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    1. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with
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    1. Garmin eTrex Vista 24 MB GPS with Compass, Altimeter, and PC Cable
    list price: $319.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000058BCR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 179
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Garmin's eTrex Vista GPS receiver is smaller than its popular eMaps, but far more powerful. The Vista offers more memory, more features, and more convenience than any other GPS hardware in this price range.

    Don't be fooled by the product's small screen. Although smaller than the display used in products like the eMap, it has a higher resolution, letting it show more information more crisply. Small text can be difficult to read from a distance, but there are "big number" options available to make important data like your speed easy to read.

    It's this configurability that makes the eTrex Vista so special.
     
    Map page (shown with optional MapSource topo detail).
    You can easily set it up to suit your needs, regardless of the situation. Menu choices are highlighted and confirmed with a small joystick near the top of the unit, providing an elegant interface for navigating a formidable amount of options. Our only complaint is that the joystick used to access all the product's features is offset to the left, making it nearly impossible to control using only your right hand. When the joystick is held in your left hand, however, every control is within easy reach of your left thumb, freeing your right hand to hold a flashlight, walking stick, lantern, or anything else.

    This GPS unit's diminutive size and weight, not to mention its rugged design, make it an ideal hiking companion. It's waterproof in up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and is generously coated with shock-absorbing rubber. The barometric altimeter keeps a historical record of your ascents and descents, graphing elevation changes so you can easily track your progress.
     
    Elevation page
    The ability to store waypoints, points of interest, routes, and other information means you can blaze your own trail and always find your way back to camp.

    Best of all, 24 MB of internal memory makes it possible to store an enormous amount of data from Garmin's optional MapSource CDs, turning the eTrex Vista into an interactive road atlas. The memory isn't expandable, but 24 MB is enough to store street-level data for entire states in some cases.

    A serial cable is included for transferring the maps from your PC to the GPS unit, but it's terribly slow. A USB connector, sold separately, transfers data in a fraction of the time.

    The eTrex Vista was very accurate in testing, especially in a car on the open road. Accuracy diminished somewhat when the device was used in heavy tree cover or a dense urban area, but not enough that you're ever going to get lost or miss an exit. Used side-by-side with an eMap, the eTrex Vista kept up in update speed while displaying even more information on the moving map than the eMap did, cementing its position as perhaps the best all-around handheld GPS unit money can buy. --T. Byrl Baker

    Pros:

    • Small and light without sacrificing features
    • 24 MB of integrated memory stores reams of detailed maps
    • High-resolution screen displays sharp text legible even at extremely small sizes

    Cons:

    • Can't be used one-handed when held in the right hand
    • Smaller display is hard to read from a distance, as when the device is placed on a dashboard
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    Features

    • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with barometric altimeter, electronic compass, and Americas base map
    • Store more maps and different types of data (marine, roads, and more) with 24 MB of storage; PC cable included
    • Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data
    • High-resolution liquid-crystal display for easy reading
    • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software; includes serial PC interface

    Reviews (75)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Thought
    I'd like to start this review by saying that I'm a Registered Maine Hunting Guide with years of expirience navigating in the back country and plenty of expirience using different brands of GPSs. That said, I nearly didn't buy this GPS after reading some of the reviews for it, I'm glad I did.
    I recently returned from a 2 week hunting excursion in Northern Maine in unfamiliar territory. The Vista greatly aided me in knowing exactly where I was at all times. I purchased the Map Source Topo program for it and loaded my maps. I had room for all of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire in it. While all the newer logging roads weren't on the map, a lot of them were.
    The electronic compass is a neat feature and saves you from getting out your regular compass when orienting yourself, but I do like a regular compass better.
    As I was all ready familiar with Garmin GPSs, this GPS was very easy for me to use. To many convienient features to list. This GPS did everything I wanted it to and then some. Battery life was exceptable and the only time I had any problem with reception was during a heavy snow storm while in fairly heavy tree cover.
    A friend of mine has the Garmin Legend GPS and while it is less money he was only able to load about half of the state on it. So for more money and features the Vista is the way to go.
    The small "shirt pocket" size, the topo map and all the other great features make this a "Must Have" for any back country traveler.
    If you're looking for a GPS to use in your vehicle, pick a different model, the small size of this unit that makes it great for hand held use makes it to small to use effectively in your vehicle.
    All in all this GPS is great in my opinion, it is absolutely perfect for me and my uses. Great quality, easy to use, convienient features, small size, fast updates. Have I left any thing out? If you're a hunter, hiker or back country traveler this is the GPS for you.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very useful.
    I ordered this GPS unit for a trip out west to several National Parks. I also ordered the very expensive National Parks West maps from Garmin. I downloaded the maps for several of the parks I was to visit, so that I would get detailed trail maps once I got there. Once at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I went to use my eTrex Vista with the "detailed" map and all I got was a rough location of the city I was near. Clearly the detailed map did not download properly, or when I entered map info for one park it overwrote the information I downloaded for other parks. The only park listed was the last park I downloaded and I never ended up going to that park, so my purchase was a complete waste of money. If you are completely incapable of reading a map, perhaps this unit can be of use to you driving down the road, of course it barely receives a signal from within a car, you have to get out and hold the unit if there are any trees or buildings around. The screen is also too small and not in color, and the batteries don't last long enough. I have stock in Garmin, so I suppose I should not bad mouth them too much, but if I could return this unit to Amazon, I would.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GARMIN HAS GOOD RECEPTION
    I own 3 GPS receivers and I will say Garmin did an excellent job. The receiver is much more sensitive to satellite signals than my other GPSs. Just don't expect too much from this small unit with tiny screen and very slow CPU for screen refresh. It will drive you nuts to use it for street navigation. It is suitable for back trailing in the mountains. For street navigate, I strongly suggest that you hook this unit up with a laptop but make sure that GPS is set to NMEA and the software GPS setting is also correct. Conclusion, don't street navigate with this unit alone and don't buy a no brand GPS under $90 because you will not be happy with the reception.

    Eddy

    1-0 out of 5 stars A poor offering by Garmin
    This expensive (for gps units) includes the PC Cable but DOES NOT include the ability to comunicate with your PC. After waiting 17 minutes for customer service I was told that I had to purchase a $29 software to be able to download my waypoints to my computer. I don't need extra maps - I only want to download my waypoints.

    In the waypoint view - over half of the display is the flag symbol and the co-ordinates are so small as to be practically useless in the field.

    This is my fifth Garmin product and in the past have been happy with the performance. I give this a 1 as it is little better than a $99 unit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS Unit And A Great Price!
    Another reviewer here said it best: don't let the misleading negative reviews of this product prevent you from taking a good look at the Garmin eTrex Vista. (Honestly, what are some of these people wanting to do with a GPS device? Fix a waypoint on a specific part of a cow patty in a farmer's field somewhere?)

    This is the first GPS handheld I've purchased after carefully reviewing other models from other brands at a local store with true "hands on" comparisons. I thought the Garmin products were by far the most intuitive and user-friendly of the GPS handhelds I played with. Great features and an excellent value for the money. (...)

    Looking at the less expensive eTrex Legend and the Vista and wondering which to buy? Well, the Legend is great but it lacks the Vista's electromagnetic
    compass or air-pressure altitude indicator if that is important to you. It also has much less memory capacity (8MB) for storing detailed Mapsource maps.

    I have loaded my Vista with topo maps from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and it took up all 24MB of memory (of course, it really is a lot of detail we're talking about here). I would think that the memory capacity of the Legend could be a significant limitation if you are looking at getting into extra topo or metro guide maps. If you have no use for extra maps or an electromagnetic
    compass and altimeter, then the Legend might be the way to go.

    Personally, I think the Vista represents a better overall value for the dollar.

    Ignore the naysayers and compare the GPS units for yourself. I'm very happy with the Vista and would have made the same purchase if I had to do it all over again. ... Read more


    2. Garmin GPS V Deluxe 19 MB GPS with PC Cable
    list price: $349.99
    our price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000066TPO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 610
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Never get lost again when you use the versatile and powerful GPS V Deluxe from Garmin. This compact global positioning system (GPS) receiver can be mounted in your vehicle and used as a handheld navigator. The GPS V Deluxe coordinates signals from 12 satellites to pinpoint your position anywhere on the globe, and has WAAS capability. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a system of satellites and ground stations that provides GPS signal corrections, giving you up to five times better position accuracy than just the GPS signal. A WAAS-capable receiver can give you a position accuracy of better than three meters 95 percent of the time.



    The Garmin GPS V can be dash mounted...
    With 19 MB of built-in memory, the GPS V Deluxe can store dozens of maps and routes in memory. Download data from your PC with the included serial cable. The GPS V Deluxe stores 50 routes with 254 waypoints each, and 3,000 tracklog points.

    The included MapSource City Select CD-ROM--designed specifically for the GPS V--has been enhanced to provide street-level views of millions of new streets for nearly every town in the United States. City Select includes highways, interstates, business and residential streets with attributes such as turn restrictions and speed categories, and other navigation features. The software automatically creates point-to-point routes in MapSource and on the GPS V. It also displays restaurants, hotels, attractions, entertainment, shopping, and location of emergency services along your route. City Select also contains detailed maps of major metropolitan areas in seven defined regions in the U.S. and Canada.



    Or, carry it in the palm of your hand!
    This Deluxe version of the Garmin GPS V offers full unlock capability of all maps for the United States and Canada. (The regular Garmin GPS V comes with unlock capability for just one region.) Simply install the City Select CD-ROM on your PC, then enter a custom code that is included with the product box.

    The GPS V Deluxe comes with auto-routing for the shortest and fastest way to your destination, plus turn-by-turn directions throughout North America and major cities. The GPS V Deluxe will show you how to get there and give you an estimated time of arrival, then alert you to upcoming turns with an audible beep.

    You view data on the 2.2-by-1.5-inch four-level grayscale LCD, with its resolution of 256 x 160 pixels. A multilevel backlight allows you to see the screen clearly in a variety of lighting conditions.

    The GPS V comes with detachable antenna, PC interface cable, dashboard mount, 12-volt adapter cable, wrist strap, and owner's manual. --Agen G.N. Schmitz



    Get upcoming services information as you travel along your route.
    As you approach a turn, the map page automatically changes to show a focused view of the upcoming turn.
    As you're navigating a route, you can view a list of upcoming turns along with the remaining distance and time.
    A built-in calendar shows you the best times to hunt and fish based on location and time of year.
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    Features

    • 12-channel GPS unit with 19 MB of built-in memory
    • Includes MapSource City Select CD-ROM with street-level maps and points of interest; full unlock capability for US and Canada
    • WAAS capability provides position accuracy better than three meters
    • Autorouting gives access to the shortest and fastest routes
    • Turn-by-turn directions; includes serial cable for PC connection

    Reviews (41)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very satisfied user
    I purchased the Garmin GPS V in anticipation of two 3-day trips into areas I had never traveled. The detailed maps that were supplied on the CD were excellent and accurate. Before I left on the trips, I checked out the detail on the streets of Seattle, WA, because the many steep hills provide unusual angled streets with many turns. The map followed them all and accurately named them. I was impressed. I was even more impressed when I traveled into the back country of the Olympic peninsula and, arriving at an intersection of two country roads, found that the GPS V maps named both of them correctly. I'll never travel without it again.

    The 19mb of memory is a bit too small to hold the number of maps that I regularly need and there is no additional memory card available to augment the capacity. Erasing and downloading a new set of maps to the GPS from the computer is very easy and intuitive, but somewhat time consuming. Adding even one detailed map to the GPS V required more than 30 minutes of download time, this in addition to any computer time selecting the maps to use. Fortunately, the base map built into the GPS V good enough for the major interstate highways, exits, and services, so if you do not regularly travel to a number of large cities, the 19mb of memory may be ample for the detailed maps desired.

    The dash mount supplied with the GPS V is excellent with locking angle adjustments and a quick-release. It lacks only one very important feature: it must be mounted on a flat surface. Try to find one of those on today's curved dashboards, and in a place where the antenna can acquire the satellites and you can see the display. Fortunately, I was able to make an adapter plate that fit the dashboard and allowed the dash mount to be installed. I am very pleased with the clarity of the display.

