Sunday, September 30, 2007

Gateway T-140X: Trendy Gateway Laptop


With its laptops, Gateway has consistently put performance over design. The T-140X however, signals a change of pace. This 14-inch widescreen’s slick looks, complete with a choice of colors and designs laminated into the lid and palm rests, will appeal to the style-conscious. But to keep the price low, Gateway went with weak processing components, hurting performance.

The T-140X's Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 CPU runs at a modest 1.5 GHz. There's only 1GB of RAM (not enough for Vista Home Premium); moreover, the integrated graphics grab some of the system memory. Consequently, the T-140X produced low SYSmark 2007 Preview and multimedia scores. Also, the 49-Wh (six-cell) battery lasted just 2 hours 5 minutes running down a DVD.

Gateway did add a few nice components, including a 160GB hard drive, a dual-layer DVD burner, and a 1.3-megapixel swivel webcam. We also liked the full-size keyboard, which is solid and responsive. But although the T-14OX is a handsome laptop at a low price, for the cost of upgrading you could get a better system like the Dell Inspiron 1420.

Gateway T-140X: $899

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iLuv i199 Stereo System for iPod: This Dock is Hard to Love


Among this feature-heavy iPod speaker's many talents is the ability to play MP3s from USB thumb drives, as well as dock and pump out tunes from iPods. It has a slot for regular and MP3 CDs, a radio, and even an alarm clock. The iLuv's sound is pretty decent, too. It's a shame that operating it is such a pain.

The button array across the top does nothing to simplify the way you navigate audio sources, and the included remote seems to respond to your touch only when it feels like it. Then, there are inconsistencies- for example, MP3s played from a USB drive can scroll artist and track info across the screen, while tracks played from CDs show nothing.

Built-in iPod navigation is weak. But the option to use the iPod as an alarm source is handy (you can't choose a specific song, you can only set the volume), and the iPod video-out jack is useful.

No one can accuse the iLuv i199 of being short on tricks, and its audio output doesn’t distort at high volumes. But all things considered, I'd much rather save up for either an Apple Hi-Fi or a Chestnut Hill Sound George, both of which sound better and operate more intuitively.

iLuv i199 Stereo System for iPod: $199.99

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Toshiba gigabeat U Series: Small, and a Snap to Use


Toshiba’s well-liked Gigabeat portable media player series ventures for the first time into the realm of flash devices, and the results are quite respectable. The tiny, attractive U series has 2GB of storage, an FM radio, FM and line-in recording, yet costs a full $50 less than the 2GB iPod nano.

Stilt, flaws are immediately apparent. The screen is a tiny 1.1 inches, the graphics are dull, and there's no video. This is probably just as well, though, because video and small screens rarely mix well. Loading the tracks via Windows Media Player 11 was easy, but file support is pretty limited: just MP3, WRA (including lossless), and WAV. The Gigabeat U series can display JPEGs, but photos don't shine on the tiny screen.

Navigation, however, is fantastic. The PlusPad button array, combined with the menu and Back buttons below the OLED, allows intuitive control of the device. Line-in recording can be monitored visually via on-screen left/right meters, and FM radio operation and recording is a simple and organized process. Battery rundown tests yielded a solid 18 hours 42 minutes.

The U series won't knock your socks off, but if you're not tied to iTunes, it delivers lots of features for the price.

Toshiba gigabeat U Series: $99.99

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Motorola RAZR²: The RAZR² Cuts Four Ways


Motorola new centerpiece handset isn’t just one phone- it’s five. The seductively styled RAZR² comes in three different hardware configurations and five software stacks: one each for Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. I tested four of the five (all but T-Mobile's) and found all of them to be top-notch voice phones with a luxurious design. If you want to go beyond voice and into media, e-mail, or Java applications, though, your mileage will vary by carrier.

Beneath the almost identical cases, you'll find three different handholds using various cellular technologies. The V8 model for T-Mobile is based on a GSM platform: the V9 model for AT&T is built around WCDMA; and the V9m for the other guys relies on CDMA EV-DO. These distinctions affect everything from call quality (best on AT&T) to battery life (worst on AT&T by a long shot: 3.5 hours as opposed to nearly 5 on other models). T-Mobile’s V8 runs a Linux-based OS, while all the other models use Motorola's older Synergy platform.

Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon may have all picked the same hardware, but they've slapped very different software into their phones. It's kind of like getting three identical Dell PCs, but one is running XP, one Vista, and one Linux. The user experiences are dramatically different. Alltel’s UI, for example, is the fastest. Sprint has a great live streaming-video experience and is open to third party applications. Verizon's phone, by contrast, is saddled with a depressingly low-end, if easy-to-use, set of text menus.

Motorola gave all of the carriers a luxurious metal-and-glass design with a decent 240- or 500-MHz processor, aided by 100MB of onboard memory support for 2GB (though not 4GB) microSD memory cards, a 2-megapixel camera, and the biggest, most beautiful external screen I've ever seen on a flip phone. Sadly, every single carrier missed the opportunity to use the jaw-dropping display to its fullest extent.

Only Sprint lets you play video on the phone's external screen. Only Alltel allows you tarred text messages on it, while Sprint and Verizon let you use the display to trigger the camera. AT&T’s RAZR2 software in general, however, is a sad list of missed chances. There’s no video sharing and no Napster/Yahoo! DRM’d music-and the carrier dedicates in entire hard button to its lousy "cellular video" service that absolutely no one use.

In AT&T's defense, there's one triumph on its model (and on the T-Mobile model, too, which I didn't get to test): CrystalTalk. Everyone knows that cell-phone talk quality needs help, and Motorola is the first company in ages to step up to the mic, as it were, with a remedy. CrystalTalk uses the phone's microphone to monitor for surrounding noise, dynamically equalizing of the sound in the earpiece and altering its volume to punch through the rumble as best possible. Meanwhile, it pumps up your voice and tunes down the background noise in the phone's mic, so the person you're talking to hears more you and less din.

CrystalTalk works brilliantly, and the V9 is the best phone I've ever heard in terms of handling background noise. Yet CrystalTalk isn't available on the V9m models for Alltel, Sprint, or Verizon. Motorola says that's because those models already sound good enough-and yes, the Vcrizon model does sound very nice. But more noise cancellation would still be welcome.

