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1. Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization Binoculars with Case, Neck Strap & Batteries
list price: $640.00
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Asin: B00004THDC
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 131
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you are sitting in the nose-bleeder seats of a stadium or an opera house, with Canon's 10x30 IS binoculars you'll get an outstanding close-up view of the action. The binoculars are designed to fit perfectly in your hands and have a rubber coating for nonslip grip and protection from damage. The focus dial is center-mounted and the image stabilizer controls are easily accessible from either hand. Canon's optical image stabilization technology eliminates shake and reduces curvature of field. The image stabilizer operates with two AA batteries. A BP-B1 battery pack is included. The lenses are coated with Super Spectra multicoating that improves image quality by maximizing contrast and minimizing color smear.

Image Stabilization and More
A tripod is unsuitable when your subject is moving on its own. You need the ability to follow your subject under a variety of outdoor conditions, and Canon's IS technology makes tracking and keeping your outdoor subjects in view easy. Canon has taken its renowned Image Stabilizer technology from its high-performance camcorder family and adapted it for its IS binoculars as well. The Image Stabilizer system features a Vari-Angle Prism (VAP) that instantly and precisely adjusts the visual path through the binoculars to maintain a perfectly steady image. Whether you are on a moving boat chasing a school of fish, walking through the forest tracking a pair of deer, or trying to follow a fast-moving sailboat race, simply switching on Canon's Image Stabilizer gets you the sharp, clear and steady images you are after.

The VAP Image Stabilization System is available in Canon binoculars with 8x, 10x, 12x, 15x and 18x magnification. Two sensors detect vertical and horizontal motion, and a microprocessor adjusts the Vari-Angle Prisms in the right and left telescopes. Each prism is expanded in a bellows motions to instantly adjust the refraction angle of the image. The result is high-magnification and a clear, steady image at the push of a button, without the need for any additional equipment, such as a tripod. Now, you are free to follow your always on the move, outdoor subjects regardless of the conditions you are faced with.

Super Spectra Coating
A number of optical factors affect the brightness of an image, including the amount of incidental light that is reflected by the lens. An uncoated lens will refelect away as much as 8% of the incidentail light, significantly dimming the image. Canon's Super Spectra Coating prevents that reflection.

What do the numbers mean?
15x50? 8x25? The two numbers used to describe any pair of binoculars are their magnification — 8x, 12x, 15x and so on — and the diameter of their objective lenses — 25mm, 36mm, 50mm, and so on. The larger the first number is, the larger the object will appear to be in the objective lens. For instance, if you use a 10x lens and look at an object that is 100 yards away, it appears to be the same size as an object located just 10 yards away. The second number, the size of the objective lens, is important because the larger the objective lens, the more light it can admit for brighter, more detailed images, and the better suited they will be for lowlight situations.

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Features

  • 10x magnification in a compact design
  • Built-in optical image stabilization uses 2 AA batteries
  • Super Spectra multicoating and lead-free glass lenses
  • Long 14.5mm eye relief
  • Weighs only 21 ounces

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Why image stabilization is a revolution in binoculars
If you want to get a quick idea why image stabilization (IS) is the next revolution in binoculars, that's easy: take any binoculars that you can get and look through them at some object (a printed page of paper with several font sizes is ideal). Then look again at the same object from the same distance, but this time with the binoculars moudnted on a steady support (don't touch em!). You will notice that the actual resolution increases by a factor of at least 2 or 3 when mounted. That is, you can discern details that are at least two or three times smaller, because mounting eliminates the smear caused by the shaking of your hands. IS is like having this support available any time and anywhere you need it by a push of a button! In most conditions, the practical resolutions I can get with my Canon IS cannot be matched by any hand-held, unstabilized binoculars in the market, including those fancy Nikons, Swarovskis, Leicas and Zeiss that cost three or four times as much. No matter how good (and how expensive) is the optics of these top-of-the-line binoculars, their limiting factor in the field is the shaking of your hands. You may have heard that IS is important because it eliminates eyestrain and headaches, or because you can use the binoculars from a boat or a moving car. While these are good reasons to buy the Canon, the best reason is that they let you see much more detail in any given distance. And this is the reason why you buy binoculars in the first place.

If you are a birder like me, and you are looking for a top of the line binoculars, do not buy anything before you try this one. In my opinion IS is going to revolutionize the whole field, so a costly pair of Swarovski or Zeiss, that normally could be considered as a good investment for life, will not be top of the line anymore in two or three years. In addition to the IS, the Canon has quite good optics, good field of view and is much smaller and lighter then most models you probably considered. This makes the Canon very close to the ideal birding binoculars: Highest resolution, less weight, and less money. I did not have the opportunity to test the larger Canon IS models, but I don't think I'd buy them even if I had the money, because they are twice as heavy and (very important for birding) has smaller field of view.

Note one general disadvantage of the Canon, however: They are not as tough as the top roof prism binoculars. They are water resistant but not water proof, and the IS requires batteries (a pair of NiMH for several hours of birding. This is the digital camera procedure: get a charger and at least one replacement set). While the binoculars feel sturdy, dropping them is not good for the IS mechanism, and this is probably why Canon gives only one year warranty. So the Canon are not the best pair to take for an expedition in Alaska, but for a Sunday birder like me, these are easily the best in their price range, and probably the best in any price.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real surprise
I've been a binocular junkie for years. I've specialized in high end glasses, particularly Leitz, Swarovski and Hensoldt (when I could get them). Two years ago, in anticipation of a trip to Kenya where I would spend the days in a moving LandRover, I thought I'd try the (then new) Cannon 10x30 Image Stabilizers. I was just blown away! The optics are excellent and the weight is surprisingly light. But the image stabilizing feature is just fabulous. There is simply no wiggle when holding these binoculars (and I'm a big coffee drinker). While they won't compensate for big rolls, jumps and twists in a moving car, they eliminate all the vibration and result in much less eye fatigue. In my opinion, it's a case of technology having obsoleted a very fine product. Take my word, do not spend over $500 for fixed binoculars without first trying the image stabilized Cannons. It's a revelation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Action
I had my eye on these binoculars for months now. When I saw them on sale at Amazon, I jumped. Amazon was only about $150.00 cheaper than a store I was planning to buy at. When they came, I couldn't believe how well the Image Stabilizer works. I remember my Dad's Binoculars as a kid. Man! Did the image look shakey! With Canon's I.S. technology, with a push of a well located button, the image stabilizes perfectly! These are great for watching wild life, birds, boats or in your neighbor's window (just kidding). I like them so much, I am saving up money now to buy the next higher up magnification for more intense bird wathcing at greater distances. I would highly recommend these sturdy, well engineered binoculars to anyone. They are EASILY worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars 3 Year Warranty
I just received my 10x30IS, my first pair of high quality, made in Japan binoculars, and found out about the 3 year warranty provided by Canon USA. I bought it thinking it had just 1 year. This makes for a very sound investment in a marvelous technology.

It works great on regular AA rechargeables. No expensive proprietary li-ion packs or hard-to-find batteries to deal with here.

2-0 out of 5 stars Binoculars nice - Canon service and case not so good
Got these binoculars for my wife at Christmas this year so they are about 3 months old. We went on around 5 short hikes when the stitching binding the strap to the case came completely out of one side dropping the case to the ground. I emailed Canon expecting an apology and a new case. I got the apology, but it was with an explanation that the cases have NO warranty and I was out of luck. After spending over $300 on this product by a well-known company with a high reputation and owning it only 3 months, I expected better. The binoculars are nice, but what happens when the strap on your unwarranted case breaks, drops and breaks your binoculars, and you call Canon? Very poor quality cases. Right now I cannot use the binoculars because I have no case and have to figure something else out. So what good are great binoculars you cannot use?

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2. Canon PowerShot S30 3MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00005QFZF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1946
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Canon's 3-megapixel S30 hits the marketing sweet spot between features and ease of use, making it ideal for a wide range of photographers. It offers point-and-shoot simplicity while still providing advanced settings for more experienced photographers. Features like video capture, stitched panoramas, and continuous shooting offer a huge bonus in terms of fun and versatility for photographers at all levels of experience.

Getting started with the S30 couldn't have been simpler. We just slid open the lens cover and started shooting. Setting the camera to automatic mode, we were able to take vivid photos with accurate colors and outstanding detail. The 3x optical zoom--10x if you factor in the digital enhancement--made all the difference in our outdoor photos, letting us frame our shots perfectly.

A quick look at the options dial of the S30 shows that its capabilities extend well beyond quick snapshots. Even novices can take advantage of the camera's video mode, which can capture short videos. Though nowhere near camcorder quality, these videos are perfect for putting on a Web page or sending via e-mail, and the built-in microphone records sound for videos or notations on individual photos.

A bit more complicated is the photo-stitch mode, which lets you take panorama photos by lining up multiple pictures to cover vast areas and then stitching them together into a grand panorama on your PC. The handy continuous-photo mode enables you to shoot up to three images per second, ideal for capturing sporting events or wildlife.

The camera comes with only a 16 MB CompactFlash card, and you'll definitely want to purchase an additional memory card as a 16 MB card only holds approximately 16 3-megapixel images. Beyond that quibble, there's not much fault to be found with the Canon S30. It combines the ease-of-use novices require with the advanced features serious photographers expect.

Pros:

  • 3-megapixel resolution
  • 3x optical and 3.2x digital zoom
  • Captures short videos with sound
  • Excellent picture quality both indoors and out
Cons:
  • Only comes with 16 MB of CompactFlash memory
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Features

  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 3.2x digital (for 9.6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds 16 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses proprietary NB-2L lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included)

Reviews (145)

4-0 out of 5 stars PowerShot S30 pros & cons after 1.5yrs use
I've owned a Canon Powershot S30 since may 2002 and am happy with my purchase.

Cons:
- Joystick used to navigate menu items makes it very difficult to "click"/select items especially if in a hurry. Gets worse with age.
- Sliding door is on/off switch, means camera is often accidentally switched off when framing shot as fingers press on loose door/off switch. Gets worse with age.
- Dust gets on lens easily, under sliding door.
- Supplied memory card (16mb) inadequate, recommend 256mb+.
- LCD viewfinder difficult to see in direct sunlight, makes it very difficult to use manual features where small numbers/icons need to be read.
- Often a long delay on shutter action, means you miss the framed shot.
- Battery life only about 100 shots, seems to get worse with age. Need two batteries.
- Bulky & heavy body, compared to many other compact digital cameras.
- No protective case supplied with camera.
- Software to get images from camera to computer a large-long install, I cant find a way to do it without installing all the software on the CD.
- Impressive number settings can be controlled manually but accessing and changing them via menus and buttons is slow compared to an SLR.

Pros:
- Good quality photos.
- Lots of settings can be controlled manually, compared to other compact digital cameras I've used.
- Very good software on the camera, especially for navigating and viewing images.
- Batteries charge very quickly

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific, fun and easy to use...
This camera is spectacular! I had no trouble installing it on 2 systems, however I did encounter some small issues when installing the Canon Zoom EX software on a Win98 OS with Twain drivers already installed. In the end, I got it working without much headache.

I received this camera as a gift, and I'm glad I did. I'm not sure I would have purchased it otherwise, as I was hooked on the Sony Mavica. For some reason I was sold on the Mavica since you could store images on floppy. I thought I wouldn't be able to hold enough pics on a Flash card. Boy was I wrong! I took well over 50 pics wile at Sea World for the day, at the highest resolution, and my 256 mb card still had memory to spare. It's well worth getting the 256 mb Flash Memory, but also consider getting an additional battery. By late afternoon my battery was running low on juice and it alerted me, well before any poor pictures were taken.