    The instruction book that comes with the GPS V is very complete and leads step-by-step through the more complicated processes. At the same time, the usual functions desired from a GPS are easy to set up and fairly intuitive by using the menu functions. The quick start guide is all most people will need to use the unit effectively.

    Battery life from 4 AA cells is sufficient if the backlight feature is not used too much. Typically I found the batteries needed to be replaced after 18 to 20 hours. The GPS V also comes with a cigarette lighter cable for powering the unit in the car. A cable for hard wiring the GPS into the car's electrical system is available but not supplied.

    I especially like the option of "on-road," which moves the cursor to the nearest road, or "off-road," which will point your way to your destination or back home if you are hiking cross country. Several pages of display will give you more information than ever thought possible: accurate local time, speed, distance traveled, average speed, latitude and longitude, elevation, time and distance to destination, and the best time for fishing (no kidding) just to name a few.

    The auto-routing feature is a real help when traveling in unfamiliar areas, but I have found that sometimes it has made less than optimum routing suggestions when I tested it to destinations I knew. Not a really big problem as it always directed me to the destination eventually. One really great feature of auto-routing is that if you miss a turn or get off the suggested track, the GPS V immediately recalculates the route and displays turn-by-turn directions to the destination from where you presently heading.

    In conclusion, I can say I am completely pleased with the Garmin GPS V and that it has many of the features of more expensive units. I highly recommend it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good hardware, mediocre maps
    This is the second Garmin GPS I own, the other being an eTrex Vista, and the first with road navigation capabilities. In my previous experience with Garmin, I was happy both with the product and the product support, and I was not disappointed this time. The user interface of the GPS is even more intuitive than the eTrex, and buttons and screen pass the test with flying colors. The software is robust, and it never crashed. Syncing with the PC is a piece of cake, and information such as waypoints can be transferred among different Garmin GPS.
    The product is perfect for everyday use, but I have only three complaints. The first two are minor: the location of satellites when the GPS is "cold" can take 60-90 seconds, and the calculation of the best route eassily takes more than 60 seconds when the degree of accuracy is set to medium; much more when the level of accuracy is set to high. The two number could mean that the driver has to wait 2-3 minutes before getting any useful direction from the GPS.

    The last gripe is much important: the maps are often inaccurate. Some roads have been permanently cut off at a major intersection; new houses have been built. As a result, the GPS might prescribe an incorrect route, or not be able to find a certain address. These accidents happen about 20% of the time in my area (NY city and surrounding counties). As a way of comparison, the GPS installed on Hertz rental machines, which uses Navtech maps, has never given me an incorrect route during my trips. I hope Garmin will provide better maps soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin Makes Another Keeper
    For many years I have run around with a GPS 12 strapped to my dash. It has never failed me and I have come to rely on it. I had seen many people use the Garmin V and knew that someday I would have to take a closer look.

    Finally I purchased the Garmin V and was not disappointed. In addition to all of the capabilities of the GPS 12 that I have become so fond, the G-V added several new capabilities to the formula.

    The "FIND" or Auto-Routing has been a terrific bonus. I recently located a piece of property that was listed for sale. It was tucked away in a very obscure part of the area, and would have been nearly impossible to locate with "turn by the blue house; go straight until you reach the tree" kind of "human" directions that it would have required. Instead, we drove confidently to the location, knowing where we were every step of the way.

    We also love looking up Points of Interest (Restaurants, Shopping, etc.) - it has enhanced our travels by encouraging us to take the road less traveled knowing that at least we can find our way in and back out!

    Adding the external antenna greatly increased the reception quality of the unit. We routinely get accuracy reported to within 15 feet!

    The unit is compatible with other Garmin accessories I already own, is feature-rich yet intuitive for users like me. I have already been able to convert and use several of the hundreds of tracks I recorded with my GPS 12.

    Combine this unit with City Select and Topo and you have a combination that will take you to some of the most interesting (and sometimes well hidden) places on the planet. You will know what time you can expect to arrive, find a place to get a meal, and even get some fishing tips if that's your fancy. Tonight we wanted to check a restaurant for specials and waiting times. I looked it up on the GPS on the way to the location and called ahead for the answer to all my questions!

    For the price of this unit and the map software, you can hardly go wrong. If you want to reach a new level of freedom, take a good look at the Garmin V!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makes a road trip pure fun
    I have had the GPS V for 6 weeks and have done over 3,000 miles with it covering eleven states. Most of those have been done in a car although 200 were on a motorcycle.

    If you have never used a GPS then get one, it can revolutionize a road trip. The ability to find 'points of interest' as you are travelling down a road and then drive to the nearest can make a painful and argument inspiring process trivial. This product is one of the best $300 I've ever spent.

    However, the downsides:

    1) The map load of 19MB can take 45 minutes
    2) You can really only fully load enough for 200-250 miles. We travel 600 miles a day which means the morning pre-load has to cleverly pick which pieces will be driving and when we need the extra detail. (Typically we load more maps for the eventual target and the expected lunch stop)
    3) The map on the CD is getting a little old. If you are travelling through road works or new roads the system often claims you are off-route and tries to recalculate.

    4) The recalculation time is very slow if your eventual target is hundreds of miles away. Sometimes we would have to stop the car for the unit to catch up. (The trick is to come up with a nearer intermediate target and aim for that before aiming for the eventual destination)

    All in all, if you want to use this on a motorcycle this unit is the best, for pure in car use one of the more modern systems with more memory, faster cpu and usb link would be better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Design and Function
    This unit is the perfect blend of form and function. If you're looking for a powerful, useful and affordable GPS unit for use on- and off-road, you've found it in the Garmin GPS V!

    Give yourself an hour to figure out how to navigate the menus, and then prepare to be amazed. Whether you're measuring your favorite hiking trail, or finding the best way to a Bed and Breakfast 100 miles away, you'll find that this unit is helpful and accurate.

    I was worried before I got it that the screen would be too small, or that I would miss having a color screen or voice prompts. But I don't find the unit lacking at all, even without those perks. In fact, units with those features are typically larger, and size is one of the strengths of this unit. It's perfect to stick in your coat pocket and take with you, or to mount unobtrusively on your dash. Any bigger, and I would feel that I had sacrificed one of the key merits of this unit: its portability.

    The firmware has been written impeccably. Straight out of the box, the unit is configured very much to my liking. Maps, text and directions are all clear, and all the fields that are shown (i.e., ETA to destination, distance to next turn, time to next turn, etc.) have been expertly set up by someone who has clearly thought about what actual users would desire to see. But if you have specific preferences, there are a TON of settings that you can customize to your own personal choices.

    What's more, the device is extremely accurate. It gives good navigation advice, as it generally recommends very efficient routes. The turn-by-turn directions are clear in both text and graphic formats. And the recalculation function is a powerful feature that will give you the confidence that if you get off route, the GPS V will quickly put you back in the right direction.

    The 19 Meg memory could potentially be limiting, but I have loaded all of Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as most of Long Island, Massachusetts and Vermont, and it knows every road that I've come across. With a little planning (that's half the fun of traveling anyway!), you can easily have more than enough data in your unit to keep you well informed at your origin and destination. One point not commonly mentioned about this device is the quality of the built in map. Even before I downloaded a MapSource map, I was very impressed with the detail of interstates, state highways, exits and major roads which are pre-programmed into the unit for the entire US.

    Well done, Garmin. You've got a new fan! ... Read more


    3. Garmin eTrex GPS with Waterproof Exterior (Yellow)
    list price: $139.99
    our price: $93.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00003WGP5
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 108
    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    A few years ago, when personal GPSs first became available, every geek from here to Poughkeepsie was enthralled about the possibility of always knowing exactly where on the planet they were. While the Garmin eTrex isn't the most feature-rich GPS out there, it will definitely come in handy if you don't want your next camping trip to end up like a scene from The Blair Witch Project.

    The eTrex is sort of a dumbed-down, rugged version of the company's more advanced eMap. Designed specifically for hiking, biking, and camping, the eTrex is one of the easiest-to-use GPS units available. It offers the ability to track up to 12 satellites so you never lose contact with one. The eTrex won't work inside--however, we don't anticipate that you'll get lost inside a building very often.

    Among the eTrex's notable features is its ability to calculate your current and average speed. We used the eTrex to determine the distance from work to home, and calculate how fast we were walking. This helped us gauge the average time it should take to get to work. This feature should really come in handy on extended hiking, camping, or cycling trips where planning your average speed and tracking the distance traveled is critical.

    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspMain menu
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    &nbsp&nbspMark pointer page
    Sticking with its theme of simplicity, the eTrex has only five buttons, making it easy to use with just one hand (It's specifically designed for the left hand.) Weighing only 5.3 ounces with the batteries installed, the eTrex is also ultralight, making it an easy addition to a daypack. The eTrex is also waterproof, so a little water shouldn't damage the unit.

    The eTrex can hold up to 500 user-created waypoints. And using Garmin's TracBack feature, it's easy to plot a course with up to 10 waypoints and follow it in both directions. --Julian Strate

    Pros:

    • Easy to use
    • Light
    • Waterproof
    Cons:
    • Batteries only last about 20 hours
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    Features

    • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver continuously tracks and uses up to 12 satellites
    • Calculates current and average speed, time of sunrise and sunset, trip distance, and more
    • Automatic track log--10 saved tracks let you retrace your path in both directions
    • Tough waterproof case; runs for 18 hours on 2 AA batteries
    • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)

    Reviews (138)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, accurate and cheap ... saved [me] first time out!
    Just like two out of every five "guys" on the planet, owning a GPS (really cool compass) was a must..."I can't live with-out one". I picked up the "e-trex" vanilla flavored, hiking, biking and trail version. My intent was to use it in my truck, a little added nav equipment for map reading (make long trips less boring). The basic e-trex lacks the memory for *real travel* logistics (car excursions). A three-hour trip ate 98% of its memory and 70+% of battery life. I must add however, my expectations were minimal, given its price. It calculates your speed better then your speedometer, frightening!!! Make no mistake, you are being tracked!!! As far as bearing, speed, travel time, the basics, this little toy is a treat. It saved [me] when I became lost in the middle of Farmington, CA. not long ago. The sun was down, the ground flat and I... backwards. I remembered the e-trex after about two hours of endless rights and lefts (almost ended up in Yosemite!!!), fired that bad-boy up and was on Highway 99 in 20 minutes, headed home. Paid for itself that night. I highly recommend the basic e-trex as a very basic navigational aide. It does everything it's designed to and does it well. It's also a great "starter" for learning about GPS systems. *Note: This thing tracked my rate of speed to the .5 of a mile and was right on target, if you register one with a serial number, use your best friends name!!! Happy trekking...
    Dave

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for outdoor adventures but...
    The etrex is a very good GPS system for the buck. It doesn't however include many features: compass, speedometer, a waypoint storage system, and a basic map showing only your waypoints. The unit is ideal though for camping, and any outdoor activities that you just need a point-to-point navigation for. The unit itself is very solid, VERY small, water-proof (to 30 feet), and will last about 20 hours on just 2 AA batteries. Amazing technology these days!

    Keep in mind, the map on the unit does NOT include any detailed information (i.e cities, roads etc.), just your waypoints that you enter. It you want a GPS with a detailed mapping system (cities, roads, coastlines etc...) get either the Emap or the GPS III+. The III+ is the high-end "outdoors" GPS while the emap is made primarily for driving due to its great capability of data storage.

