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    Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3002) Dick Tracy
    by Fossil
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $89.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    It's a great idea, and, for the most part a great product: a watch that keeps time with atomic clock accuracy and displays useful, timely information. The Smart Watch gives you stock prices, news, and weather, and personal messages, all right on your watch face. You get all that stuff on your cell phone already, right? But the idea of the Smart Watch though is that it offers this information in glanceable form, and on a device that is always at hand. Simplicity and unobtrusiveness are key--you can rapidly navigate through all the different types of information quickly, and immediately read your text messages the moment they arrive with a discreet little beep.

    MSN Direct is the subscription service that broadcasts data to the Smart Watch via an FM signal. The first thing you have to do when you get your watch is set up an account and customize your information channels. It's a fairly quick process, though you have to jump through a few Microsoft hoops (like getting a .NET Passport). Immediate gratification junkies should be warned, however, that you most likely won't start getting any data until about 12 or more hours after set up. Also, the channels are very much a work in progress--the news I was getting initially had a random quality to it, but more recently the watch's timeliness has compared favorably with CNN.com in breaking major stories.

    Information delivered to your watch includes:

    Stock quotes: Get updates on the stocks you care about, as well as information on the major high-volume stocks and indices. News: Get headlines and the full text of local, national, international, business, entertainment, sports, health, and travel news stories.
    Time: Wrist Net watches display the current time, automatically updated for different time zones, and include a chronometer, an alarm, and a timer. You can choose from a wide variety of watch faces for just the right look.Weather: Get the latest reports for cities all over the world. Local city weather information includes current conditions, a three-day forecast, sunrise and sunset information, humidity, barometric pressure, and ultraviolet (UV) index.
    Text messages: Receive messages from friends and family through MSN Messenger version 6.0 or later. Sports: Continuous sports updates keep consumers current on game times, scores, pre- and post-game stories, and standings for their favorite collegiate and professional sports teams.
    Daily Diversions: Currently, consumers can select from Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Born on This Day, and This Day in History. Horoscope: Consumers can receive a personalized horoscope based on their specific time and place of birth.

    The need to recharge frequently--a single charge will last two to seven days, depending on usage--has some users unhappy, but for me it is a non-issue. You charge the watch by simply placing it on its cradle, so if you set the cradle up wherever you stash the watch at night, the watch will always be charged.

    There are a few real drawbacks, however, most prominent (literally) being the size of the watch, which is on the humongous side of fashionably chunky. Another downer is the strap which is hard to close and, since it contains the watch's antenna, tends to spring open. The most serious complaint however is that reception can be sporadic--there were entire days that I got no new data at all. When MSN Direct improves service--and it has shown signs of doing so since the watch launched--they will have a truly revolutionary product on their hands (and the nation's wrists). --David Stoesz

    Pros

    • Geek factor is through the roof
    • Intuitive navigation
    • Recharging is a snap

    Cons

    • It's HUGE
    • Coverage can be sporadic
    • Strap is unwieldy
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar
    • Stocks, news, personal messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch
    • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
    • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
    • Customizable data channels and watch faces
    Reviews (5)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great watch for the big kid in you!But dont depend on it!
    The Dick Tracy watch is the coolest big kid toy around.If you always wanted a Dick Tracy watch well here is the first generation Dick Tracy watch.Its cool but not perfect.Text messaging takes 7-10 minutes to receive.Some messages NEVER arrive and are lost in transit.So for the business man that needs to depend on text messages...maybe not the best choice.The calender on watch is very limited.This to me is a big disappointment.It only holds limited info for yesterday, today and the next 6 days...so if you want to use it to check on your appointment 8 days from now ...forget it!Very limited! But if you just want to be the coolest gadget guy/girl around and you think owning a Dick Tracy watch is cool.Buy it just don't depend on it.The news, stocks, and weather seem to work well.Also at this time the service area is very limited so if you dont live in a big city like me...you may want to skip this gadget. The charging adapter is cool and unique.You just rest the watch on it and it charges automatically.Another problem is the wristband YOU CANT CHANGE IT even if you want to.It's connected to the antenna and charging device so it can never be changed...if it breaks you gotta go to Fossil for replacement.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cool looking - but Timex Internet Messenger watch better
    These watches are cool looking - but having to recharge your watch every 3 to 7 days seems like a pain. Timex has has the Internet Messenger Watch for a couple of years. Does all the same things - stock quotes, weather, your horoscope, sports, very customizable. Also - can send reminders. Does basically all the same things - the battery lasts a lot longer. Unfortunately they have been discontinued. When you bought the watch for $100 you also got a free year of nationwide service that worked pretty much everywhere with Skytel. You got an 800with your own voicemail, and unlimited text messages.While these watches might look cool - they're more expensive and aren't really doing much new - plus coverage is a lot less limited. The Timex was was also an Ironman - waterproof - not sure if these are... It's funny how they play the technology as something new - but it's been around for several years now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The first computer-data watch I will actually keep using
    First, I have to admit I am an incurable early adopter and gadget lover. But, regardless of that bias, I have to say this watch reaches a new level of usefulness (and coolness). (And no, I don't work for Microsoft or Fossil.) I have tried several other watches in the past that offered data storage and synching with PC data, either through a cable or through an infrared connection.I gave them up within days as clunky and impractical.With this watch, though, I can put it on, and (once the MSN Direct account was activated, which was easy)I can forget about it until I want to check the news, weather, stock quotes, time, calendar, etc.I don't have to take any steps such as dialing a cell phone to get the news; I just press a button and get headlines, and more of the story with another press.The functioning is quite user-friendly and intuitive; I have spent very little time with the reference manual.The radio signal has been fine inside my office building downtown, and I was easily able to send myself a text message from MSN.The subscription price is very reasonable. I don't mind at all sticking the watch on the charger every night; the instructions say there's no "memory" effect, so it's OK to charge it before the battery runs down.

    There have been some problems.The watch band is a little clumsy to manipulate, but it's manageable, and works OK with a little effort.The watch is a little big for my wrist, but after a couple of weeks I'm used to it, and it feels fine.The worst problem was that, after about a week, the watch stopped receiving the time signal or any data.I made numerous calls to MSN Direct tech support, and got through to them quickly, but they were unable to solve the problem.I think they were trying, but evidently were located somewhere halfway around the world, and had only minimal suggestions to make.Finally, with one quick call to Fossil, I found that the problem was that the metal band was not completely snapped together, and that the antenna therefore was not functioning.I don't recall seeing any mention of that issue in the documentation, which is not very thorough.Anyway, now it's working again with no problems.

    All in all, this is the type of product I have been waiting for.Having all this information so easily available on my wrist is, in my mind, a quantum leap forward in useful (and fun) technology.Maybe not everyone cares about having the exact time, brief weather information, and news headlines on their wrist, but if you do, you should appreciate this watch. The text messaging only allows a small number of words; so tell your friends to be brief!

    The bottom line is, it works, the service is not expensive, and it seems to be very reliable, at least in the Washington, DC metro area. ... Read more

    Asin: B000153ZXI


    SmartDisk Flash Trax FTX80 80 GB MP3 Player and CF Recorder
    by SmartDisk
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $549.99 -- our price: $495.89
    (price subject to change: see help)
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • Listen to MP3 music
    • Transfer files to your computer via USB 2.0 or 1.1 interface
    • Transfer digital pictures from CompactFlash, IBM Microdrive, and other flash media formats via separately sold adapter
    • Store and watch video with audio soundtrack
    • View pictures on integrated 3.5 color LCD, or on the nearest NTSC or PAL TV with included video cable and infrared remote control
    Reviews (3)

    2-0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed in this unit.
    I was very disappointed in this unit. I was going to take it on two-week trip, where the eight of us could save all of our pictures, and review them in the hotel during the trip, and burn a DVD for all at the end, but after discovering the following deficiencies, I threw it in a drawer instead: (1) power brick and cables were almost as large and as heavy as the unit itself, (2) the unit took 5-7 seconds just to display the next picture - making quick review very frustrating, and (3) the video cable for displaying on a TV did not work, or just barely worked if one jiggled it and held it out 1/16th of an inch and applied pressure - either a defective or poorly designed cable/plug.I'd expect this from a $5 pair of cheap headphones, but this unit cost me almost 600 dollars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good allrounder
    I had the need for a product that could be used for: 1. playing MP3, 2. dumping photos 3.Viewing photos and 4. Portable data storage. Along with the Archos products this was the only device which can do it all. I selected this because I prefer the "gameboy" design since it protects the screen well. In fact, I was so impressed with the specs that I was prepared to pay about $170 shipping(to south africa) and run the risk of losing it since there is no support outside US/Europe at all. It all paid off(so far). Fortunately it arrived intact and I have had the device now for 3 problem free months.

    It plays music with exceptional quality and photo dumping from all card formats are a breeze with the very flexible optional adapter. TV connection also works well. The video only supports Motion JPEG - MJPEG.AVI files. I have been able to look at .avi videos taken with a Canon camera successfully. However with a downloadeable translation tool from their web site, many other formats can be translated and it works. The translated video takes up a bit more space after translation. Since the device firmware can be upgraded, one hopes that they will come out with more video codecs. The only glitch i found is that the operating system can be very slow when you have large directories. With 80GB of dispace available, a directory can become too large very quickly. That requires a lot of organizing if you have lots of music to store. I also requested from the support people to confirm (before I ordered)whether I would be able to read a Memorystick Duo (with supplied adapter) but there was no satisfactory answer. Battery life is not great, about 3 hours when playing music only, but that should be expected for a device such as this. When only using it for dumping photos, it lasts for days.

    A nice feature is that it can read .M3U playlists created on our PC and you can create playlists on the device itself.

    An all in all impressive product which have given me countless hours of joy(so far) and I would recommend it for sure. In fact, I have not seen a device on the market yet for the price that can beat it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better digital storage devices out there
    -Easy User Interface. Plug and save for your compact flash card without having to turn the unit on if you are in a hurry.
    -Nicely designed exterior and 3.5 inch display.
    -The screen resolution in review mode wont allow you to determine sharpness absolutely but definitely will allow you to review pictures and show them to friends.
    -There are smaller units out there but this is a nice compromise for size and functionality.
    -This unit is a hard drive,so don't expect to take this running when you listen to you MP3 player.
    -It has good sound quality when using headphones.
    -My only complaint is the "case" is just a felt bag, I was expecting something more durable. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000T71SA
    Sales Rank: 16057
    Subjects:  1. Digital Camera (Cameras)    2. CPU Upgrade Card (Cards, Upgrades)    3. Portable Audio    4. MP3 MP 3 Player    5. Jukebox    6. MP3 Player (MP 3)    7. Gigabyte    8. 10GB    9. 10 GB   


    $495.89

    Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 60 GB MP3 Jukebox
    by Creative Labs
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $299.99 -- our price: $278.34
    (price subject to change: see help)
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • Removable, high-capacity Li-ion battery -- up to 14 hrs continuous playback per charge
    • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP
    • 60 GB storage lets you bring up to 16,000 WMA songs (80 kbps) or MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
    • Use AudioSync to synchronize your music on your player with your PC at work, school and home or on the road
    • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too
    Reviews (78)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Go iPod...
    This is the 6th month with (or was) my Nomad Xtra. I absolutely loved the product and it was totally worth it... until now. I remember correctly that I didn't drop it even once, and I went extra protection for my Nomad. The cover kept popping off but I didn't care, putting it back on wasn't much of a chore. But the headphone jack went awol and I was in the middle of a song when it went totally blank. I thought it ran out of battery until I realized that I left a few minutes ago fully charged and ready for my day. Then I went everywhere online to see what happened and saw countless ppl with the same problem. I was sad. I lost hope in the product, I even tried calling customer service who advised me to "stick my headphone end into the jack and wiggle it violently" or "bang the jack against the wall." it scratched and scraped my player but i just wanted it to play. After a month of grueling I pondered whether to pay 175 bux to fix a product that wasn't really reliable, or buy an iPod 20GB. I went with the 20GB and to say it still hasn't had any problems. Go iPod or Dell, iRiver at least. Save yourself while you can.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Heavily researched all of them, VERY happy with my choice.
    I spent about 8 or so hours online researching all the mp3 players available.I was looking for a 20 or 40 GB player, but ended up getting the 60GB because it was only about $30 more than the 40GB.

