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81. Garmin Quest 115 MB Automotive
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82. Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox Zen
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83. Panasonic DMR-ES10K DVD Recorder
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84. Sony HDRFX1 HDV High Definition
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85. Nikon Coolpix 4600 4MP Digital
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86. Canon PIXMA ip8500 Photo Printer
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87. Garmin GPSMap 60CS 56 MB GPS with
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88. Sony 512MB MEMORY STICK PRO-DUO
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89. Motorola MD671 5.8 GHz Digital
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90. Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film
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91. Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR Combo
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92. iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital
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93. Konica Minolta Dimage A200 8MP
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94. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3
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95. Toshiba 52HM84 52" HDTV-Ready
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96. Apple 40 GB iPod photo
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97. Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder
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98. Nikon Coolpix 7900 7 MP Digital
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99. Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1 MP Slim-Design
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100. Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" LCD

81. Garmin Quest 115 MB Automotive GPS Navigator with Flip-Up Antenna
list price: $642.99
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Asin: B0002JUH3O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 323
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Amazon.com Product Description

Portability meets capability in Garmin's pocket-sized Quest portable automotive global-positioning system. The easy-to-use device is loaded with the high-end navigation features from Garmin's most popular GPS navigators. Use it in multiple vehicles or simply slip it in your pocket for handy street-level directions when you're navigating on foot.

Smaller than a standard television remote, the Quest provides ample screen viewing area, but won't demand a lot of room on the dashboard or in the briefcase. The device sports a bright, 256-color, sunlight-readable display. You'll love the Quest's automatic routing with turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance to get you where you're going A high-speed processor means fast automatic off-route and detour recalculation, and the unit's internal rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 20 hours of use between charges.

A USB data connection ensures fast map downloads from Garmin's entire line of MapSource CDs, several of which are included. The unit ships with fully unlocked MapSource City Select CDs, providing full coverage of the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including more than 5 million points of interest like gas stations, ATMs, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. With 115 MB of internal memory, this small-but-powerful GPS navigator has plenty of built-in map storage. A unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use, and you can connect an optional external antenna as well.

For weekend warriors using the unit on a camping or fishing trip, the Quest is waterproof and fully compatible with the entire line of MapSource outdoor cartography, including U.S. Topo, 24K Topo, Recreational Lakes with Fishing Hot Spots, and BlueChart.

What's in the Box
Quest GPS with flip-up antenna, a PC/USB cable, an AC power adapter, an external speaker with 12-volt adapter cable, a vehicle suction-cup mount, a quick-reference guide, a user's manual, Americas autoroute basemap, MapSource City Select North America CD with full coverage and full unlock, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • WAAS-enabled, 12 parallel channel GPS with flip-up antenna
  • Features 115MB of internal memory, for MapSource data
  • Position formats include Lat/Lon, UTM, MGRS, user grid and other standards
  • Trip tracking computer provides a large speed display, odometer, stopped time, max speed, average and other important information
  • 10,000-point track log retraces your path; includes USB interface

82. Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB MP3 Player
list price: $219.99
our price: $197.59
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Asin: B0002BRMNA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 28
Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 30 GB storage lets you bring up to 8,000 WMA songs (80 kbps) or MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Use AudioSync to synchronize your music on your player with your PC at work, school and home or on the road
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too
  • Removable, high-capacity Li-ion battery -- up to 14 hrs continuous playback per charge
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value - excellent sound
I am very happy with my Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB Player. I converted all my mp3 files to wma, keep my backup files from my laptop and desktop and still have loads of room. The sound quality is excellent even when listening to 64kbps wma files. If you are looking for an excellent machine and don't need the portability of an ipod - buy this unit.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not perfect
I have a Nomad for about 8 months now. On the whole, I am glad I bought it, but it has its pros and cons.
Pros:
1)More memory for the money, compared to any other brand that I saw.
2)Easy to add music.
3)Controls can be operated with gloves on (very important, as I walk for fitness, all year.)
4)Unlike the Ipod, battery can be replaced by the consumer.
5)Backlit screen is easy to read.
6)Good battery life.
Cons:
1)Included case is poorly designed- no viewing window and a belt clip that falls off your belt. (I bought a small camera case, to use instead.)
2)Included ear buds were not comfortable for me (a problem with most jukeboxes)
3)A bit bigger that the Ipod.

In short, it's a good product but could be impproved upon.

5-0 out of 5 stars None Better
Creative Jukebox Zen players are awesome. Creative Labs are constantly improving their players with software updates on their website, if you happen to have a glitch. I have not had any problems with mine , but go to their website about once every few months(as I own several Creative Labs Products) just to see if there are any driver updates(a good idea for any software driven device). You already have a usb cable to connect you to your computer, so upgrading the drivers is easy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Perfectly adequate
All the Zen Nomads are perfectly fine. I purchased mine because I didn't want ot pay the Ipod premium.

The nomad works, has great sound, but has a semi clunky interface. The big bug is: that it accidently turns itself on. So you're on trip and you open your nomad only to find the battery is almost dead. Kind of annoying.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best birthday present I've ever gotten!
When I asked my husband to get me a small MP3 player for my birthday so I could listen to music while doing cleaning and walking, I had no idea he'd buy me such an expensive and wonderful model. I never owned an MP3 player before, so I was a bit intimidated to say the least. The little bitty earphones they come with just don't work for me, so I use Sony headphones with an extra long cord. The "holder" for it isn't the best either, but at least it protects the screen from being scratched or damaged. The one major thing I didn't like about this was the non-existence of a paper manual. I'd much rather have a paper manual to look at while I'm working with something than to have to go back and forth on computer screens. I suppose you could print the pages you need....

So... if you buy another set of headphones, think the holder is OK, and don't mind online manuals.. this is a great product. ... Read more


83. Panasonic DMR-ES10K DVD Recorder (Black)
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B0007WKB0U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 281
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

records to DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD-RAM * plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW , DVD-RAM, and Video CD * plays DVD-Audio, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW * Direct Navigator displays recordings on each disc by thumbnail image, title, date, and channel * six recording modes (XP, SP, LP, EP-6H, EP-8H, flexible) * ... Read more

Features

  • 1 Sec.Start/Rec-Play
  • Multi-Frmt Playback
  • Progressive Scan
  • 500 Line Resolution

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Recorder
I just love this Panasonic DVD Recorder. I never really thought I would be able to use it without help from my son but I was wrong. It was very easy to use and I highly recommend this DVD Recorder.


5-0 out of 5 stars No Brain-er
I have owned the ES10 for about 3 months now and have yet to have a single problem with it.I rarely write reviews but am so pleased with this product I felt compelled to let others know how good it is.I have yet to make a single coaster.It's everything it was billed to be.Great buy.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll give it four stars
I'm not going to say what's already been said so I'll just give my pros and cons about it.

Pros:
Renaming recorded titles on discs is easier because you can press certain buttons like number 1 to take you to a row of letters & numbers with the onscreen keyboard. (example: push 1 to take you to the row with ABCD abcd 1234 etc.)
Auto time and date set.
Three S-video connections two in back and one in front.

Cons:
No auto chapter skip markers until after the disc is finalized (which is only 5 minute markers). But this isn't much of a big deal because with the "time slip" feature you can quickly get to the end of a disc to make sure everything recorded ok. And after its finalized you can just input the chapter number. So let's say you want to go to 3 hours into the disc just punch in the chapter number like 10 for example.

All discs have to be finalized in order to work with other DVD players including -RW which can still be "formatted" and used again of course. I don't like this much because the Liteon I had recorded discs that didn't need to be finalized before they would play on any other player at least for RW.

Disc speed (quality) is not displayed onscreen so you'll have to look at the recorder to know what speed you're in.

No zoom for DVD movies.

No DV link for people with those type of camcorders that use it.

Not really a con but this unit has no fan in back. It has one air vent in back and two on the sides. I wonder if heat could become a problem later.

Other then all that it seems like a pretty good recorder despite it won't record macrovision VHS. And for now there is no hack for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a Machine!
This is a great machine. I wanted a way to save programs from my DVR to DVD and this Panasonic is just the ticket.

My oldest son is an A/V professional and he always praises Panasonic's engineering, reliability, and price. Once again - he's right. This machine sets up quickly and comes with clear instructions for using the different types of recordable DVD media available.

The only shortcoming I found with this machine is a personal wish for a few more standard outputs, but my A/V setup is somewhat complex.

If you simply want to record to DVDs, this machine will make you a satisfied customer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent VCR Replacement
I bought this unit as a VCR replacement. After years of going through VCR after VCR for time-shifting, I decided to try DVD-RW, and this is the second unit I tried. Another unit (a Toshiba) never worked right and was a nightmare to set up. I was about to give up and go back to a VCR, but then happened on this unit. I'm glad I did. The quality of the recording and usability are excellent, and there are a lot advantages of recording on DVDs over VCRs (e.g., automatic time stamp, searchability, no need to rewind).

Two comments:
1. Read NYSOFTWAREMAN's review posted before this one. It's excellent and has a lot of information you won't easily find elsewhere.
2. There is a learning curve associated with this unit. Give it some time to set it up and learn to use it. If a lot of buttons scare you, you might want to think twice, but it's pretty easy to get what you need. ... Read more


84. Sony HDRFX1 HDV High Definition Camcorder w/12x Optical Zoom
list price: $3,999.99
our price: $3,699.99
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Asin: B00068JKR0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1703
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Features

  • Play and record interlaced high-definition video at resolutions up to 1440 x 1080 for professional-quality video
  • Three 1/3-inch-wide aspect ratio advanced HAD CCD imagers for enhanced color quality
  • Professional-level MPEG2 video compression with the real-time HD Codec Engine
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom
  • Record at either 30 frames per second or, for a film-like feel, at 24 frames per second

85. Nikon Coolpix 4600 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $199.95
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Asin: B0007KQWDM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 93
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

4-megapixel effective recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 34-102mm * 14 MB of built-in memory (holds about 7 images at highest quality setting) * 1-13/16" color LCD * ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by AA-size batteries; stores images on SD memory cards
  • 4.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom through a quality Zoom-Nikkor lens (zoom is equivalent to 34-102mm in a 35mm camera)
  • 1.8-inch LCD display; exclusive Nikon In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
  • New Underwater Scene mode

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!Digital for Dummies!
If you're a "digital dummy" or "photograpy phool" like me, then this is THE camera for you - and even if you're not!! This camera's easy-to-decipher directions had me taking excellent photos the very first night. The software was very user-friendl, easy to install, and quick to load even on my sloooow computer system.

The zoom capabilities are terrific and the superior focus makes it impossible to take a bad picture. Its small size was a bit intimidating - I worried about dropping it - but it fits right in your hand, no fumbling! Forget about clunky 35mm cameras and their heavy cases - the Nikon fits right on your belt, as light as a cellular phone. The viewscreen helps you see what your photo will look like, and lets you instantly play back what you've just taken so you can keep or delete. A friend who owns a more expensive model says this is as high-quality as her model.

