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$13.99 $11.46 list($19.99)
161. Case Logic Wallet Zippered with
$53.99 list($69.99)
162. Sony SRF-HM01V S2 Sports Walkman
$380.00 list($499.99)
163. JVC FS-SD1000 Executive Microsystem
$19.98 list($24.99)
164. GE 29480GE1 2-Line Corded Phone
$89.99 $59.99 list($99.99)
165. AT&T 2230 2.4 GHz Dual-Handset
list($449.99)
166. Sony CCDTRV608 Hi8 Camcorder with
$63.99 $24.99 list($99.99)
167. Adaptec 1932800 Fireconnect for
$53.99 $40.50 list($99.99)
168. Adaptec AUA-1420 USB 2.0 2 Port
$35.99 list($59.99)
169. GE 29893GE1 Speakerphone with
$123.49 $88.88 list($129.99)
170. RCA Lyra RD1080 128 MB MP3 Player
$37.30 $32.92 list($49.99)
171. Veo Advanced Connect PC Camera
$34.99 $17.50 list($58.99)
172. Linksys PCM200 EtherFast 10/100
$37.99 $16.99 list($59.95)
173. Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port
$49.00 list($99.99)
174. Netgear ME102 802.11b Wireless
list($49.99)
175. Netgear FA411 PC Card 10/100 MBPS
list($345.99)
176. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital
list($399.99)
177. HP OfficeJet D135 Multifunction
178. Tiffen Company 43mm Telephoto
$69.95
179. Sony ICD-B25 Digital Voice Recorder
$18.55 $16.99 list($24.99)
180. Kensington/Gravis Gamepad Pro

161. Case Logic Wallet Zippered with Pro Sleeves Black/Grey Nylon (64-Capacity)
list price: $19.99
our price: $13.99
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Asin: B0000668YT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Case Logic
Sales Rank: 1774
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as listed
I think Case Logic changed this case somewhat. I received a CDY64 case, but the front cover now has a curved pattern and DOES NOT HAVE A ZIPPER as stated. It does have the fastfile as stated. As far as the Prosleves, I thought this meant removable but I guess not. The case also looks thicker than it needs to be.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CD Storage!!!
I have three of these and plan to buy more as I need them. I even intend to use these as christmas presents. I have used them for about four months now and they are perfect. No scratches for audio cds, computer CD-Rs, and even DVDs. There's not too much more to say about them, except that the price is right.

4-0 out of 5 stars I dig it.
I'm a big disc user, particularly CDs and DVDs. This one holds my DVDs and it works well for me. I can toss it around and stil use it. There are enough spaces for all my DVDs. The sheets within are kind of thin, but I haven't endured any scratchings on my discs. There is a zippered pocket on the front if you need to store something in it, and a backpack-like handle that has a hook that can be added onto something. If you need something simple to hold discs, I'd definitely recommend this for your everyday needs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great, Inexpensive Case
I mean how big of a review can you write on a CD case? Great sleeves, durable, and quite light. Has an extra pocket to put stuff in. I haven't had it too long, but I doubt my review will change...CD cases don't really break down over time. Suggested buy. ... Read more


162. Sony SRF-HM01V S2 Sports Walkman Street Style Headphone Radio
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B000066HO3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1781
Average Customer Review: 2.23 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Portability is primary with Sony's snazzy, compact SRFHM01V S2 Street Style Sports Walkman. With the radio and its controls built right into the headphones, there's never a cord to tangle or a button you can't access. The radio's ergonomic S2 Sports design includes innovative features with all function controls placed for easy access.

Features include drift-free digital tuning across the weather, TV (VHF channels 2 to 13), and AM/FM stereo bands. And when it comes to the SRFHM01V, weather is no obstacle--its water-resistant design blocks out moisture, and dirt (though do keep in mind that it's not made for submersion in water). You'll also enjoy conveniences like 30-station preset memory (five for TV, five for weather, 15 FM, and five AM), Sony's low-end-enhancing Mega Bass Sound System, and single-battery operation (1 AAA battery, not included). ... Read more

Features

  • Ergonomic S2 sports design offers easy-access function controls, durability, and a stylish look
  • TV tuner and weather-band tuning lets you listen to audio from TV channels 2 to 13, and up-to-the-minute weather
  • Water resistant seals help keep out water, moisture, and dirt
  • 30 Station Preset Memory (5 TV, 5 weather, 15 FM, 5 AM) for easy, one-button tuning
  • Mega Bass Sound System produces rich, deep bass; 1 AAA battery provides hours of listening

Reviews (22)

3-0 out of 5 stars GOOD QUALITY, BAD FIT...
I had high hopes for the Sony SRFHM01V Sport Walkman radio. I was willing to pay a little more for quality. The reception was great, it was lightweight, it was a dream come true...until my ears started hurting. After about a half-hour's wear, the soreness started behind my ears where the ear hooks hang. (Ear hooks are nice to prevent the radio from falling off the head while looking down.) This was not mild irritation. I tried bandaids to cushion behind my ear and even weather stripping! These "remedies" didn't work. Then, where the earpads rested on my ears made my entire outer ears hurt. Putting foam protectors on the ear pads did wonders for relieving the irritation to my outer ears. I didn't find a solution for the ear hook pain, so I ended up returning the radio and got a full refund.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good sound but fragile headset
I gave this S2 to my mom for Mother's Day. After a few weeks, the very fine speaker wire that runs inside of the headband somehow became unsecured and exposed. It was then accidentally pulled as my mother removed it one day and the fine wire tore, rendering the unit unplayable.
It has been almost impossible contacting Sony for repair. When I finally reached them, the repair costs for this small repair were unwarranted and I ended up purchasing a new unit at a discount outlet. Sony is engineering is good but their service is terrible. This is not a good prospect for a consumer in the long run.

4-0 out of 5 stars I thought I would need more BUT...
I was planning buying the Peltor WorkTunes earmuff headphones, but I decided to try these first before I sent away for the Peltors.

I can hear the radio clearly while using the riding tractor and weed wacking. I have other uses besides landscaping, so these turned out to be the right ones for me.

Sometimes the reception isn't 100%, but I attribute that to the work environment. I would reccomend these if "ear protection" isn't paramount.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sony SRF-HM01V S2 Sports Walkman Street Style
The wearability of this walkman is fine but it is extremely difficult to program. Setting the channels is challenging at best and if you hit the wrong buttons by mistake you can wipe out a bunch of channels. If you do buy this unit make sure you keep all the directions. They're supposed to be on the web somewhere but even that's hard to find. No possible way of figuring it out on your own!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars a disappointment - I expected much better from Sony
The headphones are unpadded and quite uncomfortable. The FM reception was poor - I heard plenty of static on some local stations. I believe Sony made a major design error in not adding an antenna to this radio. The 30 presets include 15 FM, plus 5 each for TV, AM, and weather. I wish there had been more for AM. Since I could get only one weather channel, which was about 60% static, the 5 presets went to waste. It is interesting to be able to listen to TV stations on a radio, but Sony needs to go back to the drawing board to make this device listener-friendly. ... Read more


163. JVC FS-SD1000 Executive Microsystem
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00005B9A0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 6413
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

JVC's top-of-the-line FS-SD1000 executive microsystem contains a unique satellite-subwoofer pairing built on a radical speaker design for an expanded sound field and improved sound definition--the kind of sound that exceeds what you'd expect from the unit's size and shape. Housed inside cylindrical, pole-shaped aluminum enclosures are extremely slim speakers, which provide an extended high-frequency response and rich ambience. The pole shape reduces standing-wave generation for a smooth response, and reduced diffraction improves radiation efficiency.

The pole-shaped speakers make use of innovative materials and include high-performance magnets for more audio impact. The FS-SD1000 also boasts a 60-watt powered subwoofer for deep bass. The sub uses a 6.28-inch woofer, an edgewise-wound eight-layer voice coil, and volume control with phase switch.

Among the FS-SD1000's other attractions are CD-R/CD-RW playback, a motor-driven sliding CD door with CD illumination, an optical digital-audio output, 20-track programming, and a digital tuner with 15 AM and 30 FM presets. ... Read more

Features

  • Sleek cylindrical aluminum speaker enclosures, 60-watt subwoofer, and polyether imide (PEI) diaphragm
  • CD/CD-R/CD-RW playback with 32-track programmable CD memory and 20-track program chart
  • Optical digital-audio and minidisc/auxiliary outputs
  • Bass boost and 1-bit digital-to-analog audio converter
  • Includes remote control, digital AM/FM tuner with 45 station presets, and illuminated motor-driven CD door

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT!
bougt it yesterday, easly assembly, great sound in small package. a must have for any one

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT System for a College Dorm !
I purchased this "all in one" system for my daughter's college dorm room. It plays CDs, receives AM/FM stations and has an auxiliary jack for her XM Satellite radio receiver. Compact, looks "kewl" with its see through cd turntable, and delivers enough sound to wake the dead.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Cure for Insomnia, Invisible Sound, and Over-Sleeping
Pros: Very compact, low-profile, with an excellent full range of sound, Sleek, Stylish, and Surprisingly Effective

Cons: Only one device input; no balance control; unidirectional speakers; Fragile; Pricey

The Bottom Line
An excellent bedroom CD sound system that has the potential to transform your sleep habits. Compact and Stylish, this mini-system produces a quality of sound above and beyond that of any competitor its' size.

I'm almost afraid to refer to this product as invisible, as one of the things that enticed me to purchase it was its' amazingly unique style. You may have first seen this stereo alongside the bed of Tom Cruise in "Vanilla Sky." The sound you heard in the theater is comparable to what I get at home out of the JVC FS-SD1000. Expensive? Yes. But worth every penny.

Taking up almost no space; the speakers are only a little over an inch in diameter, they appear more like modern works of art than useful utilities. When I turn it on, people frequently ask me where the sound is coming from, and they scarcely believe their eyes.

