. Many vendors call their routers and access points dual-band, but the devices can’t run in both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz spectrums simultaneously. Most folks still have equipment that uses the lower band, though, forcing them to live in 2.4-GHz, essentially making 11n a pipe dream. The Linksys WRT60ON enables both radios, letting 11b and 11g folks exist in the 2.4-GHz zoo, while costly 11n PC Cards will be able to live up to their potential.

Aside from that, the box’s StorageLink technology lets you share a USB hard drive across the network, and the access point incorporates all the goodies that Linksys users have come to expect from an Internet-sharing router. The WRT600N costs a little more than others in the group I looked at here, but it’s worth the money.

Linksys Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router With Storage Link (WRT600N) Review
Price range: $250 street

Check This Out:

Nokia LD-4W: Slim GPS Module

Samsung WEP200: Tiny Bluetooth Headset

BlueAnt Z9: Double Microphone, Superior Technology

CTL 220UW Review: Plain Looks, Dazzling Picture

CTL 220UW
Are you searching for a great-looking monitor or a monitor with great picture quality? If the latter is paramount, the CTL 220UW may fill the bill. This 22-Inch, 1,680-by-1,050 widescreen LCD won’t win any points for stylishness. It’s more expensive than much of its competition, and its maneuverability is severely limited, but the on-screen view is sweet.

The 220UW’s enclosure is nondescript. Its base can be tilted forward and backward but lacks height, swivel, and pivot adjustment. The embedded speakers can handle only low volumes without distortion. But the digital input is HDCP-compliant, so you’ll be able to view copy-protected HD movies. All necessary cables for the 220UW’s audio jack and DVI and analog inputs are included in the packaging.

This LCD has a wide viewing angle. In testing, it did well when displaying dark grays, though light grays looked white. Color quality was quite good, with no evidence of tinting. The panel easily displayed small fonts. Movies looked splendid, and games were free of significant stutter or ghosting,

Along with performance, another strong point is the 220UW’s warranty: You get three years on parts and labor, whereas many vendors offer only one. If you don’t care about snazzy looks or extra features, the 220UW is a good choice for a home or small office. This ugly duckling is really a swan in disguise.

CTL 220UW Short Review
Price range: $375.70

Check This Out:

LG L1760TR: Touch Button LCD

Wacom Cintiq 21UX: Touch a Screen for Instant Creativity

HP w2408: A Brilliant Widescreen Display

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv Review: Talk or TV? You Decide

Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv
Here’s a handset for Verizon that’s an excellent voice phone with a little something extra: eight channels of major network television. The TV service costs extra, but you don’t need a subscription to enjoy this slider-style phone’s good looks, long battery life, and pleasing voice quality.

The third phone to feature Verizon’s live TV service, the Z6tv is the first handset with an internal antenna. Telephone reception isn’t as good as on phones with pop-out antenna, but the phone is much less clunky.

Verizon’s $13- to $15-per-month TV service is the best of its kind. V Cast TV shows eight channels, at full frame rates, in full screen, playing audio through the phone’s speaker or a wired headset. The channels are mashups of CBS, FOX, NBC, Comedy Central, ESPN, MTV, and Nickelodeon programming- not live broadcasts but rather a “best-of” format that makes smart choice, like moving late-night talk shows into the prime morning commuting hours.

Phone performance is very good. Reception was excellent and volume acceptable on both the earpiece and the speakerphone. Besides that, the Z6tv offers plenty of other goodies, including Bluetooth, a 2-megapixel camere, and a handy GPS receiver for use with Verizon’s $10-per-month VZ Navigator service. If want to take your TV with you and get a terrific phone in the bargain, the Z6tv is worth checking out.

Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv Review
Price range: $379.99; $229.99 and up with contract

Check This Out:

Motorola RAZR²: The RAZR² Cuts Four Ways

Sony Ericsson W580i: Music Phone Comes With Sporty

Samsung i450: Dual Slider Smartphone

Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Review: Rough-and-Tumble Laptop

Panasonic Toughbook CF-52
You might think that sturdy and consumer friendly are mutually exclusive qualities in a laptop. Panasonic has proven that notion wrong with its Toughbook CF-52. This semi-rugged notebook keeps the tough-as-nails qualities of its predecessors while adding features like discrete graphics and cutting-edge processing power. But keep in mind, the add-ons add up fast, and a fully equipped laptop could set you back quite a bit.

The CF-52’s thick magnesium alloy chassis qualifies it as semi-rugged. Panasonic claim it can withstand a one-foot drop onto plywood. The unit has a spill-through keyboard with a porthole that drains through the bottom of the laptop. (At Panasonic’s request we didn’t test these features, so you’ll have to take their word for it.) Plastic snap-on covers shield the CF-52’s four USB ports and Express Card 34 and PC Card slots from water and dust. The hard drive and dual-layer DVD burner are easily removable to protect data in a pinch. All these precautions add up weight-wise, but the CF-52’s briefcase handle makes it a little easier to lug around the 7.4-pound load.

