Wednesday, January 30, 2008

DocuPrint C1110 Review: Xerox Hot Laser Printer

DocuPrint C1110
Fuji Xerox opens this year by launching its newest colour laser printer, Fuji Xerox C1110. This is the printer which directly grabs consumer heart in Asia.

In Singapore, Xerox sell thousands unit of printer and sold out in one month only. So also with the sale in other Asia countrys, like Taiwan and Korea.

Printer DocuPrint C1110 has standard dimension, which is 400 x 445 x 389 milimeters. Its measure still bigger compared to Samsung CLP 300 which has 391x264x342 mm dimension.

Fuji Xerox has applied technology which detach between drums and toner. Its Emulsion Aggregation Toner Technology from Fuji Xerox claimed can do material thrift until 60 %. This technology also facilitates prints operation.

The toner consisted of four parts: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Its measure is very small, equal to tooth paste box size. It places is in the right side and easy to be unloaded for replacement of toner. Every toner can be applied to print until 2000 pages of A4.

This printer applies processor which can be said have height clock speed in its class, that is 333 MHz. So also with its memory: 128 and 640 MB.

Maybe, it’s the reason that makes printer can print swiftly. Fuji Xerox claims that this printer can print with speed until 16 pages per minute (ppm).

It mean, DocuPrint C1110 is quicker compared to Hewlett-Packard Color Laser Jet 1600 which only can print 8 ppm or Hewlett-Packard CLJ 2605 which printing with speed of 12 ppm. Only Samsung CLP 300 which can equal to its speed.

But, maximum resolution owned by it is bigger compared to Samsung CLP 300. Samsung resolution only reaches 2400 x 600 dots per inch (dpi), while DocuPrint C1110 is 9600 x 600 dpi.

Other excellence compared to Samsung CLP 300 is the USB 2.0 connectivity. This Printer is also has supported Ethernet 10/100 network connection.

DocuPrint 1110 monthly work load capacities is including superior among its class printer. Their works capacity is 40 thousand pages. Just compares it to HP CLJ 2605 which only have 35 thousand pages.

DocuPrint C1110 Review
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Samsung YP-S5 Review: Samsung Straight Back

Samsung YP-S5
Various digital music players are available in market. But, if you desire to try a music player with great enough sound quality, the answer is Samsung YP-S5. The reason is this multimedia gadget enriched with sophisticated loudspeaker and earphone.

For example, the YP-S5 audio output can be reach 1500 mW. If still feel uncomfort with it original loudspeaker. You can use it Bluetooth connection, to be linked with compatible addition audio system.

Moreover, YP-S5 Bluetooth technology can be used as bridge for wireless audio streaming, volume control, file transfer and handsfree from other digital peripheral. It’s including enjoying conference call via speakerphone from connected phone.

YP-S5 is also armed by DNSe 2.0 technology, a technology which capable to present concert nuance sound wave just like at big theater. Cool enough.

Besides as music player, Samsung YP-S5 also can play movie clip in TFT 1,8 inchs screen, with resolution 176 x 220 pixels. For other kicker, YP-S5 added FM Radio, FM radio record, Texteditor, JPEG-Photoviewer, Flash game, Alarm, Wallpaper, Clock, Equalizer and Voice recording.

Samsung YP-S5 Review
Specs:
- Dimension: 9,6x4,65x1,48 cm
- Berat: 85 gram
- Screen: Color TFT, 176x220 piksel, 1,8 inci
- Memory: 2GB, 4GB, 8GB
- Music format: MP3, WMA, AAC
- Video Format: MPEG4
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v1.2
- Battery: Lithium Polimer
- Feature: FM Radio, FM radio recording, Texteditor, JPEG-Fotoviewer, Flash game, Alarm, Wallpapaer, Clock, Equalizer serta Voice recording, Noise filtering

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BlueAnt V1 Review: Bluetooth Headset with Voice Controller

BlueAnt V1
Headset producer, BlueAnt, returns to launch it newest bluetooth headset, namely BlueAnt V1. This Gadget claimed as the first Bluetooth headset that applying “True Voice User Interface” technology. This BlueGenie Sensory, Inc. technology is similar with voice recognition technology in phone. This technology can perform voice comand via voice synthesizer which integrated with one special buttons.

Voice control function which planted at this product for example; Answer/ Ignore Call, Redial, Call Back/ Home or office/ Favorite (maximum 5 number), Enable Pair Mode, Check Battery/ Connection, Activate Phone's Voice Dial, Help and Settings Menu.

Its mini designs are adopting the former model, Z9 with inovatif clip for clothes and necktie. It small dimension is comfort enough if hang to ear, through flexible hook.

To produce quality voice, two canals microphone is planted to this gadget, and equipped by “Voice Isolation Technology”. It’s a newest inovation for Digital Signal Processor (DSP). That is a separation technique between user voice signals with other sound, including reducing echo and wind sound.

The Bluetooth headset which is displayed in CES 2008 is also equipped by “Multi-point technology”, that is the ability to connected two phones at the same time.

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OQO Model e2 Review: New UMPC from OQO

E2 OQO
Computer company from United States, OQO Inc., launchs Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) e2 series. This UMPC full functioned like desktop computer which based on Windows XP, Windows XP Tablet, and Windows Vista.

Chief Executive Officer OQO, Dennis Moore, says that the launching background is the increasing of UMPC request in market. “The customer wants to access the information, application, and Internet in mobile which fit in pocket, handbag, or office bag”.

The model e2 looks precisely the same as the model 2, which is not a terrible thing. We think its way smarter than the alternatives from Sony, Samsung and Asus, but you may feel differently.

The e2 which having dimension 142 x 84 x 26 milimeters is equipped by wireless Internet connectivity and bluetooth. Its computing ability supported by VIA processor 1,5 GHz, 1GB RAM, 60GB and 80GB harddisk, plus video out HDMI feature, ethernet and USB port, and dock for optical drive (CD+RW or DVD+RW).