The large, yet also stylish, subwoofer creates deep bass tones that resonate throughout the area, while the minimalist speakers carry the higher tones to a real full and rich sound that is rare in flat speakers.

The body itself holds one CD, through a glass cover, that slides back and forth before rising up to allow access; all to the glimmering of a bright, flashing blue light. If you are not careful, it is possible to jam the cover and lose your investment. But for those who take care of their electronics, the subtlety of the movement is quite intriguing.

Easy to convert into a home theater system, and loud enough to fill a 2000 square foot house, this system has almost no flaws. It manages to play CD-R and CD-RW but does not have the capacity to play MP3CD. This is a minor flaw, but if it gets to you, purchase a cheap little MP3 player and plug it into the back. The remote is small and simple, but the translucent white plastic matches the system nicely, even though it will likely clash with the rest of your remotes.

Overall, it is a beautiful system with true and crisp sound. You have all the volume you need without losing all of your desk space. It may be fragile, but those who purchase expensive mini-systems such as these tend to take good care of them.

Impressive to both the eye and ear, the FS-SD 1000 is a great choice for those who want crisp, clean sound; and those who want to save room or just plain look cool.

4-0 out of 5 stars big sound, small system.
I've owned this system for two weeks now and so far it works fine. I wanted a system with a quality sound CD player in the smallest package I could get without giving up that quality. The sound is great. It sounds much better than the small shelf systems at the department store I tested. The difference isn't slight but clearly noticeable. The subwoofer is excellent. The volume is more than sufficient for a small or large room. The whole system appears solid and well built. The sound is very good and I'm glad I bought it, but how it sounds compared to other executive microsystems I don't know. The system is fairly simple to use and set up. One flaw was the radio. No stations came in on my system until I hooked up the external AM antenna. After that the reception was excellent. The FM I don't know since I haven't hooked it up. I don't use the FM stations in my area. If it works like the AM antenna it will be fine and clear. My AM antenna is set indoors and works well. Overall in sound for this size I give it a 9 of a rating from 1 to 10. The price is reasonable.

4-0 out of 5 stars High Quality Sound
The odd looking cylindrical speakers are visually appealing and create amazingly clean and rich sound when used in combination with the sub woofer. If you consider the price, the sound is really amazing.

I have only a few very minor complaints. The CD player/Amp/Receiver unit looks really slick and has very few buttons. This comes at the expense of being unable to easily adjust things like treble (need the remote for this). Actually, an equalizer would be nice addition to this as would a multi CD changer.

All things considered, this is a great unit. They clearly sacrificed extra bells and whistles to concentrate on the sound, which is what matters the most. ... Read more


164. GE 29480GE1 2-Line Corded Phone with 3-Way Conferencing
list price: $24.99
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Asin: B000069BDO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 12214
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Amazon.com Product Description

This inexpensive corded phone from GE is ready to meet the demands of your busy home or office. The two-line operation is perfect for providing separate connections for home and office, while the three-way conferencing feature allows three parties to be linked together for teleconferencing. A hold button allows you to easily switch between current and incoming calls, while hearing aid compatibility is provided for hard-of-hearing users.

A 10-number speed dial memory lets you quickly and easily program and dial the most frequently used numbers, while the redial feature lets you dial the last number called with the touch of a button. Switchable tone/pulse dialing allows you to adjust the dialing method to suit your needs, while a volume control lets you adjust the ringer volume. The 29480GE1 weighs a mere 1.5 pounds and has a footprint of just 8.3 by 4.5 inches, fitting easily onto any available desktop or counter. The phone is also wall-mountable, freeing up counter space completely, and comes backed with a one-year warranty on both parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports 2 lines
  • 3-way conferencing
  • 10 speed dial presets
  • Wall-mountable
  • Handset volume control

165. AT&T 2230 2.4 GHz Dual-Handset Cordless Phone with Caller ID (Champagne)
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00005Q3UC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Advanced American Telephones
Sales Rank: 9904
Average Customer Review: 1.94 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2.4 GHz Digital cordless telephone
  • 2 handsets with separate chargers
  • Supports caller ID for call waiting
  • 20 Name/number memory
  • 2-Way paging between handsets

Reviews (68)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great cordless solution
Few cordless phones I've owned have been as well designed and manufactured as the AT&T 2230 dual handset. I'm a little obsessive when it comes to the "touch" of consumer products, and if something doesn't feel quite right, or cheap, I don't buy it. In the world of cordless phones, you truly get what you pay for. There may be cheaper 2.4ghz phones available, but none that I found were as well made as these two beauties.

The 2230s are a pleasant surprise. Lightweight, solid craftmanship, with a nice arc in the back that fits comfortably in your hand. The face is just slightly concave, with sturdy, tight numerical buttons. The buttons are actually my favorite part. They're solid, don't slide around in their holes, and your fingers don't rub up against the other buttons while pressing them. In other words, the user interface gets an A+. The phone feels like it was designed for the natural curves of your hand and fingers.

The outside casing feels very sturdy and tight around the edges, which leads me to believe they'd easily survive a fall. The description reads as being "champagne" in color, and I never really noticed the color before. They're more metallic than cream, and very nice looking.

The ear piece is also slightly concave and smooth, and fits your ear quite nicely.

To top it all off, the display is a wonderful backlit green light that's bright with easy to read LCD. The menu interface is very easy to figure out; allowing you to program in numbers, check your caller ID, and even change the name of the phones (mine are named Harold and Maude).

In case the "dual" part isn't clear, one of the sets plugs in to a power outlet and a phone jack. The other just plugs into an electrical jack anywhere in your house -- no phone line required. This was the deal maker for me, for I needed a phone in an office that didn't have an easy to reach phone jack.

All in all I'm very pleased with the set. The previous review talking about volume / sound quality could be because they didn't turn up the receiver volume on the phone, which is quite easy to do and gets as loud as you could possibly need. I guess "quality" is a personal thing, but for me they blew my old 900mhz phones out of the water.

If I needed another set for an office or second home, I wouldn't hesitate buying another pair.

2-0 out of 5 stars One word - Unreliable
I bought the AT&T 2230 2.4 GHz Dual-Handset Cordless Phone set last summer for my small one bedroom apartment. It seemed like the perfect phone and it was for a while. I had absolutely no problems with it for the first 6 months. It had all the features I wanted plus a few more I did not use. The range was fine, I could take it all the way down to the laundry room and it still worked perfectly. I never had a problem with battery life, signal, or clarity. I thought I had purchased the last phone I would need for a very long time.

When it came to move into my house I bought a second set with the answering machine thinking the convenience of all four phones being the same and being able to stick each handset in any charger was worth it. The pager system between handsets also sounded handy for getting a hold of someone say in the garage and whatnot. About two months after settling into my new home the phones started acting up. First the signal strength would go in and out. Calls would get disconnected and the battery life stinks. Then the phones just stopped working. When I get a call now the base unit rings but when I go to grab a receiver it shows "OUT OF SERVICE" on the display and will not work. I end up running around the house looking for one that will respond. I tend to miss most of my calls now because of this. The receivers go in and out, sometimes working, sometimes not. Less then a year after purchasing them I am already shopping for a new phone. In the beginning I figured I would spend a little extra and get a phone that would last, but it did not end that way.

I would highly advise at looking elsewhere towards a different brand. Unless you like the idea of having to replace your phone every six months, this phone set is not for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have had this phone for over a year and it is ideal for my situation. I have one jack upstairs and one in the kitchen. You get two phones in one with only one base set to plug in. I keep the base and one handset upstairs and the extension phone downstairs that doesn't have to be plugged in. It is the best phone I have owned and I have bought expensive ones in the past. I wish I could get another extension phone to add to it. I may just buy another set for myself for Xmas.

1-0 out of 5 stars poor
My husband bought this phone shortly before we were married and never had any trouble with it, than shortly after we were married it started acting up sometimes not even letting us answer it. The caller ID is totally unreliable and is iffy at times. <br /> The reseption on it is mute at times. I have answered the phone before to find that it hung up on me all on its own. I tell my husband that it is the demon phone. We tried to replace it but had just as much trouble from that one. All in all im still on the hunt for the perfect phone. One thats not possesed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Unreliable
This phone worked great for about four months. After four months, one phone began displaying the message "Out of Order." After that message appeared, the phone never worked again - despite changing it's battery. The second phone lasted about two additional months before it began displaying the same "Out of Order" message. Someone should have indicated on the box that it was really a disposable phone! ... Read more


166. Sony CCDTRV608 Hi8 Camcorder with 3.0" LCD, Video Light & USB Streaming
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0000630MM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3342
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

In a world increasingly dominated by digital, Hi8 offers a refreshingly good format for home video. Despite the big press that MiniDV, Digital8, and the new MicroMV have been getting, many people still prefer the tried and true Hi8. It offers the highest quality outside of digital and is a good choice for everyday shooting. As long as you just want to document your family's life, and send videos to grandma, you aren't really giving anything up.

The CCD-TRV608 is Sony's flagship Hi8 camcorder, and it offers an assortment of features that make it great for the average home videographer. Sporting a 3-inch color LCD and 20x optical zoom, there's really no situation that the TRV608 won't shoot well. Especially when you add in the NightShot mode, which switches the camera to an infrared shooting mode, and SteadyShot image stabilization, which helps eliminate those annoying shakes that accompany high zoom levels.

In addition to a few fader and picture effects, as well as some titling options, the CCD-TRV608 offers a unique USB streaming mode. Essentially, you connect your camcorder to a PC via USB, and with the addition of some provide software, you can stream live audio and video from the camcorder, capture stills, and playback recorded video scenes. ... Read more

Features

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • 20x optical, 560x digital, zoom with SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 3 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting
  • USB port for USB streaming when connected to a PC

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good camera
This is my first camcorder of any kind. i have used other types, VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, but this is probably the best that i have used. It's easy to learn the basics with and takes really great videos. The USB streaming capability is really easy to use and works great. Pixela seems to pixilate(spelling?) the movies, but it's nothing that really hurts and it's that severe. The NightShot is great, the lamp is really good, and the camera has a few little effects for the pictures. No big complaints except a remote would be nice for playback, and a colored viewfinder. But with a 3" color LCD screen, the chance that someone will use the viewfinder is small. i recomend this camera to anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot on a good quality camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for some, bad for others
This overall is a great camcorder. I used it for a year and had very little trouble with it. I've made a list of good and bad things about this camcorder that will hopefully help you in your decision.

