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Table Of Contents • Volume 7 Issue 7 

On Our Cover: Featured on this month's cover is Sony's BRAVIA HX800 HDTVs with 3D 
($2,099.99 to $3,399.99; www. sonystyle.com), AMD's VISION Technologies (www.amd 
.com), and SlingPlayer Mobile For Android ($29.99; www.slingmedia.com). 





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■ See page 7 

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■ See page 73 

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The Connected Home 

Discover New Possibilities With 
Today's Technology 



TODAY A WIDE VARIETY of digital devices and technolo- 
gies work together to make all kinds of information avail- 
able whenever and wherever you need it. Stream movies to 
your home theater; download photos from a relative over- 
seas to a photo frame in your living room; 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 related products and technologies. 



23 Camcorder Memory Types 

Find The Right Storage 






Evolved Appliances 

Bring Your Kitchen & 
Laundry Room Into The 
21 st Century 



57 Lug A Library's Worth 

The Benefits Of eReaders 













10 Meet The New 3D TV 

A New Dimension In Horn 
Entertainment 



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Future Proof Your 
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Spend Wisely For The Long Term 





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Inside This Issue 



Digital Imagin 



Computers 



Portable Devices 



Gaming, Media & More 



Appliances 



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pages 32 to 49 



pages 58 to 62 



pages 63 to 70 



pages 71 to 80 




This Month's Lifestyle Close-up: 




65 Essential Things To Know 

Weather Stations 




pages 58 to 62 

For many of us, a cell phone is 
a daily companion. To get the 
most out of this device, look 
for accessories in our Portable 
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COMPILED BY ANDREW LEIBMAN 



There's No Slowing Spam 

Google's hosted security and archiving 
service provider Postini reports that spam 
volumes in the first quarter of this year 
were roughly 6% higher than the same 
period last year. Even after spam fighters 
managed to sideline 3FN, a service pro- 
vider notorious for supporting botnets, 
spam levels recovered in a matter of 
weeks. The closure of another shady ISP, 
Real Host, only knocked spam on its 
heels for two days. Security firms man- 
aged to stem the tide of spam between 
Q4 2009 and Q1 2010, forcing levels 
down by 1 2%, but year over year, the 
2010 numbers were higher. 





^ Smartphones 

Are Hotter Than Ever 



According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile 
Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments grew 
56.7% in Q1 , and the firm believes 201 will be 
another banner year for the handheld devices. 
Nokia shipped the most phones, 21 .5 million, 
followed by RIM, which shipped 10.6 million 
BlackBerrys. Apple shipped 8.8 million iPhones 
in Q1, which represents a 132% rise (the highest 
increase of the bunch) compared to the same pe- 
riod in 2009. HTC shipped 2.6 million phones, 
and Motorola shipped 2.3 million. In total, 54.7 
million smartphones shipped globally in Q1 
2010, up from the 34.9 million devices that 
shipped in Q1 2009. 



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One In Four Households Are Mobile-Only 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently revealed that during 
the last half of 2009, 24.5% of U.S. households relied on a wireless phone only and 
did not subscribe to landline-based phone services. The report also shows that roughly 
52 million adults (22.9%) lived in households with only wireless phones. This repre- 
sents a 4.3% increase compared to the last half of 2008, and the numbers from 2008 
showed a 4.4% increase compared to 2007. Another 1 5% of households had a land- 
line but used a mobile phone the majority of the time. The CDC also reports that ap- 
proximately 2% of households had no telephone service of any kind. 

What Are People Using To Make Calls? 




Landline 
without 
wireless 

Wireless 
only 

Landline 
with wireless 



1st Half 2009 



2nd Half 2009 



Hot Gadgets 

According to The NPD Group's latest Consumer Technology Household Online 
Penetration Study, some CE categories were more popular with shoppers this 
year. It found a 3% increase in flat-panel TV adoption, and standalone BD 
players grew from 6% in 2009 to 1 1 % in 201 0. Netbooks grew from 4% to 8%. 
Flash camcorders rose from 5% in 2009 to 10% in 2010. Portable navigation 
device adoption also increased from 30% to 40% since last year. 



2010 Consumer Electronics Household Penetration 




2009 
2010 



Flat-panel 
TVs 



Personal 

Navigation 

Devices 



Blu-ray 
Players 



Netbooks 




The most recent unit sales num- 
bers show that plasma TVs are 
still popular among large-sized 
(40 inches and 
greater) flat-panel 
TVs. Plasma TV 
shipments 
climbed 14% 
between Q1 
2009 and Q1 
2010. LCD TV unit 
sales, however, jumped 
just 6% during the same period. 
Source: Quixel Research 

Online cloud storage is set to be 
raking in the dough over the next 
five years. ABI Research reports 
that revenue from cloud-based 
backup and storage service pro- 
viders is expected to explode from 
$75 million in 2009 to more than 
$372 million in 2015. 
Source: ABI Research 

A new study about social media 
mistakes finds that a whopping 32% 
of those surveyed said they have 
posted something online that they 
later wish they hadn't. Of those, 3% 
reported that the com- 
ment disrupted their 
marriage or rela- 
tionship, and 6% 
admitted that the 
ill-advised up- 
date made things 
difficult at home or 
in the office. 
Source: Retrevo 

In-Stat found that Wi-Fi will be a 
feature in more than 200 million 
units by 2014. The firm also reports 
that cell phones will remain the 
highest volume Wi-Fi-enabled device 
by 201 4, and Internet tablet devices 
will grow to almost 50 million units 
by 201 4. By 201 3, the Wi-Fi device 
Total Available Market will surpass a 
mind-boggling 3 billion units. 
Source: In-Stat 




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First Glimpse / July 2010 7 



COVER STORY 



Sony's BRAVIA 
HX800 HDTVs With 



Brace Yourself For More 
Than Two Dimensions 



Sony's newest line of HDTVs with 3D are de- 
signed to create an intense three-dimensional vi- 
sual experience. So, if you're ready to take on 
what 3D technology has to offer, look no further 
than the Sony Bravia HX800 3D TV series 
($2,099.99 to $3,399.99; www. sonystyle.com). 

Look for Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 
on Blu-ray 3D™! 



HX800 & Beyond 

Not only does the BRAVIA HX800 
Series HDTV with 3D feature in- 
credible Full HD 1080p picture 
quality for your 2D entertainment 
but it also capable of playing 3D 
movies, 3D games and 3D sports 
for an experience unlike anything 





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Sony® BRAVIA® 
HX800 LED 
Backlit LCD 
HDTV with 3D 

40-inch $2,099.99 
46-inch $2,699.99 
55-inch $3,399.99 
www.sonystyle.com 



Theater Eco-System 

Sony also incorporated energy- 
saving features into the HX800 



Complete Connectivity 

Giving you the ultimate in connec- 
tivity options, the HX800 Series 



ju I vs witn power setting op- 
tions such as BackLight Off 
Mode, Dynamic Backlight 
Control, an Energy Saving 
Switch, and Idle TV Standby. All 
three HX800 models are also 



HDTVs with 3D are Wi-Fi adapter 
ready and equipped, which lets yoi 



joying a new depth in content or 
a Bravia HX800 3D TV, you'll 
need a 3D-capable Blu-ray Disc 



Player (such as Sony's BDP-S470), 
PlayStation 3 gaming console, or 
other 3D-capable source plus a 
Sony 3D sync transmitter and 3D 
active glasses. 

Sony's Motionflow PRO 240Hz 
technology LED backlight tech- 
nology ensures that you see the 
bright whites and sharp dark 
scene detail in every scene. 



means they use 30% less energy 
than standard TVs and can 



Boldly Going Further 



Netflix, YouTube, Slacker, Pandora, 
and more. They're also DLNA (Digital 
Living Network Appliance) compat- 
ible, allowing you to access and share 
photo, video, and music files from 
your DLNA devices, such as your PC 
or PS3, to your HDTVs screen. 



For those who want a step up from the HX800 series and to move to an LED backl 
HDTV with built-in 3D capabilities, Sony's Bravia LX900 Series HDTV with 3D bu 
in offers a 52- and 60-inch model ($3,999.99 and $4,999.99, respectively). With tl 
press of a single remote control button, you can watch as your favorite 2D shows 
and movies are converted into 3D entertainment. On top of this, the LX900 series 
corporates an Intelligent Presence Sensor with Face Detection that turns off your 
HDTV when it senses no one is in the room. 



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HOME THEATER 



HOW TO BUY 



The Right HDTV 
Screen Technology 

Three Technologies, One Choice 




HDTV is practically synonymous with flat-panel TV these 
days. Flat screens are by far the most popular sets on the 
market. New TV technologies are always on the horizon, but 
right now there are three to choose from. Let's go over fac- 
tors about each one that may sway your buying decision. 






LED 

• LED is similar to LCD, but instead of using fluorescent 
backlighting to illuminate the picture, it uses lots of 
small light-emitting diodes. 

• Because these LEDs can dim or turn off where the 
picture is dark, a process called local dimming, 
the screen does a much better job of rendering 
black tones. 

• LED combines most of the advantages of LCD 
with plasma's superior contrast ratio. 

• LED is a much newer, more advanced technology, so 
it comes at a higher price than an equivalent LCD. 

• They best fit a green lifestyle, because they consume 
less power and generate less heat. 



LCD 

• LCD offers by far the widest selection of screen sizes 
and models. 

• The picture is quite bright, so it often has better clarity 
in a well-lit room. 

• LCD TVs don't use glass screens, so there's no 
problem with reflections or glare. 

• One potential drawback is the contrast ratio — the 
range of blackest blacks to whitest whites. Because 
the fluorescent backlighting is always on, LCDs can't 
render pure blacks. 



Plasma 

• Plasma is widely regarded as having a picture most 
like that of a tube TV, with unsurpassed contrast and 
color fidelity. 

• It has the widest viewing angle, so if you have several 
people watching from different locations in the room, 
a plasma will keep everyone happy. 

• Plasma TVs are much heavier than same-sized LCD sets, 
demanding more care and stability for wall-mounting. 

• They consume more power, may emit a buzz at high 
altitudes, and the glass screen can catch a glare from 
light sources. 



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by Brian Hodge 



FirstGlirnpse/ July 2010 9 



HOME THEATER 



Meet The New 3D TV 

A New Dimension In Home Entertainment 



"Avatar." "Alice In Wonderland." "Coraline." "Up." The 3D hits are 
coming hard and fast from Hollywood, with the result that movie lovers 
are packing the theaters in droves. 

The big difference with 3D's latest resurgence is that you can now bring the 
technology home with you. In addition to regular programming, with a 30- 
compatible HDTV and special eyewear, you can experience the thrilling im- 
pact of three-dimensional entertainment right in your home theater. 




To see a 3D image on a compatible HDTV, you typically need to wear special eyewear with LCD shutter lenses that change between opaque 
and clear many times per second. Synchronized to the TV, the eyewear displays alternating images for your left and right eyes, creating the illu- 
sion of depth in the picture. 



What Is 3D TV? 

A 3D TV (about $2,000 and up) is an enhanced LED-backlit LCD or plasma HDTV. With a high screen refresh rate, such as 
240Hz, a 3D TV can change its picture fast enough to present two different images for each frame of video. 

The magic happens when you put on compatible eyewear ($149.99 and up). Timed to the 3D TV's refresh rate, the eyewear 
alternately blocks one eye's view while allowing the other to see the picture for an instant. This shutter action happens so 
rapidly that it's practically imperceptible, but it fools your eyes into believing that there's remarkable depth in your movie or 
TV show. 



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by Marty Sems 



10 July 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



HOME THEATER 



Media 
Streaming Basics 

Entertainment From A Distance 



Streaming lets you enjoy a video clip or 
music file on a device even though the 
file is stored on another device, either 
on your home network or across the 
Web. Instead of fully copying the media 
file to your device and then starting to 
play it, streaming generally plays the 
video or song as it downloads. And 
unlike traditional downloading or file 
transfers, streaming doesn't leave a 
copy of the song or movie on your 
device afterward. 



Streaming Examples 

• Certain HDTVs can stream video 
from a networked computer or a 
NAS (network-attached storage) 
device. 

• A Internet-connectable BD (Blu- 
ray Disc) player may display 
streaming movies from an online 
subscription service. 

• Your teen's gaming console may 
be able to play content stored on 
your wirelessly networked laptop. 



What's On(line)? 

• Video Web sites 

• Internet radio 

• TV channel sites 

• Subscription movie services 




What You Need 

1 . A device to stream to: 

• Recent game consoles, PCs and HTPCs (home-theater PCs), media 
extenders, set-top boxes, BD players, and HDTVs are all candidates. 

• Noncomputer devices can only stream certain file formats from 
particular sources. 

• On a PC/HTPC, you'll need a free or for-pay media player program and 
a Web browser. 

2. A fast broadband Internet connection and/or a PC or NAS to stream from: 

• Photos, videos, and/or music files are stored on these devices. 

• A free or for-pay media server program can translate your media files into 
the formats your target streaming device can understand. 

3. A network: 

• A wired network (Ethernet or powerline) will generally give you 
the smoothest results. 

• Wi-Fi is vulnerable to interference, but it is easy to set up. 

• Internet congestion and outages can cause online streaming media to 
pause until the data stream resumes. 

4. A TV and/or sound system that's connected to your streaming device to 
enjoy entertainment on 



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by Marty Sems 



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 11 



HOME THEATER 



Future-Proof Your 

Home-Theater 

Purchase 

Spend Wisely For 
The Long Term 

Everyone wants the most bang for their buck, but it's wise 
to apply that sentiment to the long term. When every 
dollar counts, it's smart to buy home-theater components 
that will last you a long, long time. That means buying 
quality, but it also means buying technologies that won't 
become obsolete anytime soon. Here's a list of examples. 




HT Video Devices 

Your HDTV should support the 
best high-def resolution around. 
Get a 1080p set, which is back- 
ward-compatible with other reso- 
lutions, including 1080i, 720p, 
and480i. 

Your HDTV should also have mul- 
tiple HDMI ports. An HDMI cable 
will give you top-quality video and 
audio, and the newest standard, 
HDMI 1 .4, can even be used with 
3D content. 

A BD player is more future-proof 
than a DVD player, as it can play 
high-def 2D and 3D Blu-ray Discs 
and upconvert DVDs to look their 
best on an HDTV. Also note that a 
3D BD player can play 2D discs. 
Choose a model with an Internet 
connection and BD-Live capability, 
which lets you access updated con- 
tent online and exclusive features. 



HT Audio Devices 

Most BD players can decode (play back) audio stored on BD movies in formats 
such as Dolby Digital Plus, but not all players can handle every format in full sur- 
round sound. It's better to rely on a high-quality multichannel sound system with 
an HDMI 1 .4 connection. Buy an audio receiver with full support for 7.1 -channel 
DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital TruHD, as it will be backward-compat- 
ible with 5.1 -channel playback and lesser formats such as DTS and Dolby Digital. 

As for a wireless music system from vendors such as Sonos, choose one that's 
expandable with additional receivers, backward- and forward-compatible with 
the manufacturer's add-ons, and comes with free updates. 



Other HT Devices 

Get a DVR that supports HD, so that you can play back recorded high-def 
shows at their top quality. Make sure that your DVR supports an external hard 
drive, so you can add more capacity for recorded programs later. 

A media extender frees up all the photos and videos on your family's PCs and 
lets you stream them to your HDTV. For minimal interruptions, look for a media 
extender that supports the 802.1 1 n standard. 

Some Internet TV set-top boxes and BD players also stream video from down- 
load services such as Netflix and CinemaNow. 






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by Marty Sems 



12 July 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



HOME THEATER 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 

Surge Protectors & 
Power Conditioners 



Q 



Why do I need protection against power surges? 

A Your home-theater equipment can be irreparably 
damaged by excess voltage from the fluctuations of 
energy that occur when high-power devices cycle on or 
off. Power surges might also occur because of bad wiring 
and lightning strikes or when the electrical company per- 
forms maintenance. 



QWhat is the difference between a surge protector and 
a power conditioner? 

A Surge protectors monitor the energy coming into 
your equipment to prevent damage from overvoltage. 
Power conditioners monitor voltage and filter out elec- 
tronic noise that can reduce your home theater's audio 
and video quality. 



QHow does a surge protector or power conditioner 
differ from a UPS (uninterruptable power supply)? 

A An uninterruptable power supply protects your 
devices against voltage surges and delivers inter- 
ference-free power to your home theater, but these also 
feature a built-in battery that allows the connected de- 
vices to continue running to give you time to properly 
shut them off. 



Q 



What is a joule rating? 

Alt's the amount of watts a surge protector or power 
conditioner will be able to absorb over one second 
before it fails. The higher the joule rating, the more excess 
voltage it can stop from reaching your hardware. 



Q 



What is clean power? 

Power conditioners often use the term "clean power" to 
indicate that they remove and reject electrical noise. A 
power signal filled with noise is often coined "dirty power." 



Q 



What types of noise can cause interference? 

Power signals can be affected by EMI (electromagnetic 
interference) that leaks out of power cords and devices 
as well as RFI (radio frequency interference) from electronics 
that release radio waves, such as microwaves and radios. 



Q 
A 



Can I protect my cable TV or antenna signal from 
power spikes and interference? 

Yes, if the surge protector or power conditioner offers 
inputs and outputs for Coax cable. 



Q 



Do I need to protect the phone lines that run to my 
DVR or cable box? 

Power spikes can come through your phone line, so 
it'd be wise to invest in a surge protector or power 
conditioner that can handle phone connections. 



Q 



What is voltage regulation, and is it important? 

Alt's the ability to prevent your components from receiving 
too little or too much power. Home-theater equipment 
requires consistent power for optimum performance, and the 
sensitive components may suffer damage when not enough or 
too much voltage is delivered. Most power conditioners pro- 
vide both under- and over-voltage regulation. 




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First Glimpse/ July 2010 13 



HOME THEATER 



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 HDTVs 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 (Imaging Science Foundation)-certified, which means they are trained to use highly special- 
ized 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-certified specialist to 
accommodate your home's unique 
lighting environment. 

• An HDTVs 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 
making adjustments. 

• Although you can expect to budget 1 
to 1 5% 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 

• A calibration session includes two inputs on the set, so no matter which you 
use, you will get the best image clarity and sharpness 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 
exactly the same way it looked when it was created. 

