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    1. RCA RM2100 MSNTV Internet Receiver
    $14.19 list($29.99)
    2. Franklin Electronics SA-206 Spelling
    3. Cobra GMRS Two-Way Radio (PR 950DX)
    $9.69 list($0.00)
    4. Music Industries Power Adapter
    $29.99 list($54.99)
    5. Motorola T6220 AA 2-Way Radio
    6. COBRAPR-950DX MicroTalk Two Way
    $34.99 list($59.99)
    7. Cobra FRS 104VP 2-Way Radio and
    8. Uniden GMRS-380 GMRS 2-Way Radio
    9. Motorola T6400 AA 2-Way Radio
    10. Cobra FRS 307 2-Way Radio (Pair)
    $159.95 list($99.99)
    11. Franklin BES-1840 Speaking Spanish/English
    12. CASIOCTK-573 61-Note Music Keyboard

    1. RCA RM2100 MSNTV Internet Receiver

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    Asin: B000069JX2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: RCA
    Sales Rank: 2117
    Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (18)

    5-0 out of 5 stars MSNTV and the puter
    Webtv, now rebranded by Microsoft as MSNTV and known by many of it's users as a LBB (little black box), has been around since 1996 and despite several write offs by some pundits, it just won't go away. And rightly so. It's kind of like the little engine that could. It doesn't go all the places and can't do all the things that a computer can, but for general surfing through search engines and using e-mail, it does quite well. Some people have even made home pages that are right near the top of search engines. I have a computer. I also have Microsoft's MSN One Plan which allows me to use my MSNTV and the puter on MSN's isp service for one price. I find myself using my MSNTV unit much more often because of it's ease. If you have someone in your family you think might be interested in the internet or e-mail, think about getting them a MSNTV unit. And if it works out well, then tell a friend. While neither MSNTV nor even a puter is for everyone, the LBB has brought a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people.

    5-0 out of 5 stars MSNTV-a helpful way to get net access
    MSNTV(formerly Webtv) has gotten some flack from PC users. But this wasn't designed to be a PC! It's low cost, easy way to get internet access. I have been a devoted user sinse 1997(and over the years used different units), and I plan on getting a computer soon and getting the MSN ONE PLAN which allows me to get free MSNTV service for subscribing to MSN for my puter. Why do I love MSNTV? I love the ease of it, not having to sit hunched over in front of a PC for hours..I like surfing the web, instant messaging, e-mailing, online banking, playing online games against my friends online, shopping online, listening to audio streams, all with the wireless keyboard on the comfy couch.Currently, MSNTV is getting ready to release an advanced MSNTV box with DSL, a real hard drive to download, and many more features which will make the new model much like a computer for the TV.I'll be the first in line to get it.I, despite it's limitations, think MSNTV is the neatest tv related applience to come along sinse the Sony Betamax vcr!! It's just a great idea and so much fun....I will never stop being an MSNTV subsriber.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No Viruses
    I own 7 computers and I buy used computers all the time. I have to go in and clear out all the viruses and then load programs into these older systems to once again make them useful. My friends are forever suffering from viruses, trojan horses, and all sorts of other fun problems. I can custom build a computer from scratch without thinking twice on how to do it. You know what? I will not put one of them on the internet. I don't want to have to go in and clean out more viruses and spyware and a host of other junk that will clog up your system. I clean them out once and that is it. Free software comes with free spyware. I don't need that. Computers are also very easy to hack. Try hacking someones webtv system. Good luck there. Yes the system has short comings. It was not designed to act like a computer. Some very ingenious folks have figured out ways to make it act a lot like one though. Do some homework and you can do just about anything with these systems. Especially the plus systems. And yes, I can even burn CD's with it, but then again, I'm a wiz at hooking stuff up to make it all work. I have used other internet access only devices and yet I still stay with this MSNTV box. I have read other's reviews and can only say, they did not do their homework before critisizing these boxes. An example is that one person tried to link an MSN e-mail account to the box, said he was lied to and could not get the account linked, I am useing a address that I have linked into this box. Don't know what he did wrong except maybe fail to use his passport access. If you want safety and the best of both worlds, don't give up the computer, just keep it off line and surf the web with one of these boxes and use it to communicate through e-mail with others. These systems are simple, cheap, reliable, no crashes, and a lot of fun. Not perfect when comparing to a computer, but they were not designed to be compared to a computer. Slow? Yes, but I can live with slow instead of virus attacks that could cost me lost hours, files and even a couple of thousand dollars because I have to buy a new system.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea, Poor Execution, Poor Support
    I bought a new MSNTv (the RCA 2100) for my parents. I was hoping to replace their computer which has become too much for them to manage, and they needed to downsize as well. They also have an MSN dial up account and this allows them to use this account for MSNTv and not have to pay any additional monthly fee. I called MSNTv before I bought this unit to ask if their "" e-mail account could be transfered over to the "" domain and they said "yes just call us when you hook it up". Well this turned out to be a lie. You can access your MSN.COM e-mail on your computer, but your new domain will be WebTV.Net and the two are separate. Then it turns out that many SPAM bocking programs (including SPAMCop) block all WebTV.Net e-mail as SPAM. Appearently the device lacks support for certain e-mail features which validate the e-mail origin and therefore it is thrown out (depending on how the e-mail admin handles SPAM). So my very first test e-mail to my sister never went through, no error msg no nothing, just off into the ether. Also, since MSNTv has its own list of incoming SPAM sites, it regularly blocks e-mail from some very popular domains, including 8 days where they blocked MSN.COM e-mails! The unit is very slow, much slower than a regular computer over the same dial up line, and if you want to surf any web site other than the ones MSNTv picks for you, good luck, you will be there all night. My Sister-in-law likes to send e-mails with pictures embedded in word documents. Obviously this unit can't handle that, but it did not even strip the doc file and let the e-mail through, it just never showed up, no error no nothing. So this unit has very unreliable e-mail capabilities, and is painfully slow at web surfing, and I ended up returning it for a refund. Some time in the coming months a new MSNTv unit (the RCA4100) will be out that will work over broadband and have more support for e-mail that hopefully will fix some of these issues, until then I'd say forget this current product.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and reliable
    After previously owning two piece of junk computers (the second of which now lies at the bottom of Tampa Bay), I went back to the tried-and-true WebTV (now MSNTV) internet terminal. It's great not to have to hunch at a computer desk for hours on end surfing the 'web. Immunity to viruses is another great thing, and I love not having to dump $$$ into a WebTV just it keep it running. People can trash the 'Yugo of the internet world' all they want, but simplicity always wins out in the end. ... Read more