Highly recommend this camera! GREAT for anyone of any age, and the low price- not much more than what my Canon 35 mm cost -puts the wonders of digital within everyone's price range.

5-0 out of 5 stars love it!
I know nothing about digital cameras or how to use them.I had a Sony Cybershot that I barely could figure out how to use and although very fast, most of the pictures I took came out blurry.I dropped that camera and went to buy a replacement but instead decided on this one--I love it!Yes, it is slow between pictures after using the flash but the pictures are much clearer and crisper than the ones I managed to take with my Sony.I haven't had a blurry picture yet and the quality of the pictures is great.I have beenable to figure out how to everything I have wanted to do so far withouteven looking at the instruction manual.The buttons are self explanatory and very easy to use.This may not be the camera a professional would choose but as a mom with four kids and no knowledge of digital cameras and no time to learn about them, I am glad I chose the Nikon Coolpix--I love it!(love the size too!)

3-0 out of 5 stars Shop and compare
I looked at the Nikon Coolpix 4600 in a store and it sure looked exactly like my Nikon Cooplix 4100.
I have been looking over the specs and they also look the same, except that I see the 4600 is 10 grams lighter, with the body a few millimeters smaller. I do not see this as an advantage, since presumably the case was designed for a degree of sturdiness, and this may be sacrificed.
Whether there is any difference in performance, I do not know.
I suggest you compare the two models and then look at the reviews for the Nikon 4100 before you buy. Some people like the 4100, some do not.
Whether Nikon corrected any of the deficiencies in the 4100, I do not know. The firmware may have been changed.
Some of the negative comments about the 4100 are unfair. For example, in the continuous mode it will shoot fairly fast, a little faster than one frame a second. Like any digital camera, you have to know all the bells and whistles to get the most out of it.
The big problem is the slow "film" speed. It is rated at 50 ISO, but my tests with a light meter say it is actually 25 ISO. This is fine if, like a professional photographer, you plan to use a tripod for all your shots, for that is what professional photographers would do if they were using film this slow. It leaves me wondering how accurate the speed ratings of other Nikons are. Given that the Nikon 4600 specs here do not list the ISO film speed, I would assume the worst.
Also, I contacted Nikon about how big a SD card it can handle and never got a response. Some discussion groups say it is only 256 MB. My 4100 needs 2 mb per high rez picture, even though the file is only about 1.4 mb
I find the 4100 is OK for snapshots with a tiny camera you can carry around in your pocket. But for higher quality shots, I have since bought a much better, slightly larger camera for about the same price as the 4100. And so the Nikon is usually gathering dust.
The bottom line: I suspect Nikon may have wanted repackage the 4100 because the reviews weren't so good.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good start up camera
Pros: Excellent picture quality, Ease of use
Cons: Slow recharge after flash, Slow image processing, LCD turns off after each shot.
Excellent quality pictures, ease of use, battery life,
affordable pricing, and it's compact size and
design all make this a good start up camera. Why just a
start up? Here's why?
NOT SO GOOD:
The biggest problem is the lenght of time the camera
takes to recharge after flash. Not only that but also
the slow image processing rate after a picture is taken
and this is both with or without the flash on (3 to 5
seconds wait). Also, after you take a picture, while
the camera is processing the image, the LCD shuts off
for about 2 seconds then turns back on. Reviewing
picture you've taken is also be a task. Also, there
is no center gridline or center marker on the LCD or
viewfinder for centering your object.
If you can overlook, or not be annoyed by the NOT SO
GOOD, then this is excellent camera. Great picture
quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix 4600
I have had many 35mm cameras in the past.As a matter of fact I go back to the days before auto focus and automatic cameras.I finally came out of the datk ages and joined the 21th Century by buying my first digital camera.I found the Nikon Coolpix 4600 easy to use and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the photos I took.In addition, I found the manual clear and easy to understand.But, I would have liked more detail of some items.Overall, I love the camera. ... Read more


86. Canon PIXMA ip8500 Photo Printer
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0002F9Y2I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
Sales Rank: 378
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Features

  • Sharp 4,800 x 2,400 dpi maximum resolution
  • Up to 16 ppm black, 12 ppm color; built-in 2-sided printing
  • Borderless 4-by-6-inch photo in just 23 seconds
  • Directly supports PictBridge-compatible digital cameras and DV camcorders
  • PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty with toll-free phone support

87. Garmin GPSMap 60CS 56 MB GPS with Color Display, Digital Compass, and Altimeter
list price: $535.99
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Asin: B000189W8M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Garmin
Sales Rank: 375
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Garmin GPSMAP 60CS is full of features that are only found on the newest generation GPS handheld units. It's not enough to only have color displays anymore. Garmin knows this and they upped the ante on this lightweight, rugged, waterproof unit, offering a 256-color, highly reflective display that provides easy viewing in almost any lighting condition, including sunlit conditions. This transreflective TFT, 2.6" diagonal screen provides excellent viewing while maximizing your battery life (up to twenty hours with typical use) but not up to the massive thirty hours that the Garmin GPSMAP 60C offers. However, the GPSMAP 60C falls behind in the feature race as the GPSMAP 60CS comes equipped with a very handy compass, altimeter, glide ratio and vertical speed to destination calculators.

The GPSMAP 60CS offers an electronic compass and barometric altimeter for highland adventures. These sensors, when combined with GPS technology, provide enhanced bearing and elevation readings. Barometric sensor with automatic pressure trend recording. With the elevation computer, you can find current elevation, ascent/descent rate, minimum and maximum elevation, total ascent and descent, average and maximum ascent and descent rate. The trip computer provides odometer, stopped time, moving average, overall average, total time, max speed, and more.

The WAAS GPS receiver has an accuracy of ten feet in North America. With the fifty reversible routes, 10,000 track points and 1000 waypoints, you're sure to have enough tools to find your way. With the faster processor, the GPS unit provides quick auto routing, turn-by-run directions and audio alerts when using optional MapSource software. There are 56 MB of internal memory for storing additional map detail. Downloading information is quick using the USB or serial port interfaces. Using the dedicated serial port, navigation instructions can be shared with repeaters, plotters and autopilots. The four position rocker pad and dedicated high-use buttons make navigating through the unit's features easy, even when your fingers are cold or wet.

Finally, the GPSMAP 60CS is packed with some extra fun features. An integrated outdoor calendar provides ideal hunting and fishing times, plus moon rise/set/location information. There is a dedicated geocaching mode for those of you into the hot, GPS community treasure hunt game. Finally, there are indoor/outdoor GPS games to help you and your friends enjoy the outdoors.

Garmin makes some accessories to help you integrate your GPS with your life and your priorities. Keep your GPS at the ready while protecting it from knocks and bumps is with a carrying case. If you'll be on the road, Garmin's U.S. topographical MapSource CD-ROM provides the most detailed maps available. Or, for a combination of detailed U.S. maps and a car kit for mounting and powering your GPS, there's an automotive accessory pack for North America.

The WAAS difference
  • 100 meters: Accuracy of the original GPS system, which was subject to accuracy degradation under the government-imposed Selective Availability (SA) program.
  • 15 meters: Typical GPS position accuracy without SA.
  • 3-5 meters: Typical differential GPS (DGPS) position accuracy.
  • Less than 3 meters: Typical WAAS position accuracy.
WAAS is a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, giving you even better position accuracy. How much better? Try an average of up to five times better. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time. And you don't have to purchase additional receiving equipment or pay service fees to utilize WAAS.

How it Works
WAAS consists of approximately 25 ground reference stations positioned across the United States that monitor GPS satellite data. Two master stations, located on either coast, collect data from the reference stations and create a GPS correction message. This correction accounts for GPS satellite orbit and clock drift plus signal delays caused by the atmosphere and ionosphere. The corrected differential message is then broadcast through one of two geostationary satellites, or satellites with a fixed position over the equator. The information is compatible with the basic GPS signal structure, which means any WAAS-enabled GPS receiver can read the signal.

Who benefits from WAAS?
Currently, WAAS satellite coverage is only available in North America. There are no ground reference stations in South America, so even though GPS users there can receive WAAS, the signal has not been corrected and thus would not improve the accuracy of their unit. For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications. WAAS provides extended coverage both inland and offshore compared to the land-based DGPS (differential GPS) system. Another benefit of WAAS is that it does not require additional receiving equipment, while DGPS does.

What's in the Box
GPSMAP 60CS, PC/USB cable, lanyard, belt clip, manual and a one year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Sunlight-readable, transreflective TFT display
  • Electronic compass and barometric altimeter
  • Geolocation games, including geocaching mode
  • Integrated outdoor calendar
  • Waterproof for up to 30 minutes under 1 meter of water; includes serial and USB interfaces

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost there
GPSMAP 60cs is a nice unit but if you can wait for their next generation handheld, you should. I recently did a 2000 mile motorcycle trip along with several back country hiking excursions and for the normal kinds of things you want a gps to do, (where am I, how do I get there, what direction am I going) the 60CS was great! With CitySelect maps I could see all the roads, even the dirt roads in obscure places like the south western Oregon National forests. I routinely used autonav and it's amazingly fast route calculations made getting to where I wanted to be a real pleasure....almost....

You can display lots of fancy data on almost any of the screens.
The sat pickup is far better then the earlier gpses and fast.
A real compass and altimeter made off trail hiking a breeze
Estimated arrival times and popup turn notifications kept me on my path.

However....
Don't come upon a road block. There is no way to tell autorouting that you must detour. You have to coax autonav to get you around the road blockage by trying to find other road waypoints to build partial routes, When you are in the middle of no where, this is not pleasant. Garmins answer: Buy a bigger more expensive unit.

Don't rely on the 'save tracks' feature. Garmin drops all of the date/time stamps from the active track when it saves it for you (forget about photo gps tagging). They claim it takes to much space (dah? the unit has 56MB!, a track entry is under a couple hundred characters even with date/time!)

Don't use the belt hanger knob on the back. My first use caused the knob to snap off a part of the back housing leaving a 1/2 diameter hole! Since the knob is used by their auto and bicycle mounts, be ware, you may see your garmin bouncing on the street or down by your feet!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for trips
This is my first GPS device. My main use is tracking my progress on longer bike rides. The 60CS has a nice "track" feature, which records your journey. When used along with the odometer, you can get some nifty data on how fast you were going, time spent stopped, etc. The track data can then be downloaded onto your computer and viewed with the map software provided with the device. The altitude profile view of your track is very cool.

I found the device's software interface easy to understand once I played with it and browsed through the manual.

If you wish to use this device in a car for directions, be prepared to purchase additional maps from Garmin. The provided maps note highways and their exits but not much detail on individual streets.

