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$249.99 list($123.00)
61. HP DeskJet 5550 Inkjet Printer
$599.00 $329.88 list($699.99)
62. JBL SCS 200.7 Complete 7.1 Home
$199.99 list($229.00)
63. RCA E09344 9" Kitchen TV (White)
$22.99 $22.88 list($26.99)
64. Sony TCM-929 Pressman Desktop
$319.95 list($399.90)
65. Pioneer VSXD914K 6.1-Channel Home
$79.99 list($199.99)
66. Axion ACN-5503 5" Portable TV
$19.99 $15.45 list($29.99)
67. Logitech Optical Marble Mouse
$40.99 $15.99 list($69.99)
68. Adaptec 1890600 Fireconnect 4300
$99.99 list($49.99)
69. Microsoft Sidewinder Precision
70. Olympus E-20 5MP Digital Camera
71. Denon AVR-2105 7.1-Channel Audio/Video
$87.74 list($149.99)
72. Canon Elph LT 260 Zoom APS Camera
73. PalmOne m105 Handheld
74. Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital
Too low to display $174.95 list($299.99)
75. Olympus iS-50 QD Date 35mm Camera
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77. Athena Technologies Point 5 Mk
$333.99 list($449.99)
78. Olympus Camedia D-550 3MP Digital
79. Sony MZ-N707 Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder
$38.99 $28.95 list($71.00)
80. Linksys USB100TX EtherFast 10/100

61. HP DeskJet 5550 Inkjet Printer
list price: $123.00
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Asin: B000067R8W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 4346
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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The HP DeskJet 5550 offers home users versatility combined with appealing modern styling. This cleanly designed inkjet printer flows smoothly from high-speed monochrome reports to exquisitely detailed family photos with minimal effort. Specially engineered paper sensors automatically adjust for various weights and surfaces, creating optimal print quality every time.

Standard resolution is an impressively clear 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, while photos receive an exceptional 4,800 x 1,200 dpi. Top print speeds are 17 pages per minute for monochrome and 12 ppm for color. Paper sizes range from letter and legal sheets to envelopes and cards; transparencies, labels, and iron-on transfers can also be processed with ease.

Upgradable options include duplex printing and network connectivity, allowing you to economize on consumables or adapt the 5550 for use in a small office. The printer is compatible with Windows and Macintosh systems, and connects via either IEEE 1284 parallel plug or USB port. Hewlett-Packard provides a one-year warranty with onsite service. ... Read more


  • Economical color inkjet printer with photo-quality performance
  • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi resolution on photo paper
  • Prints up to 17 ppm black, and 12 ppm color
  • Onscreen ink level indicator; print cancel button
  • Parallel and USB connectivity, PC and Mac compatible; optional networking

Reviews (98)

5-0 out of 5 stars Comparing is Believing
Originally I was set to buy a Canon S750. I read very good reviews on the Canon S750 but have always owned a HP inkjet (694C for 7 years). When the 5550 hit the market at 149.00 (20.00 less then the Canon) I actually purchased both the hp 5550 and the canon S750 to make my own side by side comparisons. I could not resist comparing the two. The ease of set up on both was comparable, extremely easy. Both offer a USB and a parallel connection. The HP offers a add-on duplexer for front and back printing (at an additional cost). Print speeds I would have to give the edge to the Canon. The Canon is also remarkably economical due to the separate ink cartridges which really impressed me. Now to the real test. Text is remarkably sharp and dark on the HP, almost laser like, while the Canon was okay, text was not as dark and appeared to be a little soft. On graphics the canon does not do a good job, especially on plain paper when compared the HP 5550 which is outstanding. On photos there is no comparison. The HP (which offers 4800 x 1200 color dpi and 1200x1200 dpi black text compared to 2400 x 1200 color and 600x600 black text on the S750) is by far the winner here. The HP photos came out considerably brighter and truer to color than the S750. Colors were smoother and pictures were sharper. The S750 does an okay job if you do not regularly print photos (especially on their 4x6 completely borderless paper, which I also liked) but pictures came out dull and cloudy compared the HP 5550 (which also does borderless prints on their 4x6 paper with a bottom tear off tab). The Canon S750 has a quiet mode which is very nice. The HP is a bit noisy in comparison. Both have an auto on and off features that initializes when you call up a print job. The Canon can be set to auto off after as little as 10 mins. of no use where the HP will shut off after 30 mins.
After all is said and done, I returned the Canon S750 and am happily keeping the HP 5550. The quality out ways by far any ink savings and all other features are very close.
I also found out through the HP Rep at a local retail store, that the new HP 7150 photo is no different in photo quality than the 5550 and the only difference is the 7150 offers a dedicated feed on the paper tray for 4x6 photo paper and on the 5550 you have to remove the out tray to slide the 4x6 paper all the way to the back of the feeder tray (no big deal though) The 7150 also offers a USB connection on the front of the printer to connect your digital camera to and print your pictures directly from your camera however it is a proprietary port (only excepts HP cameras). Print speeds are a little slower than the 5550 and the price is 30.00 higher. 7150 does not offer a parallel connection, only USB.
I would recommend the HP 5550 to anyone who wants a reasonalby priced fast, excellent text and photo quality printer that is very easy to use. The out the door cost is very reasonable and is very sleek looking. HP has done an good job with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's an HP... What do you expect!!
I have been a HP fan for years and recently was in a pinch for cash and went with a Canon. What a mistake. From the beginning I noticed obvious problems and it finally died after only 6 mos.

I'm a college student and waisting cash is not an option. I found myself in the middle of a spring semester without a printer and out that wasted cash. I learned my lesson and wasn't going to make that mistake again.

After upgrading to a new laptop I knew it was time to find an HP! Having had the HPDeskjet 5550 now for nearly 3 mos I must say it is good to be back with HP! Print quality is simply outstanding! I use the option to make quick (lower quality) prints when I'm working on editing essays. I honestly cannot tell the difference between my "lower quality" prints and the "high quality" prints my friends have with their epsons and canons!

I do agree with another review that the only drawback is the high cost per page in ink. Install was simple with easy to follow instructions. You will need to purchase a USB or Parallel cable seperately as HP no longer seems to be including cables. Not only is it a great quality printer it also has a stylish design. Go with the HPDeskjet 5550 it is worth every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great all around printer for the money
Some reviewers have complained about the HP 5550 spending 5 minutes whirring around and not printing. It does that the first time you put ink cartridges in to calibrate itself, after that it is very fast with no lag. For me, this replaces a Deskwriter 540, and it is infinitely better. It has two ink cartridges, black and 3-color for regular printing, and a photo cartridge that replaces the black one for printing photos.
Printing photos, even with just the regular 3 color ink on plain paper was outstanding. Not photo album quality, but great for pix of the kids and the like. I haven't tried the photo ink and paper, but I dont plan to. If I want pictures I'll get a photo lab to do it cheaper and better.
Good included software (on the Mac anyway) that tells you your ink level and sets printer sleep mode. The main annoyances are the lack of an included USB cable, and the enormous power plug "brick" takes up too much space on the power strip. Otherwise it's a good deal for the money, and I plan on keeping it as our main home printer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Presently is one year old and doesn't work. All the lights flash indicating a problem. Indicates it is out of ink which is isn't because I have installed two new black cartridges trying to get it to work. Users guide says to reboot it which doesn't help. It doesn't pick up the paper. Only God knows what is wrong with it. It appears it is cheaply make which I guess it is. I would not recommend this printer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Paper Jams and Feed Problems Galore!!!
This printer was a real disappointment. I loved the print quality of photos. However, this printer is LOUD compared to my old 722c, which lasted nearly 5 years. Not only that, it was cheaply made in comparison. After about a year and a half the thing just went crazy and the paper would not longer feed through. It makes a loud crazy sound then doesn't pick up the paper. Customer support is non-existent. I tried to send an e-mail rather than PAY for support and I received a file not found message. This sucks. ... Read more

62. JBL SCS 200.7 Complete 7.1 Home Cinema Speaker Package with Brackets
list price: $699.99
our price: $599.00
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Asin: B0002MIEX6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 13441
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  • Senses music and subwoofer and speakers turn on when music is present.
  • An 8" subwoofer for great base.
  • Level controls and video shielded.
  • Left and right line level inputs.
  • Speaker level inputs and outputs for left and right channels.

63. RCA E09344 9" Kitchen TV (White)
list price: $229.00
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B000056SK7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 6019
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Now you can cook and watch your favorite programs at the same time. This kitchen TV is compact and features an attractive exterior to fit in with almost any kitchen decor. You can stand the TV on the counter, or a swiveling, under-cabinet mounting bracket allows you to conveniently store your TV.

The RCA has V-chip parental control whereby program rating information is sent by the broadcaster before the beginning of each program. It blocks unwanted television broadcasts with U.S. government-required circuitry. The V-chip blocks three types of programs: regular television programs, broadcast movies, and unrated programs. The television will match program rating to user preference and block the entire program. User preference is secured using a four-digit password. Also, the front panel locks, so small children cannot adjust the volume and channel.

An auto cable and air switch sets tuner to cable or "off-air" frequencies during initial setup. Then the system automatically scans for and locks active channels into channel memory.

A sleep timer automatically turns off the TV after a preset period--for the times when you drift off to sleep in front of the television. With an alarm timer, you can wake up to your favorite morning show, or it can turn on your television automatically and catch your favorite program. Since the alarm setting remains in the TV memory indefinitely, the TV can be scheduled to turn on at the same time every day.

The corresponding remote has a protective plastic cover so you can easily wipe it clean. On-screen displays make it easy to adjust most picture, sound, and convenience features from the remote control.

The TV comes with a headphone jack (headphones not included) and a warranty that covers 90 days for labor and one year for parts (two years for picture tube).

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  • 9-inch family-friendly kitchen TV for storage under kitchen cupboards; 11.5 x 10.2 x 13 inches (W x H x D)
  • V-chip parental control and a front-panel menu lock
  • Multilingual onscreen display
  • Headphone jack
  • Plastic-coated remote control is easy to clean

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great set.perfect for the kitchen.
This TV has a sharper picture than my 32" Sony wega.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great 9 inch TV
I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife 4 years ago because she likes to watch Oprah while getting supper ready and she likes to listen to National Public Radio on Saturday mornings. And this wonderful television comes with an FM tuner, so we had the best of both worlds. The picture is clear and sharp. The sound is crisp and clean. And my wife has used this TV practically every single day we have been home for the past four years and it still works great.

One thing we did notice, though, is that once in a while when you turn the TV on, it will take up to ten seconds for the volume and picture to come on. We're not sure why this is. It only started happening recently. Yet I still recommend this 9 inch TV if you are looking for something small that will fit on your kitchen counter or on a large bedroom/bathroom vanity, and especially if it is important for you to have the FM radio option, because many TVs do not have it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Old model was good, new model is great.
I owned the prior model, which was a pretty good set but had some nagging flaws (buttons often broke, pushing the wrong button reset the picture to 'baseline', which was awful). This set has flush buttons that are water resistant, the picture is good every time, and even the automatic (when muted) closed-captioning is useful. The FM tuner is gone, but it wasn't that good anyway. ... Read more

64. Sony TCM-929 Pressman Desktop Cassette Recorder with Full Automatic Shut-Off
list price: $26.99
our price: $22.99
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Asin: B00001ZT4H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1070
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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This Sony TCM-929 Desktop Cassette Recorder is a modern, detailed and feature-rich cassette recorder for the home or office. With a built-in microphone and speaker, the recorder is ready to record your thoughts, exam reviews, important reminders and novel ideas. The retractable handle is a plus for those carting the recorder around school, or from meeting to meeting. The three-digit tape counter, one touch recording and pause control all ensure that you have all the features necessary to make editing and recording an easy and fruitful process. The TCM-929 comes with a microphone jack should you need to attach a more dynamic microphone. There is also a headphone jack for those studying in the library or coffee shop. The recorder runs on the included AC adaptor or with four, AA batteries. When using Sony's Alkaline batteries, you can expect up to eight and a half hours of operation. To help you save battery life, Sony has installed a full automatic shut-off in this recorder. This feature operates all the major buttons, including play, fast forward, record and rewind. Should these buttons remain pressed for a certain amount of time, the recorder will automatically shut-off them off, saving not only valuable battery life, but also critical mechanical wear. The TCM-929 is an efficient and feature-filled cassette recorder.

