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    1. Texas Instruments TI-83-Plus Graphing Calculator
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $93.90
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00001N2QU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Texas Instruments
    Sales Rank: 453
    Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description



    For students in math and sciences, or for anyone new to graphing calculators, Texas Instruments has created the TI-83 Plus--a powerful, problem-solving tool with features for storing, graphing, and analyzing up to 10 functions. Plus, it displays graphs and evaluates tables on a split screen, allowing you to trace the graph and scroll through table values simultaneously.

    The clear, readable display exhibits 12 characters and eight lines, in 64 x 96 pixels on an LCD screen. The TI-83 Plus has a pragmatic key layout and an easy-to-use graphing interface, with a simple programming language for creating conversion programs. The TI-83 Plus stores and analyzes up to 10 matrices combined with data storage in lists containing up to 999 elements per list. You can also solve equations interactively for different variables.

    With the TI-83 Plus, you can view an equation, its graph, and the coordinates all at one time. Jump from point to point by entering a number. Several useful plot types are available, including scatter, box-and-whisker, XY-line, histogram, and normal probability plots. Advanced statistics and regression analysis, graphical analysis, and data analysis are readily accessed, along with features for calculus, engineering, financial, logarithm, trigonometry, and hyperbolic functions--all crucial tools for advanced analysis.

    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspMatrix operations
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    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspEducational Apps(TM)
    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspEquation solver

    With its clear display and fast processing, the TI-83 Plus incorporates graphing tools for mathematics and science course work, including statistics and finance. Incredibly useful for college boards--PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I, SAT II, Math, IC, and IIC--the TI-83 is essential equipment for advanced placement courses in chemistry, physics, and calculus.

    The addition of the optional TI-Graph Link (software and cable) allows you to connect the calculator to your computer, permitting the transfer of files and data between machines. The TI-83 is powered by four AAA alkaline batteries and one lithium battery for backup, with an automatic shutoff to save energy. It also comes with a hard slide cover and is supported by a one-year limited warranty. --Barbara Price

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    Features

    • Advanced statistics and financial features
    • 160 KB archive space stores up to 10 applications
    • Split screen to display graph and editor or graph and table
    • Enter and save up to 10 matrices
    • Interactive equation solver

    Reviews (126)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Highly Useful Calculator
    I bought the TI-83 PLUS during my high school freshmen year. I bought it because we needed for Geometry. As a sophmore, I found this calculator to be a very useful tool as I continue to use it! I use it for algebra II AND chemistry -- plus, like they said, it's upgradable. Of course, I don't know ALL the functions of this calculator, but it's very useful nevertheless. It has a great keypad, a ton of functions, and it's easy to change modes. The TI-83 PLUS is incomparable to an ordinary scientific calculator -- it is SO much more! I think the TI-83 PLUS is the best buy, since it's upgradable and all. It's better than the the regular TI-83 and a better buy (since it's only a few bucks more). Even the overall look of it is different -- The TI-83 PLUS is pretty slim, in my opinion and its screen is better than the TI-83 screen. Overall, this is one of the best graphing calculators out there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars All-Purpose Number Cruncher
    Here are ten reasons you should consider the TI-83 Plus/TI-83 Plus Silver Edition:

    1. Very fast, reliable calculations
    2. Menu driven, so you can go straight to the category of functions you want, and select your item
    3. It's programmable, and for most applications, you can program useful algorithms and even games (games take up a lot more space than math programs however)
    4. Texas Instruments is constantly adding to the number of applications you can get, some for free, some for purchase. My favorites include: Poly Solver, Probability Simulation (you can draw from a deck of cards or roll dice). Also Detached Solutions has several applications such as symbolic math (in its first stages).
    5. Finance, Time-value-of-money, days-between-dates, and interest conversion given to you from the get-go.
    6. Solver, solve for any variable.
    7. Matrices, for linear programming.
    8. Graphing, including Function, Sequential, and Polar. (Differential equations app coming soon)

    9. Well written manual.
    10. Recommended for: Accounting, Finance, Business, Chemistry (Periodic Table app available), Biology, Most Math Classes (for Pure Math and Engineering, a TI-89/92 Plus is recommended)

    My favorite calculator, I use this one the most out of my collection. Well worth the $...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for any High-School Level Math Class
    Texas Instruments produces some of the most popular and well known graphing calculators in the industry. The TI-83 plus can do most any math problem found in Algebra I, Geometry, and even some Algebra II/Trigonometry. The wide screen allows for graphing equations and multi-line functions.

    The graphing capabilities of the TI-83+ are a superb choice for Algebra I classes. The ability to automatically find intersections and a variety of other important components of a graph are only key presses away.

    The calculator has a powerful matrix editor allowing for easy multiplication, addition, and subtraction of matrices. Division of matrices is not possible. The list editor allows for statistical analysis of data both numerically and graphically. Graphically, the 83+ can plot data in several different formats.

    Anyone who is familiar with the BASIC computer language can program the TI-83+ with ease. The calculator supports the use of almost every function through a program. Programs can be typed directly into the calculator, or on a computer. The TI-83+ also supports a special form of programs called Flash Applications. Flash Applications are generally quite complex, and are written in a special language on the computer.

    The manual included with the calculator is superb. It goes into detail on every single option the calculator supports. Every section includes a Quick Start tutorial that provides an practical example covering many of the chapter's topics. Learning to program in TI-BASIC, the programming language of the calculator is possible through reading the entire manual and following the examples.

    The TI Graph Link cable is the interface between a computer (PC or Mac) and any TI Calculator with a link port. It comes in several variations depending on what kind of computer it will be hooked to. The cable is not included with the calculator, but can be purchased as an option. The TI-83+ Silver Edition includes a Black Link cable for Windows PCs.

    When the TI-83+ is outgrown, upgrading the TI-89 will require little work for anyone who has gained experience with TI's entry level graphing calculator. The TI-89 has the capability to do Calculus and 3-Dimensional graphs primarily.

    Overall, the 83+ is an excellent choice for anyone taking an Algebra course or any math class above that. The calculator does basic arithmetic, graphic, statistics, matrices, and a variety of other mathematical operations.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended as a first-time graphing calculator
    I've had my silver edition for three years now. I took it with through highschool and now into college. The TI series in general is a very durable class of calculators, but I have never seen anything withstand my backpack for more than a semester, so this one takes the cake. It has the most versatile and self-explanatory features of any other calculator I use. In addition to the extra bonus features (like the periodic and help programs) being able to personalize my calculator makes it a little more me, and less of an obligatory tool.

    3-0 out of 5 stars TI-83
    It's a good calculator, but I recommend getting a TI-89 instead. Sure it costs more and it's more complicated, but you'll outgrow the 83 if you take anything past algebra. ... Read more


    2. PalmOne m105 Handheld

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000059MSI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 3973
    Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Palm handhelds have succeeded because they're small and lightweight but hold a surprisingly large amount of personal data. The Palm m105 handheld expands on those essential features by offering an organizer that's smaller and lighter (4.4 ounces) than most others while remaining packed with 8 MB of memory, so it can do much more than just store your calendar or addresses. The m105 is also one of the most comfortable Palm devices we've held--its distinctive curved bottom rests comfortably in the palm.

    Like other Palm devices, the m105 includes an infrared port for beaming data to other handhelds, and it features a high-contrast screen with optional backlighting for low-light situations. At 2 inches square, the screen is slightly smaller than those on most Palm organizers. We noticed the difference since we've been using Palm handhelds for some time, but the m105 retains the same 160-by-160-pixel resolution, so this probably won't be a distraction for most users.

    However, unlike other Palm handhelds, the m100 series includes two special applications. The Clock displays the date and time if you simply push the top scroll button on the front, even when the device is off. (It can also be viewed through a window in the cover.) And with the Note Pad, we could write notes or draw pictures directly on the screen without having to write in Graffiti, Palm's character-recognition language.

    With more memory, the m105 can now hold more software--and Palm has provided a range of possibilities on the accompanying CD-ROM. Palm's Mobile Internet Kit, normally sold separately, is a software collection that allows the m105 to communicate via infrared link with a GSM cellular phone (such as the Nokia 8290). The kit includes MultiMail Pro software for managing e-mail, programs for SMS text messaging and WAP (Wireless Access Protocol) browsing, and software for accessing Web Clipping data over the Palm.net network (the same service used for the wireless Palm VIIx). Also included on the CD-ROM is the AvantGo Web browser and a client for connecting to AOL.

    The Palm m105 includes a HotSync cradle (the m100 handheld shipped with just a cable) for synchronizing data between the handheld and a desktop or laptop computer. Macintosh owners (like ourselves) or anyone wishing to use a USB port on a Windows system will need to purchase the USB serial adapter, though the Mac version of the Palm Desktop software is included in the box.

    We were disappointed to find that the Windows version of Palm Desktop included on the CD-ROM is one generation behind the latest release. However, you can download Palm Desktop 4.0 for free from Palm's Web site, making this only a one-time nuisance. Additionally, the m105 is not flash upgradable, so you won't be able to update to a newer version of the operating system later on (the m105 comes with Palm OS 3.5).

    With the addition of more memory and Internet access software, plus its comfortable, lightweight design, the Palm m105 is an entry-level handheld that doesn't feel like the new kid on the block. --Jeff Carlson

    Pros:

    • Smaller and lighter than most handhelds, fitting comfortably in hand
    • 8 MB memory stores more data
    • Includes Palm Mobile Internet Kit and other software for online access

    Cons:

    • Slightly smaller screen
    • Operating system not upgradable
    • Doesn't ship with latest Palm Desktop software for Windows
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    Features

    • 8 MB memory--stores thousands of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
    • Includes HotSync serial cradle to back up data to your PC or Macintosh
    • Comes with e-mail and Mobile Internet Kit software and desktop software for both PC and Mac
    • Link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only)
    • Customizable with optional snap-on faceplates

    Reviews (111)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Pilot m105...
    Lots of storage capacity... All the cool features of the Palm™ m100 handheld, plus 8MB of memory, the Mobile Internet Kit, and a HotSync® cradle for fast and easy backup... Web and email friendly... The included Mobile Internet Kit makes it easy to stay in touch...Send and receive email wirelessly or tap into your favorite websites using your compatible modem or cell phone from practically anywhere... Totally customizable... Change the color of your handheld with an assortment of snap-on faceplates...Plus, add on any of the thousands of software applications available, from business productivity tools to games...Many are free... Keeps your data safe. Backup all your important data onto your desktop with the touch of a button using the included HotSync® cradle... At-a-glance timekeeping... Conveniently-positioned clock doubles as a travel alarm to get you up on time... Size/Weight: 4.66" x 3.12" x .72" / 4.4 oz...

    Display: Advanced LCD with backlight...

    Expandability: Serial connector...

    Software Applications: Date Book, Address Boook, Mail, To Do List, Memo Pad, Expense, Calculator, Notepad, Security, Games, HotSync® technology for local and remote synchronization with your PC...

    Desktop Import/Export: Import CSV, Tab delimited, TXT. Drag and drop links to Microsoft Excel and Word...

    Infrared Port: Yes, for data/software sharing...

    Operating System: Palm OS Software v3.5...

    Flexible Storage Capacity: Highly efficient operating system w/ 8MB of memory stores thousands of addresses, years of appointments, hundreds of to-do items, notes, memos, and more than 50 add-on applications (based on an average size of 50k, size of applications may vary)...

    Requirements: • IBM-compatible 486 PC or higher running Windows 95/98/2000/NT or Macintosh Power PC running OS 7.5.3 or later • Macintosh Power PC running OS 7.5.3 or later • 16MB recommended for Windows 2000 • 30MB free hard disk space • Mouse • CD Rom Drive • 6MB free RAM for Macintosh • One available serial port (USB and Macintosh serial adapters sold seperately)

    Included in the box: • Palm m105 handheld • HotSync Cradle • Two AAA alkaline batteries • CD-ROM (Palm™ Desktop software, Link to Microsoft Outlook, AvantGo software) • Mobile Internet Kit • Black faceplate and protective flip cover

    Cool Piece...IIIxe Is Now Discontinued...Great New Piece, But The Screen Is Smaller Than The IIIxe...

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's a good starter PDA...
    I've had my m105 for two years before experiencing loss of data, which is a result of an internal capacitor not holding a charge on the motherboard. So why the five stars then? Because it's a GREAT starter PDA.

    It served my initial purpose--which was eliminate lugging around my bulky Franklin planner. From there, I kept track of various budgets, i.e., weekly expenses and saving for vacations, as well as tracked time I spent writing. I even *wrote* chunks of various novels-in-progress on the m105 with folding keyboard (keyboard sold separately.) I also enjoyed ebooks, which I wasn't interested in reading pre-PDA because I didn't want to read the books at my computer or waste paper printing them out.

    If you're looking for a great starter PDA, or if you're aren't too sure about whether or not a PDA would be of use to you, I HIGHLY recommend the m105. Even the battery situation isn't a problem: I've used rechargeable AAA batteries for my entire two years of use.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
    I bought a m105 in June 2003. It worked fine for a few months, then I started to lose all my data during battery replacement. Now, it takes me 30 minutes and half my battery power to hotsync after battery changes. There should be a recall from Palm but they are not "man" enough to deal with this problem. If you call them they will charge you $75 to fix this problem.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I wore it out after 4 months of use.
    Plus side: if you want something simple this is the PDA for you.

    Minus side: if you use PDAs as a lifeline as I did, find another model. This model wore out after a few months where I changed the batteries and all I kept getting was the "touch center of target screen" After I called tech support, they wanted me to pay $75 to fix it. I might as well get a new Palm pilot (I got this one as a gift), so I'm shopping for a new one. The only lifesaver was that I saved my files before it went bad!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nice while it lasts...THEN the wheels fall off.
    Granted...i bought a refurbished unit, and it worked wonderfully for a while, but it WILL develope the dredded 'lose data on battery change' problem. Disappointing. Hot sync before you change, and then after to restore data. I really wish someone would come up with *THE* fix, as i can handle SMT componants, and this spoils an otherwise great little PDA. ... Read more


    3. Philips DSR6000R DIRECTV Receiver with TiVo Service
    list price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000050XL7
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Philips
    Sales Rank: 14537
    Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    While you probably have one or more personal computers and may own a personal digital assistant, you might not know about personal digital video recorders, or DVRs. Well, all that's about to change, because DVRs are reshaping TV in a big way.