So why four and not five stars? While the "track" records altitude and distance, I was a little disappointed that the odometer data was not saved along with the track. The provided software also only works on a Windows PC. Also, on one ride where I was using the "track" feature, the GPS device lost connection to satellites when I entered a tunnel. I expected the device to just start tracking me again when I exited the tunnel; however, I had to hit "ok" on the message box telling me that it losts its way before it resumed the track and odometer features.

Because I like transferring my routes back from my GPS device to my computer for long term storage, I found myself buying the AC Adapter (B00005UK9S) so that I don't run through AA batteries too often.

3-0 out of 5 stars Autoroute navigation needs some work
I should begin by saying this is the first GPS I have bought, so in my criticisms, I am not comparing it to other GPS units (which may be worse).

First of all, it seems to be quite a good portable unit. It locates the satellites quite quickly, gives position + estimated error in 1 no-nonsense screen. Also seems quite robust - it went for quite a tumble down a 10m cliff face, ending up in a deep pool of water - and all worked ok afterwards :-) (phew!).
The hardware seems great - however the software has some usability bugs that should be fixed.

Taking it along on a long 4wd trip in Australia in May 2004, here is a list of my gripes/criticisms:

1) The auto route navigation is pretty poor. A few times it came up with some crazy routes to get from A to B ... via Z!!

2) Also with the auto route navigation: When zooming in, the purple route marking doesnt correlate with the road its trying to mark. The more you zoom in, the worse it gets. Zoomed into a city streetmap, its completely unusable as the route marking is not even visible on the screen - or if it is, its impossible to work out what streets it is marking. Until this bug is fixed, I certainly would not buy this for auto navigation.

2) The way that route recalculation grabs focus from *whatever* you happen to be doing at the time is a major pain. You may be in the middle of a tedious "Find" operation only to have all of your effort dashed as it snatches you back to your route map and loses whatever you had typed. Grrr!

There are a number of other usability issues - and being a software developer, they stand out to me. The software needs a bit of work before I would give it 4 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This GPS!!
We have had the 60CS for over one month. We love it!!! It's highly durable and configurable.

5-0 out of 5 stars My o' my!
This is one sweet unit. I owned the Vista previously and was getting a bit tired of the slowness at which it refreshes the map screen when moving the pointer to scroll. The new 60cs is much more powerful. The screen is also very easy to read. Sound feedback is much appreciated as well as the ability to customize the page order. The unit also locks to satellites very quickly. I haven't had time to hike under heavy foliage yet to see how it compares to the Vista but I'm sure it can't be any worse since the Vista requires that the unit face up all the time. I only wish that they have a neoprene case for the 60cs like the one they have for the Vista. That has kept my Vista looking brand new after many years of use which is great now that I'm ebaying the unit.

June 26, 2004
I've since had the chance to try this unit in dense foliage and it performs great! The Vista wasn't nearly as sensitive with it's patch antenna as the 60CS with the quad helix. I use to lose signals under certain frequented trails that's full of trees with the Vista but now the 60CS, I don't lose a crumb. Previously with the Vista, I had to check on it every few minutes to make sure that the patch antenna was facing up if I wanted to record a crumb trail. Now, It's great just letting the 60CS dangle on the included clip on my backpack with not a worry.

I also find the display much easier to read on the trail. The color really helps. The beeps also notifies you of different issues which is great. All in all, I'd say I've made the right choice to upgrade to a 60CS. ... Read more


88. Sony 512MB MEMORY STICK PRO-DUO NEW ( MSXM-512S )

our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002Z4572
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony Computer Peripherals
Sales Rank: 3922
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89. Motorola MD671 5.8 GHz Digital Expandable Cordless Speakerphone with Caller ID
list price: $179.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0000CDELC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 326
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Motorola MD671 combines 5.8 GHz digital technology, a stylish silver design, plenty of functions, and even expandability to six handsets, making it perfect for busy households. With dual keypads, dual displays (full graphic), and dual speakerphone capability, the MD671 also offers the convenience of caller ID and visual call waiting, so you always know who's calling.

The MD671 includes one handset to get you started; it houses a wealth of great features. Selectable ring tones help identify callers, while three-way conferencing and convenient intercom functionality help you stay connected. Additional handset features include redial, flash, mute, hold, and a built-in battery meter with audible and visual alert signals that let you know when power is running low. The MD671 comes with everything you need to get started and is backed by a one-year warranty.

Features:

  • Caller ID with visual call waiting
  • Full keypad in base
  • Redial, flash, hold, and mute functionality
  • 5.8 GHz digital signal, expandable to six total handsets

What's in the Box
MD671 base, handset, NiCD battery pack, charging transformer, telephone line cord, wall bracket, user manual, warranty information



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Features

  • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 6 handsets
  • Caller ID with visual call waiting
  • Speakerphone capability from handset and base unit
  • Selective ring tones and VibraCall alert
  • Redial, flash, hold, and mute functions

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best is not always perfect
We had a failure of the base unit for our Siemens Gigaset 4210 system, which made the whole system inoperative. Although this system is still under warranty and will be repaired, we never liked using it. Therefore, we decided to replace that system with a different one. We considered 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5.8 GHz cordless phones. We did not have any requirements for extraordinary range or wireless LAN compatibility. The choices were numerous, but our final selection of a new Motorola MD671 system resulted after a compromise of our requirements.

Our needs seemed to be simple, but just try to satisfy them in a cordless phone or phone system. While researching our choices, we came across a review that stated "... if these features are available in a cell phone, why can't I have them in a cordless?" We strongly agree with this remark, and we feel that the manufacturers should get their cell and cordless design teams talking to each other to exchange some of the good feature ideas.

Our requirements for multiple phones or a phone system:
• Speed dial or memory dial
• Long battery life
• Ability to operate during a power failure
• Phonebook sharing among the handsets and base (system phones only)
• Clear, easy-to-read display
• Good sound quality
• Solid feel and comfortable to use
• Speaker operation in all handsets
• Voicemail notification (FSK light)
• Caller ID

We did not have requirements for other features, such as intercom, so other reviews may be helpful when considering those features. We also did not want to get into a phone or system with an answering machine.

After using the Motorola MD671 system for a few days, I can provide some pros and cons, from our perspective. You can see that it is a mixed bag that did not meet all of our requirements.

PROS
• Very simple to set up and use. The menu is limited and intuitive. It is the polar opposite of our former Siemens phones. What a joy to see Motorola keep it simple.
• The buttons have a good spacing, although they are small and hard to read, and a nice rubbery feel.
• 1400 mAh NiMH battery should have long life and does not need the discharge cycles that a NiCd battery does. It should have about 50% longer life than the Panasonic 850 mAh NiCd batteries.
• The battery meter shows small increments of change, unlike the other phones that we tried. For example, our former Siemens handsets show remaining battery capacity in three discrete segments.
• A spare battery pack can be inserted into the base unit to keep the phone system working during a power outage. Motorola estimates that the unit will operate for about 2-1/2 hours. No base-unit functions will operate on backup battery power, but the handsets will be fully functional. Note that handset batteries can be interchanged in the base unit for longer power-outage operation.
• Sound quality seems indistinguishable from most corded phones.
• Speakerphone operates great. It has clear sound, and it is full duplex, although you will not see that it is in the user's manual.
• Display uses large characters, making it easier to read, possibly even without your glasses.
• Handsets have a rubber edges, which provide a comfortable, "grippy" feel. The handsets feel great in the hand and on the ear, and they have a solid, well-balanced feel.
• Simple volume switch located on the rubber edge of the handset.
• Easy to mute while using the handset.
• Voicemail light works great. Not only does the base unit flash, each handset flashes when there is a message waiting.
• Small antenna looks good, never gets in the way, and is less of a temptation to our bird.

CONS
• Each handset and the base operate independently. Therefore, when a missed call is registered on the display, it must be cleared from each handset and base to have a "clean slate" waiting for the next set of calls. Likewise, each CID register must be independently cleared. It would be more convenient to have an action at one unit affect the whole system.
• Blue backlighting is a little difficult to read. Perhaps white or a light shade of green would be easier to see.
• User's manual is too brief. It does not include some of the features of the phone, such as pressing a letter on the keypad to quickly go to the start of that section of the phonebook.
• No phonebook sharing, which means that you need to key in phonebook entries into each of your handsets and the base individually. This feature could be good for families with multiple teenagers, who each want to have their own phonebook that cannot be changed by another handset.
• No one- or two-number speed dial. This one I just can't understand, because cell phones and most other cordless phones have it. On this phone, you either need to scroll through the phonebook (you can use the shortcut described above) or sign up for speed dial from the phone company. We did the latter.
• Handset does not stand up in a "normal speakerphone orientation." However, the belt clip and the battery cover keep the speaker off of a surface adequately to lay the phone down, buttons up. In this position, it will never fall over while using it.
• Information is hard to find for this phone. For instance, the Motorola site compares their cordless phones, and they say that this model has speed dial (it doesn't) and does not have redial (it does).
• If you like to cradle your handset on your shoulder, this phone may be too slim.

Overall, we think that we found an excellent cordless system, but we will have to use it longer to really have an adequate experience base for comment. If this phone had shared phonebooks and speed dial, we would "be in cordless heaven."

5-0 out of 5 stars Good phone for the money
I was looking for a phone in the 5.8 GHz frequency band so as to reduce the interference with a home wireless LAN.
After using the phone for a few days I can provide some pros and cons.

PROS:
> Long battery life...thanks to a 1400 mAh Nickel Metal Hydride battery. Compared to our 2.4 GHz PANASONIC with NiCd batteries this is a marked improvement in battery life. On standby the battery lasts 3-4 days.
> Sound quality comparable to other cordless phones
> Range: Works about 500 feet away from base
> Simple setup
> Ergonomic design
> Spread spectrum technology. Makes eavesdropping harder
> Handset speakerphone in addition to speakerphone on base
> Choice of ringer tones

CONS:
> If another phone in the house is in use the speaker on the base blinks with this blue light. Motorola said it cannot be turned off. The LCD display message "Extension in use" is sufficient ...the blue light is really not required
> Not a true 5.8 GHz phone. Motorola informed me that the handset to base uses 2.4 GHz but the base to handset uses the 5.8 GHz band
> Separate Caller id. To delete the calls in your caller id list you have to delete them from the base and handset separately.
> User manual is too short. Missing: Technical specifications, detailed explanations of some features

All things considered this phone is a good buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Close to landline quality
Great phone with superior reception and voice quality. Stylish and more compact then the picture reflects. Large display on the base. My only complaint is that I have to clear the caller ID's for the handset and base independently. Would be nice if I could do both at the same time. Might be one of the pricier models, but worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great phone!
I like this phone a lot more than I expected. It was easy to set up and it's easy to use. This is probably my fiftieth cordless - okay, it's more like my tenth - I go through phones for some reason. It ranks at the top.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great phone, easy setup & expandability
So far, the best cordless phone we've had. This phone has a nice, solid feel, uncluttered keypad, and the display is large, bright, and easy to read. We bought ours together with one expansion unit (MD61). Setup of the expansion phone was simple as well.

