Friday, November 30, 2007

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


Virtual worlds-3D environments that you interact with just like the real world-have been a futuristic dream of computer users for years. (Remember the 1992 film The Lawnmower Man?) But with the current popularity of MMORPGs (massive multiplayer online role-playing games), Second Life, and other apps, 3D tech is swing something of a renaissance. Sure, virtual worlds aren’t as immersive as the goggles- and-earphones vision of 15 years ago- which may be for the best, considering how the movie turned out. Still, today’s 3D landscapes offer a fascinating diversion.

But getting around a 3D space with the ordinary 2D tools of mouse and keyboard is, by definition, less than ideal. Why not use an interface device designed for 3D navigation?

Installing the SpacePilot 3D Mouse is as easy as plugging in any USB device. Getting accustomed to it is another matter. 3Dconnexion has its own lexicon of navigation terms (pan, tilt, spin, roll) rather than just requiring you to move a cursor around. To get a feel for the SpacePilot, install Google Earth (if you haven’t already) and zoom around our planet. Eventually you’ll find that flying through space with the device is easier, and more fun, than with a mouse. Soaring through Second Life becomes a more entertaining experience, too.

The SpacePilot is designed for much more than 3D entertainment, however. It’s intended primarily for3D artists and comes with plug-ins for tons of popular apps, such as Blender, Maya, SolidWorks, 3D Studio Max, and others, not to mention common applications such as Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop. Meaning you can improve your artistry and have fun at the sometime.

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Price range: $399 direct
www.3dconnexion.com

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Wacom Cintiq 21UX: Touch a Screen for Instant Creativity


The flashiest upgrade for any computer is a big, beautiful LCD monitor. It’s something everyone will notice. But not everyone will catch on that the Wacom Cintiq is so much more than just a 21.3-inch looker-at least, not until they see that cordless stylus next to it. Then you can reveal the truth: It’s, an interactive, pressure-sensitive (to 1,024 levels), pen-driven display that you need for your art.

Upgrading is easy. Just plug the Cintiq into your DVI (Digital Visual Interface) port (or VGA port with the included adapter) and into an open USB port - it uses the latter for data communication with the computer. The stand lets you orient the Cintiq like any monitor, or place it almost flat on the desk for some serious work by hand, whether you’re using it as a tablet for writing or illustrating the next great Web comic. As with any drawing tablet, the harder you push with the stylus in a paint program like Adobe Illustrator, the darker the line. But with the Chitiq, your line appears right where you make it on the screen, separated only by a layer of glass between the pen nub and the screen pixels.

Cintiq is many a starving artist’s dream: infinitely desirable, because it’s an incredibly useful tool and the best possible way to integrate visual art and computers; inaccessible because, at $2,499, it costs a good bit more than Sharpie markers and a pad of paper- or just about any other tablet. For the same amount of money (or even less) you could get an entire tablet PC- but then, no tablet PC provides 21 inches of drawing space. When you raid your bank account, just remind yourself that the best equipment always comes at a cost.

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Price range: $2,500
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Canon Selphy CP740: Good, Cheap Photos


Looking for a bargain-basement photo printer? The Canon Selphy CP740 is hard to beat. This dedicated small-format photo printer offers compelling extras-such as the ability to print on a variety of paper sizes up to 4 by 8 inches, and a color LCD-at a low price. Just be prepared to make do with a 2-inch pReviews LCD and no battery option.

Geared for travel, the CP740 weighs a mere 2.1 pounds and measures 2.5 by 7 by 5 inches (11WD). There’s a 2-inch LCD for pReviewsing photos and a red-eye reduction feature.

Setup is simple for printing from a memory card or a PictBridge camera, but you have to run the fully automated setup program to print from your computer.TheCP740 produces photo-quality output that is usually a match for what you’d get from your local drugstore, though the results can be a little uneven. Some of our test photos printed slightly dark, losing detail and edging toward muddy-looking colors. Prints are reasonably waterproof and scratch resistant.

The speedy CP740 averaged admirable 1 minute 4 seconds for each 4-by-6 print. Price per print varies but generally works out to about 27.8 cents for a standard print. Considering the low initial cost and fairly good price per print, the CP740 may well be the bargain of choice.

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


Finding an HDTV at any price that delivers near-accurate color right out of the box is rare, but the 46-inch Sony Bravia KDL-46V3000 did exactly that. The set further impressed me with its ink-like black levels and dark screen material, which together produced a well-contrasted picture in both sundrenched and low-light environments-that is, if you stay in the set’s narrow viewing sweet spot. Unfortunately, when displaying scenes depicting lots of motion, the KDL-46V3000 was among the most smear-prone sets I’ve seen.

The KDL-46V3000 features a native screen resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels progressively scanned (1080p) and provides picture-sizing settings that eliminate video overscan with 1080i and 1080p video signal- ensuring a clearer, more detailed image. Of all the HDTVs I’ve measured, in Cinema mode the KDL-46V3000 was the most color-accurate right out of the box. Also, the set’s dark-colored screen material and antireflective properties allowed it to maintain a well-contrasted and saturated picture even when viewed in well-lit environments.

Viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical, however, did affect the perception of color quality. Loss of saturation was obvious in skin tones starting at 20 degrees off-axis from the center of the screen.

At 40 degrees or more, people assumed a ghost-like appearance. Hence the relatively narrow viewing sweet spot of this TV is worth considering, if even slight off-axis viewing is going to be common in your home theater setup.