    At their most basic, DVRs are glorified VCRs, but instead of storing audio and video on magnetic tape, they digitally record and store TV programs onto a hard disk drive, like a computer (but with much better resolution than those video clips that people sometimes send as e-mail attachments).The Philips DSR6000 DIRECTV Receiver with TiVo Service represents a new generation of DVR, combining AV recording services with duty as a DIRECTV satellite receiver, delivering up to 225 channels and special pay-per-view programs. It also uses TiVo proprietary software and services, which it downloads over an analog phone line.

    The DSR6000 houses a massive, 40 GB hard drive that stores up to 35 hours of audio and video. You'll need a satellite dish to get started, in addition to your TV and the equipment supplied with the DSR6000. The DSR6000 is equipped with two satellite inputs, each compatible with DIRECTV. Only the first input is currently usable, but that's about to change.

    If you don't already have a DIRECTV satellite dish (as you would if you were upgrading from an older DIRECTV receiver or buying the DSR6000 for use in another room), we strongly recommend you purchase a DIRECTV satellite dish with dual LNB capability. Dual LNB simply refers to the number of different signals a dish can send to your audio-video equipment. A dual LNB dish has two jacks or connectors inside the arm extending from the dish, while a single LNB, for example, has just one.

    If you currently have a single LNB DIRECTV dish and want access to these changes as soon as they become available, an authorized installer can upgrade your dish (please call DIRECTV for more information at 1-800-347-3288 or visit them online at www.directv.com). If you don't know what LNB format you have, we recommend checking with an authorized installer, as you can't determine the LNB format by counting the number of arms pointing back to the dish.

    You'll also need an analog phone jack to receive TiVo's services and to transfer data to the DSR6000. A 50-foot RJ-11 phone cord and telephone line splitter are included, so the receiver can share a single wall jack with a phone, if needed.

    The DSR6000 automatically makes a daily call to TiVo at no cost to you. This call won't interrupt your phone calls or Internet connection, and the receiver is compatible with Call Waiting, Voice Messaging, and Caller ID. However, it's important to note that the DSR6000 must never be connected to a digital PBX phone system. Doing so may permanently damage the modem. It also voids your warranty.

    Out of the box and in your hands, you'll immediately notice the substantial weight of the DSR6000; it's clearly built for performance. A robust "jack pack" lets you connect your TV and a range of audio-video components with this receiver, including a VCR, DVD player, and/or a game center.

    Audio-video connections include an S-video output (cable supplied) and an optical digital-audio output (cable not included) for state-of-the-art video and audio. Two analog-audio stereo and composite-video outputs (cables supplied) offer extended connectivity with conventional equipment, while infrared (IR) and serial outputs are offered for future upgrades. An RF (CATV) output with channel switch (cable included) and a VHF/UHF input (for an antenna or an older VCR) complete the package.

    Worried that the resolution of the TiVo storage will compromise the quality of your recordings? Don't be. Unlike a VCR, the DSR6000 gives you exactly what you put in. That's because the video signal from DIRECTV is digital, allowing the DSR6000 to write the satellite signal's ones and zeros directly to its hard drive. In addition, the DSR6000--like DIRECTV--is Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic compatible so you can enjoy your TV in surround sound when you route the audio output to your surround receiver.

    The Philips DSR6000 also offers software programming and graphical user interfaces (GUIs). It's the first DVR to bring TiVo Version 2.0 software to the public, offering several improvements over previous releases, such as enhanced search features that can do keyword program searches, and an overtime scheduler that lets you add a buffer to the end of your recording--so you don't miss recording the play of the century just because it occurred in overtime.

    Installation is a snap; the DSR6000's onscreen menus walk you through the process. Philips includes most of the accessories needed, along with a user-friendly suite of manuals. In addition, we tried out the customer support on three occasions during peak hours. Our wait never exceeded 60 seconds, and the Philips service solutions group on the other end of the phone was informed and helpful.

    A DVR like the DSR6000 gives you unparalleled control over your viewing. First off, any time you're watching TV, a 30-minute recording buffer is always in action, letting you pause live TV--the image freezes when you hit pause, but the hard disk keeps recording. When you resume playback, the recording now stored on the hard disk picks up where you left off. So if the phone rings or the kids can't wait, you won't miss a moment of your show. You can pick up right where you left-off, skip the commercials that ran while you were with your family, and you may even end up finishing the program on schedule.

    For sports fans, nothing rivals instant replay of live TV. Say you just watched an incredible triple play. With TiVo, you don't have to wait for the network's replay. Just replay it on the DSR6000. You can watch in slow motion or frame-by-frame and still catch up to the network's replay.

    Both TiVo and DIRECTV offer several convenient features--status bars, channel banners, programming schedules, Wish Lists, recording archives, and more--that make TV watching easier than ever. And you can toggle between either system's features, using those you like best.

    TiVo includes a search feature that lets you find programming based on theme, actor, time, date, etc. A programmable parental lock lets you guide your child's TV viewing. A clever thumbs-up/thumbs-down feature can track your viewing likes and dislikes. TiVo uses this data to search out and recommend new programs that you might enjoy.

    You can record a lot of programs on the DSR6000's hard drive. TiVo manages these in a storage cache called Now Playing. You can select a recording from Now Playing and watch it, even if it's recording. You can also opt for the Season Pass feature and record an entire TV series. You can even set TiVo to record first-run shows only, ignoring the repeats. As the DSR6000's disk space fills, TiVo helps you manage it.

    DIRECTV delivers a staggering range of program offerings into your home--up to 225 channels including music channels. Its video quality is equally outstanding. DIRECTV displays program schedules 14 days in advance, which is great for planning recording time or if you travel a lot. If an alternative audio track is available, DIRECTV also lets you listen to both TV programs and movies in other languages.

    Among the best features of both DIRECTV and TiVo are their special programs. DIRECTV offers DIRECT TICKET, pay-per-view programming that you'll find nowhere else. TiVo offers its own television magazine called Tivolution, featuring one-of-a kind interviews, movie reviews, and special previews, as well as TiVo Takes with tips and programming updates for viewers.

    Philips's DSR6000 DIRECTV Receiver with TiVo Service not only reshapes your TV viewing, it rethinks it, ultimately letting you create your own network. --Heidi Wartelle ... Read more

    Features

    • Receives DIRECTV's satellite signal to offer up to 225 channels of TV, film, sports, pay-per-view, and commercial-free music programming from DIRECTV
    • TiVo 2.0 software delivers improved performance and expanded features including Overtime Scheduler, Season Pass recording, and more
    • Up to 35-hour recording capacity grants tapeless recording, while 30-minute storage buffer lets you pause and replay live TV
    • Robust "jack pack" connects VCR, DVD player, home theater system, audio-video receiver, and/or game system; S-video and optical digital-audio outputs foster state-of-the-art video and Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio
    • Easy-to-use interfaces and parental lock allow you to manage recorded programming and schedule recordings up to 14 days in advance--great for working parents and frequent travelers

    Reviews (96)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Largely impressive
    I bought this unit because of constant problems with a Sony DirecTV receiver that could not reliably record programs (the Sony units use an "IR blaster", a plastic wand that emulates a remote control, turning on the VCR when it's time to tape a show). I figured that if nothing else, the integrated TiVo would be able to fix that problem.

    Obviously, it does, but there's much more. The ability to pause live TV doesn't sound like much until you actually do it. In fact, it's worth joining sports events 15 minutes late so you can blast through the commercials and gradually catch up with real-time.

    This particular unit contains two satellite ports, and if properly connected can record two satellite programs at once (almost like having two DirecTV receivers). In fact, the unit can even replay one program from disk while recording two others from the satellite. The hitch is the "properly connected" caveat -- the lines in must either be the two lines from you dish (assuming a one-arm, dual LNB dish), or they must both come from a multi-switch. Depending on your home's wiring and the location of the receiver, dish, and multiswitch, this may not be possible. But if it is, you have a powerful TV organizing device.

    While the DirecTV / TiVo integration is generally good, there are some maddening disconnects. When TiVo sees a program it thinks you'd like on a channel you don't get, it attempts to record it anyways. Also, navigation by "favorites" is not nearly as easy with this box as with some other DirecTV units (instead of having a "favorites" button on the remote that takes you to a list of your favorite channels and what's on them, you have to go to the master guide and change its display from "all channels" or "channels you get" to "favorites", and then undo this change when you next want to surf). Also, the unit is very slow to respond to the remote... I've seen channel changes take almost five seconds.

    Still, the integration of the DirecTV and TiVo functionality is surely better than if you had separate boxes. If TiVo intrigues you and you have or are getting DirecTV, this is a pretty good way to go.

    (four month update: since writing that review, this DirecTiVo has become an indispensible part of our household entertainment. But I am concerned about the unit's quality. In four months, we've had three serious errors. For a day, both receivers were unable to receive programming on even-numbered transponders, wiping out about half our channels (including all local channels). It mysteriously got better. A month ago, receiver 2 cut out entirely... but was revived with a restart of the unit. Last week, while watching a recorded program, the unit abruptly restarted itself and popped up the screen "A SEVERE ERROR HAS OCCURRED", telling us not to touch the unit for 24 hours while it tried to repair itself; the next morning it was fine. So while none of these errors has been sufficiently catasrophic to warrant a return to the factory [heck, they probably wouldn't take it without an obvious defect], I am reducing my original score from 4 to 3 stars because unlike computers, consumer electronics are expected to be rock-solid stable and crash-proof, and this device simply isn't.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great device.
    This is just a great product. I've had directv for a couple years, so I'm going to focus on what tivo added when I replaced my old receiver with this one:

    (1) the ability to interrupt live programming without missing anything. Say you're watching a show, and you get a phone call. Just pause (it is always recording what you're watching), complete your call and then resume.

    (2) No wrong tape/missing tape/wrong tape speed/over-record problems. A problem with VCR recording is making sure the tape is in and set up properly. It's a nuisance at best, and can cause the recording to mis-fire completely at worst.

    (3) Leave town and record. If you need to leave town for a few days or a week, you can still record the shows you want without having to worry about tape capacity.

    (4) Record by program rather than time/channel/code.

    (5) Multiple search options for locating programs of interest. Title, description, cast names, category are all options. You can locate programs easily, two weeks in advance (no hunting through program grids).

    (6) Season pass. Once you find a program of interest, if it is recurring, you can subscribe by "season-pass", which will record all the episodes of a show (and you can choose first-run only if you want) even if it changes time, day, or length.

    (7) Watch-while-recording. If you are recording a show, you don't have to wait until it is over before you can start watching it. Suppose there is a show you want to watch that starts at 10:00. Just show up at 10:20, and you can start watching from the beginning, skip the commercials, and still finish at 11:00.

    (8) Manage old recordings. If you've got a significant amount of back-logged recording, managing it with tape is a mess: which tapes have what on them, avoiding over-recording, finding the programs, etc. With this device, however, you have 35 hours available by title presented in a simple menu. To be sure, you can't permanently archive this way, but if you want to it will play to VCR for you - without your having to make sure you get clean, labeled tapes set up in real-time.

    (9) Quality. Because you're capturing the over-the-air pre-compressed signal, the recorded version is as good as the live version. This is a significant advantage that this has over the standard tivo.

    (10) Easy to set-up. I already had my dish set up, so this wasn't difficult - the only thing was that the regular directtv people don't know all the steps on transferring my account from my old receiver over to the tivo box, but they have dedicated support people who know what to do.

    Overall, this is just a very wonderfully well thought-through product. There were quite a few times when I first got it when I thought of something that would be convenient if it would do for me, and each time there was a way to do it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best TV Accessory Ever!!
    I will make this short & sweet...this thing is amazing! It has truly changed our TV watching for the better.

    Thank you, TiVo!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I own 4- They are great!
    I don't generally write reviews, but after seeing some of the complaints you have posted, I decided to set things straight. I have owned 4 of these units for over 1 year and the only problems we ever had were caused by incompetent installers. When there is a problem, either your sales person or later, DirectV will replace the unit as long as you purchase a service plan. They all work beautifully, and they have completely spoiled my family. My teenage sons said, " Mom this is the best thing you ever bought". If you are not afraid to read directions, you will easily be able to run the software. No modems ever gave me trouble, nothing ran hot, everything is just as specified.

    1-0 out of 5 stars When they work, they're great!
    Like many of the other reviewers, I love the Tivo DVR's, the functionality is fantastic.
    However, I have owned two DSR6000R machines for about 18 months and have had reliability problems with both. One has just failed, it resets itself every 10 minutes or so. The second one has never worked satisfactorily and been replaced under warranty by Philips with a refurbished machine which loops endlessly through the power up cycle.
    When they work they are really great, but I really question the reliability of these Philips machines based on my experience and suggest you look at other models. Hope you have better luck than I have had. ... Read more


    4. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Graphite)
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TDN2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Handspring
    Sales Rank: 7131
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Handspring Visor Deluxe is the hot new handheld that runs the popular Palm OS, so it's compatible with thousands of existing applications. It's also expandable with Springboard modules that can add extra memory or a modem, or transform your Visor into an MP3 player, video game, GPS receiver, and more. Plus, its fast-synchronizing USB connection is compatible with both the PC and Macintosh.

    To set up the Handspring Visor Deluxe, we followed the Getting Started instructions printed on the software CD-ROM case, inserting the batteries, calibrating the touch screen, entering the date and time, connecting the included USB cradle to our PC (an optional serial cradle is available), installing the desktop synchronization software, and synchronizing the Visor with our PC. The entire setup process was straightforward and intuitive, requiring only about five minutes.

    Fans of Palm Computing's Palm III line of connected organizers will have no difficulty using the Visor, as it runs on a licensed version of the Palm OS. All the popular Palm personal information management (PIM) applications are included and work exactly the same way as they do on the Palm. The Visor also uses Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition system for text entry, which takes only a few minutes to learn and a few hours of practice to master. Handspring has added to the Palm OS an advanced date book, calculator, world clock, and support for floating-point math.

    The Visor Deluxe comes with 8 MB of RAM, providing plenty of room for thousands of addresses, to-do items, and memos; hundreds of e-mail messages; and several years of appointments. It also includes a USB synchronization cradle, two AAA batteries, a stick-on Graffiti "cheat sheet," a leather slip case, a stylus, a Handspring logo decal, a Quick Reference Guide, inserts describing accessories and cases, and a software CD-ROM. The CD-ROM includes Palm Desktop Software 3.01, a software link to Microsoft Outlook, and the full-length User's Guide. However, the Visor Deluxe does not come with an AC adapter.