    Every mp3 player has its pros and cons, I can live with the 'cons' of this player, no problem.I chose the Zen Xtra because:
    1-It has the most bang for its buck..

    2-It comes with a battery that you can replace, Ipod doesn't and neither do some of the others.

    3-It comes with volume normalization, others don't.I have obtained mp3's from all over the place, and some are way louder than the others, this will set them all at the same volume.

    4-You can buy a car DC adapter, some others don't.

    5-The sound is very crisp...I did buy some $30 headphones, and the sound is fantastic.But even with the earbuds that come with it, the sound is still very good and crisp.

    I don't know why people complain about the software, I'm no computer person and I figured it out in no time.It's a bit bigger than the Ipod (and they say you can't run with it), but it's not crazy big at all and I don't run with music anyway.My carrying case (included) has a window for the screen and I've had absolutely no problems with the player.The battery life is about 8-10 hours, depends on how much fiddling you do with it.

    Other than that, all I can say is that I'm very happy with this product, no question.I picked it up for $279 at buy.com I think.I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars QUESTION TO THOSE THAT OWN IT!!
    Hello,
    I am seriously considering buying the Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 60 GB MP3 Jukebox, but I could not deal with not being able to have my music organized by album with songs IN THE ORDER THAT THEY COME ON THE ALBUM. Can it be possible that they designed this product with no way to have your songs stored in the correct order by album?
    Someone please tell me there is a way to have songs organized by artist with all songs from each album together, in the order they are supposed to be!?!

    Thanks,
    Hannah ... Read more

    Asin: B0000EW9M8
    Sales Rank: 479
    Subjects:  1. 10GB    2. 10 GB    3. Portable Audio    4. MP3 MP 3 Player    5. Jukebox    6. MP3 Player (MP 3)    7. Gigabyte   


    $278.34

    Apple 40 GB 3rd Generation iPod M9245LL/A
    by Apple Computer
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $699.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • More than 8 hour battery life on a 3 hour charge (1-hour fast charge to 80% capacity)
    • Features redesigned and backlit navigation; includes dock, wired remote control, earbud headphones, carrying case, and AC adapter
    • 40 GB model holds up to 10,000 songs; supports MP3, AAC, WAV, MP3 VBR, Audible (6), and AIFF formats
    • Mac and Windows compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
    • Included docking station makes charging and synching easy
    Reviews (155)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mobile Jukebox and more
    It's great having my entire cd collection (over 550) in one tiny place. Now I'm listening to music I own some of which I hadn't listened to in years.

    I was really excited when I got my iPod. From the packaging, to the device itself, the design is outstanding. Very easy to use. Sound quality is very good. Can be used as a back up hard drive too. Software is a no brainer to use.

    I also faced the problem of tracks skipping but all I had to do was delete affected tracks/albums and recopy and they were fine.

    Was able to get lots of useful advice from other people's reviews, e.g. how to ensure long battery life (try not to let the battery run out completely) and how to copy music files back to your pc which quite a number of people are unaware can be done (change your folder options to show hidden files). I do it all the time.

    So why not 5 stars? It's not perfect. Battery life could be better, and it does scratch rather easily. Oh, did I mention the earphones? Not too good I'm afraid, and very painful on the ears, when worn for a bit. Thank God I had some good Sony headphones. Also, the fact that it does not support the much smaller WMA files which take up much less space than mp3s. I've got about 7300 tracks on my iPod, and only about 4gb space left.

    Still a cool device that never fails to turn heads.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not for long distance runners!!!
    Talk about frustration!! What I thought was a really great break through, turned out to be a total nightmare.After 25 minutes the Ipod would either completely stop working all together or just skip repeatedly then stop. I found out that it was designed to "catch up" after 25 minutes but it wouldnt even start again most of the time, just freeze up and be completely worthless.Returning it was a even bigger nightmare because no one was able to test it out and see that it would malfunction....I guess if you work for Apple stores you dont run. I had to pay a restocking fee to get rid of this nightmare. NEVER will I purchase another item from Apple.I love my Nomad Muvo that I bought, and couldnt be happier.

    1-0 out of 5 stars junk
    Your better off with a Nomad. I tried 2 ipods and they will only synch with one PC. So if you want to transfer mp3 from pcto another forget this thing. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000CEOYI
    Sales Rank: 7854
    Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player    3. Jukebox    4. MP3 Player (MP 3)    5. Apple    6. (Mac)    7. (Macintosh)    8. Gigabyte    9. 10GB    10. 10 GB   


    HP iPAQ HX4705 Pocket PC
    by Hewlett Packard
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Electronics (30 September, 2004)
    -- our price: Too Low To Display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • 192 MB total memory (128 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM)
    • 4” Transflective type VGA TFT color, 64K colors, LED backlight
    • WLAN 802.11b, Bluetooth 1.2, IrDA (FIR), USB and Serial
    • Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Pocket PC
    • 624 MHz Intel Bulverde technology-based processor
    Reviews (27)

    4-0 out of 5 stars hz4700 gets da thumbs up from me
    i bought the ipaq in april and i am totally satisfied (first 1), although there r jus 2 minor issues it might only be with mine for the first 1 which is the annoying screen alignment!!!!!!!!!!! takes forever sometimes i have to reset the ipaq and to realign --".and the other thing is that the new os is coming out for the ipaq 5.0 or somtin (im new wit da os stuff for ppc)its seams a whole lot better but dont stress you hp or dell users hp and dell are both going to sell the new os but only for selected ppcs the hp hx4700 is one so dont freak out...

    by the way can any one tell me if i can use the 5gig cards???

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great, except...
    Overall, I'm very pleased with it, but there is a problem.

    HP just published an update on their web site, that limits the volume applied to the internal speaker. Apparently, the internal amplifier is too powerful for the speaker, and without artificially limiting the audio level, the speaker will be damaged.

    Mine failed this way, and now it will be two weeks being repaired by HP, assuming that they don't decide to charge me a minimum fee of $85, and there's also the shipping.

    So, my nice Ipaq will be out of service for a while.
    And I was thinking about having that ram upgrade installed, which would have left me with no warantee..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just a perfect PDA!
    This is my fifth Pocket PC atfer migrating from the honorable palm line.I must confess that Ipaq hx4705 has all I have be waiting for in a compact pc. Just name but a few,,,security, speed, view, touch pad and size. The backup is so great that with my ipaq off and password protected, it still does the daily backup assuring me that my data will be available no matter what happen. The backup to my Ipaq file storage is one of the thing that make me want to kiss my ipaq.I did a hard reset just to put the backup files to a test.I am proud that the restore process was easy and I got my ipaq back the way it was before the hard reset.HP, the security and backup system in this model is a great step up... The VGA IS EXCELLENT.. If you are in the market for a high end pda, don't hesitate as this is the right pda for you. So far I think it worth every dollars I've invested on it.
    I must say I am proud to have invested on this little machine.
    Storage is unlimited. I have 2GB CF AND 1GB SD CARDS on my Ipaq. Now I have more than enough room for any thing I can possibly load on it.......Just a Perfect machine and technology. ... Read more

    Asin: B0002DV9DM
    Sales Rank: 1542
    Subjects:  1. Pocket Information Managers (PIM)    2. Personal Digital Assistant (PDA, Electronic Organizer)    3. Pocket PC (PCs)    4. Casio    5. Handheld (Hand Held)   


    Too Low To Display

    Sony Clie PEG-UX50 Handheld
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Electronics (12 September, 2003)
    list price: $649.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • Built-in QWERTY-layout wide-pitch keyboard with backlight
    • What's in the box: Clie handheld, Charger Cradle, USB HotSync Cable, Retractable Stylus, AC Adapter,Hand Strap, Installation CD-ROM, Instruction manuals
    • A new concept in handhelds: an extremely portable personal entertainment communicator
    • 6 oz. with stylus
    • Integrated wireless LAN (802.11b) and Bluetooth interface
    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice and beautiful clamshell look but some cons
    PROS
    1. It is a very nice look .
    2. has very good features like a camera and can also rotate.
    3. It also has both bluetooth and WIFI that is a good for people on the
    go.
    4. It now has a low price than 2 years ago.
    5. will atract and impress many people

    CONS
    1. bad battery life (can buy extra battery . 3X longer also sold at amazon
    very cheap.
    2. limited applications

    I think this is a very good p.e.o. and you shoud buy it if you like attention or really need it

    4-0 out of 5 stars Love mine, but there are some problems
    I bought my UX-50 off eBay for about half the going rate of a refurbished new unit. Since I paid so little, I really don't have much to complain about. However, if I had paid $500 for a new-refurbished unit - or $800 for a brand-new unit when the UX-50s were first released - I probably would not have given a 4-star review.

    Here are the positives:
    - I don't understand why so many people complain about the UX-50 only having a "landscape" screen option. I got used to using the landscape screen in no time. There are third-party programs you can download to convert some applications to portrait mode if you want, but I really didn't feel the need. Granted, the landscape screen means there's a lot of wasted space on the touchscreen, but I didn't have any problems using the screen as-is. I also think the screen size is AWESOME considering the features packed into this little gadget.
    - The functionality is, without a doubt, amazing. The UX-50 can replace your keychain digital camera, digital voice recorder, PDA, MP3 player AND you can check your e-mail with it! They managed to pack a lot of features into this little PDA.
    - Sound on the MP3 player is great. I have a Sony VAIO laptop that has a built-in Memory Stick port so it's really easy for me to put a ton of music onto my 512 MB stick and have music wherever I go. I have a Nomad MP3 player but I rarely use it because the UX-50's MP3 player is so easy to use.
    - The camera is great and takes good pictures in enough light. The zoom feature is neat.
    - The PDA functionality is exactly what you'd expect - it works well. The UX-50 has enough internal memory for you to load lots of programs into it.

    Negatives:
    - It took me a lot of tinkering and research to get the 802.11B wireless feature to work. Apparently there was some kind of problem with the wireless connection software in most UX-50s, and if yours has the problem you have to download a special program, called Mobile Manager, to get it to work correctly. Not that Sony tells you this - I had to research it for myself on user bulletin boards. After a LOT of tweaking my wireless works - sometimes. The mobile browser, NetFront, won't load graphics-heavy pages and is quick to give "insufficient memory" and timeout errors. Unfortunately there's no way to upgrade NetFront 3.0, which came with the UX-50, to NetFront 3.1.
    - Battery life truly does suck. I solved this by purchasing a third-party manufactured case and car kit off of eBay - the case has a USB port integrated, so now I can plug the USB sync cable into the case's port and charge my Clie. The car kit consists of a USB cable and an adapter that fits my car's cigarette lighter. Now I can charge wherever I go, which helps greatly with the battery life issue. And I don't have to use the stupid "charging sled" to do it. Which brings me to my next point...
    - I would really like to know why Sony made a PDA that you can't charge with a USB cable. It seems ridiculous to me. Before I found the USB-port case I had to lug the stupid charger and sled around with me. The charger is bulky and the sled makes the UX-50 too thick to fit in a pocket or small purse. As it is, now I can't plug the UX-50 in and let it charge while I sync it throughout my workday, which is always what I've done with other PDAs. This was a really dumb design idea.
    - The only other negative thing is that some parts of the UX-50 feel flimsy - I often feel like I am going to break the screen off rotating it back and forth, and the USB sync port has a small cover that feels like it could rip off at any time.