The clairty and color of the pictures is phenominal. We took a picture of a sweating soda can when we first hooked it up, and we could see even the finest, smallest sweat bead on the can. The digital and optical zooms both work extremely well, making it very easy for you to add drama to a picture. The preview screen is so very clear, I had people in the airport looking at pictures over my shoulder in amazement that they were so good. I also liked the weight of the camera. It was heavy enough to make it feel solid in your hand -- something that I find a lot of the pocket-sized digital cams lack. Also the sounds it makes when powering on, or even the clicking of the shutter when you take a picture, all serve purpose and are easily identified.

All in all it's quick and easy setup has you taking pictures in 10 minutes (after the battery is charged of course). I found that camera to be intuitive as well -- especially good for those people who refuse to read manuals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera
I have owned this camera for over a year now and taken probably 3000+ pics. I have learnt a lot in this one year about digital cameras in general and this camera in particular. The picture quality is simply superb in most conditions. The one problem of dull pics indoors that the previous reviewer mentioned is definitely something I noticed too. One thing worth trying is to not use the flash and instead use more light indoors if possible. The problem occurs because the flash range is small and it will illuminate only nearby objects. All in all, a fantastic product. I would buy it again if I had to.

2-0 out of 5 stars Give Me A Break
I have had this camera for over a year now. The camera is great until now. I simply plugged the camera into the USB port in order to download my pictures and all the sudden my LCD DISPLAY turned White. I have tried troubleshooting and nothing is expalined about this mess. I talked to Canon and the only option they left me was to ship it in and get it repaired...for $200.00 What a joke!

5-0 out of 5 stars Zoom in!
I've had my Canon s30 for a year and a half now, and it's still at the top of its game. Brushed aluminum. Weighty, but not bulky. Crystal-clear screen. Potentially ridiculously intricate functionality, but simple enough for anyone to use. And yes, the video function is incredibly handy to have around.

The cons cited in other reviews hold, of course: the joystick is difficult to use, you'll want to buy a separate 256 MB card, the battery drains fairly quickly, that sort of thing. Except for these aspects of its anatomy, it really is a brilliant camera.

But here's one pro I haven't seen anyone mention yet: you can zoom in--really CLOSE!--on a picture you've taken, and then scroll around in it. This is an incredible function, catering to those social settings where everyone gathers around you and demands to see themselves in that last picture you took. Really handy (and sometimes VERY entertaining). ... Read more


3. Logitech Clicksmart 310 Dual Cam ( 961189-0403 )
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005Y4QP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 5043
Average Customer Review: 2.88 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Microphone required for sending audio
  • USB 1.1 interface
  • Includes a full suite of camera utility software
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP

Reviews (43)

3-0 out of 5 stars It's Okay just for FUN ^_^
At first I was having a hard time installing the software that Logitech provided. Turns out that the cd is out-of-date (my OS is Windows XP Prof.). So if you're having troubles with the webcam actually showing up on the monitor (mine was pitched black >_<) I recommend downloading their latest software from their site! ^_~

You need good lighting! Taking webcam pictures while the sun is up is highly recommended. Make sure your blinds/drapes are open in your computer room. Pictures taken when it's dark outside and using your ceiling's light may not look great compared to the ones taken in the day (at least from my experience). It looks more 'pixelly' during the night compared to the day.

I find taking pictures on a somewhat cloudy day is the best results! If it's too sunny the face looks too contrasted and makes your face (especially the nose) pale and blurred out. Of course, you can edit the setting but for the usage as a 'digital camera' you won't be able to tell the lighting quality.

The webcam pictures aren't exactly great. They say you can take pictures with a resolution of 640x480 but the quality isn't that great at all (2/5). Lots of pixels and your face is really blurry even if you freeze and hold your pose for those 3 seconds to *click* =P. Personally, I only use the lowest resolution 160x120, because it takes the best quality out of the three resolution options.

If you're thinking of using this as a digital camera *snicker* I wouldn't recommend you buying a Logitech's digital + web camera. =P This model does NOT have the LCD preview in the back so you don't know what you're taking with a *very* steady hand. Even with a steady hand the pictures end up blurry!

If I could return this back I would and pay the difference for the ClickSmart 510 webcam because that one contains a flash so the pictures will at least turn out with some good lighting. For this model, you really have to check your lighting and make sure you freeze as long as possible! lol.

I guess the only pros. about this webcam is that it's small, light, and cool-looking! ^_^;; However, this may be a con for someone with large hands as it may not be as comfortable as an actual decent digital camera! =P I love the stand because it's easier to slip in and out BUT it's also easy to knock-over. I've knocked this webcam out at least 3-4 times onto the floor, and it still works. Though, the "digital camera" memory function does not work that well, but since I do not use as an actual digicam, it's not a big deal. This is a great webcam if you have great lighting and the design is *cool*.

It's great for playing around kids, tweens, and teens. But for adults umm why not get an actual webcam and a decent digital camera? Don't cut corners because even though you are saving quite a lot of money, the quality of the pictures are what you pay for. Best of luck in making the decision for buying a webcam/digicam. ^_^

5-0 out of 5 stars This camera works really great, I am absolutely satisfied.
I bought this one online a few days ago, I like absolutely the way it works in taking still picture and video.
It's so easy to set up and run on my computer,it took me just 2 minutes to take a test drive in my room.
It controled automatically exposure, focusing on a subject in
low light and gave me good quality pictures.
Before ordering the item, I took a careful look at the other
people's reviews, they helped me a lot in choosing an expensive,
excellent stuff like this one, now I feel I have made a good decision this time. Finally, here is some feedbags I would like to give you: If you are looking for an affordable web camera with good function,try this one first, after you tried it, you'll love it, a great motion picture maker.

4-0 out of 5 stars love it
this is a excellent webcam. i bought it used and have had no problem as far as lighting goes. highly recomended

2-0 out of 5 stars grainier than quite a large beach
I bought this camera to replace a four-year-old webcam, which had finally died. To the best of my memory, the old one hadn't been particularly expensive either. When it was all plugged in, however, the quality of the pictures was so grainy that it prompted me to get a screwdriver out and fix the old one.

The old webcam rides again, and logitech will be getting this one back.

4-0 out of 5 stars For what I expected, it's fine.
I expected a decent webcam with quality and I got it. It might be a bit too expensive for what it is, but being that I have gone through millions of webcams with my website [lovelyweapon.com, my webcam shows its quality], I'm rather picky about them and this one is fine. The quality is excellent during the day, and with proper lighting at night it works even better [remember guys, no camera works without proper lighting].

It's not the beeest, but it's what I expected and I'm doing perfectly fine with it. If you don't like it you can always return it. ... Read more


4. Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical Mouse and Keyboard
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005QCT3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 9325
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sleek, versatile, and almost completely devoid of messy cables, Logitech's Cordless Freedom Optical is an elegant and exceptionally flexible control solution. From its jam-packed keyboard to its light-sensor mouse and wireless interaction, the unit represents the current pinnacle of computer input technology and offers more options and convenience than virtually any other similar setup. If you're prepared to pay the comparatively substantial price and thereafter quench its thirst for batteries, you really need look no further.

The Cordless Freedom Optical is actually comprised of three modules. The heart of the system is the receiver, a stylish triangular gadget approximately half the size of a typical mouse. Encased in a translucent shell that lets you see its high-tech inner circuitry, the receiver resides on the desktop or other convenient surface and gathers in the airborne signals produced by both input devices. It interfaces with the PC via a six-foot Y cable that connects to the PS/2 and/or USB ports, and operates best when within six feet of both the mouse and the keyboard.

The keyboard, a wireless adaptation of Logitech's own Internet Navigator Keyboard, is, in effect, a full-blown command center. Apart from its 104 standard keys, it features 20 additional controls for one-touch operation of common multimedia, e-mail, and Internet functions. Its eight Internet-specific buttons are labeled with designations such as Shopping, Finance, and Search, and by default access various regions of Logitech's own www.myitouch.com gateway site, although all buttons can quickly be reconfigured to your own preferences.

Three additional controls are at the keyboard's left edge, each designed to facilitate mouseless browsing. The Go button activates a tiny dialog box in which you can enter the URL of your choice. The Back button returns you to the last viewed page and will also move you forward once Logitech releases a downloadable patch in January 2002. The most innovative control of all, a miniature scroll wheel, can be programmed to support a variety of functions including cut and paste, vertical scroll, and zoom. The unit also features a sleep/shutdown button, an instant e-mail access key, and a seven-piece audio-video panel with handy amenities such as a mute switch and rotating volume wheel. Each single-click operation is accompanied by an onscreen text confirmation, and all 124 controls offer noiseless action.

Logitech has partnered this very capable keyboard with its Cordless MouseMan Optical, a wireless mouse that sports four buttons, one wheel, and a tiny light sensor on its underside that translates movement more accurately and with less tracking hassles than a traditional ball. With no cords to clutter the desk, no moving parts to get dirty, and no need for a mousepad, the Cordless MouseMan has a number of obvious advantages. Unfortunately, its asymmetrical design is just as uncomfortable for lefties as it is comfortable for right-handed folk. And certainly some users will long for the fifth button found on some competing mice. Otherwise, the Cordless MouseMan is a fine controller.

In action, the system offers a striking balance of functionality and futuristic good looks. With its unique gray-on-black color scheme, low aerodynamic profile, and curvy, detachable palm rest, the keyboard in particular adds a sense of drama to any desktop. The mouse isn't a perfect color match, yet it does sport a distinctive two-tone finish with a pretty Logitech logo up top and a glowing red light underneath.

The price for this level of performance is paid in batteries. Although its demand is no greater than that of comparable cordless products, the keyboard does gobble up four AA batteries twice a year and the mouse uses two more every three months. Even if you use rechargeable batteries, the maintenance cost is much higher than that of corded components. Is it all worth it? If cutting-edge wireless control is truly important, there's no question. --Gordon Goble

Pros:

  • Cordless operation
  • Powerful, versatile keyboard
  • Optical mouse with no moving parts
  • Sleek profile
  • Full programmability
  • One-touch access to Internet and multimedia with onscreen confirmation
Cons:
  • Formidable price point
  • Mouse not suitable for lefties
  • System requires six AA batteries
  • One less mouse button than some competing products
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Features

  • Keyboard and mouse combo
  • Wireless interface, use the mouse anywhere within 6 feet of the keyboard
  • iTouch buttons give you one-touch access to the Internet and multimedia controls
  • Optical mouse can be used on nearly any surface with enhanced response and control
  • Attractive silver and black detailing

Reviews (88)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect.
I just recently built a desk for my new computer only to find out the wires for most of my perhiperals (monitor, scanner, keyboard and mouse) were not long enough. I fixed the scanner problem (monitor looks like a lost cause), and decided to invest in a wireless keyboard and maybe a mouse.

Well the Logitech caught my attention and purchased it. Setup was a breeze as it comes with USB and PS/2 connectors. Plugged everything in (using the PS/2 connectors to free up a USB port) and loaded the software. The directions are not clear but should be good for most people.

The keyboard is quiet and has a nice feel to it. Directions don't tell you how to program all the buttons, and I'm still trying to figure out some of them. The mouse works good as long as you have a good surface to move it on. The pointer seems jumpy on a computer desk surface and even worse with the current mouse pad I have.

I did mount the receiver underneath the desk away from everything so I can put the keyboard in my lap and type away.

2-0 out of 5 stars i would like to recommend this product
however i have had a lot of problems with it.

Firstly Installation is a breeze under xp. everything worked right off, including all the special "keys" on the keyboard. I was pleasantly suprised that the volume control just worked on every application i tried, including games.

Then i noticed that the mouse tracking was very wonky. I have a wood grain desk. My old MS optical works fine on it, however the logitech optical does not. I tried quite a few mouse mats and all of them gave poor results. In the end i was forced to use a white sheet of paper to get the tracking right.

