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41. PalmOne m130 Handheld
Too low to display $119.00 list($450.00)
42. Audiovox VBP-2000 "Video-In-A-Bag,"
Too low to display list($499.99)
43. Sony SDM-HS73/W Flat Panel 17"
$63.57 list($79.99)
44. Saitek J24C X45 Flight Control
$99.99 list($149.99)
45. Sony CFD-SW755 Portable CD/Cassette/Radio
$469.94 $454.22 list($549.99)
46. Viewsonic G220F 21" CRT Monitor
Too low to display $43.99 list($59.99)
47. Sony SRF-M80V S2 Sports Walkman
$168.89 list($440.99)
48. Canon EOS Rebel 2000 35mm SLR
$142.99 $110.00 list($199.99)
49. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered
$139.99 list($249.99)
50. Polk Audio RC60i 6.6" Circular
$149.00 list($260.99)
51. Canon Elph Z3 Zoom APS Camera
$50.99 $43.50 list($69.99)
52. Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network
$649.99 $528.99 list($699.00)
53. Denon DHT-485DV 6.1-Channel DVD
$71.85
54. WesternDigital 120GB RETAIL BOX
$23.99 $22.09 list($49.99)
55. Jensen JNC50 Traditional Closed
$99.94 list($149.99)
56. Casio EV-570 Handheld Portable
$155.00 list($199.99)
57. Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000
$45.89
58. Sony MDR-EX70LP Earbud Headphones
$20.89 $13.98 list($28.00)
59. Targus PA055U 4 Port Ultra Mini
$25.99 list($49.99)
60. Logitech Cordless Optical Wheel

41. PalmOne m130 Handheld
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00005Y1Z6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 885
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Palm's m130 enters the handheld market as one of the least expensive color units available. Basically a colorized version of the earlier m125, the m130's bright backlit screen displays 58,621 colors on its 160 x 160 pixel screen.

It also boasts an 8 MB memory with an expansion slot that accepts both MultiMediaCard (MMC) and Secure Digital (SD) cards for adding both memory and special applications. The SD card slot will also connect to SDIO (Secure Digital Input/Output) devices, including Bluetooth cards for wireless connectivity, and upcoming peripherals like digital cameras and bar code scanners.

You can also attach peripherals to the base of the unit via the Palm Universal Connector, which enables you to use the m130 with keyboards, modems, and GPS receivers that are also compatible with the i700 and m500 series handhelds.

The universal connector is where the handheld meets up with its USB cradle, which not only serves to sync up the m130, but to recharge its lithium-ion battery as well. On the highest setting (you can drop it down a notch in well-lit environments), the display backlight sucks juice at a moderate rate. But since the battery recharges at each sync-up, it's not much of an issue. Even if you run out of battery life and your m130 shuts down, you have about a week to recharge it before you lose the data on your Palm.

Nicely contoured, with an attachable faceplate that flips up (letting you play Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock, if you're so inclined), the 5.4-ounce m130 rests solidly in your left hand with the right manipulating its standard buttons and screen with the stylus. One complaint we did have with the m130: at the edges, the screen doesn't appear to be as sensitive as in the middle and it can sometimes require a repeat tap with the stylus before it registers.

In addition to the standard Palm Desktop software, the m130's impressive handheld software bundle includes Palm Reader (for taking e-books along with your Palm), DataViz's Documents To Go (for viewing and editing Word and Excel files; Windows users can also view and edit PowerPoint documents), and MGI PhotoSuite Mobile Edition (for viewing images and videos on the full-color screen).

An IR port on the top of the m130 lets you beam contact information, such as your business card, or even an application, to another similarly equipped handheld.

An inexpensive color handheld with a decent amount of memory and lots of room for growth, the m130 makes a great PDA for users looking to add color to their portable world. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Inexpensive, full-featured color PDA
  • 58,621-color display looks great
  • Loaded with software extras
  • Rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • Stylus doesn't register, at times, around the edges
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Features

  • Bright and easy-to-read color screen with support for 58,621 colors
  • Built-in 8 MB memory stores thousands of contacts, appointments, to-do items, and notes
  • Expandable via Secure Digital and MultiMedia cards--add memory, applications, and content
  • Windows and Macintosh compatible--includes desktop software for both platforms
  • What's in the box: Palm OS 4.1, USB cradle, rechargeable battery, and add-on applications including Documents to Go, powerone Personal Calculator, MultiMail, and Palm Reader

Reviews (122)

5-0 out of 5 stars For the newer palm user!
This is my third pda (second palm and one handspring) and I'm totally satisfied with the product. Palm has leapfrogged over the palm clones or 'wannabees' in features and pre-packaged software. The screen clarity is more than acceptable under most conditions, the rechargeable battery lasts plenty long in normal uses and the 4.1 OS (operating system) has some nice new features. Finally, the expansion ports are great to save files or applications without sacrificing the 8 megs on the handheld palm.

Especially nice is the new feature note pad, which allows you to simply write or print a note directly on the screen without the need of graffiti or opening the memo pad. This is useful when you need to write quick--like when you're checking your voice mail and recording information. It's just like the sticky notes you use for writing down everything. Only these sticky notes don't get lost! The palm reader is a nice addition to read the increasingly popular e-books. I've added 3 books to the m-130 and the reader works great and even has an auto-scroll so you can read at your own pace. The calculator function(s) is much improved from earlier palms with the business and other math functions.
Finally the accompanying software, DataVis' Documents To Go for one, let you compose or edit word, excel, or powerpoint files and transfer the files to/from your desktop or laptop.
Overall, this is a good product, that is very functional and reliable, at a relatively inexpensive price!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good PDA
This is a pretty good PDA. I was looking for a color PDA to replace my trusty Palm V (still miss that little guy), but the other models and brands were a little too overpriced for my budget. Lo and behold, Palm comes out with the m130 and it was in my price range! I love the color screen and the extra memory and add-on features. At first, I had to contact Palm because I received a defective unit. They replaced it free of charge and it has had no major problems ever since. The m130 comes packaged with a treasure chest of useful software (Documents to Go, Palm Reader and others)! The expansion slot is pretty cool too. The only drawback that I have found is the darned Graffiti writing recognition. Graffiti writes pretty well when it wants to, but I have found that it doesn't always register as the letter you want and tends to do its own thing. I seem to have the most trouble with the letter "y". It comes out as other letters. It can be frustrating and I am sure that Palm users have gotten frustrated with Graffiti. I would recommend investing in the keyboard. Besides all of that, I have been happy with Palm and the m130. These PDA's are truly amazing and useful tools and Palm has really set the standard with their great handhelds. If only the Graffiti were a little better...

2-0 out of 5 stars Mine died!
I bought my Palm M130 less than a year ago and it was great. Then one day it wouldn't turn on. I hit the reset button and it was fine for a few months. Then recently it wouldn't turn on again. I tried resetting it in different ways and no luck. Now i have a dead palm and all my phone numbers and calender info are stuck in my work computer! i wouldn't bother buying this product as i am sure it will die on you too :(

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent PDA with all basic features
I bought this Palm back in December 2002, and so far it has never let me down. Okay, the PDAs standards have developed a lot, but the basic features of this device remain useful: calendar, address book, and the Docs to go.
I am now giving thoughts to get an state-of-the-art PDA, but the bad reviews I've read here at Amazon regarding the Tungsten C have make me think about moving to a smartphone, perhaps Sony Eriksson P900...

5-0 out of 5 stars Does everything I needed!
I did a lot of research before purchasing my first palm pilot (my m130 for myself as a mother's day gift) and I am so glad I moved from a paper calendar to this. I originally hoped to get a phone and pda in one but to be honest w/a laptop at work and a computer at home w/internet access, I don't need wireless connectivity and I have found that anything with any phone feature gets so ridiculously expensive in addition to wanting you to pay for wireless service in addition to phone... well... I decided the option to add wireless later if I need it does exist on the m130, so I got it and a cell phone separately.

I have never had any trouble, have had it over a year and I really maximize the calendar and contacts features using outlook at work and transferring everything to my palm daily. I used the documents to go feature frequently before I got a laptop, so that was really handy as a storage unit so I could work on documents between home and work. I have for the most part, given up on taking notes most of the time more because of our work culture, then the pda, when it is appropriate I certainly use the note pad feature the most of the "extras". But for everything I hoped it would do... it has been perfect.

I did have to get some help from IT at work to get my outlook to synchronize properly w/the palm software, but once it was all set up it has never crashed or done anything wrong for me. There are a lot of people at my office who use this model and say the same. Slowly the whole organization is switching to outlook calendars and this really makes it easier. ... Read more


42. Audiovox VBP-2000 "Video-In-A-Bag," with 5-Inch LCD TFT Screen
list price: $450.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000063TJX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AudioVox
Sales Rank: 2915
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Flip-up mobile TV with 5-inch LCD TFT screen; 10.82 x 13.58 x 4.92 inches (W x H x D)
  • 2 Front Mounted Headphone Jacks, A/V Input Jacks
  • 12-Volt Cigarette Lighter Adapter for In-Car Use and AC/DC Power Adapter for in Home Use
  • Dual Speakers Mounted on Sides of Unit
  • AC/Heavy Duty Canvas Bag with Handle/Shoulder Strap

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Set up is a breeze
I love this video player. It is compact, easy to set up and just the right size. I'm embarrassed to say it, but it's a wonderful babysitter for the car.

1-0 out of 5 stars worthless piece of junk!
I wanted this tv so bad because of it's convenience and style that I purchased it and returned it 3 times to get a working one. Every one of them stopped functioning correctly after 8-10 days. The picture went fuzzy and only the sound could be heard. I went and upgraded to the same tv but the eddie bauer edition found at target for 50$ more and have had it over three months now with no problems. Don't waste your money on this worthless piece of junk!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes traveling with four kids a breeze
Bought mine almost 10 months ago and it's still working great. We are VERY VERY hard on things, and thus far it is holding up well. It's easy to use, and easy to take in and out of the car to use indoors and/or transfer to another vehicle.
The two headphone jacks are a great feature -- I got a couple of splitters and all four kids can use headphones at once, and I can listen to the radio instead of Scooby for the 100th time. Only down side is that the kids in the back of the van have trouble seeing -- I'm thinking about getting the extra screen to go in the back so I don't have to hear them argue about who sat in the back last time. Has been a good, sturdy product for us, and well worth the money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ours was unreliable
The second day we had this, a quarter of the screen went black. We returned it. If you do buy one of these, get the extended warranty because the unit only comes with a 90 day warranty. It's a shame it didn't work well because the design is very convenient.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must have for those with little children
This has been a lifesaver for me on long car trips and short ones. It is very compact compared to the others. I also tried the RCA one but it does not fit between the front seats like this one. That one sits in the middle of the back seat. Does not work if you have a van. I highly recommend this product. ... Read more


43. Sony SDM-HS73/W Flat Panel 17" LCD Monitor (White)
list price: $499.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000918VX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6780
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1,280 x 1,024 resolution
  • 0.264 mm pixel pitch; 500:1 contrast ratio
  • Innovative floating frame design
  • 160-degree horizontal viewing angle
  • PC and Mac compatible; 3 year warranty

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT MONITOR
Purchased this monitor from amazon with free shipping and 25 dollar rebate. It was the lowest price around. Received monitor, it took about 5 minutes to set up looks great would highly recommend this monitor and use amazon for the lowest price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best quality
I've used other LCD monitors at my workplace, but the brightness, brilliance and clarity of the Sony's SDM-series monitors surpasses all of them. Images do not look "pixelized" like those on Samsung LCD monitors. The price is well worth it (...).