The CF-52 also offers plenty of consumer friendly features. Its 15.4-inch widescreen features 1,920-by-1,200 resolution: overkill for that size but a godsend for multimedia tasks. Panasonic didn’t cut corners, opting for a discrete ATI graphics card, the newest Centrino Duo parts, and 1GB of RAM. Battery life is fantastic, lasting 5 hours 15 minutes on MobileMark 2007. My review system came with an optional fingerprint reader and smart-card slot module. An internal EV-DO Rev A cellular modern is another great add-on.

The CF-52 integrates some nifty media aspects into a sturdy laptop. If you’re willing to pay a premium, this notebook promises to see you through some tough times.

Specs: 2-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T700 processor; 1GB DDR2 SDRAM; 120GB, 5.400-rpm hard drive; 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon X2300 HD graphics card; 15,4-inch 1,920-by-1,200 widescreen; 7,4 pounds system weight (9.2 pounds travel weight); 85-Wh, 7.65-Ah, lithium ion battery, Windows XP professional.

Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 Review
Price range: $3,300 street

Check This Out:

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ150N: Laptop’s Beauty Is Only Skin-Deep

ASUS U1F: An LED-Lit Ultraportable

Hp Compaq 6910p: Corporate Chic To Go

Xerox Phaser 8860 Color Printer Review: A $2,500 Bargain Color Laser

Phaser 8860
Most of us are familiar with the business model of printers: Practically give away the printer itself, and then make a killing selling the ink. With its Phaser 8860 Color Printer, Xerox has turned that model on its head. The color printer itself cost $2,500, but Xerox is just about giving the ink away with its very low cost per page. If your business prints a lot in color, this laser-class, solid-ink printer will more than pay for itself within a few years.

Xerox claims a 3.2-cent cost per page (based on the ISO/IEC standard) for color with the 8860. Few color printers even break the 10-cent mark. The next-lowest claim among color lasers I’ve tested is 8.7 cents per page for the Konica Minolta magicolor 5570. That’s a minimum savings of 5.5 cents per page with the 8860, which would pay for itself in three years should you print 1.275 color pages per month. The 8860’s 1.7 cents per monochrome page is also very attractive.

The 8860’s rated print speed is 30 pages per minute (ppm) for both monochrome and color at its top speed, and 16 ppm for both in default (enhanced) mode. This is a little slow for the price-though it’s tempting to quip that you could use the extra waiting time to calculate your cost saving. In absolute terms, though, the 8860 is none too slouchy. On our tests, it turned in reasonable times in default mode.

Text is a touch below typical laser quality, though fine for most uses. The text’s clean, crisp edges give it a professional look. A few small or stylized fonts suffered on our tests, but most were easily readable at 6 points, and some at 4. Graphics are better than I usually see from lasers, despite some graininess. They’re fine for in-house use, as well as mailings and simple brochures. Photo quality is typical of lasers.

Equipped with a standard 525-sheet drawer, a 100-sheet multipurpose tray, and a duplexer, the 8860 does well at paper handling. You can also add two more 525-sheet drawers ($400 each) for a maximum capacity of 1,675 pages.

Even if it were a mediocre printer, the operating cost savings alone would make the Phaser 8860 well worth considering. Adding In the strong output quality, ample paper handling, and acceptable speed should be enough to convince you to Ink the deal.

Xerox Phaser 8860 Color Printer Review
Price range: $2,500 street

Check This Out:

Xerox Phaser 8560MFP/D: As Solid as Its Ink

HP Color LaserJet CP3505n Printer: Print Cost Estimator Not Worth the Price

Fuji Xerox Phaser 6360: Print till 40ppm

Pantech Duo Review: Pretty Dual-Slider Has Problems

Pantech Duo Slider
Looking for a cool dual-slider like Helio’s Ocean handset but don’t want to switch from AT&T? Pantech hopes to get you on board with its new Duo. Like the Ocean, the Duo includes two slide-out keyboards, but, by contrast, this device is a true smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition

The Duo is made mostly of grey, glossy plastic and is relatively thick. Still, its 2.2-inch, 320-by-240-pixel screen is bright and easy to read. Both keyboards feature recessed button. The larger ones on the numeric keypad are easy to use, but the QWERTY keyboard is cramped and uncomfortable.

A 416-MHz Xscale processor powers the Duo, giving Windows Mobile 6 the juice it needs to run at a reasonable clip. Over AT&T’s 3G HSDPA data network, browsing the Web felt speedy but slowed considerably when rolling back to EDGE. And there’s no Wi-Fi. Also noticeably absent in built-in GPS.

The Duo integrates an outdated 1.3-megapixel camera, which takes poor photos. And the device doesn’t do a great job with video. Clips viewed in Windows Media Player looked blurry and choppy, and often froze up.

I can see some buyers choosing the Duo on looks and speed alone. 3G support and a speedy processor are enough to make Windows Mobile 6 Standard feel responsive for basic functions like e-mail and Web browsing, but there are better do-it-all device out there.