    Using the Visor was intuitive and fun, just like the Palm III series organizers that it's based on. However, unlike the Palm, the Visor has an easily accessible expansion port that supports Springboard modules. For our tests, we installed a modem module, an 8 MB memory module, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, and a Physician's Desk Reference module (note that you can install only one module at a time). Installing these modules is very easy, and they can greatly increase the functionality, power, and usefulness of the Visor. (For more information, see the descriptions of the individual Springboard modules.

    Overall, we were very impressed with the Visor. It takes the best of the popular Palm platform, and adds memory and expandability--all at a great price. --Mike Brown

    Pros:

    • Easy to set up and use
    • Runs the Palm OS and supports thousands of existing Palm applications
    • Expandable with Springboard modules
    • Good price

    Cons:

    • No AC adapter included
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    Features

    • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
    • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
    • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
    • Important note: If you are running Windows 95/NT or using a non-USB Macintosh, you must order the Serial HotSync Cradle separately
    • What's in the box: Visor Deluxe, HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, leather slip case, Palm Desktop software, two AAA batteries

    Reviews (389)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This will change the way you do everything!
    I have had my Handspring Visor Deluxe for well over a year now, and it has become a tremendous help to me in many ways. First and foremost is the calendar. No more bulky day planner! Instead, I can pull it out of my front pocket any time I want. I also like the fact that all of the information is on my computer at home and online (using Yahoo! TrueSync software). I also use the to-do list all the time, as well as using my Visor to take notes in class, write emails, play games, and read the news, weather, and even check out local movie listings using AvantGo software. There are thousands of free software applications out there for almost anything you could imagine. The Graffiti text input system is easy to use - I now write just as fast into my Visor as on paper with a pen.

    I have excellent backup software (BackUpBuddy) and inexpensive insurance from PDAs Lost Or Stolen so I don't worry about what will happen if my Visor gets stolen, is lost, or broken.

    If you can't tell already, I LOVE my Visor Deluxe. It helps me to stay organized and on top of things (no small feat). While the design is a bit bulkier than a Visor Edge or a Palm Vx, it is very sturdy, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. I haven't purchased any accessories for my visor, but I know people who have purchased keyboards and springboard expansion modules, including modems and memory expansions, and they love them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Users, You Will Love This!
    I have owned and used a Palm IIIe for a couple of years. I recently ordered the basic Visor for my mom as the lower end Palm devices are simply not available either locally or on the WWW. After the Visor was delivered, we discovered that the cradle that comes standard with the handheld requires USB connection. My mom does not have USB capability so she asked to trade her Visor for my Palm. I must admit that I was skeptical at first and not sure about Handspring. I tend to be loyal to products that have worked well for me. After using the Visor I absolutely think it is a great handheld! I have actually returned it and purchased the deluxe model with 8 MB of storage. It works exactly like my Palm but with these notable exceptions: tons of storage, the ability to expand via the Springboard, great fun colors and a super price! Already there are an assortment of modules and accessories that are quite impressive! I strongly encourage all skeptics out there to seriously look at the Visor! It is a great value and a great product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware...
    I have this visor. I quit using it after a year. The problem is that it uses batteries... normal use you will get arround a week.
    You have to check the batteries even if it has not been used since it consumes batteries. You need to have information stored and updated in your pc AT ALL TIMES, in this way if the information is lost from visor you will be able to recover it-hotsync. Information is usually lost when batteries are low/die.

    I replaced it for the sony clie pega tj25 handheld.

    For all of you who have or plan to buy this item... Good luck.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent for being so cheap
    PROS:
    - Extremely inexpensive
    - Not as large as the Prism model
    - Simple buttons
    - EXCELENTLY designed stylus (reset pin, stylus, and screwdriver combination!)

    The Palm OS on the Visor Deluxe is slightly outdated (3.1 instead of 4+) which can cause headaches if you are trying to install newer software. Also, the casing is a little too large to be a pocket item and the unattaching cover can be annoying at times. Those are some general negatives. Besides that I personally had other problems. I was very careful with my Visor and kept the plastic cover on it unless it was in use. Still, under regular, every-day abuse, the screen cracked while it was in my pocket. Replacement was a simple process and Handspring gets 5 stars on service (though it would have been nice if it wouldn't have had to be replaced in the first place). After receiving my replacement, however, I noted that the stylus was not held in place as it should have been while in the visor, which caused the loss of many styli. Sadly, again after much care, the screen of my Visor mysteriously cracked again. Thus, I am now looking into buying a new PDA and probably won't choose a Visor Deluxe this time, being that they don't withstand my handling well. If you choose to purchase a Visor Deluxe, be careful with it and I would recommend investing in a new protective cover other than the standard one provided.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I own 1
    I am 13 years old and I own one! They are fantastic for all ages! It keeps me organized along with all my school assignments, activities, and contacts. It keeps me entertained anywhere I go and I can always play games or enter more information! I would highly recommend this product! ... Read more


    5. Netgear FS-105 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch-Metal Case
    list price: $72.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00002EQCW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Netgear
    Sales Rank: 6874
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Netgear FS-105 Port 10/100 autosensing switch simplifies 100 MBps switching technology for the small-office marketplace. This product provide a way to instantaneously boost network performance while preserving your network infrastructure, including installed cabling and desktop software and hardware.

    All five ports automatically sense speed, installation is Plug and Play, and each connection can easily be upgraded from 10 to 100 Mbps. Each port provides dedicated 10 or 100 Mbps bandwidth for connecting PCs, servers, and hubs. In full duplex mode, each port supports up to 200 Mbps of throughput.

    The switch supports n-way autonegotiation, and each port automatically senses and operates at the proper duplex mode while built-in LEDs clearly indicate port status. These features take the burdens of configuration, installation, and troubleshooting off the user.

    The switch is Plug and Play, so there's no software to configure. The switch is protocol independent and is compatible with all popular networks such as the Internet, TCP/IP, NetWare, Windows, and LANtastic. ... Read more

    Features

    • Fast Ethernet switch
    • 5 switched 10/100 Mbps ports
    • Automatic speed and full or half duplex
    • Vista jacks with built-in LEDs
    • Compact and easy to install

    Reviews (17)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fast router, flexible, design is a bit uncomfortable for me.
    I originally had a hub, and when I realized that I wasn't getting anywhere near the throughput I would get with a switch, the obvious choice was netgear. the switch is fast, slick looking, and has LED's to tell you everything about your connections. the downside? design. the ethernet cables plug into the front of the unit, while the power cord plugs into the back. the problem here is that if your ethernet cables are as flexible as warm butter, they get in the way of the led's or each other. when i plugged three cables in, the box sat to the side because the weight of the cable held up up. if you are going to wall mount the unit (it comes with screws to do so) then that might help, but if you are going to set it on your desk, the ethernet cables have to run from the front of it, instead of behind... the unit also gets warm, so make sure you have clearance on all sides so it gets air. otherwise, despite the design issues, the product is slick. has led for 10/100mb, full duplex, collisions, and the 5th port doubles as an uplink.... for fast networking netgear makes a quality product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good, solid switch. A little nicer than others.
    With switch prices coming down to about $10-per-port, it's hard to justify buying anything less than a 10/100-switch for all but the most cost-conscious buyer.

    As most 5-port 10/100 switches have the same capabilities and cost about the same, there's not much to distinguish one from another. Still, I particularly like the Netgear FS-105 5-port switch. Like other products from Netgear, this switch is a little nicer than the competition because it has:

    - Nice sturdy metal construction instead of plastic. The case also has a grounding tab in case you're using the switch in a (electrically) high-noise environment.

    - Connection status indicators built into the jacks, so you can easily tell which cable is connected and is active. (The "vistajack" feature.)

    - Right-angled barrel power connector which reduce the likelihood of disconnecting power accidentally.

    - An easy-to-access switch to toggle port 1 between station mode and uplink mode. Unlike some hubs where two jacks are wired together, this design prevents accidentally shorting a station to an uplink.

    - Screw-mount notches on the underside allows for easy attachment to the wall, underside of a counter, etc.

    With a 1000-MAC address buffer and 200 Kbytes-per-port packet buffer, this switch can easily handle the typical traffic load of small- and medium-sized networks.

    The Netgear product is not the cheapest 10/100-switch (check out the D-Link Fast Ethernet Switch, for example), but for overall design and value-for-money, I still like the Netgear the most.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I wish the ports were on the back
    I agree with the other reviewers, in that this is a very solid built and reliable product. I've been using mine for six months now and have not had to touch it. It performs very well, as I've ran multiple file transfers simultaneously among four computers and it was amazingly faster than when using an older 10/100 hub.

    The one complaint that I have about Netgear switches and routers is that many of them have the ports on the front of the unit instead of the back. If you're installing this in some out-of-the-way place like your attic or basement, or if you're installing in a computer rack where you want everything facing front, this is a non-issue. If you want to put this on your desktop it is a major inconvenience, because the cables coming into the switch will either be strung across the front of your desk, or will snake over and behind the unit. In either case, you have cables on your desktop and it's quite unsightly.

    All things considered I'm still happy with the Netgear switch, but if I had it to do over again I would have probably bought one that worked better in my home office.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable switch
    Sturdy construction in an unobstrusive yet eye-catching package, the FS105 is an excellent workhorse! I have been using one for the past 1 1/2 years without a hitch. Setup is easy and quick so there is very little hassle and headaches involved.

    Only one problem is that it tends to run rather warm so I elevate the switch on 2 jenga blocks to allow for better heat dissipation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Device, Small Size is a +
    I'm not hiding that I like Netgear products for entry level use. This device has a 5th port that you can use in uplink or normal mode. It is very compact with indicator lights for connection and collisions. It is also very reliable. ... Read more


    6. PalmOne m100 Handheld
    list price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004VWM3
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 4038
    Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    If you're new to the world of handheld organizers, the Palm m100 may just be the right fit for you. Under the hood, the Palm m100 features much of the same great software and options we've come to expect from Palm, such as scheduling and contact applications and an infrared port to beam information to other Palm users. But Palm has added some new features to both the engine (which runs Palm OS 3.5) and the chassis.

    The first thing you notice is the new sleek, curvy design, which helps make it fit more snugly and comfortably in your hand. At just 4.4 ounces, the m100 is far lighter than the Palm III series but features essentially the same dimensions (4.66 by 3.12 by 0.72 inches). You can personalize your m100 by snapping off the faceplate and replacing it with different-colored accessory faceplates. The Palm m100 also includes a removable, double-hinged flip cover, which, with the flick of the wrist, opens like an original Star Trek communicator (though an over-exuberant flick will send it flying off its hinges). You can also display the date and time through a little window when the cover is closed, by pressing the scroll button.

    The screen is sharp and has contrast-variable backlighting, though at 2 by 2 inches, it's slightly smaller than other Palm devices. Pressing the buttons at the bottom of the m100 automatically open the Calendar, Address Book, and To Do List applications. The fourth button maps to the new Note Pad application, which allows you to write notes directly on the screen in your own handwriting (though the original Memo Pad application remains on the system).

    The 2 MB of RAM may seem puny in comparison to other Palm models (such as the 8 MB Palm IIIxe), and it is not expandable. However, you can still store an amount of data that would normally clog a paper organizer (up to 6,000 addresses and 1,500 to-dos and memos, according to Palm).

    A great plus for users on the go is the new HotSync serial cable (instead of a bulky cradle), which is used to communicate with your PC and synchronize your Palm m100 data with data stored in the included Palm Desktop software application. Note that while the Palm m100 ships with software for both PC and Macintosh systems, Mac users will have to order a free serial adapter from Palm (shipping charges are not included).

    While the Palm m100 isn't for everyone, it is a fun and functional replacement for your paper-based organizer and a great introduction to the Palm family.--Agen Schmitz

    Pros:

    • Fits comfortably in hand
    • 1-touch access to time and date
    • New Note Pad application
    • Synchronization using serial HotSync cable rather than cradle

    Cons:

    • Smaller screen
    • Memory not upgradable
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    Features

    • 2 MB memory stores hundreds of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
    • Exchange and back up data with your PC or Macintosh using 1-touch synchronization
    • Synchronize with Palm Desktop software; also includes link to Microsoft Outlook
    • Includes one-touch clock and Note Pad application for writing "sticky notes" on screen
    • Add optional keyboard, backup module, or Kodak PalmPix digital camera; customizable with optional snap-on faceplates

    Reviews (199)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cheap, in both senses of the word
    As long as you don't plan to use your PDA much, this is the right one to buy because you won't be out much money. In general, though, this PDA frequently reminds you that it is the bottom of the line. The writing area gets easily scratched to the point where it impairs handwriting recognition. The flimsy flip cover has nothing to keep it in place except gravity, so if you're holding the unit in your hand the cover will be swiveling around all over the place. The cover also breaks off frequently - and it's obviously designed to, because of the way it snaps together. Many times when I wanted to quickly pull out the m100 to take some notes, I found that the cover had broken off in my bag, so I'd be set back by having to snap it back together first.

    The buttons are difficult to press, and pressing the "down" button sometimes causes the whole unit to lift up off the table from the leverage, and then of course come crashing back down on the already-weak case.

    On the upside, it runs the same software as the Palm III series, so you won't be at a disadvantage there. Furthermore, 2 megs of memory is more than enough for casual use. So as long as you know you want the bottom of the line, you might as well get it, and then spend a bit more money on a protective case for it so that it doesn't fall apart after a month.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, simple, and functional
    I just got my Palm m100 from Amazon yesterday, and within minutes I had it up and running, was entering text in Graffiti, and performed my first Hot Sync. The Palm 3.5 OS strikes a perfect balance between simplicity and functionality. Unlike the PocketPC platform, Palms don't try to do too much, and that's what helps them excel.

    The m100 is light, rugged, attractive, and comfortable to hold. The screen is smaller than other Palms, but quite sharp. I'm looking forward to getting one of the colored faceplates. My only complaints: the flip cover doesn't snap into place, and it requires a USB adapter to connect to my G3 PowerMac. C'mon Palm--in this day and age, USB should be the standard connector.