Next came the hanging. I am an avid game fan and play warcraft 3 a lot. 9 out of 10 times, the mouse and kb would freeze under WC3. I tried the lastest logitech drivers, but no joy.

Lastly the batteries. The claim is a couple of months of use out of them. My first set of batteries lasted 2 weeks in the mouse. I thought maybe the set in the box might be old so i got more batteries. I tend to go through a set of batteries every 5-7 days. The keyboard is still going strong after 4 months.

I have had to give up on the logitech mouse and now just use the keyboard. But be warned, the software and drivers do not like another mouse plugged in ( i have my old MS USB optical ).
I have to tweek my machine every time i start it to get the logitech software not to conflict with the usb mouse drivers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bugs in the software - Do Not Buy This Product
Well once again I got suckered into buying a very good piece of hardware that has very bad software support.

I think Logitech make outstanding products but they refuse to accept the responsibility for supporting the product after they get your money.

If you buy this Keyboard/Mouse system you may find it annoying to have a message pop up every 5 minutes saying "device connected on channel 2" You will not be able to type another keystroke until you click the "OK" button.

I went to the Logitech's website, read the help, read the forums, installed the lastest drivers & software. None of it worked. But the bummer part is that they do not even answer your email request for help. They SUCK !

I have solved the problem by removing all the software that came with the unit as well as the updated software from the Logitech website. I then installed the default driver from Microsoft. The bad part of this solution is that the Logitech software is what allows all of those nice little buttons on the keyboard to work. Without there software, I have a generic cordless Keyboard/Mouse. I could have saved $30 and bought any number of just as good units from other vendors.

I think my next Keyboard/Mouse system will be from Microsoft. They already have the drivers maybe they can get their buttons to work.

So in conclusion; Logitech SUCK when it comes to supporting there product.

Do NOT Buy This Product

1-0 out of 5 stars device connected on channel Window Problem
Worked great for a while then the "device connected on channel" window started appearing all the time. The focus goes to it, which interfers with your activity on your PC. (Must press OK on window or click on title bar of window your working on. Whatever you were typing is lost.) Have tried all the suggestions from Logitech such as moving things around, but no luck. Changed batteries, etc. Will not purchase any Logitech products in future, because Logitech is not addressing the problem. If they would not display the device connected on channel window, would not be should an annoyance. Looks like something left over from their debugging their software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
The Logitech Cordless Freedom Optical is an awesome keyboard/mouse combo. I've had mine for years and it has yet to fail me once. Sometimes it loses its wireless connection or it doesn't detect right, but I think thats just something you have to deal with in the earlier stages of wireless desktop computing. The mouse is very comfortable and the keyboard lets me type for hours with minimal discomfort. ... Read more


5. KB Gear Jam It (Silver)
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B000050AVV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: KB Gear
Sales Rank: 12864
Average Customer Review: 1.48 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Portable digital audio recorder
  • Pitch correction on playback
  • Allows you to add sound to digital images
  • Sing karaoke at the jamonline.com Web site
  • Share custom-made music clips via e-mail or online

Reviews (21)

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay far away from this, you don't get what you pay for
Well, I guess it's for kids. Since they have lower expectations perhaps they would play with it for 5 minutes.

The sound record quality is very very bad. The length of recording is short short short. Less than 5 seconds.

1-0 out of 5 stars One of the great rip offs of our time.
I bought this when there was a rebate making the effective price $0.Of course I never got the rebate, but even if I had, I would have paid too much. It sounds bad, the software locks up your PC, and it stopped working after 1 day. There is no reason for anyone to ever buy this product, unless you want to give it to someone you want to know how much you hate.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rip-off at ANY price
I bought this for my 6-year old son, and it was a complete waste of money. One of those Hallmark greeting cards that records your voice is a MUCH better value. This thing records about 30 seconds of sound (4-bit very bad mono quality). Even the 30-seconds of recorded sound is a joke, as it frequently self-corrupted (just clicked) -- so good luck! Save your money!

1-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for...
Well, it might not be a piece of technological genious, but hey, it's only 40 bucks! If you want a quality digital recorder, don't even LOOK at anything under $150. Otherwise, for $40, you're silly not to think of it as a toy.

4-0 out of 5 stars LISTEN UP!!!!!
I used to have one of these when I was about 5. I'm a kid, yes. People, it's about [X]. What good are you going to get from an elctronic piece of equipment for [X]? It's a toy! I see these in the TOY isle in stores! Some of your reviews seem as if you're comparing this to NASA technology! It's a fun little toy! Any Amazon workers that see this should directly send a message to those in the sorting department and put this under toys! ... Read more


6. Harman Kardon AVR320 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $799.00
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Asin: B00005Q5WZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 37630
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AVR 320 is Harman Kardon's first entry-level 7.1-channel surround-sound processing. Featuring support for Dolby Digital, DTS, Logic 7, and VMAx digital sound processing, the AVR 320 is meant to satisfy nearly any audio taste.

Pushing 55 watts per channel into 8 ohms, the AVR 320 will give you strong sound with less than 0.07 percent harmonic distortion, even with all channels being driven simultaneously. Eight-channel direct inputs are provided for future digital sound processing upgrades.

Loaded with advanced features, the AVR 320 includes DTS-ES 6.1 surround sound, wideband HDTV-ready component video switching, and 24-bit/192kHz audio digital-to-analog converter. Connection options are extensive with 7.1-channel preamp outputs, six digital inputs and three digital outputs, plus a front-panel digital input that can be switched to output mode.

Support for Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound is included to create surround-sound effects from a stereo input such as VCR or TV.

Additional features include multiroom/multisource audio which allows users in separate rooms to listen to different sources simultaneously. A separate Zone II Remote Control is included for multiroom operation. Power-up volume can be programmed to avoid that jarring sensation of powering up your stereo with the volume at max from the night before, and rotary controls let you adjust bass, treble, and balance settings.

A universal remote is programmable to control up to eight devices from preset codes or by using its learning capability. ... Read more

Features

  • High Current amplifier design
  • S-Video inputs and outputs
  • EzSet remote
  • Multi- zone audio switching
  • Logic 7 5.1 and 7.1

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Receiver
This is a very good receiver if you know how to use it.
Sound is very clean. Harman Kardon's 55 watts rate is
very consertive, it has more than enough power for my
need.

When I started shopping, I bought Onkyo 600 first (mainly
attracted by its 80 watts rating, and 6 channel output).
However, after listen to Onkyo for a couple weeks, I am not
satisfied with Onkyo's sound quality, so I purchased this one.
This receiver sounds much better than Onkyo. It produces much
cleaner sound. Finally, I returned Onkyo and kept this one.

I am using a pair of JBL S38-II as my main speakers. If you
can't hear the difference between this receiver and other
cheaper receivers, you are probably using not-so-good speakers.
If so, upgrade the speaker and hear the difference.

This receiver do have weakness though. It is not easy to use.
It takes me quite a while to get familiar with the remote and
the control buttons on the receiver. Even after I am familiar
with the remote, I would still say the remote is not easy to
use. Harman Kardon needs to improve its egnomics design.

1-0 out of 5 stars I was totally fooled by what I thought was a good name!!!!
I bought this receiver because it says that it has 6.1 discrete sound. You will be sorry to find out that H/K has deceived the market - THIS RECEIVER ONLY HAS 5.1 SOUND which makes it no different from all the other cheapies out there. It sounds exactly the same as the...Sony I had before this. I should have put the money into upgrading my speakers.

I thought I was taking a step up --- Oh how wrong I was!!! Wish I bought the Onkyo.

2-0 out of 5 stars Whimpy!
I suppose this receiver may be acceptable for a small or noise restricted viewing area. The sound quality and presence is excellent although realism is far out of it's reach due to amplification wattage limitations. The difference between this receiver and even RCAs' now superceded, outdated RT2300 is like night and day. My older RCA receiver has twice the power, the same reproductions specs., 2 main speakers, 1 center, 2 surround, and a 100watt powered subwoofer; FOR THE SAME PRICE!
Now, also take into account the fact prices are dropping with length of time on the market, proliferation, and competition!
I felt severly ripped off concerning My Harmon Kardon purchase.
I sold it in a yard sale and considered myself lucky.
I am now the proud owner of a new RCA RT Series System. Pick any new RCA home theater package 100watts or better and you'll be Thrilled with your purchase and amazed at the realism & quality. You'll also have money left for POPCORN!

Jimmy Dickens/ Future Marketing Concepts/ help @ citynet . net

2-0 out of 5 stars HK goes downmarket
It does strange things sometimes, and the latest dissappointment comes when I am playing a DVD, and pressing PAUSE or REWIND causes the amp to reset it's audio mode to 5 CHANNEL STEREO instead of Dolby Digital for no apparent reason. There are many quirky problems like this for me and my HK. It's a shame I'm stuck with it till I can get a new one, which will bear a name rhyming with PONY. I think HK used to be a staunch competitor, but now it seems they just don't put any thought into how users will interact with thier products. This amp is downright confusing, not user friendly, and DEFIANT to my commands. I'm familiar with tech toys, and this is my white whale, elusive. Many functions you will try to make work, and for some grand set of circumstances, they will not. You'll read and read, and discover the answer eventually; "oh I get it, this will not work unless this is exactly so" and so on. Simple features become exhaustive, and you will harbor BUYER'S REMORSE. AVOID HK.

4-0 out of 5 stars but one drawback
I bought this item off of review and recommendations, and couldnt be happier. it has many more inputs and outputs than i could ever use, an easy to read display, and relatively simple controls. the onyl drawbacks, in my opinion, are the main remote control, which is more cluttered than my dorm room. second, for 699 they should bump the power up from 55x5 to at least 100x5. now, i understand that for a lot of people 55x5 is enough, personally, it is enough for me, but only because is have it hooked up to a pair of wharfedale atlantic 400 towers, and in the rear jbl n24IIs. also, the so called learning remote doesnt seem to want to learn everything, as i cant get it to learn the functions of my keyspan DMR. ... Read more


7. Kodak DX3600 EasyShare 2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
list price: $279.99
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Asin: B00005LVWB
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 2382
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 2.2-megapixel Kodak DX3600 digital camera is similar to the DX3500, with several great additional features, including a 3x optical zoom (plus 2x digital zoom) and movie mode. It handles like a point-and-shoot, and delivers excellent quality images at a maximum resolution of 1,800 x 1,200 pixels--perfect for e-mailing or prints up to 8-by-10 inches. The DX3600 contains 8 MB of internal memory, plus it features a CompactFlash expansion slot for additional memory. Part of the Kodak EasyShare System, this model is compatible with the optional Kodak camera dock. The dock will upload your photos straight from the camera to your computer at the push of a button, and it recharges the camera batteries while connected to your camera.

The DX3600 offers continuous video with audio. It comes with a built-in microphone and speaker, and allows you to capture and review video with audio right on the camera. You can also connect the camera to a computer or a TV to watch your video footage. This camera comes with two AA lithium batteries, video cable, USB cable, wrist strap, Kodak Picture Software CD, documentation, and a custom camera insert for optional Kodak camera dock. It has a USB port and is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.2 megapixel sensor creates 1800 by 1200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10
  • 2x optical and 3x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 8 MB internal memory holds 12 images at default resolution; expansion slot for optional CompactFlash card
  • Uses 2 AA batteries or 1 CRV3 lithium battery; disposable batteries included
  • Optional Kodak Camera Dock simplifies image transfers and battery charging

Reviews (109)

5-0 out of 5 stars A superb point-and-shoot camera!
Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase of this camera - it's handsome (got lots of compliments on its looks), lightweight -- the thing's a veritable feather, comparatively -- takes superb outdoor shots, and pretty good indoor shots (although insufficient lighting, as with most digitals, affects quality).