Sound quality on both handsets is perfect throughout the house...no noise, etc.

My favorite feature is the speakerphone capability on the handsets. You can turn it on and off in the middle of a call, set it down on a table and continue your conversation hands-free, and it is especially handy when dialing into our phone company voicemail, or getting messages from work.

If they had asked me, I would only offer these design improvements:

1. It would be nice if the handsets could stand upright on their own when not in the cradle, so the display would be more visible if you had it sitting on a table;

2. The wall mounting bracket causes the base unit to tilt upward too much when it's on the wall. This can make the display less visible from a distance or if we're sitting down at the dinner table. I fixed this minor issue by placing three wood shims behind the mounting bracket, to tilt the top of the unit forward so that it is somewhat more vertical.

3. The handheld units are straight, and fairly slender which makes it difficult to hold the phone between your cheek and shoulder (i.e. hands-free). But if you need to use both hands to do something else while talking, you can just punch the speakerphone button and set the handheld down to continue talking. ... Read more


90. Nikon Super CoolScan 9000 ED Film Scanner

our price: $1,999.99
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Asin: B0001DYUDE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 2991
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A high-performance dedicated film scanner designed for imaging professionals, the Super Coolscan 9000 ED offers high-quality scanning of 35mm slides, 35mm film strips, medium-format film, medium-format slides (with optional 120/220 mounted film holder FH-869M), glass slides for microscopes (with optional Medical Slide Holder FH-8G1), and 16mm film (with optional 16mm film holder FH-816). The Scanner-Nikkor ED glass lens offers a 4,000 dpi optical resolution, while the 10,000-pixel, three-line monochrome linear CCD image sensor and 16-bit per color A/D input (8-/16-bit output) provide true-to-life, brilliant results.

Nikon's own LED illumination technology ensures accurate color separation with no warm-up time or risk of heat damage. Scan times are as fast as 40 seconds including image transfer to display, and as fast as 13 seconds in preview mode. Automatic color/contrast compensation helps you achieve accurate results, while the ICE4 advanced digital image correction suite of technologies, including digital ICE, digital ROC, digital GEM, and digital DEE, helps to restore old slides to their original glory. Additionally, the included Nikon Scan 4 software provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use interface for managing your scans.

The Super Coolscan 9000 ED has an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) interface, while one-touch scan and preview buttons will have you scanning film in no time. PC and Mac compatible, the Super Coolscan 9000 ED also comes backed with a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Scanner, CD-ROM, interface card for Mac OS and Windows, strip film holder FH-835S, slide holder FH-835M, 129/220 strip film holder FH-869S ... Read more

Features

  • 4,000 dpi optical resolution
  • 16-bit A/D conversion, 8 or 16-bit output
  • Scan speeds as fast as 40 seconds
  • Digital ICE4 advanced suite of image correction technologies
  • IEEE 1394 FireWire interface, PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazon came through!
I ordered my Nikon Coolscan 9000 back on June 18th. It arrived on July 13th just as the updated Amazon shipping estimate email promised. I admit I was a little skeptical when I placed the order that I would ever see it, especialy at the price Amazon had at the time - $1804.99 I checked with my contacts at B&H in New York (I order alot from them and have come to know a few of the salespeople) - they said "no way" could the price be for a legitimate USA model. In addition to being lower than B&H's cost, Amazon was giving a shipping date way ahead of when anybody else could promise. It turned out that Amazon was about a week late on their "original" shipping date, but they kept me updated and it came exactly when they said it would.
As for the scanner, it seems to me to be just about perfect. The scans are beyond belief. Nikon Scan software is a little confusing...I might give Vuescan a try. The scanner does make a bit of noise from the stepper motor during the scan process, but this appears normal. Overall, I could not be happier with my purchase. Amazon has never given me a bad experience so far and with the new Amazon credit card, I have intrest free financing for 10 months to pay for this beauty. I'm completely satisfied with my Amazon transaction!

1-0 out of 5 stars Amazon's Lack Of Customer Relations
I ordered this item on June 14th and have yet to be updated on the real shipping date. Although e-mails are said to be answered in 24 hours, I have sent three without response for days. Will Amazon ever fill this order, respond to e-mails or just cancel the order after an inordinate wait?

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Amazon's Fault
The supply problem with the Nikon 9000 ED scanner isn't Amazon's fault, it's Nikon's. From what I'm told by our local professional camera shop here in Seattle and more than a dozen mail order firms I've called trying to find one of these things, Nikon announced the ED9000, shipped one demo model to each of its big dealers and that was it. Nobody has seen one since and Nikon won't say when they are going to ship.

1-0 out of 5 stars Who knows whether it's good or not...
Why? Because our friends at Amazon accepted orders, sat on them with a promised shipping date of July 2004, and then promptly cancelled them after making people wait for over a month. For a company that's supposedly the best around in terms of inventory management and order fulfillment, that's simply a joke.

WORST...CUSTOMER...SERVICE...EVER. ... Read more


91. Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR Combo (Silver)
list price: $179.99
our price: $99.94
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Asin: B0001FV35U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 67
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Featuring a progressive-scan DVD player combined with a four-head hi-fi VCR, this Toshiba SD-V392 dual-function unit delivers the crisp resolution and enhanced sound of high-quality DVDs paired with the ability to record your favorite programs and movies on VHS tapes. The unit flexibly interacts with a number of audio and video formats, including DVD-Video, DVD-R, video CD, audio CD, and CD-R/RW, along with MP3- and WMA-encoded formats and JPEG digital photo CDs. Like other versatile DVD players, the device also offers a selectable display format, which delivers a choice between interlaced or progressive scan depending on whether users own a HDTV-capable TV. Progressive scan displays images at a higher scan rate for a sharper, richer picture, while interlaced is the standard for traditional non-HDTV televisions.

The VCR is equipped for most common and high-end functions, featuring a program timer, 30-second commercial skip, and even the ability to watch DVDs while recording a TV show. The VCR's hi-fi stereo is bolstered by its built-in MTS decoding, which delivers a clearer audio performance. The DVD player is also compatible with a variety of enhanced audio functions, as its coaxial and audio digital outputs connect to Dolby Digital- and DTS-capable receivers for rich surround sound. The player also supports virtual surround sound, creating an audio environment that broadcasts simulated full theater sound over a two-speaker system.

The system connects to other components through its component-video, S-video, and composite-outputs, along with the aforementioned digital audio outputs. The player includes a 54 MHz/10-bit video DAC and 192 kHz/24-bit audio DAC, and comes with a full-featured remote control.

What's in the Box
DVD player/VCR, remote control, AV cables, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Progressive-scan DVD player/4-head hi-fi VCR combo unit; 17 x 4 x 10 inches (W x H x D)
  • Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, video CD, audio CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats
  • 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter delivers warm, rich sound
  • Component, S-video, and composite outputs for video connection, plus coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • MTS decoding, Dolby Digital and DTS outputs, and virtual surround sound

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy this unit!
This is more of a love hate kinda thing. First I love the fact that it records and plays DVD's that the same time! The only other unit I have found that does that is an Apex. The picture is great both in tape and DVD. Now for the bad! The remote control, its white with black (with is OK) and orange thats right orange lettering with is hard to see when trying to use the unit at first. Also its not a smart remote, ot only works for the unit. Other than the remote it's a great unit, it has all the bells and whistles.

1-0 out of 5 stars DVD picture freeze
I have owned this machine 11 months. About a month ago the DVD picture would freeze. The manufacturer attributed the problem to a dirty or stratched DVD. I purchased a new DVD and the problem persisted. Seems this is a recurring problem with all brands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly as advertised
I was scared off of Sony and Panasonic by some of the reviews, especially stories of the DVD door problems and the poor service. The specs for this combo DVD/VCR seemed to include everything I wanted. I almost passed on this one too because the dimensions as shown were too big for my cabinet. But I checked the Toshiba web site and found that the dimensions as shown on the Amazon page were incorrect. I notified Amazon and they have corrected the dimensions. I bought it and so far am quite happy with it. The remote has far more buttons than I have ever seen, but the manual is quite thorough. The set up is simple and the DVD door opens and closes quite smoothly. Everything I tried so far works. ... Read more


92. iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital Audio Player
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00008N6VM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 850
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 256 MB built-in memory
  • Supports playback of MP3, WMA, and ASF music files
  • Integrated digital FM tuner with presets and built-in voice recorder
  • Record to player directly from FM tuner
  • Comes with Sennheiser MX300 earphones, neck strap, AA battery, USB cable, and printed manual

Reviews (99)

5-0 out of 5 stars IF FM is important to you and you have $, go for it!!!!
Pros: Amazing Sound, Good FM reception, Very lightweight and small, Good battery Life, superb sound quality, loaded with features, convenient joystick controller, great value

Cons: No armband, ear buds not comfortable, feels rather cheap, Included software is very no-frills: no drag & drop, or re-sampling, complicated menu, flimsy chrome colored plastic, lack of beltclip, maybe a larger hard drive but 256 is good enough for me.

Summary: I tested a few MP3 players and this one is the best for its size. I personally use these for when I work out and jog. This one is very small and works and sounds great. I was going to get the ipod but then I decided I rather have something smaller and less bulky. The ipod is about 4-5 times larger than this unit and heavier. Plus the ipod is very scratchable due to its shineyness. This one is more durable. Plus it comes with a neck piece so you can put it on your neck.

The ipod can hold a ton more mp3s but personally I cant even fill this one up with songs I like. And average song is 5 megs and this unit holds 256 meg. Thats an average of 51 songs (at best quality in MP3)which is 5 hours of songs that you like. To me im not going to listen to this for more than 5 hours so this is perfect. Plus it has a Radio bult in.

I was a little skeptical when I bought this product because I never herd of the company but I recommend it to anyone who wants to use this for workign out or anyone who wants somethign very lite and to listen to there mps. I suggest this unit over any other. This unit also plays WMA files which supposivly compresses better than mp3's (supposivly half the size) So you can actually fit 100+ songs on this if you compress with WMA. But personally I keep everythign mp3 so far because I havent filled this unit up yet with songs I like.

4-0 out of 5 stars Packs a punch without draining your wallet
I have been pleasantly surprised by this MP3 player. Overall, the price is great for the quality and durability. The buttons are easy to use, the music and options are easy to manage, and the software that accompanies the player is simple (although not flashy). Loading songs onto the player is very painless, and it takes only a few minutes to load an entire CD. You will be listening to music within 30 minutes of pulling it out of the package.

The main problems with this MP3 player stem from two words: up to. The packaging suggests that a single AA battery will last "up to" 24 hours! In my experience, the lasting power of a brand-new Duracell is closer to 10 or 12 hours. That easily beats the playing time you get out of batteries in a traditional portable CD player, but it's not quite what I expected.

