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Table Of Contents • Volume 7 Issue 9 

On Our Cover: Kaspersky Internet Security 201 1 ($79.95; www.kaspersky.com), Canon SD4500 IS 
digital camera ($349.99; www.powershot.comj, and Pioneer SP-BS2 1 -LR bookshelf speaker pair, SP- 
FS51-LR floor standing speaker pair, SP-C21 center speaker, and SW-8 subwoofer ($89, $199, 
$79, and $149, respectively; www.pioneerelectronics.com). 



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The Connected Home 

Discover New Possibilities With 
Today's Technology 



TODAY A WIDE VARIETY of digital devices and technologies 
work together to make all kinds of information available when- 
ever and wherever you need it. Stream movies to your home the- 
ater; download photos from a relative overseas 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. 




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Inside This Issue 



pages 8 to 22 



pages 23 to 35 



pages 36 to 53 



pages 54 to 60 



pages 67 to 75 



pages 76 to 80 




79 Essential Things To Know 

Floor Care 




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by Andrew Leibman 



GPS Boom 

ABI Research is reporting that 
the most important application 
for GPS device users is traffic 
information, and the number of 
people who rely on traffic data 
from personal navigation de- 
vices will explode from 57 mil- 
lion users currently to more 
than 370 million users by 2015. 
Why all the fuss? ABI claims 
that users seem to love naviga- 
tion devices with traffic reports 
because of their ability to deter- 
mine faster routes, provide ac- 
curate directions, and deliver 
spot-on ETA calculations. 




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With Windows 7 

64-bit operating systems are capable of 
handling more memory than 32-bit ver- 
sions, but for the first time, Microsoft is 
reporting that Windows 7 is close to 
achieving 64-bit/32-bit parity. After just 
nine months of availability, 46% of the 
installed base is running Win7 64-bit, 
and 54% are running the 32-bit flavor. 




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installed base currently stands at less 
than 1 %. According to the company, the 
uptick in 64-bit adoption is due in part to 
wide availability of more competent 64- 
bit-capable CPUs, cheaper memory, and 




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Cellular Activities 

With advanced features quickly becoming standard on mobile phones, 
people are beginning to use them in new ways. The Pew Research Center's 
Internet & American Life Project has revealed that in the past year, the per- 
cent of users who record video with their phones has risen by 1 5%. The re- 
search also reveals that activities such as accessing the Internet, playing 
music, and emailing have all risen 13%, 12%, and 9%, respectively. Taking 
photos and instant messaging each rose 10%, and texting and game playing 
rose by 7% in the past year. 

Increase In Mobile Phone Activities Between 2009 & 2010 



16% 



12% 




Digital TV Subscription Is No Dodo 

A new report from Nielsen casts doubt on the idea that people are tuning into 
Web-based alternatives and, as a result, canceling their digital TV subscrip- 
tions en masse. According to the research firm, younger households do ap- 
pear to prefer Internet video to traditional broadcast subscriptions, but they 
represent a relatively small group. Between 2008 and 2010, the percentage of 
the U.S. population that subscribes to both cable TV and broadband Internet 
services has risen from 54.8% to 66.3%. In the same timeframe, the per- 
centage of those who have kept the Internet subscription but opted to forego 
the cable one has crawled up only slightly, from 3.2% to 3.9%. In the past 
year alone, the cable-cutting portion of the population hasn't risen at all. 

% Of U.S. Digital TV & Broadband Internet Subscribers 



Digital TV & 
Broadband Internet 

Broadband Internet 
But No Digital TV 





2008 



2009 



2010 



The Leichtman Research 
Group recently revealed that 
although 77% of U.S. broad- 
band customers are unsure 
what their broadband speeds 
are, 71% are very pleased 
with the service. Those who 
were not satisfied only repre- 
sented 3% of the sample. 
Source: Leichtman Research 
Group 

Retrevo recently asked con- 
sumers if the ability to stream 
HD content over Web-con- 
nected TVs would dissuade 
them from 
jumping on 
the Blu-ray 
Disc band- 
wagon, and just 
5% said yes. Eight times as 
many survey respondents, 
however, said they either 
plan to buy or are consid- 
ering buying a Blu-ray Disc 
player this year. 

Source: Retrevo 

The security outfit Sophos 
claims that the United States 
churns out more spam than 
any other country, approxi- 
mately 15.2% of all of it. 
India is a distant second with 
7.7% of the spam share, fol- 
lowed by Brazil, the UK, and 
South Korea, with 5.5%, 
4.6%, and 4.2% of the spam 
pie, respectively. 

Source: Sophos 

Gartner recently predicted 
that there will be 55% more 
mobile payment users this 
year than in 2009. In 2009, 
70 million people worldwide 
used mobile payment 
methods, and by the end of 
this year, that number will 
grow to 1 08.6 million. 

Source: Gartner 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 7 



HOME THEATER 



COVER STORY 



Pioneer's 
Home-Theater Speakers 

A High-Quality, Budget-Friendly Solution 
















To help you take your home-theater experience to another level, Pioneer's (www.pio 
neerelectronics.com) latest speaker components were masterfully designed to deliver 
optimal sound. Enlisting the expertise of renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, a 
high-quality, high-value speaker series was born. What's more, this exceptional audio 
solution doesn't come with a premium price and can be found exclusively at Best Buy. 



Advanced Design 

Unlike comparably priced speakers that use a low-cost "box style" cabinet, 
Pioneer's bookshelf, floor standing, and center speaker all have a curved cabinet 
design. This fabrication method creates a rigid speaker body that won't impair 
sound waves and allows the speaker to deliver precise audio clarity that will take 
your movies, video games, and sporting events to a new level of entertainment. 
Adding to the modern look of the curved cabinet design, each speaker also has 
individual driver metal grills to protect its internal components. 

Internally, the speakers contain a high-quality crossover made from a minimum 
of six components (similar speakers only use two). The result is a holistic sound 
that's delivered from your A/V receiver to each speaker. 



A Complete Set 

Each component from Pioneer's 
speaker series can be purchased in- 
dividually or combined to create a 
complete surround-sound home- 
theater audio setup. There are four 
speakers in the lineup — the SP- 
BS21-LR bookshelf speaker pair 
($89), SP-FS51-LR floor standing 
speaker pair ($199), SP-C21 center 
speaker ($79), and SVV-8 subwoofer 
($149). While the center speaker 
sits above or below your HDTV and 
the subwoofer can be placed wher- 
ever it's most convenient, you can 
choose between the bookshelf or 
floor standing speaker pairs to 
create an optimal audio layout for 
your space. 



Get More Info 

To learn more about Andrew Jones' 
design and the philosophy behind 
the Pioneer speaker series, down- 
load a free QR (quick response) code 
app from 
the Android 
Market or 
iTunes App 
Store and 
scan this 
code with 
your smart- 
phone. 




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8 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 






HOME THEATER 



HOW TO BUY A 



3D TV 

Bring 3D To Your Living Room 











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It's true — the three-dimensional entertainment experience has 
finally made the move from the cinema to the living room. 
With the right home-theater equipment, you'll be ready for 
the thrills and chills of in-your-face 3D content. And it all be- 
gins with a 3D TV: Here's how to purchase a good one. 



Other attributes. Some other 3D TV shopping 
tips are the same as pointers for buying mainstream 
HDTVs, such 
as to con- 
sider your 
room size 
and viewing 
distance 
when you se- 
lect a partic- 
ular screen 
size. Cur- 
rently, 3D 
TVs come in 
screen sizes 

popular with movie lovers, namely from 40 to 73 inches 
as measured diagonally. Also consider the online media 
streaming services each TV can access. 



. . . consider your 
room size and 
viewing distance 
when you select 
a particular screen 
size. 



3D SUPPOrt. Today, you'll find 3D-ready HDTVs 
based on plasma, LCD, LED-LCD, and DLP display tech- 
nology. Among other things, 3D TVs must be able to 
handle a 1 20Hz or higher input signal and support an 
equal or faster screen refresh rate. 









Picture quality. A 3D TV can also play 2D con- 
tent normally. Some can even add an impression of 
three-dimensional depth to ordinary two-dimensional 
video. Be sure to check image quality in both 2D and 
3D modes. Look for crisp details and smooth motion. 
Black parts of the picture should appear black, not 
gray, and you should be able to discern details in dark- 
colored objects. 



Other necessities. For 3D television channel 
programming, you'll need to buy a set of the TV manufac- 
turer's recom- 
mended 
eyewear for 
each family 
member. (One 
pair may come 
with your 3D 
TV.) To watch 
3DBDs(Blu- 
ray Discs) as 

they come out, you'll also need a 3D-compatible player or 
game console and an HDMI cable capable of 10.2Gbps 
speed (such as HDMI version 1.4). Finally, if you want sur- 
round sound, you'll need a 3D-ready audio receiver for the 
proper video-to-audio sync. 



. . . you'll also need 
a 3D-compatible 
player or game 
console . . . 



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by Marty Sems 



FirstGlimpse / September 2010 9 



HOME THEATER 



Internet- 

Connectable 

Devices 

Bring The Web 

Into Your Living Room 



First there were antennas. Then came cable, 
video tapes, and movie discs. And today, the 
Internet is becoming an increasingly impor- 
tant way to get home-theater entertainment. 
From on-demand movie streaming to product 
firmware updates, from bonus BD (Blu-ray 
Disc) content to online radio, Internet-con- 
nectable home-theater devices deliver. 



Web-Enabled 
Entertainment 

You can shop for: 

• HDTVs that are Internet- 
connectable for access to 
CinemaNow, Netflix, and 
more 

• BD players with support for 
BD-Live and online video 
streaming 

• Video-game consoles with 
online play, Web browsing, 
and movie streaming capa- 
bilities 

• Audio receivers, HTBs 
(home theaters in a box), 
bookshelf stereos, and multi- 
room sound systems that tap 
into Internet radio and lo- 
cally networked audio files 




Networks To Connect Your Devices 



Wireless. The nice thing about a Wi-Fi network connection for your home-theater de- 
vices is the fact that you won't have to worry about any cables in between. To get 
started, you'll need a wireless router, preferably one that is compatible with 802.1 1 n, g, 
and b. Connect the router to your Internet service through a cable or DSL modem. 
Finally, follow your home-theater device manufacturer's instructions to wirelessly link it 
to the Internet through your Wi-Fi router. 

Ethernet. A traditional wired network generally makes audio and video streaming to 
your home theater more reliable than a wireless connection. And because wires can 
maintain high data rates, you can enjoy streamed video in high definition. Run an 
Ethernet cable from your home-theater device to your network router or modem, and 
plug it into a LAN port on either end. You can hide the cable under baseboards or 
route it through your walls. 

Powerline. A powerline network gives you the speed and reliability of a wired con- 
nection without requiring you to run cable through your house. It uses your home's 
electrical wiring to send data, which turns practically any outlet into a network port. 
Plug a powerline adapter into a wall outlet and also into your router or modem with 
an Ethernet cable. Do the same with a second powerline adapter, another Ethernet 
cable, and your home-theater device. If you have more than one Internet-connectable 
gadget in your living room, you can add an Ethernet switch they can share. 



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by Marty Sems 



10 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



HOME THEATER 



Wireless & High-End 
Audio Features In One 



Insignia's A/V Receiver 
With Rocketboost Technology 



Anyone looking for a home-theater A/V receiver these days is in luck. There's 
plenty of support for top-flight BD (Blu-ray Disc) features such as 3D video and 
high-def audio. At the same time, prices have become very reasonable. 

One example, Insignia's NS-R5101AHD-A 
Surround Sound A/V receiver with 
Rocketboost ($2 79.99; 
www.bestbuy.com), stands 
out even more. It's compat- 
ible with an array of Rocket- 
boost wireless products (sold 
separately) that let it send or 
receive audio all over your 
home, including outdoors, 
and has other features that 
can enhance your home- 
theater audio experience, such 
as support for high-def audio formats 



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Wireless Capabilities 

The receiver's Rocketboost wireless audio 
technology gives it wireless access to your 
subwoofer and satellites without making 
you run speaker cables all over the room. 
This can save setup time, as will Audyssey 
2EQ automatic audio channel calibration. 

Rocketboost also lets you send wireless 
audio to a second zone in your home, so 
family members can enjoy great sound in 
another room. Conversely, the receiver will 
be able to receive wireless audio from 
other Rocketboost devices, such as one 
connected to your PC or MP3 player. 



Top Features 

The home-theater enthusiast in your family will be cheered to know that 
the NS-R5101AHD-A is also a full-featured A/V receiver with the latest 
features, including support for 3D Blu-ray. And all popular audio formats 
are handled by the 90W-per-channel system, even high-def DTS-HD 
Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD soundtracks. 

This Insignia A/V receiver addresses some other audio pet peeves, too. 
Its Audyssey Dynamic Volume feature keeps commercials from blaring 
too loudly. And for those times when you have to keep the volume 
turned down low, Audyssey Dynamic EQ preserves clarity in the bass 
and surround channels. 

Throw in lip sync, Deep-Color, and x. v. Color support, and you might have 
to do a double-take at the NS-R5101AHD-A's price. 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 11 



HOME THEATER 



Three Is The 
Magic Number 

The Technology That Makes 3D TV Possible 







Last year, an HDTV was the crown jewel of a home theater. Today, it's a 3D TV 
that can switch between 2D and 3D content in HD resolution playing from, say, 
a 3D BD player. Nearly every major TV manufacturer is developing a 3D TV 
line, and several have already released models. Further, A/V receivers that can 
accept 3D signals are turning up, as is 3D content from broadcasters, including 
portions of the 201 Masters Golf Tournament. Despite the considerable buzz 
3D TV is generating, however, confusion about how it works remains. 



Polar Opposites 

Unlike active shutter glasses, polarization glasses have no moving parts. 
Instead, each lens uses a filter that allows certain light the 3D movie emits to 
pass to the left or right eye. With either polarization or active shutter tech- 
nology, anyone seeking to witness the 3D effect must wear respective 3D 
glasses. At least one pair of active shutter glasses is typically included with a 
3D TV. They each cost $1 50 or more separately. 



The 3D TV Of Tomorrow 

Despite the revolutionary changes 3D TV is bringing, the movement is still 
very young, and available 3D content is relatively limited. Over the summer, 
however, DirecTV planned to launch four dedicated 3D channels, including 
one ESPN channel. By year's end, dozens of BD movies in 3D, including 
possibly "Avatar," are also expected. Better, manufacturers are working on 
3D TV technology that doesn't require wearing glasses to enjoy. 



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In The Eyes 

To understand 3D TV, consider the hu- 
man eyes, which reside several inches 
apart and thus see objects at different 
angles. The brain morphs the images 
into one, adding a sense of depth to ob- 
jects. Similarly, a 3D TV sends slightly 
different images to each eye. Special 
glasses help trick the brain into form- 
ing one image complete with the cov- 
eted third dimension. The primary 3D 
TV technologies now in use are passive 
polarization and frame sequential, oth- 
erwise known as active shutter. Passive 
polarization is the method 3D movies 
in theaters rely on. Active shut-ter is the 
technique that consumer 3D TV makers 
are using. 

An active shutter setup includes a 3D 
TV, usually with a 120Hz or 240Hz 
screen refresh rate, and active shutter 
eyeglasses that contain what is essen- 
tially an LCD in each frame. As 3D con- 
tent plays, the TV continually alternates 
between sending one image to the right 
eye and then another to the left. Bat- 
teries and electronics in the glasses 
darken the right or left lens to block or 
accept the corresponding image. A wire- 
less transmitter in the TV and receiver in 
the glasses synchronize the signals, 
which happen so rapidly most wearers 
don't notice the lens's perpetual flick- 
ering. One caveat is that alternating 
frames essentially cut the frame rate of 
the media playing in half. 



by Blaine Flamig 



12 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



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Somewhere along the way, your television stopped 
being merely a television and became a sophisti- 
cated multimedia device. Internet-connected 
HDTVs do more than just display over-the-air or 
cable programming in high definition. They now 
feature streaming digital services that provide a 
growing array of entertainment and information 
options. Remember that not all content is available 
on every HDTV. To learn about other home-theater 
products that can connect to the Web, see "Internet- 
Connectable Devices" on page 10. 




Media Services 

Feel like watching a re- 
cently released movie? 
Your Internet-enabled 
HDTV can help. With 
services such as Netflix, 
Amazon Video On 
Demand, CinemaNow, 
and Blockbuster 
OnDemand, you can 
pop some popcorn, use 
your remote control to 
order up a first-run 
movie to watch in- 
stantly, and sit back in 
the comfort of your own 
living room or den. 
Monthly fees or per- 
movie charges apply. 



