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$76.89 list($299.99)
41. SanDisk SDCZ2-1024-A10 1 GB Cruzer
$349.99
42. Delphi MyFi XM2GO Portable XM
$134.99 $124.99 list($179.99)
43. Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 Portable
$299.00
44. Bose SoundDock System for iPod
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45. Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified
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46. Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital
$1,449.99 list($1,349.99)
47. Toshiba Satellite A75-S211 15.4"
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48. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
$769.99 $729.00 list($1,299.99)
49. Garmin StreetPilot 2610 In-Car
$386.65 list($429.99)
50. iRiver H340 40 GB Digital Music
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51. Nikon Coolpix 5900 5MP Digital
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52. Canon Powershot SD300 4MP Digital
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53. Apple Cinema 20" Flat-Panel Display
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54. Apple 6 GB iPod Mini Pink M9805LL/A
$113.99 $101.00 list($179.99)
55. Sandisk 512 MB Embedded MP3 Player
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56. Canon PowerShot S1 IS 3.2 MP Digital
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57. Apple 6 GB iPod Mini Green M9807LL/A
$149.99 $120.99 list($167.99)
58. Garmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted
$1,011.99 $939.99 list($2,399.99)
59. Samsung SyncMaster 213T-Black
$249.99
60. Creative Labs Zen Touch 20 GB

41. SanDisk SDCZ2-1024-A10 1 GB Cruzer Mini
list price: $299.99
our price: $76.89
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Asin: B0001FV3C8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SanDisk
Sales Rank: 49
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • USB 2.0 enabled
  • Small size
  • Requires no drivers
  • Stylish Design
  • Backward compatible with USB 1.1

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars CRUZER MINI IS A WINNER
I just purchased this product at Office Depot at a check out lane. This thing is a screaming eagle. It transfers files effortlessly and immediately. You can stick it in your pocket, wallet, or anywhere else you want to put it. Just plug it into your USB port and away you go. Like the other reviewer said, it's no bigger than a pack of gum and it's lightning fast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my needs & great value
I was using an older 128 MB flash drive as the file system for e-mail on two older laptop computers. This allowed me to keep my mail synchronized on my primary home system and the one I take on travel. The problem was that I outgrew the 128 MB, and since both of my systems were older circa 2001 laptops that used USB 1.1 and ran under Windows 98 SE none of the gigabyte flash drives would work with it - all of the others required either USB 2.0 and/or Windows ME or 2000.

This drive, however, is backwards compatible with the older USB 1.1 interface, and a Windows 98 SE driver is available for download from the manufacturer's site.

Download and installation of the new driver went perfectly. It was literally done in a few mouse clicks. I plugged the drive into each machine and it was immediately recognized by both my Sony and IBM laptops. I also tried this on a Windows 2000 system and it was immediately recognized and assigned as a disk drive without drivers.

Not only does this device work as advertised with no problems, but it also leaves room for a second USB device on laptops that have adjacent ports (my Sony is configured like this). My old flash drive required me to use an USB extension cable in order to have room to plug in my mouse, so the form factor is yet another feature I like about this particular model.

One final feaure I very much like - you can encrypt files on this device, and since I am using it as an email file system the privacy and protection this affords me is important.

Highly recommended if you want a high-capacity flash drive that will work on older Windows 98 SE systems, or just a reliable and easy-to-install flash drive for any system. It will not work on Windows 95 and below systems (none of the flash drives of which I am aware will). ... Read more


42. Delphi MyFi XM2GO Portable XM Satellite Radio Receiver with Home/Car Listening Kits
list price: $349.99
our price: $349.99
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Asin: B0006GFVPC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Delphi
Sales Rank: 70
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Amazon.com Review

Ready to dive head-first into XM satellite radio? This is the way to do it. Delphi's comprehensive MyFi listening kit includes everything from a handheld portable XM Satellite Radio receiver to complete home and car listening kits--as well as all you need to drift between the two, blissfully tuned in to any of XM's 130 channels of digital music, sports, news, and entertainment. The only thing this system doesn't come with is a subscription to XM Satellite Radio Service, which is required for use ($9.95 per month, no contract required).



Compact and easy to use the MyFi gives you 130 satellite channels all in one little package.
Using the MyFi, you can listen to XM's broad channels array--referred to as XM's "Ultimate PlayList"--anytime, anywhere: at home, at work, in the car, and even on foot. The versatile, pocket-sized receiver lets you enjoy your XM programming in 2 ways: a "live" listening mode (tuning in directly to what's playing now) and a time-shifting "memory" mode, which affords at least 5 hours of virtual recording so you can listen at your convenience to news, concerts, and other time-sensitive broadcasts.

MyFi's live mode grants access to all of XM's 68 commercial-free music channels, plus premier news, sports, talk, traffic, and weather listings. MyFi's memory mode, called "My XM," stores 5 hours or more of XM's content at the press of a button, even when the unit is not otherwise in use. Clip on the supplied MyFi XM Radio antenna and holster the receiver in its belt clip and you're ready for action--the kit even comes with matching silver earbud headphones.

A large, illuminated 6-line LCD is your gateway to browsing XM's many channels. You can browse by station (many of which are arranged by genre) or by the artist and song or other program currently playing on each channel. You get up to 30 channel presets to simplify access to your favorites, and a handy memo button stores artist and song data for up to 20 performances you'd like to look into (or find again on XM) later.

You can configure the MyFi receiver to scroll stock and sports-score tickers across its LCD, a great way to keep an eye on important stats at a glance. The receiver also features a built-in sleep timer (15 minutes to 1 hour) and an alarm clock (wake to a beep or to XM programming).

The home kit consists of a home docking stand, a home XM Radio antenna, a stereo minijack to stereo RCA audio cable, and an AC power adapter. The car kit includes a car cradle, a car antenna, a cassette audio adapter, a DC vehicle power adapter, a swivel mount (with extra adhesive), a vent mount, a flush mount, a cleaning kit, and Velcro pads.



The Delphi XM MyFi comes with all of the accessories needed to enjoy XM on the go, at home, at work, or in any vehicle.
A built-in wireless FM transmitter in the MyFi receiver makes any FM radio an XM radio--simply tune in on your car radio, for instance, to listen to XM programming through your car speakers. (XM states that audio quality is better using the supplied cassette audio adapter, however.) The supplied rechargeable battery pack is good for up to 5 hours of use between charges.

What's in the Box
Handheld MyFi receiver with a clip-on XM radio antenna, an integrated rechargeable battery, a complete home accessory kit (with antenna and audio cable), a complete vehicle accessory kit (with antenna), stereo earbud headphones, a remote control, a remote battery, a belt clip/stand, and a protective carrying case. ... Read more

Features

  • The ultimate XM Satellite Radio listening kit--includes car kit, home kit, rechargeable battery, earbud headphones, antennas, and more
  • Memory mode stores up to 5 hours of scheduled XM content, with no computer downloading or list management (no computer needed)
  • Live mode gives you access to XM's more than 130 digital music, sports, news, and entertainment channels, any time and anywhere
  • Rechargeable battery automatically charges and provides 5 hours of use; built-in wireless FM transmitter lets you listen through any FM radio
  • Measures 2.8 x 4.5 x 1.2 inches (W x H x D), receiver only

43. Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 Portable Audio System for iPod
list price: $179.99
our price: $134.99
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Asin: B0006G0RSI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing Technologies
Sales Rank: 93
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Altec Lansing's ultra-small, ultra-sleek portable speaker and charging system with built-in docking port for iPod lets you enjoy your digital music collection without earbuds. This versatile system also connects to other audio devices, including laptops and other MP3 players, with an auxiliary input jack and included 3.5mm stereo cable. A highly efficient Class D amplifier powers four full-range micro drivers to deliver excellent sound; MaxxBass technology booms the deep notes so there's no need for a separate subwoofer. Simple operation is as easy as placing your iPod into the dock or connecting it through the auxiliary port. The dock recharges your iPod, too. The inMotion iM3 comes with a remote control, a 3V lithium battery and a protective carry case. Measures 1" x 8" x 5 1/2" and weighs 15 oz. One-year warranty. No-hassle 2- or 3-year Product Replacement Guarantee available (see order form). ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in docking station holds, recharges, and synchronizes iPod
  • Includes wireless remote and carrying bag; measures 8 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches (W x H x D)
  • Portable audio system designed specifically for use with iPod and iPod mini
  • 4 full-range 28 mm neodymium micro drivers produce rich, crystal-clear sound
  • MaxxBass technology delivers quality bass performance without a subwoofer

Reviews (14)

3-0 out of 5 stars Ehh..
Well.. I got these speakers for my birthday.. Luckily I still have the receipt.

The sound quality is OK if you're sitting close by.Once you raise the volume everything sounds distorted.

My friend has the Logic3 I-Station iPod Dock and Speaker Station (also on amazon) and they sound a hell of a lot better than these.

Sucks really.. I got these because Altec is a good brand.Oh well..

4-0 out of 5 stars Color Me Impressed
Let's start with- This is not what I expected.Seriously, I was expecting much less from this thing.I ordered this because I was tired of using my iTrip with my current radio in my room.I like to just leave my iTrip in my car, and the iTrip doesn't have the good quality I would like in my bedroom at home.