    2. Franklin Electronics SA-206 Spelling Ace with Thesaurus
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B000059YXE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
    Sales Rank: 767
    Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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    Spell it right the first time with the Franklin Spelling Ace withthesaurus. The Spelling Ace gives you access to 100,000 words and 500,000synonyms and antonyms. Dictionary features include phonetic spell correction, auser list, and crossword solver.

    The Spelling Ace comes with eight word games, including anagrams, flash cards,and spelling bee. It also features context-sensitive help text, and a scrollingLCD screen with contrast control.

    The Spelling Ace is powered by four AAA batteries (not included). It comes withautomatic shutoff, volume control, and a one-year warranty. ... Read more


    • Perfect for students
    • Large format keyboard for easy typing
    • 16-character scrolling display
    • 8 word games including anagrams, flashcards, and spelling bee

    Reviews (10)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Scrabble anyone?
    This would be great for 'school age' people. It doesn't have the rarely used words that will score the points in word games.
    It does a great job shuffling letters to find the longest word possible. It displays the words in length / alpha order. I've found it doesn't have definitions for all words in it.

    For doing serious writing, I'll stick with my computer spell-check. I use the Spelling Ace for word games.

    The letters are displayed large and easy to read. No backlight.

    3-0 out of 5 stars (...)
    Urging other customers to buy another product insteadI bought this Franklin SA 206 Spelling Ace for my 10-year-old son hoping that it would be a less expensive version of the Franklin MWD-1440 Dictionary and Thesaurus that I use and enjoy.

    Unfortunately, the Franklin SA 206 Spelling Ace only has a single line display (albeit with very large characters) which requires him to scroll constantly to read the entire dictionary or thesaurus entry. Because of this, he's always borrowing my Franklin MWD-1440 -- which has a five line display -- and is consequently much easier to use.

    If you need a dictionary and thesaurus, get the Franklin MWD-1440 for the five-line display.

    If you don't need the thesaurus, get the Franklin HW 216 Homework Wiz Plus (which I bought for my eight-year-old daughter, who loves it) which -- is a dictionary only -- and has a two-line display.

    The Franklin MWD-1440 Dictionary and Thesaurus, and the Franklin HW 216 Homework Wiz Plus are used constantly. The Frankly SA 206 Spelling Ace just sits in the drawer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars can't you read
    First, this Franklin Spelling Ace is excellent. My children use it everyday in school and at home,and second it is recommended for age groups from 5-13 years old. Dah

    2-0 out of 5 stars absolute crap
    ok so i bought this figuring it will help me with essays and homework. I firgured this would not be the best, but would do its job and that what i wanted. Well it doesnt. First of all the dictionary isnt completely accurate. The Thesaurus and calculator are good. When this came to my door, i was expecting something smaller, and more sleek. This is huge (bigger than my hand) heavy and the letters are huge. They take up the whole screen, so you have to scroll to the sides and up and down to read the words. Overall its junk, its not worth the money, get something a bit more so its worth the money.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not good for much
    I bought this thinking it would be handy to have at school for looking up definitions to words. It's not. The definitions it has are too simple, and they are not easy to read. The print is so large that you must scroll to read the whole entry.