    Overall Evaluation on Etrex: Excellent for the money, fun to use, simple, however not very practical.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wildland Firefighter likes eTrex
    For the price and its size, it's a 5 star product. Compared to many larger/pricer units it can be only a 3 star. This is a very competetive marketplace and with the removal of the military Selective Availablity coding on May 1st, you've got to take the big leap and buy one. The eTrex shows accuracy of 11-20 feet commonly. In reasonably dense conifer forests around 60 feet. Put yourself in the bottom of a canyon in that forest and you'll have to spend say 5 minutes positioning your GPS to get 100 foot accuracy. That will not work for surveyors, but you'll get back to where you started just fine. Again, the main reason for this success is the military making the accuracy available to all of us. By the way THANKS. This unit is a very reasonable entry GPS Some Problems with the eTrex: 1) Doesn't have a simple map in it and you can't download quality Topo maps onto it. 2) Smaller size means smaller antennae and its reception in timbered canyons is weak. 3) No external antennae hook-up for when in your car. 4) Does not have a built in compass capabilty for when using a bearing, like the very similar Garmin "Summit" model that will be released shortly.(The summit will cost about twice as much). You really need to use a quality compass with it. But, as you should know, GPS will not repace map and compass, just enhance it greatly. However, for your money, this a geat little unit.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Garmin has good reception
    I own 3 GPS receivers and I will say Garmin did an excellent job. The receiver is much more sensitive to satellite signals than my other GPSs. Just don't expect too much from this small unit with tiny screen and very slow CPU for screen refresh. It will drive you nuts to use it for street navigation. It is suitable for back trailing in the mountains. For street navigate, I strongly suggest that you hook this unit up with a laptop but make sure that GPS is set to NMEA and the software GPS setting is also correct. Conclusion, don't street navigate with this unit alone and don't buy a no brand GPS under $90 because you will not be happy with the reception.

    Eddy

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Keep It Simple Smarty" applies to this!!
    This is a wonderful little unit, compact, light and very easy to use. I have worked with some other GPS units and this one is so simple for the minor simple functions! The unit has the ability to give you time for the time zone you are in, sunrise, sunset and many other functions. I have found this unit to work mainly outside, inside it seems to have troubles picking up the satellites, however if you are using this it is logical to be outdoors. I look forward to getting out on the trails now both hiking and biking, as I can map the trail I take. For someone that wants a simple unit, this is the way to go, as you cant beat the cost. For those that want all the big bells and whistles, keep looking. This unit gives a map of the trail but it is not going to give you every detail of area around you like some of the higher costing units. ... Read more


    4. Sony MVCFD200 FD Mavica 2MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $399.99
    our price: $299.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000063S40
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 811
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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    Sony brought easy digital photography to the masses when it introduced the Mavica--a digital camera that stored digital pictures on standard floppy discs. This updated version boasts a 2-megapixel sensor and a Memory Stick slot, plus the charm and simplicity that made the original a hit.

    Optics and Resolution
    The FD200's 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, forget about using low-capacity floppy discs and step up to a CD-recording model instead--try Sony's MVC-CD300 or MVC-CD400.

    The autofocus lens features both a 3x optical zoom and a 2x digital zoom. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's a good idea to use it sparingly.

    To save space, there's no traditional optical viewfinder to look through. Instead, to compose your images or review shots you've already taken, the FD200 uses a big 2.5-inch color display. The advantage to using the LCD to frame your shots is that the screen lets you see exactly the picture you'll capture. The disadvantage is that you can't turn off the screen and just use the optical viewfinder to extend battery life. Fortunately, the included rechargeable battery holds a relatively good charge.

    More Features
    The FD200 is clearly designed for point-and-shoot simplicity, but there are several options for more adventurous photographers, including manual focus with macro, adjustable ISO and white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

    Power
    The FD200 uses Sony's excellent InfoLithium battery system, which not only holds a respectable charge, but also displays on screen how many minutes of power remain. Both the battery and the charger are included. Because the battery is unique to specific Sony models and can be nearly impossible to find when on the road, we strongly recommend getting a spare if you're planning to take the camera on extended outings.

    Movie Mode
    In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. The limited duration and resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

    Storage and Transfer
    Images are stored on standard floppy discs, which makes transferring pictures to your computer a snap. Take the picture, wait for the disc to stop whirring, then eject it from your camera and pop it into your computer's floppy drive. For safekeeping, it's best to transfer images to your hard drive and periodically archive your photos using a CD-R drive.

    Though they're available everywhere and have become dirt-cheap, floppies aren't without their problems. First, their 1.4 MB capacity is dismal by today's standards. A 2-megapixel photo actually contains 6 MB of information, which means a disc can't hold even a single uncompressed photo. Using standard JPEG compression, only four photos fit on each disc, so plan to bring a big stack of bulky floppies on each outing. To make matters more frustrating, some new computers (iMacs, for example) don't even come with floppy drives anymore.

    To get around these problems, the FD200 also includes a slot for Memory Sticks, Sony's proprietary memory-card format. A 128 MB stick is approximately one-fifth the size of a floppy disc, yet it holds around 200 images at the camera's default settings or over 20 uncompressed TIFF images. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may already have a built-in Memory Stick reader.

    Most folks will probably buy the Mavica for the simplicity of its floppy drive, but switch to the Memory Stick slot when on extended outings.

    Size Considering the internal floppy drive and nonretracting 3x zoom lens, the Mavica is reasonably compact at 5.6 by 4.1 by 3.1 inches, though it weighs in at a hefty 19 ounces.

    Contents and Recommended Accessories The package includes the camera, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, NPF-330 AC adapter-battery charger, video and USB cables, shoulder strap, and lens cap.

    The camera does not come with any storage media, so you'll need either a floppy disc or a Memory Stick to start shooting. Otherwise, everything you need to get started is included in the box. To make the most of your camera, we recommend: a carrying case, a high-capacity Memory Stick or stack of floppy discs, and, for extended outings, a spare battery. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. --Shane Burnett

    Pros:

    • 2-megapixel resolution is perfect for most users
    • Floppy disc storage for ultimate simplicity
    • Lithium-ion battery holds a good charge

    Cons:

    • Movie mode lacks sound
    • Floppies are big, bulky, and low capacity, though the Memory stick slot solves this problem.
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    Features

    • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
    • Autofocus lens with 3x optical/2x digital (6x total) zoom
    • Stores images on floppy discs or Memory Sticks (not included)
    • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port or via floppy drive
    • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery(included)

    Reviews (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very good but on limited use
    I use this camera for work and it works very well. The only problem I have had with it is after a few months of taking 30 to 40 pictures a day it won't read a disk. I comes up with a formating error. I have had to send it out for repairs twice already. Other then that the picture quality and options are very nice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mavica Camera by Sony
    If all you want is a straight forward and simple Digital Camera with Beautiful colors, Great ease in operation and high resolution get this before they will be gone
    I got mine after using my older Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 for the last 3 years.
    my older mavica costed much more and served me right and it has a 16 x Zoom with 1.3 Mega Pixel and MPEG with sound only on Floppies...
    but Sony improve alot with this MVCFD200
    First, they got a Floppy Disk Drive that accept all 3.5" disks which is great for uploading to older PC's with no USB etc.
    and the new Memory stick with a USB to PC is unreal improvement
    not to mention the feature of uploading and downloading between
    all these formats!!!
    the Memory stick that I use is 128 MB and it lets me take hundreds of high quality photos like no other Digital camera that I tried including "other" cameras with 4 Mega Pixel !!!
    this is simply a great camera with some extra features like the MPEG (no sound)and 6x Zoom and Digital effects.
    to me, these features are only extras and not importent as I have a Digital Camcorder in order to make high quality movies...
    Sony always make the best cameras and that is a fact.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sony...
    Quite heavy but a good one. If you don't have problems carrying it with you then use it! Make sure to buy the Memory Stick because it is much better than relying on a floppy alone.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some Good Features
    I've used the Mavica 7 and 75 for years in my work (real estate). The features most useful were Zoom (10x optical), aperture (1.8 would do low light pictures) and the floppy disk convenience. The major draw back for me was poor printed photos. I thought the 200 was an opportunity to keep the good features and correct the poor resolution and add the alternate storage capability etc. I am not sure why but Sony reduced the zoom to 3x and changed the aperture. Unfortunately I'm returning my 200.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Many, maybe too many, features
    I received this camera for my birthday. And after much waiting for shipping, it met my built up excitement. It takes great outdoor pictures and the flash is great in close nearly pitch-dark situations. Oddly enough, regular indoors pictures don't always turn out great, but who cares, just delete them. I strongly recommend getting addition equipment, a spare battery and at least 64Mb or Memory Stick. I've got a 128 which holds nearly 200 pictures at 2MP. The spare battery is nice, in that the one that comes with the camera has about 90 minutes of picture taking. The built-in macro zoom feature is a personal favorite because it does wonders to flowers. Kind of wish the optical zoom was stronger, maybe like x6 optical, x12 digital. I have yet to take full advantage of the Memory Stick to disk transfer feature, although I've done it a couple of times. Oh, but don't buy this camera for it's mpeg ablity, because it really doesn't have any. (I mean it does, but it's so poor that it's not worth talking about.) If Sony comes out with a FD Mavica with 3MP or more, I would strongly recommend it. ... Read more


    5. 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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    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
    &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspGraphing features
    &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


    6. Panasonic KX-TGA270S 2.4GHz Extension Cordless Phone (Handset Only)
    list price: $79.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068CNI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 681
    Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars
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    The KX-TGA270S from Panasonic is an add-on extension handset designed for use with KX-TG2700S, KX-TG2720S, KX-TG2730S, or KX-TG2740S Expandable Cordless Systems. By utilizing the 2.4 GHz frequency band, as well as Frequency Hopping Digital Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology, the KX-TGA270S provides crisp, clear reception even at significant distance from the base.

    An illuminated keypad makes dialing easy in the dark, while a headset jack gives you the option of hands-free operation. Four-way conferencing allows you to talk with multiple people, while a two-way intercom lets you communicate with family and friends near the other phone.

    With call waiting, you won't miss any important calls, while Caller ID (with subscription to telephone company services) means you can avoid those calls you would rather miss. A great way to expand your current Panasonic phone system, the KX-TG2700S also features six selectable ring tones as well as a handset volume control. Panasonic also provides a one-year parts and labor warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • For KX-TG2700S, KX-TG2730S, KX-TG2720S, and KX-TG2740S models
    • 2.4 GHz frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum (FHSS) technology
    • Caller ID with call waiting, 50-station memory
    • 2-way intercom and paging
    • Wall mountable

    Reviews (47)

    1-0 out of 5 stars affected all my other phones
    I ordered this phone as an extension for my base unit. I registered it and it worked fine for one day. The next day, all my phones were echoing and the new handset faded in and out and nobody could hear me on the new handset. I had to return it and deregister it, but my phones still haven't returned to the previous normal state. At this point, I don't know what to do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NiMH Batteries Available for This Model
    Like other reviews, I will complain that the battery life with the standard NiCad battery is not good, and the battery eventually fails prematurely. However, there are NiMh batteries with much better life and excellent performance available. I bought some energizer model no. ER-P511 and they work just great. They are drop-in replacements for the Panasonic handsets.

    1-0 out of 5 stars b@tt3ry lif3 will ownZ u
    don't buy phone, bad battery, cause u lots of problems

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Features but battery life is pathetic
    It is a great phone with all those features. I alway enjoy the speaker phone on my cordless phone but of late, the battery life has gone down and now I have to keep it on the charger for all the time to make even couple of calls.

    Is there a supliment battery that we can buy??

    ..updated on 06/29/04
    Well just added another battery, you can buy it in Radio Shack or even online Panasonic.Com for $11 and my phone is back to normal. And as someone said correctly, I have been regularly using my phone with booster on. May be that was the reason. But if I lose this battery quickly then I will post it here but other wise I am giving 5 of 5 to this phone. Because battery is very very important thing and with the new batttery working excellent, charging quickly in 2 hrs, I changed my rating from 3 to 5.

    V

    1-0 out of 5 stars Caller ID contrast fails
    I bought a base unit and 3 extra handsets in Nov. 2003 for my home based business. Within a couple of months I had a problem with the caller ID contrast fading out on one handset whenever I tried to get it to display a previous call or on an incoming call. I shipped it back and Panasonic replaced it with a remanufactured one. In May 2004, 6 months after purchase, I had the same problem with another of the original handsets. I sent it back asking them to FIX it, NOT replace it, and to tell me exactly what the problem is, because I am now concerned that their product is unreliable and dont want to find this recurring with the other 2 handsets.

    They replaced it with a remanufactured unit with no explanation of the problem. I called the Texas facility that shipped it to me, and they said they have no way of knowing what the problem was, they just receive and ship out units. I called the customer service number and they claimed it couldnt be a design or quality control defect or all four would have gone by now, and they also pointed out that the rest of the features were still working, both statements which I find to be ridiculous.

