Nextar doesn’t just say GPS these days. They have released the T30, a multi-media machine with a 3.5-inch TFT color display, a built-in 4GB memory, and an SDcard slot that supports up to 2GB. Play your tunes and movies, view photos, listen to FM, or record your own voice. At a size of 4.1 x 2.9 x 0.5-inches, the versatile PMP has a built-in Li-ion battery and comes with a price of ~$99.99 at most retailers.
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Coby Electronics has released a pair of cordless HD Radio Receivers. The HDR-700 and 650 receive digital HD, AM, and FM stations with no subscription charge. Each features an LCD display with backlighting, a preset station memory, and SDcard slot, and is housed in a brushed aluminum casing. The receivers come with remotes and have both an RCA connection and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Look for prices that start at $99.99, depending on where you shop.
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Roberts has come up with the nifty Stream 202 radio that plays DAB, FM, and WiFi if you have a broadband connection with wireless router or Ethernet. Stream your computer’s stored tunes, listen to stations all over the planet, and save your faves with 15 presets. The Stream also features an intuitive menu, 2 alarm timers, an aux. input for MP3 player, and a socket for headphones. At a size of 300 x 174 x 115mm and a weight of 1.47kg, the radio comes with an AC adaptor or can run on 6 D batteries (not included.) It carries a price of £149.99 (~$292.00.)
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Grab a refurbished Zen V Plus for Mom’s Day in pukey pink and white or gross green and black from Creative. With FM tuner and voice recorder, the 2GB MP3 Player features the characteristic 1.5-inch color screen and will play refurbished music, photos and videos (just kidding.) Order one at the very discounted price of $35.99. If you already have a player, they are also offering Live! Cams, earphones, speakers, a travel mouse and other goodies at reduced prices, with free shipping on orders over $99.99. That’s a lot of mother love.
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Talk about combining pleasure with guilt. The Samsung Adidas miCoach features stereo FM, an MP3 player, a 2-inch 262,000 TFT display with a 240 x 320 pixel resolution, a 2 megapixel camera, a sliding keypad, GPS ability, E-mail and Internet connectivity, and all the usual cell phone bells and whistles. In addition, it has built-in step and pulse meters as well as training tips and time updates. It will come out in Germany and other parts of Europe in mid March. Available in 7 colors and 2 models, we could see this being particularly helpful during the next gorging holiday season.
Trevor Baylis has long been into environmental products having created the first wind-up radio. He is now featuring the Eco Media Player for music, movies, and FM Radio. With a 1.8-inch display, it also stores data, allows you to view images, and charges your cell phone. Wind it up for 40 minutes of play or recording or use it for reading e-books. The Player comes with a USB cable for attaching to your PC for download (or recharging if your arm gets tired) and carries an online MSRP of £149.95 (~$290.00.)
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While we know that most people are into the MP3 experience, many of the
“earlier” generation still use cassettes for recording and duplication. Besides, if you head into any bargain aisle, you can get some decent prices on tapes. Sony has issued the CDF-W77, a dual dubbing tape recorder with AM/FM tuner. In case you have some of both or want to take the plunge in digital music, there is a CD player included. The CDF is available for €100 (~$146.00,) at this point only in Japan.
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Samsung has unveiled its SGH-F400. Working with Bang and Olufsen, it has included their ICEpower audio amp in the bi-direction slider phone. Look for built-in RDS capable FM, a 2.2-inch QVGA res display, and a 3 megapixel cam. Sizewise it is 4.1 x 1.9 x .7-inches and it has Bluetooth capability. The F400 supports GSM/EDGE on its 900, 1800, and 1900MHz bands as well as UMTS/HSDPA at 2100MHz. Check with Samsung for future availability and price.
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This holiday season, consumers have three choices if they are wanting to buy a Microsoft Zune for themselves or a loved one. In this Federated Media Holiday Gadget Guide video post, we take a look at the Holiday 2007 Microsoft Zune lineup in detail. In the video we compare the old-school Zune 30 GB with the new Zune 2 lineup - the Zune 80 and the Zune 8. The Zune 80 is a hard drive based Zune that holds up to 80 GB of content, while the Zune 8 and Zune 4 are the new flash based Zune players, holding 8 GB and 4 GB of media respectively. Check out the video for the full scoop on the complete Zune lineup available this holiday season.
TDK’s latest speaker system is multi-functional and looks stylish as well. Featuring two 2.5 W flat panel speakers with NXT technology and Blue LCD display, the iSlim comes with an iPod dock with adapters, clock, alarm and FM radio. There is a AUX input for other audio players, a video-out jack, a one button equalizer, and menu and select keys. A remote and antenna are also part of the deal. For $149.00, we definitely prefer this to the Jukebox/Dock as a holiday gift, hint, hint.
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