The e2 is equipped by shift screen LCD with 5 inch width, with 800 x 480 pixels resolution and integrated keyboard. e2 is available in three models, starts from which having processor 1,5 GHz to 1,6 GHz.

My favourite thing about e2 is the mouse input system. It has a trackpoint-style mouse nipple between the QWERTY and numerical keypads and selector buttons on the far left.

Like the model 2, the e2 arrives with an HDMI port. So you can attach it to an external display or a TV. The onboard 127mm (5-inch) display has resolution of 800x480 pixels. Don't even think about using it outside, it's so glossy it's nearly impossible to see anything but your own reflection.

Just like model 2, the model e2 ships with an optional 32GB solid state hard drive. The 60GB 46mm laptop hard drive option is still available, as is a new 120GB drive. As before, it is padded and has drop-detection technology.

If you have the model 2, maybe you not so interesting with model e2. If you're looking for a new UMPC however, it's perhaps one of the best solutions. It's more expensive than the Samsung Q1 Ultra and Asus R2H, but it has better battery life, is more compact, more stylish and its keys are comparatively easy to use.

OQO Model e2 Review
Price Range: $1399-2800
Specs:
Clock speed: 1.6 GHz
Processor type: C7M ULV
Processor manufacturer: VIA
RAM installed: 1024 MB
Max supported RAM: 1 GB
RAM technology: DDR2 533MHz
Chipset type: VIA VX700
Hard drive: 120 GB
Max resolution (external): 1920x1200
Video outputs: HDMI
Maximum resolution: 800x480 pixels
Dimensions (W x H x D): 142x84x26mm
Weight: 454 kg
Available colours: Black
Battery:Li-ion, 4500 mAh, 3 hours
Operating system: Windows Vista Ultimate edition

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Samsung SGH-F490 Review: Croix Interface in Multimedia Phone

Samsung SGH-F490:
Finally, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announces the first launching of its newest multimedia phone, SGH-F490. Phone which claimed have special ability in its screen and interface, will be marketed in Europe in quarter I of 2008.

Like SGH-F700, Samsung SGH-F490 also relies on widescreen with 3.2-inch diagonal. Touchscreen technology is believed to decorate its front face; its screen has 262.144 colours, with resolution of active matrik 240x320 pixels (QVGA).

Its interface display relies on Croix User Interface, which get the best performance in “iF Communication Design Award 2007”. This screen technology relies on hand finger touch to access various menus in cross layout formation. Similar with TouchFLO technology from HTC.

As multimedia phone, F490 of course is planted with complete feature. 5 Megapixel cameras, and also with its ability to displays movie clip which having format of WMV, MPEG4, H263 and H264. For video recording, VGA resolution with 30fps speed is no problem for F490.

There is also the addition camera for video call in 3G/HSDPA line, Bluetooth v2.0 connection which supporting A2DP profile and microSD memory card slot as storage alternative storage, besides its internal capacities around 130 MB.

To smoothly the transfer of data access, F490 use 3G/HSDPA canal, EDGE and GPRS class 10. While for browsing in internet, this phone use WAP 2.0/xHTML and NetFront 3.4, to open HTML format site.

Samsung SGH-F490 Review
Specs:
- Screen: TFT Touchscreen 262.144 color, 240 x 320 pixel, 3.2-inch
- Camera: 5 Megapixel (2592 x 1944 piksel), flash, front camera
- Video: mpeg4, QVGA
- Messaging: sms, ems, mms, email, Instant Messaging
- Internal memory: 130MB
- External memory: MicroSD card
- Connectivity: Bluetooth v2.0 (A2DP), USB 2.0
- Browser: Netfront browser 3.4
- Data Transfer: 3G/HSDPA, EDGE class 10, GPRS class 10
- Audio File: MP3, AAC, eAAC+,
- Video file: MPEG-4, WMV, H.263, H.264
- Network: Triband GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz & 3G/HSDPA
- Dimension: 11.5 x 5.35 x 1.18 cm
- Weight: 102 grams
- Battery: Lithium ion

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LG KG375 Review: Cool Clamshell for Low-end Market

LG KG375
After success with its Chocolate and Shine series, LG return to launch another breakthrough. This time, newbie market is the new target of LG through KG375. Based on first information, this phone will be launch with support of Vodafone.

This model relies on elegant designs with simple interface, as main interest. Color combination which wrapping the fold designs like KG210 and some clamshell variants is compacts enough. Including it mini dimension.

Its only one screen which available in its fold design, this active matrix can transmits 65 thousand colours in 128 x 128 pixels resolution. The diagonal is 1,5 inch. For Network, LG KG375 only operates in dualband GSM line.

As very cheap phone, the feature which plated is also adapted with its memory capacity which only 0,4 MB. The feaute is Alarm Clock, Calculator, Vibration and Speakerphone. For messaging, KG375 only support SMS.

For the power, this phone supported by Lithium Ion battery with 750 mAh capacities. Its standby time reach 348 hours, while for its talk time can be reach 3 hour (nonstop).

LG KG375 Short Review
Specs:
Screen: TFT 65.536 color (24 bit), 128 x 128 pixel, 1,5-inch
Messaging: sms
Internal memory: 0,4MB
Connectivity: Data cable
Network: Dualband GSM 900/1800 MHz
Dimension: 8.5 x 4.5 x 1.98 cm
Weight: 68 grams
Battery: Lithium ion 750 mAh
Feature: Game, Polifonik 16 channel (MIDI), Phonebook 500 contact, Predictive text input, Alamr Clock, Calculator, Calendar, Vibration, Speakerphone
Color: black, Orange

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Samsung SGH-G600 Review: 5 Megapixel Camera with Slider Design

Samsung SGH-G600
While the other vendor compete to designs its camera phone so looks like a pocket camera, Samsung instead presents a camera phone with slider design. Don’t know what is the reason, this can become dangerous boomerang. Considers that slider designs are felt less supporting camera usage.