    Any company manufacturing a complex product can have a design flaw or QC problem. I dont fault them for that. It's refusing to own up to the problem and making it right that burns me up. In my opinion, Panasonic should have recalled this model and replaced it with one that works, or else refunded customers full purchase price. This was a lot of money for me to invest in telephones, more than I've ever spent. As a result of this experience I will never buy another Panasonic product of any kind, ever again. ... Read more


    7. SONY 34 Inch Super Fine Pitch(TM) XBR(R) Television KD-34XBR960

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    Asin: B0002NDFKM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 28378
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The cutting edge just got sharper with Sony's KD-34XBR960 34" Super Fine Pitch XBR Television. Featuring a 16: 9 Super Fine Pitch CRT, Hi-Scan 1080i display, and Digital REality Creation MultiFunction V1 circuitry, the KD-34XBR960 brings you a true cinema aspect ratio picture that is brighter, sharper and more vivid than ever before. The KD-34XBR960 also gives you the other high-end features you would expect from a Sony XBR television, such as Cinemotion Reverse 3-2 Pulldown technology, MID X Multi Image Driver circuitry, and Twin-View two tuner Picture-In-Picture. You can even view your family photos onscreen and listen to MP3 audio with the built-in Enhanced Memory Stick Media slot. ... Read more

    Features

    • HD Detailer Wideband Video Amp
    • Has a ATSC Integrated Tuner and Digital Cable Ready with CableCARD Slot
    • Also has NTSC TV Tuner for standard analog TV reception
    • Cinemotion Reverse 3-2 Pulldown Technology
    • Twin-View Two Tuner Picture and Picture

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sony 34XBR960 with matching 34XBR3 stand....
    I purchased this HDTV with the matching stand,that I highly recommend. It provides a seamless integration of the 34XBR960 and SU-34XBR3 (stand).The stand comes with one glass shelf for components and another one can be ordered ,if needed ,for $40.00. I have read many reviews saying the stand does not have room for enough components. I only learned of the 2nd glass shelf after purchasing the SU-34XBR3 and was pleasantly surprised.

    The 34XBR960 is perfect if you are going to place it in a corner of your room. The 960 and stand are wide in front but taper off in the rear and fit snugly into a corner , where I have mine. I first ordered the stand, put it together and placed furniture sliders under the stand. I can now move the 960 and stand easily if I want to.
    The 960 is a very attractive unit and is loaded with everything you might need in a HDTV. The internal HD tuner found all my OTA (over the air)channels in about 5 min. and my analog ones so I was watching HDTV in no time. I was impressed with the quality of the picture, really sharp and clear. I watched the Patriots vs. Colts last night and was really blown away with an absolute perfect picture that looked like you could reach in and pick up the players.
    The remote is very easy to use and the top flips up to reveal buttons for DVD operation. I watched to DVD's and could not believe how much clearer and sharp they were compared to my old TV. The menu for this unit is the easiest to navigate and watch TV at the same time.
    I am very happy I picked this HDTV, there are cheaper units out there but none will beat the PQ (picture quality) of this set.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect TV - You just can't get better
    This TV rocks - but if you're someone scanning tv's and are in the classic "Plasma / LCD / Tube" dilemma let me tell you how I ended up buying this TV:

    I had been looking for an HDTVfor several months to replace the standard 31" TV in my den.After lots of research the end result seemed to be plasma.It was brighter, you could get a wide and big screen, and you could mount it to the wall.Gone would be the massive entertainment center and now I could have the same capability with very minimalist appearance.

    Projection TV's were out, didn't like the side views and all the talk about picture abormalities.Plus even with the small ones this thing is still a tank.LCD's were too expensive and too new plus more talk of issues with them.

    I didn't want to spend more than three grand on a TV.After reading a lot of pros and cons, my thought process was to buy an EDTV Plasma (Enhanced Def TV).The logic was 90% of the TV plus all the DVD's I watch aren't any higher resolution than what an EDTV puts out.Why put down an extra 1200 bucks to get something you rarely will notice?Some HDTV purists say otherwise, but bang for bucks wise EDTV seems to be the way to go.Also, my gut tells me that odds are, anyone with a plasma TV will toss the thing in less than ten years either due to burn in, fading, or a newer technology.

    After all that, I found myself thinking why am I spending three thousand dollars on a TV that isn't full HD with known issues such as burn in (which will make we want to replace it in 5 years) and is a compromise? I also know I'm probably going to move with my job in under a year and mounting a plasma to the wall professionally would cost me $300 more (I checked).

    What I ended up doing was buying a tube TV.The top of the line Sony KD-XBR960 which if you check sites like cnet.com, they use that tv as the reference TV for other HDTV sets to compare it to.It's a 34" wide screen tube and the picture is absolutely perfect and bright.Knocked my wife over when she saw the Steelers play in HDTV (Jets should have made those field goals by the way). This thing has all the latest toys on it which makes it relavent for the long haul (cable card, built in HDTV tuner and HMDI inputs).Only downside is that it's the size of a tube tv but for me that's no big deal, it replaced the same thing.

    My logic on this is I bought a Sony tube tv and it will last me 15+ years.It's known technology that no matter what comes our way this thing will be up to speed.It's comfortable knowing the plasma and LCD folks are spending tons to try and just reach the picture performance of my tube tv. When I have more money, I take this tv and move it to my bedroom or a game room and then I buy the plasma or whatever to put on the wall.

    Hope this helps you.



    5-0 out of 5 stars My Big Fat Cutting Edge Sony XBR TV
    I did it! I blew the wad! I spent the bucks! I took my chances! And I did it all online!

    I have now proven that for close to $2000 (give or take a hundred) a little research and you too can own a little bit (well ok, a BIG FAT BIT) of cinematic slickness. I am one lazy pig. I like conveniences, I like well-designed circuitry, I like clicking buttons, but I'm just a damn practical piggy and in no way want to pay top dollar to get it.

    So this year I went looking for a bargain in TV's, (Hah! Like anything in the audio video market has been a bargain lately!) just to check if the price of HDTV and HTIB's and Progressive Scan DVD's and and and, well you know, all those buzz words filling the sales pitch for the gorgeous new big screens that we all drool over at the local Circuit City's and Best Buy's of the world, I being one for finding frustration and not just waiting for it to come to me had to see what could be had at a relatively cheap price range.

    Well, let me tell you don't bother going anywhere locally at first, the internet has made this whole mess of technical mumbo jumbo and research and pricing and comparing this to that feature SO MUCH EASIER. SO MUCH BETTER.

    Thank you CNET, THANK YOU!

    So I recently headed over to CNET to see what the geeks of techno savyness were up to these days and clicked over to the HDTV reviews. I know full well I cannot afford those thin beauties of flat panel goodness, the Plasma screens, the LCD wonders, those things you see gracing the walls in all those mansions or as MTV likes to call them cribs of the rich and famous.

    Nope this pig aint got's no 10000.00 smackers to lay down at the local Audio Video den of iniquity. I would have to settle for the cheap $5.00 ho of video technology the lowly CRT.

    Low and behold before my very eyes did I spot my prey. The Sony KD-34XBR960, CNET's Editors Choice and proclaimed reference TV for all HDTV displays they review. What's this you say? A silly CRT is the reference for Plasma and LCD?! You betcha my fine digitally minded friend that is exactly what the experts of the big screens say. The blackest blacks, the most vivid colors, the gold plated circuitry to rule all that is televised is a 34 inch screened, 194 pound, 24 inch front to back, plastic coated, mammoth beast that literally flattens all those wanna be HDTV Plasma and LCD's of the world and breaks their sorry little flat panel hearts all for a measly $1755.00, no state tax, free shipping, thank you for shopping.

    Take it from me my brothers and sisters, Technology can only do so much, so fast, and so flat, and unlike what they want you to believe if you aint got the clams to spend on those pricey ELITE flat panels at the high end of the Pioneer spectrum (hint hint) you are just not getting the dollar for dollar crystal clear, Regis and that bimbo what's her name, image you should be expecting for your hard earned bucks.

    GET THE BEST PICTURE

    Now about those strange numbers often heard when talking about the HDTV picture this Sony KD-34XBR960 can provide...

    480i - This is what you are currently used to seeing in old DVD players and NTSC broadcasts. 480 interlaced lines of data. This is old school DVD/TV and the reason you need to upgrade to a Progressive Scan DVD player and a digital TV signal from satellite or cable, your choice.

    480p - This is the best you can hope for from the current DVD's being produced out there, honest, only 480 progressive scan lines. Got it? That is 480 lines of all video data available on the disk period. Until High Definition DVD's are on the market this is the actual format and the highest quality picture source currently stashed on those silver disks, that's all she wrote, end of story.

    1080i - Here is the first step up in HDTV broadcasts. 1080 interlaced lines of video data. Allot of the first generation of HDTV broadcasters are using this.

    OK, a quick note here... now some DVD players out there are saying they upscale the DVD data to this format 1080i and the next format 1080p. This is called over scanning and is pretty much just a one-trick-pony feature because there really is no 1080 lines of data on the DVD's you and I are buying on Amazon.com. In other words this is just a fancy way of trying to get more out of the non-HDTV format. If there is a choice to make I would go for a perfectly good high quality 480p Progressive Scan DVD player currently available like the Pioneer DV-578A and leave these up scaling models on the shelf till we actually start seeing DVD's with 1080 lines of data that we can actually buy. Then we will know which of these DVD players does a good job playing High Definition DVD's. I myself take a conservative stance of wait and see on this feature.

    1080p - Here is the current holy grail of HDTV broadcasting, the top of the heap and yes the Sony KD-34XBR960 can display this format in all it's digital glory if and when you actually find a source that is showing this.

    For those of you not following the long explanations given above the Sony KD-34XBR960 has the ability to show 480i, 480p, 1080i, 1080p video formats. The picture is crystal clear hands down, I am stunned.

    Next thing you should do of course is prove all this techno weenie mumbo jumbo to yourself in real life, go look at the picture and do not just take my word for it, so wander on over to Circuit City (The only people who carry this particular Sony XBR model). Yep! You, my friend, do not want to simply order anything like a television online unless you see it in person. The Sony KD-34XBR960 is simply too big and too expensive, too much everything, in my book to take any chances.
    Now notice how they keep this baby away from the Plasma and LCD displays? No, I mean it, watch where the Circuit City places these CRT's.
    They are nowhere near the $BIG MONEY$ flat panels. Hmmmm, I wonder why. Could it be the $5000.00 dollar price difference? Could it be manipulative marketing?

    Take a look at the picture and force them to show you this model next to a Sony flat panel of your choice Plasma or LCD playing a DVD using (Component Video) you know the three RCA jack video plugs with red/green/blue. Force those floor boys to whisper sweet lovin in your ear, then walk out and do your shopping online like all us smart shoppin folks do-be-do-be-doo.

    GET ALL THE CONNECTIONS

    Oh I almost forgot, digital input/output (Those silly plugs) found on the Sony KD-34XBR960, well in a nutshell...

    HDMI/DVI - The tip top digital video connection... I personally combine these two input/output plugs when talking about them and you have seen these before. These are basically the same connections as you would find on the back of your computer monitor. That should also give you a hint about where the world of audio/video is heading. Straight to your desktop computer I say.
    Anyway, the Sony KD-34XBR960 has a single HDMI input which I would recommend leaving for your High Definition DVD player you will eventually be buying sometime next year for probably way too much money, oh well. High-end DVD players toting the latest wiz bang features have these DVI/HDMI connections so if you got one use it.
    Last but not least DVI to HDMI converter connector plugs are available which is also the reason I combine these two formats.

    Component Video - The three red/green/blue RCA jacks. This is the current standard everybody should be using today. You should have this if you are even thinking of looking at buying this TV. The Sony KD-34XBR960 has two of these connections.

    The formats I write about below are sub-par digital video connections.

    S-Video - Yeah, that little black circle plug with the thin wires inside that bend and break off when you try to plug it in because you cannot find the way it is supposed to go in and you are about to lose it and bash something, That one! Good-bye you sucky useless thing! Good-bye and good riddance! Piece of junk! This is so old school and so finicky. Buy a better DVD player or whatever you have to and throw this in the trash. The Sony KD-34XBR960 has three of these, 2 in the back and 1 in the front so you can plug in your video games.