First the good stuff

1.It has a nice big LCD screen for easy viewing when recording

2.There are plenty of different features for recording in different lights

3.It has OK sound and picture quality

4.It is good for families, groups, teachers or anyone else who just needs a good quality camera for a cheap price that they can use to to record family outings exc...

Now for the bad stuff.

1. The size of the camera is a little big. it is hard to hold for long periods of time and somewhat heavy (if you have a tripod and you use it this shouldn't be too much of a problem).

2. the battery life could be better (only about 50-60 minuets with the LCD screen).

3. the sound is a bit metallic, and the picture doesn't show reds or yellows well.

4.if you have the need to edit your recordings it will be very hard and somewhat expensive with this camera. If you want to edit, I would definitely recommend a digital camcorder instead because it will be much easier for you to edit your videos (this was my big mistake and I had to sell it for a Sony digital).

If this review has helped you or if you want to ask me any technical questions, e-mail me at dave_lancer@hotmail.com

2-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the USB Streaming
While this is a decent Analog camcorder, don't expect much from the USB streaming feature. The maximum frame rate over USB is 320x240, which is half the minimum recommended for creating a DVD out of a home movie. If you want to get the video from your tapes onto a computer or DVD, expect to purchase a separate video capture device or card.

To make matters worse, the bundled software doesn't let you capture more than thirteen minutes of video at a time before it crashes and claims the drive is out of disk space. regardless of how much disk space you really have avaliable. This happens even when recording to NTFS volumes, which do not have the 4 gig file size limit of Fat32.

Most third party programs will also have issues using the camcorder's USB streaming features. The drivers create an eclectic audio device that many video capture programs can't see, so you'll have to use a separate audio cable unless you like the idea of not having any sound. Roxio's products are among the many that can't find use audio driver.

In short, it's a decent camcorder, assuming you compare it to other devices as though the USB streaming feature didn't exist, because for all practical purposes, they doesn't.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, but missing important feature
This is a great camera. We use it a lot. I love the night shot, the steady shot works great and it has a lot of other nice features. Everything on it works great all the time. The light metering and auto focus work very well too.

There is only one problem that really frustrates me. It has a right and a left microphone and records in stereo, but there is no way to get stereo playback through the analog A/V output. That's certainly one of the cheapest things I've seen in products that I've bought. It's very disapointing from a name like Sony.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the money
The picture on this camera is good and it needs very little light. However, the colors are not quite as accurate as I had hoped for Hi8. Perhaps digital would have been better, but the price was a factor. I shopped around and found Amazon had the best price available. ... Read more


167. Adaptec 1932800 Fireconnect for Notebooks Kit
list price: $99.99
our price: $63.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000062STV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Adaptec
Sales Rank: 10397
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Connect digital camcorders, hard drives, CD-RWs, and other FireWire devices
  • Hot-pluggable with full Plug-and-Play support
  • Data Transfer Rate of up to 50 MB/sec
  • PC and Mac compatible

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great.
This is one amazing product, I got this for my laptop Inspiron 8100. Though, I already had a 4 pin firewire port but the problem as you may or may not know is, 4-pin firewire can not supply power to the connected device. Most of the firewire devices i have are dependent on bus-power e.g. Compact Flash reader, so I chose adaptec card bus as it have an optional power input line so the connected devices can draw power.
Overall, its very handy and useful plus the installation was smooth (you just plug & play, XP will instantly detect it).

p.s. just a little thought, firewire have nothing to do with "video editing" nor it will improve with using different software. FIREWIRE is a communication standard i.e. IEEE 1394/1394b , the later is also known as FireWire800 and gives twice as fast speed as normal firewire.

5-0 out of 5 stars Plug and chug with a Sony DCRTV310 camera
Installation was a snap.
I was downloading movies from my Sony Digital Camera and burning movies on a CDR in 10 minutes.

3-0 out of 5 stars get adaptec's duo connect instead
Adaptec has a Duo Connect PCMCIA card that has both a firewire and a USB 2.0 port. This is perfect for video editing on a PC laptop: connect a camera to the firewire port and an external hard drive to the USB 2.0 port. When not video editing, you can use the extra USB port for your printer, mouse, etc., or keep the hard drive attached to run games.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank God someone made DV editing easy
I bought this card after searching for a solution to transfer DV from my Sony DV cam to my PC. I have tried several things but this one is the best. Easy installation and plug and play is awesome. I wouldn't use anything else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great firewire pccard
This pccard is a very nice card that worked without a glitch in windows xp, it didn't even need the drivers.

The card is fast, comes with great software and a cable that works great with my sony dv (i link) camera.

The only thing that wasn't included in the box was the power adapter needed if you have bus powered devices conected this card. ... Read more


168. Adaptec AUA-1420 USB 2.0 2 Port CardBus
list price: $99.99
our price: $53.99
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Asin: B000062STT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Adaptec
Sales Rank: 11136
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Connect 2 high-speed USB 2.0 devices to your notebook computer
  • Fully compatible with USB 1.1
  • Includes USB 2.0 drivers for Windows operating systems
  • No external power supply needed in most cases
  • 5-year warranty

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Plus for Plug N Play
I have a Sony 2.0 G VAIO with Windows XP. Under this environment it was just a matter of plugging it in and the drivers installed themselves automatically. I did not even have to open up the driver CD that accompanied the CardBus. Very impressive if you ask me. I am backing up my files as I am typing this with no problem onto my 160 G external hard drive using the fast USB 2.0 technology.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not great
First of all, this has to go in the top PC slot, because it is bulky.

Second, I couldnt get it to work with my notebook (running ME). The lights stayed red.

Most importantly, and the reason I didnt pursue trying to get it to work for too long, as a previous review said, the card interfered with my wireless connection. My wireless nic card below the usb adapter couldnt hold a signal, even without the usb card working.

So, I returned it, needless to say.

4-0 out of 5 stars Quite Sufficient
I bought this adapter to improve the data transfer rate to an external USB2 hard drive and as such it works quite well. Data transfer rate is 6 MB/s, about 10 times as fast as with USB1. Your mileage may vary.

I use the card exclusively under Linux; a recent kernel (2.4.21 or 2.5.5*) is necessary to get it to work reliably using updated EHCI drivers.

2-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this one unless you are running Linux.
I own a 48x24x48 ext usb 2.0 Iomega burner for my notebook and so thought I would get a usb 2.0 pcmcia card for it. Well, to make a long story short I simply couldn't get it to completely install. I downloaded the most recent drivers from Adaptec, followed all their instructions on the website, etc., etc. No go for burning. I was able to get it to read from the external drive, so it wasn't a total waste.

Upon looking at several other reviews I have discovered that many people have had similiar problems with this card, although I have seen one person mention that the Win XP SP1 contained drivers for the card itself I still was unable to get results from it. (I tried it on Win OS's 2000, XP Home and XP Pro with and without the most recent SP's from Microsoft and with older and newer drivers, btw.)

However, one interesting thing I have come across from a few reviewers is it's surprisingly efficient compatibility with Linux! One review that came to mind mentioned Red Hat 7.3 as the one he found it working with.

For those of us who are stuck supporting themselves by using Windows based programs though (mostly page layout) this may be interesting but not really helpful practically. :) I am going to keep the card in the hopes that Adaptec will release a driver that works in the future, though, as I know that this company usually makes excellent products. In the meantime, I bought another usb 2.0 pcmcia card from OrangeMicro.

5-0 out of 5 stars works like a charm!! Easy installation for windows XP.
1st tip: logon to adaptec.com and get the latest drivers for this card. Chances are the ones included on the installation disk are not the latest. 2nd tip: Follow the directions provided on how to override XP from installing it's own drivers and install the adaptec drivers. Do these 2 tips and you will have a FAST!, trouble-free usb2 card on your notebook. ... Read more


169. GE 29893GE1 Speakerphone with Answering System and Caller ID
list price: $59.99
our price: $35.99
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Asin: B00005NGRJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 4571
Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

GE's 29893 is sensibly designed in a classical corded form. It has a 10-number memory to quickly call up your most frequently dialed numbers. The speakerphone frees your hands for more important tasks, and the one-touch redial button is extremely convenient when you've just remembered something important to tell a friend after hanging up.

The 99-name-and-number caller ID memory tracks your missed calls, displayed on the three-line LCD. The built-in digital answering can store up to 10-minutes of messages without the use of tapes or other moving parts that can wear out. Access your messages when you are away from home with any of 10 remote functions at your disposal from any touch-tone phone.