Others have complained that the base of the monitor is too large -- However I have no problem with it because it's the perfect place for my wireless mouse & keyboard receiver!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely good value
I was looking for a Samsung 17 inch monitor when I spotted the Sony SDM-HS73. The picture was amazingly crisp and the colors bright compared to the NEC and Samsung monitors next to it. Reading the specs, I noticed that its pixel pitch was .264mm, and the contrast ratio was 500:1, indicating a very good quality monitor. When I brought it home, I placed it next to my old 19 inch CRT monitor to compare screen size - the SDM-HS73 was a tad bit bigger! Setup was simple - plug and play. I ran my favorite screen saver, Marine Aquarium on it and couldn't be happier. The picture looks great - sharp text, vivid colors. My husband will be buying one also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
Ended up with this monitor through pure serendipity. Went to look at either an NEC or the Sony HS72 LCDs to get a feel for them. Store where we went to look was in the midst of remodeling, and HS72 must have broken in transit. NEC looked nice, but then on a whim we asked to see the HS73 since the 72 wouldn't come on. Wow. Incredible picture - level of detail and crispness of picture were stunning; all the technical specs were excellent as well. Salesperson told us HS73 was successor to HS72, and it was 50 bucks cheaper to boot. So we bought two. :) ... Read more


44. Saitek J24C X45 Flight Control System Joystick and Throttle (USB)
list price: $79.99
our price: $63.57
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Asin: B00005TOTG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Saitek
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Unique Flight Control System designed for extended gameplay
  • Powerful--all controls are fully programmable via SGE
  • Highly ergonomic shape gives total game control
  • Illuminated buttons for night-time use
  • Features 2 fire buttons, 1 4-way hat switch, detents for throttle control, rudder controls, and 2 rotary controls

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars If it's not metal, it's garbage!
This product is a great starter HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick). But it is a HORRIBLE finisher.

The buttons stick. A quick perusal of the usenet will show this to be the norm.

The stick has an annoying (and childish) cover over the missile button. This is stupid. The stick is WAY too big as well. I'm all over it trying to get to the different buttons. A REAL fighter joystick has all buttons VERY easy to reach. You can forget about quick response with this thing.

The stick's programmability leaves A LOT to be desired. There is no way to program a key to do different keystrokes on subsequent presses. For instance, button 8 could map to "g" to lower gear. And then, hitting button 8 again would map to "U" to cause gear to retract.

The stick's plastic resistance base at the end of the springs also doesn't move smoothly - it's jumpy.

My recommendation: Cougar HOTAS from ThrustMaster. I'm E-Bay'ing my Saitek.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value
I have had good luck with this throttle/stick combo. I am using it with Windows XP without any problems. Using the basic driver software provided by Saitek for XP, all buttons and axes are recognized and work properly. I can't get the advanced programing software from Saitek to load properly (allowing more specific button programing for use with older games and sims) but this may be due to a conflict with my sound card (SB Audigy), and it isn't necessary with newer sims, which allow you to fully configure the controller through the game program, anyway. I haven't had a problem with buttons sticking. I agree that the "Safe" cover over the "launch" button is a bit hokey, but it looks like it would be fairly easy to cut off if it really offended one. The throttle action is very smooth and both the throttle and the stick fit my hands comfortably. The stick has a rocker lever that substitutes for rudder pedals. This isn't quite as nice as a good set of rudder pedals, but I find it is good enough that I usually don't bother to hook up my CH pro pedals anymore. The spring at the base of the stick that centers it and provides resistance to its movement off- center makes the stick movement just a little "jerky" and provides a little bit too much self centering force for my taste, and this is not adjustable. That and the lack of Force-Feedback capability I would say are the only real drawbacks to this controller, but I would certainly buy this again and would recomend this device to anyone looking for a good (and economical) alternative to a non-Force-Feedback throttle, pedal and fighter-stick Hotas combo. By the way, I was amazed what a difference having a good throttle makes, especially in combat flight sims, compared to using the little throttle axis lever provided on most all-in-one sticks (such as the Microsoft Force Feedback controller).

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I had read good things about this stick and it looked like a great deal for a stick-throttle combo. I bought it online and was a little underwhelmed when it arrived, as my first impression was one of overall cheapness. Construction is primarily of what seems like pretty low-quality plastic with a cheap, creaky feel. I wrote it off to the low price and figured you get what you pay for and this was still the least expensive stick-throttle combo you can get. If it worked properly I would have accepted the cheap feel, but after a few weeks of use the low quality started to show. One of the two hat switches on the stick quit working entirely and the stick itself is starting to feel very sticky due to friction between the metal spring and the plastic components. There is a warranty and I could send the stick back to get the hat switch fixed but I just don't feel it's worth it. I have little confidence in the longevity of this stick. My advice would be to either save your money and buy a better stick or invest less money in something simpler.

4-0 out of 5 stars OK for combat flight sims, not for "regular" flight sims.
I am a licensed pilot and a hardcore user of FS2004. I bought this for the idea of a seperate throttle and all the programability promised by Saitek.

The joystick itself is good, good feel, movement,etc. Some of the cheesy plastic pieces could disappear and no one would miss them though, like the plastic "shield" over the fire button.

The throttle was nice too, but stiff. I guess if you kept using it, it would work itself in.

But I have always used a Microsoft Sidewinder joystick. I program the extra buttons on the base for functions like flaps, spoilers,landing gear,etc. There are no buttons like that on this stick. Maybe I am being nit-picky, but I just couldn't tailor this stick to be normal and not like a combat sim.

If you love combat sims, this is your stick/throttle setup. You can buy two at this price in case you are concerned with durability and still not approach the MSRP of the vaunted Thrustmaster Cougar.

But if you just like flight sims and point to point flying, acrobatics or whatever, this is not your stick. I think I am going to purchase the old Logitech Force joystick. I have the CH Pro Rudder Pedals (great, a must have!). I don't like the unreal thumb throttle on the Logitech, I will probably purchase the CH Throttle Quadrant when it comes out.

4-0 out of 5 stars X45 The good...The Bad....The ugly!
I have been a gamer for longer than I care to admit. I picked up a Saitek X45 when my MS Sidewinder FFB2 had problems with it's main fire button not working and it's secondary fire button sometimes falling off. Other than that...I always loved it.

Now I have the X45. At first I was thrilled. Just playing with the buttons and dreaming of the possibilities put an ear to ear grin on my face. However, that soon changed. You see, I'm a BF1942 DC player. My specialty as you might have guessed due to my choice in sticks is a pilot. In fact, I dare-say I'm in the top 10% of pilots for that particular game. (Yes, yes...big whoop!) Needless to say, the ability to fly competently is rather important to me.

Here is where my joy became "joyless". BF1942 does not support the X45's throttle or some of it's other axis functions. This is mainly EA Games fault. The "consumers" on the forums at Saitek.com have been working for months trying to fix this problem or work around it. (No, the trend of late for the corporation's to make the customer's be the tech support and think-tank for the rest of it's customers is very much alive and well at Saitek!) The results are rather sad to be honest. But, like I said, this is not completely Saitek's fault.

The problem with the X45 is the ridiculous and cheap way they came up with of centering the stick. It is centered by a large spring compressing a rounded disk piece of plastic(think disk sled) against a round ring, again made of plastic on which it is cradled. To say the least, it is gritty!

Of course if you are into precision....then having to make a small, critical correction during your game might not be possible when the sudden release of surface tension makes you over-correct. Not to mention the audible groan/creaking sound it makes which makes you wonder if anyone within ear-shot thought you might have a slight flatulence problem.

Another thing that is ridiculous would be the flip-top cap some yahoo put on the Launch/Fire button. Who the heck has time to flip that stupid thing up in a time of need? Fortunately, it is easy to remove. I keep it around for when I need a good laugh!

If you are a MechWarrior....You will love this stick! (Minus the grit) The only thing I miss from my MS Sidewinder FFB2 is the FFB. (Force Feed-Back) And again.....the smoothness of the stick. Then again when you are suppose to be in a lumbering 60+ton giant of steel, perhaps a few imperfections here and there might actually make things more realistic! (Grin)

If I decide to keep this stick, besides doing a little bit of metal smithing and replacing the plastic crap on the stick, I'm going to mount it on a wood platform....which they thoughtfully provided mounting holes underneath both units. (Good thinking, Saitek) Otherwise, more aggressive player's such as myself might have a tendency to tilt the joy over in a sudden move of intent.

The X45 does have a few saving graces. #3 is it's program-ability. #2 is it's separate throttle and all the wonderful buttons, POV hats and rotary knobs. #1 would have to be it's price! For ~$70, you CAN'T find a better system in it's class! My only option besides the X45 is the Thrustmaster Cougar. However, even though it is three to four times the price of the X45, I have heard many gripes and complaints about all the tweaking and crap you have to mess with as well as cheap components in the stick. Were I not getting so long-in-the-tooth and have so many other things to worry about, I'd make my own. Then I'd sit back rip what hair I don't have out when the next day, some company finally gets a clue and come out with a near perfect stick at a near perfect price! ... Read more


45. Sony CFD-SW755 Portable CD/Cassette/Radio Boombox with Detachable Speakers
list price: $149.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00004U47J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3863
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The CFD-ZW755 CD/radio cassette recorder sports a convenient handle so your tunes can go anywhere you do, whether you're blasting tunes for friends or listening in private through the supplied stereo headphones. The unit's CD player uses a one-bit digital-to-analog audio converter for pristine sound, and audio CD-R/CD-RW compatibility means the box will play your home-brewed music mixes as well as prerecorded CDs.

The CFD-ZW755 includes a digital AM/FM stereo tuner, too. Four electronic sound modes (rock/pop/jazz/vocal) let you tailor the sound for listening to various different types of music or in different environments, while Mega Bass sound enhances low-frequencies in any sound mode. Perfect for parties, the unit comes with Sony's Loop/Flash sound effects. Loop continuously repeat a few seconds of music, while Flash provides intermittent playback for a DJ-like stuttering effect.

With synchronized CD/cassette dubbing, CD playback commences just after cassette recording begins. The stereo record/playback cassette deck provides direct recording from either the tuner, the CD player, or another cassette. Other features include four-inch detachable speakers and 20-track CD programming. The unit runs on the supplied AC power cord or six D batteries.

What's in the Box
Boombox, remote control, remote batteries, user's manual, AC power cord ... Read more

Features

  • CD boombox with dual-deck stereo cassette and drift-free, digital-synthesized AM/FM tuner
  • Synchronized CD/cassette dubbing
  • 4-preset electronic equalizer (rock/pop/live/vocal), Mega Bass low-end enhancement
  • Remote Commander remote control (CD/tuner/volume/power/function)
  • Clock/sleep timer, Loop/Flash sound effects

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the same old Sony...
Pro:

1) Doesn't look flashy and wierd like a lot of recent boom boxes.
2) Still working after 2 yrs. - nothing has broken (no CD playing problems).
3) Does a basic job of making sound.

Con:

1) Turns on mysteriously at night probably due to a neighbor's remote controller on the same frequency as my boom box or being triggered by some other random radio wave. (has freaked me out at times causing me to wake up in the middle of the night and get out of bed to turn it off - really freaky if the CD is playing my daughter's nursery songs.)
2) Setting radio station presets is not intuitive and simple.
3) Lacks decent bass sound relative to my Magnavox boom box, even with the "Mega Bass" activated.
4) FM and AM radio reception is mediocre. I live in Los Angeles with a lot of strong radio stations but some local stations just don't come in clearly without static.
5) Lacks the Sony quality feel that I used to know.
6) Price to high - should cost around $60 for what you get.

