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81. Brother TN570 Toner Cartridge
$164.99 list()
82. Pexagon MD4GBBP Microdrive, 4GB,
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83. Apple 15 GB iPod M9460LL/A
$36.99 $32.88 list($109.99)
84. Olympus 128 MB xD Picture Card
$299.87 list($349.99)
85. Apple 20 GB iPod from HP (MP102)
$32.29 $17.00 list($49.38)
86. Epson T044520 Color Ink Cartridge
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87. Lexar Media 512 MB 80x Pro Series
$169.00 list($199.00)
88. IRIS Pen II Executive Scanner
$36.09 $29.45 list($39.99)
89. HP No. 97 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge
$759.99 list($879.00)
90. Viewsonic VX2000 20.1" LCD Monitor
$71.44 $71.19 list($99.99)
91. JBL Creature II Powered 3-Piece
$249.00 $245.00 list($250.00)
92. Apple 4 GB iPod Mini Gold M9437LL/A
$259.90
93. Apple 10 GB iPod (M8976LL/A, April
$75.04 $70.00 list()
94. Lexar Media 1 GB Secure Digital
$249.00 $245.00 list($250.00)
95. Apple 4 GB iPod Mini Green M9434LL/A
$92.99 $69.49 list($249.99)
96. Lexar Media XD512-231 512 MB xD-Picture
$222.00 list($349.99)
97. PalmOne Tungsten T Handheld
$99.99 list($190.00)
98. Linksys BEFVP41 EtherFast Cable/DSL
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99. CH Products Fighterstick USB
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100. HP 450CBi Mobile DeskJet Printer

81. Brother TN570 Toner Cartridge

our price: $68.39
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Asin: B0001GU81E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Brother Printer
Sales Rank: 1803
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Amazon.com Product Description

The TN570 from Brother International is a laser toner cartridge designed to work with Brother DCP8040, HL5140, HL5150D, HL5150DLT, HL5170DN, MFC8220, MFC8440, MFC8840D, and MFC8840DN printers and multi-functions. This monochrome black replacement cartridge delivers a yield of up to 6,700 pages at 5% coverage and is a genuine Brother product, so you know it will work properly with your printer. The TN570 also comes backed with a 30-day return warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Monochrome black laser toner cartridge
  • Compatible with Brother MFC8220, MFC8440, MFC8840D, and MFC8840DN multifunctions
  • Also works with HL5140, HL5150D, HL5150DLT, HL5170DN printers
  • Yields up to 6,700 pages (at 5% coverage)
  • Genuine Brother replacement product; 1 cartridge per package

82. Pexagon MD4GBBP Microdrive, 4GB, Hitachi, Blister

our price: $164.99
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Asin: B0006ZSVY6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pexagon
Sales Rank: 1563
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MicroDrive 3K4 4GB, 3600RPM, External CompactFlash Hard Drive ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars works fantastic in Canon 20D, no fragility problems....
so, i bought the 2GB Hitachi Microdrive for my girlfriend when i got her a brand new Canon 20D.... fantastic camera, and you would think that she would have no problems with 2GB worth of room (500+ pictures).... i was wrong.... several shoots later of waterfowl along the coast she kept filling the 2GB card due to the continuous shoot mode of the 20D (5 pics/second for 5 seconds)... she then had to 'borrow' my 1/2 GB compact flash card from my Canon 410... so i looked up what the 4GB microdrive was going for and was very pleased to see this drive listed... was hesitant at first in terms of the Pexagon label, but found out that they are just a US distributor for Hitachi.... so i took the plunge and am very glad of it....reformatted the card with the camera just to make sure it was all set and it has worked flawlessly ever since....she has yet to fill it on a single shoot!!! (although she has come close a couple of times)... and thus far we have never had an issue with either microdrive, especially in terms of reliability... i know some folks are concerned about shock ratings and the like, but as long as you take care of the card as well as you take care of your camera i don't see from an engineering perspective why there would be any issues....great buy!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The real thing
This is a genuine Hitachi microdrive in original packaging. The word 'Pexagon' nowhere to be seen. Excellent value.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's really a Microdrive!
If you're looking for a Microdrive, you can't beat the price of this particular distribution. The units I recieved were exactly the same model number as the unit supplied with the JVC Everio camcorder I recently purchased. I feared that the low price implied that the performace specs would differ but they don't.

If you own a digital SLR or any digital camera that takes CF Type II cards, these drives are great! My Nikon D100 will store 1200+ hi-res 5 Megapixel JPEG compressed images using a 4GB drive. I now own three of the 4GB drives and one 1GB drive. I think 3.5 hours of video or 3,900 images should get me through most vacations without running out of space. The last trip I took to Cambodia I was forced to either delete photos or burn CDs. That's not an issue with these drives. Supposedly 6GB & 8GB versions will be released later in 2005. When those become available shooting in RAW will be practical and the lossy JPEG format will be a thing of the past. ... Read more


83. Apple 15 GB iPod M9460LL/A
list price: $300.00
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Asin: B0001A967W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1200
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 15 GB model holds up to 3,700 songs; supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), and AIFF formats
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Features redesigned and backlit navigation, includes earbud headphones, FireWire Cable, PC FireWire Adapter, and AC adapter
  • Equipped with a range of built-in utilities and games

Reviews (154)

5-0 out of 5 stars You can't find a better one out there.
I've owned this iPod for a good month now, and I can't put it down. I've taken it everywhere that I have gone, and the portability of it and the fun games won't stop you from taking it everywhere. The best part about it is its auto-sync with your computer. It really is just that simple: Plug it in and it automatically syncs with your iTunes program. Other MP3 players that I have used sometimes are a pain to transfer music. If you're not that good with computers or know someone that isn't, you should definetly get them this so it's easy for you or them to do the transfers.

Another thing I like is the software and extras. Music Quiz is my favorite game of the 4. Basically what it does is it gives you a sample of a song on your iPod and then you have a limited time to answer which of the 5 in a list it is. It keeps track of your score and how many you've gotten right and wrong.

I use this iPod on my Windows computer...so here's the warning: Get the USB 2.0 with Dock Connector accessory, because otherwise you might find yourself running back out to the store to get it. When you purchase the iPod, it only comes with adapters to connect it a firewire port...which most windows computers do not have (all macs do). That way, you can hook it up to your PC without any problems.

I also read in a previous review that someone couldn't download iTunes music to their iPod. I can do that just fine, I'm not sure what he was talking about.

I'm glad that Apple really made an effort to make sure that Windows users also could enjoy it, because otherwise they would have really lost a lot of customers. Overall, I have found no problems with it (The $300 will go a long way because you'll have the iPod for years) and I think that anyone who's looking for a good mp3 player to collect music on should get this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best, but could be better
By now we all know what the iPod is and what it does - but just in case you don't, it's a device similar to what the walkman was 20 years ago that plays music from an internal hard drive instead of a cassette tape. You can currently get an iPod in 3 different sizes, 15, 20, or 40 gigabyte hard drives (not including the new mini iPod which holds 4 gigs). It will play several different file formats, not just mp3s. You can play full quality (16-bit) wav or AIFF files, as well as AAC or Audible files. The unit can also be used as a standalone hard drive.

This is all controlled from a simple touch-sensitive interface that allows you to scroll through your songs in a very organized way - either by song name, artist name, album name, or according to your own playlists. You will control the songs uploaded into the iPod from a computer, either a Mac or a PC, and Apple limits you in your ability to upload a song from an iPod onto someone else's computer (i.e. it knows which computer is yours). This is to prevent illegal file sharing.

It works well in general, and will hold thousands of songs. The exact number it will hold depends upon the quality of the files you import into it. I have the 15 GB model, and I mostly use full quality AIFFs or the highest quality MP3s and I've barely gone over halfway. By the time I fill the thing up, I'm sure they'll have something else for me to buy.

There. Now that's out of the way I can get on with the opinion side of things. It's an overall great product that has helped revolutionize the way we listen to music, some of it good, some bad. Most of my complaints about the iPod center around its lack of features, rather than current features that don't function properly.

The unit seems to offer very little compared with the technology that's available today. Why isn't the screen in color? Why doesn't it offer more PDA-like features? These are incredibly inexpensive features to install and would make it a far more valuable piece of equipment. Why doesn't it communicate wirelessly with Airport systems? Why isn't there an easier way to manage playlists from within the iPod itself, not just from a computer? Why isn't there a touch screen/stylus interface for even easier, less cumbersome usage? With all the technology coming to life today, the iPod seems to be remarkably less than what it could be.

I also find the problem of non-sharing between computers to be annoying. While I appreciate and agree that such elements should be controlled, cars still drive over 70 miles per hour - we leave it to the consumer to decide not to speed and break the law. Apple shouldn't decide for us. I'm a songwriter and I store song ideas in my iPod to take to writing sessions. The problem? When I want to leave a copy with a co-writer for him to work on, I can't because the iPod won't let me transfer a song to a computer that isn't mine. Here is a completely legal transaction being blocked by Apple's stringency. It can be very annoying.

I'm looking forward to what Apple does in the future with this device. Hopefully they'll make it more functional, incorporating the current and inexpensive technology available right now.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best mp3 Jukebox Out There
Apple has really done it this time, with their iPods that are getting more and more popular every day, especially with the iPod minis, available in 5 different colors. This 15 GB iPod is so user-friendly, any non-computer genius can use it. The fact that iTunes automatically updates your iPod when you plug it in is even cooler. The only reason I give the iPod four stars, is because the iPod itself, especially the metal back, scratches very easily. This can be easily solved with the use of a case that can be purchased at any Best Buy or other electronics store in your area.