    One of the main reasons I bought it was so I could have a pocket thesaurus if I ever needed to think of that perfect word on the spot. The problem is, the synonyms it provides all have the same definition. Therefore, if I wanted to find another word for "lazy" it would come up with LAZY (ADJ): IND-> with an arrow. You must then press the right arrow twenty times to have it reveal, letter by letter, the rest of the definition. "indisposed to expend effort to achieve and aim" Then when it gives you synonyms, you get words like indolent. Try to see what the definition of indolent is, and you get "indisposed to expend effort to achieve and aim". So, not only is this unhelpful if you need to know how synonyms have different connotations, it's also very frustrating if you're not sure how to pronounce it. Is it INdolent? inDOlent? You have no way of knowing.
    Another final complaint is that the batteries are hard to change. You have to get out a screw driver and everything.

    Anyone who needs a large print pocket speller (useful for spelling ONLY) should buy this. Anyone else should opt for a more expensive version that has better definitions and a larger screen ... Read more

    3. Cobra GMRS Two-Way Radio (PR 950DX)

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    Asin: B0000696HQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Cobra
    Sales Rank: 19752
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (10)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Cobra GMRS 950 DX
    This moderately sized, 22 channel unit provides a lot of radio for the price. 2 watts of output on all GMRS channels and 0.5 watts on FRS only (switchable on GMRS) are available. A wide range of call tones, VOX operation, programmable scan, backlighting and water resistance are useful features. The listed operation time is 24 hours with 4 AAA alkalines. The units come with a hand strap but no evident attachment point. A removable belt clip is included. The units are lightweight (essentially all plastic-rubber construction) but feel well built...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cobra GMRS Two-Way Radio Pair (PR 950-2 DX)
    We just rec'd the radios via UPS and couldn't wait to try them out. Aft. putting in the battaries and reading the instruction manual, I went out around the neighborhood while my wife stayed in our apt. I was very impressed w/ the clarity of these radios. I had bought a diff. brand last yr. at Wal-Mart for hunting (in WV Natl. Forrests). They also had a 5mi. range. We were lucky if we could understand each other at 100yds and these were a major brand. Our older 2 channel Cobra Walk-abouts were better than those. Needless to say, I returned them for refund. These new Cobra's are incredible and loaded w/ features. The only thing that has me puzzled is that there's no place to clip the wrist straps that came w/ the radios. These I'm sure, will prove to be a great investment. Thanks Cobra!
    Be blessed!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Radios
    I must say I was very impressed with the 950DX Radio. This is the first radio I have had where I did not get excessive static while talking. I tried another brand, instead of sticking with Cobra, and I will never do that again. I live in a woody and hilly area and the reception is still good, even from a couple miles away. I would definitely recommend these radios to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cobra GMRS 950 DX
    Great radio for the price - they are water resistant but they DO NOT FLOAT.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cobra GMRS 950 DX
    Great radios for the price - they are water resistant but they DO NOT FLOAT! ... Read more

    4. Music Industries Power Adapter For Casio Keyboard (AC5CS)
    list price: $0.00
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    Asin: B000066E6W
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Music Industries
    Sales Rank: 29628
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    Product Description

    The AC-5 is a 9-volt power adapter and is the equivalent of Casio's AD-5. ... Read more

    5. Motorola T6220 AA 2-Way Radio (Evergreen)
    list price: $54.99
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    Asin: B00005B49B
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 12485
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    The small, compact Motorola TalkAbout T6220 allows you to keep in touchwith others for up to two miles. With 14 channels and 38 privacy codes, thiscolorful green Family Radio Service two-way radio screens out interference fromother radios.

    The T6220 features 10 weather channels to provide up-to-the-minute reports andalerts on weather conditions. Additionally, it has VibraCall alert, whichvibrates to notify you of incoming calls; 10 selectable call tones; and a visualindicator that lets you know when other radios are out of range.

    Other features include Eavesdrop Reducer with three scramble settings andchannel scan. This radio has a 35-hour talk time and runs on three AA alkalinebatteries (sold separately).

    The TalkAbout T6220 is covered by a one-yearwarranty. ... Read more


    • 14 channels
    • 2-mile range
    • 38 sub-channels
    • 8 NOAA weather channels
    • 10 audible call tones

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now this is an FRS!!!
    I've been waiting for a few write up on the T6220, I couldn't wait any longer so I bought one for me. Wouldn't you know it? I've bought 2 Motorola T289 a few months ago, been very happy w/ them. Has all the features I wanted in an FRS.

    Now Motorola comes out w/ the T6220. A bit lighter & smaller than the T289, has most of the features of the T289, but the T6220 also has 10 weather channels, & a vibrate mode. I've just bought this FRS this evening, so I won't have a chance to do a field test for a few days.......oh the wait! It's better looking than the T289.