Bottom Line: I expected better from Sony given my past experience with their products.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a piece of [junk]!!!
This is one of the [worst] boomboxes ever! This thing will just refuse to play most cd's. I've only had this boombox for almost a year and now already it acts real weird. Now when I put my disc in, turn it on, it spins my disc a little bit, it makes a weird clicking sound, the speakers make a strange buzzing sound, and then it stops spinning and says no disc. What the heck is with that! So then I thought maybe the disc was a little bit dirty (not even a scratch) wiped it off just to make sure, then I put it back in the system. It did the same thing (and these were regular store bought cd's!) Then I thought maybe it is just my disc or something. So I tried another one and the same thing happened. I tried reloading it about 10 times and then it started playing (thank god!) Then I walked over to it and pressed the next track button and their it goes spinning full blast, not playing right and then displaying "no disc" After about a month of putting up with this [junk], I sold it to my friends grandmother who mostly listens to the radio. She is happy with it because she likes how she can control it with the remote. Other than that the radio works pretty good and the tape decks work pretty good, but I still would not reccomend this product to anyone... If you want to get a better boombox, get a Panasonic, JVC, or something better. I'd hate to see someone put up with [what] I did with this [Boombox].

If you want to get a good boombox, take a look at one of the Panasonic ones. They are much more reliable and they sound even better.

5-0 out of 5 stars very good
this cd boombox is very nice and has a good sound system!

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features and excellent sound.
I like to play music -- mostly classical -- at my desk at work. This past week the volume control on my old Sony boombox broke (after nearly ten years of daily use) so I went out looking for a replacement. I was pleasantly surprised at the low prices of most of the units I saw, but they sounded rather tinny compared to the good sound I was used to from my old Sony. At the end of the shelf I found this model. When I inserted the CD which I had brought with me for auditioning, I immediately heard a clear improvement in sound over the less expensive models. In fact, the sound was even better than that of my old Sony with which I had been thoroughly pleased. I bought this model on the spot and the next day installed it next to my desk at work. It's very convenient too use, looks nice (compared to most current boomboxes) and sounds great. Sure it cost a few dollars more than the inferior-sounding units but(...) I'd say it's a great buy.

Incidentally, although I listen almost exclusively to CDs, this unit has two tape drives, which allow for tape dubbing (which a lot of cheaper models don't) as well as a digitally tuned AM/FM radio. Also the CD player has 1-bit conversion -- like the best CD players, but unlike most boomboxes -- which contributes to the better sound. As I said, it's a great buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars What ever happened to sony
remember in the old days, when sony made high quality products for a good price. Well they don't anymore. This is good quality, rather bulky, but the price is to high, when similar products cost $10 to $20 less! i reccomend a different brand ... Read more


46. Viewsonic G220F 21" CRT Monitor
list price: $549.99
our price: $469.94
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Asin: B000071W8X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ViewSonic
Sales Rank: 13437
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The G220F PerfectFlat CRT monitor from ViewSonic delivers big, 21-inch performance(20 inches viewable) for demanding CAD/CAM designers, graphic designers, gamers, and corporate professionals. With an ultra-fine 0.21 mm horizontal (0.25 mm diagonal) dot pitch, this monitor renders brilliant, precise edge-to-edge images with sharp focus and crisp text. Its absolutely flat screen provides realistically proportioned, precise images with reduced reflections, while SuperClear screen technology enhances brightness and color fidelity.

The monitor displays a maximum resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 at 68 Hz, with 1,600 x 1,200 recommended at 87 Hz for flicker-free viewing. OnView controls let you make image adjustments through simple onscreen commands, and ViewMatch technology grants easy color temperature and intensity adjustments for optimal screen-to-print color matching.

The ARAG anti-reflection, anti-glare screen treatment maintains the highest image quality, while its USB hub-compatible base design allows easy integration of an optional USB hub for convenient peripheral connections. TCO and Energy Star certifications ensure that this monitor complies with the world's strictest standards for low radiation, safety, ergonomics, recycling, and power management while saving costs through automatic power-saving modes. Overall, this large-screen CRT monitor is ideal for pre-press, imaging, desktop publishing, and graphic-design applications. ... Read more

Features

  • 2,048 x 1,536 maximum resolution at 68 Hz, 0.25 mm diagonal pitch
  • PerfectFlat screen reduces reflections, provides precise images
  • ViewMatch technology for optimal screen-to-print color matching
  • SuperClear screen technology for vivid colors and image clarity
  • PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Viewsonic 220 and 225 series awful!
Our company purchased two years ago thirty two (32) Viewsonic 220 and 225 monitors. As of July 2004, eighteen (18) have literally gone up in smoke. These monitors are miserable pieces of junk and pose a safety hazard.

5-0 out of 5 stars ViewSonic G220f monitor
Received this monitor last week and it is fantastic. This is my second ViewSonic monitor, purchased the first one in 1994 and never a problem, I hope this one gives me the same service. ... Read more


47. Sony SRF-M80V S2 Sports Walkman Arm Band Radio with FM/AM, TV and Weather Channels
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B000066HO4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 109
Average Customer Review: 2.45 out of 5 stars
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Sony's lightweight SRFM80V S2 Sports Walkman fits snugly into a supplied wrap-around arm band for hands-free listening during workouts or travel. The radio's ergonomic S2 Sports design places all function controls for easy access, and its LED is conveniently angled for easy reading when you're on the run. Furthering its suitability for athletic training, the SRFM80V includes a stop watch with a single-button split timer. And, if you'd rather not wear the device on an arm, just affix the built-in belt clip to a waistband.

Radio features include drift-free digital tuning across the weather, TV (VHF channels 2 to 13), and AM/FM stereo bands. And with the SRFM80V, weather is no obstacle--its water-resistant design blocks out moisture, and dirt (though do keep in mind that it's not made for submersion in water). A local/distant (DX) switch optimizes reception of both near and distant stations, and a power-off timer shuts off the Walkman at your preset time to conserve battery life. The arm band includes a safety reflector. Five-direct-key preset memory lets you electronically tune in to any five stations set--even in different frequency bands--with the press of a single, easy-to-reach button, while a separate direct weather button offers one-button tuning of weather bands.

You'll also enjoy conveniences like 25-station preset memory (five for TV, five for weather, 10 FM, and five AM), Sony's low-end-enhancing Mega Bass Sound System, and two-AAA-battery operation (batteries not included). Supplied Sony MDR (micro dynamic receiver) vertical-type sports headphones deliver wide dynamic range and clear sound. ... Read more

Features

  • FM/AM, TV (VHF channels 2-13) and weather station tuning
  • Memory presets: 10 FM, 5 AM, 5 TV, 5 weather
  • Water resistant helps keep out moisture and dirt (not water-proof)
  • Includes stop watch; features local/distant reception switch
  • Light reflector on adjustable armband

Reviews (60)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good radio with flaws
I bought this to replace my previous Sony sports walkman radio. This radio has several deficiencies compared to the old Sony design.

1. The WB (weather band) button looks exactly like the other radio presets. But if you press it, sorry, you're in a new "mode" and you can't get back to your other preset stations without some effort. I would much rather have a sixth preset button.

2. The battery case frequently snaps ajar. The batteries then come loose and I lose all presets.

3. The volume wheel is right next to my arm when I'm using the radio, so I frequently am adjusting the volume inadvertently.

I would really like Sony to redesign this product to make it more useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Portable Radio
I listen to the radio while jogging and my search for the perfect companion has come to an end. This one is it.

Over the years I have tried most of the main brands (Panasonic, Sangean, Radio Shack) and consistently found the Sony's to be surperior in reception and sound. Most recently I was using the Sony SRF-M78 armband radio, the predessor to this one. The SRF-M80V is better in several respects. Let's look at the details:

Design:
The white and orange color scheme is ugly in my mind but who cares. This is a tool, not a fashion statement. The waistband clip is much better than on the M78 allowing carry on both arm and waistband. This finally gives the option to put the radio where it belongs during running: the small of my back.
Button placement is intuitive and clear. However, the numbering on the buttons is starting to rub of and will probably be gone in a few weeks. No big deal, use a Sharpie for re-labeling if it bothers you.

Reception:
In one word: Great. I live in New York City which has notoriously difficult radio reception. Both FM and AM are as good as it gets for a portable unit. In addition this radio offers TV channel reception and weather band, both are coming in well enough to be useful.

Features:
As mentioned the M80V allows you to listen to FM, AM, TV, and WB and has sufficient presets for all channels. In addition you can use the radio as stop watch, split timer, or can set it for automatic power-off, useful if you tend to forget to turn off the unit. The volume control is a small wheel which turns much to easy, the only true flaw of the radio. I slipped a 10 cent rubber O-ring over the wheel to provide the right amount of friction so that the volume doesn't get knocked unintentionally. Works perfectly now.

Head Set:
I don't care for the ones that are provided and replaced them with a good pair of Sony earbuds. The Mega Bass button is useless with my earbuds but may give you more oomph with bigger headphones.

Conclusion:
A small, well designed radio with all the features that you might desire in a work-out companion. Great reception and great sound. Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just okay, but not too many other options
The walkman is ok, however, it doesn't seem there are many other options on the market. The arm band doesn't stay on my arms without sliding off unless I'm wearing about five layers of shirts (and I have 'normal' size arms). The sound quality is good and the buttons are easy to hit as you run. As usual with Sony headphones, I have to replace them every few months.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works fine for me...
I really enjoy using my armband radio. It has worked well for me even on my almost daily three mile runs. It still works even after I got caught in a downpour and got drenched. The earphone cord is a bit long, though. It is hard to find a place for it where it will not be in the way or uncomfortable. Other than that, this is the best product that I have found for myself.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality construction and poor design
I have owned multiple small Sony sports radios. I use them while running and weight lifting. This is by far the worst of the series.

Quality:
1. After less than 6 months one of the tiny metal battery connectors fell out and was lost while changing batteries. Previous similar products have lasted several years.

2. While sound quality was acceptable, the antenna is markedly directional and less powerful than previous slightly larger more oblong Sony units.

Design:
1. Sports radios should have a clear display and buttons and knobs that can be accessed while running, etc. The volume knob is way too sensitive and the tiny buttons with miniscule numbers and characters cannot be readily accessed while running. The unit has plenty of surface area for larger knobs. In addition, only a small portion of the LCD screen is utilized - what were they thinking? Reading glasses should not be required for usage!

In summation, this unit exemplifies poor ergonomics and poor quality - Don't buy one! ... Read more


48. Canon EOS Rebel 2000 35mm SLR Camera Kit with 28-80mm Lens
list price: $440.99
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Asin: B00001QEMF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 185
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Canon EOS Rebel 2000 is an affordable, lightweight, andfull-featured automatic 35mm SLR for both beginning and advancedamateur photographers. It offers a host of special modes for specificshooting situations, including full auto, manual, night scene,portrait, landscape, and more. It also has shutter-speed priority andaperture priority modes--although most users will inevitably leave thecamera in full auto mode a majority of the time and the cameraperforms very well that way. Just remember that the empty rectanglesymbol on the mode dial is for full auto.

Some other basic features include an impressive seven-point autofocussystem, LCD panel with extensive information display, three exposuremetering modes (evaluative, partial, and centerweighted), autoexposure bracketing, a multiple exposure function, and depth-of-fieldpreview. The autofocus system is incredibly responsive, and includesseven focusing points that can be set individually for super creativeshooting. In other words, using the LCD panel as a guide, you can setthe camera to automatically focus on the far right focus point (or anyof the other points) so your main subject doesn't have to be in themiddle of the frame to be in focus in a snap.