I have purchased a few mp3 players and jukeboxes before, but none of them come close to the user friendliness and quality that the iPod brings. I purchased a RCA Lyra Jukebox and a Rio 20GB Jukebox, and returned both within 2 weeks. Why? The two were jsut not quality products. The fact that this iPod is such a good quality buy is making me consider purchasing a Mac computer!

Another note: if your computer does not have a firewire port, then you need to purchase an iPod USB Dock Connector, which can be purchased at Target, Circuit City, or any other electronics store.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Motorcycles
I bought the iPod for use on my motorcycle. My touring bike has a small "glove" box in the fairing and a power (cigarette lighter) source can be installed. There's also a jack for headphones that plugs into the iPod.

I downloaded about 1,000 songs so far, and the downloads have been very simple. The sound quality is outstanding, and the ability to create playlists and organize music is also quite easy.

I looked at Minidiscs, and I'm glad that I spent the extra $100 and bought the iPod. So, if there are any fellow bikers out there, I would recommend this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product for anyone who has a LOT of music!
I really enjoy my iPod. I got it about two months ago and already it is about 1/3 filled. The design is great and it allows me to listen to all my show tunes anywhere. However, there are a few details that can be annoying. First of all, the apple website states that with a fully charged battery (three hours of charging) one can play music for 8 hours straight. That is incorrect. After I charged my iPod overnight (eight hours) it allowed me about 3 hours of playing time, less that half of what was advertised. Another annoyance is that it gets scratched really easily. The coverplate on my already has some permanent scratches. Also, if you aren't planning on carrying more than 1000 songs, just get the iPod mini for $50 less. It's a great product. ... Read more


84. Olympus 128 MB xD Picture Card
list price: $109.99
our price: $36.99
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Asin: B00006RHOD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 113
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Olympus xD-Picture Card is compact for smaller and more stylish digital devices. It's powerful for amazing memory capacity now, and increased memory capacity in the future. It's durable, making it a media you can trust with your most valuable data. And it's versatile, for unprecedented device flexibility. Olympus xD-Picture Cards--the most advanced digital media cards ever for the best digital images yet. Nothing's impossible.

Quickly and easily transferring images and data to a computer is a cinch when the Olympus xD-Picture Card is used with any xD-compatible product. And it's just as easy using non-xD devices as well, thanks to a number of groundbreaking adapters that will be available, including a CompactFlash Adapter, SmartMedia USB Reader/Writer, and PCMCIA/PC Card Adapter.

Designed with the most advanced storage technology available, the Olympus xD-Picture Card system meets the memory capacity needs of today, while also being readily available to fulfill the increased memory capacity needs of tomorrow.

Olympus xD-Picture Cards are the only xD cards that support the Panorama function found on most Olympus digital cameras. ... Read more

Features

  • 128 MB storage capacity
  • Ultra-compact 0.97" by 0.98" by 0.67" size
  • Designed for maximum durability
  • Compatible with most products that use xD cards
  • Supports the Panorama function found on most Olympus digital cameras

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise
I don't know what the "quality" of this disk is compared to others since it's the only type of disk that my camera will take, but I don't have any complaints about it. What I wanted to mention was that in addition to having the absolute best price, Amazon's package also included a card holder that can keep up to 6 of these disks from getting damaged. Thank you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Tastes great & it's less filling!
Bought this for the Olympus D390 (2.1 MP). Works great! It holds about 220 pictures at 1200x1600 resolution. That's plenty for almost any length trip.

I went with the Olympus brand because we occasionally use the panoramic feature on the camera, only the Olympus brand supports that particular feature. Otherwise, all xD cards are pretty much equal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than Ebay
I almost bought this item on Ebay from one of those sellers that jack up the shipping costs to compensate for the low cost ot the item. One person out bids you and then your up the creek. This item is cheaper from amazon with the free shipping and you have a reliable known vendor your buying from. Don't be fooled by Ebay...

5-0 out of 5 stars Best price going!!!
After looking around, this is by far the best price on a new 128 xD card! And with free shipping that makes it even better! Thanks Amazon!

5-0 out of 5 stars Quick Ship, highly Recommended
As this is the only kind of card my Olymous camera would use, so i cant say much abt its performance as compared to otehr card. But it is a very good memory card and always recommended for use. Got the best deal for it and it was quickly shipped to me. ... Read more


85. Apple 20 GB iPod from HP (MP102)
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0002OG6MU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 32
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Features

  • Holds up to 5,000 songs
  • Up to 12 hours continuous backup with rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
  • Innovative Click Wheel makes navigation easier
  • Synchs up with your PC efforllessly with the included USB 2.0 and Firewire cables
  • 1 year limited hardware warranty with 1 year toll-free 24x7x365 phone support

86. Epson T044520 Color Ink Cartridge Multipack (C64,C84, and CX6400 Printers)
list price: $49.38
our price: $32.29
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Asin: B0000CE3CK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Epson
Sales Rank: 441
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Amazon.com Product Description

This replacement set of tri-color cartridges is designed specifically for use with Epson printer models Stylus C64, C84, and CX6400. Included are three individual cartridges for cyan, magenta, and yellow. Epson's DURABrite inks produce rich, vibrant colors, and they're excellent for double-sided printing since the inks won't bleed through standard white printing paper. The acid-free formulation won't damage paper over time and offers superior resistance to water, fading, and smudging. ... Read more

Features

  • For Epson Stylus C64, C84, and CX6400 printers
  • Convenient combination package with cyan, magenta, and yellow inks
  • DuraBrite inks produce rich, vibrant colors
  • Ideal for double-sided printing, since inks don't bleed through
  • Superior resistance to water, fading, and smudging

87. Lexar Media 512 MB 80x Pro Series Compact Flash Card (CF512-80-380)

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Asin: B0002MSTWC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lexar Media, Inc.
Sales Rank: 255
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Features

  • 100% Camera Compatibility Guaranteed, Plus a Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Professional Series Compact Flash with Write Acceleration Technology
  • Speed rated at 80x (12 Mbps)
  • Bundled with Image Rescue 2.0 & 30 day Trial of Photo Mechanic 4.0

88. IRIS Pen II Executive Scanner
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B0000636X5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IRIS
Sales Rank: 3592
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This portable, handheld scanner provides a wide range of time-saving conveniences. With up to 1,000 characters recognized per second, the IRIS Pen II Executive Scanner is suited for rapid scanning of small samples of text or for taking notes and scanning tables. It can also scan directly into any Windows or Mac application starting at the position of the cursor. Plus, the text-to-speech option lets you hear what you scan, and in a relatively natural voice.

The IRIS Pen II recognizes data on many types of documents, reading 6 to 22 point size fonts with text, numbers, handwritten numbers, and bar codes, as well as reading dot-matrix letters. It supports foreign language uses (up to 56 languages) and is programmable, letting you define two functions that are triggered by single and double clicks (tab, enter, space).

The Pen II provides improved image stability at varying speeds and offers gray scale document recognition. Additional features include left-to-right and right-to-left scanning, central line tracking, multiline mode, recognition of wavy or distorted characters, a line skew tolerance of 10 percent with a word slope tolerance of 20 percent, clear scanning of inverse text (white letters on dark background), and automatic input of tables (like invoices and price lists) into your database or spreadsheet. The idle mode reduces power consumption.

When directly connected to the USB port of a PC or notebook, the scanner supports plug-and-play operation and is powered by the USB port, so there's no need for an external power supply. Support for serial/parallel port is available. ... Read more

Features

  • Handheld pen-sized OCR scanner
  • Scans up to 1,000 characters per second
  • Supports up to 56 foreign languages
  • Reads font sizes from 6 to 22 points
  • Text-to-speech lets you hear what you've scanned

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Handheld Scanner
If you're looking for a fast and accurate handheld scanner, I strongly recommend the IRIS II Executive.

I first bought the Quick Link Pen from Wizcom and got incredibly frustrated by that product's slowness and ridiculously poor accurary. I ended up returning my Quick Link Pen and getting the IRIS II Exec instead.

The Iris II Exec is incredibly fast and more importantly incredibly accurate. I can scan faster than I would with a highlighter and I rarely get mistakes. I'm a Biochem Grad Student and I scan a lot of words that wouldn't seem easily recognized, but the IRIS II works like a champ.

Even though, the Iris II Exec is not portable, it's accuracy and speed make up for it in leaps and bounds. The company's claim of 99% accuracy is pretty on the money. I type 80 wpm and scanning with this pen is far faster than typing.

If you're looking for a Handheld Scanner, this is by far the best choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars well done product, but still a few bugs
I did a lot of due diligence before buying the IRIS Pen II Executive Scanner, including all the other pen scanner products on the market. I was initially a little put off by the fact you had to attach it to a computer via a USB cable to work. FWIW, I am using it with MacOS X 10.2.6 and a iBook.

I have had it for over a month now, purchased in July 2003, and I LIKE it. I have primarily used it to scan text from photocopies of journal articles. These are clearly not the highest quality text material from which to scan, but nevertheless, the IRIS pen handles them acceptably. By that, I mean, I get around 85% accuracy. This clearly means, I have to go back and retype things, but still, I am able to capture large quanities of text to use *in a very rapid fashion*. Like one of the previous posters, I do tend to use it like a highlighter.

