Toshiba’s portable Satellite U500 comes with a 13-inch LCD screen, up to 8GB memory, an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and up to 500GB hard disk. At a size of 317 x 230.6 x 29.5mm, the laptop has a battery life of up to 3.5 hours and the handy feature of a 3D impact sensor that removes the writing head quickly in case of shock or its being dropped. The U500 should be available next month with a starting price of $980.00.
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Take a look at Panasonic’s new compact LUMIX DMC-TS1. The rugged digital cam is water, shock and dustproof, and has AVCHD Lite High Definition video recording capability. It also features a 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 4.6 optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. To keep the cam safe, it has rubber padding, reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera. The TS1 should be out in April in silver, green or orange for $399.95.
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Olympus has two digital compacts to add to their Stylus line, the 1030 SW and 850 SW (shock and water-proof.) The 850 features an 8 MP sensor, a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal II LCD display, and a 3x optical zoom. Drop it up to 5 feet and it bounces back, figuratively speaking. The camera can go down 10 feet in temperatures of about 14ºF. The 1030 has a 10.1 MP sensor, a 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD display, and a 3.6x optical zoom. Olympus claims that it will handle a depth of 33 feet and a temperature as low as 14ºF. The 850 should be available later this month for at a price of ~$300.00 while the 1030 makes its debut in March for an extra $100.00.
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This year is teeming with mini-cameras and the VholdR has become part of the line that is made for those on the go that want their exploits seen online. The cam is only 3.7-inches and weighs merely 4.8 oz. Shooting 640 x 480 footage at 30 fps, it utilizes a microSD card for storage. Its lens has a twin laser alignment and can rotate, and the unit itself is waterproof and shockproof. The VholdR will be up for grabs sometime during the holiday season for $349.99, although the company is encouraging pre-order with a deposit of $50.00. Online retailer Twenty20 Cameras claims that there will be only a limited supply, but we figure that there are plenty of other mini-cams to choose from that we can actually touch before buying.
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We chat with Mark Domaille of Atlantic, a company that manufactures completely waterproof and shockproof iPod cases. While they aren’t the prettiest things, we aren’t sure that anything short of a bulldozer will be able to destroy your iPod while it’s encased in one of these. The case also has built-in neoprene waterproof speakers. Available for $199 USD.