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Table Of Contents • Volume 8 Issue 4 

On Our Cover: Featured on this month's cover is the JBL On Air Wireless Airplay Speaker 
Dock ($349; www.jbl.com), Canon VIXIA HF M40 Flash Memory Camcorder and Canon 
PIXMA MX882 All-ln-One Inkjet Printer ($699.99 and $199.99, respectively; www.usa.canon. 
com), and the Sharp 70-inch AQUOS Quattron LED TV ($3,299.99; www.sharpusa.com). 



Get Details On 

The Latest Product Arrivals 




2nd Generation Intel Core 
Processors 

■ See page 46 

f~> ^ItlfYI 1 Canon PIXMA MX882 and 
*^C%IIVMI MX410 all-in-one inkjet 
printers 
See page 40 

Canon VIXIA HF M40, HF41, 
and HF G10 HD camcorders 
See page 20 

JBL On Air Wireless Airplay 
Speaker Dock 

■ See page 57 

Lenovo B560, V560, and 
IdeaPad Z565 laptops 

■ See page 48 

Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 
desktop 

■ See page 49 

Lenovo Thinkpad T410s 
notebook 

■ See page 75 

Lenovo L2261 wide 
flat-panel monitor 

■ See page 49 

Lowepro Tahoe 10 and 20 
[OWGprO camera pouches 

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Nikon 



Nikon Coolpix L24, L120, 
53100,54100,58100,59100, 
and P500 cameras 
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ICDUX512 digital voice 

recorders 

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Sony SMP-N100 Network 
Media Player with Wi-Fi 
See page 10 



On page 79 of last month's issue, it was noted that some 
consumer and professional models of LG HDTVs include 
public display settings. That information was incorrect, as 
only professional LG models offer those settings. 



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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. 



37 Expand Your Creativity 
With A Nikon D-SLR 




60 Record Lectures, 
Interviews & More 

Sony Digital Voice 
Recorder ICDPX3 12 




Bigger Gets Better 

70-inch Sharp AQUOS 
Quattron LC-70LE732U 
LED TV 



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Your Portal To Network 
Entertainment 

Sony SMP-N1 00 Network 
Media Player With Wi-Fi 




Inkjet Printers Up To 
Office Tasks 

Canon PIXMA MX882 & 
MX410AII-ln-Onelnkjets 



Benefits Of Canon's 
HD CMOS Pro 

Professional Inspired 
Performance 




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Inside This Issue 



i pages 8 to 19 



I Imaging pages 20 to 39 



Computers pages 40 to 56 



Portable Devices pages 57 to 66 



Appliances pages 67 to 69 



Built For Business pages 70 to 75 



Gaming, Media & More pages 76 to 80 



I Imaging 
Computers 




2nd Generation 
Intel Core 
Processors 

Performance 
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All The Data In The World 

Researchers at the USC Annenberg School for 
Communication & Journalism have calculated the amount 
of data humankind is capable of storing, and it's a lot. The 
total storage capacity of all digital and analog devices is 
equal to 295 exabytes or roughly 309 million terabytes. 
Even so, that's less than 1 % of the data contained in human 
DNA. Between 1986 and 2007, global telecommunica- 
tions grew 28% annually, storage capacity expanded 23% 
every year, and computing capacity ballooned 58% each 
year, the lattermost of which is a factor of 1 faster than the 
United States' GDP during that timeframe. 

Source: USC 





How Secure Is Your Username? 

Sure, you've heard ad nauseum the perils of 
using a simple password, but according to re- 
searchers from France's National Institute for 
Research in Computer Science and Control, a 
unique username may make you easy prey for 
criminals and overzealous marketers alike. The 
researchers discovered, somewhat counterintui- 
tively, that unique usernames can be a security 
risk, especially when they consist of or suggest 
your real name and identity. This is because 
unique usernames are easier to trace, especially 
when reused across multiple social networking 
and online services. 

Source: INRIA 



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marketplace 
Mobile Networks Accelerating 

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, global mobile data traffic is getting 
where it needs to go faster than ever. In the latest report, Cisco found that mobile network 
download connection speeds increased twofold between 2009 and 2010; from 101 Kbps to 
215Kbps. When Cisco factored in only smartphones, which tend to be higher-bandwidth 
devices, the download speeds jumped from 613Kbps in 2009 to 1,036Kbps in 2010. By 
201 5, Cisco estimates that the average mobile connection speed will be 2,220Kbps and the 
average smartphone connection speed will be a whopping 4,404Kbps. 

Source: Cisco 



Mobile Networks Accelerating 




Average 
mobile 
connection 
speed. 

Average 
smartphone 
connection 
speed. 



2009 



2010 



2011 



2012 



2013 



2014 



2015 



Online Movie Rentals 
Outpacing Purchases 



New IHS Screen Digest research points to the sharp revenue rise in iVOD (Internet video on 
demand), or movie rentals, compared to more modest gains for EST (electronic sell-through), 
or movie purchases. In 201 3, IHS predicts that U.S. movie iVOD will rake in $341 .7 mil- 
lion to overtake EST, which will take in $331 .1 million in revenue that year. In 201 5, iVOD 
movie revenue will climb to $439.1 million while EST revenue will reach $396.8 million. 

Source: IHS Screen Digest 



Online Movie Revenue 



Internet 
video on 
demand 




Electronic 
sell-through 



2010 



2013 



2015 



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tidbits 

Blu-ray Disc production ex- 
ceeded 400 million 
units in 2010, 
an increase of 
almost 60% 
compared 
to 2009, and 
that's not even 
counting PS3 

games. By the end of 201 4, 
Futuresource expects 2 billion 
BDs to be manufactured in that 
year alone. 
Source: Futuresource Consulting 

The worldwide ebook market 
grew by approximately 200% in 
2010, with more than 90 million 
units selling, worth 
over $900 mil- 



lion. Ebooks 
in the United 
States ac- 
counted for 
80% of global 
revenues from the 
ebook market. 
Source: Futuresource Consulting 

As of November 201 0, visits 
to Web-based email sites have 
declined 6% compared to 2009, 
while simultaneously mobile 
device-based email checking has 
increased 36%. 

Source: com Score 

You love your digital camera, 
and apparently, so does everyone 
else. There are ap- 
proximately 3.5 
billion cameras 
in use world- 
wide and more 
than 1 trillion 
digital images 
stored. Among 

shutterbugs in the UK, France, 
and Germany, 90% share images 
with friends and family. 
Source: Futuresource Consulting 





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HOME THEATER 



COVER STORY 



Bigger Gets Better 

70-inch Sharp AQUOS Quattron 
LC-70LE732U LED TV 



Sharp continues to redefine the large-screen TV category by introducing the industry's first 70-inch LED TV, the AQUOS 
LC-70LE732U ($3,299.99; www.sharpusa.com). The combination of this new size and Sharp's exclusive Quattron quad pixel 
technology, Full HD 1080p resolution, a 120Hz Fine Motion Advanced refresh rate, and a brand-new suite of Internet-connected 
TV features including built-in Wi-Fi and streaming 
services make this a home-theater addition you can 
build your home viewing experience around. 



The Large-Screen Advantage 

Offering advanced features, Sharp's 70-inch 
AQUOS Quattron LED TV is built with value 
in mind, and it offers 62% more screen area 
than a 55-inch TV. With built-in Quattron 
technology, you'll enjoy high-end picture 
quality and a fully immersive TV experience. 
The HDTV's quad pixel technology adds a 
fourth subpixel (yellow) to the traditional red/ 
green/blue pixel structure, making it possible 
to see vivid colors, such as deep golds, yel- 
lows, and more realistic ocean blues. And 
because it uses a full-array LED backlight, the 
video brightness and color is more uniform. 

With built-in Wi-Fi, it's easier than ever to con- 
nect to the most popular online services such 
as CinemaNow, Netflix, and Napster. DLNA 
compatibility allows you to conveniently share 
video between a PC and the TV, and the IP 
Control feature can tie the TV in to a home con- 
trol system such as Control4. Plus, with the help 
of Sharp's real-time customer support service, 
AQUOS Advantage Live, you can be sure you 
have the best-looking picture in your home. 

For the video game enthusiast, the 70-inch LC- 
70LE732U can create the most thrilling game ex- 
periences, and not just due to the big screen. The 
Vyper Drive game mode is designed to minimize 
the lag time between a game console and the 
TV, all but eliminating that annoying delay. 




AQUOS Quattron LC-70LE732U LED TV 
$3,299.99 | SKU: 2047632 | www.sharpusa.com 



Key Features 




• Full HD 1080p edge-lit LED TV 




• Quad Pixel Plus technology 




• Built-in Wi-Fi with Internet-conm 


^cted TV services 


• Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 USB, 1 PC, 1 [ 


ithernet, and 1 RS-232C 


• Meets Energy Star requirements 





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HOME THEATER 



HOW TO BUY 



An A/V Receiver 

Choose A Home-Theater Hub 




An A/V receiver is central to your home theater in several 
ways. It distributes surround sound from your movies, games, 
music collection, and TV shows to your speakers. A receiver 
can also act as a video switch for your HDTV when you want 
to watch a cable or satellite channel, play a video game, or 
pop a BD (Blu-ray Disc) or DVD into your player. Bear these 
tips in mind as you shop. 



Standalone 
or in a set? 

You can buy an A/V 
receiver as an indi- 
vidual component 
at many electronics 
stores. Alternatively, 
you can buy an HTiB 
(home theater in a 
box). An HTiB is a 
kit with a receiver, 
a set of speakers, a 
subwoofer, a remote, and often a DVD or BD player. 



... a receiver, 
a set of speakers, 
a subwoofer, 
a remote, and 
often a DVD 
or BD player. 



