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Z5 from Logitech

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

It is actually very uncommon to find a pair of $100 PC speakers which sound good as there are much less which offer useful and advanced features. However the Z-5 PC speakers form Logitech challenges expectations by offering not just outstanding quality audio for the price of $99.99 but also includes a software and a special remote control combo which can control music library with just a simple setup. Benefiting from quality sounds for this price range can actually be enough but is also includes some extras.

The Logitech Z-5 is a stereo computer speaker system which is powered through one of the USB ports of your computer. These two speakers measure around 9.8 x 3.6 x 3.6 inches, which stand tall and slim on your desktop. They are designed to look sharp but the cloth grills which cover the drivers cannot be removed which can attract smudges and dust quite easily. There is a cable which connects the one speaker to the USB port and then connects to the other but there is also an extension cable offered if you need to have the speakers far apart. Additionally the right speaker also comes designed with an 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect your MP3 players or some other sound devices and it also includes a white LED to indicate power.

Although the small 3.5 x 1.2 x 0.3 inch frame the included remote control is actually very useful which also comes with a software that can easily configure the speakers to control the music library. The few buttons included on the remote control are volume, power, track backward and forward buttons and a keen button which immediately starts up your preferred music software when pressed like your windows media player of Apple iTunes. After you have completed the easy setup and installation process the play and skip buttons of the remote control would start navigating through and easily select your music with nearly no lag time. Additionally powering these speakers would also open the music library of your choice automatically if you wish to. The Logitech Z-5 is a simple and incredibly useful features system which most speakers with higher price tag might include.

However, this entire set is rather not very powerful as it can draw about 2 watts of power through the USB connection but they are loud enough for a typical office use. The range of frequency starts from 70 Hz which means that there is no subwoofer included. However to make up for this, the Z-5 offers excellent audio performance although its inability of handling louder music at higher volumes. The company has placed their drivers on the back and front panels of the speaker system which means that the sound is delivered towards the listener and also in the opposite direction. This feature helps in creating a spread out stereo image without depending on the 3-D imaging effects. Therefore this property provides another great touch to the affordable pair of computer speakers that offer you more value and great benefits.

Samsung LN46A850 HGTV

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The manufacturers are currently looking to have great depths in their upcoming premium panels and the all new Samsung LN46A850 which in 1.9 inches is the thinnest HDTV of the company. Additionally the colours of LN46A850 are brilliantly accurate, its reproduction of high and standard definition sources is admirably detailed and its video black inky dark. This new HDTV from Samsung comes packed with some useful extras which means it offers great support in network streaming of your multimedia content, but the best thing is that it is attractive and comes as a affordably prices thin cabinet television.

The Samsung LN46A850 boasts of a glossy black frame, which surrounds its screen that is designed with a subtle reddish amber with outer edges. When you compare this unit with other Samsung HDTV series like A750 the screen frame is actually narrowed by one third and it measures around 2 inches wide and 3 inches wide from the bottom. The swivel action table stand of LN46A850 is perfectly constructed from a rectangular shaped sheet comprising of tempered glass that complements the TV frame. The Samsung LN46A850 comes with two elegantly designed remote controls. One is the main remote control which has an identical design to the fully backlit and updated like that of A950 series and the other is a mini remote nearly palm size which includes volume, channel and power controls in a simple arrangement making it easier for children and guest to use.

The A/V ports on this LN46A850 include 4 HDMI ports along with VGA, two component video inputs and RF input for antenna use. Additionally it also has a digital audio output which operates with almost any connected source. However the multimedia audio output is only available when you use the integrated DTV tuner of the TV and all the other sources are only limited to just stereo output. There is also a USB port on the left side which can easily read JPEG and MP3 files. The Ethernet port at the back of the TV allows local access to your compliant server devices that contain pictures, audio and video files. A windows based computer can also utilize the provided Samsung PC share manager software to access multimedia content from a network connection.

There is a Just Scan picture setting in the LN46A850 which is mapped around every 1080i/p video pixel which is perfect for the 1080p resolution. Apart form this the pre adjusted movie picture preset of the LN46A850 actually produced a colour response which was almost a perfect match compared to the standards used in HD video production. As the Samsung LN46A850 uses an outstanding calibrated picture settings it offers an impressive picture contrast of nearly 3,487:1 which is one of the best results you might have come across. Although the power consumption has steadily declined the estimated operating cost of LN46A850 which is around $3.7 a month with its default picture setup is fairly good when compared to the similar $5.18 a month of Sony KDL-46Z4100.

