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Table Of Contents • Volume 7 Issue 6 

On Our Cover: Featured on this month's cover is Microsoft's Office 2010 (www.microsoft 
.com), Pioneer's 7.1 -channel VSK-1020-K A/V receiver ($549.99; www.pioneerelectronics.com), 
Olympus' PEN E-PL-1 ($599.99; www.olympus.com), and Trend Micro's Antivirus Titanium+ 
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The Connected Home 

Discover New Possibilities With 
Today's Technology 

TODAY A WIDE VARIETY of digital devices and technologies 
work together to make all kinds of information available 
whenever and wherever you need it. Stream movies to your 
home theater; download photos from a relative overseas to 
a photo frame in your living room; use an app to book the 
cheapest airfare on your cell phone; or upload music from 
your MP3 player to your car. Whatever you want to do, 
there's a product out there to help you do it. Use this digital 
home blueprint to identify the types of things you want to 
do, and then go to the appropriate pages to learn about re- 
lated products and technologies. 





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Inside This Issue 


Home Theater 


pages 8 to 22 


Digital Imaging 


pages 23 to 37 


Computers 


pages 46 to 63 


Portable Devices 


pages 64 to 71 


Gaming, Media & More 


pages 72 to 79 


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The Worldwide Broadband Race 

According to a report from Akamai titled "State Of 
The Internet/' broadband users in Delaware have ac- 
cess to the highest Internet speed in the country. 
Delaware averages 7.6Mbps per connection, while 
the rest of the country averages significantly slower 
3.8Mbps connections. The next closest state, Ver- 
mont, offers average connections at 5.8Mbps, fol- 
lowed by Massachusetts (5.7Mbps), New Hampshire 
(5.6Mbps), and Rhode Island (5.4Mbps). Compared 
to the rest of the world, the United States is woefully 
behind other tech-centric countries, ranking 22nd in 
broadband speed. South Korea ranks highest with 
11.7Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (8.6Mbps) and 
Japan (7.6Mbps). Despite the lag, some U.S. cities 
offer blazing fast connections, including Berkeley, 
Calif. (18.7Mbps); Chapel Hill, N.C (17.5Mbps); and 
Stanford, Calif. (16.9Mbps). 



Rise Of The Smartphone 

A survey of 75,000 wireless users shows that 
at the end of 2009, smartphone users repre- 
sented 21% of U.S. subscribers. And smart- 
phone usage is on the fast track; Nielsen 
estimates that by the end of 2010, smart- 
phone users will represent 35% of all wire- 
less subscribers, and more than 50% by the 
end of 201 1 . The survey also found that 
45% of the respondents said they would 
buy a smartphone the next time they up- 
grade their device, and 66% of those buying 
smartphones do so for personal — not busi- 
ness — use. Smartphones also seem to make 
users more loyal: In the last six months, 77% 
of new smartphone buyers decided to stay 
with their wireless carriers while only 18% 
changed carriers to get a smartphone. 




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The latest Retrevo Gadgetology Report asked consumers how much TV they cur- 
rently watch online and found that more than half (51 %) watch some online TV. 
The percentage that watches most or all of their TV online is still in the single 
digits, 8% and 5%, respectively, and 36% said they don't watch any TV online. 
When the sample was limited to just those ages 25 or younger, 54% said they 
watch some online TV, 23% watch most of their shows online, 6% watch exclu- 
sively online, and just 1 7% don't watch any online TV. 



How Much TV Do We Watch Online? 




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Portable PC Progress Report 

The latest DisplaySearch Notebook Report predicts that in 2010, roughly 215 mil- 
lion portable PCs, including mininotebooks, netbooks, slates, and notebooks, will 
ship. The figure represents a nearly 26% increase compared to 2009, and revenues 
are projected to exceed $117 billion for the device category. The report also pre- 
diets that the mininotebook, slate, and netbook market will expand faster than the 
more well-established notebook market in 2010. Overall, portable PC revenues in 
2009 were down by 1 1% compared to the previous year, but 2010 revenues are ex- 
pected to reach 2008 levels due to higher-priced slates. 



Notebook & Netbook Revenues 




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A recent consumer satisfaction 
survey has found that touch- 
screen-equipped 
traditional cell 
phones and 
smartphones 
scored 756 
and 771 points 
out of 1,000, 
which was 40 points 
higher than smartphones without 
touchscreens and 53 points higher 
than tactile input-lacking tradi- 
tional cell phones, respectively. 

A new social networking study 
found that while more people 
consider privacy an important 
issue (37% more compared to 
last year), 28% of users leave their 
privacy settings at the default. A 
majority of social network users, 
77%, don't limit who can view 
their photos, and 81% of them let 
anyone view recent activity and 
geolocation data. 

In 2009, 17% of the weekly viewing 
audience of full-episode TV shows 
(excluding news and sports) spent 
5% of their weekly 
viewing time 
watching on- 
line, which 
works out to 
between one 
and two full- 
length episodes. In 
2008, 1 2% of the viewing audience 
watched one to two episodes, and 
projected figures for 2010 point to 
21% spending a similar amount of 
time watching online. 

People love eReaders, but don't 
take our word for it. DisplaySearch 
reports that electronic paper dis- 
play shipments reached 5 million 
units in 2009, which represents a 
417% jump from the 950,000 that 
shipped in 2008. 



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A/V R©CGIV©r A Friend To The iPhone 

Pioneer's 7.1 -channel VSK-1020-K A/V receiver ($549.99; www.pioneerelectronics.com) is packed with features you'd 
typically have to move up in price to acquire. This sleek, 3D-ready home-theater device offers ultra-convenient iPhone 
access and control, an Ethernet port to dial into Internet radio stations, plenty of HDMI ports, and more. 



Ties That Bind 

Using the included USB/composite 
video cable and front-located USB 
port or Pioneer's iControlAV app 
(free at Apple's App Store) and a 
home network, the VSK-1020-K 
A/V lets owners of iPhone and 
most iPod touch models: 

• Listen to device-stored audio 
(complete with iTunes album 
art) 

• Download and watch iTunes 
movies and TV shows 

• Share photos, YouTube videos, 
and other Web-based content 

• Control all aspects of the home 
theater's audio configuration 

• Charge via USB cable (including 
most iPod classic and nano) 



Blissfully United 

To maximize your home-theater enter- 
tainment options, the VSK-1020-K of- 
fers many connection options: 

• Six 3D-ready HDMI inputs, including a 
front port for connecting a camcorder, 
notebook, and other HD devices 

• Front-based USB port to plug in a 
digicam, MP3 player, and other devices 

• Ethernet port to access thousands of 
free Internet radio stations 

• Sirius satellite radio support (subscrip- 
tion required) 

• Optional AS-BT100 Bluetooth 
Adapter ($100) streams music from 
a smartphone 

• Multi-zone support to simultaneously 
play two different A/V sources in two 
separate rooms 



Game Changers 

Among the cutting-edge tech- 
nologies the VSK-1020-K uses to 
bolster A/V performance are: 

• Video processing technologies 
to upscale picture quality from 
analog and HDMI video 
sources to 1080p quality 

• Exclusive ASR (Advanced 
Sound Receiver) technology 
that returns details to MP3 and 
other compressed audio files 

• Dolby Pro Logic llz that creates 
a more immersive sound at- 
mosphere via added "height" 
channel 

• Sound Retriever Al R tech- 
nology that enhances audio 
from Bluetooth sources, in- 
cluding smartphones 



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HOW TO BUY 



The Best Cables 

Excellent Connections Required 




You've already spent a lot of money on your HT components, 
so does it really make sense to shell out a premium for good 
cables? Absolutely. A cable that doesn't have a quality con- 
struction will turn video into a muddy mess rife with snow 
and cause stuttering audio. In this article, we'll tell you what 
features to look for to ensure that your cables will give you 
the best audio and video output possible. 






tl. When you're buying cables, be sure to pay 
attention to what 
length you'll need. If 
you need one that's 
longer than 6 feet, be 
sure to get a cable with 
as much shielding as 
you can afford and 
with excellent connec- 
tors that can with- 
stand the extra weight. 

Then plug them in and enjoy the crystal-clear audio and 
video that good cables deliver. 



... be sure to 
pay attention 
to what 
length you'll 
need. 



eCtOrS. The best cables in the world are 
worthless without good connectors at each end that seat 
firmly into audio 

and video ports Look for connectors 

instead of dan- 
gling loosely. 
Look for connec- 
tors plated in gold, as it doesn't corrode and cause signal 
issues that can degrade audio or video quality. 



plated in gold 



IS. When choosing cables, you should look for 
ones that are made using oxygen-free copper. This type of 
copper has a | 

When choosing 
cables, you should 
look for ones that 
are made using 
oxygen-free 
copper . . . 

leaking in and 

causing premature corrosion that can lead to static in audio 

or video, or even drop the signal completely. 



much lower likeli- 
hood of corrod- 
ing and degrading 
signal quality 
than copper with 
oxygen in it. You 
should look for 
good shielding to 
help prevent out- 
side oxygen from 






Shielding 
can prevent interference 
from power lines and 
other electronic equip- 
ment. Layers of shielding 
also keep the cable from 
bending too much, 
which can break the 
strands of copper in the 
cable's core and cause 
signal loss. 



Layers of 
shielding also 
keep the cable 
from bending 
too much . . . 



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by Tracy Baker 



FirstGlimpse /June 2010 9 



A Theater 

In Your Living Room 

Insignia's Home Theater In A Box 



You know the feeling— you find your seat in the theater, the lights go down, and 
you hear that surround-sound test that ignites the whole audio system, vibrates in 
your chest, and makes you grin. Insignia's 5.1 Home Theater In A Box with 
Audyssey ($399; www.insigniaproducts.com) can give you that surround-sound 
experience in your own home. 



Enhanced Features 

The system boasts 1 10W per 
channel (550W total plus a 120W 
subwoofer) for a powerful audio 
response, and with Audyssey's 
audio technology onboard, the 
Insignia 5.1 HTIB can enhance 
quieter sections of your favorite 
movie or TV show while leveling 
out the sounds of loud commer- 
cials for a rich, smooth audio ex- 
perience, all according to your 
preferred volume level. The audio 
system is also low-profile, so it 
won't clutter up your home-the- 
ater room, and its looks will add a 
slick, high-tech accent, as well. 



Easily Set Up 
Your System 

The Insignia 5.1 home theater 
in a box with Audyssey includes 
a speaker setup microphone and 
Audyssey Auto Setup, which 
means it's easy to set up right out 
of the box. 



Insignia 5.1 Home Theater 

In A Box with Audyssey 

(NS-HTIB51A) 

SKU: 9833984 

$399 

www.insigniaproducts.com 




What's Included 

Receiver 

2 front speakers 

1 center speaker 

2 surround speakers 

1 subwoofer 
Remote control 

2 AA batteries 
FM antenna 
AM antenna 
Speaker setup microphone 



Additional Details 

• HDM1 1.4, Audio Return 
Channel, 3D Ready 
3 HDMI inputs and 1 output 
3 digital inputs (2 Optical/1 
Coaxial) 

Component Video Switching 
Banana Plug-compatible 
speaker posts 
40 FM/AM presets 
Direct Mode 



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Built-in Access To 
Digital Services 

Go Online With Instant Content 



Web content isn't exclusive to 
smartphones or laptops anymore. If 
your HDTV or BD (Blu-ray Disc) player 
supports built-in digital services and 
Internet access, you can watch, listen to, 
and personalize online content, such as 
news, weather updates, and social net- 
working sites. 






HDTV Online Services 

• An online movie service 
subscription will make select 
movies and TV episodes available 
to you anytime via streaming. 

• When you're entertaining guests in 
your family room and you want to 
play music without interruption, 
you can stream songs from 
Internet radio stations to your 
sound system's speakers. 

• Share photos from your latest 
vacation to Vancouver that 
you uploaded to an online 
photo-sharing site on your 
Internet-connected HDTV. 

• If you add a compatible Web cam 
to an HDTV with Internet-calling 
software, you can make video calls 
to friends or family. HDTVs that 
feature video calls also offer 
voice-calling capabilities. 




BD Player Online Services 

• The online services available via Internet-connected Blu-ray players are less 
expansive compared to HDTV offerings. 

• You can take advantage of both BD-Live and instant content such as online 
videos, pay-per-view movies, Internet radio stations, and HD movie rentals. 

• Adding an Internet-connected BD player to your current home-theater setup 
gives you access to the services you want. 



Connection Requirements 

• Choose one of three linking options: Ethernet cable, powerline Ethernet 
adapters (converts electrical outlets and wiring into a wireless home network), 
or wireless adapters. 

• There are a handful of Internet-connectable products, including HDTVs, BD 
players, and specialized audio systems. 

• Built-in digital services vary widely, and some require paid subscriptions. 



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by Joanna Safford 



FirstGlimpse / June2010 11 



A Look At LED TVs 



Shedding Some Light 



LED TVs are actually LCD models with a key difference: They emit light from white light-emitting diodes 
instead of CCFLs (cold cathode fluorescent lamps). LED-backlit TVs cost more than regular LCDs, but 
they combine the strengths of LCDs and plasmas while simultaneously going green. 




LED TV Benefits 

• Deeper, richer black levels than 
traditional LCD TVs 

• Lifelike colors from an extended 
palette 

• Remarkable even brightness 

• Lower energy consumption 
and cooler operation than 
plasma TVs 



The Other LED 

LED TVs aren't the same as OLED (or- 
ganic LED) HDTVs, which use tiny 
colored solid-state devices to create a 
picture. And unlike OLEDs, LED TVs 
are available now. 




Insignia NS-40E560A1 1 
1080p LED-LCD HDTV 
$999.99 
www.insigniaproducts.com 



Two LED Types 
Edge-Lit LED TVs 

• Use LEDs along the four edges of the screen where CCFLs traditionally reside 

• A white panel behind the screen reflects the perimeter light to the viewer, 
as in a traditional LCD 

• Edge-lit LED TVs can be made extremely thin 

Full-Matrix LED TVs 

• Backlight panels are loaded with LEDs 

• This type of LED TV is more expensive, but its lighting is brighter and more even 

• Full-matrix sets have local dimming (and powering down) capabilities, which 
let them turn on and off individual LEDs 

• Local dimming allows deeper levels of blackness (better contrast) and richer 
detail in dark parts of the picture 



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by Marty Sems 



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Make The Connection 

Hook Up Your HDTV To The HD Sources It Needs 



After you've bought a shiny, new HDTV, it's time to consider your high-definition programming options. 
Although your HDTV will be more than capable of displaying SDTV (standard-definition television), 
it will really show its stuff when it's connected to one of three HD sources. 




OTA 

How It Works 

• Select areas offer HD program- 
ming as an OTA (over-the-air) 
broadcast 

• Most new HDTVs can receive HD 
signals from TV networks due to 
an integrated ATSC antenna 

• OTA can be the fastest and most 
affordable way to get HD pro- 
gramming, depending on how far 
you live from an HD transmitter 

What You Should Know 

• Most local broadcasters are re- 
quired to make their HD programs 
available as unencrypted OTA 
broadcasts 

• OTA broadcasts are immune to 
the signal problems, such as snow 
and jitter, that SDTV deals with 




Satellite/Cable 

How It Works 

• Cable and satellite providers were 
among the first to provide HD 
content 

• Some providers give you access to 
dozens of HD channels at an af- 
fordable cost 

What You Should Know 

• Digital cable won't automatically 
provide you with an HD picture 

• To get HD programming, you'll 
typically need to lease a digital set- 
top box or satellite receiver from 
your provider 

• To get the best picture and 
audio, you'll need to connect 
your HDTV and set-top box with 
an HDMI cable 




Blu-ray Discs 

How It Works 

• BDs (Blu-ray Discs) are starting to 
supplant DVDs as the medium of 
choice for disc content 

• These discs store movies and elab- 
orate bonus features in the finest 
HD and surround-sound audio 
quality 

What You Should Know 

• In order to watch BD content, you 
need a Blu-ray Disc player 

• To ensure you watch your BD 
movie in true HD, your player 
needs to be connected to your 
HDTV with an HDMI cable 



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First Glimpse /June 2010 13 



Home Is Where You 
Hang Your TV 

Benefits Of Mounting An HDTV 



Plasmas, LCDs, LED TVs Not only are these high-def TV types beautiful to watch, 

but they're also nice and thin. 

Slender as the frame of a painting, a flat-screen HDTV is perfect for mounting on your 
wall. But some of the reasons may surprise you. 






Sanus VisionMount VLL10 



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Space & Style 

Probably the most obvious benefit of a wall mount is the way it modernizes your 
living room or home theater. A flat TV on the wall looks sharp and practical at the 
same time. 

Mounting your HDTV also delivers the space savings a flat-screen promises. You'll 
be able to remove your current entertainment center or TV stand, making the 
room seem instantly larger. 

Convinced yet? We'll help you start shopping. Turn to page 21 to learn more about 
Sanus' super-slim VLL10 low-profile HDTV wall mount ($99.99; www.sanus.com). 



Picture Quality 

Practically every HDTV's picture 
looks its best when you're sitting 
directly in front of the screen. That 
means that the TV is facing you 
squarely without being tilted a little 
one way and turned another. 

Most quality wall mounts let you ad- 
just the orientation of your HDTV, so 
you can optimize the screen for your 
favorite seat. Set the front of your TV 
at a perpendicular angle to your line 
of sight, and you'll get the full benefits 
of its brightness, contrast, and color. 



Safety 

TV stands work perfectly well in 
most cases. On the other hand, if 
you have kids or rambunctious pets, 
there's a small chance that someone 
could knock over your HDTV and 
hurt someone. 

With a good wall mount, you can 
protect your family as you protect 
your investment. The safest place for 
your HDTV is on a wall bracket, fas- 
tened securely. There's mounting 
hardware suitable for wooden or 
metal studs, not to mention walls 
made of brick or even concrete. 



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by Marty Sems 



Yes, You Need To Calibrate 



Get Optimal 
HDTV Video Results 



Why A Professional Calibration? 

• A calibration DVD might be a tempting alternative, but it won't let you adjust all of your HDTV's settings. An ISF-certified 
professional can access advanced service menus to calibrate your TV correctly. These settings aren't meant to be experi- 
mented with, so if you poke around and gain access to your TV's service menu, it's best to leave it alone. Many people have 
rendered their TVs useless because they didn't heed this warning. 

• Calibration specialists are ISF-certified, which means they are trained to use highly specialized and expensive equipment to 
calibrate HDTVs correctly. 



Your Video May Not Be All 
That It Seems 

• Most TVs are shipped with a set stan- 
dard video mode meant for an elec- 
tronics store display — this means that 
the TV's settings are adjusted to show 
the best picture in a bright, fluores- 
cent-lit environment. Because it's un- 
likely your lighting at home matches 
the store's surroundings, you should 
have your TV professionally cali- 
brated by an ISF (Imaging Science 
Foundation)-certified specialist to ac- 
commodate your home's unique 
lighting environment. 

• An HDTV's viewing angle and your 
home-theater setup also affect how 
your HDTV should be calibrated. 
An ISF-certified professional takes 
these factors into account when mak- 
ing adjustments. 

• Although you can expect to budget 10 
to 15% of the purchase price of your 
television for a professional calibra- 
tion, consider it an entertainment in- 
vestment that will pay dividends for 
years to come. 



What You Can Expect 

• No matter which calibrated source input you are using, you will enjoy the 
best image clarity and sharpness that your HDTV can provide. 

• A professional will use color analyzer equipment to objectively tune color 
saturation and temperature as precisely as possible, letting you see video ex- 
actly the same way it looked when it was created. 

• Your HDTV's contrast will be set up to provide greater video detail as well as 
the darkest blacks and brightest whites. 




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First Glimpse /June 2010 15 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Home-Theater Connections 



Q 



How do I decide which ports I'll need on my HDTV? 

You should make sure that every device in your home 
theater, including an audio system, DVD player, Blu-ray 
Disc player, or gaming console, has the right connection 
available on the HDTV. You should also make sure there are 
enough ports to go around. 



QWhat are the different options for video cabling in a 
home-theater system? 

You can connect video devices via HDMI, Component 
video (three RCA cables), DVI, S-Video (a special 

yellow-tipped cable), Composite video (a single RCA cable), 

or coaxial cable. 



Q 



What are the different options for audio cabling in a 
home-theater system? 

You can use HDMI, Optical, coaxial, or stereo analog 
(two RCA cables). 



Q 



What is HDMI? 

This cable carries HD video and audio between devices 
over a single cable. It's the only cable that won't degrade 
the high-quality audio and video that's delivered to your TV. 



QWhat is the highest quality audio/video connection I 
can get for my home theater? 

HDMI is generally considered the highest quality for 
both. Further, as it carries both audio and video on a 

single cable, it's easy to keep your cabling to a minimum. 

Your next best option is DVI, followed by Component and 

then Composite. 



QCan I connect my computer to my home-theater 
system? 

Yes; computers generally include multiple channels of 
audio output, DVI outputs for video, and, depending on 
the motherboard or sound card, HDMI for both audio and video. 



QCan I use my HDTV to stream online content, such as 
video and audio? 

Yes, if you have the right components connected. 

Media extenders, set-top boxes, and even gaming 
consoles often have wireless Internet capabilities built in; 
therefore, you can connect these devices to your HDTV 
and access Internet content via a Wi-Fi connection. 