3D paSS-thrOUgh. For a home theater, it's a good 
idea to future-proof 



your purchase as much 
as possible. Shop for 
an A/V receiver that 
supports 3D video pass- 
through. With a growing 
number of 3D telecasts, 
BDs, and video games, 
members of your family 
may already be itching to experience them. 



. . . if s a 
good idea to 
future-proof 
your purchase 






Surround-sound format support, speak 

ing of audio, a full-featured A/V receiver should be able to 

decode (make audible) 

DTS-HD Master Audio 

and all other BD and 

DVD sound formats, 

such as Dolby Digital 

Plus and Dolby TrueHD, 

Although some BD play 

ers can do this on their 

own, chances are good 

that you'll get better 

sound by setting your 

player to let the receiver 

handle the decoding (called 



. . . you'll get 
better sound 
by setting your 
player to let the 
receiver handle 
the decoding 

bitstream or raw mode). 



Tailor tO yOUr Situation. Speaking very gener- 
ally, the bigger your home-theater room, the more RMS 
wattage your new A/V receiver should have. All else being 
equal, a higher- wattage receiver can sustain a louder vol- 
ume level, so it can fill a larger room with sound. 

Also, if you have an older TV or device that doesn't have 
an HDMI port, make sure that your new receiver supports 
its type of audio and video connections. 



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Your Portal To Network 
Entertainment 

Sony SMP-N100 Streaming Player With Wi-Fi 



If there's a missing link between your HDTV and the content 
you want, feast your eyes on the Sony SMP-N100 Streaming 
Player with Wi-Fi ($129.99; www.sonystyle.com). This home- 
theater addition offers up to Full HD 1080p video quality and 
makes it easy to enjoy online content and the media files saved 
on your home network, all on your HDTV. 



A Personal Showcase 

Your digital photos, video, and 
music files are just waiting to be un- 
leashed. With the SMP-N100 and a 
wireless (802.1 1 n recommended) or 
wired network connection, you can 
stream your media files from your 
PC and other DLNA-compatible 
devices to your home theater in no 
time. The Streaming Media Player 
supports most audio and video for- 
mats, including iTunes, Windows 
Audio, and DivX HD. 




Infinity & Beyond 

How deep is your media collec- 
tion? Consider it a drop in the 
bucket compared to the online 
content available to the SMP- 
N100. There are high-quality 
movies and TV shows from on- 
line subscription services, such 
as Netflix, Amazon Video on 
Demand, and Hulu Plus, plus the 
wild video frontier of YouTube. 
And with Pandora and Slacker, 
you can stream the music you love 
most from the Web. 



J I 



Simplicity 

Accessing your entertainment op- 
tions with the SMP-N100 is a cinch. 
Simply find the media you want 
with the Streaming Media Player's 
included remote, or you can opt to 
download a free app to make any 
iPhone, iPod touch, or compatible 
Android phone into a versatile remote 
control. And it's worth noting that al- 
though the SMP-N1 00 is made to be 
enjoyed by anyone, parental controls 
will keep you in charge of younger 
family members' viewing privileges. 



Essential Specs 

• 1080p Full HD with HDMI out- 
put 

• Built-in Wi-Fi (802.1 1 b/g/n) and 
Ethernet 

• Can stream media from compat- 
ible DLNA devices 

• BRAVIA Internet Video includes 
popular apps, such as Netflix, 
YouTube, and Hulu Plus 

• Precision CinemaHD Upscaler 
improves SD and Web video 
quality 

• 1 USB input 



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HOME THEATER 



Active Shutter & 
Passive Polarized 3D TV 

What's The Difference? 




3D TVs can make a movie come to life, but in order to enjoy 3D imagery, you need 3D glasses. There are two types of 
3D technology used by TV manufacturers — active shutter or passive — and no matter which one you choose, you'll need 
to don eyewear for 3D viewing. We'll take a look at the differences between these two technologies and what they mean 
in terms of your 3D home-theater experience. 



Passive Polarized 3D TVs 

• HDTVs that use passive polarized 3D technology use glasses 
that are typically made of inexpensive plastic, such as those 
you'll find in movie theaters for viewing 3D films. 

• Battery-free passive polarized 3D glasses are flicker-free and 
light. You can use these 3D glasses to watch movies from any 
viewing angle in your home-theater room. 

• Polarized 3D glasses look like tinted sunglasses and work in 
conjunction with a polarized filter on a 3D TV to produce 
the 3D image. When watching content on an HDTV that 
uses polarized 3D eyewear, you're viewing a horizontal and 
vertical image simultaneously. One lens of the glasses lets in 
the horizontal image and the other lets in the vertical image; 
your brain combines these and comprehends it as 3D. 



Active Shutter 3D TVs 

• HDTVs that support active shutter 3D technology 
transmit a signal to a receiver built into active 
shutter 3D glasses. Active shutter 3D glasses use 
a power source to alternately block images from 
reaching the right and left lens at a fast rate. At 
the same rate, the active shutter 3D TV displays 
left and right images one after another (known as 
shuttering). This tricks your eyes into seeing two 
separate images; you'll perceive the result as 3D. 

• If you need to individually purchase compatible 
eyewear for an active shutter 3D HDTV, expect 
to pay more than you would for passive polar- 
ized eyewear. Due to their built-in receivers, they 
range in price from $1 00 to $1 99. 



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HOME THEATER 



Bigger, Brighter, Sharper 

Plasma Displays Offer Multiple Benefits 




Of the two major types of flat-panel displays, plasma and LCD, you may be more 
familiar with LCDs, in which glass plates surround an array of liquid crystals. 
Plasma displays, on the other hand, work by layering between glass plates a matrix 
of millions of tiny cells, each of which contains inert gasses that light up in response 
to the application of a specific voltage. It's more complicated, but plasma displays 
offer certain benefits that make the technology well worth considering. 



Bigger Is Better— & Often Less Expensive 

You can get fairly large displays of either type, but the largest LCDs tend to be 
more expensive than equivalent plasma displays of the same size. And while 
the bulk of traditional LCD TVs tend to top out at about 45 inches, plasma dis- 
plays can easily be 60 inches or larger. So, if you're looking for a giant-sized 
flat-screen TV experience, keep plasma in mind as an option: It's often your 
best buy for supersized video and television. 



Contrast & Brightness 

Today's LCD images are excellent, but all else being equal, plasma displays 
often offer brighter, sharper displays of superior contrast. That's especially true 
when the image is displayed in a darkened room, which of course is exactly 
how we often view television and movies. 



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Clarity & Motion 
Tracking 

LCDs can be prone to blurry mo- 
tion or to artifacts — on-screen 
specks and noise that can disrupt 
your viewing. Plasma screens 
refresh much more often than 
LCDs do, which improves motion 
tracking and reduces ghosting — 
those after-images that may briefly 
appear during high-action se- 
quences. Plasma also offers better 
color saturation and faster response 
times than LCDs, both of which 
also help reduce image flaws and 
produce sharp true-to-life images. 



Better Viewing Angles 

You may have noticed that it's 
sometimes difficult to see an LCD 
if you're viewing it from an angle. 
New LCDs offer better viewing 
angles than before, but plasma 
screens still offer wider viewing 
angles than most LCDs. 



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12 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



HOME THEATER 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Audio Options 



Q. 



Will my HDTV's speakers provide high-quality sound? 

A Probably not; an HDTV's built-in speakers aren't typically 
designed for anything approaching the fidelity, depth, and 
immersive qualities that external speaker systems offer. 



Ql want a full-featured surround-sound speaker 
system, but I don't want the complexity of finding 
individual components. Are there alternatives? 

Yes; look for an HTiB (home theater in a box), 
which contains everything your home theater 

needs — speakers, an A/V receiver, and potentially even 

a Blu-ray Disc or DVD player. 



UC What's an A/V receiver? 

A An A/V receiver is a device through which you can run 
all the audio from your various home-theater devices to 
external speakers. They also route video from components, 
such as a disc player or DVR, to your HDTV. Sometimes 
they're sold with HTiB kits, and sometimes separately. 



QWhat do the numbers regarding speaker setups 
(2.1, 5.1, 7.1, etc.) mean? 

The first number (2, 5, or 7) refers to the number of 
satellite speakers in the set; the second number (.1) 
indicates a subwoofer. For example, a 5.1 speaker configura- 
tion includes a center speaker, two front speakers, two rear 
speakers, and a subwoofer. 



Q 



I don't have a lot of space for a bunch of speakers. 
Are there lower-profile options? 



Yes; consider a sound bar, whose amplifier and speakers are 
encased in one large horizontal bar. They're designed to fit 
above or below your HDTV and are wall-mountable. 



QWhat kinds of audio cables will I need to connect 
my speaker system? 

If you've purchased an HTiB, it will likely include 
cables. To connect component speakers and other 
devices, you'll need a combination of HDMI, digital 
optical, digital coaxial, or stereo audio cables (which are 
analog), depending on your particular setup. Digital cables 
typically provide the best audio quality through speakers. 



Qlf I put together my home-theater audio system from 
individual components, what should I know? 

Ensure that your speakers can handle the wattage of 
your receiver. Further, try to at least buy speakers in 
matched pairs to ensure more uniform sound. 



QHow can I eliminate cable clutter across my living 
room with surround-sound speakers? 

If you opt for a wireless speaker system, the A/V 
receiver can send audio signals wirelessly to the rear 
speakers in your setup. This eliminates the need to connect 
the furthest speakers in your setup with cable. 



Q 



Do I need any special equipment for an audio system 
to work with a 3D TV? 



A Make sure you have an AA/ receiver equipped with 3D 
video pass-through to ensure the audio produced by your 
speakers is properly synced with the TV's 3D video. You'll also 
need high-speed HDMI cables. 



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HOME THEATER 



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 profes- 
sionally calibrated by a specialist to 
accommodate your home's unique 
lighting environment. 