When I got this in, I looked at it thinking it would be small sound, small everything really.But I was pleasantly suprised.The sound is quite full for the size of the unit.Now it is no Bose Sounddock, so don't expect lots of bass...actually there is NO bass in this little thing - I tried some current r&b and rap tunes and kind of laughed.But I still appreciate the value of these speakers because of the tiny amount of space it takes up, the good quality sound, the ease of use, and the portability factor.The sound is room filling, but no more than that.Don't expect to hear this thing jamming from across the house, but I'm not worried about that. I live in an apartment with a roommate, so I don't mind the smaller sound, she doesn't either.

Get these if you can't shell out $300 for the Bose Sounddock...you won't be disappointed

3-0 out of 5 stars Sacrifice sound quality for portability & trendiness...
OK, these are certainly better than those pathetic Bose iPod speakers that cost over twice as much---no surprise there, Bose is just one huge hype/marketing scam.

The question you need to ask yourself is, however, do you REALLY need this much compactness and portability?

Sure these speakers sound fine...if you are sitting within about 3 feet of them and have them at moderate volumes only, that is.

If you want more room-filling sound you're much better lugging around a pair of self-powered plug-in 2.0 or 2.1 computer speakers like the Klipsch ProMedia 2.0 or better yet find a boombox that has auxilary input plugs so you can plug your iPod into it (this may be hard to do since most boomboxes these days are so cheaply built).

Otherwise to be frank, you're better off investing in a nice pair of Sennheiser headphones.Itty-bitty flat speakers look cute but if you're serious about your music they just don't cut it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Travel Pool Side Speakers!
Pretty incredible sound for something as small and light as a hardback book.I have traveled to NYC, Australia, & Mexico now with these amazing speakers and I cannot go anywhere out of town without them.You no longer have to bring all the other chargers with you, this will charge your ipod while it it plugged into your hotel wall at night.We have taken them to the beach, pool, boat, etc.They make a great converstation piece as well. Highly recommend them!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Office/Travel Stereo
I've had this for a total of one week, and I can't imagine life without it. Absolutely perfect for an office or other smaller enclosed spaces, although I used it outside this weekend for yardwork, and it wasn't half bad. Yes, the Bose SoundDock has a richer sound (I've compared the two side by side offline), but it wasn't worth spending more than double on that device. Plus, it (the Bose) isn't as portable - this version collapses just as advertised, about the size and weight of a hardcover book. I travel a bit, and I can't wait to take this on the road.

If you're in the market for an iPod stereo such as this, look no further (and no, I don't work for Altec Lansing). ... Read more


44. Bose SoundDock System for iPod or iPod mini - White
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B0006VX1G8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Bose
Sales Rank: 263
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Bose SoundDock digital music system was specifically designed to expand and enhance your enjoyment of the music stored on your iPod or iPod mini. Just slip it into the docking cradle for the Bose sound your favorite songs deserve. The iPod charges as it plays, so you enjoy music without interruption. Its sleek, slender design fits almost any rooms décor. And the included remote lets you control the SoundDock system from across the room. Bose performance meets your iPod. Enjoy the songs on your iPod or iPod mini like never before. The SoundDock system is designed to play your favorite tracks with crisp clarityallowing you to discover subtleties in your music that used to simmer beneath the surface. A host of proprietary technologies adds vitality and realism to your tracks. With Bose proprietary acoustic design, you enjoy a full, rich sound thats greater than youd expect from a system this small. Easy to use. Easy on the eyes. Easy to love. The SoundDock system is easy to operate. Just plug it in, pop in your iPod and play. Your iPod works as long as it has a dock connector on the bottom. There are no extra wires or adapters. The included remote allows you to control your music at the push of a button. And a stylish, sophisticated look means it can be the center of attention or blend in wherever you place it. The SoundDock system and your iPod share a commitment to simplicity, quality and above all, music. Now just introduce them and watch this pair become best friends. ... Read more

Features

  • Renowned Bose sound from your iPod or iPod mini
  • Docking cradle charges the iPod as it plays, with no cables or adapters
  • Credit card-sized remote controls volume and basic iPod functions
  • The iPod is not included with this system.

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW GREAT MACHINE
It took me a couple of weeks to decide if I wanted to buy this. With all of the different reveiws of it. Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did. IT SOUNDS GREAT. It fills the whole apt. The sound is strong and clear.This is the best you can buy for external speakers for you ipos. It sounds just like a stereo. I am so totaly happy with it

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced GARBAGE!
My mother gave me one of these for my birthday and as much as I love her, I was really disappointed.See, I am not an audiophile but I have had a fair bit of experience with good audio because I used to work in a small audio store, and in the audio industry is full of little dittys about Bose: "BOSE=Buy Other Sound Equipment" or "Bose blows" or "No highs, no lows, it must be Bose."I am not saying you have to go out and buy a $5,000 system to get good sound, but only that you can get far better sound for half the price that Bose will gouge you for...they are NOTORIOUSLY bad, the only thing they have going for them is massive and relentless advertising campaigns, and cute compact little designs.

So I plug in this Sound-Crock thing, and jump out of my skin...never in my life have I heard MP3 sound so bad!!!This is exactly what a lot of doomsayers were warning about when MP3 first came out, that its musical quality would be horrible.It was simply unlistenable!

Well, I plan on eBaying this thing as soon as a few months pass and my Mom forgets that she gave it to me.Maybe I'll just tell her that my dog ate it or something...but then I'd have to kill my dog, and I don't want to do that.So maybe an irate girlfriend smashed it to pieces, yeah Mom will like to hear about that drama, she loves soap operas as I suspect that most Bose-buyers probably do which explains their buying disasters.

Anyway right now I have my iPod plugged into my Aiwa AWP-ZX7 boombox and for just two hundred dollars it blows this THREE hundred dollar Bose hunka-junk clear out of the water!I highly recommend you do the same, a boombox is also far more versatile, can play normal CDs, radio and cassette, plus way better sound quality.

Oh, I forgot...it's not as cutesy as this little Bose.GAG!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound!
I ordered the Soundock online and received it within 5 days.It is unbelievably easy to set-up - just plug in the adapter for your size iPod, plug in and enjoy!The sound from the notebook sized speaker is amazing!The remote doesn't have a ton of functions available, but I find it's not really needed.Overall, I would definitely purchase again and am considering a second unit to keep at the office.Excellent sound quality!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sound Loud or Sound Low, Bose does it Best
My gal Sara and I are music people. We're writers and photographers and we have music all around the house. However the darkroom and the kitchen have no speakers, are not wired for sound. Enter the Bose SoundDock. Yes, it's expensive, but we listened to all of the others out there before we plunked our credit cards down and bought two of these. The sound is absolutely incredible, just what you'd expect from Bose. Drop your Pod in the Dock and you're good to go. Nothing made by the competition comes close. Sound loud or sound low, Bose does it best. The tiny remote works like a champ and the dock keeps your Pod charged. Sara's lives in the darkroom, unless she's out and about with it and mine lives in the kitchen, it seems it's found a permanent home there as I got an iPod Shuffle for our anniversery (she got flowers and won't forgive me), but that's another story.

Jack Priest, Writer from the Darkside

1-0 out of 5 stars yet another pretty joke from Bose!
This SoundDock system is the worse Apple iPod speaker accessory I've ever seen, and I've seen quite a few of them.Even the lady at the Bose store was wincing when I turned the volume just over the halfway mark, that's how bad they sounded.

HOWEVER like all Bose products, these are very pretty.They look good.Nice compact and clean design.Yes.Very pretty.

BUT like all Bose products, sound quality is mediocre at best, and absolutely ATROCIOUS when compared to competitors' products in the same price range---difficult to do because very few competitors use the outrageous 800% markup Bose does.

To the uneducated listener, they SEEM to have less distortion than other speakers only because Bose speakers are designed to reproduce only 60% of the sound spectrum (up to around 13KHz, whereas the spectrum of human hearing maxes out at 20KHz), and also they simply don't go very loud, so voila, you THINK these are "clear" when in reality they are simply LIMITED.But when compared to some truly decent quality speakers (which often cost less, much less) you'll immediately see that Bose speakers have a tinny, castrated and closed-off sound.

Highly respected names in audio like JBL and Harman Kardon also make similiarly small-and-pretty iPod speakers that cost 1/2 to 1/3 of these which sound much better.Still, keep your expectations low---you can only get so much sound out of lousy 2-3" drivers.The ONLY justification for buying ANY of these tiny "iPod speakers" is if you ABSOLUTELY want to have speaker sound while on the road for some reason.

Otherwise if you are looking for something to play your iPod out of at home, you are much better just buying a simple $3 Y-adapter cable and connecting your iPod to your home stereo or mini-system, or even a cheap boombox that has auxilary-input connections.