The manufacturer also claims that the player will hold "up to" 8 hours of music. My player is currently full with only about 4 hours worth of MP3s. That's a decent amount of music, but not as much as I had hoped.
Another consideration is that this player's memory cannot be expanded. You're fixed at 256 MB. Other brands have expandable memory. They are generally more expensive, but may be worth the price if you plan on adding additional capacity in the future.

On the upside, the player includes an FM tuner, and a microphone so you can make voice recordings, which can be uploaded onto your PC.

If you're looking for a solid MP3 player for a good price with a good amount of memory, this fits the bill. Definitely a great buy for anyone looking to make their music collection portable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good while it lasted
Much and enough has been said about this unit. Was very happy with it for the 18 months I used it. Suddenly, without warning, (as with others) the on/off button ceased to function. Iriver responds with, "oh well, out of warranty and we do no repairs." Do their newer products still have this issue? Who knows, so I am moving on to iAUDIO CW300.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I got this tiny player a while ago and it is the best mp3 player i have ever owned. I previously had two RCAs which both broke within a week and they were far more expensive than this little wonder. I can't even put into words how perfect this player is. The sound quality is amazing! my ONLY complaint are the headphones. They are very uncomfortable and they don't have that great sound. But after having this player for a while i will not buy another player that doesn't have the iRiver name on it. Get one!

3-0 out of 5 stars Too delicate
I bought this model in June 2003 for about $200. Loved it. 5 days after the warranty expired [June 2004] the entire bottom [where the battery is inserted] fell off pulling the red power wire out of the circuit. The little plastic tabs that hold the 2 screws for the cover sheered right off. Very flimsy. iRiver customer service had no suggestions for repair. I guess it's safe to assume they're built to last about a year. ... Read more


93. Konica Minolta Dimage A200 8MP Digital Camera with Anti-Shake 7x Optical Zoom
list price: $849.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000683VIY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Konica Minolta
Sales Rank: 559
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Amazon.com Product Description

A close cousin of the Dimage A2, Konica Minolta's SLR-style Dimage A200 offers a smaller, more rounded body design and is lighter by 2.1 ounces. But it's packed full of powerful features that will be appreciated by a wide range of photographers, from professional to advanced amateur. In addition to its 8-megapixel resolution and 7x optical zoom, the Dimage A200 features a movie mode with 800 x 600-pixel resolution, 1.8-inch flip-out LCD monitor, and Minolta's anti-shake technology to keep things smooth.

Optics and Resolution
The Dimage A200 has an 8.0-megapixel, 2/3-inch interlace scan CCD that can subtle, expressive images--even individual hairs or the stitches of a suit in sharp detail. It has the following resolution options: 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176 (3:2 aspect ratio), 2560 x 1920, 2080 x 1560, 1600 x 1200, and 640 x 480. The 7x optical zoom GT lens is designed specifically for digital photography with sharper, clearer images minus any color aberration, even when using the large aperture setting. It has a 28-200mm equivalency in 35mm photography and a focal range of f2.8 to f3.5. It also has two digital zoom options: a normal 2x and an interpolated 4x.

With its proprietary new advanced LSI engine and CxProcess III image-processing technology, the DiMAGE A200 provides high-speed and stress-free image processing with low power consumption. And, its ability to suppress noise and provide exceptionally accurate color reproduction means that users get high-quality images every time.

Dimage A200's CCD-shift assembly
The Dimage A200 features a CCD-shift mechanism, outlined above in green, to stabilize images by offsetting the shaking pattern of the user's hand. Below, a photo with Anti-Shake off (right) and the same subject with Anti-Shake on (left).
Clock tower with and without Anti-Shake
Movie Mode
The Dimage A200 offers a true VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movie mode, enabling you to record video at TV-quality 30 frames per second (fps). You also have the option to shoot at a larger resolution (800 x 600, SVGA) at 15 fps, good for viewing on a PC screen. Unlike many digital cameras, the Dimage A200 allows use of both the optical and digital zoom while recording movies, and the Night Movie function makes subjects highly visible even in dark settings. You can shoot a maximum of 15 minutes of video with audio.

Anti-Shake Technology
The Anti-Shake feature provides a highly effective way to deal with camera shake--a major cause of substandard images, especially with telephoto shots and when shooting in dim lighting. The Dimage A200 features a CCD-shift mechanism to stabilize images by offsetting the shaking pattern of the user's hand, providing stability at up to three shutter speeds slower than on digital cameras without an Anti-Shake function.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on CompactFlash cards (Type I/II), and it supports Microdrives. The Dimage A2 does not come with a memory card. It connects to Macs and Windows-based PCs via USB 2.0 connectivity.

Direct Printing
By directly connecting the Dimage A200 to a PictBridge-compliant printer, you can easily create prints without going through a computer--just choose your image directly from the LCD monitor.

More Features
The camera's 1.8-inch TFT Vari-angle LCD monitor rotates 270 degrees vertically and 180 degrees horizontally, allowing you to get a clear viewpoint for shooting artistic angles or taking flawless self-portraits.

Other features include:

  • In addition to JPEG images, the Dimage A200 can also save captured images to RAW (12 bits per pixel), RAW+JPEG, and TIFF formats.
  • The Ultra High Speed mode captures images at a continuous advance of 40 frames at 10 frames per second.
  • Automatic or manual popup flash has a five-second refresh and fill, red-eye reduction, slow sync, and rear flash sync modes.
  • Sure-grip, ergonomic body makes it easy to carry and use anywhere.
Power and Size
The Dimage A200 is powered by a proprietary rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NP-800), which provides power for approximately 260 images or 330 minutes of continuous playing time. It measures 4.49 x 3.15 x 4.53 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 17.8 ounces without battery or media.

What's in the Box
This package includes the Minolta Dimage A200 digital camera, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NP-800) and battery charger (BC-900), USB and AV cables, lens cap, accessory shoe cap, lens shade, wireless remote control, and CD-ROM with Dimage Viewer and ULEAD Video Studio 8 SE software. ... Read more

Features

  • 8-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 16-by-22-inch enlargements
  • Konica Minolta 7X optical zoom GT lens combines with a 2x digital zoom and 4x interpolated digital zoom
  • Anti-shake feature for smooth photographic close-ups; flip-out, tilting 1.8-inch LCD
  • Store images on type I or II Compact Flash memory cards or Microdrive; connects to PC via USB 2.0
  • Powered by 1 NP-800 Lithium-ion battery

94. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3 Player
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00024VTKE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 156
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1 GB of internal memory for up to 34 hours of MP3, WMA, and OGG music files
  • Extended battery life up to 40 hours on one AA
  • Built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Record music from any audio source (no PC required)
  • USB 2.0 for fast transfers

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Big price, but big sound and storage
I wrote extensively about the 790 version of this iRiver model, so see that review for a comprehensive look at these beauties.
Because I liked the latest iRiver model so much, I returned the 790 and got the 799 1-gigabyte version instead.

I paid $190, tax included, for 256 MB at Best Buy. I figured, why not double the price at Amazon ($360) for four times as much space for my music.

It is a minor fortune, to be sure, but I want to be able to keep 20-30 albums on my player at any one time so I don't have to change my music very often. I find that a small inconvenience, especially since there is no simple drag-and-drop function.
I also figure that fewer music transfers will limit potential wear and tear on the USB connector and thus extend the life of the piece of plastic that covers the USB port.

My suspicion is that the cover would be the first thing to go, an event that would surely shorten the practical life of the player. Can't have that happen with such an expensive piece of equipment.
A few other things. The primary difference between the 799 and 790 is build quality. The 799 is somewhat sleeker and the casing seems a bit sturdier. The buttons are smaller and stick out less, especially the joystick.

The joystick is maybe not quite as easy to use, but it has better tactile feel and seems less likely to wear down from constant use. It's a very good improvement.

The USB port now has a sliding plastic door - much different than the rubberish flap on the 790.

The 799 is a better color, too. LA Raiders black and gray. I wasn't crazy about the red color of the 790.

One seemingly small flaw. The inline jack and headphone jack are on the same end of the player - unlike with the 790 -- so it's not as easy to plug in the headphones in the dark.

Otherwise, I repeat. This is a fabulous player, the best sounding portable on the market. Most of my CDs ripped as WMA files encoded at 64 kbps sound terrific. (Classical music might require VBR recording).

I use the free Real Audio (best music lookup success of the dozen programs I tried) and paid MusicMatch. Yet only Microsoft's Windows Media had VBR for WMA files, but the media player kept crashing on me.

Just make sure you have great headphones to match if you are going to use 64 kbps files. ... Read more


95. Toshiba 52HM84 52" HDTV-Ready Projection DLP TV
list price: $3,299.99
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Asin: B0002KQR3M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 3229
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Amazon.com Product Description

Toshiba takes DLP technology into the future with the 52-inch TheaterWide 52HM84 HD-ready rear-projection TV. The 16:9 52HM84 uses a proprietary system called TALEN (Toshiba Advanced Light Engine); based on Texas Instruments' HD2+ DLP chip, it enhances brightness and contrast while keeping the 1,280 x 720-pixel progressive resolution (720p). Toshiba's TheaterWide TVs challenge direct-view CRT models when it comes to reproducing deep blacks and details in dark or shadowy scenes.

What is DLP?
The DLP processor DLP, or Digital Light Processing, is a technology that bounces a colored light beam across an array of hundreds of thousands of hinge-mounted microscopic mirrors attached to a single chip, called a "micro mirror device" (below, pictured with the head of a pin).
DLP mirrors dwarfed by the head of a pin
Each of the mirrors can be pointed toward or away from the light source thousands of times per second, providing not only minute color detail but also sharper resolution than even LCD displays.
Detail of resolution comparison between LCD and DLP
This set is HDTV-ready (it needs an optional hi-def receiver to get HD signals), but can improve standard-definition video thanks to Toshiba's multi-step PixelPure video processing system, which optimizes the three main picture quality factors: resolution, contrast, and color. All incoming signals are upconverted by the built-in "scaler" to match the DLP chip's native 720p resolution.

PixelPure encompasses 8 different processing circuits. Among its components are: 6.2 million-pixel oversampling (for higher perceived resolution), real-speed progressive scanning (which uses additional sampling points to create smoother diagonal lines), a Magic Square algorithm (for smooth, natural color gradation), Dynamic Contrast Enhancer (for higher perceived contrast and increased color saturation), and Color Detail Enhancer (to maintain fine image detail in color-saturated areas).

DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology uses an optical semiconductor, known as the Digital Micromirror Device, or DMD chip, to digitally manipulate light. The chip contains a rectangular array of up to 1.3 million microscopic mirrors, each of which measures less than one-fifth the width of a human hair. A DMD panel's micromirrors are mounted on tiny hinges that enable them to tilt either toward the light source (on) or away from it (off)--creating a light or dark pixel on the projection surface. The bit-streamed image code entering the semiconductor directs each mirror to switch on and off up to several thousand times per second, such that the mirrors can reflect pixels in up to 1,024 shades of gray.