As a word of instructive advice...it may be difficult to figure out how to hold the pen. Just try different positions and your hand will develop 'memory' in holding it correctly, such that it captures text.

I guess my overall experience is neither the 100% success that others have had, nor the despair that a few have faced. I would certainly buy this product again.

4-0 out of 5 stars This baby adjusts for colored backgrounds
This is not so much a review as a heads up to the reviewer (Roy Herron) who said it was useless to him because he scans on colored backgrounds. You can adjust for background color on the Executive model just for this purpose. You said you bought from a seller, so I'm guessing that you didn't get all the documentation with your purchase. So, call ReadIris Tech Support (1-(561)-921-0847) and they can tell you how. I use mine for scanning barcodes when packing books. Makes it easy to keep track of what's in each box.

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work on multi color forms...
This product is great for grad school in the stacks, but I purchased it to rapidly copy forms at the court house. It does not work for this application since the forms are shaded where I need to copy. The shaded area of the forms have the information I need to scan. OOPS, my bad for not checking this out at Best Buy or Circuit City to make sure it would work for my narrow application. So, I'm buying a portable flat bed scanner that can function in B/W mode.

It makes this a pretty worthless purchase for me; and I can't send it back to the seller. I wish I had purchased it from Amazon instead of from a seller, then I'd be able to return it for a refund. I'm kind of stuck with it now.

So, while it does work for normal B/W scanning, it does not work for me in one narrow application. Don't buy this thing if you need it to primarily copy data from back shaded text.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I initially submitted a review describing this product as terrible. However, after spending a number of hours frustrated with the results I finally found the solution to my problems. The solution lay in moving the brightness cursor in the scan test to the darkest possible position. Once I did this the success rate rose from less than 50% to around 99%. I'm hoping it will improve even further as I get used to using the scanner. One happy and relieved customer!! ... Read more


89. HP No. 97 Tri-Color Ink Cartridge (C9363W)
list price: $39.99
our price: $36.09
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Asin: B0002XJU6A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 771
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Features

  • Tri-color cyan, magenta, yellow ink cartridge
  • 450-page yield based on 15% density, 14 ml ink volume
  • Compatible with HP DeskJet 6540 and 5740 printers
  • 5-picoliter ink drop size
  • Fade resistant; simple to install

90. Viewsonic VX2000 20.1" LCD Monitor
list price: $879.00
our price: $759.99
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Asin: B00006LLIM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: View Sonic
Sales Rank: 3180
Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1,600 x 1,200 resolution
  • Analog and digital DVI-D inputs
  • Wide 170-degree viewing angles
  • Bright 250-nit display with rich 600:1 contrast ratio
  • PC and Mac compatible; 3-year warranty

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST LCD Monitor on the planet today !!!
Since I got this monitor home and hooked it up to my GeForce4 with DVI input and set the "reccommended" display setting to 1600X1200. I was absolutely blown away by the graphics quality of this monitor. I have played games, DVD movies and online videos. All, are superb. Are you a game nut? This is the LCD monitor for you. I just played my purchased copy of "Call of Duty". AMAZING game but most of all, AMAZING monitor. The colors were rich, clear and precise. No fading or distortion af any kind. I bought this monitor on eBay for a much better price. But, it's well worth forking over the list price that you see for sale online. What a monitor!!! I've been looking at LCD's for quite some time now. I finally found one that blew me away. Go buy one...it's worth it!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Monitor but games beware this is not the monitor for y
Great Monitor but games beware this is not the monitor for you.

Hello

Picture Quality = Awesome best i have ever seen.
Normal PC use ex browsing Internet = Same as above Just awesome.
Movies = very well i recommend it for movies.

Games = NO.. do not buy this monitor if you play 1st person games where you use mouselook alot because you will have noticable ghosting effetcs. When buying a large TFT 20 and bigger for gaming make sure it has the lowest response ms as possible and read reviews on the internet to see if the claimed response rate of the screen is Justified.

Im sending this monitor back for a Viewsonic VP201b or VP201s.

Hope you find this info useful.

4-0 out of 5 stars VX2000 vs VP201S
Hello again i have now swapped my VX2000 for a VP201S and the following can be said.

VX2000 have a better image quality.
VP201S is alot better in fast paced games for example
Return to castle wolfenstien and Painkiller because its a 16 ms screen compared VX2000's 25 ms.

If you dont play games get the VX2000 its cheaper and better image quality. Also if you only play slow paced games like strategy games this is probobly ok. Movies if youre going to watch movies i still suggest the VX2000 its really good with Movies. However if your an avid gamer who plays all type of games alot then i have to suggest the VP201s or b since its better suited for that task.

Hope you find this info useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars great montitor
We have 2 VX-2000 monitors that we use to show multimedia at trade shows. The monitors are one of the best LCD units on the market, with rich vibrant colors and sharp image quality. One great quality is that they handle various resolutions (other than the native 1600x1200)such as 1024x768, without getting fuzzy like most lcds do. They have handled the road trips very well (packed in a custom foam insulated container, and have wall mounts that come in handy for display use. The one negative that everyone needs to know is that the internal speakers are horrible and worthless- they put out such poor volume with no bass you can barely hear them, so if you need good sound quality, either use external speakers (we use a set of bose external speakers) or test some other monitors for sound. I doubt you will find any other LCD in this price with a better image.

1-0 out of 5 stars Shipping
This review is not for the monitor - I'm sure it's nice. However, the "24 shipping" is total BS. I ordered on the 7th and PAID FOR one-day shipping. It's now the 10th and I haven't gotten the monitor. According to Amazon's website, I should expect it on the 12th. That seems to be 5-day shipping, so why did I get charged for one? ... Read more


91. JBL Creature II Powered 3-Piece Multimedia Speaker System (Black)
list price: $99.99
our price: $71.44
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Asin: B0006U6GH0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 4607
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Set Your Sights On Better Sound

The JBL Creature 3 piece speaker system includes two desktop speakers and a subwoofer. Both speakers and the subwoofer are magnetically shielded to provide the greatest protection against image distortion on a computer monitor.

The JBL Creature comes with unique "capacitance touch" volume control buttons on the right satellite.

Both satellites also have down firing LEDs for a cool desktop look in minimum lighting environments.

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Features

  • 50 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response; built-in volume controls and treble and bass knobs
  • 40 watts total RMS power (8 watts x 2, plus 24-watt subwoofer)
  • 3-piece multimedia speaker system with 2 powered satellite speakers and subwoofer
  • Ideal for connecting to computers, boomboxes, digital music players, and portable audio devices
  • Includes Odyssey Plus satellite drivers and 4-inch Magnum subwoofer transducer

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars great for ipod
i have a 20GB ipod and these work great.the sound that comes out of these tiny speakers sounds so huge.they are great for ipods just plug them in and your good to go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best speakers in the world
Since the first day I saw these speakers I fell in love with them.

Awesome performance in a small pack. Excellent sound quailty. Real crisp sound for both gaming and real music.

This is really good for dorms as the woofer can take a small place and the satellite go anywhere you want.

good and sleek give a good look to your room and dorm rooms and also your friends envy you and stare at your speakers. a few of my friends bought after experiencing it too.

To top it all my father bought one too.

This is the best buy for speakers one can get in such a cheap amount.

Buy it now or regret forever when you see this at some one else's house

2-0 out of 5 stars Cool looking, cruddy sounding...
These are certainly, um, UNIQUE-looking.

Unfortunately their actual performance leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you listen to any real music not just gaming sounds.

I'd strongly recommend the more conventional looking designs by Logitech like the excellent z-2300 instead.What's the old saw, "beauty is as beauty does?"

At the very least, buy it from someplace with an easy return policy because you may well need it!

I supposed I'd buy as a gift...for my 8 year old nephew perhaps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Speakers
These speakers are awsome!! They look great on my desk and work with all my cd players. I recomend that you listen to these there really cool

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome Speakers
These speakers are awsome!! They look great on my desk and work with all my cd players. I recomend that you listen to these there really cool ... Read more


92. Apple 4 GB iPod Mini Gold M9437LL/A
list price: $250.00
our price: $249.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001A9C6C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 199
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4 GB model holds up to 1,000 songs; supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), and AIFF formats
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • 1.67 inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song names and more
  • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Comes with earbud headphones, belt clip, AC adapter, FireWire cable, and USB 2.0 cable

Reviews (192)

5-0 out of 5 stars Small in Size not in Functionality
The iPod mini is built from the ground up as a portable device for people with fast-paced lives. It's small and lightweight physical dimensions are perfectly suited to be being placed in a pants or shirt pocket without being a burden.

But don't let its light weight fool you into thinking the iPod mini is a pushover. The 4GB hard drive (3.7 GB actual) can hold about 1,000 songs - enough to last almost three full days. The installed software includes four games; calendar; notepad; contact database; clock; backlight with timer; alarm clock; and the abilities to customize the main menu; create playlists; and rate songs. All this is in addition to being able to be used as an external hard drive.

However, the most revolutionary aspect of the iPod mini (aside from it's size and weight) is its control interface. Incorporating the 'Menu', 'Pause/Play', 'Forward' and 'Back' buttons directly to the touch sensitive scroll wheel not only creates simplicity from a design standpoint, but form a user one as well. Accessing these controls is a breeze. Thankfully the touch wheel is designed well enough that accidental pressing of a control is unlikely to occur since you have to press down a bit to activate the button. I'd actually like to see the entire iPod line adopt this interface.