Of course, every one of these RAZR's has its own music player with its own separate strengths. Verizon's player, for instance, is the best for basic Windows Media users, while Alltel's is perfect for experts and iTunes lovers. The carriers have their own opinion about Web browsers as well. AT&T includes the divine Opera software, and Sprint comes in second with Obigo, a real but basic browser. Alltel and Verizon unfortunately remain mired in the swamp of inefficient WAP browsers to view Web pages. E-mail options vary as well. E-mail communication is free and built in with AT&T, for-pay on Alltel and Verizon, and not even an option with Sprint. Each of these phones also takes a different approach to running third-party software. Sprint lets you run third-party java applications (though Opera Mini crashed on my test phone) white Alltel, AT&T, and Verizon all lock down their devices to different extends against programs not purchased through them.

All four models, in theory, also work as high-speed USB modems for your PC. I clocked mediocre speeds on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon handsets-generally 500 to 600 Kbps on networks where I'm used to 700- to 800-Kbps download speeds. Verizon's, however, was the only one that came with the right random drivers, and it worked flawlessly with a USB connection.

What does this all mean? Well, in a nutshell, the RAZR² is generally the best midrange phone offered on any given carrier, as long as price is no object. You can find phones with similar specs, but not the gorgeous design, for less. The RAZR² puts Motorola back in the game in a big way, and it will be in many U.S. callers' hands this fall.

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Toshiba Satellite P205-S6237: Bargain Laptop Colossus


Looking for a 17-inch laptop that’s under a grand? The Toshiba Satellite P205-S6237 fills the bill. It joins the Aver Aspire 9300-5005 as one of the few sub-$1,000 17-inch systems we've tested. At 7.3 pounds, though, the Toshiba is not only lighter than the Acer but also performs better.

One reason is the processor. Whereas Acer went with a slower dual-core AMD processor, Toshiba used a 1.73-GHz Intel Core 2 Due T2080, which gave the S6237 a significant performance edge. It ran through Photoshop scripts there times as fast as the Acer, though still at a so-so 2 minutes 4 seconds. And despite its integrated graphics (versus the Acer's discrete graphics), the S6237 posted 3D gaming test scores that fell only a bit short of the Acer's.

The S6237 has four USB ports and a FireWire port; VGA-out, S-Video, and a 4-in-l card reader. Its dual-layer DVD burner supports LabelFlash disc labeling, which is similar to HP's LightScribe.

The S6237's in middling components-especially the RAM-could use some upgrading. But at this bargain price, the S6237 is a very respectable system.

Toshiba Satellite P205-S6237: $999

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Sony Picture Station DPP-FP90: Snapshot Printer Deluxe


Although Sony’s small-format photo printers have excelled at speed and quality, they've had shortfalls such as high cost per print or limited acceptance of memory card formats. With the Picture Station DPP-FP90, however, Sony seems to have gotten it right. It builds on the best in previous models while adding features such as a big (3.6-inch) color LCD and the ability to read numerous memory card formats.

The DPP-FP90 is compact. Measuring 2.3 by 6.9 by 5.3 inches (HWD), it weighs 2.2 pounds and has a handle for carrying. Unfortunately, it lacks even an optional battery.

The DPP-FP90 took 5O seconds per 4-by-6 print when printing from a computer, effectively tying the fastest dedicated photo printer I've tested. It prints even faster from CompactFlash cards. Output should at least match whit you'd expect from a photo Mask. With the LCD, you get some kiosk-style editing features. The menu offers filters for monochrome, sepia, and the like.

If you buy the most economical package of paper plus a dye roll, at $35 for 120 photos, the cost per print is 29 cents, in line with that of other dedicated photo printers. When you consider it’s per- print cost, speed, output quality, and its feature set, the DPP-FPOO is near picture-perfect.

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Alienware Area-51 M9750: Top of the Gaming Heap


Gamers take note: a hot new Alienware rig has landed. Its styling is subtle yet unearthly, avoiding a flashy point job in favor of a Stealth Black design that Batman would love. Despite its modest appearance, it packs the oomph needed to obliterate your gaming opponents, and it doubles as a mean multimedia machine. It'll cost you nearly five grand, but that’s par for a system of its class.

The m9750 has the hardware to generate high frame rates. Its Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 is fast (2.33 GHz), though the m9750 doesn't yet support Intel's latest Centrino Duo platform. Graphics power comes from two nVidia GeForce Go7950 GTX cards yoked in an SLI configuration. The m9750 sizzled on our 3D gaming tests, beating out other recent gaming laptops on nearly every one.

This unit is one of the most media-rich gaming laptops around. It has dual 16OGB hard drives in a RAID 0 array, and its connections consist of three audio ports for speakers, an optical-out port for digital audio for home theaters, and S-Video-in and DVI-D ports. Also included is a standard NTSC (alas, not HD) TV tuner and a swivel 1.3-megapisel wcbcam. The keyboard is quite responsive, though the mouse buttons were barely usable.

The m9750 has a frame made of a sturdy magnesium alloy composite and comes with a 17-inch glossy widescreen with 1,920-by-1,200 resolution. At 9.2 pounds, the unit is lighter than most competing systems. But since its 96-Wh battery lasted a mere 1 hour 15 minutes on our DVD rundown test, you won't want to take this rig far from an electrical outlet.

With its sleek, understated styling, power packed components (which produce gaming scores to match), and abundant media features, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is a system to be reckoned with. It unseats the Dell XPS M1710 as the Editors' Choice for gaming laptops.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Lenovo ThinkPad R61: A newly Graceful ThinkPad


Not long ago, R-series ThinkPad’s were regarded as value-oriented, general-purpose machines for their bulkier builds and standard-size screens, but the new R61 changes that perception. With its new widescreen and media-friendly features, it's a nice, affordable solution if you want the ThinkPad experience and can do without Wireless WAN and discrete graphics.

The 5.4-pound LenovoThinkPad R61offers either a 14-inch or a 15.4-inch widescreen, at 1,440-by-900 or 1,280-by-800 resolution. You can upgrade to a 15.4-inch, 1,680-by-1.050 screen. For the first time, Lenovo lets you add a 1.3-megapixel webcam. But the mainstream focus means that the R61 lacks extra networking features like Wireless WAN and Centrino Pro.

Thanks in part to the Centrino Duo platform, the R61's SYSmark 2007 Preview overall scores edged out those of the similarly configured Dell Latitude D630.The Lenovo's Photoshop scores, helped by the 2GB of RAM, kept the competition at bay.

The ThinkPad R61 gets a much-needed makeover. It went from a conservative ugly duckling to inheriting screen options from ThinkPad Z- series and the grace of the T61 Widescreen.

Lenovo ThinkPad R61: $1.768

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Image Moments Digital Picture Display (IMT-081): Pretty and Secure Pictures


Boasting impressive image quality, this digital picture frame is unique in two ways. First, it supports onscreen file management; second, it has an intriguing security feature.