Pantech Duo Short Review
Price range: $249 with 2-year contract

Check This Out:

Helio Ocean (Pantech PN-810): A Masterful Messaging Machine

Sprint Mogul by HTC (PPC-6800): A Smartphone Upgrade

HTC TYTN II: New Slide out Design

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Panasonic TH-42PZ700U Review: Pixel-Packing 1080p Plasma

Panasonic TH-42PZ700U
Meet the first plasma television smaller than 50 inches to offer full 1080p resolution-packing over two million pixels into its 42-inch screen. This Panasonic set offers terrific image quality when playing standard and high-definition video sources, set off by comfortable viewing angles. Although I was disappointed by the resolution limitations of some of the set’s HD-compatible video ports (there’s no 1080p input on VGA or component video ports), this minor flaw was overshadowed by a picture that delivered detail and clarity that few high-definition sets match.

In our labs, the TH-42PZ700U turned in solid performance when fed quality 1080i/p video sources and made standard-definition programming look better than it does on most HDTVs I’ve seen. The set’s screen resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels progressively scanned produced a crisp and detailed image; the default picture size mode with this video resolution eliminates image overscan. Unfortunately, the TV overscanned 720p video by 5.5 percent, sacrificing detail around the video’s border and slightly softening the picture due to increased scaling of the remaining video information.

I used satellite television, DVD video, HD DVD, and Blu-ray media for standard and high-definition video trials. I was particularly impressed with the TH-42PZ700U’s treatment of DVD video delivered at 480i resolution via component video cable. The TV took about 5 seconds to detect film-sourced movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, but once it had finished processing, it revealed subtle shadow detail and facial features. The greens in Raiders’ jungle scenes appeared almost electric, but disabling the TH-42PZ700U’s color management feature, as the manual suggested, restored the foliage to a more natural color. The set’s color tracking across dark-to-light intensities was admirably linear and among the best I’ve seen, particularly in the darkest portions of the picture, where the eye is most sensitive to error.

Motion performance with sports and action sequences was as good as on any HDTV I’ve seen to date, and there was no detectable controller input lag when playing Xbox360 games.

In terms of viewability, this TV is an excellent example of plasma’s advantage over LCD and rear projection sets on the task of providing a consistent image at the widest range of horizontal and vertical viewing angels. And the antireflective screen coating proved effective at reducing harsh reflections-in contrast to the highly reflective gloss-finished bezel.

With a street price of around $1,400, Panasonic’s TH-42PZ700U is a steal of a deal for a talented set with full 1080p resolution. That’s quality plasma at an amazing price.

Panasonic TH-42PZ700U Review
Price Range: $1,999.95

Check This Out:

Sony Bravia KDL-46V3000: Blur Sullies Colorful LCD TV

Mitsubishi WD-65833: Big HDTV, Brash Colors

LG KU250: 3G for All, Great Feature for All

Plantronics Voyager 520 Review: Fashionable and Functional Hands-Free Calling

Plantronics Voyager 520
Though it was one of the best-sounding headsets I’d ever used, the Plantronics Voyager 510 had one downside: its clunky design. The updated 520 model delivers a slick new look. In addition, noise-canceling circuitry and a built-in screen that eliminates wind noise work to ensure stellar sound quality.

Small and stylish, the 520 is comfortable to wear and features an ingenious soft-rubber ear loop that’s clear after the point where it reaches the ear, so it’s not at all unsightly.

The Voyager 520 gets plenty loud. In testing, the 520’s sound quality was outstanding, too. I drove around Manhattan and Queens with the car window down on a breezy day: Not only was I able to make calls successfully (with all the construction, engine noise, and car-horn din in the background), but callers on the other end were surprised when I told them I was using a Bluetooth headset.

At $99.95, the Voyager 520 costs about $30 less than the Aliph Jawbone, our previous Editors’ Choice Bluetooth headset. The Voyager 520 is also a bit smaller. Although it lacks the Jawbone’s sophisticated noise canceling, the 520 still has excellent noise rejection. On top of that, it offers superb sound and impressive battery life, making it a better choice.

Plantronics Voyager 520 Short Review
Price range: $99.95

Check This Out:

Anmo Dino-Lite AM313: Mini Digital Microscope

Creative Prodikeys DM Value

Swiss Travel Products World USB Charger (MPC-N1)

Samsung P2 Review: Bluetooth Boosts Flash Player

Samsung P2
When Samsung’s P2 was announced, there was plenty of buzz over this slick and slim touch-screen player with innovative Bluetooth 2.0 capabilities. Sadly, the ability to answer phone calls through the player- arguably the coolest feature- did not work at press time. Samsung promises a firmware upgrade fix early in 2008.

Available in 4GB and 8GB capacities, the flash memory based P2 is a devilishly handsome gadget with a sharp 3-inch screen, FM radio, and the usual quality array of excellent Samsung user controls (like a seven-band EQ). The high-res touch screen looks fantastic, but the iPod touch’s screen is definitely easier to navigate.

