December 22, 2004

DVD recorder review: Sony RDR-HX900

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"When we first laid eyes on the gorgeous silver faceplate of Sony's new 160GB DVR/DVD recorder combo, we could barely wait to hook it up to our home theater. Our pulse quickened when we beheld the easy setup and the oh-so-cool animated menus, but our dreams of video-recording nirvana led to a rude awakening when we faced its crippled electronic programming guide (EPG)."
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December 15, 2004

PVP review: Datexx Pavio PVR30T

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"Can a company known for scientific calculators and talking clocks bring something new to the portable-video-player (PVP) table? Unfortunately for Datexx, the answer is a resounding no--at least for now. The Datexx Pavio PVRT30 promises to be your on-the-go TV, but its awkward design, limited functionality, weak battery life, and poor sound quality when playing videos make it a half-baked A/V companion. Heart-stoppingly priced at $600, this 30GB PVP needs to go back to the drawing board."
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November 30, 2004

DVD recorder review: GoVideo VR2940

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"If you have a pile of aging VHS tapes that you want archived to DVD, GoVideo's VHS/DVD combo recorder makes it easy. The GoVideo VR2940 ($350 list) produces impressive VHS-to-DVD copies, eliminating much of the video noise you'll find on older tapes. But its most-convenient feature is the ability to automatically create DVD menus complete with thumbnails for the chapter stops. On the other hand, videophiles will cringe at the lack of S-Video inputs--for them, we recommend an S-Video-equipped VHS/DVD deck such as the older GoVideo VR3930 or the RCA DRC8300N."
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November 29, 2004

Cell phone review: Nokia 7610

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"Nokia's new 7610 smart phone set the wireless world abuzz with word of its megapixel camera, its Bluetooth support, and its slick Symbian operating system. But once we got our hands on the eye-catching handset, the 7610 felt a bit big and heavy. And while the megapixel camera took sharp shots compared to those of other camera phones, the weak camera options were a letdown. We were also disappointed by the lack of an infrared port, the awkward keypad layout, and the so-so customization options."
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November 22, 2004

Wireless PDA review: Audiovox PPC4100

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"Audiovox seems to be a smart-phone factory these days. From the sleek SMT5600 to the innovative PPC6600 and PPC6601, the company is beefing up its line of convergence devices. Not to be outdone by its glitzier siblings is the reliable and business-friendly PPC4100. It offers a gorgeous 65,000-color screen, triband GSM/GPRS service, 64MB of ROM and RAM, and the ability to sync with a Microsoft Exchange server."
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Search and enjoy: 7 search toolbars reviewed

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"If you're still going to the Google or Yahoo home page to do Web searches, you're missing half the fun--and you're unnecessarily exerting your fingers. The latest search toolbars also run specific, targeted searches for news, weather, and stock quotes. They highlight search terms on a Web page so that you can find them in a snap. They also block annoying pop-up windows that keep littering your desktop, and some track your Web history, index and search your e-mail, translate Web pages, and keep track of your bookmarks--even when you're working on a different PC. We tested seven toolbars from the biggest search engines on the Web: A9, AltaVista, Ask Jeeves, Google, HotBot, MSN, and Yahoo. We tried out their features, evaluated their design, and even tested their search hits and relevancy. Finally, we picked a winner."
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November 11, 2004

Wireless feature: For Your Eyes Only

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"The next time you visit your local coffeehouse and blithely surf the Web over its public Wi-Fi connection, consider this: Every website you browse, every unencrypted form you submit, and every e-mail you send is fair game for the hacker sipping a double mocha at the table next to you. Using network “sniffi ng” programs that are easily found on the Web, Wi-Fi snoopers can track your every move through cyberspace. They might even lift a password or two, giving them unfettered access to your amorous e-mail correspondence with Trudy the Zamboni driver and exposing your membership in the Hair Club for Men. Pretty scary, right? But don’t pack up your gear and head home just yet. There are plenty of online services and software available that can cloak your surfi ng and your messages with state-of-the-art encryption that even the wiliest of hackers can’t crack."
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News: Beyond the blue door

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"Just imagine: You're innocently chatting away on your Bluetooth-enabled phone when someone standing 20 feet away quietly steals your address book, hijacks your SMS messages, and eavesdrops on your phone call. Sound far-fetched? It isn't."
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October 26, 2004

Audio review: Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 portable speakers

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"If you're looking for a no-fuss, no-frills way to pump up the volume on your iPod, give Altec's inMotion iM3 speakers a try. The ice-white, 15-ounce iM3 set ($180), which is about the same size as a small hardcover book (8 by 5.4 by 1.2 inches), snaps into an L shape, with a small speaker on each side and an iPod dock in the middle. The inMotion's speakers (60Hz to 20kHz, 75dB signal-to-noise ratio) sound about as good as a solid clock radio: that is, not bad but lacking in earth-shaking bass and the high-end sound that makes dogs howl."
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October 22, 2004