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

• Although you can expect to budget 
1 to 1 5% of the purchase price of 
your television for a professional cali- 
bration, consider it an entertainment 
investment that will pay dividends for 
years to come. 



What You Can Expect 

• A calibration session includes two inputs on the set, so no matter which you 
use, you will get the best image clarity and sharpness your HDTV can provide. 

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

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




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HOME THEATER 




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 back- 
light. 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 some- 
times 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 
progressively 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 tech- 
nologies. These technologies vary, 
but all projection TVs throw light on 
a screen from the front or rear. This 
means they are bulkier than plasmas 
or LCDs, but some sets have stellar 
picture quality. 

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

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



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HDTVs 

Screen Technology 
Differences 

LCD (liquid-crystal display) 




LCDs can use one of two 
backlight technologies. 
CCFLs (cold cathode fluo- 
rescent 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 harmful 
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 42 

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 (typically 60 inches 
and larger). 



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

Cons 

• With depths of 1 6 to 24 inches, these 
TVs are far too big and bulky to mount 
on a wall. 



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• RPTVs require lamp replacements 
every few years. 

Best For 

• Anyone who wants to bring a 
cinematic experience home 

• Big, roomy home theaters 



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HOME THEATER 



Should You Get An LCD Or LED-LCD TV? 



So you've decided to get an LCD TV. The next step is deciding which LCD TV to invest in. LCDs use different kinds of lights to project an 
image onto the screen. A traditional LCD uses CCFLs or EEFLs whereas new LED-LCDs use LEDs. Here's a look at what sets apart a few of the 
latest LCD and LED-LCD TVs. 



Light 
projection 



Size 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 



Native 
resolution 



Viewing 
angle 



Inputs 
& Outputs 



Refresh 
rate** 



What It Means 



a 



a 



Sony 
KDL-32BX420 

MSRP: $529.99* 
SKU 2072076 



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

CCFL 



LG 
32LD400 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 1199202 



CCFL 



The diago- Height x width A fixed TV 

nal measure- x depth; How resolution; 

ment of the much the TV images are 

TV's screen weighs best dis- 



32 inches 



32 inches 



The angle at Inputs let you 

which the connect devices; 

viewer can Outputs transfer 

see the screen information to pe- 



played in this clearly 



19. 6x31. 5x 
3.6 inches; 23 
pounds 



19.9x31. 1x 
3.1 inches; 
20.6 pounds 



1 76 degrees 



1 78 degrees 



ripherals 

2 HDMI, 1 Compo- 
nent, 2 Composite, 
1 PC, 1 USB; 2 
audio outputs 



2 HDMI, 1 
Component, 
1 PC, 1 USB; 
1 audio output 



Speed at 
which a 
screen is re- 
drawn every 
second 

60Hz 



N/A 



a 




Toshiba 
40E210U 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 2138389 



N/A 



40 inches 



23.9x43.4x3.5 
inches; 31 .1 
pounds 



N/A 



2 HDMI, 1 
Component, 1 PC, 
1 USB; N/A 



60Hz 



Westinghouse 
VR-6025Z 

MSRP: $1,199* 
SKU 2047526 



CCFL 



60 inches 



35x56. 6x 
4.6 inches; 
85 pounds 



1080p 



1 76 degrees 



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



120Hz 



Insignia 
NS-42E570A11 

MSRP: $899.99* 
SKU 9595128 



LED (N/A) 



42 inches 



39.6x24.8x1.9 
inches; 32.2 
pounds 



N/A 



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



120Hz 



Q 
O 



l_^_ 



Samsung 
UN40D6000SF 

MSRP: $1,099* 
SKU 2126339 



LED (N/A) 



40 inches 



22.9x37.6x 
1 .2 inches; 24 
pounds 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 2 Com- 
ponent, 2 USB; 
1 audio output 



120Hz 



I* M 



Mitsubishi 
LT-46164 

MSRP: $2,099* 
SKU 1037296 



LED (edge-lit) 



46 inches 



29x43.3x 
2.9 inches; 
51.7 pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



4 HDMI, 2 
Composite, 2 Com- 
ponent, 1 PC, 1 
Ethernet, 2 USB; 3 
audio outputs 



120Hz 



Q 



Sharp 
LC-70LE732U 

MSRP: $3,299.99 : 
SKU 2047632 



LED (edge-lit) 



70 inches 




38.4x63. 5x 
3.5 inches; 
92.6 pounds 



1 76 degrees 



4 HDMI, 1 Component, 1 20 Hz 
2 Composite, 1 
Ethernet, 1 PC, 2 USB; 
2 audio outputs 



*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 to buy a plasma HDTV, it might be hard to decide on one just by looking at a wall of gorgeous sets. Refer to this 
chart for further help when shopping. 



Size 



Dimensions; 
Weight*** 



Native 
resolution 



Viewing 
angle 



Inputs 



Outputs 



Refresh 
rate** 



What It Means 




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



Insignia 
NS-42P650A11 

MSRP: $499.99* 
SKU 9748831 



42 inches 



Height x width 
x depth; How 
much the TV 
weighs 



24.9x40.6x2.8 
inches; 49.6 
pounds 



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

72 Op 



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



N/A 



Inputs let you 
connect your 
components 
to your TV 



Outputs transfer 
information from 
your TV to pe- 
ripherals, such as 
audio to speakers 



2 HDMI, 2 2 audio 

Component, 1 
Composite 



Speed at 
which a 
screen is re- 
drawn every 
second 

600Hz 




Panasonic 
TC-P42X3 

MSRP: $599.95* 
SKU 2120043 



42 inches 



25.1x40.3x3.7 
inches; 60.6 
pounds 



1080p 



N/A 



2 HDMI, 1 
Component, 

1 Composite, 

2 USB, 1 
Ethernet 



1 audio 



600Hz 




Samsung 
PN42C450B1D 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 9791253 



42 inches 



24. 8x40. 6x 
2.7 inches; 
38.6 pounds 



72 Op 



N/A 



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



1 audio 



600Hz 



Insignia 
NS-50P650A11 

MSRP: $697.99* 
SKU 9745916 



50 inches 



31. 3x47 Ax 
2.8 inches; 
50.7 pounds 



72 Op 



N/A 



2 HDMI, 2 
Component, 1 
Composite 



2 audio 



600Hz 




Panasonic 
TC-P46C2 

MSRP: $699.95* 
SKU 9788853 



46 inches 



28.5x44.6x3.7 
inches; 62.9 
pounds 



72 Op 



N/A 



2 HDMI, 2 
Component, 2 
Composite 



1 audio 



600Hz 




Panasonic 
TC-P42U2 

MSRP: $749.95* 
SKU 9761059 



42 inches 



26.1x40.6x3.7 
inches; 49.6 
pounds 



N/A 



3 HDMI, 2 
Component, 
2 Composite 



1 audio 



600Hz 



Samsung 
PN43D490A1D 

MSRP: $799.99* 
SKU 2121834 



43 inches 



24.5x39.8x2.2 
inches; 35.3 
pounds 



72 Op 



N/A 



3 HDMI, 2 
Component, 1 
PC, 1 USB 



1 audio 



600Hz 




Samsung 
PN50C7000YF 

MSRP: $1,999.99* 
SKU 9809723 



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



N/A 



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



1 audio 



600Hz 



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



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



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HOME THEATER 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




WALL MOUNTS & 
BRACKETS 

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

Maximize space in your 
viewing room by hanging 
up your TV 




CLEANING KIT 



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




CORD-CONCEALMENT 
KIT 

• Hide multiple cords while 
keeping them organized 
and minimize cord clutter 
Keep the focus on your 
new HDTV, not the cords 
connected 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 
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 
accessories that are vital to getting the most from your 
HDTV. The following is a rundown of the accessories we 
recommend to complete your home-theater setup. 





I 



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 
fluctuations 
• 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 per- 
formance 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 
consider 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 Pro- 
gramming 
• Speaker Setup 



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DIGITAL IMAGING 



COVER STORY 



Benefits Of Canon's 
HD CMOS Pro 



Professional Inspired 
Performance 



It's easy to assume that a camcorder with the highest number 
of megapixels will deliver the best HD video quality, but this 
isn't true. Instead, when it comes to megapixels you should 
seek quality over quantity. A camcorder that uses fewer 
megapixels that are significantly larger and more sensitive 
creates better video. As such, Canon (www.usa.canon.com) 
created its HD CMOS Pro image sensor technology. It can 
capture HD video with stunning clarity and enhanced low- 
light performance, and it's available on select VIXIA cam- 
corders, such as the Canon VIXIA HF M40 ($699.99). 




Canon VIXIA HF M40 
$699.99 
SKU: 2088371 




What HD CMOS Pro Delivers 



Canon VIXIA HF M41 

$799.99 

SKU: 2088565 




Canon VIXIA HF G10 

$1,499.99 

SKU: 2089051 



Outstanding Video Resolution 

The effective number of pixels in the HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is ex- 
actly equal to 1920 x 1080, the resolution of Full High Definition video. 
Since there is no need to resize the image captured by the sensor, Full HD 
video is recorded with exceptionally high resolution. 

Superb Low-Light Performance 

Because the number of pixels are precisely those needed to capture Full 
HD video, each pixel is larger and more sensitive to light. This makes 
it possible to capture high-quality HD video even in dimly lit settings, 
such as when you attend a friend's live acoustic performance at an open 
mic night. 

Wide Dynamic Range 

The larger pixel area lets the HD CMOS Pro image sensor store more light. 
In turn, this makes it possible for the camcorder to capture a wider range 
of tones. You will be able to accurately capture shadow detail without 
"blowing out" the highlight areas. 



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SHOPPING GUIDE 




Compact System 

Cameras 

Small & Powerful 

With a compact system camera, you'll enjoy the benefits 
of a D-SLR (a big lens that's more routinely capable of 
high-quality images) and a point-and-shoot camera (a 
small size that you can always take with you). These small 
wonders feature a mount where you can attach a variety 
of swappable lenses. 