In fact, most settings can be adjusted in creative ways on the Rebel2000, like the exposure level, which can be set to overexpose orunderexpose up to two full stops for tricky lighting situations whereyou might want to fool the camera's metering system. It also has asmall, built-in pop-up flash, plus a hot shoe for an additional flashunit. Overall, we found this camera to be smartly designed with anattractive look and a comfortable feel. ... Read more

Features

  • Autofocus 35mm SLR with full manual options
  • 28 to 80mm zoom lens included
  • Retractable built-in flash
  • 7-point autofocus system
  • 35-zone exposure sensor

Reviews (91)

5-0 out of 5 stars Passed the test and more
I had a few miscellaneous comments to make. I've had my EOS Rebel 2000 for only two weeks and already am extremely satisfied with it. The first roll of film came back and the photos are nice and sharp. The only thing I could have done differently in the photos was to use some exposure compensation--I was on vacation and was shooting wildlife at a beach on an overcast day, and even then, the sand was reflective enough so that the some of the subjects were a little dark and looked somewhat silhouetted. Happily, this little camera gives you manual control over shutter speed and aperture, as well as many other nice features, such as depth of field preview (which even the ELAN II lacks), and a respectable 1/2000th of a second top shutter speed. If you've been mostly a point and shoot camera owner until now, your fastest shutter speed will only have been about 1/500th of a second, unless you own one of the Contax point and shoots such as the T2, which go up to 1/700th of a second, but cost about 5 times as much as even the more expensive and capable point-and-shoot cameras, not to mention the Rollei, which is even more.

I'm getting used to the controls, which are a little different from my Rollei QZ35W. The jog wheel feature, for adjusting ASA settings and so forth, I find an interesting feature which I'm more used to seeing on Palm PDA clones such as the Sony CLIE, but I find I like it here, too.

In addition to the lens that came with it, I found a Tokina ATX 25-70 mm constant F2.8 Pro Series lens used at a great price, and decided to buy it for the little EOS Rebel. The camera fits comfortably in my hand, if I have one complaint, it's that the grip on the right side is a little small for me with the much bigger Tokina lens mounted, but it's okay.

To give another plug here for this great little camera, a friend at local camera shop says he knows a pro photographer at a large newspaper who uses nothing but EOS Rebel 2000 bodies, and he just puts his $3000 pro lenses on it. He says they're capable enough to do anything he wants, but cheap enough so he doesn't worry about hurting them. He carries 3 of them at a time with him, and if one has a problem, they're cheap enough so he just throws away the malfunctioning one and grabs a new one out of his bag.

One final thing I wanted to say is the manual is really well written, very clear and concise. They seem to really want you to learn and make use of the camera's features to make you a better, more technically aware, photographer. So be sure to read the manual.

I've found this to be an exellent little camera at a very reasonable price given all the features Canon has packed into it. Canon has produced an outstanding value and a very capable camera in this little package. I can recommend this camera without reservation, especially if you're considering moving up from the point-and-shoot category to a camera with more advanced features.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and serious shooters alike
This is a great camera. Its autoloading is clean and quick. Its exposure metering has seven points (compared to the Rebel G's three). It is light, small, but has a lot of features you's expect from a much larger and heavier camera. And it is fully compatible with the huge line of Canon's EF (and third-party)lenses. Eight to 10 years ago, this camera would have been among the best technology available anywhere. It is perfectly adequate for most applications.

And the price is just amazing. I don't think there is another value like it in the new 35mm equipment market.

The only drawback isn't really a problem -- it's just that the 28-80 lens is not the best choice for the kind of shooting I do. It is great for the casual shooter who needs a single all-around good lens, but I shoot a lot of portraits. For that, prime (not zoom) lenses are much brighter (have a larger maximum aperature). The 35-80 lens is even more restrictive. If you intend to use it for more serious photography, such as portraits or wide-angle shots, I suggest you start with just a Rebel 2000 body and get the Canon EF 50mm II lens instead (which is surprisingly cheap!).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
I recently bought this camera at a local photography store... . The camera is great, but I was disappointed that I hadn't looked around for a cheaper price. I usually shoot in black and white and develop my film and prints myself. So far, the camera has been just what I need! The shots are turning out great and the features on the body offer fully manual (how I usually shoot)operation. The light meter is easily seen, and it is easy to change the Tv(shutter speed), and the Av (aperture). I would suggest the Rebel 2000 over any other camera of its type. Just make sure you are shooting with the correct speed ISO and the AV and Tv allow for no over/under exposure, which could make photos dark/light/grainy. The 28-80 lens that comes with the kit has treated me just fine, however I maylook into another lens later on. For now, however, I am glad that I got the 28-80, as it gives me a real fell for the camera, and it allows for me to take beautiful scenery shots of the mountains,rivers,etc. Anyone that is interested in photography would most likely suggest this camera.

PS- get a filter to protect your lens from scratches,etc - no matter what type of lens you have. It would be better to replace a $10 filter thatn a $100- $2000 lens!

5-0 out of 5 stars This camera is Great!
I had been searching Amazon for a camera for about a year and had decided on a camera to get. But then one night I was searching through amazon again and came across the rebel 2000 and bought it that night. The design was my first concern when deciding on what to get, I have bigger hands so little cameras are hard for me to deal with. While this camera is not a HUGE one it is just the right size for me and I love it. The shutter button is in a great spot to. Other cameras i have had in the past have had the button right on the top of the camera, not this one, they put the button where the finger would naturally fall. Inturn making my pictures a lot less blurry from not haveing to move my finger to press the shuttter button.

This is definetly a camera for a beginning professional photographer. You can set the camera at manual or total auto, which is great. There are many pre-set settings if your not a professional photographer,but if you are they are all pretty much there.

I will definetly be recomending this camera to anyone who is looking into buying a good one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I have been extremely impressed with this camera. Stock lens and flash are outstanding. Have done professional work with it. Would recommend it to anyone. Photos are very clear and sharp. Easy to use. ... Read more


49. Iomega 31653 Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Starter Kit with 3 250 disks
list price: $199.99
our price: $142.99
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Asin: B00005B6TT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iomega
Sales Rank: 4884
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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The Zip 250 MB USB-Powered Drive Starter Kit from Iomega includes an ultrathin, portable SuperFloppy drive and three Zip 250 MB disks. Providing high-capacity removable storage for PC and Mac computers, the Zip 250 MB drive comes with a USB cable that transmits both data and power; no external power source is needed. At 1-inch thick and weighing just under a pound, the Zip 250 USB drive is easily transported.

Compatible with most major operating systems, standard Zip 100 MB disks, and all 250 MB Zip disks, the Zip 250 MB USB drive comes with a one-year limited warranty. Iomega offers a 10-year limited warranty on the Zip U250 MB disks. ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by USB cable
  • No external power supply needed
  • Compatible with Zip 100 MB and 250 MB disks
  • Ultraslim, portable, lightweight design
  • Comes with 3 Zip 250 MB disks

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's Little, It's Blue and it Zips too!
I have had my USB Zip 250 for year and it is great, its easy to use and easy to carry. The USB powered drive makes it great for any PC and Laptop and can be easily removed from any PC you need to grab data. The problem with 100MB is ok but another issue might come laptop users who don't plug their laptops in. Not to mention that this drive is useless on any PC older then 4 years that lack USB. Overall a darn good product from the people who made high capacity drives so simple.

4-0 out of 5 stars Iomega Does it Again!
The Iomega Zip 250 USB-Powered Starter Kit is excellent and a great value. The new powered zip drive is a breeze to install. Just load the software, attache the cable, reboot, and wha-la!! The drive installed immediately on my Win98SE Gateway laptop, with Win98 recognizing the drive and loading its drivers immediately. It is intuitive to use with the Iomegaware 2.8 software (the primary zip application) and creates another drive in your computer. You can drag and drop to your heart's content! I found no difficulty with compatibility at all, as did one reviewer - but perhaps going from PC to MAC or vice versa (as he/she apparently did) does cause problems. The only minor drawback I see is that it is a little noisey. I don't even notice that its particularly slow using older zip 100 disks, but I'm comparing it to a zip 100 parallel - now that's slow! Great product!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost Great
This is a neat little drive. The only reason I got this was because the new Macs don't come with built in zip drives anymore, and I have alot of data on zips. I didn't get the 750MB drive because the specs say it won't write to 100MB zip disks, which this one will.

At first I was concerned with the funny noises I heard coming from this little drive (remember, my previous experience was a built in 100MB version). It took me a while to realize these were the same sounds that came from the old drive, only much much louder. I don't know if click of death is still an issue with Zip drives, but those noises sure had me worried at first.

The portability is great, not only can you take the disks anywhere, but the drive itself is small enough to be transported easily. Simply unplug the thing, and you're good to go, it'll work on any computer with a built in USB port.

Compatibility is another story. I've had no problem reading and writing to Mac100 zip disks. On PC100s and PC250s, disk access is much slower. That's why this is only getting three stars, instead of four or five.

5-0 out of 5 stars What you're looking for
If you need an exterior Zip drive, you've found it. This is perfect for your every zip need. It is very small- not much wider then an actual zip disk. In addition, it comes with a rubber stand that can make it take up even less desk space by making it vertical. It is extremely light and therefore portable and easily plugs into your computer with a fast USB cable. There is no necessary installation either. Also, it is good to note that this is a good MB zip drive to get for two reasons- it can still take 100MB ones (the size smaller) and there is no real need for most to get a 700 MB drive (the size larger) because if you're dealing with that much information most people would use a CD instead and it is very hard to find a 700 MB disk. Also, take into account that this is a very good price especially considering it includes 3 disks- which can run $$$ each sometimes.

1-0 out of 5 stars ZIP 250MB Starter - 3 U250 Disks not included
This starter kit doesn't contain the U250 disks (10 year guarantee), but the regular 250 MB zip disks (5 year guarantee). I am sending 2 kits back today. Iomega quit making the U250 Zip disks. Someone at Amazon knows about the problem, but the website has not been updated. Don't waste your time ! ... Read more


50. Polk Audio RC60i 6.6" Circular In-Ceiling Speakers (White, Pair)
list price: $249.99
our price: $139.99
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Asin: B00005T3BD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Polk Audio
Sales Rank: 6823
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Polk Audio's RCi Series in-wall speakers let you deliver sound to every room in your home without sacrificing a single square inch of valuable floor or shelf space, and the RC60i in-wall speakers are no exception. Paint them to match your decor and they practically disappear, leaving you with nothing but high-performance sound.

Installation is easy as 1-2-3: cut a single hole, feed the wires through to your receiver or amplifier, and simply drop the speaker in. Rotating cams secure the speakers safely with no extra assembly or mess. A round shape and flush design allows each RC60i to mimic the look of a recessed lighting fixture, providing the ultimate in stealth sound.

The pair is durable, too, with moisture-resistant materials that are perfectly safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas--even under outdoor eaves. Rubber driver surrounds outlast cheap foam surrounds for years of trouble-free performance.

Dynamic Balance components and aimable tweeters ensure spacious imaging with stunning clarity and well-balanced sound in any listening position, not just a small "sweet spot." Wide-dispersion design means you'll enjoy even coverage across small and large rooms alike.