Some people complain that the iPod mini is only slightly cheaper than the 20 GB iPod and offers a lot less storage space. But what you loose in storage space you gain in portability. It is also important to consider that compared to other players of its size and weight, the iPod mini offers much more storage space, many more features, and a better music jukebox in iTunes 4.0.

I want to carry the most music I can in the smallest possible device that offers the best interface and features. For me, that device is unquestionably the iPod mini. If you have similar demands of a portable music device, the iPod mini is sure to become a permanent accessory to your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small But Powerful
The iPod mini is built from the ground up as a portable device for people with fast-paced lives. It's small and lightweight physical dimensions are perfectly suited to be being placed in a pants or shirt pocket without being a burden.

But don't let its light weight fool you into thinking the iPod mini is a pushover. The 4GB hard drive (3.7 GB actual) can hold about 1,000 songs - enough to last almost three full days. The installed software includes four games; a calendar; a notepad; a contact database; a clock; backlight with timer; an alarm clock; and the abilities to customize the main menu; create playlists; and rate songs. All this is in addition to being able to be used as an external hard drive!

However, the most revolutionary aspect of the iPod mini (aside from it's size and weight) is its control interface. Incorporating the 'Menu', 'Pause/Play', 'Forward' and 'Back' buttons directly to the touch sensitive scroll wheel not only creates simplicity from a design standpoint, but form a user one as well. Accessing these controls is a breeze. Thankfully the touch wheel is designed well enough that accidental pressing of a control is unlikely to occur since you have to press down a bit to activate the button. I'd actually like to see the entire iPod line adopt this interface.

Some people complain that the iPod mini is only slightly cheaper than the 20 GB iPod and offers a lot less storage space. But what you loose in storage space you gain in portability. It is also important to consider that compared to other players of its size and weight, the iPod mini offers much more storage space, many more features, and a better music jukebox in iTunes 4.0.

I want to carry the most music I can in the smallest possible device that offers the best interface and features. For me, that device is unquestionably the iPod mini. If you have similar demands of a portable music device, the iPod mini is sure to become a permanent accessory to your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Invention Known to man
3 months ago i reccieved my Ipod mini.I was in a waiting list since March. Since ive laid eyes on it has changed my life. I love it to death i wouldnt change it for the world its small,sturdy,and has great sound.I always get complements on it.I dont know how would my life be with out it.The price is good for it it holds only 1,000 songs for 50 bucks more u get 5,000. I just love it its money well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funky Color...great price...
I could care less about the price, I am so typical...I was ready to purchase a 40GB! This product is excellent. When I purchased the green mini iPod, it was 3 days before my mom's birthday. In the house...we have seperate computers, I felt bad that she had to lug around a CD player on her arm, that I bought her a pink mini iPod. She was so so SO excited, she ripped the box open, charged it, then installed the software on her computer...3 weeks later...she still loves it, she jogs, runs, and hikes with it on her arm, one day...she even ran in the house telling me to log onto Target.com (We mostly buy all our electronics, furniture, and stuff like that from Target.com) to write a "divine" review, well...here I am. This product is excellent, fun, and holds about 1,000 songs, she has her 80's playlist, I have my rock playlist. (When buying this item...if you are a early morning/late night jogger, purcase the armband, it'll come in handy)

One Punk Rock Kid

5-0 out of 5 stars one of my wishs
When i first laid my eyes on that hot pink ipod i was shoked.
i ran over to my mom and told her about the wonder thing i have judt seen "whats that" she repilad that as i pointed to the ipod.
it really nice but we dont have the money for that right.
Some day i hope that someone will suprise me. ... Read more


93. Apple 10 GB iPod (M8976LL/A, April 2003 Version)

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Asin: B00009J5VX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 4865
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M9460LL/A
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Optional docking station makes charging and synching easy
  • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Features redesigned and backlit navigation and remodeled headphones; headphones with wired remote are optional

Reviews (214)

2-0 out of 5 stars looks pretty but this is a Mac only product
First. The buttons on the front are touchy...I keep on turning it on accidently and draining the battery (and a fully charged battery barely lasts 2 hours of listening time...)
There is no setting to disable the front panel controls...hint to Apple...you need this feature!
Second. ACC format...what's that all about? Nothing on the PC side of the world (hey folks, 98% of the computing public are PC oriented.) uses ACC format (except for some obscure apps like the horrendous Music Match and the equally bad iTunes)
If iPod users want to make their music that they download from iTunes available to their home stereo using a wireless network connection, what device would they use? Linksys, Creative Labs and the HP DMR-EW5000 digital media players all do not support ACC formats...MP3s folks...there's a reason it's called "a standard" The whole world uses it!!!
I have an 85GB MP3 Music library. I carry snapshops around on my Archos device (yeah, it sucks, but it works and is reliable) 20gbs at a time. but my main library is on my server at home. I use Winamp to stream my music to my computer at work, I use a wireless connection to send fresh music automatically to my Windows CE onboard player device in my car (custom software assures that I always have fresh music based off of what I already listened to) and I have a wireless media player for my home stereo that interfaces a menuing system through my TV set (Viewing my digital photos on my 53 inch plasma is awsome) These are things you cannot do with Acc format music folks!
Third iTunes for Windows. Man...can any single application suck as bad as this? First, it's nothing more than a thinly veiled medium for pushing Apple's other products (Jobs has even admitted that he is using the iPod the iTunes to "suck" windows users into the Mac world. The first problem with iTunes is that you don't have consistant menues for your second mouse button and the third mouse button doesn't exist...Hey Apple...you're targetting the enlightened Windows users...we know how to use more than one finger to click a mouse! Second problem is that this interface is nothing more than a re-badged browser! And it doesn't use any of your existing internet settings like your favorites menu, nor your automatic form fillers, or any of the browser help objects you may have installed (like Google toolbar with an auto fill form app) And let me tell you...you have to fill in a lot of fields to download a song!
And where's the security icon that Windows users are accustomed to see in the lower right hand corner of their browser? Apple "says" that the connection that you're sending your credit card information is secure...but how do I know that? I don't see an "https" in the browser, nor do I see the padlock. And call me paranoid, but I surely don't want an application saving my credit card information on my computer locally either...and I certainly don't want someone else to store my credit card information! So, having to fill out that form information for EVERY song is nuts!
And whats with spending a buck for a song? And a low resolution song at that? Sure, ACC format recorded at 128 is like MP3 at 132 or something like that...sure...but it's still compressed audio. And it's compresed audio at 10 times compression...Folks, look up the term "lossy compression" you will find out that music that is compressed is done by REMOVING sound! Yes, that's right! the sound you want to hear is removed from the music to make the file smaller. The smaller the file, the more sound is taken out of the music! CDs have (get this) CD quality sound...makes sense, right? The music you download from iTunes has one tenth of the music that CDs have. And since you're not getting the liner notes, or the video that is sometimes included on the CD, you should pay less than one tenth of what a CD costs! Plus, when you consider that there is the distribution, bricks and morter (physical stores) and employees that need to be paid, you can see that at the costs that a CD is, (about $17 now) a downloaded MP3 should be less than 17 cents! Come on people...it's your money...vote with your wallets!
In all, I gave this device 2 stars becuase it does look cool...but unfortunatly, it's not the device for windows users!

5-0 out of 5 stars Elegant and Simple
Although I'm a PC person, I have to appreciate Apple's commitment to quality. For a piece of equipment this advanced, it is amazingly simple to operate. The face has no moving parts; instead, the heat from your fingers activates the different buttons.
In this updated model there is room for a couple hundred CDs and (supposedly) the issue regarding battery life has been resolved.
Possible issues: You must own an Apple or PC computer as this is the only way to upload your music onto the iPod. This model only comes with a Firewire cable; a USB adaptor is extra. Also, any songs that you keep on your iPod must be stored on your computer. This last issue is only a problem if you are running a computer with limited harddrive space (e.g. <10gb).
Besides these small problems, my iPod has given me hours of pleasure. One recommendation is the Griffin iTrip FM transmitter. This allows you to play music from your iPod over any FM radio. This item runs about $35 and can be purchased on Amazon.com or on Apple's website.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's No Mini-Disc Player!
My Sony mini-disc player died after a short life (moment of silence). So when I got a new job, the toy of choice was an iPod. What a difference!

The bad as compared to the mini-disc player is that the iPod doesn't have an LCD display remote control. So with so many songs, it's hard to blindly navigate if your iPod is stashed away. Hopefully Apple will create such a remote. Otherwise, it wins over the mini-disc player hands down!

The new mini-discs hold 5 hours of music. 2 years ago that was a big deal. My 20 Gig iPod has 17 hours of music already and I am using merely 390 MB. That's less than a fraction of its capacity. The iPod's looking at me like, "When are you gonna REALLY add some music?"

The 3 lines of music data display the song title, artist, and even album! And the sound...oh boy. I feel like I'm at a concert! Excellent sound! You can also tweak the sound with the equalizer.