    But here are some thoughts about the T6220. It's a bit lighter, the shape fits the hand better. It's not as "thick" as the T289, a bit slimmer. The belt clip is really nice, a bit tight for the radio to turn, but I'm sure after a few uses, it'll turn smoothly on the clip. The clip looks pretty durable, much better than the belt holster for the T289. The manual will take me some time to read & learn how to use the features of the T6220. It is pretty in depth, it seems you have to press a few buttons to set the radio to your preference. It says it's weather resistant, I hope so. The screen is a bit small to look at, the backlight is red, but once you set the radio to your liking, I don't think it should be a big deal.

    I hope the T6220 is as good/great as the T289, I've been very happy w/ the T289. The weather channels will be handy when we go camping this summer. The one feature I wish this had, that the T6320 has is a digital compass. But the T6320 is quite expensive & bulky for just one feature to have.

    I think that the T6220 will take over the T280 & 289, it may phase out those two FRS. If you're looking for a pair of FRS & name brand is important plus features & price, this is the way to go. Now I have 5 FRS, one for each family member. We can really stay in touch!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Pros, Cons and the Irony of Time
    This product was top 'o the heap when it appeared in the fall of 2001, almost two and a half years ago. And no pun intended, in many ways it is still an "Evergreen" because it can do a thing or two that are fast disappearing from the latest models in this hyperspeed technology: "lock onto" (hunt, troll for) the strongest signal is a feature that used to be routine but is fast disappearing except on pro models such as those for mall security guards.

    Lock is (was?) a darn handy feature, too, but precisely because two-way radios have become so popular the radio-makers are eliminating it because it's intrusive to other users, especially professional users and semi-pros like mall security guards. (Hint: the politic thing to do at a novice mall is check with a security guard to see which is "their" channel--and stay off it.)

    Is this particular model, Motorola T6220AA, still available? If this price is right, go for it PROVIDED your kids can handle the PTT (push-to-transmit) button. It's more awkward than on later model, 'tho in my opinion it isn't as disabling as "The Leading Consumer Magazine" would have us believe. Nonetheless, it takes the oppposable thumb of a nine-year-old to work it fluently, something to think about before hitting the trail.

    I would not recommend paying any extra money for a recharging stand if it uses the obsolescent Nickel-Cadmium form of rechargeable battery pack. Those little devils use a battery cell with a "memory" -- for example, if you recharge a cell that's only 60 percent deleted, from that point on, the battery will only have a sixty percent capacity! (Fortunately, that format is rarely sold, having given way to the Nickel-Metal Hydride and Lithium-Ion formats.) Just buy your AA Alkalines in the cheapest format -- store-brand eight packs or whatever's on sale -- and change them at the first sign of weakness. Also please be sure to dispose of them in accordance with your local environmental regulations!

    While I have your ear, I want to say that I have had the very best of experiences with the Motorola brand, especially with their walkie-talkies. I use what is basically a longer-range, later-generation version of the above. Sometimes it's useful in the woods, on "Mall patrol" and it's even handy at home as a kitchen-to-TV room intercom! Motorola's help-line people are wonderful, too.

    I've been following this field for the past several years. Just some recommendations in general:

    (1) You are unlikely ever to get MORE than the mileage range the unit indicated. However, if you go for the extended-range models, expect to pay almost double, contend with some very confusing FCC forms, and pay an annual fee of $70. Nonetheless, it doesn't pay to skimp if you intend to use them for hiking, car caravaning, or even failsafe team-shopping in the largest cruciform malls. (Few things stop radiation better than heavy stone like granite or marble.)

    (2) Besides the PTT aspect, kid-friendliness is a factor. Few people regret friendlies such as glow-in-the-dark handles and handles that clip to the belt.

    (3) Once you decide to pay the upper might as well get units that include the NOAA weather service, especially those that can be set to warn you of impending disaster like tornados that have just touched-down.

    (4) For an additional $20-30, rechargeable battery packs and a recharger stand are a dandy (except for the obsolescent Nickle Cadmium format mentioned above). Proprietary battery packs provide the exact voltage the unit requires (expressed in "milliamps" not volts) and last longer. Save a good deal of money in the long run, provided the family is disciplined enough to recharge them when necessary.

    (5) These little walkie-talkies are pretty tough but for heaven's sake, don't let the kids swing them by the "rubber duck" antenna!

    (6) If you're comfortable with the above technical and legal restrictions, a two-way unit can save its users quite a lot of money compared to a cell phone. Walkie-talkies are not a warmed-over genre; they are here to stay!

    (7) Amazon itself is a great way to comparison shop. They did not twist my arm to say this. ;)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Information, Please
    I agree with practically all the critics and their thoughtful reviews of the Motorola T6220 AA 2-Way Radio (that's "Walkie-Talkie" for us over 35 years of age). "Evergreen" is simply its color and of cosmetic value only, like a cell phone's face plate.