What's in the Box
Sony TCM-929 Desktop Cassette Recorder, AC adaptor, user's manual and a ninety day warranty. ... Read more


  • Modern desktop cassette recorder with built-in microphone
  • 3-digit tape counter for easier searching
  • Earphone jack; microphone jack
  • Full automatic shut-off releases the buttons in play, record, FF and rewind modes to save wear and batteries
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries or with included AC adaptor

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very good for voice, many features. Weak on my music.
Upon reading other customer reviews I bought this tape recorder. It is ok for voice recording and playback, but when I recorded my piano practice the playback sounded awful. Since I had bought it for that purpose I returned it. For voice it has a good tone and the machine noise is less than others I have heard. So, especially considering all the features including cue/review it is a good choice for voice recording.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Machine
I've had one of these since 1993. It's perfect. It's a tape player and recorder, and that's it.

It never jams on a good tape. It's perfect at what it does.

Being an audiobook lover I use it to listen to my books around the house and it has had a lot of use!

Unlike units that have CD players, the tape is the focus, not an afterthought.

Also, it's far superior to tape units that switch sides for you, because they often switch sides at the least resistance, not necessarily the end of the tape.

In summation, this is the tape audiobook listener's friend for reliable, no trouble, listening for hours and hours and years to come..

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice features, Nice Price, Nice Cassette Recorder
This is a very nice cassette recorder, that is loaded with features that most cassette recorders don't have anymore. It has microphone jack, ear jack, tape counter, sliding volume control(on side of unit), built-in very sensative mic, that picks up full-fidelity sound. Uses full-size cassette tapes, has full-auto stop; which means that it will stop in Rewind, Fast Forward, and playing or recording. Speaker produces good sound, with clear recordings. I recently recorded old 78 records, using this recorder, and placing it near the record player. It produced, very clear, full-fidelity recordings; even from scratchy sounding 78 records. It also has cue and review, that let you rewind or fast-forward to selections without pressing stop key. Comes with AC adapter, and uses 4 "AA" batteries. Recorder is simple to operate, but produces good voice or music recordings. It has ALC for perfect recordings every time, without making adjustments. Highly recommend this recorder. ... Read more

65. Pioneer VSXD914K 6.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver
list price: $399.90
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Asin: B00025FWYW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pioneer
Sales Rank: 11894
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Product Description

Automatic Channel Adjustment Means Fast Set-up

The problem with multi-channel theater and hi-fi systems is that they're usually pretty tricky to set up. Balancing all the speakers can literally take hours of frustrating work. But you won't have that problem with the Pioneer VSX-D914K. This 6.1-channel receiver makes speaker set up an absolute snap.

The Pioneer VSX-D914K includes a great feature called Auto MCACC (Multi-channel Acoustic Calibration). This feature works with an included microphone that listens to each of your speakers and automatically adjusts them for best sound. The advanced MCACC circuitry automatically calibrates your system based on speaker size, level, configuration, distance, and acoustic equalization. Yes, it does all that! And it works in any room, regardless of shape or size, and the result is professional-level sonic performance.

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  • Built-in DTS-ES Discrete/DTS 96/24/NEO:6/Dolby Digital EX/Dolby Pro Logic IIx Decoder
  • 110 Watts x 6 Channels (8 ohms)
  • 2 Component Video Inputs/1 Output, 4 S-Video Inputs/2 Outputs
  • 5 Digital Inputs (2 Coaxial, 2 Optical, 1 Front Optical) and 1 Digital Optical Output
  • 5.1-Channel Input

66. Axion ACN-5503 5" Portable TV with AM/FM Radio
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00005RD8K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: American Action, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2304
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The ACN-5503's small size and five-inch color screen and built-in FM/AM radio tuning makes it ideal for sports events, camping, dorm rooms, or other portable or space-constrained applications. A set of audio/video input jacks lets you use the set as a monitor for a DVD player, VCR, camcorder, or gaming console, and the ACN-5503 comes with AC and DC power adapters for use in either home or vehicle. It also runs on nine D Alkaline batteries or an optional rechargeable battery pack (no batteries are included).

The set offers a monaural headphone jack for private listening using optional headphones. There's a jack for an external antenna, as well, though a telescoping antenna comes built-in. The set uses a bar tuning system. Its tuning range covers VHF low (channels 2 to 6), VHF high (channels 7 to 13), and UHF (channels 14 to 69), and its recommended operating temperature ranges from 41 degrees to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

What's in the Box
TV, AC power adapter, DC power adapter. ... Read more


  • Portable television with 5-inch CRT screen and built-in FM/AM tuner; 6.75 x 6.25 x 11.25 inches (W x H x D)
  • Audio/video inputs let you connect an external DVD player, VCR, camcorder, or gaming console
  • Offers telescoping antenna, external antenna jack
  • Monaural headphone jack affords private listening
  • Includes AC adapter, DC car adapter; runs on 9 D batteriesor optional rechargeable battery pack (no batteries included)

Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great while it lasted
this small color TV was fine for less than a year. It has a great picture, even though tuning in to local channels was tricky. Within the first year the sound started to go, but I found if I turned the TV off and on quickly, the sound returned. I don't expect it to continue working at this rate. You get what you pay for!

2-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it while you can...
I bought one of these a couple years ago. The style and size were just what I was looking for, and the picture was fine, but it lasted only a couple of months before it stopped working. I turned it on one day and smelled the distinctive "electrical burning" smell, and the unit was fried. I got what I paid for, but hoped it would last longer than that.

1-0 out of 5 stars Action ACN 5503 5" Color Monitor
If you are looking for a tv to connect to cable I strongly recommend looking for another brand. This model has a plug in for an outside antenna that can be used to connect it to cable with the proper adapter (not provided), however because of a poor quality tuner it will not hold the cable channel signal.It looses the channel when the station switches back and forth from local to network broadcasting. Also when you turn the set off and on.I've owned several 5" color tv's and have never experienced this problem.The tv that I purchased was "refurbished" and it was really lousy... I'm not happy with the purchase, but I'm keeping it as it is not worth the hassle of returning it...

5-0 out of 5 stars Big things come in small packages
I boought this yesterday, its great. It uses batteries to make it portable or you can plug it in. You can even hook up a video game consolec up to this little thing. It's in color and has a great picture. I highly reccomend buying it. ... Read more

67. Logitech Optical Marble Mouse (USB/PS2)
list price: $29.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005T406
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 747
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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Logitech's Optical Marble mouse gives you the familiarity of a mouse with the convenience of trackball navigation. Designed for comfort in either hand, this space-saving, four-button trackball boasts Logitech's innovative optical tracking system to deliver superior precision and smooth motion with virtually no maintenance or cleaning required. You get two ways to scroll: click two small buttons for page up and page down, or click one of two large buttons and use the ball for auto scrolling. The trackball gives you precise fingertip control, and the included WebWheel software enhances your Internet browsing. Two AA batteries (supplied) keep the Marble mouse racing for about three months. ... Read more


  • Durable optical technology for smooth precision and resistance to dirt, eliminating the need for cleaning
  • Large, finger-operated trackball for superior control and reduced hand and wrist movement
  • Sleek shape flexible enough to use in either hand
  • MouseWare software included for easy scrolling on the Web (in Windows and Macintosh applications)
  • A variety of button assignments to customize your mouse buttons

Reviews (43)

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 years and no turning back
I am at a computer almost all day long and about 4 years ago, I decided to try out the Logitech Optical Marble Mouse, because my arm and wrist were getting too tired from the old mouse.
It took about 1 week to get used to it, but after that learning curve was through, I was so convinced, that I haven't used a mouse extensively since. In fact, when I started a new job, the first thing I did, was buy another Marble Mouse, so that I wouldn't have to struggle with a regular mouse at my workplace.

Except in extreme situations, hand fatigue is a thing of the past for me and the marble mouse I bought four years ago is still working perfectly.

One trick is to set it up so that the right button is the main button and the left button is the context button. In use, I press the right button with any combination of my pinkie, ring finger or middle finger. By distributing the clicking duties between three fingers, the muscle usage is more evenly distributed and repetative motion problems are not a problem.

In fact the beauty of this design is that it is so simple that one is able to use it however you want to. Other trackballs that are overly molded to fit your hand end up causing problems because they force your hand to be in a particular position all day long.

It is also easy to switch between left and right hand use -- though I almost always use right hand.

I do have to clean it during the day, but this is extremely easy. Basically I just pick the ball out of its socket and flick away any dirt that has built up. It takes about 15 seconds and no special cleaning solutions or anything.

If I was running a company, I would make everyone try one of these out for a week. They are amazing computing tools and would be standard issue for all computers if I ran the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great mouse, my favorite so far
Although, this is the first trackball I ever used, it seems to be the best mouse I ever used.
I thought I was going to stick with my light mouse, even after my mom got this track ball.
I decided to give the trackball a try.
Quite the difference! At least for me, it was very quick and easy to get the hang of it. Some may think it'd be hard to click on things, moving the ball and not the mouse, but this is quite simple to control. It's great with games as well, aimming better.
Instead of moving the mouse back and forth a lot to move yourself in a game, use your fingers to move you around.
Plus, you can leave stuff around the mouse and not feel like you're going to spill, because the mouse part doesn't move.
Strange though, I found out on Descent 3, there's one button you can't use.
Other than that, using it for windows or whatever, and having two other buttons for selected uses, using the back and forward for internet, or scrolling up and down, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I loved my Marble Mouse by Logitech. I bought the older version with only the two large buttons. I think a standard mouse is better for playing games but for everything else on the computer it is the only way to go. I have recently upgraded to the Logitech cordless too is nice. But if the Optical Marble Mouse came cordless I would plunk my money down and buy it again in a second. I now use my Marble mouse at work and have the cordless at home.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Mouse
I first purchased the Logitech Marble Mouse when my daughter was 2 yrs. old. Her little hand was just able to manipulate the marble. It was great because with a regular mouse she did not have the ability to click it without moving the cursor. Now that we have used this mouse I would never go back to a plain one!

5-0 out of 5 stars marble mouse
i just got the mouse today or should i say rat i will not lie the mouse is gigantic or maybe my hands are to small mmmm anyway i do like that you don't move the thing around the whole desk and i love the big red ball i thought the mouse was very odd and that's what really caught mt attention and that everyone gave good reviews i wanted to try it anyways ... i have only had the mouse for a few hours but so far i love it probaly should have waited a few days before i wrote this but i tend to get a little excited about things sometimes i'am use the usb connection on the marble mouse because i still wanted to use my wireless ps2 mouse incase i get frustrated alrighty now overall this is a nice product try it ... Read more

68. Adaptec 1890600 Fireconnect 4300 Kit AFW-4300
list price: $69.99
our price: $40.99
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Asin: B000062STU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Adaptec
Sales Rank: 1275
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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  • Hot-pluggable FireWire devices is a snap--you don't have to turn your computer off to connect and disconnect devices
  • Included MGI VideoWave 4 software has powerful editing and special effects tools that make creating videos a breeze
  • OHCI-compliant and can transmit FireWire data at rates of up to 400 Mbps
  • Connect up to 62 daisy-chained external FireWire/1394/i.Link+ devices

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install, troublefree
I bought this card after trying another Adaptec card - the DuoConnect 3121 - which has Firewire and USB2.0 connectors.