YouTube 

YouTube is a cultural 
and technological 
Internet phenomenon. 
With it, you can use 
your TV to watch your 
favorite artist perform, 
learn to tune a bicycle 
or play the guitar, tour 
an English castle, or 
view a movie trailer. 
More than 2 billion 
YouTube videos are 
viewed every day, 
and more than 24 
hours' worth of video 
is uploaded every 
minute. It's free, so 
join the fun. 



Sports 

Sports fans will find a 
lot to love about their 
Internet-connected 
HDTVs digital services. 
Watch out-of-market 
ballgames on MLB.com, 
game and tournament 
highlights and recaps 
on NBA Game Time, 
World Cup coverage 
on SBS (Special Broad- 
casting Service), or 
general sports on 
USA Today Sports. 
Some sports content 
is free, but some chan- 
nels require a fee- 
based membership. 



Social 
Networking 

Social networking isn't 
just for computers any- 
more. If you're into Twit- 
ter, Facebook, or other 
social networking sites — or 
if you'd like to learn more 
about them — you may be 
able to participate via an 
Internet-connected HDTV. 
Post Twitter updates, 
browse Facebook photos, 
or share your Flickr al- 
bums, all from your televi- 
sion. HDTV-accessible 
social networking sites are 
generally free but may re- 
quire registration. 



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by Rod Scher 



FirstGlirnpse/ September 2010 13 



HOME THEATER 



TV Mounts vs. Stands 

Choose The Best Furniture For Your HDTV 



When you choose how to display your HDTV, the size and setup of your home-theater 
room will help you determine if you should get an HDTV stand or mount. To help you 
select the best option for your home theater, below you'll find what each has to offer. 



Set It On A Stand 




With a TV stand, you can rearrange your home the- 
ater whenever the mood strikes because it can be 
moved just about anywhere in the room. Many 
stands have shelves, cabinets, or drawers, which give 
you a convenient place to set your disc player and 
game console as well as movies and games. Stands 
also make it easy to conceal your device's cables be- 
cause they can hide behind the back of the stand. 
For those with a smaller home-theater room, it's 
likely that a TV stand will take up more space than a 
TV mount and make your room's arrangement feel 
cramped. Also consider that in some cases it can be 
a challenge to find a stand that matches your existing 
home-theater decor. 



Mount It To The Wall 




HDTV mounts are ideal for anyone who has limited 
space or a sleek, modern look in their home-theater 
room. This furniture option will free up floor space be- 
cause it attaches your HDTV flush against a wall. For 
added viewing flexibility, some mounts can be moved 
back and forth, pulled out from the wall, tilted up and 
down, or all of the above so that you can always see 
your TV from the best angle. If you decide to use a 
mount for your HDTV, keep in mind that you might need 
additional furniture to accommodate your other home- 
theater components, such as a disc player and media. 
And because an HDTV is a big investment, you'll want to 
make sure it's fastened to your wall properly. It's not a 
bad idea to seek the service of a professional who has the 
right tools to get the job done safely and correctly. 



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by Kris Glaser Brambila 



14 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



HOME THEATER 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



A/V Receivers 



Q 



What are an A/V receiver's primary jobs? 

It decodes surround-sound formats, such as Dolby 
Digital or DTS, so that your speakers can play back the 
audio in a way that exactly replicates how it was originally 
recorded. A receiver also offers video inputs and outputs to 
let you control video and audio sources from one remote. 



Q 



What's the difference between a 5.1 and 7.2 receiver? 

A The 5.1 receiver can decode sound to five speakers (two 
front, one center, and two surround) and one subwoofer. 
The 7.2 receiver can do the same but it can also decode sound 
for two more speakers and a second subwoofer and output to 
another zone for multiroom or outdoor audio capabilities. 



Q 



What types of inputs and outputs should I look for? 

The A/V receiver should offer inputs that match all 
of your current devices' outputs, such as HDMI or 

Component. It's a good idea to invest in a model with a few 

extra HDMI inputs to handle future home-theater add-ons. 

Similarly, the receiver needs an output that matches one of 

the inputs on your HDTV. 



QWhat does the receiver's wattage rating mean in 
practical terms? 

Generally, the higher a receiver's wattage rating, the 
better the receiver will be able to reproduce sound with 
less distortion. The wattage amount you need will depend on 
room size and layout as well as your volume preference. 



Q 



I want an A/V receiver that supports all of the newest 
surround-sound formats. What should I look for? 



I You'll want support for Dolby TrueHD and Dolby 
Digital Plus as well as DTS-HD Master Audio and 
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. 



Q 



How do I know if my speakers are compatible with 
the receiver? 



Any speaker with a wattage rating at or above the re- 
ceiver's per-channel rating will work. Speakers with 

a lower wattage rating may be compatible, but you risk 

blowing them out. 



Q 

A 



What is 3D pass-through technology? 

A receiver with 3D pass-through can handle both the 
input and output of 3D video to your 3D-capable HDTV. 



Q 



Why is video upconversion helpful? 

This feature allows the receiver to scale video quality 
from lower-quality sources, such as a standard-definition 
movie, and convert it to the higher resolution of your HDTV. 



QCan I play music from my MP3 player or mobile 
phone on the receiver? 

Alt's likely you can. Some receivers include a dock for 
popular music players or you can connect it via an 
auxiliary input on the front. To play music from your mo- 
bile phone, a number of receivers offer built-in Bluetooth 
connectivity, so you can pair the phone and receiver. 




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Yes, You Need To 
Calibrate 

Get Optimal HDTV Video Results 



Why A Professional Calibration? 

• 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. 

• 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. 



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, 
fluorescent-lit environment. Because 
it's unlikely your lighting at home 
matches the store's surroundings, 
you should have your TV profession- 
ally calibrated by a specialist to ac- 
commodate 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 10 
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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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 16 to 24 inches, these 
TVs are far too big and bulky to 
mount on a wall. 



• RPTVs require lamp replacements 
every few years. 

Best For 

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

• Big, roomy home theaters 



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HDTV Glossary 



Balderdash! 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 multichannel 
audio between HDTVs, home-theater 
receivers, and the other components re- 
quired 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. Most HDTVs include 
one, but separate HD tuners and an- 
tennas 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. Progressive 
scan video looks sharper than interlaced 
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 1 70 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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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 



What It Means 



Size 




Insignia 
NS-37L550A11 

MSRP: $629.99* 
SKU 9602959 



How images are The diag- 

projected on- onal mea- 

screen; type of surement 

backlight an of the TV's 

LED-LCD uses screen 



CCFL 



37 inches 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 

Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the TV 
weighs 



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



Native 
resolution 

A fixed TV 

resolution; 
images are 
best dis- 
played in this 

1080p 



Viewing 
angle 

The angle at 
which the 
viewer can 
see the 
screen clearly 

N/A 



Inputs 
& Outputs 

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



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



Refresh 
rate** 

Speed at 
which a 
screen is re- 
drawn every 
second 

120Hz 




Panasonic 
VIERATC-L42U25 

MSRP: $899.95* 
SKU 9783658 



EEFL 



42 inches 



25.1x40.2x4.2 
inches; 39.7 
pounds 



1080p 



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 



1080p 



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 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 2 
Component, 2 
Composite, 2 USB 



120Hz 




Insignia 
NS-40E560A11 

MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9688972 



LED (n/a) 



40 inches 



25x38.9x1.5 
inches; 34.2 
pounds 



1080p 



178 
degrees 



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



120Hz 



o 



Samsung 
UN55C6300SF 

MSRP: $2,499.99* 
SKU 9790851 



LED (edge-lit) 



55 inches 



50.5x30.2x 
1.18 inches; 

N/A 



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) 



60 inches 



34.6x56.4x 
2.6 inches; 
60.2 pounds 



1080p 



178 
degrees 



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



120Hz 



Mitsubishi Unisen 
Diamond LT-55265 

MSRP: $3,199.98 
SKU 9941099 



LED (edge-lit) 



55 inches 



33.3x50.9x3 
inches; 65.8 
pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



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



240Hz 



*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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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. 



What It Means 




Insignia 
NS-42P650A11 

MSRP: $499.99* 
SKU 9748831 



Size 

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

42 inches 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 

Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the TV 
weighs 



Native 
resolution 



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 



Viewing 
angle 



Inputs 



The maximum Inputs let you 
angle at which connect your 
the viewer can components 



see the screen 
clearly 



720p 



N "A 



to your TV 



2 HDMI, 2 
Component, 1 
Composite 



Outputs 

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

2 audio 



Refresh 
rate** 



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 



720p 



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 
1 1.87 inches; 
50.7 pounds 



720p 



N .A 



2 HDMI, 2 
Component, 1 
Composite 



2 audio 



600Hz 






Samsung 
PN50C450 

MSRP: $749.99* 
SKU 9789725 



50 inches 



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



720p 



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 INFIN1A 
50PK950 

MSRP: $1,699.99* 
SKU 9720169 



50 inches 



29x46.9x2.1 
inches; 66.6 
pounds 



N "A 



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

LAN 



N/A 



600Hz 




Samsung 
PN50C7000 

MSRP: $1,999.99* 
SKU 9809723 



50 inches 



29.5x47.7x1.4 
inches; 54 
pounds 



1080p 



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 tCD TVs is like comparing apples to oranges. 
For more in-depth information about refresh rates, please ask a sales associate. 



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LED-LCD TV 

High-Quality Video & Sound United 



MITSUBISHI 
ELECTRIC 




Quick Overview 

Mitsubishi's 55-inch LT-55265 LED TV has a 
1 080p video resolution that's complemented by 
a 240Hz refresh rate. An 1 8-speaker Dolby Digi- 
tal 5.1 surround-sound system is integrated into 
the TV to offer a complete home-theater audio 
setup without purchasing individual compo- 
nents. And with access to StreamTV Internet 
Media, this HDTV gives you access to plenty of 
entertainment and social media content. 

Perfect For 

Anyone who wants an all-in-one HDTV solution 
that offers not only a great-looking picture but 
also enveloping surround-sound audio. 



Mitsubishi Diamond 
265 Immersive 
Sound LED TV 

MSRP: 46-inch model 
(LT-46265) $2,499 

SKU: 9941071 

MSRP: 55-inch model 
(LT-55265) $3,199 

SKU: 9941099 

www.mitsubishi-tv.com 



Outstanding Benefits 

• Thanks to the edge-lit LED backlight, this TV has an ultra-thin profile 
and uses less energy than CCFL backlitTVs 

• Immersive Sound Technology uses 1 8 integrated speakers to produce a 
5.1 surround-sound experience 

• Four HDMI ports to connect HD-capable entertainment devices 

• Bluetooth audio streaming lets you enjoy music tracks on your TV from 
any Bluetooth-compatible device, such as an iPhone or BlackBerry 

• Built-in 802.1 1 n wireless connectivity allows you to stream movies, 
photos, and more to the TV 

*I* Coolest Feature 

Without the clutter of separate home-theater components, the LT-55265's 
integrated 1 8-speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound system makes it 
an optimal blend of 1080p video and immersive sound technology. 



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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




WALL MOUNTS & 
BRACKETS 

• View your HDTV from the 
best possible angle 

• Adjust your TV's position by 
tilting it up or down as 
needed 

Maximize space in your 
viewing room by hanging 
up your TV 




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 




TV STANDS 



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

• Available in a variety of fin- 
ishes to match any decor 

O 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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DIGITAL IMAGING 



COVER STORY 




Where Small Size 
& Big Features Meet 

Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS Digital Camera 



Style and substance don't have to be mutually exclusive: The Canon PowerShot 
SD4500 IS ($349.99; www.powershot.com) is an example of how efficiently these 
two characteristics can complement each other. As of August 201 0, the SD4500 IS is 
the smallest camera with 10x optical zoom on the market. At less than an inch thick, 
the SD4500 IS camera is portable, yet powerful enough to capture your best shots. 



High-Definition Video 

The SD4500 IS is just as capable of 
capturing video as it is photographs. 
The Full HD (1,920x1,080 pixels) 
video mode will record your family 
events in HD at24fps. Shooting 
video is also easy, thanks to a dedi- 
cated video button. Use the mini- 
HDMI output to connect the camera 
to your HDTV to view photos and 
HD video on the big screen. 



Full-Featured Functions 

When it comes to sophisticated camera 
functionality, the SD4500 IS doesn't dis- 
appoint. The Advanced Smart AUTO 
feature automatically detects 28 different 
shooting scenes, so you can simply 
point and shoot without having to 
change any camera settings. Also, if you plan to snap photos of your daughter 
playing fast-pitch softball, take advantage of the High-Speed Burst mode that allows 
up to 8.4 consecutive shots. Two more features on this model, Best Image Selection 
and Handheld Night Scene, give you flexibility when shooting photos. 



Canon's HS System 

One feature that can make a huge 
difference in your image quality is 
Canon's HS System, which is 
made up of a 1 0MP CMOS image 
sensor and the DICIC 4 Image 
Processor. The HS System works 
to give you beautiful, sharp 
photos with minimal noise and 
natural colors even in low light. It 
also helps prevent blurring in 
your photos. 



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HOW TO BUY A 



D-SLR Lens 

A Lens For Every Task 




Different camera lenses are appropriate for different types of 
shooting, and the fact that your D-SLR allows you to switch 
easily from one to another is a huge advantage. But which 
lens — or lenses — should you buy? That depends on your goals. 



Close-ups and wide-angle shots, if you re 

after extreme close-ups of insects, jewelry, or other small 
subjects, consider a macro lens, one specially designed to 
allow you to 

. . . consider a 



focus from 
within a few 
inches of your 
subject. Alter- 
natively, if you 
are shooting 
large groups 
of people that 
might be diffi- 
cult to fit into 
a frame, try a 
wide-angle lens; 

these are very short focal length lenses (sometimes less 
than 20mm) with an extremely wide field of view. 



macro lens, one 
specially designed 
to allow you to 
focus from within 
a few inches . . . 



Normal, everyday shooting, if your d-slr 

comes with a lens, it is often a short-range zoom with a 
focal length that varies from roughly 1 8 to 55mm or so. 
While not allowing for either long-distance photos or ex- 
treme close-ups, this lens is excellent for a wide variety 
of photos, from posed portraits to candid vacation shots. 
If your camera does not come with a lens, this would be 
a good choice as an everyday lens. 



Long-distance shooting, whether it's 

shooting a goalie across a soccer field or a bird on a 
limb across a meadow, a long-range zoom can bring the 
action up close and allow you to fill the frame with your 
subject. The focal lengths on these lenses vary from 70 
to 200mm or more. 






Portraits and repetitive work. Most d-slr 

lenses are zooms — the photographer changes the focal 
length of the lens by twisting a ring on the lens barrel. 
This makes it easy to switch from, say, a moderate close- 
up across a 

table to a longer Fixed focal length 

shot across the 
room. Fixed 
focal length 
lenses, whose 
focal length 
cannot change, 
are lighter, 
smaller, and 
more sensitive 
to light. Consid- 
er these for portraits or other work that involves taking 
many photos at the same focal length. 



lenses, whose focal 
length cannot 
change, are lighter, 
smaller, and more 
sensitive to light. 



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by Rod Scher 



24 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



Small Size, Big Bite 

The World's Smallest Camera 
With Interchangeable Lenses 



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight; 
it's the size of the fight in the dog." 
Mark Twain wasn't referring to Sony's 
NEX-3 digicam ($599.99; www.sony 
.com) when he uttered those words, but 
they sure do apply. Packing D-SLR-like 
performance in a body roughly half the 
size and weight, the NEX-3 looms large 
as the world's smallest interchangeable 
lens digicam (as of April 2010). 



The Switch Is On 



Measuring only 2.5x4.625x1 .375 
inches (HxWxD), the NEX-3 shoots 
14.2MP images and 720p HD video 
while adapting to various shooting 
situations by letting you switch 
among dedicated E-mount lenses 
and nearly 30 A-mount lenses (using 
an optional LA-EA1 Mount Adapter). 
The tilting, nearly 1 MP 3-inch 
TruBlack LCD, meanwhile, frames 
shots with 1 00% what-you-see-is- 
what-you-get accuracy. 






Enter Sony's "3D World" 

With a recently released firmware 
upgrade, the NEX-3's shooting 
prowess now expands to capturing 
3D photos viewable on 3DTVs using 
3D eyewear (both sold separately). 
The upgrade also extends the NEX-3's 
battery life. Thus, even if 3D remains 
in your future, getting more shots 
from the battery doesn't have to. 