File support is so-so. For audio, you get MP3, OGG, and WMA (with AAC support to come); MPEG-4 and WMV for video (though you get conversion software on the included CD) and JPEG for photos, Album art, photos, and video clips look fantastic on the horizontal 16:9 screen.

The P2 is a less-expensive yet elegant alternative to the iPod touch, but I’d hold off on buying one until those firmware upgrades unlock the Bluetooth capabilities.

Samsung P2 Short Review
Price range: 4GB, $200 list; 8GB, $250

Check This Out:

Zune 80GB and Zune 8GB Review: Microsoft Master Digital Music

Cowon iAudio 7 Reviews: Bigger Capacities, Longer Battery Time

Creative Zen: More Flash for Less Cash

T-Mobile Shadow Review: Overshadowed by the Smartphone Competition

T-Mobile Shadow
T-Mobiles Shadow does a good job of making Windows Mobile more user-friendly, but ultimately, it’s no more capable or stylish than the competition. This silvery, rectangular slider sports a big, bright, 320-by-240-pixel, 2.6-inch screen, and a hybrid two-letter-per-button keyboard, like the Blackberry Pearl’s.

The device runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard, but T-Mobile decided to make the operating system friendlier by laying an animated interface over it. The interface reaches its goal: never to expose users to the clunky Windows Mobile program list.

104MB of storage and 72MB of program memory allow lots of room for add-ons, but like most 200-MHz Windows Mobile devices, the Shadow feels a bit sluggish, especially when you push it into editing Microsoft Office documents or surfing the Web. At least there’s Wi-Fi to complement T-Mobiles relatively slow EDGE network, The handset’s 2-megapixel camera has a 0.9-second shutter delay that requires patience. As a phone it’s just average, too, with a somewhat trebly interface and tinny speakerphone.

The Shadow could be a contender, especially given its nice price. But put it up against the array of exciting smartphones that have hit U.S. shores recently and the Shadow just doesn’t stand out.

T-Mobile Shadow Short Review
Price range: $349.99 direct; $149.99 with contract

Check This Out:

LG Viewty (KU990) Review: Touch screen in Camera Phone

T-Mobile Sidekick LX: Easy on the Eyes-And Fingers

Samsung SCH-i760: Maximize Your Mobile Productivity

Friday, December 21, 2007

Fuji FinePix S800fd Review: A Smart, Simple Superzoom

Fuji FinePix S800fd
This affordable 8-megapixel superzoom model packs a range of useful features and D-SLR-like capabilities, but it’s as easy to use as a point-and-shooter. Image quality is good but not top-notch.

The 18X Fujinon lens is the centerpiece of this well-designed digital camera, delivering a 4.7mm to 84.2mm range (equivalent to a 35mm lens with a27mm to 486mm zoom). The wide-angle lens performed beautifully for group shots and landscapes.

Fuji's face-detection technology, which worked well on my tests, offers automatic red-eye removal. The camera’s dual-image stabilization combines mechanical CCD stabilization with higher ISO levels and faster shutter speeds for advanced anti-blur protection. I found that it typically produced images that were noticeably sharper but sometimes with a hint more noise than I'd like to see.

In lab tests, I saw some barrel distortion at the left side of images, and photos were a bit soft but exhibited only a trace of purple fringing. Noise became visible at IS0400 and more noticeable at ISO 800 and higher. The camera averaged 1,450 lines on resolution tests, which is low for an 8MP superzoom.

All things considered, the Fuji FinePix: S8000fd is a viable option for photographers who want advanced features but also enjoy the simplicity of a one-lens-fits-all camera.

Fuji FinePix S800fd Review
Price range: $399.95

Check This Out:

Casio Exilim EX-V7: Unique Sensation

Nikon Coolpix L11: Compact and Easy for Newbie

PowerShot G9: Pocket Camera Metamorphosis

Zune 80GB and Zune 8GB Review: Microsoft Master Digital Music


Back when a new line of Zune digital media players was announced, the addition of a flash-based model grabbed all the headlines. But now that the products are here, the real show stealer is the Zune 80GB hard disk device. For the same price ($250) as the 80GB iPod classic, the Zune 80GB offers a much larger screen, FM radio, wireless player-to-player sharing. Wi-Fi syncing with your PC, and a rear panel that can be customized with some cool- and free- artwork. To put it simply, Apple is no longer the leader in the hard drive player realm. While the Zune 80GB and the iPod Classic are both outstanding, the Zune has more features- and it’s more fun.

The Zune 8GB (also available in a 4GB version), Microsoft’s first flash-based player, doesn’t fare as well. The iPod nano is a better bet, with a larger screen in a much smaller frame. While the Zune’s new user interface looks spectacular and navigates smoothly on the 80GB player, the flash-based Zune models are riddled with jumpy menu navigation and delayed responses. My biggest complaint, however, is the minuscule 1.8-inch screen.

The newly designed Zune Marketplace-Microsoft’s answer to iTunes- is a big reason to buy a Zune player. Full of links to artist bios, band photos, and discographies, it makes iTunes seem like a big, boring spreadsheet. It's got some fun interactive features, and there are lots of other goodies, too: DRM-free songs and a $15 per month all-the-music-you-can-download plan. (One major bummer is the lack of video programming.)