The HD2+ DLP chip ensures an ultra-clean image by filling in the dimples, or vias, in the mirrors to avoid stray light. It increases both brightness and contrast, resulting in an impressive color-corrected contrast ratio (2,200:1) at 1,100 ANSI Lumens. The set's TheaterFine HD Super Fine Pitch screen reduces the physical space between the lines on the lenticular screen, resulting in a finer, sharper, more detailed picture.

Toshiba's DFine Hi-Speed VSM (velocity scan modulation) improves contrast and overall picture sharpness, while the CableClear DNR+ digital noise reduction optimizes poor NTSC signals from antenna or cable, further eliminating video noise ("snow") for a clean, crisp image. Cinema Mode circuitry (3:2 pulldown switch) identifies original film-based content from DVDs, then reassembles the frame sequence to more accurately reproduce the original 24-frame-per-second material.

A 3D Y/C (4 MB, 10-bit) digital comb filter with Vertical Contour Correction helps eliminate dot crawl and color bleed and significantly reduces detail noise, seen as shimmering or flicker, in complex or intricately detailed scenes. Color temperature controls allow you to adjust white balance. The "Warm" setting reduces the color temperature to an NTSC standard 6,500 degrees Kelvin and delivers a redder image that is ideal for display in a dimly lit room. "Medium" and "Cool" provide a progressively bluer image for the best picture as room light levels are increased.

The 52HM84 has plenty of inputs for connecting all your audio and video components. In back you'll find two RF, two composite video, two S-Video, and two HD ColorStream component video, as well as an HDMI digital input. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface that supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus 8-channel digital audio--all on a single cable. A set of front composite and S-video inputs make hooking up a game console or camcorder a snap.

Other features include HD Window dual-tuner POP (picture-on-picture) with PIP sound for listening to two programs simultaneously, the new Radiance DC lamp with high brightness and lower power modes for extended life, individual audio/video settings by input type, sleep and wake timers, Real Speed progressive scanning to create smoother diagonal lines, Color Transient Improver for sharp transitions on color changes without bleeding, and Color Detail Enhancer to maintain fine image detail in color saturated areas.

Aside from the 20-watts-per-channel stereo speaker system, the 52HM84 uses MTS for programming with stereo sound, SAP for receiving a second audio track in another language. Meanwhile, SRS WOW combines 3D Sound (simulated surround sound from any stereo audio) with TruBass (yet another low-frequency enhancement) and Focus (which clarifies voices). The StableSound volume leveler eliminates drastic volume spikes while changing channels or when channels go to a commercial break.

What's in the Box
52-inch 52HM84 HD-ready rear-projection DLP TV, 4-item illuminated universal remote with DVD control, warranty, and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 52-inch 16:9 HD-ready rear-projection DLP TV with native 720p resolution; 53.1 x 31.8 x 15.3 inches (W x H x D)
  • 3D Y/C (4 MB, 10-bit) digital comb filter with Vertical Contour Correction helps eliminate dot crawl and color bleed
  • Cinema Mode 3:2 pulldown corrects frame rate for distortion-free movie viewing; CableClear DNR+ digital noise reduction for cleaner pictures from analog sources
  • 6 A/V jacks, including dual ColorStream HD high-resolution component video inputs and HDMI input
  • 20-watt-per-channel stereo speakers with support for MTS, SAP with dbk, SRS WOW, and StableSound volume leveler

96. Apple 40 GB iPod photo
list price: $499.00
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Asin: B0002ZAEX6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 142
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Features

  • 40 GB model holds up to 10,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours
  • Compatible with Mac OS X or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with iPod photo dock, earbud headphones, a carrying case, an AC adapter, a FireWire cable, a USB 2.0 cable, and an AV cable

97. Olympus DM-10 Digital Voice Recorder

our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000DYTDJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 505
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Olympus DM-10 stereo digital voice recorder/music player packs 64 MB of built-in flash memory to give you nearly 22 hours (1,340 minutes) of voice recording or a full hour of near-CD-quality music in either MP3 or WMA formats. The DM-10's compact, lightweight design and smooth, silvery finish make it an ideal travel companion. Measuring a mere 4.31 x 1.56 x 0.6 inches (H x W x D) and weighing in at a mere 3 ounces, the attractive and ergonomic DM-10 fits comfortably in the hand of the on-the-go professional or exercise enthusiast.

The DM-10 has 5 separate file folders capable of holding 199 files each, so you can organize nearly 1,000 files according to subjects like "work," "personal," and "to do." When recording, simply capture your high-quality voice files in either WMA or DSS (Digital Speech Standard) format and then place the recorder in the included USB docking station to begin downloading hours of audio to a PC or Macintosh computer. Stereo voice recording is possible with an optional stereo microphone.

Alarm playback will alert you to meetings, dates, show reminders, or wake-up times. You can simply dictate reminders into the DM-10--such as "Time to pick up the kids!"--and assign a time for this message to sound, like an alarm clock's buzzer.

Built-in WOW sound enhancement produces rich bass, and three-dimensional sound, while a user-selectable 5-setting equalizer lets you tailor the sound to your taste or environment. Olympus's innovative noise-canceling technology makes the sound even clearer. removing unwanted hiss and background noise.

The unit offers a built-in condenser microphone, and a .125-inch microphone jack gives you the option to use a high-quality external mic (not included). A .125-inch earphone jack and supplied stereo ear bud headphones let you monitor your files during or after recording. To suit various sound conditions, you can adjust the microphone's sensitivity. The recorder can be viewed in low-light situations, such as at a lecture hall or during presentations, thanks to its easy-to-read backlit LCD.

After capturing recordings you can erase them or move them between folders. The DM-10 also lets you set up to 16 index marks per message, during recording and during playback. This way, you can locate specific sections of individual dictations quickly and easily. The individual files may be played back at three different speeds: normal, fast, or slow, through either the built-in speaker or the supplied earphones. In addition, with the Repeat Playback function, the DM-10 can repeatedly play back a particular user-selected section of audio recording--ideal for transcribing dictation.

The unit's Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) ensures that recording begins only when sound occurs, while its security lock prevents accidental deletion of sensitive files.

The DM-10 is perfectly suited to meet varying professional needs. You can easily attach voice files to e-mails or forward them to others for transcription. The optional AS-3000 transcription kit (DSS Player Pro transcription module with foot switch and headset) can further streamline this process. The DM-10 is also compatible with most voice recognition software, including IBM's Via Voice.

What's in the Box
Voice recorder, docking station, USB cable, stereo ear bud headphones, a CD-ROM, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Voice recorder and music recorder/player all in one; stereo recording and playback supports DSS, MP3, and WMA file formats
  • 64 MB built-in internal memory for 22 hours of voice recording or 1 hour of near-CD-quality music; offers voice activation, index marking, backlit LCD
  • Manage your voice files in 5 folders and music files in 2 folders capable of storing up to 199 files each
  • USB docking station grants quick, easy uploads and downloads; PC and Macintosh compatible; comes with stereo ear bud headphones
  • Noise Cancellation mode reduces ambient sound; WOW audio technology provides rich bass and 3-dimensional sound during music playback

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I purchased the DM-20, which has twice the storage. I would recommend finding that one if you plan to use it much for music. It has great support for Windows Media Audio .wma and .mp3 files, and their proprietary format. I try to do everything in .wma. At the lowest quality compression setting you get a very long recording time. Navigation is easy. The controls are set out well. The LCD has good info and lots of options. The voice recording quality is excellent, especially from the remote control plug-in microphone (which might not be available in all versions).

2-0 out of 5 stars Fragile equipment
On May 29, 2004 I ordered the digital recorder, based upon the glowing reviews that I've read about the sound quality. I'm a barbershopper and wanted to have high fidelity digital recordings for the chorus web site and for learning tapes. The device is tiny, sleek and shiny like an elongated lighter. It sounded sensational with the little ear buds, but came with no protective case. On 07/09/04 it stopped working entirely. The display did not light up, yet the batteries were new (2 days old)and the battery display showed that it was fully charged the day before. I was heading out for a rehearsal, and had it on my wrist by the strap. My guess is that it must have bumped into the car door as I slid into the driver's seat. When I took it off my wrist to put on the seat belt, that's when I discovered that the display was dead. I opened the battery slide and the little coil that pushes against the battery sprung out. Without that in place the recorder cannot work. Because the failure happened more than a month after purchase, Home Depot would not cover it. Olympus is having me send it back. We'll see what happens. It's a nice device, with great fidelity, but it's incredibly fragile. I'd hesitate before recommending it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Beware, DSS is Olympus proprietary format, not a "standard"
Yes, the features of this machine are nice, but the DSS format's name "Digital Speech Standard" and Olympus's touting of it as an "international standard" are deliberately misleading. In fact, Olympus owns it and does not even make it available enough for software vendors to develop conversion software. There is no way to, for instance, convert a CD audio, or MP3, or any other audio file into DSS format in order to play it on the DM-10. If you buy the thing thinking you can load 10 hours of CD audio books onto it, you will find that instead you only get 1 hour (in WMA format). And if you call Olympus to ask about it, their tech support people based in India will just tell you tough luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful voice recorder, works great in ALL modes
I am going to be conducting interviews for research. I was new to the digital voice recorder buying scene and started out by buying an Olympus VN-3600. That device is OK, but has severe limitations. The most obvious one being that the lower end digital voice recorders do not transfer files to a computer. So if you want to use the space again you have to take your notes and lose the original. The other limitation that the lower-end voice recorders have is poor to unsuable recording in the long-play mode. For the 3600, 6 hours was a joke. Believe me it was completely unsuable. I knew that going in but I didn't realize how crippling not being able to transfer files to the computer would be.

Enter the DM-10. From the reviews here and across the web I decided to give it a try. I am VERY GLAD that I did. What a remarkable device. It has 3(4) recording modes and each one of them is crystal clear. I put 4 in parathensis because if you use a stero microphone it automatically records in SHQ or Super High Quality mode. As many voice recorders have this has a voice activation level so that pauses shut down the recording. This one works really well with 15 different levels. The SP mode gives you 22hours of recording! And it is usable.

I just downloaded the software and it is great. I recorded two files one in HQ mode and one in SP mode. SP and LP recordings are stored in something called DSS files whereas the HQ and SHQ are stored as WMA files. They downloaded in a flash. I also copied them to a folder and then clicked on them and they brought up the software for replay in a flash.