Sharp Specs 

14.2MPand 720p HD video 

Continuous Auto-Focus and Auto- 
Exposure while recording video, 
plus HDMI output. 

iAUTO, Program, Aperture 
Priority, Shutter Priority, and 
Manual modes 

• Sweep Panorama and 3D 
Panorama modes 

• Anti Motion Blur and Handheld 
Twilight modes 

Intelligent Auto Focus 

• 7fps continuous shooting 

Face Detection and Smile Shutter 

• Manual Focus Assist 

Dual media card slots (MS PRO 
Duo/PRO-HG Duo/SD/SDHC) 



Sony NEX-3 
$599.99 

www.sony.com 



Excellence With Ease 

Sony combines its BIONZ image 
processor in the NEX-3 with the same 
Exmor APS-C HD image sensor it 
uses in its full-sized D-SLR models 
(offering 1 3x the typical image sensor 
area). The result is super accurate 
photos processed extremely fast with 
less noise — even when shooting in 
low-light settings. As Sony states, 
you're getting photographs vs. snap- 
shots. Additionally, a purposefully 
simple Control Wheel + Soft Keys de- 
sign means less confusion enabling 
such features as Background Defocus 
Control, which defocuses back- 
grounds to make a photo's primary 
subject jump out. Further, on-screen 
help and shooting tip guides offer ex- 
planations when needed. 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 25 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



All About ISO 

Get The Shot You Want, 
Regardless Of The Available Light 

Using low ISO 




ISO is one of the less self-explanatory settings on a digital camera. Fortunately, it's 
a simple concept to grasp. It's actually a carryover from the film era, a number that 
once described a film's sensitivity to light. In digital cameras, the ISO setting deter- 
mines the light sensitivity of the image sensor. 



The Basics Of ISO 

ISO usually begins at a low of between 50 and 1 00 or as high as 200 in some 
cameras. The upper limit varies in a much wider range between cameras: often 
1600, 3200, and 6400. 

• Whereas film had a fixed ISO, with digital cameras, you can adjust the ISO 
from one shot to another. 

• The more compact a camera is, the smaller its image sensor is. Thus, it's 
likely to be less forgiving of high ISO settings, and your photos may contain 
noise, otherwise known as a grainy quality or random speckles of color. 

• D-SLRs perform much better overall in low-light situations. Some high-end 
models shoot remarkably clean photos even at extremely high ISO settings. 



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How To Use ISO 

• The lower you set a camera's 
ISO, the less light sensitive the 
image sensor is. The higher you 
set it, the more sensitive the 
sensor becomes. 

• A higher ISO allows for faster 
shutter speeds. This lets you 
shoot handheld photos in low- 
light situations that might other- 
wise require a tripod or where 
using a flash may not be prac- 
tical or allowed. 

• There's often a tradeoff to using 
high ISO settings. A camera's 
lowest ISO will capture the 
clearest, cleanest photos the 
camera can take. When you use 
higher ISOs, it's more likely your 
pictures will show noise. 

• Using Auto ISO can sometimes 
help you determine the camera's 
optimum exposure when you 
use a camera's other semi-auto- 
mated features, such as aperture 
priority shooting. However, se- 
rious photographers prefer 
manual ISO, so they can control 
the degree of noise. 

by Brian Hodge 



26 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



Better Shots 
Are In The Cards 

Upgrade Your Camera With SanDisk Ultra 

Don't blame your camera. If you're missing follow-up shots or if you can't shoot video in HD resolutions, it's probably because 
your memory card is too slow. 

SanDisk's (www.sandisk.com) Ultra line of flash memory cards is specifically designed for today's powerful point-and-shoots. These 
cards are fast enough and big enough for the demands of digicams with 10, 12, or more megapixels. Compared to standard memory 
cards, a SanDisk Ultra is a drop-in upgrade to soup up your camera because it offers more speed, reliability, and durability. 






Speed Rating 

The MBps (megabytes per 
second) rating of an Ultra 
card indicates that it will take 
less time to upload your 
photos and video clips to a 
computer than it would with 
a standard memory card. 
You'll also be able to thumb 
through previews of your im- 
ages on-camera much faster. 



Class Rating 



The Class logo tells you how 
fast an Ultra card is guaran- 
teed to store your photos and 
video. This card does that at 
a minimum of 4MBps. That's 
speedy enough to allow your 
camera to shoot uninter- 
rupted 720p HD video. It 
also means that you'll be able 
to take quicker follow-up pics 
than with a standard card. 




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SanDisk Ultra cards have a 
reputation not only for 
being physically tough, but 
also trustworthy with your 
data. That's an important 
point when you consider 
that a memory card carries 
the only copies of your 
photos and videos until you 
get a chance to transfer 
them. SanDisk is confident 
enough in the Ultra line's 
resilience to back it with a 
lifetime limited warranty. 



Capacity 

The higher your resolution, 
the larger the image or video 
files. SanDisk's Ultra cards 
come in capacities that can 
easily cope with HD video 
and high-res photos. You can 
buy Ultra SD, SDHC, and 
Memory Stick Pro Duo cards 
up to 32CB in size, and Ultra 
CompactFlash cards with up 
to 16GB of storage. 



2010 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk, the SanDisk logo, and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered 
in the United States and other countries. The SD and SDHC marks and logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. 
*SD and SDHC card formats up to 32GB only; See www.sandisk.com/proof for additional information 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 27 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



The Key To Great 
Action Photos 

A Camera With AF Tracking 



i Auto Tracking 



Auto Tracking 




Photographing people in action isn't easy. Their movement makes it difficult for 
your camera's autofocus to set a focal point where your subject is in crisp focus. To 
make it easier to capture action shots, a number of cameras offer an AF (autofocus) 
tracking mode. This lets the camera monitor movement and use an algorithm to pre- 
dict the appropriate focus point of moving subjects. 



How To Use AF Tracking 

• Set the camera to its autofocus tracking mode. Camera brands title the fea- 
ture differently, such as AF Tracking, 3D Focus Tracking, or Al Servo AF. 

• Press the shutter button about halfway down and follow your subject for a 
few seconds. This gives the camera an idea of what your subject's direction 
and speed will be and increases the likelihood that it can predict a focal 
point that will keep your subject in relatively sharp focus. 

• Press the shutter button all the way down to capture the action. 



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Ideal Situations For 
AF Tracking 

• When you want your child to be 
in focus more than the rest of the 
players in close-up sports shots. 

• When you need to photograph 
people in or on moving objects, 
such as a car or bicycle, or cap- 
ture flying objects, such as a 
football or soccer ball. 

• When a subject may change di- 
rection at a high speed, such as 
when you're snapping shots of a 
dog playing in the backyard. 



Test A Camera's 
AF Tracking 

• To determine which camera 
with autofocus tracking is the 
best fit for you, try taking some 
photos in the store using the fea- 
ture. You can compare models' 
AF tracking capabilities by fol- 
lowing moving objects, such as 
by tracking someone's hand as it 
moves closer and farther away. 
Ideally, they'll need to be more 
than a foot away, so you can be 
sure their hand is outside the 
camera's minimum focus range. 



by Nathan Lake 



28 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Memory Cards 



Q 



How do I know what type of memory card to buy? 

A Although many cameras and camcorders can use the 
same types of memory cards, you'll need to check your 
device's users manual to determine which type it's compat- 
ible with. 



Q 



What do class ratings mean? 

A Class ratings are listed on SD cards as a number inside 
of a circle. This spec indicates the minimum number of 
megabytes that can be transferred when you record video. 
The higher the class number, the faster your camera can 
write video data to the card. Currently, you'll find Class 2 
(2Mbps), 4 (4Mbps), 6 (6Mbps), or 10 (1 0Mbps). 



Q 



What does a memory card's read/write speed mean? 



A card's read/write speed, such as 30MBps, tells you 
how quickly a card can save and access data. With a 
faster read/write speed, you'll notice less lag time when 
shooting photos in succession and transferring images from 
the card to your computer. 



Q 



What capacity should my memory card be? 

The capacity you'll need depends on the number of 
photos you take, your camera's megapixel count, and the 
size of each photo. Typically, a 2 to 4GB memory card is suffi- 
cient if you plan to frequently offload your photo files to your 
computer, though having extra storage space never hurts. 



Q 



When do I need a high-capacity memory card? 

If you plan to shoot HD video, D-SLR photos, or thou- 
sands of images from a point-and-shoot, you should 
look for a card with at least 8GB. 



Q 



How many memory cards do I need? 

It's a good idea to have more than one memory card. 
If you misplace or damage one card, you won't lose 
all of your captured memories. 



Q 



Do I need a particular type of memory card type to 
record HD video? 

A To properly handle the high speed and capacity de- 
mands of HD video, you should look for a memory 
card that has a large amount of storage, high class rating, 
and fast read/write speed. 



Q 



What new and advanced features are available on 
memory cards for digicams and video cameras? 



A Some cards have Wi-Fi capabilities, which let you up- 
load images to your PC or an online sharing site over a 
wireless network. Others have a durable construction, letting 
them withstand accidental drops and extreme temperatures. 



Q 



Can I use one memory card type for my camera 
and camcorder? 



Not always. While some cameras and camcorders use 
the same type of memory card, others may require dif- 
ferent memory cards altogether. 




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First Glimpse / September 2010 29 



DIGITAL IMAGING 




Digital Imaging Glossary 



Are you confused about 
what the lingo on camera 
boxes means? Use this glos- 
sary 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 cam- 
era'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 instance, a shutter speed of 
1/250 means that the shutter is open for 
1 /250th of a second. 

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

white balance — Light levels are 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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If you're a little confused about the most important features in a digital camera 
from select digital cameras, and we also explain what these features mean. 

Resolution; Shutter Memory 
Optical zoom speed card 


you're not al 
LCD size 


Dne. In this char 
Battery life 


, we compare features 

Movie 
'SO mode 




What It Means 

> 


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


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


Removable 
card that 
stores your 
photos in your 
camera 


The LCD is 
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 




■ 


Kodak Easyshare 
M530 

MSRP: $129.95* 
SKU 9765189 


12.2MP; 3X 


1/8 to 1/4,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


2.7 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
80, 1 00, 200, 
400, 800, 
1000 


Yes 




■ 


Sony Cyber-shot 
W370 

MSRP: $199.99* 
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, 1 00, 200, 
400, 800, 
1 600, 3200 


Yes 




■ 


Fujifilm FinePix 
Z700EXR 

MSRP: $279.95* 
SKU 1004713 


12MP;5X 


4 to 1/1,000 
seconds 


SD/SDHC 


3.5 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
1 00, 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, 1 00, 200, 
400, 800, 
1600 


Yes 




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Panasonic ZS7 

MSRP: $399.95* 
SKU 9984124 


12. IMP; 12X 


60 to 1/2,000 
seconds 


SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 


3 inches 


300 shots 


Auto; Manual: 
80, 1 00, 200, 
400, 800, 
1600 


Yes 




wi 


Canon PowerShot 
SD4500 IS 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 1218465 ^j 


10MP; 10X 


1 to 1/4,000 
second 


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


3 inches 


150 shots 


Auto; Manual: 
125,200,400, 
800, 1 600, 
3200 


Yes 








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Fujifilm 
FinePix HS10 

MSRP: $499.95* 
SKU 1004868 


10.3MP;30X 


1/4 to 1/4,000 
second 


SD/SDHC 


3 inches 


N/A 


Auto; Manual: 
100,200,400, 
800, 1 600, 
3200, 6400 


Yes 

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First Glimpse / September 2010 31 



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 



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What It Means 



Olympus PEN E-PL1 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9769158 



Image sensor 
in megapixels; 
more means a 
bigger image 



12.3MP 



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 



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 



200 to 3200 



14-42mm 
£3.5-5.6 



3fps 



60 to 1/2,000 
seconds 



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Sony NEX-3 

MSRP: $599.99 
SKU 1034438 



14.2MP 



3 inches 



200 to 12800 



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18-55mm 
£3.5-5.6 



7fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



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Nikon D3000 

MSRP: $549.95* 
SKU 9456803 



10.2MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 1 600 



18-55mm 
£3.5-5.6 



3fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Pentax K-X 

MSRP: $649.95* 
SKU 9555787 



12.4MP 



2.7 inches 



200 to 6400 



18-55mm 
£3.5-5.6 



4.7fps 



30 to 1/6,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 
Rebel T2i 

MSRP: $899.99* 
SKU 9778635 



18MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



18-55mm 
£3 .5-5.6 



3.7fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



Kit 



Olympus E-3 

MSRP: $1,299.99* 
SKU 8682776 



10.1MP 



2.5 inches 



100 to 3200 



N/A 
(body only) 



5fps 



60 to 1/8,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 7D 

MSRP: $1,699* 
SKU 9491944 



18MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



N/A 
(body only) 



8fps 



30 to 1/8,000 
seconds 






Nikon D300s I 12.3MP 

MSRP: $1,699.95* 
SKU 9457349 



3 inches 



200 to 3200 



N/A 
(body only) 



7fps 



30 to 1/8,000 
seconds 



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By comparing the following digital camcorders, you can determine which recording format and product best fit your style. 












Optical zoom; 


Recording 




Digital still 


Lines of 












LCD size 


Digital zoom 


speeds 


Memory card 


resolution 


resolution 








What It Means 


Diagonal 
length of 


Two methods 
for magnifying 


The speeds 
a particular 


Compatible 
flash card 


The number of 
megapixels 


Number of lines of 
horizontal resolution 










viewing depth of field; camcorder can 


types (cards 


the camcorder 


the higher the num- 










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JVC Everio 
GZ-MS230 

MSRP: $269.95* 


2.7 inches 


39X; 800X 


Ultra/Fine/ 
Norm/Eco 


SD/SDHC 


0.3MP 


480 












SKU 9731192 






















Canon 


2.7 inches 


37X; 2,000X 


XP/SP/LP 


SD 


0.45MP 


480 








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FS300 




















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MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9739361 




















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3 inches 


12X; 10X 


N/A 


SD/SDHC 


10MP 


1,080 








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2.7 inches 


20X; 220X 


N/A 


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4.7MP 


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MSRP: $599.99* 






















SKU 9879545 






















Canon VIXIA 


2.7 inches 


20X; 400X 


FXP/XP+/ 


SD/SDHC 


1.73MP 


1,080 








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MSRP: $699.99* 






















SKU 9751699 






















Samsung 


3.5 inches 


15X; 180X 


N/A 


SD/SDHC 


5MP 


1,080 








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2.7 inches 


25X; 60X 


HA/HG/HX/HE 


SD/SDHC/ 


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1,080 






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MSRP: $699.95* 


















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Sony Handycam 
DCR-SR88 


2.7 inches 


60X; 2,000X 


HQ/SP/LP 


Memory Stick 
PRO Duo/SD/ 


N/A 


480 








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MSRP: $399.99* 








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Nikon's COOLPIX cameras won't let you miss the joy in life, thanks to their fast start-up time, shutter 

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 need;.. AJlIrrtM 

At the heart of the Image 


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SKU 

Additional 
Colors Available 

MSRP* 
Resolution 




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COOLPIX 

L22 

9765091 


Nikon 

COOLPIX 

L110 

9758692 


Nikon 
COOLPIX 

S570 

9455369 


Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S3000 

9765107 


Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S8000 

9758674 


Nikon 
COOLPIX 

S4000 

9758647 


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COOLPIX 

S70 

9455412 


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COOLPIX 

P100 

9758747 


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$129.95 


$279.95 


$179.95 


$149.95 


$299.95 


$179.95 


$299.95 


$399.95 


12MP 


12.1MP 


12MP 


12MP 


14.2MP 


12MP 


12.1MP 


10.3MP 


Zoom 
LCD Monitor 


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 


Intt 


rnal Memory & 


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 






ISO 

Shooting Modes 


Up to 1 600 


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, 1 6 
Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 


6 Scene Auto 
Selector 
Modes, 1 5 
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 


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-lon 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 

) 



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



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34 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




^ r 



UV FILTER 



• 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 

V J 



REMOTE SWITCH 

• A longer cable lets you 
snap photos without 
having to touch the 
camera, which can also 
reduce camera shake 

• May enable the user to 
lock the shutter for longer 
exposure times 




DIGITAL IMAGING 
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 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 35 



COVER STORY 



Kaspersky 
Internet 
Security 
2011 

Smart, Innovative 
Protection 



Kaspersky Internet Security 201 1 
$79.95; www.kaspersky.com 



Kaspersky Lab continues to innovate by ensuring its products not only protect your 
computer but also offer performance and ease of use. As a prime example, Kaspersky 
Internet Security 201 1 ($79.95; www.kaspersky.com) uses unique and advanced tech- 
nologies to prevent and block online threats before they can do any harm. Here's a 
look at some of the notable new features the 201 1 version has to offer. 