One of the coolest features of both Zune players is wireless syncing. After a short setup, your Zune can use your wireless network to sync with your PC’s music and video library, which is something no Apple player offers. Microsoft didn’t have its act together in time for the launch, however: Until the company issues a firmware upgrade, which wasn’t yet available at press time, users must connect their PCs to their routers via Ethernet cable in order to load the Zune wirelessly. Microsoft claims the firmware update should be ready by the time most folks unbox a new Zune.

Overall, the Zune 80GB is a good-looking, feature-loaded device that bests the iPod classic, while the Zune 8GB isn’t nearly as compelling as the iPod nano. Neither of these players, however, touches the iPod touch.

Zune 80GB and Zune 8GB Review
Price range: 80GB,$250; 8GB, $200; 4GB,$150

Check This Out:

Cowon iAudio 7 Reviews: Bigger Capacities, Longer Battery Time

Creative Zen Vision: M: iPod Video Great Competitor

Transcend T.sonic 820 Another Review

Dell XPS One Review: The New All-in-One to Beat


Move over, Apple iMac-there’s a new king of the all-in-one PC realm. It’s the Dell XPS One, not to be confused with its recently launched rival, the Gateway One-which it outclasses, The XPS One, which starts at $1.499 for a base model, is a design statement, looking more like a sleek monitor than a PC. It has a winning feature set and is a multimedia juggernaut. It handles high-def video and TV well (despite its less-than-full HDTV resolution). But one thing it’s not is a competitive gaming rig.

Like its Gateway namesake, the XPS One is user serviceable, with a back panel that slides open. Unlike the Gateway One, it doesn’t have an extra drive bay or a drop-in SATA installation. RAM is easy to access, and an ATI Radeon HD 2400 card occupies the MXM graphics card slot (though you can’t upgrade the graphics at this point).

The XPS One has a wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad, so you can use it on your lap while watching TV without having to enlist your log as a mouse pad. The keyboard incorporates many of the more important MCE and playback controls, and the wireless laser mouse is sweet.

The XPS One comes with Adobe’s Elements Studio. This suite is not quite the match of Apples iLife ‘08, but it’s formidable nonetheless. The Dell excelled on our multimedia tests, besting both the Gateway One and the iMac (20-inch Aluminum) with its test scores: 1 minute 13 seconds on Windows Media Encoder and 50 seconds on Photoshop CS2. Alas, the Radeon HD 2400 is a lightweight graphics card-fine for HDTV and basic 3D tasks, but its feeble 128MB of graphics memory sinks it as a pining platform.

Though some versions of the XPS One are”one cord,” the high-end model we tested requires at least one extra cable for the built-in HDTV tuner, though there’s a cable routing clip on the One to keep wires out of the way if need be. Speaking of high-def, the Dell also packs a Blu-ray drive. The display’s native resolution is 1,680-by-1,050. You can’t view HDTV in full 1,920-by-1,080p with the Dell- not that you’d be able to tell the difference on a 20-inch screen. But Blu-ray movies look terrific on the XPS One.

Between its superb design, extensive feature set, and speedy performance, the Dell XPS One has upped the ante on all-in-one greatness.

Dell XPS One Review
Specs: 2.33-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 processor; 2GB 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 500GB, 7200-rpm SATA hard drive; 128MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 graphics card; BD-RE(Blu-ray) drive; integrated 20-inch widescreen LCD monitor; Windows Vista Home Premium.
Price range: $2,399

Check This Out:

Gateway One: A Pretty Vista All-in-One

HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC: Family Computer in Kitchen

Apple iMac (20-inch Aluminum): Sleeker and Thinner

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Review: Ultra-Mobile PC, with a Twist


Handheld PCs will dominate the world-but not any time soon. Yet Fujitsu is moving in the right direction with its 1.5-pound LifeBook U810, a bargain for an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC).

The U810 has a neat twist: Its screen rotates 180 degrees like a convertible tablet. At 6 by 6.7 by 1 inches (HWD) it’s a bit large, but that permits a relatively spacious 5.6-inch screen. The small laptop keyboard provides the best typing experience of the crop,

The feature set is solid, including SD and CompactFlash readers, one USB 2.0 port, a fingerprint reader, a webcam, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability. Still, the U810 has limitations. While I had no problem uploading photos, encoding video took forever. I would like to see a backlit keyboard on the U810 (finding the minuscule keys is hard enough even in broad daylight). Also, the U810 lacks an integrated WWAN (EV-DO or EDGE), which the OQO, Sony UX and Vulcan FlipStart all have.

The U810 has a 40GB hard drive. Its 800-MHz Intel processor and 1GB of RAM are sufficient. These low-powered components let the four-cell battery sticking out of the back of the unit crank out a decent 3 hours 13 minutes of battery life. Fujitsu is a big player in Japanese UMPCs, and thanks to an attractive price, it should make a splash in the U.S as well.