    Psssst...Kids, Sony has (Component Video) cables for the PS2 for around $20.00. Uh huh, you can now dump this last stupid connector, hook a Fiber Optic Audio cable to the Surround Sound system (That square plug thingy in the back.) and go styling with better definition and Surround Sound while you play Ratchet & Clank. Just don't let dad catch you playing in the back of the TV, you can thank me later.

    Composite Video - That single yellow RCA plug. This was never a good idea to begin with; I mean, come on think about it. A complex analog signal going through what is basically a mono jack? Nah, it's trash. The Sony KD-34XBR960 has one of these.

    RF - Your Cable connection. This is why I want a satellite TV reciever now! Comcast prices just went up and for what? Better technology? Better picture? Better customer service? Hell no! Stupid Clear Channel wannabe! The Sony KD-34XBR960 has one labeled Cable and one labeled UHF/VHF.

    Quick note... Digital signals from local stations are free and are coming on-air all the time. Get yourself a $30.00 VHF/UHF antenna and check for them. Save yourself some cash if you can live without cable.
    To use the Sony KD-34XBR960 with Comcast (DO NOT! I REPEAT! DO NOT buy the stupid HDTV tuner they have.) Order the Digital package then after they install it take the box they give you and remove it from between your TV and the wall, now plug your Sony KD-34XBR960 directly into the cable. If you also get movie channels that need the box use a splitter on the wire coming from the wall. (Visit Radio Shack for this.) Connect one side directly to the RF connector labeled Cable on the TV and connect the other through the Comcast box and then to the RF Connection labeled VHF/UHF on the TV. Now you can watch eveything and still have HDTV signals coming to your TV.
    That's right folks Comcast is deliberately stopping HDTV signals getting through their box. Repeat after me... "Death to Comcast! Die Die Die!"

    For those of you not following the long explanations given above the Sony KD-34XBR960 has a total of 7 video inputs and all the currently available connection types on the market. I hate Comcast.

    CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW

    The Sony KD-34XBR960 does come with it's version of Surround Sound but even though it has a marvelous tone and quality speakers I myself was more interested in the Fiber Optic Audio Output plug that it has on the back. Let me tell you why.

    No TV speakers can compete with a HTIB (Home Theater In A Box)

    Let me repeat myself...

    If you are buying a TV at close to $2000.00 I certainly hope you set aside some cash for some type of Surround Sound System. If you are cheap like I am you will look at the HTIB's for the best price.

    I myself after vigorous research purchased the best budget setup IMHO on the market. A Surround Sound System so new that is only available from a couple of online stores.

    Onkyo HT-S870 Go check on that product. You will thank me.

    Quick Update

    Just found out an interesting fact for those of you out there wanting to use that Fiber Optic Audio Output plug on this here Sony KD-34XBR960.
    The tuner is selective about what it outputs on the Fiber Optic Line. If you are watching an analog station you can only output the audio through the RCA Audio Outputs not through the Fiber Optic Audio Output.
    The station must be digital for this TV to output the Dolby Digital Audio through the Fiber Optic line.
    Boy did I beat myself up trying to figure this one out today.

    Quick Update: Part 2

    Someone asked me in email what DVD players I would look at if I was buying one today.

    The top three interesting DVD players on my budget minded wish list...

    Sorta Low Price: Toshiba SD-340E

    Direct from the UK for around 79 pounds (OK, let's see, that's about $155.00 US) a major brand name with all this old hackers' favorite bells and whistles!
    Multi-region (Play ANY DVD from ANY country.)
    DivX (3.11, 5.0 & XViD), MP3, WMA, DVD-R, CD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, JPEG, Progressive Scan, Automatic Selecting PAL or NTSC Component Video Output!
    SO YES, you can use this in the US. *Heavy Sigh*
    Uber Chic Euro Tech cool!

    Mid Range Price: Denon DVD-1910

    Denon'$ entry-level player for around an affordable $200.00. Yah it up-scales to 1080i too but unfortunately all the lower priced, well made, brands are pushing this feature and well... I would look at this player simply because I keep hearing how exceptional it is.
    DVI output is the BIG plus here and would only require a DVI to HDMI cable to put your Sony TV over the top in drooling high quality DVD picture pleasing pleasure.
    Serious DVD Enthusiast cool!

    Used or EBay: Panasonic DVD-RP82 or DVD-XP30

    Legendary! I mean it! Why did Panasonic stop making these unbelievable low priced players? WHY? What were they thinking? Anyway, if you want a chance at finding a DVD player very, VERY, well known for having an exceptional picture that people will still pay good money for (but most often get great deals on because other people have no idea what they have, heh!) even after they stopped making these models.
    EBay Bargain Hunter Techno Geek cool!

    That's my piggy view of the current crop. ... Read more


    8. Fujitsu ScanPartner FI-4120C Color Duplex Scanner

    our price: $892.99
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    Asin: B00006HZWU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: FUJITSU IMAGING (SCANNERS)
    Sales Rank: 8674
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The ScanPartner FI-4120C color duplex workgroup scanner offers substantially faster speeds than its predecessors, possessing duplex and color capabilities of up to 25 pages per minute, boosting efficiency for your business's decentralized and low-volume scanning efforts. This model is equipped with a 50-page automatic document feeder (ADF) with double-feed detection for smooth paper flow. With its advanced ADF design, the paper path is almost linear--from thin slips to thick business cards and postcards, the transport moves pages steadily and without stress.

    Photograph-friendly dual 600-dpi CCDs (charge-coupled devices) scan both sides of a document at once for maximum efficiency, and the scanner's selectable dual interface accepts either SCSI-2 or USB 1.1 connectivity. It also comes equipped with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software to convert any document into an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Other in-box applications include ScandAll 21, a TWAIN utility, and QuickScan. Onboard JPEG hardware compression assists with large files. The unit is backed by a one-year warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • True 600 dpi optical resolution; scans up to 25 pages per minute
    • Dual-CCD array scans both sides of a document simultaneously
    • 50-page automatic document feeder handles think and thin media
    • Adobe Acrobat 5.0, ScandAll 21, and QuickScan utilities
    • SCSI-2 and USB interfaces; PC only

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm buying my second one...
    We've used this scanner in our office for almost a year, scanning hundreds of pages per week. The problem is that having this has encouraged us to scan a lot more stuff (and have a lot less paper laying around), so there is a big line for the scanner. So I'm buying a second one!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great machine, weak driver
    Better than I hoped; a great scanner. It's about the size of a toaster, so I keep it on my desk between dual monitors and scan in client letters, invoices, receipts, reports etc. It's let me move my consulting business to a 'paperless office', saving lots of find-the-paper-file time.

    It's fast and easy, and in almost 3 months and 10,000 pages I've had no mechanical problems. (I chose this model because many newsgroup posters said it was business-level reliable.)

    Flies through 18 - 19 one-bit black and white pages per minute at 300 dpi - wow. (300 dpi is plenty for archiving and OCR page recognition software.) Is quite a bit slower at higher dpis - about 8 pages per minute at 400. Goes up to 600 dpi.

    100 dpi color scanning is quick but 300 dpi color is quite slow, about 2 pages per minute. The rate limiting step seems to be data transfer, not the scanner itself.

    Duplex scanning - both sides at once - is wonderful, with lots of uses I didn't foresee.

    Comes (Jan 2004) with Adobe Acrobat 5.0, which works fine. Upgrade to Acrobat Standard 6.0 was then just $100 and Acrobat Pro just $150. They sell normally at $300 and $450. A big savings. Acrobat 6 has built in page recognition - scan the page, and Acrobat will OCR it so you can search and cut and past text.

    THE DRIVER SOFTWARE IS POOR. My version (Jan 2004) shipped with a driver that was two iterations out of date, and couldn't handle color scans on Win XP. Blue scanned in as green, etc. Useless. Tech support was friendly but evasive: "Reinstall your _other_ software", for eg. Yeah, right. Figuring out myself to download and install the latest driver fixed the color problem - except now it supports only 24-bit color, not 8-bit, which is unacceptable, I think, since mechanically the scanner will do 8-bit and 24 bit files are way big.

    Also the scanner-driver has lots and lots of buttons and settings - good. But few of the settings are obvious, and the user's guide, which was written in Japanese, translated into Serbo-Croatian, then into Eskimo, and finally into English, is often undecipherable. Not much point having an SDTC Variance DTC Variance slider if you don't know what SDTC Variance DTC Variance is.

    Still, if you're archiving business correspondence, reports, etc, the standard settings work fine, and the thing is a reliable little duplex speed demon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Easy to set up and use and what a difference duplex scanning makes - the scanner eats up the pages. I was able to format a size for cancelled checks and scan them one at a time - the scanner automatically scans the back and places the scans in order ( probably with the help of the Adobe program, but it was easy) This scanner replaces a Fujitsu 620C sheetfed and flatbed scanner and quite honestly is so much faster and easier to use. It takes up no space on a desktop - especially compared to the old scanner. I would recommend it to anyone. ... Read more


    9. Creative Labs WebCam Live!
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $39.61
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002UE9WI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 335
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    Features

    • 640 x 480 CMOS sensor delivers high quality videos
    • Still image capture at up to 1024 x 768 resolution (software enhanced)
    • Dedicated microphone for superior audio
    • Snapshot button makes it easy to take a photo
    • Works with Yahoo! Messenger, AIM, MNS Messenger, Windows Messenger, and other instant messenger services

    10. Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB Network Adapter
    list price: $59.99
    our price: $39.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AW1H
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Linksys
    Sales Rank: 187
    Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    If good things come in small packages, the WUSB11 from Linksys makes a great addition to a wireless network. Measuring about the size of a deck of cards and weighing just shy of three ounces, this little device fits nearly anywhere and is easily stowed in a notebook computer case. Simple USB connectivity makes it compatible with any modern PC, and also makes it easy to swap from one computer to another.

    Provided you already have a wireless router or Internet gateway set up, installing the WUSB11 is a snap. We plugged it into a USB port on a test PC, executed the installation program on the included PC, and once the system rebooted we were connected to the network without being tethered to any wires. The unit draws its power directly from the USB port, leaving users with one less cord to lug around and one less device to plug into a wall outlet. We tested the device on a PC located 40 feet laterally and one floor above the wireless router and didn't even need to extend the tiny antenna to get good reception. Should you need to use the antenna, it extends at either 90 degrees or 180 degrees, meaning it will work whether the unit is sitting flat on a desk or mounted vertically on a wall using the included Velcro strips.

    Performance was impressive. As an 802.11b product the WUSB11 supports a maximum speed of 11 Mbps and real-world speeds hovered around that mark in our tests. The signal was strong and consistent, making it great for gaming or transferring large files without worrying about a disconnect halfway through. There are only two indicator lights on the unit itself that tell you it's working--a power light and another light that blinks when data is transmitting--but the included software tools allow for a much more detailed picture. Using these utilities we were able to keep an eye on the signal strength (it never dipped below 95 percent), configure the built-in encryption settings, and perform other security and monitoring tasks.

    The device is designed to fall back to lower speeds instead of cutting off transmissions completely when it reaches the limits of its range or experiences signal problems. In a normal-size home you should have no trouble maintaining the 11 Mbps signal, but if you wander outdoors with a notebook or are plagued by signal interference, overall transmission speed can step down to 5.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps, or even 1 Mbps depending on conditions. Even at the lowest speed the device is fast enough for speedy Internet browsing (most users won't see any slowdown at all in that area, even for downloads), although transferring files across the network is painfully slow at the lower speeds.