Q 



Can I use my HDTV to access the content on my PC? 

Yes. If you have a streaming device, such as a media 
extender, you can use your home network to move 
the files that are stored on your computer, such as videos, 
music, and photos, to your home-theater system. 



Q 



What else can I connect to my home-theater system? 

Essentially, you can connect any audio or video device 
that has the appropriate ports. For example, you can 
connect digital cameras and camcorders to your home-theater 
system to review your photos and video on your HDTV screen. 



Q 



How do I know I'm buying a quality cable? 

You should look for thick shielding to prevent interfer- 
ence from other equipment and gold-plated connectors 
to ensure a high-quality connection. 




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HDTV Glossary 




alderdash! OK, HDTV 
jargon isn't that bad, 
but there are a few 
terms every shopper 
should know. Here's your 
cheat sheet. 



aspect ratio— Put simply, it's the shape of 
the TV's screen. An HDTV has a wider pic- 
ture than a traditional TV of the same ver- 
tical screen height. An HDTV has a 16:9 
aspect ratio, meaning that if its screen 
were 16 inches wide, it would be 9 inches 
tall. A regular 4:3 TV screen would be 12 
inches wide at the same 9-inch height. 

HDMI— High-Definition Multimedia 
Interface is a type of cable connec- 
tion that carries both high-resolution 
video and uncompressed multichannel 
audio among HDTVs, home-theater 
receivers, and other components. 
HDMI cables maintain top picture 
and sound quality. 

HD tuner— Some more expensive HDTVs 
include a built-in tuner for receiving 
local high-def broadcast TV channels. 
Your TV doesn't need an HD tuner if you 
have cable or satellite service. Separate 
HD tuners and antennas are available 
for HDTVs without them. 

interlaced— When an HDTV displays an 
interlaced image, as in 1080i or 480i 
resolutions, it really shows you every 
other horizontal line of a frame of video 
(called a field) at a time. Sixty times a 
second, the TV displays the other field of 
the frame, meaning the lines not shown 
in the previous field. Interlaced video ap- 
pears to flicker and causes moving 
objects on-screen to have blurred edges. 

LCD (liquid-crystal display)— Like a 

notebook's screen, an LCD HDTV uses 




a fluid crystal substance to form pixels 
of color in front of a backlight. LCDs 
may not be able to match plasma TVs' 
deep black and gray areas, but they're 
lighter, sometimes less fragile, and con- 
sidered easier to set up. These work 
better in brighter rooms or if you will 
be playing unchanging images on the 
screen for an extended period of time. 

plasma— Plasma TVs use a tiny tube of 
gas for each pixel. Electricity makes each 
pixel glow. Plasmas create deeper blacks 
and sometimes brighter colors than 
LCDs and have better contrast. These 
also offer slightly better viewing angles. 
However, older or less expensive models 
can suffer permanent screen damage 
from burn-in, caused by an unchanging 
image, such as a stock ticker, being dis- 
played too long. 

progressive scan— A TV showing a pro- 
gressively scanned image, as in 1080p 
or 720p resolutions, displays a full frame 



of video (both odd-lined and even- 
lined fields) all at once. Progressive-scan 
video looks sharper and doesn't flicker 
like interlaced images can. 

projection— Some large-screen HDTVs 
offer lower-priced alternatives to LCDs or 
plasmas by using projection technologies. 
These technologies vary, but all projec- 
tion TVs throw light on a screen from the 
front or rear. This means they are bulkier 
than plasmas or LCDs, but some rear-pro- 
jection sets have stellar picture quality. 

viewing angle— No matter where you sit 
in front of an HDTV with a wide viewing 
angle, such as 170 degrees, its picture 
should look reasonably good. Test this 
before you buy. 

widescreen— A TV or monitor that's 
wider horizontally in relation to its 
vertical height. HDTVs typically have 
a 16:9 aspect ratio rather than an older 
4:3 display. E 



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HDTVs 

Screen Technology 
Differences 

LCD (liquid-crystal display) 




LCDs can use one of two 
backlight technologies. CCFLs 
(cold cathode fluorescent 
lamps) are the most common, 
but LEDs are the latest back- 
light technology to hit the 
LCD scene. (See the "LED" 
section for more info on 
LED TVs.) 
Pros 

• The thin profiles and light 
weight of LCDs make them 
easy to mount on a wall. 

• Power demands are a bit 
lower than comparably 
sized plasma displays and 
considerably lower than 
CRT televisions. 

Cons 

• Fast-moving images may 
suffer from a slight trailer 
effect, but with improved 



LCD technology, the effect 
is barely perceptible. 

• When pixels stick on or off, 
they show up as either a 
pinpoint of bright light or 
black, which can be dis- 
tracting on-screen. 

• From certain viewing an- 
gles, LCDs will lose video 
contrast and color. 

• LCDs with CCFL back- 
lighting suffer from 
leaking light, and unlike 
LEDs, they can't dim cer- 
tain areas on-screen. This 
may result in blacks and 
whites that appear to be 
more gray in color. 

Best For 

• Streaming PC content 

• Bright, sunny rooms 



LED (light-emitting diode) 



LED TVs are actually a type 
of LCD TV. These sets use 
one of two LED backlight 
technologies: 

• Full-array lighting places 
LEDs behind the screen in 
a grid pattern, letting the 
TV dim certain LEDs for 
the best contrast ratios 
available. 

• Edge-lit sets have LEDs 
placed around the frame 
of the TV, and light is di- 
rected toward the center 
of the screen. Edge-lit 
models cost less than 
full-array sets and are a 
lot thinner. 

Pros 

• By using LEDs, these sets 
use a lot less electricity 
than other HDTVs, and 



they don't contain harm- 
ful mercury. 

• Overall, LED TVs are one- 
third thinner than other 
LCD TVs and have longer 
life spans. 

• Plasmas are well-known for 
their deep blacks and crisp 
whites and fast response 
times, but LED TVs closely 
match in performance. 

Cons 

• These sets are costly be- 
cause they feature a rela- 
tively new technology. 

• Blooming, or a halo effect, 
may encircle bright images 
that are on dark back- 
grounds. 

Best For 

• Eco-conscious viewers 

• Fast-paced gaming 



Plasma 



Pros 

• A plasma TV's phosphors light up 
evenly across the screen to create 
images, which are consistently 
bright and clear with vibrant 
colors. 

• The contrast ratio is high, so you'll 
see some of the darkest blacks and 
brightest whites. 



The design and technology of 

plasma TVs lend themselves to 

large screen sizes— typically 50 

inches or greater. 

Rapid pixel response means no 

blurry motion. 

Wide viewing angles give you the 

same high-quality images on-screen 

no matter where in the room you 

happen to be sitting. 



Cons 

• Some plasmas are susceptible to image 
burn-in if not cared for properly. 

• Low air pressure and high altitudes 
may cause plasmas to buzz. 

• Some plasmas have highly reflective 
glass, which isn't ideal in sunny settings. 

Best For 

• Large groups who watch TV together 

• Movies or sports with nonstop action 



RPTV (rear-projection TV) 

Pros 

• RPTVs are surprisingly lightweight for 
their sizes. 

• You'll find exceptional picture quality 
on very big screens (65 inches and 
larger). 



• As screens get bigger, RPTVs tend to 
be more cost-effective than an LCD, 
LED, or plasma TV. 

Cons 

• With depths of 16 to 24 inches, these 
TVs are far too big and bulky to 
mount on a wall. 



• RPTVs require lamp replacements 
every few years. 

Best For 

• Anyone who wants to bring a cine- 
matic experience home 

• Big, roomy home theaters 



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18 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



Should You Get An LCD Or LED-LCD TV? 



So you've decided to get an LCD TV. The next step is deciding which LCD TV to invest in. LCDs use different kinds of lights to project an 
image onto the screen. A traditional LCD uses CCFLs or EEFLs whereas new LED-LCDs use LEDs. 



Light 
projection 



Size 



What It Means 




□ 



How images are The diag- 

projected on- onal mea- 

screen; Type of surement 

backlight an of the TV's 

LED-LCD uses screen 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 



Insignia 
NS-L46Q120-10A 

MSRP: $629.99* 
SKU 9602959 



CCFL 



Panasonic EEFL 

VIERATC-L42U25 

MSRP: $899.95* 
SKU 9783658 



37 inches 



Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the TV 
weighs 



24.6x35.5x9.5 
inches; 32.4 
pounds (with 
stand) 



Native 
resolution 

A fixed TV 
resolution; 
Images are 
best dis- 
played in this 

1080p 



Viewing 
angle 



42 inches 



25.1x40.2x4.2 
inches; 39.7 
pounds 



1080p 



The angle at 
which the 
viewer can 
see the 
screen clearly 

N/A 



Inputs 
& Outputs 



178 
degrees 



Inputs let you con- 
nect devices; 
Outputs transfer 
information to pe- 
ripherals 

4 HDMI, 1 
Component, 1 
Composite, 1 PC; 
2 audio outputs 



3 HDMI, 1 
Component, 2 
Composite, 1 PC; 
1 audio output 



Refresh 
rate** 



Speed at 
which a 
screen is re- 
drawn every 
second 

120Hz 



120Hz 




LG LD520 

MSRP: $1,900* 
SKU 9797709 



CCFL 



55 inches 



Mitsubishi 
LT-46249 

MSRP: $2,799* 
SKU 9427211 



CCFL 



46 inches 



32.9x53.4x4.3 
inches; 72.5 
pounds 



1080p 



28x42x3 
inches; 68.6 
pounds 



178 
degrees 



3 HDMI, 1 Com- 
ponent, 1 Com- 
posite, 1 USB; 
2 audio outputs 



1080p 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 3 
Composite, 3 
Component; 
2 audio outputs 



120Hz 



120Hz 



I 



Insignia 
NS-40E560A11 

MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9688972 



LED 



40 inches 



25x38.9x 
1.5 inches; 
34.2 pounds 



1080p 



178 
degrees 



4 HDMI, 1 
Component, 1 
Composite; 
2 audio outputs 



120Hz 



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Sharp 
LC-52LE810UN 

MSRP: $2,299.99* 
SKU 9730536 



LED (edge-lit) 52 inches 



Samsung 
UN55C6300SF 

MSRP: $2,499.99* 
SKU 9790851 



LED (edge-lit) 



55 inches 



32x49.6x1.6 
inches; 52.9 
pounds 



1080p 



50.5x30.2x1 .18 
inches; N/A 



176 
degrees 



4 HDMI, 1 
Component, 1 
Ethernet, 2 USB; 
2 audio outputs 



1080p 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 1 
Component, 1 
Ethernet, 2 USB; 
2 audio outputs 



120Hz 



120Hz 



□ 



Sony BRAVIA 


LED (edge-lit) 


60 inches 


34.6x56.4x 


1080p 


178 


4 HDMI, 2 


120Hz 


KDL60EX700 






2.6 inches; 




degrees 


Composite, 1 USB, 




MSRP: $2,999.99* 






60.2 pounds 






1 Ethernet; 




SKU 9763394 

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1 audio output 





*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 
***Unless specified, this is without stand 



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* Comparing refresh rates between plasma and LCD TVs is like comparing 
apples to oranges. For more in-depth information about refresh rates, 
please ask a sales associate. 



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Outputs 


Refresh 
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What It Means 


The diag- 
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Height x width 
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A fixed TV reso- 
lution; images 
are best dis- 
played in the na- 
tive resolution 


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angle at which 
the viewer can 
see the screen 
clearly 


Inputs let you 
connect your 
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information from 
your TV to pe- 
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NS-42P650A11 

MSRP: $499.99* 


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720p 


N/A 


2HDMI,2 
Component, 1 
Composite 


2 audio 


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PN42C450 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9791253 


42 inches 


24.8x40.6x2.7 
inches; 38.6 
pounds 


720p 


N/A 


3HDMI,2 
Component, 
1 Composite, 
1 PC 


N/A 


600Hz 


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Samsung 
PN50C450 

MSRP: $749.99* 


50 inches 


28.5x47.37x 
11.25 inches; 
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720p 


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inches; 49.6 
pounds 


1080p 


N/A 


3HDMI,2 
Component, 
2 Composite 


1 audio 


600Hz 


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Panasonic 
TC-P50G20 

MSRP: $1,499.95* 
SKU 9788953 


50 inches 


30.3x48x3.5 
inches; 57.3 
pounds 


1080p 


N/A 


3HDMI,2 
Composite, 
2 Component, 
1 PC 


1 audio 


600Hz 




LG INFINIA 
50PK950 

MSRP: $1,699.99* 
SKU 9720169 


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N/A 


4HDMI,2 
Component, 1 
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N/A 


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29.5x47.7x1.4 
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pounds 


1080p 


N/A 


4HDMI,2 
Component, 
1 Composite, 
1 PC, 1 USB 


N/A 


600Hz 


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TC-P65V10 

MSRP: $3,999.95* 


65 inches 


38x61.9x3.9 
inches; 134.5 
pounds 


1080p 


N/A 


4HDMI,2 
Component, 
2 Composite, 
1 S-Video, 
1 PC 


2 audio 


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*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 
***Unless specified, this is without stand 



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* Comparing refresh rates between plasma and LCD TVs is like comparing 
apples to oranges. For more in-depth information about refresh rates, 
please ask a sales associate. 



20 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



SAN US 



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HDTV Mount 

Convenient & Sleek Design 





Sanus VisionMount 
Super Slim Low- 
Profile Wall Mount 

VLL10 for 32- to 60-inch TVs 
MSRP: $99.99 

SKU: 9848075 

VML10 for 26- to 42-inch TVs 
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SKU: 9848172 

www.sanus.com 



Quick Overview 

The VisionMount VML10 and VLL10 Super Slim 
Low-Profile mounts allow less than an inch be- 
tween your flat-screen and the wall. And despite 
this lack of space, the mounts' ClickStand technol- 
ogy will give you the cable access you need by let- 
ting you lift your TV away from the wall without a 
complicated dismount. And with the ability to lat- 
erally position your HDTV, you'll be able to per- 
fectly center your set on the wall, regardless of 
where your wall studs and mount meet. 

Perfect For 

Those who want an out-of-sight HDTV mount that 
offers flexible movement and placement. 



Outstanding Benefits 

• The VML10 fits 26- to 42-inch flat panel TVs up to 80 pounds. The VLL10 
fits 32- to 60-inch flat-panel TVs and supports up to 125 pounds. 

• The ClickStand quick-release tabs let you pull the HDTV up to 4 inches 
away from the wall for easy cable access. When you're done, you can 
simply click your flat-panel HDTV securely back into place. 

• Lateral shifting lets you find the perfect position for your HDTV, even 
if your wall studs aren't centered for mounting. 

• Universal design fits most TVs including those with VESA 
hole patterns. 



V Coolest Feature 

Super Slim low-profile mount places TV just .67 inches from the wall. 



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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




WALL MOUNTS & 
BRACKETS 

View your HDTV from the 
best possible angle 
Adjust your TV's position 
by tilting it up or down as 
needed 

Maximize space in your 
viewing room by hanging 
up your TV 




Protect your HDTV's 
screen by using specially 
formulated sprays and 
cloths while cleaning it 
Eliminate the danger of 
scratching delicate screens 
No-drip formulas prevent 
damage to other home- 
theater equipment 




Hide multiple cords while 
keeping them organized 
Minimize cord clutter, espe- 
cially with wall-mounted sets 
Keep the focus on your new 
HDTV, not the cords con- 
nected to it 





HDMI CABLES 



Carry uncompressed digital audio and video sig- 
nals to and from your HDTV and its components 
Eliminate interference from other components 
with shielding (found in higher-end cables) 



TV STANDS 

Offer flexibility if you're un- 
able to mount your HDTV 
on the wall 

Available in a variety of fin- 
ishes to match any decor 
Provide a place for addi- 
tional home-theater equip- 
ment 



As you head toward the HDTV section of your local con- 
sumer electronics store, you'll invariably pass shelves of 
bland-looking HDTV accessories. There are a handful of ac- 
cessories that are vital to getting the most from your HDTV. 
The following is a rundown of the accessories we recom- 
mend to complete your home-theater setup. B3 





UNIVERSAL REMOTE 
CONT ROL 

Simplify your home-theater 
setup with one remote that 
can control all of your com- 
ponents 

Program different functions 
so that you will be able to 
watch a movie by pressing 
just one button, for example 
Easily view options in the 
darkwithabacklitLCD 




SURGE 

PROTECTORS/POWER 

CONDITIONERS 



Protect your home theater 
from potential damage by 
using a surge protector that 
will absorb electrical fluctua- 
tions 

Filter out "dirty power" (also 
known as electrical "noise" 
or radio interference) that 
can degrade your home the- 
ater's audio and video with a 
power conditioner 
Have peace of mind know- 
ing that your home theater 
will give you its peak perfor- 
mance for the longest 
amount of time 




SURROUND-SOUND 
SYSTEM 

Maximize your HDTV 
experience with theater- 
like audio 

Feel like you're in the movie 
scene instead of just 
watching it 

Even out softer and louder 
programming with an 
equalizer 




HOME-THEATER 
SERVICES 



A home theater is a pretty big 
investment, so it's wise to con- 
sider letting a professional 
handle your installation and 
setup. Let your local CE retailer 
tackle the following tasks, and 
you'll be able to enjoy the full 
glory of HD in no time. 

• Home Theater In-Home 
Consultation 

TV Recycling 

• TV Calibration 

TV Mounting & Cord 
Concealment 
Remote Control 
Programming 
Speaker Setup 



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22 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



COVER STORY 



Meet Olympus' 
Revolutionary 
PEN E-PL1 

Pro-D-SLR Quality + Point & 
Shoot Simplicity + HD Video [ 



When we talk about D-SLR cameras, we often use words 
such as vibrant, lifelike, and sharp to describe their photo 
quality. Those colorful phrases can be attributed to the 
large image sensors that D-SLRs have. In the PEN E-PL1 
($599.99; www.olympus.com), Olympus installed an 
image sensor that rivals the image quality that bulky, 
heavy D-SLRs have to offer — but this easy-to-use camera 
model is compact and won't weigh you down. 



Performance 

• 1 2.3MP Live-MOS image sensor is eight 
times larger than what's found on 
most compact cameras. The same 
sensor is used in Olympus' E-30 and E- 
620 D-SLR cameras. 

• Select photo effects and adjustments 
with the touch of a button and see in- 
stant on-screen results with Live Guide. 

• Optional interchangeable camera lenses 
let you improve your shot composition 
and give you creative freedom. 

• With three modes of IS (image stabiliza- 
tion) built into the camera body, you 
won't need to purchase expensive lenses 
that have IS. An add-on adapter makes 
the camera compatible with micro four- 
thirds lenses. 

• Capture 720p HD video at 30fps with 
the one-touch Direct HD Movie Button. 




Intelligent Features 

• Choose from 19 scene-select modes 
and Intelligent Auto Mode to select 
the best camera settings for 
everyday shooting. 

• To prevent blurry faces in portrait 
shots, Face Detection can find up 
to eight faces, even if they're moving. 



Built-in pop-up flash fills dark environments with light so your subjects 
look their best. Continuous AF Tracking locks on your subject to adjust 
focus and brightness. 

AF Live View allows you to compose and capture shots using the 2.7- 
inch LCD screen. 

Supersonic Wave Filter removes dust and other particles from image 
sensor for spot-free images. 

Six in-camera art filters let you use creative photo and video effects, 
such as Pop Art and Gentle Sepia. 




DIGITAL IMAGING 



HOW TO BUY A 



Camcorder 

Keep The Following In Focus 




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Buying a camcorder used to be a lot simpler when they all 
used the same storage medium (tape) and every TV had the 
same resolution (standard). You have a few more options 
now, so let's focus on what's important. 



Picture quality. A camcorder's picture quality 
has a lot to do with its lens and imaging sensor, but 
the important thing 



is what it looks like 
on an HDTV. Try out 
a camcorder before 
buying. If a model 
produces great 
video even under 
challenging condi- 
tions such as low 
light, move it to the 
top of your list. 



. . . image 
stabilization 
can make 
the footage 
shot with a 
handheld 



camcorder 
steadier. 



Also, a model that 
features image stabi- 
lization can make 
the footage shot with 

a handheld camcorder steadier. Look for one with op- 
tical image stabilization, because it will give you better 
results than one with electronic image stabilization. 






Resolution. A model with a 1080 resolution will give 
you the best detail. If your budget allows, we recommend an 
HD widescreen camcorder. Note that inexpensive compact 
HD camcorders generally can't match the image quality of a 
traditional-sized 

. . . we recommend 



an HD widescreen 
camcorder. 



HD cam, even if 
they share the 
same resolution. 
If cost is a major 
factor, a decent 
standard-defini- 
tion, fullscreen camcorder can also serve you well. Also con 
sider the size of the still photos a camcorder can take. In 
general, the more megapixels the better, but, again, picture 
quality is paramount. 



ZOOm. Most camcorders can optically zoom in to a 
certain magnification level, such as to 12X, by physically 
moving their lenses. If you continue to tighten the shot, 
the camera will magnify the shot further, such as to 
200X, by digi- 
tally enlarging 
the image. 



. . . the picture will 
lose detail the more 
it's digitally zoomed. 