The real Achilles’ heel of this set, though, is the way it handles fast-action video. I found that when playing standard and high-definition programming from disc players and satellite television, the KDL-46V3000 was prone to obvious and significant smearing of the picture- particularly in video containing dark or dimly lit scenes.

As with other recent Sony sets, the KDL-46V3000’s menu system uses the XrossMediaBar (XMB) interface introduced with the Playstation 3. It made browsing the available menu options a breeze, and I was especially pleased to find that the menus didn’t close or exit far several minutes-ideal for the tweak-happy videophile.

The Sony Bravia KDL-46V3000 delivers color and contrast those other HDTVs would be challenged to match, albeit within a relatively narrow viewing sweet spot. The set’s excessive smearing while playing moving images, though, proved a constant distraction that makes the set difficult to recommend wholeheartedly.

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Sandisk Sansa TakeTV: Video, from PC to TV, Easily


SanDisk is offering what might be the easiest way to watch videos from your PC on your TV. The Sansa Take TV - a USB drive- plugs into a dock that in turn connects to your television. Put the video on the device by dragging and dropping your own files, or download content from Fanfare.com, SanDisk’s source for video. I loaded the TakeTV with files and started watching videos on my TV in minutes. You can forget about HD, surround sound, or a ton of storage space: The TakeTV lacks a hard drive and has minimal A/V outputs. But at $l00 for 4GB of storage or $150 for 8GB, the device comes at a nice price-and it just works well.

Compatible with both Windows Vista and XP, the TakeTV supports DivX/Xvid and MPEG-4 video files, but it won’t display photos or Play music files. SanDisk claims that this capability is in the works.

Currently, Fanfare.com offers shows like Dexter and CSI: Miami free. Eventually, premium offerings from Showtime will cost $1.99 or more, or users can choose free content with advertisements. The quality of the available clips on Fanfare is watchable but not stellar The TakeTV’s playback resolution is 720 by 576.

The TakeTV is a hassle-free way to move content from your PC to your TV. It may not have all the bells and whistles of a conventional media extender, but it gets the job done well and inexpensively

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

T-Mobile Sidekick LX
The limousine of messaging devices, T-Mobile’s huge new Sidekick comes with a luxurious keyboard and a big, bright screen that makes e-mails and IMs fun to write and easy to read.

The Side kick LX’s best features is its keyboard. The well-spaced, raised buttons make typing easier on the LX than on almost any other handheld device I’ve tested. The keyboard also ties into the excellent IM client, backed up with both SMS and MMS support. You have full access to AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! Mail buddy list, and you can flip through conversations quickly.

There are some drawbacks. The LX pushes POP3/ IMAP e-mail to you, though it doesn’t support Gmail very well-or Yahoo! Mail or Exchange at all. It browses the Web, but not very quickly. The LX is stuck with T-Mobile’s poky EDGE network without the boost of Wi-Fi that other EDGE devices have. Worse, the browser is basic, without support for frames or Flash. As a phone, the LX is mediocre. Maximum call volume isn’t very loud, though the speakerphone sounds fine. Bluetooth headsets are supported, but only in mono mode, not stereo.

T-Mobile’s BlackBerry Curve is superior to the Sidekick LX in almost every way-and it’s less expensive. But if you find the Curve too cramped, the roomier Sidekick LX may be for you.

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HP Photosmart A626 Compact Photo Printer: Photo Printing With Style


If hauling yourself to the local drugstore to print photos is too long a trek, here’s a stay-at-home solution. HP’s Photosmart A626 Compact Photo Printer offers a 4.8-inch touch screen that turns the unit into a kind of mini photo kiosk.

The A626 weighs only 3.2 pounds, plus an extra 8 ounces for the included battery. HP says the printer can churn out 75 4-by-6 photos on a full charge. The A626 can also produce standard-format photos at up to 5 by 7 inches and panoramas up to 4 by 12 inches.

After the simple setup, the A626 can print from a computer, a PictBridge camera, a memory card, or a USB key. The latter two can be used with touch-screen-based menus, which enable photo-editing tasks such as cropping, red-eye removal, or adding a frame.

Photo output was true photo quality, though some colors looked a bit punchy. Print speed, at upward of a minute, was less than impressive. Cost per print is just above average, at 29.2 cents for a 4-by-6.

Still, the A626’s touch-screen convenience and overall quality design are enough to make it a winner.

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Linksys NAS200: Home NAS on a Budget


Linksys enters the home network-attached storage (NAS) device market with the budget-conscious and bluntly named NAS200. You purchase the box as just that-an empty box-for about $135 (street). Adding storage can bring up the cost to anywhere from $200 to $600, depending on what capacity eSATA drives you purchase.

The NAS200 has room for two drives, configurable separately or together, the last in shared or mirrored mode. You’ll also find all the usual NAS features, including backup (via third-party software), access accounts, a UPnP-compatible media server and even an FIT server that you can use to get to your shared files across the Web. Unfortunately, accessing the more advanced features isn’t particularly intuitive.

Performance was noticeably slow, averaging 4.7 MBps on our tests. This isn’t poor enough to be a deal breaker for standard data operations, but if you plan to view video from the NAS200, the slow throughput means you’ll probably experience some frame loss.

Performance troubles aside, however, the NAS200 has all the features you’d expect in a home NAS device, and at a good price. So unless you’re looking to use it primarily as a video server, this is a workable storage solution.

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Hidden Programs In Windows XP !

Is it strange to hear , but true that some good programs are hidden in Windows XP !!!