Separate volume controls for the handset, speakerphone, and ringer let you customize the proper audio levels, and the phone is wall mountable to help save space. GE offers a one-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Speakerphone for hands-free operation
  • 10 number memory
  • 99 name and number Caller ID memory
  • Large 3-line display
  • Built-in digital answering machine

Reviews (20)

2-0 out of 5 stars am radio comes in loud and clear
I have always had a GE phone and appreciated the quality and ease of use. This one has everything I wanted...digital answering machine, call waiting caller id, corded...and the am radio reception I didn't want. I can hear the local traffic and weather as well as the person on the other end. I exchanged it for the same brand thinking I had gotten a lemon...no luck. This one is exactly the same. So, it's back to searching for me. A few reviews mention the SW Bell, so I will try to locate one of those. Too bad GE lost a loyal customer:-(

2-0 out of 5 stars Lousy Speaker Phone but ok otherwise
I bought this phone because I wanted an inexpensive SpeakerPhone and guess what I got? A cheap unusable SpeakerPhone. The rest of the telephone seems to work ok, good contrast adjustment, Caller ID seems to work ok, voice clarity is ok. If you want a SpeakerPhone this one is not for you, if you want a decent corded Caller ID phone then it might work for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Answerer quit working
We have had this item for less than a year. The answerer stopped working. Trouble shooting tips says, "Unplug power cord from the outlet and plug it back in". Simply, that doesn't correct the problem. Calling the 1-800 number does not give satisfactory information. It gives you a regular phone number to call for additonal help. That could be expensive. Over all, without usable trouble shooting advice, it's unsatisfactory.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I bought this phone about 4 months ago. It seems to have a mind of its own. It randomly does not record messages or caller ID. This happens at least once a day, but up to 3 times a day depending on call volume. It it weren't for my wall phone which also has caller ID, I would have no idea these people called.
I have sat next to the machine and listened to an incoming message and noted that the machine did not list it on the caller ID and did not have any history/recording of the call. It also randomly cuts people off about 30 seconds into their message. Other times it records a 2 minute message just fine. Very undependable. It also does not list incoming calls from the day in any kind of order. I will press the key to go through the calls from the day and get several calls dated from a day or two earlier mixed in with the current days calls.
Would not recommend purchasing this model.

4-0 out of 5 stars Happy Talker in San Diego
I have been more than satisfied with this GE phone. I purchased it nearly three years ago, and it has worked fine ever since. It is easy to use and program. Prior to finding this phone I purchased several others but returned them because of poor sound quality or other draw backs. I was in the process of ordering another phone like this one (as a gift) when I came upon several less favorable reviews. I was surprised since I have been so pleased with it. Maybe I've just been lucky. Or, perhaps, dissatisfied customers might be more motivated to write reviews than satisfied customers. (Note: I do not have caller ID and thus have not used those functions of this phone.) ... Read more


170. RCA Lyra RD1080 128 MB MP3 Player
list price: $129.99
our price: $123.49
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Asin: B00006CXS8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 4449
Average Customer Review: 3.16 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 128 MB of upgradeable flash memory; expandable via Multimedia cards
  • USB connection for fast downloads
  • Digital FM tuner with 10 presets
  • 3-line backlit display
  • Includes headphones, USB cable, music management CD-ROM, 2 AAA batteries, and carrying case with belt clip

Reviews (91)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun toy with great sound but some annoying details
The RCA Lyra is my introduction to digital music, and overall it is a positive experience. The price is far more reasonable than many of the other 128 MB MP3 players out there, especially as it was one of my Amazon.comGold Box offers. However, before you buy, you should keep the following in mind:
Pros
1. Nice sound. Other reviews have complained about an annoying "hiss" between tracks, but I have not had that problem.
2. Surprisingly nice radio reception, with several (10 I think) preset stations.
3. Easy to handle. I have no difficulty in working the buttons/knob even when I am running.
4. VERY lightweight - you don't notice it when you exercise
5. Once you figure out the software (more later) it's pretty darn easy to generate and load music into the player.

Cons.
1. The belt clip is a joke. When I first saw it, I thought, oh, cool idea. Then I tried to use it. It does NOT want to stay clipped. It seems to work OK when I am running, but it will fall off if jostled. Don't try to listen to it while working with your hands (like I did while painting my basement) as anytime that you knock the headphone wires with your arms the player will "leap" off your waistband.
2. The software instruction manual. HAHAHAHA. When you read the hardware manual you will be instructed to go to the software manual for specific into on Music Match and how to download the music to the device. THERE IS NO PRINTED MANUAL FOR THE SOFTWARE. It is part of the tutorial on the installation CD. Don't bother to try to print it out either - it won't.
3. You have to use Music Match software. While the software is not difficult to use, it will annoy you to no end. It CONSTANTLY bugs you to upgrade. OK, already! And when you go thru the tutorial, the onscreen pics are for the UPGRADE, not what comes with the player.
4. Slow download times.

In summary, the player has great sound, small size, is more flexible than some other MP3 players on the market, reasonably priced and is easy to use once you figure it out. The downside is that it might take you a bit to figure out how to use it IF you are new to digital music, and the belt clip could be improved. Overall, a fun toy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Volume Control Problem
I received the RCA Lyra rd1080 as a bday present from my wife and it worked fine for over a year. Last week, the volume control, which many other reviewers are complaining about, broke for no apparent reason. The volume now only works going up and as a result is stuck on 50. It seems like there is something broken as there is no "click" when pressing down. Up until now, I have been reasonably happy with the mp3 player and have even recommended it to others. I use it moderately, usually only hooked up to my car stereo through a cassette deck adapter. However, 1 year is not the lifespan I expect from a very expensive gift - my Sony Walkman (10 years old) is still kicking. I haven't tried calling the service desk, but since the unit is over a year old, I'm not expecting much. Landfills are full of electronic items that have become useless due to one poorly made part. It's disgusting. I'll update this if I get satisfactory results when contacting RCA.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't by a Lyra if you own a Mac!
It simply doesn't work with a Macintosh computer. Neither system X or system 9. The RCA support has been hard to reach and no help at all. I've bought an expensive product that I can't use at all. Karl Bradley in North Florida

3-0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
The RCA Lyra is a Great piece of machinary. But there are some flaws. When listining to the radio sometime it can cross in with another sation. This is really anoying when your listing to a great song. But the Best part of the machine is The MP3. When you buy this you should also purchases a memeory card which can help you hold about 70 more song. You can also store songs on these card and save them like as if they were ds. You take one out then put another one in. The card also speed up the downloading process. The Downloading process is also very easy. It a simple 1...2..3. It took me 5 minutes to download a whole album. And you can name you songs. and the player will svae them inorder for you. It very simpile. It also has a programmming mode which allows you to save your radio stations. Once agian its a good piece of hardware excptfor the radio inteference and it lack of the ability to record son from the radio and vioces which are avialble in many of the newer models.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this Little Gizmo!
OK, so I'm not the most sophisticated electronics user and am easily impressed, but I have to say that this mp3 player has everything I was wanting and more! At 128 mb it holds more than enough music to keep you entertained for hours, and with the option of random play it should be quite awhile before you grow tired of your songs. Once you do grow tired of them, however, or if you are just looking for much more variety, the expansion slot allows you to easily expand your library without limit. Sure, this little guy may not be as sophisticated as some of the mini jukeboxes, but for the price it offers an incredible capacity with super sound. I would recommend this little guy to anyone, especially someone new to the technology! ... Read more


171. Veo Advanced Connect PC Camera (USB)
list price: $49.99
our price: $37.30
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Asin: B00006AG1J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Veo
Sales Rank: 7549
Average Customer Review: 2.91 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 640 x 480 video resolution
  • Built-in microphone
  • USB 1.1 interface
  • Includes Veo Digital Studio software
  • Compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars User's Guide/Instruction Manuals, not just for smart people
Okay, for those of us with sense enough to read the directions . . . this camera will work great and it's a great price for everything that's included!
I installed it on my computer and had it up and running in no time (that's 15 minutes or less). Picture quality is good. It focuses easily. The built in microphone is quite effective. And the NetMeeting and other features are a breeze to use. I will be purchasing four more of these cameras for my parents and siblings to use as we are scattered throughout the country. With varying levels of computer competency among us I am not anticipating any problems with installation or usage. I suppose that's a pretty good recommendation.

Now, for those reviewers who failed to read the instructions . . .
It says clearly, do not plug in the camera until you have installed the software - this message to the person/reviewer who got the blue screen of death.
And to the reviewer with the audio problems, you probably just need a new/updated soundcard. This too would be stated in the instructions, that your microphone volume control features may be disabled because your sound card does not support a microphone volume.

The instructions for set up are incredibly simple and brief, the computer basically does it all for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Web Cam.. Recommend!
I have been with the web cam for several months and I
love it very much. The picture quality is pretty nice
in both online instant message programs and local pic-
taking application. Well, the only thing I would
complain about this camera is the looking: not that
pretty :-) Well, it is not web cam not a decoration for
my room.. So no big deal for me.. And plus I like the
"spider" stander which fits my LCD monitor perfectly.
And you can switch the spdier to a flat stander as well.
I video-conversated with my friends and they are impressed
by my image quality and several of them even got the same
one for themselves..

1-0 out of 5 stars dont know
i have the veo advanced connect ,it has worked one time,when i'am on a web site everyone esle can see but i can not see any thing that is being shared they can see me but i can not see my self on the screen?can some one let me know what the problem is????????

1-0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your time or money
This camera sucks!!! Installation was very easy, just follow the directions. But, the image quality was horrible. It was very dark, very grainy. I could not adjust any of the settings because if I did I would get a garbage picture, and sometimes it would just freeze and stop capturing video all together.

Get a Creative Labs NX Pro instead, its the same price and 1000x better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beat my expectations.
This has been easy to use and the picture quality is beautiful. I recommend this camera. ... Read more


172. Linksys PCM200 EtherFast 10/100 32-Bit Integrated CardBus PC Card
list price: $58.99
our price: $34.99
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Asin: B00004XRDO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 15540
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Linksys EtherFast 10/100 Integrated CardBus PC Card lets you connect your notebook computer to virtually any Ethernet-based network or Internet connection, including cable and DSL modems. Share files, printers, and Internet connections without any media couplers to lose. The card's single-slot design is ideal for slim notebooks, freeing up additional slots for use with other accessories.

Automatically adjusting its speed and duplex usage to any 10Base-T or 100Base-TX network, the bus-mastering CardBus PC Card features low-voltage operation with automatic sleep mode, a 32 KB file buffer for fast file transfers, and compatibility with most portable PCs and operating systems, including Windows 95, 98, NT, and 2000.