Digital zoom - as with most cameras - BAD!. The DSP is "guessing" what pixels belong where. Fortunately the DX3600 has 2x _optical_ zoom (alas, the little sister model DX3500 does not). You can go to 6x with digital zoom, (and the .1x the zoom stepping is nice), but you'll start to see blurriness, pixellation, and x-mas lights effects. Up to 2x looks great.

The movie mode is such a fun feature... great for those times when a picture just isn't enough. The DX3600 records at 320x240 or 160x120, 20fps(!), with audio! And limited only by your memory capacity (I can get up to 15 minutes on my 64MB card). You can't use zoom or flash when recording, so lighting is a concern; but I've taken movies of a Japanese sushi chef slicing an egg with his spatula in low hotel restaurant light, and it came out beautifully! :)

The software blue-screened Windows 2000 on me twice during installation (which NEVER happens... my W2K system is a ROCK)... although it has worked perfectly during regular use. (or else the camera would have been returned already!) When plugged in to the USB cable, you can use the Kodak software, or the camera simply appears as a drive under My Computer. Nice!

This camera has MADE me a shutterbug! I didn't even own a film camera before this purchase. And on my recent trip to San Francisco, I snapped 275+ pics & movies!

The beautiful LCD screen (viewable even in bright sunlight), ease of use (the ultimate in point and shoot!), good battery life -- I recommend the 1600mA Rayovac NiMHs -- great macro shots, video out (how many "low-end" cameras have that?), and very nice-looking photos (what we're all after, in the end!) You get a lot of camera (and mini-camcorder!) for the money!

2-0 out of 5 stars Looks great on the surface
The DX3600 looks like one of the best cameras in it's price range. However, after owning one for six months I can tell you that it has some serious pitfalls.

The flash is not strong enough to take a decent indoor picture. Pictures taken indoors will be very dark. This camera takes some great pictures outdoors, but honestly, my DC25 took way better indoor pictures.

The batteries that came with the camera worked for about 4 months, in the last two months though I've gone through about a dozen sets of batteries under the same useage. Sure a couple of those sets of batteries were the cheapo Rayovac type, but even the 1700ma Energizer rechargables only last a couple days of average use.

I do not have the EasyShare Dock because frankly [money] is a bit much for a battery charger when the camera comes with a USB cable to get the pictures out, which does work very well with the included software. Maybe the Dock & the Kodak batteries give better life, but I haven't found the third-party battery yet that lasts more than a week, let alone 4 months.

The Quicktime movie ability is one of the reasons I bought this camera. However, the cameras inability to take a good still picture indoors transfers to the Quicktime feature as well. Images are often too dark and the auto iris changes brightness harshly. This feature does work well out in the day light, just like the still picture function.

All that said, this camera takes some great pictures out in the sun light. If you do mainly outside picture taking, then this is a great buy. The included software is decent, but not great. If the camera had a little more user control over the picture taking process, and the flash were stronger (actually, the flash is probably stong enough, but when the flash is turned on, the camera automaticly steps down the iris...stupid) this would be a very solid camera and well worth the roughly [money] this camera retails for (without the dock of course).

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice features for the price!
I`ve had the camera for a week now and I`m pleased overall.It takes great outdoor pictures,but quality drops a bit on indoor pictures.They seem to come out a little grainy if the lighting isn`t just right.The video mode is a big plus!You need to add a flash card to really enjoy this feature though.The 8 meg internal memory just isnt enough to use this feature.I picked up a 64 meg flash card for 60 bucks and now it can handle up to 15 minutes of video recording.I just wish kodak would have included a little video editing prgram in the software.It would be better to be able to edit my own movies.I guess I`ll end up buying a little video editing program if I can find one cheap.But overall,I would reccommend this camera for it`s overall features and price!

1-0 out of 5 stars Lots of problems!!!
When we first got the camera, we were impressed. It was easy to use, and the pictures that we took printed out very nicely.

However, after having the camera for a few months, we started to see the following problems.

1. POOR BATTERY LIFE
After only a couple of weeks of use, the rechargeable battery that came with the camera would only take 5-6 shots before dying. We kept the camera contantly on the dock, so it should not have run out. I assumed it was a defective battery and bought some desposable batteries for it, but had a similar problem. With a brand new battery, it would take 20-30 shots and it would fail to work.

2. RANDOM POWERING OFF
This was really annoying. After several months of use, the camera started turning itself off frequently. Sometimes I have to restart it 4-5 times to get it to stay turned on. Even then, it will often turn itself off when trying to take the picture. I have 3 small kids, and I have missed so many shots because of this.

3. LONG PAUSE BEFORE SNAPPING PICTURE
I know this is not a defect, but is probably by design (probably the auto-focus working), but there is a half second pause between the time you push the button and the picture actually takes. We have missed many shots because of that as well.

I hate to say it, but I will not buy a Kodak camera again. It's too bad, because when this did work properly, the pictures were really good and the dock is really a good idea. We eventually decided to buy a new, higher end camera (Fuji Finepix S7000). We will see how that turns out :)

2-0 out of 5 stars Slow response, okay for point and shoot and in bright light
This camera has a very annoying problem- when you push the button to take the picture there is about a half second delay before the picture is actually taken. This is really NOT good if you are hoping to take pictures of kids, candid photos or pictures of anything in motion. Other cameras are less expensive and don't have this horrible problem.
Aside from this problem, if the picture is taken in bright light and at close range, the colors look wonderful. ... Read more


8. Sony MDR-NC11 Fontopia Noise Canceling Headphones with In-line Volume Control
list price: $149.99
our price: $89.94
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Asin: B00006JILM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 277
Average Customer Review: 2.61 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Small enough to keep with you at all times and ideal for achieving peace and quiet in planes, trains, buses, and cars, Sony's MDRNC11 noise-canceling Fontopia ear-bud headphones reduce perceived outside noise by more than 70 percent (up to 10 dB at 300 Hz) so you can hear musical nuances against a quieter background.

The headphones' noise-canceling circuit senses outside noise using tiny, built-in microphones and sends an equal-but-opposite canceling signal to the headphone drivers, effectively blocking solid-state (continuous) noise from 50 to 1,000 Hz. It's especially effective on noises like air-conditioning systems, freeway rumble, and airplane engines (from a passenger's perspective).

The switchable noise-canceling circuitry runs for approximately 60 hours on a single AAA alkaline battery. When noise canceling is off, the headphones continue to function for standard music listening (and with slightly better sound quality). An inline volume control lets you adjust the sound without having to access your sound source. ... Read more

Features

  • Reduces exterior noise by more than 70 percent (10 dB) so you can hear music against a quieter background
  • Tiny size allows easy storage in a backpack, briefcase, or purse
  • Extended battery life approximately 60 hours with a single AAA alkaline battery
  • Noise-canceling on/off switch; headphones work with or without power
  • Includes soft carrying case and airplane adapter plug

Reviews (41)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good passive noise reduction
Pros:
When noise cancellation is turned of sound is excellent. Basses are rich.
Cons:
1.I don't know what you are expecting from noise cancelling but it try it somewhere before you buy. Where I work, there wasn't too much noise but airconditioning and computer fan white noise. All this helped was blocking outside noise somehow. Electronic wizardy to cancel noise comes with an annoying hissing sound and did not have an effect around my envrionment.(Sony says hissing sound is by design.)

And don't forget, it will cancel only white noise, not the voice of people or closing and opening doors.

2.If you are not comfortable with In-Ear design, this shouldn't be your choice. I always liked in-ear headphones so it is not so bad for me, but still not the most comfortable. I guess it is a trade of between comfort and noise isolation.

1-0 out of 5 stars If only I could give it a ZERO
I'm a Sony fanatic. I buy Sony first (save for Bose speakers & iPod stuff). I have a Sony receiver, Sony CD changer, Sony DVD player, Sony Walkman, and on and on and on. This is the single worst Sony product I've ever purchased. It is so bad I challenge Sony to show my one documented photo of a single Sony employee who has ever used the product. First, my Bose noise-cancelling headset doesn't hiss--Sony's claim this is normal is bunk. Second, the endless mass of controls and weirdly assymetrical cords make it almost unusable on the train and ferry. Walking with it is nearly impossible owing to the tangle of wires. The weight of the control box weighs enough to pull th ebuds out of your ears. This may sound picky but if you buy these you'll soon see what I mean. It makes then useless for motion--I can't imagine running in them--which is in part why I bought them. The earbuds don't fit in my ears (I can use the standard iPod buds, but none of the Sony buds fit well).

Did *anyone* at Sony actually try this product before it hit the market? At $100 a pop this product is a rippoff. And as a huge Sony fan I warn fellow consumers--go straight to Bose. (I bought these to compliment the Bose because I thought the in-ear design would be better for my daily commute and walking.)

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't pay full price
I got mine 2 weeks ago and here is my report. BOTTOM LINE: with these headphones, noise cancelling is achieved PRIMARILY by good, tight fit (i.e., just get the cheaper non-noise cancelling circuitry type). As it says in the manual, the circuitry only cancels low frequency sounds like AC unit drone. When in use at Starbux, neither voices nor the milk steamer will be cancelled. Based on my senses, Sony has attempted to attack high frequency noises simply by boosting high frequencies of your music (i.e., a big part of the "noise cancelling" relies on INCREASING noises...which can be damaging and also means it is not effective when music is not played through them). In combination, (tight fit, low freq cancel, high freq boost) you get decent isolation at the expense of altered EQ, extremely limited ability to reduce ambient sounds without playing music, and a STEEP retail price. Again, the cheaper in-ear sony phones without the circuitry are a good alternative if you are unwilling to splurge for the Bose. I have had the opportunity to try the twice as expensive Bose unit...NO COMPARISON. The Bose headphones are absolutely amazing. TRUE noise cancellation. They work stunningly and do not rely at all on music being played through them. Don't try them on at a store without having $300 to spare because you won't want to leave without them! I'm still saving up for mine...

1-0 out of 5 stars disappointing results: no value for money
As a frequent flyer, I know how to appreciate the joy of music while en route. While my previous Philips NC headphones (nice sound!) got spolit, I decide to buy the Sony NC11, givcen the positive comments on a.o. Amazon. Bad decision. Apart for classical music, with its lighter sounds, the musical performace is far below par. Noise cancellation capacity is far less than what I was used to with my Philips. Had the product cost me less than 50 bucks, I could accept this. However, I bought it at a retail price of 150, which according to several internet reviews I checked is more or less the mormal price. Do not buy this product. It is a ripp off.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Size-Performance Combination
If you're looking for maximum noise reduction, go for the over-the-ear headphone. However, I take my laptop and assorted peripherals with me when I fly and I simply don't have room to store full-size headphones in my carry-on computer case. I purchased these earphones during a business trip a couple of weeks ago, and I've found them to be a good alternative. They're small, but deliver good performance for their size

I wasn't too impressed with them when I tried them in the airport, but my first flight with them was in the back of a 757 and I was surprised at the amount of engine and background noise that they cancelled out. They definitely made the flight a more relaxing experience.

A couple of observations:

1. Make sure you get a good snug fit from the earbuds. If they don't fit snugly, the noise cancellation effect is significantly reduced. It may take some experimentation with the 3 different sizes Sony includes.

2. Once you turn the power on, it may take a few seconds for the noise cancellation to reach it's maximum effect.

3. The earphones don't block the sound of your own voice like the over-the-ear headphones do. In fact, they seem to amplify it. (But then, you're normally not conversing with anyone while listening to music or watching the movie.)