Once they make that LCD remote to make navigating easier, it'll be perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is very expensive but worth it
this is so cool. i got one for crhistmas and loved it. i have about 529 songs on mine because i get all of my songs from my schools media room. the teacher is devoted to apple brand software, computers, acsseories, and speakers. this is very cool and the songs are cheap. theres just one problem, when listening to loud songs, you should turn it down because for a small item, this can be hered from a room away when left playing and at max voloume! and it moves alone when its loud! but it is good and it has a cool backlight so when your in the dark, the screen lights up and so do the buttons. it dsiplays the time, date, and it has a photo and video slot and you can keep your scedhual. it also has games like brick and solitare. it also has a special game where it takes all of your songs and makes a music quiz where it gives you 90 seconds of a song and a list of songs for you to pick and get right. this is the only game that you can't listen to a song while playing. the back has it's own licences number and the logo. it has an area for your settings and your ipod's identity(a.k.a your name, tis number, the amount of songs it currently contains,, and the amonut of space you have left and how much is used. pretty cool right! thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
When mp3 players came out I was fairly dissapointed until I discovered the iPods. Apple makes the absolutely top of the line mp3 player on the markey. Yeah, you can go buy a mp3 player for a fraction of the cost, but you'll also get a fraction of the quality.

The new iPod minis are great, but I'm still using my good old 10 gig iPod and it hasn't let me down yet. The batteries last practically 4ever, and it's durable and cool looking to.

A note to anyone trying to decide on size: don't automatically buy the biggest iPod just because it's the biggest. Chances are you're never going to use all of the space. One of the best ways to utilize the Pod is to put all your favorite music on it and then just set it to randomly shuffle between songs. You can't do this if you have a couple of gigs of the good stuff and 38 gigs of junk... ... Read more


94. Lexar Media 1 GB Secure Digital Memory Card (SD1GB-231)

our price: $75.04
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002XZQHM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lexar Media, Inc.
Sales Rank: 140
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Features

  • Lifetime Limited Warranty
  • Use in many digital devices including digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs, cellular phones and camcorders
  • Minimum sustained write speed of 4.8 Mbps

95. Apple 4 GB iPod Mini Green M9434LL/A
list price: $250.00
our price: $249.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001A99ME
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 166
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 4 GB model holds up to 1,000 songs; supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), and AIFF formats
  • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • 1.67 inch (diagonal) backlit screen displays full song names and more
  • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
  • Comes with earbud headphones, belt clip, AC adapter, FireWire cable, and USB 2.0 cable

Reviews (192)

5-0 out of 5 stars Small in Size not in Functionality
The iPod mini is built from the ground up as a portable device for people with fast-paced lives. It's small and lightweight physical dimensions are perfectly suited to be being placed in a pants or shirt pocket without being a burden.

But don't let its light weight fool you into thinking the iPod mini is a pushover. The 4GB hard drive (3.7 GB actual) can hold about 1,000 songs - enough to last almost three full days. The installed software includes four games; calendar; notepad; contact database; clock; backlight with timer; alarm clock; and the abilities to customize the main menu; create playlists; and rate songs. All this is in addition to being able to be used as an external hard drive.

However, the most revolutionary aspect of the iPod mini (aside from it's size and weight) is its control interface. Incorporating the 'Menu', 'Pause/Play', 'Forward' and 'Back' buttons directly to the touch sensitive scroll wheel not only creates simplicity from a design standpoint, but form a user one as well. Accessing these controls is a breeze. Thankfully the touch wheel is designed well enough that accidental pressing of a control is unlikely to occur since you have to press down a bit to activate the button. I'd actually like to see the entire iPod line adopt this interface.

Some people complain that the iPod mini is only slightly cheaper than the 20 GB iPod and offers a lot less storage space. But what you loose in storage space you gain in portability. It is also important to consider that compared to other players of its size and weight, the iPod mini offers much more storage space, many more features, and a better music jukebox in iTunes 4.0.

I want to carry the most music I can in the smallest possible device that offers the best interface and features. For me, that device is unquestionably the iPod mini. If you have similar demands of a portable music device, the iPod mini is sure to become a permanent accessory to your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small But Powerful
The iPod mini is built from the ground up as a portable device for people with fast-paced lives. It's small and lightweight physical dimensions are perfectly suited to be being placed in a pants or shirt pocket without being a burden.

But don't let its light weight fool you into thinking the iPod mini is a pushover. The 4GB hard drive (3.7 GB actual) can hold about 1,000 songs - enough to last almost three full days. The installed software includes four games; a calendar; a notepad; a contact database; a clock; backlight with timer; an alarm clock; and the abilities to customize the main menu; create playlists; and rate songs. All this is in addition to being able to be used as an external hard drive!

However, the most revolutionary aspect of the iPod mini (aside from it's size and weight) is its control interface. Incorporating the 'Menu', 'Pause/Play', 'Forward' and 'Back' buttons directly to the touch sensitive scroll wheel not only creates simplicity from a design standpoint, but form a user one as well. Accessing these controls is a breeze. Thankfully the touch wheel is designed well enough that accidental pressing of a control is unlikely to occur since you have to press down a bit to activate the button. I'd actually like to see the entire iPod line adopt this interface.

Some people complain that the iPod mini is only slightly cheaper than the 20 GB iPod and offers a lot less storage space. But what you loose in storage space you gain in portability. It is also important to consider that compared to other players of its size and weight, the iPod mini offers much more storage space, many more features, and a better music jukebox in iTunes 4.0.

I want to carry the most music I can in the smallest possible device that offers the best interface and features. For me, that device is unquestionably the iPod mini. If you have similar demands of a portable music device, the iPod mini is sure to become a permanent accessory to your lifestyle.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Invention Known to man
3 months ago i reccieved my Ipod mini.I was in a waiting list since March. Since ive laid eyes on it has changed my life. I love it to death i wouldnt change it for the world its small,sturdy,and has great sound.I always get complements on it.I dont know how would my life be with out it.The price is good for it it holds only 1,000 songs for 50 bucks more u get 5,000. I just love it its money well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Funky Color...great price...
I could care less about the price, I am so typical...I was ready to purchase a 40GB! This product is excellent. When I purchased the green mini iPod, it was 3 days before my mom's birthday. In the house...we have seperate computers, I felt bad that she had to lug around a CD player on her arm, that I bought her a pink mini iPod. She was so so SO excited, she ripped the box open, charged it, then installed the software on her computer...3 weeks later...she still loves it, she jogs, runs, and hikes with it on her arm, one day...she even ran in the house telling me to log onto Target.com (We mostly buy all our electronics, furniture, and stuff like that from Target.com) to write a "divine" review, well...here I am. This product is excellent, fun, and holds about 1,000 songs, she has her 80's playlist, I have my rock playlist. (When buying this item...if you are a early morning/late night jogger, purcase the armband, it'll come in handy)

One Punk Rock Kid

5-0 out of 5 stars one of my wishs
When i first laid my eyes on that hot pink ipod i was shoked.
i ran over to my mom and told her about the wonder thing i have judt seen "whats that" she repilad that as i pointed to the ipod.
it really nice but we dont have the money for that right.
Some day i hope that someone will suprise me. ... Read more


96. Lexar Media XD512-231 512 MB xD-Picture Card
list price: $249.99
our price: $92.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001AUB3K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: LEXAR MEDIA INC
Sales Rank: 5111
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Features

  • Compact for smaller and more stylish digital devices.
  • Powerful for amazing memory capacity, increased memory in the future.
  • Durable and versitile
  • Only xD cards that support the Panorama function.

97. PalmOne Tungsten T Handheld
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B000071A7U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 3818
Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Tungsten T is Palm's most compact device yet. But don't be fooled by its diminutive size. Inside, the new Texas Instruments OMAP1510 processor (an enhanced ARM-based processor) gives you the performance you need to organize your work and your life. Stay productive when you're on the go with access to your essential Word, Excel, and PowerPoint-compatible files. Built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to access e-mail and connect to the Internet with the use of a Bluetooth-compatible mobile phone. On top of all this, the Tungsten T handheld has a new color screen, a built-in voice recorder, a five-way navigator button for one-hand operation, plus dual expansion for adding functionality so your Tungsten T handheld grows with you.

Display
The Palm Tungsten T features high resolution on its 320 x 320 pixel backlit color display, which can display more than 65,000 colors.

Expansion
The Tungsten uses MultiMediaCard and Secure Digital expansion cards, which instantly add software applications, additional memory, large databases, and more without taking up built-in memory space.

Operating System
The Tungsten is powered by Palm OS 5, which provides higher performance, enhanced multimedia features, support for Bluetooth connectivity, and enterprise-class security.

Extra Software
Along with the standard Palm software, you'll receive a Software Essentials CD-ROM containing Acrobat Reader, ArcSoft PhotoBase Palm Edition, BlueBoard, BlueChat, Copytalk, Dialer, DataViz Documents to Go 5.0 Professional Edition, Handmark, Palm Reader, Palm WAP Browser, Palm Web Browser Pro, Phone Link Updater, powerOne Personal, SMS, and VersaMail 2.0.

Compatibility
The Palm Tungsten T is compatible with PCs running Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, Me, and XP, and with Macs running Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X 10.1.2 or later.