    Other than these small complaints, the m100 is a great value. Buy it if you've been toying with the idea of getting a Palm but don't want to spend too much and don't want something that looks clunky (like a Visor). You'll be surprised how much you can do with it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Just Ok
    I have this pda. I got it for my birthday but i seem to never use it. When I always go to the store I see the ones there I wish i got a nicer one.
    Why I rated it only 3 stars is because it doesn't have any of the cool options that the other ones have not even bluethooth which I have on my computer so I can't use it. It does you basic task for me a ,kid. I wouldn't recomend buying one with a camera , I have a 4.1 megapixle Kodak easy share camera (READ MY REVIEW). I've heard that the ones with the cameras shot horribly bad resloution and will not take nice picture so with my i would take a reguler camera , digital. But I use Micrsoft word so much i need it on the go but when i cant travle a long way with my Sony labtop i need somthing that i can type in. This one does'nt even hav Microsoft word.
    But the thing I hate, is when i have to put new batteries i CAN NOT GO Out of the thing where you put your stylest you have to keep on hitting it where it says to go for HOURS----------------------------------------.
    It's a thing for just writting down notes and planning a sceheduel.(...)DON"T BUY THIS ONE IF YOUR A GADGET GEEK LIKE ME IT JUST DOES REGUler STUFF>

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the battery changing hassle
    Even for the cheap price, this is not worth the hassle. The batteries die quickly without any warning, thus losing any information loaded into it before getting a chance to hot sync with your PC. There are many other used products on the market a lot better than this one. Save your money and future headaches!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Durable little Puppy
    I won the m100 from Palm back in 2001. It's served me well. I've dropped it, banged it, and a few things in between and it still works. I've only had to replace the flip cover. I've spent probably $24 on batteries over the past 3 years for the device. I've gotten the full use out of a free product. For the person new to palm who doesn't need all the bells and whistles this is the one for you! ... Read more


    7. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Ice)
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TDMY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Handspring
    Sales Rank: 8019
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Handspring Visor Deluxe is the hot new handheld that runs the popular Palm OS, so it's compatible with thousands of existing applications. It's also expandable with Springboard modules that can add extra memory or a modem, or transform your Visor into an MP3 player, video game, GPS receiver, and more. Plus, its fast-synchronizing USB connection is compatible with both the PC and Macintosh.

    To set up the Handspring Visor Deluxe, we followed the Getting Started instructions printed on the software CD-ROM case, inserting the batteries, calibrating the touch screen, entering the date and time, connecting the included USB cradle to our PC (an optional serial cradle is available), installing the desktop synchronization software, and synchronizing the Visor with our PC. The entire setup process was straightforward and intuitive, requiring only about five minutes.

    Fans of Palm Computing's Palm III line of connected organizers will have no difficulty using the Visor, as it runs on a licensed version of the Palm OS. All the popular Palm personal information management (PIM) applications are included and work exactly the same way as they do on the Palm. The Visor also uses Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition system for text entry, which takes only a few minutes to learn and a few hours of practice to master. Handspring has added to the Palm OS an advanced date book, calculator, world clock, and support for floating-point math.

    The Visor Deluxe comes with 8 MB of RAM, providing plenty of room for thousands of addresses, to-do items, and memos; hundreds of e-mail messages; and several years of appointments. It also includes a USB synchronization cradle, two AAA batteries, a stick-on Graffiti "cheat sheet," a leather slip case, a stylus, a Handspring logo decal, a Quick Reference Guide, inserts describing accessories and cases, and a software CD-ROM. The CD-ROM includes Palm Desktop Software 3.01, a software link to Microsoft Outlook, and the full-length User's Guide. However, the Visor Deluxe does not come with an AC adapter.

    Using the Visor was intuitive and fun, just like the Palm III series organizers that it's based on. However, unlike the Palm, the Visor has an easily accessible expansion port that supports Springboard modules. For our tests, we installed a modem module, an 8 MB memory module, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, and a Physician's Desk Reference module (note that you can install only one module at a time). Installing these modules is very easy, and they can greatly increase the functionality, power, and usefulness of the Visor. (For more information, see the descriptions of the individual Springboard modules.

    Overall, we were very impressed with the Visor. It takes the best of the popular Palm platform, and adds memory and expandability--all at a great price. --Mike Brown

    Pros:

    • Easy to set up and use
    • Runs the Palm OS and supports thousands of existing Palm applications
    • Expandable with Springboard modules
    • Good price

    Cons:

    • No AC adapter included
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    Features

    • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
    • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
    • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
    • Important note: If you are running Windows 95/NT or using a non-USB Macintosh, you must order the Serial HotSync Cradle separately
    • What's in the box: Visor Deluxe, HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, leather slip case, Palm Desktop software, two AAA batteries

    Reviews (389)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This will change the way you do everything!
    I have had my Handspring Visor Deluxe for well over a year now, and it has become a tremendous help to me in many ways. First and foremost is the calendar. No more bulky day planner! Instead, I can pull it out of my front pocket any time I want. I also like the fact that all of the information is on my computer at home and online (using Yahoo! TrueSync software). I also use the to-do list all the time, as well as using my Visor to take notes in class, write emails, play games, and read the news, weather, and even check out local movie listings using AvantGo software. There are thousands of free software applications out there for almost anything you could imagine. The Graffiti text input system is easy to use - I now write just as fast into my Visor as on paper with a pen.

    I have excellent backup software (BackUpBuddy) and inexpensive insurance from PDAs Lost Or Stolen so I don't worry about what will happen if my Visor gets stolen, is lost, or broken.

    If you can't tell already, I LOVE my Visor Deluxe. It helps me to stay organized and on top of things (no small feat). While the design is a bit bulkier than a Visor Edge or a Palm Vx, it is very sturdy, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. I haven't purchased any accessories for my visor, but I know people who have purchased keyboards and springboard expansion modules, including modems and memory expansions, and they love them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Users, You Will Love This!
    I have owned and used a Palm IIIe for a couple of years. I recently ordered the basic Visor for my mom as the lower end Palm devices are simply not available either locally or on the WWW. After the Visor was delivered, we discovered that the cradle that comes standard with the handheld requires USB connection. My mom does not have USB capability so she asked to trade her Visor for my Palm. I must admit that I was skeptical at first and not sure about Handspring. I tend to be loyal to products that have worked well for me. After using the Visor I absolutely think it is a great handheld! I have actually returned it and purchased the deluxe model with 8 MB of storage. It works exactly like my Palm but with these notable exceptions: tons of storage, the ability to expand via the Springboard, great fun colors and a super price! Already there are an assortment of modules and accessories that are quite impressive! I strongly encourage all skeptics out there to seriously look at the Visor! It is a great value and a great product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware...
    I have this visor. I quit using it after a year. The problem is that it uses batteries... normal use you will get arround a week.
    You have to check the batteries even if it has not been used since it consumes batteries. You need to have information stored and updated in your pc AT ALL TIMES, in this way if the information is lost from visor you will be able to recover it-hotsync. Information is usually lost when batteries are low/die.

    I replaced it for the sony clie pega tj25 handheld.

    For all of you who have or plan to buy this item... Good luck.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent for being so cheap
    PROS:
    - Extremely inexpensive
    - Not as large as the Prism model
    - Simple buttons
    - EXCELENTLY designed stylus (reset pin, stylus, and screwdriver combination!)

    The Palm OS on the Visor Deluxe is slightly outdated (3.1 instead of 4+) which can cause headaches if you are trying to install newer software. Also, the casing is a little too large to be a pocket item and the unattaching cover can be annoying at times. Those are some general negatives. Besides that I personally had other problems. I was very careful with my Visor and kept the plastic cover on it unless it was in use. Still, under regular, every-day abuse, the screen cracked while it was in my pocket. Replacement was a simple process and Handspring gets 5 stars on service (though it would have been nice if it wouldn't have had to be replaced in the first place). After receiving my replacement, however, I noted that the stylus was not held in place as it should have been while in the visor, which caused the loss of many styli. Sadly, again after much care, the screen of my Visor mysteriously cracked again. Thus, I am now looking into buying a new PDA and probably won't choose a Visor Deluxe this time, being that they don't withstand my handling well. If you choose to purchase a Visor Deluxe, be careful with it and I would recommend investing in a new protective cover other than the standard one provided.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I own 1
    I am 13 years old and I own one! They are fantastic for all ages! It keeps me organized along with all my school assignments, activities, and contacts. It keeps me entertained anywhere I go and I can always play games or enter more information! I would highly recommend this product! ... Read more


    8. Intel Pocket PC Camera Pack
    list price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000589LN
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Intel
    Sales Rank: 5573
    Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Able to perform as either a PC-based or portable digital camera, the flexible Intel Pocket PC Camera provides high-quality video clips and pictures--whether it's tethered to the computer or sitting in the palm of your hand. The Pocket PC makes capturing and sharing video and pictures more exciting and convenient than ever. Just push a button to capture snapshots or start recording video clips for use in e-mail postcards, movies, Web sites, and more. For use away from the PC, simply detach it from the tilt-swivel base and USB cord, using the handy wrist strap and carrying case. The software gives you the freedom to make video phone calls over the Internet from your desk. You can even build your own PC movies and edit and enhance your pictures.

    Featuring a progressive-scan CCD image sensor, a glass and plastic lens, and 8 MB flash memory, Intel's Pocket PC Camera takes 24-bit/16.8 million-color still images at 640 x 480 resolution. It also takes up to 640 x 480-resolution video clips at up to 30 frames per second in full-motion video. The focus range is from 10 centimeters to infinity. The Pocket PC Camera has an LCD for setting pictures to photo or video, seeing how many pictures are available, and checking battery life.

    The Pocket PC Camera is compatible with PCs only and hooks up through a 9-foot USB cable. System requirements include: a 166 MHz Pentium with MMX, Celeron, or faster (Reality Fusion Camera Games require 266 MHz Pentium or faster processor); Windows 98, 98 SE, or ME operating system; 32 MB RAM; a USB port; a 800 x 600/16-bit computer display; 250 MB hard disk space; a 4x CD-ROM drive; Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 or higher; an Internet service provider; a 28.8K or faster modem; and a Windows-compatible sound card with speakers and microphone. The camera comes with a CD-ROM software disk, a 9-foot USB camera-to-PC cable, four AAA batteries, a tilt swivel base/cradle, a carrying case, a camera strap, a quick-start guide, and a quick-reference field guide. Intel provides an abundance of photo and video software titles with the camera, including Intel Audio Recorder, Intel Auto Snapshot, Intel E-mail Postcard, Intel Gallery, Intel Home Page Builder, Intel Movie Builder, Intel Picture Manager, Intel Scene Recorder, Intel Snapshot, Intel TWAIN Driver, Intel Video E-mail, MGI Photo Editing Software, Microsoft Windows NetMeeting, and Reality Fusion PC Games.

    Intel provides a one-year parts and labor warranty on the Pocket PC Camera. ... Read more

    Features

    • Takes both photo and video images
    • 640 x 480 maximum resolution
    • 16.8 million colors
    • 8 MB flash memory
    • Up to 30 frames per second in full-motion video

    Reviews (33)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great camera with a great price
    The Intel PC Pocket Camera has the greatest webcam quality out there IMHO. It is affordable with a simple and nice design. The batteries last long. The USB connection is a fast and more efficient way for this came. Very user friendly and easy to install.
    As a digital camera, it is best ONLY for beginners. The quality can be surprising wonderful in the right light. It's portability can let you take quick snap shots of anything quickly. It has 8MB of memory which is about 100 640x480 pics. A great digital camera for anyone starting out and to progressive onto the bigger names, like Kodak and Fujifilm.

    This camera is great for quick snaps while out, webcam shots and netconferencing. Great deal!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Camera, worth every cent.
    The Intel Pocket PC Camera is a great camera to own. I find the quality to be AMAZING. Sure it has no flash, but that's one thing i can live without seeing as to how i have ANOTHER camera with a flash that i use for backup. Anyhow, the CCD Sensor is probably the best thing about it. CMOS sensor cameras are usually [bad]and you can't see colors in shady areas (non-lit areas). The intel is very easy to operate and anybody could figure it out. The software is wonderful and the webcam is too. This whole camera is a great buy...the pictures will blow you away, just like it did to me. I have the rare black one so it looks less childish, heh. :o)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Handy & Inexpensive Dual Camera!
    what i needed was something simple, inexpensive but not cheaply made. i didn't really need megapixels because i post most of my photos on the web, so i prefer them to be a smaller size. the intel pocket pc camera fulfilled my needs.

    this camera is a GREAT BUY if you want smaller images @ 640x480. it's compact and easy to take everywhere. downloading the pics is easy as a click away with its software. plus, it makes a great webcam so you can have video chats with friends on the 'net. also, webcam stills are very good quality!!

    DO NOT BUY this camera if you want a camera that takes HQ images. there is no zoom and no flash, which is a setback because i can never take pictures at night. also, when objects are not in good lighting, images tend to be grainy and blurry. otherwise, images are usually sharp and clean during the day.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sample pix - Intel Pocket PC digital camera
    GREAT performance for the money. Don't expect professional results however - at least 1.3MPx digitals needed then. Perhaps however best view as a great tethered camera that, as a bonus, can go "walkabout" when needed. Nothing else noted (at the price) with such esteemed CCD sensors... el cheapo digitals usually are CMOS based that flare badly in uneven lighting. Minor negatives (pun !)include slight delay after pushing shutter ... sometimes leading to blurred images, only modest depth of field when used free ... seems optimised around 2m "portrait" distance, & occasional non clicking into place of the focus ring. Strong positives include HUGE pix. capacity (120+ shots), non volatile RAM ( nothing can get lost ), amazing battery life (still on original AAAs after 6 weeks )& outstanding software when tethered ( becomes USB powered & even allows time & motion triggered security shots /webcam etc). Macro features,(focuses to ~50mm = 2") when USB tethered to PC, are A1 & espec. useful for close ups of tiny electronic/ biology goodies etc. EDUCATORS- every such classroom should have one! Virtually up with Intel's blue "Play" USB PC microscope we also use in fact - that too is now going cheaply.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
    I wanted a new camara and it was down between a more expensive film camara and this. I chose this because it was cheaper and it could take video. It is great it can store 120 pics easily and the video is almost the same as if I took it with a video camara. The only problem is you have to hold it stady or the pic will be blury. ... Read more


    9. SMC2662W 802.11b 11Mbps Wireless USB Adapter
    list price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005ML59
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SMC
    Sales Rank: 16310
    Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Convenient Wireless Connectivity via USB Port
    • 802.11b High Speed Wireless Lan connection
    • Plug and Play Configuration
    • 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption
    • Transmission range up to 1800 feet

    Reviews (22)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Effortless Wireless Network
    I've got the complete SMC system- wireless router, this USB adapter for my desktop, and wireless card for my laptop. All perform flawlessly and were a snap to install. A friend bought the same system. He had one problem with installation which tech support at SMC cleared up in 3 minutes. This is a quality company.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great for people who love having a very unstable connection
    About a year ago, I purchased 2 cheap generic USB WiFi adapters, not expecting much. They did the job, albeit they weren't fantastic.
    So when I bought the SMC2662W for quite a bit more money, I was expecting a superb product. I was quite wrong. This thing has given me nothing but headaches. On the startup of the computer, it will connect to the network (router is in a basement, adapter is on the 2nd floor, well within the range SMC preaches about), with excellent signal strength. Then a few minutes later, the connection will drop for no reason. It then begins searching for a network to connect to. However, until I unplug the adapter from the cord, and plug it back in, it won't find any networks. In fact, until I disabled some Windows services and installed some 3rd party software, the only way to reconnect to the network was to reboot the computer. I know my network is fine, and it's the adapter that's junk. Do yourself a favour, spend a little more money and get something decent.