The cheapest and far better sounding solution is just to use a 2.1 computer speaker system (self-powered computer speakers with subwoofer) like the Logitech Z2300 or Altec Lansing MX5021 or Klipsch ProMedia 2.1, all of which are LIGHT YEARS better for ***HALF*** the price! ... Read more


45. Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $79.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000204SWE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tap into multimedia fun with Philips' broad-format, high-style, and ultra-slim DVP642 DVD player. The DVP642 is not only a high-end progressive-scan DVD player equipped to offer scintillating images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs, it's a tech-savvy player that spins your MP3- and JPEG-encoded recordable CDs (as well as Kodak's and Fuji's variants of the same) and CDs loaded with MPEG-4 and DivX video (3.11, 4.x, and 5.x files), perfect for viewing Internet-sourced content in your home theater. Want more? The player also converts Region 1/All Region PAL-formatted discs (the video standard in Europe) for viewing on standard NTSC televisions (and vice-versa, if only for video CDs).



The DVP642's progressive-scan functionality allows compatible TVs to display the even and odd numbered lines of an image in a single pass. This minimizes screen flicker, which is easier on your eyes.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVP642 stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Playback options include five-disc resume, which lets you pick up where you left off on your five most recently viewed DVDs (not applicable for MP3 or JPEG CDs), disc-lock parental controls, and picture zoom for magnification of select images.

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). The DivX media format is MPEG-4 based video compression that lets you save large files like films, movie trailers, and music videos on recordable media.

Philips' 4x video upsampling offers smoother images even when viewing interlaced (nonprogressive) signals through the player's component-video, S-video, or standard composite-video outputs. SmartPicture provides optimum picture settings for color, brightness, saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc., to enhance your overall viewing experience at all times.

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). The DivX media format is MPEG-4 based video compression that lets you save large files like films, movie trailers, and music videos on recordable media.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (one each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD-Video player, remote control with batteries, a user's manual, and an analog audio/composite-video interconnect. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, video CD, audio CD, JPEG image CD, and CDs loaded with MP3, MPEG-4, or DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x files
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on HD-ready TVs; SmartPicture and 4x video upsampling enhance all outputs
  • Optical and coaxial digital-audio terminals pass Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals
  • PAL-to-NTSC format conversion--great for viewing non-region-encoded European discs
  • Measures 17.1 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (45)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Player with minor flaws
I recently purchased the Philips DVP642 DVD player and I am quite pleased with it. I have a lot of files in .avi format, and it takes me several hours to encode them in DVD, SVCD, or VCD format to play on a DVD player. Now, with this player, I can just put my .avi files onto CD-Rs, pop them in the DVD player let the machine do the rest.

The quality that AVI, DIVX, and MPEG-4 are displayed in is amazing. The files play much better than they do on my home computer. This is thanks to a "smart" technology that the player uses to enhance compressed video. Many scenes will appear in almost DVD quality.

Many users have complained about the sloppy interface. I tend to disagree. Although other DVD players offer far better interfaces, this one holds up quite well. It will not distract from the overall experience you will have with this product. The remote control feels more like a television remote, though.

This unit is not perfect. It doesn't play Nero Digital MPEG-4s. There isn't any sound on non-VOB structured MPEG-2 files, nor is there any sound when miniDVDs are played (but who uses those anyways). However, a simple file conversion program will solve most of these problems allowing you to keep up to 2 hours of very good quality video on one CD. No DVD players are perfect and the bottom line is for $70 this unit is a steal. If you have a lot of video files laying around on your cpu and a cd burner, this player is a must buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD/DivX Player (for the price!)
The Philips DVP642 is truly superb at its price point. DVD playback is just as good as my older Onkyo DV-SP501 (at more than twice the price) and it can play DivX and XviD files (at almost DVD quality) as well as MP3's JPEG's and VCD's!

Unlike the experience of the reviewer from Erie, PA, my player does resume playing the DVD from the scene where you've pressed the stop button (of course if you press stop TWICE it will take you to the beginning of the DVD).

The unit is ultra thin (1.7" high) and stylish. Colors are vivid at its default setting but you have the option to tweak them if you deem necessary via a system menu, a feature that Philips calls SmartPicture. Video output is available for component video, SVideo or CVBS. For audio you have digital or analog output. You also have an option to set the video for your type of monitor 4:3 P/S, 4:3 Widescreen or 16:9. You may zoom in during playback on both DVD or DivX/XviD files. Resolution

The one weakness I can find is with the remote. It is a bit skimpy, for example, no dedicated open/close tray button, instead one must press the stop key for about 5 seconds which will either open or close the tray. Buttons are small and placed close together. If anyone knows of a universal remote that works with this unit please include it in your review.

Overall this player has far exceeded my expectations. Well done Philips!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DIVX player sofar
I am an avid anime fan - it does it's job, and well. It processes the divx codecs better than my amd64 and intel systems. I have thrown ALOT at it sofar and takes it all without any hiccups. I have FMAlchemist (26 eps.) on 1 dvd-r and it plays them all. One reservation - it has a slightly clunky interface, but is still very functional.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Performance
I am simply amazed with the quality of this DVD/Divx player. I was skeptical at first, but figured at the price, why not take a chance, at worst I would just have another DVD player. WOW! Once I plugged it into my system it took no time at all and I was up and running all file formats advertised, with no problems whatsoever! I tested it's limits when I burned multiple .avi files onto a DVD-R...it played them flawlessly! There is very little this player can't do and it does it at the fraction of the cost of other "Media" players. Well worth the trip to the store and the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD player I have owned
This thing is great. I have tons of movies and files in the DivX format and this player reads them all. You can burn an entire movie onto one CD-R and play it on the DVP642 with no issues. I have owned this for about 4 months now and it plays EVERYTHING. Types I have tried (with success).... DVD, CD, JPEG CD, VCD, SVCD, MP3 CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R. For $70, it's just insane that the player is this good. My grandmother's old player would not play much anymore, so I got her one of these and she LOVES it too. Can't say enough good stuff about this. Progressive-scan, plays every format out there, slim-line, quiet, works well, lots of options. Awesome DVD player. ... Read more


46. Nikon Coolpix 8800 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Vibration Reduction Optical Zoom lens

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Asin: B00061S2OO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 155
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Features

  • 8.0 Effective Megapixels for photo-quality prints beyond 20" x 30"
  • 10x Ultra Telephoto Optical Zoom-Nikkor ED 35-350mm Lens (35mm equivalent) for wide-angle, telephoto, and macro shots
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) System helps you take sharper handheld shots in low light and other conditions
  • D-Lighting improves images shot with strong back lighting or in shadow
  • 15 Scene Modes automatically adjust controls for great pictures instantly

47. Toshiba Satellite A75-S211 15.4" Notebook PC (Intel Pentium 4-M Processor 538 (Hyper-Threading), 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD SuperMulti Drive)
list price: $1,349.99
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Asin: B0006ZK3VK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 27
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Toshiba Satellite A75-S211 Notebook PC The Satellite A75 Series combines a host of multimedia features with a series of productivity applications to create a complete mobile computing experience perfect for PC digital media enthusiasts, young adults, and families.Select models (A75-S231, A75-S2311) come standard with a 5-in-1 bridge media adapter which accepts various digital media including Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Stick Pro, SmartMedia, Multi Media Card, and xD-Picture cards to quickly transfer digital files. Rounding out the media transfer sources, an onboard i.Link (IEEE 1394) port is also included. Get the productivity edge: CPU power, memory for multitasking, unlimited storage, and a TruBrite, wide-screen display for viewing documents side-by-side! Enhanced high speed Wi-Fi (802.11g) for improved throughput. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Full featured Laptop with Excellent Display
This is a fantastic laptop with a amazing screen.It comes with just about everything one would need.The build quality seems to be much better than Gateway, HP, Compaq on a side to side comparison, and about the same as Dell and Sony laptops.The computer runs fairly cool (much cooler than my old Sony P3 750) and also very quiet (much quieter than old Sony).So far, there are no problems.I have left it on for a week with no problems.The computer is well configured and runs very smoothly.

Now the negatives... The fixed 512mb memory is really annoying.This limits you to 1.5 gig instead of 2 gig of memory.Then, there is the mouse pad... the buttons are extremely small, and feel the same as its surrounding plastic (small, no height difference, no texture difference).This makes it hard to locate, even for an experienced mouse pad user.The mouse pad buttons are also not sensitive around the sides and feel really cheaply made on top of being tiny.For a well designed computer, this is inexcusable.I have never seen a laptop with a less ergonomic mouse pad!My third complaint with this laptop is that the chip seem to have a hard time hitting 100% performance no matter what I throw at it.This is rather different from a desktop computer where the chip seem to reach 100% performance easily.

The negatives are annoying quirks rather than performance issues.All in all, this is a nice computer at a competitive price. ... Read more


48. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0007Y79GC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 864
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Quality performance. Precision detail.

With the image quality of a dedicated film scanner, plus the flexibility of a flatbed scanner all in one affordable product, the Epson Perfection® 4990 Photo delivers a total digital scanning solution.

This powerful performer scans multiple slides simultaneously, as well as negatives and photos. And, with its built-in transparency unit, it accommodates film up to 8" x 10". Housed in a sleek outer case with an illuminated scan progress indicator, this scanner delivers intricate detail, due to an astounding 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth, and 4.0 Dmax. And, it easily restores faded or damaged film and photos with Epson Easy Photo Fix™ and DIGITAL ICE™ Technology.