All in all, it's a good value for the money if you spend a lot of time on airplanes and don't want the hassle of carrying the bulkier over-the-ear headphones. ... Read more


9. Sony MDR-NC20 Noise Canceling Headphones with Foldable Headband
list price: $179.99
our price: $111.94
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Asin: B00000DMA3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 520
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Retreat to a world of music, sleep on airplanes, or focus all your attention on study materials with Sony's stereo Noise-Canceling Headphones. They fit comfortably and have soft, high-quality speakers that completely cover your ears for an all-encompassing listening experience. Unlike lower-end models, these speakers don't pinch, leak sound, or cause pain with an in-ear insert. The noise-canceling feature blocks out 70 percent of all low-frequency sound. You'll still be able to hear someone speaking directly to you, but ambient noise--papers being ruffled, the rumble of an engine--disappears almost completely. Headphones plug into a Sony Discman, Walkman, and most other portable stereos or receivers. A mini jack allows you to plug the headphones into the standard jacks in airplane armrests, which will give you much better sound than the $5 disposables will for in-flight music services and movies. Sony's Noise-Canceling Headphones fold up for easy packing in a briefcase or carry-on luggage. One AAA battery is required to operate the noise-canceling function. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more

Features

  • Reduces exterior noise by more than 70 percent (10 dB) so you can hear music against a quieter background
  • Closed-ear design for even strong isolation from outside sound
  • 30 mm drivers deliver deep bass down to 16 Hz and provide outstanding dynamic range
  • Folding headband and pivoting earpads simplify storage in a backpack, briefcase, or purse
  • Extended battery life approximately 45 hours with a single AAA alkaline battery

Reviews (21)

3-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the conventional noise cancelers...
The fact that noise-canceling headphone reviews were all over the place made figuring out what to buy kind of difficult. I decided to buy the Sennheiser HDC451s ($80), the Sony MDR-NC20s ($120), and the Aiwa HP-CN5 ($50), and the Etymotic ER-6 ($130), try them all, and then return the three I liked least. Bose makes what are probably the industry standard but they weren't any better reviewed than the others and at $299, I wasn't interested.

Here's what I found:

Comfort: Kind of subjective, but in my opinion they rank as follows: Etymotic, Sony, Aiwa, Sennheiser. The Etymotics are basically earphones built into earplugs, so there's no bulk to worry about when moving around or trying to sleep on a plane. How comfortable they are kind of depends on how you feel about having things shoved in your ears. Of the conventional 'phones, the Sony's closed-ear design is more comfortable over long periods. The open-air design of the other two tends to squeeze your ears after a while. The Sennheiser loses because of an inexplicably uncomfortable pad in the top.

Noise Canceling: Etymotic, Sony, Sennheiser, Aiwa. The Etymotics have no noise-canceling circuitry and rely purely on blocking the ear canal to reduce noise. This cuts more noise than the others and does it across the entire spectrum-making it the only one that will silence the kid screaming in the seat behind you. In the conventional 'phones, the Sony again benefits from the closed-ear design, passively blocking some high register noise that the others miss. The Sennheisers actually have the most elegant electronics, silencing low hums with less hiss than the other two. Remember that active noise canceling only works in the very low registers-like the rumble of an airplane.

Sound: Etymotic, Sennheiser, Sony, Aiwa. The Etymotics live up to their reputation of being one the best sounding 'phones on the market at any price, though they can amplify body noises such as chewing. The Sennheisers sound really muddy with the canceling turned off, but with it on they give fairly crisp sound a bit lacking in bass. The other two remain kind of muddy sounding with somewhat sloppy bass which might make watching movies on a plane a little more difficult. Overall, the Sony and Aiwa don't sound any better than the cheap 'phones that came with my MD player.

Convenience: Etymotic, Aiwa, Sony, Sennheiser. The Etymotics fit in your shirt pocket but are definitely harder to get in and out than the others and don't include an airline adapter. The Aiwas fold up quite flat, have the batteries in the headset and have a carrying case. The Sonys fold up (but are still bulky), include a carrying case, and have the battery in the headset. The Sennheisers don't fold, have no carrying case, and have the batteries in the cord. All three conventional units come with airline adapters.

So in conclusion, the Etymotics are pretty much light years ahead of the others, but only if you are okay with having them jammed in your ears (didn't bother me, but my wife had no interest.) The conventional units all have their pluses and minuses, so you'll have to decide what features are important to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones are GREAT!
I travel a LOT. Fly on everything from TurboProps to Airbus A-320's and 757's. I've never been able to sleep on aircraft and lately, my tolerance for noise and screaming kids has gone to near zero. Well, that's what the Sony MDRNC-20 noise cancelling headphones have given me, ..... nearly zero noise on flights. My last two flights (this week) were on two SAAB TurboProp commuter aircraft and two A-320's and I could not hear the engines with these headphones on. I also use a Sony R70 MiniDisk Recorder / Player that was useless, due to in cabin noise, until I bought these headsets. I've tried the Bose (overpriced and cumbersome), Sennheiser and Toshiba units and the Sony's are the best. I highly recommend them for frequent fliers if you want to be able to function at the destination end of the flight. OH! Did I mention that we also use them while cutting grass on our diesel Kubota tractor with 60 inch mower deck and can't hear the tractor noise, but Bon Jovi comes through lound and clear from the Sony CD Walkman. The audio connection cord also has a convenient connector in it so your can disconnect the main lead and just use the headphones for noise reduction. I thought this a very convenient feature for those who want to block out TV noise, kids, neighbors, etc and not listen to music at the same time.
It might sound like I'm a Sony fan (which I am) but I'm also an audio engineer and my motto is "Specs first, price second". I was pleased to find a product that cost over $120 less than Bose and worked every bit as well, .... maybe better.
You need a pair of these if you fly a lot or just want some peace and quiet.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Design, Great NC, but Sound is so-so
I bought these headphones when i was Japan, and have been nothing but pleased. Some things to note:
1)They're made of plastic- I expected something better.On the other hand, they fold up into a neat little ball,so they are more breakage resistant that you might expect.Also, the design is great since the noise cancelling equipment is contained within the headphones,not in a clunky external box like other, less styling models (^_^)v Very very sleek and sexy.

2)Those of you planning to use these with an MD player/etc. w/ an inline remote should note that while the headphones have a "short cord",the plug is actually a stupidly useless *proprietary* sony design-and the included 1/8th adaptor cord is *very* long; that is to say,you'll end up w/ tons of excess wire you don't know what to do with.There is a short Sony minijack-to-1/8th adaptor which works great,however,I've never seen it sold outside of Japan.

I am incredibly happy with these headphones.However,as others have mentioned the sound is so-so.These are perfect for use with MD/MP3 or other compressed sound formats in noisy settings, but not so great for precise listening.But turning on the noise cancelling greatly improves the sound quality and I find that these headphones are more than adequate for all of my needs-combine this with the fantastic design,the awesome noise cancelling ability,a great-bang-for-your-buck value (except for the plastic),and I would highly recommend these to anyone looking for a good noise cancelling headphone.

4-0 out of 5 stars The (Almost) Perfect Pair of Headphones
I love these headphones!! I got these in Narita Airport and obsessed over them the whole airplane ride from Tokyo to Bangkok...for a very valid reason. These headphones are great. Travelling a lot, I usually have to jack up the volume to nearly full blast and then get a ear-ache after listening for only a short while. But not with these. They cancel most of the noise in the airplane, no more droning sounds! I can now listen to music on the airplane and other noisy places using reasonable volume. I think ths product does what it's supposed to do, cancels most of the noise. It never promised silence, so if that's what you are expecting from these, then don't waste your money. What it does when you turn the noise-cancelling circuit on, however, is cut off most of the very low sounds, so that when you're in places with loud engines sounds (e.g. on an airplane)you won't be able to hear a lot of the grumbles. Plus, this model is an over-the-ear design, so even it cuts off some noise even without the noise-cancelling circuit on.

Some people complain about hissing sounds and I would like to clarify that. These headphones have got 2 systems: 1)normal headphones and 2) noise-cancelling headphones. There are situations where you do not need the noise-cancelling function and you'd be better off turning the circuit system off. When you turn in on in an environment where it is not needed, you will be able to hear a hissing sound that can become annoying. Just turn it off and they'd be fine. As I've mentioned before, these don't promise silence. (Neither do any other headphones.) When you are in a very noisy place, you will not hear the hissing; instead, most of the low grumbling noise will disappear, allowing you to enjoy your music a great deal more.

Also, these have got to be one of the most comfortable earphones you can ever find! If you've done the research on noise-cancelling headphones (like I have), you will find out that a lot of people complain about how a lot of noise-cancelling headphones are very uncomfortable to wear for a long time. Well, good news! These are very comfortable and you can wear them for a long period of time!

These headphones do exactly what they're supposed to do. I just wish they were a tad smaller. That would have been brilliant! I mean, these take up more space than my iPod! Another downside, you wouldn't want to use these for exercising because they are pretty bulky. However, they are not meant to be for use in the gym, so I shouldn't complain.

Overall, great noise-cancelling. Get these and hear the difference!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice product for the price
I use this set of headphones almost every week on flights. I have found that the noise cancelling is excellent for plane travel, and in fact reduces the ambient roar by orders of magnitude. In comparison to the Bose comparable, these do not do as good a job, and there is a hiss as pointed out by others, but this is completely unnoticable on a plane. In addition, I have worn continuously on >13 hour flights and have not had any discomfort in the fit, which is a great plus compared to other headphones I have owned. Battery life is excellent, and they can't really be accidentally switched on while in your luggage.

I was hoping that they would fold up smaller, but I guess this is about as good as you get for over the ear types.

The only real drawback to these is if you cover the ear can in any way (hand, leaning against headrest, etc.), these things can start to flutter or amplify the background noise. I haven't noticed this with other products, but it is likely that they are the same. ... Read more


10. Ceiva Digital Photo Receiver
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005B4BW
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Ceiva
Sales Rank: 692
Average Customer Review: 3.37 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Ceiva put the future in an unassuming black picture frame with this amazingly simple yet innovative product. This Internet-enabled frame makes it so easy to receive and display digital photos that even the most tech-shy relatives will love it. The traditional frame houses an LCD screen that displays up to 20 pictures in a single-view or slide-show format. Once a day, the frame dials in to Ceiva's Web site and downloads any new photos that have been sent to you (or that you've uploaded). What's truly amazing is that it works flawlessly--it's a cutting-edge technology idea that's well executed.

The frame itself is a handsome classic black with a black matte. It's about the size of a standard 8-by-10-inch frame, and the viewing area is about 5 by 7 inches. The display resolution is 640 x 480 VGA, and the images are displayed as JPEGs. We were impressed with the picture quality, especially considering the display is passive matrix--colors were a bit washed out, but otherwise pictures were sharp, bright, and looked good. The viewing angle isn't great--you won't be able to see pictures well from the side--but overall, the screen worked very well, even in relatively bright light.

You do the bulk of your setup online at Ceiva's Web site. Here, you can lock, delete, upload, or send photos, and you can adjust the rest of your settings, such as the slide-show interval or the time the Ceiva turns off the display every night. (The standard setting shuts it off from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.) Within your account, you can choose who can send pictures to you (your "Buddy list"). Your buddies don't need to own Ceiva photo frames, but they have to get Ceiva accounts, which are free. In addition to photos, you and your friends can send and receive any kind of digital image, from hand-drawn cards to scanned art. Subscription channels even let you get comics, weather and traffic reports, and horoscopes on a daily basis. Ceiva's site also provides simple tools to add messages to your photos.

The controls on the Ceiva are extremely easy to use--there is one button that adjusts brightness and another button to stop the slide show and dial-up on demand. If you want to download pictures immediately (for instance, right after your mother calls and tells you she just sent a new batch), you press and hold the settings button on the frame until it connects.