Because the pic- 
ture will lose 
detail the more 
it's digitally 

zoomed, many users prefer a camera with enough op 
tical zoom power to cover practically any need, such 
as 25X. 



FirstGlimpse 



by Marty Sems 



24 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



A Camera For 
Wherever Life Takes You 

Fujifilm's FinePix XP10 Goes The Distance 



Life is hard on most digital cameras. Drop one on a wet, 
sandy beach, and you'll see what we mean. Actually, 
just leave it within the reach of a toddler at lunchtime. 
Fujifilm's FinePix XP10 ($199.95; www.bestbuy.com/fuji), 
on the other hand, is made to go where other digicams 
fear to tread. It's every bit as suitable for snowboarding as 
it is for a muddy soccer field. 

Even the rigors of household life — from kids' sticky hands 
to a loving Labrador — should make this FinePix feel 
perfectly at home. And when you're ready to step out, the 
XP10 goes in style without having an industrial look. 



Fujifilm 
FinePix XP 10 

$199.95 
www.bestbuy.com/fuji 



Catch Trophy 
Memories 

The FinePix XPIO's tracking 
autofocus and digital 
image stabilization are 
intended to let you follow 
fast action, even when 
you're zoomed in on your 
niece on the volleyball 
court. Its rubber grips 
make it easier to maintain 
control, even in a jostling 
crowd. And should the 
XP10 take a tumble to the 
floor, its unibody metal 
chassis should help to keep 
it safe from harm. 




Must- Have 
Features 

• A 5X optical zoom 
mechanism that 
doesn't compromise 
water-tightness. 

• Immediately captures 
720p HD video with a 
dedicated record button. 

• Easily tags your shots for 
automatic Facebook/ 
YouTube upload later. 

• "To flash or not to flash?" 
Dual-shot mode gives 
you both. 



Specs Snapshot 

• Waterproof down 
to 10 feet 

• Shockproof up to 
a 3.3-foot fall 

• Freezeproof down to 
14 degrees Fahrenheit 

• Fujinon lens 
. 12.2MP 

• 720pHD video at 30fps 

• SR Auto feature adapts to 
tricky lighting conditions 

• Face detection with auto 
red-eye removal 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



Camera Types 
For Every Lifestyle 



Choose The Right One 



When shopping for a new digital camera, the best way to buy one is to evaluate your personal photography needs. Here, we'll help 
you choose the right camera by showing you which camera types match specific lifestyles. \H 

by Kris Glaser Brambila 






Get Professional Results With A D-SLR 

A D-SLR camera is the best choice for snapping more profes 

sional- or artistic-looking photos. It gives you more control 

over your picture because you can 

adjust different settings, including 

shutter speed, exposure, and depth 

of field. Even if you aren't familiar 

with every setting, D-SLRs feature 

scene modes that automatically 

choose the best settings for a variety 

of shooting situations. 



D-SLRs are perfect if you want to have 

more control over your shots and 

capture professional-looking pictures. 



Be Picture-Ready 
With A Point-&-Shoot 

Point-and-shoot cameras are ideal 
for everyday picture taking, be- 
cause they're small enough to fit in 
a purse or pocket. Point-and- 
shoots come with scene modes, so 
they can automatically choose the 
best settings for a variety of 
shooting situations. 



A slim point-and-shoot camera can 

go with you anywhere to capture 

fun, everyday moments. 




Go Anywhere With A Rugged Camera 

Most point-and-shoot cameras can't withstand an acci- 
dental drop or water damage. However, rugged point- 
and-shoot cameras can because 
they are shockproof and water- 
proof. Some models are also 
freezeproof and crushproof, too. 
Rugged point-and-shoot cameras 
are perfect if your life takes you on 
rough adventures. 



Get a rugged point-and-shoot 
camera if you plan to take pictures 
while on a travel adventure. 



Web-Friendly Cameras 

Web-friendly cameras help you 
easily show off your photos and 
videos on popular social net- 
working sites. Simply connect your 
camera to your PC, press the ap- 
propriate button on your camera, 
and instantly upload pictures and 
videos to sharing sites such as 
Facebook or YouTube. 



A Web-friendly camera can directly 
upload content to popular online 
sharing sites. 



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Give Your Photos 

& Video New Purpose 

Make The Most Of Your Memories 

Some people excel at documenting weddings, graduations, and other events with photos and video 
but are less successful at actually putting that media to use. To give your photos and video a new 
lease on life, consider taking advantage of a digital imaging online service. 





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iMemories 



Spread The Cheer 

If you're guilty of letting your 
digital photos and video collect 
dust on a hard drive, it's time to 
rethink what you do with those 
files. By using an online photo 
service, such as Smilebox, you 
can create items such as digital 
scrapbooks, ecards, slideshows, 
and postcards. Once you've per- 
fected your project, you have 
the option to burn it to disc or 
save it as a digital file that you 
can email, post to a social net- 
work, or embed on a blog. 



Book Your Memories 

Thanks to services such as My- 
Publisher, you can wow others by 
turning your favorite memories into 
professional-looking photo books, 
calendars, postcards, and greeting 
cards with drag-and-drop ease. 
Crafting a photo book, for example, 
entails downloading free software 
and selecting a book style and page 
layout. To ensure you create the per- 
fect keepsake, you can select dif- 
ferent paper and binding options, 
plus you can preview your items be- 
fore you place an order. 



Update Your Media 

Time, heat, and humidity can wreak 
havoc on print photos, VHS tapes, and 
film reels. And converting old media to 
digital files can be a time-consuming, 
involved endeavor. iMemories eases 
the process by doing the conversion for 
you. All you need to do is gather your 
media, place it in a box, and ship it to a 
facility that will digitally convert every- 
thing. To ensure the memories you have 
saved on VHS tapes, film, slides, and old 
photos last for years to come, you can 
digitally save them as files on a DVD or 
a portable hard drive. 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 

Share 

Photos & Videos 



QWhat are my options for sharing my favorite pictures 
and videos? 

You can upload your pictures and videos to online 
media-sharing or social networking sites, display them 

at home on your HDTV or a digital photo frame, or create 

various photo gifts. 



QWhat sharing or social networking sites can I upload 
my pictures and videos to? 

There are many sharing sites available, but some of 
the most popular include photo-sharing sites such as 
Flickr and Picasa, video-sharing sites such as YouTube and 
Google Video, and social networking sites such as Face- 
book and MySpace. 



OHow many photos and videos can I post on an online 
sharing site? 

This depends on the sharing service you use. Most ser- 
vices allow you to post as many pictures or videos as 
you want but may limit the number of separate albums you 
can create. Others let you create as many albums as you 
want, but you can only add a certain number of photos to 
each one. 



OAre there other ways I can share my pictures and 
videos online? 

Many blog and Web site services have built-in photo al- 
bums and video players that you can use to add your fa- 
vorite pictures and videos to your personal blog or Web site. 



QHow do I upload photos and videos to a sharing 
Website? 

Most often, you must visit the sharing service's Web 
site and create an account. Then, you can click an 
Upload link, which will then prompt you to choose the 
files you want to post to the site. Some sites also let you 
upload photos via email or your mobile phone. 



Q 



How do I upload photos and videos to a digital frame? 

This depends on what type of frame you have. 

Traditional frames require you to save photos on a 
USB flash drive or memory card and connect it to the 
frame. Wireless digital frames can stream pictures from 
your computer or online sharing sites over your wireless 
home network. 



Q 



How can I view my pictures and videos on my HDTV? 

Most digital cameras include a cable that can connect 
your camera to your HDTV's Component inputs. Some 

HDTVs also have USB or media card slots, so you won't need 

to use your camera. 



QWhat types of personalized gifts can I create using 
my photos? 

Your favorite pictures can be added to a photo book 
or put on various objects such as coffee mugs, tote 
bags, key chains, mousepads, and more. 




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Digital Imaging 
Glossary 

Are you confused about what the lingo f-stop — See aperture. Smaller f-stop 

on camera boxes means? Use this glos- numbers mean a wider lens opening; 

sary to help decode the world of dig- larger f-stop numbers mean a narrower 

ital imaging. lens opening. 




aperture — An iris-like diaphragm open- 
ing that can expand and contract the 
lens to let you control the amount of 
light that passes through it, thus af- 
fecting the exposure. The term "f-stop" 
is used interchangeably with aperture. 

burst mode — A camera mode that lets 
you capture several shots consecutively 
after pressing the shutter only once. 

CCD (charge-coupled device)— This is 
the camera's image-sensing compo- 
nent. It converts light into energy that 
can be stored as digital data on your 
camera. 

depth of field — The area that is in focus 
in front of and beyond the subject of 
your photo. 

digital zoom — Magnifies an image digi- 
tally by cropping it and filling in the 
rest with interpolated pixels, thus de- 
grading the quality. Even if the num- 
bers are impressive, never choose a 
camera based on digital zoom. 



ISO — For digital cameras, the ISO setting 
measures the sensitivity to light (similar 
to how it does with film). Digital camera 
ISO settings, such as 200, 400, etc., should 
capture photos as if one were using film 
with such a speed. Lower ISO settings 
mean you need more light and vice versa. 

LCD — The screen on the back of the 
camera that lets you see a live-action 
view of your subject or your photo after 
you've taken it. 

lens — The apparatus on the front of the 
camera that gathers and directs light 
toward the imaging device. In a digital 
camera, the lens probably has both an 
optical and digital zoom. 

megapixel — Approximately 1 million 
pixels. The higher the megapixel count, 
the higher the resolution and the more 
you can crop, which means (in general) 
better-quality photos. 

memory card — Because digital cameras 
have very little onboard memory, they 



need flash memory cards to store more 
than a dozen or so images. The type of 
memory card you need depends on the 
make and model of your camera. Some of 
the most popular memory cards are 
Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card, Com- 
pactFlash, and Sony Memory Sticks. In 
general, memory cards are quite small. 

noise — The small statistical variations 
among pixels that lead to (usually) 
minor distortions of color in a photo. 

optical zoom — The camera's mechan- 
ical ability to move the lens physically 
closer to your subject. With optical 
zoom, the higher the number (such as 
5X or 10X), the better. When choosing a 
camera, always consider the optical 
zoom, not the digital zoom. Digital 
zoom artificially adds pixels. 

resolution — The number of pixels in 
an image. The higher the resolution, 
the more detail and quality in a photo. 
Resolution is measured in a proportion 
(such as 2,272 x 1,704). 

shutter — A mechanism that opens and 
closes to allow light to pass through 
the lens. You can usually control the 
camera's shutter speed. 

shutter speed — The length of time a 
camera's shutter is open to let light 
through the lens to hit the sensor, which 
records the image. This is expressed in 
fractions of a second: For instance, a 
shutter speed of 1/250 means that the 
shutter is open for 1 /250th of a second. 

viewfinder — The small opening in the 
camera that the user looks through to 
frame a shot. Some digital cameras 
don't have a viewfinder and use only the 
camera's LCD to frame the shot. 

white balance— Light levels are ad- 
justed electronically to ensure whites 
in a certain environment are pure, 
leading to more lifelike colors. White 
balance can usually be manually ad- 
justed, too. E3 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 





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If you're a little confused about the most important features in a digita 
digital cameras, and we also explain what these features mean. 


camera, you're not alone. In this chart, we compart 


> features from select 






Resolution; 
Optical zoom 


Shutter 
speed 


Memory 
card 


LCD size 


Battery life 


ISO 


Movie 
mode 


What It Means 


More pixels mean 
bigger and clearer 
prints; Moves 
the lens closer to 
your subject 


A faster shutter 
speed will let 
you snap ac- 
tion photos 
without blur 


Removable 
card that 
stores your 
photos in 
your camera 


The LCD is Based on 
the screen how many 
on the shots you 
back of the can take on a 
camera single charge 


A higher ISO 
lets you take 
better pho- 
tos in low- 
light settings 


Lets you re- 
cord short 
video clips 
on your dig- 
ital camera 


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Casio EXILIM 
EX-S8 

MSRP: $149.99* 
SKU 9855894 


12.1MP;4X 


1/2 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


2.7 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 

64,100,200, 

400,800,1600 


Yes 


mm 


Fujifilm 
FinePixXPIO 

MSRP: $199.95* 
SKU 9772659 ^ 


12.2MP;5X 

0SP 


1/4 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


2.7 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 

100,200,400, 

800,1600 


Yes 


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Sony Cyber-shot 
W370 

MSRP: $229.99* 
SKU 9757839 


14.1MP;7X 


2 to 1/1,600 
seconds 


Memory Stick 

Duo/PRO 

Duo/PRO 

HG-Duo/SD/ 

SDHC 


3 inches 


230 shots 


Auto; Manual: 
80,100,200, 
400,800,1600, 
3200 


Yes 


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Fujifilm 
FinePixS2700 

MSRP: $249.95* 
SKU 9766755 ^ 


12.2MP;18X 


1/4 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


3 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
64,100,200, 
400,800,1600, 
3200 


Yes 


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Nikon 14.2MP;10X 
Coolpix S8000 
MSRP: $299.95 Lim 
SKU 9758674 ^J^oW 


1 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


3 inches 


210 shots 


100,200,400, 

800,1600, 

3200 


Yes 




Olympus Stylus ump- ;y 


1/4 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


2.7 inches 


200 shots 


Auto; Manual: 

80,100,200, 

400,800,1600 


Yes 


m 


TOUGH-6020 

MSRP: $299.99* 




1 

8 




SKU 9765213 


M 


Samsung 
HZ35W 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9846077 


14MP;15X 


1 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 


3 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
80,100,200, 
400,800,1600, 
3200 


Yes 


m 


Canon PowerShot 1 4. 1 M P; 1 4X 
SX210IS 

MSRP: $349.99* Lgg» 
SKU 9770402 ft^P^ 


1 to 1/3,200 
second 


SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/MMC/ 
MMC Plus/ 
HCMMCPIus 


3 inches 


260 shots 


Auto; Manual: 

80,100,200, 

400,800,1600 


Yes 






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Which D-SLR Is Best For You? 



As D-SLR prices keep coming down, more photographers are turning to them, both as a first camera and as a trade-up to something better. 
In this chart, we'll help you sort through some of the features and performance specs of select D-SLR cameras. 



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Resolution 



LCD size 



What It Means 



Sony Alpha A230L 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9342473 



Image sensor 
in megapixels; 
more means a 
• image 



10.2MP 



Diagonal 
measure of the 
screen on the 
back of the 



2.7 inches 



ISO range 



A higher ISO 
range will let 
you take better 
photos in low- 
light situations 

100 to 3200 



Kit lens 



Standard lens 
bundled with 
the camera 
body 



Burst speed 



Frames per 
second (fps) 
you can shoot 
while in burst 
mode 



Shutter speed 



18-55mm 



2.5fps 



The wider the range, 
the greater the gam- 
ut of long exposures 
to frozen action 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 






Nikon D3000 

MSRP: $549.95* 
SKU 9456803 



10.2MP 



3 inches 



100 to 1600 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 





Pentax K-X 

MSRP: $599.95* 
SKU 9555787 



12.4MP 



2.7 inches 



200 to 6400 



Olympus PEN E-PL1 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9769158 



12.3MP 



2.7 inches 



200 to 3200 



18-55mm 



4.7fps 



14-42mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3fps 



30 to 1/6,000 
seconds 



60 to 1/2,000 
seconds 



Olympus E-P1 

MSRP: $799.99* 
SKU 9463573 



12.3MP 



3 inches 



100 to 6400 



14-42mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3fps 



60 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 
Rebel T2i 

MSRP: $899.99* 
SKU 9778635 



18MP 



3 inches 



100 to 6400 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3.7fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Pentax K-7 

MSRP: $1,099.95* 
SKU 9412165 



14.6MP 



3 inches 



100 to 3200 



N/A 
(body only) 



5.2fps 



30 to 1/8,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 7D 

MSRP: $1,699* 
SKU 9491944 



18MP 



3 inches 



100 to 6400 



N/A 
(body only) 



8fps 



30 to 1/8,000 
seconds 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



— Which Digital Camcorder Is Best For You? 

Digital camcorders come in a number of formats: DVD, hard drive, flash drive, MiniDV, and high definition are the most common. By comparing 
the following digital camcorders, you can determine which recording format and product best fit your style. 



What It Means 





JVC Everio 
GZ-MS230 

MSRP: $269.95* 
SKU 9731192 



Canon 
FS300 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9739361 



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Insignia 
NS-DV111080F 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9769398 



LCD size 

Diagonal 
length of 
viewing 
screen 



2.7 inches 



Optical zoom; 
Digital zoom 

Two methods 
for magnifying 
depth of field; 
optical zoom is 
better 

39X; 800X 



Recording 
speeds 

The speeds a 
particular cam- 
corder can uti- 
lize during 
recording 



Digital still 
Memory card resolution 



Ultra/Fine/ 
Norm/Eco 



2.7 inches 



37X; 2,000X 



XP/SP/LP 



3 inches 



12X;10X 



N/A 



Compatible 
flash card types 
(cards not in- 
cluded unless 
noted) 



SD/SDHC 



SD 



SD/SDHC 



The number 
of megapixels 
the camcorder 
can capture in 
still images 

0.3MP 



0.45MP 



10MP 



Lines of 
resolution 

Number of lines of 
horizontal resolution; 
the higher the num- 
ber, the greater the 
detail 

480 



480 



1,080 



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Samsung 
HMX-H204 

MSRP: $499.99* 
SKU 9879527 



2.7 inches 



20X; 220X 



N/A 



SD/SDHC 



4.7MP 



1,080 



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Canon VIXIA 
HFR11 

MSRP: $699.99* 
SKU 9751699 



2.7 inches 



20X; 400X 



Panasonic 
HDC-TM700K 

MSRP: $999.95* 
SKU 9921697 



3 inches 



12X;700X 



FXP/XP+/ 
SP/LP 



SD/SDHC 



1.73MP 



HA/HG/HX/HE 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



14.2MP 



1,080 



1,080 



> 

"2 
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Panasonic 
HDC-HS60K 

MSRP: $699.95* 
SKU 9921715 



2.7 inches 



25X; 60X 



HA/HG/HX/HE 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



5MP 



1,080 






Sony Handycam 
DCR-SR88 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 9880262 



2.7 inches 



60X; 2,000X 



HQ/SP/LP 



Memory Stick 
PRO Duo/SD/ 
SDHC 



N/A 



480 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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SaiDisk 



Memory Card 

Plenty Of Room & Lots Of Vroom 




SanDisk Extreme 
HD Video 8GB 

MSRP: $72.99 

SKU: 9785161 

www.sandisk.com 



Quick Overview 

The SanDisk Extreme HD Video 8GB SDHC 
card offers a great ally to anyone armed with 
an SDHGcapable digital camera or camcorder: 
a high-performance memory card with 8GB of 
storage. The card includes ESP (Enhanced Super- 
Parallel Processing) technology and reads and 
writes data at a high speed: 20MBps. The Ex- 
treme HD Video card also comes with a lifetime 
limited warranty and a download offer for Res- 
cuePRO data recovery software. 

Perfect For 

Photographers and video enthusiasts who need 
great performance and plenty of storage capacity. 



Outstanding Benefits 

• 20MBps read and write speeds so you can take continuous shots and 
download to your PC faster 

• 8GB of storage for photos and high-definition video; you can store up 
to 120 minutes of H.264 high-def video at 9Mbps 

• ESP (Enhanced Super-Parallel Processing) technology offers enhanced 
card performance 

• Class 6 video performance means you can record video in Full HD 

• The card includes a download offer for RescuePRO data recovery 
software for recovering files 

• Writeable label for easy card identification 

•*• Coolest Feature 

Delivering Class 6 video performance with up to 20 MB/sec read/write speeds, 
you'll be ready to capture HD video on the latest digital point & shoot cam- 
eras and DSLRs that have high-definition video recording capabilities. 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



Digital Camera 
Closer Is Better. .18x! 



FUJEFILM 




FUJIFILM 
FinePixS2700HD 

MSRP: $249.95 

SKU: 9766755 

www.bestbuy.com/fuji 



Quick Overview 

Closer is better with the FinePix S2700HD, thanks 
to an astounding Fujinon 18x optical zoom. The 
wide-angle 28mm* gets it all, and telezoom 
504mm* gets you up close. The compact SLR- 
styled body has a 3-inch LCD and electronic 
viewfinder and lets the S2700 travel easily. 
Capture amazing 720p HD movies at 30fps with 
sound, and connect to your HDTV via HDMI. 
Full -featured at a price that won't break the bank. 

Perfect For 

The FinePix S2700HD is perfect for the family 
or outdoor photographer who wants a long 
zoom, HD movie capture, and full features at a 
great price. 



Outstanding Benefits 

12MP with 3-inch 230k pixel LCD + electronic viewfinder 

Fujinon 18x wide-angle optical zoom (28mm-504mm equiv. 35mm) 

Capture HD movies in 720p and connect via HDMI connector 

Dual Image Stabilization with mechanically stabilized sensor 

Tracking Auto Focus keeps fast-moving subjects in frame and focus 

Panorama Shooting mode automatically stitches three shots together 

Zoom Bracketing mode captures three different magnification shots 

with one touch 

High Speed Continuous shooting up to 8fps for 20 frames (at 3MP) 



V Coolest Feature 

With Smile Shutter and Blink Detection features, you always get the 
perfect shot. Big smiles. Eyes open. 