    No matter what, if you plan mainly to transfer large files over your network you'll probably want the extra speed 802.11a or 802.11g devices offer. Of course, you'll also have to absorb the extra cost associated with those products. The WUSB11 is a fantastic 802.11b device for the money, working perfectly straight out of the box, and its low weight and small size make it a viable alternative to a PCMCIA wireless network card for notebook users. Just make sure the computer you want to connect it to doesn't use Windows 95 or NT, as the unit is incompatible with those two operating systems. --T. Byrl Baker

    Pros:

    • Simple installation and configuration
    • Mounts either horizontally or vertically
    • Included software provides useful details without overwhelming users with minutia
    Cons:
    • So light that the weight of the USB cord can pull it off a desk
    • Maximum 11 Mbps transmission speed may be too slow for some users
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    Features

    • Connects desktop or laptop computers to your wireless network
    • High-speed transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps
    • Operating range of up to 300 feet indoors and 1,500 feet outdoors
    • Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, and 2000
    • Easy plug-and-play installation

    Reviews (234)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just like in the Movies
    Ever see a movie where everything works just like it should? No rebooting when the hero tried to go online with the alien motherships's mainframe? Just connected right away....

    Well, here's a device that works just like that. I received this Wireless adapter, along with a Linksys BEFW11S4 Router (See my review and setup for that item) for Christmas. While I may have some issues setting up the router, this Wireless adapter worked right out of the box.

    I installed the software, plugged it into my daughter's computer in the kitchen and, Boom, it found the wireless router upstairs in my office. I set up Internet Explorer to use the LAN and she was up and surfing in no time. She is getting about 5mbps in the kitchen when connected to the router upstairs and across the house.

    I've got to say this was a great gift, and easy to set up.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This network adapter works as advertised...
    I purchased this to work with the BEFW11S4 Wireless Access Point & Cable/DSL Router w/4 Port Switch. It was very easy to install. Simply plug in this usb device, install the included software, type in the necessary info in the config window, and you're set! I gave it only 4 stars instead of 5 because I was not able to get the full 11mbps speed. I got at the most 3.5mpbs speed, and that's when I was only directly upstairs, approximately 20 feet away. Actually I'm not sure if the result was because of this, or the access point. But it does advertise 11mbps at 100ft indoors. I don't transfer files back and forth much between my desktop and server, so it's not too big of a deal. A plus is that there is no latency when I'm on the wireless network.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Old Tech required for Tivo
    I was forced to buy this thing because Tivo is too cheap to make a box that can use 80211G. Adding a 80211B to your network forces the wireless hub to work at B speed. For you techno-whizzes, you can set up separate networks, but for plug and play people, this thing is a square peg in a round hole.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not enough power?
    I got a couple of these along with a Linksys router. It was a bit of a pain to get everything going - more than I expected. But it all seemed to work OK. But over time, one of my machines consistently had slow internet response. I checked and was getting dropped packets. The that worked OK was one room away through a wallboard and 2x4's wall - about 10 feet. The one that didn't work was a couple walls and a plywood floor away - about 18 feet. I finally replaced it with a PCI-based card which is working fine. I can only guess that the USB-powered WUSB11 just doesn't have enough power. It was unacceptable at a pretty short distance. I'm continuing to use the other one OK.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Quirky - but they all are...
    I have three different types of wireless adapters - two by Linksys and one by Netgear. None of them are perfect but if all is right with the world and your computer, this one is relatively easy to install and usually works well signal-wise, particularly with a booster on your router (bought the Linksys booster for their wireless router and there was a huge improvement with all of these devices).

    Take note of the installation procedures since each OS has different steps to follow. On a few computers, the software doesn't seem to install but actually does. And once in a while, Windows decides it doesn't recognize it and you might have to go through the whole installation again if unplugging it and plugging it back in doesn't work. As I said, quirky, but they all are. ... Read more


    11. Sony MDR-A34G S2 Sports Headphones with Sweat Guard Mechanism
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $19.99
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    Asin: B000067G0J
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 866
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    These Sony headphones are super-lightweight, comfortable and safe. They have been designed with Sony's Sports Walkman series in mind. The MDR-A35G stereo headphones have a thin, lightweight and adjustable headband which allow you to fit them perfectly to your head's shape. The headphones are foldable (via three hinges) which allow for greater transportability; you can pack these away in your workout bag or in a jeans pocket. The moisture guard mechanism pulls sweat away from the ear canal, keeping your headphones drier and thus, better fitting and sounding. If you plan on listening to your MP3 player or radio while treadmilling in the gym, this feature will be greatly appreciated. The headphones are also water resistant; runners in wet environs will certainly find this advantageous.

    The open-air design removes undesirable resonance by allowing outside air to pass through the headphones; the result is a better sounding headphone. The open-air design is also a key factor in keeping you safe while you exercise. The headphones allow outside noises like horns, passing bikers and oncoming dogs to meet your ears, even with music playing. With sixteen millimeter drivers, although miniscule, you can expect to hear a good bass sound. Neodymium magnets, a rare feature on such economically priced headphones, provide maximum energy with minimal size. Meanwhile, the Sony Acoustic Turbo circuit is included for high efficiency; it gets high sonic output from your portable stereo, and extends bass response.

    The MDR-A35G's oxygen-free copper (OFC) Y-style cord is double-sided and is 3.9 feet long, allowing for ample movement and separation from the sound source. The gold-plated, L-shaped stereo mini-plug fits mini-plug jacks, not the full-size stereo jacks. The headphones are a flat black color.

    What's in the Box
    Sony MDR-A35G headphones ... Read more

    Features

    • Folding construction is compact and portable
    • Acoustic Twin Turbo circuitry delivers powerful bass sound and high efficiency
    • Moisture Guard mechanism pulls sweat away from the ear canal
    • Comfortable vertical, in-the-ear design
    • Water resistant for outdoor use

    Reviews (9)

    3-0 out of 5 stars practical but not durable
    The quality of sound, especially the base, was wonderful. The collapsing headphones were extremely practical and slowed down the wear and tear of them in my backback, at the gym, etc.

    Nonetheless, after only 5 months, they were broken. This was not because of the collapsible section, but rather because of the rapid fraying of the part of the cord around the jack where the headphones are plugged in to the discman.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
    I bought these for $20, (good price for these), and dont regret it at all. They are light and stay on your head very well. I was on a trampoline doning flips and they stood on perfectly. They are also very comfortable. They stay in play and dont move in your ear so the plastic wont rubb against your ear. They sound great too. I had sony MDR-EX51LP's (more expensive) and i like these alot better. Base doesn't overtake the sound,vocals sound perfect,and background is great too! So for 20 bucks, these are the best you will get!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this thing..!
    Bought this a few days back, and absolutely love it. The best thing about it is its weight; its so light, I often forget if its still on! A bit pricey, but then what the heck, a sony is never expected to be for the common money-minded man (well, I confess I've a weakness for gizmos!)

    Yup, the bass is not as rich as one would expect, but its not bad either. What I mean is, I did not regret it for anything.

    A good buy. Wish it was a bit cheaper, though! It makes up in its looks for all it lacks in the bass. So, no regrets.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great sound and comfort!
    I have always preferred the vertical in-the-ear style headphones since they were first introduced in the late 80's. These headphones are very comfortable to wear for several hours at a time. You will barely feel them. That's great, but how do they sound? They have excellent frequency response at 10 - 23,000Hz, and great sensitivity at 108 dB/mW. You will get good bass out of the tiny 16mm drivers. They are also water resistant, so you can wear them while exercising or in the rain. They are designed so the moisture will run down the band and drip off the bottom. I highly recommend these portable (and foldable) headphones.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good headphones, not for everyone though
    These are a good set of headphones. They are ok at everything, great at nothing. Bass, midbass, treble are all average. Where these headphones standout is when working out, especially running.

    They allow you to hear just enough to make them safe but filter out most of the noise. But comfort is their biggest bonus. Earbud headphones falloff. Wrap-arounds leave your ears red and sore. Closed ear types absorb sweat, and look odd. These are the perfect compromise. They don't fall out, don't pinch your ear, and they have a canal for sweat to roll down and out of your ear.

    Bottom line, if you want library headphones look somewhere else. You want a workout set this is your model. ... Read more


    12. Linksys EZXS55W EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Workgroup Switch
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $25.99
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    Asin: B00003006E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Linksys
    Sales Rank: 1379
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Switch provides an easy and flexible way to boost your network's performance while migrating to the power of Fast Ethernet. It is designed to meet the needs of small businesses, medium-size businesses, and small-office/home-office networks, and it allows you to run high-end video, multimedia, and other speed-intensive applications at blistering speeds.

    With support for half- and full-duplex speeds, the switches allow your network to run at 10 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 100 Mbps, and an incredible 200 Mbps, which provides a cost-effective solution if you ever decide to upgrade your Ethernet network. The EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Switch eliminates data bottlenecks and bandwidth constraints, optimizing network performance while protecting your investment in your existing infrastructure. By migrating your entire network to 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet with the EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Switch, you will have the power to double your network's performance with dedicated, full-duplex bandwidth on every port. ... Read more

    Features

    • 10/100 dual-speed per-port auto sensing
    • Perfect for optimizing 10-BaseT and 100-BaseTX hardware on the same network
    • Uplink port for easy expansion and maximum scalability
    • Reach speeds of up to 200 Mbps in full-duplex operation
    • Eliminate bandwidth constraints and clear up bottlenecks

    Reviews (49)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best bang for the buck
    First off, in case anyone out there doesn't know, there are a few advantages to purchasing a switch rather than a hub. The main advantage, for most users anyway, is that a switch provides optimal bandwidth to all ports, whereas a hub splits available bandwidth between all active users. This means that if you are sharing a cable modem for example with others in a house/office building, connection speed will not be reduced when multiple users connected to the switch are online.

    Now, as for this little baby, as soon as I saw the price I grabbed it instantly. The Linksys name had been mentioned to me favorably before, and the going price was within a few dollars of most 5-port hubs. I have been using it for 5 months now to share the cable modem in my apartment, and I can honestly say I have never had a single difficulty. Setup was quick and easy, I was online in less than 5 minutes. The whole device is smaller than most alarm clocks, so storage is hardly an issue. Overall, this is a best buy hands down, anyone out there who needs inexpensive networking equipment, this is the way to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money!
    Thinking of setting up a network? Wish yours would run faster? If so, this is the product for you. Installation is simple. If you can plug a network card into your pci slot you can have your network up and running in minutes. (If you dont know how to plug in a network card, it will take about 5 extra minutes) Anyway, Don't buy a hub. A switch is full duplex meaning it can send and recieve data at the same time. Also with a hub, all ports share the bandwith. ie a 5 port 100m hub w/ all five ports being used = 20m per port. while a switch runs 100m per port, reguardless of how many ports are being used.. And in full duplex mode 200m per port. Also if your looking for computer y on a hub, it must check each port until computer y is found. This switch will know that computer y is on port 4, so you will go right to it, and save time. all n all a great product, as are all linksys products...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Little Switch - Does What it's Designed For!
    This switch does exactly what it's designed for, sharing an Ethernet connnection. Don't expect to be able to configure VLANs, multilayer switching, VLAN trunks, load balancing, etc. This does not have any routing, NAT, or firewall capabilities. You would use this switch when you already have a router between your internal network and the Internet, and you need additional Ethernet ports. This gives you a full duplex Ethernet connection at wired speed, and it delivers! Perfect for the home office/LAN or for technicians needing extra Etherenet ports for their workbench, as this is what I use mine for. Thanks for reading! Hope this helps!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect little unit
    I had been using a Linksys router for a few years before buying this switch. Then I changed to a new DSL provider (Frontiernet) whose modem is also a router, so I picked up this switch to split my connection to various computers in my home (having two routers on Frontiernet caused problems with TCP port forwarding). First, I was surprised by the compact size of the switch. I hooked it up and it was good to go - a slick connection and no messing around. It is a perfect companion to the Speedstream 5200 DSL modem, and probably many others.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great with xbox linked gaming
    many people use this to connect there computers well if you own an xbox you can use it to link 4 xboxs without the need to connect to the internet with live making you spend 60 bucks instead buy this link. it lost one star for eing very bulky. ... Read more


    13. Garmin eTrex Summit GPS with Electronic Compass and Altimeter
    list price: $229.99
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    Asin: B00004UF7T
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 2193
    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Palm-size, lightweight, and waterproof, Garmin's eTrex Summit is a 12-channel handheld global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver. The Summit's easy-to-use menu lets you create and view waypoints, save and view track logs, calibrate the compass and altimeter, and access setup features, among others. Its trip and elevation computers calculate a range of data including direction of movement; total and average ascent and descent; current, average and maximum speeds; trip odometer--and much more. The five user buttons located on the unit's sides allow for simple single-handed operation. The eTrex Summit offers a total of20 routes to be stored, an improvement over the single route that the eTrex base model stores, as well as almost 1500 more track log points more than the entry level eTrex. Additionally the Summit offers the super useful compass and altimeter built in making it perfect to aid in traditional map and compass reading. If you plan on keeping track of every tree in the forrest then the eTrex Legend with 8MB of memory and 1,000 waypoints might be right for you.