Safe Run 

Safe Run* provides an added layer of 
protection for running suspicious or 
unknown programs, emails, and web 
sites. The Safe Run environment is 
completely walled off from your data 
and PC settings, so you can be confi- 
dent that no harm will come to your 
system. New for 201 1 , you can set 
the Safe Run mode to engage auto- 
matically when you visit banking 
sites or other web sites to ensure an 
added layer of security for your con- 
fidential information. 



Advanced Parental 
Controls 

To keep your kids safe and respon- 
sible, the new Advanced Parental 
Controls can monitor, block, and/or 
limit communications via email, IM, 
and social networks. It can also pre- 
vent access to applications, games, 
and web sites as well as the transfer of 
private data, such as phone and credit 
card numbers. This not only stops in- 
appropriate content from being seen 
by your family, but it also stops pri- 
vate information from going out. 



Desktop Security Gadget 

A new and easy-to-use Windows 
gadget offers instant access to your 
security software. By looking at the 
gadget, you can quickly check your 
system's security status. It also offers 
customizable one-click buttons so you 
can quickly launch frequently used 
features, such as Reports and Parental 
Controls. If you want to check the 
safety of a file, you can simply drag 
and drop that file to the gadget to per- 
form a security assessment. 



Severely Infected PCs 

If your PC has already been in- 
fected, it's not too late to use 
Kaspersky Internet Security 201 1 . 
To eliminate all infections on your 
PC, the software can automatically 
download a powerful clean-up 
tool. This lets you quickly and 
easily install the product, ensuring 
your computer isn't crippled by 
malware again. 



: Available on 32-bit operating systems 



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HOW TO BUY A 



Netbook 

Small But Mighty 




Netbooks, small notebook-type PCs with limited storage and 
memory as well as low-voltage processors, may look under- 
powered, but don't let that fool you. These little power- 
houses can pack a punch; often, an inexpensive netbook is 
all you need to get the job done. There are plenty of them 
out there; we'll help you select the right one based on your 
favorite activities. 



Hard driVG Space. What's important to net- 
book-using music, photo, or video fans is storage 
space: Get as much as possible — 1 60GB minimum, 
250GB if you can manage it. Usually this means going 
for a model that 
has a hard 
drive, such 
as the Dell 
Inspiron Mini 
10 Netbook 
($449.99; 
www.dell.com), 

rather than a solid-state storage device. The former 
gives you more storage for the money, but at the ex- 
pense of speed. 



. . . storage space: 
Get as much as 
possible . . . 



PrOCeSSOr. If you're a dedicated blog-hopper or 
Web crawler, a netbook will more than do the job for 
you. Running a browser requires little in the way of 
storage, memory, or processing power, so a standard 
netbook with a cool, low-voltage processor will provide 
all the Web-surfing power you need. There's normally 
plenty of power for viewing local or streamed video, too, 
although actually creating and editing videos may tax a 
netbook's processing power. 



Memory. Word processors and spreadsheets are 
quite large and 

:t; reti I With more memory. 

some memory; i y ou| . gppg w j|| mn 

go for the 

most you can better 

manage. For 

some netbooks, that's 1 GB, but many are expandable to 
2GB. With more memory, your apps will run better, so 
it's a wise investment. 



POrtS. Netbooks are small and portable, but they in- 
clude a variety of ports that can be used to connect a 
number of ex- 
ternal periph- 
erals. Most 
netbooks will 
offer multiple 
USB ports, a 
VGA and/or dig- 
ital video connector, an Ethernet jack, flash memory 
readers, and other expandability options that allow you 
to add CD or DVD players, full-sized monitors and key- 
boards, and other such devices. 



Most netbooks will 
offer multiple USB 
ports . . . 






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by Rod Sher 



FirstGlimpse / September 2010 37 



A Look At 
Router Protocols 





Similar But Different 



Routers are equipped with similar-looking 
protocols, such as 802.1 1g or 802.1 1 n. 
Those slight differences, however, mark 
important distinctions about what a given 
router is capable of, as different protocols 
offer varying capabilities. The main 
features to look for in a router are its 
throughput (how much data a router can 
handle at a given time) and the wireless 
frequency band it uses, such as 2.4GHz 
and 5GHz. 




Wireless-G 

Throughput: 54Mbps 
Frequency: 2.4GHz 

Wireless-G routers (802.1 1 g) 
have been a strong wireless 
networking option for several 
years, offering far greater per- 
formance than the older 
Wireless-A (802.1 1a) and 
Wireless-B (802.1 1 b) standard 
but at an affordable price. 
Although it's still perfectly ca- 
pable of handling most online 
applications such as Web 
browsing, email, and some 
audio and video streaming, 
Wireless-G is being replaced 
by the faster and more versatile 
Wireless-N (802.1 1 n) standard. 



Wireless-N 

Throughput: 300Mbps 
Frequency: 2.4GHz 

About six times faster than 
Wireless-G and with a greater 
range, Wireless-N routers are 
the latest and greatest in wire- 
less networking protocols. 
Because all 802.11 protocols 
are backward-compatible, you 
can go ahead and upgrade your 
router to Wireless-N even if 
your other networked devices 
use an earlier protocol, such as 
802.1 1g or 802.1 1 b. When you 
eventually replace those devices 
with ones that are equipped 
with Wireless-N technology, 
your network will be ready. 



Wireless-N Plus (Dual Band) 

Throughput: 300Mbps 
Frequency: 2.4GHz and 5GHz 



If the speed of a Wireless-N router isn't 
enough for you, consider upgrading to a 
Wireless-N plus router. The main advan- 
tage of one of these speedy routers is that 
they make use of dual-band technology, 
letting it operate on 2.4GHz and SGHz 
wireless frequencies. This enables the 
router to handle two data streams at once 
without one slowing down the other. 

For example, you can download a big file 
on the 2.4GHz band while streaming HD 
video on the 5GHz frequency; it's like 
having twice the throughput. A Wireless-N 
plus router is ideal for an environment with 
multiple network users or multitaskers. 



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BY SETH COLANER 



38 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



Your Best 

Scholastic 

Assistant 

Dell's Studio 

S 1 558-569 1MSL Laptop 

When you're a busy and committed student, there never 
seems to be enough time for both work and play. This is all 
the more reason why a quality laptop is a necessary tool for 
your academic success. Dell offers a student-inspired 
laptop design in its Studio S1 558-5691 MSL model, so you'll 
be well-equipped whether you're taking lecture notes, con- 
tributing to a group study session, or sharing the latest viral 
video with friends. 






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The Inside Counts 

Dell's school-friendly notebook is packed with 
specs that any student can benefit from, such as 
4GB of RAM*, a 500GB* hard drive, and a six-cell 
battery that offers up to 4 hours and 35 minutes of 
battery life* when it's unplugged. The Intel Core i3 
processor features 4-way multithreading, which 
leads to high-performance computing and HD 
graphics power for last-minute academic projects. 



Entertaining Extras 

The Studio S1 558-5691 MSL laptop is configured with integrated 
audio components such as the internal subwoofer and dual digital 
array microphone. On top of this, the slot-loading CD/DVD burner 
makes it possible to create backup copies of your projects. 



Study Breaks 

Every student needs to put the books down for a 
moment and reconnect with friends and family. 
With the Studio S1 558-5691 MSL's 2.0MP Web 
cam they can video chat with loved ones back 
home in digital clarity with an Internet connec- 
tion. And if their conversations remind them to 
upload their spring break photos to their laptop, 
Dell Studio S1 558-5691 MSL offers a memory 
card reader that supports eight different formats. 



When Specs Speak Up 

Dell put a lot into the Studio SI 558-5691 MSL. Here's a look at 
what a student will get: 

• Intel Core i3 processor (2.26GHz) 

• 1 5.6-inch HD (720p) LED Display with TrueLife and Camera 

• 500GB* hard drive 

• 4GB Dual Channel DDR3* 

• ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics* card 

• Slot-loading CD/DVD burner 

• 8-in-1 memory card reader 

• Three USB ports and one HDMI output 




CORE 



^GRAPHICS AND SYSTEM MEMORY (SDRAM): Significant system memory may be used to support graphics, depending on system memory size and other factors. HARD DRIVES: GB means 1 
billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less. BATTERY LIFE: Based on lab testing. Varies by configuration, 
operating conditions, and other factors. Maximum battery capacity decreases with time and use. 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 39 



The Intel Core Processor 
Superhighway 



The Intel Core i3, i5, and \7 processors let you do more, faster. Intel's 
(www.intel.com) latest processors feature two smart technologies that 
accelerate the things you do, such as enjoying HD video and other 
media, Web streaming, gaming, photo and video editing, multitasking 
and more, like never before. 



Avoid The Traffic Jam 

Imagine the tasks you perform on your PC as cars on a 
highway. An underpowered computer is no different 
than being stuck in bumper-to- 
bumper traffic. To let you do the 
things you want to do with your PC 
without experiencing a slowdown, 
Intel's Core i3, i5, and \7 processors 
can efficiently get the job done. 




Hyper- Threading 

More Lanes = Less Waiting 

Hyper-Threading gives Intel Core processor-equipped sys- 
tems the ability to handle multiple processes at once. 
Instead of having to process one thread of data at a time, 
Intel Core processors can handle multiple threads at once, 
effectively turning your PC into a computing super- 
highway. This ensures the PC works at your pace, not the 
other way around. The Intel Core i3 and i5 processors all 
support Intel's Hyper-Threading technology for 4-way 
processing and excellent multitasking performance. The 
Intel Core \7 processors support 8-way processing for ex- 
treme multitasking scenarios. 



Intel Core i3 

4-way with Hyper-Threading 




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Great For: 

• Web browsing 

• Document creation 

• Basic computing 
and multitasking 



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40 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



Intel Core i5 

4-way with Hyper-Threading 
and Turbo Boost 





Great For: 

• Audio, video, and photo editing 

• Light gaming and multimedia 

• Advanced computing and multitasking 



Intel Core \7 

8-way with Hyper-Threading 
and Turbo Boost 




Turbo Boost 

Computing In The Fast Lane 

Turbo Boost is one of the smartest features you'll find on 
Intel Core processors. It detects when the software you're 
using isn't taking full advantage of the processor's multi- 
way computing capabilities and throttles the processor 
speed to complete the task as quickly as possible. This 
means, no matter what you do with your PC, the Intel 
Core processors with Turbo Boost can perform notice- 
ably faster. The Core i5 and \7 processors both support 
Intel's Turbo Boost technology. 





Great For: 

• Gaming 

• Professional graphics, as well 
as audio and video production 

• Ultimate computing 
and multitasking 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 41 



MPUTERS 








Portable Hard Drives 

Benefits Of Mobile Storage Devices 

While a portable hard drive is convenient for backing up your important documents, 
media, and other files and expanding your computer's storage, there are even more 
reasons why these drives are beneficial for different lifestyles. Below are additional 
advantages of pairing a portable hard drive with your computer. 



Affordability 

Portable hard drives are typically 
priced based on the storage space 
they offer, meaning you'll pay 
more for a larger amount of space. 
With a range of storage capacities 
available (from 250CB to 2TB), 
you can avoid paying for space 
you won't use by selecting a model 
that fits your needs. If you plan to 
use a portable drive to transfer a 
small number of files to your drive, 
a lower-capacity 250GB unit 
should suffice. But, if you want to 
back up hundreds of your photo, 
movie, and project files, you 
should look for a drive with the 
largest capacity you can afford. 



Portability 

These hard drives are designed for 
someone who's always on the go. 
Weighing in around six ounces and 
standing no taller than five inches, a 
portable hard drive can easily fit 
into a bag or briefcase. Some 
models are durably built to with- 
stand life's mishaps, such as acci- 
dental bumps and drops. Built with 
mobility in mind, a portable hard 
drive makes it simple to access doc- 
uments using multiple computers. 
For example, students can transfer 
assignments between computer 
labs, and parents can share photos 
of their kids when they visit out-of- 
town family members. 



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Simple connectivity 

Most portable hard drives have a 
USB 2.0 interface, allowing you 
to connect the device to a USB 
port on your computer to instantly 
save and access files without the 
need to install software. The USB 
connection also powers the 
portable hard drive, so you won't 
have to find an electrical outlet 
or deal with cable clutter to use 
the device. Aside from USB 2.0, 
you'll also find portable hard 
drive models that offer a FireWire 
connection. FireWire is found on 
select computers, and it can 
transfer files at speeds faster than 
USB 2.0. 



by Amanda Bouc 



42 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 




EPSON 

EXCEED YOUR VISION 



Designed For Excellence 

Epson Printers, Ink & Specialty Paper 



Epson (www.epson.com) prides itself 
on designing printers, inks, and spe- 
ciality papers that work together to 
bring you excellent results. 




Every piece of Epson 
specialty paper fea- 
tures multiple, fine- 
grained layers for 
consistent perfor- 
mance, plus a 
unique coating. 
Epson's paper ex- 
udes quality, even 
before you print. 




Epson inks deliver laser- 
quality text and outstanding 
color. Its ink cartridges are 
available in individual 
colors — only replace the 
color you need. Whether you 
need to print occassionally or 
frequently, Epson offers a range 
of cartridge capacities to meet 
your individual printing needs. 




Printers, ink, and paper from Epson are 
designed to work together in a complete, 
top-to-bottom ecosystem. As a result, you'll 
( et remarkable prints, time and again. 




Superior, 
True-To- Life 
Print Quality 

Incredibly fine con- 
trol over the size 
and disposition of 
the ink droplets al- 
lows an Epson 
printer to literally 
build an attractive 
print, dot by dot. 




Reliable, 
Hassle-Free Printing 

Paper jams just might be a 
thing of the past with preci- 
sion-cut, dustless, non- 
curling Epson paper. And 
you won't inadvertently run 
out of ink in the middle of 
a large job with the help of 
Epson's Intel I idge low ink 
notifications. 



Go to www.epson.com/dfe for more information. 



Instant Drying, 
Smudge Resistant 

Print 'em out and pick 
'em up. Co ahead. You 
won't smudge your Epson 
prints. From the formula- 
tion of its inks to the coat- 
ings on its paper, your 
Epson printing system is 
tuned for nearly instant, 
permanent images. 



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Prints That Last 
Up To 200 Years 

Epson prints resist fading be- 
cause the paper and ink are 
stable, complementary, and 
compatible. Your important 
documents and cherished 
photos will be reassuringly 
long-lasting, whether they 
are in an album, under glass 
or in archival storage 



• 



FirstGlirnpse / September 2010 43 



Give Future CEOs i 
Their First Office 

The Benefits Of Microsoft Office 2010 
For Your Student 




As we head into the school year, our 
thoughts turn to what our kids will 
need for class. Microsoft PowerPoint 
has been the presentation tool of 
choice for many years, and in 
PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft (www 
.microsoft.com) has added new fea- 
tures, such as advanced picture and 
video editing, that make it easy for 
students to create captivating slide- 
shows that will help them stand out 
in class. PowerPoint 201 is sold as 
part of Office 201 Home and 
Student ($149.99), which also in- 
cludes other helpful programs for 
students, such as Word 201 and 
OneNote2010. 




Media 
Enhancements 

You can now edit and add 
effects to video and audio 
clips within PowerPoint 
201 0, so you won't need 
another editing applica- 
tion to trim, add fades, or 
apply animations. 

PowerPoint 201 embeds 
a copy of your media into 
the presentation, which 
means that whatever 
changes you make to the 
audio or video file won't 
affect the original clip. 



Designed To Share 

Adding media files greatly increases the file 
size of your slideshows, so PowerPoint 201 
includes a Compress Media feature that re- 
duces the file size and makes the presenta- 
tion easier to share with others. 

A Broadcast Your Slide Show option allows 
you to share the presentation with class- 
mates, even if they don't have PowerPoint 
201 installed. Broadcast Your Slide Show 
will send others a Web link that will let them 
view the slideshow in their Web browser. 

Co-authoring allows group members to 
work on a single presentation from dif- 
ferent computers. 



Visual Effects 

To grab your audience's attention, 
PowerPoint 201 features new 
styles and effects, including reflec- 
tions, bevels, and 3-D rotation. 
Microsoft lets you preview and cus- 
tomize transitions and animations to 
help you quickly find the effect that 
best suits your purpose. 

With images, PowerPoint 2010 of- 
fers new photo effects, such as col- 
orize and adding textures. 

A Live Preview window is provided 
to let you see the change before you 
apply it. 