My advise: if you run Windows 2000 - stick with the simpler 4300 Firewire card (this card). It is simple and easy to install. No drivers, and the extra software is only needed for cameras/DVDs (I use my card for my new scanner). I have had troublefree service from it so far.

The Adaptec DuoConnect 3121, on the other hand, looks very tempting on paper - but trying to install it on Windows 2000 is an absolute nightmare (if you already have other adapter cards). I had severe hardware conflicts - which caused operating system driver corruptions in the end - and lots of wasted hours.

This is where Adaptec support came in. They gave me really good support, and refunded my money when we couldn't get the DuoConnect 3121 working under Windows 2000. And I bought their AFW-4300 instead.

In summary: The 4300 is a good card. Adapter cards from other companies are cheaper than Adaptec brand down here, but the Adaptec support is worth the extra money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Different software included
The card worked fine with plug-and-play on XP Home. One concern is that it showed up with a different name in the Hardware Manager than the instructions said it would. However, it seems to work fine.

One slightly annoying problem is that it didn't come as the MGI software that the description claims. I received Sonic MyDVD (misnamed since the demo version you get only creates VCDs, not DVDs) along with Arcsoft Showbiz. Sonic MyDVD wasn't able to burn a VCD on my computer. (It gave me "unknown error"), but the software that came with my camcorder didn't have a problem. Over-all I'm unimpressed with this replacement software, particularly since the bundled software was one of the reasons I bought this card. However, between Windows Movie Maker (that came with my machine) and the software that came with my Sony camcorder, I think I can do everything I need for now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to install and use!
I bought this card because it came with a cable. Giving the card only a 5 rating. Not super impressed by the editing software, MyDVD. It only burns VCD's with basic functions. In order to burn DVD's you have to purchase the upgrade. I will probably end up purchasing more sophisticated software for editing. I installed it on my Dell Dimension 8200 running Win XP. Plug and play just like the instuctions say. Easy to install, Win XP recognized the new hardware, couldn't be easier! Economical card, gets the job done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could it get any easier?
I was able to install the card with minimal effort or difficulty. The whole process was actually easier than I thought it would be. Within about 30 minutes of opening the package I had read the installation paperwork, installed the card, and had begun capturing video from my DV camcorder. The accompanying video editing software was also easily installed and useful as an application for novice editors. I installed it into a Dell Dimension 4600 running Windows XP Pro and my camcorder is a Canon Optura 20 if that makes any difference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great card and even better support
Got this card a year ago and it worked great connecting my XP Pro machine to my DV camcorder. More recently, got a Firewire drive and had some problems. Turned out I needed a patch from Microsoft, but Adaptec support is without a doubt the best free support I've used. Real dialogs with knowledgeable techs - no form letters. Works great now with both the hard drive and camera together. ... Read more

69. Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 Joystick
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005NIMA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 10835
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

In a wild, hair-raising dogfight, precision and control are critical. That's why the SideWinder has been reengineered for even more accuracy. With its comfortable handle and an improved throttle, this professional quality stick feels as great as it performs. Having the SideWinder on your side is like having an Ace for a wingman.Microsoft SideWinder is an ultimate joystick! ... Read more


  • USB connection for plug-and-play ease
  • 16 programmable functions; 8 buttons plus 8-direction hat
  • Rotating handle gives precise rudder control
  • 146 degree action throttle for complete control from the joystick
  • Save and download programmed game commands into game-specific controller profiles

Reviews (23)

4-0 out of 5 stars It does work on XP
Just got hold of a second hand Precision Pro 2, and tried to install the sidewinder software...guess what it doesn't load on XP.
All you need to do is plug the jostick in and it works just fine with no drivers. You can't use the sidewinder software, but you don't need it. My advice just Plug 'n' Play no worries :o)
I mainly use this joystick with Microsoft's Flight Sim and it's fantastic, very smooth.

1-0 out of 5 stars Precision 2 Joystick no driver for xp
Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 Joystick
there is no driver for windows xp (not work on cd includet),so waste of money

5-0 out of 5 stars Migrated from Win98 to WinXP
First all I got was "joystick not installed"...I called my computer manufacturer.No dice...check Microsoft.Microsoft says not supported for winxp.Sheez...great joystick, hardly used at all.So I searched the internet and found that if you install the joystick with the USB port connector it should work.I found the old usb connector, that I never used before, in my pile of computer cables, and installed perectly and with no more trouble at all.
That's the BS with sucha great company!! !
Maybe someone at Microsoft will read this???

3-0 out of 5 stars Pricing
Why is this jostick so expensive($149.00) when I have bought this same item for $49.95

1-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft doesn't support their own products!
I've been burned by Microsoft twice before with Sidewinder joysticks.The first time I bought one was when I had Windows 98.It was a Sidewinder Pro.Great joystick, plug n play, all that.When I migrated to Windows 2000, I found that the Sidewinder Pro was not supported (despite being analog--you'd think it would be easy to program drivers for it).I thought, "Okay, maybe there are problems, blah blah blah."I then bought a Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro, again, great product, plug n play, all that.Worked great.When I migrated again to Windows XP I found AGAIN it wasn't supported by Microsoft.There is NO reason why a company such as Microsoft cannot support their own products on their own operating system.I will NEVER buy a Sidewinder again.I can't trust them.Buy anything else.I've had great luck with the Wingman Digital Extreme--$28 at WalMart--excellent buy! ... Read more

70. Olympus E-20 5MP Digital Camera w/ 4x Optical Zoom
list price: $2,249.99
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Asin: B00005QCO1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 4653
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a digital camera that captures better images than those from the Olympus E-20N. The camera pairs a 5-megapixel sensor with a high-quality custom-designed 4x zoom lens for photos with clarity that rivals film.

First, a note about naming conventions: this camera is also known as the E-20 and the E-20P. The N in E-20N signifies that this is an NTSC (North American) model. European versions are called E-20P because their video-out feature is designed to work with PAL televisions. The models are otherwise identical.

Design and Optics
The E-20N looks and feels like a high-quality professional film SLR. It's hefty, weighing in at 37 ounces, due both to the glass in the lens and the camera's cast-aluminum body. Unlike other digital cameras in its class, the lens on the E-20N is not removable, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Digital SLRs from other manufacturers typically include just the camera body, and adding a quality lens is a substantial additional expense. Olympus asserts that having removable lenses exposes the sensor to dust, but digital SLRs from Nikon, Canon, and Fuji all use removable lenses, and dust isn't a widely reported problem with those models. Olympus also states that using a lens specifically designed for a digital camera produces sharper images than using a lens designed for a 35mm SLR. This makes sense, since the imaging sensor in a digital camera is smaller than a 35mm negative.

The lens on the E-20N contains aspheric elements, ED elements, and a Gauss-type lens group--features designed to maximize image quality, and typically found only on high-end lenses. In 35mm terms, the lens zooms from 35-140mm, with a maximum aperture of f2.0 to f2.4, depending on how much zoom is used. If you're looking for even more flexibility, add-on lenses ranging from 28mm to 420mm are available.

To compose your photos, either use the swivel-mounted 1.8-inch LCD on the back of the camera or look through the traditional-style ground-glass viewfinder. Most digital SLRs use a mirror to send light to either the viewfinder or the CCD sensor, but the Olympus uses a beam-splitter--basically a prism--to illuminate the viewfinder and the sensor simultaneously. The LCD monitor also sits on a hinge, letting you tilt it up 90 degrees, or down 20 degrees, so you can take pictures from unusual camera angles while still accurately framing the scene.

The 5-megapixel CCD sensor on the E-20N is one of the highest-resolution sensors currently available and captures images with filmlike detail. Like most CCDs, this unit retains a design limitation handed down from the device's origins in television cameras: it is an interlaced chip, which means the camera reads information from the CCD twice--once for all pixels in the sensor's even rows, and again for all the odd rows. The camera then merges these two sets of data into a single image. This technology limits the top shutter speed in 5-megapixel mode to 1/640th of a second--reasonably quick, but not fast enough for high-speed photography. To get around this limitation, Olympus has added a progressive-scan feature to the camera. In simple terms, this mode only reads information from half of the pixels on the sensor (and limits your photos to 2.5 megapixels), but increases your shutter speed to a screaming 1/18,000th of a second, increasing the camera's flexibility tremendously.

More Features
Shooting options on the E-20N include all of the typical modes you'd expect to see on a high-end consumer digital camera: program, aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual shooting modes. Other user-controlled settings include exposure compensation, metering mode, ISO setting, flash, white balance, and focus. Users can leave white balance on auto, select from a number of kelvin temperatures, or manually create a preset. The built-in flash features red-eye reduction, auto, fill-in, and off modes. External flashes can connect to the E-20N through the hot-shoe on top of the camera. Exposure compensation can be set from -3 to +3 EV in one-third EV increments. The ISO can be set to 80, 160, or 320. Also, an autobracketing feature takes three pictures, one over exposed and one under exposed, and allows you to set the exposure compensation up to one EV step in either direction, in one-third EV step increments. A histogram function lets you view exposure information after you capture an image, giving you instant feedback about how to improve your picture-taking skills. A large internal buffer allows the E-20N to take up to take up to four shots in sequence at three frames per second, even when set to record images as uncompressed TIFFs.

The E-20N uses four AA or two CR-V3 lithium batteries--a set of the lithium batteries is included. These batteries have a long life, but they aren't rechargeable, so they're not a good long-term solution unless you're an extremely occasional photographer. We strongly recommend using a set of rechargeable nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.

Storage and Transfer
Unlike most other digital cameras, the E-20N uses both SmartMedia and CompactFlash (Type I and II, including the IBM Microdrive) for storage, and can use both simultaneously. The camera has slots for both types of cards, and a menu setting lets you toggle between the slots for storage. The included 32 MB SmartMedia card holds 11 pictures at full resolution with normal compression or two pictures in uncompressed TIFF mode. The card can be erased and reused over and over, but if you plan to take more than 11 photos on an outing, then you'll want a higher-capacity card--a 256 MB CompactFlash card, for example, holds around 80 photos at default settings.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The kit includes the camera, lens hood, lens cap, video, and USB cables, strap, lithium disposable batteries, wireless remote control, 32 MB SmartMedia card, basic manual, and software on CD, including Adobe PhotoShop Elements. Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but to make the most of your camera, we strongly recommend a higher-capacity memory card, rechargeable batteries, and a carrying case. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page.

For serious 35mm SLR users considering a digital camera, the E-20N is a natural choice. The camera feels extremely solid, and controls are logically arranged. Thanks to the high-resolution sensor and fine lens, picture quality is excellent. Admittedly, there are still some areas where the E-20N can't keep up with a film camera, but unless you're a sports or news photographer who needs to blast through a roll of film in five seconds, or someone who requires an unusual lens, this Olympus should offer the features and performance you need. --Shane Burnett


  • 5-megapixel sensor captures filmlike detail
  • Features, appearance, and performance are all similar to a 35mm SLR
  • Dual memory card slots let you choose your format--or load both slots for more capacity


  • Though the lens is of extremely high quality, competitors' models feature detachable lenses
  • Rechargeable batteries and more memory are necessities for long-term use
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  • 5.2 megapixel sensor creates 2,560 x 1,920 images for prints at 11 x 14 and beyond
  • 4x optical zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 32 MB SmartMedia card holds 7 images at default resolution
  • Compatible with SmartMedia and Type I and II CompactFlash
  • Uses 2 disposable lithium batteries (included) or 4 AA batteries; auto-connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is A Camera Not A Toy
What an amazing machine this is. After suffering through the flimsy plastic trinket cameras with little or no real optical quality, I finally own a truly versatile digital camera. The E-20 (as with the E10) offers extraordinary flexibility in digital photography. Prior to my recent purchase I spent at least a year and a half researching and waiting for this last pixel jump. The E-20 offers all of the flexibility of a high-level SLR which is missing on most other digital cameras.