*Based upon 35mm equivalent 



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Canon 



Digital Camera 

Advanced Features In A Small Package 




Canon PowerShot 
SX210 IS 

MSRP: $349.99 

SKU: 9770402 

www.usa.canon.com 



Quick Overview 

With the sleek, slim Canon PowerShot SX210 IS, 
you can take stunning photos and clear video of 
whatever you find on life's journey. A 14X wide- 
angle zoom lets you get close to the action but 
doesn't add to the camera's size, and the optical 
image stabilizer greatly reduces the effect of 
camera shake in your photos. The 3-inch Pure- 
Color System LCD is high resolution, providing a 
crisp picture when setting up, shooting, or re- 
viewing your photos. 

Perfect For 

Anyone who wants a camera that looks great 
but doesn't sacrifice features. 



Outstanding Benefits 

• 14MP lets you print photos in sizes as large as 16.5x23.4 inches 

• 14X optical zoom and optical image stabilizer 

• Smart AUTO mode (featuring 22 scenes) can select the proper camera 
settings based on your shooting conditions 

• Smart Flash Exposure gives you natural-looking photos when using 
a flash 

• Shoots video at 720p with stereo sound and features an HDMI output 
for playback on an HDTV 

• Evolved Face Detection Technology can track moving subjects and a 
Face Detection Self-Timer 



V Coolest Feature 

In addition to great pictures, the PowerShot SX210 IS digital camera can 
capture HD footage at 720p with stereo sound. 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



Digital Camera 

Super Slim. Stunningly Close. Clearly Brilliant. 



Nikon 




Nikon 
COOLPIX S8000 

MSRP: $299.95 

SKU: 9758674 

www.nikonusa.com 



Quick Overview 

Nikon's super slim COOLPIX S8000 combines 14.2 
effective megapixels with an incredible 10x opti- 
cal ZoonrvNIKKOR ED glass lens for prints as large 
as 20x30 inches. It offers a bright 3-inch High Res- 
olution VGA (921 k-dot) LCD for composing and 
sharing pictures and HD (720p) movies with 
stereo sound. Additionally, it includes Nikon's EX- 
PEED image processing concept and 4-way VR 
Image Stabilization System, allowing you to take 
incredible pictures, incredibly easily. 

Perfect For 

Those who want a stylish camera with 10x 
zoom, HD video, and an ultra-sharp screen. 



Outstanding Benefits 

14.2MP lets you create prints as large as 20x30 

10X wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens with a range of 30 to 300mm 
Bright 3-inch High Resolution VGA (921k-dot) Clear Color Display 
HD Movie with HDMI output 
Quick Performance with ultra-fast startup, autofocus 
16 Scene Modes for optimized shooting in various settings 
Smart Portrait System with smile timer, blink warning, in-camera red- 
eye fix, and face-priority AF 
Four-way VR Image Stabilization System 



V Coolest Feature 

HD Movie lets you record 720p HD video at 30fps, and with built-in HDMI 
output, you can easily play back HD footage on your HDTV or computer. 



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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




UV FILTER 



Protects digital cam- 
corder and D-SLR lenses 
from dust, dirt, finger- 
prints, and scratches 
Helps you get clearer, 
more detailed results 
when you're shooting in 
bright conditions 




Keep spare memory cards 
on hand so you can snap 
away without having to 
worry about running out 
of storage space 
Consider having several 
memory cards with smaller 
capacities instead of one 
card with a larger capacity; 
that way, if something 
goes wrong with one card, 
you'll still have a backup 
For your digital camcorder, 
keep more recording media 
in your bag than you think 
you'll need, just in case 




ADDITIONAL 

LENSES/CONVERTER 

LENSES 

Extra lenses for D-SLRs and 
converter lenses for digital 
camcorders can enhance 
your results by extending 
your field of view, reducing 
glare, and more 
• Telephoto lenses enable 
you to zoom in from far 
away, wide-angle lenses 
give you the ability to get a 
full view even if you're 
close to the subject, and 
macro lenses will let you 
achieve up-close, detailed 
shots of your photo subject 




EXTERNAL FLASH 

Light up your subjects 
from greater distances 
Offers better control of 
lighting conditions when 
taking photos by directing 
the angle of the flash 



Prices for digital camcorders and cameras continue to fall as 
their video and picture quality improves, which is especially 
good news for first-time buyers or those looking to upgrade. 
Pairing your new camcorder or camera with the right prod- 
ucts will bring you better photography results. Here are some 
must-have accessories you should consider buying to get the 
most out of your digital imaging device. E3 





SPARE BATTERIES 
& CHARGERS 




Make sure you're never 
caught without the power 
needed to capture the 
perfect moment 
Whether your camera 
uses proprietary batteries 
or AAs, keep at least one 
fully charged spare or set 
in your camera bag 
An additional battery 
charger will give you the 
flexibility to power up 
your camera batteries 
anywhere you're headed, 
even if you're traveling 




Tripods are an easy way to 
ensure steady video footage 
Pan while recording video 
in one smooth motion 
Use a tripod and your 
camera's timer to get a 
picture of the entire group 
without needing someone 
to man the camera 
Keeps your camera steady 
while you're shooting close- 
up or distance shots, which 
can prevent photo blurring 



REMOTE SWITCH 

A longer cable lets you 
snap photos without 
having to touch the 
camera, which can also 
reduce camera shake 
May enable the user to 
lock the shutter for longer 
exposure times 




DIGITAL IMAGING 
SERVI CES 

Once you've set your sights 
on the camera or camcorder 
you want, consider taking 
advantage of the digital 
imaging services offered by 
your local CE retailer. Not 
only can you protect your 
investment, but you can also 
discover photography and 
videography skills that will 
make your photos and 
videos picture-perfect. 

D-SLR or Camcorder 
Service Plan 
D-SLR Training Course 
Camcorder Training 
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Liberate Your 
Home Audio 

Multiroom Audio Options 

If your idea of multiroom audio is turning up the volume on your sound system so you can hear it from the next room, then you should 
consider a multiroom audio solution. Read on for the options available, so you can choose one that best fits your lifestyle. 03 



What Makes Multiroom 
Audio 

A multiroom audio system can play music or 
audio content in two or more rooms. 

Ethernet and Wi-Fi can transmit audio be- 
tween rooms, and choosing a system that 
uses these protocols is a good idea if you al- 
ready have a home network in place. 

Many devices can stream music between 
multiple locations in your home. For ex- 
ample, the Logitech Squeezebox ($199.99; 
www.logitech.com) can access your home 
network to play music from various sources, 
such as the Internet or your PC. 



The Other Wireless 

Some multiroom audio products forego Wi- 
Fi and Ethernet in favor of proprietary tech- 
nologies, and others use wireless USB- or 
Bluetooth-based technologies. These devices 
commonly use one or more transmitter/ 
receiver to send music from one room to the 
speakers in another room. 

Some 5.1- or 7.1 -channel speaker systems 
can also use proprietary standards to 
transmit audio to wireless rear or satellite 
speakers. Using this type of system is the per- 
fect way to enrich family game night at the 
dining room table with music from an MP3 
player docked in the living room. 



Wired Systems 

You can also con- 
struct a whole-house 
audio system using a 
multiroom-capable 
receiver, but these 
tend to use wired 
speakers for transmit- 
ting music and audio 
between multiple 
rooms. Switching the 
output between 
zones is as simple as 
pushing a button on 
the remote or on the 
receiver itself. 



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by Andrew Leibman 




What Type Of 
Speakers Do I Need? 

Choose The Right Speakers For Your Needs 

Every home has different speaker requirements based on the size and dimensions of each room. Luckily, there are several speaker types 
that can accommodate your audio needs, such as those listed below. E3 



Subwoofers 

The subwoofer is the part of 
your audio setup that delivers 
low sounds, such as an explosion 
or deep bass drums. Because bass 
sounds don't point in any one 
direction, the placement of your 
subwoofer isn't vital, though it is 
typically positioned on the floor 
or to the left or right of your 
HDTV. A subwoofer can help 
add a dynamic quality to your 
home theater's overall audio 
playback, with a low, realistic 
rumble that will make your 
movies and games come to life. 



Sound Bars 

A sound bar is a narrow hori- 
zontal speaker, about 2.5 to 3 feet 
wide, that simulates surround 
sound. They can mount to the 
wall above your HDTV or rest on 
your TV stand below your HDTV. 
Some sound bar sets also include 
a separate subwoofer. This speaker 
type is ideal for small to medium- 
sized home theaters that don't 
have enough space for a true 5.1- 
or 7.1 -channel speaker set or for 
individuals who simply want a 
clean and uncluttered home-the- 
ater aesthetic. 



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Bookshelf Speakers 

Bookshelf speakers typically stand 
less than a foot tall and are small 
enough to fit on a bookshelf or end 
table. As a result, they can blend into 
the decor of any room. Bookshelf 
speakers usually contain both a 
tweeter and a woofer, meaning you'll 
hear both the high and low audio 
from each individual speaker, so you 
can bring big sound to smaller areas 
in your home, such as an office or a 
bedroom. And if you're looking to re- 
duce cord clutter on the floor, many 
bookshelf speakers can also be 
mounted to the wall. 

by Kris Glaser Brambila 



FirstGlimpse /June 2010 39 




Surround Yourself 
With Sound 

Pull Your Audio Out Into Your Home Theater 



You want big audio to go along with the big entertainment in your home theater, which usually entails surround sound. Yet a surround- 
sound system can be a daunting purchase if you're not familiar with the basics of home-theater audio. Start by asking yourself the fol- 
lowing questions. \H 



What Type Of System Do I Need? 

A multichannel audio system decodes (makes audible) a surround sound- 
track and then sends an individual channel (audio signal) to each speaker. 
Most surround-sound sets sold today are either 5.1 -channel (five speakers 
plus a subwoofer) or 7.1 -channel (seven speakers, one sub) systems. 

5.1 -channel setup. Besides the subwoofer for deep bass, all such systems 
have a center speaker for dialogue clarity, two front speakers (left and right), 
and at least two surround speakers. In a 5.1 system, the two surround 
speakers are traditionally supposed to sit to either side of you; however, they 
can be situated behind you for a more encompassing aural experience. 

7.1 -channel setup. A 7.1 system supports DVD/BD soundtracks that add a 
little more direction to the sounds that "happen" behind you. It does this 
with an extra pair of speakers that should be mounted in the rear. This can 
add realism to make you feel more a part of what's happening on-screen. 



How Should I Buy My System? 

Separate components. The major parts of a 
home-theater sound system are speakers, a 
subwoofer, and a receiver (which takes a 
movie disc's soundtrack, decodes it, and 
parcels out its audio channels to the speakers 
and sub). You can buy these separately if 
you're picky about specific features, brands, or 
speaker tone. 

HTBs. An HTB is a nearly complete kit; you'll 
probably still need to buy a cable or two, such 
as to connect the receiver to your DVD/BD 
player. The benefit of an HTB is that the com- 
ponents are prematched to work with each 
other, and it doesn't require as much research. 



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by Marty Sems 




Connecting HT 
Audio Components 

The Cables You'll Need 

For the last eight decades or so, a key component of movie magic has been the soundtrack. And today, home-theater audio is better 
than ever. Of course, you need the right cables to link all of that audio gear to your TV and other home-theater devices. Here is what's 
available, starting with our top pick. 03 



HDMI. This cable carries high-defini- 
tion video and HD audio and is 
currently the best choice for the sur- 
round-sound tracks on BDs. You'll 
need HDMI version 1.3 to cover 
standard high-def needs or the higher- 
bandwidth version 1.4 for 30-compat- 
ible devices. 

A typical layout involves an HDMI 
cable from the BD/DVD player to the 
audio receiver and another from the re- 
ceiver to the TV. If the receiver doesn't 
allow the video to pass through to the 
TV, connect the TV directly to the disc 
player using HDMI. 



Digital optical. Also called TOSLINK, 
this fiber-optic cable can transmit 
clean, clear surround sound from a disc 
player to an audio receiver. It's great 
for DVDs and fine for stereo playback 
of BDs. However, it can't support sur- 
round-sound HD audio at full quality. 

Digital coaxial. This connection is sim- 
ilar in sound quality to digital optical. 
It limits BD soundtracks somewhat, 
but it's perfectly adequate for multi- 
channel DVD audio. Digital coaxial 
employs a single RCA cable, and it 
goes between the disc player and the 
receiver. 



Analog. Just about every 
home sound system uses at 
least some analog wiring be- 
tween the receiver and the 
speakers in the room. Typical 
two-wire speaker cables have 
bare ends, although some 
have connectors. 

The other types of analog 
audio cables have RCA or TRS 
phono-style connectors. They 
can carry average-quality 
sound from a disc player to a 
receiver, a set of powered 
speakers, or headphones. 



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by Marty Sems 



FirstGlimpse /June 2010 41 



-NOTCH AUDI 




Digital Music 
Possibilities 

Think Outside The Box 

You already have an MP3 player in your pocket, your favorite Internet radio stations bookmarked on your computer, and maybe a 
chunk of tunes on your mobile phone, but there are additional ways you can enjoy your digital music, too. These devices may not be in 
the forefront of your mind, but they offer even more ways to listen to digital audio. \H 



Wireless Internet Radios 

A wireless Internet radio provides CD- 
quality sound over a wireless connection 
via thousands of Internet radio stations, 
which you can browse to choose your fa- 
vorites. Depending on the model, you can 
also listen to satellite radio or AM/FM 
radio and stream music from your PC. 

You can also connect your MP3 player or 
stereo system to some wireless Internet ra- 
dios, although you don't have to in order 
to listen to music; one nice feature of these 
radios is that they don't require any addi- 
tional equipment. 



MP3 Player Docks 

Another way to listen to digital music 
is to plug your MP3 player into a dock. 
Docks for MP3 players offer another 
simple yet powerful means of playing 
your digital tunes. There are docks for 
virtually every MP3 player, and the 
docks themselves come in all shapes 
and sizes, but what they all have in 
common is a way for you to connect 
your MP3 player to a speaker (or set of 
speakers). Some docks offer extra fea- 
tures, such as AM/FM radios, digital 
clocks, CD players, remote controls, 
and battery backup functionality. 



HDTVs 

If you have your PC 
connected to your 
home-theater 
system, you can 
simply play audio 
from your PC on 
your home-theater 
speakers; if it has the 
ability, you can also 
stream it to your 
home-theater 
speakers directly 
from your Internet- 
connected HDTV. 



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by Seth Colaner 




MP3 Player 
Companions 

Listen On Your Terms 

There are many ways you can enjoy the audio content stored on your MP3 player. Whether you're listening alone, with friends, or on the 
road, there's an MP3 player accessory that can help you enjoy your favorite tunes and get the most out of your experience. 03 



Headphones 

Whereas earbuds fit into your ear, just 
outside the ear canal, clip-on headphones 
have two earpads that attach to your 
ears via a built-in hook. Both headphone 
types have an unobtrusive design that 
makes them perfect for listening to 
music while on the go. 

Over-the-ear headphones have the fa- 
miliar headband design that rests over 
your head and ears, while behind-the- 
neck headphones have a band that goes 
behind your neck, rather than over the 
top of your head. Both types are gener- 
ally more comfortable for long lis- 
tening periods. 



Speaker Dock 

Speaker docks are portable systems de- 
signed to play music content directly 
from your MP3 player by docking it into 
a speaker station or connecting it via a 
3.5mm stereo cable. Some speaker docks 
are compatible with multiple MP3 player 
models via a 3.5mm stereo cable. 

A speaker dock with an alarm function 
can play the music from your MP3 
player to wake you up each morning. 
Portable dock models can fold together 
to conserve space, and a dock with an 
included remote control means you can 
pause, play, or stop songs from across 
the room. 



FM Transmitter 

You can make any drive more enjoyable 
by pairing your MP3 player with an FM 
transmitter. FM transmitters use unoccu- 
pied FM radio waves to wirelessly trans- 
mit audio from your MP3 player to your 
car's speaker system. 

Most FM transmitter models let you 
program multiple open FM frequencies 
to transmit your MP3 player's music, 
and others can automatically find the 
best open FM frequency to transmit 
music, so you can concentrate on dri- 
ving. Many also charge your player, so 
you can use them without draining your 
player's battery. 

by Kris Glaser Brambila 



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First Glimpse /June 2010 43 



TOP-NOTCH AUDIO 




Reasons To Upgrade 
Your Car Stereo 

Maximize Your Listening Experience 

When you're used to listening to the same stereo in your 10~year~old sedan, it seems familiar and comfortable. But you're missing out on 
all of the newest car stereo features and accessories if you haven't upgraded. Car stereos now include features that can help give you the 
ultimate listening experience when you're on the road. \H 



HD & Satellite Radio 

• HD Radio is broadcast as a compressed 
analog and digital signal, so you can 
hear your favorite FM radio stations in 
near CD quality and AM stations in FM 
quality. 

• To listen to HD Radio in your car, all you'll 
need is an HD Radio receiver and tuner. 

• Satellite radio expands your radio sta- 
tion options by offering more than 300 
commercial-free stations that feature 
music and special programming, such as 
news, comedy, talk, and entertainment. 

• To listen to satellite radio, you will need 
a receiver, tuner, antenna, and a pro- 
gramming subscription. 



Faceplate Style Options 

• Standard faceplates will include a 
few dials, knobs, and numbers, but 
if you install a new faceplate style, 
you can impress your friends when 
you go cruising. 

• A detachable faceplate is benefi- 
cial for security purposes, because 
you can protect your car stereo by 
removing any evidence that you 
have a quality system inside. 

• Most faceplates with a playback 
deck (for CDs, MP3s, etc.) are com- 
patible with multiple audio for- 
mats, such as CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, 
AAC, and MP3. 



MP3 File Playback 

• Look for a stereo with an auxil- 
iary plug that connects directly 
to your portable audio devices 
to play your MP3s. 

• Some stereo front panels in- 
clude a USB port designed for 
directly docking your thumb 
drive and playing MP3 files. 

. The Kenwood DNX6160 2-DIN 
Multimedia DVD Receiver with 
Navigation & Bluetooth 
($949.99; www.kenwood.usa 
.com) features an auxiliary input 
that's compatible with some 
smartphones and media players. 



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IFirstGlimpsel 



by Joanna Safford 




The Best In 
Car Speakers 

What To Look For When Upgrading 

Considering the amount of time you spend in your vehicle, it only makes sense to upgrade your speakers to a sound system that will do 
your favorite songs justice. Be sure to keep the following in mind when choosing aftermarket speakers. IZ3 



Consider 
Aftermarket Speakers 

Aftermarket speakers, such as the 
Kenwood KFC-1693PS speaker system 
($79.99; www.kenwoodusa.com), use 
higher-quality materials in driver con- 
struction, so consider the following. 
Tweeters disperse high frequencies, 
and those that are made with metals 
and ceramics will produce crisp, clean 
tones. Woofers deliver low and 
midrange notes— consider ones made 
of synthetics and metal, as these will 
distribute audio accurately. Sub- 
woofers convert ultra-low sounds, and 
aluminum, polypropylene, and equally 
durable materials are best. 



What Setup Do I Need? 

Aftermarket car speakers are available as 
either full-range speakers or component 
speakers. Full-range speakers place speaker 
components in a single basket, whereas 
component speakers separate them. You 
might prefer full-range speakers if you're 
planning to replace your speakers as a DIY 
project. Because they come in multiple, 
common sizes, they're easier to install. If 
you want to enjoy more vibrant and full 
audio, choose component speakers because 
they can deliver dynamic sound layers. A 
component system will provide a more in- 
tense listening experience, which is ideal for 
testing out your favorite hard rock band's 
live album. 



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Power & Sensitivity 
Considerations 

Consider a speaker's peak power 
handling and RMS power. 

• Peak power handling is critical 
for speakers to withstand the 
short eruptions of sound in 
classical music or sweeping 
soundtracks. 

• The maximum measurement of 
RMS power (measured in 
watts) will gauge a speaker's 
long-term quality. 

• RMS power will help maintain 
high and consistent volume levels 
when you turn up the volume. 

by Joanna Safford 



FirstGlimpse /June 2010 45 



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HOW TO BUY 



An External Hard Drive 



Plug-In Storage 




Connections. Virtually all external hard drives 


come with a USB 2.0 cable, 


so you can be assured that 


each will work with 




practically any com- 


An eSATA 


puter made in the last 




half-decade as well as 


connection 


other electronics. 


is much 


Desktop externals 
sometimes include 


speedier than 


other interfaces, too. 
An eSATA connection 


USB 2.0. Faster 


is much speedier than 
USB 2.0. Faster still is a 


still is a new 


new USB 3.0 drive, 


USB 3.0 


which may come with 




an adapter card for a 


drive . . . 


desktop PC. USB 3.0 




ports even support older USB 2.0 and 1.1 devices. 



An external hard drive is one of the easiest ways to add mass 
storage capacity to your laptop or desktop PC and back up 
photos, documents, and other data. Here are some factors to 
think about when you're ready to shop. 






Form factor. Most external drives fall into two phys- 
ical size categories. You'll probably want a portable 2.5- 
inch model if you're a laptop user. These devices are slim 
enough to slip into your pocket or notebook bag yet tough 
enough to travel with you. 