In 5 megapixel phone camera class, you will find a number of quality products from all vendors. For example are LG KG920, Nokia N95, Nokia N82 and Sony Ericsson K850i. Almost all of it has candybar form. Or even had slider model like the products of Nokia, camera can be use without opening slider.

Samsung SGH-G600 leaves from the habits. The camera is hidden in top slider part. So you must open the slider when taking a picture. Likely disturbs, related to phone stability when catch an object.

G600 wraped by solid material look like metal. Its external skin is felt smooth and classy. Everyone will admire G600 in this side.

Because made in slide form, hence the screen portion made to be bigger. Screen and a number of navigation buttons is places in top slider. The designs is so cool, nice to seen and remain to be balmy when applied. I’m only finds 5 button and one navigation buttons in circle form. But this entire buttons is functioning so important especially when slide is closed.

Smasung screen quality which known has great performance is presented in this product. With carrying screen technology of TFT 24 bits (16.7 million colours), resolution 320 x 240 pixel and 2.2- inch diagonal measure, all colours is come up so beautiful in G600 screen.

Camera location which hidden behind slider part make this phone camera not rapidly can be seen when phone in closed condition. This thing has two different effects.

Firstly is the positive effect. Camera lens would be safe even phone is plaved in a rugged surface. But in other side there is the negative effect. We must open the top slider to use the camera. Steady slider construction enables you to take picture with landscape screen position (widescreen). This thing is also ease by the presents of camera button in its right side of phone, precisely resided in slider bottom side, beside memory slot.

Generaly, the system at this 5 megapixel camera makes it reasonable to be called as camera phone. The presents of camera arrangement which looks like pocket camera and complete photograph modes is something that make it better.

Video records feature owned by G600 camera is not a joke. The ability to record MPEG4 video in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels) and 15 fps framerate makes it superior if compared to other Samsung phones.

Better interface is also presented by G600 at music player side. Here we will get some animation skin choice.

Its sound quality can be said great. With 3D sound output and support from graphic equalizer which can be selected, hence sound yielded can be fitting to our music taste. Unhappily, the support from speaker is not so good to present direct voice through phone. Even is made separately from earpiece (side by side), the volume level can’t be said special.

Slider designs for a camera phone are not main barrier. But more or less influence the comfortness in taking a picture. Happily the smart material choice can cover the insuffiency in design side.

Samsung SGH-G600 Review
Price range: $300 - $350
Specs:
- Screen: TFT 16.7 million color (24 bit), 240 x 320 pixel, 2.2-inch
- Camera: 5 Megapixel, autofocus
- Video recorder: mpeg4, 3GP, H.263 15 fps, VGA
- Messaging: sms, mms, email
- Internal memory: 55MB
- External memory: MicroSD card
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Data cable
- Browser: Netfront browser 3.4
- Data Transfer: EDGE, GPRS
- Audio File: MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI
- Video file: MPEG-4, 3GP
- Network: GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Dimension: 10.2 x 4.8 x 1.49 cm
- Weight: 104 grams
- Battery: Lithium ion 900 mAh
- Feature: Game, Music Player, Real Player, Document viewer, Mobile Printing, TV Output, PIM

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Nokia 5610 XpressMusic Review: Express your Style

Nokia 5610 XpressMusic
XpressMusic may have two different meanings. Enjoys music with fast access, or express yourself through music which suitable with personality. And Nokia 5610 is perfect enough to use this name.

This phone is a product which launch almost separately with Nokia 5310. In a flash, both products look so similar. But besides the color factor, both are different product.

If Nokia 5310 launched without 3G features and has tiny designs, hence Nokia 5610 made bigger with WCDMA (3G) network support. It shows that the target market is also different. Nokia 5610 is targeted to middle-aged market with higher budget.

Slider style selected for Nokia 5610. This form can create compact and simple impression at a phone. Not aside from in this music phone.

But what so interesting is the present of some new mechanisms which becoming 5610 “key feature”. One of it can be seen precisely under the screen (top slider). There is a two direction switch. With shifting the switch to left or right, we may directly go to 5610 music player and radio feature without entering main menu and folder. This is the first Xpress factor.

Phone is made by plastic material with anti- scratch feature. Not seen glossy likes Samsung music phone. It is a positive progress, considering that expressive and active music lover no need be afraid to scratch the phone when keep the phone in pants pocket. And this is the second Xpress factor. Smart enough.

Nokia Mid-End phones trend always equipped by 24 bits (16.7 million colors). So do with Nokia 5610. Its resolution is also has reached QVGA 240 x 320 pixel. But, because the screen can be said big enough (2.2-inch), hence display impressed not too special.

This phone included into the newest Nokia S40 line. In consequence, 5610 display having “Today” style display. In which the shortcut of some menus is presented in standby screen. Even still simple, this thing is helping enough for user.

Nokia 5610 equipped with made in Nokia music player. File search system is done to all storage medium in the phone. This assisting enough in looking for music file quickly, adds it to library and makes the playlist which matching with your mood.

Even doesn’t have open OS, 5610 still be equipped by other appealing feature, that is 3.2 Megapixel camera. It’s not a something new, but interesting enough as an addition feature to express your self.

Maximum resolution yielded by this camera phone is 2048 x 1536 pixel. It’s big enough to produce picture with good quality.

5610 XpressMusic successfully announces the meaning of a music phone for Nokia. Expressive designs and musical support which can access expressly is a positive thing which you can get.

Nokia 5610 XpressMusic Review
Price range:
Specs:
- Screen: TFT 16 million color (24 bit), 240 x 320 pixel
- Camera: 3,2 Megapixel, dual flash
- Video recorder: 15 fps,QVGA
- Messaging: sms, mms, email, IM (text to speech)
- Internal memory: 20MB
- External memory: MicroSD (max 4GB)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, micro USB
- Browser: Nokia web browser, xHTML
- Data Transfer: WCDMA, EDGE, GPRS 10
- Audio File: MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA
- Video file: MPEG-4 sp and MPEG-4 avc to 30 fps
- Network: WCDMA 850/2100 and Quadband GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Dimension: 9.85 x 4.85 x 1.7 cm
- Weight: 75 grams
- Battery: Lithium ion, 900 mAh, BP-5M
- Feature: Nokia Music Player, Game, Radio, PIM (alarm, calculator, notes), push to talk, voice command

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Nokia E51 Review: Fast Access for Business

Nokia E51
Office phone so identical with big device, elegant and always be in place side by side in your laptop. But many times Nokia breaks the tradition, especially in big measure side. This vendor want to show us that business phone trend will go to device which seen simple but has great feature and remain to provides fast data access.