You don't need an extra telephone line to use the Ceiva--the photo frame uses your existing line for just a few minutes every night. Ceiva provides a Y-connector in the box to make it easy for you to plug the frame into your phone jack without disconnecting your phone. The photo frame also doesn't require you to have an Internet connection to download photos, although a subscription is required to download photos. The subscription costs $79.95 per year to maintain this service via a local connection, and multi-year plans are available starting at less than $5 a month. However, if you want to upload pictures, send them to other people's Ceivas, or modify certain frame settings, you'll need to use an Internet connection.

Overall, our experience using the Ceiva was simply wonderful. It's intended to be simple to use, and it does a great job receiving and displaying photos. It strikes us as the perfect gift for your mom and dad, your grandparents, or any long-distance friend who is computer-shy. Not to mention that the Ceiva photo frame is just plain cool! --Michael Lewis

Pros:

  • Extremely easy to use
  • Good picture quality
  • No existing Internet account necessary
  • Others can send you pictures for free

Cons:

  • You must adjust most of your settings on the Web site
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Features

  • An ideal gift for even the most non-technical parents or friends, the Ceiva digital photo receiver downloads your latest digital photos from the Web and displays them in full color
  • Simple plug-and-play connection and 1-button operation--owner or user needs no computer skills or Internet access
  • Upload photos to your Ceiva Web account; the Ceiva downloads automatically and displays them in slide-show mode
  • Sharp, bright VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels)--thousands of colors
  • Requires subscription to Ceiva Network; low monthly rates available

Reviews (223)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I just got one to give to my technophobe mom on Mother's Day. I am extremely impressed. It's attractive; it looks far more like a picture frame than an electronic device. The photo quality, while not quite as good as an average computer monitor, is quite respectable. It was extremely easy to set up and get working. And it works perfectly.

The frame cycles between 20 pictures that you've uploaded to the Ceiva web site, showing each for between 5 seconds and 2 hours (the time is up to you). It downloads new pictures from the web site automatically every night; you can also force it to download immediately. You can store up to 1000 (I think) pictures on the web site, and the frame will rotate them, choosing 20 different ones each day. You can also tell it to keep pictures until further notice, or have it choose one picture randomly each day from each of 20 albums that you establish online, or show "channels" like the local weather and prime-time TV schedule, or any combination of the above.

You can send photos in JPEG or several other formats. Ceiva's web site recommends editing photos to increase color saturation and contrast, and decrease brightness, in order to optimize their appearance on the frame (as opposed to on your monitor). I think their advice is correct, but I don't want to bother saving 2 versions of each photo, one for me and one for my mom's frame; the quality is still pretty good. Ceiva also recommends saving in 640x480 pixels, but I've found that larger pictures (both slightly larger and way larger) look just as good, so I don't bother saving a small version just for the frame. (I have a fast web connection, so I don't mind the time it takes to upload the image from my PC. I'm not sure whether this results in longer time for Ceiva to download photos to the frame, but I suspect that they convert them to 640x480 before downloading them.)

Now the drawbacks:

- It's expensive. ....

- The image quality could be better.

- Th image must be viewed pretty much straight on, not at much of an angle.

- The person with the frame can do very little. Basically all they can do (besides enjoy the show) is change the brightness and force an immediate download. Anything else, including telling it what hours to go dark at night, how long to show each picture, what pictures to change the next day, or your changed phone number, must be done on their web site. The assumption is that if the owner doesn't have a PC, he/she doesn't want to get involved with these things. That's probably the case most of the time, so I think this is a reasonable design, but there are probably some users who want to do more. Also, if there are connection problems, it can be cumbersome to troubleshoot and correct them with so little control from the frame.

- The web site user interface is confusing. It's actually pretty powerful once you figure it out, but it's way too hard to figure out.

- Of course, you need your photos in digital form to send them to Ceiva's web site. If you already do digital, this is no problem. If you will have to start doing this just so you can send them to Ceiva, that's additional time and expense that you need to factor in.

- The frame comes in your choice of colors, so long as your choice is black.

- Other users have complained of hardware problems. Most of those seem to show up right away, so you can reduce the problem by getting the unit in advance and trying it out before giving it as a gift. But the number of complaints I've seen seems rather high.

I expect that most or all of these problems will be fixed over time. The price will inevitably come down, and Ceiva's web site suggests that a new model this summer will accept pictures directly from memory cards rather than requiring a service subscription. (Some competitive products already do this.) Display technology, of course, keeps improving. Their web site promises an improved UI in a few weeks. And it implies that other colors will be available eventually. In a couple of years, I think this will be a much more appealing product, perhaps good enough that I'll want several around my house.

But if you have (say) a parent who craves pictures of their grandchildren, a couple of years of pleasure is worth a lot. That's why I sprung for one for my mom last week, and I liked it so much, I ordered a second for my wife's grandma yesterday. I just packed up my mom's after having it running in my office for a few days, and I miss it already!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Easy to set up and Very Relaiable - Great Value!
I bought one for my wifes parents who are in their 80's and are not at all technically oriented. I was somewhat nervous because they still haven't forgiven me for buying them a simple VCR unit 10 years ago, it still sits there unused. It's one of those "I don't want to talk about it" issues. I had the Ceiva shipped to them and did not tell them it was coming. When I called a few days later I was surprised they had already recieved, opened it, and read the easy set up instructions. I called and registered the unit that morning. When I called back they knew just what to do because the unit was designed for grandparents in mind. They activated it and within 15 minutes had all the pictures we had loaded onto their album. They could not believe that just by dialing an 800 number they could get channels like the weather, TV Guide, and have it turned off at night and on in the morning as well as control the rate at which it shows the pictures. Now for just less than 1.4 cents a day (yearly subscription) I can send them pictures everyday and they don't have to do anything but enjoy the photos of their grandkids! Although there are other units out there, they aren't as easy to use and the reliability of the Ceiva is what sold me. This is the 3rd one I got since they first came out over a year ago and the reliability is unbelievable. My kids scan photos, art work, create there own messges, and load pictures from the digital camera 1,500 miles away, and Grandma sees it while having coffee the next morning. All without her lifting a finger. They say a pictures worth 1000 words. I highly recommend this to those who want to stay in touch! If you want to wow Grandma without the tech headache and worry, this is the product! Next I'm putting one on my desk at work too.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Way to Keep Your Family Close
We purchase two Ceiva frames almost 2 years ago-one for far away grandparents and one for in town grandparents. Set up was simple. Did have one of the frames with the infamous "faulty power supply", but tech support was easy to reach and sent it right away. They also credited that one account for the time the frame was down, extending the subscription. Can't ask for more than that. Both grandparents love the daily weather updates and I usually upload the same photos to both frames (which can be accomplished in one swoop, 10 at a time.) I usually reserve two slots for the Ceiva frame to randomly select a photo from two previous albums, just for the kick of "look how much they have changed, just since last year". The new upgraded frame has 30 photos (instead of our twenty) and a print button. They only negative thing is that the more photos grandparents get, the more they want! LOL! I got calls from both sides early on the morning of Nov. 1st because they didn't have Halloween costume pictures on their frames yet! They absolutely adore their frames...expensive but money well spent. They get so excited to wake up to new pictures. We send all kinds of things...scanned art work, photos, messages, and even greeting cards (Ceiva usually has several seasonal cards and stationary to chose from). You can even upload messages/photos to be delivered at a later date. It is nice because they can see all the photos and if there are a few they wish they had prints of, they can go online and order as few or as many as they want. It lets kids and grandparents easily share everyday moments, not just once or twice a year formal portraits. Our Ceivas definitely have bonded kids and grandparents in a high tech way!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy!!
My mother has a Ceiva and it has been more trouble than it's worth. I have called Ceiva 7 times this week. After being on hold more than 30 minutes each time, I have gotten different instructions every time and still nothing works. Their support staff knows absolutely nothing!

1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS POOR PRODUCT
This is not a grandma/grandpa friendly product. To really get the most out of this product you must have a computer. I purchased one some time ago with failures within a few months. I called and also spent a great deal of time on hold. Since I live in Southern California I dropped in to complain. Turns out they had bad adapters -they gave me a new adapter but eventually that one failed too. As far as having more than one location, HA!The company has ONE location, in Burbank, CA where the executive offices and everything else is housed. It is a pretty high end rent district and contemporary offices. From my time there I could tell the customer service dept. was there and I heard programmers upstairs as well. Also the price of the subscription has increased dramatically (early on it was $49 now it's double that). My in-laws bought one too before my problems but now both frames sit in the closet. Save your money and keep your frustration level down! ... Read more


11. PalmOne IIIc Slim Leather Case
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B00004S54M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 15418
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Crafted in premium black nappa leather, the Palm IIIc Slim Leather Case provides a custom fit and slips conveniently into a briefcase or purse. The slim case features an internal pocket for business cards, three slots for credit cards, and a built-in stylus holder. ... Read more

Features

  • Custom fit for Palm IIIc handhelds
  • Black nappa leather
  • Slips conveniently into a briefcase or purse
  • 3 slots for credit cards
  • Built-in stylus holder

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Case at a Steal of a Price
I've just received the Palm IIIc Slim Leather Case. It is brand new, soft leather and the front and back panels are well padded. The Palm IIIc logo is embossed on the bottom right front. Anyone who's tried to purchase cases for this model knows that there just isn't that much out there. I highly recommend this one. At [$$$] total, this product far exceeded my expectations...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the price
I got this and its perfect for that price. The leather is good to the touch and it holds the Palm perfectly. I have a IIIe in it and even my model fits the case. If you need a lot of protection I'd look elsewhere, but if you're looking for a stylish case to hold your Palm and act as a nice business wallet, I wouldn't pass it up.

2-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't fit the Palm IIIc
I am returning this case it does not fit the Palm IIIC. the edges of the palm stick out and I want more protection than that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value, great product
I got a Palm IIIc and this case six months ago. It's made of black leather and has "Palm IIIc" embossed on the bottom corner and looks very classy! I carry it in my purse everyday and it does its job - so far it has been very durable, no seams have come off and the velcro stays put. I do have to take one star away in the review because the built-in stylus holder is a bit loose that I have to keep the stylus in the Palm unit. Other than that, it looks good and the price is right.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you use your wallet regularly it will only last for 2 wks
I purchased this wallet last christmas and it lasted for two weeks. The velcro that holds the wallet closed came off within days. It ended up lookings so bad with strings hanging off of it that it was unuseable! ... Read more


12. Logitech 980114 Corded Headset System for Telephone and PC with Automatic Switch
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000063ILO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 22466
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Logitech's 980114 headset system brings hands-free convenience to telephone and PC communications. Based on your use of the headset, the system automatically switches between functions for you, using Smart Switching technology. This technology conveniently eliminates manual switches between the handset and headset, as well as manual switching between telephone and PC.

The headset incorporates sound amplification technology, while the noise-canceling microphone filters out background noise. The system works with all single and multi-lined phones (not compatible with cordless phones), and comes equipped with an AC adapter to ensure continuous power supply. A six-position configuration switch allows you to customize the positioning of the microphone, and volume controls for both earpiece and microphone keep you conversations clear. Logitech includes a one-year warranty covering parts and service.