    Even in dense cloud cover or bad weather, the Summit maintains its lock on available satellites. Garmin's TracBack feature reverses your track log, helping you navigate your way back. Its graphical user interface quickly and easily identifies your marked waypoints--up to 500.

    During normal operation, the Summit runs for up to 16 hours on two AA batteries and up to 22 hours when in battery-save mode. It has a built-in antenna and an external power/data connector.

    The eTrex Summit comes with a one-year warranty, and Garmin's Web site offers numerous online informational resources and FAQs. ... Read more

    Features

    • Palm-size global positioning system (GPS) pinpoints location anytime, anywhere--regardless of cloud cover or weather
    • Automatic track log with two-way navigation; stores 10 custom tracks
    • Navigates up to 50 waypoints in sequence with animated graphical interface
    • Waterproof case; adjustable, backlit LCD; battery-save feature
    • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data (not map compatible)

    Reviews (13)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Little to offer over the GPS 12
    I really love my Garim GPS 12. It is easy to use and move between screens and features. The Summit is not as easy to use. It is not as convenient to identify way points, does not work with mapping software and its display is to simple. It was not a step up but sideways. I use it in conjunction with my GPS 12 mostly just to keep the track log.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate, fast and small
    I have several GPS for different uses. The most professional one is a Raytheon Chartplotter 630 on my motoryacht. The E-Trex Summit I bought to use for trekking and to mark the GPS location on dive trips with dive operators. They are VERY reluctant to reveal the GPS dive location. I found no difference in accuracy to other GPS. What is completely amazing is the sync time until all satellites are mapped and its ability to work by partly covered satellite horizons. The E-trex Summit syncs in about 15-30 seconds for normal use. The larger units all need 5-15 minutes!!! I have already ordered another one as backup for my boat. Two AA batteries or NiMh cells will run for more than 24 hours. The GPS III+ needs 4-5 times the batteries! The digital compass and barometric pressure/level display are very practical features and very accurate. This is not just a toy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I use it when I go sking, so I see how fast I can go, I use it for biking, so I can tell how far I have gone. I can be in the middle of my two story house and still get a signal (It takes about 10 minutes though) Outside it will pick up a signal in under 30secconds. Its Great!

    Pro-Easy to use
    -Lots of info
    -Can be used for rec/work
    -Very accurate

    Con-Sucks up batteries fast

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS, less accurate than I would like
    This GPS is a great help for any kind of GPS work you would need to do that didn't require you to be any closer than about 20 feet. Within 20 feet is is inprecise.

    I've found that the altimeter needs regular calibration to be accurate as well.

    Too bad it doesn't come standard with an A/C adapter. You'd think with all the money you're paying the least you would get is an A/C adapter!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Altitude profile doesn't download
    I've checked this GPS out in the toughest test and I guess you get what you pay for, this model can display the profile for up to 25 miles on the screen , but when you download the data the profile is very hard to re create on the PC, I've tried using several kinds of download software and then Harvard Graphics or excel , with the same result, a horizontal scale problem.

    Every check I have made on its accuracy shows no problem , just this end of the line processing, perhaps I'm the only user trying to print off the profile ... Read more


    14. Pioneer DVR-520H-S DVD recorder + 80GB digital video recorder
    list price: $599.95
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    Asin: B0002IG6A8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pioneer
    Sales Rank: 5123
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Pioneer's DVR-520H-S DVD recorder houses an 80 GB hard drive, making the component a one-stop choice for both time-shifted TV viewing and video archiving. The hard drive holds up to 102 hours of programming. Once you record TV shows or home movies to the DVR-520H-S's hard drive, you'll have terrific editing and playback options: store programs and keep them indefinitely; delete them after viewing to free up disc space; or edit your favorite programs and home movies and set them up with brilliant menus, wallpaper, and playlists.

    When you find yourself with a recording you want to watch again, you can keep it on the hard drive or simply burn it to a DVD-R (permanent: can't be erased) or DVD-RW (can be erased or written over many times). The DVR-520H-S features high-speed dubbing in both directions (disc to HDD, HDD to disc). You can burn content to recordable DVD-R and DVD-RW at high speed: a 1-hour program recorded in the Extended Play mode can be transferred to an 8x DVD-R in less than 2 minutes.

    A feature called Disc Backup lets you make a direct file transfer of a home movie DVD to the unit's hard drive, and from that make perfect copies of your original DVD for all of your family and friends--at blazing 8x speed. The Chase Play feature lets you watch your favorite TV show from the beginning, even while it's still being recorded. The DVR-520-S also features the ability to create full-motion thumbnails with sound and a built-in TV tuner. You can also play a DVD while recording a TV show to the hard drive, or play programs from the hard drive while archiving something to DVD.

    Additionally, DVD-RW permits non-destructive on-disc editing. The newly created DVD-R can be played back on most other home and portable DVD players, as well as DVD-ROM computer drives. A great feature for home-movie directors is the ability to create a professional-looking menu for home movies, similar to the menu found on DVD movies. Users can choose from nine graphical navigation menus to personalize their disc.

    The DVR-520H-S also features PureCinema 3:2 Progressive Scan for a film-like presentation when watching movies. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts. (You'll need an HD-ready TV to appreciate this feature.)

    Heading up the connections are DV (digital video) inputs and outputs (1 each, IEEE 1394) for seamless integration with your camcorder and/or your computer. You get a trio of audio/video inputs (composite- and S-video with stereo analog audio) and 2 sets of composite-/S-video outputs with left/right analog-audio outputs.

    Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio output (Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. An RF coaxial AV input and output help you interface with older TVs, VCRs, and cable boxes.

    What's in the Box
    DVD recorder, remote control, 2 AA/R6P batteries, an audio/video cable (red/white/yellow), an RF antenna cable, an AC power cable, a user's manual, and a warranty card. ... Read more

    Features

    • built-in 80GB hard drive for recording/playback
    • records to DVD-R & DVD-RW
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
    • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
    • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)

    15. JBL SCS 300.7 Complete 7.1 Home Cinema Speaker Package with Brackets
    list price: $799.99
    our price: $699.00
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    Asin: B0002MIEXG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JBL
    Sales Rank: 3851
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    Features

    • Senses music and subwoofer and speakers turn on when music is present.
    • A strong 10" subwoofer a theater sound.
    • Level controls and video shielded.
    • Left and right line level inputs.
    • Speaker level inputs and outputs for left and right channels.

    16. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS with PC Cable
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000058BCO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Garmin
    Sales Rank: 951
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Garmin's eTrex Venture GPS receiver offers a host of track- and path-related programs and is surprisingly easy to use. Its size and design make it comfortable to use one-handed, and its automatic tracking feature and ability to download maps from optional CD-ROMs make it an excellent navigation tool.

    Roughly the size and shape of a cell phone, the Venture has six buttons that are easily accessible by thumb and forefinger. The Power, Page, Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Find buttons are along the side, with the big-daddy navigation button (a directional click-button akin to a thumb-operated joystick) on the front above the screen. The side buttons are stiff enough that it's nearly impossible to accidentally push one. However, we found the navigation button to be a bit too stiff, which caused us several errors in entering waypoints.

    Text was very easy to read--highlights are discernible and menu bars and clickable objects are well-defined. The unit also has an excellent backlight, which illuminates the whole screen with a white light, giving excellent contrast and viewing capability at night.

    The Venture's interface is split into five different pages, each providing different functions. The main menu page gives you access to your saved routes and tracks, as well as setup for using WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception, unit measurement, time, and display. These are all quickly rotated through with the click of the Page button on the right-hand side of the unit.

    The map page displays the basemap included with the Venture, and for outdoor excursions it provides all the basics you'll need. It automatically tracks your movements and you can save individual tracks for later viewing. The map is zoomable from 500 miles to 20 feet depending on your preferences. You can place waypoints and places of interest on the map and name and change the icons of each to create your own personalized maps. If you decide you want to go somewhere, press the Find button and you'll get quick access to waypoints, your favorites list, and nearby cities.

    The Venture features 1 MB of memory for downloading points-of-interest data--including lodging, business services, banks, and more--from optional CD-ROMs via the included PC cable. Unfortunately, for more detailed mapping you'll need to look to the Garmin eTrex Legend or Vista, both of which have larger memory capacities and the ability to download detailed maps.

    Reception was, of course, best outside on a clear day, but the Venture retained most of its functionality under limited cover like small buildings or thick trees.

    All in all, the Garmin eTrex Venture is a nifty little GPS tool and is ready to roll for your outdoor adventure. However, if you're looking to use more detailed map data with your GPS, the Garmin eTrex Vista or Legend would be a better choice. --Matt Deffer

    Pros:

    • Intuitive interface
    • Clear, easy-to-read display
    • Create waypoints at key locations for easy navigation
    • Included PC cable for downloading firmware upgrades and maps
    Cons:
    • 1 MB memory only accepts points-of-interest data
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with database of world cities
    • 1 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included
    • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
    • High-resolution liquid-crystal display
    • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data

    Reviews (24)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed!
    I have been using a Garmin 195 GPS for flying for the past 4 years and have been really impressed. But when I acquired the Etrex Venture about a month ago (picked up used at Amazon at a great savings!)it is amazing the progress in electronics. When comparing the two units inside the house the Garmin 195 would never even get usable signal to navigate while the Venture would be ready to navigate in less than 30 seconds. The accuracy is incredible including the elevation readout which so far had been very consistent and I have been getting about 20 hours of battery life when in the "Battery Saver" mode which I am in 90 percent of the time. This is one of the easiest GPS to use, very "user friendly" and for people whose eyes are getting older the screen can be set up to show large numbers which is much appreciated even the backlight is bright! The unit works in every car I own with no problems, I wedge the unit in front of the speedometer on the Camry and Dodge pickup. It works on the front seat of a 90'Plymouth Acclaim. Make certain that you go to the Garmin website for the lastest software updates currently (2.29) the version I started out with was 2.20 vast improvements have been made to the unit. The new MapResource "points of interest" CD is a great addition to the versatility of the Venture adding cities, landmark and marine details that are not including in the original database. I thought that 1meg of memory would not be enough (do you ever have enough?)but found that it is sufficient for most needs. Living in the East bay of SF I have loaded the unit with all cities (most of northern and central california), businesses(which includes the address and phone number), landmarks and marine to cover from Richmond, ca to San Jose. I recommend Wolfe PC cable and 12 volt adapters with can be purchased on the net in lieu of the Garmin adapter cables. I highly recommend the Venture, however I would like the Etrex Vista but don't want to spend 3 times the price just for the moving map and 24meg of memory.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great tool for traveling, but not with much upgradability
    I bought this as I planned to visit Switzerland for the summer and drive across the continental United States by myself. Overall, I think this is a great unit: it's one of the first affordable, reliable personal GPS in a nice package with good features. It has a nice interface that can help you navigate by aid of an artificial compass, quickly add waypoints for navigation, in addition to the usual features such as pan, zoom, etc. This unit is waterproof and floats in water, which is a plus if you're planning to take this to serious hiking trips.

    Built into it is a (for me) fairly comprehensive map of major highways and roads in major cities in the U.S., and outlines of other parts of the world.

    And this brings up the first negative about this unit: the map software CDs that allow you to upload the internal built-in map are prohibitively expensive.

    The second negative is the lack of any computer accompaniment software. This translates to you having to purchase a shareware software if you want to plan your trips ahead of time on a computer.

    The last negative is the lack of an external antenna option. While signal reception has been very good for a unit of its size, it would be great to be able to connect a larger antenna to improve connections.

    If you're looking for a GPS unit and you're not a navigation buff, this is a great unit to buy. But the lack of upgrade options might be a turn-off for serious travelers and/or hiking/backpacking enthusiasts.