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



PC Speakers 



QHow do I find a speaker system that's compatible 
with my computer? 

A PC speakers are universally supported by new desktop, 
laptop, and netbook computers. Speaker systems use 
either a 3.5mm audio plug or USB port to connect to your 
PC, so you'll need to select which one will work best with 
your computer setup. 



Q 



What audio controls can I find on PC speakers? 

A A volume control knob can be found on almost all 
speakers. More advanced models will include a mute 
button and provide controls that let you adjust your audio's 
bass and treble levels. 



Q What's the difference between standalone laptop and 
PC speakers? 

A Generally, laptop speakers are lightweight and com- 
pact, which makes them more portable than desktop 
PC speakers. Because of their size, laptop speakers aren't 
usually as powerful as desktop PC speakers. 



QHow do PC speakers with 3.5mm plugs 
or USB ports differ? 

A A speaker system that connects to your computer via 
an auxiliary 3.5mm audio plug, which is the con- 
nector typically found on headphones, includes a power 
supply that will need to be plugged into an electrical 
outlet. A USB system is self-powered and doesn't require a 
power supply. 



QCan I upgrade my computer's 2.1 speaker system to 
a 5.1 surround-sound system? 

A Yes. In order to use a 5.1 system, you'll need to make 
sure your computer has a sound card that supports 
surround-sound audio. 



Q 



What do 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, and 5.1 mean? 

A These numbers indicate the number of speakers found 
within a system. Full-range speakers are listed first, 
and the .1 represents a subwoofer. 



Q 



Are wireless speakers available for PCs? 

A Yes. Some wireless speakers are compatible with PCs, 
giving you flexibility with where you can place them. 
It's important to note that wireless speakers will require bat- 
tery power. 



Q 



What accessories are included with PC speakers? 

A Some PC speaker systems come with a remote control 
and cable adapters for other components, such as 
game consoles. 



QWhat are my speaker options if I have limited space 
around my computer? 

A You'll want a speaker built with small spaces in mind, 
such as sound bars that fit under your monitor or com- 
pact speakers that take up very little desk room. 




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First Glimpse / September 2010 45 




Computing Glossary 



Shopping for a computer 
can Pe intimidating, espe- 
cially with all of the complex 
terminology. Here, we'll ex- 
plain some common com- 
puter jargon. 

Bluetooth — A short-range wireless 
standard that connects devices such as 
computers, printers, PDAs, and digital 
cameras so they can be used together 
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 offer 
speeds of around 8 to 1 1 Mbps, whereas 
phone companies offer DSL (Digital 
Subscriber Line), which supports 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 sup- 
port 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 measures are 
designed to protect your computer 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 con- 
nected by wires so they can communi- 
cate with one another and share 
information. 

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



you'll now find LCD TVs and computer 
monitors, and they are also in digital 
cameras, cell phones, portable DVD 
players, and other devices. 

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

operating system — The software, such 
as Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Mac 
OS X, that controls a computer and its 
peripherals and serves as the primary 
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 in- 
stance, you may add more memory, re- 
place 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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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. 



Audio, Photo & Video 



Adobe Photoshop 
Elements 8 

$99.99* 
www.adobe.com 




Easily edit, share, and manage your photo 
collection with Adobe Photoshop Elements 8. 
You can also work with video clips. 

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 

3 $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. 




m 



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. 




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 Corel Photo & Video 
Pro X3 Bundle 

The Photo & Video Pro X3 Bundle from Corel 
features powerful editing tools for both photos 
and videos as well as tools for organizing 
your media and creating projects. 

Roxio Toast 10 Titanium 
For Macs 

$99.99* 

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

Apple Final Cut Express 4 

f199* 

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. 







Business Applications 

Microsoft Office Home & 
Student 2010 

i149.99* 

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. 

Individual Software 
ResumeMaker Professional 

$29.95* 

www.individualsoftware.com 
It's easy to write a professional resume quickly 
using ResumeMaker Professional. It also in- 
cludes advanced search tools. 

■ Intuit Quicken Home 
& Business 2010 
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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First Glimpse / September 2010 47 



I 



Games/ 
Entertainment 



Home 
Productivity 



I 





Activision Barbie 
& The Three 
Musketeers 

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

Ill Electronic Arts 
I The Sims 3 

i $49.95* 
oa 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.lucasarts.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. 






Nuance Dragon 
NaturallySpeaking 
1 Preferred 

$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 



** 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. 

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





sma 



Security/ 
Utilities 

Kaspersky Lab 
Internet Security 
2011 

$79.95* 
www.kaspersky.com 
This software includes features 
to protect you from the latest 
viruses, spyware, and malware 
threats for one year and three PCs. 

BM^j Kaspersky 
Lab Anti- 
Virus 2011 

^3 $59.95* 
www.kaspersky.com 
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 201 1 
includes essential protection 
against Internet threats, such 
as viruses, spyware, Trojans, 
and more, for one year and 
three PCs. 

Webroot 
Antivirus 
With Spy 
Sweeper 201 

$49.95* 

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. 






System Clean-Up 
& Repair 



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 

.99* 

www.acronis.com 
777/s software backs up your 
entire computer, including the 
operating system, files, settings, 
and more, so you can easily 
recreate your system in the 
event of data loss. 

iolo 
DriveScrubber 

$29.95* 
g 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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KA$PER$KY3 



Internet Security Suite 
Innovative & Easy-To-Use 




Kaspersky Internet 
Security 2011 

MSRP: $79.95 

SKU: 1225401 

www.kaspersky.com 



Quick Overview 

Kaspersky Internet Security 201 1 is easy to use 
and delivers maximum PC performance while 
keeping you completely safe and secure from all 
online threats. It provides constant protection 
from viruses, Trojans, spam, hackers, and more. 
Its advanced technologies stay a step ahead of 
emerging threats by proactively seeking out suspi- 
cious activity on your system and blocking dan- 
gerous actions before they can cause any harm. 

Perfect For 

Those who want their private data and PC pro- 
tected while using the Internet for online bank- 
ing, social networking, sharing media, and more. 



Outstanding Benefits 

• The most immediate protection from viruses, spyware, spam, and more 

• Optimized for maximum PC performance 

• Enhanced identity theft and phishing protection, including a 
virtual keyboard 

• Safe Surf to keep you from stumbling onto dangerous web sites 

• Advanced Parental Controls to keep your kids safe and responsible online 

• Best-in-class two-way firewall 

• Special tools for installation on severely infected PCs 

• Free technical support via phone, email, and live chat 

Coolest Feature 

Kaspersky's new Desktop Security Gadget gives you instant visibility to 
your protection status, easy access to the security features you use the 
most, and drag-and-drop virus scanning to ensure the safety of any files. 



FirstGlirnpse 



First Glimpse / September 2010 49 



— 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 



ET1 



Dell Inspiron 
I1545-32320BBK 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 9947136 



Operating system Processor 



The software 

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



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



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.3GHz Intel 
Pentium 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 



How much data 
the computer 

can hold; Mem- 
ory that's read 
and written to 



Screen size 

The diagonal 
measurement 
of the note- 
book's screen 



250GB; 2GB 



15.6 inches 



Dimensions; 
Weight 

Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the lap- 
top weighs 



1.5x14.7x9.6 
inches; 5.9 
pounds 



Optical drives; 
Media card reader 

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



DVD+RW/CD-RW; 
Yes 




Toshiba Satellite 
C655-S5049 

MSRP: $454.99* 
SKU 9988402 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.2GHz Intel 
Celeron 



250GB; 2GB 



15.6 inches 



1.5x15x11 
inches; 5.5 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



®> 



HP G62-225DX 

MSRP: $499.99* 
SKU 9963407 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.3GHz Intel 
Pentium 



320GB; 3GB 



15.6 inches 



1.4x14.7x9.7 
inches; 5.5 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



e. 



Dell S1 558- 
5691 MSL 

MSRP: $799.99 
SKU 9947084 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.26GHz Intel 
Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



15.6 inches 



1x14.6x10 
inches; 5.5 
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 




Sony VAIO 
VPCF12AFM/H 

MSRP: $999.99* 
SKU 9987925 



Windows 7 Home 2.26GHz Intel 
Premium Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



16.4 inches 



1.2x15.3x10.4 
inches; 6.4 
pounds 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 




Sony VAIO 
VPCS111FM/S 

MSRP: $1,049.99* 
SKU 9701289 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



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/BD/ 
CD-RW; Yes 




Alienware M15x 

MSRP: $1,999* 
SKU 9722255 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



1.6GHz Intel 
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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\AM 


lich Netbook Is Best For Yoi 

apabilities that notebooks do, but these compact devices are ideal for thos 
find the netbook that fits your mobility needs, here's a comparison of the 

Hard drive size; 
Operating system Processor RAM Graphics card 


i9 






r vv i 

Netbooks don't offer the full c 
connected while on the go. Tc 


J r 

3 who need to stay 
atest models. 

Memory 

card reader Ports 


What It Means 


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


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


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


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


Slots that can 
read media 
cards without 
a separate 
peripheral 


Sockets that 
give your com- 
puter access 
to different 
peripherals 


^L. 


HP Mini 
11 0-301 5dx 

MSRP: $249.99* 
SKU 9996501 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/MMC 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet, 
1 VGA 


lifc. 


MSI Wind 
U135-206US 

MSRP: $309.99* 
SKU 9748977 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


160GB; 1GB 


N/A 


Included 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 


c 


Gateway 
LT2104u 

MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 9695408 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


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


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet, 
1 VGA 


a. 


Toshiba 
NB255-N250 

MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 9998457 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/SDHC/ 
MMC 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 


*. 


Asus Eee PC 
1018PB-BK801 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9966726 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel UMA 


Included 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 


m. 


Dell Inspiron Mini 
IM1012-558PRP 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9980713 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel NM10 
Express 


SD/MMC/MS 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 




Samsung 
N1 50-11 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 9973683 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .66GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/SDHC/ 
MMC 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet 


i 

■v 


si* 


Sony VAIO M 
VPCM121AX/P 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 1002933 


Windows 7 Starter 


1 .83GHz Intel 
Atom 


250GB; 1GB 


Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 


SD/MS Duo 


3 USB, 
1 Ethernet, 
1 VGA 

J 



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First Glimpse / September 2010 51 



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 




Lenovo C200 
4025-1AU 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 9993268 



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



Windows XP 
Home Edition 



Processor 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 



Display; 
Optical drive 



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

1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



How much data Display size 

the computer (measured di- 

can hold; Mem- agonally); Disc 

ory that's read drive included 

and written to with the system 



160GB; 1GB 



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



Ports 

Inputs the 
computer has 
for accessing 
peripherals 



Graphics card 

Controls the 
quality of your 
video and 



5 USB, 1 
Ethernet, media 
card reader 



Intel GMA 

3150 



HPMS235 

MSRP: $679.99* 
SKU 1007756 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



1.6GHz Athlon 

II X2 



320GB; 4GB 



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



6 USB, 1 N/A 

Ethernet, media 
card reader 



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 



5 USB, 1 
Ethernet, media 
card reader 



Nvidia 
GeForce 
9300M GS 



Apple iMac 

MSRP: $749.99* 
SKU 9952387 



Mac OS X Snow 
Leopard 



3.06GHz Intel 
Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



21 .5 inches; 
Double-layer 
DVD±RW/ 
CD-RW 



4 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 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 



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CD 
CD 

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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 
HD 3200 



m 



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 




Lenovo Ideacentre 
4024-1 BU 

MSRP: $1,299.99* 
SKU 1021064 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



1.6GHz Intel 
Core \7 



320GB; 4GB 



23 inches; 
N/A 



4 USB, 1 
Ethernet, 
media card 
reader 



Intel X4500 
HD 



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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




KEYBOARD 



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 



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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 





EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE 

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

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

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• 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 




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 to any 
busy family that needs a 
device that can operate 
as a copier, scanner, fax 
machine, 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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HOW TO BUY A 



Satellite Radio Device 

Different Forms, Different Features 




Satellite radio devices can be used in vehicles, in homes, and 
as on-the-go portable radios. To help you find the type that 
best fits your lifestyle, here's an overview of features that are 
specific to each type. 



In-dash satellite radio devices, if you are 

interested in subscribing to a satellite radio service and 
plan to listen to it primarily in your vehicle, you may 
want a satellite radio-ready deck. With some satellite 
radio receivers, you 



only need to sign up 
for satellite radio ser- 
vice to begin receiving 
the signal. However, 
it's important to note 
that while many in- 
dash decks claim to 
be "satellite radio- 
ready," you will often 
need to purchase a 
tuner, antenna, and 
subscription before 
you can start listening 
to satellite radio in 
your car. 



. . . you will 
often need to 
purchase a 
tuner, antenna, 
and subscrip- 
tion before 
you can start 
listening . . . 



In-daSh VS. portable. Most satellite radio de- 
vices can be categorized as in-dash or portable. In- 
dash devices are actually installed in your vehicle and 
can't be removed, while portable devices can be taken 
with you everywhere and used with in-car or home 
kits, including 

. . . portable devices 
can be taken with 



stereos with 
built-in docks. 
Some portable 
satellite units 
have a head- 
phone jack, so 
you can listen to 
music just like 
you would with 
an MP3 player. 



you everywhere 
and used with in-car 
or home kits . . . 



Portable satellite radio players, if you 

would rather take your satellite radio with you while 
walking or want to be able to move the device from 
place to place, you should consider a portable satellite 
radio player. These can be used with headphones as 
well as in-car or 
home kits. You 
can also pur- 
chase docks that 
are compatible 
with your de- 
vice. Portable 

players provide many of the same satellite radio features 
that in-dash players do, such as saving favorite stations 
and rewinding, with the added benefit of allowing you 
to take satellite radio service with you wherever you go. 



. . . consider a 
portable satellite 
radio player. 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



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The World Of Apps 

How They Compare To Portable Gadgets 

Portable devices are becoming increasingly user-friendly, but the app selection is growing even 

faster. To see what your options are for completing a variety of tasks, here's a look at the apps 

available for smartphones and how they compare to similar devices. 



eReader Apps 

If you want to read ebooks on your 
smartphone, you can download an 
app that gives you access to classic 
ebook titles or online ebook retailers. 

Using an ebook app on a smart- 
phone offers you ultra-portability 
and the convenience of having a 
multifunction device. 

Some eReader apps let you adjust 
text size, change color schemes, 
and choose short stories based on 
your personal preferences. 



GPS Apps 

A smartphone GPS app saves you 
from carrying two separate devices 
(both a portable GPS and smart- 
phone). 

You can take it on a road trip, in 
your sailboat, or on a hike, so you 
can navigate where you have a re- 
liable 3G connection. 

GPS maps are refreshed with new 
software updates for your smart- 
phone applications. 



Remote Control Apps 

Some TV manufacturers have re- 
leased apps that let you use your 
smartphone as a remote control for 
your Wi-Fi-enabled TV. 

Other apps can be used to control 
the music library on your computer 
and other devices. 

You can download an app that's 
capable of controlling indoor light- 
ing, stereos, and video equipment 
when paired with your home auto- 
mation system. 



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



MP3 Player Content 



QWhat is DRM, and how does it affect my MP3 
player's content? 

A Content producers (such as record labels) use DRM 
(digital rights management), which is extra code in a 
digital file that restricts a file's use as a way to cut down on 
illegal activities such as piracy. DRM-protected files may 
only be played on certain MP3 players, or the software may 
restrict how many devices you can copy a file to. Some 
DRM-protected content from a given online service is de- 
signed to work only with certain devices, although there is 
plenty of DRM-free content available elsewhere. 



Q 
A 



Can I add content to my MP3 player with a 
memory card? 

Some MP3 players allow you to add content to your 
player with a memory card. 



^ic What type of content can I add to my MP3 player? 

A Depending on the capabilities of a given MP3 player, 
you can add audio, video, and photos to it. Some even 
allow you to install and run applications. 



Q 
A 



Can an MP3 player show or display non- 
audio content? 

Depending on the model, you might be able to view 
photos and even watch video on your MP3 player. 



QCan I add files that I made myself, such as a home 
video or self-recorded song? 

A Yes, as long as the file in question is in a format that 
your MP3 player supports. Consult your users manual 
for a list of supported file formats. 



Q 



Can I share the content stored on my MP3 player? 

A Sharing capabilities vary from device to device and 
may be limited by DRM protections, but some de- 
vices let you or share it directly on sites such as YouTube 
or Flickr. 



Q 



Can I add audio content to my MP3 player that is 
not in the MP3 format? 



