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Getting directions from Point A to Point B does not have to cost as much as a cross-country plane ticket for the holidays. Sony now makes an affordable GPS unit that gets the job done nicely for under $200. Available in 3 colors, the Sony NV-U44 has a 3.5" touchscreen, text-to-speech functionality, and dual view mode with lane guidance. It's also got a photo viewer and what Sony calls Gesture Command, which sounds like... more
The new HP Mini 1000, like the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, isn't just a tiny laptop. It's a "netbook," which is loosely defined as a small, lightweight, affordable, energy-efficient laptop that's geared for Web surfing and emailing. The Mini 1000 is less than an inch thick but its keyboard, according to HP, is 92% as big as that of a full-size laptop. The netbook starts at $400; the base price includes Windows XP... more
The 10-megapixel Kodak EasyShare M1033 has almost everything we want in an ultracompact, easy-to-use digital camera: Good photos. Slim design. Huge screen. Face detection. 22 scene modes. And a budget price tag. We wish it had more than 3x zoom, but that's the standard for cameras you can fit in your pocket. This one makes up for it, we guess, by letting you shoot movies in HD. Choose from 5 colors. More ultracompact... more
It's not often someone outdoes Apple when it comes to MP3 player design, but Samsung has taken the iPod Shuffle idea - an MP3 player that holds 1GB of music, has no display or FM radio, is easy to use, and is perfect for exercise - and improved upon the design. The sleek, round Samsung S2 Pebble fits in your palm, comes in 5 cool colors, and can be worn like a pendant... more
Dell calls its new Inspiron Mini 9 laptop "your new best friend." The petite laptop is an ideal travel companion if you want to blog, keep a journal, surf the Web, send email, and listen to music while on vacation. The Mini 9 has a 9" display and 4 hours of battery life, and weighs all of 2.3 pounds. Under the hood, the $349 base configuration will get you an Ubuntu Linux OS, 512MB... more
Calling all students and laptop users on a budget: Sony has released an entry-level Vaio laptop that offers both strong performance and long battery life. The Sony Vaio NR430 has a 1.86GHz Intel Pentium dual-core processor, 15.4" screen, 160GB hard drive, built-in CD/DVD burner, and 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN. It ships with Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. And right now Best Buy has it for $600. More budget laptops.
New from eMachines: The budget T5254 desktop computer. For $400 you get a lot of bang for your buck: An energy-efficient 2.1GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 BE-2350 processor, Windows Vista Home Premium, 320GB hard drive, media card reader, graphics card slot, and 16x dual-layer DVD burner. There's no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but that's to be expected at this price point. More eMachines desktops.
Looking for unique and affordable graduation/Father's Day gifts? How about a Smith & Wesson dog tag watch? It comes with a carabiner to attach it to your belt loop, and a chain for wearing it as a necklace. (So it should appeal to both men and women.) Best of all, your dads and grads will be able to tell people they own a Smith & Wesson! Choose black, silver, or green. Prices start under... more
A super dad should have a Superman stapler to remind him while working just how awesome his kids think he is. Granted, the target audience for this product is probably grade school kids, but we've got Father's Day on the brain and not a whole lot in the bank. And unlike a Superman action figure, this stapler is actually useful.
Why spend $200 on an 8GB iPod Nano when you can get the 8GB SanDisk Sansa Fuze - which has a microSD card slot for adding more memory - for just $130? The Fuze comes in several colors and capacities, has an FM tuner and voice recorder, works with Rhapsody, and supports photos and videos (although we don't really want to look at either one on a 1.9" screen). "Sure, it's a bit... more
Just in time for the recession, HP has released a compact, affordable laptop. The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is a petite 9" laptop that weighs 2.6 pounds and costs as little as $499 (with Linux). The top-of-the-line $750 model comes with Vista, Bluetooth, a webcam, ExpressCard slot, and 2GB of RAM, and its keyboard is almost as big as a regular laptop's. It might not turn heads at the coffee shop, but it'll get... more