The speakers use large, 6.5-inch cones for rich, full-bodied sound. Further, their Infinite Baffle tuning uses the virtual enclosure of in-wall space to enhance their bass response. The speakers are timbre-matched to the members of Polk's RTi Series for seamless, enveloping sound when used as part of a home theater.

What's in the Box
Two speakers, paint masks, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Round shape and flush design allows the speakers to mimic the look of an unobtrusive recessed lighting fixture
  • Aimable tweeters let you direct the high frequencies; speakers offer excellent "imaging" even for off-axis listening
  • Durable, moisture-resistant materials safe for use in bathrooms, kitchens, saunas, even under outdoor eaves
  • Wide-dispersion design for even sound coverage across small and large rooms alike
  • Measures 7.56 x 2.4 inches (diameter x depth)

51. Canon Elph Z3 Zoom APS Camera Kit
list price: $260.99
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Asin: B000063YAN
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 349
Average Customer Review: 3.11 out of 5 stars
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The sleek, compact Elph Z3 from Canon slips easily into a purse or pocket, and its stylish, futuristic design and advanced features make this APS camera a must-have for gadget lovers.

With all the attention Canon's Digital Elph series has been receiving, it's easy to forget that the first Elph models were film cameras. This latest-generation model has much in common with its predecessors, including a chrome-and-aluminum body, diminutive dimensions, and use of the Advanced Photo System (APS) format.

Refinements for this model include a longer, lower shape--less like a deck of cards and more like a cell phone--and a backlit status LCD that emits a cool blue glow at the push of a button. Several other features were revised to improve photo quality, including a redesigned lens and a newly developed passive autofocus system. Additional features include a 2.3x zoom, spot metering, self-timer, and a five-mode flash with red-eye reduction.

A lithium CR123A battery provides power, and the camera uses APS film, a format jointly developed by five leading photo companies in 1996. The APS format is designed to take advantage of a number of technological advances developed in the decades since the introduction of 35mm film. Here are the main advantages to the APS format:

  • Size and convenience: An APS cartridge is smaller than 35mm, and the film is completely enclosed, which simplifies film loading.
  • Midroll rewind: Many cameras let you switch film midroll, allowing you to shoot in both color and black and white. Each roll has an indicator on top that lets you know if the film inside is unused, partially exposed, totally exposed, or developed. After developing, the negatives remain inside the cartridge for protection and long-term storage.
  • Three print sizes: Most APS cameras let you choose from three proportions for your prints--"classic," which is a 3:2 ratio like 35mm; "HDTV," which is a 16:9 wide-screen format, and "panoramic," which is a long 3:1 print.
  • Magnetic information storage: The film is coated with a magnetic layer much like a videotape. This layer can store information from the camera that can be used during developing and printing to make the best possible prints. This also means that photo time and date information can be printed on the back of each picture instead of the front.

The two biggest drawbacks to the format are size and availability. The negative is approximately half the size of 35mm, so each photo has less detail than an equivalent 35mm negative. This can result in pictures that look grainy, especially when enlarged. Though the format is popular, it's still relatively new, so the film can be harder to find than 35mm film and developing may be slightly more expensive. ... Read more

Features

  • APS-format ultracompact point-and-shoot
  • 23.5-54mm 2.3x zoom lens with autofocus
  • 5-mode flash with red-eye reduction
  • Automatic film loading, advance, and rewind
  • Features date imprinting and self-timer

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiny, feature rich, and it works well
Having owned several small APS cameras, I can safely tell you that this one is a winner. The Z3 has a decent 2.3 times optical zoom (I prefer a 3x, but this is pretty good), very small size, and excellent battery life (over 25 rolls/battery, vs. under 10 for many other cameras). It also has some of the minor features that prove useful, including date and time encoding, mid roll rewind and load, and basic control over the flash (4 modes).

If you've never used the APS format before you will be impressed by the small camera size and image results, as long as you stick with 4x6 prints. If you require 35mm results with enlargements, go elsewhere. This has nothing to do with this camera, its all in the film size. You might be able to enlarge to 5x7, but no further. These are really tiny negatives and the images get grainy when you enlarge them too much.

I've seen some complaints about reliability, but after a hundred rolls or so this camera has been flawless. It did take us a roll or so to get used to the turning the camera off (you slide the lens cover over), but once you get the hang of pressing the cover in just a bit before sliding it, it comes easy.

I'd also suggest that you check out the Canon 370Z camera. While it is a bit bigger and has shorter battery life (I've averaged 8-9 rolls per battery at best), the zoom is a full 3x, meaning that you can zoom in a bit more. That can be useful, although I have not missed it as much witht his camera as I expected.

2-0 out of 5 stars Stick with 35mm
In the camera store that I work at, we rarely sell APS cameras now that their novelty has worn off and this is why:

The frame size for APS film is LESS THAN HALF the size you get with 35mm film. This means that if you blow your pictures up, you will see much more of the grains. Also, there is a noticable difference even between using a 100 speed film (which you should give you the sharpest pictures) and the 200 speed film. The film quality is just bad and the selection is very limited.

APS film is more expensive, and it also cost more to get developed. It is even more if you shoot panoramics. As far as the film goes, if you purchase the value packs you can get 6 rolls of 35mm film for the price you would pay for 3 rolls of the same speed of APS film in many stores.

Instead of this camera, I suggest the Pentax IQzoom 130M. It has more than twice the zoom for LESS money! It also features an easy to use panorama mode if you like having that option. A 35mm camera is not hard to load, and the superior quality is well worth the 3 extra seconds it will take you to load film. You'll get more camera for your money and you'll be so much happier with your pictures.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
Just as everyone else stated, this is a great compact, cool looking camera. Pictures have turned out okay. Some were blurry but I suspect it may be the lighting. Outdoor pics were clear as the sky. However, I have a lot of problem with loading and unloading the film. Sometimes the camera would keep rolling sounding like it would load the film but when it stops making noise the cartridge symbol blinks asking you to put in the film. And when it finally loads correctly and finishes rewinding the film, the door gets stuck and would not open. It's quite frustrating. I'm going to get a refund and I suggest not getting this camera at all especially for this price. You should probably go with their digital elph camera instead.

2-0 out of 5 stars don't buy
I purchased an elph for the size and the fact it takes panaramics. At first I was happy with it, it took good pictures, was easy to load and unload, and was compact. After about 3-4 months I was in the keys with my friends when we took our last picture on the film, it would not rewind not even manually. I brought it to a camera place to see if they could get the film out and they told me to send it back to canon. The door was stuck and he did not want to ruin it. I did happen to eventually get the film out myself but the camera still did not work so I sent it in (supposively under warranty) and they wanted to charge me $75 to fix it. I suggest looking for another camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars WAY better than 35mm
I'm not sure what has caused people to complain so much about this camera, it is the best I have ever owned and believe me, I KNOW cameras! I've taken hundreds of pictures (literally) and have competed in several shows with great results. And I tell you, Canon Elph is a tiny camera that packs a punch!

I bought this camera two years ago for a trip to Europe. I wanted to have something small with special features. The zoom, panoramic, dates and special subject lines, easy load small film, etc. I was TOTALLY impressed!

I took 30 rolls of film in rapid succession, within a period of 3 weeks. I didn't develop any of the film while in Europe, and even after ALL of my film, exposed and unexposed, passed through all the metal detectors of different airports, palaces, etc. it had FANTASTIC quality! In fact, the pictures of me are some of the best ever taken, other than some childhood shots and my high school senior pictures taken by a professional! These Elph pictures, held next to 35mm pictures from both my old Pentax and my Canon manual professional camera, were not any different. Mixed up, no one could tell which pictures were taken by what camera!

I loved how the film was just drop and load. It was harder to get dirty or install wrong and IMPOSSIBLE to accidentally expose to light. NOT so with my old Pentax 35 MM autofocus camera! Plus, the neat thing with Advantix film is that you can take a few pictures, rewind the film, load a new roll for different types of pictures, rewind that and load the other roll of film only partially used! With this feature, I was able to keep castles on one roll, statues on another, paintings on yet another roll!
The camera was dropped more than once, nothing broke! The metal corner bent (that's how bad the fall was) and the picture quality was not affected at all! The sliding face wasn't a problem for me to get used to, just don't slide it fast! Slide it just a little ways back towards the lens when you want to shut it off and it will recede back into the camera then you can close it fully.

I have now used this camera often for the last two years, including a family reunion. Every picture has been great (except the ones I personally messed up like not turning on the flash when needed) and I have recommended it to my friends. Nothing has been grainy, no red eye, nothing! Everything has been clear and bright! Just remember to use 400 or higher speed film, 200 and 100 definitely reduce the picture quality. I used Kodak and tried to get MAX, not regular.

I hope to join an art study program and go back to Europe next summer. The Elph will definitely be going along! Cute and functional! ... Read more


52. Linksys WAP11 Wireless-B Network Access Point
list price: $69.99
our price: $50.99
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Asin: B00005854B
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1840
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Linksys Instant Wireless Access Point (WAP) serves as communicationsheadquarters for a reliable 11 Mbps wireless network. We found the WAP, used inconjunction with the Linksys Instant Wireless PC Card (and PCI adapter if thewireless card is used in a desktop PC) and a hub or switch, to be a true leaderin the move toward wireless networking. In case you are having any confusion, here is a graph illustrating the differences between an Access Point and a Router with Access Point:

access point vs. router

The unit itself is handsome in design and somewhat reminiscent of the oldrabbit-ears antenna system used on older televisions. Installing the WAPinvolves several steps. A USB connection allows for configuration, andinstalling the USB configuration software allows for monitoring and adjustingsettings such as channel, IP address, and Service Set Identifier (SSID).Connecting the unit to a hub or switch using Category 5 cable (which is notincluded) gives the WAP network access and the ability to begin sendingmeaningful signals.

The WAP has three indicator lights: power, link, and activity. The linkindicator lights up amber when a link is established with the hub, and theactivity light flickers somewhat uncertainly when there is network activity. Theantennas can be adjusted left and right, and we found that pointing them in thedirection of the wireless computer did result in a stronger signal.

We found the accompanying user guide somewhat lacking; it gave little guidanceon how the network can be configured. And the customer service hotlineunfortunately does little more than refer you to your computer's manufacturer.Those who are new to networking may want to bone up on the basics beforebeginning on a wireless network endeavor--plenty of resources exist on the Weband in print to guide your networking foray. But for those who are transformingan existing wired network into a wireless one, the transition will be fairlypainless and straightforward.

In use, the WAP performs well: in the same room, the signal strength to and fromthe Linksys wireless network card is consistently above 95 percent. We separatedthe card from the access point by one plaster wall and found that the signalstrength was reduced to around 80 percent. Separating them with a closeted wallpulled the signal strength down to about 50 percent. At opposite ends of thehome (with numerous plaster walls between), the signal strength maintains atabout 35 percent.

The rate of data transmission declines proportionately, starting at an ideal 11Mbps and going to 3 or 4 Mbps at extreme distance and separation.While stillreliable, the main difference in performance we noticed was in the basicdata-transmitting functions: slower copying, pasting, opening, and access ofresources on other network nodes. While these speeds don't lend themselves wellto intensive LAN game play, they are suitable for sharing data betweenresources, as well as sharing print resources.