    Overall, though, this is a great productivity tool and very nifty to carry around. It has a considerable "cool factor" and there's great functionality to boot. The negatives are bummers, but this thing is basically a mini laptop computer with a camera built in, so I don't expect everything to be perfect. I'm just bummed Sony's no longer going to be selling PDAs in the U.S. - hopefully they will change their minds before my UX-50 dies or becomes obsolete.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Chimera PDA
    Wow, what a device. I was impressed with this PDA on steriods from the moment I pulled it out of the box. Normally I am dissapointed when I purchase a new gadget. It either doesn't work as advertised or it is so convoluted that I excile it to the land of misfit toys. This PDA though comes through on all of its promised features. With a respectable digital photo, video and audio capability combined with 802.11 wireless, bluetooth, Infra Red as well as USB data interface capability, what more could a PDA require. To be fair and balanced, The UX-50 does have a few issues that detract from its status as PDA nirvana. One is its fragility. I feel like I am holding a delicate piece of bone china everytime I use it. Additionally, I am very dissapointed in Sony and their decision to get out of the PDA business, and just when they seemed to get it. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AQFZ9
    Sales Rank: 8284
    Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player   


    Garmin iQue 3600 PDA/GPS Handheld System with Americas Detailed Street Mapping
    by Garmin
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $589.99 -- our price: $437.74
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    Editorial Review

    Early Adopters Pick: August 2003. The first PDA to include integrated GPS technology.

    With the power of Palm OS 5 and the dependability of Garmin GPS technology, this super PDA redefines multitasking. Its integrated software not only allows you to look up appointments and contacts, it also locates and routes you to them with voice-guidance commands. Feature highlights include: GPS receiver, MP3 player, voice recorder, infrared communication, and vibrating alarm.

    GPS
    The differentiating feature of the iQue 3600 is its integrated GPS capabilities. Garmin's innovative Que technology delivers location awareness, electronic mapping, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice guidance, and map data interface to the iQue 3600. Que technology enables users to see where they are, find a street address, know where the next turn is via visual and voice guidance, get back on track when they’ve strayed off course, and navigate efficiently to their desired destination.

    Detailed Mapping
    Users can choose a configurable basemap of North America, South America, Europe, or regions in the Pacific Rim, with generalized information on highways, major city streets, highway exit services, railways, rivers, lakes, and state, provincial, and national borders. The iQue also has the added benefit of detailed street information on the included MapSource® CD-ROM, giving users the capability of looking up restaurant addresses, hotels, local attractions, transportation hubs, emergency services, and much more. Once a desired point of interest is chosen, you have the capability to view more info or even show it on the map screen. The mapping capability of the iQue 3600 makes it a versatile companion for the international frequent flyer who travels, for instance, between New York and London or San Francisco and Hong Kong.

    Customizable maps mean never getting lost again

    Powerful Organization
    The iQue 3600 is built around the Palm OS 5 platform and offers standard Palm applications, such as Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Memo Pad, and To Do List. And there’s enough processing power to search large databases of stored information and to enhance display graphics with easy-to-read fonts and crisp electronic maps. There's also a voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages. With 32 MB of built-in memory and an expansion slot, you can even store your favorite MP3s.

    The flip-up GPS antenna
    High-Tech Integration
    One of the key benefits of technology integration on the iQue 3600 is its patent-pending contact-locator feature. Enabled by Garmin's Que technology, this feature connects the Palm Address Book and Date Book to the GPS electronic map to give the user the ability to navigate directly to a specific address within the user’s contact database.

    System
    The Garmin iQue 3600 features the new Motorola DragonBall MXL ARM9 microprocessor, and boasts 32 MB DRAM. This handheld is powered by Palm OS 5, which offers the processing power to take on the most demanding mobile computing tasks, together with advanced multimedia and the wireless connectivity and security that enterprises require.

    Display
    The iQue 3600 delivers brilliant images with its 2.16-by-3.24-inch display. It has a 16-bit color display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution.

    Expansion
    Expand your iQue 3600 via its Secure Digital slot.

    Software
    The iQue 3600 comes with the following Garmin Que applications: MP3, GPS Clock, Address Lookup, Electronic Mapping, Track Log, Trip Computer, Automatic Route Generation, and Turn-by-Turn Voice Guidance, as well as these Palm OS 5 applications: Address Book, Calculator, Date Book, Expense, Mail, Memo Pad, Palm Reader, and To Do List. In addition, it includes these third-party applications: Astraware Game Pack, Documents to Go, powerOne Personal Calculator, StarCaddy, SplashPhoto, and Vindigo.

    The Nuts and Bolts

     

    Included in the box
    iQue 3600, protective display cover, metal stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, installation/application, CD-ROM with manual, and choice of MapSource configuration with full unlock certificate: either 1) North America City Select CD or Atlantic European City Select CD.

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    Features

    • ARM processor powered by Palm OS 5
    • Integrated Que technology, with GARMIN GPS and mapping software
    • Speaker for voice-guidance commands, MP3 player, and message playback
    • Voice recorder for making memos, quick notes, and messages on the fly
    • What's in the box: iQue 3600, protective display cover, metal stylus, USB HotSync cradle, A/C power/charging adapter, quick start guide, CD-ROM with manual, and choice of MapSource configuration
    Reviews (159)

    2-0 out of 5 stars It is hard to deal with curstomer service
    If you want to buy it, just hope it won't show "route calculation error".Here is the email I sent to them last year and I am still waiting for reply.

    "Howdy!
    I called two times hoping to find answers of "route calculation error".Unfortunately the problem still exists.
    For the first time I used my new iQue 3600 during my trip to San Antonio, TX on August 6 to August 8, 2004.I was amazed at the functions the small one offered.It helped me a lot, especially in the downtown area.On my way back to home, the iQue stopped working and the "route calculation error" appeared on the screen.I had big trouble to find home back.
    After I got home, I called tech support and after several attempts I was told to reload the map.After reloading the map, the route calculation error disappeared temporarily.
    Today, August 24, I received my friend's new address and I couldn't route to her address and "route calculation error" appeared again.
    Today's customer specialist, Doug, after several attempts, still suggested to reload the map.To me it is not an option anymore to solve the problem.I can not reload the map all the time, especially when I am away on road without my computer.If I knew that I would need to reload the map so often, I would not buy it in the first place.
    Anyway you know your products better than me.I hope the problem can be solved quickly, otherwise I have to request the return of the product either to the store or to Garmin.
    Thank you.
    Feng Qin"

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Product, but does have some faults.
    I bought this unit several months ago in anticipation of trip to Italy because of the detailed maps available through Garman. Well, the street detail was breathtaking! Venice is a very complex city with alleys & tiny streets that are bunched together in an impossible maze. As long a I got a clear signal (a drawback of any GPS unit)I knew EXACTLY where I was. Walking directions were right on.
    But, back stateside I started seeing some limitations with the unit: 1) Driving directions were not that great, taking you on round about routes in spite of requesting the least # of turns and/or highways (not side streets), 2) the battery life is terribly short and needs to be put back onto the cradle for re-charging, 3) it's a rather fragile unit - I'm somewhat of a klutz from time to time and have dropped the unit which then needed to be reset.
    The PDA part of this unit was a welcome bonus. I purchased a 1GB memory card which gave me the maps I needed plus plenty of extra memory. I loaded Pocket Quicken on it which enables me to keep track of my personal finances away from my desktop. Overall - worth the investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product
    Really nice product and worth every cent.I own a Garmin StreetPilot and have used a Palm PDA so I found this really easy to use.The ability to drag maps around to find places is amazing.

    The integrated PDA functionality really adds value.A must for anyone in sales that travels (you could actually know where your taxi is going and where to find dinner in any city).

    If you are just doing navigation for your car you could just go with a StreetPilot - a bit easier to use.My third great GPS from Garmin.

    PS. Some of my kids first words in the car "turn right daddy" - copying my nav systems audio - Dad's car talks! ... Read more

    Asin: B000087BXU
    Subjects:  1. Portable Audio    2. MP3 MP 3 Player   


    $437.74

    Wherify Wireless GPS Personal Locator Watch for Children (Blue)
    by Wherify Wireless
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics (22 June, 2003)
    list price: $199.99
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    Editorial Review

    The miniaturized, wrist-worn Wherify GPS Locator combines global position ing system (GPS) and digital wireless technologies to offer a proven safety solution that gives you the ability to locate your children 24 hours a day. Parents, whether at work, home, or traveling, can use the Internet or telephone to identify their children's location to within several feet in about a minute. In the event of an emergency, either the child or parent can contact emergency services and local police will be dispatched.

    When you request a "locate," Wherify's Location Service Center sends a wireless transmission to the device. It zeroes in on the optimal GPS satellites and determines its latitude and longitude. With those coordinates, your child's position is pinpointed with advanced mapping software, providing you an approximate street address (if available). You can choose between two formats when using the Internet: a standard street map or a custom aerial photo.



    The locator operates on a nationwide PCS (CDMA) wireless network, and it must be operated within the coverage footprint for communication to occur. See the Wherify Web site, www.wherify.com, for coverage information.

    This package contains the Wherify GPS watch, a key fob, a battery charger, a user's guide, and a quick start guide. Requires a monthly service plan (options range from $19.95 to $44.95 per month). ... Read more

    Features

    • Built-in pager; safety lock prevents removal; water- and cut-resistant
    • Portable wristwatch GPS locator for keeping track of children
    • Identifies wearer's location by Internet or telephone within several feet
    • Coordinates with 911 emergency response for added safety
    • Choice of street map or custom aerial photo formats
    Reviews (9)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't get ripped off!!!!
    I was so excited that I would now be able to know my son was safe.No sooner did he go outside to play did the batteries go dead.I then put in on charge for 12 hours and it was dead in 4 hours.What good is that?I also found out that it doesn't work inside buildings and some cars.Again, what good is this device?Why market a device that won't perform?Think of what happens in a kidnapping.You won't be able to find them.1) The battery will be dead. 2) They will be tied up in someone's house.
    If you have money to burn and would like to buy a product to store in your attic, buy this.If you love your kids, you won't buy this.Giving yourself and your kids a false sense of security is an abomination.

    1-0 out of 5 stars completely useless
    PLEASE, please, prospective customers, believe all the negative feedback you see on this page. This product is COMPLETELY USELESS. I live in a big city, definitely in the supposed 'service area'. I only managed to locate the device once, in about 20 attempts. Call me old-fashioned, but I'd like to foil more than one in 20 kidnapping attempts. The company says the product is fine, although admits that service might sometimes be unreliable in 'built-up areas'. Don't most of us live in built-up areas? Nobody tells you any of this before you buy the damn thing of course. The website demo is all very impressive, but it never works like that, believe me! I'm not even going to mention the sure-to-break-within-a-month 'key fob' that controls the whole device. Don't buy it. It doesn't work. And you'll never get your money back.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not ready.
    It's a shame that this product doesn't work as well as the hype.In todays world, we are cornered in fear from the media (thanks guys) and here is a device that is supposed to relieve a big portion of that fear.Well, like some other here, I too got let down.This device is a good version .9 but I returned it and will wait for something better.The battery life is the biggest problem.It doesn't make it through the whole day and something this important should last much longer. I feel real sorry for the people that dropped $400 for these things last year... ... Read more

    Asin: B00007E9AZ


    PCS Phone Hitachi G1000 (Sprint)
    by Sprint
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $649.99
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    Features

    • The first Pocket PC with a built-in mini keyboard
    • Color display with 65,536 colors (240x320 pixels)
    • Features large touchscreen for easy usability
    • Built-in swivel camera always you to take pictures
    • Operating system: Pocket PC Phone Edition (400 MHz Intel Xscale Processor / 32 MB RAM)
    Reviews (15)

    1-0 out of 5 stars So far...NOT so good...
    I've had this thing for 3 days so far, & spent most of today at the SPRINT PCS service center trying to get this monster working properly! I wish I would've read some of these reviews first! After going through 3 Handspring Treo 600's in 9 months,(No joke! 2 broken ear speakers & 1 bad OS) I thought that this would be a Godsend. After spending the better part of today at the service center, I was told that they would have to send me another phone! I immediately asked if it would be a reconditioned phone, & was told "YES"...but it will still have a SIX month warrantee. My 3 day old phone came with a ONE YEAR WARRANTEE! I said absolutely not!
    After much back & forth, I got them to agree to provide with a brand new unit of any manufacturer & price of MY choice when the new line of phones came out this fall. ...& yes, I got it in writting! Dealing with them, or ANY carrier for that matter is at very best difficult. If you can keep your cool, & keep "pressing in", you'll eventually come across someone who has the ability to say "YES", when all others have said no. Keep in mind that you don't need to take "NO" from anyone who can't tell you "YES". Good luck! (& wish me luck too! LOL!)