    I've just edited and updated my original review of September 2001 to reflect the fact that, although this particular model is technically obsolescent in some ways, there is a good medium-sized PRO that is built into the unit that is worth considering when purchasing it. The individual consumer's decision is to weigh that against the various CONS that have to do with the intervening 2 years'-plus worth of the newer units' technology (especially the improved storage formats of proprietary, rechargeable battery packs.)

    As most reviewers agree, Motorola is terrific value, a good tradeoff of function for the dollar. It is no surprise that Motorola units lead the market together with Cobra and Uniden with their Citizen Band heritage.

    Experience and talking with other enthusiasts have generated a few general recommendations about the "Walkie-Talkie" format in general and perhaps some relevant buying tips. If you'd like to see them, please refer to the re-edit of original review dated September, 2001, which bears the re-edited title "The Ironies of Time . . . "

    Thank You.

    Allen Smalling.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Recreational Two-Way Radio
    Transmission impressively clear and crisp, as long as you are not out of range, battery life is excellent, and the weather station feature is a total blast.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great radio, great price
    I just got this radio last month and I already love it. It has the perfect amount of features: just enough, but not too many. If you want a radio a notch above the usual, with useful features like scan, vibrate, and weather radio, this is the radio for you. Reception is excellent, as with all Motorola radios. This is a great FRS for the money. However, I give it 4 stars because it is a little confusing to learn. For the elderly or small children, I would reccommend the Motorola 5200s. They do not have all the features, but they are super-easy to use. Overall though this is a great buy for the money. ... Read more

    6. COBRAPR-950DX MicroTalk Two Way Radio with Batteries and Charger

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    Asin: B0000696HR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Cobra
    Sales Rank: 26237
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Select FRS or GMRS frequencies
    • FRS requires no license and offers a 2-mile range
    • GMRS requires a license and offers a 5-mile range
    • Includes 4 AAA NIMH rechargeable batteries and battery charger
    • Illuminated LCD screen

    Reviews (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars sound great, but jeez, get the basics right
    These radios sound great - they are clear and crisp and the battery life is great. I also like the way the lock feature works and the fact that you can select high/low power at the touch of a button.

    However, I bought a set of two of these, and at one point or another, both of them have refused to turn off. Turn the knob to the off position, it clicks to off, but the radio stays on. One of them works pretty well, only exhibiting this behavior occasionally, but the other one never turns off. Put the batteries in, it's on until they die (luckily that's a long time with these radios).

    Secondly, they don't handle cold weather well at all.
    Try this: Take one snowboarding, but leave it turned off. After about an hour or two of boarding you'll feel a vibration in your pocket. Yes, the thing has turned itself on, kicked itself into vibrate mode and started vibrating. But there's no display on the LCD! It still thinks it's turned off.

    So Cobra, if you are listening, getting the thing to turn off shouldn't be a big technical challenge for you - engineers have been very successfully designing devices that turn off going all the way back to the invention of the light bulb.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Much to Add to Other Reviews - It¿s Worth Purchasing!
    See other relevant reviews under the item "Cobra GMRS Two-Way Radio Pair (PR 950-2 DX)." (Unlike the pair, this product has NiMH batteries and a charger.) I agree with those reviews, which basically say that these radios have great sound quality and range. Just a few more points for people who are trying to decide whether to buy one:

    SIZE: About the same size as the competitors. Without the antenna and belt clip, it's 11 cm high, 6.5 cm wide, and 2.5 cm thick. (That's about 4-1/2 inches x 2-1/2" x 1".) The antenna adds another 6.5 cm (2-1/2") to the height on one side, and the convenient off/on/volume knob 1 cm (1/2") to the other. One unit weighs about 180 grams (6 ounces) with the batteries.

    SCANNING: The PR950 has 22 channels: 7 FRS (Family Radio Service, channels 8-14), 8 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service, channels 15-22), and 7 FRS/GMRS (channels 1-7). It has CTCSS (Continuous Tone Controlled Squelch System) with 38 codes per channel. Unfortunately, it can scan only the main channels, the codes within one channel, or the up-to-ten codes in its memory. For example, let's say that someone is transmitting on channel 6, code 17; your scan would be able to find that channel 6 is active, but then you have to do a second scan to determine that code 17 is the one being used. I find simultaneous channel-and-code scanning easier to use. Also, it takes five presses of the "mode" button to start scanning; I would have preferred a separate button.

    BATTERY LIFE: In the manual, is given as 24 hours in a "1:1:18 ratio" (I think that means that it is tested when transmitting 5%, receiving 5%, and doing neither 90% of the time). That's a pretty long battery life compared with the competition. The selectable high/low (2 or 0.5 watt) power output on GMRS channels helps save the batteries.