You can display images and video on the devices 8-inch-diagonal LCD screen and play MP3s as well. The frame's 640-by-480 4:3 screen is very clear and bright, with superb photo quality and smooth video playback. Audio sounded pleasing through the frame's built-in 2.5-watt speakers. It also has a line-out jack and even an onscreen music equalizer. The frame supports many memory card formats, too, but doesn't have a USB port or onboard memory. Interestingly, there’s a snap-on, lockable cover to protect the memory card slot.

The device's file management system lets you create folders right on the frame. Copying photos into the new folder, however, is tedious. The included remote has an overabundance of controls but no Back button, and menu navigation is not very intuitive.

Image Moments' top-notch photo quality, convenient file management options, and other unique features make it a fine choice in this growing category.

Image Moments Digital Picture Display (IMT-081): $199

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


Gateway’s flagship convertible tablet PC has a little brother now. The 12-inch widescreen Gateway C-12OX is a pint-sized, low-powered machine that you can actually stand and write with, although performance isn’t where it ought to be for a tablet of this size.

At 4.8 pounds, the Vista-savvy C-12OX is nearly half a pound heavier than the Editors’ Choice Lenovo ThinkPad X60 Tablet (4.4 pounds) - largely because of its integrated optical drive and high-resolution 1,280-by-800 screen. The Wacom digitizer pen has a generic grip, but the overall writing experience on this tablet is good. Most other features are standard; however, there’s a DVD burner.

Though its 2GB of RAM is enough to tackle Vista, it's not enough to make up for the slow 1.06-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV U7500 processor. Also, the four-cell battery's life is unimpressive, posting a measly 1 hour 40 minutes on our DVD rundown test.

The C-120X’s price is on a par with offerings form Fujitsu and Lenovo, which have better components and features. Alas, its performance numbers just don’t live up to its cool design.

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Kodak EasyShare EX811: Widescreen Wi-Fi Memories

Looking for an easy, intuitive way to display your digital photos? Kodak's versatile EasyShare, with its 8-inch, 16:9 widescreen, Wi-Fi capability, and support for a wide variety of memory cards, is definitely worth checking out.
To start, the device's interface is the most intuitive I've seen. But the real draw here is that you can wirelessly stream photos, video, and music to the frame. To do so, you'll need a Wi-Fi - enabled network (802.11b or g) and Windows Media Player 11. Once I got through the setup, this feature worked without a glitch. The frame also has 128MB of onboard memory and supports most memory card formats. In addition, you can connect devices via USB.

Although I appreciate the EasyShare's flexibility, the quality of the 800-by480 resolution screen could be better: Whites get washed out, and there are small lines visible. Video quality was also sub par: Playing an MPEG4 file produced choppy results.

The Kodak EasyShare EX811 is the first Wi-Fi- enabled digital photo frame I've tested that's relatively easy to set up and use. A handy adapter for its mini USB Port makes establishing connections a snap. Although its photo quality isn't the best, the frame's other features-including the 128MB of onboard memory and a headphone jack, help offset this shortcoming.

Kodak EasyShare EX811: $229.95

Magellan Maestro 4050: Speak and it obeys


Voice recognition, the Holy Grail for car navigation, has been available in sow in-dash systems for several years, and now it's finally made its way to the portable market, starting with the Maestro 4050.

At first, I was skeptical that a device could recognize speech without any training, but the 4050’s voice recognition worked like a charm. Commands include Nearest Restaurant, Roadside Assistance, and Where Am I? Front there, the 4050 guides you through submenus and immediately calculates a route once you choose a destination.

In addition to voice recognition, the 4050's features include a4, 3-inch no reflective screen, text-to-speech capability, Bluetooth, and Navteq- based live traffic.

The 4050's mounting bracket integrates the traffic receiver and antenna, making for a very clean installation- much nearer than the LG LN740's. Unfortunately, you can’t click and zoom the map to see the location of traffic incident, but the 4050 will recalculate your route to avoid them. On the road, the Magellan 4050 performed well, with loud, clear turn-by-turn directions.

Though the Maestro 4050 isn't perfect, its voice navigation feature provides a real glimpse into the future of personal navigation devices.

Magellan Maestro 4050: $699.95

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When shopping for a personal navigation, you may not think of LG, but you should. The company's feature packed LN740 represents a great value.

Small enough to fit in a shirt pocket; the LN740 isn’t the lightest but is certainly one of the thinnest devices I've reviewed. It comes equipped with the excellent SiRFstarIII receiver and preloaded Navteq maps.

What differentiates the LN740 from its less-expensive siblings is a built-in RDS traffic receiver. The receiver’s antenna is clunky- it's more than 3 feet long! and I prefer to have the antenna integrated into the hardware. But the LN740 worked beautifully, displaying live traffic information within minutes. Other notable features include multiple stop itineraries, a pedestrian profile, and the ability to record and play back routes.

On the road, I found the device’s routing to be fast and accurate. Text-to-speech prompts were given at appropriate intervals, and route recalculation for missed turns was acceptably fast.

It's hard to beat the LG LN740's feature set at this price point, particularly if you want live traffic data.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sanyo Katana II: Not Quite Cutting-Edge


The Katana II- Sanyo’s minor upgrade to the Katana model that it released last year-doesn’t offer much to get terribly excited about. Even so, this slim and trim phone will enjoy strong appeal among voice-centric Sprint customers.

Call quality is good, and like other Sanyo phones the Katana II gets quite loud, although, like the original Katana, it tends to distort voices somewhat when played at top volumes. Unfortunately, ringtones are limited to scratchy, low-quality MP3- esque purchased ringtones. Reception for phone calls is fine, though not quite as solid as on my beloved Sanyo SCP-8400. Also, rural users be advised: Sprint has removed analog service from this Katana. Forget about fancy features, too. There's just a novelty-value-only VGA camera and a pretty good Web browser provided by Access NetFront. Even so, the phone's 145-MRz ARM9 processor should provide relatively snappy gaming performance.

Sprint's Motorola RAZR,the V3m,is being sold for the same price and has a bunch more features. On the other hand, Sanyo’s reputation for voice quality is legendary, so I’m comfortable recommending the Katana II instead for folks looking for a thin, voice only phone.

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Kudos to LG. It has discovered the scroll wheel, along with force-feedback touch keys, and Verizon’s latest high-profile music phone is much, much better for it. In fact, the new Chocolate is Verizon's best music phone yet.

As a phone, the Chocolate's RF reception is unobjectionable. The earpiece also gets plenty loud but distorts a bit when cranked up. Speakerphone volume is sufficient, even outdoors. Sound is just a touch harsh, and I wish the microphone transmitted a bit less background noise, but I’m being very picky. Chances are you won’t notice this.