Sony DVDirect – converts your old VHS tapes

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The analog technology has moved entirely to digital and you might be a bit worried with your huge VHS collection. Additionally purchasing sand running the capture card and also finding out how to use them on your computer to convert your tapes to digital files can also be complicated. However Sony offers you a great alternative by offering their DVDirect VRD-MC5 which offers an excellent method to convert all your VHS collection to DVD format with jut a click. Additionally you can even do this without using your PS and you can even watch what is being recorded on the 2.5 inch LCD screen of the device.

However when you see the DVDirect for the first time you might not know what it does as it does not look like the traditional external optical drive. It incorporates a flat design like a DVD player. Sony has actually made the screen bigger by an inch to make it similar in size to their VRD-MC1, but the screen quality of the VRD-MC5 is comparatively much better. The buttons are placed very conveniently with a big red button to record videos or photos. There are arrow keys to help in navigating the menu and you also have to stop button for self-explanatory.

The VRD-MC5 makes an excellent tool to capture videos from your camcorder but its main function is to convert your old VHS tapes into digital or DVD format. You will just require an AV cable in either yellow, white or red to connect the device to a VCR. After hitting the play button on the VCR the DVDirect VRD-MC5 would automatically stream the included videos on its screen. You can stop or record the streaming at any point. Additionally you can also set an automatic timer through its menu. This process is the same like that in a camcorder but you might have to purchase an additional cable to transfer the data. The DVDirect also supports excellent high definition camcorders like Sony HDV 1080i and HDR-HC3 hyndycam. However the device does not support other formats of HD camcorders.

Its selection menu includes several other functions compared to the previous one which means that is plenty to do to enhance your DVD experience. You will first have to choose the right mode from the 5 different quality recording modes which range from the recording time that starts from one hour to nearly six hours in SLP. To maximize the DVD space without compromising the video quality you can just use the SP mode. Sony has added 4 new basic titles menus in different styles and colours that you choose from but you cannot add any special effect, transitions or something fancy. However the company has removed the capability of DVDrict to connect to a USB printer or PC as like it previously did, and you also cannot use any external USB DVD burner for the computer. You only have the USB port through which you can only connect a USB camcorder. However there are 3 multimedia card slots which can support memory stick , CompactFlash, xD, SD, MS and Duo formats.

Belkin F1UP001 wireless print server

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Belkin F1UP001 is the product of Belkin corporations and is basically a print server. It is an impressive and handsome device which offers a consistent as well as wireless performance. This print server can function as far as 160 feet and offers a great working range. Belkin F1UP001 has two USB ports and it all comes at a very nice price which makes it a great purchase. All the print servers in the market generally have only one USB port so you are at advantage by buying the all new Belkin F1UP001 since it comes with dual USB ports. It allows you to connect as well as share with two other printers. Belkin F1UP001 comes with an integrated wire Ethernet port which helps you to wire the printer directly with a network while you are using the port. The wireless facility of the server will be disabled automatically.

The setup process of Belkin F1UP001 is a little bit sophisticated and there are too many steps as compared other products out in the market. Installation Wizard of Belkin F1UP001 will instruct you to connect with the printer which is attached to all computers which are sharing it. Then, you will have to install the manufacture driver before continuing with the Wizard installation. The wizard will then direct you to setup a redirector for the Belkin port. Lastly, you will have to run another program which you will find on the installation CD which will search for the print server and will launch a management interface which is web based. Overall if you look at Belkin F1UP001 then it is a great choice and comes at a very decent price. The product works efficiently and you can get all your printing done easy and fast. The tech support is said to be inadequate but it is up to the user and on a general basis it offers good and adequate technical support. Belkin F1UP001 has a print compatibility list which offers the compatibility of the print server with other computers. Some claim that the list is outdated and offers very limited options. Belkin F1UP001 communicates with other print servers and you can get your printing done efficiently.