A Yes, most MP3 players support various other audio 
formats, such as AAC and WAV. However, MP3 files 
take up less storage space than other audio files, so you can 
fit more tracks on a given device. 



Q 



How do I add content to my MP3 player? 



AMP3 players from different manufacturers have their 
own means of adding content, but in general, you can 
add content to an MP3 player by downloading it directly to 
the device from an online service or syncing the MP3 
player to content stored on a computer. 




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PORTABLE DEVICES 



MP3 Player 
Glossary 



Who 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. 



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AAC — Short for Advanced Audio Coding, 
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 circular 
control on the front of the iPod. 

Certified For Windows Vista — A certifica- 
tion 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, down- 
loading 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 download songs from 
music Web sites such as iTunes, Napster, 
or Rhapsody. 

DRM (digital rights management) — A secu- 
rity mechanism for digital media, associ- 
ated with copyright. A common DRM 
scheme for digital music involves getting a 
licensed file to authorize playback of a free 
or purchased song. 

earbuds — Small, circular devices you put 
into your ears so you can listen to music 
on your player. These serve the same func- 
tion as headphones. Many music players 



include their own earbuds, but you can pur- 
chase a separate pair that are more comfort- 
able 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 pop- 
ular for use during exercise. However, the 
capacity 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 ra- 
dio 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 platters), hard drive-based players are 
also prone to skipping. However, their ca- 
pacities are much larger than those of 
flash-based players. 

music management program — A program, 
such as iTunes or Napster, that loads onto 
your computer and lets you play, organize, 
and download and purchase media, such as 
music and videos, for your player or PC. 



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

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 I ay 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 sub- 
scribe to a podcast for updated episodes, 
or she can download podcasts 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 16:9 as- 
pect ratio. 



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Which MP3 Player Is Best For You? 

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



Memory type 



Capacity 



Songs 



Video; FM tuner 
capabilities 



Colors 



Battery life 



What It Means 



Archos 15 Vision 

MSRP: $39.99* 
SKU 1111506 



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



Flash 



How much Based on four- Some MP3 players Several players 

memory the minute songs can play video or offer a variety of 



player has 



4GB 



at 128Kbps, 
the number a 
player can hold 



let you listen to 
radio stations 



color choices 



2,000(3.5 
minutes per 
song at 64Kbps) 



Both 



Cray 



How long the 
battery will last 
when playing 
music 



10 hours 



Apple iPod shuffle Flash 

MSRP: $59*; $79* 
SKU 9229596 



2GB; 4GB 



500; 1 ,000 
(AAC) 



Neither 



Black, silver, 
pink, green, blue 



10 hours 




Sony E Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $79.99* 
SKU 9443792 



Flash 



8GB 



N/A 



Both 



Black 



30 hours 






Samsung YP-RO 

MSRP: $99.99* 
SKU 1033157 



Flash 



8GB 



N/A 



Both 



Black, pink, silver 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 



Samsung R1 

MSRP: $149.99* 
SKU 1033139 



Flash 



8GB 



N/A 



Both 



Silver 



25 hours 




Apple iPod touch Flash 

MSRP: $199*; 
$299*; $399* 
SKU 8771 732 



8GB; 32GB; 
64GB 



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



Yes; No 



Black 



30 hours 



Microsoft Zune HD Flash 
MSRP: $199.99*; 
$269.99*; $349.99* 
SKU 9449581 



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16GB; 32GB; 
64GB 



4,000; 8,000; 
16,000 



Both 



Hack, platinum 33 hours 



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



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Which GPS Device Is Right For You? - 

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



Screen size; 
Dimensions 



Text-to-speech; 
Traffic receiver 



Preloaded 
maps 



WAAS 



Bluetooth; MP3 
playback 



Included charging 
adapters 




What It Means 



Garmin 
niivi 205W 

MSRP: $139.99* 
SKU 9470556 



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



4.3 inches; 

2.9x4.8x0.8 

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 



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



No; No 



Entire U.S. 
(including 
Puerto Rico) 



No 



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 



Insignia 
NS-CNV43 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 93661 16 



4.3 inches; 

3.2x4.8x0.7 

inches 



Yes; Yes 



Entire U.S. 



Yes 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 




Ei m 



TomTom 
XL 350TM 

MSRP: $229.95* 
SKU 9927197 



4.3 inches; 

3.2x4.7x0.9 

inches 



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



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



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 




Magellan 
RoadMate 3045-LM 

MSRP: $229.99* 
SKU 9895142 



4.7 inches; 

3.4x5.4x0.6 

inches 



Yes; Yes 



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



Yes 



No; No 



DC adapter 




TomTom 
XXL 540TM 

MSRP: $259.95* 
SKU 1054495 



5 inches; 
3.2x4.8x0.9 

inches 



Yes; Yes (with 
optional traffic 
receiver) 



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



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 




Magellan 
RoadMate 1 700 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9464153 



7 inches; 

4.2x7.5x0.6 

inches 



Yes; No 



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



Yes 



No; No 



DC adapter 




TomTom 
GO 740 LIVE 

MSRP: $349.95* 
SKU 9263281 



4.3 inches; 
3.4x5x0.9 
inches 



Yes; Yes 



Entire U.S. 
and Canada 



No 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 




Garmin 
niivi 3760T 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 9888989 



4.3 inches; 
2.9x4.8x0.4 

inches 



Yes; No 



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



No 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 



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



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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 are going, a wireless device can add en- 
joyment to your journey. To make sure you are taking full ad- 
vantage of the capabilities your wireless devices offer, check 
your local CE retailer for accessories that can enhance your 
mobile experiences. We've listed our favorites below. 





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 



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• 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 
it's needs. 

• Protection plans for CPSes, 
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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CAR TECH 



Car Audio Solutions 

Why You Should Upgrade Your System 



If you're still driving down the street listening through the factory-installed audio system your car came with, you're missing out. 
Whether listening to voice-dominated audio books, bone-crushing metal, classical music widely ranging in tempo, or hushed 
acoustical folk, your car audio experience can benefit from an upgrade in several areas. Here's how. 



Subwoofers 

Adding a new subwoofer to a car audio system 
will typically: 

• Produce stronger, richer bass that's less likely to crackle 
or rattle at higher volumes 

• Create more pleasing audio 
in hip-hop, rock, trance, 
reggae, and other bass- 
heavy genres 

• Output a clean, distinctive 
bass tone vs. the muddied, 
overly thick bass that can 
occur when passing low, 
midrange, and high frequen- 
cies all through one speaker 



Speakers 

Upgrading to new aftermarket 
speakers can offer: 

• Better-constructed, longer- 
lasting speakers that pro- 
duce stronger, cleaner audio 

• Enhanced clarity in higher 
frequencies — particularly 
beneficial for audio book listening 

• More dynamic audio emitted from dedicated tweeters 
(high frequencies), woofers (lows/midrange), and sub- 
woofers (lows) vs. standard speakers that mix frequencies 

• Better performance at consistently higher volumes 




Stereo Decks 

Although decks vary, a newer model may support: 

• DVD playback, a memory card slot, MP3 player com- 
patibility, HD Radio or satellite radio, and built-in GPS 

• A removable faceplate for 
increased security when 
away from the car 

• Integrated Bluetooth for 
safer, hands-free mobile 
device use 

• Steering wheel-mounted 
remote control abilities 



Amplifiers 

Depending on the aftermarket 
components you're installing, 
multiple amplifiers may be nec- 
essary. Benefits of aftermarket 
amps generally include: 

• Components receiving 
proper amounts of power 
vs. underperforming factory 
amps unable of doing the 
same 



Individual components receiving cleaner power, resulting 
in a longer lifespan for components 

Less overall strain placed on otherwise underpowered 
speakers, meaning better consistent audio at varying 
volume levels 



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CAR TECH 



Car Video Solutions 

Watch DVDs On The Road 



If you're in the market for an in-car video player, you should start by considering whether you want an in-dash, overhead, or 
portable model. Below, we'll provide some must-know info about each type. Note that in-dash and overhead models will likely 
require professional installation. 



In-Dash DVD Players 

• An in-dash DVD player, mounted to your interior front 
dash, supports playback from DVDs, CDs, and other 
audio formats. 

• If you install headrest monitors, passengers can watch 
content from your in-dash player from the backseat. 

• Aside from supporting multiple DVD and CD formats, 
some in-dash models also include MP3 and WMA 
playback as well as satellite and HD Radio. 




Overhead DVD Players 

• An overhead DVD player is mounted to your car's 
ceiling, and the screen folds down when you want to 
watch something. 

• You can choose from display sizes of about 7 to 1 5 
inches, but most are around 1 inches. 

• If you purchase a model with a TV tuner, you can ac- 
cess over-the-air TV programming. Or, an overhead 
player with an FM transmitter lets you stream music 

and talk radio from the DVD 
player to your car stereo. 



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Portable DVD Players 

• Portable DVD players aren't 
installed in your vehicle — 
you can simply take them 
with you when you reach 
your destination. 

• A portable DVD player is 
ideal for watching movies on 
your own because you can use 
noise-canceling headphones to 
drown out noisy family members 
in the van. 

• Some portable DVD players 
include a USB port or SD card 
slot so you can upload music 
files or photos. 



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CAR TECH 



Putting On The Mix 

Three Radio Options For Your Car 



Whether you're commuting, running errands, or heading to your vacation spot, passing time in the car is much more fun with a va- 
riety of listening options. In addition to your AM/FM radio, you can listen to tunes or talk show programs through HD Radio and satel- 
lite radio. Plus, many in-dash and portable units will support all three types, so you'll always have something new to listen to. 



AM/FM Radio 

• AM/FM radio delivers local 
analog stations, and no sub- 
scription is required. 

• Because AM/FM radio signals 
are subject to interference, your 
source of audio entertainment 
can sound fuzzy. 

• Some devices let you create 
presets, so you can easily find 
the stations you listen to most. 
Also, many AM/FM radios can 
play CDs, and a handful offer 
MP3 player input connections. 



HD Radio 

• Some radio stations use a digital 
signal to broadcast HD Radio, 
which has better reception and 
sound than AM/FM radio. HD 
Radio devices can also pick up 

analog signals, giving you more radio content to listen to. 

• There are no subscription costs, but you do need to 
purchase a car radio or portable device that supports 
HD Radio in order to listen to it, and there must be 
stations that broadcast in HD in your area. 

• Depending on the device, you'll have preset options 
and support for CDs, satellite radio, and digital audio 
players. You might also be able to view text informa- 
tion sent out by the radio station, such as artist and 
album identifications. 




Satellite Radio 

• Satellite radio devices receive signals from satellites, so 
it's programming can be accessed nationwide. 

• Offering a variety of music and talk stations, some satel- 
lite radio programming is commercial-free. It also re- 
quires a monthly subscription. 

• Because of the satellite connection, many satellite radio 
units also offer built-in navigation capabilities. Addi- 
tionally, many devices also support CDs, digital audio 
players, HD Radio, and AM/FM radio. 



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CAR TECH 



Some Navigation 
Direction 

GPS Features To Look For 



Because of GPS navigation, many of us no longer have to stop and ask for directions. After all, the GPS can always direct us 
where to go. Even if you already have a GPS unit or phone with built-in GPS, the newest GPS devices include advanced features 
that will make it even easier to get around. Here, we'll take a look at some of them. 



Stay Connected 

• A GPS with built-in Bluetooth can serve as a hands-free 
calling device to help improve your driving safety. Just 
pair your mobile phone to the GPS, and you'll be able 
to answer and talk using the GPS' integrated micro- 
phone and speaker — no need to take your eyes off the 
road or your hands off the wheel. Some models can 
also display text messages and caller ID information. 

• Select GPSes feature a cellular modem that lets the unit 
connect to the Internet. The Internet connection allows 
the GPS to receive real-time traffic alerts and weather 
updates to help you avoid accidents and slowdowns. 
To save you money, Internet-connected GPSes typically 
include a fuel price search that pinpoints the most af- 
fordable nearby gas stations. 



Check Out The Extras 

• Considering a map upgrade for your current GPS? 
You'll find that future map updates are now free for a 
number of new GPSes, such as some models from 
TomTom (www.tomtom.com). In most cases, you can 
update the maps up to four times a year. Thus, you may 
opt to invest in a model that you'll no longer need to 
pay to update rather than updating your old unit. 

• Found on many recent GPS models, lane assist is a 
feature that tells you (or shows you) what lane you 
should be in when you're on a multiple-lane road. It 
can be a huge help when traveling on interstates, free- 
ways, and expressways. 




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CAR TECH 



Car Security 
& Remote Starters 

Protect & Prepare Your Vehicle 

A car security system is more than just an added precaution. With car security systems, remote start, and other safety products, 
you can protect personal items in your car, save yourself from weather-related accidents, and maintain safety when driving. 



Security Systems 

• Car security systems are available as packages that may include 
remotes, a parking light flash, a shock sensor, and a siren. 

• If you want to boost your system with more security features, 
you can add illuminated entry and keyless entry. 

• When you want to make sure you've locked your parked car 
from a distance, a two-way keyless entry system lets you lock 
or unlock your car within a 2,000-foot radius and lets you know 
that the command was completed. 



Car Safety Products 

• You can be observant about what's going on behind your car, 
such as playing children or a tailgating car, by installing a li- 
cense plate rearview camera. 

• Rearview cameras can feature a mobile video system, a mount- 
ing bracket, in-dash monitoring deck, and LCD monitors. 

• If you own a vehicle without power windows, adding a window 
automation system will let you roll them up and down with the 
press of a button and limit access to your car's interior when 
your security system is armed. 




Remote Start Systems 

• A remote start system includes a remote start key fob that lets you turn your car on without having to use a key. 

• When you're ready to leave for work on a blisteringly cold morning and you don't want go outside to start your car or 
scrape your windshield, use a remote start system to turn on your car and defrost your windows. 

• High-end remote start kits should include the parts you need for the system to work in your vehicle, such as an antenna, 
transmitter, wire harness, and door lock relay. 



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CAR TECH 



Accessories 
For Your Car 

Enliven Your Drivin' 

Whether you're traveling back and forth on a long commute to work or taking a road trip into unfamiliar territory, you can en- 
hance your driving experience with a direct connect kit, Bluetooth car kit, or a dash mount for your GPS unit. Read on to learn 
about the benefits that each has to offer. 



Direct Connect Kits 

• By using a direct connect kit, you can listen to 
your MP3 player's music through your car 
stereo speakers. These kits are compatible with 
factory-installed stereo decks and let you plug a 
single cord into your device for playback. 
Typically, direct connect kits need to be in- 
stalled by a professional. 

• Whether you choose to listen to personal playlists 
or Internet radio from your MP3 player, a direct 
connect kit ensures interference-free sound. 

• Keep the music going throughout your entire 
road trip with a connection kit that can also 
charge your MP3 player. 



GPS Dash Mounts 

• Drive more safely by keeping your GPS unit 
within reach at all times without obstructing 
your windshield view. You can also follow state 
laws that prohibit windshield-mounted GPSes 
by using a mount that's designed to sit on your 
dashboard. 

• Let your passenger program your GPS while you 
keep your eyes on the road with a mount that 
lets them swivel the unit toward them. 

• Make other devices more accessible with a 
mount that is also compatible with select MP3 
players and mobile phones. 




Bluetooth Car Kits 

• Catch up with friends or make destination plans without taking 
your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. 

• Pair your spouse's phone to a Bluetooth car kit that can support 
multiple devices to help him drive more safely, too. 

• Avoid missing important phone calls with a car kit that auto- 
matically mutes your car stereo for incoming calls. 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



HOW TO BUY 



Gaming Accessories 

Boost Your Game Console With Add-ons 




A really good video game immerses you in arresting visuals, 
audio, and story lines that let you temporarily escape reality. 
Gaming accessories enhance the sense of realism while si- 
multaneously bolstering game performance. 



Check for compatibility, you may want to 

consider additional controllers for multiplayer games or 



to acquire special 
features. Keep 
in mind that 
a controller 
that works with 
one console 
may not work 
with another. 



... a controller that 
works with one con- 
sole may not work 
with another . . . 



Built tO Communicate. Many games, such 
as MMORPGs, let you play and communicate simul- 
taneously with others via an Internet connection and 
wired/wireless headset. A headset with noise-can- 
celing and echo-reducing technologies will reduce 
ambient noise and generate clearer speech. 



Consult the manufacturer, to find out 

which accessories are suited to a particular game or con- 
sole, check the 

... third-party 



game developer 
and console 
maker's sugges- 
tions. Further, 
know that third- 
party vendors 
create acces- 
sories that are 
often packed 
with advanced 
features that 
can help enhance your gaming experience 



vendors create 
accessories that 
are often packed 
with advanced 
features . . . 