Good Points:

- The feel... It has enough weight for good stability, and it fits your hand very nicely.
- Excellent lens with the ability to add extenders, filters, what-have-you.
- Super Image Quality
- Good bundled software (Adobe PhotoShop Elements and Camedia)
- Image control
- SmartMedia, CompactFlash, AND Microdrive compliant with the ability to use more than one card type at a time (you can switch between the cards).
- True SLR (some competitors offer interchangeable optics, but still have you look through a viewfinder. What's with that? I want to see what I'm taking.).
- Great accessories! (I can't wait to get the lithium polymer attachment)

- I'll have to get a better strap
- Flexibility & control vs. ease of use trade-off... there are roughly 30 buttons to learn (but most of us will want that kind of control).
- It doesn't come with a case... even a cheapie
- I need to buy stock in a battery company
- Remembering to turn it off whenever I open the media bay or change power source

This is probably not the camera you would buy for your instamatic dependent Aunt Sally or Uncle Jimmy-Bob, but if push came to shove you could always tell them to just put the big knob on "P" (Program) and snap away.

When you pick your camera, don't go by statistics alone (or reviews alone for that matter). You've got to get out there and see how the camera feels in your hands. If you've a history with good quality 35mm SLR's you are going to love the E-20.

4-0 out of 5 stars Most fun I've had with a camera, but get a real memory card.
This is the only digital SLR I have owned, and it is the only camera I have had that is actually fun to use. My film SLR left me gnashing my teeth outside the developer when I found out all too late I blew every shot on the roll.

That said, I have two gripes. First,the 32MB card is a joke --holds 7 pictures at maximum resolution and highest quality compression. If you don't upgrade the card, the only way it is manageble is to drop the resolution to 1 megapixel and 8x compression -- if that is all you'll use, what's the point of getting a 5 megapixel camera. 1GB compact flash cards seem to be the best value today at less than $200 and they will hold 260 shots at the highest quality level. 256MB Cards may be doable at 75 shots, but smaller cards will certainly drive you to sacrifice on resolution and quality to get more shots on the card.

Second, rapid shooters will be disappointed since the buffer will hold 4 pictures, and this limit does not change with resolution oddly. After the buffer is full, it takes up to 10 seconds for it to write each shot to the card. You can shoot as soon as 1 slot is open, but to do a 4 shot burst again, you have to wait 30-40 seconds for the whole buffer to clear. This will bother some users but not others. The write time seems the same regardless of whether you use Smart Media or Compact Flash.

5-0 out of 5 stars Olympus E-20N
I love this camera! This camera is the most like a TTL SL Reflex 35mm camera I've ever seen in a digital camera. The only drawback is how it seems to "go to sleep" between shots, if the shots are not within a few seconds of each other, and then the camera is hard to "wake up." Of course, I am still learning how to use the camera, especially with the built-in flash, and the Olympus dedicated flash. And as far as I am concerned, as a user of Canon and Nikon cameras for many years, I bought this camera because I know that Olympus has made great cameras for as long as I can remember, and the 5 megapixel print quality from its images is excellent.


5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buy at twice the price.
At least that is what I paid for the camera. I do most of my shots in camera raw which gives me aproximately 26 pictures on a 256 mg card. Excelent camera for use with Photoshop CS. Flash is weak for any type of professional use. Optics are excellent. The camera gives you the option to point and shoot or have complete control of all aspects of the picture. Untill the price comes down below 10K for a good digital back for my 2 1/4 in cameras, this is a top choice to use. The only thing better today is the E-1 which was not out when I purchased this camera. ... Read more

71. Denon AVR-2105 7.1-Channel Audio/Video Surround Receiver

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Asin: B0002U9P72
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Denon
Sales Rank: 41671
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

90 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD * Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, and Pro Logic IIx processing * Auto Setup speaker calibration (includes microphone) * dual-room/dual-source output (speaker-level and fixed line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room) * high-current, low-impedance amp design * ... Read more


  • 90 watts per channel x 7 into 8 ohms from 20 to 20,000 Hz with less than 0.08 percent THD
  • All-format Dolby/DTS processing, multiple DSP presets, video upconversion of composite- to S-video and/or to component-video
  • 10 external analog inputs, including 6-channel direct analog inputs for SACD and DVD-Audio
  • 4 assignable digital-audio inputs (3 optical, 1 coaxial), 1 optical digital output
  • Measures 17.1 x 6.7 x 16.4 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best value receiver <$800
Wonderful "brains" behind your home theater/stereo, whether you're just getting started out or looking for a receiver upgrade for an existing setup.This is the type of receiver you can grow with.Start with it and an inexpensive set of 5 speakers, then gradually swap out the speakers as the budget allows.Point is, the clean, efficient ouput of this receiver will shine driving low-end Infinity HTIB satellites or powering a set of B&W bookshelves.

Operation is as easy as you can get.Discrete input codes, discrete off/on codes make programming a universal remote much easier.Auto-setup is great, auto-detection of input signals mean you don't have to know whether the input is DTS or PLIIx or whatever - it figures it out itself.

Lastly, it's the little Denon touches that will ultimately justify this purchase.For just a hair more than a Sony, Pioneer, or Yamaha you get a rock-solid build quality, 3 component inputs (vs. the usual 2), full 7.1, 5 way posts on all speaker outputs, Auto-EQ including the microphone (costs extra $ on most others) and configurable inputs.

Spend the money to get this receiver, and you'll be able to grow your home theater around it.


5-0 out of 5 stars Behold the holy grail of receivers!
My friend (a total audio & video ignoramus) gave me a budget to do his first home theater system.The solution: spend the biggest bucks on the Denon AVR-2105.Why?
1) It has an auto setup facility that does more than just set up the speaker levels.It actually adjusts for flaws in the room and the weaknesses of the speakers.Whatever speakers you connect will sound like they are a few levels better in quality thanks to the kick ass audio setup technology from Audyssey Labs that Denon uses.
2) It does video conversion.This means I hook up his High Def TV to the Denon using component video cables (the best quality hookups available at this point).Then I hook up his VCR, DVD & cable box using their best hookups (S-Video, Component, Component respectively) & the Denon automatically converts the cheesy S-Video to component.Now the TV just always stays on component input & I never have to adjust it again, ever.
3) Because of 1) I can buy the best speakers the lowest bidder can provide.US$350 for a 5.1 package in this case.
4) I hook it all up & attach the auto setup microphone & let the auto setup rip.One minute later the speakers are dialed in for the room, it detected the fact that they are small speakers & there is a subwoofer attached.Distances to the sweet spot are exact to the foot.
5) "Ronin" is popped into the DVD & we skip chapters to the beginning of the big chase & fight.Holy cow, does De Niro ever have a sweet sounding machine gun!In the small living room, the sound is awesome.Next up, in goes Andrea Botticelli's "Romanza" & he lets rip some operatic arias (my friend is Italian).Sweet, sweet sound.

Finally, there is just one thing to do: girlfriend proof this setup.After a long struggle it is close but no cigar.The TV's video input is no problem, but switching devices on the Denon remote is ugly using those sliders.The button layout on the Denon remote sure is nice though.The Panasonic TV remote is pretty nice but it is still confusing switching around and it stupidly tries to adjust the TV's volume at times & who knows what devices are on or off at any time or what mode it is in.Ack.

A lucky trip to the dealer introduces us to the Harmony remote.I am surprised other remotes have not been outlawed yet.This sucker downloads exact codes for your exact components off of the web (via USB cable to your computer) & then just controls everything, easily.

Mission accomplished.His low budget system sounds better than my high budget system, since it is dialed in better than mine + the speakers are compensated for, which I can't even do on my system.(Sigh.)Soon I will have to demote my Denon AVR 5700 to the bedroom and get a shiny new Denon receiver with the Audyssey Labs tech for the living room. (Oh Poor wallet!) Thanks to the Harmony remote it all is easily & intuitively controlled from just one remote.(Yippee!)I am now another proud owner of a Harmony H688 remote. ... Read more

72. Canon Elph LT 260 Zoom APS Camera
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00004TH9D
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon
Sales Rank: 264
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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The Canon ELPH LT 260 is extremely light and compact for those whotravel frequently and need a camera that doesn't take up space. It is stylishlydesigned and includes many performance features to assure sharp, clearlyfocused pictures. The ELPH LT 260 features a high-quality 26-52mm lens. Its six- element, six-group design includes an aspherical element that produces clearimages with natural color. At the touch of a button, the electronic drive zoomsthe lens from wide-angle to telephoto in approximately two seconds.

The five- mode, built-in retractable flash gives you control over a wide range of low- light shooting conditions. Flash features include auto, auto with red-eyereduction, slow synch for night portraits, and off. There's also a real-timeshutter that responds almost instantly to enable shooting of action shots. Allthe features you've come to expect from an APS camera are included. There's achoice of three print formats, drop-in cartridge loading, captioning, and indexprints. Captions include "I Love You," "Thank You," "Season's Greetings," "HappyBirthday," "Congratulations," and date/time imprinting. The ELPH LT 260 fits inyour pocket and comes with a fully retractable lens and lens cover so you don'thave to worry about damaging the lens while moving from place to place. Toconserve the battery, the lens automatically retracts if the camera is leftunused for four minutes. Accessories include a wrist strap, soft case, 3-voltlithium battery, and an APS film cartridge ISO 200 with 15 exposures. ... Read more


  • Compact and ultralight Advanced Photo System camera
  • 2x zoom brings you close to the action
  • Stylish design; bright and clear viewfinder
  • Fully automatic operation
  • 4-mode built-in red-eye reduction flash

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best camera for casual photographers
I'm consistantly amazed at what Canon can pack into such a small package. I took a Canon Elph Jr. with me to Rome in the fall of 1999, and the pictures it took are spectacular. This camera has the 2x zoom feature, but otherwise it's very similar. The APS photosystem is easy to use, and the index prints and negatives that stay in the canister are godsends for those of us who are less organized than some. I was particularly struck by the clarity of the photos, the richness of the colours, and the ease of use of the camera. While the 24mm APS format is smaller than the 35mm standard film, the resolution is still excellent. Far better than any digital camera under $1000. One of the most useful characteristics is the tiny size. No one believes this is a film camera when I show it to them. And because it fits anywhere, I take it with me in my napsack and shoot photos of anything I find interesting. (I think my friends have come to curse this feature!) Paired with a $100 flatbed scanner to scan photos for your web page, or to send via email, I think the Elphs offer a far better bargain than any digital camera or film camera available today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Compact Camera
5{��������ostly use a 35mm SLR camera to take photographs, I wanted a small APS camera that I could use for quick, everyday shots. I looked into reviews of the Canon Elph LT260 and decided to purchase it about a year ago. The Elph takes great clear pictures, plus the 2x zoom and up to 2 second shutter speed are an added bonus. My only issue is the poor red eye reduction. However, I've found that similar APS cameras don't provide accurate red eye reduction either. Overall I'm pleased with this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera!
I purchased this camera about a year ago and I have not had a single problem since! I took the camera to Japan and NYC, the pictures came out far better than anything I've seen before with a film camera. The colors were brillant and detailed, it felt like I was still there. The only problem is that some pictures came out with red eyes, however that was not a problem for me because they fix that at the place I take them to so I never even see the red eye. The battery lasted a year under heavy use, the longest I've ever had before. The controls are easy to use and really come in handy. For the price, this camera is definitely a gem!