The main highlight of the Belkin F1UP001 print server is that it offers a consistent performance and offers great range for its wireless network. It can run for long durations and offer great durability to the user which is a strong point of Belkin F1UP001. It is one of the best models out in the market and is a great purchase for anyone. It is a good choice even though other models like Hawking HWPS12UG also comes in the same price range. The fact that you can connect two USB is a huge advantage as other products in the market come with a single USB port. Even though Belkin F1UP001 has some drawbacks like an obsolete compatibility list you can have great print utilities and good technical support. If you are looking for a print server at a good price, then you can go for the Belkin F1UP001 which is good value for money.

ASUS N50VN-B1B laptop

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new ASUS N50Vn-B1B is specifically designed as an all in all desktop replacement device which can be your next home PC. For instance, in case you use it to edit your family videos and photos or even run various applications to manage finances of your household, the 15 inch widescreen of the system offers you a fast processing parts for the multi-taskers. Additionally your children can also use it to play newest 3D games and even enjoy high quality movies through the excellent NVIDIA graphics card.

The new N50Vn-B1B from ASUS comes in glossy brown finish but it does not exactly burst with colour. This system is probably the last thing you might find in an office or a living room. It includes contemporary designs which are similar to HP HDX16t through which subtle patterns are embedded below its hard laminate. Regarding its weight the system is around 6.7 pounds which means that it is neither mainly heavy nor it makes an ideal portable device.

The 15.4 inch screen of the laptop is designed in the traditional 16:10 widescreen format giving it a great look. The traditional format of ASUS N50Vn-B1B does not give it less screen space compared to its competitors. The system has good viewable 1,440 by 900 screen resolution which is sufficient for most of the demanding multi-taskers. The ASUS N50Vn-B1B also accommodates an excellent full size keyboard and the best thing is that it also has the numeric keypad which is great for number crunchers. However the numeric keypad is only half the size compared to a normal one to preserve the comfort level and responsiveness of the keyboard.

The features of ASUS N50Vn-B1B laptop can easily satisfy any home PC user. It includes 3 USB ports which spread along the sides of the laptop. There is the FireWire port for all compatible storage devices and an impressive 320 GB hard drive which is above the average regarding capacity for a home user. In case you need some more drive space then there is an eSATA port to offer external storage is located at the front bezel. The system is also equipped with HDMI port and is much similar to Acer, Dell Studio and HP laptops. The system enables streaming of videos and photos to a bigger display like your LCD TV. The ASUS N50Vn-B1B is also designed with a standard webcam with fingerprint reader found designed between mouse buttons.

However even though the ASUS N50Vn-B1B is not a faster processor that is available, the 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor is both energy efficient and speedy. You should know that anything faster would basically compromise with battery life. Boasting a midrange processor with an outstanding 4 GB of memory actually helped N50Vn-B1B to overtake Dell Studio XPS laptop by nearly five seconds over video encoding test. The only thing that makes this ASUS N50Vn-B1B a perfect family PC is that it perfectly combines the finest performance parts with tons of features which are all includes an affordable price.

DEll Studio XPS16 review

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new Studio XPS line of systems from Dell comes with a great level of prestige acting as an advanced segment for those who seek style and luxury. The new Dell Studio XPS 16 centers just that and succeeds the XPS M1530 as the new media center of Dell. As most of the manufacturers are designing the same processors and marketing their 4 GB memory with Home theatre feature and large screens, Dell has also decided to raise their bar through the new Dell studio XPS line of systems. Design has been their greatest differentiator as they use not just one but several hottest techniques in manufacturing their systems. Professionals and photographer can reap the RGB LED widescreen benefits along with the 1080p resolution without having to pay much for the system. This means that the XPS 16 has become the new Editors’ Choice in the media center category.

The lid of Dell Studio XPS 16 is obviously its main attraction which takes its signs from trendsetters like from the aluminum Apple MacBook Pro, the Leather Clad system from ASUS, the polished exteriors of HP HDX16t and it also mixes a bit from all these laptops in an elegant manner to give an exotic look. Its one part is aluminum accent, one part black leather trimming and two parts with lacquered top. With the In-Mold Decoration process, the lacquered part would surely impress any customer.