In the Box
Palm Tungsten T handheld, stylus, protective cover, USB HotSync cradle, power supply, installation CD-ROM with PDF user's manuals, Software Essentials CD-ROM, and Read this First document. ... Read more

Features

  • Reflective TFT color screen with brightness control and support for more than 65,000 colors
  • ARM-based Texas Instrument OMAP1510 processor
  • Integrated Bluetooth Radio and Antenna
  • Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard Expansion Slot
  • What's in the box: Palm Tungsten T handheld, stylus, protective cover, USB HotSync cradle, power supply (120 VAC), installation CD with user manuals, Software Essentials CD

Reviews (81)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Hardware, Software Doesn't Pass Muster
The Palm Tungsten T is a great piece of hardware, but having switched from the Pocket PC platform, the software doesn't quite pass muster. While the new Palm OS 5 is not great, neither is the Pocket PC. The Palm OS keeps it simple, whereas the Pocket PC suffers from an over zealous interface (all it's missing is a wallpaper with palm trees and a pina colada). The Tungsten T also seems to operates faster than many Pocket PC, even given the more powerful processors that are standard in Pocket PCs. It's worth pointing out here that standard entertainment software for the Pocket PC (and Sony Clie Palm) is noticeably missing in the Tungsten T bundle, such as an MP3 player and video playback (MP3 player is now available for download on the RealNetworks website). Many competing PDAs now include either Bluetooth or WiFi (but not both). It seems like Palm is entrenched in Bluetooth for mobile computing, whereas more Pocket PCs now include WiFi, such as the new HP IPAQ, and the Toshiba e740 and e755. In April 2003, SanDisk is coming out with an innovative combination WiFi/128MB SD card that should solve this deficiency; a combination WiFi/256 MB SD card will also be released (both at reasonable prices). They are said to work with Palm OS 5.

Overall, the Tungsten T is worth the price (especially after the price drop) because the hardware is very well designed and has only one minor software flaw. The hardware's great design beats out the software's many setbacks. If you're not a demanding user, but want a small PDA for a reasonable price, then this is the PDA for you. For advanced users, you'll have to evaluate competing Palm and Pocket PC PDAs on price, features, design and portability.

The points I allocate are given in staples [points]

Hardware "Excellent," Total of +9.5 points
Here's a breakdown of the hardware, by importance:
+ The smallest PDA on the market, elegant and slim [3]
+ Sharp screen, bright colors [2]
+ Great design and slider concept (albeit borrowed from the Sharp Zaurus) [2]
+ Fast processor [2]
+ Bluetooth [2]
+ Recorder microphone is built in. Record your classroom lectures or boardroom meetings [2]
+ One of the lightest PDAs on market [1]
+ Finally, a Palm with a headphone jack. The volume with headphones connected is not very loud and audio quality is average. Headphone jacks come standard on Pocket PC PDAs as well as Sony Clie PDAs. PDAs such as the HP IPaqs are significantly louder and more clear. [1]
+ SD card reader [1]
+ 2 groves on sides are used to dock Palm Tungsten T into leather cases, etc. This innovation eliminates the need to use Velcro or to use bulkier cases that hug your PDA. [1]
+ 5 way navigator is neat, haven't found a use for it yet though. [0.5]
~ Speakers are loud, but not all that clear [neutral]
- Short battery life, clocks about 3 hours [3]
- Only 16 MB of RAM included. You can install most of the bundles programs, but you'll run into space constraints. [2]
- No 802.11b capabilities (WiFi) [1.5]
- Same tired cradle design. It has 2 cables, 1 for USB connection to your computer, 1 for power. This cumbersome layout prevents you from charging your Palm without the cradle. Big disadvantage when you're traveling, etc. [1.5]

Software "Mediocre," Total of -1.5 points
Pros & Cons of OS 5 Software, by importance:
+ All the basics are included, including Documents to Go (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), a few games, web browser, Bluetooth software, Acrobat Reader, Arcsoft Photobase, Voice recording, and Email software [3]
+ Graffiti is fantastic [2]
+ Simple to operate [2]
+ Clean design [1]
~ Unparalleled 3rd party software support for Palm; but Palm OS 5 is not backward compatible with Palm OS 4 software. [neutral]
- No MP3 software bundled with player. The RealOne Palm Tungsten T MP3 media player was released late March, 2003 on RealNetwork's website. Average player without the bells and whistles. No powersaving feature or other extra features. Can't play other file formats [1.5]
- Design flaw: "Home" button is on graffiti area, and you can't assign a button to "home". This means that when the slider is up, you can't change tasks (unless task is assigned to 1 of 4 buttons). For example, you can't switch from a game you're playing to the web browser when slider is up and graffiti area is hidden. [2]
- Web browser is mediocre. You can surf the Web using Bluetooth to connect to a GPRS (2.5 G) phone, but setup for each session takes a few minutes. I tested Yahoo! Mail, ESPN, Cnet and Washington Post. Graphics are crisp, but web pages are not formatted for Palm. For example, while you can reduce the font size, I couldn't find a way to uniformly reduce the graphics on a Web page, or uniformly scale down a page that is wider than the 320x320 pixel screen, and you have to scroll sideways on many pages. You also can't open multiple browser windows to surf the Web (which would have been useful when I was trying to add email address in Yahoo! mail). [2]
- Bundled organizer software has fewer features than Pocket PC (can't assign multiple categories to a contact; can't choose how long to snooze a reminder). [2]
- No bundled video software (MPEG2 or AVI/MPEG 4). [1]
- Email lacks SSL support. I managed to set up my main email account, but couldn't find the Secure Socket Layer options necessary for one of my email accounts. [1]

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5-0 out of 5 stars I gave up my Palm V for this one.
Finally, a PDA worthy to replace my old Palm V!

The color screen is so sharp and bright, and the processor is so fast -- I'm delighted. It's noticeably heavier and slightly thicker than my Palm V, but shorter (when closed) and less wide. It took me a couple days to get used to using it with the slider closed.

If you have a Bluetooth phone, this is definitely the Palm you want. Surf the web during boring meetings! I can sync with my Mac over Bluetooth too, so I didn't need a second cradle for my office. I don't care about having mp3's on my Palm, unlike some other reviewers.

I still think that the V has the best design of any Palm ever. But this is certainly beautiful and I love the display and Bluetooth. When the new Ultra-thin keyboard is available, I'll have a complete mobile web and email solution that weighs under a pound (including cell phone).

2-0 out of 5 stars Good features but serious hardware bug
Background information first: I'm a health care provider, so I use the tungsten for inputting and modifying appointments several times per hour, 40+ hours a week. For me, the ease of inputting and accessing the address book, date book, and to-do's is the make it or break it factor. I upgraded from the Palm IIIC because even though it always served me without any problems, it was getting slow in searching for patients' names after 3 years of appointments built up in my datebook.

Good news second: The display is pretty and easily readable; the form factor is nice and small so I can just keep it in my pants pocket; it plays mp3's very nicely with a free download of the RealPlayer; the voice recorder activates at the press of a hardware button and comes in handy while driving; this PDA can sort through 3+ years of my appointments in no time flat.

Bad news third: Under serious usage, the digitizer becomes erratic and terribly frustrating. Where you place the stylus can be off by as much as several characters, first one way, then another, then back again, with no predictability. Unfortunately, you usually spot the error after writing in the wrong area, or worse, pasting instead of copying. It requires almost continual recalibration. It's clearly a hardware problem since tapping it on the side causes it to happen, but it's random and unpredictable. The result is a much slower inputting of data (and ample swearing).

Perhaps worse is that the support I have gotten from Palm has been very, very frustrating. They have replaced the tungsten with another return a couple different times, and the exact same bug was present in each machine. While the tech people adamantly deny a hardware problem, one of their engineers was upfront with me. He acknowledged the hardware problem, but unfortunately couldn't do anything beyond sending me another or advising me to briskly smack it open and shut several times.

Conclusion: If you don't demand too much of the digitizer, you'll probably be happy. If you get in any trouble and need tech support, you may be very unhappy with the company. Personally, since I like the Palm OS so much, I am about to purchase a Sony Clie.

3-0 out of 5 stars This is an "OEM" product !
I received a PDA Tungten T that is in a repackaged box, no manuals and software CD. I wrote an e-mail to the seller, they replied to me: "If you read the ad specific to KM Electronics, you will see that our item is sold OEM (meaning without manual, software, CD or box)...., and You are quoting from Amazon's site which is different from ours and different from where you purchased. We are a "sub-store" of Amazon with our own product description. We do not offer the software, etc. However, feel free to return your item according to our policy below.......,
As stated in our Amazon return policy, if you must return a product we charge a $15 restocking fee...."

2-0 out of 5 stars Updated Review
To anyone I led astray w/my original review - I apologize. When I wrote it I loved the Tungsten T. There are better quality PDAs out now that are comparable in price to Tungsten T.

It still has good qualities: a good screen, good maneuverability and good processing speed.

What it doesn't have is good support. Around month 10, I started having issues with a shift in the keyboard. Type 'k' and you get a 'j'. First it was only w/the right side of the keyboard....then the left. Then it switched: Type 'j' and you'd get a 'k'. Completely screwed up.

The odd thing is - I ended up getting used to typing that way.

Redigitizing helped for short periods of time. Maybe 1/2 a day. But always it would go back to being f***ed up. The Palm site had a patch that worked for about 10 minutes. Reading on-line, this was not just my problem - but fairly wide-spread.

Palm was of NO HELP. I had no 3rd party software loaded onto my Tungsten - so that wasn't the issue. To have Palm "fix" it - I'd have to send it in, which was a difficult option. Try to fix it yourself and you violate the warranty.