Nokia E51 is the new device which explains the Nokia ambition. Its have relative small measure if compared to PDA. The body is decorated by metal material so looks so exclusive.

E51 is made in classic candybar design. With its big measure not suitable to put in pocket. But its thin body makes it so comfort to grasp. Compared to mostly phone, E51 is longer and heavier.

This Nokia business premium product applies TFT active matrix screen with 16.7 million colors and made in QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) resolution. Even its screen diagonal is still assumed small, this screen is tough enough. We will be afforded by bright display, full of color and remain to sharply even placed below the sunlight.

This phone applies Symbian S60 version 9.2, 3rd edition feature pack 1 operation system. This means that E51 is second E series phone after E90 which equipped by OS like this. A great OS, moreover is supported with applied processor that is newest ARM 11 with clock speed until 369 MHz. With this processor, opens application in multitasking felt smooth.

E51 works in 3.5 G network (but its video call function without front camera) and uses HSDPA connection. Theoretically, you can do data access with speed until 36 Mbps.

E51 also compatible is sited side by side with your laptop. Because small and light, and also its flexible cable and Bluetooth connection, you can make it as modem when your area is not supported by hotspot.

To use HSDPA and WCDMA technology, E51 equipped by VoIP (voice over internet protocol) feature, which able to be access directly from stand by screen or from connectivity menu.

When you access the internet phone menu, hence automatically the system will search for VoIP service. Nokia applies GIZMO. You can download it, and then applies it as supporting phone facilities through internet network.

Micro USB connection, Bluetooth and IrDA supporting facilities has more than enough to do a connection to other peripheral. If merged with Wi-Fi 802.11b and g, hence the internet connection would be more complete.

With this connection you can also listen the music via compatible Bluetooth headset which. It’s because E51 Bluetooth have been supported by profile handsfree (HFP), A2DP and music remote.

Access speed not only delivered by network technology and the connectivity. E51 provides it starts from most importantly part, that is design. Besides coming up with elegant and classic, this phone design also determines the speed to accessing feature which available with smarts buttons.

Nokia E51 Review
Price range:
Specs:
- Operating System: Symbian S60 version 9.2, 3rd edition feature pack 1
- Processor: ARM 11 369 MHz
- Screen: TFT 16.7 million color (24 bit), 240 x 320 pixel, 2-inch
- Camera: 2 Megapixel
- Video recorder: mpeg4, 15 fps, QVGA
- Messaging: sms, mms, email
- Internal memory: 130MB
- External memory: MicroSD (until 4GB)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, infrared, USB
- Browser: Nokia web browser
- Data Transfer: 3.5 HSDPA, WCDMA, EDGE, GPRS, WIFI 802.11 b/802.11 g
- Audio File: MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB
- Video file: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263/3GP
- Network: WCDMA 850/2100, GSM/EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Dimension: 11.4 x 4.6 x 1.2 cm
- Weight: 100 grams
- Battery: Lithium ion, 1050 mAh (BP-6MT)
- Feature: Voice recorder, Java MIDP 2.0, FM radio, Music Player, Real Player, Visual radio, Speakerphone, Push To Talk, PIM, Text to Speech

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Canon HG10 Review: Professional Class Camcorder

Canon HG10
In fact, this made in Canon gadget is a standard video recorder, just like other camcorder. But the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) support and AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) record format, which is format standard of HD compression at media besides cassette, makes HG10 one level above of camcorder on its class.

Besides, HG10 is also equipped by True Full HD 1920x1080 CMOS Sensor technology, HD Video Lens, Instant AF feature and Optical Image Stabilizer to produce fascinates picture and high quality video. This video camcorder has weight around 505g, light enough and comfort to brought in hand everywhere.

AVCHD format at Canon HG10 has superiority in high definition video data with codec compression technology which very efficient. It’s also equipped by DIGIC DV II image processor, which is new generation of DIGIC DV technology.

Its has 40GB storage capacity, and saves the High Definition video with HXP modus, 5,5 hours duration. Whereas it standard model (SP mode), can record during 12 hours.

Canon HG10 is equipped by 2,7-inch LCD monitor, which support picture resolution until 211.000 pixels plus wide-angle playback, with 25p cinema mode (25p for PAL, 24p for NTSC) feature, this feature its only available in top-end professional camcorder (Canon XLH1, XHA1 and XHG1). As a result, picture and colors will have big screen Film quality.

Canon HG10 Review
Specs:
- Lens: Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical/200x Digital, Focal of Length: 61-61mm, Zoom Speed Variable/3 Fixed Zoom Speeds, Max. F/stop f/1.8-3.0mm (HDD), Filter size 43 mm
- Dimension: 3,2 x 3 x 5,1 inch
- Weight: 505 grams
- Feature: Image Stabilization SuperRange Optical (lens shift), Viewfinder Widescreen 027" Color Viewfinder/ (Approx. 123,000 pixels), LCD Screen 27" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 pixels), Recording Media Hard Disk Drive 40 GB, (Internal), Audio Compression Method: Dolby Digital 2 channels (AC-32 channels), 48 kHz, Movie recording: ACVHD (MPEG-4 AVCH/H264: 5/7/9/15 Mbps)
- Price: $1524

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus Review: Digital Lifesaver

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus
We recently dubbed Maxtor the “master of disaster” for its excellent data backup programs and devices. The company’s new OneTouch 4 Plus is another hit. Like its little brother, OneTouch 4 Mini, this external storage drive packs SafetyDrill, Maxtor’s excellent catastrophic failure backup program.