You can also use the DM-10 as an MP3 player. As a nice bonus, and I bought this in early June 2004, the package I got included a stero microphone. You usually get what you pay for and I would suggest if you want to have a ton of recording space and you feel that storing your recordings would be helpful, spend the money on this device. It has too many features to list but all are well-thought out and enhance its usability. The manual is well-written and will get you started in minutes. Really a superb device and worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this DVR. You won't regret it!!!
I was looking for a digital voice recorder for a long time and first tried Olympus W 10 and did not like its sound quality. After reading the reviews here for DM 10, I decided to give it a try and boy am I happy to do that or what??? !!! Features are superb and the sound quality is perfect. Even the LP mode, which can give you a whopping 22 and half hour long recording, is quite decent. It is easily attached to the computer thru USB and transfering files is a piece of cake. It is small and very portable; it can fit easily into your shirt pocket. It looks slick and slim in design. It can even give you CD quality sound for your MP3's on the go. I am very happy with this purchase and wanted to share this with those who are looking for a good DVR. ... Read more


98. Nikon Coolpix 7900 7 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0007KQWEQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 206
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

7.1-megapixel effective recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * approximately 13.5 MB of built-in memory (holds about 4 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
  • 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for for photo-quality 11 x 15-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom through a quality Zoom-Nikkor lens (zoom is equivalent to 35-105mm in a 35mm camera)
  • 2.0-inch LCD display; exclusive Nikon In-Camera Red-Eye Fix

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars What glitters is not always gold.
I had this camera for 14 days. I went to the store to buy the Canon SD500, and the design of the Nikon Coolpix 7900 grabbed my attention. The sales person informed me that the only difference between the Nikon and the Canon was the name.

She was wrong.

In a series of 100 photos, the Nikon took around 6 crystal clear shots. The remaining 94 shots were blurry and lacked quality.I upgraded my Olympus C3040 (3MP) with the Coolpix 7900. My Olympus outperformed the Coolpix in all respects, except for battery type, weight, and size of camera.

When I returned the camera to the place of purchase they asked if I was sure I was "doing it right."I am an artist and published photographer. I've been taking pictures with digital camera for 5 years. I carefully read the instructions, I even called Nikon to ask for assistance.

This camera cannot take QUALITY photographs consistently. Especially in low light. Bottom-line--I found it to be a horrible camera. A typical case of what glitters is not always gold.

I returned the camera for the Canon Powershot SD500 and my first three photos were pristine.

Good luck,
JAS

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Little Thing
My wife's Nikon SQ died so I wanted to get a *small* travel camera as a replacement. The 7900 is indeed small. It takes great photos outside and will take good full frame 30 fps movies until the SD card is full (bar graph on screen). I've taken blury low-light candid photos w/o flash, but most are due to camera movement rather than focus problems (when looked at in Photoshop). The camera is a little /too/ small for me to grip steadily and hold against a door frame for candids. It'll be a great travel camera for her. Large LCD, good battery life, 7MP images, Image Stabilization.
Disappointed that it's built in China like most everything else and Noise Reduction mode is a little too painterly for me -- I'll clean up my images myself.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nikon Needs to Get Focused
The 7900 sure is an attractive little camera with it's sleek body and high mega pixel count. Like several other Coolpix cameras, including the Nikon 8800, this camera can't focus well in low light. I don't know why Nikon continues to release these cameras with the same flaws. The AF system on the Coolpix line is contrast based and in less than ideal lighting it can lock focus, but get wrong repeatedly. You can visit DPreview.com and Nikonians.com for more info on AF weaknesses with the Coolpix line.
This is a serious warning for buyers! Website forums for Nikon are filled with rabid supporters of the products, even when they haven't tried them. Another funny move is when the focus problems are mentioned by someone they quickly post a shot taken on the dark side of the moon! What exactly does this prove? The 7900 CAN take a low light shot, but it will often miss the shot as well. Don't trust samples taken in low light since you have no idea how many missed shots it took to get it. Buyer's remorse makes camera owners say and do anything to defend their purchases.
Point blank: The 7900 has poor auto focusing compared to MANY other cameras. To make matters worse it has a VERY weak AF assist light just like the 8800. Insult to injury. A Pentax Optio S5i focuses better in low light without the lamp and costs far less. A Canon A95 also has superior focus ability, though not the best of it's class. High count sensors mean little when you miss a shot due to focus, right?
When the 7900 DID get the focus right, images seemed slightly soft overall. While it has many modes there's no real manual control of the camera. This is not good for the growing photographer or the shooter who likes to fine tune.
There's little point in discussing the Nikon's other merits. Inability to focus in many indoor settings is a deal killer. Like the 8800, I have no idea why Nikon can't do what other designers have done at half the cost. I own a Nikon D70 DSLR and I LOVE IT, so I'm not bashing Nikon. I just don't know what the problem is with their line of P&S units. The 7900 I tested belongs to a friend and she's returning it for a Canon A95 or Fuji 550. ... Read more


99. Nikon Coolpix S1 5.1 MP Slim-Design Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Dock)
list price: $499.99
our price: $379.95
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Asin: B0007KQWF0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Nikon
Sales Rank: 140
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

5.1-megapixel recording * 3X optical Zoom-Nikkor ED lens (4X digital/12X total zoom) * approximately 12 MB of built-in memory (holds about 5 images at highest quality setting) * 2-1/2" LCD screen * Face Priority autofocus for in-focus portraits * ... Read more

Features

  • Ultra-compact--a mere 3/4 inches thin
  • Powered by Lithium-ion battery (rechargeable battery included); stores images on SD memory cards
  • 5-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom with Zoom-Nikkor lens; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Exclusive Nikon in-camera red-eye fix and face-priority autofocus

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars O like it so far
--hi hi hi
I just recieved my S1 yesterday
I haven't had this camera for a long time,
but so far, I like it! :D

this small thing take so beautiful natural shots
I took about 40 random shots so far
- everywhere without flash, with flash, outiside in office, etc..
green color is little strong and that's why some pictures look so pretty

if it's little dark, and if you don't want flash,
the shutter speed can be little slow.
when it's bright enough, it's faster and I think nobody will have any problem.
Compared to Sony V1 (I have it here) which is also 5 megapixel camera,
and which is huge,
I really like this tiny camera with great color and function :D

Especially I had so hard time choosing this camera over Canon SD400.

I chose this one because when canon take pictures of people, it tend to make their face bit red.

I was going to take lots of portraits with this camera, and I thought Nikon would be a better deal for me! :D

I"m not really a technical person,
so I don't really care or know about what soft edge is or anything like that.
If pictures look clear and pretty, I'm just fine with them.

somebody here showed review pictures of S1 from dcresource.
they were horrible pictures! I was so worried because I already ordered it.
However, I don't understand now how that person came with those pictures.

I'll summarize it

good -
good and pretty color (pretty green and blue :D)
nice design (I think it's prettier than SD400)
nice color for portraits
reasonably good indoor pics..(w/o flash)
(I like pictures without flash)

bad-
-little bit slow shutter speed

-not doing real well in shots that have a very close distance (like tiny flowers)

I really like this camera so far
and I'm glad I got this one!

I checked SD400 and took some shots in stores

and that small thing was really great, too! if you like pictures that are very clear and if you are going to take lot of natural shots,

I recommend SD400. I have seen lots of pictures of SD400, it takes great pictures, too!!!!

anyways. I hope this review helps! :-)

I don't know how to post pictures here. but I can certainly send you pics if you want! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nikon's first ultra-compact digicam is simply great
Nikon is the last of the Japanese digital camera makers to come out with a ultra-slim (<= 0.8 inches thin) digital camera, and Nikon has apparently taken many a page from its competitors' playbooks and come out with a deliciously good camera.

Before I continue with my review, let me point out that there's a jet black version available (unfortunately not on Amazon yet) which simply looks much better than this silver version.If possible, I recommend you get the black S1.You'll surely impress everyone on your block.

Despite being a small and light -- and pocketable -- camera, the S1 takes surprisingly good pictures.Of course, it's unreasonable to expect the kind of quality you can get on a Nikon D70 SLR or Coolpix 8800 "bridge" camera, because these latter models are bigger and therefore have a larger lens (very important for great optical quality) and a larger sensor (important for better color accuracy and lower noise), but I can say that the S1 has the best picture quality in its class, even bettering the great models from Canon (SD400, SD500, etc.)In normal lighting, S1's pictures are sharp and very accurate in color.This latter is very important for getting eye-pleasing photos.Even indoors, the S1 does a decent job; since the lack of light always makes photography difficult, the S1 is better than most.BTW, when indoors, using a camera's built-in flash always results in harsh-looking pictures where the background is dark and ugly.Instead, try mounting the camera on a tripod -- the S1 has a tripod mount -- and taking a picture without the flash.The picture you get will be much more pleasing to the eye.

In short, the S1 is a trustworthy performer when it comes to picture quality -- once again, with the necessary caveat that you don't compare this with a D70 d-SLR.I've seen thousands and thousands of digital images, on screen and on paper, and I'm pretty impressed with the S1's image quality.I simply don't think you'll find another ultra-slim camera that can take better pictures than this.

Nikon has put in a lot of effort -- and marketing -- in creating in-camera software editing, such as in-camera red-eye reduction and the new D-lighting (which lightens up dark shadows and darkens blown highlights).Both of these are done during playback.

What amazes me is Nikon's exclusive "face-priority" autofocus (AF) mode when shooting: it can automatically identify the faces in a picture and focus and expose on the closest or centerist face.This is truly AMAZING and works very well -- provided the lighting is not too shabby, or the facial skin tone not too dark.This works especially well in restaurants.You know the drill: you gather your friends at the dining table for a picture, and lo and behold, all too often the camera focuses on the white table cloth in the background or that giant Coors neon sign in the back instead of your faces.Nikon S1's face-priority comes to rescue.The only caveat is indoors, it doesn't seem to work as well as outdoors when lighting is aplenty.

The S1 does not have an optical viewfinder, so for framing you rely on the 2.5" LCD screen.The screen is bright and covers 97% of the shooting frame, but its 110,000 pixel resolution is only average.This pales in comparison the 230,000 pixel count on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7's 2.5" LCD.The Sony's LCD is also brighter, but the Nikon S1's is not shabby at all and compares favorably to the LCD on most ultra-compact cameras.

One area in which the S1 does lag market share leaders such as Canon and Casio and, to a lesser extent, Sony, is the shutter lag speed.The latest models from Canon and Casio are super-fast and have negligible shutter lag, meaning when you press the shutter button, the camera takes the picture in milliseconds.The S1 has a noticeable shutter lag: the camera takes a fraction of a second focusing and taking the exposure before the shutter releases.This can be a problem when you demand instantaneous response from the camera, such as when you want to capture those Kodak moments of an energetic baby or child.Many people place a lot of emphasis on shutter lag, so this may be a serious problem for them.