The Dell Studio XPS 16 is just about 6.9 pounds which means it not a perfect companion for travelers but is much portable compared to Gateway MC7803u. It is heavier because it uses a huge 85-Wh battery, opposed to the 56-Wh in HP system and it has its own six cell option that can bring down the weight to around 6.5 pounds. The Dell Studio XPS 16 comes with a large 16 inch widescreen and adding to the weight is the edge to edge glass screen. Additionally Dell is also promoting a slight turn to the screen of XPS 16 by calling it RGB LED screen. According to Dell this screen offers 100 percent of colour gamut when used in Adobe RGB space. This also means that movies and pictures look more vibrant on this screen.

The keyboard of Dell Studio XPS 16 is a removal from the pervious XPS M1530 model and the keys attach each other on the surface raising them to the same level. Additionally this new keyboard layout also allowed Dell to accommodate LEDs. The mouse buttons are also pleasing to use which also benefit from the LED features. The feature set of Dell Studio XPS 16 is possibly the best you might have come across in media center laptop. Although the HDX16t offers you an HDMI port and TV tuner the Studio XPS 16 offers you both the DisplayPort and HDMI technology. It includes a Blu-ray drive which doubles a CD and as DVD burner. There are also standards ports included which comprise of 3 USB ports, VGA out and FireWire Port and a USB port even doubles as eSATA port to offer additional storage.

Lenovo ThinkPad W700 for Professional Photographers

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The all new Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is truly monstrous which looks like not striking a chord with latest fashion photographers but actually some unheard of in built features are thing that make it stand apart. For instance the pantone colour sensor eliminates the need to carry additional colour calibration device while the Wacom digitizer which is traditionally a part of the screen is perfectly placed on the pal rest area. Additionally an option for 10 inch secondary display also slides out from behind the primary one. These features along with the in built Intel Qquad Ccore technology have together earned great ratings for a performance based laptop.

Even though the 9 pound weight of Lenovo ThinkPad W700 and the yawn inducing black attire might not have the flashiness of an elegant machine there is a reason why it requires some more style as it is mainly intended as a professional workstation system. The dimensions of ThinkPad W700 are a bit larger than its previous models but they let W700 to accommodate the large screen and the entire cool in built technology. There had been workstations designed which place more importance on style but are shade lighter like the Sony VAIO VGN-AW190 and Dell Precision, but the W700 includes some great features as well.

Most of the professional photographers generally prefer larger displays and the 17 inch widescreen of Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is big enough to keep them relied on the system. However the W700 uses the standard 16:10 format that offers content creators enough space at the bottom and top of the screen and also creates the letterbox effect when watching movies. The 1,920 by 1,200 resolution of the system is the highest a 17 inch widescreen can go and it is also the best professional device you might want. Additionally the colour reliability and its contrast ration are both enhanced on the screen which is different from other laptops. The company claims that the screen has the ability to show 72 percent of Adobe RGB colour gamut while other laptops show only 45 percent. The best thing is that its screen avoids glare which is also the most expected feature.

People who are familiar with pantone colour calibrator might know the hassle of using the awkward peripheral as external attachment. Therefore the company has done a resourceful job by integrating its 3 sensor in the new W700 laptop. It is positioned on the palm rest where the sensor is barely noticeable but the results of building it are endless. Some of its other features include 5 USB port, a fingerprint reader ad a webcam. Its magnificent keyboard and dual pointing devices the touchpad and pointing stick are exactly similar as those on Lenovo ThinkPad T400. As W700 is a large system its keyboard also includes a numeric keypad. There is also the dual layer DVD burner which can also be upgraded to a Blu-ray burner and added performance. Overall the Lenovo ThinkPad W700 is a mobile workstation that is specifically made for professional photographers which comes with tons of great features to suit professional needs.

LG 47LG90 review

Friday, March 20th, 2009

After LEDs were being used in TVs it actually benefited the environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals like mercury and also improving efficiency. Therefore the all new 47 inch LG 47LG90 is the first LCD TV from LG to feature a backlight system that consists of a range of LEDs and the outstanding picture result from this has proved to the best so for from the company. The LED based LCD TV are typically more costlier compared to the fluorescent drives ones but this TV set is also the best budget deal you can find around.