. . . attach a variety 
of swappable lenses. 




Why A Compact System Camera? 

Active photographers who want consistently great pictures can travel with a small and 
lightweight camera instead of a bulky D-SLR. Also, the lenses you use with a compact 
system camera can capture images with greater detail, less distortion, and truer color 
than a point-and-shoot. In particular, the big lens, in combination with a larger image 
sensor, will impact the quality of photos taken in low light, where images are more 
likely to be blurry or off color. And because a compact system camera's lenses are 
interchangeable, you can select a lens to suit your environment and photography 
goals. For example, a telephoto zoom lens can snap up-close shots from far away and 
a wide-angle lens can let you capture more of a scene. 



Notable Features 

To help prevent photo blur, many compact system cameras feature image stabilization 
built into the body of the camera. This feature can save you money because you won't 
need to spend extra for lenses with image stabilization. Photo buffs will enjoy fine 
control over the detail and color through the use of manual focus and white balance 
capabilities. Look for features such as face detection, which improves your ability to 
capture clear family portraits, and multiple-point autofocus, which helps to improve 
the focus of photos with multiple subjects or moving objects — such as kids playing. 






Other Considerations 

Compact system camera bodies generally have a smaller hand grip than D- 
SLRs, which may increase the likelihood of camera shake and image blur. Un- 
like some point-and-shoot models, a compact system camera with an attached 
lens can't fit into the average pants pocket. 



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SHOPPING GUIDE 



Point-&-Shoots 

With Protection 

A Durable Camera Can 
Weather The Elements 



If you want to capture images in any location 
no matter the elements, you need a camera 
that's designed to endure extreme conditions. 
Durable cameras, such as the Olympus Stylus 
Tough-3000 ($199.99; www.olympusamerica 
.com), are essentially all-weather cameras, 
because they incorporate features that help 
the camera withstand harmful temperatures, 
water, drops, and more. Continue reading to 
learn more about their capabilities. 




An All-Conditions Camera 

Many durable cameras are waterproof to a certain depth underwater (usu- 
ally 1 feet or more). These cameras are perfect for snapping photos when 
you're playing with your kids at the water park or taking stills of them jumping 
through a sprinkler. Some durable models are also freeze-proof to a certain 
temperature, such as 1 4 degrees, so they're great for taking along on a sledding 
adventure; a standard point-and-shoot's internal components are unlikely to 
tolerate bitter temperatures. 



It's In The "Proof" 

A shockproof durable camera can endure drops of a given distance, generally 
around 3 to 6 feet. For instance, if your camera falls out of your backpack's side 
pocket, there should be little to no damage thanks to its shock-absorbing con- 
struction. Also, to prevent sand, grit, and other particles from infiltrating and dam- 
aging your camera, look for a dust-proof model that has a seamless construction. 



See It All 

Like other point-and-shoot cameras, a durable model usually features multiple 
shooting modes, and you can use durable cameras in places you wouldn't 
dream of taking other point-and-shoots. For example, you can easily snap pic- 
tures in the waves with an Underwater shooting mode or push a couple buttons 
to bring up a Snow mode as you build a snowman with your grandchildren. 



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SHOPPING GUIDE 



D-SLR 

Cameras For 
The Masses 

Sophisticated, 

But Not Just For Pros 

D-SLR cameras are sophisticated tools that offer the photog- 
rapher complete control over her images. But don't think 
that D-SLRs are just for pros and experienced amateurs: Just 
about any photographer, from pro to neophyte, can use and 
benefit from these powerful, flexible cameras. 




Why A D-SLR? 

D-SLRs offer a wealth of features and flexibility. With a D-SLR, you can expect 
interchangeable lenses and filters for increased flexibility, fast auto-focus, and 
fast "burst mode" shooting. And if you happen to have a point-and-shoot with 
a separate viewfinder, you're not looking through the lens, so you're not seeing 
the exact field of view covered by the camera, nor can you typically preview 
the depth of field — that is, the area of apparent sharpness in front of and behind 
the subject — with a point-and-shoot. Perhaps most importantly, the D-SLR's 
arger size and more sophisticated components allow for the inclusion of a 
arger sensor, and that means sharper images and better low-light shooting. 



Notable Features 
For Everyone 

Although D-SLRs may look complex, anyone 
can use one. Today's D-SLRs provide Auto 
shooting modes just like those found on point- 
and-shoot cameras. This allows you to simply 
select a type of photo (portrait, landscape, 
sports, etc.) and push the button; the camera 
does the rest. Some D-SLRs offer in-camera 
guides, such as Nikon's D3100 ($699.95; 
www.nikonusa.com), to help you learn how to 
use more advanced camera settings. From par- 
ents shooting kids' sports in different venues to 
hikers capturing panoramic vistas and distant 
wildlife, a D-SLR combines maximum flexibil- 
ity with the highest quality images available. 



Other 
Considerations 

D-SLRs have some draw- 
backs, but not many. They 
generally cost more than 
a point-and-shoot, and 
they tend to be bigger and 
bulkier; they're usually heavy 
enough to require a separate 
camera bag — while you can 
drop most point-and-shoots 
into a pocket or purse, your 
D-SLR is best carried in its 
own bag. (This is especially 
true when you're using mul- 
tiple lenses, of course.) 



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SHOPPING GUIDE 




Point-&-Shoot 


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Cameras 


1 


Big Features, Compact Package 


Point-and-shoot cameras continue 
to evolve in terms of features and 




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picture quality. Options that were 






once only available in higher-end 






cameras are now included in less 






expensive models. Well highlight 




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some of the most important fea- 
tures of point-and-shoot cameras 




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to help you decide if it's the right 
type of camera for you. 






Notable Features 




Why A Point-&-Shoot 




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Point-and-shoot cameras use one built-in 








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lens, and they often have a wide zoom 
range. Take for example, the Nikon Cool- 
pix P500 ($399.95; www.nikon.com), 
which has a range of 4.0 to 1 44mm. This 




These cameras are great for 
amateur and intermediate pho- 
tographers alike. They are often 
budget-friendly but can still take 






lets you capture photos of close-up and 
faraway subjects. The image detail that 
can be produced by a point-and-shoot is 




great photos. Point-and-shoot 
cameras are more compact and 
weigh less than bulky D-SLRs, 




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indicated by its megapixel rating, which 
can be anywhere from 5MP to as high 
as18MP. 




which makes them perfect for 
toting along on a family vacation 
or stashing in your purse. These 
cameras also have simple, user- 




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Some special features will enhance 




friendly settings, so even if you're 




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your photos. For instance, the Canon 
SX230 HS ($349.99; www.canon.com) 
can geotag your photos. This embeds 




a beginner, you can start taking 
pictures almost immediately. 










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your photo files with the exact GPS 
coordinates of where they were taken. 




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Other Considerations 




1 


Some companies offer extra-durable 




To help you quickly snap photos 




■ 


point-and-shoot models, so you can 




with the best settings, point-and- 




■ 


take your compact camera just about 




shoots offer automatic scene modes, 




■ 


anywhere. For instance, the Olympus 




such as portrait, landscape, and night 




■ 


Stylus Tough-6020 ($279.99; www 




mode. If you want to tinker with 




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.olympusamerica.com) is shockproof 




camera settings so that you have full 




■ 


(up to 5 feet), waterproof (1 6 feet), and 




control over your image results, a 






even freezeproof (1 4 degrees). 




D-SLR is probably more suitable. 








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SHOPPING GUIDE 







Camcorders 

There's One Out There For You 



Camcorders have evolved significantly in the past few years. 
HD (high-definition) video models have edged out earlier, SD 
(standard-definition) cams. Also, flash memory storage has 
come to the fore as tape has all but left the stage. And both 
of these trends have converged in inexpensive, ultra-compact 
camcorders that fit in a pocket. 




Traditional Camcorders 

A traditional model has a hand strap and often an LCD screen that can flip 
around to face the subject. Some of these models offer very high image quality 
thanks to large image sensors and superior lenses, and HD models often feature 
HDMI cable outputs for display on an HDTV. Most can snap good-looking still 
photos, too. Note, however, that traditional camcorders are more fragile and 
expensive than ultra-compact models. 



. . . HD models often feature HDMI 
cable outputs for display on an HDTV. 



Ultra-Compact 
Camcorders 

This type of camcorder often 
looks like a rectangular MP3 
player or phone with a small 
lens on the back. These are 
rugged and pocketable, so 
you won't be afraid to take 
them anywhere. Ultra-com- 
pact cameras have a limited 
zoom, such as 4X magnifica- 
tion or less, but some cost 
less than $50. Even though an 
ultra-compact may technical- 
ly shoot HD video, its inex- 
pensive lens and small image 
sensor may detract from the 
quality of the picture. 



Which Is Best For You? 

New parents should consider an entry- 
level, traditional HD camcorder. It will 
faithfully capture their infant's early 
milestones without cutting into the 
diaper budget. 

As for parents of kids in music, drama, or 
sports, a more advanced traditional unit is 
necessary. An HD camcorder with a high 
optical zoom rating will get close-ups 
way up on the stage or out on the field. 

Finally, teens and outdoor enthusiasts 
will love the portability, pricing, and re- 
silience of an ultra-compact flash cam. 
Uploading features for social network- 
ing and video sharing sites make this 
choice a slam dunk. 



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by Marty Sems 



FirstGlimpse / April 2011 25 



SHOPPING GUIDE 





Zoom & 
Focal Length 

The Ins & Outs Of Lenses 

Of all the features on digital cameras and camcorders, the zoom 
function is one of the easiest to grasp. Focal length isn't necessarily 
as obvious, but the two are closely related. Understand these fea- 
tures, and you'll be better equipped to make a purchasing decision. 