Fujitsu LifeBook U810 Review
Specs: 800-MHz Intel A110 processor; 1GB DDR2 SDRAM; 40GB, 4200-rpm hard drive; 224MB Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950; 5.6-inch, 1,024-by- 600 screen; 1.5 pound system weight (2.4-pound travel weight), Window Vista Basic.
Price Range: $999

Check This Out:

Raon Digital Everun L30H: A Bare-Bones Mini PC

Asus Eee PC Review: This Year Hot Gadget (After iPhone)

Fujitsu Lifebook U1010: Combination of Notebook, Handheld, and Tablet PC

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Asus Eee PC Review: This Year Hot Gadget (After iPhone)

thai-6cf.blogspot.com
What can $400 get you in a laptop? Plenty, if you’re considering the sleek ASUS Eee PC. This is the most expected laptop by computer geek over the world. It is ultra portable laptop computer Eee PC (Eee mean easy to learn, easy to work, and easy to play). To refresh your memory, this laptop is partnership result between Asus and Intel, which addressed for children in poor country.

Besides ultra mini, ultra light, and ultra portable, it is sold with ultra cheap price. Eee PC 701 or 4G is a 7-inch laptop, equal to most TV car size. This laptop has Solid State Disk storage feature or 4 GB flash memorya. This capacity of course can be said small if compared to harddisk storage capacities in other laptop. But it is more shatterproof.

Asus planted Intel Celeron M ULV 353 900 MHz processor with L2 Cache 512 kb memory in this laptop. RAM capacities used are 512 MB DDR2.

Even small, this laptop has been equipped with Wi-Fi 80211 b/g and Ethernet 10/100 megabyte connection. Moreover, Eee PC also has webcam 0,3 megapixel which applicable to do video conference or videochatting.

It can also do video out transfer through analogue CRT port, and three USB ports, which applicable to connect mouse, external DVD ROM, or external harddisk.

Eee PC also provides memory slot for MMC or SD card (4 GB), microphone in line, and headphone in line. ASUS developed its own full-blown OS based on Linux Xandros. Even though, it also compatible with Windows (available soon, though pricing isn’t set yet).

With big icon picture, its interface system is designed so simpel and friendliness. After computer is booting, in less than one minute, the screen directly presents menu entry choice. It’s not provided desktop display, but directly provides menu tabs choice, and remain to provide task bar.

There is Internet menu for internet service facilitys, Work menu to saved programs to work, Learn menu for the learnings application, Play for entertainment, Setting to do configuration setting, and Favourite to saved most applied application.

Internet provides based on web e-mail service like Gmail, Yahoo!, and AOL, Mozilla browser, iGoogle, Pidgin instant message, Skype free VoIP, and Internet Radio. While at Work menu added the OpenOffice application (for text documents, spreadshet, and presentation), PDF Reader, File Manager, Dictionary, and Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail.

At Learn menu is available learning application which looks like game, for English, Mathematics (fraction or Geometri), Paint, and Natural sciences (periodic table and Astronomi). As for in Play menu available the web camera application, voice recorder, games, and media player which can play music, video, and photo.

With a real cheap price, this laptop provides so much usefulness. The battery can life during 2,5 to 3,5 hours. The Eee PC is tremendous bargain for general-purpose computing. A must have product.

Asus Eee PC Review
Price range: $350 - $399

Check This Out:

Asus G1S: Notebook for Gamer

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680: Heavyweight Laptop Contender

HP Pavilion dv9000: Grand Notebook

HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC Review: Family Computer in Kitchen

HP TouchSmart IQ775
Hewlett-Packard (HP) seems keeps spirits up in the effort to extending their personal computer (PC) market. Newest, HP offers PC for family which placed in family room or kitchen. Newest model of this PC type is HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC.

HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC carries desktop computer concept as family information center. One of the features is video message recorder, what enables one of family member to record video message to be looked by other family member. Besides, there is access for all information by only touch at its 19 inchs LCD screen.

Yes, this computer already equipped with touch screen interface. SmartCenter special software, what enables Windows Vista Home Premium operating system, operated with touch screen. SmartCalender program, which is part of SmartCenter, enables user to manage daily schedule and leaves voice or video message.

As family computer, HP IQ775, which powered by AMD Turion Dual-Core TL-58 1,9 gigahertz processor, also provides entertainment feature, wireless Internet access via Wi-Fi, and NTSC TV tuner to record and watch your favorite tv program.

HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC designed to facilitate computing and entertain, which enables consumer and all family members having a personal and interactive computing experience.

HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC has SATA 500 GB harddisk, 2GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 graphic card, Super-Multi DVD Burner with Lightscribe technology, Ethernet 100-BaseT, HP WebCam 1,3 megapixel, card reader 8 in 1, USB 2.0 slot, and FireWire slot. For now, this computer only available in United States, Canada, Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand with retail price around $ 1599.