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon Elph 260LT
I would suggest this camera to anyone who wants a reasonable camera that takes wonderful pictures. I got this camera as a gift a few years ago, and have yet to take a picture that does not turn out perfect. (I do however suggest always using 400 speed film.) I have bought a few of this camera for gifts, and plan do buy more for this Christmas season. I have also talked other friends and relatives into buying this for their use! This is a great camera for a great value!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent camera
I bought this camera for my hiking trip in New Zealand earlier this year. I was extremely pleased with it. It's small and convenient, and the pictures it took came out breathtaking! The flash is quite strong: this camera took great night pictures, even where other cameras failed! I also took pictures from airplains, through the glass, and most photos came out very good. Some (not all!) panoramic pictures aren't as sharp as one would ideally hope, but it also depended on how much I zoomed in. For those of you who are unsure whether the zoom feature is necessary, believe me, it is! The camera is very small, stylish and light, and everyone thinks it's a digital. Changing film was a breeze. I used this camera in some rugged conditions in the mountains, and it withstood the test. I wouldn't recommend using it when it rains, though; I don't think it's waterproof. The only thing I wasn't happy about was the fact that the cord attached to the camera was too short to put aroung my neck. This inconvenience can be easily overcome, though. (Also, I recommend using Kodak APS film and developing it at Kodak, using Perfect Touch.) All in all, a great camera, highly recommended, especially for scenic trips where you need to use the Panoramic viewer: you will be amazed at the quality of the pictures! ... Read more

73. PalmOne m105 Handheld

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Asin: B000059MSI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PalmOne
Sales Rank: 3973
Average Customer Review: 3.59 out of 5 stars
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Palm handhelds have succeeded because they're small and lightweight but hold a surprisingly large amount of personal data. The Palm m105 handheld expands on those essential features by offering an organizer that's smaller and lighter (4.4 ounces) than most others while remaining packed with 8 MB of memory, so it can do much more than just store your calendar or addresses. The m105 is also one of the most comfortable Palm devices we've held--its distinctive curved bottom rests comfortably in the palm.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


  • Slightly smaller screen
  • Operating system not upgradable
  • Doesn't ship with latest Palm Desktop software for Windows
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  • 8 MB memory--stores thousands of addresses, phone numbers, appointments, and to-do items
  • Includes HotSync serial cradle to back up data to your PC or Macintosh
  • Comes with e-mail and Mobile Internet Kit software and desktop software for both PC and Mac
  • Link to Microsoft Outlook (Windows only)
  • Customizable with optional snap-on faceplates

Reviews (111)

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

Display: Advanced LCD with backlight...

Expandability: Serial connector...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

74. Canon PowerShot G2 4MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B00005Q5U5
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Canon Cameras US
Sales Rank: 1885
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Quite simply, the Canon PowerShot G2 is an elegant, easy-to-use joy of a digital camera that boasts impressive 4-megapixel resolution, a 3x optical zoom, a bright LCD monitor that swivels off to the side of the camera and tilts up and down as needed, and maximum overall creative control in addition to a fully automatic mode. Of course, none of this comes as much of a surprise to anyone familiar with its popular predecessor, the PowerShot G1. Both of these cameras have features and picture-taking modes similar to Canon's EOS cameras, which means they have what Canon calls a "very camera-like feel." Some of the G2's more obvious improvements over the G1 (besides higher resolution) include a champagne gold finish, larger grip for easier handling, improved image and color quality, new photo-effect shooting mode for various effects, including black-and-white and sepia, and a new high-speed selectable three-point autofocus.

The G2's 4-megapixel CCD captures images at user-selectable resolutions of 2,272 x 1,704, 1,600 x 1,200, 1,024 x 768, and 640 x 480. This range allows for detail-rich 8-by-10-inch prints that match the results of film cameras as well as easy-to-upload images for the Web and e-mail. Choose between three varying degrees of JPEG compression or store images in the 10-bit RAW data file format for faster transfer without any image quality loss. Your computer easily translates the RAW files into TIFF files using Canon's included software.

The telescoping, 3x optical zoom lens (34-102mm equivalent on a 35mm camera) with 3.6x digital zoom, offers both automatic and manual focus control. The improved, high-speed, selectable three-point autofocus system allows flexibility in composition over the single focus point of the G1. A distance scale has been added on the LCD monitor for precision focus adjustment that works best for extreme close-ups. Improved circuitry allows the G2 to perform these advanced functions with faster image capture times and longer battery life than the G1.

Like the G1, the G2 has point-and-shoot settings that take the guesswork out of almost all situations, but the manual controls and creative options are where this camera stands out from the competition. Twelve EOS-style shooting modes allow for a wide range of creative possibilities, with manual focus zoom, adjustable aperture priority at 50, 100, 200, and 400 ISO, selectable shutter speed, and six preset white balances--sunny, cloudy, tungsten, etc. Canon has provided four presets for professional results when shooting for maximum depth of field, portraits, landscapes, and night scenes. Other creative controls include the photo-effect mode that allows four possible variations of the normal color saturation: vivid color, standard color, sepia tones, and standard black-and-white.

Two video formats have also been included, allowing for 30 and 120 seconds of moving images with audio. Slow shutter-speed mode allows extended exposures in low-light situations. Autoexposure bracketing allows you to intentionally over- and underexpose two extra shots to help capture the best picture possible. Five different flash modes, including red-eye reduction, handle after-dark challenges. The TTL hot shoe is fully compatible with all Canon EX-series Speedlite flashes. The included software package goes beyond standard image processing with a remote capture function that allows complete control and manipulation of the camera functions from your computer keyboard. Canon's Stitch Assist program allows you to combine up to four images into one, seamless, panoramic view.

Exterior design features include the highly versatile LCD monitor from the G1 that needs no improvement; its 270-degree rotation allows all angles of image composition from around corners to self-portraits. Changes in ergonomics, as requested by the users of the G1, include a contoured grip for better one-handed shooting and a more streamlined look. Photographers new to the digital market will find the G2 as easy to use as previous PowerShot models, while professionals will be pleased with the improved selection of creative options for capturing the best possible images.

The G2 comes complete with USB port and cable for connection to PC or Macintosh computers; Canon's digital camera software package for downloading, processing, and organizing your images; a NTSC cable for connecting to a television set; a rechargeable BP-511 lithium-ion battery pack and AC adapter for charging the battery in the camera; a generous 32 MB CompactFlash card; infrared remote control; lens cap; and neck strap. The camera weighs about 14.8 ounces, and its dimensions are 4.8(W) by 3.0(H) by 2.5(D) inches. ... Read more


  • 4.1 megapixel sensor creates 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at 8 x 10 and beyond
  • 3x optical (plus 3.6x digital) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 32 MB CompactFlash card holds 24 images at default resolution; camera is Microdrive compatible
  • Movie mode captures variable amount of video depending upon memory card size
  • Uses proprietary lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (150)

5-0 out of 5 stars Canon G2 -The BEST digital camera for under $1000US! Period!
The Canon PowerShot G2 is a digital camera consumer's dream come true, and a nightmare for other digital camera manufacturers.

Make a list of features you'd expect and not expect to find from a "prosumer" digital camera, and chances are you'll find them on the G2. This is a little camera that was designed to act a lot bigger than many other digital cameras in its class.

You only have to pick up a G2 to realize that there's a lot more to it than meets the eye; this camera's significantly heavier and feels sturdier than any other camera in its class! The extra weight means better camera stabilization. The G2's sturdiness inspires confidence and makes the camera feel like a photographic tool, not an electronic gizmo.

From the tilt-and-swivel LCD, the magnification loupe for manual focusing, dedicated and fully functional flash hot-shoe, evaluative metering, IR autofocous assist mechanism, ISO 50, RAW image format, etc., etc., this camera has it all!.

Many photographers will argue that the real measures of any camera lie in the controls and results. The G2 doesn't disappoint in either of these respects. Although you'll have to familiarize yourself with the camera's controls initially, you'll soon find them very intuitive and actually use them more often than not.

The quality of images captured with the G2 is nothing short of superb! You'll get clean, detailed, very high-resolution photographs with the G2, especially if you use the camera's RAW mode at ISO 50.

The Canon PowerShot G2 is still a point-and-shoot digital camera. Anyone who's ever used an SLR will miss the optical viewfinder, true manual focus, and lens selection not available in the G2. However, this can be said for any other digital camera in the G2's class. In every other respect, the G2 rises above its inherent limitations and really challenges its competition to try and keep up!

Beyond the camera itself, Canon has really done the consumer proud by offering most every accessory that you would want included at no extra charge, i.e. an remote control unit, high-capacity rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, and remote capture software.

If you're in the market for a capable digital camera at a reasonable price, thank Canon for making the choice really very simple.

- extensive feature set
- excellent build and design
- superb results, especially in RAW mode at ISO 50
- Excellent lens produces very little distortion and chromatic aberrations
- extremely reasonable price
- All the accessories that should come standard do come standard.

- Certain exposure adjustments, i.e. flash compensation, aren't available in full manual mode.
- The fact that the G2 isn't an SLR.
- Not much else.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST 4 MP Digital Camera - I love my G2
I've had my Canon Powershot G2 4MP Digital Camera for about 3 months now and I am completely in love. This is my 3rd Digital Camera and I think I will be using this camera for years to come. This camera package includes the beautiful 4.0 Mega-pixel Canon PowerShot G2 camera, 32MB CompactFlash card, lithium-ion rechargeable battery, AC Adapter, wireless remote control, neck strap, lens cap w/strap, USB cable, A/V cable along with software and manual.

4 Megapixel settings on the camera allows you to take pictures that look just as a good as a traditional 35 mm high quality camera. The camera can be set to 4 different resolutions with a maximum resolution of 2272 x 1704 and the minimum resolution of 640 x 480. You can store the images captured in JPEG or RAW format, which is better than the traditional TIFF format. Canon does include software that will allow you to convert the RAW format.

The camera accepts both Type I and Type II CompactFlash memory cards. A 32MB card is included which will allow for about 10-15 pictures in the highest resolution setting. I instantly sprang for a SanDisk 256 MB CompactFlash Card and the Sandisk Imagemate CompactFlash Card Reader (SDDR-31) to download the pictures from the card directly vs. using the camera's USB connector. The camera is also microdrive compatible, but I haven't had an opportunity to try that yet. The prices for 1 GB microdrives are around $300.00 which makes it a really attractive accessory for this camera.

The 3x optical zoom lens gives you a 35mm equivalent focal length of 34 to 102mm. Another thing I love about this camera is the tilt-and-swivel LCD that's included. The LCD twits around completely that will allow you to take some of the over-the-head, backwards, impossible shots. One of the best features about this camera is its battery consumption or the lack thereof. I took over 200 pictures indoors with flash in one sitting and I still had plenty of juice left into the battery. I could have shot for another 2 hours, but I ran out of CF cards. The G2 also has a full TTL hot-shoe built onto the top of the camera to add another flash. The bottom of the camera includes a tripod mount.

The true camera geeks will be happy with all the possible exposure modes available on the camera. Starting with the automatic exposure mode to complete granular control that the SLR provides, this camera will make everyone happy. The scene exposure modes allow for presets to take portraits, pan-focus, landscape, and night-scene. If you get this camera, you have to try to use the included Photo Stitch software to take those truly breathtaking panoramic pictures.