Programs :

1. Private Character Editor :

Used for editing fonts,etc.
** start>>Run
** Now, type eudcedit

2. Dr. Watson :

This an inbuilt windows repairing software !
** start>>Run
** Now, type drwtsn32

3. Media Player 5.1 :

Even if you upgrade your Media Player, you can still access your old player in case the new one fails !!!
** start>>Run
** Now, type mplay32

4. iExpress :

Used to create SetupsYou can create your own installers !
** start>>Run
** Now, type iexpress

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 Review: Heavyweight Laptop Contender

Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680
Although you may want to move this laptop around, you probably wouldn’t take it with you on a cross-country trek. Toshiba’s newest Qosmio, the G45-AV680, is a great hulking laptop, weighing in at a hefty 9.9 pounds, with a glorious 17-inch 1080p widescreen. The system was given a much-needed design overhaul; in particular, it’s the first laptop with an HD DVD-R writable drive. Unfortunately, its high price tag is likely to scare off most would-be buyers.

The Qosmio’s high-definition experience is arguably the best in the media center laptop category. Toshiba’s software HD DVD player produces crisp, smooth, artifact-free image. The system’s HD DVD-R drive lets you burn and play back HD DVD content. And its four integrated Harman Kardon speakers. 1-bit amplifier, subwoofer, and Dolby 5.1 surround sound make the audio offerings the most powerful available in a laptop.

Toshiba skipped the integrated TV tuner, instead opting to include an external USD tuner and capturing device so that you can record TV content to the dual 160GB drives. Otherwise, the system is loaded with features, including five USB ports, a fingerprint reader, a FireWire port, and both an ExpressCard/34 and a PC Card slot.

The HD burning process lags behind its Blu-ray competition, occurring at a slow IX speed. And if you let Toshiba’s Disc Creator software verify the finished product, the process will take twice as long, since the program analyzes each file.

The Intel dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and discrete graphics card are set in stone on Toshiba’s Web site, but they are enough to handle most multimedia tasks and some 3D-intensive games (though not at a high resolution).

The Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV680 is not an economical way to score true 1080p content on your laptop. But if awesome surround sound and HD DVD burning capabilities are what you seek, this laptop delivers those goods and more.

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini: Disaster Recovery to Go


The market is filled with portable USB “pocket” drives with capacities up to 250GB. The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini, a 160GB drive, stands out as one of the few that provide disaster recovery as well as data backup.

The OneTouch 4 Mini uses Maxtor’s OneTouch data backup program and its SafetyDrill utility, which copies an image of your C: drive onto the Mini. In case of computer catastrophe you can use the recovery boot CD to restore your PC (even if you need to replace your C: drive) - provided that your PC uses an NTFS- formatted drive. (Sorry, Mac users, you’re out of luck on this.) The Mini also has a 256-bit encryption utility to safeguard your data should the drive be lost or stolen.

The 5,400-rpm Mini is fast, taking 51seconds to back up my test folder using the One Touch utility and 49 seconds with Windows drag-and-drop. (Anything under a minute is quick.)

The list price of the OneTouch 4 Mini is lower on a GB- per-dollar basis that that of competing products from Toshiba and Western Digital. By adding in disaster recovery features and an ample five-year warranty, Maxtor has made the Mini an ideal travel companion.

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HP w2408: A Brilliant Widescreen Display


Although the HP w2408 has a vastly different design from last year’s HP LP2465, both share an impressive image quality and feature set. The w2408 is a 24-inch widescreen monitor with a brilliant screen that allows for flexible viewing options. Its panel boasts a 1,920-by-1,200 resolution and a very wide (92 percent) NTSC color gamut (the range of colors a monitor can show) for a consumer display. This makes for much bolder and sharper colors, and a brighter image, than are found in the model it replaces.

The w2408 has an HDCP-enabled DVI port, an analog input, five USB ports, and an audio jack for the rear-mounted speakers. But I’m puzzled by the lack of extra A/V inputs such as S-Video and component video. HP bills this as a model for entertainment as well as home office use, so those ports would make sense.

On my tests, primary and secondary colors appeared uniform and ramped evenly from dark to light, and there be no color tracking errors or signs of tinting. The panel’s 5-ms pixel response (black to white) delivered a bright, smooth widescreen video and gaming experience. The action was fast and furious (and smooth) when I played a round of F.E.A.R., while my favorite DVD movie, The Departed, looked spectacular, with no evidence of motion artifacts or ghosting. The w2408 doesn’t do quite as well at showing grays, with some blurring at the brightest and darkest shades.

Despite its shortcomings, the w2408 is a good choice if you’re looking for a big, bright display for work or play.

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Netgear ReadyNAS NV+: The Top Small-Office NAS


Beyond the usual features, this stylish NAS box adds some innovations and can manage both office and home duties. The combination of that with smoking performance (up to 30 MBps!) for general data transfers and media streaming earns the ReadyNAS NV+ our Editors’ Choice award for best small-business NAS device.

The ReadyNAS NV+ can certainly play in a home environment, too, but it’s specifically equipped with business muscle. For one, it’s consists of a four-disk enclosure that supports hot swapping- a must for businesses. Netgear’s patented X-RAID technology lets you upgrade not only without rebuilding the entire array, but with different hard-drive types -a bottom-line watcher’s boon.

You’ll find business smarts at the software level, too, where the ReadyNAS does everything from being a good network citizen to integrating its user list with Active Directory. It also supports multiple backup methods, Internet access to shared files, file and folder encryption, and more. Home users aren’t left out, with a media server and specific optimizations for iTunes and the SlimBox media server, as well other media products (via UPnP).