    4-0 out of 5 stars works great
    I had the V.2 version for 1+ year connecting to a Barricade SMC7004AWBR. Easy install and works with both my Laptop (Win2K Pro) and my desk top (XP Home). Good reception if place on top of table (minimal obstruction), bad reception if placed in PC cabinet. I get 80% reception 20ft away w/ one wall in-between.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work
    Bought together with a router and a wireless laptop card. The USB adapter simply does not work. Software had problems with both Win2000 and XP. After downloading the latest version still no luck. Even though my PCs recognize the card, the utility that comes with it, does not find it! I guess you get what you pay for....

    1-0 out of 5 stars DISASTER
    Do not ever buy a product from SMC. This adapter has been a nightmare from Day 1. I tried to use it on a laptop and it didn't work. Technical support could not help me fix the problem. (By the way, expect to wait at least 30 minutes before you get to talk to a useless person.) I'm now trying to install the driver software onto a friend's laptop. Same problem -- it doesn't work. Why is this company allowed to sell this product when apparently all it is is a plastic box with lights and antenna? And if you try going to the website, you'll get the drivers for another product. I have a product from Netgear and it works flawlessly... but I think any company would rate better. ... Read more


    10. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Blue)

    Asin: B00004TDN0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Handspring
    Sales Rank: 9801
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Handspring Visor Deluxe is the hot new handheld that runs the popular Palm OS, so it's compatible with thousands of existing applications. It's also expandable with Springboard modules that can add extra memory or a modem, or transform your Visor into an MP3 player, video game, GPS receiver, and more. Plus, its fast-synchronizing USB connection is compatible with both the PC and Macintosh.

    To set up the Handspring Visor Deluxe, we followed the Getting Started instructions printed on the software CD-ROM case, inserting the batteries, calibrating the touch screen, entering the date and time, connecting the included USB cradle to our PC (an optional serial cradle is available), installing the desktop synchronization software, and synchronizing the Visor with our PC. The entire setup process was straightforward and intuitive, requiring only about five minutes.

    Fans of Palm Computing's Palm III line of connected organizers will have no difficulty using the Visor, as it runs on a licensed version of the Palm OS. All the popular Palm personal information management (PIM) applications are included and work exactly the same way as they do on the Palm. The Visor also uses Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition system for text entry, which takes only a few minutes to learn and a few hours of practice to master. Handspring has added to the Palm OS an advanced date book, calculator, world clock, and support for floating-point math.

    The Visor Deluxe comes with 8 MB of RAM, providing plenty of room for thousands of addresses, to-do items, and memos; hundreds of e-mail messages; and several years of appointments. It also includes a USB synchronization cradle, two AAA batteries, a stick-on Graffiti "cheat sheet," a leather slip case, a stylus, a Handspring logo decal, a Quick Reference Guide, inserts describing accessories and cases, and a software CD-ROM. The CD-ROM includes Palm Desktop Software 3.01, a software link to Microsoft Outlook, and the full-length User's Guide. However, the Visor Deluxe does not come with an AC adapter.

    Using the Visor was intuitive and fun, just like the Palm III series organizers that it's based on. However, unlike the Palm, the Visor has an easily accessible expansion port that supports Springboard modules. For our tests, we installed a modem module, an 8 MB memory module, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, and a Physician's Desk Reference module (note that you can install only one module at a time). Installing these modules is very easy, and they can greatly increase the functionality, power, and usefulness of the Visor. (For more information, see the descriptions of the individual Springboard modules.

    Overall, we were very impressed with the Visor. It takes the best of the popular Palm platform, and adds memory and expandability--all at a great price. --Mike Brown

    Pros:

    • Easy to set up and use
    • Runs the Palm OS and supports thousands of existing Palm applications
    • Expandable with Springboard modules
    • Good price

    Cons:

    • No AC adapter included
    ... Read more

    Features

    • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
    • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
    • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
    • Important note: If you are running Windows 95/NT or using a non-USB Macintosh, you must order the Serial HotSync Cradle separately
    • What's in the box: Visor Deluxe, HotSync cradle, stylus, snap cover, leather slip case, Palm Desktop software, two AAA batteries

    Reviews (389)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This will change the way you do everything!
    I have had my Handspring Visor Deluxe for well over a year now, and it has become a tremendous help to me in many ways. First and foremost is the calendar. No more bulky day planner! Instead, I can pull it out of my front pocket any time I want. I also like the fact that all of the information is on my computer at home and online (using Yahoo! TrueSync software). I also use the to-do list all the time, as well as using my Visor to take notes in class, write emails, play games, and read the news, weather, and even check out local movie listings using AvantGo software. There are thousands of free software applications out there for almost anything you could imagine. The Graffiti text input system is easy to use - I now write just as fast into my Visor as on paper with a pen.

    I have excellent backup software (BackUpBuddy) and inexpensive insurance from PDAs Lost Or Stolen so I don't worry about what will happen if my Visor gets stolen, is lost, or broken.

    If you can't tell already, I LOVE my Visor Deluxe. It helps me to stay organized and on top of things (no small feat). While the design is a bit bulkier than a Visor Edge or a Palm Vx, it is very sturdy, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. I haven't purchased any accessories for my visor, but I know people who have purchased keyboards and springboard expansion modules, including modems and memory expansions, and they love them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Users, You Will Love This!
    I have owned and used a Palm IIIe for a couple of years. I recently ordered the basic Visor for my mom as the lower end Palm devices are simply not available either locally or on the WWW. After the Visor was delivered, we discovered that the cradle that comes standard with the handheld requires USB connection. My mom does not have USB capability so she asked to trade her Visor for my Palm. I must admit that I was skeptical at first and not sure about Handspring. I tend to be loyal to products that have worked well for me. After using the Visor I absolutely think it is a great handheld! I have actually returned it and purchased the deluxe model with 8 MB of storage. It works exactly like my Palm but with these notable exceptions: tons of storage, the ability to expand via the Springboard, great fun colors and a super price! Already there are an assortment of modules and accessories that are quite impressive! I strongly encourage all skeptics out there to seriously look at the Visor! It is a great value and a great product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware...
    I have this visor. I quit using it after a year. The problem is that it uses batteries... normal use you will get arround a week.
    You have to check the batteries even if it has not been used since it consumes batteries. You need to have information stored and updated in your pc AT ALL TIMES, in this way if the information is lost from visor you will be able to recover it-hotsync. Information is usually lost when batteries are low/die.

    I replaced it for the sony clie pega tj25 handheld.

    For all of you who have or plan to buy this item... Good luck.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent for being so cheap
    PROS:
    - Extremely inexpensive
    - Not as large as the Prism model
    - Simple buttons
    - EXCELENTLY designed stylus (reset pin, stylus, and screwdriver combination!)

    The Palm OS on the Visor Deluxe is slightly outdated (3.1 instead of 4+) which can cause headaches if you are trying to install newer software. Also, the casing is a little too large to be a pocket item and the unattaching cover can be annoying at times. Those are some general negatives. Besides that I personally had other problems. I was very careful with my Visor and kept the plastic cover on it unless it was in use. Still, under regular, every-day abuse, the screen cracked while it was in my pocket. Replacement was a simple process and Handspring gets 5 stars on service (though it would have been nice if it wouldn't have had to be replaced in the first place). After receiving my replacement, however, I noted that the stylus was not held in place as it should have been while in the visor, which caused the loss of many styli. Sadly, again after much care, the screen of my Visor mysteriously cracked again. Thus, I am now looking into buying a new PDA and probably won't choose a Visor Deluxe this time, being that they don't withstand my handling well. If you choose to purchase a Visor Deluxe, be careful with it and I would recommend investing in a new protective cover other than the standard one provided.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I own 1
    I am 13 years old and I own one! They are fantastic for all ages! It keeps me organized along with all my school assignments, activities, and contacts. It keeps me entertained anywhere I go and I can always play games or enter more information! I would highly recommend this product! ... Read more


    11. Hewlett Packard C4505A 8230e External 4x4x6 USB CD-Writer
    list price: $187.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000050AOO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 10241
    Average Customer Review: 2.74 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Hewlett Packard CD-Writer 8230e is a powerful external CD-rewritable drive for writing and rewriting CDs that can be shared universally among CD, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM players. With simple plug-and-play USB installation, the 4x4x6 CD-rewritable drive lets you create, share, and store data on high-capacity CDs. Record up to 700 MB of data or up to 80 minutes of audio to CD. You can format a CD-RW disc quickly for use like a floppy with HP Fast Format, then just drag and drop files from Windows Explorer or save files directly to CD. The 8230e supports track-at-once, disc-at-once, packet, and multisession writing methods, and because the drive is external, you can use it with multiple computers.

    The Hewlett Packard 8230e CD-Writer comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • Compile CDs with 80 minutes of your favorite tunes
    • Convert MP3 files into songs you can listen to anywhere
    • Create discs with powerful and reliable CD creation software
    • Works with Windows 98, Me, and 2000 Professional
    • 2 MB buffer

    Reviews (70)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay product
    Looking for an USB CD writer because I have multiple machines at home including a notebook. For anyone who is not in a hurry, wait for a USB 2.0 CD burner (speed is 480 mbps rather than 11 mbps).

    Install the CD writer into my Dell Latitude notebook running Win2000 Professional. Connect everything up and the machine freeze as soon as the driver is installed. Can't even safe boot into command prompt (have to disconnect USB drive). Spend 2-3 hours trying different things including downloading latest HP drivers. Eventually, went to Dell web site and found a BIOS update that fixes the problem (readme.txt states a problem with HP CD-Writer). Update the BIOS and everything works. The whole ordeal lasts about 1/2 day.

    I have burned about 20 Cd so far and don't have any problem. Drive speed is okay but the software is very weak. The size of the unit is also larger than I expected (maybe 10 inches deep?).

    ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great, solid performing burner...
    I have never had a problem with this burner and I would recommend it for a first time burner. It also has very easy to use software!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars BIG PROBLEMS
    Like many other reviewers, I've had many problems and made lots of coasters. First time was making data CDs, but new version of Record Now seems to work OK there. Now I'm stuggling to make audio CDs (0 for 3 to date). That's with nothing but Explorer and Record Now running, and making the CD from MP3 files on the hard drive. Burning never completes and drive is "hung" (can't eject the CD). TAKE HEED and buy something else if you want to be productive and save a lot of time. (And tech support is as "iffy" as everyone says!!)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Depends on your OS
    I have no complaints about this cd-writer when I used it on my laptop with Win2000. However, I installed it on my desktop with Win1998 yesterday and it's been endless frustration. First, the writing operation aborts prematurely for no reason. I went to the HP website, downloaded the RecordNow 3.5, and made all the changes suggested (don't run background apps, etc.). After all this, the writing operation worked. I was copying a few small mpegs (about 4-10 megs each) to the CD.

    Then disaster struck. I found out that even though the writing was successful and now I have a CD with the mpegs listed in the directory, when I tried to play them in Media Player, they won't play! (Error is file format not supported.) It won't play from either the PC's CD_ROM or from the CD-writer itself.

    There is a report on the HP support site that talks about this problem. The remedy suggested was install the latest RecordNow software. But I already did that. So now I'm completely stumped.

    Think about this: HP shipped a cd-writer which creates CDs that cannot be read by other CD-ROMs. (To give them credit, the same drive worked with my Win2000 laptop.)

    The irony is that the reason I need to create these CDs is that I have a Compaq laptop that died last week (second time the motherboard completely died in two years). So I say: hail the new HP!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Can anyone please help me?
    I bought this cd-burner about a month ago. I havent got it to work yet. I have been getting the same high speed message. I dont know what to do. I have re-installed it over and over...this thing is driving me crazy. I dont know what to do... ... Read more


    12. SiPix A6 Pocket Palm Printer (Blue)
    list price: $149.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005LDPR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SIPIX
    Sales Rank: 11082
    Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Offering you portable printing capabilities, the SiPix A6 Pocket Palm Printer connects easily to either PCs or Palm Pilots. While it may not be as fast as your in-office printer, this little gem weighs in at less than 1 pound and churns out documents at 2 ppm with a decent 400 dpi resolution. Overall dimensions are scarcely larger than some wallets (5.8 by 4.25 inches), and the thickness is less than 1 inch.

    The direct thermal printing method means the only consumables are the paper and the batteries; if you use the AC adapter, your only expense will be replacement paper rolls. Run time with the adapter is a full hour, while the batteries supply just three minutes of power.

    Included in the box are both the adapter and a starter set of batteries, along with a roll of paper, a power cable, and a convenient travel bag. SiPix offers a one-year warranty that covers parts, labor, and 12 months of free telephone technical support. ... Read more

    Features

    • Handheld portable thermal monochrome printer
    • 400 dpi resolution
    • Versatile IrDA (infrared) or serial connectivity
    • Uses four AA batteries
    • Ultra-thin compact design

    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars NO DRIVERS
    I was very disapointed by the fact that this printer is not compatible with any palm OS 5 enhanced devices (such as the Zire series, or tungsten sreies) Bummer. So if you have an older handheld with below 3.0 OS or if you have higher than 3.5 it simply won't work! I hope this information helps you.
    I really have no Idea what the printer is like considering I can't use it perhaps I van someday

    4-0 out of 5 stars SiPix A6 & Dell Axim X5
    On impulse I bought the Sipix A6 printer, brand new,(for a mere 19 bucks!) after checking it's compatibility with my invoicing software -Lowfat Invoice. However, I DID NOT check whether there were any known issues with the Dell Axim X5 and I was unaware of the wonderful people at AXIMSITE.COM.