Other units are 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives. 
These aren't as physically robust as portable drives, so you 
really shouldn't carry them around very often. On the 
other hand, desktop externals are generally faster and will 
give you more storage space for your money. 



Capacity and COSt. The next part of your buying 
decision hinges on how much storage space a drive will 
give you, and 

i ... a portable 



how much it 
will cost. For in- 
stance, a 
portable drive 
for your note- 
book can net 
you 1TB (about 
1,000GB) 
starting at 
$99.99. 
Meanwhile, a 
2TB desktop 
drive could cost 
as little as $179.99, though you sacrifice portability. 



drive for your 
notebook can 
net you 1TB 
(about 1,000GB) 
starting at 
$99.99. 



by Marty Sems 



FirstGlimpse 



50 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



Style & Precision 

Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Studio Series 



Microsoft's Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 ($29.99; www.microsoft.com/hardware) is not only character- 
ized by powerful precision but also distinctive style. With BlueTrack Technology ™ and a collection of 
fresh patterns, the 3500 Studio Series is a perfect addition for your desktop or notebook system. 





Key Features 

The 3500 uses 2.4GHz wire- 
less connectivity for contin- 
uous operation without 
interruption. When not in 
use, the plug-and-go Nano 
transceiver is small enough to 
stay unnoticeably plugged 
into your desktop or note- 
book, or you can stow it in 
the mouse itself. And the 
3500 is efficient, with a bat- 
tery life that can last up to 
eight months, meaning you 
won't have to change bat- 
teries very often. 



* BlueTrack Technology does not work on clear glass or mirrors. 



New Must-Have 
Patterns 

Three stylish new patterns, 
which are exclusively avail- 
able in Best Buy stores, adorn 
the 3500 family of mobile 
mice. Choose from Folk Pink, 
with pink and white embel- 
lishments; Geode, with 
shades of green formed into 
geometric patterns; or Wave, 
a collection of multicolored 
pebbles arranged on a white 
background. Each design can 
add a unique flair to your 
computer setup at home or 
on the go. 



BlueTrack Technology 

Microsoft's BlueTrack Technology makes 
every mouse movement more accurate, 
even on the most unexpected surfaces, 
such as your living room carpet or granite 
kitchen counter.* Instead of using the red 
LED found in traditional optical mice, 
BlueTrack Technology features a larger 
blue LED that provides more precise 
tracking. Desktop users can do away 
with their mousepad and free up space 
on their desk. And notebook and netbook 
users who prefer to use a mouse won't be 
tied to locations with only flat areas, 
giving them total working freedom while 
they're on the move. 



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A Printer 
Everyone Can Use 

Share It Over Your Network 



If your household needs to share a printer, you'll want to invest in one that offers a built-in wired or wireless connection. This will 
give you the freedom to place the printer in a spot that's equally accessible by everyone. For example, if you lock your home of- 
fice but still want to share the printer with the kids, you can locate the printer in a room they can get to. A wireless model is also 
ideal for people who want to keep the area around their printer free of unsightly cables. 




What You Need 

The most obvious requirement is a home 
network, either wired or wireless. To add a 
printer to your network using a wired con- 
nection, you'll need to run Ethernet cable 
from your router to the printer. For a wire- 
less connection, you'll just need to enter 
the wireless network's name and security 
credentials when you set up the printer. 



Wireless printers 
typically support 
the 802.1 lb/g 
standard . . . 



Wireless printers typically support the 802.1 1b/g standard, which works with any 
wireless router purchased in the last few years, even 802.1 1n routers. Some printers 
use the 802.1 1n standard, but this is backward-compatible with 802.1 1b/g routers. 



iFirstGlimpse 



Network Printer 
Fundamentals 

• A network printer can be used 
by every PC in your home. 

• Models use either a wired or 
Wi-Fi connection. 

• Wireless models can be located 

in a mutually convenient location. 

• Some wireless models feature 
built-in applications for printing 
content from popular Web 
services directly from the printer. 



Other Extras 

Some wireless printers include appli- 
cations for popular Web services, such 
as Google Maps, so you can quickly 
print content without using your PC. 
There are apps for photo-sharing Web 
sites such as PhotoBucket.com or 
Snapfish.com that let you print pic- 
tures as well as apps that let you print 
recipes, coupons, and stamps. 

by Nathan Lake 



52 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



What Makes A 
Gaming PC 

The High-End Parts You Need 



The realistic, complex graphics featured 
in most PC games mean that they don't 
work as well on computers intended for 
home and office use. And if your com- 
puter only meets the game's minimum 
requirements, the game's action might 
appear to freeze or characters will stutter 
across the screen. To get the best gaming 
experience, you'll need a desktop PC 
that offers the newest high-end tech- 
nology. Here are the components you 
should look for in a gaming PC. 

Graphics Card. Great gaming 
performance starts with the comput- 
er's graphics card. The key considera- 
tion for a graphics card is the amount 
of video memory, which is memory 
that's built into the graphics card — 
more is better. 









Memory, The sophisticated 
graphics of PC games also tax your 
computer's memory, so you'll need a 
system with 4 to 6GB for best results. 
Some gaming desktops feature as 
much as 8 or 9GB. 



Monitor. Monitors 22 inches and 
larger support Full HD video quality, 
so you can play games in high defini- 
tion. A monitor with a fast response 
time, such as 2ms, will produce crisp- 
looking game graphics. 




PrOCeSSOr, Most new video 
games have been programmed to 
optimally run on multicore proces- 
sors, which divvy up the data among 
the cores for speedier performance. 
Computers designed for gaming will 
feature a quad- or six-core processor; 
a six-core is better than a quad-core. 
A secondary consideration for the 
processor is its speed. All other fac- 
tors being equal, a PC with a 3.2GHz 
processor would outperform one 
with a 2.66GHz processor. 






Gaming PC Guidelines 

• The PC's graphics card should 
have 1GB of video memory or 
more. 



• The more cores a processor has, 
the better. 

• You'll want at least 4GB of 
memory in a gaming PC. 

• A 22-inch monitor or larger is best 
for gaming. 



by Nathan Lake 



iFirstGlimpse 



First Glimpse /June 2010 53 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



All-in-One Computers 



Q 



What is an all-in-one computer? 

/An all-in-one computer stores its internal components, 
\ such as the processor, motherboard, and RAM, behind 
the monitor, rather than in a separate case. 



Q 



What peripherals does an all-in-one computer need? 

You will need a mouse and keyboard as well as any 
#\ extra peripherals you want. You will not need to pur- 
chase a monitor, because the monitor and the computer 
system are combined. 



Q 



What are the benefits of an all-in-one computer? 

A These computers are more compact than desktop sys- 
tems, so they are good for smaller desks, dorm rooms, 
and other places with limited space. 



Q 



What can I do with a touchscreen monitor? 

A A touchscreen lets you interact directly with the con- 
i tent on your computer using on-screen finger swipes 
rather than a mouse and keyboard. You can edit photos, play 
games, and perform other functions using finger motions. 



QWhat multimedia features are included with a touch- 
screen all-in-one computer? 

A These might include a built-in HD TV tuner and a PVR 
(personal video recorder) so you can watch both live 
and recorded HD TV shows. Some also support BDs (Blu-ray 
Discs), so you can watch high-definition movies. 



QWhat are the differences between the capabilities of an all- 
in-one computer with a touchscreen and one without? 

Aside from the obvious difference in regard to the 
#\ screen, there aren't significant differences in the ca- 
pabilities. However, some touchscreen all-in-one com- 
puters are designed for multimedia purposes more so than 
non-touchscreen models are. 



QAre an all-in-one computer's specifications different 
than a desktop computer's? 

A The specifications between an all-in-one computer 
and a desktop do not vary greatly other than the 
overall design. 



Q 



Do all-in-ones include an internal optical drive? 

A All-in-one computers typically come with an optical 
drive located on the side of the monitor. Some support 
Blu-ray technology. 



Q 
A 



What operating systems are available with 
all-in-one computers? 

Some options include Windows XP, Windows 7, and 
Mac OS X Snow Leopard. 



QWhat types of ports and connection options are 
included with all-in-one computers? 

A All-in-one computers will offer multiple USB ports, 
along with an Ethernet port and a media card reader. 
S-Video, HDMI, and Composite connections might be in- 
cluded with some models as well as built-in Bluetooth and 
Wi-Fi support. 




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54 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



— Which Notebook Computer Is Best For You? 

A notebook computer is a pretty big purchase for most people, and it's usually a bit overwhelming, too. This chart compares the features and 
specs from several different types of notebook models. 



What It Means 



Operating system Processor 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 



Screen size 



Dimensions; 
Weight 



Optical drives; 
Media card reader 




AcerAS5532-5535 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9555769 



The software 
(usually Windows 
or Mac OS X) 
that controls 
your computer 

Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



Chip that con- 
trols the com- 
puter (typically, 
a bigger num- 
ber is better) 

1.6GHz AMD 
Athlon 



How much data The diagonal Height x width 
the computer measurement x depth; How 

of the note- much the lap- 



can hold; Mem- 
ory that's read book's screen top weighs 
and written to 



160GB; 3GB 



15.6 inches 




HP Pavilion 
G62-144DX 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9769412 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.13GHz Intel 
Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



15.6 inches 



1.5x1 4.4x 
10.8 inches; 
N/A 



1.25to1.44x 
14.72x9.7 
inches; 5.5 
pounds 



Drives that can read 
and write discs; Slots 
that read media 
cards without a 
separate peripheral 

Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



, 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



Toshiba Satellite 
E205-S1904 

MSRP: $899* 
SKU 9701191 



Windows 7 Home 2.2GHz Intel 500GB; 4GB 14 inches 1.22x13.7x Double-layer 

Premium Core i5 9.57 inches; 5.1 DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

pounds Yes 



W 



Apple MacBook 

MSRP: $999* 
SKU 9611541 



Mac OS X 10.6 
Snow Leopard 



2.26GHz Intel 
Core 2 Duo 



250GB; 2GB 



13.3 inches 



1.08x13x9.12 
inches; 4.7 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

No 




Dell Studio 
s15z-2249CPN 

MSRP: $999* 
SKU 9684515 



Windows 7 Home 2.2GHz Intel 
Premium Core i5 



500GB; 4GB 



15.6 inches 



N/A 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



Asus G60JX-RBBX05 Windows 7 Home 2.26GHz Intel 



500GB; 4GB 



16 inches 



MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9736955 



Premium 



Core i5 



1.6x1 0.4x 
14.8 inches; 7.5 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



SonyVAlO 
VPCS111FM/S 

MSRP: $1,049* 
SKU 9701289 



Windows 7 Home 2.2GHz Intel 
Premium Core i5 



AlienwareM15x 

MSRP: $1,999* 
SKU 9722255 



Windows 7 Home 1.6GHz Intel 
Premium Core i7 



500GB; 4GB | 13.3 inches 1.08to1.24x Double-layer 

12.95x9 inches; DVD±RW/CD-RW; 
4.4 pounds Yes 



320GB; 4GB 



15.6 inches 



1.9x1 4.9x 
12.2 inches; 9 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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\A/l 


lich Netbook Is Best For Yoi 

bilities that notebooks do, but these compact devices are ideal for those who need 
ts your mobility needs, here's a comparison of the latest models. 

Hard drive size- 
Operating system Processor RAM Graphics card 


i9 






^ V V I 

N etbooks don't offer the full capa 
the go. To find the netbook that f 


J ( 

to stay connected while on 

Memory 

card reader Ports 


r 

What It Means 


The software (usu- 
ally Windows XP 
or 7) that controls 
your PC 


Chip that con- 
trols the com- 
puter (typically, 
a bigger num- 
ber is better) 


How much data 
the computer 
can hold; Mem- 
ory that's read 
and written to 


Controls the 
quality of the 
video and im- 
ages you see 
on-screen 


Slots that can 
read media 
cards without 
a separate 
peripheral 


Sockets that 
give your com- 
puter access 
to different 
peripherals 


|^3 


eMachines 
EM250-1915 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9740848 


Windows XP 
Home 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
950 


SD/MMC/ 
MS/MS Pro/ 
xD-Picture 
Card 


3 USB; 1 
Ethernet 




Averatec 
N1231EA1E-1S 

MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 9812044 


Windows XP 
Home 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 


N/A 


N/A 


2 USB; 1 
Ethernet; 1 
VGA 


m 


iQ 


MSI 

U 100-641 US 

MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 9178775 


Windows XP 
Home 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
950 


SD/MMC/ 
MS/MS Pro 


3 USB; 1 
Ethernet; 1 
VGA 


Gateway 
C| a LT2122U 
YP Ate^ MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 9728498 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/MMC/ 
MS/MS Pro/ 
xD-Picture 
Card 


3 USB; 1 
Ethernet; 1 
VGA 


m 


Samsung 
NP-N150-JA03US 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9727287 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/SDHC/ 
MMC 


3 USB; 1 
Ethernet; 1 
VGA 


^^ 


HP 
210-1080NR 

MSRP: $379.99* 
SKU 9739458 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/MMC/ 
MS/MS Pro/ 
xD-Picture 
Card 


3 USB; 1 
Ethernet; 1 
VGA 


IT3 


Sony 
VPCW211AX/L 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9724183 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/MS Duo 


2 USB; 1 
Ethernet; 1 
VGA 


! 


^ 


Lenovo 
S10-3T-0651 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9717941 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/MMC/ 
MS/MS Pro 


2 USB; 1 
Ethernet 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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56 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



Which All-in-One PC Is Right For You? — 

An all-in-one computer is compact, thanks to all its hardware being placed in the monitor. Some models offer a touchscreen interface that lets 
you access functions by selecting on-screen items with your finger, while others rely on a wireless mouse and keyboard. To see which all-in-one 
PC fits your needs, check out the chart below. 



What It Means 



Operating system 




ViewSonic VPC 190 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9907379 



The software 
(usually Windows 
or Mac OS X) that 
controls your com- 
puter 



Processor 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



Chip that con- 
trols the com- 
puter (typically, 
a bigger num- 
ber is better) 




HP Pavilion MS225 

MSRP: $699.99* 
SKU 9704055 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



1.66GHz Dual- 
Core Intel 
Atom 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 

How much data 
the computer 
can hold; Mem- 
ory that's read 
and written to 

160GB; 2GB 



Display; 
Optical drive 



Ports 



Graphics card 



1.6GHz AMD 
Athlon II Dual- 
Core 



320GB; 4GB 



Display size 
(measured di- 
agonally); Disc 
drive included 
with the system 

18.5 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



Inputs the Controls the 

computer has quality of 

for accessing your video 

peripherals and images 



6 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



18.5 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



6 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
900 



ATI Radeon 
HD3200 



jifeinut o 



SonyVAlO 
VGC-JS450F/S 

MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9561592 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.7GHz Intel 
Pentium 



500GB; 4GB 



20.1 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
BD/CD-RW 



1 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



Nvidia 
GeForce 
9300M GS 



Apple iMac 
MC413LL/A 

MSRP: $1,499.99* 
SKU 9611569 



MacOSXv10.6 
Snow Leopard 



3.06GHz Intel 
Core 2 Duo 



1TB; 4GB 



21.5 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



4 USB, 1 Ether- 
net, 1 FireWire, 
media card 
reader 



ATI Radeon 
HD4670 




Apple iMac 
MB952LL/A 

MSRP: $1,699* 
SKU 9611587 



MacOSXv10.6 
Snow Leopard 



3.06GHz Intel 
Core 2 Duo 



1TB; 4GB 



27 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



4 USB, 1 Ether- 
net, 1 FireWire, 
media card 
reader 



ATI Radeon 
HD4670 




C 

CD 
O 

CO 

o 

D 
O 



Gateway 
ZX4800-02 

MSRP: $749.99* 
SKU 9527942 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.1GHz Intel 
Pentium 



750GB; 4GB 




HP TouchSmart 
600-1050 

MSRP: $1,249.99* 
SKU 9548073 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 




HP TouchSmart 
600-1055 

MSRP: $1,599.99* 
SKU 9555821 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.1GHz Intel 
Core 2 Duo 



750GB; 4GB 



2.13GHz Intel 
Core 2 Duo 



750GB; 4GB 



20 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



6 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



23 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



23 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
BD/CD-RW 



6 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
X4500HD 



Nvidia 

GeForce 

G2000 



6 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



Nvidia 

GeForce 

GT230M 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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First Glimpse /June 2010 57 



Find A System With 




Inside 



The processor is one of the most important factors in determining the capabilities of your new computer. To find a system that is tailored to match 
the speed and efficiency you require, Intel's Core i3, i5, and i7 processors (www.intel.com) can fit a wide range of computing needs. 





-Desktop [-Laptops 



i-Desktops 



[-Laptops 



Product Name 


Gateway 


HP 


SonyVAlO 




DX4831-01e 


G62-144DX 


VPCEB11FM 


SKU 


9698918 


9769412 


9765452 



Toshiba Satellite Asus Essentio Dell Inspiron 
A505-S6005 CG5275-AR003 I580-5108NBC 



Asus Samsung 

G60JX-RBBX05 R580-JSB1 



9703393 



9699025 



9697521 



9736955 



9748386 






Type & Speed 




Intel Core i3 
2.93GHz 



Operating 
System 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



1TB 



6GB 



n/a 



(HxWxD) 



Optical Drives 



Graphics 



Media Card 



16x7.1x16.3 
inches 



25 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



500GB 



4GB 



15.6 inches 



1.4x14.7x9.7 
inches 



5.5 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



Intel Core i5 
3.2GHz with 
Turbo Boost 



Intel Core i5 
2.26GHz with 
Turbo Boost 



Technology up Technology up Technology up 
to 3.4GHz to 3.4GHz to2.53GHz 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



320GB 



500GB 



1TB 



4GB 



15.5 inches 



1.2x14.6x9.8 
inches 



4GB 



16 inches 



5.9 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



1.6x15.1x10.2 
inches 

6.5 pounds 



8GB 



n/a 



18.1x7.9x21 
inches 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



1TB 



8GB 



n/a 



14.8x6.9x17.4 
inches 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



Intel Core i5 
2.26GHz with 
Turbo Boost 
Technology up 
to 2.53GHz 



500GB 



4GB 



16 inches 



1.6x10.4x14.8 
inches 



Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 



500GB 



4GB 



15.6 inches 



1.2x14.9x10 
inches 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



23.9 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



17.4 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



7.5 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 



5.7 pounds 



DVD±RW/ 
Blu-ray Disc/ 
CD-RW 



Intel Graphics 
Media Accele- 
rator HD 



Yes 



Intel HD 
Graphics 



Intel Graphics 
Media Accele- 
rator HD 



Intel Graphics 
Media Accele- 
rator HD 



Intel HD 
Graphics 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Nvidia GeForce 
GT220 



Yes 



Nvidia 

GeForce GTS 
360M 



Nvidia GeForce 
GT310M 



Yes 



Yes 



* Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 
**N umber of tasks your PC can handle at the same time. 



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i 










^Desktops 


l 


-Laptops 






Dell Studio XPS 
8100 

9697488 


HP Pavilion Elite 
HPE-150f 

9699168 


Toshiba Satellite 
A505-S6033 

9705203 


Asus 
G73JH-RBBX05 

9741729 


f 


1 


%> 


* 


$1,099.99 


$1,179.99 


$1,029.99 


$1,199.99 


Intel Core i7 
2.8GHz with 
Turbo Boost 
Technology up 
to 3.4GHz 


Intel Core i7 
2.8GHz with 
Turbo Boost 
Technology up to 
3.4GHz 


Intel Core i7 
1.6GHz with 
Turbo Boost 
Technology up to 
2.8GHz 


Intel Core i7 
1.6GHz with 
Turbo Boost 
Technology 
up to 2.8GHz 


8 


8 


8 


8 


Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 


Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 


Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 


Windows 7 

Home 

Premium 


1TB 


1TB 


500GB 


500GB 


8GB 


8GB 


4GB 


6GB 


n/a 


n/a 


16 inches 


17.3 inches 


16.1x7.3x17.9 
inches 


15.8x7.1x16.3 
inches 


1.44 to 1. 61 x 
15.1x10.2 inches 


2.2x16.3x12.6 
inches 


16.6 pounds 


11.9 pounds 


6.48 pounds 


7.5 pounds 


Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 


Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 


Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 


Double-layer 

DVD±RW/ 

CD-RW 


ATI Radeon 
HD5770 


Nvidia GeForce 
GT230 


Nvidia GeForce 
310M 


ATI Mobility 
Radeon HD 
5870 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 

J 




Computers Packed 
With Smart Performance 

Computers with an Intel 2010 Core processor are faster 
and more efficient, thanks to the smart Intel technologies 
they employ. With Intel's Hyper-Th reading, the processor 
efficiently doubles the amount of work its cores can han- 
dle, allowing you to run multiple applications at once. 
Found on Intel's Core i5 and Core i7, Intel's Turbo Boost 
technology can automatically increase processor speed 
(GHz) when you need a burst of performance. 



Good 




Designed to handle the modern demands of an 

increasingly HD world 

Features Hyper-Threading for 4-way processing, making it ideal 

for multitasking 

The most affordable way to boost your PC's brain power 



Better 



T 




The same HD computing and 4-way processing 
capabilities as the Core i3 
Addition of Intel's Turbo Boost Technology makes it powerful 
enough to handle all types of software 



Best 




Contains the HD computing and Turbo Boost ca- 
pabilities found in Core i3 and Core i5 processors 
Multiplies Hyper-Threading for unparalleled 8-way processing, 
creating unbeatable computer performance 



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Software Listings 

Your PC 



C 



omputers can be used to create greeting cards, play games, balance your checkbook, and more. The thing is, most of 
these functions aren't available straight out of the box. To fully harness your computer's potential, you'll need to buy 
software. Here are some options. 