Being alighted on a half moon shape swivel table stand the new 47LG90 is designed with a glossy black frame to match with its rubberized blue material thin strip that accents on its outer edge. The touch sensitive on-display controls of the TV are entrenched in the blue material and it is probably less fingerprint magnet compared to those on the glossy face of Samsung LED TV. You will find the power indicator light locator fixed at the bottom right hand corner of the face of TV which is pleasantly passive and the strip of blue tinted acrylic cut along the bottom edge of the set offers it’s a stylish look.

The LG 47LG90 is well equipped with the typical rear and side input panel layout and it offers a total of 4 HDMI inputs which include RF input, VGA and two component video inputs. Being very usual among HDTVs the audio outputs of 47LG90 include both coaxicalcoaxial and optical digital connections. The rarer still was actually the ability of the TV to pass 5.1 Dolby digital audio from all the connected sources to the compatible A/V receiver. Apart from this the 47LG90 TV is also designed with a serial control port which you can use with home theatre automation products and there is also the side mounted USB port whci hiswhich is compatible with several flash storage devices that include JPEG and MPp3 multimedia files.

The LG 47LG90 is mainly configured for home viewing environment and the picture setup of the set can default to the super bright Vivid preset that adds white outlines to objects and artifacts related to elevated sharpness levels. The standard presets of the TV prove much better for daytime watching which reduced ringing artifacts while also maintains sufficient brightness. Similar to other HDTVs the CinimaCinema preset of LG 47LG90 however came close to matching the detail and colour standards that are used in HD video productions even though its measured colour outputs were slightly oversaturated when compared with a nearly perfect result given by LED lit Samsung TV.

The HD video examinations which include the viewing of satellite video material and Blu-ray were remarkably detailed but with a few disturbing artifacts. The motion performance of LG 47LG90 was among the very best you might have come across in 120 Hz LCD techynologytechnology as the TV almost matched the performance of Samsung A950 with detail scanning enhancing backlight features enabled although the LG 47LG90 TV lacked a few its features.

HP Mini 1000 Mi review

Friday, March 20th, 2009

With the aim to offer seamless and user friendly Linux experience, HP launched their new Mi edition with the HP Mini 1000 as the first model. The latest HP Mini 1000 Mi is the same stunning notebook that you came across last year offering you an environment which is familiar and comfortable for longtime windows users.  It is much similar to their previous HP Mini 1000 and it boasts the same spectacular glossy black chassis with gray spins imprinted on the lid through in mold decorations. The HP Mini 1000 Mi measures around 0.9 by 6.6 by 10.3 inches whereas other 10 inch laptops have also achieved a chose dimension but only a few are thick less than an inch. It weights just about 2.5 pounds which makes it easily portable.

The glass screen of Mini Mi is flush and is designed with black borders which have become much common among classy notebooks. Its screen resolution is 1,024 by 576 which is a bit shorter for a standard 10 inch notebook. The speakers of the system are elegantly built in its hinge which his yet another excellent design solution that was introduced in its early version. The 92 percent keyboard of the laptop would surely need you to get familiar but it is still a welcome improvement over their previous 89 percent keyboard on notebooks like Acer Aspire One and Lenovo IdeaPad S10. However, this model from HP still has the annoying mouse buttons adjoining the touchpad which makes it a bit difficult to navigate with one finger. The touchpad on the other hand lets you select by tapping twice which is another latent workaround. You will find a touchpad above the touchpad through which you can disable both the mouse and pad buttons and it actually comes handy sometimes, especially when you are used to hitting mouse buttons accidentally.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi is designed with 2 USB ports, a microphone and headphone jack, VGA out and a 4 in 1 card reader i.e. MS Pro, MS, MMC and SD. The system comes packed with 1 GB of system memory and is sufficient enough to run the Linux operating system. Regarding your connectivity the system includes a wireless-g card along with Bluetooth features. The front of the chassis which includes a button that lets you toggle it off and one. The laptop can offer you a generous two hour and fifteen minutes from its 26-wh lithium ion, three cell battery.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi is also loaded with the same 4,200 rpm, 60 GB drive like that in the previous Mini 1000 system. It is also worth exploring this unique Linux built system for the Mi edition as HP mainly focuses on eliminating the intimidating factor of the Linux operating system. Overall the HP Mini 1000 Mi is a bit costly but you can benefit from a size cell batter along with the latest Atom processor. Although there are other manufacturers offering similar deals the Mini Mi is still one of the best and lightest netbooks that you might have come across.