    Soooo, the unit arrives. I giggle. I Take it out the box, pop in the CD and there were only drivers for 2000/98/ME and Palm. %$!!&#! I'm running XP Pro and PPC 2002. I google and search for drivers. I found these: http://www.sipixdigital.com/support/PocketPrinterA6/drivers.shtml and I'm printing in XP - Woo Hoo! Load the CE drivers, attempt to print from LowFat - nuthin. %$!!&#! I made several attempts of removing and reinstalling the drivers, even changing the location (SD Card, main memory, built-in storage) -all, to no avail. Then I spot a thread response in Aximsite Forums by zipidydoda that recommended removing all the expansion cards and reloading the drivers. So I:

    1) Remove my SD Card and the compact flash card
    2) Did a soft reset
    3) Put it in the USB Cradle
    4) Used ActiveSync to remove the Sipix Printer Driver (if you get an error stating that a file is still loaded in memory you may have to tap> Start> Settings> System> Memory >Running Programs> Stop all - however, doing a soft reset before this step should help you avoid any errors)
    5) Did a soft reset (after taking it out of the cradle)
    6) Put it in the USB Cradle
    7) Reinstalled the driver (location provided above)
    8) Turned Axim off (after taking it out of the cradle) -this was also part of the instructions provided by Sipix
    9) Turned Axim on
    10) Print from A6print (tap > Start>Programs> A6print -it is best to choose a small txt file for quick printing)
    11) Voila !!

    So I'm printing -Woo Hoo! I try it in Lowfat -same error as before "Unable to Establish Infrared Link". What?!!? Just as I was about to chunk the thing -I thought long enough to calm down and approach it as if it were an error on a desktop. Since it's the IR port that's not jiving, I thought it could possibly be a transfer rate issue. I go into Lowfat> Tools> Print> Advanced> More Settings. There was no setting for IR Port Speed and the one for the Serial Port was defaulted at its lowest settings. I unchecked "Alternate IR Connection" and "IR Buffer Adjustment". Prayed -attempted to print...

    Thank God!!!!! I'm printing -not only can I print with the A6Print and A6Capture utilities but I can print from LowFat Invoice too!

    Sorry this was so lengthy but I didn't want anyone else to have to spend a whole business day trying to get their Sipix A6 to work -or worse...give up. I hope this helps somebody.

    God Bless,
    Axzym

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super pint-sized printer
    I have just bought this printer, and let me say, it is the best device that I have bought for my sony Clie. I am running Palm OS 4.1, and it works great. I downloaded the IRprint and Doctoprint combo demo from IRprint.com. It has good quality print, for pure text. The only problem that I have found is that it is sometimes hard to get a perfect lineup between the IR ports, but that might just be my handheld. Overall, I would say, go out and buy it. It has a definate cool factor. If you need a printer for documents to go, sheet to go, or any of the built in palm apps, get this one!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars May be great for Palm or laptop, Lousy for Pocket PC.....
    Will not work with the new Dell Axim or most 2002 version of Pocket PC. Sipix has said "They are working on the problem" for at least a year that I know of. How hard would it be to write a driver for these handhelds? Tech support refuses to reply by e-mail and only by phone which takes 45 minutes to connect. Works OK with laptop and other than the paper only lasts for 20 printouts per roll and the curl is hard to get out it works good.

    Make sure if you buy one of these that you can send it back if it won't work with your device.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lack of Sofware
    In principle, this a great printer for the Palm, but be aware of the sofware. The printer comes with a sofware that allows you to print only from Datebook, addressbook, todo, and memo. In my case I wanted the printer to be able to print my documents from Quickword, and Quicksheet, multimail. After contacting Sipix, I was informed that I had to purchase Palmprint, which can print documents from Quickword, and for Quicksheet, I find out that I have to purchase Printboy. Bottom line, on top of the cost of the printer, you still have to purchase other printing softwares in order to take full advantage of this printer, which translates into more $$$$$$$$$$.
    This is absolutely rediculous, it should be up to the manufacturer to supply the proper software that will enable the users to print from any applications that they use. Beside, this printer is aimed at businessman/women, buying a printer that will allow printing only from addressbook, todo, memo, or datebook is by no mean of any help to any business person. The reason I wanted to buy this printer, was to be able to print my documents while on the road (word, excel, e-mail, faxes..)
    Defenitely not worth the buy, until it is supplied with the proper software that will enable printing from any application. ... Read more


    13. Cobra FRS115 Frosty Maraschino Microtalk 2-Way Radio with AM/FM Radio
    list price: $89.95
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TKUP
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Cobra
    Sales Rank: 10937
    Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    You'd be hard-pressed to find an FRS radio that packs as many features into such a compact and attractive package as Cobra's FRS115 Microtalk. In addition to having a multitude of advanced communications features, the Microtalk is the only radio in Cobra's line capable of picking up AM and FM signals. This allows you to listen to stereo broadcasts via headphones attached to the integrated headphone jack. Incoming FRS broadcasts temporarily disrupted the AM or FM reception, which enabled us to listen to our favorite tunes and talk radio programs without missing an important transmission from a member of our group.

    The product's design is as sensible as it is colorful, incorporating a flexible rubber antenna instead of hard plastic. The unit's many buttons are easily accessible yet difficult to push by accident, and there's a channel-lock feature that comes in handy when inquisitive kids (or clumsy friends) are entrusted with the radio.

    A call button can be pushed to make other FRS radios tuned to your frequency "ring," alerting others in your party that you are about to make a transmission. There are independent buttons for adjusting the unit's volume and selecting channels, along with a microphone jack that can be used with a separately available headset to allow for true hands-free operation.

    The Microtalk did a great job in our tests, with a range comparable to that of other FRS units and decent audio quality from the built-in speaker. We ditched the included headphones, as their hard plastic design made them uncomfortable, and used a pair of compact earbuds instead. We expected AM and FM reception to be limited, but it was pulling in signals in a basement office that even standalone portable radios we've tested couldn't tune. A handy seek feature simplifies tuning, and memory presets keep our favorite stations within easy reach.

    If the included headphones were only better, this would be a near-perfect FRS radio. But even with that slight oversight, the Microtalk is a true standout in a crowded market. --Tracy Baker

    Pros:

    • Good range for picking up FRS transmissions
    • Great AM/FM radio reception

    Cons:

    • Included headphones are uncomfortable
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Up to 2-mile range and access to all 14 FRS channels
    • Digital AM/FM stereo tuner with 10 memory presets
    • FRS signal can override AM/FM radio
    • Backlit LCD display for nighttime use
    • Stereo headphones included

    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Frs/fm convenience but low quality
    I use the Frs 115 in a high noise enviroment. I bought it specifically for the radio function. I was forced to use a mono earpiece with it, as the internal speaker was totally inadequate. With earpiece it is decent. When my supervisor told me to quit using an earpiece, I purchased a handheld speaker/mic unit. I have tried two spkr/mic units with this radio and the output of the radio is totally unacceptable. The amp for the jacks seems to incompatible with Radioshack and Icom brands of spkr/mic. I want to try a Cobra spkr/mic. Also, my units couldn't pick up radio signals very well at all, even when outside of the house. Volume control only has 8 steps and will not turn unit all the way down. Auto interrupt for calls is a nice feature. I got my units refurbished , so that may be one reason I have had problems with them. The radios have also just stopped working a couple of times, and I had to let them sit for a minute before turning them back on. The fragile belt holster included with unit btoke while I was sitting in a Ferris Wheel.

    4-0 out of 5 stars keep in touch and listen to the radio
    It's nice to have a built in AM/FM radio in this FRS 2-way Cobra radio. While waiting for your party to call in, you can listen to your favorite stations and it 'cuts' in when they try to reach you.

    The unit can be hard to 'program' but not any more than other devices like it, that have multiple uses. I didn't find the range to be any worse than my Motorola FRS radios. I like the beep that it provides when you stop talking, so the other party knows you are done.

    The potential downside for some users is the 4 AAA batteries that it uses, but I use rechargables that I find last long enough for my useage, and helps cut down the cost as compared to alkaline batteries. See my review of the duracell rechargeables.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good for the kids
    This radio is good for the kids. The am/fm provides options not available on all other such devices. It has a flexible antenna and includes a belt clip. I found the buttons somewhat difficult to push and the case a bit slippery. The serious user will want rubberized grips. Overall a good value.

    3-0 out of 5 stars ok product
    I liked the product itself, works ok for the price. My complaint is that I purchased these for the "mail in rebate" which i filed but never received. Was deceived.

    1-0 out of 5 stars step up!
    If you are looking for FRS 2-way radio, consider models with 14x38 channels as air is saturated with users in areas where you gonna use it -- ski slops, ships, parks etc. 14 channels doesn't give enough options, so with this radio you will listen to conversations of others!

    To consider: 1) audiovox (model with 14x38 channels) 2) higher end Cobra with 14x38 ... Read more


    14. Timex T601G Nature Sounds Clock Radio (Stereo CD Player,Digital Tuning,AM/FM Radio)
    list price: $98.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005MKSW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Timex
    Sales Rank: 3278
    Average Customer Review: 2.38 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Wake (or sleep) to CD, nature sounds, or AM/FM radio
    • 3-inch stereo speakers
    • 18 station presets
    • Triple-alarm system
    • Sure Alarm battery backup system

    Reviews (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Really great product, but....
    I like the sound quality and the choices of realistic nature sounds, radio or CD to listen to. I like that the display can be dimmed easily if it's too bright. For dependable Timex alarm clock quality, it can't be beat.
    BUT....
    1. If you listen to a CD to sleep, you cannot set buzzer for alarm & the CD will play at alarm time. The only way to set buzzer is to not have a CD inserted, and CD/alarm is selected.
    2. Although the snooze button is big & at the front & center, it's also next to the Alarm Reset button. If you're like me & can go through an hour of snoozes before getting up, you'lll learn this the hard way. I pried the button off with a screwdriver in frustration.
    3. Although there are plenty of buttons on the front to go with the bells & whistles, the placement isn't entirely intuitive, ie: since they don't light up, it's hard to guess which one is which.

    But I'm high-maintenance when it comes to mornings, so account for that when weighing my opinion!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very good
    This thing is another stupid bedside clock. The unit is so outdated. The sounds are like a cheap unrealistic sound machine with no purpose at all. the radio has a terrible tuner. It's nice looking, but poor quality. It worked for a week and it broke. This is not a good product, spend your money on a better portable radio. this one is not worth anything at all, so avoid this horrible clock.

    2-0 out of 5 stars OK as an alarm clock. CD player fails early in life
    I purchased this item new at a local electronics store. It functions good as an alarm clock. The CD player is another story. Within the first 6 months the CD player developed problems. Any CD inserted would spin briefly and stop. The display would show "NO" for no CD inserted. A CD leanse cleaning gave me a few more months of service. Several times an hour a click is heard in the speakers. This click is soft but can be a little distracting when placed close to the bed. The useful life of this unit appears to be around 1 - 1.5 years. The warranty is poor at only 90 days. This is one Timex product that Can't take a licking and Won't keep on ticking.

    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic system
    I bought one of these a few months ago, & loved it so much I had to buy another. It's very nice to have all those station presets,digital tuning, and 3 different alarms.It is simple to set up , too. It is a wonderful little unit, and I couldn't be without it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS!!!
    I bought this clock because I am a very light sleeper and most alarm clocks scare me awake. To start, the nature sounds are not realistic and they run on a very short loop. Second, I saw the name "timex" and assumed that I was buying a quality product. One day, about 8 months after I bought the clock, I woke up to a screeching sound that wouldn't stop (like fingernails across a chalkboard). I called timex and was told that they did not manufacture this clock and that I needed to call a different company. At this other company, I got no help (the measly 90-day warranty had passed), so I exchanged it at [a local store] for another one (thank goodness I had my receipt) for another one hoping that I got a good one this time. Sorry, no luck that time either: almost a year later, the same thing happened again and I ended up chucking this ... in the trash. Please don't put yourself through the trouble of buying this product. ... Read more


    15. Samsung DVD-V1000 DVD-VCR Combo
    list price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005LP56
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
    Sales Rank: 16066
    Average Customer Review: 3.35 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Combine the best of two worlds of video into one component--and save space--with the Samsung DVD-V1000 DVD-VCR Combo. You can even watch a DVD while simultaneously recording a TV program to the VCR. The DVD features include component-video out and dual laser pick-up system, while the VCR side features 4 heads, hi-fi stereo, 400x speed rewind, and front A/V input jacks for downloading video from a camcorder.

    You can also use the Samsung DVD-V1000's DVD player to play back audio CDs as well as CD-R discs that you burn from your PC with MP3 audio files. It's also compatible with VCDs.

    DVD features:

    • 10-bit video digital to analog converter and 27MHz advanced digital filter
    • Playback of 96KHz/24-bit sources
    • DTS digital output for DTS-enhanced DVDs
    • Continued audio during 2x speed playback
    VCR features:
    • Playback of S-VHS tapes at better-than-standard resolution.
    • 16-event/1-year timer recording
    • Time-remaining counter, real-time counter
    Overall system features:
    • Composite, S-Video, and component-video outputs for high connectivity and optimum performance
    • RF inputs and outputs for connection to all TVs--new or old
    • Records from DVD to VHS (unless DVD is copy protected with Macrovision)
    • English/French/Spanish onscreen programming
    • Remote controls both DVD and VCR decks

    Tech Talk

    • Four-head VCR: A VCR requires two video heads to record a picture. With four heads, a VCR can perform special effects like slow motion and freeze frame, and it is optimized for recording and playback in both the SP (2-hour) and SLP (6-hour) modes. You'll also get a better picture from rental videos with a four-head VCR.
    • Hi-fi VHS: The standard VHX format with Dolby Surround Pro-Logic encoded in the stereo audio channels, which produces near-CD-quality sound. You'll need an A/V receiver with Dolby Surround Pro-Logic decoding to take full advantage of this feature.
    • VCD: Video CD (VCD) is a video standard that can store audio and video to a compact disc (rather than a DVD disc) using MPEG-1 compression. You can fit up to 74 minutes of video with audio onto a VCD-formatted CD, but you can expect the video quality to be similar to that of a VHS videotape.