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




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HOME THEATER 



HDTVs 

Screen Technology 
Differences 

LCD (liquid-crystal display) 




LCDs can use one of two 
backlight technologies. 
CCFLs (cold cathode fluores- 
cent lamps) are the most 
common, but LEDs are the 
latest backlight 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 
directed 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, 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 1 6 to 24 inches, these 
TVs are far too big and bulky to 
mount on a wall. 



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• 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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HOME THEATER 




HDTV Glossary 




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



aspect ratio — Put simply, it's the shape 
of the TV's screen. An HDTV has a 
wider picture than a traditional TV of 
the same vertical 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) — A type of cable connec- 
tion that carries both high-resolution 
video and uncompressed multi- 
channel audio between HDTVs, 
home-theater receivers, and the other 
components required for your home- 
theater setup. HDMI cables maintain 
top picture and sound quality. 

HD tuner — A built-in tuner for receiving 
local high-def broadcast TV channels. 
You won't need one if you have cable 
or satellite service. Some more expen- 
sive HDTVs include one, but separate 
HD tuners and antennas are available if 
your TV doesn't have one. 



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, or the lines 
not shown in the previous field. 
Interlaced video can appear to flicker 
or might cause 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 considered easier to 
set up. These work better in brighter 
rooms or if you will be playing un- 
changing images on the screen for an 
extended period of time. 

plasma — Plasma TVs use a tiny tube 
of gas for each pixel, and 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. How- 
ever, older or less expensive models 
can also suffer from permanent screen 



damage if an unchanging image, such 
as a TV channel's stock ticker or parts 
of certain video games, is displayed 
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. Progres- 
sive-scan video looks sharper than inter- 
laced does and doesn't flicker. 

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



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HOME THEATER 



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 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 



Native 
resolution 



Viewing 
angle 



Inputs 
& Outputs 



Refresh 
rate** 



What It Means 




Insignia 
NS-37L550A11 

MSRP: $629.99* 
SKU 9602959 



How images are 
projected on- 
screen; type of 
backlight an 
LED-LCD uses 

CCFL 



The diag- 
onal mea- 
surement 
of the TV's 
screen 



37 inches 



Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the TV 
weighs 



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



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

1 



The angle at 
which the 
viewer can 
see the 



Inputs let you 
connect devices; 
Outputs transfer in- 
formation to pe- 



screen clearly ripherals 



N/A 



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



Speed at 
which a 
screen is re- 
drawn every 
second 



120Hz 




* 



Panasonic 

VIERA TC-L42U25 

MSRP: $899.95* 
SKU 9783658 



EEFL 



42 inches 



25.1x40.2x4.2 
inches; 39.7 
pounds 



178 
degrees 



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



120Hz 




LG LD520 

MSRP: $1,900* 
SKU 9797709 



CCFL 



55 inches 



32.9x53.4x4.3 
inches; 72.5 
pounds 



178 
degrees 



3 HDMI, 1 
Component, 1 
Composite, 1 USB; 
2 audio outputs 



120Hz 




— 



Samsung 
LN60C630 

MSRP: $2,499.99* 
SKU 9904809 



CCFL 



60 inches 



33.3x51.3x3.4 
inches; 70.6 
pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 2 
Component, 2 
Composite, 2 USB 



120Hz 



Insignia 
NS-40E560A1 1 

MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9688972 



LED 



40 inches 



25x38.9x1.5 
inches; 34.2 
pounds 



178 
degrees 



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



120Hz 



o 



en 



Sharp 
LC-52LE810UN 

MSRP: $2,299.99* 
SKU 9730536 



LED (edge-lit) 



52 inches 



32x49.6x1.6 
inches; 52.9 
pounds 



176 
degrees 



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



120Hz 




^ » * 



Samsung 
UN55C6300SF 

MSRP: $2,499.99* 
SKU 9790851 



LED (edge-lit) 



55 inches 



50.5x30.2x 
1.18 inches; 

N/A 



1080p 



N/A 



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



120Hz 




Sony BRAVIA 
KDL60EX700 

MSRP: $2,999.99* 
SKU 9763394 



LED (edge-lit) 



l inches 



34.6x56.4x 
2.6 inches; 
60.2 pounds 



178 
degrees 



4 HDMI, 2 
Composite, 1 USB, 
1 Ethernet; 1 audio 
output 



120Hz 



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



** 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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HOME THEATER 



Which Plasma TV Is Best For You? 



If you're planning on buying a plasma HDTV, it might be hard to decide on one just by looking at a wall of gorgeous sets. Refer to 
this chart for further help when shopping. 



Size 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 



Native 
resolution 



Viewing 
angle 



Inputs 



Outputs 



Refresh 
rate** 



What It Means 




Insignia 
NS-42P650A11 

MSRP: $499.99* 
SKU 9748831 



The diag- 
onal mea- 
surement 
of the TV's 



Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the TV 
weighs 



42 inches 27.5x40.6x 
1 1 .9 inches; 
43 pounds 

(with stand) 



A fixed TV reso- 
lution; images 
are best dis- 
played in the na- 
tive resolution 

72 Op 



The maximum 
angle at which 
the viewer can 
see the screen 
clearly 



N/A 



Inputs let you 
connect your 
components 
to your TV 



2 HDMI, 2 
Component, 1 
Composite 



Outputs transfer 
information from 
your TV to periph- 
erals, such as 
audio to speakers 

2 audio 



Speed at 
which a 
screen is re- 
drawn every 
second 

600Hz 



Samsung 
PN42C450 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9791253 



42 inches 



24.8x40.6x2.7 
inches; 38.6 
pounds 



72 Op 



N/A 



3 HDMI, 2 
Component, 
1 Composite, 
1 PC 



N/A 



600Hz 



Insignia 
NS-50P650A11 

MSRP: $697.99* 
SKU 9745916 



50 inches 



31.25x47.37x I 720p 
11.87 inches; 
50.7 pounds 



N/A 



2 HDMI, 2 | 2 audio 
Component, 1 
Composite 



600Hz 




Samsung 
PN50C450 

MSRP: $749.99* 
SKU 9789725 



50 inches 



28.5x47.37x 
1 1 .25 inches; 
51 .8 pounds 



72 Op 



N/A 



3 HDMI, n/a 
Component, 
n/a Compo- 
site, n/a PC 



N/A 



600Hz 




Panasonic 
TC-P42U2 

MSRP: $799.95* 
SKU 9761059 



42 inches 



26.1x40.6x3.7 
inches; 49.6 
pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



3 HDMI, 2 
Component, 
2 Composite 



1 audio 



600Hz 




Panasonic 
TC-P50G20 

MSRP: $1,499.95* 
SKU 9788953 



50 inches 



30.3x48x3.5 
inches; 57.3 
pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



3 HDMI, 2 
Composite, 
2 Component, 
1 PC 



1 audio 



600Hz 




LG INFINIA 
50PK950 

MSRP: $1,699.99* 
SKU 9720169 



50 inches 



29x46.9x2.1 
inches; 66.6 
pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 2 N/A 

Component, 1 
PC, 1 USB, 1 

LAN 



600Hz 




-jii 



Samsung 
PN50C7000 

MSRP: $1,999.99* 
SKU 9809723 



50 inches 29.5x47.7x1.4 1080p 
inches; 54 
pounds 



N/A 



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



N/A 



600Hz 



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



** 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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HOME THEATER 



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 




CLEANING KIT 



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 




• 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 




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) 



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. 





UNIVERSAL REMOTE 
CONTROL 

• Simplify your home-theater 
setup with one remote that 
can control all of your 
components 

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 
dark with a backlit LCD 




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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HOW TO BUY 



A Point-&-Shoot That 
Fits Your Needs 

One Size Definitely Does Not Fit All 




Not everyone shoots the same types of photographs under 
the same circumstances. So, how do you know which digital 
camera is right for you? Let the kind of shooting you do de- 
termine which cameras you'll consider. 



Capturing VidGO. If you want to use your camera 
to capture motion segments commemorating graduations, 
birthdays, and the like, today's point-and-shoot cameras are 
up to the task. Many 
inexpensive 

. . . more advanced 



cameras can 
shoot well- 
exposed video 
and other more 
advanced 
models are 
capable of 
recording HD 

1 080p images, producing sharp video that looks great when 
displayed on your HDTV. 



models are capable 
of recording HD 
1 080p images . . . 



SpOrtS Shots. If your typical shooting scenario in- 
volves nonstop action, you need a camera with a fast shutter 
speed, which 

. . . look for a 



requires either 

plenty of light or 

a fast lens. And 

to ensure you 

take the best 

photo results in 

fast-changing conditions, look for a camera with a high 

frame rate (for example, one that can shoot 5fps). 



camera with a high 
frame rate . . . 



ClOSG-UpS. Perhaps you enjoy taking extreme close- 
ups of flowers, leaves, or insects. You need a camera with 
a macro mode, 

You need a 



which lets you 

move to within 

an inch or two of 

your subject, to 

get stunning 

photos of petals, 

close-ups of coins, or scary shots of bugs. 



camera with a 
macro mode . . . 



Nighttime ShOOting. Are you a night owl? If you 
shoot in low-light situations, you need a camera with a 
high ISO rating, that is, one with a super-responsive sensor 
so you can take well-exposed evening shots. Because low- 
light shooting often 
requires slower 
shutter speeds, 
use a tripod and 
cable release to 
prevent blurry 
images. 



. . . you need a 
camera with a 
high ISO rating . 



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by Rod Scher 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



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 

• 12.3MP 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 instant 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 1 9 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. 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



Focal Length 

How It Relates To Your Camera 



Much ado is made about the zoom capabilities on both point-and-shoot 
cameras and D-SLR lenses, but people often overlook the importance of 
focal length when determining the type and quality of pictures you can 
take with a given camera. Here, well explain what focal length is and 
how it comes into play when you're capturing images. 




Focal Length Defined 

Focal length is a feature of the camera lens, expressed in 
millimeters, that refers to the depth of field of the image. 
For example, a focal length of 28mm or lower is considered 
a wide-angle lens, while a focal length of 75mm or higher 
is a telephoto lens. A 50mm lens has about the same per- 
spective as the human eye. 

Essentially, any digital camera you buy will be a 35mm- 
equivalent camera, which means that the baseline focal 
length is 35mm. For example, if you have a camera with a 
5X optical zoom, the lens can make the subject appear five 
times closer for a focal length of up to 1 75mm (35mm x 5). 



Determine Your Focal Length Needs 

If you want a point-and-shoot camera and expect to snap 
photos from a long distance, opt for a camera with a 5X or 
higher optical zoom. If you're looking for removable lenses 
for your D-SLR, consider the type of photos you're planning 
to take: For sweeping shots such as landscapes, a wide-angle 
lens (28mm or lower focal length) is ideal, whereas you need 
a telephoto lens (75mm or higher focal length) to capture far 
away subjects, such as athletes at a sporting event or birds. 



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by Seth Colaner 



22 July 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



Camcorder 
Memory !^ 
Types <*M 



Find The 
Right Storage 




When it comes to non-tape- 
based camcorder storage, 
there are three main types: 
hard drive, flash memory, 
and memory card. Here, 
well show you how each 
type has distinct benefits that 
make it best-suited for certain 
lifestyle needs. 



Hard Drive 

Hard drive camcorders offer more 
storage capacity than models that 
use flash drives or memory cards, 
ranging from 30 to 120GB, 
meaning you can record more 
video at a time. Prices start at 
$400, and the price will depend 
on the camcorder's lens, storage 
capacity, and other features. Also 
note that you will need to invest in 
extra batteries due to the added 
power consumption required due 
to the hard drive's moving parts. 

Perfect For: Anyone who needs 
plenty of internal storage space to 
capture life's moments. 



ML 

MM. 




Flash memory camcorders use the 
same type of storage as USB flash 
drives, making them smaller and 
more lightweight than other cam- 
corder types. However, these tend to 
have less storage space, from 8 to 
64GB. You'll find flash-based cam- 
corders starting at $200, making 
them suitable for budget-minded 
families who plan to document their 
everyday lives with the kids. 

Perfect For: Frequent travelers 
who need a camcorder that can fit 
easily in a purse or bag or families 
with children who want to test out 
their videography skills. 



Many hard drive or flash drive cam- 
corders incorporate a memory card 
slot, so you can insert a compatible 
card and gain additional space to 
store your videos. Some camcorders 
can only store videos on a memory 
card rather than to a hard or flash 
drive, but one benefit of using a 
camcorder that uses memory cards 
is the ability to quickly insert the 
card into a compatible computer or 
HDTV for instant video playback. 

Perfect For: Instantly adding 
storage to your camcorder when 
the family dog decides to show off 
his latest antics. 



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by Kris Glaser Brambila 



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 23 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Share Memories 
On The Web 



Q 



How do I upload photos and videos to the Web? 



You can use an online sharing site, which generally re- 
quires an account. Click the site's Upload link and 

choose the files you want to share from your computer's 

hard drive. 



Q 



Are there any products that make sharing photos and 
videos easier? 



/Yes. Many digital cameras and camcorders feature a 
one-button upload tool that lets you instantly send 
your photos and videos to your preferred sharing site. Like- 
wise, photo- and video-editing software typically lets you 
publish your favorites to the Web with just one click. 



Q 



Where can I share my photos and videos online? 



/Some of the most popular options are photo-sharing 
sites such as Flickr and Picasa, video-sharing sites such 
as YouTube, and social networking sites such as Facebook 
or MySpace. You can also upload your favorites to your per- 
sonal blog or Web site. 



Q 



How do I share my photos and videos once I've 
uploaded them? 



/You can direct friends and family to your photo and 
video collection by sending them a Web link via 
email, or you can allow other members of the sharing site to 
browse your collection. 



Q 



How many photos can I post on a sharing site? 



Depending on the service you use, you may be able to 
post as many pictures as you want, though some sites 
limit the number of separate albums you can create. Con- 
versely, some sites let you create unlimited albums but limit 
the number of pictures you can add to each one. 



Q 



How can I avoid sending large files through email? 



You can use photo-editing software to resize your im- 
ages so they're small enough to be accepted by your re- 
cipient's email server and don't take up too much space in 
their inbox. You can also use an FTP (file transfer protocol) or 
online file-sharing service to send large images and videos. 



Q 



Do my images need to be in a certain file format be- 
fore uploading them to the Web? 



Not necessarily, though images with smaller file sizes 
will upload more quickly. In this case, you should save 
your images in a compressed format such as JPEG or TIFF. 



Q 



How do I convert my image files to a different 
file format? 



Most photo-editing software lets you save your images 
as a variety of formats, such as JPEG, PNG, or TIFF. 
Other photo-editing or file-conversion software may give 
you the option to convert an entire batch of your photos 
at once. 




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DIGITAL IMAGING 




Digital Imaging Glossary 




re you confused about 
what the lingo on 
camera boxes means? 
Use this glossary to 
help decode the world 
of digital imaging. 



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

burst mode — A camera mode that will let you 
capture several shots consecutively after 
pressing the shutter only one time. 

CCD — A charge-coupled device is a type 
of image-sensing component. It converts 
light into energy that can be stored as dig- 
ital 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 digitally 
by cropping it and filling in the rest with 
interpolated pixels, thus degrading the 
quality. Even if the numbers are impres- 
sive, never choose a camera based on dig- 
ital zoom. 

f-stop — See aperture. Smaller f-stop 
numbers mean a wider lens opening; 
larger f-stop numbers mean a narrower 
lens opening. 



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, and up, 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 likely has both an optical and dig- 
ital 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, Compact Flash, 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 mechanical 
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 and 
hit the sensor, which records the image. This 
is expressed in fractions of a second: For in- 
stance, 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 adjusted 
electronically to ensure whites in a certain 
environment are pure, leading to more life- 
like colors. White balance can usually be 
manually adjusted, too. 



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from select digital cameras, 


out the most important features in a digital camera 
and we also explain what these features mean. 

Resolution; Shutter Memory 
Optical zoom speed card 


you're not al 
LCD size 


one. In this char 
Battery life 


t, we compare features 

Movie 
'SO mode 


What It Means 


More pixels mean A faster shutter Removable 
bigger and clearer speed will let card that 
prints; Moves the you snap ac- stores your 
lens closer to tion photos photos in your 
your subject without blur camera 


The LCD is 
the screen 
on the 
back of the 
camera 


Based on 
how many 
shots you can 
take on a 
single charge 


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


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


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Insignia 
NS-DSC1112SL 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 97661 88 


12MP;4X 


1 to 1/2,000 
second 


SDHC 


2.7 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
50, 100,200, 
400, 800, 
1600 


Yes 


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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 


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Fujifilm 

FinePixXPIO 

MSRP: $199.95* 
SKU 9772659 ^* 


12.2MP;5X 


1/4 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


2.7 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
100,200,400, 
800, 1 600 


Yes 


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Sony Cyber-shot 
W370 

MSRP: $229.99* 
SKU 9757839 


14.1 MP; 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, 
1 600, 3200 


Yes 





Nikon 
Coolpix S8000 

MSRP: $299.95* 
SKU 9758674 


14.2MP; 10X 


1 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


3 inches 


210 shots 


Auto; Manual: 
100,200,400, 
800, 1 600, 
3200 


Yes 




Olympus Stylus 
TOUGH-6020 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9765213 


14MP; 5X 


1/4 to 1/2,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


2.7 inches 


200 shots 


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


Yes 


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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, 
1 600, 3200 


Yes 


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Canon PowerShot 
SX210IS 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9770402 


14.1 MP; 14X 


1 to 1/3,200 
second 


SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/MMC/ 
MMC Plus/ 
HC MMC Plus 


3 inches 


260 shots 


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


Yes 

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DIGITAL IMAGING 



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. 