The ReadyNASNV+ is definitely not a lightweight. It’s priced on the high side, but it’s literally stuffed with features and blessed with lightning-fast throughput. For the more advanced home user, it’s a good machine. For a small business, it’s great.

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Samsung SCH-i760 Review: Maximize Your Mobile Productivity

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Verizon’s best Windows Mobile phone to date has the hottest form factor going right now: the dual keypad, with both a traditional number pad and a full QWERTY keyboard for typing messages. The Samsung SCH-i760 also packs plenty of power and offers rock-solid call quality.

Slid closed, the i760 looks like a thick candy bar-style phone. Opening the device rotates the screen and exposes the QWERTY keyboard. The 400-MHz processor lets Windows Mobile shine. Long e-mails open relatively quickly, and the included Picsel browser renders the most complex PDF files with aplomb. The only hitch was the 54MB of program memory, which, since Windows Mobile never quits programs, periodically ran out. AWOL are IM and GPS applications and support for 4GB memory cards; their absence is disappointing, but not a deal breaker.

The i760 connects to the Internet using both Verizon’s fast EV-DO Rev 0 network and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g. Calls made with Verizon coverage were loud and clear, with full-sounding voice tones, better-than-average noise cancellation, and a very powerful, clear speakerphone. The i760 can make calls and play music over both 2.5mm and wired Bluetooth headsets.

All of these features come together for a pleasant Windows Mobile experience, making the i760 the best Verizon mobile productivity tool I’ve seen.

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Gateway XHD3000: The Videophile’s Grand Display


Until recently 30-inch display, while offering high native resolution and excellent image quality, fell short in terms of video processing (the ability to scale videos at other resolutions to fit). All that has changed with the XHD3000, Gateway’s newest 30- inch display.

Although most PC displays have a video processor built in, before the XHD3000, none were able to scale content properly to 2,560-by-1,600 for 30 inch displays. Instead, this function was handled by the PC’s graphics card. The XHD3000 incorporates the Silicon Optix Realta chipset, a high-end video processor, making it capable of scaling, deinterlacing, and reducing noise on both standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video streams.

The XHD3000 has inputs galore. You can connect up to six devices if you use S-Video and composite connections. You can also hook up a PC, a game console, and an HD disc player and switch easily between them with the included remote control.
One of the XHD3000’s best features is the way it handles picture-in-picture (PiP): You can scale PiP to a variety of resolutions and make it partially transparent. PiP enables you to have a video playing on your desktop yet still have access to all your PC’s desktop functions.

The XHD3000 did an excellent job of displaying games at varying resolutions without graininess. Motion performance was very good, though with a bit of smearing under very high-speed action.

One shortcoming is that the XHD3000’s panel doesn’t show as wide a range of colors as its competition. Gateway used a 72 percent color-gamut panel as opposed to the 92 percent panels that Dell and HP are using. That’s fine for consumer-level photo and video editing, but not for professional graphics work. Another flaw is that its backlighting isn’t uniform, and some backlight bleeding was visible in a darkened room.

Gateway’s 30-inch widescreen flat-panel LCD is pricey, going for a couple hundred dollars more than its competition. But if you want to hook multiple devices up to a big, high-resolution display that you plan to use more for HD video and gaming than for editing still images, this 30-inch display can’t be beat.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X61: Lenovo Raises the Tablet PC Bar


These days convertible tablet PCs are becoming more than just a niche of the mobile PC market, and Lenovo has been leading the way. With the best keyboard in the industry, very good performance scores, and a sturdy design, the ThinkPad X61 Tablet earns itself an Editors’ Choice nod.

Lenovo stuck with the same tried-and-true design elements for the X61. The magnesium-alloy-backed frame, which protects the system against wear and tear, and its pitch-black ID are identical to those of the rest of the ThinkPad line. Unlike many of its competitors, the tablet comes with a standard-size screen and only one option for resolution, 1.024-by-768. The matte screen finish is more advantageous for office work (as opposed to multimedia), but the screen allows for less vertical scrolling in tablet mode.

With its unmatched full-size keyboard and unique TrackPoint pointing- stick technology, the X61 provides the best typing experience I’ve found on a tablet-hands down. Tablet mode is where the system comes more in line with its competition. Writing recognition is superb and can be further improved by Vista’s Tablet PC Pen Training application. And the included digitizer pen has a rubber grip in the middle, increasing the comfort level.

The X61’s 66-Wh extended battery boosts the unit’s weight to 4,4 pounds. The system is stocked with features, including three USB ports and one FireWire port. The only thing missing is a built-in optical drive, omitted in order to keep the X61 as light as possible. (Those who can’t live without one can opt to purchase an additional 2-pound docking station with a built-in optical drive.) In the end, every convertible tablet is a compromise: Either you want the lightest system possible, or you opt for a heavier system with the ability to watch DVDs and install software.

The X61 also adds mobile broadband. You can choose between Cingular’s HSDPA and Verizon’s EV-DO services, indicated by the antenna bump on top of the screen.

Another concession to keeping the weight down is a low-voltage dual-core Intel processor. Even with 2GB of RAM on board, ULV processors have a tough time keeping up with Windows Vista, which will take up more precious space over time, ultimately slowing down your system. Still, the L7500 processor is a good choice if you want a good balance between performance and battery life. The processor’s low power consumption allowed the X61 to rack up 5 hours 17 minutes on the MobileMark 2007 test. That’s 32 minutes better than the performance of the HP Compaq 2710p, its closest competitor in this area.