    What's in the Box
    Samsung DVD-V1000 DVD/VCR combo, remote control with two AA batteries, RCA cable for audio/video connection, RF (radio frequency) antenna, and user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • DVD player and 4-head VCR, compatible with S-VHS, VCDs, CD-R, and MP3 audio
    • 400x speed rewind; 16-event/1-year timer recording; records non-copy-protected DVD to VHS
    • Component-video, composite-video, and S-video outputs offer optimal connection with compatible DVD player
    • Virtual surround sound simulates 5-speaker sound using only 2 speakers; DTS digital output for DTS-enhanced DVDs
    • Measures 17 x 4 x 14.3 inches (W x H x D)

    Reviews (49)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Near Excellent DVD/VCR Combo Second to None
    This is an excellent choice overall. It has many useful features to it. The remote however lacks a lighted keypad this should be standard these days. An additional drawback is whenever the VCR channel is changed the VCR signal interupts the television mode, on most video players this usually happens only when going from TV to VCR mode. This is a real pain if you use picture-in-picture (PIP) as I do, you then have to press the TV/VCR button after changing channels. Also this has NO VCR Plus capabilty (a minor drawback). Hookup for this unit is easy. It transmits an excellent picture even when the cable signal is a little weak, unlike the Panasonic PV-D4761 that has every feature imaginable but has miserable picture quality in VCR mode, whether playing back a program you taped with it or simply watching the cable piped through it. As great as the picture quality is on this Smsung with both the DVD and VCR/Cable the Philips DVD/VCR combo picture is slightly better, however the philips ate my VHS tape & seamed to lack an illuminated front panel clock. The Samsung is an excellent electronics gift or self purchase. It doesn't have all the features of the Panasonic PV-D4761 but it has every one of them you'd need and more than a few that you would want including 2x & 4x zoom. It plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, VCD, and quasi S-VHS the panasonic does not play all of these CD types and cost me approx [price] more than the Samsung & Philips.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good buy, good pic and sound, convenience (but VCR's loud)
    This is a terrific unit and a good value for money. The good stuff: I was able to throw away my CD player, my VCR and my MP3 player and I got a DVD player with it all in one nice slim package. I can watch DVDs while recording TV programs with the VCR! The DVD picture quality and sound is great, although I find the DVD slow to respond to commands from the remote. The bad stuff: One flaw though (and I read this from other people too) the VCR is loud. The motors inside make a lot of noise when playing back tapes or recording. This is especially annoying if you have the VCR in your bedroom and you're recording some late night program when you usually sleep.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not long lasting.
    We purchased our combo about 1 year ago. The price was outstanding being that you get both the dvd and vcr. Well, it now won't play the dvd's. The company has offered to fix it for a "nice" fee, which turned out to be more than we paid. So needless to so we will now have a combo piece and a seperate DVD player. Not so convienant anymore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Update of my previous two reviews - after 2 years of use
    This is an update of my previous review and prior update. I have had this unit now for almost two years. Overall I am still happy with it. However , with time, a few wrinkles have developed.
    There are a couple of annoying quirks that we have had to get used to. Occasionally we have a 'scene-Skip' problem playing some DVD's. These are usually the bargain basement type but we have also had the problem with Good quality media, major-release DVD's. And we also see intermittent "artifacts" pop up "momentarily" from time to time.

    I dont know if this is a genreal characteristic in this particular product or if its just a bug in my own machine.
    Although a bit annoying, in general they do not cause us all that much trouble. If I had to replace this unit, I would probably look for something cheaper. there really weren't many units like this one on the market two years ago, but now they are easy to find and the selection is fairly good.
    I would have to say that the $300.00 we paid for it in 2001 is just too much to pay in 2003 - in fact the price has been lowered almost $100.00 since that time, but even $200.00 is a bit much with all the competition in the $150-$200.00 range.
    Overall a good unit but a little overpriced for the times.

    Reliability may be a factor here, If the thing is still functioning well ,in two or three years, I would definitely have to say it was worth the extra $$ if that translated into the extended use.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked well for a year
    I bought this unit to replace a VCR in our bedroom. Worked well for just over one year, before the tape loading mechanism failed. The local electronics shop could not fix it, and recommended sending it to the manufacturer for service. Of course, it was out of warranty by six weeks! Never did get it fixed. The good news is that our credit card company had an extended warranty program, that doubled the manufacturers original warranty. They just sent us a check for the full purchase price! Time to shop for something new.

    Remote is a bit complicated to use, not very intuitive. Picture and sound quality were okay. Given my experience with this product, I'd be hesitant to buy from them again. ... Read more


    16. EarthLink Mailstation- Mivo 100 E-mail Appliance (Black)
    list price: $49.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00001WRJS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: CIDCO
    Sales Rank: 12570
    Average Customer Review: 2.64 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    If you use a computer just for e-mail or if you want to try using e-mailfor the first time, the Cidco MailStation may be the product for you. The sizeand shape of a small keyboard (10.25 by 7.125 by 1.625 inches), the MailStationworks without the need of a PC or extra phone line. Just plug it in, turn it on,and begin typing e-mail. View your message on the 6-by-2.5-inch LCD screen.

    The MailStation sends and receives data through a standard telephone line butdoes not monopolize the line--it dials in at set times that you can program andautomatically hangs up when you want to use the phone. It also disconnects uponthe retrieval of e-mail or when the sending of e-mail is completed. The averagelength of time to send or receive e-mail is approximately 30 seconds, keepingtelephone charges low.

    The MailStation is designed to work with its own e-mail service(MyMailstation.com). Service costs $9.95 per month, and local dial-up phonenumbers are available throughout the United States. While you cannot access e-mailfrom another Internet service provider (ISP), you can forward e-mail fromother ISPs to your MyMailStation account.

    You can store up to 400 typical e-mail messages in the MailStation's memory,which holds up to the equivalent of 100 pages of text. E-mail messages arelimited to 8 KB, which is approximately 66 lines per message. Keep in mind thatif you reply to an e-mail, the original message, including the headers androuting information, is considered part of the 66 lines of allowable space. TheMailStation does not allow you to read attachments or view photos attached to e-mail, but you can view photos and attachments from your PC via a Web mailaccount at no additional cost.

    You can also use the MailStation as a calculator or calendar and clean up textwith the 20,000-word spellchecker. There is also room for about 1,000 contactsin the address book. The MailStation also automatically downloads selected content from Cidco.

    You can hook the MailStation up to a parallel-port compatible printer (such as the HP 648C or HP Apollo P2250) to print your e-mail or Web content. ... Read more

    Features

    • Sends and receives e-mail
    • Parallel port for printing
    • No computer skills needed
    • Connects to standard phone jack
    • Ready to use out of the box

    Reviews (33)

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST PRESENT EVER
    MailStation by Cidco is among the most rewarding purchases I have ever made. Every bit of necessary technological and practical information was available on the Amazon.com site. Both CIDCO and Amazon.com had made me aware that the machine's maker would also be its sole service provider.

    MailStation was a Christmas gift to my mother (age 83) who has NEVER even turned on a computer and uses the "hunt and peck" typing method. Since the very simple installation with CIDCO personnel via their (800) number on Christmas Eve, there have been daily messages to children and grandchildren. She and my dad (age 89) are thrilled and feeling very connected. A better present could not have been found.

    If there is any criticism, it is that perhaps MailStation could have even fewer functions, making for more simplicity of operation. However, this compact, well-designed wonder brought with it a leap into tomorrow for a couple who thought they couldn't.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A good reason to use the snail mail.
    My experience with Mailstation started over six months ago. Since then I have had less than two weeks of email service. Just a few of the problems have included a Mailstation arriving with a broken screen, six weeks of phone calls to finally prove the replacement did not, would not and never would work, a month waite for another replacement to find it was in shipping, two weeks later to find no record of replacement, etc, etc. One technique is never being allowed to talk to the same person twice. "I will call you on Monday to verify it is working." "This will definitely fix the problem." "Sorry, you can not talk to a supervisor." "We will send you a refund in one month." "The refund will be posted in two weeks." "We have sent the refund to your credit card company but it will take them two or more months to post the refund." "The problem is with your credit card company. We have sent them the refund." I do not think so.
    The Dilbert cartoon is Mailstation.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Used to be wonderful until Earthlink took over.
    MailStation was wonderful for the first 1.5 years of service under CIDCO. Bought it for my computer-illiterate 77 year old mother so she could keep in touch with family members now scattered around the world. She is totally averse to computers (it took a few years to even get comfortable tapping numbers into a microwave oven), but she took to the MailStation right off. I was very impressed.

    Then, ~8 months ago, CIDCO was bought by Earthlink. It has been astounding how that company has managed to foul it up.

    They have changed phone numbers, network numbers and then sent out INCORRECT instructions to customers to reprogram their machines, as if customers of such an appliance have any idea at all what they are talking about. Earthlink, for some reason, thinks MailStation users are hip 20-something folk.

    There have been at least 3 major configuration problems due to Earthlink [changing] around ... the system. Each has taken weeks to resolve. My poor mother has actually had to struggle with tech support people who walked her through the reprogramming INCORRECTLY 3 TIMES (after the usual 45 minute holding period). The 4th time, some guy says "oh no, that's not right -- you need a 4 digit number there, not a 6 digit number" after the previous people had said "No, you need this 6 digit number there". And the 4-digit guy was correct, meaning the first 3 people were not.

    There have been billing problems (all fouled up), references to web sites where I could supposedly fix things for her that don't even recognize the "mailstation.com" domain, e-mails sent to her not delivered, e-mails delivered multiple times, and incomprehensible notifications that her "account" is full.

    This last one is fascinating. Her unit is text only, thus if someone sends her a message with an attachment, the attachment is retained at the server. She has no way of accessing it.

    Since Earthlink took over, these attachments are apparently accumulated until her mailbox is "full", whereupon Earthlink sends her a message telling her to delete them. However, she has no mechanism for deleting them, because the box that sits on her desk hasn't the capability. This shows that Earthlink not only doesn't know who their customers are but isn't really clear on the system itself.

    So this wonderful gadget she was so pleased with has now turned into a source of anxiety for her; For an "appliance" like this, with the customers it was targeted to, to change things just for the sake of changing things, is totally unacceptable. Stability and reliability are the only important criteria to consider...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Poor access
    Bought this for my daughter in Hawaii. Great way to keep in touch with friends and family, right. Wrong. She can get in maybe 8 sentences in an email if lucky and only to certain people. Friends who have urls other than aol or earthlink are out of luck. Her attempts at customer service have been fruitless, until she told them she was shipping it back to them. Then there was all kinds of help, but too late. Frustrating to her and to us. Now, it comes back to us to try and get our money back on it. Didn't get a rebate either. That's another story.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Earthlink destroys neat product
    I purchased the Mailstation in Dec, 2000. It was a neat product that perfectly met my wife's needs. She also liked the news headlines, weather forecast and stock quotes. Just after the warranty expired (of course) she connected the Mailstation to the wrong power supply and fried the unit. I went out and purchased another for her. But this one was different.
    - no news, weather or stock info available
    - Cidco is now owned by Earthlink (groan!)
    Initially, I called the number to get set up on this machine, hoping that my wife's old email address could be used on the new machine - several support people were adamant that this would be impossible - I MUST use a new email address. OK, fine.
    Once configured by Earthlink, the machine could NEVER get email. Repeated calls to amazingly incompetent support personnel yeilded NO results. At one point, I was finally able to convince someone that the account they gave me wasn't recognized by their servers. Repeated promises that this would be fixed within the hour - no change. THE PRODUCT HAS NEVER WORKED WITH EARTHLINK SETTINGS!!! NO ONE AT EARTHLINK CAN MAKE IT WORK!!!

    I finally went out on the Web and found a group of hackers that explained how to program the device to use my ISP, and then it works fine. But periodically, Earthlink sends an "update" to my Mailstation that resets everything to the Earthlink settings (WHICH HAVE NEVER WORKED!!!). The "hack" wipes out memory, so all email addresses, inbox, outbox, etc are all wiped out when this happens.

    Mama is NOT happy. "And if Mama ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy!" ... Read more


    17. Handspring Visor Deluxe (Green)
    list price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TDMZ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Handspring
    Sales Rank: 12847
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Handspring Visor Deluxe is the hot new handheld that runs the popular Palm OS, so it's compatible with thousands of existing applications. It's also expandable with Springboard modules that can add extra memory or a modem, or transform your Visor into an MP3 player, video game, GPS receiver, and more. Plus, its fast-synchronizing USB connection is compatible with both the PC and Macintosh.

    To set up the Handspring Visor Deluxe, we followed the Getting Started instructions printed on the software CD-ROM case, inserting the batteries, calibrating the touch screen, entering the date and time, connecting the included USB cradle to our PC (an optional serial cradle is available), installing the desktop synchronization software, and synchronizing the Visor with our PC. The entire setup process was straightforward and intuitive, requiring only about five minutes.

    Fans of Palm Computing's Palm III line of connected organizers will have no difficulty using the Visor, as it runs on a licensed version of the Palm OS. All the popular Palm personal information management (PIM) applications are included and work exactly the same way as they do on the Palm. The Visor also uses Palm's Graffiti handwriting recognition system for text entry, which takes only a few minutes to learn and a few hours of practice to master. Handspring has added to the Palm OS an advanced date book, calculator, world clock, and support for floating-point math.

    The Visor Deluxe comes with 8 MB of RAM, providing plenty of room for thousands of addresses, to-do items, and memos; hundreds of e-mail messages; and several years of appointments. It also includes a USB synchronization cradle, two AAA batteries, a stick-on Graffiti "cheat sheet," a leather slip case, a stylus, a Handspring logo decal, a Quick Reference Guide, inserts describing accessories and cases, and a software CD-ROM. The CD-ROM includes Palm Desktop Software 3.01, a software link to Microsoft Outlook, and the full-length User's Guide. However, the Visor Deluxe does not come with an AC adapter.

    Using the Visor was intuitive and fun, just like the Palm III series organizers that it's based on. However, unlike the Palm, the Visor has an easily accessible expansion port that supports Springboard modules. For our tests, we installed a modem module, an 8 MB memory module, the Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf game, and a Physician's Desk Reference module (note that you can install only one module at a time). Installing these modules is very easy, and they can greatly increase the functionality, power, and usefulness of the Visor. (For more information, see the descriptions of the individual Springboard modules.

    Overall, we were very impressed with the Visor. It takes the best of the popular Palm platform, and adds memory and expandability--all at a great price. --Mike Brown

    Pros:

    • Easy to set up and use
    • Runs the Palm OS and supports thousands of existing Palm applications
    • Expandable with Springboard modules
    • Good price

    Cons:

    • No AC adapter included
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    Features

    • 8 MB RAM stores thousands of addresses, appointments, to-do items, memos, and more
    • Includes USB HotSync cradle, snap cover, and leather slip case
    • Fully compatible with thousands of Palm OS applications
    • Supports optional expansion modules for MP3 player, pager, modem, GPS, video games, and more
    • Important note: If you are running Windows 95/NT or using a non-USB Macintosh, you must order the Serial HotSync Cradle separately

    Reviews (389)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This will change the way you do everything!
    I have had my Handspring Visor Deluxe for well over a year now, and it has become a tremendous help to me in many ways. First and foremost is the calendar. No more bulky day planner! Instead, I can pull it out of my front pocket any time I want. I also like the fact that all of the information is on my computer at home and online (using Yahoo! TrueSync software). I also use the to-do list all the time, as well as using my Visor to take notes in class, write emails, play games, and read the news, weather, and even check out local movie listings using AvantGo software. There are thousands of free software applications out there for almost anything you could imagine. The Graffiti text input system is easy to use - I now write just as fast into my Visor as on paper with a pen.