    4-0 out of 5 stars this phone is ok but sprint really sucks
    i love the hitachi g1000 but it still has problems like every other phone, it is really difficult to get new ringers because the plan that i am on doesnt support it and it lasts only a day but it still is a kickass phone i wouldnt get the trio and i would go with this phone i had to call sprint tech support a bunch of times first it was about the internet and then i called about the msn messenger thing and that was a pain in the ass they kept on sending me to retards that didnt know anything and the pethedic part about it is that is sprints best phone and when you talk on it you look really dumb

    1-0 out of 5 stars Glitz on the outside Piece of crap on the inside
    I just replaced my second one of these. This second one never worked correctly but I didnt have time to take it in. It wasnt refurbished either. First off the OS needs to be upgraded but Hitachi is to cheap to authorize it. Let me tell you also that sprint is the worst cell company I've ever dealt with. (...) I wish I had time to go over all the problems with this phone. The only good thing about this thing if your interested is that everyone thinks your a star with this thing screw that I want something that last more than 2 months. Not to mention the camera sucks also ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AYZIM
    Sales Rank: 2799
    Subjects:  1. Sprint PCS Wireless Web    2. Web Enabled Internet WAP Browser Surf   


    Nokia 3650 Phone (T-Mobile)
    by Nokia
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $199.99
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    Editorial Review

    Sporting a large, 4,096-color display screen and an unconventional, rotary-style keypad, we found the sturdy, feature-rich Nokia 3650 cell phone one of the best designed phones on the market, with excellent ease-of-use, crystal-clear reception, and a camera, video camera, and Internet access.

    Take and share pictures with the 3650.
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    In our tests, we found that the comfortable rounded base of this 5-inch phone rested easily our palm, and the clever retro button display took only a moment of getting used to. The buttons and disc navigation felt quite durable, with a nice, solid action. Menu navigation involves two thin buttons on the top left and right that allowed us to move in and out of menus; then the standard 4-point clickable disc provided more detailed selection. There's a separate button for the main menu prominently below the disc, and the faux-rotary layout of the number buttons helped keep the navigation buttons out of the way during dialing. The requisite call and hang-up buttons are intuitively marked, and a futuristic-looking blue light shines through the numbers on all the buttons for easy keying in low-light areas.

    The 3560 delivered consistent, excellent reception in a variety of testing environments, including a basement-level room that typically causes trouble with similar phones. The default ring tones were a bit too gentle for their own good; they were hard to hear in busy outdoor environments. The tones that we created using the composing feature, however, were quite audible, even in the midst of lots of noise. The vibrate alert was also quite effective and hard to miss. Nokia has also preloaded a variety of other polyphonic ring tones for alternate use, as well as a voice-dialing feature, which stores 25 numbers and was easy to use.

    In Calendar, you can keep track of your appointments, meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other events. You can also set a calendar alarm to remind you of upcoming events.
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    With the video recorder you can record video clips, and play video clips stored on your phone or on a memory card. Also, the video recorder is integrated with the messaging features allowing you to easily send created clips.
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    Nokia 3650 provides various functions, in an-easy-to use interface, such as Camera, Video recorder, Messaging, e-mail, Clock, alarm clock, Calculator, and Calendar.
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    Thanks to high-speed GPRS connection, users can access a variety of Web content, such as news, travel information, and entertainment specifically designed for mobile phones via an XHTML browser, which supports pages written in both HTML and WML (Wireless Markup Language). The 3650's calendar, phone book, and to-do list can all be synchronized with a PC using Nokia 3650 PC Suite software. This phone also supports Java for downloading business applications, and built-in Bluetooth and infrared connections empower users to send photos and text in either e-mail or MMS format to a PC or to another compatible wireless device. Some of the downloadable Java and Symbian applications provided by Nokia through their website include Merriam-Webster Word Search, and games like Racing Fever, Avant Go, and Terminator.

    The phone's digital VGA camera is cleverly built in to the back of phone, and can store up to 1,000 photos at 640 x 480 megapixel resolution on its (upgradeable) 16 MB memory card. Also, the Nokia 3650's photo capability is immediately accessible from the top-level display menu, so unlike other phones it was easy to snap a photo at a moment's notice. The camera records images in standard, portrait, and a nighttime mode.

    With the same basic set of controls, RealOne software lets the video recording function capture short, low-fidelity sound and video clips for immediate MP4 video playback on the generous screen or for sending to another Web-enabled user. The 15-frames-per-second video recording rate delivers stuttering, delayed images that look sort of like Neil Armstrong's transmissions from the Moon. We found this all very entertaining, and potentially useful for transmitting small bits of information, but hard to take seriously as a true video recording device.

    Among the scores of additional features on this phone are text messaging templates, where you create a basic message (like "Let's eat at --- ") then fill in the blank as you wish; a foreign currency and units converter for the jet set crowd, and a "favorites" folder to store Web shortcuts and links. For hearing-impaired customers, Nokia even provides TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) compatibility. The headset included with this phone is functional, and Li-Ion battery comes rated for up to 4 hours of digital talk and 200 hours of digital standby time. The phone comes with a refreshingly well-written manual. While decorative faceplates and other accessories are available, we found that even without them, the Nokia 3650 is one of the most coolest phones we've ever laid our hands on. --Erik Hammen

    Pros:

    • Great reception
    • Excellent, intuitive user interface
    • Feature-rich
    • Solid build and large display screen
    • Fun camera and video features

    Cons:

    • Large phone size to accommodate large display screen
    • Default ring tones a bit quiet.

    How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

    When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phonebattery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency(including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, andbattery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handsetmanufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings,they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer tothe times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery liferanges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience atleast the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital andanalog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, asanalog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

    Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone.Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to themanufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phoneon, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook.When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when thephone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped thecalls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately andcontinued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged thebattery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength,this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting thatseveral phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers'ratings.

    To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established acarrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out.Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, againassuming consistent carrier signal strength.

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    Features

    • Wireless phone with integrated video/digital camera
    • 3.4 MB on board storage, MultiMediaCard expansion slot
    • Oversized display for MP4 video playback
    • High-speed internet access, supports Java-based downloads
    • Integrated Bluetooth connectivity for data transmission to other Bluetooth devices
    Reviews (310)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ITS THE BOMB
    i got this phone feb 28 2005 so far i no problems with the phone. camera is great .a litte big but not too big .the the keypad the bomb and the is screen is large. its has mp3 if u get the software for it

    GOODs
    keypad
    large screen
    loud speker

    BADS
    litte big.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I had this phone for 2 years and loved it!
    This phone is a little clunky, but wonderful! The symbian operating system makes this phone infinitely expandable. Some of the programs you can download and install include: eBook readers (to download and read books from the New York Public Library, for instance), remote control software (to control your TV through infrared or your computer through bluetooth), game emulators (I had hours of fun playing games with a game boy emulator).

    The operating system supports multitasking, so you can switch back between a phone call and an ebook without ever quitting either program... so you can turn the speakerphone on, and play a game while you're on hold. I grew to like the circular orientation of the number pad... while confusing at first, it made sense after a while.

    Also, since the phone's PIM synced up with my Mac (via iSync), I never had to type a phone number or email address into the phone, which made for speedy usage.

    The more advanced nature of the phone's operating system makes it prones to crashing. If a program isn't coded correctly or it crashes, this phone is prone to go into a "reboot loop", where the phone can't start anymore, and the only remedy is to take it back to T-Mobile or Nokia through the warranty. Meaning, if a program crashes your phone (which happened 3 times over 2 years to me), you have to get the phone replaced. Not good. So make sure you have a carrier with EXCELLENT customer service (like T-Mobile, as opposed to Cingular or Sprint).

    Overall, I loved the phone, and the benefits far outweighed the costs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth works great
    I have had this phone for almost a year now.It is one very dependable phone.Just got the chance to use it's Bluetooth capabilites.Paired it up with an IBM laptop with Bluetooth to use as a modem when WiFi is not available.The Bluetooth works great!I use it with T-Mobile and took it with me to Europe on vacation.Worked great! ... Read more

    Asin: B00009J5VV
    Subjects:  1. Nakia Nokea   


    Archos AV380 80 GB Personal Video & MP3 Jukebox Player / Recorder w/ Digital Video Recorder
    by Archos, Inc.
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $699.95
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    Features

    • The all-in-one MPEG-4 & MPEG-3 multimedia solution that fits in the palm of your hand. Enjoy your entire collection of videos, photos, music and data wherever you go.
    • Store up to 100 hours of your favorite movies in near DVD quality and view them on the high resolution 3.8" color LCD or on a TV
    • With the Digital Video Recorder, your AV380 becomes a portable VCR. Record directly from VCR, DVD or camcorder or from TV thru VCR or DVD connection.
    • Store up to 1,200 hours of MP3 music
    • Digital photo wallet: store up 800,000 digital photos
    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Media Player!
    I bought my AV380 a few months ago (on 6-15-2004). I expected it to be a good gadget but it is not good, it is great!

    This gadget is everything you'll ever need to store all the information you have. From music, photos, videos, and all kinds of data; it is the best Media Player I could ever find. You can vew your videos or photos right on the screen or use the cables that come with the unit to watch them on any television (with video and audio inputs). You can listen to all of your music, record your voice directly to the unit, record FM radio (with the optional FM Module), or even edit your own recordings (like removing some parts of the recording without affecting the original). When you record from the FM Module, you can decide to record the past 20 seconds of broadcast (which is great for recording music after it has already started); you can always edit the music later and take only the parts of the recording you want. Also, you can edit the videos you record from any of the available sources to the unit.

    You can also browse all the information you have in the unit by using the Browser. In the Photo Viewer, you can select a Slide Show of your photographs (you can change the Picture Pause) or watch them individually. In the Audio Player you can play MP3 or WAV files, create your own playlists, browse other music while playing a file, change the bass, treble, loudness, balance, bass boost, and pitch (which is the speed of the music). You can also change the settings on the Play Mode (Single Song, All, Folder, Repeat, Shuffle, etc). In the Video Player you can slow the playing in 4 different Slow Modes. You can also record directly from your VCR or DVD into the unit. It also has a Clock and a timer to start and stop recording at the time you want. You also have the ability to change most of the settings (like if you want to turn off the screen after a few seconds of inactivity to conserve battery when not using DC-Power).

    The AVCam 300 (optional) could be used to take pictures and videos to be stored in the unit. If you have your own digital camera, I recommend you get the Card Readers Adaptors to transfer your photos to the unit without the need of a computer.