    OTHER NOTES: The LCD display has a lot of information, such as signal strength meter, whether power saver is on, etc. A button on the side toggles the backlight and also toggles the monitor-a-single-channel feature (called "Maximum Range Extender"). The wrist strap attaches to the bottom of the PR 950. There are speaker and microphone jacks at the top and a charger jack on the side; all three jacks have rubber covers. The 10 outgoing call tones are useful; when people call you, you can choose to be alerted by call tone, by vibration, or both. The voice activation (VOX) mode with five sensitivity settings worked fine for hands-free transmissions. The end-of-transmission tones or "roger beep" can be turned on or off. You can turn off the keystroke tones and can lock the Channel, Mode, and Enter buttons.

    CONCLUSION: Buy this excellent 2-way radio at! ... Read more

    7. Cobra FRS 104VP 2-Way Radio and Desktop Charger (Pair)
    list price: $59.99
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    Asin: B000069115
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Cobra
    Sales Rank: 22654
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Cobra has upped the ante with this package.They took the popular FRS 104 andthrew in a battery recharging unit, complete with a dual desktop charger and two rechargeableNiMH battery packs. The battery packs will run for approximately fifteen hours; if you use your2-way radio often, these battery packs will not only save you money, but will also save yourlocal landfill valuable space. The FRS 104 is a simple-to-use, reliable, durable 2-way radio. It'sperfect for both family and business use. Take it to the beach or the ski area; use it betweenconstruction floors or in a loading dock. With a two mile range, the 104 gives you the maximumamount of power available without a FCC license. You'll appreciate the backlit LCD screen inevening or early morning. Whether you want to use your 2-way radio to make life easier or safer,or both, the efficient Cobra 104 is a nice choice.

    What's in the Box
    Two FRS 104 2-way radios, dual desktop charger, AC wall adaptor, two rechargeable NiMHbattery packs, two belt clips, a user's manual, and a two year limited warranty. ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Used in Baghdad, Iraq
    This is a great set of radios for the price to include the charging station. Great range and clarity. I haven't had to use them no more than one kilometer, but with all the buildings in my area, these are great. Really practical without all the extras.

    Con--NO KEYPAD LOCK! I had to constantly check to see if I was on the right channel due to the equipment I carry hanging across my chest, but to stay alert is to stay alive so I adapted.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Channel button qualifies as a manufacturing defect!
    I bought a pair of FRS 104's for a recent trip to wine country and was quite disappointed. The channel button has NO LOCK, and is large and easy to bump (i.e. accidentally change). This flaw rendered the FRS 104 virtually unusable! You can't put this radio in your purse or pocket and still stay in touch. You can't even casually pick it up to carry on a conversation without the danger of inadvertant channel changes. I e-mailed Cobra about this, but was snubbed and told to take it up with my retailer. Fortunately Lowe's has a great exchange policy and I'm now the proud owner of 2 Motorola T6220's-for a mere 13 dollars more. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone. No way, No how. ... Read more

    8. Uniden GMRS-380 GMRS 2-Way Radio w/5-Mile Range and 15 Channels (Pair)
    list price: $89.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006BMX4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Uniden
    Sales Rank: 20823
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (3)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Prices are going way down on Uniden's GMRS 380 2-way radios!
    After purchasing a pair of 380's for my wife and I, we are pleased that we only had to pay 25.00 USD for these units. Best Buy was blowin them out as a clearance sale. The range is only as good as line of sight, that is to say if you were on top of a tall building and could see the person to whom you were transmitting to, you might get the advertised range of up to five miles "as the crows flys". R.F. power out is rated at 2 watts! On the other hand, most people use these units for short distance communications, and can be satisfied with maybe a mile with objects in the way of the r.f. that is being emitted. All IN ALL THEY WERE WORTH 25.00 FOR THE PAIR, GIVEN THE OLD ADDAGE,"YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR".

    2-0 out of 5 stars GMRS 380-2 by Uniden
    I purchased this product because it was the best deal for what was advertised on the package. I returned this product for not coming close to matching what was advertised on its package. "Up to a 5 mile range" was what was promised, however, transmissions were unintelligible after 3/4 of a mile and stopped completely after only 1 mile. I could also hardly make sense out of what was being said to me over the radio during transmissions. This model performed worse than other types that I had tried that only had a 2-mile range. ... I had planned to keep them and just use them at the fair, mall, beach,etc... but crowds of people REALLY slaughtered the range on these puppies. ... In all fairness they weren't a total hunk of trash, but save your money and go for a better model or manufacturer all together.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Uniden GMRS-380
    Very nice size. Uses AAA batteries (small) so batteries won't last as long as AA. The volume/on-off control rotates the wrong way. Doesn't have the volume of the Motorola FRS/GMRS radios so hard to hear in noisy places. Very positive tactile feel on transmit button so good with gloves. Battery charge contacts on outside of case so can be used with drop-in charger. Controls very intuitive and logical. Does not have compass or stopwatch so no confusing menus. Display has large digits but no backlight. Nice small size. ... Read more

    9. Motorola T6400 AA 2-Way Radio
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00005OMZ7
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 15063
    Average Customer Review: 3.18 out of 5 stars
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    Motorola brings together the power of General Mobile radio service (GMRS) with the convenience of Family Radio Service (FRS) in the TalkAbout T6400 two-way radio. Built rugged with a cobalt-blue finish, this radio is designed to be used indoors and outdoors and has a range of up to five miles on GMRS channels and one mile on FRS channels.