What's in the Box
Headset, base, boom microphone, cord, AC power adapter, user's guide, warranty card ... Read more

Features

  • Works with all single and multi-line corded telephones
  • Noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise
  • Ideal for voice or video chat, music, gaming, and speech recognition
  • Plush ear pads cushion your ears for hours of continuous enjoyment
  • 8-foot cord; 1-year warranty

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars OK for telephone
I like the idea of this switch, and the way that you do not need to fumble with switches to go between headset and handset, or between telephone and computer, but I found this useless for voice-recognition, getting very poor recognition despite trying various different headsets, which led me to believe that the problem was the switch itself. However, it seems fine for telephone use, especially for the price. ... Read more


13. Generic 256 MB CompactFlash Card

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Asin: B000068ILA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Generic Brand
Sales Rank: 41202
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Features

  • Complies with industry standards
  • Lifetime replacement warranty

14. Sony MDR501LP Headphones
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00001W0D1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6260
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

These lightweight, open-air headphones are comfortable to wear--even for extended periods. The unique design provides an excellent fit for any size head and allows for fatigue-free listening. The oversized 40-millimeter diameter drive units are larger than most headphones for noticeably deeper bass, lower distortion, and wider dynamic range. Frequency response extends down to an amazingly low 12 Hz. ... Read more

Features

  • Lightweight, open-air headphones
  • Unique circum-aural design
  • Sony Acoustic Turbo circuit
  • Extra-large 40-millimeter drive units for deeper bass
  • Angle-adjustable housing

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Most comfortable, with good sound
I recently broke a pair of headphones I got for free. I scoured reviews searching for the "right" replacement. I wanted to end up with a nice set for under $60. Although the other headphones did have a way to alter the volume right on the ear cups, this set of headphones is the most comfortable pair of headphones I've ever put on my head. After a while, I forget that I'm wearing headphones.

I normally reserve my recommendations, but this one is a great buy if you need new headphones. The sound is good, and the feeling is great.

Not to mention the long cord that prevents you from being so heavily tied to your headphone jack

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent headphones!
When I saw these headphones, I thought they were a little strange. however, after I tried them, I noticed the excellent sound quality, the comfortable shape, the LONG cord, and the included jack size adapter, I was sold.

First thing's first: These things are extremely comfortable. They have a little ring that goes around your ear, and this effectively takes the pressure off your ears. If you intend to wear these for a long time, if you have big ears, (like me) or both, this is reason alone.

The sound quality is among the best I have ever heard. It has excellent frequency responce, and they can get very loud without distortion. If you are into extreme bass, be careful: If said bass comes from a source like Dynamic Bass Boost or the ilk from portable CD players, it tends to distort at higher volumes. Bass from a Stereo system doesn't seem to produce this problem.

One nifty feature is the screw-on adapter. This will fit into standard and mini headphone jacks, via a little screw-own adapter. The adapter fits over the mini jack, and can only be screwed off. Very useful in my '89 Areostar! The mini jack and the adapter are gold plated, and seem very well built. One problem: the adapter can be easy to lose.

The cord from the headset is a full 15' long, versus the 6' of most headphones. Very nice! Cord is also one cord, and not two little ones joined together, like most other pairs. This is great, since you can't rip the cord down the middle. The cord terminates into the left speaker, also eliminating that annoying v-joint most pairs have.

The foam is thick and comfortable, and the headband does not rip out hair. It is spring loaded, however, which means that it always returns to it's normal size after use. I find this useful, but you never know...

Overall, an excellent product. It seems to have been discontinued, so get a pair if you can!

4-0 out of 5 stars CUTE!
I bought these because I thought they were cute and they are. They seem a little fragile, however, but I bought them strictly for home use only -- perfect for lounging on the floor, sprawled out on my bearskin rug, listening to rekkids. If they're out of stock, buy 'em when they come back, they're nice!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic purchase - but hard to find
These headphones are absolutely great. They provide a very clear, exceptionally full sound The only problem is that I think they're a discontinued item. Sony's website doesn't list them anymore, and they're out of stock everywhere now. Grab them if you can, it's hard to find such a lightweight set with such a great sound quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rockin'
These headphones are superb. The 40mm drivers really put out some great sound. Highs are crystal clear and lows have a decent amount of bunch of headphones of this caliber. The design is lightweight and airy, and looks less noticable than the bigger headphones which have muffs around the speakers.

Two small things though: First off, the foam that covers the drivers looks like it might wear off over some time, but with good care little abuse (like pulling on it), they should last a few years.

Second of all, I believe these headphones could be improved if the drivers were reversable, so they could be used as mini-speakers. However, because of the open-air design, a lot of sound does escape despite the drivers facing each other. Not a big deal.

Some technical information not found on the page:

Driver Units: 40mm dia. 40 ohms at 1kHz

Power Handling: .5w

Sensitivity: 104dB/mW

Frequency Response - 12-24,000Hz

Mass: 145g (5oz) w/o cord

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15. Motorola T280 2-Way Radio (Black)
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00000J3HB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Motorola
Sales Rank: 17656
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With an impressive two-mile range, the TalkAbout 280 SLK packs way more power than your childhood walkie-talkies. This two-way radio sports 14 channels with 38 privacy codes to help block out unwanted messages. The striking design makes the radio's exterior as cool as its features.

In our tests, we didn't encounter any problems with interference or with finding a free channel to talk on. The reception was clear, without too much static. We especially liked the scan lock, which scans through the channels until it finds an active channel. Scan lock automatically locks the channel in, letting you either listen discreetly or talk with other parties.

Most of the buttons are intuitive enough to figure out, although we do suggest a quick read of the manual in order to fully appreciate the power of the TalkAbout. The placement of the talk button, which is inconveniently located in the dead center of the radio, makes it difficult to speak while holding down the button. You can solve this problem by attaching a microphone to the radio and using the VOX (voice activation) feature, which allows hands-free talking.

The TalkAbout 280 SLK is a great choice for anyone needing a powerful two-way radio for activities such as hiking, skiing, taking road trips, or shopping.

Pros:

  • Impressive two-mile range
  • Clear reception without static
  • Small enough for a pocket
  • Appealing design

Cons:

  • Inconveniently located talk button
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Features

  • Up to two-mile range
  • Channel lock, scan, and call alert
  • Enhanced backlight display
  • Advanced voice activation
  • Detachable belt holster

Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars T280 Better Than Advertised
We recently purchased the model T280 and used them for an entire week of skiing and highly recommend the radios. They're not only lightweight but small enough to fit in any ski suit pocket. Our favorite feature is the Call Alert, small size and clarity. We had a concern regarding battery life and found by the end of the week we still had two of three bars remaining on the battery status indicator, this was after having the radios on all day, plus some occasional use around the village. We used Duracell Ultras since they were recently tested by our local TV station to actually last longer. We also didn't know what to expect with reception in and around the mountains. We were pleasantly surprised to find they work better than advertised. Only a few times were we not able to communicate and felt it was more a result of being within range or terrain blockage

5-0 out of 5 stars We use our TalkAbout 280 all the time
With two very young children, our outings can be very unpredictable. Time is tight too. The Motorola 280's have been a great time saver. Sometimes we split up in the mall. One of us goes to do some shopping while the other has fun with the kids. We don't have to worry about setting up a time and place to meet up. It's easy to ask a question or change/make plans from 1/2 mile away. We use it on hikes and while walking around the neighborhood. They're also great when you are travelling with more than one car.

The range is supposed to be about 2 miles. It can differ depending where you are.

Everything I've said is a good reason to by any 2-way radio. Why did I choose this model even though it costs a lot more than some of the other ones?

-They're compact. Even more compact than the the 280's that take regular batteries. Their size makes them easy to bring along anywhere. They also have a removeable belt clip. Clip them on your pants or belt or remove the clip and they slip easily into your pocket. -They're rugged. The 280's survived drops onto pavement and gallons of baby drool. -They have 14 channels and 38 privacy codes. If you go somewhere where there is a large crowd, you will run into other people with radios. The extra channels help you find a quiet channel. However, we rarely have to change channels.

We've had ours for almost 2 years now and they have been very useful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great value, even better with rebate!
Got the radio for a family trip to the beach and it worked great. Didn't have a problem with too many other people using the frequencies, but appreciated the 38 sub channels. I especially liked the large talk button- made it easy to find when communicating. We had some other radios with us with small same size buttons which made it harder to find to talk. The range was fine, as we also used it in our cars on our way to the beach. Cheaper and easier than making cell phone calls to each other all the time. I also recommend getting the Aquapac waterproof cover. The covers are a little pricey but worth it. I can't tell you how many times I waded into the water to fish only to have a wave come up and drench me. The covers also keep out the sand and other junk from messing up the radio. No problem with hearing or speaking through the cover.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty nice!
I bought a pair of these 2-way radios for my long distance move. I used them throughout the entire trip, and they were pretty useful. I don't really have a problem with the button in the middle, but it is kind of in the way. Good clarity when you are in the clear. When I tested it in New York City, I was able to get about 6 blocks before the signal was completely lost. For the casual user though, I would go for the less expensive model though.

5-0 out of 5 stars A useful gadget for the average family outing...
My husband, young daughters and I own horses, and trailride at least once a week. Santa brought us four of these lovely little two-ways this year at Christmas, and I couldn't be more pleased. We've had none of the troubles noted in the other reviews, (although we don't ride on mountaintops), and my children find the radios simple to use and easy to understand (not to mention the cool factor!).

The radios are durable; we've dropped them in snowbanks, had them grawed on by curious horses, and thumped around in saddlebags. They're certainly useful, we know if one of us gets separated from the others they'll be able to radio in and figure out where we are. And for what we use them for, they're just perfect. We looked at a bunch of GPS handhelds, and decided we didn't need anything quite that high end. For the average family who hikes or skis, trailrides or just goes to the Mall of America, these are the perfect belt accessory. Go for it! ... Read more


16. Prestige 642m Adsl Modem

Asin: B00006B6R4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ZYXEL
Sales Rank: 57478
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17. Minolta Dimage Scan Elite Scanner with Digital ICE
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B00004UE5N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Minolta
Sales Rank: 36228
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Minolta Dimage Scan Elite Scanner is designed for professionals who want to produce top-quality images. Using Digital ICE (Image Correction Enhancement) technology, this scanner identifies surface defects like scratches, dust and fingerprints, and automatically removes them from the scan, reducing the need for retouching and producing cleaner images.

With a high input resolution of 2,820 dpi, the Dimage Scan Elite supplies 10 million pixels in a full-frame image scanned from 35mm film. The 12-bit RGB analog-to-digital conversion and 3.6 dynamic range deliver strong color while adjusting for deep shadows and bright highlights. Scanned images possess the fine quality of your original, with tonal gradations of up to 4,096 shades for each color channel (that's a total of 68.7 billion colors for RGB channels). The Dimage Scan Elite's driver software sustains from conventional 8-bit to 16-bit output. Thus you'll maintain accurate color fidelity in the final printing from prescanned images with gamma correction.

Top-quality output and versatility are paramount in the design of the Dimage Scan Elite. It's capable of scanning 35mm sleeved and mounted, positive and negative films in color and black and white. Plus, with an optional adapter, the Elite is also compatible with Advanced Photo System (APS) film. A click of the mouse yields index scans and continuous scanning of the entire APS film cassette. Running at scanning speeds you would expect from a more advanced unit, the Dimage Scan Elite scans 35mm color positives in an average of 30 seconds for Macintosh and 35 seconds for PCs. Combine this scanning rate with a high-speed SCSI-II interface, and your staff will scan more productively, saving time and effort. ... Read more

Features

  • Scans 35mm sleeved and mounted slides and negatives in color and black and white
  • Digital ICE technology removes scratches and other defects
  • 2,820 dpi resolution
  • SCSI-2 interface
  • Fast 35-second full-resolution scanning

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars CONNECTION PROBLEMS
I CANNOT FULLY RATE THE QUALITY OF THIS PRODUCT YET. I AM STILL TRYING TO GET THE COMPUTER/SCANNER INTERFACE HARDWARE TO RUN IT AND I DO NOT HAVE A CHEAP COMPUTER. I HAD TO CALL THE MINOLTA SERVICE OFFICE IN NJ TO GET THE CORRECT INFO AND WAS TOLD IT TAKES A SPECIAL CARD AND CABLE (SO FAR) TO HOOK IT UP. BEWARE OF THIS BEFORE YOU BUY. I RECOMMEND GOING TO THE MINOLTA WEB SITE AND CHECKING THE REQUIREMENTS PAGE FOR THIS ITEM TO SEE IF YOUR COMPUTER IS COMPATIBLE BEFORE YOU BUY.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Scans at a Reasonable Price
I've been using this scanner for the past several months with mainly color transparencies and have been very happy with the results. The Digital ICE feature is invaluable, saving me hours of time retouching. The software is easy to use and works well. If you want to do a full resolution 16 bit scan with ICE, it can take about 20 minutes, but everyday scans for web use are quick and clean. The few B&W and color negative scans have turned out nice too.