Linksys provides free technical support and software upgrades for this product, as well as a five-year limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Connects notebook PCs to 10Base-T or 100Base-TX networks
  • Compatible with virtually all CardBus-equipped portable PCs
  • Low power consumption and auto sleep mode conserve battery life
  • 32 KB buffer for fast file and graphics transfers
  • Windows 95 and 98 plug-and-play compatible

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Product, Amazingly Low Price
This Linksys card is an amazing performer. I used a 16-bit Xircom Creditcard Ethernet 10/100 adapter, until the fragile dongle failed. However, this Linksys card has taken over with spectacular improvements in speed. Installation was simple (given that you understand your some very basic specifications regarding the PCMCIA slots of your computer). The card practically installed itself!

Additionally, it is hot-swappable, works off low power-levels, and build solidly.

I anticipate that for those with older computers (pre-Pentium II), the Linksys card may necessitate some chilling visits to the infamous Linksys Technical Support group (I have not had to visit them).

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Card - Works with Pentiums and WIn 95
I've had other cards (xircom, 3com) that are erratic and troublesome. Sometimes requiring 3 or 4 reboots/power resets before they will start recognizing the network and passing data. The Linksys (running on a Pentium 266, Win95) just plain works without a hassle.

All in all this is a good card, rock solid and reliable.

I'd like to correct some misconceptions from previous reviewers.

1) The card works fine with Win 95 OSR2 (but as noted in LINKSYS readme.txt CARDBUS is only supported by OSR2 or later). If you are having problems I would suggest you download the latest drivers from the Linksys web site. I don't understand why someone with a laptop without a 32 bit or Cardbus slot was complaining when he bought a 32 bit, CARDBUS PCMIA card and it won't work in a 16 bit slot (obviously a very old piece of equiptment). Linksys makes a 16 bit card (the PCMPC100). You have to be very careful with new technology and Microsoft OS's. (USB is another example it supposedly worked in W95OSR2 but good luck.) I still have problems with it under W98SE especially on 2 year old hardware.
2) My biggest problem was not the Linksys drivers rather it was the PCMIA drivers. Check your Device Manager BEFORE (Control Panel -> System - Device Manager) you try and and configure the linksys card. (I ended up deleting the PCMIA drivers and rebooting several times.) This was the most difficult part. After this I followed LINKSYS instructions for installing the drivers and everything installed and worked.

3) The card works fine on my 2 year old Pentium (NOT II or III) Laptop.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good product, painful installation
The Linksys PCM200 is a good card. However, users with SystemSoft on their laptops should read the extra installation steps required to install the card available from Linksys' Knowledge Base.

I'm running a Pentium 233 MHz with Win95b and SystemSoft (a 3rd party utility for managing PCMCIA cards). Before successfully installing the card, the PC would not recognize the drivers and crash. Customer Support (although helpful), could not rectify the situation. I stumbled on the KB article and it solved everything.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Linksys tech support--netgear a much better product
I previously used Linksys PCMPC100 until the "tail" broke on my coupler, so I tried the PCM200. I spent 2 days with 5 different techs from Linksys trying to install the PCM200 with Windows 98 without success. I even spoke with a Linksys supervisor that pretty much admitted they didn't know what they were doing. I also spent an hour on the phone with my OEM who also wasn't able to help me install. I returned the Linksys PCM200 for Netgear FA511, which I was able to install myself in 5 minutes. I'm not sure whether Linksys has a bad product or just bad tech support, but for me Netgear was a much better buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this product unless you enjoy horrible support...
I bought this product and when it arrived the installation CD wasn't in the package. I called Linksys and after an extremely long wait on hold was told they would be happy to replace the package I received...as long as I paid for shipping both ways. They couldn't (read: wouldn't) just send me the installation CD. How's that for horrible support? Then they recommended that I call Amazon for them to send me the disk...I have had other problems with Linksys support and it is horrible by default! Don't buy Linksys products unless you like to be abused by their customer (NO)service department. ... Read more


173. Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub (F5U224)
list price: $59.95
our price: $37.99
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Asin: B00005YX22
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 3784
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Provides 4 USB 2.0 ports
  • Transfers data at speeds of up to 480Mbps
  • Small, compact footprint
  • Backward-compatible with USB 1.x
  • Includes master power LED and port-status LED for each individual port

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars stay away from Belkin
They work for a month and poop out. go with another brand

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well with USB 1.1 and 2.0
This hub has worked very well with my USB 1.1 ports. I recently tried it on my USB 2.0 PCI card. Initially, Windows XP didn't want to recognize the hub. A few switched ports and reboots later, problem solved. It is now running on USB 2.0 just fine, as advertised. In retrospect, my decision to pay a little more for a higher-quality product was a good one.

Of course, since no product is perfect, here are a few negative aspects:

1) All the USB ports are in the back of the product; it would be more convenient to have them in front.

2) The ports are quite close together. If you're using normal USB cables, you shouldn't have a problem, but some users with wider devices such as a flash card reader or a USB flash drive may have to unplug a cable or two to get the room they need to plug their devices in.

3) The AC adapter is HUGE; make sure you have plenty of room on your wall outlet or power strip to plug that monster in.

2-0 out of 5 stars how many of these die
Great looking unit, but didn't live very long. I've had some Belking USB1.1 hubs that did the same. Fine for a while then just upped and stopped working. One even sparked whenever you plugged its power supply in!

2-0 out of 5 stars Death of a hub
Plugged it in, it worked for a week and then nothing. Electronic CPR doens't appear to be helping.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great !!!
Using Windows 2000. Bought product @ Circuit City. Removed from package, plugged in, hooked up to back of computer, inserted camera & MP3 USB cords. Everything worked fantastic and still does. ... Read more


174. Netgear ME102 802.11b Wireless Access Point
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005B8HU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 14485
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Netgear's wireless access point gives mobile users continuous,high-speed 11 Mbps access to corporate network resources, e-mail, and theInternet. It helps you quickly set up a new wireless network office or extendyour existing Ethernet network to remote locations in your building, without thetime or expense of Ethernet cabling. Equipped with a Netgear cable/DSL router,it lets all users on your wireless network share broadband Internet access.Multiple access points may be used to extend the coverage as well as increasethe number of wireless users. The ME102 supports roaming from access point toaccess point within an office and includes 40-bit WEP encryption to ensureprivacy.

Supporting 32 users per access point, the ME102 works with any 10 Mbps Ethernetand any IEEE 802.11b-compliant product. It comes with a five-year limitedwarranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless connectivity for PCs
  • High-speed 11 Mbps data rate
  • Operating range up to 500 feet indoors and 1,650 feet outdoors
  • Supports 32 users per access point
  • 5-year limited warranty

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great, inexpensive - but not for network newbies
I just received my ME102 today, and it was up and running in 5 minutes (not counting the time required to drive the screws [included] to wall-mount the unit near one of my Ethernet switches).

I didn't find the USB-based configuration to be ideal. To be sure, it worked well. But I don't like installing drivers and software on my PC that will be used only once or occasionally, and the rest of the time just adds more junk to the Windows registry and is yet another thing added to program groups. (I have issues with clutter.)

In any case, as others here have mentioned, documentation is sparse indeed. And frankly, if you don't know your TCP/IP network pretty well, and/or don't know the basics of wireless Ethernet concepts, you might well find yourself in over your head. The default configuration is far from one-size-fits-all, and the average home computer user will have trouble changing it -- especially with the somewhat non-intuitive interface to the config software.

All that said, once this baby is set-up and running, it's great. I get terrific range and excellent performance, even with a basement mounted access point.

My only caution: Beware of your 2.4 GHz cordless phones. This would be true of any 802.11b set-up, but some of these cordless phones will chew-up your data stream and spit it out in chunks on the carpet. Here, I have my choice between using the wireless Ethernet, or using a Panasonic 2.4 GHz phone... Any attempts to use both, and the phone wins. (The Panasonic is going in the trash very soon; a Uniden 2.4 GHz model cooperates fine.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive, but a little difficult to set up...
I bought this wireless AP to give my wife's laptop PC broadband Internet access around the house. It works pretty well and was easy to set up without encryption, but adding 128-bit WEP encryption was time consuming and frustrating. Netgear needs to improve its documentation on that. I ended up getting help from one of the USENET newsgroups as well as Netgear's tech support line. It required downloading and installing a firmware upgrade and updated configuration software from Netgear's website - something the average consumer may not be comfortable with. The Netgear tech support rep was helpful in configuring the AP, but declined to give me any advice on configuring the wireless card because it isn't a Netgear product (all I wanted to know was how and where to enter the encryption key). Also, there is a marked decline in the effective range of the unit with 128-bit encryption enabled.

Having said that, now that it's up and running, it's great. But if you're not a network or PC techie, be prepared for a fairly steep learning curve.

5-0 out of 5 stars The only way to go for the $$$
This unit performs extremely well! You must download the firmware upgrade 1.4h, which will fix security issues (others being able to connect via SNMP unauthenticated) and adds 128 encryption. The firmware upgrade also includes new management utilities, the ones on the CD wont work correctly. My Panasonic 2.4 GHz phone caused the card (MA401) to loose connection, so I changed the AP to run on channel 11 instead of 1 and that fixed the problem - 0 interference. I get 100% link quality and 80% signal strength 40 feet away and through walls. It maintains 11 Mbit over 100 feet away inside!

The downside is for the price Dlink offers more for the money by including router/print server in the unit. But I didn't need a router, I needed reliable and fast wireless access.

Netgear support is awful, don't expect them to help you if you run into troubles.

My configuration:

Cisco Router for DSL, Linksys 4 port Router/Hub, ME102 AP, ME401 card. The Linksys router acts like DHCP server, so I set the AP to run DHCP. I also use VPN with no issues under this configuration.