MP3 player review: Neuros II

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"In a world of sleek, ice-white Apple iPods and envy-inducing iRiver H120s, the old Neuros player was an ugly duckling; it was big, bulky, and black, and it weighed as much as a brick. Even worse, its strategy of having relatively large and awkward hard drive and flash-memory backpacks didn't make much sense; it seemed like you'd be better off with a tiny flash player and, say, an iPod or an H120. Sadly, the arrival of the Neuros II Digital Audio Computer ($480, with 256MB and 60GB backpacks; other configurations are available) hasn't solved any of these problems."
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October 19, 2004

Cell phone review: Motorola C650

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"Motorola has been on a roll lately with entry-level cell phones that still pack in plenty of features. In this respect, the small, light C650 for T-Mobile is no different. The candy bar-style handset boasts a decent camera, a speakerphone, and some cool multimedia features. That said, we were disappointed with its subpar display, its iffy joystick, and its tough-to-open back cover."
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October 15, 2004

Home video review: Malata DVR-489 (DIVA-2)

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"The Malata DIVA-2 bills itself as an all-purpose "entertainment console," but this jack-of-all-trades is a master of none. This dual-deck DVD burner is the first of its kind to record video in Windows Media 9.0 format, and it boasts the ability to browse the Web and stream movies over your broadband connection. Unfortunately, the DIVA-2 ($550 list) delivers poor video quality, weak on-demand content, clunky Web browsing, and some annoying bugs. The DIVA-2 might be fine for recording filibusters on C-Span, but movie lovers will be sorely disappointed."
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October 12, 2004

Home video review: Philips DVDR615

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"Philips delivers above-average recording and playback quality with the latest generation of its entry-level DVD recorder. Too bad the DVDR615 is such a hassle to use. Saddled with a confusing menu system and a truly terrible remote, this DVD recorder will frustrate beginners and annoy even experienced DVD aficionados, who may nonetheless be tempted by its component-video and FireWire inputs."
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October 01, 2004

CNET's quick guide to home integration

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"Welcome to today's digital home. As you're probably aware, more and more home builders, contractors, and designers are trained in the art of home integration--that is, incorporating technology into your new house or adding it to an old one. For the price of remodeling your kitchen, you could add a state-of-the-art home theater, have music piped into every room, and install a setup that allows you to monitor your home while you're away. Up the ante, and you can fully automate your heating and air conditioning system."
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Cell phone review: Samsung SCH-A790

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"Globe-trotting cell phone chatterers will get a kick out of Samsung's SCH-A790 for Verizon Wireless, the first cell phone in the United States to roam on both CDMA and GSM high-speed networks. The A790's sleek lines should also impress the jet-setter, and its built-in camera takes decent photos. Unfortunately, some key features--such as a speakerphone, conference calling, and native e-mail support--are missing, and our fingers had trouble with the overstyled keypad."
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September 17, 2004

Tech Nightmares: Outlook horror stories

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"We love Outlook when it's reminding us of appointments, helping us schedule meetings, alerting us of e-mail from the big boss, and keeping us honest with our deadlines. But then with no warning our adorable little pal goes all psycho on us. Our expert tips and downloads will help you chase away the Outlook gremlins hiding in your closet."
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August 26, 2004

Cell phone review: LG VX7000

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"LG has a hit in the making with its new VX7000, the company's first camera phone with video-recording and playback functionality. Featuring a rotating lens, a flash, and beautiful internal and external screens, the VX7000 will be a hit with camera-phone aficionados. However, the phone's weak e-mail capabilities and lack of Bluetooth or IR support will frustrate business users."
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August 17, 2004

Cell phone review: Nokia 6230

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"Nokia's candy bar-style 6230 isn't pretty or particularly well designed, but it's stuffed to the gills with useful features. Boasting an integrated camera and video recorder, an MP3 player, an FM tuner, Bluetooth and IR support, and an expandable memory slot, there's not much this plain-Jane phone can't do. Hard-core road warriors who can put up with the handset's so-so looks and flawed keypad should give the 6230 a serious look. With a $300 price tag, the phone gives you what you pay for, but once a carrier picks up this mobile, it might be offered at a discount."
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August 11, 2004

Cell phone review: LG L1200

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"LG takes one step forward but two steps back with the L1200, its first GSM mobile with a built-in camera. The new Cingular handset looks sharp and takes above-average photos, but mobile professionals will bemoan the L1200's lack of a speakerphone and its poor standby battery life, while casual conversationalists will be disappointed by its skimpy customization options."
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July 29, 2004

Smart phone review: T-Mobile Sidekick II

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Boasting a slimmer screen and a built-in camera, the second version of the T-Mobile Sidekick is more of a refinement than a revamp of its predecessor. This bulky but eye-pleasing smart phone is an e-mailer's and messenger's dream, and users of the older model will welcome the Sidekick II's thinner form factor and the addition of a speakerphone. But the new device is still without some higher-end features, and it won't access corporate e-mail.
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