Endowed with 500GB of drive space, the OneTouch 4 Plus can back up your system’s hard drive with lots of room to spare. The unit adds a FireWire connection to the mix as well.

SafetyDrill is the real draw, though. The program backs up all the information on your drive, including the OS, documents, applications, and invisible files like boot records that help the PC work. SafetyDrill’s main downside is that it works only with Windows XP and Vista, and then only on drives that are NTFS formatted. Mac users and those with older XP systems are out of luck.

The Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus, a 7,200-rpm mechanism, is speedy, clocking in at 51 seconds to back up our standard test folder via USB using the included software and 48 seconds using Windows Explorer. FireWire times were a bit slower, at 1 minute 15 seconds, using the drive’s FireWire 400 interface.

If your PC runs XP or Vista, the OneTouch 4 Plus is an excellent backup drive option.

Maxtor OneTouch 4 Plus
Price range: $200 direct
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

LG Flatron L206WU Review: LCD Plays Well with Others

LG Flatron L206WU
Multiple-monitor setups offer a lot of exciting possibilities, but they can be tricky to hookup. The LG Flatron L206WU simplifies the process, delivering high-resolution (up to 1,680-by-1,050) imagery via a USB connection.

This stylish monitor offers a lot of flexibility in both its design and uses. The round base swivels, and the panel can rotate into portrait mode. Five function buttons allow a range of options, including three viewing modes.

The L206WU can serve as your primary display, but its USB hookup is what makes it stand out. The unit contains an ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) that interprets compressed graphics data sent from DisplayLink’s virtual graphics card software on your PC. According to LG, an 8MB flash drive embedded in the unit should automatically install the software on your computer, though I had trouble with my review model.

Performance results were mixed. The L206WU did well with small fonts and color quality but fell short on light-gray reproduction. Also, weak bottom viewing angles became a major issue in portrait mode. As a standalone monitor, the unit stood out for its exceptional 2-millisecond (gray-to-gray) pixel response. But as a secondary monitor it had a few problems, including a slight lag.

If you want to move to a multiple-monitor set up, the LG L206WU is definitely worth a look.

LG Flatron L206WU Review
Price range: $350 list
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Epson PictureMate Dash Review: A Photo-Printing Marvel

Epson PictureMate Dash
The PictureMate line of small-format photo printers has always stood out, but Epson has really outdone itself this time, with its newest value addition, the sub-$100 Dash. Although the Dash is the low-cost version of the newest generation of PictureMates, it offers features I’m used to seeing only on printers that cost far more - from a surprisingly big 3.6-inch LCD screen to the ability to print from a wide range of sources. It’s also the fastest small-format photo printer I’ve seen at any price.

Though, like its predecessors, the Dash may resemble an ordinary lunchbox, opening the unit’s top cover reveals the controls and the surprisingly large 3.6-inch LCD screen panel underneath. The Dash is a little bulky, but a separate battery option helps with portability. The unit can churn out about 140 photos per charge, according to Epson.

After a simple setup, the Dash can print from a memory card, PictBridge camera, USB key, or computer. The tiltable LCD screen offers an impressive array of editing commands that let you adjust brightness and color saturation, select black-and-white or sepia modes, remove red-eye, and add frames and graphics.

The Dash is aptly named, coming in at 42 seconds per photo on our standard suite, the fastest time of any dedicated photo printer I’ve ever tested. The Dash excels in terms of output quality as well. All of the photos I printed, regardless of source, qualify as true photo quality. They’re one step down from what you might get at a professional photo lab or from a much more expensive printer, but easily a match for what you would expect from a local drugstore or photo shop. Cost per photo-25.3 cents per print for glossy and 32.3 cents each for matte-is the lowest of any dedicated small-format photo printer I’ve seen.

The Dash delivers a combination of features, speed, and output quality unheard of at this price.

Epson PictureMate Dash Review
Price range: $99.99 direct
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Fujitsu LifeBook S6510 Review: Luminous and Lightweight

Fujitsu LifeBook S6510
The question to consider with most ultraportables is what the manufacturer had to forgo to hit the target weight. A notable exception is the Fujitsu LifeBook S6510, which offers a glorious 14-inch widescreen in a 4-pound package. It’s a treat to see it accomplish something few laptops can do, even if it comes with a hefty price tag.

LED backlights, instead of fluorescent tubes, are the new wave in mobile computing, allowing for thinner screens and greater power savings. Fujitsu’s Crystal View technology accounts for the sheer brilliance of the matte screen, though you may have to put up with some glare wider fluorescent lighting.

The unit’s Intel dual-core processor, generous for an ultraportable, is the kind you’d find in a desktop replacement laptop and is paired with 2GB of RAM to handle the demands of Vista. The S6510 scored -well on our tests, though its SYSmark 2007 Overall score lagged behind those of systems with discrete graphics. Battery life was good at 3 hours 45 minutes, but you can up that to 6 hours by swapping out the DVD burner for an additional six-cell battery.

Features are generous, though the S6510 lacks cellular broadband; built-in Wi-Fi will have to suffice. The system boasts three USB ports, a FireWire port, an S-Video jack, plus VGA, Ethernet, and modem ports. The built-in dual-layer DVD burner is a treat, and the 1.3-megapixel webcam is handy for videoconferences. The S6510 keeps its 120GB hard drive secure with a fingerprint reader, a smart-card reader, and TPM (Trusted Platform Module).

On the whole, the S6510 offers a comfortable computing experience. The full-size keyboard feels a little mushy, but the mouse buttons and touchpad are plenty responsive. Four additional application keys above the keyboard can be customized to quick-launch any program. The speakers were a little weak, but that’s common in business-focused machines. Fujitsu did a good job with air circulation, too; temperature readings measured only 85° F across the base and palm rests.

Thanks to advances in technology and a magnificent widescreen, the powerful S6510 is a fine choice for any business with deep pockets.