You can play songs over wireless Bluetooth or regular wired headsets and even trigger music with a voice command. Besides 4GB memory cards, the phone supports a wide range of audio formats, including AAC (iTunes Plus, too), MP3, and WMA music, at up to 320 Kbps. You can sort tracks by album, artist, or genre, and navigate around with the handy scroll wheel. Disappointingly, both memory cards and a USB cable for transferring music over from your PC costs extra.

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Cowon iAudio 7: Just Powerfull Batery

Cowon latest flash-based portable media player certainly looks promising on the surface. Once the sexy black device's tiny, low-resolution screen lights up, though, its mystique quickly vanishes. Yes, it works, but it's frustrating to use and the display is a joke.

Menu navigation is no fun. Graphics look cheap and the interface is convoluted. Worse, buttons are easy to trigger accidentally, so on less you have the Hold switch on, simply moving the player to another hand or surface could make it skip to the next track.

The iAudio 7 can handle MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, and WAV music files, but there’s no AAC support, and the device screens only JPEG photo. Videos look especially bad: You must convert AVI, XviD, or MPEG-4 to a resized 160-by-120 MPEG-4 at 15 fps, using the included software.

My battery test yielded an impressive 51 hours 46 minutes, but the iAudio 7 is too much of a pain to navigate for this to really matter. If you're looking for a player with a great screen and a fun interface, spring the extra $30 for the iriver Clix gen 2.

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Toshiba 37HL67 REGZA: Disappoints in Standard Def

More pixels mean a more detailed picture – but only if those dots are driven by a capable video processor. Fortunately, Toshiba's new 37-inch LCD HDTV offers a detailed and colorful picture that delivers an immersive viewing experience when displaying HD video. Still, during testing, distracting artifacts did crop up when I was viewing standard-resolution content.

The 37HL67’s traditionally modern styling features a glossy black bezel with fixed bottom mounted speakers (2 x 20W). Along with the usual selection of A/V connections, the set boasts three HDMI inputs-a welcome sight indeed. You can use these inputs to connect up to three high-def devices at once.

Using a checkerboard test pattern, I found the REGZA to have an average low luminance of 0.15 cd / m² (in essence, its average darkness), with a contrast ratio of 722:1. That's a very good result in TV configured for eye-friendly viewing in a darkened room. Color and grayscale performance were above average, too, compared with those of most LCD HDTVs I’ve seen. In fact, primary and secondary color measurements showed accuracy and saturation almost perfectly aligned with the HD color spec.

On the other hand, my standard-definition video (480i) tests using a selection of DVD movies gave rise to some concerns about the 37HL67’s processing of interlaced video. Scenes containing fast motion exhibited significant combing artifacts, which appear as thin horizontal lines along the edges of moving objects. Looking at the results of my HQV Benchmark DVD test series confirmed what I had seen. Significant scan line artifacts (flicker, moirĂ©. and jagged edges) were plainly visible in the waving flag and racetrack scenes.

Rerunning the standard-definition (SD) tests using a Toshiba HD-XA2 player configured to scale the video up to 1080i resolution showed marked improvement across the board. This indicates to me that the 37HL67 is best paired with set-top boxes that can feed the TV an HD signal-up converted or otherwise.

There's no doubt that the Toshiba 37HL67 REGZA LCD TV provides a compelling set of features for the HD enthusiast, including a trio of HDMI inputs plus impressively accurate, well saturated color. The TV’s poor standard-definition video processing, however, is disappointing. If you plan on watching lots of SD content, you may want to pass this set by.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

TIVO HD: A High- DEF DVR for Everyone


Tivo fans and fanatics rejoice the DVR pioneer’s creation provides the HDTV quality you crave without the steep $800 price of last year's Series 3 HD model. Understandably, a few features have been left out, but most folks probably won't miss them.

The TiVo HD uses two built-in tuners to record over-the-air ATSC HDTY, unscrambled QAM cable broadcasts, and premium channels, with the help of two CableCARD slots. Since all the modes are "dual tuner," you can record two programs at once or record one program while watching another live. Inside the device is a 16OGB hard drive, good for about 180 hours of standard definition TV recorded at "Basic" quality and 20 hours of HD content. Note that this is less capacity than the Series 3, which has 250GB hard drive that can store 300 hours of SDTV and 30 hours of HDTV.

The familiar TiVo interface does everything its users have come to expect: schedule, search, and suggest programming to record and play back. Most of the user interface has been optimized for HD sets, so there are fewer “jaggies” to be seen. Like previous models, the TiVo HD endeavors to learn your likes and dislike if you use the thumbs-up/down keys while viewing, and it occasionally will record programs on its own that it thinks you'll enjoy. Keep in mind that, on top of your cable fees, you still have to buy intoTiVo’s subscription service, which runs from $8.31 to $19.99 per month.

Broadband Internet users can get all sorts of content piped to their TiVo HDs, from home movies delivered by online provider One True Media to Internet radio on Live365.com. I was able to connect to my home network via Ethernet port, using a HomePlug powerline network and TiVo's optional 802.11 b/g USB wireless adapter. Yahoo! users will be able to access Yahoo! online content such is photos, weather, and traffic.

More interesting, you can use tv.yahoo.com to search and schedule programs for recording from work, school, or wherever you have a Web browser and an Internet connection. Certain Verizon Wireless cell phones can access TiVo Mobile, which lets you search programs and schedule recordings.

All in all, the TiVo HD lives up to the promise of finally offering HD programming on a TiVo at a reasonable cost. 1Ithink $300 is the sweet spot that will push current TiVo subscribers into the HD fold and lure new users away from the vanilla Cable DVR boxes.

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The recent refresh of Dell’s laptop line, done in part to integrate Intel's new Centrino Duo (Santa Rosa) chipset, has been a bit. One high point is the XPS M1330, which has unseated the Lenovo thinkPad X60 (Vista) as our new Editors' Choice for ultraportables. It's the sum total of everything that's cutting-edge in the ultraportable market today.

Dell has packed a generous feature set into the system’s sleek, crimson-covered chassis. This include a 160GB hard drive, a slot-loading DVD burner, and a 0.3-megapixel webcam. A Media Center remote fits into the ExpressCard slot.The system has a FireWire port and two jacks for sharing headphones.

This ultraportable comes with a 2.0-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 CPU- a full-voltage processor typically found on mainstream systems - and 2GB of RAM. Thanks to nVidia's GeForce 8400M GS discrete graphics, which support DirectX 10 as well as HDCP, the M1330 achieved good scores on 3DMark 06, Prey, and Company of Heroes, where it easily outperformed the Lenovo ThinkPad X60 (Vista). Its 2D multimedia scores (Photoshop CS2, Windows Media Encoder, Cinebench 9.5) were also exceptional. A 13.3-inch screen provides excellent color contrast, thanks to LED backlighting.