4-0 out of 5 stars sweet, but missing web config, and...
I had this ap for 3 years, this offers good range w/orinoco and linky WUSB11 2.6
the setup requires windows (sorry for mac, linux, and pda users)
I got the latest firmware, which claims bridge support
but after upgrading, no luck at all to set it up as bridge, the config is very confusing, how come use mac address instead of ESSID???!
the bridge setup of Linky is way easier and working, this one should have been good like linky
I don't try 128bit WEP yet, but the added mac filtering is handy
good: good range, mac filtering and 128bit WEP through firmware update
bad: windows only setup, bridge function is not working, antenna is not removable/upgradable
if you use it as ap, you'll like it, however, SMC 2804 works better, and antenna is upgradable, and NO PLATFORM

4-0 out of 5 stars Great connection for a great cost
After an intensive research into 802.11a due to potential cross talk with my 2.4GH wireless telephone and four wireless web cameras (X10 runs on 2.4GH) I decided I would *try* the 802.11b due to its cost and availability. I am pleasantly surprised that there is zero cross talk or interference. All cameras and phone in use, no problems! Though the phone does interfere with the cameras, it does not with the network connection...
Setup was brainless, plug and play 100% for both the access point and the pcmcia card (NetGear MA401) both bought at Fry's for an excellent price.
The marketing states 1650 feet-line-of-sight and 500 feet indoors (common construction, etc.) I walked my laptop, connected via the wireless connection, down the street a city block and the connection was still useable for web browsing. Did I mention the access point was laying on my garage floor, surrounded by motorcycles? I was impressed to say the least.
I have mounted the access point on the ceiling of the garage (connected to one of the remote hubs on the home network) and the signal strength and distance useable have doubled.
I highly recommend this unit, and NetGear pcmcia cards to connect to it. ... Read more


175. Netgear FA411 PC Card 10/100 MBPS 16-Bit
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005NWV0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Netgear
Sales Rank: 17726
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great card!
This is indeed a very reliable PC card, which works in either 16 or 32 bit PCMCIA or cardbus slot. It is truly an integrated hot-swap to plug in even with your laptop on, and without the older and fragile dongle. Personally I cannot tell the difference in performance between the 16 bit (FA411) and 32 bit (FA511) cards (besides the price). If you buy a 32 bit card however, make sure you have a cardbus slot; otherwise it will not work in a 16 bit PCMCIA slot (found on older laptops). Many newer laptops today come with a built-in ethernet NIC. If your laptop doesn't have one however, you are better off (and cheaper) to just get a 16 bit PC card, and I would definitely recommend this card.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good product
After my old Xyrcom card's external jack broke down, I wanted to try an integrated Ethernet RJ-45 network card. Netgear's FA411 looked like an affordable option, plus Netgear has a good reputation in the industry. Having Windows XP Pro installed on my laptop, another factor considered for purchasing this card was the XP compatibility stated in the product package.

Installation is simple, the card is hot pluggable allowing for installation while logged on to the OS. The XP driver is digitally signed and worked flawlessly. I found out that an updated driver was already available in Netgear's home page.
Drivers are also included for DOS, Novell, and older versions of Windows.

The card has two LED indicators, one for the 100 Mbps network and the other for the connectivity status.

Since this is an integrated card, there is no need for an external connector that can get lost or bent/cracked. One note of caution though, although the card actually occupies one Type-II PCMCIA slot, the integrated connector covers two. If you need the additional slot, then I'd recommend a card with an external RJ-45 connector. Also, the integrated jack protrudes about an inch beyond the slot, so you will also need to take this into consideration when storing your laptop.

If you need a simple, affordable card that does the job, and do not require 32-bit performance or an external jack, then purchase this card with confidence.

5-0 out of 5 stars I bought the cheaper but this is real mccoy
I have purchased cheaper solutions to net connections that failed terribly. This was only (a bit) more. It worked like a charm. I am actually connect writting this review with this item. I strongly recommend this product. I honestly don't know what the 16 bit means but, hey it works and works well. ... Read more


176. Kodak EasyShare DX4900 4MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom
list price: $345.99
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Asin: B000063BGY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 1822
Average Customer Review: 3.72 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Kodak DX4900 builds on the success of the EasyShare range, bringing 4.0 megapixels and a whisper-quiet 2x optical zoom lens to this easy-to-use and extremely affordable package.

The DX4900 is essentially an update to the successful 3-megapixel DX3900, but with a new 4.0 megapixel CCD capable of producing good poster-size prints. Indeed, the camera was named best point-and-shoot digital camera in its price range at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association Awards, based on color accuracy and image and print quality. This is important because the EasyShare range of digital cameras, while not among the prettiest available, perform extremely well against the competition and at the same time offer extraordinary ease of use.

The DX4900 is, in fact, as easy to use as a compact film camera. Taking pictures is simply a question of loading the flash card and the battery and setting the date and time. From there, the camera operates in auto mode and takes pictures with excellent color balance in most situations.

Should the need arise, the camera can be set to override the ISO settings from 100 to 400, shutter speeds from 0.7 to 16 seconds, sharpness, metering, resolution from 1 to 4 megapixels, color settings, white balance, and exposure compensation from -2 to +2 in 0.5 EV steps. Despite the ability to set these, we feel that this camera does such a good job of capturing images in the auto mode that you will rarely have to alter these settings.

Another new feature on the DX4900 is the "advanced digital zoom," which claims improved performance, reducing pixilation. Limited testing showed that the combination of real-time interpolation combined with modest image sharpening does improve the appearance of pictures taken using the digital zoom.

What is missing from the package is, of course, the EasyShare docking station. Kodak has done this to make its cameras even more competitive, but at the expense of usability. Remember that the camera is supplied with a nonrechargeable lithium-ion battery that will prove costly to replace. You can use a couple of AA batteries, but the best bet is to invest in the docking station, which is supplied with a NiMH rechargeable battery and an AC power adaptor.

The software supplied with the DX4900 includes USB connection software, album creation software, image transfer software, and Kodak picture software. The transfer software runs in the background and starts up whenever the camera is detected and then guides you through transferring your images. Once an image is transferred, you are passed over to the picture software, which allows you to view your images and apply simple image enhancements, e-mail them, and organize images in an album.

The camera is supplied with wrist strap, Kodak picture software, USB and video cables, a lithium-ion battery, and a 16 MB CompactFlash card. --Nick Baxter

Pros:

  • Affordable, easy-to-use point-and-shoot 4-megapixel camera
  • Auto mode very satisfactory, but you can override with good range of manual controls
  • Named best point-and-shoot digital camera in its price range at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association Awards--and we agree

Cons:

  • Doesn't include EasyShare docking station, which we recommend
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Features

  • 4-megapixel sensor captures 2,272 x 1,704 images for prints at sizes up to 11 x 14 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 2x optical/3x digital (6x total) zoom
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card holds approximately 12 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port or optional EasyShare dock
  • Uses 2 AA batteries or 1 lithium CR-V3 battery (alkaline batteries included)

Reviews (72)

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great product!
I've had this camera for two weeks now and I feel very justified in saying...stop looking and buy this one. What an amazing deal! This camera is easy to use, has tons of great features (the dock that keeps your battery charged is a must, as is a 128mb card) and takes beautiful pictures. I waited to write my review until I got some hard copies back from the kodak print center and they look even better than my 35mm. I can honestly say that I will never need more camera than this. I use it for the kids sporting events and have tried it indoors and out. There simply isn't a reason not to go with this camera. Some of the 2 megapixel cameras are going for the same price. Definitely won't disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome pictures!
This camera takes flawless photographs at almost any distance, and at almost any light. There are lower resolution modes and also a high-compression mode, but this does degrade the quality of the image (perhaps the reason for some of the unfavorable reviews?). Also, Kodak has some extra lenses available, one of them being a 2x zoom lense (I've ordered it, but it's still in the mail), which I am hoping will give me 1x to 4x zoom, which is actually BETTER than the 3x zoom you get on most digital cameras. They also have a close-up lense for taking pictures of things like stamps if you are interested in that sort of thing.

The downside is that you don't get a camera bag, and the 16MB memory card is too small. I think the 64MB memory card is perfect for me, but then I have a laptop that I can take with me and dump the pictures onto when the card gets full. The camera also comes with a lithium battery, so you still need to buy either a charger or a cradle (both come with one rechargable battery pack). Buy an extra battery pack so you don't get caught without juice! The lithium battery packs last only about twice as long as a charged battery pack, but they cost more ..., so definitely go rechargable!

Even without accessories, however, this is a great camera, and you can't get this kind of resolution for this price anywhere else. I've taken some absolutely breathtaking nature photographs after having the camera for only a few days. The automatic shutter speed is great for evening and low light situations, and I haven't even tried some of the cooler features of the camera yet.

One more thing - think about investing in some photo-editing software. The camera takes great base pictures, but they still need to be brightness, contrast, and color adjusted. And cropped. And retouched. I like the ULead stuff myself, because it is [reasonably priced] and powerful. But there are a number of very good tools available for less than [money], and you can really spruce up your favorite photos pretty quickly and easily with the right software. In my opinion, it is the ability to edit the photos that MAKES digital photography so powerful, and the higher resolution you go in with, the better the end result. Although Kodak provides some image editing software with the camera, it was really pretty poor. I definitely recommend getting something better (though you may not need it at first depending on what you want to do, and your level of experience).

Great camera, great pictures, great price. Plan on spending at least another [money] on accessories (battery charger or cradle, memory card update, camera bag, optional add-on lenses), and maybe [money] on software if you don't already have a favorite image editing tool. Once you have it all in place though, you get to take as many high-resolution photos as you want to for almost free! And I am telling you, I was just blown away at how some of my photos came out. Breathtaking!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be
I got a good deal on a used Kodak DX4900 on Ebay and the first day of using it I thought I really got a good deal. Motion shots were lacking, but I thought I could live with it because inside low-light shots were good and that is what I needed.
But then the problems started on day 2, the little shutter lens wont open all the way most of the time now, so the pictures are all dark or black. Every once in a while it will work okay and I can get in a fairly good picture although a little grainy, but it is too frustrating to fight with. I wish I had read the reviews before buying!
I like the features if they worked right, and this could just be an individual camera thing since it was used, but I really believe durability is a key factor.
I have a Vivitar 1.2mp I have had for 3 years that works better than this piece of junk. Will try to get the shutter fixed at a camera place,but probably will end up taking the loss and buying the camera I really wanted in the first place..the Cannon Powershot A75.
However I will say that my brother has a Kodak Easyshare 3.1mp and his camera has been great for him for a year now. Maybe the issues are with the DX4900 only.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money...
This camera is a total disaster. First, Kodak actually took away features such as video capture which used to be available in the 2.0 megapixel model. Second, the camera has a charging defect. I had to send the camera in for repairs because the battery would not charge. Third, the camera has a shutter defect. After a few months, my photos were overexposed and blurry. Again sent camera in for repairs. Kodak fixed the problem temporarily. Finally, a few months later my photos were double exposed and blurry. Kodak would not repair the camera for free because it was out of warrantee. The people at Kodak were nice but their policies suck. Based on the other reviews I have seen on Amazon, it is obvious that this camera should have been recalled.