HP TouchSmart IQ775 PC Reviews
Check This Out:

CD-S2000 & amplifier A-S2000 Reviews: Audio Player Nostalgia

Sony HDMS-S1D Reviews: Black Box Photo Album

Amazon Kindle Reviews: Gadget for Traveller

Toshiba Portege M700 and Dell Latitude XT Review



A few months ago, Dell Inc. shows to public the video about their first laptop which able to be turned into tablet PC. Its name, Latitude XT. This is Dell laptop model most expected by the enthusiasts.

But, Dell Latitude launch is one day overlapped by Portege M700: Toshiba 9th generation tablet PC. Toshiba tablet convertible PC generations started by Portege M205 at 2004. Then evolution becomes Portege M400 which introducing optical activator and standard voltage chip.

Now Portege M700 is Toshiba first tablet PC using light emitted diode (LED) backlit screen which has touch screen feature. Same touch screen ability also owned by Dell Latitude XT. Screen diagonal measure of both tablet PC is also same, 12,1 inchs. So do the screen resolution (WXGA , 1.280 x 800 pixels).

Toshiba touch screen technology can support usage of fingertip and also stylus pen. Portege M700 can detect input method and automatically changes input method from pen to fingertip and on the contrary. If both methods traced, Portege will prioritize pen usage to avoid unintentional touch.

LED backlit screen has anti-glare layer which makes clear picture and easy to seen either at inside and also outside room with various area condition. LED backlit screen produces good picture quality and rich colour saturation. Toshiba claims WXGA widescreen have 30 % more detail compared to standard XGA screen.

Meanwhile, Dell Latitude screen has two choices of light source: LED backlit and cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL). Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp gives brighter light, that is 400 nit (level of light), equivalent with candela per meters², suited for eyesight outside room. LED backlit gives 220 nits, for inside room.

Dell Latitude XT has equal specification with Fujitsu LifeBook T2010 and Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet. All three product doesn’t have optical activator and the weight is below 1,8 kilograms. XT uses Ultra Low Voltage Intel Core 2 Duo U7600 (1,2 gigahertz) chip and 1 GB DDR2 RAM. Its also applies Radeon Xpress 1250 from ATI and hard disk 120 GB. Its selling price estimated $ 2499 per unit.

Meanwhile, Toshiba Portege M700 has higher specification, that is Intel Core 2 Duo T75001 (2,2 GHZ) processor, RAM DDR2 2 GB, Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, DVD SuperMulti, and hard disk 160 GB SATA (5.400 RPM). With the retail price $ 1799 per unit.

Presence of this two touch screen tablet computers becoming strengthens the assumption that touch screen now becomes trend. Touch screen technology rockets when Apple launch iPhone and Microsoft introduce Surface PC. Dell now having experiment their own touch screen technology. The screen with sensors which able to trace fifth of the user finger at least has just emerged next year.

Check This Out:

Lenovo ThinkPad X61: Lenovo Raises the Tablet PC Bar

HTC Advantage: Phone, Laptop in One

Gateway C-120X: A Pint-Size Tablet PC

Asus Xonar U1 Review: UFO Sound Card

Asus Xonar U1
If Asus name called in front of computer geek and gamers, they surely will be considered at notebook, motherboard, or VGA graphic card. The reason is the Taiwan Company is known as notebook for gamer producer: G1 and G2 and various PC components.

Name of Asus have never been met at sound-card for PC. But now Asus launchs their new line of sound card, with Xonar sub-brand.

Asus not only wish to present multimedia experience in great visualisation, but also wish to present it in high quality audio. One of sound card product released by Asus is Xonar U1, external sound card which suited for notebook.

The design is simple, stylish, and alike mini UFO or overturn flowerpot. This peripheral is so portable and easy to plug in/plug out because connected to computer through USB cable. Besides for notebook, this sound card is also applicable for desktop computer.

According to Asus, with this gadget a notebook can produced crunchy sound without annoyed by noise. It can eliminate electromagnet interference and noise, which typically produced by an electronic network in computer chassis.

The gamer will be satisfied because Xonar U1 can apply EAX technology and DirectSound for computer which having Windows Vista platform. With other sound card, usually the gamer will lose surround sound from played game because EAX feature will missing in Vista. But, that problem can be overcome by Xonar U1.

By this gadget, user can also change its notebook becomes Home theater personal computer because it can present Dolby 5.1 canals through S/PDIF (Sony Panasonic Digital Interconnect Format) output.

With only connects the computer or laptop and Xonar U1 to home cinema system, user can enjoy PC game or film by 5.1 canals original sound or even with improvement of audio quality to 6.1 or 7.1 canals by Dolby Prologic IIx.

Besides, Dolby Headphone feature will give 3D sound experience although only through headphone. From any kind headphone brand, when play game, for example, user can listen simbal tingkling which likely heard from frontside, applause sound from backside.

Besides amplifier headphone which sophisticated designed, microphone technology provided along with the sound card is designed to accentuate noise sound in around user, what go beyond 20 decibels. Hence sound from microphone can be heard clear although resides in noisy area, suited for VoIP application (Skype MSN, Google) or online game.