I ended up buying a new PDA (which I'll review after a sufficient amount of time in using) and giving my Tungsten way to someone whom was going to attempt troubleshooting. ... Read more


98. Linksys BEFVP41 EtherFast Cable/DSL VPN Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch
list price: $190.00
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005Y7DQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 2971
Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Establish up to 70 virtual private networks (VPNs)
  • Uses DES and 3DES encryption and authentication to secure your sensitive data
  • Eliminates the need to install VPN client software
  • IP routing supports a variety of popular applications
  • Built-in firewall provides exceptional network security

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheap VPN
I've been lookiing for a solid, inexpensive VPN solution for quite some time so I was pleased to find this little router. I had no problems configuring the unit to connect to a Watchguard Firebox II and a Nortel Networks Contivity 100S, both of which inhabit my equipment rack at the office. Configuring VPN's can be frustrating if you are unfamiliar with the technology but this product has a very simple interface and a bit of time spent educating yourself about IPSec will ease the setup.

Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I have and still use this product, but the problems with it are serious for the non-technical user and technical user alike.

There are problems with the firmware and the DHCP on the WAN side (for those who don't know, if you get your IP assigned to you on the fly by your ISP when you log in, you're getting a Dynamic IP using DHCP.)It will cease to update properly after a few days. The only way to fix this is to reset the router either by powering it off and on, or by forcing a soft boot of the router. Neither is a good option.

The VPN software will work with XP & Win2k but only if you have a static IP to go to. This too is a firmware problem. Also the event logging and SMNP reporting ceases to perform after only a couple hours at most.

The Linksys service people will not acknowledge there is a problem unless you point to the Broadband webside and all the regularly reported problems from others. Their immediate response is that it must be you or that specific box (it's not, it's the firmware).

I got this router because I'd had good experience previously from Linksys. Their other products are decent, but this one is heading towards the lemon pile fast.

I AM connecting still using this product, and the features for port triggering and other aspects of the products features do work, but I had to do a dramatic workaround to make one of my computers force a reset every 8 hours to keep it working all the time.

Look at other products first.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor - get a NetGear FVS328
I've been using this router for almost 2 years. Recently it just stopped working - I think it finally burned out, probably due to all of the heat it generates while running. Besides that, I found that it was very slow, compared with other routers. Its VPN implementation works OK, but its slow also - I don't know why, since its hardware!!! I replaced it with a NetGear FVS328, I now my VPN connections are about 4 times faster, and my regular web browsing is a lot faster. Do yourself a favor get the NetGear!

5-0 out of 5 stars Considering the price, it's pretty good...
I found this box when looking for an affordable firewall and vpn solution for remote users. On site, we're using Symantec products, including Velociraptor and their firewall V 6.5.3. The Symantec products are quite expensive (in the thousands of dollars) and count user licenses. Symantec support was absolutely horrible at a cost of nearly a grand a year. So, when pricing firewalls (especially with vpn) the linksys is absolutely dirt cheap.

When testing vpn solutions, I found IKE unreliable regardless of manufacturer, particularly when mixing different manufacturers (i.e., Linksys connecting to Symantec). I bought support from Symantec specifically to resolve VPN issues. The most intelligent comment that I received from them, is that VPN is still new to the extent there are not clear standards, so some products simply will not work with those from another manufacturer. In our organization, we have Netscreen 5xp (about $500 for a box smaller than the linksys) Sonicwall, Symantec (several flavors) and Linksys. The Linksys boxes are used remotely (in homes) only.

So, when working with IKE, I have some experience using different products from different manufacturers. I just don't use it. All tunnels are created with static keys. By far, the most difficult products for which to build tunnels are the Symantec products. The naming conventions are absolutely counter-intuitive, i.e., is it the integrity algorithm key or the privacy algorithm key that establishes the connection vs encrypting the data? The Linksys fields are much more intuitive, and similar to those of other manufacturers.

With the (also expensive) Sonic firewalls, it was not possible to build 3DES tunnels with the Linksys due to limitations with the Sonicwall. I'm able to use 3DES tunnels between the Linksys and Symantec products. I'm only able to build 3DES tunnels between the Symantec products and SOME Sonicwall products. This goes back to lack of a clear standard, restrictions on key length, some products allowing non-standard characters, and others not, etc. The Linksys is very configurable with these more expensive products, and it is the more expensive product that usually is the problem.

Regarding reliabiliy, I work from home on a daily basis, and the tunnel will remain up for months at a time. If the firewall service is restarted on the Symantec product, the tunnel drops until it is reset on the Linksys. This can be done by disabling and re-enabling, or simply rebooting the router. I simply do not worry about hacks to my home PC which runs 24x7.

Over all, the product is fantastic considering the price. For those who've been very negative, I can only say that I've not experienced it with at least half a dozen in service, and suggest that they try some other products to gain a more true comparison. I've also called Linkys support a couple of times, and consider it reasonably good. Perhaps they're not experts, but it was far less stressful than talking to Symantec (costing nearly a grand per year for the privilage) only to find a support tech that was overburdened and over stressed (perhaps from handling a complex and difficult issue for the gazzilionth time) and who made it absolutely clear that you'll come away feeling like a bumbling idiot each time you call. Consider that you get what you pay for, and paying allot is not a guarantee that all will go well. I'm a network admin for a small company.

2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment all around
I purchased a pair of Linksys BEFVP41 units to connect two office networks, and to provide for secure remote network access through VPNs to mobile users. While the units performed the former job adequately, the latter left a lot to be desired.

I should have known better when presented with Linksys' confusing marketing information. In one breath (from their web site) they say, "No IPSec VPN Client Software Needed," while in another say, "Mobile workers can also connect to a corporate network using an IPSec based VPN client software solution." As usual, there's a slight gulf between marketing spin and reality.

For PC-to-box connections, such as those with mobile users, it's true that no special client software is needed. Windows 2000 and XP users can, in fact, connect to the BEFVP41 without special software, but only if the computer has a static IP address. Whether on local networks or in a coffee shop hotspot, it's unlikely the typical desktop user will have a static IP address, which translated means that, in fact, VPN client software IS needed to make these units useful in that remote network access role.

That's because the BEFVP41 supports only IPSec. Commonly used Windows-based VPNs use PPTP or L2TP, both of which are built into Windows. But this unit (and most others) doesn't provide PPTP or L2TP support.

Back to the requirement, then, for aftermarket IPSec VPN software. The software is not inexpensive, and it adds considerably to the total cost of this Linksys solution. I tested the IPSec client from French company TheGreenBow, and it does work. The problem is that there is no DHCP or other types of dynamic addressing or DNS support; it's merely a "raw" network pipe. For most mobile users, this isn't going to be particularly functional, and that's especially true for users of networks that use Windows Active Directory. (Perhaps the other recommended option, the SoftRemote VPN client, addresses this, but either way, it's a costly add-on.)

All of this left me searching for ways to get PPTP support without buying other hardware. The suggestion widely made was to merely configure a Windows server behind the firewall to offer PPTP, and configure the Linksys BEFVP41 to pass PPTP through. Simply put, this doesn't work.

Linksys' web site features a tech note on how to configure this very scenario. However, had anyone at Linksys actually TESTED the tech note, they would have discovered it doesn't work. The tech note suggests port mapping ports 1723 (PPTP) and 47 (supposedly for GRE, a protocol necessary for PPTP to work properly). The problem is that "47" is NOT A PORT NUMBER, it is the PROTOCOL number of GRE. Mapping port 47 in the firewall has absolutely NO IMPACT WHATEVER on the GRE protocol. Whoever wrote the tech note clearly has very little understanding of the subject matter.

It is possible that some Linksys firewalls will work with PPTP pass-through, but the BEFVP41 clearly does not. Empirical evidence suggests that the GRE protocol is not properly handled internally to support the pass-through scenario. The connection can be made to port 1723 on a Windows server behind the firewall when passed through the Linksys, but without proper GRE handling, the VPN connection can't actually be established.

When you add to all of this a remarkably clunky web management interface, the Linksys BEFVP41 is a non-starter for me. Both units are on their way back to Amazon.com as I write this review. After a previous experience with the company where they took forever to update drivers to fix a compatibility issue; after seeing technically inaccurate tech notes on their support web site; and after adding-in this experience, I'll think twice before bothering with anything Linksys again.

My chosen replacement for the BEFVP41 (a pair of CyberGuard/SnapGear SG300 units) have already arrived, and have proven themselves to be far more flexible, more configurable, and more powerful than the BEFVP41. Along with their configurability, the SG300s provide PPTP and L2TP support directly (in addition to IPSec), making a total solution that (unlike the BEFVP41) TRULY doesn't require special software clients to offer a total office-to-office and mobile-to-office network solution. ... Read more


99. CH Products Fighterstick USB
list price: $149.95
our price: $107.82
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Asin: B00006B84X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CH PRODUCTS
Sales Rank: 2333
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • USB programmable joystick
  • 3 axis and 24 buttons (three push buttons, one mode switch button, three 4 way hat switches and one 8 way point of view hat)
  • Total of 132 programmable functions with the new Control Manager software (included)
  • Realistic F-16 handle
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP or Mac OS 8.6 and above

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars great product, great tech support
I recently bought the fighterstick, throttle and pedals USB.

At first I was at a loss on how to program them, then I stumbled accross www.ch-hangar.com, a support forum where questions are answered by CH Products employess and members of the community.

When I asked for help I got a full custom profile for Battlefield: 1942 that works great.