In conclusion, this is a great camera that will give you years of great service and take fabulous pictures. The only complaint I would have about this camera was the connectivity on my XP computer. The camera includes a USB cable and software that is supposed to allow you to download the pictures from the camera directly, but I was getting some weird connectivity errors. Since I already had the Sandisk CF card reader, I never tried to get this connectivity working. But a lot of other people have this working and so this shouldn't be an issue for anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS CAMERA
I was looking to purchase my first digital camera and originally bought a Toshiba 3.2 megapixel which claimed to provide photos equal in quality to 35mm cameras. I was very disappointed. After tons of research, I purchased the Canon G2. I am still amazed at the quality of the pictures. It is easy to use and comes with everything you need. Many other digital cameras come with 8 or 16MB cards which don't store enough pictures. The Canon G2 comes with a 32MB card which holds about 19 high quality photos. It also comes with a rechargable battery. One of the greatest features is the wireless remote control which has the zoom feature. The LCD screen pivots out to allow you to see the picture you are composing (use the remote to zoom in or out) and snap the picture once you have arranged the perfect shot. Now I can be in group shots and vacation pictures.

The Canon G2 was about $100.00 more than the camera I originally bought which needed more memory at a cost of $60 and rechargeable batteries at a cost of $40. So, basically the Canon G2 cost the same thing, but provided much better quality and extras.

I read another review which stated the red eye reduction did not work. This only happens to me when I am taking pictures in a very dark room or outside when there is no light. If I turn the light on in the room I am taking the picture, I have no problem. If the picture does have red eye, it is easily eliminated with the software provided.


5-0 out of 5 stars What we all NEED! Better than it's descendant the G3
I have had this camera for more than a year and I am just now getting to write a review. Which means I have had much time and practice to test this camera.
This camera is very much in the middle and by that I don't mean just ok. It is not to hot and it is not too cold, it is "just right!" It has features and manual controls for those who like to manipulate their shots, but in the same respect if you are used to just snapping a picture with one button and letting the camera do the work, then this camera is for you too! The image quality is great! You can buy accessories and extra lenses for it just like those hot shots with expensive film cameras! I have 3 lenses and two filtering lenses(polarizing and UV filter.) One of my extra lenses is a macro lens which really is wonderful. Which brings me to the point that the camera's macro capabilities are wonderful as is! If you don't know what macro means, I can take a picture of those unsightly pores it gets so close. I have taken some wonderful nature photographs with the macro. I love up-close, detailed pics. This camera has a little bit of everything but not too much it is overwhelming. If you want to use it, it is there and if you don't keep it on automatic! The best part is that there have been two cameras in the "G" line that have been introduced since the G2 but they aren't as good as this one(in my opinion.) So the price has dropped dramatically you can get one for less than 300 if you know where to look.

I just cannot stress enough how much this camera has been in service to me. I never even used a regular film camera before I got this camera because I never had the money to get a really good one. Sure I took the occasional pic with my aunt's point and shoot film camera at Christmas, but that wasn't much fun. When I got this camera I just experimented and took soooooooo many pictures. I am really enjoying photography. I guess the reason I never got interested in photography before was the expense of film and then developing, as well as not being sure the pictures were even any good until you got them back from the drug store. With this camera you just look at the shots and if they stink you delete them and take another shot. No wasted film! IF you don't have a printer at home then you can easily take them to Walgreens or upload them to Walmart's site and get prints from your digi pics. So simple.

I have experimented with many consumer valued digital cameras when I took my photography class last year( which was the reason I bought this camera) and let me tell you, it was the best in the class. We had Kodak and Olympus and so many other brands and they all stunk compared to mine. Olympus C something was pretty comparable but still not as good as my G2. I would recommend this camera to the new aspiring photographer as well as to the family photographer who wants to capture all the good things. I am sure once we become professional photographers we will have a SLR digital camera but for anyone less than a professional who is actually getting paid for their pictures, this is the best quality at the best price. When printed on photo quality paper my digital pictures are as good as if not better than other film photographer's pictures. I have been told my shots are good enough to be in National Geographic! Have fun with this joyful contraption.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent photo qualtiy with this Canon GS2
I have had my canon for almost a year now, and I just want all to know who are looking for a camera, that there are a lot of cameras out there that you will not be satisfied with if you are looking for excellent photo quality.. this camera creates beautiful pictures, and they are easy to load on the computer with included software, and when I order prints, they look like they were done professionaly. this camera is not for someone who wants a camera you can slide in your pocket, it is an amatuers camera and is made for good quality picture taking, it can be attached to a tripod, and is intened for light duty amatuer photos, however, if you dont mind the weight of it, it is great for all your picture taking needs, and it really isnt that heavy, just not as slender as the little pocket cameras, same with the G3 by canon, anyway defientely an A+ on this one. ... Read more

75. Olympus iS-50 QD Date 35mm Camera
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000063CWR
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 605
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Sleek and expertly designed, the Olympus IS-50 35mm camera provides all the manual controls you need to give photos that personal touch; or, you can sit back and let the automatic functions take over effortlessly. The powerful wide-angle 4.3x zoom lens provides you the range of perspectives you need without having to lug around various lenses.

The advanced flash system has variable power to provide the right amount of light for different conditions, and you can also set the flash to red-eye reduction, fill, and manual off. The predictive autofocus system keeps the subject sharp and clear. Shoot in different exposure modes like landscape, night scene, portrait, and stop action for the ideal look. You can easily keep track of these settings with the large LCD panel.

Film operation is a cinch with fully automatic film load, advance, and rewind. The 12-second self-timer is useful for shooting self-portraits and group photos. You can also imprint the date and time onto photos for record-keeping purposes. Given its ergonomic design, the IS-50 is easy to hold and carry around for any purpose. ... Read more


  • 35mm autofocus camera
  • Wide angle 4.3x zoom lens
  • Variable power twin autoflash system
  • Multiple exposure modes
  • Date and time imprinting

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Auto SLR that has no competition
I have been using this camera for two roles of film and must report complete satisfaction. I rated it 4 stars only due to its weight. At 23 oz. it is a bit heavy, but nothing to prevent me from hanging it on my neck for a few hours. Compared to a Canon Rebel or the Minolta Maxxum 4, I would highly recommend the iS-50. If you are buying an entry level SLR and expect to operate in auto mode most often, the Olympus is perfect. If you want something with more horsepower, expect to use manual or semi auto more often, are going to want additional lenses, then buy a Canon Elan or Maxxum ST. I simply wanted a good 35 mm auto SLR to take high quality pictures. The iS-50 is fit for purpose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldnt be more pleased
I bought this camera wanting some control and great zoom with, at least moderate picture quality. What turned me on most was the fact that I didnt have to buy and carry around another lens to get "closer" to the object I wanted to capture. I havent owned many SLR cameras but, I have to say this is easily the best camera I have ever owned. I thought for the price, I would just be getting a mediocre camera with marginal picture quality at best, but I was pleasently mistaken. This camera takes great pictures with incredible detail. If you do not know anything about apurature, and how to generally opperate an SLR camera this is the camera you should seriously look into. It is fully automatic. It will sellect the best settings for the light and focus for you with only a push of a button. If your a control freak, dont worry, you have that option as well. You can sellect a manual setting that will give you total control. The zoom is unbelievable, and the camera is well balanced. For the price, you cant beat it! Ive really enjoyed taking pictures with this camera. Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun starter camera
Although all the gadgets were a little overwhelming at first their instruction manual is very helpful and helped me not only with the camera but a little general photography. It would have been nice to get some batteries with it but if that's the only gripe I've got I'm pretty impressed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner SLR
I recently went on a trip to England, and wanted a camera that was of higher quality. I chose the SLR style because I wanted what I saw in the viewfinder to be what the final product looked like. I chose this camera specifically because it has an integrated zoom lense (up to 120mm) and multiple automatic features. I have found this camera to be excellent in nearly every aspect.

1.Fantastic image quality. Olympus lenses seem to be of superior quality to some other major brands I've tried.
2. Quick selection of auto features (night, landscape, high speed, etc.)
3. LONG battery life
4. Quick rewind and loading of 35mm. film

1. Built in lens means no way to change lense (No going to a telephoto or macro lense.) What you see is what you get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
The pictures taken with this camera are GREAT!!!!!! The pictures look so real. I love it!! ... Read more

76. WESTERN DIGITAL WD800JBRTL Caviar Special Edition Internal 80GB Hard Drive

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Asin: B00006E21Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Western Digital
Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars
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  • Requires an available connection to your ATAPI EIDE internal drive interface
  • Requires an available drive-bay for installation
  • Capacity -80GB
  • Seek Time -8.9ms
  • Fast 7200 RPM for speedy performance

Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Went bad in 1.5 years
Dell Diagnostics Tools found problem in the drive six months from the date of purchase. But Western Digital did not accept that since 'their' Diagnostic tool did not find any problem. Drive developed serious problems in 1.5 years (this time detectable with Western Digital tools too).

Since Western Digital provides 3 year warantee (unlike Maxtor and Seagate), I got the drive replaced. They shipped the new drive fast. The replacement drive (refurbished) died in two weeks (!), resulting in complete data loss for me.

Of course, nobody takes any warantee for data, not even those who provide backup software that can fail to restore!

I have never used Maxtor or Seagate, so cannot say if those are better. Dell originally gave me 20GB drive (again Western Digital). 2.5 years old but works great!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT buy..
I bought this drive and am just SHOCKED at how fast it is -- it's truly incredible. I'm coming off a 2 year old OEM Western Digital drive and windows xp was taking 2-3 minutes to load on my P4 1.3ghz with 380megs rd-ram. No joke, it takes 4 1/2 seconds to load windows now, I'm just absolutely shocked at the difference this drive makes. Blazing! Buy it, buy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy a Western Digital HD
I bought this hard drive thinking it would be good because Western Digital was a good name that you could trust. It works fine for the first 6 months and those of you who just bought it might think I'm dead wrong, but just wait. Everything begins to go wrong, and I've taken every precaution to make sure it stops messing up. Nothing works. I have to reformat every month because it doesn't want to work for some reason. Do NOT get this drive, it will give you fits. And this isn't because I had a defective drive, I exchanged it for a different HD and had similar problems. I recently bought a new hard drive from Maxtor. Maxtor seems to be making good hard drives. I've had no problems with the 160GB drive and it works wonders compared to the WD drive. Those of you looking for a new hard drive, do not be fooled by this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Drives. . .
I have tried these hard disks working solo and with RAID, i didn't have any HDD failure, they are fast and quite. What kill's the HDD is the application you are using the HDD for like caching for internet files small size of files and lots of them, this is for sure will destroy the HDD, also there are two impotant things 1. Ventilation 2. Power failure these will reduce the operating life.

1-0 out of 5 stars 3rd Failed WD____JB is the charm
I woke up this morning to find that my computer had rebooted with a message on the boot screen saying, Primary Hard Disk Failure. This is the third One I've had. I've owned computers for about 7 years now and this is the first drive I've ever had problems with. I sent it back to WD and they send me a new one, and it eventually fails as well. I don't know what's wrong with the special edition Caviars but they seem to be poorly designed or built, either way it doesn't matter to me, because now I'm stuck with a rotten drive on my hands. I'm happy with my old 20GB WD Caviar, but I couldn't say enough bad things about this new run. I chose it because it had an 8MB cache and I trusted the WD name, I'll think again before trusting any product simply because it's brand name. ... Read more

77. Athena Technologies Point 5 Mk II 5-Piece Home Theater Speaker System

our price: $181.99
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Asin: B0002H6M0S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Athena
Sales Rank: 1725
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The Point 5 Mk II multichannel home-theater speaker system from Athena Technologies packs eye-pleasing style, high technology, and great sound quality into a small but powerful system. This award-winning set consists of 4 identical Athena Technologies S.5 bookshelf/satellite speakers and a C.5 center-channel speaker, all designed to reproduce the 5 primary channels of a 5.1 DVD or HDTV surround signal: front left/right, rear left/right, and front center.