    The only thing missing from the unit is a speaker to listen to movies when showing it to your friends. Also, the unit does not come with a carrying case, you'll need to get one from Archos to protect the screen when not in use. Otherwise, the unit is perfect!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great Gadget, but Archos Customer service is the worst ...
    At first I was impressed with my AV380, but then I realized my battery life was defective - approximately 90 minutes on a full charge. My AV380 is still under warranty, and Archos doesn't return my emails, and doesn't even have a telephone support line, so I'm at a loss how to get help!!I can not reach anyone at Archos, and my warranty is running out.
    Before buying mine, my friend had warned me, and I had read reviews before that Archos customer support is known for being the worst in the business. But I figured I would take my chances - I did - and now I'm paying for it!
    Incredible that this company is still doing business here in America... I understand they are based out of France.... Maybe that explains the lack of customer service... Buy at your own risk - Peeved in Hawaii!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much easier than dragging all those DVDs around
    This thing is exactly what I was looking for to take on long trips.First, it replaced a portable DVD player and the need to take all my movies on DVD disks with me.Next, it replaced an electronic film vault as I can load JPEGs in from my CF cards, and the screen is much better to share photos with friends.And the size and weight of the AV380 compared to lugging around a laptop is pure joy!

    I was concerned that movies would be "jerky" or "pixilated", but nothing could be further from the truth.Maybe it's not DVD quality, but it's so close I can't tell the difference.

    This product is going to turn heads wherever you go.I see that Archos is releasing the AV400, which has CF built in, but it's not hard to do with this unit.Synchs right up to Win XP, and the USB 2.0 is great for moving files around.

    Anything I don't like?I believe we'll see these PVPs really take off in the next year.On my wish list would be removable battery packs, a speaker, and a built in CF reader (all now available on the new AV400 which should be shipping soon, and more file acceptance TIFF, PDF, etc.A flip cover for the screen would also be nice, as the unit doesn't come with a case.Recording movies into the unit is a snap, but the process of doing file conversions on movies I've made with Pinnacle was more daunting than I was prepared for (no, I didn't major in computer science).Much easier to just output to disk or camcorder and then re-record into the AV380.

    All in all, the coolest product I've bought since the first portable DVD players came out a few years back. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000TNZEE
    Sales Rank: 27829
    Subjects:  1. Accessories (Accesssory)    2. Video Cassette Recorder (Recorders, VCR, VCRs)    3. Portable Digital Voice Recorder (Personal)    4. Video Capture Device (Devices)    5. Portable Audio    6. MP3 MP 3 Player    7. Jukebox    8. MP3 Player (MP 3)    9. Gigabyte    10. 10GB    11. 10 GB   


    Electrovaya SC800 Scribbler Tablet PC (866-MHz Pentium III-M, 512 MB RAM, 30 GB Hard Drive)
    by ELECTROVAYA
    Personal Computers

    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    The Basics:
    Overwhelming power is definitely not the strong suit of Electrovaya's SC800 Scribbler Tablet PC, so if you regularly challenge your notebook with high-end business software, the latest 3D games or demanding graphic design suites, you should look elsewhere. However, if you require extraordinary battery life and the freedom to input your data like you would with a pen and paper, the SC800 Scribbler may be just what you need. Incredibly compact, remarkably power efficient and equipped with both a detachable USB keyboard and a display screen that doubles as a writing/drawing pad, Electrovaya's midlevel tablet is an affordable and adaptable mobile solution for those who believe the pen is mightier than the keyboard.

    Processor:
    At the heart of any computer lies the CPU (or processor), a massive collection of miniature transistors that governs the speed and power of the entire unit. Some of today's notebooks are equipped with high-end CPU's on par with those found in top-of-the-line desktop PCs, while others are quick enough only for basic duties such as word processing, email and the like. The SC800 Scribbler features an Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor–M operating at 866 MHz. In the world of modern notebooks, this is not a particularly potent processor. But for most common mobile tasks -- such as word processing, contact management, light 2D graphics, photo organization, email and Internet surfing, it is certainly sufficient. Moreover, it's incredibly easy on the batteries. More on that later.

    Memory:
    Computers typically store information on their hard drive, but they keep frequently and recently accessed data in Random Access Memory (RAM) for faster retrieval. More RAM means more efficient computing, superior multitasking and less strain on your hard drive. The SC800 Scribbler incorporates 512 MB of RAM. This is the standard allotment for high-end notebooks, and a surprisingly generous amount in a unit of this size.

    Video:
    CPU's are usually so busy doing basic calculations that they need help translating visual output, particularly that of 3D graphics, to the viewing screen. This is the duty of the graphics card (or graphics controller). When shopping for a computer, it's good to remember that a video controller with "dedicated" built-in video memory is preferable to one with "shared" video memory wherein the graphics controller borrows a portion of the all-important main system memory. This system's graphics controller is an Intel 830MG with a maximum of 48 MB of shared video memory. Thusly, the unit shouldn't be counted upon for 3D games or complex 3D animations, though it will efficiently display 2D and midlevel 3D applications and graphics.

    Display:
    Being a subcompact computer, the SC800 Scribbler features an understandably smallish 10.6-inch XGA TFT display. But it's more than just a display -- it's also the screen you'll use to enter data with the enclosed stylus. Merely grab the stylus as you would a pen and write or draw as you would on traditional notepaper. Built-in handwriting recognition software takes care of the rest.

    Hard Disk:
    In a time when some notebooks offer hard drives of 100 GB and more, the 30 GB hard drive inside the SC800 Scribbler may not seem overly spacious. However, in the miniscule world of ultra-compact tablets, 30 GB is a common size. Though you won't have enough room for a library of space-gobbling multimedia files, you will have space for a typical number of mobile apps and user-created files.

    Optical Drive:
    An optical drive is essential in today's computing environment. A "CD-ROM" drive allows you to install CD-based applications and play music CDs. A "CD-RW" drive adds CD "burning", so you can also backup your important files to long-lasting discs and create personalized music CDs. With a DVD-ROM drive you can watch DVD movies. And with a DVD-RW drive, you can "write" home movies to durable discs and archive files to DVD (DVDs boast more than seven times the storage capacity of a CD). Some drives allow you to do a combination of all of these tasks. This system does not feature an optical drive in its stock configuration, though you can connect external CD and DVD drives via its two USB ports. It should be noted that the unit supports older USB 1.1 technology rather than the much faster new standard of USB 2.0.

    Audio:
    The Scribbler SC800 is equipped with two miniature stereo speakers, a mini microphone jack and stereo mini headphone jack.

    Keyboard and Controls:
    Most users will control the SC800 Scribbler by touching "virtual" controls displayed on the screen and utilizing the built-in scroll button, though a USB-connected keyboard is also enclosed.

    Connectivity and Expansion:
    The SC800 Scribbler offers an assortment of ways to keep in touch, including a 56K modem for low-speed dial-up Internet and email access, a 10/100 Ethernet port for high-speed wired network and Internet, and an integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi wireless connection for cord-free e-communication at home, at the office or on the road via a local public hotspot. Other key amenities include two USB 1.1 ports (substantially slower than today's USB 2.0 standard) for plug and play devices such as external drives and digital cameras, an IEEE 1394 FireWire port (commonly used for quick data uploads from digital camcorders), and a PC Card Slot.

    Operating System and Software:
    Electrovaya will pre-install a copy of Microsoft's Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system. Other applications include the pen-based business graphics software solution Corel Grafigo, and trial versions of Alias Sketchbook and FranklinCovey's Tablet Planner.

    Dimensions and Weight:
    Many of today's most powerful notebooks are also the largest, weighing ten or twelve lbs or more and therefore too big and cumbersome for extensive, continuous traveling. These are often referred to as "desktop replacements". On the other extreme are "thin and lights" or "ultra-portables", super-miniaturized units that typically aren't as powerful as their larger brethren but weigh as little as two or three lbs. and will often fit comfortably inside a large purse. The SC800 Scribbler is exceptionally small and comfortable at a mere 3.9 lbs and just 10.8 by 8.9 by 1.0 - 1.1 inches.

    Power:
    The unit is powered by a 4-cell Super Polymer Li-Ion Battery Pack that delivers a stunning 12 to 16 hours of run time between charges. Electrovaya says its entry-level Scribbler tablets are the only tablets on the market to offer an entire day's worth of mobility. ... Read more

    Features

    • Up to 16 hours run time - 96WH battery
    • 10.4" Display
    • Intel Pentium III 866 Mhz

    Asin: B00008NV2D
    Subjects:  1. Notebooks (Note Books)    2. Notebook Computers    3. Laptops (Lap Tops)   


    Toshiba Portege M205-S810 Tablet PC (1.50 GHz Pentium M (Centrino), 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, USB DVD-CD-RW Combo)
    by Toshiba
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Personal Computers (21 March, 2004)
    list price: $1,999.99
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    Editorial Review

    Marginally larger than the Portege 3500 Tablet PC it replaces, Toshiba's Portege M205-S810 Tablet PC is also more adaptable, more battery efficient and substantially more powerful. Though substantially costlier than comparable non-tablet portable computers, the unit nevertheless blends the speed of a midrange notebook with the convenience of stylus-based, handwritten input and subcompact portability. Few tablet PCs pack this much power into a profile this petite.

    The Portege M205-S810 is most at home when used to enter, store and share notes and concepts that might otherwise be entered in handwritten format. In fact, measuring just 11.6 by 9.8 by 1.3/1.5 inches and tipping the scales at a scant 4.5 pounds, the system is not significantly more bulky than some conventional paper-based notepads. Users input data in one of two ways -- either by sketching directly on the swiveling, double-duty 12.1-inch poly-silicon SXGA+ TFT color LCD display screen (maximum resolution 1400x1050) or via the system's 84-key keyboard.

    Sporting an Intel Centrino-based processor (1 MB Level 2 cache) running at 1.5 GHz, a whopping 512 MB RAM memory and an nVidia GeForce FX Go5200 graphics processor with 32 MB of dedicated DDR video memory, the Portege M205-S810 will easily handle most day-to-day mobile computing tasks and the majority of today's most popular 3-D apps, with the exception of ultra-complex 3-D games and graphic design packages.

    The unit features today's most desirable connectivity options, including an integrated 56K modem for low-speed e-communications, a 10 Base-T//100 Base-TX Ethernet connection for fast LAN and Internet access, and Wi-Fi compliant wireless LAN technology for those times when you can't plug in. The system also sports a surprisingly large 60 GB hard disk and facilities for an external CD and/or DVD drive, a pair of ultra-fast USB 2.0 ports for plug and play peripherals such as scanners and digital cameras, an integrated TouchPad, a speaker and microphone and full 16-bit stereo sound. Battery life is estimated at an impressive 4.34 hours.

    ... Read more

    Reviews (5)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good as a Toy
    If you have about $2500 to blow for a really cool toy then this is a great buy. However if you want to do anything useful with it don't buy it. I have had this computer about a a year now and for about the first month it was great. Now it's a P.O.S. I have already had to send it back to Toshiba because the motherboard fried and when I got it back they did not even finish connecting all the fans or even the wireless card.

    Now it's not even two months later after they fixed it and it is worse than ever. The cd-rom/dvd burner fails to burn dvds and the gyroscope no longer works. Now I have to call tech support yet again and wait another two weeks before I can get the computer back. Did I mention when I tried to reformat, the computer wouldn't even recognize its own external dvdrom drive. This problem has persisted even after the first time i sent it to get serviced. I use this computer for webdevelopment and even upgraded to the 2 gig of ram and it still doesn't operate like when it was brand new.

    Save yourself some money and get a palm pilot and a laptop instead. It will cost less in the end and work out better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Tool for the Cortroom
    I am a trial lawyer. I already have a great Toshiba laptop already, the Satellite M35-S359, which has power, speed and convenience. I truly love it.