Fujitsu LifeBook S6510 Review
Price range: $2.039 direct
Specs:
- 2.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 processor
- 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
- 120GB, 5,400-rpm hard drive
- 358MB Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
- 14-inch, 1,280-by-800 screen
- 4.0-pound system weight (4.9-pound travel weight)
- 63-Wh, 5.8-Ah lithium ion battery
- Windows Vista

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Garmin Nüvi 760 Review: Better GPS Device, Same Old Price


The latest premium navigation device from Garmin sports a trimmer, slicker design and adds some cool new features and refinements to the top-rated Nüvi 600 series. The best part: These improvements won’t cost you any more than the 660’s price of $799-making the Nüvi 760 is our favorite.

One of the slimmest GPS devices on the market, the Nüvi 760 sports an attractive charcoal-grey bezel and a bright, wide 4.3-inch display. Among the most welcome enhancements to the 760 is the addition of multisegment routing (for up to ten routes), an indispensable feature for long road trips. The device will also automatically remember its last position when you remove it from the mounting bracket, so you’ll never lose your car in the parking lot again.

While test-driving the Nüvi 760, I discovered another new feature: speed-limit postings. On major roads, a speed-limit sign will pop up on the map view if the data is available.

The Nüvi 760 comes preloaded with Navteq-based maps for the United States and Canada, as well as a POI database on its internal 2GB of memory. It also has Bluetooth, an MP3 player, a picture viewer, and an SD card slot.

This version of Garmin’s Nüvi adds a number of useful enhancements to the already capable 660. If you’re in the market for a loaded navigation device, the Nüvi 760 is an excellent choice.

Garmin Nüvi 760 Review
Price range: $799 list
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Monday, January 21, 2008

Epson Perfection V500 Photo Review: Picture-Perfect Scanning

Epson Perfection V500 Photo
Its great when new products wow us with an innovative feature, but every now and then these great ideas come together into a fully integrated whole that really knocks our socks off. This is the case with the Epson Perfection V500 Photo, a high-quality scanner that features an LED light source to eliminate warm-up time.

The scanner’s long list of impressive features includes 6.400-pixel-per-inch (ppi) optical resolution and hardware-based Digital ICE for removing dust and scratches. The V500’s LED light source qualifies it as green because, unlike standard cold cathode fluorescent lamps, it doesn’t contain mercury.

Setup is typical for a flatbed scanner. In addition to the Epson Twain driver, the V500 loads Photoshop Elements and the ABBYY FineReader 6.0 Sprint, a capable optical character recognition (OCR) program. The driver, complete with default, Home, and Professional modes, will be familiar to anyone who’s used other Epson scanners.

The V500’s scan quality and speed for both prints and film is on a par with the best of the competition, and the Digital ICE puts it over the top. The unit suffers from some shortcomings as an all-purpose scanner, but that’s inevitable given the V500’s focus on photos. Its combination of remarkable feature is impressive enough to make the V500 as good choice for photocentric scanners in its price range.

Epson Perfection V500 Photo Review
Price range: $249.99 direct
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LG 47LBX Review: Stylish LCD Struggles with Color

LG 47LBX
This 47-inch model handles standard-definition video better than most LCD HDTVs, and its 120-Hz display technology does a good job of minimizing smearing in fast-moving imagery. Still, the 47LBX requires several tweaks, before producing a decent looking picture, with the out-of-box color quality exhibiting too much variance. Overall, the set requires more adjustment than should be necessary for a new HDTV.

Handsomely, crafted, the 47LBX’s design includes a glossy black bezel and an attached swivel stand that provides a generous 50 degrees of rotation-25 degrees of horizontal swivel in each direction.

To guard against narrow viewing angles, which are typical in LCDs, the 47LBX uses Super-IPS screen technology, which helps deliver impressive viewing angles that all but eliminate color saturation loss - even at extreme viewing angles. The luminance of the picture did decrease slightly as viewing angles increased, but this set provides the best viewing angle performance I’ve seen from an LCD TV.

The 47-inch screen has a native resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels progressively scanned (1080p), and the TV’s HDMI, component video, and VGA ports are compatible with 1080p video input. Unfortunately, the 47LBX’s 6 percent overscan with HD video when using component or HDMI input was a detail-sacrificing disappointment. Standard definition overscan measured a moderate but still undesirable 7 percent.

Default color settings were also an issue. The TV’s warm color temperature preset measured a 10 percent red deficiency that gave the picture a slightly cool, bluish look. I found that performing a full white-balance calibration brought back the red while taming some of the bluish-greens that tainted darker details. The coarse response of these controls, however, made achieving an accurate adjustment difficult.

Standard video quality was excellent. The torchlit “Well of Souls” scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark has proven to be a challenging image-smear test for LCDs, and the 47LBX’s 120-Hz display technology handled it well, with no discernible motion-related artifacts. The color quality of this scene appeared slightly off, however, a side effect of the TV’s increased color inconsistencies in the darker details. High-definition video tests using a combination of satellite television, H D DVD, and Blu-ray media also revealed good motion performance.

Overall, LG televisions are among the most stylish I’ve seen, and this one is no exception. But in the end, I’d rather have an accurate, natural-looking picture, and the 47LBX practically requires a professional’s touch to get its image quality into the HD ballpark.

LG 47LBX Review
Price range: $3,499.95
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Western Digital My DVR Expander Review: Store More of Your Favorite Shows

Western Digital My DVR Expander
If you find yourself saving more shows on your TiVo HD or TiVo Series3 HD DVR than you can possibly watch, it may be time to upgrade your dwindling storage space. Western Digital’s My DVR Expander hooks up to an HD TiVo box (sorry, TiVo Series 1 and Series 2 owners, your boxes lack the needed eSATA port) and promises 60 extra hours of HD (high-def) content or 300 extra hours of SD (standard-def) video on its 500GB specialized hard drive.