Bottom line - DO NOT TOUCH THIS CAMERA! In fact, I would not recommend you buy a Kodak until they improve their customer service and post sales record.

2-0 out of 5 stars No Battery life = blurry pictures
This camera is easy to use and, when the batteries are charged, takes clear pictures that can be enlarged and print out beautifully.

THE PROBLEM: I have not been able to get more than 6 - 10 pictures out of a fully charged and or brand new battery. The charger shows that the battery is fully charged, but once it is in the camera, after a few pictures, the battery power drops to 1/2 then to empty. I've bought 2 extra batteries, thinking maybe my first one was defective, but I continue to have the same problem.

Also, when the battery power drops the focus and lighting are affected and the result is blurry dark or overly bright shots until he power runs out.

RECCOMENDATION: I would NOT reccommend this camera. If you can only take 6 - 10 shots and 1/2 of them come out blurry, what is the point? ... Read more


177. HP OfficeJet D135 Multifunction
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00005V3EF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 11975
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Combining the fax machine, printer, copier, and scanner your business or home office needs into one powerful machine, the Officejet d135 saves space, money, and time. With a rated speed of 19 ppm black and 16 ppm color, the d135 produces crisp text and bright color at up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi (when using premium photo papers). PhotoREt III Color Layering Technology also makes color richer and skin tones more realistic.

As a fax machine, the d135 boasts a 33.6 Kbps modem, with color and black capabilities, 100-page memory for incoming faxes, one-touch keys, and speed dialing. Scanner features include resolutions up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi optical, up to 9,600 dpi enhanced. The flatbed design lets you scan and copy bulky items like books, up to legal-size.

The d135 has a 50-sheet auto document feeder and comes with ink cartridges. Connecting via USB (optional parallel cable adapter available), the d135 is compatible with Windows 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000 with Service Pack 2 or higher, XP Home, and XP Professional and with Macintosh (USB-connect for Mac OS 9.1 and above). A one-year limited warranty is included, with the option to extend via an HP support pack. ... Read more

Features

  • Print, fax, scan, and copy all from one compact unit
  • Up to 2,400 x 1,200 dpi photo printing; 600 x 1,200 dpi optical scanning
  • Built-in USB, optional parallel port; PC and Mac compatible
  • 150-sheet input tray, 50-sheet auto document feeder, optional 250-sheet tray
  • Convenient one-touch operation keys for ease of use

Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great multifunction but as usual it has a few quirks
I was hoping for the best, but I guess there's no such thing as an all-in-one product that does everything perfectly....

Overall the D135 is a great multifunction. All the functions work very well and in many cases rival the quality of individual components. Uses HPs new print engine with separated ink cartridges and print heads. The print heads are user replacable and are rated at 3 years or 50000 pages (not bad!!). This should be an economical machine to use.

The scanner has been upgraded from the G85 and is better in every way. The document feeder is much better than the G series and the scans are now optically 600 x 1200 48 bit color (unless you have a Mac which is limited to 36 bit I believe).

The fax is also 33.6 color (assuming you find someone else with a color fax)....Plenty of memory for preprogrammed numbers and 10 one touch keys.

Overall The D135 is quite easy to use with good ergonomics and tons of usable features. Also watch for the forthcoming D145 and D155 which add CF, SM and Sony Memory stick slots for digital camera users, a duplexer to allow two sided printing and copying and, in the case of the d155, a second paper tray for power users.

Pitfalls, and there's always a few....

1) Typical for HP printers, prints are often skewed just a little bit on the page. About 1mm off when comparing left to right. This seems to be an HP trait. I tried 4 different D135 machines, all with a similar problem.... Many users won't notice the slight skewing, but I found it quite easily when printing borderless photos.

2) The WinXP software isn't ready yet so the functionality is limited a bit right now. PC faxing yet not enabled yet and sone scanning functions don't work yet (including OCR unless you buy an off the shelf Twain compliant OCR program).

3) The scanner head is a bit noisy. No biggie, just thought I'd bring it up. Don't expect to use it in the bedroom while the wife is sleeping!!!

Despite the quirks, overall HP has a winner!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice Features...BUT Beware of Gotchas!
Based on three days of experience, I believe this machine meets most of my expectations. The print quality (both color and B&W) is very good. But there are two exceptionally serious gotchas that potential buyers should be aware of. First, HP has not yet ported its crucial "Director" software to Windows XP. As a result, many important features of this all-in-one cannot be used or controlled from an XP computer...including OCR!!! So if you use XP and you expect to OCR with this machine, think again. Or, you can just ignore HP's claim that the D135 includes OCR software, and you can plunk down your hard earned cash to buy a separate OCR package. Think also about whether you want to do business with a company that is so lame that it has not yet produced XP software AND that has made no firm commitment as to when such software will be available. Second, when this machine prints or copies documents, it reverses the order of the pages. In other words, if you copy a 100-page document, the copy will comprise a stack of upward-facing pages with page 100 on top and page 1 on the bottom. Think about it for a minute. You've got your copy, but before you can use it, you have to manually re-sort the stack so that page 1 is on top and page 100 is on the bottom. I have spent several hours wondering which genius at HP thought of this clever "feature". Perhaps that explains why the XP software is unavailable: all the engineers were busy trying to figure out how to get the machine to produce copies which must be manually resorted. Clever! In any case, if I had known about this, I definitely would not have purchased this machine.

2-0 out of 5 stars Tiny ink cartridges means big money for HP!-DO NOT BUY!
I had an HP Officejet 1170 and gave it awa for this piece of junk! Not only does this All-in-1 have small ink cartridges that seem to run out way before their time...HP also includes an obnoxious popup software to tell you it's time to blow some more money on their bottom line! This feature is unrelenting and leaves me wondering if the cartridges have an internal battery designed to last 30 days regardless of use! Plus, I have never been able to successfully refill these...even the black ink...a great way to mess up the whole device...artfully designed to screw you. In my neck of the woods, adjacent to the second largest city in the USA, no one seems to carry #14 cartridges and when I do find them...what a rip-off! Also, when the fax is used on tone dial, it never works...when HP was made aware of the problem within warantee period...their fix was to have me set it to rotary dial! No repair, no replacement of the disfunctional internal modem...just disable it and go back to 1960's!! What a bunch of crap HP!!! You are theives in the night and I will never buy another HP All-in-1 anything!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Expensive piece of junk. Stay away from this HP product.
I've used MANY HP laser printers over the years with no problem whatsoever; this was my first ink jet from them and from now on I'll stick to Epsons as I always did. OK, I feel better now. Let's continue...

From the very beginning I've had problems such as "carriage jammed" and paper jams. If it happens when you receive a fax you loose it, etc. It could be a great printer (from the specs) but it is a nightmaring one in reality. I just hate it now.

Contacted HP about this supposedly jammed carriage many times and their suggestions were so basic or idiotic that I won't print them here (I tried them all to no avail anyway).

The ONLY sensible one they suggested was to clean the encoder strip (about 1/4"-wide clear mylar) that runs from side to side of the printer suspended in mid-air behind the print carriage. I used a Q-tip dipped in alcool and cleaned both sides of the strip. It SEEMED to solve the problem at first but the problem returned and cleaning didn't solve it that time.

If someones find a solution please email everyone else on this thread. We all paid good money for this machine which I now use solely as a scanner!

An ex-HP customer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Print Quality in the TANK!
This printer has the all great all in one functionallity. . .but beware! To get this printer to print at any decent level of quality, you have to turn up the ink consumption. HORRIBLE, absolutely HORRIBLE overall print quality. Its OKAY when you are printing full color. . .but there will be so many dropouts when printing grayscale/black that you think you have an old 8 pin dot matrix printer. GET WITH IT HP!! ... Read more


178. Tiffen Company 43mm Telephoto Lens (00195)

Asin: B00005UKAF
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Tiffen
Sales Rank: 7715
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Screws into any camera, camcorder or adapter with a 43mm base thread
  • Provides 2x Zoom
  • Includes front and rear lens cap

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars It does its job
This is a nice inexpensive tele for a Sony DSC(Carl Zeis). ... Read more


179. Sony ICD-B25 Digital Voice Recorder

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Asin: B000068UX4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 11246
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 5.5 hours of voice recording time
  • 5 separate message files hold up to 99 messages each
  • Slim, lightweight design; conveniently portable
  • Measures just 4.25 by 1.75 inches
  • 1-button switching from recording to play mode

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Recorder for recording lectures ...
I wanted a recorder which could record 2 hours lectures. I have looked and looked. A good recorder is very expensive. This one fits my budget, and the sound is much more clear than my old Plansonic digital rcorder. I got it from Office Max. I have tried for several lectures. They served the purposes right. The sound quality is clear enough for me to write down notes even though it is not stereo. It is the only recorder that is under 100 bucks that can do a decent recording. This is not the recorder for recording music, though. If you need a recorder to record lectures, go for this one. I am very happy for the quality, easy to use, and the amount of money that I spent. However, there is a design flaw. If you hit the record key while you actually want to hit the pause key that next to it, your original recording is gone. They call it overwrite feature. But, it is stupid to have the record key next to the pause key.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome product for light use!
My recorder gets light use. I use it for making grocery lists, to-do lists or when Im out and want to remember something interesting when I get home -- just basically anything I want to remember. I say its light use because I dont record long meetings or anything like that but it did go off in my pocketbook one time without me knowing(you can program it so that doesnt happen accidentally but I never bothered)and it actually recorded my whole grocery shopping trip with my little daughter and I could hear everything we talked about and all her singing and such very clearly. A previous review said something about not being able to turn off the display drained the batteries BUT Its been 5 months and Ive had to change the batteries once and the current battery reads more than half full. My only complaint would be that the clock is a 24 hour clock. Otherwise - this is a great little tool for those of you who just want help remembering things.