Features:

  • Scan images with precision quality and detail
  • Get high-quality scans from negatives and transparencies
  • Automatically correct an image when scanning damaged film and photos
  • Speed through every scan
  • Epson Premium software bundle
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Features

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6
  • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
  • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 4.0 Dmax, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
  • Adapters for slides, film strips, medium format, and 4-by-5 film
  • Epson Easy Photo Fix and Digital Ice technology

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT from the start
Seldom have I been so pleased with a purchase!

UNLIKE the Microtek scanner I previously owned that gave me nothing but aggravation from the git-go, I loaded the software, plugged the Epson 4990 in with the included USB cable and, using Photoshop as the platform, IMMEDIATELY scanned an 8 x 10 page of medium format negatives successfully.Eyeballing the colors, I did not think ANY correction was needed.I had NO PROBLEMS loading the software or with anything else.

I subsequently read the CD contained instructions and found that I had failed to use the 8 x 10 transparent media placement guide.It worked ANYWAY!

This scanner is particularly suited for "serious" amateur and professional photographers.It comes with negative holders for 35mm, 120 and 4 x 5 sheet film.In addition, as noted above, it will also scan the whole 8 x 10 inch area so you can do proof sheets from your transparent negative file pages.

I also scanned a music CD cover and liner, using Photoshop to convert the liner to black and white, and a 4 x 6 color photo.The scanner worked perfectly on all.The resolution of the four to six point type of the CD liner was crisp.This was a scan as a reflective image and NOT using OCR software.

I have only had it for a week and will update this review once I've tried its OCR capabilities. ... Read more


49. Garmin StreetPilot 2610 In-Car GPS Receiver with 128 MB CompactFlash Card
list price: $1,299.99
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Asin: B0000AN4EG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 402
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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



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

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

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



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

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



What's in the Box
The StreetPilot 2610, the MapSource City Navigator 5 CD-ROM (full U.S. plus select Canadian coverage; unlock included), a 128 MB CompactFlash memory card, an integrated dash mount, a portable beanbag mount (friction mount), an external speaker with a 12/24-volt adapter cable, an AC power adapter, a PC/USB interface cable, an alphanumeric remote control, an owner's manual, a quick-reference guide, and a setup guide. ... Read more

Features

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

Reviews (41)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Product
I initially bought Megellan 700 and had to return it the next day as it didn't acquire signal for 2 hours.

Garmin 2610 is a much better product than Megellan 700:
Very accurate with addresses.
Timely and loud voice prompts.
Ease of use.
Supplied Power Adaptor lets you use it indoors and lets you plan trip and
add waypoints.
Relilable, as it doesn't use hard drive, no chance of faliure,
Generated mapa image can be saved on computer and transferred to new CF card anytime.
Easy to read in night driving.
Remote Control.
Waypoints remains stored on GPS's onboard memory and doesn't need to be recreated while putting a new CF card.


Problems I faced during my testing :

It was pointing me to the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Brooklyn instead of the one near to my home in Forest Hills Queens, NY and same Kinko's.

Once I had to take service road of Van Wyck Expressway because of traffic jam,
it didn't recalculate the route and kept telling, "take exit 19 on right" while I was on service road, in other words, it couldn't distinguish between Expressway and its service road.

Software Doesn't Work with MAC OSX.

I gave 3 stars because of above problems and software didn't work on Mac OSX.
I had to use old P2 64Meg laptop instead of my powerful dual processor mac.
It took 12 hrs to generate the detailed maps of 8 states.

Garmin should make Mac compatible software.

All in all very satisfied with the product and don't buy megellan.

5-0 out of 5 stars GPS System Excellent
The Streetpilot 2610 is excellent. It is so much easier to user then any other ones I have used in the past. Setup was a snap. The included Compact Flash Card is great. Touch screen is nice as well. Turn by turn directions by voice are great, keeps your eyes on the road.

I strongly recommend getting the garmin external antenna(about $60 extra from amazon) as it improves signal strength. Other then that, you are good to go.

5-0 out of 5 stars When you need directions in every area
The Garmin automotive navigation is a great item in which for those new comers who drive or ride from Florida or California. This little item makes it easy for regular travler to find their way around. So in times of going to the club in the next town or just driving around major one way streets this little gadge makes anyone a pro in getting to thier point of orgin. So travel a little safer whether you take the train in holland or the drive to El Paso, Tx. Here's to TRAVELING ON A SAFER LEVEL.

Thank You
Shara L. Bouie
Atlanta,Ga<USA

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent product; had for a year now. great product; great great, great. gets you to your destination;

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome navigation unit!!
I've been wanting a gps unit for a long time now. couldn't decide between and "in-dash" unit or a "portable" one. after deciding on a portable one, I'm HAPPY I decided on the garmin 2610! after reading the manual one time through, the setup was easy! had to read it again to really learn the features in detail...this thing is amazing!! you CAN'T get lost with one of these! especially with a voice telling you where and when to turn and how far to go before the next turn comes up. I tried driving off route and it QUICKLY recalculates an alternate route.

I think the 128 compatch flash is fine if you need it for just a few states, but if travelling cross country, then more would be needed.

loading the software to the pc and downloading the needed maps was quick and painless! I think thats the only big difference with the 2610/2620, as the 2620 has a harddrive that comes preloaded with the maps for the continental US.

the only thing i would change is to have the speaker on the unit itself instead of on the power cable. but it's really no big deal! it really is a great unit!! ... Read more


50. iRiver H340 40 GB Digital Music Player with Color Display
list price: $429.99
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Asin: B00065W74Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 226
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Features

  • Plays up to 1200 hours of digital music with 40GB of internal storage
  • Large, vivid color display, Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers
  • Supports secure transfers from Windows Media Player
  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to 16hrs
  • View JPEG or BMP images on color display

51. Nikon Coolpix 5900 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $449.95
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Asin: B0007KQWEG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 54
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

5.1-megapixel effective recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * approximately 13.5 MB of built-in memory (holds about 5 images at highest quality setting) * 2" color LCD * ... Read more

Features

  • Macro shooting as close as 1.6 inches
  • Powered by a Lithium-ion battery (included); stores images on SD memory cards
  • 5.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom through a quality Zoom-Nikkor lens (zoom is equivalent to 38-114mm in a 35mm camera)
  • 2.0-inch LCD display; exclusive Nikon In-Camera Red-Eye Fix

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars What else can be said? This is an excellent camera.
I just recently purchased the 5900 a couple of weeks ago, and have been extremely pleased with the quality, features and ease of use that this camera brings. I used to own a Coolpix 4300 and it too gave me great shots. But one thing that the 5900 improves on besides the in-camera red-eye sensor, is the fact that I no longer have to contend with a camera lens cover. When you hold this camera, you know you have a sophisticated piece of equipment. It doesn't feel like some cheap toy you picked up from the toy store. For it's size, it has nice balance. Quite simply the best camera for the buck. If there was one thing I would improve on, it would be to add better photo editing software.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Digital Camera
So after a weekend Cinco de Mayo party where everyone attending owned and was operating a digital camera, I figured it was time to join the revolution.After some research, I decided to go with this camera for the price, and the reviews that I had read in digital camera forums across the net.I am not an expert on digital cameras, nor will I even attempt to elaborate on shutter speed or anything of the sort.What I do know is that this 5.1MP camera captures incredibly vivid pictures, which when viewed on my camera for the first time last night solidified my decision to purchase this fine piece of electronics ingenuity.The video capture mode is also amazing, except I'm going to have to figure how to run them smoothly on my comp, but that could just take some simple editing.Size of the camera is amazing, and it literally fits in your back pocket( it may be slightly larger in construction vs. the canon SD series, but for the prices its unbeatable).I recommend this camera highly, and I'm pleased to add another 5 star rating to this wonderful camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far
I have been researching/shopping for my first digital camera for a little while now. My first camera was Nikon 6006 and after 14 years is still producing amazing pictures. That probabaly played a role in my leaning towards Coolpix. I have been using 5900 for 4 days now. So far this is what I know
-Easy to shoot (without a tripod)
-I don't like reading manuals and so far didn't have to
-Bought a 1 GB Ultra 2 SD card from Costco(89), easy to install and format (not as fast as I thought it would be)
-Good quality movie capture (not the audio part), although that is not what I intend to use it for
-Not overly impressed with digital zoom, optical works as it is suppose to

Haven't decided on a printer yet. If you plan to buy one of the Epson printer, buy it with the camera or else you would not be able to use the advertised rebate. (Read the fine print on back page of rebate form.) From what little I have read so far, I am not leaning towards Epson. I will report back in a few weeks after I have used the photo software and made some prints.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pleased, but not entirely thrilled. sample photos link here
Here's a link to some 3MP and 1 5MP random pics I took.Click on the dog to view more.
http://www.pbase.com/digitaltim/nikon_5900_pics


Overall I'm very happy with this camera.