You can tell this stick is built to last, and the throttle and pedals are solid also and the software is excellent.

My only complaint is the placement of a button on the lower shaft of the joystick where my right pinky rests--preventing me from getting a true white-knucle grip on the stick (the same button also appears on the combatstick usb model).

[Update:I was able to remove this button without much trouble so all is well. I did not have to disassemble the stick to do this.]

I have yet to set the stick up with IL-2: Forgotten Battles, but I feel confident I'll get some help if necessary. www.ch-hangar.com also has a section with downloadable profiles for a number of games which is very handy.

5-0 out of 5 stars looks aren't everything
Being a long time flight simmer and after using many different joysticks, throttles and pedals, I finally tried this one.

With my last stick being the TM Cougar, I learned to appreciate softer springs, precision and overall reliability. Most of these were missing with my one year old Cougar which now seems was all about looks.

Being made by dedicated flight simming accessories company, CH Fighterstick seems to be one of less known secrets of hardcore sim crowd.

At first, I was suspicious because of its plastic feel. The stick is big enough even for large hands, while people with smaller hands may find it somewhat uncofortable.

Springs are very light. This is a plus for me, as it allows higher precision, especially near the center. You don't get to wrestle the springs during your flying. It has great throw, so there is a lot of room for precision input throughout the range of motion.

Trim wheels for both axes help even in simulations without trim controls. Smart stuff.

There is a throttle wheel at the base of the stick. If you have a throttle, this wheel can be mapped to another function, but you won't be able to reach it without letting your hand off the trottle or stick.

Software is excellent and it actually rivals the software being shipped with the Cougar. As with the stick itself, at first it looks toyish. After a while you learn its huge capabilities.

Verdict: The best high end joystick out there - precision, programming abilities, reliability and simplicity being its trump cards. ... Read more


100. HP 450CBi Mobile DeskJet Printer with Battery
list price: $412.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00006LLJ6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 7340
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Combining rugged design with a lightweight casing, Hewlett-Packard's 450Cbi Mobile DeskJet is an ideal printer to take on the road. Offering wireless Bluetooth connectivity (with an optional adapter) and built-in support for USB, parallel, infrared, and CompactFlash, you can produce documents from your laptop, cell phone, digital camera, or handheld device in just seconds. Print resolution is 1,200 x 1,200 dpi in black, and optimized photo-quality resolution is an outstanding 4,800 x 1,200 dpi on premium photo paper and 1,200 x 1,200 dpi input. The print cartridge is capable of producing up to 400 color (450 monochrome) sheets in its lifetime. An optional photo cartridge (HP 58) makes available HP's exclusive PhotoRet IV color layering technology. HP rates the printer speed at up to 9 ppm black, 8 ppm color in draft mode.

A long-life lithium-ion battery supplies power for 350 pages per charge; with the battery installed, the printer still weighs just 4.5 pounds. HP provides a one-year hardware warranty, and full online and phone technical support is available for one year.

What's in the Box
HP Deskjet 450cbi mobile printer, HP lithium-ion battery, parallel printer cable, power cord, AC adapter, HP 56 black inkjet print cartridge, 19 ml (C6656AN), HP 57 tri-color inkjet print cartridge, 17 ml (C6657AN), reference guide, setup poster, printer software on CD-ROM ... Read more

Features

  • 1,200 x 1,200 dpi black resolution, 4,800 x 1,200 optimized color dpi on premium photo paper
  • Weighs only 4.5 pounds even with the included long-lasting lithium battery
  • Includes foldable sheet feeder and parallel printer cable
  • PhotoRet IV color layering technology with optional HP 58 photo cartridge
  • USB, parallel, infrared, CompactFlash, and optional Bluetooth interfaces

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but a tad overpriced
I bought this printer to go with my HP Pavilion ze5200 laptop the summer before heading off to college. I knew that in college, I'd be mobile and on the run, so I was looking for a good quality printer that was small enough to fit in a dorm, but wouldn't crap out on me as I was printing a ten page paper half an hour before it was due.

It's been about nine months since I bought the 450Cbi, and I've had a really good experience. It's small enough to fit compactly on my little dorm-room desk, and every time someone walks into my room they say, "Oh! What a cute printer!" It's small and lightweight enough to throw in my backpack along with my laptop as I go to the library or student center to study, and the fact that it can be battery-powered is just awesome--I can be sitting outside in the middle of the quad, with no outlets in sight, tapping away happily on my laptop with my printer chugging out my papers beside me. The quality is fantastic, both photo and simple black-and-white, and one black ink cartridge lasted me eight months, which is amazing considering all the papers a college student has to type.

For the negative stuff: As other people have said, it has a problem with paper jamming. I've had several times where the paper has jammed, and I've had to work like the devil to un-jam it. However, nothing has broken, and all in all, it's held up beautifully considering how much I put it through, always lugging it from one side of the campus to the other. My infrared printing did suddenly stop working on me for some reason--my laptop will detect the beam and begin to print, but an error will pop up and refuse to print anything that's not a Notepad file. As well, I was also disappointed that though the printer is advertised as being wireless, it doesn't actually come with a Bluetooth card. No matter though, a parallel port cable is short, compact, and has worked perfectly fine for me. I do think that it is a little overpriced--I paid $250 for it--but for me, it's been a great a little printer and I don't regret my choise to buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Paper Jambs
I heavily use the HP 450CBi daily. Usually print 75 to 100 pages of Docs per day. Battery life is good. Print quality is good. Print speed is acceptable for a portable. Durability is questionable. I keep it clean and in its own protective case. I am on my THIRD HP450CBi printer in 9 months! Paper jambs, multiple sheets feeding, print carriage movement obstructed. I have tried many different types of paper based on quality, brand, thickness of paper, inkjet, multipurpose, etc. all with similar results. When number 3 gives out I think I go for a cheap disposable desk type model and plug into a 12V/110V power inverter in my vehicle. No Bluetooth as advertised. Forget IR. Just plug in a USB cable. Good Luck!

1-0 out of 5 stars 450 CBi misrepresented by manufacturer.
I purchased a 450 CBi so I could use the Bluetooth technolagy with my HP ipac 2215. The printer is clearly advertised as having Bluetooth connectivity. Upon receiving the printer the information included indicates that a HP Bluetooth printer card is required priced at $97.00. After spending 3 hours on line and on phone I find the item can't be bought. HP's last instructions were to search on google for it. I did only to find only one reseller listing the item. They were out of stock.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not what is advertized
I spend a lot of time on the road and I use a lot of different types of printers. The HP is over priced for what you get. Keeping in mind you can buy a pretty nice printer for $300 today. It is much slower that advertized at 9 PPM black. It is more like 1 minute per page. That is with 30% text on a page. This is NOT good. The duplex printing requires one to manually flip the pages over. What is up with that? Print quality is good. Portability is OK, but not as nice as the Cannon i70. Ink cartridge size is good, but expensive. Infrared printing is glitchy. Quality and syle is OK. Unfortunately when a company tags a printer as a portable then the price goes up by a multiple of 200%. This is a mediocre printer that is worth about $50.00.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Desktop -- and Portable -- Printer!
The HP 450 cbi is an extremely versatile printer which I use as much in my office as I do on the road! It prints both text and digital photos every bit as sharp as my larger HP Photosmart 7550. It's extremely compact for traveling. And with its dual wireless capabilities (infrared and Bluetooth), I can output to it from my laptops - as well as from my PDA's.

The portable 450 uses HP's new six color ink system which, when printing digital photos, trades out the black cartridge for another three-color unit. The flip-up paper tray feeds well and holds up to forty-five pages. There's a special slot for 4" x 6" paper which makes printing snapshots as easy as making 8" x 10" enlargements. But the kicker for me was HP's claim of a 73 year photo life using HP's Premium Plus photo paper - which was verified in independent testing by PC World magazine in their November, 2002 issue! (Gee, what's not to like?)

The HP 450 has a built-in infrared port on the front (and is the only model in HP's new lineup so equipped). But contrary to what's written, connecting via Bluetooth requires purchasing an optional Bluetooth Compact Flash Card directly from the Anycom.com website, which is then installed via a handy slot in the back.

I use a USB cable to print from my desktop, and very reliable 3Com Bluetooth PC cards to output from my laptops.

I print via infrared from my Sony Clie using Docs To Go and IrPrint (available from iscomplete.org). And I output from my Palm 515 by using a Toshiba Bluetooth SD card - and Docs To Go and BtPrint (also available from iscomplete.org).

Even my daughter, not to be left out, prints directly to the HP 450 (via infrared) using her Palm OS-based Alphasmart Dana word processor, and she loves it!

I've carried the HP 450 with me on several business trips where it's performed flawlessly. I've taken the printer (with its portable battery) to meetings - where it was also a big hit. I've even used the HP 450 - in my garage -- to print labels and identify all of my stuff! The capabilities of this printer are truly amazing!

The HP 450, incidentally, is a much better portable printer than the HP 350 cbi or the Canon BJC-55 I owned previously. The HP 350 was much bulkier and could only accept a single ink jet cartridge (either a 3-color or a black & white unit) at one time. The Canon BJC-55 had extremely small ink tanks; and printing from my Palm (due to very weak print drivers) was rudimentary at best.

If you're in the market for a new printer, be sure and check out the new 450 cbi from HP. It is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile printers ever invented! ... Read more


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