. . . the zoom function is I 
one of the easiest . . . 




Focal Length 

This is the distance (in mil- 
limeters) from the center of 
a lens to the camera's image 
sensor. In other words, how 
long (or short) is the lens? The 
answer determines the kind of 
shooting it's made for. 

Standard (30mm-50mm). 

These lenses most closely 
match the perspective of 
your eye, particularly around 
50mm. They're good for ev- 
eryday, candid shots. 

Wide-angle (below 30mm). 

These broaden your field of 
view and are ideal for land- 
scapes. The shorter the lens, 
the wider its view is. 

Telephoto (above 50mm). These 
magnify distant objects, and are 
perfect for capturing subjects 
you can't get close to, such as 
your son as he performs in a 
play. The longer the lens, the 
stronger its magnification power. 



Zoom 

This means a lens has an adjustable fo- 
cal length. D-SLR cameras often furnish a 
lens with a useful range from wide-angle to 
telephoto, such as 1 8-70mm. This is roughly 
3.9X zoom (70/1 8 = 3.9). Because they're 
so much smaller, point-and-shoot cam- 
eras don't use the same standardized focal 
lengths D-SLRs do, and they can't be directly 
compared. A point-and-shoot's focal length 
typically starts at equivalent to about 28 to 
35mm. So a point-and-shoot camera with 
5X zoom might reach a focal length roughly 
equal to 1 35mm or better. Most camcorders 
don't have changeable lenses, so they often 
have a more powerful zoom, to cover an 
even greater range of distances. 

There are two types of zooms available: 

Optical zoom. This is a true zoom. It relies 
only on the lens' magnification power. 

Digital zoom. Some cameras and camcord- 
ers augment optical zoom with a digital en- 
hancement, which uses in-camera processing 
to crop the image and enlarge it. However, 
this can degrade image quality, so it's best to 
base a purchase decision on optical zoom. 



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FirstGlimpse 



by Brian Hodge 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



SHOPPING GUIDE 





Cameras & 
Camcorders 



Capture Memories In 3D 



3D technology isn't just for professional productions. In fact, 
it's readily available to consumers thanks to new gadgets 
designed to produce quality 3D images and videos. Using 
the latest photography and videography capabilities, you can 
create your own 3D multimedia. Keep reading to learn how 
far you can take 3D digital imaging. 




Capture 3D Snapshots 

Digital cameras with 3D technology snap photos using methods that mimic 
the way the human eye sees images: They capture the same scene from slightly 
different angles using two lenses or by taking a series of photos. The 3D camera 
merges the images to create a 3D photo illusion. Some 3D still cameras can 
also record 3D video. 

Select cameras feature a 3D LCD monitor, so you can review your photos in 
3D as you shoot, without wearing special glasses. You can also enjoy your 3D 
images on other 3D-compatible devices, such as a 3D TV or computer moni- 
tor, or take advantage of the 3D photo print services offered by some camera 
manufacturers so your friends can admire your 3D snapshots. 



Record 3D Video 

Camcorders that can record 3D footage use a special attachment with two 
lenses that can film subjects through a "right-eye" and "left-eye" perspective. 
This captures two video frames that are then combined to create 3D video. A 
3D camcorder is perfect for recording international travel sights, so when you 
share your adventures in 3D, your family can feel immersed in every location. 

In order to view your 3D video recordings, you will need a 3D-compatible 
monitor or HDTV with 3D glasses, and a high-speed HDMI 1 .4 cable to con- 
nect the camcorder to your viewing device. 



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by Joanna Clay 



FirstGlimpse / April 2011 27 




SHOPPING GUIDE 




Photos & 
Video 



Make It, View It & Share It 



High-definition 
is within your 
reach with today's 
digital cameras 
and camcorders. 
Here's a primer. 




HD Video 

High-def camcorders shoot widescreen video in HD resolutions such as 720 (1,280 
horizontal x 720 vertical pixels) or 1 080 (1 ,920 x 1 ,080). Their footage has more de- 
tail than standard-definition video (640 x 480). Many digital cameras are also able to 
capture HD video, such as the Nikon Coolpix S4100 ($1 79.95; www.nikonusa.com). 

You can watch HD video on an HDTV or computer with playback software and a 
memory card reader or cable. As for sharing, HD video files are often too big to email, 
but you can upload them to HD video sites such asYouTube. Also, disc-authoring soft- 
ware lets you make BDs (Blu-ray Discs) or discs containing AVCHD (Advanced Video 
Codec High Definition) files, which are compatible with BD players and easy to mail. 



HD Photos 

Because 1080 HD video is roughly equivalent to 2 megapixels (million pixels), digital 
photos have technically been "HD" for nearly a decade now. Today, digital cameras 
can take pictures at 1 4MP or more. Most camcorders can also snap HD still images. 

High-megapixel images contain much more detail than smaller pics, so they're 
perfect for enlarging excerpts or printing on poster-sized paper. But, high-megapixel 
photos are also large files. Emailing one may clog someone's inbox or require her to 
scroll to see the whole pic. Therefore, you may want to reduce your camera's image 
quality settings to a smaller picture size. You can also use photo-editing software 
to shrink your high-res images to a size that fits on most computer screens, such as 
1 ,280 x 1 ,024 pixels. If you use a slideshow or media center program to view photos, 
you may not have to shrink pics to make them fit. Like most HDTVs, many of these 
apps automatically resize photos to fit the screen. 



FirstGlimpse 



by Marty Sems 






DIGITAL IMAGING 



SHOPPING GUIDE 




Memory Cards 



Multiple Factors 
Affect Performance 



For all the time we spend mulling over which digital imaging 
device we want to buy, we should spend a commensurate 
amount of time considering the types of memory cards to 
use with them. Not all memory cards are created equal; the 
differences in capacity, read/write speed, and class all have a 
bearing on what they can do and, therefore, which one you'll 
want for your particular device and needs. 




Class 

Although a given memory card's speed rating tells you something about how 
well it should perform, the class rating is also very important, as that specifica- 
tion tells you the minimum sustained read/write speed of SD and SDHC cards. 
Different cards with the same class rating may have higher or lower maximum 
speed ratings than one another, but their minimum speeds should be the same. 
Currently, memory cards come in Class 2 (2MBps), 4 (4MBps), 6 (6MBps), and 
10(10MBps). 



Speed Ratings 

The speed rating of a given memory card, expressed in MBps (megabytes per 
second), tells you its maximum read/write speed. The higher the number, the 
better. A card's speed affects several performance factors, including shot-to-shot 
lag and how quickly you can transfer files on the card to a computer. 



Capacity 

Although the storage capacity of a card isn't as important to performance as 
class and speed rating, it's still a key consideration when choosing a memory 
card. It's particularly important for those with heavy-duty data demands, such as 
videographers and photographers shooting in HD (or even 3D). 

While those folks will want a Class 1 card for the best possible performance, 
they'll also need a card with a substantial amount of storage capacity so they 
can shoot away without worrying about swapping out a full card for a new one 
every few minutes. 



FirstGlimpse 



by Seth Colaner 



FirstGlimpse / April 2011 29 




DIGITAL IMAGING 



SHOPPING GUIDE 



Photo Printers 

Get Beautiful Prints At Home 



Most of us have hundreds or even thousands of digital photos 
on our computers. Sometimes you need a physical print, how- 
ever, such as when you're framing pictures of your children to line 
the hallway. 

You can use a local or online photo printing service, but nothing 
gives you quicker results and more control over the final look 
than a photo inkjet printer. Many support borderless printing on 
precut photo paper, so their output looks and feels just like a pro- 
fessional print. And some models offer additional ink colors that 
can reproduce the warmth and vitality of people's faces. 




Printing Without A PC 

If your computer is cantankerous or has a full hard drive, you might welcome 
the chance to leave it out of your photo-printing experience entirely. Most photo 
printers can print images directly off of a camera with a connection such as a 
USB cable (via PictBridge technology) or a Bluetooth wireless connection. Most 
also feature slots for different types of camera flash memory cards. 

PC-less photo printers have small, color displays so you can choose the pics you 
want to print. Some even support editing such as cropping and red-eye removal. 



Connectivity 

There isn't always room for a new 
photo printer in your favorite 
computing spot. If you're short on 
space, look for a model with Wi-Fi 
or Ethernet support. That way, you 
can put the printer where it's con- 
venient and connect to it through 
your home network. 



Productivity 

Many photo printers double as 
general-purpose models for print- 
ing documents, too. Some go 
further with all-in-one features 
such as scanning, copying, and fax- 
ing. These can be highly useful if 
you run a side business out of your 
home, for instance. 



Portability 

A small photo printer you can bring along to family gatherings certainly beats 
the old picture exchange method of uploading your photos, sending links to 
family members, buying prints of each other's pics online, and waiting for them 
to arrive in the mail. 



FirstGlimpse 



by Marty Sems 



30 April 2011 / RrstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 




SHOPPING GUIDE 


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Photo & Video Editors 






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photos and videos are meant for sharing. And they could often 






use some organization and sprucing up first. That's where 






photo- and video-editing software comes in. The following are 
ways programs can help organize, edit, and share media. 

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share media. 










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already huge digital library. Without the means to manage those files, finding a 






specific photo among thousands can be maddening. Certain editing programs help 




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by letting you preview shots, including as thumbnails, and by applying tags, names, 






ratings, and other designators to make searches quicker and easier. Programs also 






typically allow for sorting files by date and creating folders and albums. 