Resolution 



LCD size 



ISO range 



Kit lens 



Burst speed 



Shutter speed 







What It Means 



Image sensor 
in megapixels; 
more means a 
bigger image 



Sony Alpha A230L 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9342473 



10.2MP 



Diagonal 
measurement of 
the screen on 
the back of 
the camera 

2.7 inches 



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

100 to 3200 



Standard lens 
bundled with 
the camera 
body 



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



The wider the range, 
the greater the gamut 
of long exposures to 
frozen action 



18-55mm 



2.5fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



$ 



Nikon D3000 

MSRP: $549.95* 
SKU 9456803 



10.2MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 1 600 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3 fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Olympus PEN E-PL1 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 97691 58 



12.3MP 



2.7 inches 



200 to 3200 



14-42mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3 fps 



60 to 1/2,000 
seconds 




Pentax K-X 

MSRP: $649.95* 
SKU 9555787 



12.4MP 



2.7 inches 



200 to 6400 



18-55mm 



4.7fps 



30 to 1/6,000 
seconds 



Olympus E-P1 

MSRP: $799.99* 
SKU 9463573 



12.3MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



14-42mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3 fps 



60 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Panasonic Lumix 
DMC-GF1K-K 

MSRP: $899.95* 
SKU 9940728 



12.1MP 



3 inches 



100 to 3200 



14-45mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3fps (high 
speed), 2fps 
(low speed) 



60 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 
Rebel T2i 

MSRP: $899.99* 
SKU 9778635 



18MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3.7fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 7D 

MSRP: $1,699* 
SKU 9491944 



18MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



N/A 8fps 

(body only) 



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? 

D igital 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 



LCD size 

Diagonal 
length of 
viewing 
screen 



2.7 inches 



Optical zoom; 
Digital zoom 



Recording 
speeds 



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

39X; 800X 



The speeds 
a particular 
camcorder can 
utilize during 
recording 

Ultra/Fine/ 
Norm/Eco 



Memory card 

Compatible 
flash card 
types (cards 
not included 
unless noted) 

SD/SDHC 



Digital still 
resolution 



Lines of 
resolution 



The number of 
megapixels 
the camcorder 
can capture in 
still images 

0.3MP 



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



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Canon 
FS300 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9739361 



2.7 inches 



37X; 2,000X 



XP/SP/LP 



SD 



0.45MP 



480 



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Insignia 
NS-DV111080F 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9769398 



3 inches 



12X; 10X 



N/A 



SD/SDHC 



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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 



Canon VIXIA 
HFR11 

MSRP: $699.99* 
SKU 9751699 



2.7 inches 



20X; 400X 



FXP/XP+/ 
SP/LP 



SD/SDHC 



1.73MP 



1,080 



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Panasonic 
HDC-TM700K 

MSRP: $999.95* 
SKU 9921697 



3 inches 



12X; 700X 



HA/HG/HX/HE 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



14.2MP 



1,080 



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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 N/A 
PRO Duo/SD/ 
SDHC 



480 



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



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speed, and auto focus. Each COOLPIX offers an ultra-compact and stylish design that will deliver 
sharp and colorful photo results with its NIKKOR lens. With a wide range of Nikon COOLPIX cameras 
available, it couldn't be easier to find a camera that can keep up with your photography needs. 


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Product Name 
SKU 

Additional 
Colors Available 

MSRP* 

Resolution 

Zoom 

LCD Monitor 




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COOLPIX 

L22 

9765091 


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COOLPIX COOLPIX 
L110 S570 

9758692 9455369 


Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S3000 

9765107 


Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S8000 

9758674 


Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S4000 

9758647 


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$129.95 


$279.95 


$179.95 


$149.95 


$299.95 


$199.95 


$299.95 


$399.95 


12MP 


12.1MP 


12MP 


12MP 


14.2MP 


12MP 


12.1MP 


10.3MP 


3.6X optical; 
4X digital 


15X optical; 
4X digital 


5X optical; 
4X digital 


4X optical; 
4X digital 


1 0X optical; 
2X digital 


4X optical; 
4X digital 


5X optical; 
4X digital 


26X optical; 
4X digital 


3 inches 


3 inches 


2.7 inches 


2.7 inches 


3 inches 


3 inches 


3.5-inch OLED 


3-inch tilt and 
swivel LCD 


Internal Memory & 
Compatible Cards 

ISO 

Shooting Modes 


19MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


43MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


47MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


47MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


32MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


45MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


20MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


43MB internal 
& SD/SDHC 


Up to 1600 


Up to 6400 


Up to 3200 


Up to 3200 


Up to 3200 


Up to 3200 


Up to 6400 


Up to 3200 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 16 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 15 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector Modes, 
16 Scene 
Modes, plus 
Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 16 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 1 6 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 1 6 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 1 6 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


1 7 Scene Modes; 
Program, Aper- 
ture Priority, 
Shutter Priority, 
and Manual 
Exposure modes 


Movie Mode 

Touch-Panel 
Control 


Yes 


Yes (HD) 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes (HD) 


Yes (HD) 


Yes(HD) 


Yes (HD) 


No 


No 


No 


No 


No 


Yes 


Yes 


No 


Battery Type 


2 AA 
batteries 


4AA 
batteries 


Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 


Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 


Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 


Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 


Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 


Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 




Battery Life 


240 shots with 
alkaline, 660 
shots with 
lithium-ion 


270 shots with 
alkaline, 840 
shots with 
lithium-ion 


200 shots 


220 shots 


210 shots 


1 90 shots 


200 shots 


250 shots 

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



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



FUJSFILM 



Digital Camera 
Durable & Stylish 




FUJIFILM FinePix 
XP10 

MSRP: $199.95 

SKU: 9766746 (Blue) 
9772659 (Black) 
9772631 (Green) 
9772604 (Silver) 

www.bestbuy.com/fuji 



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Quick Overview 

From a rainy day to a snorkel ing adventure to 
your toddler getting a hold of it, the FinePix 
XP10 can handle whatever life brings at it. 
Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and 
dustproof, the XP10 is essentially "life proof. 
Capture stills and movies in HD-quality. Tough 
enough for life's adventures and looks good 
capturing it. 

Perfect For 

The FinePix XP1 is perfect for anyone who wants 
a camera that can go wherever life's adventures 
take them. From the birthday party to the beach to 
the ski slopes . . . even in the rain or underwater. 



Outstanding Benefits 

• 12 megapixel; Fujinon 5x Optical Zoom; 2.7-inch LCD 

• Waterproof to 10ft., Shockproof from 3ft, Freezeproof to 14°f & Dustproof 

• One-touch capture of HD stills and movies with sound in 720p 

• SR AUTO Automatic Scene Recognition mode detects six scene types 

• Digital Image Stabilization helps eliminate blurry pictures 

• Face Detection with Automatic Red Eye Removal 

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

• In Camera tagging for Facebook and YouTube 

• Uni-body metal chassis with rubber traction pods 



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Coolest Feature 



A separate movie shutter button delivers one-touch simplicity for 
capturing 720p widescreen HD movies with sound. Successive Movie 
mode even lets you capture several clips in one movie. 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



NOTEWORTHY. 



Accessories 
& Services 



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Protects digital camcorder 
and D-SLR lenses from 
dust, dirt, fingerprints, 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 




• 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 products 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. 





SPARE BATTERIES 
& CHARGERS 

Make sure you're never 
caught without the power 
needed to capture the per- 
fect 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 cam- 
era'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 
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REM OTE 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 




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DIGITAL IMAGING 
SERVICES 

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 
Course 



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 31 



COVER STORY 



AMD's VISION 

An Easy Path To Choose A PC 



When buying a computer, you often end up comparing complex 
specifications, such as the number of processor cores, amount 
of memory, and hard drive capacity. But for most of us, it's not 
clear what any of those specs will allow you to do with the 



computer. AMD fixes that problem with its four tiers of VISION 
Technology, which classify PCs in terms of the practical tasks 
they're capable of handling. To learn more about each tier of the 
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Thanks to AMD's power-saving feature, 
all VISION Technology notebooks can 
last for more than three hours on one 
battery charge, so you have the conve- 
nience of working on documents or 
watching a full movie when you're on 
the go. And with AMD's Enhanced 
Virus Protection system, your data will 
remain protected from viruses. 



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AMD* 



High Performance 
Computing 

• Create and edit 
movies 

• Edit and mix music 

• Advanced photo 
editing and 3D 
gaming 

• Record TV shows 

• Advanced 
multitasking 




Maximum 
Computing 

• Maximum control 

• Massive headroom 

• Platform overclocking 

• Create and edit HD movies 

• Media player video conversion 

• Cutting edge gaming (FPS) 

• Megatasking 




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15.5-inch notebook 
that features HD 
Widescreen Ultra- 
bright display 
4GB of memory and 
can be upgraded to 
8GB 

Wireless network 
connectivity for 
802.1 1b/g/n, as well 
as a wired Ethernet 
port 

Offers both HDMI 
and VGA output for 
connecting to a 
second monitor or 
HDTV 





Toshiba Satellite 
L645D 




AMD VISION 

Premium 
Notebook with 
2.3GHz dual-core 
processor that's both 
power- and battery 
life-efficient 
14-inch HDTruBrite 
LED display with na- 
tive support for 720p 
Built-in stereo 
speakers with sup- 
port for Dolby 
Advanced Audio 
6-cell lithium battery 
with a rated time of 
four hours and 10 
minutes 



VISION-powered notebooks 

let you stay 

connected longer. 



HP Pavilion Elite 
HPE-210y 




AMD VISION 

Ultimate 
Powerful 3 GHz 
quad-core processor 
for high-performance 
computing 
BD player with 
SuperMuIti DVD 
burner to support al- 
most all disc formats 
1TB hard drive for 
storing your collec- 
tion of digital images, 
music, and videos 
15-in-1 memory 
card reader and 
802.1 1b/g/n Wi-Fi 
connectivity 
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inputs 

Delivers energy sav- 
ings through Asus 7 
Energy Processing 
Unit, which opti- 
mally regulates 
system power and 
performance 
Includes 8GB of 
high-performance 
memory with sup- 
port for up to 16GB 
ATI Radeon 5750 
graphics card pro- 
vides great gaming 
and video-editing 
prowess 





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HOW TO BUY 



Protection For Your PC 

Equip Your Security Tool Chest 




Your computer is a vital tool and a valued connection to 
friends and family. To keep it running smoothly, you need to 
protect it from viruses, spyware, and . . . well, just plain bad 
luck. To do so, you need four tools: an antivirus application, 
an antispyware program, a backup system, and a firewall. 



Backup & Restore Tools 

Security software won't help if your hard drive disinte- 
grates. Plan ahead: Purchase a backup utility and then 
use it; back up your 
valuable data at least 
every week or two. 
Then, practice restor- 
ing that data. If the 
restoration doesn't 
work, then the back- 
up is doing you no 
good at all; better 
to find out sooner 
than later. 



. . . back up 
your valuable 
data at least 
every week 
or two. 



Antispyware Tools 

Spyware is software that tracks your computing activity 
without your permission. It also causes unwanted pop- 
up ads and a general slowdown of your system. Combat 
spyware by using a good antispyware application from a 
trusted security company. 



Firewall 

A firewall is a piece 
of software or hard- 
ware that sits be- 
tween you and the 
Internet, watching 
for suspicious at- 
tempts to connect 
with your system. 
Most new routers in- 
clude a firewall, so if 
you're using a router, 
you may already have one. However, you should consider 
using a software firewall, as well, for optimal protection. 



. . . you should 
consider using 
a software 
firewall, as well, 
for optimal 
protection. 



Antivirus Applications 

There are many types of viruses and related malware, but 
all of them, either purposely or as an unintended side ef- 
fect, negatively affect the performance of your computer. 
To combat them, use a name-brand antivirus application. 
Keep in mind that it's not enough just to buy the program: 
Run it daily and update it 
regularly. And don't use 
multiple antivirus applica- 
tions; they tend to confuse 
each other, and the com- 
bination may cause more 
problems than it resolves. 



Run it daily 
and update 
it regularly. 



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COMPUTERS 





SonyVAIO 

VPCS111FM/S 

$1,049.99 

www.sonystyle.com 



Designed For, Inspired 
By Customers 



The New Blue Label Laptops 



Best Buy's exclusive Blue Label laptops 
(www.bestbuy.com) are customer-in- 
spired, so they're designed with 
everyday uses in mind. The Sony, Asus, 
Dell, and Toshiba laptops all speak to 
Best Buy's commitment to a faster and 
simpler laptop, as evidenced by the fol- 
lowing features. 



Performance & 
Protection 

The Blue Label line includes fea- 
tures Best Buy customers asked for, 
such as a long battery life, conve- 
nient portability, and consistent 
performance. Blue Label laptops 
come with a two-year manufactur- 
er's limited warranty, 30 days of 
Best Buy Geek Squad support, and 
one year of antivirus protection. 



Beyond The Basics 

What makes the Blue Label series even more unique is that they are built with 
Intel's Wireless Display technology, which uses the Netgear Push2TV Adapter 
to stream online and stored content from your laptop to your HDTV via your 
wireless home network. In addition, each of the Blue Label laptops includes a 
2010 Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Technology, which helps you 
multitask efficiently and saves energy when necessary. For more information 
about either of these features, see "Give Your Notebook The Big Screen 
Treatment" on page 37 and "A Chip That Works & Plays As Hard As You Do" 
on page 36. 



The Sony VAIO VPCS1 1 1 FM/S 

Holding its own as an example of the Blue Label standard is the Sony VAIO 
VPCS1 1 1 FM/S ($1 ,049.99; www.sonystyle.com). Running on Windows 7 
Home Premium 64-bit, the Sony VAIO VPCS1 1 1 FM/S is well-equipped for the 
mobile business person or on-the-go student. It features 500GB of hard drive 
capacity (with G-Sensor Shock Protection) leaving you with plenty of storage for 
your collection of client files, resume, and photography portfolio. In addition, 
you get 4GB of RAM, more than five hours of battery power, and the preloaded 
Sony Creativity Suite for editing and organizing media. 



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A Chip That Works 

8c Plays As Hard As You Do 



Intel's Latest Core Processors 



The processor plays a crucial role in everything you do with your 
computer. It is intimately involved in the songs you listen to, burn, 
and rip; documents you create, edit, and share; movies you watch; 
media you stream; Web sites you browse; games you play; and 
everything else you do that makes your computer an invaluable 
productivity tool and the central hub of your personal entertain- 
ment. Yes, Intel's Core processors are aptly named. 



i * 







The Latest From Intel 

The latest Intel Core processors (www 
.intel.com) were engineered from the 
ground up to handle the multiple de- 
manding tasks we typically subject 
our notebooks and desktops to, con- 
currently, and on a daily basis. Intel's 
latest offerings focus on efficiency 
and intelligence, enabling you to do 
more, enjoy more, and do both for 
longer than ever. 




Core i3 

Intel's Core i3 processors represent the baseline of smart computing. These efficient chips 
provide extended battery life and reduced energy consumption, all at compelling computer 
price points. The Core i3 processors support Intel's Hyper-Threading technology for 
four-way processing and excellent multitasking performance. 



Core i5 

The Core i5 processors reside on a higher performance tier than the Core i3s. 
They feature the same energy-efficient design and four-way processing function- 
ality for a superior multitasking experience. Unlike the Core i3, however, the 
Core i5 comes with Intel's Turbo Boost Technology, which speeds up the proces- 
sor when you need it and saves energy when you don't. 



Core i7 



The Intel Core \7 processors include all of the features of the Core i5, but with 
the capability to support even more simultaneous processes for extreme multitasking 
scenarios. With eight-way processing and Turbo Boost, there's not much risk of running 
too many operations on a computer with this baby. 



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COMPUTERS 




■ 




Give Your Notebook 
The Big Screen Treatment 

Intel's Wireless Display Puts Your Notebook 
On Your HDTV 

Just because you have a notebook doesn't mean your computing experience has to be limited to your compact screen. With 
Intel's Wireless Display technology and Netgear's Push2TV Adapter, which are both standard on Best Buy's Blue Label note- 
books or available for individual purchase, you can enjoy an immersive visual experience from your laptop to your HDTV. 



The Deal With Wireless Display 

Intel's innovative Wireless Display technology, which 
is featured on a number of laptops based on Intel Core 
processors, is capable of wirelessly streaming online 
media, Web sites, music, photos, and video content 
from your notebook to your HDTV. The key to the 
technology is that it is push-a-button simple to use. 



How To Set It Up 

The most compelling aspect of Wireless Display, be- 
sides big screen computing, is the ease of setup. To 
create the connection, just connect the Netgear 
Push2TV Adapter to your HDTV using the included 
HDMI cable, power the device, select the appropriate 
HDTV input, and then push the dedicated Wireless 
Display button on your notebook. 



The Wireless Display Trio 

To start enjoying your laptop's content on your HDTV, 
these are the components you'll need. 



HDTV 




Intel® Wireless 

Display-enabled 

Notebook 




l_ ^i Connect usiny 

□ | lntei : Wireless Display 



NHDMI Cable 
) (incl 



T) (included with adapter) 




Netgear Push2TV Adapter 

• For those who don't have a Blue Label notebook, the adapter can be 
purchased separately. 

• To connect a Wireless Display-capable notebook to multiple HDTVs, 
you can purchase additional adapters. 



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Experience 4G WiM AX 
with fntef Inside?" 



Wireless To The MAX 

Intel PCs With WiMAX Keep You Connected 



Wireless is the mobile device's gotta-have feature. However, the cellular 2G 
and 3G networks we use today were originally designed for voice communi- 
cations. But with an Intel Core processor-based notebook with built-in 4G 
WiMAX, you can take advantage of an IP-based wireless network built to 
send and receive data at amazing speeds. 



What Is WiMAX? 

Think of WiMAX as the networking technology that makes it feel like 
you're connected to a speedy Wi-Fi hotspot, but unencumbered by 
walls and your physical distance from your home, favorite coffee shop, 
or anywhere else you roam throughout a typical day. 

Intel developed WiMAX as a high-speed wireless Internet protocol that is 
capable of blanketing an entire metropolitan area, which lets users that 
work and play within that area enjoy blazing fast connectivity city-wide. 

With broadband speeds and coverage areas similar to what your mo- 
bile phone has to offer, WiMAX will let you quickly access email, 
streaming video and audio, and music downloads and make Voice 
over IP phone calls wherever you go. But in order to connect to a 
WiMAX network, you need a device that features built-in support. 



Jump On The WiMAX Express 

For those who live in an area with 4G 
WiMAX coverage, you'll need a data plan 
from a service provider, such as CLEAR, and 
a WiMAX-compatible notebook or netbook. 