Gaming yOU Can feel. Whether hitting a tennis 
ball, nose-diving a jet fighter, or battling a large-mouth 
bass, accessories with integrated force feedback tech- 
nology bring the phys- 

. . bring the 



icality occurring 
within a game out into 
the real world. In a 
driving game, for ex- 
ample, look for a 
steering wheel with 
force feedback tech- 
nology to get a better 
sense of what crashing 
into a wall, going air- 
borne, or driving on a slick track at 200mph feels like. 



physicality oc- 
curing within a 
game into the 
real world. 



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o. 




What 
eReaders 
Have To Offer 

Beyond The eBooks 

eReaders are clearly part of the growing digital library. In fact, you can take your 
entire book collection with you on one eReader device. But, an eReader has more 
tricks up its book sleeve, so take a look at what you can do with these portable 
book keepers. 



SlOr© ©X1TQS. You can certainly browse and purchase eBooks wirelessly, 
but there are plenty of newspapers and magazines to peruse, as well. Some 
eReaders let you read color digital versions of your favorite daily paper or 
monthly magazine. Built-in storage can hold anywhere from 350 to 1 ,500 
eBooks, depending on the eReader model, giving you plenty of room for 
checking out public library books and free titles from online sharing sites or 
independent publishers. 



SnOr© ©BOOKS. When you've determined which eBooks are your favorite, 
lend them to a friend or family member. If your mom or best friend would like 
to read the latest nonfiction title at the top of The New York Times' Best Seller 
list, you can share your eReader's copy for a limited period of time with their 
device if both support eReader share software. 



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Play audio and games. 

As a multifunctional device, it's no 
surprise that eReaders have room 
for hours of audio books or music. 
If you plug in a set of headphones, 
you can enjoy your favorite tunes 
as you read a newspaper article at 
the same time. Gaming on select 
eReaders can keep you occupied 
with digital games such as Sudoku 
and chess. 



Download docs. Not 

unlike a tablet PC, some eRead- 
ers support multiple formats be- 
yond an eBook, eNewspaper, or 
eMagazine. For instance, you can 
view text in PDFs and word pro- 
cessing documents, as well as view 
JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP photos 
or graphics. 




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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



This Month's - 
Blu-ray Disc Releases 



Iron Man 2 



Rating: PG-13 MSRP: $39.99* | SKU: 1161807 
(Release Date: 9/28/2010) 



iv c * 




Letters To Juliet 




Rating: PC MSRP: $40.99* SKU: 1203612 
( Release Date: 9/14/2010 ) 




MacGruber 



Y£j^ 



U.MVJgg&iL 



Rating: N/A MSRP: $39.98* SKU: 1169945 
( Release Date: 9/7/2010 ) 




Date 



MSRP* 



SKU 



Rating 



September 








) 


A Bug's Life 


9/28 


$39.99 


1 8725002 


G 


Adventureland 


9/28 


$26.50 


18724959 


R 


America: The Story Of Us 


9/14 


$49.95 


18540621 


N/A 


American Beauty 


9/21 


$24.99 


1181807 


R 


Bored To Death: 

The Complete First Season 


9/21 


$44.99 


1170122 


TVMA 


Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam 


9/7 


$24.99 


1143838 


N/A 


Confessions Of A Shopaholic 


9/28 


$26.50 


18724977 


PG 


Forbidden Planet 


9/7 


$24.99 


1171097 


G 


Fringe: The Complete 
Second Season 


9/14 


$54.99 


1168027 


N/A 


G-Force 


9/28 


$39.99 


18725057 


PG 


Glee: The Complete 
First Season 


9/14 


$47.99 


1168063 


N/A 


Hannah Montana: The Movie 


9/28 


$29.99 


18725481 


G 


High School Musical 3 


9/28 


$29.99 


18725551 


G 


Inkheart 


9/14 


$19.98 


18703365 


PG 


Iron Man 2 


9/28 


$39.99 


1161807 


PG-13 


It's Always Sunny In 
Philadelphia: Season 5 


9/14 


$39.99 


1168188 


N/A 


Just Wright 


9/14 


$29.99 


1195985 


N/A 


League: Season 1 


9/14 


$34.98 


1196083 


N/A 


Letters To Juliet 


9/14 


$40.99 


1203612 


PG 


Lost In Space 


9/7 


$24.99 


1171389 


PG-13 


MacGruber 


9/7 


$39.98 


1169945 


N/A 


Mars Attacks! 


9/7 


$24.99 


1171015 


PG-13 


Mercury Rising 


9/14 


$22.99 


1089442 


R 


Modern Family: Season 1 


9/21 


$46.99 


1196001 


N/A 


Monsters Inc. 


9/28 


$39.99 


18725445 


G 


One Flew Over 
The Cuckoo's Nest 


9/14 


$29.99 


1 1 71 607 


N/A 


Poltergeist 


9/7 


$24.98 


18660651 


PG 


Smallville: The Complete 
Ninth Season 


9/7 


$54.99 


1155493 


N/A 


Solitary Man 


9/7 


$39.98 


1085977 


R 


Stardust 


9/7 


$29.99 


1085216 


PG-13 


Stomp The Yard: Homecoming 


9/21 


$30.95 


1203694 


N/A 


Supernatural: The Complete 
Fifth Season 


9/7 


$54.99 


1155906 


N/A 


That Evening Sun 


9/14 


$29.97 


18711628 


PG-13 


The Big Bang Theory: The 
Complete Third Season 


9/14 


$44.99 


1171079 


N/A 


The Black Dahlia 


9/7 


$22.99 


1089337 


R 


The Golden Compass 


9/14 


$19.98 


18703531 


PG-13 


The Lord Of The Rings: The 
Fellowship Of The Ring 


9/14 


$24.99 


1171176 


PG-13 


The Lord Of The Rings: The 
Return OfThe King 


9/14 


$24.99 


1171325 


PG-13 


The Lord OfThe Rings: The 
Two Towers 


9/14 


$24.99 


1 1 70999 


PG-13 


The Matrix Reloaded 


9/7 


$19.99 


1171194 


R 


The Office: Season Six 


9/7 


$49.99 


1089433 


N/A 


The Order 


9/14 


$24.99 


18664171 


R 


The Proposal 


9/28 


$39.99 


18724931 


PG-13 


Thomas & Friends: 
Misty Island Rescue 


9/7 


$22.99 


1149517 


N/A 


Tinker Bell & The Great 
Fairy Rescue 


9/21 


$29.99 


9930049 


G 













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



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



Parental Control 

Restrictions For Your Kids' Gaming 



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



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



Time Restrictions 

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



Not Just For Kids 

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




Content Restrictions 

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

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






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



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Kids' Learning Systems 



Q 
A 



Are there kids' learning products for different age 
ranges? 

Yes. You'll typically find systems for kids ages 2 to 4, 
4 to 8, and 6 to 1 at your local CE retailer. 



Q 



Do I need to worry about batteries? 



A Most learning systems are portable, so you will need 
batteries. Check the packaging to see what type is nec- 
essary and whether batteries are included. 



Q 



How difficult are these for children to use? 



A Most learning systems have minimal buttons and a 
touchscreen that offers a customized, easy-to-navigate 
interface for each software title. Products for younger children 
also use minimal or no text so that reading is not required. 



Q 
A 



There seem to be lots of games for these, so why 
are they called learning systems? 

Most software titles disguise teaching with gameplay, 
so kids learn as they have fun. 



Q 



Do I need a PC to use any of these systems? 



A No, although many systems can interact with a 
PC to let children customize content, such as 
in-game characters. 



Q 



If a new learning system comes out later, will all the 
cartridges I buy now become obsolete? 



A There are no guarantees, but newer models are often 
backward-compatible with older games. However, the 
latest games might not look as good and could have fewer 
options when played on older hardware. 



Q 



Do I need Internet access to use any of these systems? 



Alt isn't a requirement, but a PC with Internet access 
can complement most systems. Kids can download 
new content for software titles, and parents can use Web 
services to check the progress their children have made. 



Q 



What accessories should I consider? 



A A storage case is excellent for keeping the system and 
software cartridges organized. Some systems also have 
recharging stations or AC adapters available that can help 
you avoid constant requests for new batteries. 



Q 



How do the reading systems work? 



A Reading systems for toddlers read the pages to them 
and let them interact with pictures and other elements 
on a page. The reading systems for older kids read entire 
books and also let children tap any word with the included 
pen to have it read to them so they can get help when 
reading by themselves. 




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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 best, here's a comparison of the most popular selections you can find 
at your local CE retailer. 




What It Means 



Hard drive size 



Sony PlayStation 3 
With PlayStation 
Move 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 1122275 



How much 
data the system 
can hold 



320GB 



Compatible 
memory cards 

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



Optical drive 



PlayStation and 
PlayStation 2 cards 
with optional USB 
memory card adapter 



Aside from game 
discs, other playable 
media formats 



CD, DVD, BD 



Video 
resolution output 

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

1,920 x 1,080 



Ports 



Hookups for 
controllers as well 
as video and audio 
outputs 



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



Nintendo Wii 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 9916446 



512MB 



SD/Nintendo 
CameCube 
Memory Card 



Can only play 
game titles 



720 x 480 



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



Microsoft 
Xbox 360 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 1069212 



250GB 



USB flash drive 



N/A 



1,920x1,080 



1 optical audio out, 
1 Ethernet, 1 
HDMI, 5 USB, 
Kinect port 




Nintendo DSi 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 9249725 



256MB 



SD 



None 



Dual 256x1 92 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 




Nintendo DSi XL 

MSRP: $189.99* 
SKU 9760166 



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 9175082 



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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Online 
community 


Wi-Fi access; 
Media streaming 


Parental 
controls 


Compatible 
game formats 


Included 
accessories & 
services 


Available 
accessories 


Controllers 


Perfect for 






Web site 
membership 

for downloads, 
upgrades, and 
more 


Access the Inter- Helps parents de- 
net without a cide what content 
cable hookup; their kids can or 
Send and receive cannot access 
media wirelessly 


Game titles that 
can be played on 
the game system 


Accessories 

included with 
the console 


Extras that can 
help enhance 

your gameplay 


Included 

controllers; 
wired/wireless 
controller com- 
patibility 


Who can benefit 
from the special 
features the gaming 
system offers 






Yes, free 
PlayStation 
Network 
membership 


Yes, 802.1 1 b/g; 
Yes — Netflix and 
content from your 

home network 


Options available 
for games, BDs, 
DVDs, and 
Internet access 


Sony Play- 
Station 3 titles 
and select 

PlayStation 
titles 


DualShock 3 wireless con- 
troller, Move motion con- 
troller, Eye Camera, USB 
cable, PlayStation Network 
membership, A/V cable 


Move Navigation con- 
troller, Blu-ray remote, 
Bluetooth headset, 
memory card adapter, 
wireless keypad, cables 


Includes 1 
DualShock 3 
wireless con- 
troller; wireless 


Someone who wants 
the value of a full 
gaming system with 
a BD player and 
media streaming 






Nintendo Wi-Fi 
Connection 


Yes, 802.11 b/g; 
Yes— Netflix 


Options available 
for games, online 
features and 
downloads, and 
more 


Nintendo 
GameCube 

and Wii titles 


Wii remote and 
nunchuck, sensor 
bar, Wii Sports 
game, console 
stand, A/V cable, 
adapter 


Wireless Wii 
remote, wheel, 
classic (wired) 
controllers, wire- 
less sensor bar 


Includes 1 wire- 
less Wii remote 
and nunchuck; 
both 

(some titles require 
a wired remote) 


Gamers of any 
age who want a 
unique wireless 
gaming experience 
that requires little 
gaming knowledge 






Xbox Live 


Yes, 802.11 b/g; 
Yes — Netflix and 
content from your 
home network 


Options available 
for games, Xbox 
Live, console play 
time, and a 
Family Settings 
pass code 


N/A 


Wireless con- 
troller, Xbox Live 
headset, A/V 
cable, free one- 
month trial to 
Xbox Live Gold 


HDMI cable, 
USB flash drive, 
Play & Charge Kit 


Includes 1 wire- 
less controller; 
wireless (Kinect 
coming later this 
year) 


Those who want an 
updated Xbox console 
with more storage 
capacity, built-in 
wireless capabilities, 
and more 






Nintendo Wi-Fi 
Connection 


Yes; Yes 


Options available 
for Nintendo DSi 
content 


Nintendo DSi 
and Nintendo 
DS titles 


AC adapter, 

2 styli 


Audio headset, 
battery power 
pack, screen pro- 
tectors, carrying 
cases, styli 


N/A 


Users who want a 
handheld gaming 
system that lets them 
take, personalize, and 
share photos 






Nintendo Wi-Fi 
Connection 


Yes; Yes 


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


N/A 


Rechargeable bat- 
tery, AC adapter, 
stylus, and 4 
preinstalled titles 


Cases, adapters, 
headphones, full- 
sized stylus 


N/A 


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






Yes, PlayStation 

Network 


Yes, 802.11b; Yes 


Included 


Available for 
download from 
PlayStation store 


AC adapter, 
USB cable 


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


N/A 


Those who need a 
bigger screen for their 
gaming, Internet, and 
media entertainment 






Yes, free 
PlayStation 
Network 
membership 


Yes, 802.11b; No 


Options available 
for UMDs, 
Internet, and 
video downloads 


PlayStation 
Portable titles 


AC adapter, 
battery pack 


Battery charger, 
travel case, 
memory cards, 
A/V cable, AC 
adapter, car 
adapter 


N/A 


Those who want to 
enjoy gaming as well 
as movies, photos, 
and music when 
they're on the go 

J 





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bol\D OOrTlG 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. 



TJflOTE 



Early Childhood. 

^^ Titles with this 
K&f 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. 



Everyone. Titles 
with this rating 
have content that 
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. 



Everyone 10+. 

Titles with this 
rating have content 
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. 



i ■ ^ ^ J i Teen. Titles with 
0r this rating have 

|| content that may 
'Sig^ml 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. 



raaa 



tit 



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 nonrated 
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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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 




MUSIC CONTROLLER 
ACCESSORIES 

• 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 




HEADSETS 



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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First Glimpse / September 2010 75 



APPLIANCES 



HOW TO BUY A 



Washer & Dryer 

Find A Better Way To Do Laundry 




Far from a mundane task, buying a new washer and dryer is 
actually an opportunity to take advantage of cool new tech- 
nologies. They can get your clothes cleaner, make them last 
longer, and even save you money. 



Energy and water savings, a new washer 

can be friendlier to the environment and cheaper to run 
than your old one. Look for a model with the Energy Star 
logo to help you save on your electric bill. Next, con- 
sider a high-efficiency washer. These use less water and 
less detergent than a traditional washer, especially if you 
use HE-compatible soap. They also spin out more water 
after the rinse cycles to reduce the amount of time your 
laundry needs to be in the dryer. 

. . . use less water and less 
detergent than a traditional 
washer, especially if you use 
HE-compatible soap. 



Front-loading washer advantages. 

Consider buying a front-loading washer instead of a 

top-loader. They generally have bigger drums, so you 

can wash your clothing in 

fewer loads. A front-loader's VOI I mn 

tumbling action is gentler 

to your hand-washables WOSh VOUT 

than a top-loader's central 

agitator. It's also more com- ClOthinQ in 

patible with bulky items 

such as comforters. fewer lOOdS. 



Sensing technologies. Smart sensors help 
washers and dryers do their jobs more quickly and effec- 
tively. Certain washers monitor not only the amount and 
temperature of the water, but also the level of detergent 
suds and the 

, . . you won t 



waste energy 



cleanness of 

your clothes. 

And dryers with 

moisture sensors 

turn off when your clothes are dry, not on a timer. This 

means you'll never have to add another 1 or 20 minutes 

because your clothes are still wet, and you won't waste 

energy by letting your dryer run longer than necessary. 



Alternate CyCleS. Steam is a useful feature in both 
washers and dryers. A steam washer uses high tempera- 
tures to neutralize aller- 



gens, such as dust mites, 
that ordinary washing 
might leave behind. In a 
dryer, a steam cycle can 
tumble out wrinkles and 
remove odors from fab- 
rics. Speaking of high temperatures, some washers' sani- 
tizing cycles use hot water or other means to kill microbes. 



. . . tumble out 
wrinkles and 
remove odors. 