    This review refers to the LEGEND model, not the VENTURE model.

    4-0 out of 5 stars too advance for begenner
    much too advance for a begenner!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome GPS
    This product works freat. I use it very often for geocaching and always find my mark. With the addition of Mapsource software this is the piece of equipment to have!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Midrange GPS
    I bought this model as an upgrade to Garmin Venture I had gotten in November 2002. I like it for the fact it has more detail than the Venture but the pnly thing that I am disatsfied about is that it needs CDs to upgrade the maps to street level detail. Nonetheless, I think its the best I ever had. Way-togo, Garmin! I use this mainly for geocaching. For more info on geocaching go to: www.geocaching.com. ... Read more


    17. Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router with 4-Port 10/100 Switch
    list price: $79.99
    our price: $54.99
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    Asin: B00004SB92
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Linksys
    Sales Rank: 669
    Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Linksys EtherFast cable/DSL router connects multiple PCs to a high-speed broadband Internet connection or to an Ethernet backbone. Configurable as a DHCP server, the EtherFast router acts as the only externally recognized Internet device on your local area network (LAN). The router can also be configured to block internal users' access to the Internet. A typical router relies on a hub or a switch to share its Internet connection, but the Linksys EtherFast router channels this connection through the full-duplex speed of its built-in EtherFast 10/100 four-port switch. This combination of router and switch technology eliminates the need to buy an additional hub or switch and serves your network as a completely dedicated, full-duplex backbone. Now your entire network can enjoy broadband Internet connections supported by its switched backbone. This unit requires an external cable or DSL modem with an Ethernet RJ-45 interface. This product comes with a one-year warranty.

    Note: All Linksys routers now include a special edition of Norton Internet Security! Claim your free CD-ROM by calling (800) 814-0180, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific, seven days a week. ... Read more

    Features

    • Connects four PCs to the Internet using a single IP address
    • Built-in 4-Port 10/100 switch for sharing broadband
    • Securely connect from your home office to the corporate network via VPN
    • Includes DHCP server or client and supports PPPoE
    • Configurable via Web browser

    Reviews (1018)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My PC and my Mac now share high-speed Internet access!
    We have a PC upstairs, which is our primary computer, and a Mac downstairs in the tv room. I wanted both to be able to share our broadband Internet service. I looked at several routers, both wired and wireless. It came down to the Linksys (wired version) and SMC Barricade Wireless. I kept coming back to Linksys because a friend owns one and raves about it.

    Besides the fact that it looks really cool, it almost took me longer to get it out of the box than it did to set it up. No kidding! Using the QuickStart guide, I was up and running in less than ten minutes. You hook up the necessary cables, restart your computer, log-in to the Linksys website to configure your router, restart your computer again, and you're good to go.

    I wasn't as optimistic about setting up my Power Mac G3. However, I was pleasantly surprised and it took me all of about five minutes before I was doing some high-speed surfing on that machine as well. Fortunately, my Mac has an Ethernet port so it was just a matter of attaching the CAT-5 cable from there to the Linksys and setting the TCP/IP control panel to the Ethernet and DHCP options. I saved my configuration, opened up my browser and spent the next two hours high-speed surfing with no problems.

    I have no problem recommending the Linksys, especially for its ease of setup on a PC and Mac network. While I would have preferred a wireless setup, they've received mixed reviews and I was concerned about Mac compatibility. After seeing how well my Mac performs with this Linksys, I'm ready to make ours a wired household!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, reliable, and replaces PacBell client software
    I first started looking for a router in part to share a connection at home but also because the PacBell (SBC) client software (Enternet) would periodically cause my machine to reboot. PacBell technical support is a total waste of breath, so I decided that anything that eliminated their client would be worth a try!

    I first tried the 1-port version of the same product but had a lot of problems. It arrived with an old version of the ROM (1.30), but even after a (painful) upgrade to a later version, the router would periodically "go to sleep" for several minutes for no apparent reason, with not even the admin server responding. I returned it and decided to try the 4-port instead, and have been delighted ever since. A minimum of configuration (PacBell ADSL requires certain parameters including PPPoE configuration) and it has been up and running continuously for several weeks now. The Keep Alive option means that I get instant response even when I have been offline for a few hours, and best of all - no more reboots due to crummy PacBell software!

    One caution, however: if you do need to call LinkSys, be prepared for a long wait on hold, before you get to talk to an admittedly well-informed and helpful techie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great router and switch
    This is a terrific product. I am using it with an ADSL connection and have extended my network with another Linksys switch (EZXS55W) via the uplink ports. I also purchased the Zone Alarm Pro software which works in conjunction with the BEFSR41 (it's a package deal between Zone Alarm and Linksys and is cheaper than buying Zone Alarm Pro separately). It all works like a charm and I have full speed simultaneous internet on each computer in the house plus full firewall protection through the combination of the NAT (Network Address Translator) in the router and the Zone Alarm software firewall.

    I have had this router now for 12 months and am currently running three desktop computers, a laptop (occasionally) and a print server from it.

    One setup thing to note is that it is worth selecting the "Keep Alive" option and the router automatically pings the ADSL provider every 30 seconds or whatever setting you have given it. The other thing to note is that if you connect another switch (as I have) through the uplink ports they need to be connected with a crossover cable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I am running 7 PCs on it, with no problems.
    I have been running seven PCs on this, using an extra four port switch to expand it...
    It has been running nicely. It has been a faithful servant for over a year....I had to futz with it a bit a while ago because of some interference problem that ended when I moved it away from the huge monitor I have.
    If you don't what to learn how to set up a router, then give away all your computers because you don't want to learn anything about them. Like everything worth while, it takes a bit of work on your part to be successful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the home network, this is first-rate!
    I've had this router for a bit over 2 years now, and have had no problems with it at all; and only 3 occasions to power-cycle the router during problem isolation procedures for what were actually DSL modem issues.

    If you want to go wireless in your home or small office, simply add a Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network Access Point or a Linksys WAP55AG Dual-Band Wireless A+G Access Point (or even both) to provide connectivity for your wireless-enabled devices. The major benefit then being that you have the ability to selectively disable wireless access to your network and ISP without disrupting your "hardwire traffic."
    (Enable MAC Address Filtering and WEP 128bit encryption; and don't leave the WAP connected to the network when you're away from the house.)

    Of course, the switch is auto-sensing and as fast as one would expect from such gear. There are no compatibility issues with 10Base-T/100Base-T network adapter brands--use what works with your particular Operating System and hardware combination.
    You can expand to accomodate more hard-wired computers by adding a Linksys EZXS88W EtherFast 10/100 8-Port Workgroup Switch, plugging in those extra machines and getting right back to work or play. ... Read more


    18. Sony CPA-9C CD/MD Cassette Adaptor with Self-Adjusting, Spring-Loaded Head
    list price: $14.99
    our price: $12.99
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    Asin: B00005T39Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 194
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Sony CPA-9C cassette adaptor allows you to connect your minidisc or CD player to a vehicle cassette player. While this Sony product works best with Sony CD and MD players, the adaptor will operate with non-Sony products as well. There are a couple of key features to this adaptor which make it a fine choice. The first notable feature is the spring-loaded head. The head will automatically adjust itself to your vehicle's cassette deck, ensuring that the two heads have optimum contact and transfer the best possible sound. The second key feature is the silent mechanism. A silent mechanism yields less operational noise and a better quality MD or CD sound. This adaptor works with all cassette players which require you to insert the tape opening facing the side. The mini-plug inserts into a portable CD or MD headphone jack. The cassette adaptor is a cheap way to make your vehicle CD and MD operational.

    What's in the Box
    Sony CPA-9C Cassette Adaptor ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with car cassette decks that have side tape opening
    • Self-adjusting spring head and silent mechanism
    • Ideal for use with Sony's MiniDisc and Discman CD players
    • Mini-plug inserts into CD or MD player's headphone jack
    • Works with non-Sony products

    Reviews (18)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Puts an FM transmitter to shame!
    I had my choice between getting an FM transmitter or this tape adapter. I chose the tape adapter, and havnt looked back once. The product works great and sound quality is very, very good.

    One small glitch I experienced was when i used it on my car sound system, it was very very low until it adjusted, then all of a sudden started blasting the music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One thing annoying
    I think the sound quality this product offers is quite nice.
    One thing that annoys me is that it makes clicking sound
    with regular interval, like a grandfather clock with a
    pendulum. I own a 99 camry, and could this be a problem
    with my car? Anyone with similar experience, please
    share your know-how of how you got over it. If you play
    a loud song that sound is shadowed, but you'll be pretty much
    annoyed when you play quieter ones.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its worth the money...
    recently, i bought the "sony car adaptor" for my vehicle, and i had mixed feelings. First of all, people complaining about the bass must have a Mp3 set up problem, because even with the bass turned off on my "diskman", it still sets in strong. The sound is decent, but you gotta turn your volume control all the way up to get it to blast loud enough. It also dosent seem like its very durable. But all that aside, if you need a cheap way to play CD quality tunes through your cassette deck, this is the one

    1-0 out of 5 stars better adapters are apparently cheaper
    i bought this unit out of a best buy. i chose the more expensive sony name because my previous adapter's wiring was becomming faulty, and i thought i could count on the name to deliver a better product. turned out to be a bad idea.

    not only is the previously-mentioned dull hum noise absolutely mind-numbingly frustrating after about 5 minutes of play, but the volume is so low. the treble is way to high, and the bass portion is bearly audiable, even when messing around with the mp3 players controls or the deck's controlls manually. turning up the volume on the deck only makes the humming get louder. turning up the volume on my mp3 player does nothing but waste battery life. other people have said that you can't expect so much out of a tape deck, but out of the 3 cassettee adapters ive owned (the others being cheaper and lasting for at least a year) this has definately been the worst.

    this is the first review ive written, but i had to contribute after this disappointment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great item
    I originally bought this item thinking it would fit in any tape deck. I have a 76 Firebird with the original 8-track and I wanted to listen to some CCR CDs without wearing headphones or bringing a jam box in the car. Well, it didn't fit the 8-track so I upgraded to a regular cassette player so I could use the adapter. It works great now! The clarity is killer and I love the way I can just plug it into my jam box on the passenger seat and rock out. Awesome product! ... Read more


    19. Pioneer DVR-320-S DVD recorder with i.LINKĀ® camcorder input
    list price: $349.90
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002IRYVS
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Pioneer
    Sales Rank: 13890
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    Product Description

    Pioneer has been a leader in DVD recorder technology for years, building both DVD computer drives and component recorders like the slim, sleek DVR-320-S. Everything you'd normally record with your VCR can now be recorded with the DVR-320-S -- it has a built-in TV tuner, clock/timer, and VCR Plus+®. And DVD recordings look and sound so much better! For time-shifting your favorite weekly shows,use a rewriteable DVD-RW disc, which can be erased and re-recorded over and over. For material you want to hang onto, record to write-once DVD-R discs, which can't be erased, and which play in nearly all DVD players. Camcorder owners will love the ability to make pristine DVD copies of videos for easy playback, and for sharing with friends and family. The DVR-320-S's front-panel i.LINK (IEEE 1394) jack will make transferring video from a digital camcorder fast and easy. Start archiving your precious home movies on DVDs and stop worrying about tape failure! The DVR-320-S provides other advanced recording and playback options that just aren't possible with a VCR. For example, "Chase Play" time shift playback employs a memory buffer to let you watch the beginning of a recorded program while the show is finishing recording! In fact, you're not limited to watching the recording in progress -- you can watch anything else already on the DVD. (Use of a DVD-RW 2x disc is required to be able to use this feature.) ... Read more

    Features

    • records to DVD-R & DVD-RW
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
    • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
    • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
    • ultra-slim chassis design

    20. YAMAHA RX-V2500 Digital Home Theater Receiver

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000782SR8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Yamaha
    Sales Rank: 35307
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    Features

    • 120W per channel x 7
    • Supports - Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II Music & Movie, DTS Neo - 6 Music & Cinema, THX Cinema, & THX Surround EX
    • 16 DSP Programs
    • Silent Cinema - Dolby Digital or DTS through ordinary headphones
    • Component video up conversion from S-Video or Composite signals

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