I'm not crazy about the lack of sharpness, but I think it might be from motion blur. Some shots are fairly clear, but I'm often deleting fuzzy pics. I have a couple digital olympus cameras that are 2X the size, but much clearer. The 640 X 480 30fps videos w/ sound are great, especially considering its a compact camera - no complaints in the videos. The sound in the video is better than I expected, not perfect -->adequate. (my latest camcorder is a canon zr-85, which I'm weighing my opinions against in the video department) The cam lightens videos when needed. It's useful for candle or dimly lit rooms.

The camera feels solid, its fun to use, and easy. For me its a nice point and shoot.

Its tough to say whether or not I'd buy this again. The pics are good, not excellent. I think alot of the sharpness problems would be fixed with a tripod.I'm really happy with the video quality from this camera, but I'd look at other cams before deciding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality:price ratio!
This is my first digital camera. Before this I owned a Pentax and a Canon SLR and a Canon ELPH APS camera. I was pretty set on getting a Canon, but after doing a lot of online research and visiting many camera stores, I decided on the Nikon CoolPix 5900 - and I'm glad I did.

As far as I can tell this camera beats every other in its price range on advanced features. I won't go over them here, you can look at the product description for a list of them, then go to the page for the Canon SD300 (or any other brand) and compair. Also note that the SD400, Canon's 5MP camera, is actually priced at $399 and the 4MP SD300 is at $349, though you can currently get discounts on both. More importantly, the standard image quality is on-par with Canon and Sony (the only real competition in this range if you ask me), and when you throw in in-camera red-eye removal and D-Lighting it goes a step beyond. I know there are many other quality companies making cameras in this price range, but after reviewing actual prints from just about every one, it became aparent that Canon and Nikon in particular always looked noticably better in my opinion.

Also of note are the quality Nikkor ED optics, sturdy and light aluminum body, 2" LCD with a stunningly (really) high refresh rate and an excellen user interface, 640x480 movie mode at 30FPS with sound and surprisingly long battery life.

I highly recommend this product to anyone looking into getting a digital camera or looking to replace their aging one. ... Read more


52. Canon Powershot SD300 4MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $449.95
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Asin: B00064O89Y
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 21
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Features

  • The ultra-sleek, ultra-slim Canon PowerShot SD300 delivers 4.0 megapixels of resolution--enough to make photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
  • New large 2.0-inch LCD screen for easy image preview and playback
  • First in the PowerShot line to use a DIGIC II Image Processor for even faster processing speed, excellent image quality, and crisp vibrant colors
  • New Scene Modes including Digital Macro Mode to widen shooting capabilities
  • Print/Share button for effortless one-touch direct printing and downloads

53. Apple Cinema 20" Flat-Panel Display

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Asin: B0002ILKMW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 7386
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Features

  • Bright, wide 20-inch viewable image size
  • 1,680 x 1,050 optimal resolution, 16.7 million colors
  • Industry-standard DVI connector
  • 2-port USB 2.0 hub, 2 FireWire 400 ports
  • Design complements the latest Power Macs and PowerBooks

54. Apple 6 GB iPod Mini Pink M9805LL/A
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0007KX4ME
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 423
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The second generation iPod mini holds up to 1500 of your favorite songs in a compact, colorful package that goes with you everywhere. Its durable anodized aluminum shell comes in a choice of four bright colors, including pink, so you can make a bold fashion statement. Its long battery life lets you enjoy your music for up to 18 hours on a single charge. One-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Comes with earbud headphones, belt clip, and USB 2.0 cable
  • 6 GB model holds up to 1,500 songs; supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), and AIFF formats
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • 1.67 inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song names and more
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars practical and easy to use
let's put it this way, if you want to store all your music in your ipod ( and when i say all your music, i mean ALL), thenthis ipod mini is not for you, 'cause as you guys know, this ipod mini only holds up to 1,500 songs (6gb). Now,that's a lot of songs if you ask me, that's an entire week of music, i love classic rock and i filled my ipod mini with all of my favorite songs, you know how cool it is for me to take this everytime i go to the beach or if i'm having some company, i can just press shuffle and enjoy without the hassle of getting up everytime, you know to change cd's??, so if you're looking for something that's not that expensive and just want to have a good time and easy to use then i recomend this little item!! Respeta a un varon!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding MP3 player.
I began looking into an iPod purchase over a year ago, and was almost sold on the 4th generation iPod.I liked the colors of the mini and was okay with 4 GB of storage (though that was a tad on the small side), but the main thing that deterred me from the mini was the less-than-desirable 8-10 hour battery life.

Then the 2nd generation mini was released.Apple seemed to fix and improve every little thing I had held against the original.They made the colors brighter, increased the hard drive space to 6 gigs, and most importantly, at least to me, increased the battery life two-fold.

The 18 hours that Apple advertises is EXTREMELY conservative.If you're content listening to music and don't need the backlight for more than a minute or two every hour, the battery can run for about 24-25 hours.I can go a week and not have to worry about recharging my battery.I could listen every waking moment of my day and never have to stop and recharge before I went to bed.It's a wonderful thing.

The blue is very bright and pleasing to the eye--I've seen the pink and silver versions and they too are visually appeasing.6 gigs is nothing to shake a stick at--on the contrary, I've found that 6 gigs is just about the perfect size for someone who has a vast number of interests musically but doesn't have thousands upon thousands of CD's to rip and upload.Unless you have literally hundreds of CD's in your collection that you plan on putting on your iPod, I'd recommend the mini, since you'd more than likely end up with half the space on your regular iPod sitting unused.

Despite the fact that the iPod scratches easily, there are several cases which work extremely well...I'm partial to the ones made by Power Support, though you have to import them from Japan.Uploading your songs is quick and easy.Navigating the menus takes about 15 minutes to master.There's really nothing more I can say that can do the iPod mini justice.

I will make a quick note and add that I'm not an Apple fanatic.I think that Apples are good computers, but I'm still attached to my PCs.However, when it comes to MP3 players, there's really no comparison; it's going to take many many years before Microsoft or any other competing company can put out any MP3 player nearly as nice as the 2nd generation iPod mini.

Also, if you have a friend that's a teacher in a school, look into the education discount on the Apple website.It ends up being 20 or 30 dollars off.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!(after I survived setting it up)
I just got my 6 gb mini for my birthday.I also got most of the accessories as presents, too, so I don't have to worry about forking over the cost of the mini itself for them (seriously, mac).I AM IN ELECTRO LOVE!Wow, and I think this time it's for REALS.:-)I am coming fresh off the iRiver boat (funny how they use the "i" in front of their name, too), and have been extremely pleased with my little 256 mb player... and I do mean LITTLE.BUT, I am extatically (word invention there) adding album after album on my iPod as I type this.Yeah, it's kinda annoying to convert WMA files to AAC, but they do the work for you.I love the organization, I love the style, I love the size, I love the balance between form AND function.I do feel like I've just joined a cult of iPod users, however.Oh well, not as bad as Mormonism

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Buy This!!
Let me start off by saying that I was amazed at how small this thing is. I bought the IPOD MINI.When I got it and opened it up I was amazed at how small it was. It was crazy small!Plus it holds around 1,000 songs.Right now I have about 500 and it's a little over half-full on the memory. I got a 4GB IPOD MINI.So, there is plenty of memory space for lots of songs.The software was easy to install.I thought it was tricky figuring out how to select songs and actually put them on the ipod.But after a while I figured it out.Also the volume on the ear phones is amazing. I almost blew out an eardrum by accidentally turning up the volume!The only problem i've had so far with the ear pieces is that the foam ear pads keep coming off the earbuds.NO biggie though.I would recommend getting some sort of case to protect this thing since you've already paid $200 bucks what is another $20 to make sure it's safe!There's plenty to choose from.Charging is it easy, you just plug it into the usb port and it automatically starts charging it.I have a computer so it's no biggie.If you don't have a computer with a usb port its gonna be tough finding a place to recharge it.I haven't tested the battery life yet, but it seems to be ok.Probably more than what i need.Lastly, I was a little worried that the songs would not transfer over to the itunes software. I have lots of songs that I got elsewhere :) I hoped they would transfer over to the other software and they did. They also sound great, the play fine. It's not a problem at all. Now i have over half of my music collection on this thing.It's a really great product.5 stars!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Why?
I ordered this item on March 22, but not shipped until today(April 27), why? ... Read more


55. Sandisk 512 MB Embedded MP3 Player - Blue
list price: $179.99
our price: $113.99
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Asin: B00066EK3G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sandisk
Sales Rank: 206
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Features

  • Includes stereo earphones, 1 AAA battery, belt clip, CD software
  • Plays MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM
  • Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for fast and easy transfer of files
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP; Mac OS 9.2x+, 10.1.2+

56. Canon PowerShot S1 IS 3.2 MP Digital Camera with 10x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0001G6U52
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 28
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Put the power of advanced photography in your hands with the Canon PowerShot S1 IS ultra-zoom digital camera. With its super-long Zoom, amazing stability and true Movie Mode, the PowerShot S1 IS brings a new dimension to the PowerShot line. Equipped with a host of top-quality features, this stylishly compact camera lets you create stills and movies like you've never done before.