4G WiMAX is being added to new cities all 
the time. Here's a list of select major cities 
that currently offer the wireless network. 



Atlanta 
Austin 
Baltimore 
Charlotte 
Chicago 
Dallas/Ft. Worth 
Houston 
Kansas City 



Las Vegas 

Philadelphia 

Portland 

Raleigh 

San Antonio 

Seattle 

Tacoma 

Washington, D.C. 



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Intel Inside Makes All The Difference 

Wireless Display & WiMAX-Enabled Notebooks 



Intel WirelGSS Display-Capable Notebooks. These notebooks let you beam your computing experience from the small screen 
of the notebook to the big screen of your HDTV. 



Intel Core 
Processor Type 



Asus U52F-BBI5 



SKU: 9963892 ! Intel Core i3 350M 



Asus U43F-BBA5 



SKU: 9964036 



Intel Core i5 450M 2.4GHz 

up to 2.66GHz with Turbo Boost 



Samsung R580-11 



SKU: 9972957 i Intel Core i3 35 0M 



Dell 15z-2249CPN 



SKU: 9684515 



Intel Core i5 430M 2.26GHz 
up to 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost 



Sony VPCEB23FM/BI 



SKU: 9979978 ! Intel Core i3 350M 



Sony VPCA24FM/W 



SKU: 9980021 | Intel Core i3 350M 



Sony VPCEA24FM/L 



SKU: 9987752 I Intel Core i3 350M 



Sony VPCEB26GM/BI 



SKU: 9999605 



Intel Core i5 430M 2.26GHz 
up to 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost 



Sony VPCS1 1 1 FM/S 



SKU: 9701289 



Intel Core i5 430M 2.26GHz 
up to 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost 



Toshiba A665-S6050 



SKU: 9988697 ! Intel Core i3 350M 



Toshiba R705-P25 



SKU: 1007392 ; Intel Core i3 350M 



Toshiba E205-S1 904 



SKU: 9701191 



Intel Core i5 430M 2.26GHz 
up to 2.53GHz with Turbo Boost 



Netgear 
Push2TV Adapter 

Sold separately 

Sold separately 



Sold separately 



Included 



Sold separately 



Sold separately 



Sold separately 



Sold separately 



Included 



Sold separately 



Sold separately 



Included 



Screen size 
(inches) 

15.6 

14 



15 



15.6 



15.5 



14 



15 



13.3 



13 



14 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 



Dimensions (HxWxD) 
(inches) 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) ! 1.3x15.2x10.12 



640GB; 4GB (DDR3) 



1.25x13.54x9.49 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) i 9.41x13.54x1 .2 to 1 .49 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) j 1x15x9.9 



320GB; 4GB (DDR3) ! 1.22x14.56x9.77 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) ; 1.07x13.6x9.39 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) i 1.07x13.6x9.39 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) ! 1.22x14.56x9.77 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) 



1.2x13x9 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) I 1 .18 to 1 .48x14.98x1 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) i 0.66 to 1 .01 x1 2.44x8.94 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) ; 1.2x13.7x9.6 



Intel 4G WiMAX-Capable Notebooks & NetbOOkS. Connect to the Web with Wi-Fi-like speeds, but with city-wide coverage. 



Intel Processor Type 



Mobile Broadband i Screen size (inches) i Hard drive size; RAM 



Dell i15R-1803MRB 



SKU: 99301 37 ! Intel Core i3 350M 



4G WiMAX 



Dell M4R-2265MRB 



SKU: 9934151 j Intel Core i5 450M 2.4GHz up to 2.66GHz with Turbo Boost j 4G WiMAX 



DelliM1012-1091OBK 



SKU: 9935345 i Intel Atom N450 



Toshiba M645-S4050 



4G WiMAX 



SKU: N/A | Intel Core i5 450M 2.4GHz up to 2.66GHz with Turbo Boost \ 4G WiMAX 



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15.6 



14 



10.1 



N/A 



500GB; 4GB (DDR3) 



I 500GB; 4GB (DDR3) 



250GB; 1GB 



N/A 



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osoft's Wi 

Mobile Mouse 3500 

$29.99 | www.microsoft.com 



The Perfect Pair 

With Microsoft® Wireless Mouse 3500 & Office 2010 

If you or someone you know is gearing up to hit the books, then Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) has the perfect 
one-two punch to beat the end-of-summer blues: an attractive new wireless mouse and the ultimate in productivity 
software, Microsoft Office 2010. Available now at Best Buy, this pair is sure to be a hit with scholars everywhere. 




z&t 



Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 

Gone are the days of beige-boring PC peripherals. 
With its latest mice, Microsoft is pulling the style 
train into the input device depot for a much-needed 
makeover. The 3500 Studio Series mice ($29.99) 
sport three fun designs — the artistically inspired 
Folk Pink, geometric green Geode, and the organic 
multicolored Wave — to splash some new hues on 
your desktop, dorm room, or coffee shop tabletop. 

With Microsoft's exclusive BlueTrack Technology™, 
you'll be saying goodbye to your mousepad because 
it combines the best parts of optical and laser mice for 
precise performance on virtually any surface*. 

The new wireless mouse also utilizes an incredibly 
small Plug-And-Go Nano Transceiver, which lets 
you leave it plugged in when you move your note- 
book between the library and the cafeteria or carry 
it inside the house. 



Microsoft Office 20 10 

Enabling users to create, connect, and access in more collabora- 
tive ways than ever before, Microsoft Office 201 is the latest 
productivity platform that anyone can put to good use. Packed 
with the potential to revolutionize the way you work, three ver- 
sions are available to suit a variety of needs: Microsoft Office 
2010 Home and Student, Home and Business, and Professional. 

With a number of new features designed to improve the way 
you work, youll be able to use Office 2010 to wow your pro- 
fessors and students alike. You can embed video and broad- 
cast your slideshows for offsite viewers with PowerPoint 
2010. Excel's Sparklines feature allows you to generate mini- 
charts within cells, making data easier to analyze. Outlook 
2010 cuts down the clutter in your email inbox by organizing 
long email strings into easy-to-follow conversations. And 
throughout all of the applications included with Office 201 0, 
Microsoft's highly efficient Ribbon menu makes it easy to find 
the tools and options you want and reveals the hidden fea- 
tures you didn't know existed. 



*BlueTrack Technology does not work on clear glass or mirrored surfaces. 



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Dual-Band Routers 

Cut Out The Interference 

Nearly every Wi-Fi network operates on the 2.4GHz frequency, which means you'll 
be competing for signal quality with neighbors. You may also experience radio in- 
terference from common household electronics, such as microwaves, landline 
phones, baby monitors, and mobile phones. To avoid this interference, you can in- 
vest in a dual-band router, which is an 802.1 1 n wireless router that can broadcast 
on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. 




Requirements & Setup 

• You'll need a dual-band wireless adapter for any computer that you want to 
connect to the 5GHz wireless network. Dual-band wireless adapters are 
available as USB dongles or internal cards for desktop computers. 

• The 5GHz frequency has a smaller range than the 2.4GHz frequency (50 feet 
vs. 1 00 feet). This means the PCs that connect to the 5GHz network will 
need to be located within 50 feet of the router. 



The Power Of 
Dual-Band 

• A dual-band router creates 
two 802.1 1 n wireless networks, 
one in the 2.4GHz band and 
one in the 5GHz band. You 
can configure each one with 
different passwords and security 
credentials. 

• Because the 5GHz frequency 
will be relatively free of interfer- 
ence, it'll provide faster Wi-Fi 
speeds. Thus, you should con- 
nect to it for streaming video 

or audio, downloading music, 
playing online games, copying 
files over your Wi-Fi network, or 
other tasks that require a speedy 
connection. 

• Connect to the 2.4GHz network 
when you're checking email or 
browsing the Web. If there are 
multiple computers on your 
home network, the 2.4GHz fre- 
quency may seem faster than it 
used to, because you aren't 
sharing the connection with an- 
other computer that's down- 
loading files or streaming video 
on the 5GHz frequency. 



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FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 41 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Wireless Printers 



Q 



What are the benefits of a wireless printer? 

A Unlike a wired printer, you won't need to connect your 
computer to the printer with a cable. Instead, they con- 
nect via a wireless network. 



Q Besides printing documents, what else can I do with 
a wireless printer? 

A There are wireless printers that can fit different lifestyle 
needs. For example, a wireless photo printer is ideal 
for printing photos for scrapbooking. If you have a home of- 
fice, a wireless all-in-one model will let you print, copy, and 
fax reports. 



Q Without using a PC, can I print documents with a 
wireless printer? 

A Yes, select wireless printers will let you print docu- 
ments from the Web, while others will let you insert a 
digital camera memory card or USB flash drive to select and 
print items. 



QWhat does it mean when a printer has built-in wire- 
less capabilities? 

A When a printer has built-in wireless capabilities, you 
won't need to add a wireless adapter to connect it to a 
wireless network. 



Q 
A 



What is 802.11 b/g? 

This spec indicates the type of wireless connectivity 
technology the printer uses, and 802.1 1 b/g is the most 



common wireless protocol you'll find. It's important to 
make sure your wireless router and printer use wireless net- 
works that are compatible. Wireless-N routers will work 
with 802.1 1 b/g network devices because they're backward- 
compatible. 



QWhat does it mean when a wireless printer has 
Bluetooth compatibility? 

A Some wireless printers will allow you to print docu- 
ments using smartphone apps. You may also be able 
to print from a PC using a Bluetooth connection, but an 
adapter for either your printer or PC may need to be pur- 
chased separately. 



Q 



How do I add a wireless printer to my network? 

A Your wireless printer will include software that will 
walk you through a step-by-step process to connect 
your printer to your wireless network. 



Q 



Can I place a wireless printer anywhere in my 
home? 



A Yes. If it remains within your wireless network's range, 
you can place a wireless printer anywhere in your 
home, such as in a central location. 



QCan I connect multiple computers to a wireless 
printer? 

A Yes. As long as each computer is connected to the 
same network as your printer, you will be able to 
print from it. 




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Computing Glossary 




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



Bluetooth — A short-range wireless 
standard that connects devices such 
as computers, printers, PDAs, and dig- 
ital cameras so they can be used to- 
gether without being connected 
physically with a cord. 

broadband — Network connections that 
transmit high-speed Internet access. 
Broadband speed varies depending 
on the provider. Cable companies of- 
fer speeds of around 8 to 11Mbps, 
whereas phone companies offer DSL 
(Digital Subscriber Line), which sup- 
ports speeds of 3 to 5Mbps. 

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 
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 oper- 
ating system has two processors to 
handle instructions, speeding up the 
computer and its ability to multitask. 

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

firewall — Hardware or software that 
limits access by a network or another 
outside source to your computer; it 
also may limit your computer's access 
to the network. These security mea- 
sures are designed to protect your com- 
puter from outsiders who'd like to 
exploit it in some way. By the same 
token, firewalls may prevent 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, and portable 
DVD players, among others. 

office suite — Productivity software, 
such as Microsoft Office, StarOffice, 
and OpenOffice, that often includes 
word processing, spreadsheet, presenta- 
tion, 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 
interface for the users. 

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

RAM (random-access memory) — A 

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 
instance, 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. 



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— 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 




Dell 11545- 
4266PPU 

MSRP: $479.99* 
SKU 9693482 



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

Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



Processor 

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

2.26GHz Intel 
Pentium 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 

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

250GB; 3GB 



j Dimensions; 
Screen size Weight 



Optical drives; 
Media card reader 



The diagonal 
measurement 
of the note- 
book's screen 



Height x width Drives that can read 



x depth; How 
much the lap- 
top weighs 



15.6 inches 



1.5x14.7x9.6 
inches; 5.8 
pounds 



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

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 
Yes 




HP dv4-2165dx 

MSRP: $649.99* 
SKU 9705373 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.13GHz Intel 
Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



14.1 inches 



1.34to1.57x 
13.15x9.45 
inches; 5.2 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 




Toshiba Satellite 
E205-S1904 

MSRP: $899* 
SKU 9701 191 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.2GHz Intel 
Core i5 



500GB; 4GB 



14 inches 



1.22x13. 7x 
9.57 inches; 
5.1 pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



Apple MacBook 

MSRP: $999* 
SKU 9944833 



Mac OS X 10.6 
Snow Leopard 



2.4GHz Intel 
Core 2 Duo 



250GB; 2GB 



13.3 inches 



1.1x13x9.1 
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 



M 



Asus G60JX-RBBX05 Windows 7 Home 
MSRP: $999.99* Premium 

SKU 9736955 



2.26GHz Intel 
Core i5 



500GB; 4GB 



16 inches 



1.6x10.4x 
14.8 inches; 



Double-layer 
DVD±RW/CD-RW; 



7.5 pounds Yes 




Sony VAIO Windows 7 Home 

VPCS111FM/S Premium 

MSRP: $1,049.99* 
SKU 9701289 



^& 



2.2GHz Intel 
Core i5 



500GB; 4GB 



13.3 inches 



1 .08 to 1 .24x 
12.95x9 
inches; 4.4 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



ylL 



Alienware M15x 

MSRP: $1,999* 
SKU 9722255 



Windows 7 Home 1 .6GHz Intel 
Premium Core i7 



320GB; 4GB 



15.6 inches 



1.9x1 4. 9x 
12.2 inches; 9 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



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What It Means 


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


Chip that con- How much data 
trols the com- the computer 
puter (typically, can hold; Mem- 
a bigger num- ory that's read 
ber is better) 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 


i 






MSI Wind 
U135-206US 

MSRP: $309.99* 
SKU 9748977 


Windows 7 Starter 




N/A 


Included 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 




urn* 




1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 










1M 


Gateway 
LT2122u 

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 






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 




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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 




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Asus Eee PC 
1008PB-CFE002S 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 9727702 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel UMA 


MMC/SD 


2 USB, 
1 Ethernet, 
1 VGA 




C 


Toshiba 
NB305-N410BL 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 9705488 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


Included 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 




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Dell 
M1012-2044OBK 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9728692 


Windows 7 Starter 


1.6GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


Included 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 




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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 





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Which All-ln-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 




Averatec 
D1133AF1E-2 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9952623 



The software 
(usually Windows or 
Mac OS X) that con- 
trols your computer 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



Processor 

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

1.5GHz AMD 
Athlon X2 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 

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

250GB; 2GB 



Display; 

Optical drive Ports 



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



Inputs the 
computer has 
for accessing 
peripherals 



Graphics card 



Controls the 
quality of your 
video and im- 
ages 



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



4 USB, 1 
Ethernet, media 
card reader 



ATI Radeon 
HD3200 




ViewSonic VPC 190 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9907379 



Windows 7 Home 1.66GHzDual- 160GB; 2GB 18.5 inches; 6 USB, 1 Intel Graphics 

Premium Core Intel Atom Double-layer Ethernet, media Media 

DVD+RW/ card reader Accelerator 

CD-RW 900 



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minium 



Sony VAIO 
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 961 1569 



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 961 1587 



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 
HD 4670 



Gateway 
ZX4300-01e 

MSRP: $749.99* 
SKU 9932711 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.7GHz AMD 
Athlon II X2 



640GB; 4GB 



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



6 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



ATI Radeon 
HD4270 



HP TouchSmart 
300-1120 

MSRP: $899.99* 
SKU 9912717 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.7GHz AMD 
Athlon II X2 



750GB; 4GB 



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



5 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



ATI Radeon 
HD3200 



HP TouchSmart 
300-1122 

MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9912753 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.8GHz AMD 
Athlon II X2 



1TB; 4GB 



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



5 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



ATI Radeon 
HD3200 



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Software Listings 

Get More Out Of Your PC 

Computers can be used to create greeting cards, play games, keep track of your finances, 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, 
manage, and showcase your images. 

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 

$99.99* 

www.corel.com 

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 lets 
you manage, edit, and share your digital 
photos. You can make automatic fixes in the 
enhanced Express Lab, or you can use the in- 
cluded advanced 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 tu- 
torials 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. 

a Roxio Toast 10 Titanium 
For Macs 

$99.99* 

www.roxio.com 
Use Toast 1 Titanium from Roxio 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. 

^^t i Apple Final Cut Express 4 

J 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, including 
HDV and AVCHD. 




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Business Applications 

Microsoft Office Home And 
Student 2010 

$149.99* 

www.microsoft.com 
The Home and Student version of Microsoft 
Office 2010 has enhanced features for cre- 
ating 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 Home & 
Business 2010 

$99.99* 

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

Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2010 

$179.95* 

www.quickbooks.intuit.com 
Easily keep track of your compa- 
ny's finances with QuickBooks Pro 2010. 
You can organize and reference your cus- 
tomer, vendor, and employee financial infor- 
mation all in one place. 





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Games/ 
Entertainment 



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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 be- 
come 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. I 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 

H Nuance Dragon 
NaturallySpeaking 

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



Apple MobileMe 




r mobile ? 



www.apple.com 
MobileMe, Apple's 
Internet service, lets you keep 
your email, contacts, and cal- 
endar up-to-date across your 
i Phone, i Pod 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 appli- 
cations at www.me.com. 

HDeLorme Street 
Atlas USA 2010 

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.datapi lot.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 



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

ppM Virus 2010 



System Clean-Up 
& Repair 



www.kaspersky.com 
Kaspersky Anti- Virus 2010 
includes essential protection 
against Internet threats, such as 
viruses, spyware, Trojans, and 
more as well as phishing and 
identity theft defense. 

EffSIW Sweeper 201 

$39.95* 

www.webroot.com 
Protect up to three computers 
from viruses and spyware. 
Spy Sweeper stops both known 
and potential threats by 
blocking suspicious activity 
and is compatible with 
Microsoft's Windows 7 
operating 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 
provide protection from the 
latest threats without bogging 
down your system. 






Avanquest 
Fix-It Utilities 
1 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 perfor- 
mance. 

iolo System 
Mechanic 

$49.95* 

www.iolo.com 
With System Mechanic, you 
can find and fix errors and frag- 
mentation 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 
entire computer, including the 
operating 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, in- 
cluding free space, and re- 
store damaged drives. 





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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 





EXTE RNAL 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. 





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 

V y 




• 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 




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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COMPACT GADGE 



Deliver Media 
To Portable 
Devices 

How Do You Want Yours? 