At 3.9 pounds, the M1330's base model (with a four-cell battery) comes in just below the 4-pound limit that defines a tree ultraportable. A nine- cell battery increases the weight to 4.7 pounds; using the larger battery, the M1330 lasted 3 hour 23 minutes when playing a DVD movie. On routine computing tasks, it should last more than 5 hours.

In the M1330, Dell has merged the best from other ultraportables with some brand- new technologies for a breakthrough improvement. It's a bit heavy for its class, especially with a nine- cell battery, but many will find the longer battery life well worth the extra weight.

Dell XPS M1330: $2.200

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

HTC TYTN II: New Slide out Design

High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) returns to launch their progressive transform product. Not only the designed concept, various new feature also planted to the new PDA phone, HTH TyTN II.

The HTH TyTN II body is similar to the HTC TyTN first series (HTC "Caesar"), it’s big and wide. The unique, TyTN II slides out construction its more ergonomics than its "old brother". When shifted, the screen display looks like the notebook or laptop designs. It’s the great position to read/ write email and to accessing various businesses need. The key pad also support QWERTY.

For the operation system, HTH TyTN II relies on Windows Mobile 6 Professional. One step forward compared to its older version, which still using Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. As performance guarantee, this PDA phone entrusts to Qualcomm MSM 7200, 400 MHZ processor.

Similar HTC Touch, the TyTN II also provides the newest touch screen technology (Touchscreen): TouchFLO. The 65.000 color sharpness touch screen can shows three dimensions (3D) display in 2, 8 inch screen. The result, access to message, internet, and multimedia feature can be done faster and steady. Its also available "HTC HOME SCREEN" technology to display email, calendar, SMS, missed call and live weather update in its QVGA resolution wide screen.

To support its performance, this PDA phone also armed with various great features. There is 3,2 megapixel camera + VGA (video call), Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g technology, and EDGE 10 class, Microsoft Office (outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) feature, Windows Media Player 10.


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LG KS20: New Prada

LG Prada of course does not as popular as the iPhone from Apple. But it’s newest Touchscreen technology inspires the Korea vendor to return launch their new product. One of it is LG KS20. Not only have the newest touchscreen technology, many great feature also planted to the phone which shows in world class "Consumer Electronics" exhibition, IFA 2007 Berlin.

Similar with LG KE850 and iPhone, the use of standard key pad also lessened in KS20. 262 thousand colors matrix active touch screen, with QVGA (240 x 320 pixel) resolution thus the most important element for the user interface. So, lot of information can be accessed via the finger touch and also the stylus.

Do not like the Prada and its senior: KS10, this smart phone relies on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional operation system. 2 Megapixel camera video plus call camera added in this Phone. Besides GSM triband network, KS20 also can execute the HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) technology to process file upload. The data transfer rate is equal with the HSPDA line which also supported.

Other feature which also added in LG KS20 its: Wi-Fi 802.11b, Bluetooth v2.0, TV out, and Microsoft Office. While for the entertainment relies on Media Microsoft Windows Player 10. MP3, AAC, AAC+, WAV, MWA, 3GP, MPEG4 file format can be played nicely. FM radio it’s also available for your second alternative.

The rumor said that this 1, 29 cm thickness smartphone have 90 MB internal memory storage, with microSD card slot addition as the alternative. LG plan to launch the KS20 in this end of the year but only in European market.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sony Ericsson W580i: Music Phone Comes With Sporty

A fusion of two great features in one package surely will produce the perfection. This is what Sony Ericsson tried to present through the newest" Walkman" series: W580i. The collaboration of music and sport cell phone comes up fashionable, and full of entertainment.

Not like the W880i and W200i model which seriously made for the youngster music lover. This new walkman series exactly aims to all people who love music and sport. The stylist designs dedicated to stylish people. The “Walkman” music player gives to the all music lovers. Last but not least is the sporty feature, as sport media and its user vitality watcher.

As alliance product which backed up by many great feature, fairly enough if W580i got more attention than others typical phone.

This Walkman series physical construction is the result of S500i constructed. Starts from the up folder to bottom part are identical with the S500i body.

The slider design and wrapped by plastic material, a typical of Walkman series, felt so frail and not solid. A color light is shines from its navigation button, Walkman logo and also from earpiece hole, one kind with key pad backlight. It’s seen more attractive and fresh. Moreover a dynamic light affect which shines from left and right body side. It’s similar with Siemens M55 and M65.

The line of its alphanumeric keypad it’s similar with S500i, a flat keypad with “diamond” divider between the buttons. The access from every character is soft and comfort. The difference, W580i planted direct button to the Walkman menu, and its loudspeaker not decorated by voice holes anymore.

For W580i user interface, it’s nothing different with the previous product. The screen still TFT with 262 thousand colors. The picture detail is 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA) with diagonal 2 inch width.

With little saturation and brightness color effect, the screen looks more smooth and sharp. Even times you use it under the sun. The presents of "Fitness" new menu become the main focus besides "Walkman" which is the real icon of Sony Ericsson music phone.

The 72 channel polyphonic quality is unquestionable. Format of mp3, wma, m4a, amr and midi file can be free paired as a ring tone, message tone and alarm sound. Moreover, the 3gp and mp4 video clip can be added as a video tone.

The sound quality of the Walkman is without doubt. The song played via loudspeaker heard so thunderous. It’s louder than W880i and W200. So also when the volume set to maximum level, the output voice still heard great. But in my opinion, Nokia 6110 Navigators still win if compared to the W580i.

Similar with other Walkman series, W580i also figures in equalizer with Mega Bass effect and Widening stereo. The result more felt if heard via headset stereo, which is available in sale package.

The "Shake Control" feature in W580i adds the new color of Sony Ericsson Walkman technology. You don’t have to enter to playlist for simply changing song, just shake the phone while push the Walkman shortcut button. The song will automatically change, with the vibration sign before.

"Fitness" features useful to control condition of body including daily activity. For example how many calories have been burned in a day, the distance gone through until your total step. Altogether rely on motion sensor, similar with music player "Shake Control". The result is directly calculated and can be displayed quickly. The unique, total step which has been gone through can be displayed in the phone screen with “shoe step" icon emerging in bottom left corner of screen.

For the camera, similar with W880i and W810i, W580i powered with 2 megapixel camera. The support facility refers to S500i model, minus autofocus, macro mode and flash lamp. The viewfinder is only having portrait mode, without landscape choices. Compare it to W610i which have been supported with two modes.