There are, however, two solutions.First, you could press the shutter button half-way and hold it there to pre-focus and pre-expose, and when the moment you want arrives, just press the button further down to release the shutter.I'm not saying this to excuse Nikon for not including better shutter lag performance (esp. given the S1's price point), but in general, it's always a good idea to pre-focus, even with a fast digital SLR such as the Canon Digital Rebel XT or Nikon D70.One benefit from pre-focusing is you minimize the handshake when pressing the shutter button, since your finger travels less than from the "up" position.Second solution is use the S1's nice continuous-focus feature which allows you to focus on a moving subject without pressing the shutter button.This continuous-focus (also known as servo AF) feature always keeps the subject in focus, at the expense of battery life and slightly more wear on the focusing motor in the lens.

Conclusion regarding shutter lag: if you absolutely demand as little shutter lag as you can get on an ultracompact camera, consider the Canon SD400 or the Casio EX-Z55/Z57.The Fuji Z1 is reportedly very fast, too, although I haven't played with it yet.If you don't mind shutter lag or are willing to use one or both of the solutions outlined above, then you'll love S1 for its other great features (excellent image quality, big LCD, easy interface, ultra-cool styling).My advice: if you don't know much about shutter lag and its implications, check out the S1 and other cameras in a store and pay attention to the time between pressing the shutter button and hearing the "click" sound characteristic of shutter release.My OWN personal preference is I always pre-focus (solution #1) when I need to minimize shutter lag, whether I'm using the S1 or my beloved D70 d-SLR.

What else can I say?You get 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 35mm-105mm focal range in 35mm format), a LiIon battery that's about average in performance (the king in this department is the Casio Exilim EX-Z55/Z57 series), and a cradle which you need in order to transfer pictures.(I myself use a USB card reader that takes the SD card.)Speaking of this, the Nikon S1 kit does not come with an SD card, but the camera itself has 12MB of internal memory, which isn't a lot at all.

Supposedly the "S" in S1 stands for style, and Nikon has definitely created a very stylish and very desirable ultra-slim digital camera -- especially in the black-body version.But great looks are not the only thing the new S1 has; its picture quality is simply the best in its increasingly crowded class.Finally, you can impress your friends and speed-dating dates with a camera that not only looks good and goes into your pocket, but flatters your subjects as well.

Finally, some quick advice: 1) be sure to hold the camera very steady when pressing the shutter; fuzzy pictures from handshaking is the #1 complaint with these tiny cameras; 2) don't let your left hand block the lens; 3) protect the huge LCD screen well; 4) there's a new model called "S2" that's coming out which you might want to investigate before deciding (I think the S1 looks much better).

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice small form factor but not so great pictures
I have a Canon Powershot G2 and my wife\'s cousin bought this camera (Nikon Coolpix S1). We both took pictures at lots of different light settings and here is my conclusion about this camera.

Pros:
1. Very small and thin. Easily put in pocket.
2. High megapixel resolution and pictures are good in proper lighting.

Cons:
1. Very small and thin. It is good for small people but for someone big, the camera is too delicate and buttons very small.
2. The screen is unprotected and can be damaged easily in the pocket.
3. Low light photos are not illuminated well enough by the flash so you might just have the subject lighted up and the background dark.
4. Don\'t know if it is due to small size but if you casually take out the camera for a picture, the chances of picture being blurred are high.
5. Also, almost 80% pictures had red-eye problem which can be removed easily but still is cumbersome.

Summary :
Camera is an entry level camera good for small people. The main asset is the small size.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Form Factor and phote quality
I've been looking for a replacement for my Canon S230 3mp camera off and on for a couple of months now. When I saw this camera; its size and 5mp quality I made the leap.

First impressions of this camera are very positive. The learning curve is basically flat. The menu's are very intuitive and easy to use. The 17 or so different shooting modes are very easy to understand and to actually use. The unit itself slips into your pants pocket and feels like its not even there. In fact this is the first camera I will carry with me everyday because of its sleek and light weight design.

As far as photo quality is concerned, I'd agree with one of the other reviewers - its good, not great. I'd have to say its a half step up from my Canon. Having said that I have to remember this is not a Nikon D70, its a handy and very capable everyday shooter with lots of cool features.

The one minus that I've noted now that I've been shooting everything under the sun with it is this; I have big hands and this unit is so petite that I've found my left ring finger showing up in the pictures. I have to be constantly aware of where my digits are when shooting as, with the lens so close to the left edge of the camera they easily get included in the shot.

The other thing I don't particularly care for is the docking station. It appears to be mandatory for recharging the battery which is a bit clunky especially if you want to travel with this unit. The docking station is required in order to recharge, you've just doubled the size of the camera in terms of packing and carrying along on trips. I would much prefer to have a recharge cradle like the Canon uses or just a single cord that I could plug into the camera but there doesn't seem to be an option for one.

Finally, the PhotoProject software that comes with the unit is really a joke. Don't even think about using it. I download my shots via Windows Explorer as the unit shows up as just another USB storage device. The software is bloated, slow, (and I have a very fast computer), and basically useless.

The camera does come with a nice little application that allows you to stitch together multiple pictures to create panaromic photos. When used in conjunction with the Panoramic shooting mode on the camera the results are really great. I have for years taken shots and then tried to stitch them in Photoshop or PhotoElements with the results being disappointing but this little application gets it right and its a snap to use.

I also purchased a 1gig SecureCard for the unit. At present it hasn't arrived but I'm using a 256meg card I previously had it it works great but I want to have the most storage I possibly have as the shots tend to average 1.5m shot. 256Megs gets you 99 shots at 5mp.

Summary

I'm very happy overall with this little camera. Its easy to take with you everywhere you go, the pictures are very clean and of high quality. Again, remember its mission - to deliver a compact, capable and affordable camera that is pure point and shoot. It delivers. Oh, and I can't stop before I mention the beautiful 2.5 inch rear display - very cool and viewable even direct sun.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice design, only OK pictures
I bought this camera primarily for it's compact size so I could carry it in my pocket anywhere I go. Nikon has always produced a quality product, and this camera feels solid and looks good. The screen size is a major plus.

As far as the images go, they are only OK. For a 5 megapixel camera, there is more "noise" or grain than I would expect. The redeye feature works fairly well, though I actually had one image's red MOUTH touched up by the camera's internal software. When the picture was printed, the lips of my subject were recolored as if they were redeye! I guess the camera was fooled in that case, and it only happened once.

All in all, it serves its purpose OK. A small compact camera that is easy to carry with satisfactorysnapshot qulaity images. ... Read more


100. Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" LCD Monitor (Silver)
list price: $2,339.00
our price: $998.99
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Asin: B00009965D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 5813
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High 1,600 x 1,200 resolution and fine 0.27 mm dot pitch
  • Dual digital and analog inputs for maximum versatility
  • Wide 170-degree viewing angles
  • 250 nits of brightness, sharp 500:1 contrast ratio
  • 2-year warranty; PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good buy
I use this monitor exclusively for gaming. It's hooked up via DVI-D to an nVidia GeForce FX 5950 card. I have nothing bad to say about the monitor's performance - the games I play look spectacular with it.

I am used to a Sony Trinitron 19" CRT and now, when I look at the CRT alongside this Samsung LCD? The CRT looks terrible :)

Best part of this Samsung LCD? The blacks are REALLY black. When I use xterms the clarity of the text is out of this world.

If you can afford ~$1200, I really recommend this monitor to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer
I've owned this Samsung (213T) 21.3'' Flat-Panel LCD Monitor for about a month now, and think it is an excellent monitor! My display had one dead pixel that's out towards the edge and can't even be noticed unless you know where to look. For a screen this size that's damn good. I've read in some reviews that criticize the brightness, that concerned me a little. But once I received my monitor I found that it not only was plenty bright enough, but I had to turn it down from the default setting! You definitely want to use the digital connection for hook up, don't even think of hooking up to the analog connection. I've played a few games and DVD's and have noticed very minimal ghosting. I love the adjustability of the stand, you can just about put the screen at any angle or position your heart desires.

All I can say is I don't know why I waited so long in purchasing this monitor it's just fantastic!

1-0 out of 5 stars Wish I researched Samsung's replacement policy before buying
Bought two of these monitors about two weeks ago. Both came with several dead pixels right next to each other forming an annoying blimp on the screen. Samsung agreed to replace both units. However, when the replacements arrived today, they turned out to be refurbished and with MUCH greater problems. One had a horrible color problem where one edge of the screen has one shade and the other another. Much worse when looked at from an angle. Another replacement was too dim even with brightness set to 100. Both refurbished monitors had many dead pixels. Apparently, this is acceptable to Samsung.
Beware! Samsung will only replace with refurbished monitors, so if yours comes defective, you are out of luck trying to replace for a new unit.
Needless to say, I will never buy Samsung again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good picture quality, not good for gamers
This monitor has a truly amazing picture at 1600x1200, and the colors are great, too. With DVI, the picture is very stable and quite beautiful

HOWEVER:

If you are a hardcore gamer, pass this one up.

Many people may disagree with this, but for me the ghosting is too noticeable and it is distracting and can actually detract from your gameplaying.

For instance, if you play Unreal Tournament 2004 online, you need to be able to rotate the camera all the time while still retaining the ability to discern motion in the distance (say, an enemy running at you). With this monitor the ghosting is just too much and it can seriously hinder your playing.

However, everything else about it is good as far as LCDs go. For me, I am going to return this monitor and go with a ViewSonic 22" CRT instead. It's half the price and offers just as good a picture quality in my opinion. Plus, I like being able to run my monitor at any resolution without having to worry about interpolation. And, I'll say it again -- for me ghosting is a show stopper.

Here's a small experiment: try tracking the mouse pointer with your eyes in windows while moving it at various speeds. On this monitor is blurs easily. On a CRT it doesn't. If you are a gamer -- stay away. For this price you can get a CRT that will blow this LCD out of the water.

However, other factors such as the ergonomics of this monitor are pretty good..

5-0 out of 5 stars Tip if used in 90-degree "portrait" mode
Inasmuch as this monitor alone cost more than my last IBM computer system (including monitor and printer), I was highly critical of it the first couple weeks -- looking for dead pixels (none found) -- etc. I edit several newsletters in QuarkXpress and my eyesight is slowing failing. I bought this unit because of its nifty pivot-to-portrait-mode capability, a feature I value highly, and which reminded me of my old Macintosh Portait (monochrome) Monitor years ago, which I loved. Anyway, I was less than pleased at first with the sharpness of small fonts, when viewed in portrait mode: five lines were sharp, the next five line fuzzy, the next five were sharp, etc. In checking with Samsung's 1-800 technical support, a techie worked me through 20 minutes of fine adjustements until he suggesed I push the monitor's "Auto" button (I hadn't done so earlier, as I assumed incorrectly that it would merely discard all my fine adjustments are return to factory-preset defaults). But that did the trick! All type everywhere on the massive screen popped into equal sharpness, and now I'm 100 percent tickled with this unit and can recommend it to others. ... Read more


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