Overall, the Linksys wireless package is optimal for those not wishing to stringcable throughout a home or office. While performance and speed are comparable toslower wired networks, this is a ready solution for those who need a worldwithout wires, for whatever reason. This package is also ideal for those who arecomfortable with networking configurations and troubleshooting, and are ready totake the leap into wireless. --Emilie Dirks

Pros:

  • Easy resource sharing that's ideal for small office/home office
  • Simple installation and fairly straightforward configuration

Cons:

  • Transmission speeds much lower than current fast Ethernet connections (onwired networks)
  • Lackluster customer support and documentation
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Features

  • High-speed transfer rate of up to 11 Mbps
  • Range of operation of up to 150 meters indoors, up to 500 meters outdoors
  • Provides roaming, best access point selection, load balancing, and network traffic filtering
  • Interoperable with IEEE 802.11b (DSSS) 2.4 GHz-compliant equipment, and supports up to 32 users/nodes
  • Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet

Reviews (197)

1-0 out of 5 stars FINAL Update to "Free At Last!" - No longer good!
My ultimate review (Final update to "Free at last") showed my experience with the latest edition of this access point, the infamous V2. It's NOT good. The V2 has problems with WEP, that is, wireless encryption.

I found the latest Linksys product is crippled (I tried 2 of them) and the SMC product is the better alternative (I'm using it now).

So, for all you who chose to purchase based on my old review (of an obsolete model) - I apologise.

4-0 out of 5 stars It takes patience
I purchased this WAP because of it had an affordable price and adequate performance for my needs. I have a laptop, but I didn't want to be tethered to my Linksys BEFSR41 4-port Cable DSL Router. I purchased the WAP11 Wireless Access Point along with my Linksys WPC54G 802.11g PC Card (802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b) so that I could move freely around my apartment and still have access to both the internet (via my cable modem) and the files on my desktop PC. I could also use the wireless network at work.

Now that things are working well together, I'm glad, but the devices weren't cooperative at first. For the better part of a week, I was playing with the settings for my WAP, my router, and my wireless card. What I have found works is changing the default profile's SSID in the Linksys Wireless Connection Manager (I installed it in Windows XP because it seems to be handling connecting to multiple access points better than Windows XP) to "any." This will allow the card to connect to the closest access point.

Using encryption was a little troublesome, as well. The WAP allows you to enter a passphrase from which the WAP calculates the key. The Windows wireless connection manager only allows you to enter the key. This is not an easy task with a 128-bit key. The Linksys manager, however, does allow you to enter the passphrase and calculates the key for you. This was much easier, and I now have encrypted wireless communications.

One last thing to think about is the use of a 2.4GHz cordless phone. Our cordless phone will occaisionally use the same channel, which kills the connection between my laptop and my WAP. After forcing the phone to find another channel, my connection is restored.

2-0 out of 5 stars I Live In Constant Fear That Any Second It Will Stop Working
I don't know if its the WAP11 or if its the WUSB11 or if Linksys makes garbage, but the wireless network I set up is totally unreliable. I've spent the past 2 days on the phone for an average of 5 hours a day trying to get this thing to work and it still doesn't. It's all the more frustrating since I HAVE NO IDEA WHY IT DOESN'T WORK.

It gets two stars because for the 5 minutes a day that it works, it works great. It's faster than the wired connection I used to work on and the ability to work in a different part of my house is invaluable to me. Which makes me so mad that it doesn't work reliably enough.

After reading some of the other reviews, I'm not the only one who has gone through this, so it's not just me. Good luck trying to find support on the web, especially at broadbandwhatever.com as those guys are no help. And although Linksys's tech support people are very nice, they take forever to get to the root of the problem and THEN THE PROBLEM COMES BACK! Plus you spend 2 hours on hold waiting for somebody to get on the phone.

My goodness, I'm returning this tomorrow and trying a different company.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dead after 1 1/2 year
Linksys WAP11 worked flawlessly for about 6 month, then it started to drop communication about every couple of days, then it just gradually gotten worse. Before it went completely dead on me, it was dropping communication with my PC about 1 minute after I reset the Access Point. All I could say is that I am not pleased with Linksys products since it is my second Linksys product that went out of commission shortly after the 1 year warranty. I am not sure if I'll buy another Linksys product, but I really like the fact that WRT54G has lots of third party support to add features to the factory build firmware. Naah...I won't give Linksys another chance.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad little WAP
I'm a network engineer for a Fortune 500 company. I design, configure, and install 2.4 GHz wireless networks for a living. Since I can't bring the Cisco 2100's home with me, I thought I'd go with a Linksys (now a division of Cisco) WAP11. For me, this product was a breeze to set up and configure. The setup disk wouldn't run on my laptop running Win2k, but ran fine on my home PC running XP Pro. The product description told of a USB port for easy configuration. Perhaps that port is present on newer or different models, but mine has no USB port, which is a bummer because that's how I wanted to configure it. Also, when configuring it over HTTP, which was my only choice, the IP Address had to be static. I couldn't access it when it was set to DHCP. Overall, though, I was clipping right along wirelessly in my home within a half hour of opening the box. The WAP11 doesn't have all of the features I'm used to at work, but it's a great home product and I think, by following the inclosed step by step instructions, it shouldn't take a networking novice to have it up and running in no time. ... Read more


53. Denon DHT-485DV 6.1-Channel DVD Home Theater System
list price: $699.00
our price: $649.99
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Asin: B00065HLRY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Denon
Sales Rank: 18494
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Amazon.com Product Description

Denon's powerful DHT-485DV home theater unites separate and complementary Denon components in a reasonably priced and easily configured system. Beyond this package, all you need for terrifically exciting home entertainment is a living room, a television, and a place to put the speakers. The system includes a versatile audio/video receiver and DVD player along with 6 speakers and a 100-watt subwoofer.

Denon's AVR-485 provides 6 channels of discrete amplification to drive all the primary speakers in a 6.1 surround sound system (front left/right speakers, rear left/right surrounds, and front/rear center speakers, along with a preamp output for the ".1" low-frequency effects channel, i.e. subwoofer). The receiver packs 110 watts per channel.

You'll never be at a loss for creative surround algorithms, irrespective of your listening source. The receiver's onboard 6.1-channel surround processing includes Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx (for cinema, music, and games). Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing is the first technology to offer a choice of processing traditional stereo music and movie content into room-filling 5.1 or 6.1 channels.

The AVR-485 owes its high sound quality to premium digital-audio technologies like Melody 32-bit DSP from Analog Devices, whose 24-bit/192 kHz high-resolution DACs ensure premium playback sound from all 7 channels. Separate A and B speaker outputs (left/right only) let you power speakers in a second room.

The receiver features 3 assignable sets of component-video inputs and 1 set of monitor inputs (all with 30 MHz bandwidth). You get 4 sets composite and 3 S-video inputs, a set of 5.1 external wide-bandwidth (100 kHz) inputs for multichannel formats such as DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, 2 assignable digital inputs (1 optical, 1 coaxial), and a total of 6 analog inputs (not including the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner).

The included slim DVD-555 DVD player will let you enjoy your recordable CDs filled with MP3 and Windows Media Audio files (including WMA 9) in addition to playing DVD-Video, recordable DVD (video-mode DVD-RW and DVD+R/+RW), and recordable CD configured for digital photo viewing (JPEG image CD, Kodak Picture CD, and Fujicolor CD).

For its video stage, the DVD-555 employs dual, discrete 54 MHz, 10-bit video digital-to-analog conversion (1 chip each for progressive and interlaced outputs). 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 (appreciable on high-definition and HD-ready TVs).

A 2 MB memory buffer decreases layer-change pauses or pickup dropouts during DVD playback, and standard composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with just about any television.

The player uses Burr-Brown 24-bit, 192 kHz audio DACs (PCM-1756) for pristine sound from DVDs and CDs, and both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (1 each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection with the receiver.

The speaker system employs 5 two-way satellite speakers, a broad center-channel speaker, and a powered subwoofer, all of which are carefully calibrated to provide seamless, 360-degree sound, whatever your program source.

What's in the Box
AVR-485 receiver, DVD-555 DVD player, receiver/DVD player remote controls, remote batteries (2 AA each), 5 SC-A65 satellite speakers, a SC-C65 center speaker, a DSW-65 powered subwoofer, applicable user's manuals, a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, a DVD player AC power cord, requisite speaker cable, a service-station list, and a warranty card. ... Read more

Features

  • System package features the AVR-485 surround receiver, the DVD-555 DVD player, and 6 matched and magnetically shielded 2-way loudspeakers
  • Powered subwoofer offers an 8-inch woofer and a 100-watt amplifier
  • 6.1-channel audio/video receiver pumps 110 watts per channel x 6, processes all major surround formats, including Dolby Digital EX
  • DVD-Video player with progressive-scan video output for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Plays DVD-Video, video-mode DVD-R/RW, audio CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 CD, WMA CD, JPEG image CD, Kodak Picture CD, Fujicolor CD

54. WesternDigital 120GB RETAIL BOX EIDE U-ATA-100 ( WD1200JBRTL )

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Asin: B00009K3QM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Western Digital Eide
Sales Rank: 8903
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Reliable Drive
The WD1200JB is the drive that was included in my PC when I bought it in early 2002. Trouble free operation, and quiet.
After 2 years with my PC running 24 hours a day seven days a week, the drive motor began to whine- not bad for 2 years running constantly.
I just replaced it with a new WD1200JB. Installation and data transfer was simple with the Data Lifeguard software.
Note: If your PC is not set up for a 2nd drive, then this kit is for you. If your PC is set up for a 2nd drive- then all you need is the bare disc (no cable, no screws, no software)
However, Data Lifeguard is a free download from Western Digital

1-0 out of 5 stars Notorious problems
Stay away from this drive, even though it's cheap! They are known for having bad sectors and eventually just failing (especially the 120GB model).

I have one, and I lost all my data (I know I should've backed up my files) due to this hard drive. Go with a Maxtor, Segate, anything but this drive.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes hard drives fail
My first HD failure. No OS load, no programs, no data, no joke

5-0 out of 5 stars Good drive, easy install
I bought this drive to replace a smaller, slower drive. I installed the new drive as master and the old one as a slave, and rebooted using the included Data Lifeguard software. Formatting and partitioning was a snap, and there's a utility for copying the contents of one partition to another. Once that was done I could boot off of the new drive and not have to re-load any software.

The only quibbles I have: The drive didn't come with spacers/rails to fit a 3.5" device in a 5.25" slot, so I had to make a trip to the store for that. Also, copying the partition took about 4.5 hours for 14.3 GB. My PC is an HP Pavilion w/ 1.2 gHz. Athlon and 512 MB RAM.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Western Digital makes some of the best Hard Drives.
I picked this model up for $79 bucks after Rebate.

I did a software HD test on my old drive and then my new drive
50 percent increase in performance!!! Next I'm going to get an ATA controller PCI card...hopefully I'll get an even larger boost. ... Read more


55. Jensen JNC50 Traditional Closed Noise Canceling Collapsible Headphones (Silver)
list price: $49.99
our price: $23.99
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Asin: B000068IFM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Jensen
Sales Rank: 753
Average Customer Review: 2.56 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Reduces ambient noise
  • Ideal for noisy environments
  • Foldable for portability
  • Soft leatherette ear cushions for comfort
  • Includes dual plug adapter for planes

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great headphones for the cost
I've used these headphones for many months and like them a lot. I have an MP3 player that needs a boost, as well as my laptop. These headphones provide that volume increase so I can leave my boostaroo headphone amplifier at home. Noise reduction works when on a plane, near a forced-air fireplace, operating machinery, etc. Battery lasts a long time, headphones work when battery is dead (just no boost/canceling). Comfortable, foldable, has a plane adaptor, carrying bag.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great For Everyday Travelers
When I first purchased these headphone I had my douts. But When I got them, They worked great. Sure they dont compare to the bose headphone but if you want a low price noise canceling headphones go with these ones. Dont worry about what others say these head phones are great. They are also very comfortable and have this adapter to work on airplanes. They also fold up small to take them everywhere. They have been around the world with me, I dont leave them behind. On the plane they block out most the noise to make your long or short flight refreshing and confortable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
Incredibly poor treble response. Noise cancellation nearly non-existent. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for. Mine are going back.