Despite a slew of impressive convertible tablet entries, the X61 is standing up to the competition and making the changeover easy for many would-be tablet converts. Lenovo’s time-honored design is still winning formula.

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Creative Zen: More Flash for Less Cash


Creative has abandoned hard drive-based devices, and the new ZEN is the company’s first shot at a flash-based music and video player. It has larger screen and more features (including an FM radio and a voice recorder) than its comparably priced competitor, the iPod nano. The Zen also offers a roomy 16GB version, which rings up at $150 less than the same-capacity iPod touch. In addition, the ZEN has an SD memory card slot, so the player’s capacity is expandable.

Audio file support for the ZEN is fairly good, including WMA, MP3, and unprotected AAC. For video, the ZEN supports only WMV, but it comes with software to convert DivX/Xvid and MPEG-4 files. JPEGs are the only supported photo format.

The large 2.5-inch.320-by-240-pixel screen displays colorful and sharp images, and the interface uses graphics that are sharp, well designed, and easy to navigate. Audio quality is adequate, but you’ll want to upgrade the not-so-great bundled earphones.

Sure, the ZEN has its flaws: It’s nearly as big as some hard drive-based players: it doesn’t have a lightning-fast start-up time; and the interface can be a bit slow. But it works well, is expandable, and has more extras than you find in Apple players.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Canon EOS-1D Mark III: Fastest D-SLR Camera


Unbelievable innovation! It’s the correct word aim to Canon EOS 1D Mark III. This D-SLR camera with CMOS 10,1 megapixel sensor is can shot till 10 fps (frame per second). The user of this magnesium alloy body camera can take 110 burst shots in JPEG Large format, or 30 shots RAW format. Fast performance of the camera supported by Dual DIGIC III processor that makes this EOS series can present 14-bit picture processing.

The camera with different menu from its predecessor, 1D Mark II, of course has many new things. For example, wider ISO: 50 - 6400. Besides high ASA, added also High ISO Noise Reduction feature which capable to lessen noise at dark areas.

Its LCD is now bigger, that is 3 inch, with Live View modus (Realtime viewfinder display at LCD). Dust cleaner system (EOS Cleaning System) aliance between hardware and software have been planted in its body.

The autofocus system is also is renewed with 19 cross-type sensor and exposure metering 63-zone. Additional of 26 AF assist points applied to assist accuration when AF tracking. There are two choices, main focus and continuous AF track, very useful for sport journalist. A special button of AF is provided in camera backside so user can direct activate / turn off the autofocus when peeping in viewfinder.

The camera which capable to record to CompactFlash, Secure Digital, or bases on USB media sold at US$ 4600. Whereas the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A, a feature uses to control camera wirelessly is released at US$ 800. Other complement is EF lens 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM at US$ 1500, and Speedlite 580EX II at US$ 462.

This is Short Review of Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Price range: $4600

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HP Pavilion dv9000 Review: Grand Notebook

HP Pavilion dv9000
If most exquisite and luxury piano called as grand piano, hence HP Pavilion dv9000 can be called as grand notebook. There are many reasons to equalize both. Which most noticeable, dv9000 is a big notebook. Its monitor size is 17,2 inchs, so that the dimension reaching 28,5x39,6x3 cm with 3,56 kgs weight.

Pavilion this dv9000 also looks like piano in slippery material and flash applied. This material makes it seen elegan, though latter we discover s(he very susceptible of fingerprint. Though has tried cleanness hand, footstep jemari we remain to be ex- swimmingly. Possibly that is why HP brings as of mop sheet as equipment of standard.

HP Pavilion dv9000 can be classified as multimedia notebook; and it’s the special one. You can look in its speaker which using Altec Lansing, so that bang sound heard more energetic. Sound level is sett through unique touch button and gives futuristik impression. Its LCD screen is luxurious. Equiped with BrightView technology, we see a real bright screen to present every detail.

Other feature which strengthens dv9000 position as notebook multimedia is the existence of HDMI feature. With this feature you can connect this notebook to High Definition television that is supporting HDMI. It doesn’t forget provided a remote controller so you can operate this notebook from sofa in your family room.

Unfortunately there is dv9000 optical which still having DVD Writer type. Though, other notebook in same class already applied High Definition optical, like Toshiba Qosmio F30 and Acer Aspire 9125WLHi which using HD-DVD ROM. Pavilion dv9000 nor provides TV Tuner which is the standard equipment in Qosmio F30 and Aspire 9125WLHi.

With great quality of screen and speaker, plus HDMI feature for high definition video audio entertainment, reasonable if HP Pavilion dv9000 get predicate as a complete multimedia notebook. Even there is insuffiency was at no TV Tuner and HD DVD-ROM or BluRay optical class peripheral. But remembers the price which around US$ 2000- cheaper than Qosmio F30 and Acer Aspire 9125WLHi- excusable I thing.

This is Short Review of HP Pavilion dv9000
Price range: $2000

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Creative Prodikeys DM Value


Just try to stop working and take your time to playing music. Two activities can be done easily with Creative Prodikeys DM Value. This gadget is keyboard PC at the same time integrated keyboard MIDI, so gives multiple functions.

For playing music, MIDI button in the tuts keyboard appearance with 3 octave scale there is in board underside. On the left there is hotkeys to implement music program and a wheel which functioning as volume control and pitch bend. In order not to bother when do typing, close the MIDI peripheral with available cover at the same time functioning as hand arm rest.