Art/Illustration/Graphics 

■ Adobe Photoshop 
Lightroom 2 
$299* 
www.adobe.com 
This photo management software from Adobe 
lets you quickly and easily import, process, man- 
age, and showcase your images. 

H Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 
Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 lets 
you manage, edit, and share your digital photos. 
You can make automatic fxes in the enhanced 
Express Lab, or you can use the included ad- 
vanced editing tools. 

Broderbund PrintMaster 
Platinum 

$39.99* 

www.broderbund.com 
Create projects such as photo greeting cards, 
scrapbook pages, family newsletters, and more 
with the templates and fonts included with 
PrintMaster Platinum. You can also edit photos 
before adding them to your projects. 

Roxio Creator 2010 

$99.99* 

www.roxio.com 

Use Roxio Creator 2010 to easily 
capture, enhance, and save your photos, videos, 
and audio projects. Sharing is available using a 
variety of methods. It also includes tutorials for 
advanced users and beginners. 





Audio/Video 

Pinnacle 
Studio Ultimate 
Collection 

$129.99* 



www.pinnaclesys.com 
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection comes with a 
full set of plug-ins and a Chroma-key green screen 
for advanced effects, editing and production. 

H Roxio Toast 10 Titanium 
www.roxio.com 
Use Toast 10 Titanium to burn audio tracks, 
video clips, and other data to disc. You can also 
convert files for playback on other devices. 

Cakewalk Music Creator 5 

$39.99* 

www.cakewalk.com 
A user-friendly interface lets you 
bring your music to life and give it a profes- 
sional sound. You can record, transcribe, and 
print your very own music. 

Apple Final Cut Express 4 

$199* 

www.apple.com 
A drag-and-drop interface provides seamless 
movement between editing trimming and 
adding effects to your videos. The software 
is compatible with popular HD formats, in- 
cluding HDV and AVCHD. 






Business Applications 

jjpSJHI Microsoft Office Home And 
Student 2010 

$149.99* 

www.m i crosoft.com 
The Home and Student version of Microsoft 
Office 2010 has enhanced features for creating 
and managing documents and includes Word, 
PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. 

Adobe Acrobat 9 
Standard (Upgrade) 

$99* 

www.adobe.com 
Upgrade to Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard to 
easily create, combine, and manage various 
PDF files with improved features. 

■ Intuit Quicken 
Business 2010 

www.quicken.intuit.com 
The 2010 version of Quicken Home and Bus- 
iness includes automatic bill reminders and a 
one-page view of your finances. Plus, it shows 
you where you are spending and where you 



Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2010 

$179.95* 
www.quickbooks.intuit.com 

Easily keep track of your company's 
finances with QuickBooks Pro 2010. You can or- 
ganize and reference your customer, vendor, and 
employee financial information all in one place. 




*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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Games/ 
Entertainment 




"I Activision Barbie 
& The Three 
Musketeers 

$19.99* 
www.activision.com 
Choose a character with a 
unique ability to help you tackle 
obstacles and solve puzzles to 
uncover a plot against the prince 
and become a true musketeer. 

Disney Interactive 
Studio Alice In 
Wonderland 

$19.99* 
disney.go.com/disney 
interactivestudios/ 

Inspired by the Tim Burton film, 
this game lets you fall down the 
rabbit hole and experience 
Alice's adventure in Wonder- 
land. You can play as the Mad 
Hatter, White Rabbit, or an- 
other character from the film to 
help Alice on her journey. 

Electronic Arts 
The Sims 3 

$49.95* 
www.ea.com 
Create your very own Sims. 
Customize their personalities, 
appearances, and homes and 
send them out into the world to 
explore the neighborhood and 
meet new friends. 

Lego Indiana 
Jones 2: The 
Adventure 
Continues 

$29.99* 

www.l ucasarts.com 
Explore the locations from all 
four films and build your own 
levels and environments. And, 
all of your favorite characters 
are depicted in Lego form. 






Home 
Productivity 

Nuance Dragon 
NaturallySpeaking 
10 Preferred 

$199* 
www.nuance.com 
Dictate emails, reports, and doc- 
uments much faster than you 
can type by letting Dragon 
NaturallySpeaking do the typing 
for you. The software has an ac- 
curacy rate of up to 99%. 





* mobile -' 
1AA0 






Apple MobileMe 

$99* 

www.apple.com 
MobileMe, Apple's 
Internet service, lets you keep 
your email, contacts, and cal- 
endar up-to-date across your 
iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC. 
It also lets you store and share 
documents online via iDisk, and 
you can manage everything on- 
line through a suite of Web ap- 
plications at www.me.com. 

DeLorme Street 
I Atlas USA 2010 
Plus 

$39.95* 
www.delorme.com 
Street Atlas USA 2010 Plus is up- 
dated with new roads and road 
names, and it's now ready to use 
on any of your favorite devices, 
such as GPSes, netbooks, com- 
puters, and smartphones. 

Susteen 

Data Pilot Backup 

& Sync Kit (LG) 

$24.99* 
www.datapilot.com 
Back up and sync your cell 
phone memory to your com- 
puter with a backup and sync 
kit. Kits for other phone manu- 
facturers are also available. 






Security/ 
Utilities 

Kaspersky 
| Lab Internet 
Security 
2010 

$79.95* 

www.kaspersky.com 
Kaspersky Internet Security 
2010 includes protection from 
the latest viruses, spyware, and 
malware threats. 

Kaspersky 
Lab Anti- 
Virus 2010 

$59.95* 
www.kaspersky.com 
Kaspersky Anti- Virus 20 1 
includes essential protection 
against Internet threats, such as 
viruses, spyware, Trojans, and 
more as well as phishing and 
identity theft defense. 

Webroot 
Antivirus 
With Spy 
i Sweeper 2010 

$39.95* 

www.webroot.com 
Protect up to three computers 
from viruses and spyware. Spy 
Sweeper stops both known and 
potential threats by blocking sus- 
picious activity and is compatible 
with Microsoft's Windows 7 oper- 
ating system. 

Trend Micro 

Titanium 

AntiVirus+ 

$39.95* 
www.trendmicro.com 

Trend Micro's Titanium Anti- 
Virus-^ has been designed to run 
in the background, so it can pro- 
vide protection from the latest 
threats without bogging down 
your system. 






System Clean-Up 
& Repair 

Avanquest 
Fix-It Utilities 
10 Professional 

$49.95* 
www.avanquest.com 
Fix-It Utilities 10 Professional 
can make your computer run 
like new. It performs more 
than 250 tests to see what is 
slowing your computer down 
and then fixes the problem, 
giving you better performance. 



mI;s1 iolo System 




Mechanic 

\W§jM $49.95* 
| t =3 ^,»„g° | www j |o.com 

With System Mechanic, you can 
find and fix errors and fragmen- 
tation on your PC, clean out 
clutter, and optimize your 
system for best performance. 

Acronis True 
Image Home 
2010 

$49.99* 
www.acronis.com 
This software backs up your en- 
tire computer, including the op- 
erating system, files, settings, 
and more, so you can easily re- 
create your system in the event 
of data loss. 



iolo 
DriveScrubber 

$29.95* 

www.iolo.com 
When it's time to get rid of 
your old computer, use Drive- 
Scrubber to ensure all of your 
personal data has been de- 
leted. DriveScrubber will wipe 
your entire drive, including 
free space, and restore dam- 
aged drives. 




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Computing Glossary 





hopping for a computer 
can be intimidating, espe- 
cially with all of the com- 
plex terminology. Here, 
we explain some com- 
mon computer jargon. 



Bluetooth — A short-range wireless stan- 
dard that connects devices such as com- 
puters, printers, PDAs, and digital 
cameras so they can be used together 
without being physically connected 
with a cord. 

broadband — Network connections that 
transmit high-speed Internet access that 
is faster than dial-up. Broadband speed 
varies depending on the provider. Cable 
companies deliver broadband via coaxial 
cable, whereas phone companies offer 
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), which de- 
livers broadband via telephone lines. 

CRT (cathode-ray tube)— An old analog 
display technology for TVs and computer 
monitors. It features an electron gun illu- 
minating phosphor dots that line the in- 
side of a glass tube. When the phosphors 
are lit, they display on-screen images. 
CRTs consume a great deal of power and 
are heavy and bulky. Many CRTs support 
digital signals, though these degrade in 
quality when converted to analog. 

dual-core processor— This integrated 
circuit, which controls the computer, 
features two processors, each with its 



own cache, on a single die or chassis. In 
a dual-core configuration, the operating 
system has two processors to handle in- 
structions, speeding up the computer 
and its ability to multitask. 

Ethernet— A widely used LAN protocol 
in which a computer and a network are 
physically linked with a cord. 

firewall — Hardware or software that 
limits access by a network or other out- 
side source to your computer; it might 
also limit your computer's access to the 
network. The security measures are de- 
signed to protect your computer from 
outsiders who'd like to exploit it in some 
way. By the same token, firewalls may pre- 
vent infected files on your computer 
from accessing the larger network and 
spreading the problem to other users. 

LAN (local-area network)— A group 
of computers that are physically 
connected by wires so they can 
communicate with one another and 
share information. 

LCD (liquid-crystal display)— This tech- 
nology sandwiches liquid crystals be- 
tween thin sheets of glass. The crystals 
twist and untwist to allow and block 
light from a backlight, forming the im- 
ages you see. LCDs are thinner, lighter, 
and consume less power than CRTs. 
Initially used mostly in notebook PCs, 
you'll now find LCD TVs and computer 



monitors, and they are also in digital 
cameras, cell phones, portable DVD 
players, and PDAs, among others. 

office suite — Productivity software, such 
as Microsoft Office, StarOffice, and 
OpenOffice, that often includes word 
processing, spreadsheet, presentation, 
database, and financial tools. 

operating system— The software, such 
as Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac 
OS X, that controls a computer and its 
peripherals and serves as the primary in- 
terface for the users. 

processor — Also known as a micro- 
processor or the CPU, this integrated 
circuit controls the computer. 

RAM (random-access memory)— A 

standard type of memory that's read 
from and written to by the CPU 
and hardware. 

upgradeable — This term refers to the 
ability to add or swap out hardware to 
boost a computer's performance, in- 
crease its speed, or replace a defective or 
obsolete device or component. For in- 
stance, you may add more memory, 
replace an old CRT with a widescreen 
LCD, or swap out an older video card 
for a newer one that features an ATSC 
TV tuner so you can watch digital TV on 
your computer. Look for a computer 
with expansion slots or empty bays. 03 



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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




KEYBOARD 



• An ergonomic design can 
cut down on the wrist 
strain associated with 
carpal tunnel syndrome 

• Bluetooth connectivity 
lends itself to a tidy desk 
because there's one less 
wire to contend with 

• A specialty model, such as 
a gaming or media key- 
board, adds functionality 
to your pastime of choice 




• Offers an affordable way 
to connect all of your 
peripherals, even if you 
have more gadgets than 
USB ports 

• Adds the convenience of 
easy USB access— no more 
reaching behind your 
computer to plug in your 
USB devices 




EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE 

• Protect precious video and 
photo memories: Back up 
to an external hard drive 

• Keep your computer run- 
ning more efficiently by 
saving large files, such as 
your media collection, on 
an external drive 




• A wireless mouse will cut 
down on cable clutter at 
your desk and also offers 
the convenience of por- 
tability for laptop use 

• A gaming mouse can de- 
liver better accuracy and 
speed for the ultimate 

in control 

• Consider customizable 
buttons if you want to be 
able to access media, files, 
or programs with one- 
touch access 



A computer is a big investment, and now that you've taken the 
plunge, it's time to decide what accessories you need to go along 
with that shiny new purchase. We've rounded up several of our 
favorite extras for every computer owner. Whether you have a 
laptop or desktop, be sure to add these items to your shopping 
list to complete your computing experience. B3 





CLEANING KIT 



Specially designed cleaners 
will keep your computer 
screen clean without run- 
ning the risk of scratching 
its surface 

Cloths are often made of 
low-conductivity material 
in order to reduce static 




Ensure the electrical current 
running to your desktop or 
laptop computer doesn't ex- 
ceed proper levels 
Portable models will protect 
your laptop when you're on 
the go for work or play 




Bridge the gap between 
long-distance family and 
friends with online video 
chatting by adding a Web 
cam to your setup 




A quality photo printer will 
eliminate trips to the drug- 
store for 4x6 prints and give 
you the ability to instantly 
share your photo memories 
An all-in-one model is the 
perfect addition for any 
busy family that needs a 
device that can operate 
as a copier, scanner, fax, 
and printer 




COMPUTING SERVICES 

To keep your desktop or 
laptop computer in tip-top 
shape, take advantage of the 
computing services offered at 
your local CE retailer. They 
can help you keep your ma- 
chine running smoothly and 
free from the dangers that 
lurk online. 

• Computer Setup & 
Networking 

• Virus & Spyware Removal 

• Data Backup & Recovery 

• Hardware & Software 
Upgrades 

• Training & Consultation 



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HOW TO BUY 



An MP3 Player 

Look For Extra Features 




An AAP3 player can serve many purposes, as top-of-the-line de- 
vices can do much more than just play music When considering 
your MP3 player purchase, be sure to check out advanced fea- 
tures that will ensure you can do more with the device that al- 
ready meets so many needs. 



Live Content. With a Wi-Fi-enabled MP3 player, 
you can stream live content, such as TV shows or Web 
videos, to your device. You can also listen to Internet 
radio, check your email, update your Facebook page, 
and shop online. Select MP3 players also let you share 
content with others who have the same player as you. 



. . . stream live 
content such as 
TV shows or Web 
videos, to your 
device. 



Most models use 
an 802.1 1b/g con- 
nection to access 
the Internet, 
which means you 
can use a Wi-Fi 
hotspot or your 
home network to 
access your fa- 
vorite media, 

apps, or Web sites. And for added convenience, some 
MP3 players give you the option to wirelessly sync your 
device to your computer, letting you effortlessly retrieve 
the latest podcasts, music, and other entertainment. 



Bigger Screens. Some players feature screen sizes 
of 2 to 3 inches, giving you improved color and clarity. 
More notably, however, is the inception of the touch- 
screen. Several MP3 players now let you control your 
media with 

. . . some MP3 players 



can store and play 
HD content. 



the touch of a 
finger, which 
makes it easier 
to quickly nav- 
igate lengthy 
playlists. Some 

MP3 players can play and store HD content, and if the 
player includes an HDMI, Composite, or other HD video 
output, you can watch your player's high-quality content 
on another device, such as an HDTV. 



More mUSiC. Sometimes it's nice to have access to 
the radio, even if you have all of your music with you. 
And with three op- 

. . . look for MP3 



players with a 
radio tuner. 



tions currently 
available — tradi- 
tional radio, HD 
Radio, and satellite 
radio — you have 
more radio choices 

to listen to. Look for MP3 players with a radio tuner, so 
you'll be able to catch up on the news or your favorite 
talk radio program while you're sitting in the airport or 
working out at the gym. If you're a satellite radio sub- 
scriber, make sure the player you're interested in sup- 
ports your service. 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 




Downloads For Your 
Portable Lifestyle 

Add Capabilities To Your Gadgets 



We bet that you carry at least one 
portable gadget with you on a regular 
basis. To further enhance your port- 
able device, you can download media 
content, firmware updates, and extra 
programs that add new features. In 
this article, we'll examine some of the 
most popular downloads for your 
portable gadgets. 

Music Downloads 

It seems as though just about every on- 
the-go gadget can play music these 
days. If you're looking for tunes to play 
on your device, there are a number of 
music download services that fill the 
bill. And if you want to listen to a book, 



most portable music players are com- 
patible with a variety of audio book 
formats, so you can download your fa- 
vorite title to listen to. 

GPS Downloads 

To find and plan your driving routes, GPS 
devices reference preloaded maps. If 
you've never updated your GPS' maps, 
you'll more than likely find the informa- 
tion your GPS is delivering is inaccurate 
due to road construction or moved busi- 
nesses. Instead of dealing with a GPS that 
constantly recalculates its directions, you 
can purchase a map update, which will 
ensure that your GPS will have the most 
up-to-date map information. 



Smartphone Downloads 

Smartphones are capable of much 
more than just making calls or an- 
swering emails. Almost every mobile 
operating system offers some kind of 
app store, where you can search for 
and download programs to enhance 
the functionality of your device. Whe- 
ther you're looking for productivity 
applications, such as financial or word 
processing software, or a game to kill 
some time during breaks at work, you 
can find plenty of options that will suit 
your needs and help you get the most 
out of your phone. \H 

by Nathan Lake 



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



FM Transmitters 



Q 



What is an FM transmitter? 



A An FM transmitter is a device that connects to your 
portable media player and plays its audio through your 
car stereo. 



Q 



How does an FM transmitter work? 



A An FM transmitter plugs into a port on your MP3 
player and then sends audio to your car stereo using an 
unoccupied radio frequency. 



Q 



What can I listen to using an FM transmitter? 



A If you store music, podcasts, or audio books on your 
audio player, you will be able to hear it through your 
car stereo using an FM transmitter. 



Q 



What FM transmitter styles are available? 



A You can purchase an FM transmitter that has a small, 
tactile station controller, a built-in display, or clear sta- 
tion scan technology. 



Q 



How can I use an FM transmitter's preset feature? 



A You will use it if you need to locate a clear radio 
station signal. Upon finding a clear station, save it 
as a frequency preset if your FM transmitter supports 
memory presets. 



Q 



How do you set up an FM transmitter? 



A The only setup you need to do is connect your media 
player to the FM transmitter jack and then plug the 
transmitter into your car's cigarette lighter for power. 



Q 
A 



Can FM transmitters double as chargers? 

Yes, some models will power and charge your audio 
player when it's connected to the FM transmitter. 



Q 



What features do FM transmitters typically include? 



A Many FM transmitters will have station presets; scan- 
ning technology to find the clearest radio frequency to 
send your music to; and a display that tells you artist, song, 
and track information. 



Q 



Do FM transmitters include speakerphones? 



A Yes, FM transmitters that include a speakerphone 
make it possible to answer phone calls on a phone 
that's compatible with the FM transmitter. 



Q 



What is clear station scan technology? 



A Instead of manually searching for an open FM fre- 
quency to use, FM transmitter models with a clear sta- 
tion scan feature will automatically find a frequency with the 
best reception. 




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MP3 



Player 
Glossary 




ho doesn't want an MP3 player? It can help you relax, provide mo- 
tivation, and ensure you always have a song to match your mood. 
When you head to your local CE retailer to snag one, make sure 
you have this glossary so you can choose the perfect model. 



AAC — Short for Advanced Audio Cod- 
ing, this format is a competitor of the 
more popular MP3 file format. It is the 
default program used by Apple. 

apps — Also known as applications, these 
small programs can be purchased and 
downloaded to select devices, such as the 
Apple iPod touch, Microsoft Zune HD, 
and Archos media tablets, for entertain- 
ment, productivity, or other uses. 

Click Wheel — Apple's proprietary circular 
control on the front of the iPod. 

Certified For Windows Vista— A Mi- 
crosoft certification that ensures por- 
table devices, such as MP3 players, and 
media, such as digital music and videos, 
are compatible with each other. This was 
once called PlaysForSure. 

download — In terms of digital music, 
downloading is when you retrieve a song 
from an Internet site or another network 
connection and save it to your computer 
or digital music player. You can down- 
load songs from music Web sites such as 
iTunes, Napster, or Rhapsody. 

DRM (digital rights management)— A se- 

curity mechanism for digital media, 



associated with copyright. A common 
DRM scheme for digital music involves 
getting a license file to authorize playback 
of a free or purchased song. 

earbuds — Small, circular devices you put 
into your ears so you can listen to music 
on your player. These serve the same 
function as headphones. Many music 
players come with their own earbuds, but 
you can purchase a separate pair that are 
more comfortable or of better quality. 

flash memory — Solid-state memory 
with no moving parts that is lightweight 
and small. In terms of digital music 
players, a flash-based player is lighter 
and smaller than a hard drive-based 
player, and it also won't skip. Thus, 
flash-based players are popular for use 
during exercise. However, the capacity 
of a flash drive isn't as large as a hard 
drive-based player. 

FM tuner — If your music player has a 
built-in FM tuner, you will be able to 
listen to music from local radio stations. 

hard drive— Storage in which rigid 
platters are inside a fixed casing. In terms 
of digital music players, a hard drive- 
based player is larger and heavier than a 



flash-based player. Because of the moving 
parts (the platters), hard drive-based 
players are also prone to skipping. How- 
ever, their capacities are much larger than 
players that use flash drives. 

music management program— An appli- 
cation, such as iTunes or Napster, that 
loads onto your computer and lets you 
play, organize, and download and pur- 
chase media, such as music and videos, 
for your portable media player or PC. 