Out of the box, my system lacked the software update required to use the DVR Expander drive, so I downloaded version 9.2 from the TiVo Web site. I strongly suggest that you take the time to read your DVR’s instructions before connecting to the DVR Expander, because if you don’t follow the process step by step you may lose all your currently recorded programs. That said, connecting the two is simple enough, but unfortunately, removing the DVR Expander later will cause you to lose any saved programs. The unit reformats when paired with new device, meaning that you can’t use it to transfer video,

I hope that the DVR Expander will support more DVRs besides TiVo and Scientific Atlanta down the road. The unit is pricey, but if it’s nearly unlimited TV viewing you crave, then it doesn’t get any better than this

Western Digital My DVR Expander Review
Price: $199.99 list
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HP Pavilion Elite m9040n PC Review: Elite Performance, Populist Price

HP Pavilion Elite m9040n PC
If working with Photoshop, transcoding videos, or ripping MP3s is just too slow on your old PC, maybe it’s time to get a higher-end multimedia desktop. The latest such rig in HP’s stable, the Pavilion Elite m9040n PC, combines a ton of features and excellent performance at a surprisingly affordable price.

The m9040n is multimedia to its (quad) core. It loads an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, 3GB of system memory, two 320GB hard drives in a RAID 0 array, an over-the-air ATSC (HDTV) tuner, wireless networking, a media card reader, and a plethora of ports. It would have been nice if HP had included an HD DVD or Blu-ray drive instead of its dual layer DVD±RW drive, though that would have pushed the price up significantly.

The m9040n has both Personal Media Drive (desktop class) and Pocket Media Drive (notebook class) bays for HP’s cartridge-style hard drives. Just pop an HP Personal Media or Pocket Media Drive into its respective bay and it’ll read like any other hard drive. With the Easy Backup button on the m9040n’s front panel, you can either back up manually or as a scheduled automatic backup to either the Personal or Pocket Media Drive (or to an external drive).

The m9040n proved its mettle on our multimedia tests. It ripped through our video encoding test in 1 minute flat and our Photoshop CS2 test in a sizzling 42 seconds. It likewise turned in a stellar 29seconds on our new Adobe Photoshop CS3 test.

If you’re looking for a multimedia powerhouse desktop, the M9040n should be on your short list. In both features and performance, it’s true to its “Elite” moniker, yet proletarian in price.

HP Pavilion Elite m9040n PC Review
Price range: $1,190
Specs:
- 2.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor
- 3GB 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM
- Two 320GB 7,200-rpm SATA hard drives in a RAID 0 array
- 256MB nVidia GeForce 8400 GS graphics card
- Windows Vista Home Premium

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OLPC XO-1 Review: A Laptop for the Masses

OLPC XO-1
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative has finally released its XO-1 laptop. For a $200 donation, it will send one to a child in a developing country that doesn’t have the means to buy one. You currently can’t get an XO-1 of your own, at least not without paying for 100 or more of them.

Technology- wise, the XO-1 is a study in contrasts. Its sub-500-MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, and 1GB of flash storage are puny by today’s standards (though fine for its target audience of 6- to 12-year olds). Other features, such as its networking capability, LED-backlit screen, and ruggedized exterior are things we’ve seen in $2.000 notebooks.

The two antennas serve as both screen latches and port covers, shielding the three USB ports as well as the headphone and microphone jacks. The XO-1 is Wi-Fi enabled, compatible with 802.11b/g, and capable of 802.11s mesh networking, in which the laptop acts as a node in a P2P network.

The laptop’s 7.5-inch screen can pivot 180 degrees into an e-Book mode. The interface is built on Fedora Linux. A taskbar at the bottom displays icons for functions such as Chat, Browse, Write, Paint, and Calculate, as well as open-source, educational programs. Among the more advanced are the TamTam music-creation program, and TurtleArt and Pippy, this programs will teach computer programming. The browser, a tweaked version of Firefox, supports Flash and AJAX-based sites.

The XO-1’s green-and-white frame is resistant to water, tumbles, and temperature extremes. The keyboard is very responsive. The XO-1 uses so little power that any 8-to-11-volt power system (hand generator, solar panel, or car battery) is enough to run it. I measured power usage at 18 warts while the battery was charging and 6W when charged. (Even an energy-efficient value desktop draws 60 to 100W.)

Millions of kids around the world have never used a computer and lack the means to get one. Putting the power of technology into their hands, and those of their families, has the potential of both improving their standard of living and moving us toward a true global village. And who knows? The Xo-1’s success may change the future of laptops in the U.S. as well.

OLPC XO-1 Review
Specs:
- 433-MHz AMD Geode LX-700 processor
- 256MB 333-MHz DDR SDRM
- 1GB flash storage
- Integrated graphics
- 7,5-inch LCD screen
- Fedora Core 7 Linux

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Haier Ibiza Rhapsody Review: The PC-Free Portable Media Player

Haier Ibiza Rhapsody
This innovative player puts your Rhapsody music in your hand without having to be connected to a PC- even for setup. The concept is simple: The Ibiza uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Rhapsody subscription music service to stream or grab any of its 4.5 million songs. It has a 30GB hard drive as well, so you can be use it as a traditional portable media player. (You do need to connect to your computer to got non-Rhapsody files on the Ibiza.) It also plays video and displays photos on a screen identical in size to that of the iPod. On top of that, there’s FM radio, a Web browser, and Bluetooth. It’s an impressive device, apart from some design and interface issues.

Elegant design isn’t one of the Ibiza’s strong points: Taking cues from other popular devices, it has an iPod- esque screen (2.5 inches, 320-by-240-pixel resolution) and a Zune-like touch-sensitive control pad, but the body of the player is covered with buttons. It isn’t exactly ugly, but it’s not as graceful as an iPod or a Zune. The Ibiza also comes with some adequate-sounding but flimsy earbuds. It didn’t take long for the left ear on mine to give out.

The Ibiza excels at seamless (and wireless) Rhapsody Integration. Samsung’s P2 and the iriver Clix Rhapsody integrate the service into their devices by loading content when you connect to your PC via USB, but Haier has them beat. When powered up, the Ibiza searches for available wireless networks (it uses 802. 11b/g). Once connected, you get Rhapsody’s home page, formatted for the device’s screen. Log in, and all your channels and selections are available. You can save songs to the player-just press the click pad and tunes are downloaded as you listen.