Before implementing musical function, you need to install the software before. You can learn, play, even makes your own song easily. You even can record it in MIDI, WAV, and MP3 format. Prodikeys can also functioning as music sampler. To produce more optimal sound, Creative suggests usage of Sound Blaster Audigy sound card. Unhappily it’s rather expensive.

Unquestionable, Prodikeys DM Value is purposed for PC user which likes to play music. Both hobbies can be done without need to buy keyboard PC and keyboard MIDI separately. One critic for the gadget is when applied fot long term typing, the keyboard is felt not steady. However, with the double function and proper price I suggest you to buy it immediately.

This the Short Review of Creative Prodikeys DM Value
Price range: $55

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Selphy CP750: Printer with Red-Eye Removal


The colour is white and grey, with aluminum color cover. A 2,4 inch LCD seen in upper panel, surrounded by seven buttons at both sides, and a 4-direction button. In fromt panel there is three memory card slots, ready to receive almost all memory card types except SmartMedia which has seldom be used.

Hidden behind rubber seal of left side front panel is PictBridge cable which able to pulled in for connection to the camera carrying PictBridge. If having Bluetooth or infra red adapter, you may print directly with wireless feature from your cell phone or PDA. Of Course you can also connected Selphy CP750 to computer through USB port 2.0.

There are two new features in this CP730 series substitution dye-sub printer: Triming and Red-eye removal. Trimming - accessed through one special buttons in LCD side – its can crops part of picture that is is not you desires. So you don’t have to open application in computer. While Red-eye removal, like its name, functioning to correct red-eyed effect.

Besides it, there is My Color feature which have been available since CP730. But at CP750, there is addition of Positive Film effect. My Color enables you to choose black and white colour effect, sephia, positive, neutral color or vivid to change you photo colour. Unhappily the Red Eye Removal and My Color effect can’t be preview in printer LCD monitor.

Because its light and dinky physical (960gram), Selphy CP750 can be brought with easily. While there is available optional battery when there is not available electricity. The printer which packed with photo paper bonus presents 300 dpi resolutions with 256 color gradations at 4R maximum print size.

Besides CP750, at the same time Canon launches Selphy CP740. Its feature is similar, but CP740 LCD (2 inch) is smaller and it’s not equipped with battery (non portable). Selphy CP750 price is US$ 175, while CP740 is esteemed by US$ 135.

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Christmas Gadget (Part II: High Tech Gift)



Toshiba TDP-FF1AU Mobile Projector
$699 direct
www.toshiba.com

A portable powerhouse, the TDP-FF1AU weighs only 1.7 pounds; it combines DLP technology with an LED light source for a great picture in a tiny package. Unlike other projectors in its class, it has a portable screen.
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Logitech Harmony 1000
$499 direct
www.logitech.com

This state-of-art remote control will connect you to all of your electronics with a beautiful, bright, color touch screen. Its brushed-aluminum, high-end look may be intimidating, but the 1000 is very easy to program and use, a few minutes after opening the box you’ll be all set up.
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Sony HDR-HC3 HDV 1080i Handycam
$1.499.95 direct
www.sonystyle.com

Take your home movies to the next level with this high-def digital camcorder The HC3 has a 10X optical zoom and a widescreen 2.7-inch touch screen, and it shoots in beautiful 1080i. Its exceptional images will look great on both an HDTV and a computer monitor.
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HP Pavilion Media Center TV m8000n PC
$949 list
www.hp.com

Unlike some media center PCs, the M8000n isn’t just a low-end PC with a TV tuner. This “media server” is a robust PC with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 and GeForce 6150 graphics card. Consumers will be able to store, record and serve all their digital content and play some system-taxing games
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Samsung BD-UP 5000 Duo HD player
$999 list
www.samsung.com

Are you among the millions of people who are still on the fence in the DVD format wars? Now you don’t have to choose between HD DVD and Blu-ray: The 5000 plays both formats at 1080p and 24 fps.

Christmas Gadget (Part I: Dirty Job)

iRobot Looj 150
$169.99 direct
www.irobot.com


This gutter-cleaning gizmo, from the makers of the Roomba, will keep you off the roof and out of harm’s way. The Looj crawls through gutters and churns out muck and debris with an auger, spinning at roughly 500 rpm. Its hard plastic fins and bristle brushes will finish this dirty job in no time.
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Nokia Vertu Signature Rose Gold Pink Diamond Edition
$73.000 list
www.vertu.com


Every gift guide needs at least one absurd item, right? This luxury handset, with 923 stones (rubies, pink sapphires, pink diamonds, and white diamonds) totaling 72 carats, costs more than most cars, so you might need Santa's help. All we can say is. Don’t leave it in a cab
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Griffin iKaraoke
$39.99 list
www.griffintechnology.com


Plug this microphone into your iPod and, voila, you have your own personal karaoke machine. The iKaraoke lets you sing along with your favorite tunes or mutes the song’s vocals so only your lovely voices heard. Your one-person concert can then be transmitted over an empty FM band or via a stereo-out connector.
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Brookstone SportsCast Wireless Football Scoreboard
$99 direct
www.brookstone.com

Are you the kind of football fan who needs constant updates on your team, no matter where you are? The SportsCast will give you the score of “Every team. Every game. Every quarter” Best of all, it’s battery-operated and updated via satellite, so you don’t have to hook it up to the Internet.
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Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod Speakers
$599.95 list
www.bowers-wikins.com


Despite its name, this-of-the-art iPod dock is definitely not full of hot air. The oblong speaker houses two woofers, two tweeters, and a subwoofer behind its soft-cloth, nonremovable grille. It pumps out room-filling, crisp sound with well- defined bass and will look great on your mantle.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cowon Q5W: Super-Portable Media Player


Still remember at Cowon? This is the South Korean electronic company which produce iAudio MP3 player with Swing Touch unique navigation system.