10x Optical 38-380mm Zoom with exclusive Optical Image Stabilizer
Close, closer, closest: the high-speed Zoom Motor moves you in at top speed in near silence. So the high-resolution, super long 10x Optical 38-380mm Zoom Lens (35mm equivalent) with Canon’s exclusive optical Image Stabilizer can let you capture the action with an intensity you've never seen before. Canon's shift-type optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, which significantly reduces the effects of camera shake--an important feature for high-magnification lenses. Tiny movement detection gyros and a correcting lens element counteract the effects of lens shake to deliver sharper final images. The resulting compensation is the equivalent of between 2 and 3 extra stops, which means the camera can be used at slower shutter speeds without a tripod without any detectable increase in image blur.

. 38mm 380mm
. Image Stabilizer off Image Stabilizer on

Optics and Resolution
The PowerShot S1 IS features a maximum resolution of 3.2 megapixels, or 2048 x 1536 pixel images--enough for prints up to 11 x 14 inches. It also has 1600 x 1200, 1024 x 768, and 640 x 480 resolution modes. The camera features a 10x, f/2.8 - f/3.1, 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens.The zoom is driven by a tiny ultrasonic motor (USM), which uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive a tiny rotor that is powerful and highly responsive. In digital still modes it drives the zoom at maximum speed, while in video mode it slows for a smooth effect and runs virtually silent, avoiding interference with video sound recording.

Vari-Angle LCD with enhanced resolution
1.5" LCD Monitor with two brightness levels:Shoot from any angle with the PowerShot S1 IS's rotating Vari-Angle LCD Monitor. The Monitor's enhanced resolution also allows you to clearly preview and review your stills and movies to make shooting fun and easy.

Take camcorder-quality movies right from the camera
30 frames-per-second VGA Video with Sound: The PowerShot S1 IS has a greatly enhanced Movie Mode that lets you shoot up to sixty minutes of DV-Quality VGA video with superior sound quality. Plus, you can zoom in the Movie Mode -- and even edit your movies -- right on the camera's LCD screen.

Instant Computer Connection
Picture Transfer Protocol for Win XP and Mac OS: Just connect the PowerShot S1 IS into the USB connection of your Windows XP or Macintosh OS computer. PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) allows the computer and camera to communicate instantly and to start the picture download process. There's no need to install a special driver!

Advanced Digital Imaging Technology
Canon's exclusive DIGIC Imaging Processor revolutionizes how you shoot digital by allowing the camera to process images faster and improving the accuracy of the autofocus. DIGIC also reduces the effects on noise in your images.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely new scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC Imaging Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

The components of photographic space that are precision captured by DIGIC

What's in the Box
A. PowerShot S1 IS
B. Lens Cap
C. Neck Strap NS-DC3
D. 4 AA-Type Alkaline Batteries
E. Compact Flash Card CF-32
F. Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
G. AV Cable AVC-DC300
H. Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
I. ArcSoft Camera Suite CD-ROM

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Features

  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 10-by-14-inch enlargements
  • Canon 10x optical zoom with image stabilizer; 3x digital zoom
  • Vari-angle LCD screen; DV-quality Movie Mode; PictBridge compatible
  • Store images on Compact Flash Type I or II memory cards (32 MB card included)
  • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline included, rechargeable NiMH recommended)

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Digital Camera
After researching other cameras in its class including the Panasonic DMC-FZ10 and Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z2, I finally decided on the Canon S1 IS. Having taken a few hundred pictures with it, I am completely satisfied with my purchase.

With this camera I have the flexibility to take pictures with point-and-shoot ease while also having plenty of manual capabilities available to take more artistic pictures. Although the camera has "only" 3.2 megapixels this is more than compensated for by the 10x optical zoom. With this zoom you simply don't need as many megapixels (although it would be nice) because you won't be cropping out as much of the picture. Instead of cropping out excess, you just zoom in while you are there and have a nice original to begin with. Furthemore, more megapixels don't necessarily mean a "better" picture. There are other factors like the lens, cmos, and other processing that will affect the image quality just as much as the megapixels if not more.

Image stabilization is an awesome feature and until now has been reserved for the more expensive cameras. This feature definitely helps with the long zooms and low-light conditions. With the long zoom you can do shots where the primary object is very clear while the background is all blurry. This isn't as easy to do on cameras with less zoom.

The physical layout and the menu interface are excellent. The placement of the buttons are very intuitive and the menu setup is among the best I've ever used on any electronic device. It allows me to use all the manual settings with ease and speed. I can't really think of any better way to set it up.

Although the viewfinders tend to make images look like they are overexposed I think that as the viewfinder ages and dims (as any LCD will do over time) the picture will improve and not look as overexposed. So, I think it is excellent foresight on Canon's part to make the pictures seem overexposed. Personally, I don't find it to be a major issue because I view all the pics on my computer before deleting them anyway. The swiveling LCD is a feature that is indispensible. Not only does it protect the LCD if you flip it around, but you can take pictures of yourself (or others next to you) or and you take pictures at weird angles (such as close to the ground or high above a crowd) without contorting yourself.

I don't find battery power to be an issue. Just get 2 or 3 sets of NiMH batteries and you should be fine for a long day of heavy shooting. Plus the fact that you can use AA instead of a proprietary module means you can use regular AA alkaline batteries in a pinch.

The movie mode is great not only because of the high quality movies, but also because you can zoom while taking the movie. Most cameras will not let you zoom and you have to leave it where it is. The only downside is that you will need a high-speed compact flash card (like the Sandisk Ultra II) to take the highest quality movies. Slower cards can't keep up with the high amout of data being written.

The focusing system is also great and not usually found on cameras at this level. You can move the autofocus box to any postion you want and set an autofocus lock so it doesn't change once you've set it. You can also use the manual focus if you can't get a good focus in low-light situations. There is a meter that pops up showing the approximate distance to the object that you want to focus to which is quite helpful. With the manual focus, I've been able to focus on any object without too much trouble.

There are only 2 things I would like to see improved. One would be some sort of battery meter but it would be wildly inaccurate without some sort of proprietary battery (which they don't make you use) so I'm ok with them leaving that out. I would also like the lens cap to 'click' on instead of just sliding on. I understand why they made that decision though: they want the cap to slide off automatically when you turn it on which is a convenience so I don't have to take it off every time I turn it on. These are just minor suggestions and really just personal preference things. Otherwise, this camera is perfect for the price and what you get.

I highly recommend this camera to anyone to both point-and-shoot people and people who want that along with some artistic flexibility. The feature set is unbeatable and the picture quality is amazing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera
One of the best digital camera out there. I have been using it for the last 3 months and fully satisfied with it.

Pros:
Excellent quality digital photos. Probably one of the best in the cameras in this price range.
10X Zoom
Image stabilization
Provides full manual operation including Av and Tv priority
Camcorder quality movie mode
Cons:
Camera doesn't focus all that well in a low light situation
Electronic view finder instead of the optical
little slow in focussing maybe because of the slowness of the flash card used

5-0 out of 5 stars The One For Me
I have done quite a bit of research on digital cameras, and have read many reviews. The fact is, that there is no perfect digital camera, and people are going to find little things they don't like about all of them. I purchased the S1 IS about a week or so ago, and this is one great camera. Some people say the lense cap falls off... well... it's suppose to... keep it attached to the camera so it don't get lost and put it back on when you put it in the case. Some people say the battery life is bad... well... get some rechargable 2300 ma batteries and a charger... and keep a couple sets charged... one set will last for hours... and... if you are in a jam you can get AA batteries anywhere. Some people say the display is hard to see in bright sunlight or in low light... well... I have not seen one that is not. Some people say that the pictures are not sharp... well... try setting it in auto until you learn how to use the many great settings... I printed 8 1/2 x 11's that where as sharp as a tack. There was a problem with memory erros, but if you download the firmware update, and follow the instructions, it will resolve the problem. I personally did not have that problem, but I updated my firmware anyway. The fact is... This is one heck of a great camera. The zoom is outstanding, you can print up to 8 1/2 x 11's with good quality, the stabelization is great, and if you want to learn the manual settings, they are great too. I would still reccomend a tripod for shots with shutter speeds greater than 1 second. The software is everything you need to organize, enhance, and print your pics. If you are looking for the perfect digital camera... you will never find it. If you are looking for the best digital camera in the $400 to $500 dollar price range, I would recommend the S1 IS above all others in the same price range.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a Web Developer
Being a grad student, I am very picky when it comes to spending a larger amount of money on a piece of hardware technology. I probably did research (try cnet's site) for 2 months before finally deciding on a purchase. I compared heavily against similar cameras like the Sony DSC-V1, DSC-F717, S50, Kodak DX6490, Nikon Coolpix 4300 and a few others.

Deciding Factors:
10x opt zoom & IS
Manual control abilities
Swivel LCD
body style
CF memory
AA batteries
Price & Canon name brand

After purchase:
This camera is awesome. The zoom works great, especially with the IS technology. The manual controls are extremely easy to use. Combined with the comfortable body style i do most things with one hand. Think of holding a gaming controller. I'm very surprised at how much I use the swivel LCD (ie hold against a steady place and view easily). The cheapest memory and ease of AA batteries make this a camera to use for an extended amount of time. Indoor, low-lighting situations are hard on auto mode, otherwise I'm very happy.