You can move non-Rhapsody content onto the player via Windows Media Player or Rhapsody on your PC. The Ibiza supports DRM-free AAC, MP3 (all bit rates), WMA, and WAV for audio; MPEG-4, WMJV, and H.264 for video; and JPEG and PNG for photos. But once I loaded the player with my own non-Rhapsody MP3s and WMAs, operation became painfully slow-as slow as dial-up. The sluggishness didn’t seem to affect Rhapsody functions, but the wait to listen to tunes or view images from the hard drive was long enough to wreck my mood.

If you want access to your Rhapsody account on the go, you should give the Ibiza a try. On the flip side, if you’re not a Rhapsody fan, there’s no reason to buy this device over an iPod or a Zune. The integration of the service is excellent and the PC-free concept is brilliant, but the interface is too slow. This player is only for the very patient.

Haier Ibiza Rhapsody Review
Price range: $288- $299
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LG VX10000 Voyager Review: Isn’t an iPhone killer

LG VX10000 Voyager
This super-powered, multitalented handset is a broadside aimed straight at Apple’s untouchable iPhone. It comes with a gorgeous touch screen, wireless stereo music, live TV, GPS, dual keyboards, and much more. The Voyager is also Verizon’s best text messaging device, its top entertainment gadget, and a handheld that’s just plain fun to use.

Apple should take notes on a number of the Voyager’s features, including the virtual T9 keypad that makes texting a breeze, the stereo Bluetooth support for music, and especially the way the touchscreen buttons “bite back” with force feedback. It’s a godsend when you use on the touch screen, allowing you to fly through the menu system’s large icons and even type URLs without opening up the phone.

If you don’t want to deal with virtual keys, you’ll find the Voyager’s spacious QWERTY keyboard, plus an additional screen and stereo speakers, once you flip it open. Moreover, the device supports Verizon’s mobile TV service, which provides eight channels of broadcast mobile TV (for $15 per month), making the Voyager a dandy little desktop TV set.

As a phone, the Voyager is fun to dial and use. Tapping the Unlock button on the front screen gives you a main screen with four icons: messaging, phone, address book and main menu. Tap the phone icon and you can dial on a virtual keypad. You can also use voice dialing, whether over a wired or Bluetooth headset, or flip the phone open and dial using the full keyboard. To scroll through the address book, just flick your finger as with an iPhone.

The Voyager’s phone reception and audio are acceptable but not impressive. While the earpiece achieves good volume, sound is distorted considerably at the top of the range. The speakerphone, on the other hand, doesn’t get tremendously loud, and it works only with the clamshell flipped open. The Voyager’s 4.5 hours of talk time isn’t bad for a phone with two huge, power-sucking screens.

There’s a lot to like here: You get a generous 183MB of available internal memory, and the device also has a microSD card slot. The huge internal screen makes the Voyager a great gaming phone, and the device works well with Verizon’s VZ Navigator GPS service. The Teleca browser makes Web pages look good, but surfing is slow despite the phone’s fast EV-DO connection-and there’s no Wi-Fi. But the 2-megapixel autofocus camera takes decent photos.

The Voyager’s flaws illustrate how Apple’s competitors struggle to make their high-end phones just work as well as the iPhone does. Like most other Verizon handsets, it has some frustrating menus and a perplexing inability to sync calendars, contacts, and videos with PCs or Macs.

No, the Voyager isn’t an iPhone killer. But if you choose your network first, and you’ve chosen Verizon, this is the closest you’ll get to a true mobile revolution-for now.

LG VX10000 Voyager Review
Price range:$499,99; $299,99 and up with contract
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SanDisk Cruzer Element Review

SanDisk Cruzer Element
This USB flash drive specialist manufacturer makes another breakthrough. They produce USB flash drive in locket format. If it’s seen at a glance, Cruzer Element - name of this product - not seen like flash drive at all. Especially if seeing its packaging which looking like velvet ornament box.

Its form really looks like a gold necklace. In the form of thin locket pendulum with preciuos stone eye, made from gold material. The USB connector is hidden. Only seen when some of locket edges pulled.

Cruzer Element is available in four variants. According to the preciuos stone type in it centered. The preciuos stone type depicts the four nature element in earth.

Nacre, having white color, symbolises wind. Eye of Tiger, having flame color, symbolises fire. Aventurine, having green colour, represents earth and land element. Iazuli layer, having blue colour, decorates Cruizer Element with white gold material, symbolises water.

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Philips-Swarovski Active Crystals
This collaboration gadget between Philips and famous crystal jewelry producer, Swarovski, has typical design. The basis form is simple, but spreads by luxuriant crystal. In this special series, there is two product formats, namely headphone and USB Memory Key.

Earphone series display more or less is equal to ordinary headphone. But, there is something which makes this peripheral so luxuriant. It is a slice of oval Swarovski crystal looked like chicken’s egg.

The earphone product divided in three types. Firstly, there is Amazone model which its form in a flash alike necklace. Earphone cable is placed in necklace backside. It’s also figured in a strap to hang the MP3 player. This model is sold at price of US$ 148.

For data storage product, it’s available four variants. That is, Heart Ware USB Memory Key, Heart Beat USB Memory Key, Lock In USB Memory Key, and Lock Out USB Memory Key.

Heart Ware and Heart Beat is data storage with locket format. Its measure only 4,3 x 4,4 x 1,9 cm. Apposite by its name, the locket is in the form of apart two heart. Half part is a stainless steel USB connector. Other part functioned as USB connector cover with crystal material.

Lock In and Lock Out are in the stainless steel padlock form. Its measure is 5 x 3,3 x 2 cm. The padlock is also functioning as USB with 1 GB capacities. Besides, there is a password protecting feature. Fourth type it’s sold at the price of US$ 178. The products will be available in certain outles started from Februari, to greet the Valentine Day moment.

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