The W580i connection line its not complete if compared to W610i. There's only Bluetooth v2.0 and USB data cable. Happily, the W580i Bluetooth has supported A2DP (Advanced audio Distribution Profile), what enables the song from Walkman can be listened via Bluetooth headset.

The WAP 2.0 browser and NetFront and also supported by GSM quad band network, W580i ready to open WAP/WEB page with smooth and perfect. Even the display can refer to smart fit format. Mean, internet site can be organized for full screen display. Landscape mode thus other choice to browsing the Internet.

W580i has 12 MB internal memory. For alternative is available Memory Stick Micro (M2) card slot.

Many new things you can get from this phone. Besides the powerful Walkman Player, 2 Megapixel camera, additional memory slot and also complete entertainment feature such as Sporty feature (Fitness) and “Shake Control” technology.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Nokia LD-4W: Slim GPS Module

Navigation feature bases Global Positioning System (GPS) technology now becoming the hottest discussion. Even now, some popular cell phone vendor for example Nokia it’s also has been planted with this location tracker ability. Unhappily, this feature will work maximum if it’s sited side by side with special GPS receiver (module). One of it is GPS MODULE LD-4W from Nokia.

Nokia LD-4W designs its similar with mostly Bluetooth headset, tiny and ergonomic. But the ability is absolutely different. This bluetooth gadget main duty is as a navigation information line, started from mapping up to way traffic.

The pairing ability is unquestionable, various cell phone types it’s connectable with fast and smooth including “Nokia Maps”. As Bluetooth connection indicator, power and battery status, LD-4W planted LED lamp with color indicator.

The gadget weight only 31 gram, with metallic and black color cover. With ion lithium battery support its able to supply the power up to 10 hours standby.

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Samsung WEP200: Tiny Bluetooth Headset

Designs factor still become the main trend of wireless peripheral manufacturers in develop their product. Various new innovations it’s also presented. One of it is the Samsung WEP200 Bluetooth headset.

The physical of Samsung WEP200 is similar with mostly Bluetooth headset, ellipse but still stylist. Compared to Jabra JX10 and also Nokia BH-800, this made in Korea headset is looks tiny and compact. Its proper, the ergonomics design unfolds is less than 4 cm, whereas the weight is only 9 gram.

Samsung WEP200 can do pairing to Bluetooth cellphone so easily and smooth. So it’s not necessary to having the same brand, but important it’s already support Bluetooth version 2.0 and below. You just have to push the “telephone” picture button a few moments, after ON position. Meanwhile for the audio setting, WEP200 figures the volume button in side of right body. The sound quality it’s clear and loud enough.

The other ability of this headset is: voice dialing, Call rejecting and Call waiting. Besides for the phone “thing”, supported A2DP (Advanced audio Distribution Profile) technology can make you enjoy the sound from your compatible digital music player.

For your comfort ness, Samsung WEP200 pins the rubber material ear clip. Meanwhile for the energy supply, this headset relies on lithium Ion battery which planted in body. Unfortunately, the battery refilling must apply the dock charging at the same time as the storage place. Once time refill, the battery can life until 2,5 days.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Lock In and Lock Out: Bling Padlock USB drive


For whom that appreciating the safety surely familiar with padlock. Form and its color pattern it’s also multifarious. Securities function and more attractive design, makes many other peripherals imitates the mechanism of this lock.

“Lock In” and “Lock Out” is the new bling and shine USB flash drive that adopted padlock form, the collaboration product between Philips and famous fashion apparels producer “Swarovski”. Interesting, this peripheral wrapped with glamour “Active Crystals” material. This active crystal is the newest collection of Swarovski. This data storage gadget also functioned as cloth accessories or lock hanger.

As a storage media, Philips “Lock In” and “Lock Out” gives memory space choice until 1 GB capacities. With USB 2.0 version, this gadget can send and receive data via high-speed PC.

The unique again, both USB connector of this peripheral can be dimmed to its body. So really looks like a padlock. For securities problem, both inject protection feature via special code (password). Guaranteed, all data which you have saves to be safe from ignorant hands.

The plan this gadget will came in the market and available in Swarovski Stores this years quarter four. Unhappily there is no official release, how much price which gives to this glamorous USB Flash Drive.

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

After passing excessively test and selection of 3G campaigns, twelve world cellular operators which merged into GSM Association, finally gives “3G for all” title for LG KU250. 3G cellphone which have value price and supported by third generation multimedia feature and beating other 19 same typical cellphone from 8 registered vendors.

Like other low-end cellphone, LG KU250 also looks in “too simple” design. Black plastic casing which covering candy bar design make the LG KU250 looks cheap. So different with other LG KU series that almost presents attractive design. We can see it in KU800 and KU970.

The cellphone interface uses rubber for the keypad, its construction similar with KG270, little bit close and conspicuous. This kind of keypad model is uncomfortable for your finger. The unique, in the right corner of cellphone there is a VGA camera for make a videocall.

LG cellphone with KU250_v10b software version is supplied by Qualcomm chipset, manufacturer which supply many processors for technology (3G/CDMA) cellphone. Its proper if LG KU250 can operate in third generation (3G/UMTS) network, accompanies the GSM triband network.

For quality of the screen, LG KU250 equals with some its seniors including "Shine" family: KE770 and KG970. The screen use 262.000 color matrix active layer, 176 x 220 pixel picture resolution which forms in 1,76 inch area. It’s quite wide and bright

The user interface display is still adopting LG "Shine" concept. We will be offered with grid formation menu, but with more formation (3 x 4). So there are 12 menu choices come up, and represented by animation effect icon. More, we also can arrange the formation in the list form.

Even true its a cheap cellphone, LG KU250 has been armed by "Omnivision OV9650" 1,3 megapixel camera, with maximum picture resolution at 1280 x 960 pixel. The camera quality is equal with KE770 camera and some other LG senior’s series. Many cameras supporting feature also planted, like the color effect, white balance and lot mores. Unhappily, KU250 cameras do not have flash lamp and autofocus ability,
The photo results from KU250 camera of course do not as good as Sony Cyber-Shot cellphone, for example K550i. Moreover for indoor photo shot, the result seen less focuses and tends to blur.

For outdoor, KU250 camera can produce better quality, especially in supportive light condition. The photo looks like natural, light and color also real and satisfied. The camera response when take at picture is noted quickly.

Besides for photograph, KU250 camera also functioned as a camcorder. The file format is 3gp, with 1 hour duration maximum record. Long enough for save your important moment. LG KU250 has two resolution choices; 128 x 96 pixels or 176 x 144 pixels (QCIF). Even standard, the result of the video record is pleasing.