    So why did I go out and buy this PC Tablet? The answer lies in its weight and its swivel screen. When I first took my laptop to trial, I found that Microsoft Office OneNote program functions as an incredible litigation support tool. Easily modifiable I had my entire case from voir dire to closing argument at my fingertips.

    But even a great laptop and superb support program have limitations. We lawyers ask questions and make arguments on our feet. You cannot hold a laptop in on hand and refer to it during direct or cross examination. The tablet solves that problem. Lightweight and locked in the tablet configuration, it's no more intrusive than a legal pad.

    It is also a full featured laptop, with built-in WiFi. The screen size is some disappointing, but nothing is perfect. The four stars I give it instead of a five, is really a 4 1/2.

    This is a very important advance in integrating computers into courtroom practice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The standard in tablets, if you need a tablet Pc.
    Toshiba has competition in Fujitsu on performance and features, Visoneer and Acer on price.Taken as a whole, the Toshiba Portege tablets have no equal.

    Use of the 1.5Ghz Pentium 4M CPU makes this more powerful than other tablets in the field, putting it in the same class as most pure laptops.As with any laptop, you have limitations on hard drive size, memory, and add-on peripherals.As a laptop, this is average, as more feature-rich and economical options exist.I would *not* recommend this machine to anyone looking for a pure laptop solution.

    However, I'm a firm believer in tablets as the future.I've seen how much suffering people endure with folios of printouts and papers, almost solely because they need to markup the paper and have access to multiple sheets as they work.While this doesn't purport to expand the screen size to 36"x48" (which would be AWESOME... someday), it does allow most people to finally start editing documents by hand, and cut down on the paper waste.

    Also, as a forms tool, tablets are unmatched.The user experience in Windows XP for tablets is much closer to the long-enjoyed PDA functionality of Palm and PocketPC users everywhere... without the annoying syncronization problems.And One Note from Microsoft is probably the best utility going for tablet users.

    As a tablet PC, this delivers.I can't speak to the MP3/DVD problems, but the tablet does have the necessary horsepower to do either or both, so I would tend to think the problem is configuration, not intrinsic problems.

    If you have the cash, buy one for your group as an evaluation item.Once people start using it, your next problem will be to find the budget room to buy more.

    Fred ... Read more

    Asin: B0001MBJHK
    Subjects:  1. Toshiba   


    ReplayTV RTV5532 320-Hour Digital Video Recorder
    by ReplayTV
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $799.99 -- our price: $554.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    The RTV5532 personal video recorder, or PVR, delivers the ability to pause and replay live TV while recording and storing a whopping 320 hours of digital, tapeless audio and video--nearly two solid weeks' worth of entertainment. Enjoy a broadband or phone-line connection to the ReplayTV service and convenient home networking through a built-in Ethernet port--there's no extra hardware required. Subscription to ReplayTV service is available either as a $12.95 monthly fee or one-time lifetime fee of $299.99; a discounted $6.95 monthly fee is available for consumers with more than one active unit .

    ReplayTV's 5500 Series is the most powerful and flexible PVR yet.
    With the RTV5532 and the other models in the 5500 Series, ReplayTV has made major revisions, enhancing its feature base while removing certain contentious features found on previous models. ReplayTV's 5.0 software adds four powerful features: recording priority, which identifies recording conflicts and lets you decide which shows to record; network recording, which identifies conflicts and automatically assigns recordings to a home-networked ReplayTV with available hard-disk storage; pause and resume, which lets you pause a movie in the living room and finish watching it in the bedroom; and First-Run Recordings, which records only the new episodes and skips the repeats.

    A PVR makes it simple to record favorite shows without the complicated programming requirements of VCRs and without videotape hassles. A PVR frees you from fixed TV schedules so you can watch what you want, when you want. Because ReplayTV uses digital recording to store television and/or cable broadcasts on a hard drive as you're watching, you'll also be able to control live television. You can pause live TV to take a telephone call, rewind to see a scene again, use instant replay to jump back seven seconds, or watch a scene in slow-motion.

    Remote is well laid out and easy to read.
    ReplayTV connects nightly to the ReplayTV Service to download the latest channel-guide information. Use this intuitive guide and the main system menu to follow simple--and in many cases, one-button--prompts. A feature called theme record automatically records shows using keywords or themes that you supply. You can also search for programs by keyword, helping you discover programs you might not have known about otherwise. If you forget to program your receiver to record a show before you leave for vacation, no worries: you can access your ReplayTV over the Web and program it from anywhere using MyReplayTV.

    With multiple ReplayTV 5500-series models in a home connected via their built-in Ethernet ports, you can bounce programs around the house to different PVRs or to send digital photos between your PC and your ReplayTV units. And, like the 5000 Series, the 5500 Series still offers the option for broadband connectivity, which at this time consists of the future potential (via upgradeable firmware) to send non-copyrighted material across the Internet to other ReplayTV units and, possibly, to computers. The 5500 Series units network seamlessly with 5000 Series units.

    And while ReplayTV has removed the Send Show and Automatic Commercial Advance features, the 5500 Series retains the QuickSkip and high-speed fast-forward buttons, so you'll still have considerable flexibility in your playback viewing. At the touch of a button, QuickSkip hops through a recorded program in 30-second increments--great for news features you don't care to watch and, yes, for bypassing the less interesting commercials out there. The fast-forward button scans at up to 20 times normal speed.

    Built-in Ethernet port allows for convenient home networking.

    Other features include room-to-room streaming between networked ReplayTVs, a progressive-scan output (for seamless, flicker-free displays on high-definition and HD-ready TVs), an optical digital-audio output (for direct connection with a compatible AV receiver), parental control (including channel blocking), show organizer, manual record, show extender (which lets you manually extend the start or end times of a recording).

    What's in the Box
    One ReplayTV RTV5532 PVR, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, a coaxial video cable, a composite-video/stereo analog audio interconnect, an IR blaster cable, a 9-to-15-pin adapter, an RJH-to-9-pin adapter, and an RJ-11 phone cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • Send programs between ReplayTV units in your home; blaze past annoying ads in 30-second increments with QuickSkip
    • ReplayTV service subscription is either a $12.95 monthly fee or $299.99 one-time lifetime fee; discounted $6.95 monthly fee is available for consumers with more than one active unit
    • 320-hour personal video recorder with theme record for capturing programs based on keywords or themes
    • Built-in home networking capabilities via Ethernet; no extra costs to network
    • Pause live-action TV shows, jump back 7 seconds for instant replay, enjoy high-quality slow-motion and fast forward effects
    Reviews (124)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Time Saver and Addicting Way to Watch TV
    I purchased the ReplayTV in the beginning of May, and I've been in love with it ever since. With all the various options for hookups in the back, it was easy to plug in all of my different video systems (DVD, video game, etc) into the unit. I also use it in conjunction with a Dish network Satellite Reciever (301) and it works flawlessly.

    The unit is great, and now I can not even bare to sit through a "live" program because I can't fast foward through it, gotta love a DVR. The amount of time that this product saves is fantastic, last week I started watching the Lost season finale at 8:45 (the show started at 8) and I still finished at 10:00 because I fast forwarded through the commercials.

    Why this over Tivo? That's a hard call. Replay is cheaper for the unit (monthly fees are the same) now that Tivo got rid of its rebate. Also, Replay has a built in network port, which means if you have two or more Replays (or if you're watching it over the computer), shows can transfer much more quickly than Tivo can. Tivo is much more user friendly, so if this is for someone who's afraid of computers, go Tivo, but if you can log onto a computer and surf the internet, you can definately use this.

    Overall I'm very satisfied with this product, and but of course there are things that can be improved, but they are mostly software which can be updated once the unit is bought (if Replay so chooses). The actual box itself seems future-proof to me.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Item is wonderful if you pay each and every month...
    I like this item because of its wonderful functionality but the company's greed forces me to give it very poor marks.You've read a lot about what it can do.Let me tell you the infuriating things that it CAN'T do.Without a paid subscription you cannot record manually nor can you even view the programs that have been previously recorded.Simply put this device, without a monthly subscription, is useless.The subscription rate is an unnecessarily high $13/month (all you get are the listings and the privilege of using the device).If you choose to drop your subscription and then later desire to reactivate it that will cost you an additional $25.I'm sick of the money pit subscriptions that companies force you to sign up for.I am returning this item and I will wait to find an affordable similar unit that won't try to siphon off every last dime out of my pocket.I know, I know... don't hold my breath.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great unit; Mixed blessing at first.
    Cons:
    Hassle to setup
    My unit only sees the IR remote from right in front.

    Pros:
    Great unit with a lot of features for a price that I can afford.
    Works great with my Dish 301 box.
    Love the Ethernet connection so I can download the shows and burn them to DVD if I want to.


    Last week it arrived! Everything was there as promised, and full expectation I installed the unit.
    When I switched it on the "Quick" setup started, well this was everything but quick....pfff.
    I took me 5 hours...dialing and redialing before the channel guide made it into the unit.
    Never finished a nightly update without hanging up on "transferring additional information" message. Rebooting the unit was the only thing I could do to get it to work again. Tried all kinds of phone numbers and modem speeds but nothing seemed to work.

    After some research on the FAQ side of RealTV
    I could setup a peer to peer network via a crossover Ethernet cable and whalla! I downloaded the channel-guide and made it past the "transferring additional information" message AND it started downloading new software.
    Even though it was slow (approx 40 minutes on a 56k Modem) it never messed up.

    Now with the new software Version 530511440 the problems are gone. It will dial-out now and will get the updates in approx 5 minutes.
    Anyway I have learned a lot about the unit and I have DVArchive software on my laptop that can download the shows to my laptop to play them on the road. Awesome program!

    ... Read more

    Asin: B0000BYRL9
    Subjects:  1. RTV-5532, 5532, rptv, replay tv    2. replay television, dvr, dv-recorder    3. 320 hr, rtv55, rvt5532, personal video recorder    4. rtv55320, 55320, rtv-55320    5. 90440063    6. Video Cassette Recorder (Recorders, VCR, VCRs)   


    $554.99

    Panasonic DMR-E55K Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder/Player (Black)
    by Panasonic
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $349.99
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    Editorial Review

    Panasonic's DMR-E55K DVD player/recorder grants unprecedented recording time on double-sided 9.4 GB recordable DVDs--up to 16 hours, or 8 hours per side (and on standard 4.7 GB discs, in EP mode). The DMR-E55K's joint support of DVD-RAM and DVD-R media provides the best of both worlds: DVD-R for the highest compatibility (letting you share video recordings with virtually anyone with a DVD player) and DVD-RAM (for rewritability and benefits like TimeSlip, chasing playback, and simultaneous play and record). DVD-RAM offers the perfect method for recording and rerecording favorite programs--over 100,000 times on the same disc. Using DVD-RAM, you can also edit your videos on a multimedia computer with video editing/production software.

    You can take DVD-RAM discs out of their protective cartridges and play them on PCs equipped with a 4.7 GB/9.4 GB DVD-RAM drive or DVD-ROM drive that's compatible with 4.7 GB/9.4 GB DVD-RAM. In addition to an attractive price tag, the feature-rich DMR-E55K offers the benefits of progressive-scan video playback (for use with high-definition and HD-ready TVs), MP3 CD playback, enhanced time-shifting, and instant access times.

    With instant recording onto a DVD disc, there's no need to have to find blank space, as with a VHS tape. Just press record and the unit will automatically find space on the disc, much like a computer's disk drive. Panasonic's Time Slip feature lets you replay a scene recorded earlier while a program is still in progress, without disrupting the recording process. And chasing playback lets you watch from the beginning a show whose recording is still in progress.

    You can easily transfer your favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, easily cataloged and accessed, and even edited right from the disc.