FirstGlirnpse 



by Marty Sems 



76 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



APPLIANCES 



Sustainably Sg 
produced 



Bosch 

Vision Laundry 

More Efficient By Design 

Bosch (www.bosch-home.com/us) offers the most energy- and water-efficient 
full-sized front load washers in the United States, which provide superior 
cleaning results while exceeding Energy Star qualifications. The combination 
of efficiency, safety, value, and engineering means there's a model for you. 

When shopping Bosch's wide assortment of appliances in kitchen and 
laundry, look for the Green Technology Inside logo, which denotes effi- 
cient products that offer top performance and are produced in an environ- 
mentally friendly way. 



Eco-Friendly 

Good washing action requires movement and water. Bosch's Vision washers feature 
an ActiveWater System that maximizes the cleaning power of each gallon. The 
ActiveWater System consumes an average of 1 3 gallons per cycle to help lower 
your water bill, but washes with the power of 400 gallons. 

Every Bosch Vision washer and dryer features EcoAction, which is an option that 
can be paired with a cycle to decrease temperature and slightly increase the cycle 
time mode to conserve power. The EcoAction mode reduces energy consumption 
by 20% in washers and 1 0% in dryers. 




WASHER 

SKU 

MSRP* 



Capacity 



Spin Speed 
Cycles 



Display 

Time 

Options 



Special Cycle 



300 Series 500 Series 

9848912 9849108 

$799.99 $1,099.99 



Q 



4.4 cu. ft 



1 1 0Orpm 

Ti 

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LED 



Quick Fui: 



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Allergy Rinse 



XxtraSanitary™ 



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15 



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LED 



Quick Light 



EcoAction™ 
Allergy Rinse 
Stain Removal 



XxtraSanitary™ 
Comforter, Jeans, 
Baby Care 



DRYER 

SKU 

MSRP* 



Capacity 



Silence Rating 
Cycles 



Dryer Rack 
Time 
Drum 

Options 



Special Cycles 



300 Series (Elec.) 500 Series 

9848463 9849083 

$799.99 $999.99 



v 



J 



6.7 cu. ft 



64dBA 



11 



LED 



No 



20, 40, 60 min 



One Piece 
Stainless 



EcoAction" 
Delicates 



Time Dry 



AquaStop™ 



Klixon Sensors 



c» 



Remove 14 different stains with just 
the touch of a button. Different 
stains require different temperatures 
to treat them, so the Stain Removal 
Option brings the water into the 
washing machine at tap tempera- 
ture and incrementally increases 
water temperature (with the built-in 
water heater) to target each stain at 
the optimal level. 



Whether the washer and 
dryer are upstairs or 
down in the basement, 
no one wants to hear a 
rattling machine. Bosch's 



(Elec.) 



6.7cu.ft 



64dBA 



15 



LED 



No 



20, 40, 60 min 



One Piece 

Stainless 



EcoAction" 
Delicates 



Jeans 
Steam Cycles 



Klixon Sensors 



AVS Anti-vibration tech- 
nology drastically reduces 
vibration and noise from 
unbalanced loads during 
the spin cycle. Bosch 
also offers an exclusive 
water safety system 
known as AquaStop tech- 
nology, which protects 
against damaging leaks 
and floods. 



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



FirstGlirnpse 



First Glimpse / September 2010 77 



APPLIANCES 




SensoTouch 3D 1 250X 

MSRP: $229.99* SKU: 1211499 

• GyroFlex 3D provides three-dimensional 
contouring to adjust seamlessly to the 
contours of your face, minimizing pres- 
sure and irritation. 

• UltraTrack heads have three specialized 
shaving tracks, slots, channels, and holes, to 
catch every hair, in just a few strokes. 

• SkinGlide system minimizes pressure and irritation, 
allowing the razor to glide seamlessly over the skin 




SensoTouch 1150X 

MSRP: $129.99* SKU: 1211393 

• GyroFlex 2D system follows the contours 
of your face, minimizing pressure and ir- 
ritation. 

• Aquatec seal gives you the option of a 
comfortable dry or refreshing wet shave. 

• DualPrecision heads have slots to shave 
the normal hairs and holes to shave the 
shortest stubble. 

• Lift & Cut Technology gently lifts hairs to 
cut comfortably below skin level. 




Get The 
Best Shave 

Philips Norelco Shavers 

Philips Norelco (www.philips.com/Norelco) has a variety of 
products designed to keep you looking your best. Check out the 
details below. 



QC5170 






U\\\u 


MSRP: $39.99 SKU: 9934276 








• Cut your own hair with a hair 


clipper 






that features 10 secured length 


setting 




L % ^ 


up to 21 mm. 








• Special combs follow every contour 


of 




your head and turn 180 degrees for 


the 




spots you can't see. 









QT4021/63 
MSRP: $39.99 



SKU: 9779352 



Stubble and beard trimmer features a 
comb design that avoids contact between 
the blades and your skin. 

Uses SteelWave self-sharpening blades 
for precise results. 




SensoTouch With Jet Clean 1 160CC 

MSRP: $179.99* SKU: 1211426 

• Jet Clean system cleans and lubricates 
the blades and charges the battery 
after every use. 

• GyroFlex 2D system follows the contours 
of your face, minimizing pressure and irri- 
tation. 

• Aquatec seal gives you the option of 
a comfortable dry or refreshing wet shave. 

• Lift & Cut Technology gently lifts hairs to cut 
comfortably below skin level. 




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



FirstGlirnpse 



78 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



APPLIANCES 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Floor Care 



Q, 



. What types of floor care products are available? 

A Vacuums, hard floor cleaners, and steam cleaners are 
available. Vacuum types include upright, canister, hand- 
held, stick, robot, commercial, and garage, so you can find a 
vacuum that best fits your cleaning needs. 



Q What's the best vacuum filtration system for keeping 
my indoor environment clean? 

A A vacuum with a HEPA filter is best at purifying the 
carpet and air in your home. HEPA filters trap small 
particles such as pollen and other allergens, so they're not 
circulated back into the environment. 



Q What's the difference between a canister vacuum 
and an upright vacuum? 

A An upright vacuum is best for traditional vacuuming 
needs, such as rugs, carpeting, and hardwood floors. 
A canister vacuum is best for stairs, drapes, upholstery, and 
hard-to-reach areas, and due to a smaller size, it's easier to 
use and store. 



QWhat is the difference between bagged vacuums 
and bagless vacuums? 

A A bag vacuum collects dust, dirt, and debris in a dispos- 
able bag that can easily be thrown away and replaced. 
Bagless vacuums collect household waste in a canister or con- 
tainer, which means you don't have to buy replacement bags. 



QHow can I use a handheld or stick vacuum in 
my home? 

A Handheld and stick vacuums can be used for light vac- 
uuming jobs and quick touch-ups. They are small and 
lightweight, making them easy to store and handle, and many 
are cordless and instead feature rechargeable batteries. 



Q 



What type of vacuum should I use on my home's 
hardwood floors? 



A You should consider a bare floor vacuum, which will 
work on hardwood floors, tile, laminate, and other bare 
floors, or a multisurface vacuum, which can be used on both 
carpet and bare floors. 



QWhat is the difference between steam cleaners and 
steam mops? 

A Steam cleaners are similar to upright vacuums and use 
a combination of steam and strong suction action to 
deep-clean carpets and remove ground-in stains. Steam 
mops are smaller and more lightweight and can be used on 
tile, ceramic, and hardwood floors to clean up spills and 
disinfect floors. 



QWhat type of vacuum should I look for to clean up 
after my pets? 

A Vacuums that are pet-specific include extra features 
that make cleaning up after your furry friend easy, such 
as extra brushes and tools and stronger suction. 




FirstGlirnpse 



First Glimpse / September 2010 79 



APPLIANCES 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




VACUUM BELTS, BAGS 
& FILTERS 

• Replace vacuum belts 
every year for optimum 
performance. 

• Trap airborne pollutants, 
such as household dust, 
particles, and debris with 
micro allergen or hepa filter 
vacuum bags and filters. 




HIGH-EFFICIENCY 
LAUNDRY DETERGENT 

• Wash clothes better with a 
detergent that's formulated 
to work with a high-effi- 
ciency washer. 

• HE detergent prevents 
damage to your washer, 
such as leaking, vibration, 
and poor spinning. 




GAS FLEX LINES 



• Ranges and laundry dryers. 

Gas lines aren't included with 
these appliances, so you'll 
need to pick one up. 

• With an auto shutoff fea- 
ture, you can protect your 
home from gas leaks 

• Professional installers re- 
quire a new gas line. 




UPHOLSTERY & FLOOR 
CLEANING AGENTS 

• Make cleaning easy with 
products made for partic- 
ular surfaces, such as multi- 
floor, wood floors, carpet, 
and upholstery. 

• Some agents can be used 
with a variety of products, 
but others are for specific 
product use. 




LAUNDRY PEDESTALS 

• Raise your front-loading 
washer and dryer to an 
easy-to-access and more 
ergonomic height. 



Store laundry sup- 
plies in pedestals 
that double as 
drawers. 



After you've selected an appliance, you need to make sure you 
have all of the necessary extras, such as cords or hoses for instal- 
lation. It's also good to consider if you want a professional to de- 
liver and install your unit. By adding the accessories below, you 
can ensure your appliance's performance remains top-notch. 





REFRIGERATOR BULBS 
& FILTERS 

• Keep a spare bulb on 
hand to replace burnt 
out interior lights. 

• Ensure your dispensed 
water and ice always taste 
fresh with extra water filters. 




WATER LINES 



• Refrigerators. Some models 
include plastic water lines, 
which are susceptible to 
twisting or leaks. A better al- 
ternative is a line made of 
metal, such as copper or 
stainless steel. 

• Washing machines. Don't 
settle for the rubber hose 
that comes with your ma- 
chine, as it can burst. In- 
stead, opt for a durable 
stainless steel hose that will 
last longer. 

• Dishwashers. Reusing an 
old water line can lead to 
water damage. Instead, get 
a dishwasher kit that in- 
cludes a water line and 
power cord for the best per- 
formance. 




ELECTRICAL CORDS 

Power cords aren't included 
with these appliances. Here's 
what you should know: 

• Washers and dryers. All 

new models use 4-prong 
cords, but models made be- 
fore 1 984 require a 3-prong 
cord replacement. 

• Dishwashers. Purchase a 
three-prong cord individu- 
ally or in a kit that includes 
a water line. 

• Ranges. Check your home's 
electrical outlet to get either 
a 3-prong or 4-prong cord. 




APPLIANCES SERVICES 

Whether you're buying a 
new unit or need to tune up 
your existing one, CE retailers 
offer professional services like 
the ones below to help get 
your appliance up and running 
in no time. 

• Delivery & Installation 

• Appliance Recycling 

• Appliance Service Plans 
. • Appliance Repairs 



FirstGlirnpse 



80 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 



A Peek At The Digital Future 




3D TV 



Monsters vs. Aliens. The World Cup. 
WipEout HD. 

3D Blu-ray Discs, TV programs, and 
video games are ready for your living 
room, and these examples are just the 
tip of the iceberg. 

How The New 3D Works 

The entertainment electronics industry 
has finally standardized (more or less) 
home-theater gear that supports new 
3D content. The secret sauce of the 
new generation of equipment has two 
basic components. 

One is an HDTV with 3D compatibility 
that can receive and display video sig- 
nals that change very rapidly, such as 
1 20 or 240 times per second. The other 
is active LCD shutter eyewear, which 
are powered glasses that "wink" just as 
fast. While the 3D TV presents slightly 



different frames of video at a very fast 
pace, the eyewear alternately dims your 
left or right field of vision in perfect sync. 

Because your left and right eyes see dif- 
fering images, for most people the result 
is a believable illusion of three-dimen- 
sional video depth. The effect is most re- 
alistic with video that was originally shot 
in 3D with two camera lenses, although 
2D content can be converted to 3D, too. 

What You Need For 3D 

Besides a new 3D HDTV and compat- 
ible eyewear, you'll need to buy a few 
other things to bring 3D into your own 
home theater. You'll need a source of 
3D content such as games or TV pro- 
gramming. If you plan to watch 3D 
movies on compatible BDs (Blu-ray 
Discs), you'll need a 3D-ready BD 
player and an HDMI cable with 
10.2Gbps or higher speed. 



Optionally, if you want to route the 
video through an A/V receiver, it must 
allow the 3D signal to reach the TV 
unimpeded (this is called 3D pass- 
through support). You'll also need an- 
other high-speed HDMI cable to 
connect the receiver to your TV. 

3D-ready HDTVs. Older HDTVs with 
3D capabilities may or may not work 
with the new standards of 3D media, 
such as 3D Blu-ray Discs. Unfortunately, 
it's unclear right now just how compat- 
ible earlier 3D TVs will prove to be. 
Your best bet for the most supportive 3D 
home theater is to start with a new 
HDTV specifically made for today's 
discs, TV programs, and games. 

It's absolutely crucial that you try out a 
3D TV before you buy. To test it with 
the best picture possible, watch both 
ordinary BD content in 2D mode 
(without the eyewear) and a 3D Blu-ray 



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GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 



A Peek At The Digital Future 



Disc in 3D mode. TV manufacturers 
may recommend certain conditions for 
the best 3D viewing experience, such 
as using a specific picture mode and 
watching in a dark room. 

In 3D mode, check for any flicker in 
the picture. Also watch out for blur- 
ring and/or color shifting of the image, 
which indicates crosstalk (the eyewear 
is allowing one eye to briefly glimpse 
the picture intended for the other eye). 
Some TVs are currently better about 
minimizing 3D crosstalk and ghosting 
(motion blur) than others. 

Also note what happens in 3D mode 
when you tilt your head to one side 
or back. For example, some eye- 
wear makes the screen seem darker, 
while others display color distortion 
or crosstalk. 

Eyewear. It's important that a TV's active 
shutter glasses feel comfortable to you, 
especially if you wear prescription lens- 
es. Some 3D TVs come with one or two 
sets of eyewear, while some 3D-ready 
models don't include any. 

Right now TV manufacturers are the 
best sources of eyewear compatible 
with their 3D sets. This is because eye- 
wear made for one TV may make the 
picture of another 3D TV look tinted 
with color. Also, 3D TVs use various 
methods of synchronizing their pictures 
with their eyewear, including IR (in- 
frared light), RF (radio frequencies), and 
Bluetooth. Finally, some glasses are op- 
timized for easy battery recharging, 
while others aren't. 

3D In Your Life 

Just wait until you experience a 3D Blu- 
ray Disc movie such as "Toy Story 3" on 
a display that's sharper than a cinema's 
projection screen. You might also look 
forward to sharing your love of sports 



with the kids in a way that grabs their 
attention better than a video game. 
Speaking of which, 3D games will pro- 
vide you with a more immersive and 
compelling gameplay. 



3D has cycled in and out of the cinema 
for decades. Perhaps the living room 
will give it a permanent home. IS 

by Marty Sems 




A couple of accessories later (about $200 for eyewear and a sync transmitter), Sony's 
BRAVIA KDL-HX800 series of HDTVs turns into a 3D entertainment platform. 
You can choose among the 40-inch KDL-40HX800 ($1,889.99), the 46-inch 
KDL-46HX800 ($2,429.99), and the 54.6-inch KDL-55HX800 ($3,059.99). 



Sony's BRAVIA KDL-HX800 
HDTVs With 3D 

Start with an LED-LCD Sony BRAVIA HDTV with Full HD, 1080p capa- 
bility. Add in a MotionFlow PRO 240Hz refresh rate, and BRAVIA Engine 
3 video processing on a Deep Black Panel. Mix with online video streaming 
from Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and others, not to mention DLNA multi- 
media streaming from your PC. You'd be forgiven for stopping there, as you 
would have an HDTV packed with desirable features. 

Of course, this article being what it is, you should be able to guess that there's 
more to the KDL-HX800 series. It's 3D-ready. Buy Sony's active shutter glasses 
($149.99 per pair) and sync transmitter ($49.99) separately, and you're all set 
for multidimensional entertainment the likes of which your home theater has 
never seen. An optional Wi-Fi adapter ($79.99) illustrates another way in 
which this line of BRAVIA HDTVs can grow with your needs. • 



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82 September 2010 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 




Sony VAIO Mini Netbo 

Set your fantasy football teams and 
monitor them during the day using 
a Wi-Fi connection. Or, chat with 
opponents face-to-face with a 



$399.99 



Madden NFL 1 1 

Wailable for multiple platforms, Madden NFL 1 1 lets you run the | 
for your favorite NFL teams and compete in games against friends. 

Price varies by platform 







Bushnell 
PowerView 
Compact 
Binoculars 

Get a good view of 



the nosebleed 
section with a pair 
of binoculars slim 
enough to fit in a 
purse or pocket. 

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