LG KU250 of course does not be positioned as a multimedia cellphone, but many various feature remain too figured in. There is music and video player, unhappily minus of FM radio. Various music formats can be played smoothly, for example; AAC, AAC+, MP3, WMA, m4a, WAV, AMR, MIDI. All of them can be set as ringtone. When listened via internal loudspeaker you will say it’s an average sound quality. Other things when you tried it with headset stereo, it will satisfy your ear.

For the video player, KU250 figures in standard player. 3gp Clip and mp4 (MPEG4) can be displayed nicely. Its display can be positioned landscape as well as portrait, and can be displayed in full screen.

As alternative entertainment there are two games which provided that is Chequered flag and Mini Game World.

LG KU250 offers facility for connected to the internet. Only with little setting, you can browse the internet directly from your cellphone. Or you can make it as internet modem for PC. These feature because the 3G/UMTS data channel support which side by side with GPRS class 10. The result, speed of data which send and receive can be reach until 384 kbps.

About connectivity, KU250 only provide data cable port and Bluetooth v.20. Happily, the performance of two connection media can you count on. Even, Bluetooth KU250 has been planted by A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) technology, which enables the music can be heard via compatible Bluetooth headset.

LG KU250 has 10 MB internal memory. But don’t be afraid, it’s also available the microSD (Transflash) memory card slot addition.

Technology support from 3G and 1,3 megapixel camera plus the other great features makes LG KU250 to become a great cellphone because its cheap price. Unhappily, the construction and material which wrap this cellphone looks not so impressing, also its simple designs.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

BlueAnt Z9: Double Microphone, Superior Technology

After get CES 2007 awards for the "Innovations Design and Engineering" categorize, BlueAnt Z9 attend to enliven the Bluetooth headset choice in the market. Various modern technology also planted in this made in Australia multimedia peripheral producer.

Two microphone is planted to this 4 cm dimension less and 10 gram height peripheral. Both carrying "Voice Isolation Technology" which have been patented by BlueAnt. This revolutionary technology for Digital Signal Processor (DSP) software is able to separate noisy sound, lessening noise and resonate through two arrangement choice (Standard or Maximum). Its Result, out put transmitted audio is very clear and plain, even at extreme condition.

BlueAnt Z9 can be pair with more than 3 peripheral bluetooth at one time in 10 meter radius. Even direct On-The-Fly switching between the cellphone, PDA, and PC is also enabled via combination knob in the headset. Become busy is unnecessary to pairing or switching from cellphone, or other gadget. Besides to make a phone call, A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) technology in Bluetooth also can use to enjoy the song file via compatible music player.

For the energy supply, BlueAnt Z9 use Lithium Polymer 3,7 Volt battery. This Battery claimed able to supply till 5 hour talk time. Battery charging uses the AC adapter, or USB port which also can be used to upgrading newest firmware.

The unique, this small stylist Bluetooth headset design pin the flexible and transparent ear clip plus metal clip. So, besides uses at ear, Z9 even also can be nipped to necktie or in between your clothes.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sony Ericsson P1: P Series Revolution

Many people assume that Symbian UIQ is identical with Sony Ericsson P series (P800, P900, P910 and P990). People easily forget about M600 and W950, particularly with the UIQ smartphone made by other vendor for example Motorola. The assumption it’s possible, because by the P series, UIQ find it’s glorious.

Now P1 series has come. Some people say it as a fusion between P990 with M600. The reason, P1 series designs no longer look big and fat like previously P series family, but it’s also not even thin like M600. The result, a smartphone dimension which more tolerant, so closing with Sony Ericsson W950.

In fact the P1 is made with minimalist concept. It’s no longer with demountable QWERTY keyboard addition and bothering dimension. P1 definitely looks more like a cellphone.

The simplicity is expressed through widely candy bar shapes which almost without extreme or unnecessary stand out. You can say good bye to bended able QWERTY keyboard and please welcome to M600 keyboard.

In one sides, the keyboard changes its enough to help the user. But on the other side, you also must deal with odd QWERTY button which requiring more time to be accustomed. As like M600, one keyboard buttons represents two and 3 different character. It’s absolutely unique, but much better compared to previously P series keyboard.

Symbian OS V9.1 UIQ 3.0 made as basis operation of this cellphone system. As you knows, this OS type also applied by W950 and M600. Symbian OS V9.1 UIQ 3.0 is the newest OS from Symbian UIQ and also gives enough space to third party software’s, including application and game.

If compared to newest Symbian S60 cellphone from Nokia, P1 of course are inferior form the hardware side. Processor applied is Nexperia NX4008 which based on ARM9 with 208 MHZ clock speed. Compare it with Nokia N95 which using OMAP2420 and based on ARM11 with 330 MHZ clock speed.

But it doesn't mean that P1 loose. P1 RAM still twofold better than N95, which is 128 MB. Others, between the features which available with the hardware which use seem balance in P1. There is no problem.

Compared to the older series product, the 3,2 megapixel digital camera feature absolutely more superior. With fine auto focus feature plus faster photo acceleration, we can equal the P1 with other great ordinary digital camera.

The arrangement of photograph can be say the same like the CyberShot camera. Complete and easy enough to be accessed with jog dial. Unhappily, the video records feature not as good as the digital camera special ability. It related with the limited picture resolution (320 x 480 pixel, QVGA) and low frame rate.

The P1 digital music player looks interesting. Like the other digital music player, this player can do file sorting based on certain categories, including make different playlist feature.

The Player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, WAV and M4A file format. To give better tone at output sound, you can use equalizer feature which also figures the Big Bass like the W series cellphone.

For connectivity and Internet, P1 almost has all data channel types. There is USB data cable, A2DP Bluetooth, infrared, WIFI and of course 3G (WCDMA). But compared with the price, all features seem not comparable. Compared to Nokia N95, it’s already accommodated HSDPA (3,5G) feature to get better internet speed.

Others, WIFI technology applied only added at 802.11b. Usually, the cellphones which equipped with WLAN ability (including PDA) has accommodated 802.11 b and g type. This thing will limit the P1 to available WIFI network type. If you apply P1 as a modem, Sony Ericsson has provided special application which easy to be applied. The application included in PC Suite package and called as Mobile Networking Wizard. P1 applies the Opera browser complete with ready to use RSS reader.

The energy support released by Lithium Polymer BST-40 battery with 1120 mAh capacities will assist P1 to keep life during 3 day in once time charging. But with extreme usage, you only use the gadget during 1 until 1,5 days only.