For the ".1" low-frequency effects channel, Athena recommends its AS-P300 or AS-P400, which are optimized for use with the S.5 speakers. Any powered subwoofer with a continuously variable crossover (low-pass filter) should be flexible enough for a successful pairing, however (it'll just take more listening and adjusting to find the right crossover setting).

All speakers use black, high-gloss finish with silver baffles designed to make them appear smaller than they really are. Each speaker uses a .5-inch Tetron-dome tweeter and 1 (in the satellites) or 2 (in the center speaker) 4-inch high-performance, injection-molded, polypropylene cone woofers. The speakers are rear-ported to enhance bas output, and they're magnetically shielded to prevent image distortion in your TV or computer monitor.

The S.5s offer flexible placement options, high power handling (20 to 100 watts RMS per channel), and massive sound. They're timbre matched for use with Athena's SCT series models or its Audition series speakers. The C.5 center-channel speaker's small size and dynamic output permit broad placement options with no sacrifice in sound quality.

The mounting brackets included with the S.5 speakers use one of the sturdiest and simplest designs available. The brackets require no special tools and allow flexible angles so you can place the speakers where you need to and aim the sound toward your seating positions.

What's in the Box
Five speakers, 11 removable speaker grilles, 4 sets of mounting brackets, and 2 user's manuals ... Read more


  • 5-piece surround-sound speaker system with 4 matched bookshelf/satellite speakers and a dedicated center-channel speaker
  • Power handling: up to 100 watts RMS per channel (20 wpc minimum)
  • 1-inch Teteron-dome tweeters and 4-inch injection-molded composite woofers with rubber surrounds
  • Satellites: 89 dB efficiency; center speaker: 91 dB efficiency; all speakers use gold-plated 5-way binding post terminals
  • Includes wall brackets for satellite speakers and removable speaker grilles for all speakers

78. Olympus Camedia D-550 3MP Digital Camera w/ 2.8x Optical Zoom
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B000068BRB
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Olympus
Sales Rank: 2349
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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Sporting a similar design to previous Olympus D-series digicams, the D-550 Zoom features a 3-megapixel CCD, 2.8x optical zoom, and a 3.6x digital zoom. With its familiar film-camera style and high-resolution imagery, the D-550 is a great choice for vacation photos as well as family snapshots.

Optics and Resolution
The DS-550's 3-megapixel sensor captures ample detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For a serious amateur photographer, 3 megapixels is a great resolution, providing enough detail to perform some cropping and still have crisp prints.

The all-glass autofocus Olympus lens has a 2.8x zoom range that's equivalent to a 36-100mm zoom lens on a 35mm camera. For technophiles, its aperture ranges from f2.9 to f4.4 depending on the zoom setting, with a normal focal range from 2.6 feet to infinity. There's also a 3.6x digital zoom, but remember that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it's best used sparingly.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.8-inch LCD display (also used to review the shots you've taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you're used to a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you'll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
A sliding clamshell lens cover simultaneously protects the D-550's lens and provides a simple way to turn the camera on and off, and the all-plastic body feels both lightweight and durable. While the D-550 offers automatic settings for point-and-shooters and beginning photographers, there are several manual features for more adventurous photographers, including macro mode, adjustable white-balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white and sepia images.

Power is provided by four AA batteries (alkalines are included). We recommend getting a set or two of rechargeable nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries and a charger. A digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you're using the camera's LCD display, so they aren't recommended except in a pinch. To ensure you'll always be ready for action, we recommend having two sets of rechargeables so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips at resolutions of either 320 x 240 pixels (up to 33 seconds per movie) or 160 x 120 pixels (up to 148 seconds per movie). The limited duration and resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won't replace your camcorder, but it's perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on SmartMedia memory cards. The included 16 MB card holds approximately 21 images at the camera's default settings. SmartMedia cards are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 21 images per outing (or plan to use the video feature much), then you'll want a bigger card. A 64 MB card will store well over 100 pictures. With most cameras, the brand of memory card you use is irrelevant, but genuine Olympus cards have a panorama feature not found on cards from other manufacturers. This feature makes it easier to stitch together a series of pictures you've taken into a single panoramic photo, and may justify the slightly higher price of the card if it's a feature you plan to use frequently.

To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive.

At 4.6 by 2.6 by 2 inches and 8.5 ounces, the D-550 is fairly thin and small, making it easy to bring along on outings--but it won't easily fit in your shirt pocket.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the camera, 16 MB SmartMedia card, four AA alkaline batteries, USB cable, video cable, carrying strap, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity SmartMedia memory card. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. ... Read more


  • 3-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 2.8x optical plus 3.6x digital (10x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Included 16 MB Smartmedia card stores 21 images at default settings
  • Movie mode captures up to 33 seconds of video with no audio
  • Uses 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries or 4 AA batteries (rechargeables recommended); connects with Macs and PCs via USB port

Reviews (57)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good value ...
At closeout price of $199, this is a good bargain. It uses the regular AA batteries (four needed) which means you don't have to pay high price for the rechargeable and you can get regular ones everywhere in case your rechargeable run out. The down side of using AA batteries of course is the size and weight.

The image quality is good to excellent. It produces very good 4x6 prints from Costco or Sam's Club digital prints. 8x12 is probably the maximum one will want to go. At this size, although some resolution and other image quality issue shows, the overall result is still good. At 11x14, the image quality is only ok to decent at close range. It looks better at more than 2 ft away, which is probably the distance most of the people will look at pictures of this size.

Speaking of resolution, the 1,984x1,488 pixels only produces 2.95Mpixels, not 3Mpixels is an odd ratio. While is may not sounds like a big deal, it is if you are thinking to get this one vs some of the 3.2 Mpixles camera. The difference in pixels is larger than you think. More importantly, 1,984x1,488 is an odd ratio. Unless you always make prints at home, or crop every picture the way you want, the Costco or Sam's will automatically crop the top and bottom for you! The camera offers a 3:2 mode to "solve" this problem. But the big problem is it reduces the resolution to 1,984x1,312. Either you use the 3:2 mode or your crop it yourself, the effective resolution dropped to 2.6 Mpixels!! If 4x6 pictures are what you use the most, you should think of this camera as a 2.6 Mpixels instead of 3.

Like others have mentioned, the flash is not designed that well. It pops every time because otherwise it blocks the optical viewfinder. BTW, you need to use the LCD viewfinder for the 3:2 mode. You cannot tell exactly what image area with the optical finder with 3:2 mode.

The color is very good but the contrast level is a little too high. This problem becomes visible when you print it at 8x12 and very visible at 11x14. The white balance under sunlight or flashlight is quite good. Under other man made lighting conditions the white balance is less than ideal.

Would I buy this camera had I known how it actually works? Yes at [less money[ but not at [more money].

5-0 out of 5 stars For me, the perfect digital camera
I've tried out many different digital cameras over the last three or four years, from Kodak to Olympus to Canon to odd ones like HP. I've tried cameras that cost anything from $150 to $1000. So, when it came time for me to give up my never-used 35mm Canon SLR, I knew exactly which digital camera I wanted to replace it with.

A few years back, I tried out a friend's Olympus Camedia camera with the same body as this one. It was only in the 2-megapixel range, as opposed to the 3 megapixels of this model, but I was always really impressed with the quality of picture it took. For a point and shoot digital camera, the shots were just amazing.

So I didn't have to look very far before I found this camera, the Camedia D-550. And it's certainly lived up to the expectations I'd developed from using the friend's camera.

In my opinion, this is what really makes this camera stand out from its competition:

' It looks and feels like a camera. Some digital cameras go out of their way to be all futuristic and oddly shaped, which I find annoying. I want to be able to hold a camera with my hands, not my fingertips.

' The design of the navigation software is excellent. I've used cameras that go to the extremes of interface design, and I've hated it. I used a Kodak camera once that used menus and control panels that were so big and colorful, it was like it was designed by Fisher-Price. Sure, it looked friendlier to use at first, but when I actually tried to find anything, like how to change the size of my pictures, it was too big and clunky. On the other extreme, some companies make cameras that use a completely bare and technical interface that's impossible to understand. With the Camedia D-550, all of your important tools are no more than two button presses away, thanks to the intuitive design of the interface. If you want to switch to Macro mode, you just turn the camera on and press "Up" twice. If you want to change the size of the pictures you're taking, you just hit the menu button and press left on the wheel that pops up, and you'll see a nice list. Not too invasive, not too technical.

' Streamlined features. A few years ago, it became popular to pack as many different things into a camera as you possibly could. Sound recorders! Movie cameras! PDAs! Cell phones! Put everything you'd ever want in one device! I thought this was a terrible idea. If you want a video camera, get a video camera. A still camera can't possibly hold more than a tiny clip, so why even bother? While this Camedia D-550 does come with the ability to take video clips, it doesn't assume that video will be your primary use of the camera like other models sometimes do. The feature is there, but you can easily ignore it.

' Rugged body design. Olympus sells a similar Camedia to this in features and price, but a different body. I borrowed one for a weekend, and was constantly having trouble with the lens that stuck out of the camera body. The lens cap would fall off all the time, and I just wasn't careful enough with it. When I had my 35mm SLR, I just put a UV filter over the glass of the real lens, and didn't worry about scratching it, but you couldn't do that with the other Camedia lens. With the D-550, you avoid the problem entirely. When you turn the camera off, the lens retracts into the body of the camera, and is covered by the sliding panel that's part of the camera body. It's a brilliant design that keeps the lens safe, and the speed of the lens movement is quick enough that it's not annoying. I love that my camera is so tough. Though I haven't dropped it yet, I have the feeling it would survive a drop just fine.

' And, of course, the image quality. Even with plain old point-and-shoot simplicity, the colors are vivid and sharp, the exposure is just right, and the low-light pictures are just incredible, which is important to me as a hater of flashbulbs. The other day, a bird fell down our chimney and got trapped in the upper grill of our fireplace, beyond where we could see. So I stuck the camera up into the fireplace and had someone point a dim flashlight where we thought the bird was, and I got a pretty decent picture of it! The bird ended up getting out of the fireplace and flying out the window just fine, by the way. :-) The macro feature is pretty cool, too. My desktop picture on my computer is a photo of an ant I took with my D-550. People are really impressed that the ant takes up 3 inches on my screen.

When you consider all the excellent features this camera has, then realize that it's much less expensive than similar cameras, it seems like a no-brainer. I would have easily paid twice what I did for the D-550, and still felt like I was getting a great deal. This camera is going to last me a long, long time, and I'm loving every minute of it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Save your $$$$$
Photo's are good, but software ain't.