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affair. Photo editors typically provide 
basic white balance, color correction, 




networks and sharing Web sites. 
Many programs also include 




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cropping, and resizing tools and pos- 
sibly advanced panoramic, 3D, object 
removal, and other tools. Video editors 




tools to create calendars, greet- 
ing cards, online slideshows and 
albums, brochures, and other 






generally provide basic snipping and 
stabilization tools, plus options for 
adding audio, voiceovers, effects, 




creative sharing options. Further, 
many programs help create CDs 
or DVDs and can export files 




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First Glimpse / April 2011 31 



Lowepro Tahoe 1 
& Tahoe 30 Pouches 

Organize, Protect & Carry Your Gear 



Lowepro's Tahoe 
cases are smart ac- 
cessories for storing 
a point-and-shoot 
camera, thanks to 
their impact-resistant 
materials, water- 
resistant nylon, and 
soft interior lining. 
Available exclusively 
at Best Buy, the new 
slim Tahoe pouches 
come in two sizes 
and three vibrant 
colors: Tahoe 10 
($9.99; www.lowe 
pro.com) and Tahoe 
30 ($10.99) in red, 
black, and blue. 



Protect Your Investment 

Storing your digital imaging investment in a quality case will protect it from outside elements or physical 
damage and guard the camera's fragile LCD screen against abrasion. The Tahoe 1 and 30 are both 
made of sturdy nylon that's reinforced with PE board to provide durable yet lightweight protection, 
while the brushed tricot interior lining safeguards your device from scratches. The two size options will 
fit a wide array of camera models, and both the Tahoe 1 and 30 feature a built-in belt loop so you 
can conveniently attach the case at the waist. Plus, the zippered front pockets keep your backup bat- 
teries or extra memory cards handy, so 
you'll have a spare on hand if the bas- 
ketball game goes into overtime or your 
granddaughter's graduation party offers 
even more photo-worthy moments 
than expected. 



Lowepro Tahoe 10 & 30 Pouches 

$9.99 and $10.99, respectively 

www.lowepro.com 




Choose The Tahoe Case That Fits Your Camera 


10 

■ SKU 2054031 

■ SKU 2054086 

■ SKU 2055085 


30 

■ SKU 2155224 

■ SKU 2066424 

■ SKU 2053606 


Cation 


PowerShot A3100 IS, A495, SD1300 IS, SD1400 IS; Elph 100HS, 300HS 


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PowerShot SX210 IS, a2200, SX-230HS 




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EXZ35 


• 




FUJEfILM 


FinePixXPIO, Z70, Z90 


• 




FinePixXP20,JX310 




• 




Kodak 


Easyshare C182, M341, M530, M550 


• 




Nikon 


Coolpix L110, L22, S3000, S6000, S70, S8000, S3000, S4100 


• 




CoolpixS9100, L24, S6100 




• 






FE 4030, Stylus Tough 8010 


• 




OLYMPUS 


Stylus Tough 6020 




• 








Panasonic 


DMC ZS5K, DMC ZS7 




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TL1 05, TL205, SH 1 00 Touch Wif i, PL2 1 Long Zoom, ST700 Dual View, PL11 Dual View 


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ST65 




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DSC H55, DSC H70, HX9- H-16x CMOS 




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DSCHX1, DSCHX5V, DSC S2 100, DSCTX1, DSC W560, DSC W530, TX1 00- CMOS T 


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DSC W310, DSC W330, DSC W350, DSC W370, DSC W570, DSC WX9, CCD-T 


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32 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



Which Point-&-Shoot Camera Is Best For You? 



If you're a little confused about the most important features in a digital camera, you're not alone. In this chart, we compare features 
from select digital cameras, and we also explain what these features mean. 



Resolution; 
Optical zoom 



Shutter 



Memory 
card 



LCD size 



Battery life 



ISO 



What It Means 




Casio Exilim 
EX-ZS1 

MSRP: $119.99* 
SKU 2134037 



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 



14.1MP;5X 



1/2 to 1/2,000 SD/SDHC/ 

second SDXC 



The LCD is 
the screen 
on the 
back of the 
camera 

2.7 inches 



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



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



N/A 



Auto; Manual: 
64 to 1 600 



Movie 
mode 



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

Yes 



Olympus 
FE-4030 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 9765198 



14MP;4X 



1/4 to 1/2,000 SD/SDHC 

second 



2.7 inches 



N/A 



Auto; Manual: 
64 to 1 600 



Yes 




Samsung 
ST65 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 1961035 



14.2MP;5X 



1/8 to 1/2,000 microSD/ 

second microSDHC 



2.7 inches 



N/A 



Auto; Manual: 
80 to 3200 



Yes 




Fujifilm FinePix 
JX250 

MSRP: $139.95* 
SKU 9788971 



14MP; 5X 



1/4 to 1/1,400 
second 



SD/SDHC 



2.7 inches 



N/A 



Auto; Manual: 
100 to 3200 



Yes 



av 



Sony Cyber-shot 
W560 

MSRP: $159.99* 
SKU 1978065 



14.1MP;4X 



2 to 1/1,600 
seconds 



Memory Stick 

Duo/PRO 

Duo/PRO 

HG-Duo/SD/ 

SDHC/SDXC 



3 inches 



230 shots 



Auto; Manual: 
80 to 3200 



Yes 



Nikon Coolpix 
S6100 

MSRP: $199.95* 
SKU 1978038 



1 6MP; 7X 



1 to 1/2,000 
second 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



3 inches 



210 shots 



Auto; Manual: 
80 to 3200 



Yes 




Nikon Coolpix 
S9100 

MSRP: $329.95* 
SKU 1977039 



12.1MP; 18X 



1 to 1/2,000 
second 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



3 inches 



270 shots 



Auto; Manual: 
160 to 3200 



Yes 




Canon PowerShot 1 0MP; 1 0X 
SD4500 IS 

MSRP: $349.99* 
SKU 1218465 



1 to 1/4,000 SD/SDHC/ 3 inches 

second SDXC/MMC/ 

MMC Plus/ 

HC MMC Plus 



150 shots 



Auto; Manual: | Yes 
125 to 3200 



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



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First Glimpse / April 2011 33 



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 



What It Means 




Olympus PEN E-PL1 

MSRP: $499.99* 
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 

200 to 3200 



Kit lens 



Burst speed 



Shutter speed 



Standard lens 
bundled with 
the camera 
body 



14-42mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



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

3 fps 



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



60 to 1/2,000 
seconds 



Samsung NX1 00 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 1551148 



14.6MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



50-200mm 



3fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



Sony NEX-3 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 1599022 



14.2MP 



3 inches 



200 to 12800 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



7fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 




Canon EOS 
Rebel T3 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 1980124 



12MP 



2.7 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3 fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



Pentax K-r 

MSRP: $749.95* 
SKU 1627099 



12.4MP 



3 inches 



100 to 12800 



18-55mm 



6fps 



30 to 1/6,000 
seconds 




Sony A55 

MSRP: $849.99* 
SKU 1598997 



16.2MP 



3 inches 



100 to 12800 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



lOfps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



Canon EOS 1 8MP 

Rebel T3i 

MSRP: $899.99* 
SKU 1987075 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



18-55mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



3.7fps 



30 to 1/4,000 
seconds 



Nikon D7000 

MSRP: $1,499.95* 
SKU 1230707 



16.2MP 



3 inches 



1 00 to 6400 



18-1 05mm 
f/3.5-5.6 



6fps 



30 to 1/8,000 
seconds 



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



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34 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



DIGITAL IMAGING 



Which Digital Camcorder Is Best For You? 

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



LCD size 



Optical zoom; 
Digital zoom 



What It Means 



>'ri 



Sony Handycam 
DCR-SX85 

MSRP: $279.99* 
SKU 2009041 



Diagonal 
length of 
viewing 
screen 



3 inches 



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

60X; 2,000X 



Recording 
speeds 



The speeds 
a particular 
camcorder can 
utilize during 
recording 



Memory card 



HQ/SP/LP 



Compatible 
flash card 
types (cards 
not included 
unless noted) 



Digital still 
resolution 



Lines of 
resolution 



The number of Number of lines of 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/Memory 
Stick PRO Duo 



megapixels 
the camcorder 
can capture in 
still images 

N/A 



horizontal resolution; 
the higher the num- 
ber, the greater the 
detail 



480 



Canon FS31 

MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 9739449 



2.7 inches 



37X; 2,000X 



XP/SP/LP 



SD/SDHC 



0.45MP 



480 



Insignia 
NS-DV720PBL2 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 1150586 



3 inches 



N/A; 3X 



N/A 



SD/SDHC 



5MP 



720 



Panasonic 
HDC-TM80K 

MSRP: $499.99* 
SKU 2009315 



2.7 inches 



34X; 90X 



HA/HG/HX/HE 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



3MP 



1,080 



Canon VIXIA 
HFM40 

MSRP: $699. 99 : 
SKU 2088371 



3 inches 



10X;200X 



MPX/FXP/XP+/ 
SP/LP 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC 



2.07MP 



1,080 



Samsung 
HMX-S10BN 

MSRP: $749.99* 
SKU 1021531 



3.5 inches 



15X; 180X 



N/A 



SD/SDHC 



5MP 



1,080 



Sony 
HDR-XR150 

MSRP: $549.99* 
SKU 9746014 



2.7 inches 



25X; 300X 



FX/FH/HQ/LP 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/Memory 
Stick PRO Duo 



3MP 



1,080 




Panasonic 
SDR-H85S 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 9771031 



2.7 inches 



70X; 3,500X 



XP/SP/LP/LXP/ SD/SDHC/ 

LSP/LLP SDXC 



0.3MP 



480 



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



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First Glimpse / April 2011 35 



Find The Nikon COOLPIX That Fits Your Life 



Nikon's COOLPIX cameras won't let you miss the joy in life, thanks to their fast start-up time, zoom capability, 
and low-light performance. Each offers an ultra-compact and stylish design that will deliver sharp and colorful 
photo results with its NIKKOR lens. With a wide range of models available, it couldn't be easier to find a camera 
that can keep up with your photography needs. In addition to the cameras on this page, be sure to check out the 
Nikon COOLPIX S61 00, S80, P300, P7000, and S1 1 0Opj models that are available at Bestbuy.com. 