3-0 out of 5 stars The truth about sound cancellation
First of all this review aplies to all headphones (over-the-head, on or over your ear headphones) that "actively" cancell noise i.e. w/ electronics. They are only made to reduce certain frequencies, talking isn't among them, however, things like airplane roar, computer noises (hisses and such) and reduced. This aplies even to extremely expensive headphones like the Bose Quiet Comfort (250-299 depending on new or old version) which act the same way. This explanation also helps in figuring out a reason why some people report NO cancelling (probably using them w/ wrong frequencies) why some say they're wonderful, most who say that talk about airplane roar being reduced, the thing their meant to do. I hope this clears up some of the mystery about active noise cancellation headphones

1-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing product
I bought these hoping that they would help me work in a room with a TV playing by listening to music. They were totally ineffective. The noise canceling feature was JUST noticeable i.e. there was a barely detectable difference between ON and OFF. But the frequency response was poor - almost no upper register which made listening to music hardly bearable even with TV off. I returned them for credit, ... Read more


56. Casio EV-570 Handheld Portable TV
list price: $149.99
our price: $99.94
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Asin: B00005T3SM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Casio
Sales Rank: 631
Average Customer Review: 3.54 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your TV on the go with the Casio EV-570 portable TV. Catch the big game or your favorite show when you can't be at home to watch. The EV-570 features a glare-resistant 2.5-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) color screen and runs for up to 2 hours on AAA batteries.

Watch any broadcast channel on the VHF or UHF dial with the built-in antenna. Optional connections allow you to hook the TV up to cable or to boost your reception with an external antenna (not included). You can also connect the unit to an external video component, such as a DVD player or VCR with an optional A/V cord (not included).

The EV-570 features a built-in speaker, as well as an earphone jack. The channel tuning keys are on the front of the unit. Volume and brightness controls are included on the side. The TV can be powered by your choice of 4 AAA batteries or a AC or car adapter (not included). Without batteries, the EV-570 weighs less than a pound.

What's in the Box
Handheld TV, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD screen; measures 8.5 x 7 x 1.4 inches (W x H x D)
  • Weighs less than 1pound without batteries
  • Runs up to 2 hours on 4 AAA batteries, optional AC/DC connections
  • Optional inputs for cable and A/V components
  • Built-in mono speaker and earphone jack

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Portable Tv
I have one of this portable TV Casio EV570 ,my freind borrowed it from me and enjoy wacthing,he got one for him he enjoyed wacthing because the picture so clear.

5-0 out of 5 stars Casio has Crystals
This company comes out with superb configuration for handheld TV's. The 2.5" screen model EV-570 is Casio's smallest TFT (LCD technology abbreviation) TV. The picture is very sharp and clear. Don't avoid buying this TV just because it doesn't have the cheapest price tag. I have enjoy watching the VCR through the audio/video jack right on my lap instead of the large TV screen. This handy size TV will be enjoyed both indoors and out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good TV for its size
I take a lot of road trips so I decided to get this handheld TV. All I have to say is wow; I was up in New Hampshire over the weekend and this TV picked up more channels, while in the car, than the TV we had in our place that had rabbit ears. The only problems I encountered were that I was watching a football game and I couldn't see the score because the screen was too small. Also the battery life is no more than just over 2 hours, but I bought rechargeable batteries and a charger which gets rid of that problem. Anyway I would definetly recommend this TV to anyone who wants to watch a TV when they aren't close to one.

1-0 out of 5 stars DEFECTIVE PRODUCT - DON'T BUY IT! 0 stars.....
I was given this item as a gift and 5 minutes after putting in the batteries and getting nothing but a dark fuzzy screen, I call up the customer support number, a minute later the batteries exploded in the unit (while I was on the phone with Casio Customer Support). Their reply was "these things happen".

Then I was told to either return the defective product where it was purchased within 30 days and the retailer would replace it, or pay for shipping and insurance to send it to somewhere in New Jersey where I was told it may take them up to 30 days to look at it.

I'm not sure if I even want another one, at the risk of getting injured by exploding batteries from bad circuitry.

I would never buy or reccommend any products from Casio.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor picture quality!
It is almost impossible to get a clear picture on any channel and the sound quality is poor. Buying this handheld was a big mistake! ... Read more


57. Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000 (for CX/DX 6000, LS 600 & LS 700 Series Cameras) (Printer Dock Only)
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00008QWWF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 271
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Kodak's EasyShare Printer Dock 6000 is the easiest way to create Kodak-quality photos with your EasyShare camera. Simply dock your camera, press print, and you’ll have a 4 x 6-inch photo with the brilliance and durability you expect from Kodak. You can even hook up the Printer Dock 6000 to your TV for easy slide show viewing. Just like the convenient EasyShare camera dock, the Printer Dock 6000 transfers pictures to your PC in just one touch and charges your Kodak camera's battery.

The Printer Dock 6000 is compatible with Windows PCs and Macs, but a computer is not required. It's compact enough to take anywhere, so you don’t have to wait until you’re back home to start printing.

The Printer Dock 6000 uses Kodak color cartridges and photo paper (with Kodak XtraLife laminate coating) to produce prints that are highly durable, waterproof, and tear resistant to last a lifetime. The quantity of paper exactly matches the quantity of archival dye with the EasyShare color cartridge and photo paper kit. It all works together so you'll always know how many more pictures you can print. And because the printer dock is based on Kodak's continuous tone thermal dye transfer process, you can count on getting stunning photos with vivid color.

This package contains the Printer Dock 6000, 10-piece sample photo paper kit, Kodak color cartridge, NiMH rechargeable battery pack for Kodak 6000 series digital cameras, AC adapter, Kodak printer driver software, and cleaning tool. ... Read more

Features

  • Create great-looking, borderless 4 x 6-inch photos at the touch of a button
  • Transfer your pictures from camera to computer at the touch of a button
  • Works with all Kodak EasyShare CX/DX 6000 and LS 600 series cameras
  • Share your pictures with ease--even viewa slide show on your TV
  • Use it with or without a PC

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh My God. Enough said.
This has to be one of man's greatest creations next to the camera itself. I own a Kodak CX6330 digital camera, and had never even heard of this printer until last week when I bought it. (Yes I've only had my camera for a week!) I read about this printer dock actually on accident when I was surfing Amazon.com for good rechargeable batteries to use. I ran across the dock, read about it, saw the reviews and decided that there was no way this thing actually prints flawless pictures. I decided I had to see it for myself. So I went to a local Staples that had one sitting out on display for example use and WOW... this thing is no joke. Photolab quality photos in a minute and a half. I was sold on the first picture this little baby printed out for me. The only word I could think of at the time was "Incredible".
Like most people have said, it is in fact expensive to use... but I said it once and I'll say it again, I'll PAY the extra 30 cents a print to be able to print the photos at home, on demand, any time of day or night, and print only the ones I want. The convenience and the quality you recieve for the price of this printer are worth far more then how much you're paying per print. This is truly a necessity for any avid photographer, or anyone that loves to take pictures. It is, in a word, Incredible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly Excellent Product!
If you have a Kodak digital camera in the CX/DC line - you absolutely must buy this printer. I'm not a professional image editor or photographer, but I can manage to get a very nice print out of my HP5550, using a premium glossy paper and HP's photo print cartridge. The difference is that I can push one button on the Kodak Dock and get a superior quality print with exactly zero effort.

Kodak has built in a remarkable array of features - it is very easy to print one, mutliple, or groups of prints. The print cartidge and paper are evenly matched so that when you're out of paper, you're also out of ink (using the color cartidge and photo paper kit). The "lamination step" produces a beautiful glossy image, and the whole process is very fast.

Working as a standalone unit, the printer dock uses the camera's LCD to give you options for printing, while simultaneously charging the camera's batteries (NiMH or Li Ion).

The dock will also link to a computer via the same USB connector provided with the camera (We've used a DX6490 and CX 6330 with this printer). The Kodak software installs nicely and works in conjunction with the EasyShare software to enable the same range of printing options that the one-touch feature on the printer dock provides.

You can also hook the printer up to a TV and run a slide show, although I'm not sure why I would want to do this.

The Dock takes a fair amount of working room - the prints load in a tray in the front and then project out the back as the red/green/blue/laminate passes are made. Consequently, you need a fair amount of space both in front of and behind the printer dock. Still - it's a lot less room than my HP5550 takes up.

We were up and running with the dock in about 10 minutes. The cartidge is easily loaded, the paper is easily loaded, and the operation is dead simple.

I just can't find anything wrong with this product! Kodak has managed to floor me again!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoying a "printing lab" in my room
Yesterday I purchased the Kodak printer dock 6000 to go along with my Kodak Cx6330 digital camera. So far I am very pleased. The first thing I noticed about this printer dock is the size. It's small enough to sit on my little desk with extra room. Secondly, it was a breeze to set up. It took, at most, 10 minutes. Make sure you have you custom insert handy in case the universal insert is not to your liking.

The price for this printer dock is great. Having a "printing lab" in your room for under $150? That's pretty cool. Luckily, I received a 256 MB MC with this purchase free (about a $100 value). This printer comes with a sample pack of 10 4 x 6's. It has a sample printer cartridge. It's definitely a sample. It printed out about 10 photos before telling me I need to replace the cartridge. That being said, I recommend buying a set of 4 X 6's and color cartridge.

Speaking of which, this printer dock only prints 4 X 6 photographs. Not a problem for me, but may be for others. The Kodak printer dock 6000 prints beautiful photographs quickly. First it prints the yellows, then reds, and finally, the blues. The photo quality is superb.

Using this printer dock with my computer is a great option. I am able to print off photographs stored on my computer or edit all photographs before printing. I am not sure if this can be done without the computer, but I can also center the photographs. This way I do not lose any of the photograph while removing the perforated edges. This may not matter to some, but to me it is a very important aspect in making the images look their best.

I do not see any reason to not rate the Kodak Printer Dock 6000 less than 5 stars. If there is, I will edit my review. :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Quality
I love the quality of the pictures I get with the 6000. I have the DX6340 camera as well and the two of them together are the best electronic purchases I have ever made. The camera is a snap to use, and combine that with this great printer and you've got a match made in heaven. We'd take forever to get a roll of film to the store and then to pick it up would be months and months. By the time we'd get the pictures back, they'd be a year old! Having a printer at home that prints store developed quality pictures is priceless. Plus, I don't have to pay to have a whole roll of film developed, when I really only needed 3 or 4 of the pictures printed to begin with. Very easy to use (set up was 5 minutes), and a snap to clean and change the paper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper printing carts
The 40-pack w/ink is $18.99 at Costco, which is about the cheapest I've found it--this comes to about 50 cents a print with sales tax. This is 20 cents more per print than taking your picture card into the store for finishing, so as other reviewers have said, you need to weigh the convenience factor. As for the price of entry, don't be afraid to save $30-$50 by buying a refurbished model--you get the same 1-year warranty. Plus keep in mind that the printer includes a 10-pack cartridge (about a $5 value) and an extra camera battery (a $20 value), so the price of entry may not be as high as you think. (A refurb unit goes for aroud $120, which makes it less than $100 after you consider the extras.)