Recently Cowon launchs super-portable media player (PMP), which already displayed in Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, United States, in the beginning of this year.

The PMP is Cowon Q5W, which is already launched in America and Asian only. In Korea, the PMP had been launched at May, by Cowon Q5 name. The difference, Q5W already equipped by Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g network connection.

By this connection, user can browse the Internet, including seen flash animation in web site. Besides, Q5W provides Bluetooth and USB connection.

Alike an ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC), this PMP brain is AMD Alchemy AU 1.250 processor with 600 megahertzs speed clock, with 40GB and 60 GB hard disk capacities. This is the first gadget from Cowon which using Windows CE 5.0 Operating System.

This 13,8 x 8,8 x 2 centimeter dimension device has 5 inch widescreen TFT touch screen LCD, with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Bright enough in its class, it’s because Q5W can transmit 16 million colours with 500:1 contrast ratio.

Not only plays video from DivX, MPEG-4, Windows Media, and XviD, PMP also can play photo which having JPG, BMP, PNG, and RAW format, at the same time also can present text file.

Actually, at PMP Q5 is also planted digital TV tuner (DAM technology), digital TV system used in Korea. But, because Q5W is sold outside Korea, this feature not used at Q5W.

Playable audio format is MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV, ASF, and FLAC (lossless codec compression). Besides, Q5W also can acquire music which coming from local radio station (76-108 megahertzs signal).

Through 68 mWatt earphone or 2 watt external speaker, user will be pleased with sound processing technology, like BBE which making more clear sound, Mach3Bass to heavy sound, MP ENHANCE to return harmonious sound that lose at compression, 3D Surround, Bass, and Treble.

The gadget has black metal body. Q5W provides virtual button which located in screen left and right side, so the user can grasp it easyly besides doing navigation. Applies user created interface, user also can settings its graphics user interface directly.

Besides, Cowon Q5W is applicable to record sound. Actually, Q5W is also able to be attached by navigation craddle module which functioning as GPS receiver. In Korea, Q5 is attached by Mando Mappy MXG map application, which will guide user to correct direction. But, this feature is optional optional.

COWON Q5W comes in two choices - based on HDD capacities, which are 40 GB (around US$ 550) and 60 GB (around US$ 600). Its internal battery claimed can life until 13 hours to play audio and 7 hour to play on video. He will be available in United States and Asia at end of this year.

With its various abilities, Cowon Q5W is become very useful friend. Supposes it is supplied with handwriting recognition feature and can edit text, its will not different as entertainment gadget and as UMPC.

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Neuros OSD: Connecting All


While Nokia carries “Connecting People” motto, Neuros OSD it’s good to called as “Connecting Devices”. This small gadget can connect all home entertainment gear with your personal computer.

This is the first based on Linux media center in world made in Neuros Technology, audio/video peripheral company which based in Chicago, United States. This open source operating system makes it can implement the third party application easily.

This equipment can be connected with television, home cinema, and functioning as “bank file”. It will keep your video or DVD content in digital files. Because functioning like external hard disk, new file also can be kept in it.

Its body is slim and curved with various output and input connection in right and left side. Purchasing package also accompanied with a remote control, RCA cable, IR Blaster, and power cable.

Neuros OSD has CF, SD, MS card port and USB port in the frontage. Through this ports its ability can be enjoyed maximumly. Other peripheral which having USB connectivity (or the file saved at memory card) can be connects with OSD.

Because of it, OSD can connect directly with iPod, webcam, DVD player, and external hard disk. This gadget also able to transfer memory card files (Memory Stick, SD, CF, and MMC) to PSP, computer, smartphone, and non-USB portable gadget.

This 230 grams gadget can record video with QVGA and VGA resolution applies different MPEG-4 format, depend on its player, like PlayStation, iPod, TV, and ponsel.

Interesting feature of this equipment is IR Blaster. With this feature, you can record two or more different displaying time or different television channel program.

Its playback ability is also great. Except H.264 format, OSD can play quicktime video format until FLV, ASF, WMV, MPEG, and MPEG4. This gadget is also able to play digital song which having MP3, WMA, OGG VORBINS, FLAC, WAV, AAC, and G.726 format.

OSD also can decode picture which having bmp, jpeg, and gif extension and functioning as picture viewer. Digital photo can be presented as slideshow in television screen.

Like personal computer, OSD is open, expandable, flexible, and applies upgrade able software and relentlessly enhanced. Neuros OSD operates with Linux open source operating system with dualcore processor from ARM9/ TI DSP which special designed for multimedia application.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Creative HQ-2300D: Home Theater on Your Ear


From the beginning of we must said that Creative HQ-300D is an excellent product. All of it can be posible due to a decoder which supporting Dolby Digital technology. By using two Alkaline AA batteries, this gear give pleasant to your ear when enjoying film, listens music, even plays game console.

First of all, we are tested the headset with car machine whir in race-tracks and ammo bang in a world war II at game PC. When Dolby headphones or Dolby Pro Logic II function is activated, output voices felt more superb. Commentator voice also still be heard so clear even is surrounded by other sounds.