With all the compact devices that can deliver media tc 
it's easy to stay entertained anywhere you go. Devices 
TVs, media players, and DVD players use a variety of > 
media you want. You just have to decide how you wai 



plav the 



Disc Media 

While driving to visit relatives, your family can watch 
movies and TV shows and listen to music or books on CD 
with a portable DVD player. 

Many portable DVD players also have widescreen or dual 
displays and headphone jacks so everyone in the back 
seat can enjoy the entertainment. 



Over-The-Air Media 

Using a portable TV, such as the FLO TV Personal 
Television ($199.99; www.flotv.com), you can watch 
live television wherever a signal is available. A variety 
of programming is accessible, with a mix of network 
and cable channels. 

A portable audio player with an HD Radio tuner can pull 
in crisp, clear audio over the air for you to enjoy while 
jogging through your neighborhood. 



Downloaded Media 

Portable media players, such as the Archos 5 Internet 
Tablet ($299.99 to $499.99; www.archos.com), can 
download and store music, videos, photos, games, 
and apps. 

You can also download content onto your computer and 
use a USB cable and proprietary software to transfer it to 
your portable devices. 



Streaming Media 

Some portable media players have built-in Wi-Fi to stream 
media to the device and keep your internal memory free to 
store other things. This lets you enjoy Internet radio, Web 
videos, or other content from your PC on devices such as 
media tablets, smartphones, and other portable devices 
with wireless Web connections. A Web connection also al- 
lows for Web browsing, downloading media and applica- 
tions, and instant messaging with friends and family. 



by Tessa Warner Breneman 



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COMPACT GADGETS 



^ 




Discover These 
MP3 Player Feati 

Not long ago, MP3 players were good for simply 
playing your MP3 songs, but now they have so 
much more to offer. For instance, some of the 




latest models feature built-in Wi-Fi, video play- 
back, and ports for attaching external storage op- 
tions. No longer a single-function device, MP3 
players can expand your multimedia possibilities 



/ 



Connectivity Features 

Pairing a Bluetooth-enabled MP3 
player and a wireless headset will let 
you listen to music cord-free. 

MP3 players with built-in Wi-Fi can 
connect to hotspots so you can 
stream online content, access your 
email account, and more. 

A player with an integrated radio 
tuner lets you listen to local AM/FM 
stations, and an HD Radio tuner 
will play HD Radio. Some models 
include station presets so you can 
recall your favorite channels. 



Multimedia Capabilities 

Watch video content (some players 
support HD) that's streamed via an 
Internet connection or saved to your 
MP3 player's hard drive. 

You can use your MP3 player as a 
photo viewer if it supports photo 
formats such as JPEG, BMP, PNG, 
or GIF. 

Some MP3 players can use mobile 
applications. Once installed, you 
can use them to play games, follow 
your favorite sports teams, seek out 
concert venues, and much more. 



Functionality & Storage 

If you prefer an interface without but- 
tons, an MP3 player with a touchscreen 
lets you scroll through and enlarge on- 
screen content with your finger. 

If you can't fit your entire music collec- 
tion on your MP3 player, a model that 
supports memory cards or USB drives 
will give you the flexibility to play 
songs from an external source. 

Some MP3 players also feature ports 
for connecting to an HDTV or PC, so 
you can transfer data or view videos on 
a larger display. 



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FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 51 



OMPACT GADGET 



Portable 
Navigation 
Devices ^ 

GPSes Offer New Feat 








In your car. 

Portable GPS units for your car 
have become even easier to 
use while adding sophisticated 
features. Easily transferred from 
one vehicle to another, most 
now feature traffic overlays, 
turn-by-turn audio directions 
with realistic-sounding voices, 
2D and 3D displays, and 
touchscreen interfaces. Many 
offer Bluetooth integration, al- 
lowing you to make hands-free 
telephone calls using the GPS 
unit's touchscreen and speaker, 
and others can even play MP3 
audio files. 



While you hike, hunt, 
or camp. 

Hunters, hikers, and campers will appre- 
ciate the smaller, lightweight GPS de- 
vices that are easily carried in a pocket 
or fanny pack. A hiker can pinpoint her 
location and set waypoints as she walks; 
her digital "trail" is always there, so she 
can find her way back to the camp- 
ground, ranger station, or favorite fishing 
spot. The newest portable devices are 
rugged and water-resistant. Caught in a 
downpour? Not a problem; your pocket- 
sized GPS can handle a little rain. Take 
it hiking, biking, camping, fishing, or 
geocaching, because it's rugged enough 
to stand up to some jostling around. 



While you exercise. 

If you're a fitness buff, there's a 
whole subset of GPS devices just 
for you. Wristwatch-sized units 
can monitor your heart rate as they 
track your location. Most can save 
speed, waypoints, miles traveled, 
calories burned, and elapsed time 
as you go. Transfer data from the 
GPS unit to your computer to gen- 
erate robust and sophisticated 
reports on your health, your work- 
outs, and your improved perfor- 
mance. 



by Rod Scher 



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COMPACT GADG 



Compac 
Gadgets 



For Your Car 

Audio & Video That Go With 




In a driving-oriented society, you have to learn how to make the 
most out of the ride and still drive responsibly. However, in-car 
entertainment options aren't limited to just AM and FM radio 
stations anymore; your options now include radio transmitters, 
portable video options, and Bluetooth-enabled mobile acces- 
sories. These gadgets will entertain you and help you communi- 
cate as you go throughout your day in the car. 



7 



Music Gadgets 

FM transmitters output audio from 
your portable media player to your car 
speakers via your car radio frequencies, 
so you can listen to soundtracks, audio 
books, and other content stored on your 
player while road-tripping or during 
your daily commute. 

Portable satellite radio devices can 
be used with vehicle kits, so you can 
dock your device in your car and listen 
to hundreds of commercial-free chan- 
nels through your car speakers. These 
include a cable, antenna, and uni- 
versal connector. 



In-Car Video 

Portable DVD players 
are best for passengers 
who prefer to watch 
movies with head- 
phones. And once you 
reach your destination, 
you can take the player 
with you. 

Rearview minicameras 
help you see what's 
happening behind your 
car, adding extra secu- 
rity. It also helps you 
back up safely. 



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Bluetooth Accessories 

A Bluetooth kit attached to your car 
stereo will stream songs from your 
MP3 player or cell phone. These 
kits will also allow you to make 
hands-free calls, so you don't have 
to put the cell phone to your ear 
while driving. 

Bluetooth transmitters for MP3 
players, such as the Scosche 
Tunestream Stereo Bluetooth 
Transmitter for iPod and iPhone 
($79.99; www.scosche.com), can 
stream music to a Bluetooth-en- 
abled audio system. 

by Joanna Safford 



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 53 



OMPACT GADGETS 



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Pocketable 
Camcorders 

Capture Video On The Move 




Summer presents many opportunities to shoot video and capture 
photos. With a compact camcorder or digital camera that fits into your 
bag or pocket, you can be ready to capture footage at the beach, park, 
or zoo. Then when someone asks you what you did this summer, you 
can pull out your camera and show them. 



Conveniently 
Compact 

Built-in flash memory allows 
for a smaller camera size, 
because there are no moving 
parts to take up space. 

Cameras use memory cards 
for storing images. If your 
camcorder has a memory 
card slot, you can add storage 
capacity without adding to 
the camera's size and weight. 

Many models have built-in 
LCD screens to record or 
view photos and video. 



Packing Lots Of Punch 

Many camera and camcorder models 
can capture high-definition video or 
high-resolution photos while also in- 
cluding built-in editing capabilities. 

With included sharing software, it will 
be easy for you to upload video and 
photos to the Web and email your files 
after they've been retouched and edited. 

You can also find image stabilization, 
automatic low-light detection, face de- 
tection, playback functions, and digital 
zoom on many camera and camcorder 
models. Some camcorders even have 
silent mode for recitals and lectures. 



Video & Photos To Go 

Some camcorders and cameras offer durable 
weatherproof designs that are ideal for both 
beach vacations and outdoor activities. And, with 
LCD screens that prevent sunlight reflection, you 
can enjoy viewing your content indoors and out. 

A compact camcorder, such as the Flip 
UltraHD ($199.99; www.theflip.com), is af- 
fordable and easy to use, so anyone in the 
family can grab it and shoot footage at birthday 
parties or barbecues with ease. 

With smile mode, you can be sure your com- 
pact camera will be able to adjust to your 
family and friends so you won't miss a picture- 
perfect moment. 

by Tessa Warner Breneman 



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>MPACT GADG 



Gaming 
On The Go 

Portable Consoles 

Are Media Powerhouses 




Snap a photo. Call a friend. Surf the Web. Listen to music. Watci 
some video. And, when you get a moment, play a game or two. 



This isn't a smartphone we're talking about. It's 
a portable gaming console. And these aren't 
bargain-bin gizmos that just play a built-in game 
or two. These are full-fledged gaming systems 
with outstanding multimedia capabilities. 

Made to play graphically intense (relatively 
speaking) games via downloads and/or discs, 
current portable consoles have advanced wide- 
screens up to 4.3 inches (measured diago- 
nally). In fact, some have resolutions almost as 
high as DVDs plus support for millions of colors. 
With such nice screens, it's a small wonder that 
most pocket game systems also let you play 
videos, browse photos, and more. 

Portable consoles often feature buttons and con- 
trols that are similar to the ones used by their "big 
brother" consoles made by the same manufac- 
turers. Physically, of course, they're designed for 
pocketability. Some open like a small notebook 
with dual screens and side-mounted controls. 
Others have a sliding design that hides their 
buttons when not in use. 



All This, Plus . . . 

Gaming isn't everything, and there are scads of other ways you can 
enhance your mobile lifestyle with a portable console. Depending on 
the model, they support: 



Movie and TV show file playback 

Music file playback 

Audio editing, including removal of vocals for karaoke 

Photo slideshows and editing 

Media streaming from the manufacturer's flagship console 

A TV connection for sharing entertainment on a bigger screen 

Wi-Fi networking 

Internet browsing, email, and game and content downloading 

Connecting to your friends' portable consoles for gaming 

and sharing 

Multiplayer and cooperative gameplay 

Internet phone calling 

Bluetooth for a wireless headset 

Digital audio recording 

Snapshots from digital cameras 

Animation creation 

Personal calendaring with photos 

by Marty Sems 



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:OMPACT GADGETS 



V 



Small 
Computin 

Is A Netbook Right For You' 



Netbooks include a blend of features that make them ideal for 
Web-related tasks such as browsing the Internet, checking your 
email, or keeping in touch using your favorite social networking 
sites. However, it's important to note that a netbook doesn't offer 
the same functionality or features as a notebook, and it should be 
considered a PC companion. Read on to learn how a netbook can 
meet your mobile computing needs 



email, or keeping in 
sites. However, it's 




Netbook Connectivity 

Every netbook has one or more of the fol- 
lowing connectivity options built in, so you 
can stay connected on the go. 

• Wireless LAN (802.1 1 b/g/n) allows you to 
connect to the wireless hotspots in restau- 
rants, libraries, and coffee shops. 

• An integrated 3G broadband modem uses 
cellular technology to keep you connect- 
ed in more places, even when a Wi-Fi 
hotspot isn't available. 

• You can access the Internet by plugging an 
Ethernet cable into your netbook's Ethernet 
port and connecting it to a network. 



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Netbook Features & Benefits 

Each feature you'll encounter on a netbook offers unique benefits that can 
simplify your mobile computing tasks such as emailing and Web-browsing. 

Feature What It Means Lifestyle Benefit 



Familiar 
operating system 

Lightweight 
and thin design 



Netbooks feature Windows XP or 
Windows 7 Starter editions. 

Most netbooks weigh 3 pounds or 
less. For example, Averatec's net- 
book with an Intel Atom processor 
weighs only 2.2 pounds. 



You won't have to learn how to 
use a brand-new OS. 

You can take your netbook with 
you everywhere you go without 
hauling a lot of extra weight. 



Reliable 


There are no internal moving parts 


Your netbook can withstand 


solid-state drive 


to break or wear out. 


accidental bumps, and your 
data will be safer. 



Extended Small screen size, lower clock 

battery life speeds, and no internal optical 

drive make netbooks low-powered 
with a battery life of up to 11 hours. 



You can work for longer with- 
out needing to plug into a wall 
outlet. 

by Kris Glaser Brambila 



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Digital Convenience 

eReaders can bring you books, blogs, and the Web 
wherever and whenever you need them. New electronic 
ink displays are easy on the eyes and provide a natural and 
familiar reading experience. And on models with Wi-Fi or 
3G capabilities, you can shop right on the device: Select 
and pay for your purchase, and you can be reading your 
new book or magazine within a minute or two. 

Extra Features 

The new eReaders are feature-rich: Need bookmarks? Got it 
covered. Notes and highlights? No problem. Eyes a little 
weak? Just enlarge the text. And while many eReaders utilize 
a proprietary file format, most can also display books in a va- 
riety of popular file types, including PDF, Microsoft Word, 
text, ePub, and PDB. 



More Than Books 

eReaders are useful for more than just books. Need 
today's paper or the latest issue of your favorite maga- 
zine? Click a button and select the edition you want; 
it'll be on your eReader in 30 seconds. Music and 
media? Many eReaders can play MP3 files and dis- 
play photos, and some can even read content aloud. 

Perfect for students, businesspeople, or frequent 
travelers, eReaders can carry thousands of books in 
a backpack or purse: This means every textbook a 
student will ever read will be stored in one neat, 
lightweight package. And a businessperson or world 
traveler can carry every management book, every 
novel, every financial advice book, and every 
newspaper or magazine she could want. 

by Rod Scher 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



COVER STORY 



SlingPlayer Mobile 
For Android 

$29.99 
www.slingbox.com 




SlingPlayer 
Lands On Android 

A Great Mobile TV Experience 



Just think of all that TV programming 
you pay for each month. Sports, 
movies, must-see TV . . . it's pouring 
in, all the time. Unfortunately, you 
can't always be home to enjoy it. 

A DVR helps, of course, as it lets you 
record shows to watch another time. 
Assuming you have the time, that is. 
Between family activities, house 
chores, and sleep, your minutes at 
home may already be spoken for. 

Come to think of it, most of your free 
time — your truly free time — happens 
when you're away from home. There's 
your lunch hour in the break room at 
work. Your daily commute via public 
transportation. Your workout on the 



exercise bike at the gym. Settling into 
hotel rooms when you're on the road. 

With a Slingbox, you can take advan- 
tage of your free time on the go to catch 
up on your favorite shows. A Slingbox 
at home and the SlingPlayer Mobile app 
on your portable device makes it easy to 
watch live or recorded programming 
with the ability to pause, fast-forward, 
rewind, and even schedule DVR record- 
ings over a 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi connec- 
tion. And for Android users, a new 
SlingPlayer Mobile for Android app 
($29.99) enables the most advanced 
Slingbox viewing yet: 

• The fastest connection and response 
times of any mobile SlingPlayer 



• Easy touchscreen access to recently 
viewed channels 

• An intuitive remote control layout 

• Support for all U.S. carriers, including 
Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile 

Supported Slingbox models include the 
SOLO ($189.99) and the PRO-HD 
($299.99). The new SlingPlayer Mobile app 
works with Android phones sold for use in 
the United States, Canada, Australia and 
select countries in the EU. The supported 
phones include the popular HTC Droid 
Incredible, HTC Evo 4G, and the Motorola 
Droid. For a complete list of the Android 
phones that are supported by SlingPlayer 
Mobile, seewww.slingbox.com. 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



MP3 Player 
Glossary 




ho doesn't want an MP3 player? It can help you relax, motivate 
you, 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 common MP3 file format. It is 
the default format used by Apple. 

Click Wheel — Apple's proprietary cir- 
cular control on the front of the iPod. 

Certified For Windows Vista — A certifi- 
cation from Microsoft that ensures your 
portable 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 portable music player. You can down- 
load songs from music Web sites such as 
iTunes, Napster, or Rhapsody. 

DRM (digital rights management) — A 

security mechanism for digital media, 
associated with copyright. A common 
DRM scheme for digital music involves 
getting a licensed file to authorize play- 
back 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 include their own ear- 
buds, 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 also, it won't skip. Thus, 
flash-based players are popular for use 
during exercise. However, the ca- 
pacity of a flash-based player 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 that is broadcast from 
local radio stations. 

hard drive — Storage that consists of 
rigid platters 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 plat- 
ters), hard drive-based players are also 
prone to skipping. However, their ca- 
pacities are much larger than those of 
flash-based players. 

iTunes — An application that is down- 
loaded onto your computer and lets 
you play, organize, download, and pur- 
chase music, videos, podcasts, and 
television shows on your portable 
media player or computer. 




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. 

play list — A queue of songs a user 
creates to play on a computer, burn to 
a CD, or transfer to an MP3 player. The 
p lay I i st includes only directions to 
the location of the songs, not the 
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 pod- 
casts one at a time. 

screen — The display on the front of a 
portable music player. A player's screen 
can either display in color or black 
and white. 

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

widescreen — A screen with a 1 6:9 as- 
pect ratio. 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



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 impor- 
tant — and coolest — features from select MP3 players. 



Memory type 



Capacity 



Songs 



Video; FM tuner 
capabilities 



Colors 



Battery life 



B 



What It Means 



Hard drive How much 

(moving parts, memory the 

more capacity) player has 

or flash (no 
moving parts) 



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



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



Some MP3 players Several players 

can play video or offer a variety of 

let you listen to color choices 
radio stations 



2GB; 4GB 



500; 1,000 



No; Yes 



How long the 
battery will last 
when playing 
music 



Black, red, blue 



15 hours 



U 



Apple iPod shuffle 

MSRP: $59*; $79* 
SKU 9229765 



Flash 



2GB; 4GB 



500; 1,000 

(AAC) 



Neither 



Black, silver, 10 hours 

pink, green, blue 



^ 



Sony W Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $59.95* 
SKU 9964382 



Flash 



2GB 



N/A 



Neither 



Black 



1 1 hours 



Sony E Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $79.95* 
SKU 9443792 



Flash 



8GB 



N/A 



Both 



Black 



30 hours 



Apple iPod nano Flash 

MSRP: $149*; $179* 
SKU 9416376 



8GB; 16GB 2,000; 4,000 

(AAC) 



Both 



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



24 hours 




Finis SwiMP3 

MSRP: $149.99* 
SKU 9525515 



Flash 



1GB 



240 



Neither 



Blue 



8 hours 




Apple iPod touch 

MSRP: $199*; 
$299*; $399* 
SKU 8771732 



Flash 



8GB; 32GB; 
64GB 



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



Yes; No 



Black 



30 hours 



1 



Microsoft Zune HD 

MSRP: $199.99*; 
$269.99* 
SKU 9449581 



Flash 



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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PORTABLE DEVICES 



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. 