There's another benefit if your Kodak easy share camera didn't come with a recharging dock; if it did, you can probably sell it on eBay for $30 or so. One nice thing about having the camera docked for recharging is that you always know where it is. I have a DX6490 and have yet to have to resort to swapping batteries in a day's use.

Also be aware that a new model is coming out in June that offers a couple extra, though for most of us minor features (check www.kodak.com for details); this will likely drive prices on the current version even lower. ... Read more


58. Sony MDR-EX70LP Earbud Headphones

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Asin: B000067FCS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1671
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Created to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sony's Fontopia earbuds, the MDR-EX70LP super-light, in-ear headphones are Sony's first closed-type Fontopia design. Their closed-type construction reinforces bass frequencies for powerful sound and reduces outside noise while keeping the sound from your earbuds from annoying others. The earbuds fit snugly, yet comfortably inside your ears during even active uses like dancing or running, and there's no hair-crushing headband to worry about, either.

Long-throw PET diaphragms deliver deep, extended bass down to an incredible 6 Hz rating, and their low mass enables extended high frequency response all the way out to 23,000 Hz (source material providing!).

The supplied soft, silicon earpads further reduce outside noise and provide long-lasting comfort. Two sizes accommodate a range of ears, and the earpads are washable, removable, and replaceable. The earbuds' oxygen-free-copper (OFC) cord ensures high signal transmission and low noise, and their gold-plated minijack (.125-inch) plug offers exceptional corrosion resistance and superb conductivity. Further, the L-shaped connecting jack reduces strain and cable wear when connected to a portable audio device.

The included compact carrying case offers vivid purple styling and neatly stores the earbuds and headphone cord when they're not in use. The case minimizes cord tangles, permitting partial windings to shorten the effective cord length during use. The high-impact case is ideal for pocket or backpack transport.

What's in the Box
Earbud headphones, a compact case, and two sets of earpads (large, small). ... Read more

Features

  • Super light, in-ear design
  • 9 mm ultra-compact drivers produce powerful sound
  • Long-throw PET diaphragm for deep bass (6 to 23,000 Hz frequency response)
  • 4-foot oxygen-free-copper cord
  • Compact carrying case and a second set of earpads supplied

Reviews (37)

4-0 out of 5 stars Sounds good
I've gone through probably 20 ear buds throughout the years, various brands and different models and currently use these and am quite pleased. I like to listen to a variety of music that requires a good frequency response and these do a good job without spending too much. The sound is more than adequate with a range suitable for most music with a bass that isn't over the top. You get just enough bump and thump. The fit is the best of any I've used. A snug fit that closes the external sounds pretty much and cancels out unwanted interference to your music with the exception of wind when you are moving fast. When you are still they are perfect.I get plenty of use on the road with at times jarring movement and find that they do not fall out like many other models. Although the manufacturer does not recommended them for cycling they are perfect for tunes on the road. A good choice for comfort and above average sound reproduction. If you're looking for something to put in your ears to listen to your tunes than these indiscreetly stylish ear buds are for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars A bit bassy, bright treble, but otherwise an okay earphone
If you're reading this review, chances are you're looking for a portable headphone. The Sony EX70LP was launched as part of Sony's 20th celebration of the Walkman. It is unique in Sony's portable headphone range in that this is one of those "in your ear canal" type of earphone. Comes with rubber tips and a special storage case for the earphones only (and not the cords).

First impressions: this is one of the most comfortable ear-canal cans I've ever had. Once inserted properly, the rubber tips (come in 3 sizes) accomodate the remaining slacks (if any), providing very good isolation from external noises. Though not as good as the Etymotic ER4 series ... in this regard, it provides excellent value isolation-wise. It's also useful because others around you would not be disturbed from unduly sound leakages. I often use it when I sleep also because the earphone is "unnoticeable" after a short period of use.

Sound: I'm not very good in describing the sounds in the most minute detail, but I will try to provide an overall picture. I tested it without an amp, since a majority of portable listeners do not carry portable amps with them. Before breaking in, I noticed the almost unbearable boomy lower bass and unnecessary brightness in the high-range mid-frequencies. The bass seemed to dominate the overall sound which is an undesirable quality for some listeners e.g. classical. After about 40 hours of breaking-in, the bass mellowed slightly, while the mid-range frequencies are slightly enhanced. Bass is still boomy though, so equaliser will play a part in improving its sound qualities, especially if listening via the PC. The weird thing about the EX70 is that I actually enjoy playing computer games with it.

Maintenance/durability: Good for value. The rubber tips can be removed to be cleaned. The cords can "fold" quite easily if bent, so when storing, twirl the cords around 3 fingers and that should do it. :)

Other comments: I must say first of all that this is probably the most moddable earphone in the market ... There are many ways to make it sound even better, which is of course a good thing. Nevertheless, I do urge that potential buyers try out the Aiwa HP-VX100 (another ear-canal can), Sennheiser MX400 and MX500 (normal earphone). They're way cheaper, and quite alot of people in head-fi think that they're way better than the Sony EX70 for value (in the sound department), especially the Aiwa. The Sony EX70 is not for everybody that's for sure (especially people who hates boomy bass), so I recommend trying first (it's widely available). ...

5-0 out of 5 stars I love these earbuds
I use these to listen to Flamenco music and television. I found them to have terrific sound quality. I had no overwhelming bass problem as one other customer described. I have never been one to turn the volume up extremely loud, so my hearing is good. I compared the sound on these to three others, including a pair of expensive Sennheisers, and found these not to be lacking.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent cans
This review is for the Sony MDR-EX71SL's. These headphones are great. Outstanding bass response;better than many over-the-ear type cans i've used. The cord is short but you must use the supplied extension cable. Also, the headphones must be put in from the back so when you take them out of your ears they hang down from your neck; cool idea Sony! The earpads (small,med,and large) do impact the sound greatly. So you have to make sure you have the right size in your ear. If you own an iPOD like myself, get the white Sony MDR-EX71SL's. Sony got it right with these cans!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value
I'm sure there are higher end earbuds that sound better than these for twice the cost but I am very pleased with the Sony's. Most of the time I listen to classical and jazz on my bus ride to work and these earbuds have enabled me to hear things in the music I never noticed before. They do a great job of blocking external noises. Bass, midrange and highs are well balanced. I keep my walkman in my brief case and the cord (with the extension) is fine. I just ordered an iRiver SlimX imp 450 and am hoping that will further improve my listening experience. One thing I noticed was that I felt light headed the first day or so when I started using these. Perhaps just a coincidence. ... Read more


59. Targus PA055U 4 Port Ultra Mini USB Hub
list price: $28.00
our price: $20.89
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Asin: B00006B91Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Targus
Sales Rank: 405
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Product Description

Convenient plug and play connectivity for 4 USB devices! ... Read more

Features

  • Plug and Play Connectivity: Easy to Install: No Drivers Required- Plugs Into Your Notebook Computer's USB Slot
  • Portable Design: Small, Lightweight and Compact Design Allows You to Take This Hub Anywhere You Travel
  • Expand Your Capabilities: Connect Up to 4 USB Devices Like Mice, Memory Drives and PDAs On Your Notebook Computer Simultaneously
  • Suitable for PC or Apple laptops or USB-enabled desktop computers
  • 3.3 ft. cable

60. Logitech Cordless Optical Wheel Mouse (930616-0403)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005UOSN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 2902
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Logitech's cordless optical wheel mouse gives you wireless freedom and optical precision in a single mouse that fits comfortably in either your left or right hand. Now just about any surface within six feet of your computer can become your workspace--no mouse pad required, no cords to clutter your desk, and no moving parts to clean. A powerful optical sensor provides twice the speed and twice the accuracy of standard optical mice, while digital radio technology grants the ultimate cordless freedom. The mouse comes with three customizable buttons and a scroll wheel, as well as WebWheel software to enhance Internet browsing. ... Read more

Features

  • No cord to limit your movement or clutter your desk
  • Up to 800-dpi optical sensor for twice the speed, twice the accuracy; optical technology also means no cleaning
  • Fits right and left hands, Windows and Macintosh compatible
  • Smart power management keeps batteries working for months (2 AA batteries supplied); battery indicator warns you when batteries are low
  • Three buttons, a scroll wheel, and MouseWare navigation software

Reviews (43)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my computer
I've always liked the idea of a cordless mouse, but the one my parents used made me nervous about buying one. But this mouse has worked wonderfully. No cord adds a level of convenience that I've never had before. Other cordless mouse I've used went through batteries in a matter of days, but not this one. The battery life is long. It has a elegant, sleek design, so it looks great on your desk. This is my first optical mouse and I can't see ever going back. No ball to clean and I've found that the movements of the cursor are just as smooth as my old mouse, maybe even smoother (and I've had no problems on a black surface). The only fault I have found so far is the wheel which seems to move the screen in too-large-chunks. But I think this mouse is great.

5-0 out of 5 stars No more mouse cleaning!
What a relief to have a mouse which I don't have to clean the dirt out of! I got tired of having to occasionally clean the dirt (lint, dust) out of my old mouse so it can work properly again. This mouse is built differently underneath so it doesn't collect any dirt. The only thing you have to worry about is if the battery is running low. Your computer will notify you when the battery is running low, or you can simply click an icon on your desktop to check the battery level. The batteries seem to last a month or up to two months, depending on your computer usage. You might want to invest in a battery charger and rechargeable batteries so you don't have to keep buying batteries so much (you most likely use batteries for other items in your home too) throughout the year.

Of course the best feature for this mouse is that it's cordless. That's one less wire on your desk to get cluttered, entagled with. The equipment and software is fairly easy to install/use on your computer. I've noticed that the price for this item has dropped a bit since I bought it so this a better buy than ever.

3-0 out of 5 stars A decent mouse but can improve
I have been using a touchpad for the past 2 years. I bought this mouse for my wife and tried it for the first few days. On Windows XP, the install is clean. But I was surprised to see that this mouse does not ship with a mousepad. An Optical mouse by virtue of it's technology should be used on a specific surface otherwise it results in a jerky movement. Also there was no instructions whatsoever to suggest the kind of surface to be used on.

It is very sensitive and people used to traditional mice or touchpads will take time to adjust.

5-0 out of 5 stars best mouse I've had yet
I was a little wary of a mouse that was so cheap, but I picked up mine over a year ago on sale at an office store after a little mouse-meets-wall explosion when my old mouse (a regular corded mouse with a ball) stopped working.

I would have gotten something more expensive, having learned that cheap electronics are their own punishment, but I had a project due and NO extra money, so I settled on this little guy. I am glad that I did - it has been the best mouse I've ever had. The one POSSIBLE problem is that you have to replace the batteries, but hey, until they can power mice with tiny little internal nuclear reactors, I'll deal with changing my batteries (which happens MAYBE every 3-4 months for me).

If you have some sort of deranged problem with changing batteries, or if you are willing to pay around a hundred bucks for a mouse, don't get this one. Otherwise, if you're just looking for something that will outperform your outdated old mouse for very few dollars, this is so worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great cordless optical mouse
Okay gang I've been using this mouse at work for nearly a year. I'm a software engineer and use it every day for 8 hours. It operates flawlessly. I don't go through batteries at all like some have mentioned. My solution is a couple sets of rechargeable batteries. They work like a charm! The first time your battery goes dead it's a little frustrating. The mouse stops moving and you think your machine is locked up. So if your mouse disappears or quits moving just slap in a fresh pair of batteries and you're on your way again. I just ordered a second one for my home PC that's how good they are. ... Read more


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