    Input TBC (time base corrector) removes jitter from the input signal, while 3D Y/C separation circuitry precisely separates the luminance (Y) and chrominance (C) portions of the video signal to minimize dot crawl and color smearing caused by interference between the video signal's Y and C color subcomponents. These functions are particularly effective when recording from analog video sources such as a conventional VCR and camcorder. Combined with the 3D DNR applied during playback, the result can be a surprising restoration of image quality from old videocassettes.

    Connections include component-, composite-, and S-video outputs, multiple composite- and S-video inputs, an optical digital-audio output for surround-sound passthrough to a compatible (Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1) audio/video surround receiver, and RCA stereo analog audio inputs.

    Progressive Scanning
    Progressive scanning, otherwise known as 480P (p=progressive), creates a picture signal with double the scan lines of a conventional interlaced picture, 480I (I=interlaced), to create a noticeably sharper image. The 480P image offers higher picture resolution and eliminates virtually all motion artifacts. Even on large screens, the progressive scan lines are barely noticeable and picture flickering is greatly reduced, so you can enjoy extended viewing without eye fatigue. There are also many advantages to progressive conversion. Progressive-scan DVD players can handle both progressive and conventional interlaced video.

    The Benefits of Progressive Vs. Interlaced Scanning

    Standard DVD-Video players use interlaced scanning to produce a picture. Interlaced scanning combines two fields to generate a picture of 525 scan lines (480 of which are displayed). Your television projects an interlaced image by first scanning the 240 odd-numbered lines of one field (in 1/60th of a second), followed by the 240 even-numbered lines of the other field (in 1/60th of a second). So, it takes two fields to build one frame of video.

    Progressive-scan DVD players have a progressive video processor, which enables all 525 lines (480 of which are displayed) to be scanned at the exact same time. A television with 480P component inputs can completely scan the entire image in 1/60th of a second, so it only takes one field to build one frame of video. The result is a smoother and sharper picture, with high resolution and no motion artifacts.

    What's in the Box
    DVD player/recorder, remote control, remote batteries, user's manual, and a stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable. ... Read more

    Features

    • Offers one-touch record, TimeSlip, chasing playback (watching a recording in progress from the beginning), on-disc video editing
    • Progressive-scan video output for seamless, flicker-free picture on high-definition and HD-ready televisions
    • Measures 16.9 x 3.125 x 11.2 inches (W x H x D)
    • Records DVD-R, DVD-RAM for best of both worlds; plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW, and MP3 CD
    • Up to 16 hours on a double-sided 9.4 GB DVD-RAM disc; up to 8 hours on a single-sided 4.7 GB DVD-RAM or DVD-R
    Reviews (30)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't hold up
    This should say it all: I just came back from the repair shop.When they saw me walk in with the unit the clerk said, "I can't believe how many of these units come in."This very model.I used it for a few months, made 20 or 30 recordings, then it just failed.I called tech report, told them the error message I was getting and they told me to bring it in.I have a feeling I'll be returning it often till the warranty expires and then I'll throw it out.

    For what it's worth it worked well till its demise.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Watch the shipping date!
    I bet this is a good unit, but I'll never really know. I ordered it and it never came. Delayed once, twice then cancelled.

    I got it in silver instead. It's inside a cabinet, so it didn't really matter about the color. The silver was cheaper, it was in stock, and it's a good quality unit. I am please with my silver one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT RECORDER IF USING THE RIGHT BLANK DISCS
    I have had this player for several months and had nothing but good experiences uses it.I used Sony, TDK, and Panasonic blank DVD-Rs.Recently I purchased some new TDK blank DVD-Rs and had my first problems.The unit was flaky and would not record most of the time, while giving the Self Check indicator for several minutes.I read a review below and it mentions that 8x discs are not recommended for this recorder.The TDKs I bought are 1x-8x speed, so that appears to explain my problems.

    I had used the Sony DVD-Rs mostly for the past several months and went back to them for this reason.However, a couple of days ago, I inadvertently bought a box of 1x-8x again, as I never really even paid attention to the record speed.The great news is that these new 1x-8x Sony DVD-Rs are every bit as stable and viewable as the older 1x-4x version of the same Sony DVD-Rs I was previously using.Therefore, I highly recommend going with the Sonys, as I have never had one lockup on dozens of DVD recordings using them, whether the speed of them is 1x to 4x or 1x to 8x.If you can find Panasonic DVD-Rs, I would assume they would be safe also.When the discs are compatible, the player is the best $250 investment I have ever made.For the money, there is no better performing DVD recorder out there. ... Read more

    Asin: B0001G0FFI
    Subjects:  1. dmre55, dmre-55k, 55s, e55k, dm-re55k, dvd, recorder    2. dmre-55k, dmre-55, dmr-55k, dmr55k, hdtv, record,dmr-e55    3. dmer55k, mdre55k, dmre5, dmre5k, hd, high definition    4. 55, dvdr, dvd-r, record, drm-e55k, drme55k, recording    5. DVD Player (Digital Versatile Disc Players)   


    Panasonic DMR-E95HS Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder with 160 GB Hard Drive
    by Panasonic
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $899.99
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    Editorial Review

    The Panasonic DMR-E95HS progressive-scan DVD player/recorder features a built-in 160 GB hard drive and PC Card slot, making it the hardest-working home entertainment device around. Now you have the option of recording to DVD-RAM and DVD-R media, recording your favorite programs to hard disk, or recording from an external digital video camera to DVD media--all in one unit. The DMR-E95HS is also a progressive-scan DVD player, which means that you can experience extra clear images and higher resolutions on your high-definition or HD-ready television.

    The DMR-E95HS can play back DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (2-channel), DVD-RAM, DVD-R (recorded on Panasonic units), Video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and JPEG/TIFF discs, and can record to DVD-RAM and DVD-R media. It features selectable recording modes including XP, SP, LP, EP, and FR, and you can get 284 hours maximum recording time in EP mode. There is also the option for bilingual recording (to DVD-RAM only). The player has a playlist playback function, and also features aspect ratio control, dialog enhancer, frame advance and reverse frame step, slow motion playback, and a cinema mode for more cinema-like colors and improved resolution and contrast. Other features include two-channel Dolby Digital audio recording, and Advanced Surround (simulated surround sound from two speakers).

    Recording to hard disk is easy with a multitude of special features, including a Time Slip Roller, simultaneous record and play, and a direct navigator. The Time Slip Roller (or Time Slip Button on the remote control) allows you to press just one button during recording to start playing back the scene recorded 30 seconds earlier, and you can search for scenes in units of one minute within the recorded section while you're watching the scene on a small onscreen window. Simultaneous record and play lets you record an episode of one program while you're watching another episode at the same. The direct navigator displays the list of programs recorded to disk so you can quickly see what's available, erase recorded programs, or select programs to watch.

    A bevy of inputs and outputs lets you connect the DMR-E95HS to nearly any external home entertainment device you can think of. It sports three composite video, three S-video, and one RF input, along with one switchable component video, two S-video, and two composite video outputs. Audio outputs include two L/R outputs plus an optical digital out for DTS and Dolby Digital output. It also features a FireWire input for connecting to a compatible digital video camera (via an IEEE 1394 cable) for playback on your television, and also gives you the convenience of transferring your home movies to DVD media. A special PC Card slot is included for viewing of digital photos, and is compatible with most formats including PC Card, Memory Card, CompactFlash Card, MultiMediaCard, Smart Media Card, and Memory Stick.

    What's in the Box
    DVD video recorder with built-in hard disk drive, universal remote control, DVD-RAM disc, RCA cables, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Measures 16.94 x 3.12 x 11.47 inches (W x H x D)
    • Progressive-scan DVD player/recorder with 160 GB hard disk drive to record up to 284 hours of programming
    • Plays back DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, Video CD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, and JPEG/TIFF discs
    • Records to DVD-RAM and DVD-R media
    • Features a PC Card slot so you can view digital photos on your TV
    Reviews (9)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Customer Support is a Disaster
    I purchased my DMR-E95HS online and received a defective unit (apparently a very common hard drive problem).My first mistake was not returning the unit and, as requested by Panasonic, delivering it to one of their authorized service retailers.It's been several weeks and the service center is still showing the parts as on backorder.Panasonic's customer support center has not been helpful in the slightest.If you have an issue make sure you call customer support early in their workday, because I had two instances where they had stopped answering their phones before their listed closing hours.Now I'm stuck waiting for a unit that will take who-knows-how-long to get the parts, and, given the experiences of others I am unlikely to get a unit that works properly.

    I highly recommend avoiding this unit and the Panasonic brand.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I Will Never Buy Panasonic Again
    As I am writing this, my DMR-E95H is in continual reboot mode after I tried to burn a DVD and it apparently does not like the media.Panasonic's customer support is non-existent.They ignore emails and the toll free support number is always busy.After reading several different forums I find that I am not the only one extremely disappointed with Panasonic.Several others have unpacked their brand new unit only to find it DOA.Those who have tried to take their unit to a service center have horror stories of waiting weeks for a fix only to get it home and find that it still has problems.

    When the unit is working it is slow, the menus are badly organized, the functions are awful.Sometimes one must press 'return' to leave a function, other times 'stop' is required.The program menu is a complete disaster and makes the user develop blisters to press enough keys to page through selections.This unit is simply the most horrendous piece of consumer electronics I have ever purchased.

    Actually, considering all the problems and lack of support, I am considering reporting Panasonic to the Texas Attorney General and Better Business Bereau.Maybe TechTV.Heck, anyone!This isthe most ripped-off I have felt in years.I paid enough for a top of the line product and am stuck with a total lemon.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Potential - Little delivered
    I have an older version, DMR-E80H, 80gig, with the old navigator (pre-TV guide), which I love.
    I bought the DMR-E95H, 160 gig, tvguide navigator, mainly because I wanted more disk space.I was going to sell my older one. Unfortunately, this is so unreliable that I have kept my old one to use, and I'm stuck with this very expensive lemon. I wouldn't feel right trying to sell this to someone else.

    There is a lot of good ideas and potential here, but most of it doesn't work reliably, and what does is poorly done.Many nice features in the original navigator are gone.

    What do I miss about the original navigator?I works like a VCR with some cool features.You program in a show (date, time, speed, repeat, etc), you can also add a title so you always know what you recorded.You can also set it for `renew' which means it records over the old space each day, good for things like the news, it won't fill up the disk and you don't have delete things to make space.You can go in and edit any of this, say a show is on a different time one week, just go change the time, and then change it back. And if one show overlapped another, you could select the one with priority, but the other would record the rest of the alotted time.

    On the new navigator, you can manually set it to record instead of using the tv guide functionality, but you can't edit after the fact.If you make a mistake, you have to start over, if the time changes, you have to delete it, set a new record program with all the info, and then do it again to put it back to the normal time after. If you just want to change the record speed, you have to redo everything. If you want it start late, because the ABC shows are all running late these days, you can't edit it, you have to start over.There is no longer a renew feature. And if the first show overlapps with the second, you only get the first and nothing of the second.

    Why do I use the timer record instead of tvguide, because it's a good idea but a useless unreliable piece of junk.The booklet tells you that you can't start a show the same time another show is ending, ie if a show ends at 9Pm and another starts at 9PM, the second won't record. On occasion it does, usually it doesn't, no rhyme or reason. So I set everything to end one minute early, requiring the timer setting.

    Now, if you forget to turn the recorder off at night, or you're up late watching it, it doesn't pull down the programing and when you record something you get no title.But you can't just set the title you want when you set up the recording like on the old navigator. But the tvguide system doesn't even have all the main channels... it's missing some of the HBOs, SHOtimes, Starz, etc.