My only complaint is that once in a while, maybe every 10 times I use the scanner, it seems to scan poorly, like it's missing whole chunks of color. Restarting the machine and the scanner takes care of that though. All in all I'm very happy with it and saved a lot of money compared to a scanner like the Nikon Supercoolscan, it's nearest competitor.

Happy scanning!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great scanner! The only film scanner to buy!
I did quite a bit of research before deciding on this scanner, so I'll sum up for you what took me many hours. I also considered a couple of the lower end Minolta Dimage scanners, as well as the Nikon Coolscan and the HP Photosmart S20.

Essentially, they all promise to scan 35mm film, and with an adapter, it can also do APS. However, promises are just that - empty for most of these scanners. This one however does it all:

- Digital ICE (you absolutely need this for cleaning images after they are scanned in - do NOT get a scanner without this, you'll be sorry!). - 2,820 dpi resolution (you always want to scan as high as possible. You can always sample down and lower resolution, but you can't go the other way without quality degradation) - Fast scanning speeds (with the exception of $2,000 models, this is the fastest scanner around. On my Windows PC is takes around 30 secs. On a Mac is takes 10 or so per FINAL scan.)

The problem with the Photosmart 20 is that it doesnt have a proper ICE image cleaner and film scans poorly. The Nikon coolscan doesnt have a good dut guard, and you end up with dust on your negatives/slides, which scans in horribly! UGH!

This one has virtually no weakness. SCSI connection makes it extremely fast! Get it and you'll be happy you did. ... Read more


18. Harman Kardon AVR520 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B00005Q5X0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 33464
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AVR 520 is Harman Kardon's midlevel entry into the 7.1-channel surround-sound processing. Featuring support for Dolby Digital, DTS, Logic 7, and VMAx digital sound processing, the AVR 520 caters to nearly any audio taste.

Pumping 75 watts per channel into 8 ohms, the AVR 520 will give you strong sound with less than 0.07 percent harmonic distortion, even with all channels being driven simultaneously. Eight-channel direct inputs are provided for digital sound processing upgrades down the road.

Loaded with advanced features, the AVR 520 includes DTS-ES 6.1 surround sound, wideband HDTV-ready component video switching, and 24-bit/192kHz audio digital-to-analog converter. Connection options are extensive with 7.1-channel preamp outputs, six digital inputs, and three digital outputs, plus a front-panel A/V and Coax inputs that can be switched to output mode.

Support for Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound is included to create surround-sound effects from a stereo input such as VCR or TV.

Additional features include multiroom/multisource audio, which allows users in separate rooms to listen to different sources simultaneously. A separate Zone II Remote Control is included for multiroom operation. Power-up volume can be programmed to avoid that jarring sensation of powering up your stereo with the volume at max from the night before, and rotary controls let you adjust bass, treble, and balance settings.

A universal backlit remote is programmable to control up to eight devices from preset codes or by using its learning capability. ... Read more

Features

  • High Current amplifier design
  • S-Video inputs and outputs
  • EzSet remote
  • Multi- zone audio switching
  • HDCD

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great unit
I get the feeling that the reviewers that had difficulty with this receiver were either not reading and following the manual or really just did not understand what they were doing. I've had the machine for just over 2 months, and it performs great. The sound is fantastic, and it can handle anything I want to run through it, including my DVD, CD, Tape, 2 VCR's, and TV, and I still have room to hook up additional components if I can think of any. It supports 5.1, 7.1, dolby digital, and all the simpler formats, has plenty of optical, s-video, and component hookups to run everything at higher levels. The remote has little difficulty running my complete mutt of a system (toshiba, techniques, HK, JVC, Onkyo, and Hitachi). I think it's a bit spendy at anything close to full price, but I can't say it isn't worth the money. Overall a great machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome sound - would buy another
Don't be fooled here by reviewers that don't read the manual! This is an AWESOME amp! Using with JBL studio front, center and powered subwoofer, Audiosource 100 watt in-wall speakers. This amp powers them all with ease. I can't turn the amp volume all the way up, it's so loud, it hurts! Dolby 5.1 and DTS are immersive. Sure, the manual won't win a pulitzer, but it does the job. Common sense is also a must (lacking by some quick-to-complain reviewers here). Unit runs a bit hot, make sure you have sufficient ventilation. FM tuner may need an additional FM antenna, get the best one you can (Terk hi-end). Plenty of inputs to mix and match, which you can assign. A fourth input on front w/S-video, optical, etc. Have a Sony DVD 5.1/DTS player, mid-range stereo VCR, DD satellite receiver and older LD player. No problem with ANY of these and the HK. You may want to pick up analog to S-video converters so you won't have to change the input on your TV. Get the converters from RADIO SHACK ($...) - NOT THE MONSTER VERSION ($...), RS is obviously much cheaper. This makes all your inputs from RCA jacks S-video. Also - USE GOOD CABLES! Monster, Acoustical Research and some others. Not Radio Shack cables. Also use good speaker wire like Monster. YES - IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! If you get a hum, you may need to plug the HK into it's own surge protector, check the manual. I like the remote, has a digital meter with speaker built-in to adjust your speakers! I have a large media room with 60" TV and this receiver delivers. Tested with MP3's, CD-R/W, VCD, movies like "Matrix"(the bullets whizz by!), "Gladiator", "Blade 2", "Saving Private Ryan", "Attack of the Clones" and others. Classy front looks great! This guy is heavy too, make sure you have a good cabinet to put it in.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5.1 never sounded better
For a semi-serious home theater enthusiast I have been extremely pleased with the AVR520. I switched to this reciever from an old Pioneer Elite VSX-97 and seriously consided another Pioneer Elite, Denon and Integra AVR's but found the sonic clarity unsurpassed by any of the other models. The receiver was easy to setup at the GUI was fairly easy to navigate. DVD's and CD's played on my Pioneer Elite DV F-07 DVD/CD Player have never looked or sounded better. The surround performance with this reciever is simply amazing. The Multi-room capability and the optional MP3 translator (allows MP3 playback from your computer through your reciever) are great additonal features.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent amp......sort of!!
I was thrilled by the performance of my 520 when I first got it. I was powering some relatively efficient energy eXL 26 towers and they sounded great. However, I recently upgraded to the Veritas 2.4 from Energy and the 520 doesn't even come close to providing enough power for these speakers. At moderate listening levels the bass is almost nonexistent. If you really turn up the volume, the bass does emerge somewhat but who wants to crank their music just to hear a balanced sound? I plan to upgrade to a very serious power amp. Bryston 14B ST. with 500 watts per channel. My Veritas speakers should really sing. One positive thing about the 520 is that it does a masterfull job with 5.1 surround. Movies sound awesome with this reciever. If you have high end speakers you will be disappointed with the two channel performance of the HK avr 520. Good Luck!

2-0 out of 5 stars I trusted the name
I don't like this amp at all, there are so many quirks. If you want to isolate the narrative audio during a movie and pump up the center speaker so not to wake your neighbors, you'll find that even with the DTS light on, all the tracks will become louder via the center speaker. Something I've noticed in more than one HK amp. If want to control the bass, turning the bass knob up or down on the front of your amp does absolutely nothing. Adjusting the bass requires you to go into menu and select LFE (subwoofer) and change it that way. I got excited when I read about the "delay" function, giving my music reverb would be cool. But alas, it doesn't come on when I hit the "delay" button. I was able to adjust it the first time I pressed it and not again since, according to the manual it should be working. There is undoubtedly a way, but who has the time. The "night" function is pretty neat too so I've read. You press "night" on your remote, and your woofer automatically filters out the really low bass. I got that to work many times before it changed for no reason. There are dozens of irritations and headaches, I call them alot and they are helpful, but I still hate their amps. I think there are much better ones out there ... . ... Read more


19. iClick Compact Flash Card Reader 150

Asin: B00006CRSX
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: iClick
Sales Rank: 6060
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Reads and writes Type I and Type II memory cards, and IBM Microdrive
  • Instant plug and play connection through your USB port, no software needed
  • New lightning fast data transfer speeds for quick downloads
  • No external power required and no on/off switch to meddle with

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Works really well. Haven't had any problems. Quick downloads for my photos.

1-0 out of 5 stars Failed to operate on my Win 98 se system
Followed the instructions for installation and Windows recognized the reader, but would not read the compact flash card. Got the message that the card was not formatted even though it contained valid data. By the way, this unit requires installation of a driver with Win 98 systems. The existence of this unit on the usb bus prevents the operation of a SmartMedia reader that I use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
At the price, you can't beat it. There's not much to say about a card reader but it works. Read and write speeds are above average in my opinion. It looks great and comes with a 1 year warranty. I'm happy I made the purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT product!!
I love this card reader!! It makes looking at my pictures from my memory card SO much easier and faster! The fact that it does not use software makes it so simple and easy to use. It even worked on my friend's Mac without software. I would recommend this product to anyone. ... Read more


20. Toshiba PDR-M4 2.14MP Digital Camera
list price: $438.99
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Asin: B00001ZUOX
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 7357
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2.14 million-square, 1/2-inch CCD
  • 1,600 x 1,200 maximum resolution
  • 2x digital zoom
  • SmartMedia removable storage
  • Built-in flash with red-eye reduction

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera with lots of features
I have had this camera for about a week now, and my impressions are very favorable. It is ready to shoot in an instant. The controls are easy to learn and I like the fact you can change resolutions. I use mine to shoot family pictures which I transfer to my PC for use on e-mail and on our little web site. The transfer process is fast and painless. The photo software that comes with the camera loaded without any hassle. My only complaint so far, is the pictures sometimes come out a little dark, and I must touch them up with the photo software. I will soon learn how to take pictures in the "manual" mode and that should solve that problem. I upgraded to a 16 MB smart media card, which gives me more than enough shots. I reccomend the camera for people who want a compact way to shoot pool parties, holiday fun, or family trips.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Entry level Digital
First and foremost, I am a fan of SLR's and think that the digital cameras have a long way to go. With all of the technology around it is a great thing to be able to set your own pictures as a wallpaper on your PC. The PDR-M4 is a great camera if it is used on the 1600x1200 resolution and then scaled down to 80x600. The larger resolution is crystal clear and looks even better when scaled down. I had issues with the link cable and ended up buying the smart card reader in order to download. That said, the camera does do exactly what Toshiba says it will. I am an avid hiker and take the PDR-M4 with me all of the time and it seems to be quite rugged as well. Overall, for an entry level camera ( as all digitals are at this point), I would say that this is a great value and it is easy to use.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this camera
The mode dial (the round dial on the top right of the camera) falls off after a year or so of gentle, infrequent use. Many consumers have purchased this camera and found themselves writing reviews on the web after the dial fell off.

Toshiba charges the price of a new camera to repair it.

The mode dial is held on by two tiny black 1MM plastic tabs that pop out easily and cannot be reinserted. The camera is clearly defective and should be recalled. Users have reported the same problem with PDR-M60.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera (till now)
I have used this camera for over 3 years with great success, but recently I droped it, and now I'm told it would need a new circuit board, so I'm looking for a used camera to buy, one perhaps with a missing control knob. otherwise this one is for sale.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great product, when it has the dial
This camera has been great until this past week. The dial broke off, so now I can't use it. I've read other places that this is a common problem. So if you like Toshiba, you might want to look at one of their newer models. ... Read more


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