3-0 out of 5 stars The camera is not bad, but not as good as I expected
I need a new digital camera to replace my Nikon Coolpix 755 purchased 3 years ago. The Nikon is pretty good, but it¡¯s too slow. I like wide zoom and the budget is <$500. So I don¡¯t have too many choices. At last, 2 cameras left in my list: Canon Powershot S1 IS and Fuji S-5000.

I am familiar with Fuji S-5000. It¡¯s a nice camera. However, I selected Canon, because: 1. It has IS; 2. It uses Compact Flash, same as Nikon; 3. Canon makes some great SLRs. If I could choose again, I would buy the Fuji.

The Canon Powershot S1 IS is not bad at all. But it¡¯s not as good as I expected. Even though I knew that the camera¡¯s auto focus is not good under low light conditions, I was still disappointed when I tried to take some picture in my house in a bright sunny afternoon. The auto focus is really poor under those conditions. Furthermore, the response time is longer than the Fuji S-5000. Another bonus of S-5000 is that it has a ring in the box. We can attach a UV filter on the ring, so not to worry about the lens. ... Read more


57. Apple 6 GB iPod Mini Green M9807LL/A
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0007KX4SS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 261
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Fashionably Compact
Weighing in at just 3.6 ounces and smaller than many cell phones, iPod mini fits your lifestyle and your bag, whether it be cocktail purse or messenger duffle. The chic, matte anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches, all the while protecting your iPod mini. Recessed in the case to keep its surface pristine, the 1.67-inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song and album titles, artists’ names and more.

Under Your Thumb
The iPod mini Click Wheelfeaturing color-coordinated iconsgives you the enhanced durability and sensitivity of the iPod Touch Wheel, with buttons underneath. The Click Wheel takes best advantage of miniscule space and lets you scroll single-handedly through up to 1,500 songs from your iTunes music collection.

Clip and save
Your iPod mini includes a convenient belt clip so you can attach it to your belt, purse or backpack. You can even clip your iPod mini to a lanyard around your neck for the ultimate fashion statement.

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Features

  • Comes with earbud headphones, belt clip, and USB 2.0 cable
  • 6 GB model holds up to 1,500 songs; supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), and AIFF formats
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • 1.67 inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song names and more
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars practical and easy to use
let's put it this way, if you want to store all your music in your ipod ( and when i say all your music, i mean ALL), thenthis ipod mini is not for you, 'cause as you guys know, this ipod mini only holds up to 1,500 songs (6gb). Now,that's a lot of songs if you ask me, that's an entire week of music, i love classic rock and i filled my ipod mini with all of my favorite songs, you know how cool it is for me to take this everytime i go to the beach or if i'm having some company, i can just press shuffle and enjoy without the hassle of getting up everytime, you know to change cd's??, so if you're looking for something that's not that expensive and just want to have a good time and easy to use then i recomend this little item!! Respeta a un varon!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding MP3 player.
I began looking into an iPod purchase over a year ago, and was almost sold on the 4th generation iPod.I liked the colors of the mini and was okay with 4 GB of storage (though that was a tad on the small side), but the main thing that deterred me from the mini was the less-than-desirable 8-10 hour battery life.

Then the 2nd generation mini was released.Apple seemed to fix and improve every little thing I had held against the original.They made the colors brighter, increased the hard drive space to 6 gigs, and most importantly, at least to me, increased the battery life two-fold.

The 18 hours that Apple advertises is EXTREMELY conservative.If you're content listening to music and don't need the backlight for more than a minute or two every hour, the battery can run for about 24-25 hours.I can go a week and not have to worry about recharging my battery.I could listen every waking moment of my day and never have to stop and recharge before I went to bed.It's a wonderful thing.

The blue is very bright and pleasing to the eye--I've seen the pink and silver versions and they too are visually appeasing.6 gigs is nothing to shake a stick at--on the contrary, I've found that 6 gigs is just about the perfect size for someone who has a vast number of interests musically but doesn't have thousands upon thousands of CD's to rip and upload.Unless you have literally hundreds of CD's in your collection that you plan on putting on your iPod, I'd recommend the mini, since you'd more than likely end up with half the space on your regular iPod sitting unused.

Despite the fact that the iPod scratches easily, there are several cases which work extremely well...I'm partial to the ones made by Power Support, though you have to import them from Japan.Uploading your songs is quick and easy.Navigating the menus takes about 15 minutes to master.There's really nothing more I can say that can do the iPod mini justice.

I will make a quick note and add that I'm not an Apple fanatic.I think that Apples are good computers, but I'm still attached to my PCs.However, when it comes to MP3 players, there's really no comparison; it's going to take many many years before Microsoft or any other competing company can put out any MP3 player nearly as nice as the 2nd generation iPod mini.

Also, if you have a friend that's a teacher in a school, look into the education discount on the Apple website.It ends up being 20 or 30 dollars off.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!(after I survived setting it up)
I just got my 6 gb mini for my birthday.I also got most of the accessories as presents, too, so I don't have to worry about forking over the cost of the mini itself for them (seriously, mac).I AM IN ELECTRO LOVE!Wow, and I think this time it's for REALS.:-)I am coming fresh off the iRiver boat (funny how they use the "i" in front of their name, too), and have been extremely pleased with my little 256 mb player... and I do mean LITTLE.BUT, I am extatically (word invention there) adding album after album on my iPod as I type this.Yeah, it's kinda annoying to convert WMA files to AAC, but they do the work for you.I love the organization, I love the style, I love the size, I love the balance between form AND function.I do feel like I've just joined a cult of iPod users, however.Oh well, not as bad as Mormonism

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Buy This!!
Let me start off by saying that I was amazed at how small this thing is. I bought the IPOD MINI.When I got it and opened it up I was amazed at how small it was. It was crazy small!Plus it holds around 1,000 songs.Right now I have about 500 and it's a little over half-full on the memory. I got a 4GB IPOD MINI.So, there is plenty of memory space for lots of songs.The software was easy to install.I thought it was tricky figuring out how to select songs and actually put them on the ipod.But after a while I figured it out.Also the volume on the ear phones is amazing. I almost blew out an eardrum by accidentally turning up the volume!The only problem i've had so far with the ear pieces is that the foam ear pads keep coming off the earbuds.NO biggie though.I would recommend getting some sort of case to protect this thing since you've already paid $200 bucks what is another $20 to make sure it's safe!There's plenty to choose from.Charging is it easy, you just plug it into the usb port and it automatically starts charging it.I have a computer so it's no biggie.If you don't have a computer with a usb port its gonna be tough finding a place to recharge it.I haven't tested the battery life yet, but it seems to be ok.Probably more than what i need.Lastly, I was a little worried that the songs would not transfer over to the itunes software. I have lots of songs that I got elsewhere :) I hoped they would transfer over to the other software and they did. They also sound great, the play fine. It's not a problem at all. Now i have over half of my music collection on this thing.It's a really great product.5 stars!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Why?
I ordered this item on March 22, but not shipped until today(April 27), why? ... Read more


58. Garmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS Personal Training Device
list price: $167.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000CFYCH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 36
Average Customer Review: 4.34 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Combining powerful performance-tracking features with a GPS receiver, the Garmin Forerunner 201 offers runners and hikers a unique way to track their exercise regimens and goals. Unlike Timex's BodyLink sport monitoring system, its main competitor, the Forerunner 201 integrates the GPS receiver into a single body (BodyLink has separate housings for watch and GPS).

At first, the device felt a little bulky on my wrist, both in weight and in size (it measures 3.26 by 1.71 by 0.69 inches). But it really is light enough (less than 3 ounces) so that it felt comfortable and transparent. I did, however, position the band a bit higher up my arm to ensure full mobility of my wrist, as the length of the Forerunner tended to get in its way.

The large display--with equally large, easy-to-read characters--helps you avoid having to squint at the readout. Just a quick glance at your numbers and you'll maintain your training concentration. The six rubber buttons on the front of the chassis are easy to access (unless you're wearing bulky gloves). I easily got the promised 13 hours out of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. At the end of the day, I'd just recharge it for around two hours and it would be ready for me the next morning.

While this is definitely a workable GPS receiver, the Forerunner is slim on overall GPS features--which is not to its detriment (think of it as a performance monitor with a dash of GPS). That said, the Forerunner was able to pick up a GPS signal just about wherever I went outside (though it had very slight hiccups in the center of downtown). But if you're looking for a full-fledged tracking device, the Forerunner isn't for you. (You'll want to start with a basic GPS unit like Garmin's eTrex.)

The Forerunner 201 has a variety of helpful tracking, monitoring, and navigational features. The History function enables you to view your workout statistics broken down by individual days, cumulative weeks, or your entire workout history (if you track different workouts during the same day, they'll be broken out as different laps). You can even view a map of your route. And much like other GPS units, you can save "waypoints" (called "locations" in Forerunner parlance) to mark the coordinates of a place you want to return to later.

Auto Menu: Timer pauses when you stop running. Auto lap logs your performance over a predetermined distance.
History: Review training history by day or week.

Map: Navigate back to the start or to a stored location.
Virtual Partner: Set time, pace, and distance goals, and train with a "virtual partner."