    The tvguide interface is crap.I have hundreds of channels, and if I were to use that to see what was on it would take all day.You can't pagethrough the channels, you can't hold the down button and just cruise through the channels.No! You have to repeatedly hit the down or up button to go through the guide.Talk about carpal tunnel syndrome.And to make matters worse, each time you go to a new channel it changes the station being viewed and freezes up while doing so, making the whole process take longer and making it impossible to view one show while looking to see what else is on.Sometimes if you hit the buttons real fast you can go over 4-5 channels before it happens, but it still happens. They should talk to Comcast about how to do an online shedule viewer. Even their worst versions where better than this. There is no search function.You can go to the alphabetical sort screen, but if you want something at the end of the Ms, you have to go through it one item at a time, over and over and over.

    All that would be bearable if the system was reliable, it is not.My old system has only crashed a couple of times in 2 years, and went into "self check" as soon as it came on.This new system (less than a year old) crashes at least once a week, and I have to force it into "self check" to repair itself, usually twice, and then turn it off and on again, in order to get it to work right for awhile. It freezes for no apparent reason, not recording but on.You can't change the channel, cause it thinks it's recording, but it's not, and it's on the wrong channel anyways.They only way out is to go through the process of holding the on (on the recorder) down for at least 20 seconds so it shuts off.Then turn it on so it starts system check fixing what ever is wrong, again.I went away for a week, and came back to find it had frozen on the second show it was to record and had done nothing after that.

    I bought this for more disk space, and I've discovered it acts the most unrealiable if I use more than 100gig, which is a little more than half the disk.It also acts up more if I record and watch and delete a lot of shows, the reason you'd have it to begin with.It also tends to crash/freeze more often if I leave a disk in the dvd tray.For a couple of months I could reliably make it crash by putting a ram disk in the system, and then it did it only every other time, but it looks like it's moving into every time again.

    I wrote to Panasonic, who said to take it to an authorized repair dealer, but there are none around here. I bought it through Amazon, but through one of their third parties who doesn't take returns.So it looks like I'm stuck with this crap.

    I regret having recommended Panasonics to so many people I know, but that was the old style of course. To say I'm dissapointed in the system is to say the least. To say I'm disgusted that panasonic won't replace it or refund, is really disgusting. ... Read more

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    Lexar Media 8GB 40X PRO SERIES CF-CARD WA ENABLED ( CFB8GB-40-380 )
    by LEXAR MEDIA INC
    Electronics
    list price: $1,499.99 -- our price: Too Low To Display
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    Features

    • Storage Capacity: 8 Gigabytes (unformatted)
    • Format: Type II CompactFlash
    • Interface: IDE/ATA and USB, auto-sensing
    • Performance: Sustained write performance (host to Flash) - 12MB per second
    • Bundled with Image Rescue 2.0 & 30 day Trial of Photo Mechanic 4.0

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    Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap MPEG4 Digital Video Recorder w/10x Optical Zoom
    by Panasonic
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $999.99
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    Features

    • Includes 512MB SD memory card and remote control
    • Rechargable battery provides up to an hour of video recording time
    • Pocket-sized MPEG-2/MPEG-4 SD video camera and 2-megapixel still camera--weighs just .34 pounds
    • 10:1 optical zoom lens with 25x digital zoom and super image stabilizer
    • 2.5-inch LCD rotates a full, 270 degrees
    Reviews (19)

    4-0 out of 5 stars So do SanDisk cards work or not?
    I just purchased my SVAV100 and am looking forward to using it. Obviously it would be nice to have greater storage than the 512 MB card that is included.Previous reviews are contradictory. One person says the SanDisk Ultra II (with 10 mb speed) works fine for MPEG 2 recording while another says the SanDisk Extreme III (with 20 mb speed) does not work. Before I spend the money for a 2 GB SanDisk card, it would be nice to know if it really will work for MPEG 2 recording on the SVAV100.Can anyone confirm?Thanks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camcorder
    I have 2 other MPEG4 camcorders but the SVAV100 beats them in MPEG4 recording.In MPEG2 recording, nothing comes close. This unit is really amazing. I could not believe the quality of the video!I bought this camera after reading all the posts in JackBrown's forum which, incidentally has been down for over a week now -- I started a website forum of my own at http://forums.merinotv.com to help those who may be thinking of purchasing this item.Please feel free to post anything like comments, help, etc.I did not find any difficulty other people have claimed regarding not being able to play the MPEG2 video.In fact I tested it in my 2 PC's, 2 laptops andPC tablet, never did I have to rename the .mod file to .mpg. MS Video Player, Elecard and QuickTime as well as other players were able to play the video.For editing, I only use Sony's Vegas and did not have any problems editing. So all you people who have been holding purchasing this product, you can now get the SVAV100 at very good discounts.I got mine for $499.00 plus tax with free shipping.

    I am just adding this to my review.I just purchased a Sandisk Ultra II 2GB SD and I am able to get 45 minutes of recording in MPEG2.That is enough recording time for most.I heard 4GB SD's will be coming out too but will be in the $400-$500 range. You can find 2GB SD's priced between $179-$199.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice picture and great portability.
    I've had this for about a year now.Battery life last about an hour and generic replacement batteries from Ebay work fine.WARNING!USE ONLY PANASONIC MEMORY SD CARDS IF YOU WANT THE MPEG2 (DVD) QUALITY RECORDING!.The manual says a card of at least 10megs/sec recording time is needed for Mpeg2 recording. BS! I bought Sandisk Extreme3 SD cards (20megs/sec recording speed) and IT DOES NOT WORK!Panasonic 1gig sd card are about $179 at B&H Photo and at J&R Electronics.Panasonic came out with the 20megs/sec recording speed sd cards so the standard 1gig should drop in the future.I take this snowboarding and YES it withstands all day worth of tumbles thanks to no moving internal parts.I lost the battery cover at Mammoth Mtn and bought a replacement from Panasonic's 800 number for $7+$5ship+tax.I download the sd card from a card reader to my comp hard disk and record it straight to a dvd via Roxio DVD creator.No widescreen recording but the quality is almost dvd like on Mpeg 2 mode (704 x 480 lines of resolution on Fine Mode and 352 x 480 on Norm mode) assuming it has enough lighting.Records 10 mins on Fine mode and 20 mins on Norm mode with the included 512meg card and double those times with the 1gig card.AGAIN ONLY PANASONIC SD CARDS WILL WORK FOR THE MPEG2 RECORDING.Any sd card will work for the Mpeg4 recording mode and the picture mode which are pretty much useless due to the lack of quality.Yes you need several Panasonic SD cards if you want to record alot.Word is that Panasonic AKA Matush. will come out with the 4gig and 16 gig sd cards for their larger video camera with the widescreen recording.Imagine the price of these cards!

    Pros: size, no moving internal parts, dvd quality recording, stereo sound recording, wind cut sound recording.

    Cons:EXPENSIVE PANASONIC ONLY SD CARDS NEEDED, 20 min max MPEG2 recording with 1gig card, Battery life only 1hr. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000DCXJJ
    Sales Rank: 1313
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    Samsung ITCAM7 Gadget Cam MPEG4 Camcorder with MP3 Player and 10x Optical Zoom
    by SAMSUNG
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Electronics

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    Features

    • Records more than an hour of high-quality MPEG-4 movie clips as distinct files
    • 10x optical zoom; 2-inch fold-out LCD screen
    • Also functions as digital camera, stereo audio recorder, MP3 player, data storage, and media player with both NTSC and PAL TV compatibility
    • Compatible with USB 2.0 for fast, easy transfers
    • World's first hard disk drive (HDD) digital camcorder--save video clips on the 1.5 GB HDD or Memory stick
    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Any body Know what happen to this model?
    It was preorder on Jan 2004. But soon it just disappears in the market without a trace. I was hoping to get 1, but nowhere could be found. Anybody know why Samsung abandon this cool garget?

    4-0 out of 5 stars which mpeg4 codec(divx codec) this camcorder use?
    I really wondered about this. Samsung itcam-7 and panasonic sv-av100 which codec these camcorders use? so many codecs are realised day by day. Xvid,divx,mpeg2... so many. Can ý upgrade firmware of these machines? ... Read more

    Asin: B0000899LS
    Sales Rank: 9489
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    JVC GRH-D1 High Definition MiniDV Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Electronics
    list price: $3,499.99 -- our price: Too Low To Display
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    Features

    • NTSC
    • Info-Shoe for a variety of optional attachments such as an Auto Light, Video Flash, or Stereo Zoom Mic
    • BN-V428U 2800 mAh, high-capacity, rechargeable battery pack
    • Professional-quality High-Definition DV camcorder and still camera with1.18-megapixel progressive scan CCD
    • 10x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 200x) with Picture Stabilizer for shooting without blur from camera motion when zoomed
    • 3.5-inch rotating color polycrystalline silicon LCD and color LCD viewfinder
    Reviews (2)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Would be Good if it worked
    I bought this camcorder on September 28, 2003 when it was still fairly new on the market and more expensive than it is now. By July 2004 both the LCD screen and the viewfinder just went black. No image but I was still able to record audio. I reported it to JVC. They told me I had to send it in for repair, which I did. It seems that this was a common problem. They didn't ask too many questions. The warranty had already expired so I had to pay a couple hundred dollars. Six months later, the same problem again. I called JVC again and told them the problem. The technician who attended to me suggested that I turn it off and disconnect all power for about an hour and then try again because "that usually works." Now what kind of advice is that? I need this camera to shoot footage of events. What am I supposed to do each time this happens? Turn it off for an hour and ask the event organisers to postpone their events for an hour? Anyway, even that super solution didn't work, so I called again and they said I had to send it in for repair again. So I asked, would I have to be sending this camera in to you every six months? "No," she responded but "thank you for calling JVC."
    The words I would like to use to describe this camera and JVC cannot be expressed here but do not buy this camera!!! For the short period of time that it did work, it was great, but I will never buy this or any other JVC product ever again.

    I thought about fixing it and then selling it used but then my conscience wouldn't let me pass this problem on to someone else. So I decided to write this review.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you have an HDTV, you need this camcorder!!!!
    This is the first camcorder I have ever used that looks good on an HDTV. No...Let me correct that.It looks great!!!

    Have you ever wondered why a normal camcorder looks so bad on an HDTV?It's because an HDTV is very high resolution.When you connect a traditional camcorder (even a Mini DV), the TV sees a much smaller, comparatively low resolution picture and must scale it (digitally enlarge it) to fit the screen.It doesn't matter if you have a $400 low end cam or a $4000 high end cam...Scaling the picture on virtually any HDTV will ruin your camcorder picture.

    JVC solved this on the GR-HD1 with the world's first consumer HD camcorder.Basically, it's the first consumer camcorder ever that makes a picture which correctly fits a widescreen HDTV.It records a picture with 720 x 1280 dots, compared with 480 x 720 dots for a normal camcorder.

    The result?The detail & resolution is simply phennominal!The colors look great!The video is much more appealing to watch in widescreen because it more closely matches your natural field of vision.

    The only thing you need to be careful of is the frame rate.This shoots 720/30P.What that means is it takes video at 30 frames per second.As a result, if the camera uses too fast of a shutter speed you may see a "jitter" in things that move on-screen.The fix is really easy:Simply take the camcorder out of the "auto" mode and lock in a 1/30th of a second shutter speed.This eliminates the vast majority of the jitter.What you are left with is a superb high resolution video with a subtle "film-like" quality.

    You don't have to be Stephen Speilberg to appreciate this.This is the ideal camcorder for any type of family video.Think about the great stuff happening today that you'll want to be able to watch 10-20 years from now, and still be happy with the quality.

    If you own an HDTV, no other camcorder else even comes close! ... Read more

    Asin: B00008H2NG
    Sales Rank: 3537
    Subjects:  1. Camcorder (Camcorders)   


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