Screen size; 
Dimensions 



Text-to-speech; 
Traffic receiver 



Preloaded 
maps 



WAAS 



Bluetooth; MP3 
playback 



Included charging 
adapters 




What It Means 



Insignia 

NS-NAV01 
MSRP: $99.99* 
SKU 9351603 



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

4.3 inches; 

3.1x4.7x0.6 

inches 



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



The regional 
maps that 
come included 
with the GPS 
unit 



Yes; No 



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 



No; No 



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

DC adapter 




TomTom 
XL 335LE 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 9927276 



4.3 inches; 

3.3x4.8x0.9 

inches 



Yes; No 



Entire U.S. 



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 




Garmin 
niivi 255 

MSRP: $139.99* 
SKU 8977574 



3.5 inches; 

2.9x3.9x0.8 

inches 



Yes; No 



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



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 




Magellan 
RoadMate1424 

MSRP: $149.99* 
SKU 9894383 



4.3 inches; 

3.2x4.8x0.7 

inches 



Yes; Yes (with op- 
tional Traffic Link 
adapter) 



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



Yes 



No; No 



DC adapter 







Insignia 

NS-CNV20 
MSRP: $179.99* 
SKU 8947312 



4.3 inches; 
3.2x4x0.9 
inches 



Yes; Yes 



Entire U.S. 



Yes 



Yes; No 



DC adapter; 
AC adapter 




ei m\ 



TomTom 
XL 350TM 

MSRP: $229.95* 
SKU 9927197 



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 




u u v * 



Magellan 
RoadMate 3065 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9904781 



4.7 inches; 

3.4x5.4x0.6 

inches 



Yes; Yes 



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



Yes 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 




Garmin 
niivi 3790T 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 9888961 



4.3 inches; 

2.9x4.8x0.4 

inches 



Yes; Yes 



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



No 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 



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



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




GPS CHARGERS 



• 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 play- 
er'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 
earbuds 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 
earphones 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 enjoyment 
to your journey. To make sure you are taking full advantage of 
the capabilities your wireless devices offer, check your local 
CE retailer for accessories that can enhance your mobile expe- 
riences. We've listed our favorites below. 





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 porta- 
bility 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 A 



Turntable 

What To Consider Before Spinning Vinyl 




Although they never entirely went away, turntables are 
making a comeback thanks to audiophiles seeking the 
warmer audio quality that analog LPs offer vs. digital files, 
younger users curious to what the hype is all about, and the 
modern features manufacturers have added to bring conven- 
tional turntables into today's digital age. When buying a 
turntable, consider the following advice. 



Ports. Beyond playin 
modern turntables in- 
tegrate features tied to 
digital music. USB 
ports let you transfer 
album-based analog 
recordings into digital 
files for MP3 player 
playback. Docks and 
auxiliary line-in inputs 
allow you to connect 
MP3 players, which is 
particularly useful for 
DJs, and CD burners 
can copy albums di- 
rectly to CDs. 



g analog-recorded albums, many 

USB ports let you 
transfer album- 
based analog 
recordings into 
digital files for 
MP3 player 
playback. 



Cleaning aCeGSSOrieS. Many audiophiles clean 
an LP before spinning it to safeguard against dirt, dust, and 
other undesirables; prolong the turntable's needle (also 
called a stylus); and bring out subtle details in a recording. 
Every turntable owner should invest in a wet and/or dry 
cleaning brush and cleaning fluid specifically made for LPs. 



. . . less-expensive 
but still suitable 
options exist. 



Budget. 

Literally, a 
high-end turn- 
table can cost 
the equivalent 
of what you'd 

spend on a top-shelf luxury car. Fortunately, less-expen- 
sive but still suitable options exist. Entry-level turntables 
(roughly $100 to $250), for example, are fine for first- 
time owners starting an LP collection, those who prima- 
rily want to transfer their old LPs into new digital files, 
and prospective DJs who'll put excessive wear and tear 
on a turntable. 



Amplification. Compared to modern digital audio 
devices, turntables output a weaker signal that necessitates 
amplification. Older stereos (typically pre-1990s) contain a 
phono preamp to do just this. Many modern A/V receivers 
don't. To work 

. . . look for a 



around this, look 
for a turntable 
with a phono 
preamp or con- 
sider a turntable 
with built-in 

speakers. Another option is to buy a separate phono 
preamp. (Some can also convert analog signals to digita 



turntable with a 
phono preamp , 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 




An Internet & Media 
Device With Free Apps 

Access Your Favorite Parts 
Of The Internet In Any Room 

With Insignia's Infocast Internet Media Display ($169.99; www.bestbuy.com), you can instantly view and share photos and 
videos and access your favorite Web-based content via 1,500+ apps. Best of all, there are never any fees for the apps. Ever. 



Vibrant Touchscreen Display 

The Infocast Internet Media Display offers a sharp, responsive 8- 
inch color touchscreen display that's convenient for accessing 
your favorite photos, videos, and apps. And with 2GB of internal 
memory, compatibility with all major memory cards, and apps 
that pull pictures from online sharing sites such as Picasa, 
Facebook, and Photobucket, it's never been easier to share with 
friends and family. The Infocast supports SD, SDHC, MMC, CF, 
xD-Picture card, Memory Stick, and Memory Stick PRO Duo. 



See & Hear The Latest Info 

By accessing a Wi-Fi connection, the Insignia Infocast can keep you up- 
to-date through a variety of information sources. Whether it's checking 
your Facebook news feed, following tweets on Twitter, or listening to 
your favorite ShoutCast podcasts, you'll always be in the know. The 
device also includes a microphone and SRS Sound Technology for 
high-quality audio input and output. And for even better sound and 
flexibility, you can connect it to external speakers. 



Perfect For Any Room 

The Infocast works great in any situation. Use it as an alarm 
clock and wake up to Pandora, today's weather, and your email. 
Use it as a digital photo frame in the living room and flip through 
photos you snapped with your camera or photos friends and 
family post to sharing sites such as Flickr. Use it as a companion 
in the kitchen and listen to music, look up recipes, and check 
your calendar. You can even take it to the office to keep up with 
top news stories, stock quotes, and podcasts. 



Free Apps, Yes, Free, 

Infocast users can easily customize their devices with over 1,500 
apps from chumby industries at no charge and with no subscription 
fees. There are chumby apps in almost every conceivable category: 
From games and entertainment to education and humor, and from 
employment and weather to news and travel, all apps are free for 
users of devices compatible with chumby apps, such as the Infocast 
tablet. And because the Infocast can freely copy files to other Infocast 
devices, friends and family can share apps, photos, and videos simply 
by dragging and dropping files from one device to another. 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Weather Stations 



Q 



What kind of information does a weather station typ- 
ically display? 



A Nearly all weather stations list both indoor and out- 
door temperatures as well as the time. Many models 
also feature a three- or four-day weather forecast with condi- 
tion icons, such as the sun or clouds with rain, and the day's 
expected high temperature. 



Q 



Can a weather station also measure humidity , heat 
index, wind, and other climate conditions? 



A Yes, if a weather station supports the use of thermo- 
hygro sensors to receive dew point, atmospheric, or 
barometric readings, it will display additional condition 
information. 



Q 



How does a weather station know what the tem- 
perature is? 



A To detect the current outdoor temperature, most 
weather stations use a wireless sensor that you place 
outside to receive temperature information. These sensors 
have a range of up to 330 feet. An additional sensor on 
the weather station will determine the current indoor tem- 
perature. 



Q 



Why is the transmission range of the weather sta- 
tion's wireless sensor important? 



A If the range of the wireless sensor is too short, you may 
be limited to placing the sensor in areas that don't re- 
flect the true air temperature, such as near pavement or in a 
regularly sunny area. 



Q 



What's the benefit of an Internet-connected weather 
station? 



A By connecting to the Internet, a weather station can 
receive detailed forecasts from the National Weather 
Service or other professional organizations. At a glance, this 
will let you see how weather conditions will change through- 
out the day and access forecasts for other cities. 



Q 



What's the benefit of a weather station that can 
show forecasts for more than one location? 



A This feature will let you see weather information for 
cities where your friends and family are without going 
online or watching TV. If you regularly travel or work in 
other parts of the country, this is a convenient way to keep 
abreast of the weather. 



Q 



Can a weather station help me prepare for the con- 
ditions at a specific venue, such as a golf course? 



A Yes, some Internet-connected models feature weather 
information for points of interest, such as sports ven- 
ues, parks, and golf courses, to help you plan your day. 
Typically, a weather station will break down the forecast 
into different times throughout the day and list the sunrise 
and sunset time. 



QWill a weather station alert me of impending severe 
weather? 

A Some Internet-connected models are capable of 
alerting you to severe weather warnings issued for 
your city or ZIP code. 





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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



This Month's - 
Blu-ray Disc Releases 

A Single Man 







Rating: R Format: Blu-ray Disc | MSRP: $34.95* | SKU: 18589052 

( Release Date: 7767^01 





Our Family Wedding 

Rating: PG-13 | Format: Blu-ray Disc | MSRP: $29.99* SKU: 1001237 

fRelease Date: 7/13/2010 ) 








The Bounty Hunter 

Rating: PG-13 | Format: Blu-ray Disc MSRP: $38.96* SKU: 18609751 

C Release Date: 7/1 3/201 0~) 


















f 


Date 


MSRP* 


SKU 


Rating 


( 


July 




A Single Man 


7/6 


$34.95 


18589052 


R 




Accidents Happen 


7/27 


$29.98 


18561742 


R 




Alpha Dog 


7/13 


$26.98 


1017335 


R 




Assault On Precinct 1 3 


7/13 


$26.98 


1017344 


R 




Batman: Under The Red Hood 


7/27 


$24.99 


1008373 


PG-13 




Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 


7/27 


$89.99 


18613727 


N/A 




Being Human: Season 1 


7/20 


$34.99 


1006648 


N/A 




Beyond The Darkness 


7/27 


$24.95 


18529692 


N/A 




Bitten 


7/6 


$24.99 


18582778 


R 




Black Narcissus 


7/20 


$34.99 


1014277 


N/A 




Cats & Dogs 


7/20 


$24.98 


18518378 


PG 




Chloe 


7/13 


$34.95 


18638635 


R 




Crouching Tiger, 
Hidden Dragon 


7/27 


$24.95 


8165558 


PG-13 




Evil Aliens 


7/20 


$17.98 


18561979 


N/A 




Eyeborgs 


7/6 


$29.98 


18562696 


N/A 




Fan boys 


7/27 


$19.97 


1017229 


PG-13 




Fireplace Impressions 


7/13 


$14.98 


18628161 


N/A 




Forbidden World 


7/20 


$26.97 


18582969 


R 




Galaxy Of Terror 


7/20 


$26.97 


18582978 


R 




Greenberg 


7/13 


$39.98 


1 8600896 


R 




In Bruges 


7/13 


$26.98 


18553121 


R 




Insomnia 


7/13 


$19.99 


9963046 


R 




Ip Man 


7/27 


$24.99 


1014259 


N/A 




Jason & The Argonauts 


7/6 


$24.95 


18575302 


G 




Jimmy Hollywood 


7/6 


$19.99 


18567124 


N/A 




Johnny Handsome 


7/27 


$19.99 


1001176 


R 




Just Another Day 


7/20 


$29.98 


18561906 


R 




Ladybugs 


7/6 


$19.99 


18567197 


PG-13 




Larry The Cable Guy: 
Git-R-Done 


7/6 


$17.98 


18562669 


N/A 




Last Chance To See 


7/6 


$39.98 


18621826 


N/A 




Leaves Of Grass 


7/27 


$24.98 


18523843 


R 




Life After People: 
Complete Season 2 


7/27 


$39.95 


1 8540749 


N/A 




Lock Up 


7/27 


$19.99 


1001185 


R 




Love & Other Disasters 


7/6 


$17.98 


18562632 


R 




Middle Of Nowhere 


7/13 


$29.98 


18562832 


R 




Mother 


7/20 


$24.99 


18582905 


R 




Operation: Endgame 


7/27 


$24.99 


9996089 


R 




Our Family Wedding 


7/13 


$29.99 


1001237 


PG-13 




Parasomnia 


7/13 


$24.98 


18572996 


R 




Poirot: Classic Collection 


7/27 


$59.99 


1 8468203 


N/A 




Puppetmaster 


7/27 


$25.98 


18625516 


N/A 




Rambo 


7/27 


$19.99 


1001149 


R 




Shark Week: 

Jaws Of Steel Collection 


7/13 


$24.98 


18571272 


TVPG 




Stargate Universe 1.5 


7/27 


$32.99 


1001219 


N/A 




Steamboat Bill, Jr. 


7/6 


$34.95 


18580325 


N/A 




Steve Byrne: 

The Byrne Identity 


7/6 


$17.98 


18561833 


N/A 




The Bounty Hunter 


7/13 


$38.96 


18609751 


PG-13 




The Greatest 


7/13 


$26.98 


18628259 


R 




The Red Shoes 


7/20 


$34.99 


1014213 


N/A 




Tin Man 


7/20 


$19.97 


18550203 


N/A 




Uncle Nino 


7/20 


$34.99 


18604374 


PG 




Victor/Victoria 


7/27 


$17.98 


18563598 


N/A 




White Collar: Season 1 


7/13 


$69.98 


9895737 


N/A 




^ 











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



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bbl\D VZ7Qm© 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 (www.esrb.org) ratings are listed on the front and back of most game 
packages to provide concise and impartial details about a title's content. 



MOTTO Early Childhood. 

^^ Titles with this 
Kjkf rating have con- 
tent that may be 
suitable for chil- 
dren ages 3 and older. These 
software titles contain no 
material that parents would 
find inappropriate. 



iMilJlJ Everyone. Titles 
^^J with this rating 
^^0 have content that 
Wftm may be suitable 

for children ages 6 
and older. Games in this cat- 
egory may contain minimal 
cartoon, fantasy, or mild vio- 
lence and infrequent use of 
mild language. 



JaHSq Everyone 1 0+. 

rfi Titles with this 
fg^l rating have content 
H^irVi| that may be suit- 
able for children 
ages 10 and older. Games in 
this category may contain 
more cartoon, fantasy, or mild 
violence and language as well 
as minimal suggestive themes. 



M3^ | Teen. Titles with 

l#^P this rating have 

jl content that may 
n i SJO ' d be suitable for 

children ages 13 
and older. Titles in this cate- 
gory may contain violence, 
suggestive themes, crude 
humor, minimal blood, simu- 
lated gambling, or infrequent 
use of strong language. 



tA 



Mature. Titles 
with this rating 
have content that 
may be suitable 
for persons ages 
1 7 and older. Games in this 
category may contain in- 
tense violence, blood and 
gore, sexual content, or 
strong language. 



* 



Adults Only. 

Titles with this 
rating have con- 
tent that is only 
suitable for per- 
sons 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 FOR PARENTS 




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

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



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

If available, use the game's 
parental controls to 
restrict inappropriate 
content. 



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

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



Be aware of non rated 
ESRB material a game may 
contain. "Mods" are pro- 
gram downloads 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 fa- 
vorite 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. 



Hard drive size 



What It Means 



How much 
data the system 
can hold 



Compatible 
memory cards 

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



Optical drive 

Aside from game 
discs, other playable 
media formats 



Video 
resolution output 



Ports 



Highest number of Hookups for 



video pixels that is 
sent to a TV or 
portable console 
screen 



controllers as well 
as video and audio 
outputs 



^^ 



Sony 
PlayStation 3 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 961 1611 



250GB 



PlayStation and 
PlayStation 2 cards 
with optional USB 
memory card adapter 



CD, DVD, BD 



1,920x1,080 



1 A/V, 1 Ethernet, 
1 HDMI, 1 optical 
digital audio, 2 
USB 



Nintendo Wii 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 991 6446 



512MB 



SD/Nintendo 
GameCube 
Memory Card 



Can only play 
game titles 



720x480 



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



1 



Microsoft 
Xbox 360 Elite 

MSRP: N/A 

SKU N/A 



120GB 



Xbox 360 
Memory Unit 



CD-RW, DVD-RW, 
and more 



1,920x1,080 



1 A/V, 1 Ethernet, 

2 memory, 

1 HDMI, 3 USB 




Nintendo DSi 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 9249725 
(blue) 



256MB 



SD 



None 



Dual 256x1 92 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 



Nintendo DSi XL 

MSRP: $189.99* 
SKU 97601 66 



256MB 



SD 



None 



Dual 256x1 92 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 



Sony PSPgo 

MSRP: $249.99* 
SKU 9459659 



16GB 



Memory Stick Micro 



None; download to 
internal and remov- 
able memory only 



480x272 



1 USB, 

1 headphone 



Sony PlayStation 
Portable 3000 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 91 75082 



64MB 



Memory Stick Duo 



UMD (Universal 
Media Disc) 



480x272 



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 content 


can be played on 


included with 


help enhance 


controllers; 


from the special 




for downloads, 


cable hookup; 


their kids can or 


the game system 


the console 


your gameplay 


wired/wireless 


features the gaming 




upgrades, and 


Send and receive 


cannot access 








controller com- 


system offers 




more 


media wirelessly 










patibility 


, 




Yes, free 


Yes, 802.1 Ib/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 Ib/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 


controllers, wire- 


both 


gaming experience 








loads, and more 




stand, 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 con- 




bership for one 








Netflix trial 


networking 




sole 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 pro- 
tectors, 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 4 
preinstalled titles 


headphones, full- 
sized stylus 




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




Yes, PlayStation 


Yes, 802.11b; Yes 


Included 


Available for 


AC adapter, 


Protective screen 


N/A 


Those who need a 




Network 






download from 
PlayStation store 


USB cable 


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




bigger screen for their 
gaming, Internet, and 
media entertainment 




Yes, free 


Yes, 802.11b; No 


Included, options 


PlayStation 


AC adapter, 


Battery charger, 


N/A 


Those who want to 




PlayStation 




available for 


Portable titles 


battery pack 


travel case, 




enjoy gaming as well 




Network 




UMDs, Internet, 






memory cards, 




as movies, photos, 




membership 




and video down- 
loads 






A/V cable, AC 
adapter, car 
adapter 




and music when 
they're on the go 

J 




























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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




RACING WHEELS 

• 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 




• Add a heavy-duty bass 
pedal to your gaming drum 
set to replace your stan- 
dard 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. 