Nikon 

COOLPIX 

L120 

2049039 



14MP 



3.6X optical; 4X 5X optical; 4X 
digital digital 



LCD Monitor 



Internal Memory & 
Compatible Cards 



Shooting Modes 



3 inches 



1 7MB & SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



2.7 inches 



$179.95 



14MP 



5X optical; 4X 
digital 



3 inches 



45MB & SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



20MB & SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



Up to 1 600 



Up to 3200 



Up to 3200 



1 6 Scene 
Modes, plus 
Auto 



1 9 Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 



20 Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 



Movie Mode 



Touch-Panel 



Battery Type 



Yes 



No 



AA 



220 shots alkaline, 
700 shots lithium 



Yes (720p HD) 



No 



Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 



220 shots 



Yes (720p HD) 



Yes 



Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 



1 90 shots 




Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S8100 

1222844 



Nikon 

COOLPIX 

S9100 

1977039 



$279.95 



14.1MP 



tv4 



I Red 
Gold 



$299.95 



12.1MP 



21 X optical; 4X 1 0X optical; 

digital 4X digital 



3 inches 



102MB &SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



3 inches 



102MB &SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



Up to 6400 



Up to 3200 



1 7 Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 



Yes(720pHD) 



No 



AA 



330 shots alkaline, 
890 shots lithium 



6 Scene Auto 
Selector Modes, 
1 7 Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 




I Red 

Silver 



$329.95 



12.1MP 



1 8X optical; 4X 
digital 



Nikon 

COOLPIX 

P500 

1978047 




$399.95 



12.1MP 



3 inches 



74MB & SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



36X optical; 4X 
digital 



3 inches 



102MB &SD/ 
SDHC/SDXC 



Up to 3200 



Up to 3200 



1 9 Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 



Yes(1080pHD) 



No 



Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 



210 shots 



Yes(1080pHD) 



No 



Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 



270 shots 



1 9 Scene Modes, 
plus Auto 



Yes(1080pHD) 



No 



Li-Ion recharge- 
able battery 



220 shots 



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



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Expand Your Creativity With A Nikon D-SLR 



As you step up to a D-SLR from a point-and-shoot, new opportunities for expanding the creativity in your photos ac- 
company higher image quality and faster shutter response. Nikon's D-SLRs are easy to use, with a host of features to 
help you achieve outstanding images, including in-camera editing. Whether you're new to D-SLR picture-taking or 
ready to upgrade your current D-SLR, Nikon has a camera to exceed expectations. 



Nikon 



Product Name 



Street Price* 

Compatible Lenses 
(for all functions)* 

Included Lenses 



LCD Monitor 



Image Sensor 



ISO Sensitivity 



Shutter Speed 



Built-in Flash 



Picture Control 



In-Camera Editing 



HD Movie Mode 



Compatible 
Storage Media 

Included Battery; 
Shots Per Charge 



Nikon 
D3000 Kit 

9456803 




$499.95 



AF-S or AF-I 
lenses 

18-55mm 
NIKKORVRlens 

3 inches, 230K- 
dot resolution 



10.2MPCCD 

1 00 to 1 600 
(expandable) 

30 to 1/4,000 sec. 

Yes (auto or 
user-activated) 

Up to 3fps 

Standard, Neutral, 
Vivid, Mono- 
chrome, Portrait, 
Landscape; 
Modified Picture 
Control can be 
stored. 

13 Functions: 
Trim, Soft Filter, 
and more 



Li-Ion Recharge- 
able Battery; 
500 (CI PA) 



Nikon 
D3100Kit 

1222817 




$699.95 



AF-S or AF-I 
lenses 

18-55mm 
NIKKORVRlens 

3 inches, 230K- 
dot resolution 



14.2MPCMOS 

100 to 3200 
(expandable) 

30 to 1/4,000 sec. 

Yes (auto or 
user-activated) 

Up to 3fps 

Standard, Neu- 
tral, Vivid, Mono- 
chrome, Portrait, 
Landscape; 
Modified Picture 
Control can be 
stored. 

1 7 Functions: 
Filter Effects, Edit 
Movie, and more 



Nikon 
D90 Kit 

8975184 




Nikon 
D7000 Kit 

1230707 



$1,199.95 



AF NIKKOR 
lenses 

18-1 05mm 
NIKKORVRlens 

3 inches, 921K- 
dot resolution 



12.3MPCMOS 

200 to 3200 
(expandable) 

30 to 1/4,000 sec. 

Yes (auto or 
user-activated) 

Up to 4.5fps 

Standard, Neu- 
tral, Vivid, 
Monochrome, 
Landscape, 
Portrait, and nine 
custom Picture 
Controls 

13 Functions: 
Trim, D-Lighting, 
and more 



$1,499.95 



AF NIKKOR 
lenses 



18-1 05mm 
NIKKORVRlens 



3 inches, 921 K- 
dot resolution 



16.2MPCMOS 

1 00 to 6400 
(expandable) 

30 to 1/8,000 sec. 

Yes (auto or 
user-activated) 

Up to 6fps 

Standard, Neu- 
tral, Vivid, 
Monochrome, 
Landscape, 
Portrait, and nine 
custom Picture 
Controls 

18 Functions: 
Trim, Straighten, 
and more 



Nikon 
D300S Body 

9457349 



$1,699.95 



AF NIKKOR 
lenses 

Available 
separately 

3 inches, 921K- 
dot resolution 



12.3MPCMOS 

200 to 3200 
(expandable) 

30 to 1/8,000 sec. 

Yes 
(user-activated) 

Up to 7fps 

Standard, Neu- 
tral, Vivid, 
Monochrome, 
Landscape, 
Portrait, and nine 
custom Picture 
Controls 

10 Functions: 
Trim, Filter Ef- 
fects, and more 



Li-Ion Recharge- 
able Battery; 550 

(CIPA) 



Li-Ion Recharge- 
able Battery; 850 

(CIPA) 



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



Nikon 
D700 Body 

8928985 




$2,699.95 



AF NIKKOR 
lenses 

Available 
separately 

3 inches, 921 K- 
dot resolution 



12.1 MP CMOS 

200 to 6400 
(expandable) 

30 to 1/8,000 sec. 

Yes 
(user-activated) 

Up to 5fps 

Standard, Neu- 
tral, Vivid, 
Monochrome, 
Landscape, 
Portrait, and nine 
custom Picture 
Controls 

7 Functions: 
Trim, D-Lighting, 
and more 



(Only Stop- 
Motion Movie) 


Yes with sound 


Yes with sound 


Yes with sound 


Yes with sound 
and Stereo Mic 


No 


SD, SDHC 


SD, SDHC, SDXC 


SD, SDHC 


SD, SDHC, SDXC 


CompactFlash l/ll; 
SD and SDHC 


CompactFlash 
Type I 



Li-Ion Recharge- Li-Ion Recharge- Li-Ion Recharge- 

able Battery; able Battery; 950 able Battery; 

1 ,050 (CIPA) (CIPA) 1 ,000 (CIPA) 



+ For complete compatibility see v 



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First Glimpse / April 2011 37 



DIGITAL IMAGING 





Digital Imaging Glossary 



Wondering what all of that 
lingo on camera boxes 
means? Use this glossary to 
help decode the world of 
digital imaging. 

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

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

CCD — A charge-coupled device is a type 
of image-sensing component. It converts 
light into energy that can be stored as 
digital data on your camera. 

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

digital zoom — Magnifies an image digi- 
tally by cropping it and filling in the rest 
with interpolated pixels, thus degrading 
the quality. Even if the numbers are im- 
pressive, never choose a camera based 
on digital 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 to- 
ward the image sensor. In a digital camera, 
the lens likely has both an optical and 
digital zoom. 

megapixel — Approximately 1 million pix- 
els. 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 only use 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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DIGITAL IMAGING 



NOTEWORTHY. 



Accessories 
& Services 




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, adding 3D, 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 



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 / April 2011 39 



COVER STORY 



Inkjet Printers 

Up To Office Tasks 

Canon PIXMA MX882 & MX41 All-ln-One Inkjets 

A printer that can adeptly handle multiple tasks is essential in any home or office. From printing and copying to scanning and faxing 
the Canon PIXMA MX882 and MX410 ($1 99.99 and $99.99, respectively; www.usa.canon.com) have your needs covered. 




Canon PIXMA MX882 
MSRP: $199.99 



Let the MX882 lend you a hand with complex fax, scan, 
or copy jobs. It can auto duplex up to 35 double-sided 
sheets at a time, so you won't waste time or paper 
feeding individual sheets. Other features, such as fax 
speed-dial support for up to 100 numbers and a memory 
card reader, help you make short work of frequent tasks. 
Elsewhere, the MX882 produces high-resolution (9,600 
dpi) photos and boasts 4x6 photo printing in approxi- 
mately 20 seconds and the ability to print still frames 
from HD movie clips captured with a compatible Canon 
EOS Digital SLR or PowerShot camera. 



Essential Specs 

• 35-sheet automatic du- 
plexing document feeder 

• Wi-Fi 802.1 1b/g/n and 
Ethernet networking support 

• Super G3 color fax with 
250-page reception buffer 



9,600x2,400 dpi printing 
with 1 -picoliter droplet size 

2,400 x 4,800 dpi op- 
tical scanning 

Full HD Movie Print 

3-inch LCD 




Canon PIXMA MX410 
MSRP: $99.99 



The MX410 is versatile and simple to use. It features built-in 
Wi-Fi, so anyone can print documents anywhere within the 
wireless network it's connected to. The built-in Wi-Fi can also 
be used to print from compatible mobile devices, such as 
smartphones. Thanks to features such as a 30-sheet automatic 
document feeder, quick startup, and Auto Scan mode, which 
automatically recognizes and saves scanned documents in the 
appropriate format, completing home or office tasks is straight- 
forward and fast. Adding to its ease of use, the MX41 0's LCD 
panel is built into the lid, so you can easily access it even when 
scanning or copying oversized items. 