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Saturday, September 8, 2007

SanDisk Sansa Shaker: Shake your Music Player

To pleases all fans and lover, Disney returns to holds mutually California multimedia manufacturer, Sandisk. The collaboration product from this two entertainment giants is a MP3 Player called Sandisk Sansa Shaker.

The player designs it similar with drum form with length is 7, 3 cm and 4, 1 cm diameters. The composition of bright color covers the player which having plastic and rubber material combination, makes it comes up attractive.

The Sansa Shaker ability to play music is in average level. MP3 and WMA file its fine to play. More than anything else is supported with internal speaker with great power, as alternative choice besides two ports jack to use headphone.

The unique from this player, to change the song track this player relies on shake method. But play and pause button remain added. Whereas forward and backward song mode can be accessed through controller band which having white color special sign that encircles the Sansa Shaker body. The same thing also applicable to arranges speaker volume strength level, which is turns around the controller band little bit according to icon indicator.
As a connection channel, this player use USB port. Meanwhile for the music file which sent via PC would be saved in internal memory. There are two choices available, 512 MB and 1 GB. Both also provide addition storage space slot for SD card type.

Sansa Shaker relies on 1 x AAA on battery as energy source. This battery can give this player energy to play the song until 10 hours long (with headphone).

SanDisk Sansa Shaker: 512 MB (US$ 34,99), 1 GB (US$ 49,99)

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iPod Touch : Touch screen and Wi-Fi. Wow!


San Fransisco – The rumors about Apple iPod new version launch finally proven. In a press conference at San Francisco, Apple announces the new iPod launch. Touch screen becomes the main feature from this portable music player.

This touch screen iPod version applies Apple Safari web browser with wireless built in antenna so user can directly connected to internet in hotspot area. An mp3 player with Wi-Fi, what more’s you want?

Apple also adds Google and Yahoo search function, also video device to see YouTube. iPod user also able to buys song directly to iTunes online music shop via the internet without computer helps like the way before.

Product so called iPod Touch has 8 GB and 16 GB capacities. The 8 GB sold at US$ 299 and the 16 GB at US$ 399. This new version iPod mentioned as an iPhone without communicate feature.

Apple also launches iPod Shuffle slim version with new colour and iPod Nano with video game capabilities.

"We think this iPod is one of the world miracles," joke Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the conferences.

At the same time Apple also cuts the price of 8 GB iPhone for US$ 200 and now the price became only US$ 399. The price cut of course is happy news. Apple likely change their mind after getting many criticisms about the real high price of iPhone compared to the price of similar smartphone product in the market. But in other side, the price cutting hardly disappoints to all first iPhone buyer. They feel lied for this Apple act. For that Apple finally gives US$ 200 discount voucher to all first iPhone buyers. Voucher can be applied in all Apple store.


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Friday, September 7, 2007

Eten Glofiish X500+: Very Nice VGA Resolution

After before shows the first PDA phone with 3,5G technology, Eten returns to surprised the 'Pocket PC Phone' market through its newest series: Eten Glofiish X500+. This PDA phone claimed as the first PDA Phone which presents high resolution screen (VGA). The screen power is four times more superbly compared to previously PDA phone screen resolution. The result, video and image display looks more sharp and clearly.

Windows Mobile 6 Professional used as the operation system. For processor, Eten Glofish X500+ uses Samsung SC3 2442 400 MHZ. The ability is more superior compared to the “brother”, Glofiish X500 which in formerly introduced to the market.

Armed with recently operating system, Eten Glofiish X500+ claimed can accommodate all business work. Starts from messaging, need of office file (Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, Word Mobile).

“Name card Manager” feature with the OCR technology facilitating updating contact process, plus the ability to detect all data in name card (name card recognition).

Not like the Glofiish X800, this PDA Phone only works in quadband GSM line. So don't expect to enjoy the third generation service (3G) for example video call.

Another great feature in Glofiish X500+ is 2 megapixel cameras with Auto-Macro CMOS sensor, WI-FI 80211b/g and media player. Last but not least, SiRF Star III chipset is also planted. This technology enables Eten Glofiish X500+ functioned as GPS receiver.

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

BlackBerry Curve 8310: An 8300 with GPS


In Europe and America, bundling program between vendor and operator was not new thing again. Know, the consumption level of the information technology would can be says very effective. For example, the step taken by Research in Motion (RIM). The vendor which popular through the BlackBerry series, cooperate with Vodafone operator to release its newest product: BlackBerry Curve 8310 for Germany region.

The Smartphone is the second series from the BlackBerry Curve 8300 that colaborated with T-Mobile operator. Now, Curve 8310 is integrated with GPS module, plus the navigation system software produce by Vodafone. Off-board system works by downloading the information directly from central server, the result can apply as information guidance of journey route.

The other feature for example; Support from QWERTY keyboard with trackball navigation, 2 megapixel cameras plus lamp flash, the 65 thousand screen color still adopting Curve 8300 series.

There is also 'push-base email' feature which able to directly presents incoming email message, including 'inbox' message remote function. For connection feature, BlackBerry Curve 8310 uses Bluetooth v2.0 which already supported A2DP technology. As an alternative, also available miniUSB data cable slot.

The smartphone memory having 64 MB capacities is including microSD slot choice. The Rumor said, this BlackBerry Cure 8310 is the only one RIM smartphone would be launched this year-end.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Iriver Mplayer: Mickey Mouse MP3 player

There is lot of new released MP3 player product with unique form, starting from box form, triangle till imitate the certain character. One of them is Iriver Mplayer. The design concept of this made in Korea MP3 player adopt the Disney icon cartoon character, Mickey Mouse.

This small MP3Player have 3 cm diameter, with 17 gram weight. So, this Mplayer look tinier compared to ping-pong ball. It’s suitable to use as accessories like a necklace. Even its tiny, you can count on the Mplayer ability. File of MPEG1/2/2,5 layer 3, WMA, ASF, MP3 And WMA is fluent to play on. It’s also supported by 'SRS WOW HD' equalizer, which capable to produce the best output sound.

These music players do not provide the button access to play the song. It’s changed by feature called "twist" mode. With little bit turning around the “mouse” left ear, you can change the volume level. The Right ear functioned to arrange song track (next track / previous track). For rewind/ fast forward the song which being listened, you can turn and hold the right ear for a few moments.

For play / pause function, you have to restart this player with the 5 second interval while you turn on the player or 1 second when turn off. Mplayer have the indicator lamp to shows on/ off status, which placed at left side of the “mouse” head.

Mplayer rely on the Lithium Polymer battery as the power source. The Energy refilling relies on the USB connector. For once charge time its able to supply 8 hours MP3 player life.