MP3 — Perhaps the most popular digital 
audio encoding format. It compresses 
audio to about one-twelfth the original 
size while still providing excellent sound. 
In general, a 1MB MP3 file will last about 
one minute. 

playlist — A queue of songs a user creates 
to play on a PC, burn to a CD, or transfer 
to an MP3 player. The playlist includes 
only directions to the location of the 
songs, not the actual songs themselves. 

podcast — A downloadable episode that 
is similar to a radio program. A user can 
subscribe to a podcast for updated 
episodes, or she can download podcasts 
one at a time. 

WMA — Windows Media Audio is a 
digital audio format created by Microsoft. 

widescreen — A screen that has a 16:9 as- 
pect ratio. 



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Which MP3 Player Is Best For You? 

iPods are cool, sure, but you have other choices when it comes to listening to your tunes. This chart compares the most important— and 
coolest— features from select MP3 players. 



B 



J 



Memory type 



What It Means 



Hard drive 
(moving parts, 
more capacity) 
or flash (no 
moving parts) 



Capacity 



Songs 



Video; FM tuner 
capabilities 



Colors 



Battery life 



How much 
memory the 
player has 



Based on four- 
minute songs 
at 128Kbps, 
the number a 
player can hold 



Some MP3 players 
can play video or 
let you listen to 
radio stations 



Several players 
offer a variety of 
color choices 



How long the 
battery will last 
when playing 



SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Flash 
MSRP: $39.99*; 
$49.99* 
SKU 9448564 



Apple iPod shuffle 

MSRP: $59*; $79* 
SKU 9229765 



Flash 



SanDisk Sansa Fuze 

MSRP: $69.99*; 
$79.99*; $99.99* 
SKU 8753789 



Flash 



2GB; 4GB 500; 1,000 



2GB; 4GB 



2GB; 4GB; 
8GB 



500; 1,000 
(AAC) 



500; 1,000; 
2,000 



No; Yes 



Neither 



Both 



Black, red, blue 15 hours 



Black, silver, pink, 10 hours 
green, blue 



Black, blue, red, 
silver, white 



24 hours 



i 



Sony E Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $79.95* 
SKU 9443792 



Flash 



8GB 



N/A 



Both 



Black 



30 hours 



rf 



I 



Sony S Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $109.95*; 
$129.95* 
SKU 9443845 



Flash 



Apple iPod nano 

MSRP: $149*; $179* 
SKU 9416376 



Flash 



8GB; 16GB N/A 



Both 



8GB; 16GB 



2,000; 4,000 
(AAC) 



Both 



Black, pink, violet, 42 hours 
red 



Pink, orange, 
green, blue, 
purple, black, 
silver 



24 hours 



Apple iPod touch Flash 

MSRP: $199*; $299*; 

$399* 

SKU 8771732 



8GB; 32GB; 
64GB 



1,750; 7,000; 
14,000 (AAC) 



Yes; No 



Black 



30 hours 



I 



Microsoft Zune HD Flash 
MSRP: $219.99*; 
$289.99* 
SKU 9449581 



16GB; 32GB 4,000; 8,000 



Both 



Black, silver 



33 hours 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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Which GPS Device Is Right For You? — 

One of the hottest CE devices around right now is a GPS, and what a useful device it is, too. Here, we compare some models available on today's 
market. All of these units come with maps already loaded, and you can purchase additional maps, as well. 






What It Means 



Insignia 
NS-NAV01 

MSRP: $99.99* 
SKU 9351603 

Garmin 
nuvi 255W 

MSRP: $179.99* 
SKU 9252872 



Screen size; 
Dimensions 

The diagonal 
measurement 
of the screen; 
Height x width 
x depth 

4.3 inches; 
3.1x4.7x0.6 
inches 



Text-to-speech; 
Traffic receiver 

Unit calls out spe- 
cific street names; 
Unit receives traf- 
fic updates and re- 
routes accordingly 

Yes; No 



Preloaded 
maps 



WAAS 



Bluetooth; MP3 
playback 



4.3 inches; 
2.9x4.8x0.8 
inches 



Yes; No 



Garmin 
nuvi 1300T 

MSRP: $189.99* 
SKU 9333027 



4.3 inches; 
2.9x4.8x0.6 
inches 



Yes; Yes 



The regional 
maps that 
come in- 
cluded with 
the GPS unit 

Entire U.S. 



A satellite and 
ground station 
system that 
gives exception- 
al GPS accuracy 

Yes 



Some units com- 
municate wire- 
lessly with other 
Bluetooth devices 
or play MP3s 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 
and Canada 



No 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 



Yes 



No; No 



No; No 



No; No 



Included charging 
adapters 

AC adapters plug 
into the wall; DC 
adapters plug into 
your car's cigarette 
lighter 

DC adapter 



DC adapter 



DC adapter 




TomTom 
XL340.SLIVE 

MSRP: $199.95* 
SKU 9553342 



4.3 inches; 
3.2x4.8x1.0 
inches 



Yes; Yes 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 
and Canada 



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 





Magellan 
RoadMate 1445T 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 9536424 



4.3 inches; 
4.6x3.3x0.7 
inches 



Yes; Yes 



Insignia 
NS-CNV43 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 9366116 



4.3 inches; 
3.2x4.8x0.7 
inches 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 
and Canada 



Yes 



No; No 



DC adapter 



Yes; Yes 



Entire U.S. 



Yes 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 



TomTom 
XL350TM 

MSRP: $229* 
SKU N/A 



4.3 inches; 
3.2x4.7x0.9 
inches 



Yes; Yes (with 
optional traffic 
receiver) 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 
and Canada 



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 



Magellan 
RoadMate 1700 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9464153 



7 inches; 

4.2x7.5x0.6 

inches 



Yes; No 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 
and Canada 



Yes 



No; No 



DC adapter 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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Drive Smarter With A TomTom GPS 



TomTom believes that personal navigation should be as easy and safe as possible. With smart 
technology and straightforward solutions, reaching your destination will be easy. A TomTom GPS 
will provide you with the best map coverage, and select devices offer Lifetime Map Updates to 
ensure you can always drive with the latest map for an unbeatable price. You're not limited to the 
options you see here— additional models can be found on Bestbuy.com. 



TomTom'^ 




XL335LE 


XL350TBundle+ 


XL350M 


XL350TM 


XXL 550T 


XL340TMUVE 


GO 740TM LIVE 


Bundlet 


(Lifetime Traffic 


(Lifetime Maps 


(Lifetime Traffic 


(Lifetime Traffic 


(Lifetime Traffic 


(Lifetime Traffic 




Edition) 


Edition) 


& Maps Edition) 


Edition) 


& Maps Edition) 


& Maps Edition) 


9927276 


9927276 


9927267 


9927197 


9934364 


9927018 


9934133 



Preloaded Maps 



Lifetime 
Map Updates 

Lifetime 
Traffic Updates 

LIVE Services 
(3 months 
included) 



IQ Routes 
Technology 



2-button 
EasyMenu™ 

Advanced 
Lane Guidance 



Spoken 
Street Names 

Points Of 
Interest 

Help Me! 
Emergency Menu 



Fold & Go 
EasyPort Mount 



$129.95 



4.3 inches 



U.S. 



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3 million 



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mm 



$199.95 



4.3 inches 



U.S., Canada, and 
Mexico 



/ 



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7 million 



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$199.95 





4.3 inches 



U.S., Canada, and 
Mexico 



/ 



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7 million 



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$229.95 



4.3 inches 



U.S., Canada, and 
Mexico 



/ 



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7 million 



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$229.95 



5 inches 



U.S., Canada, and 
Mexico 



/ 



/ 



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7 million 



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$259.95 



4.3 inches 



U.S., Canada, and 
Mexico 



/ 



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7 million 



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$319.95 



4.3 inches 



U.S. and Canada 



/ 



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3 million 



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Lifetime Map Updates* 

Roads change, but with Lifetime Map Updates 
your map will always be up to date. Start fresh 
every few months by downloading a new edi- 
tion of the industry's most accurate map. New 
editions are issued four times per year. 



Lifetime 
Traffic Updates* 

Always outsmart traffic and avoid 
delays. View live, real-time traffic 
information on your TomTom 
for the lifetime of your device. 




* You receive non-transferable traffic data and up to four non-transferable map data updates per 
year until the product's useful life expires or TomTom no longer receives map or traffic updates 
from its suppliers, whichever is shorter. Details and terms at www.tomtom.com/legal. 



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** Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




Make sure your travel 
companion always has 
a full battery 

If you do run out of battery, 
charge your GPS with an 
adapter; these can plug into 
a wall, PC, or car's DC outlet 




MP3 PLAYER CASES 

• Protect your MP3 player 
from bumps and scratches 

• Quickly access your player's 
functions with a clip 

• Keep your player out of 
your way with an armband 




GPS MOUNTS 



• Mounts can be placed on a 
car dash or stuck to a wind- 
shield to be within reach 




MP3 PLAYER 
EARPHONES 

• Match earphones to your 
needs: If you don't want 
anything bulky, opt for ear- 
buds that fit inside your ear; 
to hear every musical detail, 
try headphones that cover 
the ear completely 

• Listen to your music 
without the interference of 
background noise with ear- 
phones that offer a noise- 
canceling feature 




CELL PHONE CHARGERS 
& BATTERIES 

• Keep your phone charged 
no matter where you are; 
adapters for your cell phone 
let you use solar power, your 
car's DC outlet, wall power, 
or your computer to charge 
your phone 

• Be prepared for emergen- 
cies with extra cell phone 
batteries 



No matter where you go, a wireless device can add enjoy- 
ment to your journey. To make sure you are taking full ad- 
vantage of the capabilities your wireless devices offer, check 
your local CE retailer for accessories that can enhance your 
mobile experiences. We've listed our favorites below. E3 





MP3 PLAYER DOCKS & 
SPEAKERS 



Portable speakers let you 

play music for a group; 

some include radios and 

can also play CDs 

With a portable dock, you 

can recharge your player's 

battery as you listen to 

music 

Play your music through 

car speakers using an FM 

transmitter 




Safeguard your phone from 
wear and tear with a case 
Universal cases fit most 
sizes of cell phones; some of 
these will include clips and 
wrist straps for portability 
and accessibility 
Fitted cases specifically fit 
your phone's model type; 
these can be hard acrylic 
casings, rubber sleeves, or 
leather pouches 
Avoid getting scratches and 
fingerprints on your phone's 
screen with stick-on or hard, 
clear screen protectors 




Keep your hands free while 
still being able to use your 
phone 

Link compatible cell phones 
to a Bluetooth headset to 
make or take calls without a 
tangled mess of cables 
Use a headset that offers 
noise-canceling capabilities 
to ensure you don't miss 
any of your conversation 




Whether your wireless device 
is brand-new or nearing the 
end of its life span, your local 
CE retailer offers services to 
help you take care of all of 
your wireless device's needs. 

• Protection plans for GPSes, 
MP3 players, and cell 
phones 

• Phone and battery recycling 

• GPS setup and deck instal- 
lation 

• MP3 vehicle integration 

• MP3 player setup and 
training 

• Cell phone repair services 
and loaner phones 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



HOW TO BUY 



Gaming Controllers 

Add More Players, Add More Fun 




Most current gaming consoles support up to four players at 
once, so you just need to add a game controller for each new 
player, plug it in, and start the mayhem. However, most consoles 
only include one or two controllers, so you'll need to purchase 
extra ones; consider the following before buying. 



ThG Mght fit. Also think about the age of the gamer. 
Some controllers are quite small and intended for kids; 
others are larger and 
are meant for adults. In, 
say, a racing game, an 
appropriately sized 
controller will make it 
easier to keep your car 
on the pavement in the 
heat of battle because 
you can easily reach 
buttons and the con- 
troller feels more com- 
fortable. It's also a good 
idea to look closely at 
the grip and button 
placement to see if it 



It's also a good 
idea to look 
closely at the 
grip and button 
placement to 
see if it works 
well for your 
style of play. 

works well for your style 

of play. Some controllers include a D-pad with four direc- 
tional buttons; these work best for role-playing games 
where you are constantly moving a character. 






Controller type. Consider the type of controller you 
want to use. Wired controllers have one benefit: They never 
need a battery. However, you won't have the freedom to 
move around, as these need to be connected to your system 
via a cord. 

wireless con- Wired controllers 

trollers connect 

to the console 

over a wireless 

signal, so you can 

move around the 

room, but the 

battery might die in 

the middle of a hectic battle if it's not charged regularly. 

These usually require one AA battery or a charging dock. 



have one benefit: 
They never need 
a battery. 



Match the game. There is a wide assortment of 
controllers available in addition to the basic ones re- 
quired to play games. You can find driving wheels, sports 
equipment, and musical instruments for the latest games. 
You might even 
find a nunchuk 
controller for 
certain consoles 
that you can use 
with titles that 
require a wire- 
less controller in 
each hand, such 
as in boxing 
games. 



You can find 
driving wheels, 
sports equipment, 
and musical 
instruments for 
the latest games. 



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by Tracy Baker 



MING, MEDIA & MORE 



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Gaming 
System Memory 

Today's Consoles Store Far More 
Than Game Saves 

In the past, it was simple. Buy a videogame console, grab some games, and you had a 
dedicated gaming box for the living room. Today's consoles can do so much more 
than just play video games, however, so storage memory is a real concern. Keep 
the following in mind when comparing 



consoles and shopping for additional 
storage for your existing console. 03 

by Tracy Baker 



Internal Storage 

Most of the latest video-game con- 
soles have some form of internal 
storage, which is useful for storing 
multimedia and downloaded add-on 
content for games locally on the ma- 
chine. If you want to store a lot of 
files on your actual console, be sure 
to look for one with a larger capacity. 



External Storage 

If you want to be able to transfer 
your data from one place to another, 
video-game consoles also accept ex- 
ternal memory cards. These have a 
lower storage capacity than your 
console's internal memory but offer 
much more in terms of mobility. For 
example, you can use a memory card 
to store gamer profiles that can be 
used on a different console, so you 
can take all of your settings with you 
and save games when you're on the 
road and not lose any progress. 





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Minding The Bytes 

The amount of data a console or ex- 
ternal memory card can store is 
printed on the packaging and listed 
in MB (megabytes) or GB (gigabytes), 
with larger numbers always being 
better. 

Games. Games and add-ons for disc- 
based games require anywhere from 
a few dozen megabytes to more than 
1GB. 

Gamer profiles. These generally take 
up only a few megabytes of space un- 
less you have a lot of games that 
everyone plays, in which case mul- 
tiple saved games can take up more 
room than usual. 

Movies. DVD-quality movies con- 
sume a few gigabytes per movie, and 
high-definition movies require sev- 
eral gigabytes of storage. 



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Parental Control 

Restrictions For Your Kids' Gaming 



Game consoles let kids do much more than just play video 
games. They can access the Internet, download media, and 
play CDs and DVDs. While this makes for a great entertain- 
ment station for your family, it can make controlling the 



content your kids can access more difficult. Many game con- 
sole manufacturers try to make a parent's job easier by in- 
cluding parental controls that let you restrict access to 
content from a variety of media sources in different ways. 






Time Restrictions 

To prevent your youngsters from spending too much time in front of 
the TV, you can place daily or weekly gameplay time limits on most 
game consoles. These settings will block children from playing games 
beyond the time limits you implement by prompting the user to enter 
a parental control PIN or password to play games for a longer amount 
of time. Also, depending on the console, parents can look up how long 
their children have been playing video games. 



Not Just For Kids 

Because adults enjoy the benefits of having a game console just as 
much as kids do, you can turn off parental control settings anytime you 
want. All you need is your PIN or password, and you can access movies 
or games that aren't age-appropriate for your children. You also have 
the option of disabling the game console's parental settings and re- 
enabling them when you're done using your game console. Oftentimes, 
a game console won't require that you re-enter parental settings after 
you've turned them back on. 










Content Restrictions 

ESRB ratings are designed to inform parents of a game's con- 
tent so they can decide if it's suitable for their children. Some 
consoles let you restrict ESRB ratings so only games with a 
particular rating can be played on the console or downloaded 
from an online store. Parents might also have the option of 
blocking certain movie ratings, such as PG-13- or R-rated 
content, depending on the console. 

Many games can be accessed online through the console's 
Web browser without having to download them to the 



actual console, so some let you decide whether your child can 
access Internet or live games. Depending on your console, you 
might be able to control the level of the Internet restriction. 
Or if your console provides access to an online store, you can 
adjust settings that will allow particular access. Some consoles 
will block a user from using the Web browser, while others 
will let you plug in keywords or URLs to block. And if you 
don't want Junior and his friends spending lots of money on 
games while you're not home, you can restrict access to the 
online store so you have the final say about purchases. 



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ESRB Game Ratings 

& Descriptions 

Find Material That's Appropriate For Your Kids 



ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) Ratings 

In order for parents to select gaming software appropriate for their 
children, ESRB ratings (www.esrb.org) are listed on the front and back 
of most game packages to provide concise and impartial details about 
a title's content. 



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Early Childhood. Titles with this rating have content that 
may be suitable for children ages three and older. These 
software titles contain no material that parents would 
find inappropriate. 

Everyone. Titles with this rating have content that may be 
suitable for children ages six and older. Games in this category 
may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy, or mild violence and 
infrequent use of mild language. 

Everyone 10+. Titles with this rating have content that may 
be suitable for children ages 10 and older. Games in this cate- 
gory may contain more cartoon, fantasy, or mild violence and 
language as well as minimal suggestive themes. 

Teen. Titles with this rating have content that may be suitable 
for children ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may con- 
tain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, 
simulated gambling, or infrequent use of strong language. 

Mature. Titles with this rating have content that may be 
suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Games in this cate- 
gory may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual 
content, or strong language. 

Adults Only. Titles with this rating have content that should 
only be played by persons 18 years and older. Games in this 
category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence, 
graphic sexual content, or nudity. 



For additional information, ESRB ratings on the back of game packages 
include content descriptions and depictions. 









Gaming Tips 

'pot ^an&tfo _ 

Aside from checking ESRB ratings, there 
are other ways you can ensure that the 
games your youngsters are playing are 
age-appropriate. 



• Carefully look at everything on a title's 
packaging, including the game graphics. 

• Find game reviews, screen shots, or demos 
to get a better idea of a game's content. 

• If available, use game parental controls to 
restrict mature and inappropriate content. 

• Learn about games by talking to other 
parents and older children who are 
familiar with or have played certain titles. 

• Participate in your children's gaming and 
discuss their games as much as possible. 

• Be aware of nonrated ESRB material a game 
may contain. "Mods" are program down- 
loads that can alter a game's content, and 
online games often have live player chats as 
well as other user-generated content. 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



Which Gaming System Is Best For You? 

Game consoles and portable devices are no longer limited to gameplay. They can also access the Internet, download media, and play your favorite DVDs or CDs. 
To help you find a gaming device that will suit you well, here's a comparison of the most popular selections you can find at your local CE retailer. 