    I have excellent backup software (BackUpBuddy) and inexpensive insurance from PDAs Lost Or Stolen so I don't worry about what will happen if my Visor gets stolen, is lost, or broken.

    If you can't tell already, I LOVE my Visor Deluxe. It helps me to stay organized and on top of things (no small feat). While the design is a bit bulkier than a Visor Edge or a Palm Vx, it is very sturdy, and for the price, I don't think it can be beat. I haven't purchased any accessories for my visor, but I know people who have purchased keyboards and springboard expansion modules, including modems and memory expansions, and they love them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palm Users, You Will Love This!
    I have owned and used a Palm IIIe for a couple of years. I recently ordered the basic Visor for my mom as the lower end Palm devices are simply not available either locally or on the WWW. After the Visor was delivered, we discovered that the cradle that comes standard with the handheld requires USB connection. My mom does not have USB capability so she asked to trade her Visor for my Palm. I must admit that I was skeptical at first and not sure about Handspring. I tend to be loyal to products that have worked well for me. After using the Visor I absolutely think it is a great handheld! I have actually returned it and purchased the deluxe model with 8 MB of storage. It works exactly like my Palm but with these notable exceptions: tons of storage, the ability to expand via the Springboard, great fun colors and a super price! Already there are an assortment of modules and accessories that are quite impressive! I strongly encourage all skeptics out there to seriously look at the Visor! It is a great value and a great product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware...
    I have this visor. I quit using it after a year. The problem is that it uses batteries... normal use you will get arround a week.
    You have to check the batteries even if it has not been used since it consumes batteries. You need to have information stored and updated in your pc AT ALL TIMES, in this way if the information is lost from visor you will be able to recover it-hotsync. Information is usually lost when batteries are low/die.

    I replaced it for the sony clie pega tj25 handheld.

    For all of you who have or plan to buy this item... Good luck.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent for being so cheap
    PROS:
    - Extremely inexpensive
    - Not as large as the Prism model
    - Simple buttons
    - EXCELENTLY designed stylus (reset pin, stylus, and screwdriver combination!)

    The Palm OS on the Visor Deluxe is slightly outdated (3.1 instead of 4+) which can cause headaches if you are trying to install newer software. Also, the casing is a little too large to be a pocket item and the unattaching cover can be annoying at times. Those are some general negatives. Besides that I personally had other problems. I was very careful with my Visor and kept the plastic cover on it unless it was in use. Still, under regular, every-day abuse, the screen cracked while it was in my pocket. Replacement was a simple process and Handspring gets 5 stars on service (though it would have been nice if it wouldn't have had to be replaced in the first place). After receiving my replacement, however, I noted that the stylus was not held in place as it should have been while in the visor, which caused the loss of many styli. Sadly, again after much care, the screen of my Visor mysteriously cracked again. Thus, I am now looking into buying a new PDA and probably won't choose a Visor Deluxe this time, being that they don't withstand my handling well. If you choose to purchase a Visor Deluxe, be careful with it and I would recommend investing in a new protective cover other than the standard one provided.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I own 1
    I am 13 years old and I own one! They are fantastic for all ages! It keeps me organized along with all my school assignments, activities, and contacts. It keeps me entertained anywhere I go and I can always play games or enter more information! I would highly recommend this product! ... Read more


    18. Hewlett Packard DeskJet 648c Printer
    list price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TKMH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 19893
    Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 648C is a compact and quiet ink-jet printer that produces sharp results on plain and photo paper alike. Together, HP's exclusive fast-drying inks, PhotoREt II color-layering technology, and automatic color matching with HP ColorSmart III give you accurate color. In photo mode, the Hewlett-Packard 648C produces 600 x 300 dpi resolution.

    This printer boasts printing speeds of up to 6 ppm in black and 3 ppm in color. It includes a paper tray with a capacity of 100 pages, and it works with a variety of sizes and media. Compatible with both Macintosh and PCs, the Hewlett-Packard 648C features parallel and USB connectivity (USB for Windows 98 and 2000 Professional and Mac OS only).

    Along with the printer, you receive a power cable, black print cartridge, color print cartridge, user's guide, and software package. Software includes Disney Club Blast, HP Internet Connection Center, HP Cartogra PhotoWebsite, HP Photo Printing, and HP Instant Delivery.

    The Hewlett-Packard 648C also comes with a 90-day manufacturer's warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • 600 x 300 dpi color images using photo paper
    • Up to 6 ppm in black, 3 ppm in color
    • Paper tray with 100-sheet capacity
    • USB and parallel ports, PC and Mac compatible
    • Compact size and quiet operation

    Reviews (15)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay for the price
    This printer is pretty much the same quality as the rest of the 600 series, which means that the B&W printing is fine but the Color printing is mediocre and grainy, but it does get the job done. I will note that when we first tried to hook this up to a brand new out of the Box Win98 PC via the USB port it refused to work and only finally cooperated when we hooked it up through an old fashioned Printer Cable. I don't know what benefits, if any, would have been had through a USB connection but HP shipped the wrong drivers in the box aparently so we never found out, and the HP Website Patches didn't help either. In any case I'm MUCH happer with the 900 series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pleased for the money.
    I bought a new HP computer and along with it came this printer. I have used HP printers and I find them very reliable. They are very sturdy, easy to assemble, their ink cartridges are easy, and they have good tech support. You need to realize, however, that this is not a top of the line printer by all means. This is not for someone who does more than 4 print jobs a week. It is a very basic and simple printer. It prints out semi-slowly. I would say one page typed in 20 seconds and one page of color and type in 1 to 2 minutes. So it’s not very fast. It is pretty reliable with a few problems here and there that can be fixed if you are computer literate at all, or you can call tech support. The price is very cheap which is nice, but don't forget that the cartridges are $40+.... that’s what fools many. Overall I recommend this for simple and non-frequent users. If you use a printer on a more regular basis, look into the 810 series or 900 series....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Printer, I love This One!!
    I bought this printer a year ago and it's still going strong. This was my first time buying a product from HP. If you want a good printer for the home you can't go wrong with this printer. This printer prints both Text and Photos great. I have this printer hooked up to my Webtv and I love it. If you want this printer for a business or office I would recommend buying a more updated printer but this one is great for the home or for that collage student. I will deffently buy another HP printer when mine dies.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hewlett Packard DeskJet 648c Printer
    a very good printer. very reliable. very good quality color printing.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average but cheap
    For the money, don't expect much. The black ink printing is actually very good, and the printer prints very fast. It's the color where it runs into trouble. It prints deathly slow and the picture quality isn't so good. If you're looking for a standard, good blank ink printer with optional color, then I reccomend this. If you're looking for a good color printer move up and buy a more expensive printer. My last Epson color printer was excellent, and unfortunately, I moved from that to this. Don't get me wrong, its fine, but don't expect to be wowed by it. ... Read more


    19. HP ScanJet 2200c Color Flatbed Scanner (C8507A)
    list price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AAJP
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
    Sales Rank: 17298
    Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 2200c provides color scanning, and push-buttonoperation, while accommodating 3-D objects and books. Scan your images toWeb, print, or e-mail, with 600-dpi optical resolution and 42-bit color,with this slim, low-profile scanner designed for PC owners.

    A flatbed, one-pass color and monochrome scanner which permits colorcopying when connected to a color printer, the HP 2200c offers an 8.5-by-11.7-inch scanning area and a hinged cover. With hardware resolution of 600 x 1,200 dpi, enhanced to 9,600 dpi, it scans at fast speeds such as 48seconds for a 4-by-6-inch color photo, and just over a minute for a fullpage of text using OCR. HP's software package supports the editing ofscanned documents, saving to storage, printing or sending your image towhatever application (fax, copy, file) you choose. It offers multiple fileformats for images and text alike.

    The 2200c has a practical and versatile USB interface and ships with USBcable and CD-ROM scanning software. The unit is supported by a 90-dayhardware warranty and 90 days of telephone support. ... Read more

    Features

    • Easy-to-use color scanner
    • Built-in scan and copy buttons for 1-touch scanning
    • 600 dpi optical resolution with 42-bit color
    • USB connectivity, PC compatible
    • Includes complete software bundle

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Happy Customer
    My second scanner for my home office. First was in a Brother MFC 6550MC multi-function machine (fax/printer/scanner which didn't have the flat top for difficult documents or books and didn't do anything well). This HP had a cheap price, quick install and does what it promised. I am a software professional, not a hardware guy. I use it connected to my Toshiba laptop runnning Windows 2000. I have other machines (both laptop and tower) running NT 4.0 and I wish it also ran on that, but it doesn't and I knew that before I bought it (I believe NT doesn't yet recognize the USB ports this scanner uses). I looked at the other reviews below. Most made sense to me. I haven't yet tried to use the Adobe software. I do scan documents so that I can manipulate them in WORD. I plan later to utilize the TWAIN capability using it with business card scanning software (normally over [price] and I purchased just the software on [local store] for [price], instead of using their expensive little scanner). I also like the buttons to directly have a scan document print (yea, the button is kinda cheap...but I won't abuse it). Interesting quirk is that this machine doesn't have an "on/off" switch. Wish it did. All in all I am a very happy customer. Good Job HP!
    UPDATE: July 2002 Installed Adobe Software, no problems on my Windows 2000 platform. Functionally, it doesn't do much more than I can accomplish using America Online to manipulate (rotate, cut, brighten) photos. It will get red eye out of photos. I have used this Scanner extensively with CARDSCAN software mentioned above. I can scan a full sheet of Business Cards (10 cards) at a time IF I have a black piece of paper as background so software can identify that there are more than one card to scan. Purchased CARDSCAN for only [price] on [local store], normally over [price]. This scanner saved me over [money]!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Unit for the price.
    This is a easy to setup quick little scanner, not the smallest unit, certainly not the biggest. I find the software to be fine, and I dont even bother with Adobeshare as I save all my scans to a file rather than adobe share. Additionally the gentlemen from India is entirely wrong, you can easily save as any format from the scanner. All my files get saved as jpegs.

    The best feature on this unit is the copier feature, on push of the button and the image goes right to my printer, and it looks awesome.......

    I have ONE COMPLAINT. THe quality of the buttons in front of the machine WILL NOT stand up to heavy use. I dont use them you can activate the features via software... if you forget that HP got cheap on the buttons you will love this unit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars No review - need help
    My granddaughter gave me her unused scanner, hp 2200c, but has lost the software. How do I find an installation disk? I'll be glad to purchase what's needed. Thanx, Bill

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice scanner
    I've owned this scanner for almost two years and has worked perfectly for everything I scan. Never a glitch. Unfortunately I'm now needing one that will scan negatives and slides as well. I wish they were as cheaply priced as this one was. For a first time user, you can't go wrong in buying this little workhorse.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A few bugs to work out
    This is a fairly cheap, good quality scanner. Mine, however, has one little problem: the little ribbon of wire that connects to the light bar often gets tangled when the light bar moves the full length of the tray (which it must do before "starting a new scan") . When it becomes tangled the light bar refuses to move and the motor makes a horrible sound. The only solution is to take it apart and untangle this jumple of wires. The images are otherwise high quality, just seems that the engineers were a little short sighted. ... Read more


    20. Iomega 31713 Zip 100 USB Powered Value Series Drive

    Asin: B00005ML56
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Iomega
    Sales Rank: 10278
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Powered through your computer's USB connection
    • Value-priced
    • Data transfer rate of 0.9 MB/sec
    • Uses 100 MB Zip disks
    • PC and Mac compatible

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Mac and PC friendly!
    I've been burned by Iomega in the past (Jaz drives that died mid-formatting of two different disks - had to trash disks and the drive) but I needed this unit for a design class. Great little drive. Solid performance. No frills on the documentation/software extras side, but works great on both my Win98SE PC and PowerBook G3. File transfers are quick. Exactly what you want in a USB device. Simple, plug-and-play, with no conflicts in either computing platform.
    It's noisier than other Zips, but being bus powered I won't complain. Great way to get the MP3 library off the cable-modem PC and onto the CD-RW connected Mac! Save yourself the hassle of cross-platform networking software, and just swing this drive between computers. Bus powered, so no heavy AC adaptor to carry around. As light as my VST USB floppy drive.
    Nice save, Iomega. Great price, Amazon!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Infuriating packaging, lightweight construction, but works
    This thing comes packaged in TWO (count 'em) thick, clear plastic blisters. Extremely hard to open even with scissors or a serrated knife; also a ludicrous choice environmentally. The drive works as advertised, with an easy-to-install software driver, a good set of updated Zip software tools, and idiot-proof USB plug-and-play compatibility with Windows machines and Macintoshes. I'm a tad concerned about the particularly flimsy construction; it's even a few shades worse than the other Zip drives I've owned, which weren't exactly bullet-proof themselves. If you need a (transportable) Zip drive, well, they don't come any more lightweight and compact than this one, but I'd still go for something sturdier. On the other hand, if your Zip is just going to sit quietly on a corner of your desk, this is a pretty cost-effective storage solution.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great little drive!
    This zip drive is extreamly easy to use and at half the price of the 250. Compact, portable, and great for large file transfers. I recently bought one for my imac so I wouldnt have to deal with my cd burner so often while saving photoshop and illustrator doccuments. Any one who has used a zip knows that it is much faster than burning cds because you can transfer individual files instead of having to burn every file you want on it at once. the few problems I see with this drive are:
    1. Its very noisy and shoots your disk out at you like it just doesnt care.
    2. I dont think this is a quality drive, for the price you pay you may want to take better care of it. I have heard of this drive being delivered defective.

    I personally have not had any problems and I am very happy I have this little guy. I didnt have much money and I just love using zips so this was my choice.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
    Installed in a minute, accesses one out of five of my old zip drives, (they all word fine on my IDE Zip Drive). The ones that it will access, the speed is so slow, you need to leave on overnight for a twenty meg download. Returned the next day.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy
    I could never get the device to work. Technical support was no help. It still does not work and I wasted my money. Not a very good value ... Read more


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