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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