What It Means 



Hard drive size 



How much 
data the 
system can 
hold 



Sony 
PlayStation 3 

MSRP: $349.99* 
*^Q SKU 9611611 



250GB 2.5-inch 
Serial ATA 



Compatible 
memory cards 

Cards that will let you 
save and offload data, 
such as game saves or 
personal media 



PlayStation and 
PlayStation 2 cards 
with optional USB 
memory card adapter 



Optical drive 

Aside from game 
discs, other playable 
media formats 



CD, DVD, BD 



Video 
resolution output 

Highest number 
of video pixels 
that are sent to a 
TV or portable 
console screen 



Ports 



Hookups for 
controllers as well 
as video and audio 
outputs 



1,920 x 1,080 



1 A/V, 1 Ethernet, 
1 H DM1,1 optical 
digital audio, 2 USB 



Nintendo Wii 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 8008559 



512MB 



SD/Nintendo 
GameCube Memory 
Card 



Can only play 
game titles 



720 x 480 



4 controller, 
1 Component, 
1 Composite, 
1 S-Video, 2 USB 



Microsoft 
Xbox 360 Elite 

MSRP: N/A 
SKU N/A 



120GB 



Xbox 360 Memory 
Unit 



Nintendo DSi 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 9249725 
(blue) 



256MB 



SD 



CD-RW, DVD-RW, 
and more 



1,920 x 1,080 



None 



Dual 256x192 



1 A/V, 1 Ethernet, 

2 memory, 

1 HDMI,3USB 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 




Nintendo DSi XL 

MSRP: $189.99* 
SKU 9760166 



256MB 



SD 



None 



Dual 256x192 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 




Sony PSPgo 

MSRP: $249.99* 
SKU 9459659 



Sony PlayStation 
Portable 3000 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 9175082 



16GB flash 
memory 



Memory Stick Micro 



64MB 



Memory Stick Duo 



None; download to 
internal and remov- 
able memory only 



480 x 272 



UMD (Universal 
Media Disc) 



1 USB, 

1 headphone 



480 x 272 



1 video out/ 
headset, 1 USB, 
1 DC out 



*Prices listed in this issue are for general reference and may vary from retailer pricing. 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 













Included 










Online 


Wi-Fi access; 


Parental 


Compatible 


accessories & 


Available 








community 


Media streaming 


controls 


game formats 


services 


accessories 


Controllers 


Perfect for 




Web site 


Access the Inter- 


Help parents de- 


Game titles that 


Accessories 


Extras that can 


Included 


Who can benefit 




membership 


net without a 


cide what con- 


can be played on 


included with 


help enhance 


controllers; 


from the special 




for downloads, 


cable hookup; 


tent their kids can 


the game system 


the console 


your gameplay 


wired/wireless 


features the gaming 




upgrades, and 


Send and receive 


or cannot access 








controller com- 


system offers 




more 


media wirelessly 










patibility 






Yes, free 


Yes, 802.1 1b/g 


Included; Options 


Sony Play- 


DualShock 3 wire- 


Blu-ray remote, 


Includes 1 


Someone who wants 




PlayStation 


Yes 


available for PS3 


Station 3 titles 


less controller, USB 


Bluetooth head- 


DualShock 3 


the value of a full 




Network 




games, BDs, 


and select 


cable, PlayStation 


set, memory card 


wireless con- 


gaming system with 




membership 




DVDs, and 


PlayStation 


Network member- 


adapter, wireless 


troller; wireless 


a BD player and 








Internet 


titles 


ship, A/V cable 


keypad, cables 




media streaming 




Nintendo Wi-Fi 


Yes, 802.1 1b/g 


Included; Options 


Nintendo 


Wii remote and 


Wireless Wii 


Includes 1 wire- 


Gamers of any 




Connection 


Netflix streaming 


available for Wii 


GameCube 


nunchuck, sensor 


remote, wheel, 


less Wii remote 


age who want a 








titles, online fea- 


and Wii titles 


bar, Wii Sports 


classic (wired) 


and nunchuck; 


unique wireless 








tures and down- 




game, console stand, 


controllers, wire- 


Both 


gaming experience 








loads, and more 




A/V cable, adapter 


less sensor bar 


(some titles require 
a wired remote) 


that requires little 
gaming knowledge 




Yes; free Silver 


Available with 


Included; Options 


All Xbox 360 


Wireless con- 


HDMI cable, 


Includes 1 wire- 


Those who want to 




membership to 


optional net- 


available for Xbox 


games and more 


troller, headset, 


Xbox 360 hard 


less controller; 


play games in HD 




Xbox Live and 


working adapter 


Elite console and 


than 300 Xbox 


A/V cable, net- 


drive, universal 


wireless 


with full theatrical 




free Gold mem- 


accessory; Yes 


Xbox Live 


games 


work cable, 


media remote, 




sound and need a 




bership for one 








Netflix trial 


networking 




console with plenty 




month 










adapter 




of hard drive space 




Nintendo Wi-Fi 


Yes; Yes 


Included; Options 


Nintendo DSi 


AC adapter, 


Audio headset, 


N/A 


Users who want a 




Connection 




available for 
Nintendo DSi 
content 


and Nintendo 
DS titles 


2 styli 


battery power pack, 
screen protectors, 
carrying cases, styli 




handheld gaming 
system that lets them 
take, personalize, and 
share photos 




Nintendo Wi-Fi 


Yes; Yes 


Included; Options 


N/A 


Rechargeable bat- 


Cases, adapters, 


N/A 


Those who want a 




Connection 




available for DSi 
software, DSi 
Browser, DSi 
Shop, and more 




tery, AC adapter, 
stylus, and four 
preinstalled titles 


headphones, full- 
size stylus 




handheld gaming 
system with a large 
screen, better-suited 
for social gaming 




Yes, PlayStation 


Yes, 802.1 1b; Yes 


Included 


Available for 


AC adapter, USB 


Protective screen 


N/A 


Those who need a 




Network 






download from 
PlayStation store 


cable, Media Go 
software, Rock 
Band Unplugged 
Lite voucher 


film, cradle, head- 
phones, memory 
cards, cases 




bigger screen for their 
gaming, Internet, and 
media entertainment 




Yes, free 


Yes, 802.1 1b; No 


Included; Options 


PlayStation 


AC adapter, AC 


Battery charger, 


N/A 


Those who want to 




PlayStation 




available for 


Portable titles 


power cord, 


travel case, 




enjoy gaming as well 




Network 




UMDs, Internet, 




battery pack, video 


memory cards, 




as movies, photos, 




membership 




and video down- 
loads 




rental through 

PlayStation 

Network 


A/V cable, AC 
adapter, car 
adapter 




and music when 
they're on the go 

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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



This Month's 

Blu-ray Disc Releases 



Alice In Wonderland 



Rating: PG Format: Blu-ray Disc MSRP: $39.99* SKU: 9896681 
( Release Date: 6/1/2010 ) 





Percy Jackson & The Olympians 

Rating: N/A Format: Blu-ray Disc MSRP: $29.99* SKU: 9931039 
( Release Date: 6/22/2010~) 





When In Rome 




Rating: PG-13 Format: Blu-ray Disc MSRP: $29.99* SKU: 9929935 
C Release Date: 6/1 5/201 o") 




Date 



MSRP* 



SKU 



Rating 



May 








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A Star Is Bom 


6/22 


$34.99 


18487204 


PG 


Absolute Power 


6/1 


$24.99 


9902559 


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Alice In Wonderland 


6/1 


$39.99 


9896681 


PG 


Animation Express 


6/8 


$29.98 


18544345 


N/A 


Bad Boys 


6/1 


$19.99 


9929422 


R 


Beautiful 


6/29 


$24.98 


18519598 


N/A 


Bourne Trilogy 


6/29 


$69.98 


18555483 


PG-13 


Caddyshack 


6/15 


$24.99 


9930777 


R 


Clint Eastwood Collection 


6/1 


$149.99 


18482032 


N/A 


Close-Up 


6/22 


$39.95 


18543755 


N/A 


Control Alt Delete 


6/15 


$24.98 


18519622 


R 


Crossing Over 


6/8 


$14.99 


9903203 


R 


Darkman 


6/15 


$24.99 


9934009 


R 


Disney Parks The Secrets, Stories & 
Magic Behind the Scenes 


6/1 


$34.99 


9918499 


N/A 


Don McKay 


6/29 


$35.98 


18543664 


R 


El Cartel 


6/15 


$24.98 


18547014 


N/A 


Entourage Complete Sixth Season 


6/22 


$39.99 


9930704 


N/A 


Everlasting Moments 


6/29 


$39.95 


18543837 


N/A 


Every Which Way But Loose 


6/1 


$16.99 


18481237 


PG 


Flash Gordon 


6/22 


$24.99 


9934054 


PG 


From Paris With Love 


6/8 


$39.99 


9895276 


R 


Guyven Complete Box Set 


6/22 


$54.98 


18504417 


N/A 


Happy Together 


6/8 


$29.95 


18546476 


N/A 


Heartbreak Ridge 


6/1 


$24.99 


9902595 


R 


Ice Road Truckers: Complete 
Season Three 


6/8 


$49.95 


18527958 


N/A 


Life 


6/1 


$69.98 


18505774 


N/A 


Mary & Max 


6/15 


$19.99 


9918505 


N/A 


Pale Rider 


6/1 


$24.98 


18482751 


R 


Percy Jackson & The Olympians: 
The Lightning Thief 


6/22 


$29.99 


9931039 


N/A 


Power Kids 


6/8 


$29.98 


18517842 


R 


Riverworld 


6/22 


$24.99 


18502986 


N/A 


Sanctuary: The Complete 
First Season 


6/15 


$49.98 


18519704 


N/A 


Sanctuary: The Complete 
Second Season 


6/15 


$49.98 


18519731 


N/A 


Scenic National Parks 


6/22 


$34.99 


18554466 


N/A 


Someone's Knocking At The Door 


6/1 


$29.99 


18500402 


N/A 


Space Cowboys 


6/1 


$24.98 


18482111 


PG-13 


The Gauntlet 


6/1 


$14.98 


18480953 


R 


The Horseman 


6/15 


$29.98 


18516176 


R 


The Illusionist 


6/8 


$24.99 


18557454 


PG-13 


The Red Baron 


6/1 


$34.95 


18489469 


PG-13 


The Rookie 


6/1 


$24.99 


9902586 


R 


The Stepfather 


6/15 


$26.97 


18502777 


R 


The Stranger 


6/1 


$34.98 


9841928 


R 


The Sun 


6/1 


$34.95 


18546467 


N/A 


TheWolfman 


6/1 


$29.99 


9909289 


N/A 


Ultimate Fighting Champion: 
Rampage Greatest Hits 


6/8 


$24.99 


9903045 


N/A 


Unthinkable 


6/15 


$30.95 


9929431 


R 


War OfThe Worlds 


6/1 


$24.99 


9888246 


PG-13 


When In Rome 


6/15 


$29.99 


9929935 


PG-13 
































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78 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




RACI NG WHE ELS 

• A gaming steering wheel 
puts you in the driver's 
seat of a virtual race 

• A comfortable, accurate 
wheel will give you more 
control with turns, 
braking, and acceleration 

• Be sure to purchase a 
racing wheel that's com- 
patible with your specific 
gaming console 




• Adding a keyboard can 
help game efficiency— type 
in text codes and chat with 
other players quickly 

• Look for a model with a 
touchpad so you can 
easily scroll around the 
game display 

• Models that offer hotkeys 
will enable you to quickly 
perform tasks, such as 
gameplay actions 




USB DEVICES 



• A USB media hub will 
let you connect other 
USB devices (including 
MP3 players and portable 
gaming devices) to your 
game console 

• Use a USB rechargeable 
battery pack to charge 
the Li-Ion battery for 
guitar controllers 




MUSIC CONTROLLER 
ACCESSORIES 

• Add a heavy-duty bass 
pedal to your gaming 
drum set to replace your 
standard pedal 

• A tripod microphone stand 
will make your song-based 
games more true-to-life 

• Extra cymbals for your 
rock drum kit will give you 
more freedom to express 
musical ability 



The gaming experience goes beyond the game itself— you need 
the right console peripherals and the best just-in-case services. 
We've compiled a list of some of the must-have accessories 
that will only enhance your gameplay, so be sure to remember 
these items on the next trip to your local CE retailer. \H 





EXTERNAL MEMORY 

• External hard drives, USB 
drives, or memory cards 
back up your in-progress 
games 

• When additional memory 
is connected to live (on- 
line) games, you can save 
gaming content and 
downloads 

• The more memory you 
have, the more games and 
downloads you'll be able 
to store 




Use a hands-free headset to 
enhance your gaming expe- 
rience by planning strate- 
gies aloud with your team 
A Bluetooth 2.0 headset is 
designed to communicate 
with your gaming console; 
Bluetooth headsets will be 
compatible with most 
game consoles 
Consider noise-canceling 
headsets with echo-mini- 
mizing microphones so 
you can hear and be heard 
clearly 




WIRELESS CONTROLLER 



• Bluetooth technology lets 
you play while also having 
the freedom to move 
around 

• Some controllers use tra- 
ditional AAA batteries to 
sustain your playing time 

• Find the best design for 
your grip: ergonomic or 
traditional 




Your local CE retailer pro- 
vides some helpful services, 
both in-home and in-store, to 
enhance your gaming con- 
sole. Specifically, the profes- 
sionals can set up online 
connections, install system 
updates, and transfer data to 
a gaming storage device. 

• Configure online accounts 

• Console system updates 

• Stream media from a PC 
to a gaming console 

• Connect a console to a 
home-theater system 



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First Glimpse /June 2010 79 



GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 



A Peek At The Digital Future 



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Until now, media tablets may not have 
been much more than a blip on your 
radar. Overall, these are hybrid devices — 
a dash of notebook PC, a pinch of smart- 
phone, a scoop of AAP3 player — but 
don't have the history or entrenched 
user base of any one device. Eventually, 
though, their prominence is likely 
to rise. Let's take a look at what 
this young class of device is and 
how it might fit into your life. 

What Is & Isn't A Media 
Tablet? 

What qualifies a device as a media tablet 
depends, to an extent, on who's doing 
the defining. For instance, ABI Research 
describes a media tablet as a 
device with a touchscreen of 5 to 
11 inches, Wi-Fi Internet connec- 
tivity, and video and 
gaming capabilities. 



The feature list doesn't 

necessarily end there. A 

media tablet may also 

play digital music, access 

email, display photo 

libraries, function as 

an ebook reader, and 




let you view or work with documents 
such as PDFs and word processing files. In 
addition, it might run the kind of small 
specialized applications that were first de- 
veloped for smartphones. Finally, acces- 
sories unique to a particular model may 
further extend its capabilities. 

A media tablet will not, however, replace 
your mobile phone — they don't make or 
receive calls, and, because they're too big 
for one-handed operation, probably 
never will. And because the typical tablet 
doesn't have the computing power of 
most notebooks or netbooks — or a key- 
board, for that matter — it won't auto- 
matically be a complete replacement for 
those, either. 

Then again, a touchscreen can easily im- 
plement an on-screen keyboard, or a de- 
vice may permit connecting an external 
USB keyboard when you need one. And 
computer processor chips get more 
powerful every year. 

Ultimately, media tablets are new, flex- 
ible devices and could soon evolve be- 
yond the features and limitations that 
currently characterize them. 

Small Size, Big Variety 

To use a typical media tablet to its 
fullest extent, you need at least two 
things: some form of content to put on 
it and an online connection. 

And consider this third strong recom- 
mendation: a protective sleeve. Media 
tablets don't fold up like notebook com- 
puters do, so the screen is vulnerable even 
when the unit isn't in use. This is not a 
gadget you want banging around unpro- 
tected in a purse or backpack. 



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80 June 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 



A Peek At The Digital Future 



A media tablet's compact size, 
light weight, and flat design make 
it equally convenient to carry 
around the house or on the go. 

For instance, if you're a film buff 
short on time to spend in one 
place, now the movie can follow 
you anywhere. Start it in the 
kitchen, continue it on the tread- 
mill, and finish it off in bed. 

Or maybe you're a voracious 
reader who's notorious for taking a 
stack of books along on vacation. 
Stuff a media tablet with 100 
ebooks, and it won't weigh any 
more or take up any more room 
than a single hardback. 

And a media tablet can definitely 
be utilized if you often find your- 
self waiting for something and 
want to use those five- and 10- 
minute chunks of time produc- 
tively. Review an office spreadsheet just 
before the kids get out of school or up- 
date your Facebook page while waiting 
in that sluggish line at the coffee shop. A 
media tablet can have a distinct edge 
over a notebook PC here, especially if 
you're standing. 

Yours For The Taking 

So far, there's little or nothing a media 
tablet does that other more familiar 
gadgets don't already do. It's how the 
tablet brings everything together, and 
how convenient its functions are to ac- 
cess anywhere, that determines whether 
this is a device you'll use. 

Still, a smartly designed media tablet 
that can adapt to your needs is likely to 
make your day easier, more productive, 
or just more fun. 03 

by Brian Hodge 




Archos 5 Internet Tablet 

The Archos 5 is the latest descendant of a multimedia player lineage that runs 
back to 2002. It's pocket-friendly, with a 4.8-inch widescreen and 800 x 480 
resolution, and is available with five storage space options that range from 16 to 
500GB. For online connectivity, you can use whichever is handy at the time: 
Wi-Fi or piggybacking on your 3G cell phone's Internet service via Bluetooth. 

The Archos 5 provides five main categories of use. Of course, there's the 
Internet, with Web surfing, email, streaming online radio and video, and sup- 
port for all of the major chat platforms. 

As a multimedia player, the Archos 5 is compatible with numerous video, 
photo, and audio formats, including 720p HD. With an optional HDMI 
cradle, you can connect to a full-sized HDTV and use the Archos like any other 
home-theater player. The Archos 5 can also interface with your home-theater 
system's TV input and function as a DVR; you can then watch the program- 
ming content anywhere. There's also a built-in GPS to guide you on your 
travels. 

Finally, the Archos 5 utilizes Google's Android operating system, an open- 
source platform with a growing ecosystem of free and low-cost programs. Thus, 
you can customize the unit for your own needs, including gaming, viewing of- 
fice files, and social networking. • 



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First Glimpse / June2010 81 



Furnish Their Nest 

Tech Gifts For The Newlyweds 



Cuisinart Frozen 
Yogurt & Ice 
Cream Maker 

If you give them an ice 
cream maker, maybe 
they'll invite you over 
for a cool treat on a 
hot summer day. 
$49.99 



TiVo HD DVR 

This DVR (digital 
video recorder) can 
record up to 45 hours 
of HD programming, 
meaning they 
won't miss 
their favorite 
shows while 
they're out 
and about. 



June starts off the summer wedding season, leaving you 
searching for the perfect gift to give your best friend, cousin, 
or new in-law. Don't forget your local CE retailer, which has 
several options available for the happy couple. 



$299.99 



Epson 

Artisan 

8010 

Wireless 

Multifunction 

Printer 



mi Book Player 

The miBook player is the 

perfect gadget to help 

them get settled in their 

new home. It can help 

them learn about nearly 

any subject: cooking, 

decorating, gardening, 

organizing, and more. 

$69.99 



JVCEverioGZ- 
MS230 Camcorder 

The bride and groom 

can use a camcorder 

throughout their 

life together, 

capturing 

memories 

on holidays, 

vacations, 

and more. 

$269.95 




A wireless 
photo 
printer wi 
let the newlyweds print off pictures 
from both the wedding and the 
honeymoon to put in albums, hang 
on the walls, or share with friends. 
$299.99 ftl 



Altec Lansing 

inMotion Portable 

Stereo Speaker System 

If one or both of the lovebirds have 

an iPod, a MP3 dock can play the 

music over a set of speakers, so they 

can listen while they're unpacking 

the house or working in the yard. 

$129.99 





Arcitec Electric Shaver 



• Precision Cutting 
System with ultrathin 
Triple-Track shaving heads 

• Lift & Cut technology 
gently lifts hair to cut 
comfortably below the 
skin level 

• Jet Clean System washes 
and lubricates the razor 
for improved performance 

• Fast one-hour charge time; 
quick-charge function provides up to three 
minutes of shaving time per quick-charge 

• Includes Jet Clean System, charging sta- 
tion, cleaning brush, protection cap, and 
power cord 

With versatile Flex & Pivot Action and the pre- 
cision of Triple-Track shaving heads, this electric 
razor provides the satisfaction of a close, com- 
fortable shave. The precision tube trimmer 
trims moustaches and sideburns with ease. 




Philips Norelco 

Shavers 



Father's Day is just around the comer, so it's the perfect time to find Dad a Philips 
Norelco (www.consumer.philips.com) shaver to help him put his best face forward. 



Arcitec Electric Shaver 



• Precision Cutting System 
with ultrathin Triple-Track 
shaving heads 

• Lift & Cut system 
gently lifts hair to cut 
comfortably below the 
skin level 

• Washable design easily 
rinses for quick cleaning 

• Fast one-hour charge time; 

quick-charge function pro- 
vides up to 3 minutes of shaving time per 
quick-charge 

• Includes charging station, cleaning brush, 
protection cap, and power cord 

Experience the satisfaction of a close shave 
with this electric shaver that features versa- 
tile Flex & Pivot action and the precision of 
Triple-Track shaving heads. The precision 
tube trimmer trims moustaches and side- 
burns to help Dad look his best. 



Rechargeable Cordless Razor 



Reflex Action System auto- 
matically adjusts to every 
curve on your face 

Lift & Cut technology lifts 
the hairs to cut below the 
skin level 

FastRinse antimicrobial 
coating in the hair cham- 
ber keeps the razor hy- 
gienic with a quick rinse 

Takes one hour to fully 
charge for 1 7 days of cordless shaving; 
three-minute quick-charge allows for 
one cordless shave 

• Includes protection cap, hair collection 
chamber, travel pouch, power cord, and 
cleaning brush 

This cordless razor delivers the close shave dads 
desire. SmartTouch contour feature keeps the three 
Speed XL shaving heads in close contact with skin 
for a fast and efficient shave. 




Rechargeable Grooming Kit 

MSRP: $32.99* SKU: 8834951 

• Includes full-size trimmer 
blade, mini shaver, nose/ear 
and eyebrow trimmer, preci- 
sion trimmer, fine detailing 
blade, nine-position beard 
and moustache comb, four- 
position eyebrow comb, 
nine-position hairclipper 
comb, and stand 

• Microblade technology; 
hardened inox steel blades 
for added durability 

• Nine locking length settings vary cutting 
length for a variety of styling options 

• Up to 10 hours for full charge 

For the look that's right for your dad, this 
grooming kit includes nine locking length settings 
for a close shave. 




Rechargeable Cordless Razor 

MSRP: $62.99* SKU: 8834826 



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Reflex Action System auto- 
matically adjusts to every 
curve on your face 

Lift & Cut technology lifts 
the hairs to cut below the 
skin level 

Takes up to eight hours 
to fully charge for up 
to 10 days of cordless 
shaving 

Full-width pop-up trim- 
mer is ideal for moustache and sideburns 

• Includes protection cap, hair collection 
chamber, power cord, and a cleaning brush 

With a Reflex Action feature that automatically 
adjusts the razor to face and neck curves, Dad 
will be able to leave unwanted hair behind. In- 
dividually floating shaving heads provide close 
skin contact for a comfortable shave. 




Cordless Nose & Ear Trimmer 

MSRP: $14.99* SKU: 9288843 



Ideal angle for easy reach 

Safeguard trimmer 

Soft grip for maximum control 

Eyebrow comb 

1 00% waterproof for easy use 
and cleaning 

AA battery 

8 inches long 

3.2 oz 



With this nose and ear trimmer, Dad will be able 
to neatly remove unwanted hair without being 
tethered to a cord. 



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