Asus Xonar U1 Review
Check This Out:

DiplyTalk ICR-PS390RM: Biggest Storage Voice Recorder

Anmo Dino-Lite AM313: Mini Digital Microscope

3Dconnexion SpacePilot: Interact with Your PC in a Completely New Way

Monday, December 17, 2007

LG Viewty (KU990) Review: Touch screen in Camera Phone

LG Viewty KU990
At electronic exhibition IFA 2007, Berlin, Germany, LG demonstrates a new celuler phone so called LG Viewty (KU990). Lot people show displeasures of product name which sound awkward. Maybe because its sound is really close to word “filthy”.

But the name is selected because this phone is designed to please video lover which always mobile. Viewty can play and records video files which having DivX format- a popular enough video format for downloading via Internet. So LG equipped it with high speed Internet access through the HSDPA (3,5 G) network, which in theory can give download speed until 1,8 MB per second.

Viewty is first cellphone which capable to record video in DivX format with speed 120 frame per second or twofold speed from a HDTV frame speed. It means user can play cellphone video record in slow motion.

Its 5 Megapixel phone camera supported by Xenon flash lamp (the feature which also provided by Sony Ericsson K810i), Schneidr Kreuznach lens, image stabilizer feature to avoid blur picture as shake result, and manual focus setting.

The camera is providing adjustment of file size, photo quality, ISO, and white balance. The picture quality which produced is as good as the picture quality produced by Nokia N95.

With a addition application, this phone can upload video record directly to YouTube or on the contrary downloading video directly from YouTube. Something differentiating Viewty with other 5 megapixel phone camera is the touch screen feature.

This touch screen feature is alike the screen applied in LG Prada phone. Both interface design also almost identical, has 3 inch touch screen with resolution 240 x 320 pixels, and three buttons below its, functioning to start talking, end called, and cancelation button.

Not merely it touch control, this phone also can give better touch experience (tactile) because adjustable vibrated when touched. Its interface more interestingly when presenting innovative photo viewer mode. Photos in galery presented like photo pictures which straggling in desk.

To see more detail photo, just click with finger or applies standard mode which will set in line photo one per one. After choosing certain photo, user can enlarge or minimizes picture by rubbing finger at picture in screen.

A photo editing application provided to add text at photo, photo make up, or gives other effects. The purpose is providing best picture quality with newest technology to the users.
But, do not only play video, Viewty also play music from a number of file like MP3, AAC, WMA, WMV, and AMR and also FM radio. Viewty can accomodate a number of multimedia files by providing microSD memory card slot which having capacities until 2 GB.

LG Viewty (KU990) Review
Check This Out:

SGH F500 Reviews: Samsung Two Faces

HTC TOUCH: Another Touch Screen Phone

AT&T Tilt/HTC 8925: The Master of Microsoft Mobile Devices

Asus G1S Review: Notebook for Gamer

Asus G1S
Processor performance and graphic card from notebook which increasingly better is generates notebook which addresed for gamer. One of them is is Asus G1S, the 15,4 inchs notebook is equipped by middle class graphic card from nVidia, GeForce 8600M GT. This graphic card also supported DirectX 10, so supports all features which Vista offers.

Because trying to please the gamer, Asus tries coming perfect in the sound side. To generate surprise sound sensation, GS1 has speaker in left side, right, and under the notebook. This configuration successfully makes sound produced is powerfull enough, though still felt lack of bass touch. While for picture quality, can be said G1S is one of the best. Its viewing angle is wide in horizontal and vertical side, so the colour and sharpness remain to be great if seen from various sides.

For G1S feature, this notebook must reside in the upper line. Its optic peripheral already HD-DVD, and equipped with HDMI audio-video connector. Other unique feature and we have never meets in other notebook is external SATA (eSATA) connector. eSATA theoretically can stream the data until 300MB/second, so can become interesting alternative if you frequently did back-up to external harddisk.

One bad side of this notebook is the location of USB port. Fourth port is placed in backside, rather complicates to use though USB flash disc is routine activity that is often we do. This Notebook has weight 3,1 kgs, so don’t hope can bring it travels comfortably.

This notebook looks so classy. Usage of shiny black carbon fiber makes it impressed gallant. Moreover Asus cleverly combine it with light green colour (as at button and panel rear camera), makes this notebook seen more stylish. The smooth gleam surfaces is nor too susceptible of fingerprint, so seen clean though do we often touch it. We also like the keyboard, mainly because every buttonis separate in big distance and felt deep.

Though addressed as gaming notebook, Asus GS1 basically is compatible for all man who is wishing class notebook. Not only from performance side, but Asus GS1 is also seen stylish from appearance side. Moreover the feature figured can be said complete, starts from HDMI, eSATA, until HD-DVD; a feature combination which we have never meets in other notebook. That explains why the price reachs $ 2099.

Asus G1S Review
Price Range: #2099

Check This Out:

Sony Vaio CR: Fill Your Day

Hp Compaq 6910p: Corporate Chic To Go

ASUS U1F: An LED-Lit Ultraportable