    The TalkAbout T6400 has 22 channels with 38 privacy codes and features Motorola's Eavesdrop Reducer scrambling technology and QuieT6000 noise minimizer. Other features include voice compression for better sound at longer distances, plus clock, alarm, and stopwatch. The TalkAbout T6400 operates on AA alkaline batteries.

    Important note to customers: All two-way radios that use GMRS frequencies require an FCC license. For licensing information and applications (form Nos. 605 and 159), call the FCC forms hotline at (800) 418-FORM or check online at For questions concerning the license application, contact the FCC at (800) CALL-FCC (225-5322). ... Read more


    • 22 channels
    • 5-mile range
    • Clock/stopwatch/alarm
    • 38 sub-channels
    • Scrambling and noise-reduction

    Reviews (17)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not pleased
    After getting in my car with a pair of the 6400's as well as a pair of the older talkabout 200's, I drove 1.2 miles and tested both of them individually. To my astonishment, using the GMRS frequency at 1 watt added no improvement over my older family frequency radios. In fact, I believe my older radios with the ALLEGED 2 mile range using FF, out performed the new ones using the 5 mile frequency (GMRS). The clarity seemed better. Aside from the bells and whistles on the 6400 series, the range and clarity improvements are unremarkable and frankly, I think Motorola should be sued for false advertising. Neither the 2 mile FF or the 5 mile GMRS even remotely live up to Motorola's claims even in good conditions. Finally, I have to say, I am disappointed with Motorola because they have changed the ports to which the audio accessories (I. E. microphones.) connect. This is a nasty move that forces consumers to buy different $40.00 microphones just because we chose to get a new model radio. Pretty unethical if you ask me. I am considering different brands due to my disappointment in Motorola's ethics. The only perk to the new 6400 series is that they have some convenient features although, I am not sure the newer FF models didn't have these features as well. If it's distance you want or bang for your buck, save your FCC licencing $$ and stick with FF or take the leap and get the Distance series radios. At the least, dont pay full price for this radio. The current rebates definitely make the Motorola's more reasonable. Also, consider the option of other manufacturers that don't charge the premiums that Motorola does. Bottom line,,, can I get the features and performance I enjoy from a different manufacturer for much less money? That remains to be seen but, I have a feeling the answer is yes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I have had FRS since the start
    I started back when there was only one channel in FRS. I bought two radios from Radio Shack, they were the best of the whole bunch, but the dog chewed off the antennas one day. Ever since then I have not found a decent replacement. I bought other radios but had issues with them all. The good thing about these 6400's over other radios I have owned:
    -rechargable batteries save a lot of $$$
    -rubberized trim for protection
    -auto-off to save batteries
    -call beeps, we use them as "code"

    -large display
    -good size belt click with no need for a case
    -the dog doesn't like the taste of these antennas. :>

    I have two of these, I am buying a third for guests. I found the best radio!

    3-0 out of 5 stars nice features, mediocre sound
    These radios have some great features like the automatic shut-off, but ultimately the sound quality is not that much better than the lower-end Motorola models. The voice scrambler is useless, it ends up making your voice sound like a robot.

    I got mine from Office Depot for about the same price as the lower end T5300 series using a combination of store and manufacturer coupons. Otherwise, I'm not sure they'd be worth the extra money.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not better than Midland G11C2
    I bought one pair from BestBuy last month and tested them while taking a trip in Maine. FRS chanels works OK (good sound quality) but only gave me 1.5 mile in seashore area! GMRS channels disappointed me by merely 2.5 miles on open highway and 2.0 mile in the woods. But my friends were quite impressed by the looks and features. I accdently drop one to the rock from 6 feet height and you know what?-- not even a den--I considered myself lucky. In short, it looks better than it 'souds'...
    They were returned to BestBuy for refund!
    With license fee paid, I bought a pair of Midland G11C2. they are lightweighted/easyhandled, less fansy features but at least gave me 3 to 4 miles distance in a driving car and almost five miles at Jersey shores, though consuming battery fast. I think I will stay with them for a while before better models come out.