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 




• 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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APPLIANCES 



HOW TO BUY 



A Refrigerator 

What You Should Know 




Find Your Type 

Refrigerator types are broken down according to a model's 
freezer placement: 

• Top-freezer models are broken horizontally with the 
freezer located above the fridge 

• Bottom-freezer models are also split horizontally, but 
freezer access is located below the refrigerator door 

• Side-by-side models are split in half vertically, with the 
freezer on the left side and fridge on the right 

• French-door models have a top fridge compartment split 
vertically and a freezer located below 

• If you want a fridge that sits flush with your kitchen cabi- 
netry, look for a counter-depth model 




Samsung's RF4287 
Four-Door Refrigerator 
$2,999 | www.samsung.com 



Energy Efficiency 

Regardless of the refrigerator type you choose, you can 
save money with an Energy Star-qualified model: 

• Energy Star models only use 435kWh and cost $48 to 
annually operate 

• Models often feature LED lighting, self-adjusting thermo- 
stats, self-closing freezer doors, or alarms that go off when 
a fridge door is left open 



Consider Capacity 

To avoid wasted storage space and energy, select a fridge 
with the correct capacity: 

• Households with one to three people should look for a 
fridge with no more than 1 1 cubic feet 

• A family of four should opt for a model with at least 14 
cubic feet 

• If you have more than four people in your home, consider a 
fridge with 1 8 cubic feet or more 



Other Features 

Depending on your daily use, you can find beneficial 
eatures such as: 

• Specialized organization to accommodate gallon con- 
tainers, pizza boxes, eggs, and more 

• Digital temperature controls that allow you to maintain 
more accurate cooling levels 

• In-door ice and water systems give you convenient ac- 
cess and typically make room for additional freezer 
space 



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APPLIANCES 



More Innovation 
More Organization 

French Door Refrigerators For Every Style & Space 



Convenience, organization and innova- 
tive features — these are just some of the 
many benefits of owning an LG French 
door refrigerator. With plenty of EN- 
ERGY STAR® qualified options, LG re- 
frigerators fit your lifestyle — and your 
kitchen — perfectly. 

Convenient Configuration 

The unique bottom freezer design vir- 
tually turned the refrigeration industry 
on its head. But LG French door re- 
frigerators take that design one step 
further — for even more convenience. 
A wide selection gives you plenty of 
options — dispensing, non-dispensing, 
3-door and 4-door models. The French 
doors allow you wide-open access for 
storing everything from pizza to party 
trays. Plus, the twin doors require less 
clearance to open, so they fit comfort- 
ably in tight spaces or opposite 
kitchen islands. Capacities range from 
the compact 20 cu. ft. to the ultra- 
large 28 cu. ft., so you'll get all the 
space you need. 

The Ultimate 
In Organization 

Many models feature the 4-compartment 
crisper system that allows you to neatly 
store everything from party trays to fruits 
and vegetables. Double freezer drawers 
on 4-door models give you organized 
storage and easy access to the things you 
reach for often — while you also get 
plenty of space for things you don't. 



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LG 25 Cubic Foot 
French Door Refrigerator 

LFX25978ST $2,499.99 
LG 28 Cubic Foot 
Ultra Capacity 
4-Door Refrigerator 

LMX28988ST $2,999.99 




Innovative Features 

Like having ice but don't want to give 
up storage space to get it? The Slim 
SpacePlus™ ice system creates more 
usable shelf space by locating the ice 




LG Slim 
SpacePlus™ 
ice system 
gives you 
more usable 
shelf space 
and ice on 
demand. 



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maker on the door, and allowing full 
use of the entire height of the top 
shelf — without sacrificing door space. 
Select models also offer the industry's 
tallest dispenser*, so you can easily fill 
glasses, pitchers, coffee pots, water bot- 
tles, vases and more. 

Sleek Style 

No matter what French door configu- 
ration you decide on, LG offers sleek 
finishes that are sure to fit your style. 
Choose from smooth black, smooth 
white or stainless steel, and make your 
kitchen as beautiful as it is functional. 
And for a sleek built-in look, the 
modern counter depth design option is 
also available. 

*Compared to other leading ice & water French door refrigerators. 



APPLIANCES 



LG ENERGY STAR Qualified French Door Refrigerators 



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ENERGY STAR® 

Cabinet Opening 

Capacity 

Counter Depth 












LMX25988ST 
TBD 


LMX25984ST 
9794348 


LMX28988ST 
9818297 


$2,799.99 


$2,599.99 


$2,999.99 


$2,499.99 


$2,299.99 


$2,699.99 


Yes 


Yes 


Yes 


33 inches 


36 inches 


36 inches 


25 cubic feet 


25 cubic feet 


28 cubic feet 




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ENERGY STAR® 

Cabinet Opening 

Capacity 

Counter Depth 

Available Colors 



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LFX25978ST 
TBD 



$2,499.99 



$2,199.99 



Yes 



33 inches 



25 cubic feet 



LFX25976ST 
9808272 



$2,399.99 



$2,099.99 



Yes 



36 inches 



25 cubic feet 



LFX21976ST 



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LFX28978ST 
9848949 



$2,699.99 



$2,399.99 



Yes 



36 inches 
28 cubic feet 



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3-Door French Door 
Non-Dispensing 



Stainless Reg. $* 

Black/White Reg. $* 

ENERGY STAR® 



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Capacity 

Counter Depth 

Available Colors 




LFC20760ST 
8828049 

$1,499.99 



$1,199.99 



Yes 



30 inches 



20 cubic feet 



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LFC23760ST 
8829743 



$1,599.99 



$1,299.99 



Yes 



33 inches 



23 cubic feet 



□ ■□ 




LFC25776ST 
TBD 



$1,799.99 



$1,499.99 



Yes 



36 inches 



25 cubic feet 



LFC21776ST 



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IBB 

ENERGY STAR® qualified refriger- 
ators have features that help save 
energy — that means you can save 
money on utility bills for the life- 
time of the appliance. 

Whether you're shopping for a 
specific style, size, finish or fea- 
ture, LG offers a wide selection of 
ENERGY STAR® qualified French 
door refrigerators. Designed to fit 
your lifestyle and your space, LG 
has a refrigerator for everyone — 
and the perfect one for you. 




The Key Features 

A ICE & WATER DISPENSING 

9 ULTRA CAPACITY 

A SLIM SPACEPLUS™ ICE SYSTEM 

9 COUNTER DEPTH AVAILABLE 

Life's Good 



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



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 73 



APPLIANCES 



NEW ARRIVAL 



Freshness & Flexibility 

Samsung's RF4287 Four-Door Refrigerator ! t- 



Too many refrigerators are "one-feature-fits-all/' leaving them un- 
able to adjust to your family's needs. And if you're always multi- 
tasking, you need a refrigerator that can tackle more than your 
typical ice box. With its counter-height adjustable temperature 
mid-drawer and innovative cooling system, Samsung's Four-Door 
RF4287 ($2,999.99; www.samsung.com) was built with life's 
changing requirements in mind. 



Flexible Features 

The RF4287 can pull double duty helping you entertain on the week- 
ends or feeding your family during the week, thanks to the FlexZone 
drawer, which: 

• Provides four (or fewer) adjustable compartments to lodge serving 
dishes and food items of different shapes and sizes 

• Sits at counter-top level with an EZ-Open Handle™ and opens sepa- 
rately from the fridge's exterior, so anyone in the family can grab a snack 

Coolest Feature: The FlexZone drawer provides separate temper- 
ature settings and an adjustable divider to accommodate partic- 
ular items that require different chill levels, such as cold drinks, deli 
meats, snacks, and party hors d'oeuvres. 



Effortless 
Efficiency 

The RF4287 has a 
handful of energy- 
efficient features, 
including: 

• An alarm to let 
you know when 
the door isn't 
tightly closed 

• Energy Star- 
qualified 

• Interior energy-effi- 
cient LED lighting 



The Right 
Amount Of Cool 

The RF4287's Twin Cooling Plus system 
will save you time and money because: 

• The refrigerator and freezer have sepa- 
rate airflows to keep the freezer air dry 
and to maintain a 75% humidity level 
in the refrigerator, keeping food 
fresher longer 

• The Twin Cooling Plus system keeps 
your food fresh for longer periods of 
time, so you're able to make fewer 
trips to the grocery store and spend 
more time at home 



FirstGlimpse 









Samsung RF4287 
Highlights 

• Spacious 28-cubic-foot interior 

• FlexZone drawer with EZ-Open Handle™ 
and up to four flexible size compartments 

• Twin Cooling Plus system keeps food 
fresher longer 

• Sophisticated French, four-door design 
with your choice of a black, white, stain- 
less platinum, or stainless steel exterior 

• External filtered ice and water dispenser 

• Bright interior LED lighting that's energy- 
efficient 



•* 



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APPLIANCES 



Select The Right Samsung Refrigerator 



With the number of technologically advanced refrigerators available from Samsung, you can select an appliance 
that fits your lifestyle needs and budget. To find the refrigerator that best suits your needs, consult the breakdown 
below for the advanced innovations and benefits that select Samsung refrigerators deliver. 




AMSUN 



Product Name 
SKU 



RS261MD 

9747165 



RS265TD 

9791769 



RF266AE 

9499027 



RSG257AA 

8763144 



RF267AE 

9510004 



RFG297AA 

8763153 




$1,099.99 



Width 35-3/4 




$1,599.99 



35-3/4 



$1,799.99 



35-3/4 



f 



$2,299.99 



35-15/16 






M 



$2,399.99 



35-3/4 



$2,699.99 



35-3/4 



RF4287HA 

9790988 




$2,999.99 



35-3/4 



Height To Top Of Refrigerator 



68-5/8 



68-5/8 



-1/2 



68-5/8 



-1/2 



68-1/2 



68-1/2 



Height To Top Of Door Hinge 



69-7/8 



69-7/8 



'-3/4 



70 



'-3/4 



'-3/4 



69-7/8 



Counter Depth 



No 



No 



No 



Yes 



No 



No 



No 



Depth Less Door 



29-5/8 



29-5/8 



29-1/8 



23-5/8 



29-1/8 



29-1/8 



29-7/8 



Depth Without Handles 



33-15/16 



33-15/16 



33 



27-7/16 



33 



33 



33-3/4 



Depth Including Handles 



36-1/2 



36-1/2 



35-5/8 



30 



35-5/8 



35-5/8 



36-1/4 



Depth With Door 90° Open 46-3/1 6 



46-3/1 6 



47-3/4 



45-7/1 1 



47-3/4 



47-3/4 



Side-by-side 



Side-by-side 



French door 



Side-by-side 



French door 



French door 



Freezer Capacity 

Food Capacity 

Temperature 
Control Type 



Twin Cooling 
System 

Power Freeze & 
Power Cooling 



Humidity- 
Controlled Crisper 

Energy 

| Consumption 

(kWh/year) 

Thru-The-Door 
Water Dispenser 

Thru-The-Door 
Ice Dispenser 



Other Colors 



Other Features 



9.4 cubic feet 



9.7 cubic feet 



8.1 cubic feet 



9.3 cubic feet 



8.1 cubic feet 



9 cubic feet 



1 6.2 cubic feet 



15.8 cubic feet 



17.7 cubic feet 



15.2 cubic feet 



1 7.4 cubic feet 



1 9.5 cubic feet 



Graphic Display 



Digital 



Digital 



Digital 



Digital 



Digital 



No 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



No 



No 



No 



No 



No 



No 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



543 



502 



462 



560 



519 



550 



Yes 



Yes 



No 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



No 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



White, 
Stainless steel 



Black 



Black, White, 
Stainless steel 



Black, White 



Black, White 



Black, White 



295 pounds 



295 pounds 



308 pounds 



254 pounds 



328 pounds 



328 pounds 



Six temperature 
settings, two 
gallon door bins, 
and LED lighting 



Two clear crisper 
drawers, Multi Air 
Flow technology, 
five clear door 
bins, and two 
gallon bins 



Cool Select pantry 
drawer, freezer 
drawer with EZ- 
Open Handle, 
and five door bins 



Six temperature 
sensors, egg con- 
tainer, wine rack, 
and gallon door 
bins 



Cool Select pantry 
drawer and three 
gallon-size door 
bins 



Surround Air 
Flow, three 
gallon-size door 
bins, and freezer 
door EZ-Open 
Handle 



48-5/8 



French door 



7.7 cubic feet 



20.3 cubic feet 



Digital 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



Yes 



562 



Yes 



Yes 



Black 



361 pounds 



4 cubic foot Flex- 
Zone drawer, two 
gallon-size door 
bins, Surround 
Air Flow, and 
pizza pocket 



All measurements are in inches. 



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



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 75 



APPLIANCES 



Refrigeration That Saves You Time & Money 



Frigidaire (www.frigidaire.com) is committed to designing high-performance appliances with effortless features that 
can help you get the job done quickly. Frigidaire refrigerators are also 1 0% to 80% more energy-efficient than non- 
Energy Star-qualified appliances. Below are some models that can help you save money and the environment. 



FRIGIDAIRE 



Features 



Highlighted Features 



Also 
Available 



Top Mount 

18 Cubic Foot 

Refrigerator 

FFTR1814LW 

MSRP: $499* 

SKU: 8726284 



Store-More™ Humidity-Controlled Crisper 
Drawers and Gallon Door Shelf 
Full-Width Freezer Shelf and Racks 
Half-Width Freezer Shelf 
Ready-Select™ Controls 
Clear Dairy Door 
Reversible Door 



SpaceWise Adjustable Wire 
Shelves. Easily adjust shelves up 
and down to create more space 
for taller items. 



FFTR1814LB 




Top Mount 

18 Cubic Foot 

Refrigerator 

FFHT1817LS 

MSRP: $649* 

SKU: 9793794 



Store-More™ Humidity-Controlled Crisper 
Drawers and Gallon Door Shelf 
Full-Width Freezer Shelf and Racks 
Ready-Select™ Controls 
Cool Zone™ Drawer 
Clear Dairy Door 
Reversible Door 
Stainless Steel Exterior 



ENERGY STAR. Frigidaire EN- 
ERGY STAR refrigerators use 
1 0% less energy; even less en- 
ergy than it takes to run a 60 
watt light bulb. This keeps more 
money in your pocket instead of 
the utility company's. 



FFTR1814LM 
FFHT1814LW 
FFHT1814LB 




Top Mount 

21 Cubic Foot 
Refrigerator 

FFHT2117LB 

MSRP: $649* 

SKU: 9793685 



Store-More™ Humidity-Controlled Crisper 
Drawers and Gallon Door Shelf 
Full-Width Freezer Shelf and Bins 
Ready-Select™ Controls 
Cool Zone™ Drawer 
Clear Dairy Door 
Reversible Door 



SpillSafe® Adjustable Glass 
Shelves. Adjustable shelves are 
designed to keep spills con- 
tained, making cleanup a breeze. 



FFHT1826LW 




Top Mount 

18 Cubic Foot 

Refrigerator 

FFHT1826LB 

MSRP: $679* 

SKU: 9793667 



Space-Wise Adjustable Glass Shelves 
Store-More™ Humidity-Controlled Crisper 
Drawers and Gallon Door Shelf 
Full- Width Freezer Shelf and Racks 
Ready-Select™ Controls 
Cool Zone™ Drawer 
Clear dairy Door 
Reversible Door 



Store-More™ Capacity. Large 
Capacity refrigerator gives you 
room to store more. Store- 
More™ Organizational System 
includes gallon door bins, 
stacked drawers, and adjustable 
door bins to keep food 
organized and easy to 
find. 

mmm 



FFHT2117LW 



H 



Side-By-Side 

26 Cubic Foot 
Refrigerator 1 " 

BFHS2611LM 

MSRP: $899* 

SKU: 9830623 



PureSource3® Water Filtration 
Store-More™ Humidity-Controlled Crisper 
Drawers and Gallon Door Bins 
Spill-Safe® Shelves 
Energy-Saver™ Plus Technology 
Ready-Select™ Controls 
Store-More™ Capacity 



Silver Mist Finish. Unique Silver 
Mist finish reduces finger prints 
and smudges so it's easy to 
clean. 



FFHS2611LW 
FFHS2611LB 



EKEE2 



1 



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Side-By-Side 

26 Cubic Foot 

Refrigerator 1 

FFUS2613LS 

MSRP: $1,099* 

SKU: 9793721 



PureSource3® Water Filtration 
Store-More™ Humidity-Controlled Crisper 
Drawers and Gallon Door Bins 
Spill-Safe® Shelves 
Energy-Saver™ Plus Technology 
Ready-Select™ Controls 
Store-More™ Capacity 
Stainless Steel Exterior 



Highest ENERGY STAR Rating 

Frigidaire's selection of Tier 3 
ENERGY STAR-certified 
refrigerators are 30% more 
efficient than the federal 
standard. That saves 
more energy and more 
money on utility bills. 



FFUS2613LPF 

FUS2613LEF 

FUS2613LM 



t Standard depth model. 



FirstGlimpse 



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



76 July 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 




Good For The Earth & 
For You 

Energy Star-qualified appliances 
and small electronics adhere to 
strict energy efficiency guidelines 
set by the Environmental Protection 
Agency and the Department of 
Energy, which means you can pur- 
chase with confidence when you 
see the Energy Star logo. Updating 
just five- or 1 0-year-old appliances 
and electronics can significantly 
decrease the amount of energy you 
use and lead to cost savings. 