4-0 out of 5 stars The best I could find for my needs at $
I did quite a bit of research before I bought my Sony ICD-B25 recorder and I am quite comfortable with what I got for $. To begin with, the recording time of around 2 hours for the standard mode and 5 hours for long mode is sufficient for what I use it for (recording college lectures), and I have to say that the sound quality is quite good. I don't believe that you are going to find so-called sound perfection with any digital recorder at $1. For me, I find my recordings to be highly interpretable, which is what my goal is when it comes to sound quality from any voice reorder. However, I do suggest sitting the recorder as close to the source as you can to enable optimum sound quality. It's also nice to know that I don't have to fumble around with micro cassette tapes, which aren't exactly cheap. Instead I burn my recordings on to cd from my computer for a fraction of what micro cassettes cost.
Unfortunately, as with many products, there are some down sides. First of all, I sure as hell wouldn't want to drop it because it would probably have a good chance of breaking. And for a $ investment, it would be nice if the recorder came with a carrying case to help protect it. So, the first thing that I did was run down to Best Buy and bought a mp3 case made out of neoprene for $10 that fits great with this compact recorder. Also, it is a bit odd that there is no on/off switch, which does leave the unit on all the time. However, the only power drain problem that I have had is when I use the pause button because it flashes the pause message until you either push play or stop. I suppose that you could take the batteries out if you become worried about excess power drainage. Finally, I could do without the mic jack that comes with it. I feel this would be a great place to to put a D.C. inlet instead. Oh well, I still highly recommend this recorder to anyone that is looking at recording time, quality sound (not bad in long record mode either), and file bins to store different messages in. If I broke mine today, I would not hesitate once to go out and buy another ICD-B25 just like it.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's not bad, but it certainly isn't great
Sony has a lot of work to do to improve the ICD-B25, and quite frankly, I am annoyed that Sony is selling this recorder when it has so many obvious flaws. Don't be misled by the other reviews. The truth is: the sound quality is just okay, not outstanding; the display panel of the recorder cannot be turned off, so it quickly drains the batteries even with minimal usage for playing and recording; the clock is set up to display the time in military format, rather than a standard 12-hour format (what a stupid idea); and the instructions aren't exactly the model of clarity. The only reason I keep my unit is that, for the price, it is better than most digital voice recorders; however, it is not the model of perfection that the other reviewers would lead you to believe.

5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't try the others but it would be hard to be better this
I purchased the Sony Digital Voice Recorder (ICD-B25) eleven days ago. The first day I used it with minimal features. The high and low sensitivity settings, and the SP and LP features were adequate for that day's use. My second night, I went through more of the features and was pleasantly surprise at the ease of use and the practicality of the unit. By the fourth night, I was using the advance features like adding to a recording, dividing messages, indexing - to name a few. I have checked all the functions and they all work. The manual is easy to read and the functions are pretty logical to follow, hence, I was able to access a number of features without having to refer to the manual. THE VOR function works beautifully. The only function that was not included in the manual is the ability to upload messages to your computer. Of course, it can be done. THE SAD PART IS THAT I LOST IT ON THE 12TH DAY - ON MY WAY BACK HOME TO BARBADOS. The only negative I have about the unit and, of course, I have no proof but it does not seem as if it is built to last. The button that is used on many of the functions seems a little flimsy but certainly the unit is big on features. Another thing that is great about the unit - I changed batteries once in the 11 days. Five stars to Sony for this product. I MUST HAVE ANOTHER ONE RIGHT AWAY - should be at half-price but I doubt it. I hope it is found and returned to me but if not I will purchase another one. ... Read more


180. Kensington/Gravis Gamepad Pro (USB) - 42111
list price: $24.99
our price: $18.55
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Asin: B00000K4TQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Kensington
Sales Rank: 4520
Average Customer Review: 3.37 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The USB version of Gravis's GamePad Pro makes for an extremely simple setup--in Windows 98, all you need to do is plug it in and start playing. Mac setup is almost as simple and involves an additional software installation with the provided software.

The GamePad Pro's long 8-foot connecting cable gives you plenty of room to take a step or two back from your PC while gaming. The gamepad also features hot swapping so you can plug and unplug various USB peripherals without having to reboot or turn off your machine. In Windows 98, the gamepad uses the driver for an "HID Compliant Game Controller," so you can start playing right after installation, without having to calibrate the pad. Upon installation, you can also immediately access the Test area of the Game Controllers function to make sure the gamepad is connected properly.

The GamePad Pro's basic layout should be familiar to anyone who's ever played a console game (in fact, it closely resembles the standard PlayStation controller). It has a thumb-controlled directional pad on the left for movement, four action buttons on the right, and four flipper buttons on the top of the pad to handle additional game controls. If you're one of those folks who'd rather manage movement with a stick, the GamePad Pro also features an attachable joystick that screws into the middle of the D-pad. However, the pad can feel a bit small for users with sizable hands.

The GamePad Pro works well for sports games (it was perfect for NFL Blitz 2000) and action games, but is limited by the number of buttons for more involved games, such as first-person shooters.

In addition to quick installation, the GamePad Pro also boasts a nice sticker price. If you're looking for an easy-to-use gamepad to handle basic controls in your games, the GamePad Pro should do the trick. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Nicely priced

Cons:

  • A little small for larger hands
  • Very basic
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Features

  • Compatible with PC games using joystick or keyboard
  • Digital control for precision and instantaneous response
  • Thumb-controlled directional pad with detachable joystick
  • Built-in connector accommodates 2 pads for head-to-head play
  • 10 programmable action buttons

Reviews (30)

2-0 out of 5 stars Tolerable, unspectacular PlayStation work-alike
With a form-factor nearly identical to the original PlayStation controllers (but minus the analog sticks of the "Dual Shock" controller), this controller's obvious benefit is to owners of "Connectix Virtual Game Station", the PlayStaiton-on-Macintosh emulator. It's also handy for arcade-y titles and MacMAME, the emulator of classic arcade video games.

The one place Gravis makes a change is very much for the worse -- the four separate directional buttons are replaced by a single pivoting directional-pad. As too often happens with designs like this, the D-pad pushes two switches at once, and ALWAYS comes through as a diagonal (eg, right + up, when you thought you were just pushing right). The frequent inability to enter a true right, left, up, or down is annoying in some games, particularly in navigating the menus of an RPG, and deadly in others (PSX "Asteroids" is unplayable when rotating your ship sometimes inadvertantly puts you into hyperspace, since that's what "up" does).

Also of note is the fact that this controller works only with games written to use Apple's "InputSprockets". That's true of most late 90's / early 2000's games, but not of some earlier titles ("Descent", which used to be bundled with Mac Performas, comes to mind), and it's not clear if Sprockets will be supported in the upcoming Mac OS X.

That said, driver installation is easy and has been hassle-free on my two iMacs and my iBook. USB plug-and-play almost always works without a snap, though I've found it's better to plug it in once the Finder is up instead of during the boot cycle.

If you play lots of Mac games (and by the way... HOW?!), this is better than relying on mouse/keyboard alone, but the D-pad problems are a major aggrivation.

3-0 out of 5 stars you get what you pay for...
i bought this item at best buy ($12) for use with my NES emulator on my laptop. on the plus side, winXP recognizes this thing right away and you're good to go. however, like a lot of other users, i found the D pad to be a problem. i screwed in the "joystick" thingie and didn't find it made any difference. when i would hold it up or down, it would move in different (diagonal) directions. there were certain moves/functions i could not do in my NES games because of this. so yeah, it's usuable, if you don't need to hold it up or down for more than 1/2 a second. not bad for the price, but if you want full functionality, spend a few more bucks and get something better.

3-0 out of 5 stars WARNING LABEL
This is a warning to all consumers. This product's USB cable contains lead. This is clearly labeled on the back of the box, "Please wash your hands after using this product," but not on this web-site.

If you have small children or were planning on giving this to a child, please do not.

-- Joseph Hawkins

3-0 out of 5 stars OK but you can do better than this...
This is an inexpensive, lightweight PS2-style programmable gamepad that would otherwise be a great value were it not for the extremely shoddy directional pad.
I own two of these gamepads for about 3 years (which shows its durable) and they have fared well for emulator games and games such as Madden and High Heat Baseball where precise directional control is not crucial. But the d-pad makes this almost unusable for 3D and racing games.

The d-pad is slotted to the diagonals which tends to push you diagonally when you want to go up, down, left, or right. This makes it difficult to go in a straight line which can kill you in certain games where accuracy and speed are important. Using the mini-joystick can help control a little better. The controller is kinda small so it may not fit well in big hands. Its instant and easy setup without any software makes it a true plug-n-play device.

For the $10-$15 price range you can't beat this, but do yourself a favor and spend another $5 to $10 more if you can for a better quality gamepad with ergonomic controls, trigger buttons, and force feedback.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stops working in Windows 2000
The USB Gravis Gamepad Pro stops working after a while (Windows 2000 claims I have a gamepad pro plugged in... except that the buttons don't work). There doesn't seem to be a solution, except for a half-baked one which is to reboot the computer when it happens, so I don't recommend this product. I replaced the Gravis with a USB Belkin Nostromo N45, which works like a champ. I also have a Logitech Wingman Action, which also works very well. ... Read more


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