I've owned the Camedia 550 for a little over a year. I am very disapointed in the software that you HAVE to use with this camera. I upgraded to the "professional" edition, but it's still bad. It does not alow you to back up your photo's onto CD. (Floppy Disk Only, which is worthless). Also I have pixels dying on my viewing screen.
It is difficult to manuver through the options on the camera. Also uses a Smart Media Card, which the new ones do not use, and very few new camera do use, so I'll be stuck with $200 bucks worth of Smart Media Cards when I decide to chuck this thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Money Well Spent
I bought this camera a year ago; it has served me well in many different environments and in both nighttime and blazing sun conditions. Downloads are swift with either the 3.5 inch flash path floppy or USB. Picture quality is great at low compression settings, higher settings are even better. I use a 64 MB memory card and that is more than adequate for my needs. Battery life is impressive: one charge was good for a 2 week vacation, and that included at least one hour of time viewing pictures with relatives on the built-in screen. Easy to use. Documentation is a bit on the slim side, but sufficient, with the exception of instructions on taking a panoramic picture. Apparently, that info is on the CD. We've taken 1,200 pics or so, no problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars great camera
I bought this camera 18 months ago, and it takes GREAT pictures. I have taken thousands of pictures with this camera with no problem. The two only drwabacks to this camera is its size and it takes a second or two to save the picture to the card, but that's the way it is.
On the other hand, the reason why it is so big is because it uses regular batteries=cheap! However, battery life is great.
Would recommend this camera to anyone who needs a digital camera. ... Read more

79. Sony MZ-N707 Net MD Walkman Player/Recorder (Blue)
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000065CE2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 6940
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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  • MP3, WMA, and WAV audio-format compatibility; selectable data compression (ATRAC/ATRAC3)
  • USB port allows 32x music data transfer from PC; G-Protection guards against skips during active use
  • Digital-audio input, stereo analog line input (.125-inch minijack), microphone input
  • Aluminum upper lid, 1-line dot-matrix LCD, stick-type LCD remote control with editing functions
  • OpenMG Jukebox Version 2.2 offers Windows XP capability, title editing

Reviews (46)

5-0 out of 5 stars very good
I've had my eye on this particular product for over a year, and I finally got it. Glad to say, it hasn't been disappointing, considering all of the other new mp3 players coming out now. Okay, so the headphones are very very short (try wearing them and put the md player in your pocket - it won't reach!), but the sound is still great. In the given mini disk, I was able to put in about 40 files. The package comes with pretty much everything, and more. The software isn't horrible, you just have to read the short manual to get the hang of it. And 32x isn't true, but it's MUCH faster than waiting for my slow 4x burner to finish. Using MD is better than buying those big CD-R's because you can delete, move, add, and rename tracks over and over. All in all, get this product if you want efficient quality, storage, and maitenence.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, but Software BLOWS!
I'll start with the good points:
1. Lightweight and totally portable
2. I personally think the LP4 mode sounds fine. I constantly use it while on the subway going places. 5 hours per disc kicks any portable mp3 player in the pants.
3. Battery life is great! Even the rechargable is impressive.
4. BEST PART. I use the mic in with the sony MS-907 microphone and the results are superb. I have simple recordings of myself playing guitar and the recordings sound like I am in the room. I haven't tried dumping any recordings back onto the computer yet, but supposedly I have to do that through the analog jack.

Bad points
1. The headphones that come with it [are bad], but this is no news to anyone.
2. The remote takes some getting used to and it could be a little better designed.
3. 32X is a crock. I'd say realistically I transfer tunes about 10x speed and I have a 800mh PIII. Still not bad. You can go from there.
4. The Software. Let me repeat. The software is hands down the worst part of this package. As you have probably read, tracks must be 'checked in' or 'out' using the Open MG Jukebox software. You can only check out 3 at a time. Honestly, this is NO BIG DEAL because you can always re-import the file to the playlist and you get 3 fresh 'credits'. So don't let that bother you. I do have errors frequently not letting me check in a file that I checked out. I just delete it off the player and re-import the file if I need more credits. That's the way around Sony's attempt to police what I do with MY music.

The problem for me is that when you import a file the ID2 & ID3 tags must be in place. It doesn't just list each mp3 as whatever it is named. Let me explain. Open any song on your Winamp. Right click on the song and check out File Info. If these aren't filled in (which most of the time they aren't) then the artist is recognized as UNKNOWN on the MD Jukebox. I have about 5,000 mp3s on my computer, so I literally spent hours upon hours editing these tags JUST so I could find mp3s in the Jukebox that I was looking for. Once I did that, everything was smooth and was alphabetical. If you only have a couple of hundreds mp3s, then it probably won't bother you until you have thousands.

All in all, the player is excellent quality, so far. Recording with a mic is most impressive and I look forward to using it at my gigs, rehearsals, etc. The only hinderance is the software, but there are ways around some of the 'rules'.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good Product Bad Software
The Net MD is a really great for listening to music once you get it onto the player. The problem is Sony decided to make getting songs really difficult with their software OpenMG. The program is barely functional on my brand new pc. To make thigs even worse the program has anti-piracy parts in it. Who actually buys a MD player to transfer songs they bought? Anyways if you have any problems with the software don't depend on any support since OpenMG website is closed. OpenMG is the only software you can use to transfer songs. I think you can use realplayer to transfer the songs now too but you can only put mp3s on it. Because of Sony guarding its ATRAC technology so closely they have taken away their user's rights to pick which program they would like to use. Unless you want to spend an hour changing the songs I suggest you don't but this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars doen't work
I bought this product (Walkman net md mz-n707 type R) in a shop in Mexico City and it has never worked. At the beginning of every disk the sound is distorted and horrible. After approximately three minutes it sounds O.K.
I have tried to find a place to have the walkman fixed but I have not been successful. Could you help me, please?

4-0 out of 5 stars If Sony didn't suck, it would be PERFECT for live recording!
I bought my MZ-N707 for one purpose: to record live music. My friend is in a band and he wanted me to record his gigs, so I looked into ways to record live music. What I found was that if you don't have thousands of dollars, endless hours of time, and a fully-equipped sound studio, you're hosed. So I called my local GuitarCenter store and was told the Sony MZ-N707 was just the thing I needed. It just so happened they had a bundled package there that included the works: microphone, car adapter kit, rechargable batteries, etc. And the price was right: about $350. So I bought it, took it to my friend's show, recorded the show with no problems, listened to the show on the way home (FABULOUS, CD-QUALITY SOUND!), and then, when I got home, tried to load the tracks onto my computer in order to burn them onto CD's. NOT!!! After literally weeks of trying different things, re-reading the manual, reading the dozens of web forums that are devoted solely to this subject, and, finally, emailing Sony, I found out that YOU CANNOT TRANSFER ANYTHING FROM THE MINIDISC TO YOUR COMPUTER that you didn't take off of your computer. I don't know what rocket scientist thought of packaging the minidisc recorder with a microphone if you can't use anything you record with that microphone, but I hope that person is one of the millions of Americans on the unemployment line right now (God Bless the rest of you!). Sony said it was because they were concerned about copyright infringement, but what if you, like, OWN THE COPYRIGHT? Sorry, no provisions are made for such a common occurrence.

Ultimately, I found a couple ways of transferring the music recorded onto the minidisc to your computer, but unless you have a separate digital CD burner, as far as I know, you're limited to creating analog files. The easiest way (I think) is through RealPlayer's "record from outside line" option. If you use this option, be sure to create separate tracks on the minidisc recording first; if you don't, you'll be stuck recording the entire disc onto your CD, and if the session is too long, it won't record at all (I can attest to how frustrating this is -- the last time I recorded my friend's gig, I downloaded it and then gave him the minidisc so he could use his studio equipment to download it digitally. Unfortunately, the session I downloaded is about 2 minutes longer than what will fit on a CD, so I can't transfer any of it until he gives me back my minidisc!).

I want to be clear that the QUALITY of the minidisc's recording is phenomenal--10 stars--but that the product's potential is severely hampered by the lawyers at Sony. However, there really isn't anything else on the market for recording live music that is as inexpensive, portable (the minidisc is tiny), and reliable as the MZ-N707. For anyone who is as inexperienced at recording live music as I am, I highly recommend this device. I promise you two things: (1) you will get CD-quality sound recordings, and (2) if I can figure out how to get the music onto my computer and then onto a CD, you can! Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the battery life is unbelievable. It uses two AA batteries (don't bother with the rechargable ones), and they probably last for at least 320 minutes of recording time, plus the related download time. I've run out of batteries a few times while recording, though (my own fault), so don't believe the little meter in the window--just replace them every time you need to record and you'll be set until the next gig. ... Read more

80. Linksys USB100TX EtherFast 10/100 USB Network Adapter
list price: $71.00
our price: $38.99
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Asin: B00004SB96
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 1451
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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The Linksys EtherFast 10/100 USB network adapter allows you to instantly connect to a network from a USB-enabled desktop or notebook PC with Windows 98. The plug-and-play device attaches to any USB-enabled PC or hub (10, 100, or 10/100 Mbps) via a USB type B receptacle. The Linksys EtherFast 10/100 USB network adapter is bus powered, drawing power from the host PC and requiring no external power cords. It features a maximum of 12 Mbps throughput (the maximum supported by USB).

Included with the adapter are a one-year limited warranty and free technical support. ... Read more


  • 1 B-type (female) USB port for a standard USB cable
  • 1 RJ-45 10/100Base-TX port for a category 3 or 5 cable
  • 32 KB memory buffer
  • Powered by the host PC--no external power supply needed
  • RJ-45 network port connects to any 10, 100, or 10/100 Mbps hub or switch

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars PS2 should tap the Online Gaming industry
Online gaming has been a VERY popular venue for the PC gamers and PS2 should definitely seriously look into integrating more online games (Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Quake 3, Diablo 2, for example, is HUGE!) . I purchased this USB network adaptor for my PS2 for $... and its a big step towards online gaming (I have 3 PC's and my PS2 in a network, sharing cable connection). PS2 is coming out with its hardware version, but its going to be the same, and I'm sure its going to cost a lot more. As for compatibility issues with games, you're sending the same packets online and the adaptor is only a form of medium and it won't make a difference. Speed will probably be a factor because I think using the USB port means it might just be 10Mbps (that's 10Megs Per Second, that's faster than 56K!!) instead of 100Mbps if connected directly in the expansion port as Sony plans to. So I'm not worried about games having problems with the Linksys USB NIC adaptor at all. I'm still waiting for PS2 titles with online capabilities so I hope Sony would wake up and smell the money, otherwise XBOX will take the opportunity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Needed a powered Hub to make it work on a Vaio Laptop
I needed a powered Hub to make this USB product work on a Sony Vaio Laptop. I was connected via a long 50-100 foot ethernet cable to my Linksys Router, and there evidently was not enough signal to drive it. I simply added a powered hub, into which I connected the laptop, and then it all worked. This USB-adapter is still a better soultion than using the one PC Card slot which was needed by my CD-ROM drive. When installing, I initially failed to insert the included floppy disk with the WINXP driver, and I had to re-install and remove the device a number of times before it worked.

5-0 out of 5 stars TiVo connectivity made simple
I just received my USB100TX and connected it directly to my TiVo Series 2 with the supplied USB A-B cable. It does *not* come with a CAT-5 UTP Cable, but I have plenty spare and hooked it up. As soon as it was wired to both the TiVo and a hub in my nearby wiring closet the link light was activated. I did not need any of the manuals or driver disks that came in the package.

Within minutes I'd configured my TiVo to recognize the network adapter and my Linksys BEFSR41 Firewall/Router had allocated it a DHCP address.

I immediately ran the test-connection and also forced a daily update.

Downloading schedules are super quick compared to the dialup option. Obviously new firmware updates will also be significantly quicker. Plus the phone line won't be tied up during the call.

I had previously tried a different USB/Ethernet adapter and my TiVo did not recognize it (D-Link USB-650) so beware of using that on a TiVo.

The Linksys USB100TX is the wired adaptor recommended by TiVo and it works perfectly, first time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to Sony's PS2 Network Adapter
Got this for about a quarter of what the official Sony PS2 Network Adapter goes for. Plugged it in and my PS2 recognized it by name immediately. Works flawlessly with EverQuest: Online Adventures Beta 3. Haven't tested it with any other games, 'cause EQ is all I have. Haven't tested it in any version of Windows yet, either. Only gripe is that the color doesn't match all my other Linksys equipment. May try the USB100M with my PS2 soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works with PS2
I bought 3 other usb adaptors and none of them worked with SOCOM and Tony Hawk 3. This one works great. Let me know if other games work with it. ... Read more

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