Hot Stuff 






Dish This 




Older ovens with a self-cleaning 




Forget prewashing. An Energy Star- 


function can really make a dent 


in 




qualified dishwasher can do all the 


your energy budget. But some new 




work for you, and it can save gal- 


models have a steam-cleaning ca- 




lons of water. New rack designs 


pability, which cleans with 
water instead of excessive 








maximize 


Cooler Than Ever 


exposure, 


temperatures or harsh 




and more 


cleaners. And now, mi- 


Most new refrigerators utilize 


efficient 


crowaves are considerably 


advanced compressors and 


jets can 


more energy efficient, so get- 


more insulation, which means 


clean your 


ting a more capable model 


they save energy, keep food 


dishes 


can improve your energy sav- 


cold and fresh for longer, and 


using less 


ings, as well. 


run quieter than older fridges. 


energy. 




>. ., 





FirstGlimpse 



by Andrew Leibman 



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 77 



APPLIANCES 



Hoover 



Floorcare 





As America's iconic home cleaning brand, Hoover® has been keeping The Standard For Clean Set On HIGH™ for more than 100 years and 
2010 is no exception. If you haven't used a Hoover lately, now is the time.... this is definitely NOT your grandmother's Hoover! 



WINDTUNNEL 



WindTunnel® Rewind 
Bagless Upright 

MSRP: $129.99 SKU: 9497699 

Hoover®'s WindTunnel® T-Series™ bagless upright vac- 
uums combines a sleek, lightweight design with supe- 
rior cleaning power. These products make thorough 
cleaning simple, at a practical price. These vacuums 
feature patented Hoover® Wind-Tunnel® technology 
that removes embedded dirt* and minimizes blowback 
or scatter on carpet. While each model is lightweight, 
each offers all the power needed to get floors truly 
clean with no loss of suction". 
Features Include: 

• Lightweight Design — Only 
16.5 pounds 

• WindTunnel® technology 

• Cord Rewind with 27' Cord 

• Intuitive Power Controls 

• Rinsable filter and high-quality 
filter made with HEPA media 
(neither filter needs to be re- 
placed during the warranty 
period with proper care) 

• No Scuff Bumper 




5 Position Carpet Height 
Adjustment 
8' Stretch Hose 
System Check Indicator 
Easy Belt Change System & 
Brushroll Access 
Limited 2-year warranty 



Hoover® Platinum Lightweight Bagged 
Upright and Portable Canister 

MSRP: $299.99 SKU: 9025271 

The Hoover® Platinum Lightweight Bagged Upright of- 
fers superior cleaning power that removes more dirt from 
carpet, than other lightweight bagged upright models 
tested*. Weighing less than 12 pounds, the vacuum is 
easy to move from room to room, upstairs and 
down, with little effort. The included Hoover® 
Platinum Portable Canister has a convenient 
shoulder strap, stretch hose and on-board 
tools for all your above floor cleaning needs. 
The Lightweight Bagged Upright features 
patented Hoover® WindTunnel® technology that 
removes embedded dirt* and minimizes blowback or 
scatter on carpet, with all the power needed to get floors truly clean. 

Features Include: 

• Lightweight Design — Less than 
12 pounds 



WindTunnel® technology 
Intuitive Power Controls with 
high/low speed control 
Easy-Change bag made with 
HEPA media 



Self-Sealing Bag 

Bag Check Indicator 

Extra-Long 35' Power Cord 

No Scuff Bumper 

Edge Cleaning Channels 

Auto Height Adjustment 

Limited 6-year warranty 



Hoover LiNX™ Cordless Stick Vacuum 

MSRP: $179.99 SKU: 9025253 

The LiNX™ Cordless Stick Vacuum with Fade Free* Lithium 
Ion rechargeable battery transforms daily hard floor 
cleaning with cordless convenience and upright perfor- 
mance". You'll have no need for a dustpan and broom 
with this versatile stick vacuum in the kitchen. The fin- 
gertip power controls and brushroll on/off switch, edge 
cleaning bristles, low profile and extreme recline handle 
allow for effortless cleaning, even under furniture. 

The LiNX™ Cordless Stick Vacuum features a Cyclonic 
Filtration System, which cleans the air moving through 
the filter, as well as patented Hoover® WindTunnel® 
technology that removes embedded dirt*", and gets 
floors truly clean in a snap. 




Features Include: 

• LiNX™ Cordless Fade-Free* 
Lithium-Ion Battery System 

• Powered Brushroll with 
WindTunnel® Technology 

• Intuitive Power Controls 

• Fuel Gauge 

• Edge Cleaning Bristles 



Wide Cleaner Mouth 
Low Profile Base 
Extreme Recline Handle 
Bottom Release Dirt Cup 
Limited 2-year warranty 



■o 1 < 




Hoover^ FloorMate™ Hard Floor Cleaner 

MSRP: $149.99 SKU: 9878889 

The new Hoover® FloorMate™ Hard Floor Cleaner with 
SpinScrub® technology is the ultimate 3-in-1 cleaner that 
vacuums, washes and dries hard floors with one simple 
tool unlike any steam mop or mopping systems on the 
market. The FloorMate™ Cleaner's two-tank system 
keeps clean and dirty water separate so you never put 
dirty water back on the floor, and the exclusive Hoover® 
patented SpinScrub® technology with counter-rotating 
brushes gently scrub from all angles to get sealed hard- 
wood, tile and vinyl floors truly clean. Quick-drying 
power gets the water off of floors quickly so you can get 
back to living on them in minutes. 




Features Include: 

• New Multi-Purpose SpinScrub® 
Technology 

• Dual Tank Technology 

• Quick Drying Power 

• 13" Wide Cleaning Path 

• Removable nozzles and 
brushes 



Beltless design 
Folding Handle 
Rubber Wheels 
Limited 1 -year warranty 



FirstGlimpse 




78 July 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



APPLIANCES 



Dirt Devil 




Floorcare 



Dirt Devil has been providing quality cleaning tools for families for more 
than 20 years. With spirit and style to spare, Dirt Devil proves that when it 
comes to vacuuming, redder is definitely better! 




( \ 


Dirt Devil® Fantasy Tattoo Canisters ^Sl^^ 


MSRP: $79.99 SKU: 9878816 ^^^mV 


Introducing the Fantasy Tattoo Canister, the JjF 




only vacuum in the Dirt Devil family de- §3 




signed in a variety of colors. Available for Jg 




a limited time exclusively at Best Buy 


j 


stores and on BestBuy.com, this stylish 1 




Pink Bouquet canister provides a light- 


weight, yet powerful clean in an easy to 


use machine — the hallmark of all Dirt 




Devil® vacuums. All colors are 




available for purchase on ^-^e: ^S 




BestBuy.com. ^^ 6£4^k 




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Features Include: ^^ '_ * J^ Ml ^% " 




• Variable Speed Control \ H^^* B^J* 




• Extension Wand ^41 




• 11" Nozzle 


• Automatic Cord Rewind H 


• Full Bag Indicator flB - 


• 20' Corel flfll ' J ( H 


• 10 Amps Hi 


• Limited 1 -year warranty 


• On-Board Tools: Dusting Brush and Crevice Tool 


V J 



Dirt Devil® Gator Cordless Hand Vacuum 

MSRP: $49.99 SKU: 9497626 

Introducing the new Dirt Devil® Gator Cordless Hand Vacuum, designed 
for the way people clean with a user-friendly, comfortable handle that is al- 
ready in the right position for proper cleaning. A "pop and drop" dirt cup 
means users can simply push the two side buttons to release it — no parts, 
no mess — just clean hands. Plus, each 
unit comes with a built-in crevice 
tool that easily pulls out to get 
into tight spaces. Available in 
the signature Dirt Devil® 
red, its sleek, cordless de- 
sign makes it the perfect tool 
for fast pick-ups on any surface. 



Features Include: 

• Easy-Use Dirt Cup 

• Lightweight Design — only 5.2 lbs 

• Brush Roll Attachment 

• Sleek Design 

• Built-in Crevice Tool 

• Energy Star Rated 

• 15.6 Volts 

• Limited 3-year warranty 



Dirt Devil® AccuCharge Stick Vacuum 

MSRP: $59.99 SKU: 9501185 

The Dirt Devil AccuCharge Stick Vacuum is lightweight yet 
powerful and perfect for quick pickups on both carpet and 
hardwood. This convenient vac features a swivel head for 
easing cleaning around furniture and is complete with a 
folding handle to make storage a snap. 



Features Include: 

• Energy Star certified 

• Lightweight Design — only 5.85 lbs. 

• Swivel Head 

• Folding Handle 

• Bagless Convenience 

• Motorized Brush Roll 

• 15.6 Volts of power 

• Limited 2 -year warranty 




Featherlite® Bagless Upright 

MSRP: $69.99 SKU: 9877826 

Introducing the new Dirt Devil® Featherlite Bagless 
Vacuum, a compact upright with full power. 
Weighing in at less than 1 5 pounds, the carrying 
handle makes it easy to take up a flight of stairs, 
and a Multi-Height Adjustment setting enables it 
to clean all flooring types efficiently. When the 
job is done, a Bottom Empty Dirt Cup makes it 
easy to clean out for the next big job, and its 
folding handle simplifies storage. 

Features Include: 

• Folding Handle 

• Lightweight Design — only 14.65 lbs. 

• Brush View Window 

• Rinsable Filtration 

• Multi-Height Adjustment 

• Bottom Empty Dirt Cup 

• No Scuff Bumper 

• 25' Power Cord 

• 12.0 Amps of power 

• Limited 1 -year warranty 

• Includes on-board tools, hose, 
and turbo tool 




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Dirt- 



FirstGlimpse/ July 2010 79 



APPLIANCES 




eureka/ 



Invented for the way you dean 1 ' 



Pet Expert 
3276BVZ 

MSRP: $119.99 | SKU: 9840425 

• Hair Raiser Pet self- 
cleaning brush lets you 
touch up upholstery 
while leaving your 
vacuum in the closet 

• PET Power Paw® attach- 
ment loosens, grabs, 
and vacuums away hair 

• HEPA charcoal filter 
reduces odors as it 
traps dust and pollen 



Effective and 
comfortable to 
use, this cy- 
clonic model 
lets you empty 
its dust chamber 
without getting 
pet dander all 
over your hands. 



No More 
Pet Peeves 

Eureka's Pet Model Vacuums 
Remove Hair & Odors 



Our clogs, cats, and other critters are part of our families. But 
thanks to Eureka (eureka.com), their fallen fur and special 
smells don't have to be part of our households. 



The Boss @ 
SmartVac™ Pet 
Lover 4870SZ 

MSRP: $149.99 | SKU: 9533187 

• A sealed vacuum path en- 
sures that all airflow passes 
through the HEPA filter 

• Odor eliminating bag elimi- 
nates pet odors and captures 
allergy causing pet dander 

• On/Off brush roll switch and 
multi-position height adjust 
allow you to easily pick up pet 
hair and litter from any surface 



Equipped with pow- 
erful suction and 
tools to get the job 
done. Reduce pet 
dander with the 
Sealed HEPA Filter 
System and elimi- 
nate pet odors with 
the Odor Elimin- 
ating Bag 




Pet Lover 
Plus 8863AVZ 

MSRP: $169.99 | SKU: 9840434 

• Dual Powered Edge 
Cleaners™ vacuum the 
baseboards so you don't 
have to 

• Whirlwind® Cyclonic 
Technology forces large 
debris away from the filter 
to maintain suction 

• Its self-cleaning dust 
brush telescopes to 
reach up high 



A sealed HEPA 
filtration path 
gives this Eureka 
an edge in any 
animal lover's 
home. Break out 
the Pet Power 
Paw for those 
favorite sleeping 
spots. 



Pet Lover Oh! 
439AZ 

MSRP: $79.99 | SKU: 8893129 

• Telescopic Comfort-Grip 
handle lets you adjust its 
height with 13 settings 

• Empty its dust cup 
without a mess thanks to 
Eureka's Pet Combo 
Tool 

• An allergen charcoal 
filter catches the smells 
and fur you could do 
without 



With a PET Power 

Paw® attachment 

and a slim II -inch 

cleaning path, this 

compact Pet Lover 

goes where other 

vacuums don't. 

And at less than 12 

pounds, it's usable 

by anyone. 




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GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 




A Peek At The Digital Future 



Powerline 
Networkina 







Consumer electronics devices are con- 
necting to the Web to bring all kinds of 
new features to traditional devices, such 
as audio and video streams to your 
home theater, Internet-based weather re- 
ports to radios and stereos, photo-sharing 
to digital photo frames, and 
more. But things get tricky 
when it comes to net- 
working these devices, 
which are often dis- 
tributed throughout 
the house. 

Wireless is great, but 
only the latest wireless net- 
ing gear can handle the high band- 
width of HD content. Using wired 
Ethernet is a more reliable and robust 
means, but installing an Ethernet jack in 
every room could be pricey and 
labor-intensive. But with a pow- 
erline network, you can keep 
your connected devices online 
without knocking holes in 
your walls or upgrading your 
entire home network. Read on 
to find out how powerline net- 
working combines the bandwidth of 
wired networks with the ease of use re- 
quired for a Wi-Fi network. 

Online Outlets 

A powerline network relies on an- 
other kind of network that all homes 
already include by default, the power 
network. The electrical system in your 



home consists of one or more fuse 
boxes and copper wiring that runs be- 
tween each power outlet to give your 
electronics the current they require to 
operate. A powerline network simply 
taps into this existing network and uses 
the copper wiring to pass data bits be- 
tween powerline network adapters. 
Powerline adapters utilize a technology 
called OFDM (orthogonal frequency- 
division multiplexing), which enables 
the copper wiring to carry multiple data 
streams even while powering appli- 
ances and devices throughout your 
home. The latest devices also work in- 
dependent of line voltage and current 
frequency to provide a consistent and 
reliable networking experience. 

This Internet access solution makes a lot 
of sense because there's always an outlet 
near the computer and another outlet 
near the Internet-enabled devices you'll 
likely be using. And if you can plug in a 
power adapter and an Ethernet cable, 
you can install and configure a powerline 
network yourself in minutes. 

Powerline Particulars 

To build your own powerline network, 
all you need is a pair of powerline net- 
work adapters, which are typically 
sold in pairs. Do note that you'll need 
an additional powerline adapter for 
each additional device you want to 
connect to the network beyond the first 
device. Installation generally involves 



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A Peek At The Digital Future 



plugging a powerline adapter into a 
wall outlet near the PC and running a 
short length of Ethernet cable between 
the powerline adapter and your 
router. To complete the network setup, 
simply plug a second powerline net- 
work adapter (which will be the same 
brand and model as the powerline 
adapter plugged in near the PC) into 
an outlet near the Internet-enabled 
device, such as a gaming console in 
the home theater, and run a short 
length of Ethernet cable between the 
device and the adapter. 

Powerline's Pros 

Powerline networking's biggest ben- 
efit for users is that it requires no new 
wires to work. And it's no bandwidth 
slouch either; powerline networking 
equipment that adheres to the Home- 
Plug AV specification can handle 
bandwidth-hungry HD video content 
streaming between 200Mbps and up 
to 1,000Mbps. Because power lines 
can be shared between businesses 
and homes, many powerline adapters 
have built-in encryption that lets you 
secure data traffic with the touch of 
a button. 

Powerline adapters are generally com- 
patible with any device that communi- 
cates over a standard Ethernet port, 
such as desktop and notebook PCs, 
game consoles, DVRs, network storage 
devices, set-top boxes, Web-enabled 
TVs, and more. Some powerline adapt- 
ers also provide power, freeing up an 
outlet for another device. 

Additional features you'll find on pow- 
erline networking equipment include 
an auto detection capability, which 
makes setting up a powerline network 
plug-and-play simple, and an auto 
sensor capability, which automatically 



configures the network speed based on 
current conditions. 



Networking Simplified 

Powerline networks offer many of the 
same benefits you'll experience with 



other networking technologies with 
few of the drawbacks. In fact, you 
might say powerline is the network 
lifeline your home theater has been 
longing for all along. \H 






Netgear's Powerline 
AV Ethernet Adapter Kit 



You already know how easy it is to build a powerline network, but with 
Netgear's Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit (Model XAVB 101: $129.99; 
www.netgear.com), you get loads of features that make getting your Internet- 
capable devices online easy, no matter where in your home they reside. 

The Netgear Powerline AV Ethernet Adapter Kit, as its name suggests, relies 
on the HomePlug AV specification, meaning it is designed to handle the band- 
width and quality of service demands of home- theater applications. These units 
support a data rate of up to 200Mbps, which is enough to transmit visually stun- 
ning HD video to your home-theater equipment without a hiccup. The kit in- 
cludes a pair of Netgear powerline Ethernet adapters, a 5-foot length of Ethernet 
cable, and a setup CD. Each unit features three tri-color LEDs that indicate data 
rate and connectivity, so you know at a glance if they're online. With the touch 
of a button, you can enable 128-bit AES data encryption to make sure every- 
thing that travels over the network is safe from prying eyes. These powerline 
adapters can supply connected devices with both network connectivity and 
power, as is the case with some wireless routers. This kit is generallv ranahle of 
creating a powerline network in up to 5,000 square- foot homes. 



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Most consumer electronics are meant to be used inside, 

but during the summer months, you and your family spend 

most of your time outside. The following devices are meant to 

be taken outside and include features that can enhance 

the time you spend in the great outdoors. 



Garmin 
Dakota 20 

Never lose your way 
with a rugged i zed 
outdoor GPS device 
that can record 
waypoints as 
you go. 
$349.99 





Motorola Talkabout 
Two-Way Radios 

Keep in touch with the rest of your 
party while hiking up a fourteener 
or camping in a national park. 
$67.99 



Charbroil 
Grill 2 Go 

Grill on the 
go in portable 
style, whether you're 
camping, tailgating, 
or on a picnic. 
$199.99 





Insignia 

Outdoor 

speakers 

Take your favorite tunes 
outside to play during a Fourth 
of July party or summer BBQ. 
$99.97 




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h2o Audio 
Waterproof Earbuds 

Listen to your favorite music while 
doing laps at the local outdoor 
pool or laying out at a waterpark. 
$49.99 





Kodak Playsport 

With a waterproof camcorder, 
you can capture video footage 
of your kids playing at the • 
beach for the first time. 
$179.99 














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