Noisy sound from DVD film is presented with wonderful in this headphone especially if activating Dolby Pro II function. Dialogues are heard clean and explosion sound makes my heart to tick. For music, we feel a little different. HQ-2300D likely is more suited for hard music compared to soft music.

Other thing else which setling HQ-2300D as personal entertainment peripheral is provided various cables with various connector types (stereo, RCA SP/DIF to mini-jack, RCA to stereo) at sale package. You also can install two headphones at the same time which connected at box decoder.

Tremendous audio quality which emerges great sound arrangement becomes the excellence of Creative HQ-2300D. Flexible connection and multiple headphones port is other great feature which added in this gadget.

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Altina GBT-709 Bluetooth GPS Receiver


“Easy Way Easy Going”, said slogan that is described at packaging of Altine GBT-709 Bluetooth GPS Receiver. This product of course made to facilitate you when go to foreign place but refuse to being lost. The light weight and its user friendly feature is 2 thing which making Altina as on the way friend.

Inside Altina there is GPS SiRF Star III signal receiver chipset. With this chipset, Altina promises good GPS signal receiving though operated at full barrier place. We also vexed to try explores with this peripheral. The result, Altina still can show good position in GPS map though we put it under car chair. Though has sensitive good signal receiving, Altina still supplying its peripheral with outside antenna connector which you can buy it separately. But with already having good signal receiving, this antenna connector will never used. Except you requires perfect signal receiving to get high GPS position accuracy.

One mores interesting from Altina GBT-709 it is the lithium ion battery. This battery is simply fitts in with Nokia series 3 battery (BL-5C) and easy to be found in the market. Mean if any times you need to change the battery, surely its will not difficult to look for the new one. If you used Altina standard lithium battery continually, Altina can last to 10 hours and can be recharged through USB port from PC or Altina charger.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Compaq Presario V3502TU Review: Great Performance with Class Design

Compaq Presario V3502TU
Along promotion of the new logo, HP starts clearly positions its Compaq series notebook. If HP Pavilion series positioned as upper class notebook, hence Compaq Presario series is more positioned as notebook for segment below its.

Compaq Presario V3502 which we tested is the first notebook in new era of Compaq. This Notebook has applied Intel Centrino platform Santa Rosa generation. Operating System of this notebook has applied Windows Vista, even only Home Basic version.

We call it “only” because Vista Home Basic is the lowest version from Vista. Main feature of Vista of course still be available, but Aero cannot appear in Vista Home Basic version. Though the 3D Flip display or transparent windows becoming the Aero characteristic is one of the very interesting feature a least from visual side. This notebook already applied best component but not too maximum because the limitation of Operating System.

If you like to sees true performance of this notebook, applies it for serious activity like doing multitasking or multimedia encoding. As seen from the test, this notebook has equivalent speed with notebook on other Santa Rosa bases. Though the processor applied is Intel T7100 (1,8GHz) which is lowest speed processor from the line of Santa Rosa processor.

This 2, 4 kgs notebook design is alike like Compaq Presario V3125TU series which we tested before. The main material is technology InPrint plastic, what marked with gleam surface with unique line pattern. Usage of the material of course is at risk to dirty whne hit by fingerprint, but we like its luxuriant impression which looks from its gleam surface.

While from usage side, we like its curved keyboard button so every button felt distance one another. But this notebook has the same issue like notebook which using plastical material, which is felt hot in left side of hand arm. While its screen can present bright picture but its viewing angle in vertical side rather limited.

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Creative Zen Vision: M: iPod Video Great Competitor


Looks like iPod? The difference is laying on the front display. iPod touch pad is in circle (in consequence is called as click wheel), while Creative makes it is vertical (and more wide) which felt more comfortable. To explore the menu just use you forefinger from the top downwards, and taps out to choose one of them.

Left and right side of each touch pad functioned as Next/Fast Forward and Anevious/Rewind button. This touch still is flanked by four other controller buttons (Shortcut - can be program by youself, Options, Play/Pause, and Menu/Back) which must be pressed litle strong.

Half up body of Creative Zen Vision: M predominated by 2,5 inch LCD screen. This screen really felt nice in eye. Pictures, including video display are come up sharply and full in screen. For video, Zen Vision: M is not troubles. Many popular formats, for example DiVX and XvID, which able to be recognized it.

Also pleases, the picture can be your background picture (wallpaper). Its method is easy: select your best picture, press Option button, and select Set as Wallpaper. More, you can also set the screen brightness level. Besides walpaper which able to be change by us, Creative provides six colour themes as wallpaper.

The pictures and song it’s also able to made as rating and playlist. To see the picture its available the Thumbnail, List, Detail, and Zoom modus. Picture may be looked while you listening song.

There is one which really special here, namely keyword! Yes, Zen Vision: M figures in the keyword feature (keyword). When I type word “Closer” in its virtual keyboard, and came out the “One Step Closer” from Linkin Park collection on MP3 file which we have in Zen Vision: M.

Besides music/video feature, picture, function of FM radio, voice recorder, and organizer also carriedby Zen Vision: M. and so do the harddisk function, although rather disturbs because we must activate it first, then determines capacities wanted (512MB - 16GB).

Creative Zen Vision: M is really a personal media player bases on harddisk that pleasing eye and ear. No wonder if this player gets “Best of Show and Best Portable Audio & Video” at CES 2006. One factor is less we like is way of battery charged which must pass USB connection and sync adapter. Creative Zen Vision: M is available in Black, white, green, pink, and blue color.

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