Most interesting is the "Virtual Partner" mode, which enables you to set goals for a workout which will then be completed by a digital character displayed on the Forerunner's screen. You can then see how far off the time, pace, or distance you are of your virtual training buddy's; your digital character even stops when you do (though the buddy keeps on going). I found that, unless you've got a good idea as to your pace or distance, you'll have a couple of trial-and-error training sessions to get in sync with your buddy. I cut short my first attempt after my buddy got so far ahead of me that he disappeared off the screen (which I'd like to believe was not due to my woeful pace).

I was disappointed at not having the LogBook software, which enables you to keep a journal of your exercise activities (it was not available at the time of this test). But overall, the Forerunner 201 is a very useful exercise-monitoring system that will be prized by anyone involved in serious physical training. --Agen G.N. Schmitz

Pros:

  • Loaded with performance-tracking features for the serious athlete
  • GPS functionality a bonus, especially in referring back to previous routes
  • Virtual Partner feature offers a fun, competitive way to keep you concentrated on training
Cons:
  • Lack of Logbook software at time of test
  • Virtual Partner feature takes some trial-and-error adjustments
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Features

  • Calculates precise speed, location, and altitude as you workout
  • Integrated mapping functions display your progress on your favorite routes
  • Stores lap times, distances, and calories burned
  • Adjustable wristband and A/C desktop charger with PC interface
  • Waterproof; includes serial PC interface

Reviews (103)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent aid for running.
After giving it a full charge, 3 hours, I took it out for a test drive. For the first 30 minutes I could not pick up a signal in Miami. I did a hard reset and it picked it up within 3 minutes. Went for a 3 mile run around a local 9-hole golf course, heavily ligned with trees, and to my amazement never lost contact with the signal. Was extremely accurate in measuring the distance and having a pace time allows you to really push yourself. Backlight can be kep on during the whole run - great feature for night running - or 2, 1, .5, .25 minutes. Much smaller than I expected. Love the display. Would recommend to anyone who runs, jogs, walks for exercise.

2-0 out of 5 stars Weak GPS, buggy software, too loose on the wrist
I am very disappointed in the Forerunner 201. It loses GPS signal far too frequently. I run in a golf course community with average to below average tree cover. In a 7 mile run the Forerunner lost GPS 20 times, including at an open-grass field retention pond. I checked one of my other GPS, a Garmin eMap, and it showed that there were 10 satellites available at the time. So I rate the Forerunner as a very poor GPS.

The most important feature to me was being able to see current pace. It was displaying 8:41 pace all the time, and I knew I was doing my standard 6:45. I imagine this error is due in part to losing GPS signal. I changed the pace smoothing setting to "least" to get a more instant value, but it's still not matching up entirely. 7:10 displayed when I'm doing 6:45's.

The autolap feature has been very buggy. You will often hear it beep at an autolap, and within a minute you'll hear it beep an autolap again. I left it at the default 1-mile setting, and the first day I used it it had autolapped 8 miles in a distance that it itself had measured to be only 3.3 miles!

There is also a minor rounding bug. If you set your training partner for 6:20/mile and later check this setting you'll see 6:19. This is probably due to 6:20 being stored as 6.33333 internally, which converts back to 6:19 without rounding.

The unit attaches to the wristband with short fabric. There's too much play in this fabric, 3/8-inch, and the unit flops on your wrist when you run. It would be better if there was 1/8 to 1/16-inch of play in the fabric.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for runners
I run is a USA Fit marathon program. Several members have the Timex GPS system, and several of us have the Garmin Forerunner. Everyone who has the Garmin loves it, and those with the Timex wish they had the Garmin. Screens are very easy to read and navigate. The computer program is very easy to download. Do not understand why they have a serial connection and not a USB though. For anyone doing a running training program, this piece of equipment is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect running companion
The Forerunner 201 is by far the best product I have bought this year, period. I bought it to help me get back in shape to run in long distance races. I used to be in the track and field team in high school, long time ago. In the last couple of years, I have been running in local/regional runs. I have been trying to keep the training routines that I used in high school: long, easy runs, threshold runs, intervals, etc. The Forerunner 201 has been essential in keeping me honest and at the right pace.

1. Long/easy runs. It is very easy and tempting to runs faster than the easy pace dictated in your training plan. Using the Virtual Partner feature, you can keep yourself at the right pace. The Virtual Partner will tell you how far ahead or behind you are from your virtual partner, the screen shows two icons: one for you and one for your partner. A large display tells you the distance between the two. Easy to read at a glance, the background indicates if you are ahead or behind. My goal is to stay within 20 feet of my virtual partner. That way I can assure the correct pace. This feature has been instrumental on keeping me from getting injured for running too fast.

2. Interval Training. Use the Intervals section to set the distances and pace for running. Once you set the number of intervals, distance, and resting time/distance, you do not have to worry about keeping time, just run. The Forerunner will keep track of everything for you. It will beep when you are done on each interval and will beep when you are 5 seconds or 20 feet from the next one. Unfortunately, there is no option to set the pace. I would love to use the virtual partner to do intervals, that way you can also keep to correct pace during intervals.

3. Threshold runs. Just use the Virtual Partner and set the pace to the correct one for your running threshold. Your Virtual Partner will keep you running at the right pace.

I take my Forerunner on all my business trips and do not worry anymore about measuring or calculating distances. The Forerunner may not measure distances to the inch, but it has proven accurate enough for my daily training.

The ideas above are just a sample of the many fun ways to use the Forerunner. I am sure the reader will find many other uses for the Forerunner.

5-0 out of 5 stars I found my true love!
Since knowledge is power and the Forerunner 201 is full of information, I am now running with power.
Look, this is the best thing to hit the market for a runner since shoes. I can finally start and stop running anytime and anywhere without the dreaded "how far have I gone, guess I'll hop in the car and check". I no longer drive around to get distance information, ever. Not to mention, I can't drive on half the places I wanted to run and wouldn't run those places because I couldn't drive it to determine how far I was running. I've heard others complain of GPS signal strength and I did have a problem once, but I was running about 1 foot away from a 15 ft wall and on the other side were 2 story townhomes about 30 feet away with huge trees overhead, so I think the GPS works fine. It took about 3 minutes to get a signal after I opened the box and charged it up. I can't imagine why you would not buy this other than you don't exercise. My wife commented that she couldn't believe all the features it had and the information it provided for the price, and she is not an easy sale. No comment on bike problems that people have had. Garmin has been great with software updates. The logbook could have more options but that is no reason to not have this. I LOVE IT! ... Read more


59. Samsung SyncMaster 213T-Black 21" LCD Monitor
list price: $2,399.99
our price: $1,011.99
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Asin: B0000A03NH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 4526
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1,600 x 1,200 native resolution, 0.27 mm dot pitch
  • Analog and DVI-D digital interfaces
  • 500:1 contrast ratio, 250 nits of brightness
  • Wide 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles
  • Compatible with PC, Mac, and Sun Microsystems; 3-year warranty

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars beautiful, but dead pixels
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60. Creative Labs Zen Touch 20 GB MP3 Player

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Asin: B00028DJTY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 58
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Amazon.com Product Description

Palm-sized and pocket-friendly, Creative's Zen Touch digital music player is a treat for your eyes as well as your ears. And--with features like touch-sensitive scroll, industry leading 24-hour battery life, super light weight (under half a pound with battery), and a staggering 20 GB/10,000 song capacity (64 kbps WMA)--the tiny unit leaves little room for wondering if it's the right digital music player for you.


The touch-sensitive pad makes finding your music effortless.

The Zen Touch model HD0014 is compatible with many digital music file types, including MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) music files, and its super-fast USB 2.0 PC interface loads your music from computer to player in record time. Use the player's alphabetic search function to locate music by song, album, or artist, scrolling quickly and easily through your library with the thumb driven up/down scrolling touch pad while viewing your playlists and song selections on the Zen Touch's large blue EL (electroluminescent) backlit LCD. You can create and customize your playlists on-the-fly, or listen to any song in random order at the touch of a single top-panel button making it a very easy to use unit.

You can choose bewteen the Zen's 4-band custom equalizer with preset EQ curves or the long list of preset EQ settings to help you tailor the sound to your preference or environment. If you're delving into the world of digital music for the first time, the supplied Creative Mediasource software readily converts your CDs to MP3s or WMAs, while Creative's AudioSync software seamlessly updates the Zen Touch with any music you've recently added to your PC at the touch of a button. Creative Explorer (also included) permits drag-and-drop transfers for data files to and from the Zen Touch enabling it to act like a very large capacity jump drive if needed.

What's in the Box
Creative Zen Touch Player, a pair of stereo earphones, an AC power adapter, a travel pouch, a USB 2.0 cable, an installation CD-ROM, and a quick-start guide. ... Read more

Features

  • 20 GB storage lets you bring up to 10,000 WMA songs (64 kbps) or 5000 MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Create and customize playlists on-the-go, unique Search Function locates any song, album or artist
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too
  • AudioSync lets you seamlessly update your Creative Zen Touch with your latest music on your PC at the touch of a button
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP

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