    1-0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE Range
    I can't get more than 1/4 mile range out of these things on a consistent basis. Line of site is not better than 1/2 mile. I plant to return them at my earliest convenience. ... Read more

    10. Cobra FRS 307 2-Way Radio (Pair)

    Asin: B00006CJJY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Cobra
    Sales Rank: 24332
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    With the Cobra 307-2 pair of radios you'll receive 532 channel combinations to keepyour conversations private and secure. These fourteen channel microTalk radios are waterresistant and compact. As with most FRS radios, you'll have a two mile range under normalgeographic and weather conditions. The backlit LCD screen will give you nighttime capabilities;meanwhile, the hands free (VOX) components of the 307-2 offers a safety feature not all 2-waysgive you. The 4 AAA batteries last an impressive twenty-four hours. Other notable featuresinclude: key lock, dual watch, auto squelch, battery saver circuitry, and ten channel memory. Allthis, and Cobra gives you a two year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    2 FRS 307-2 2-way radios, belt clip, wrist strap, a user's manual, and a 2 year limited warranty. ... Read more


    • 14 channels
    • 2-mile range
    • Water resistant
    • Hands free capable
    • 38 sub-channels

    11. Franklin BES-1840 Speaking Spanish/English Dictionary
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00000JSFW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Franklin Electronics
    Sales Rank: 10556
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    Franklin's BES-1840 Speaking Desktop Spanish Master with the Larousse dictionary is a portable electronic Spanish dictionary with an eight-line display. Its features include over 2.5 million translations, ClariSpeech, advanced verb conjugations, cultural notes, travelers' phrases, grammar guide, Test of English as a Foreign Language word list, and much more.

    With this electronic dictionary you can translate words instantly and hear how they are pronounced or conjugate verbs at the touch of a button. You can use the grammar guide to learn parts of speech and verb tenses. You also have access to a variety of helpful travelers' phrases recorded in a human voice.

    To expand your knowledge of Spanish culture, you can explore the built-in cultural notes. This unit allows you to create your own study list of words and instantly highlight a word and find its translation. Franklin's BES-1840 teaches a new Spanish word each time you turn the unit on. This dictionary is so powerful it can find words for you even when you've misspelled them. ... Read more


    • Translates and pronounces 250,000 English and Spanish words
    • Spelling correction and verification in English and Spanish
    • User word list for spelling review and vocabulary building
    • Slot for 1 Bookman book card
    • Webster Dictionary version

    Reviews (15)

    3-0 out of 5 stars excellent software, poor design.
    This product is a mixed blessing. The software and the features it offers are outstanding: it has full comprehensive English/Spanish, Spanish/English translations including complete conjugation of verbs, numerous useful phrases, expressions and idioms, plus the ability to pronounce all words. These features make it an invaluable tool in learning Spanish or English.

    However, it is mindboggling why the people at Franklin decided to make this electronic translator aerodynamic. It's not supposed to fly after all! Unfortunately, they have traded functionality for looks: the buttons are very small and hard to press which gets to be very annoying after a while. Most importantly, the screen is hard to read (you have to look at it at an angle to avoid seeing the reflection of yourself). Finally, the top line is generally hard to read which is very disturbing since it is usually the most important line.

    I sincerely hope that the design flaws will be fixed in the next version - it would make a trully exceptional product.

    2-0 out of 5 stars second year spanish student
    I had great hopes for this machine. Immediately I noticed that the first line of the entry always seemed to be in a dark shadow and I had to try tipping the unit to get light into the inner screen to make it readable. It too often doesn't have the words --- even many very common ones in its database. The voice is extremely fuzzy when you try the audio pronunciation feature. It only has a few forms of many of the the words I am seeking. If this unit really has 250,000 words -- as they tell us---then they should create a new one with a couple of million

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than a paper dictionary
    I like being able to find words quickly, in either English or Spanish, with this dictionary. It contains a large number of words, and it conjugates verbs. There have been quite a few times it has not had a word I requested. Its important weaknesses are that it translates only words and does not recognize phrases; also, the speaking voice is fuzzy. I also noticed that it mispronounced one Spanish word (pajaro). On the up side, mine has worked well for 3-4 years, and it does not require frequent battery changes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Translator
    Yes, This is a good translator gave it has a gift to my girlfriend and she loves it and it really helped my spanish writing skills.Only downfall is battery removal & install. The Screen could be better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful for me
    I am a physician and in the summer time I have some migrant patients come to work in our area, I always feel handicap to communicate with them and make them feel we care for them. So I brought some spanish medical conversation books but I can't pronounce it, so it was useless. As I found out about Franklin BES 1840 and brought it. Since then I use the BES 1840 to help me and I can communicate adequately for my patients to understand some simple phases, and they appreciate that I try to learn their language. I highly recommend Franklin BES 1840, it may be sound mechanical, but very adequate and easy to use. I do wish they can expand their vocabulary. ... Read more

    12. CASIOCTK-573 61-Note Music Keyboard

    Asin: B00006HGY6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Casio
    Sales Rank: 33928
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    • 128 PCM Tones (General MIDI compatible) plus 9 drum/percussion kits
    • 100 Rhythm Patterns
    • 50 Built-in songs
    • 3-Step Teaching System
    • Backlit LCD Window displays selections and status

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