Essential Specs 

• 30-sheet auto document 
feeder 

• Wi-Fi 802.1 1b/g/n 

• Super G3 fax with 20 stored 
speed-dial numbers and a 
50-page reception buffer 



• 4,800x1,200 dpi printing 
with 2-picoliter droplet size 

• 1,200x2,400 dpi op- 
tical scanning 

• Full HD Movie Print 

• Full dot matrix LCD 



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HOW TO BUY 



A Printer 

The Proof Is In The Printing 




Today's printers have moved beyond simply printing black- 
and-white or color documents. Now they offer a host of fea- 
tures to cater to different home and small business needs. To 
help you find a printer that best fits your situation, here's a 
look at some notable specifications and their benefits. 



All-in-one vs. print-only, as you start nar 

rowing down your printer options, you'll find printers 
can be split into two types: all-in-one or print-only. 
While they're a little more expensive than their print- 
only counterparts, all-in-one printers offer more in terms 
of capabilities, such as faxing, scanning, and copying 
documents. These models are ideal for anyone who 
needs more bells and whistles to complete projects, 
such as small business owners or students. 



Laser VS. inkjet. All-in-one or print-only models 
use either laser or inkjet technology to print your docu- 
ments. Laser printers are often more expensive than inkjet 
printers, and they're best suited for those who need to 
print a large volume of basic documents that have text 
and/or line graphics. On the other hand, inkjets are ideal 
for home users who want to create documents that might 
include color and lab-quality photos. 



Print phOtOS. If you would like to print your own 
photos at home, look for a printer that has photo capabili- 
ties. While there are printers dedicated solely to photos, 
some all-in-one .- ~A~A -J 

and print-only rOT QQCIGCI 

models can create 
lab-quality photo 
prints in addition 
to documents. 
For added conve- 
nience, look for 
a printer that lets 
you print photos 
directly from your 
camera using 
a USB cable or 
memory card. 



convenience, 
look for a printer 
that lets you 
print photos 
directly from 
your camera . . . 



WireleSS Capabilities. Many printers are Wi-Fi 
enabled, so they can be added to a wireless home network. 
Wireless printers are great for multi-computer households 
because family 

. . . print from 



members can 
print from 
anywhere 
using a laptop, 
netbook, or 
desktop con- 
nected to the 
network. Some 
Wi-Fi models 
offer computer- 
less printing, 
as well, so you 
can print documents or photos from smartphones or other 
portable devices. 



anywhere using 
a laptop, net- 
book, or desktop 
connected to 
the network. 



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by Josh Compton 



FirstGlimpse / April 2011 41 



The Mobile 
Broadband 
Advantage j 

A Look At 3G & 4G 



You probably already know what broadband is — it's a high-speed 
Internet connection that can be piped into your home by a cable 
TV, satellite TV, or telephone provider. Whereas broadband in 
your home comes from one of these providers, mobile broad- 
band — which you may know as 3G or 4G — is available from mo- 
bile service providers. 

Mobile broadband is available on mobile devices such as 
smartphones, with a USB dongle plugged into your laptop or 
netbook, or through laptops and netbooks with embedded 
broadband technology. 



Embedded Mobile Broadband 

While Wi-Fi capabilities come standard on almost any laptop 
or netbook you buy today, and as useful as Wi-Fi is, your 
Internet access is limited to the availability of a hotspot. Many 
laptops and netbooks now have embedded mobile broadband 
capabilities that let you access 3G or 4G networks. Effectively, 
this grants you access to high-speed Internet in more areas 
than ever before. 

Whether you're at home, in the library, or at the park, and 
you're within a 3G or 4G service area, you'll have ac- 
cess to high-speed Internet from a laptop or netbook with 
embedded mobile broadband technology. And because 
3G and 4G coverage is built on the same infrastructure 
as cell phone towers, it's likely you can maintain that ac- 
cess even if you're moving; in other words, if you're in the 
passenger seat on a long car trip, you can still check your 
email, browse the Web, and even watch videos. 

. . . this grants you access to high-speed 
Internet in more areas than ever before. 



A : r Bfe^s 




3G vs. 4G 

The primary differentiator between 3G and 4G is that 
although the latter is much faster, the former is cur- 
rently more widely available. Nationwide, 3G cov- 
erage is fairly comprehensive by now, whereas 4G is 
currently available in major metropolitan areas and 
continues to gain ground. As the names suggest (the 
"G" stands for "generation"), 3G networks will even- 
tually be replaced by 4G. 

In due time, 4G access will be available in as many 
areas as 3G is now, granting even faster Internet ac- 
cess all across the country to anyone with a laptop 
or netbook that's equipped with mobile broadband 
technology. 



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by Seth Colaner 



42 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



BEST BUY" 

connect 



Connectivity 

At Your Fingertips 

Best Buy Connect Mobile Broadband Service 



Wouldn't it be nice to connect to the 
Internet practically from anywhere? You 
could check your email, browse Web 
sites, and download files at your leisure. 
Offering personalized and flexible plans as 
well as support, Best Buy Connect (www 
.bestbuy.com/bestbuyconnect) is a mobile 
broadband service that makes staying con- 
nected easy. With a laptop or netbook with 
embedded broadband, a subscription to 
Best Buy Connect gives you reliable 3G 
or 4G mobile broadband access to the 
Internet, an online usage tracker and email 
notifications that help you prevent data 
overage charges, and one phone number 
for Customer Care support. 



Coverage & Benefits 

Covering 283 million people (which 
is 91 % of the current U.S. popula- 
tion of 310 million people), Best Buy 
Connect offers 3G and 4G plans via 
the Nationwide Sprint™ 3G Network 
and Clearwire™ 4G Network in more 
than 70 major markets, respectively. 

Aside from fast and easy on-the-go 
Web access, Best Buy Connect has 
other added benefits. For instance, 
when you purchase a laptop or 
netbook at Best Buy and pair it with 
a Best Buy Connect plan, you will 
receive a savings of up to $275. 
Additionally, Best Buy Reward Zone 
members can earn points for dol- 
lars spent on their Best Buy Connect 
monthly service fees. 




Choose A Best Buy Connect Plan To Meet Your Needs 



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250MB 



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data 



Monthly 
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$45 



Types Of 
Contracts 
Available 



• Two-year 

• One-year 

• Month-to-month 



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» Month-to-month 



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Overage 
Fees Per 
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Laptop Savings 



• $275 off with a 
two-year plan 

• $100 off with a 
one-year plan 



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a two-year plan 



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First Glimpse / April 2011 43 



Tablet vs. Netbook 
vs. Laptop 



The Choice Is Yours 



Although tablets, netbooks, and laptops share a lot of the same capabilities, they are 
not interchangeable. Read on to determine which device best suits your lifestyle. 




Tablets 



• Deliver access 
to your favorite 
services, social 
media, and Web-based music 
and movies in a convenient mo- 
bile form factor 

• Typically feature a 7- to 1 0- 
inch touchscreen interface 
ideal for casual gaming and 
short communications via an 
on-screen keyboard 

• Commonly support apps that let 
you add functionality, games, 
and widgets 

• Good for reading ebooks 

• Battery life varies based on 
wireless capabilities and 
screen technology 

• Some utilize smartphone oper- 
ating systems, such as Android 
and iOS (iPhone) 

• Integrated Wi-Fi; some have 3G 
service for anywhere connectivity 

• Storage is typically limited to 
64GB or less 




Small form factor, 

lightweight, and 

clamshell design 

perfect for road warriors; great 

for accessing the Web 

Screen sizes up to 12.1 inches 
and typically no optical drive (to 
reduce weight) 

Full physical QWERTY 
keyboard and trackpad to 
enable Web navigation and 
longer communications 

Share operating systems with 
laptops and desktop PCs, such as 
Windows 7 

Integrated Wi-Fi; some have 3G 
service for anywhere connectivity 

Store some media and files 
with hard drives between 
160GB and 250GB 

Longer battery life than laptops 



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want a more desktop PC-like expe- 
rience on the move 

Screen sizes from 1 1 inches up 
to and beyond 1 8 inches and 
powerful enough for gaming, 
multitasking, and more 

Built-in CD/DVD or BD (Blu-ray 
Disc) drives 

Full physical QWERTY keyboard 
and trackpad to enable Web 
navigation, longer communica- 
tions, and some content creation 

Share operating systems with 
desktop PCs, such as Windows 7 
and Mac OS X 

Integrated Wi-Fi; some have 3G 
service for connecting anywhere 

Store lots of media and files with 
hard drives larger than 128GB, 
up to 750GB 

Typically offer shorter battery life 
than netbooks and tablets (depen- 
dent on size and components) 



by Andrew Leibman 



44 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



COMPUTERS 





Dell Inspiron 14R 
$599.99 I www.dell.com 




Dell Inspiron 15R 
$899.99 



Dell Inspiron 

14R&15R 
Laptops 

Day-to-day life gets complicated. The Dell Inspiron 14R ($599.99) 
and 15R ($899.99) laptops simplify the complexities by providing 
the power and connectivity needed to complete tough jobs and en- 
tertain you when the work is done. All this in a design that always 
shows off your personality. 



Power 

The 1 4R and 1 5R tackle video editing, 
HD movie streaming, and more via: 

• The 14R's Intel Core i3 processor, 
with Hyper-Threading Technology 
for multitasking and built-in graphics 
power with Intel HD Graphics 

• The 15R's Intel Core i5 processor, 
which provides Hyper-Threading 
and HD graphics plus Intel Turbo 
Boost Technology that adds a bolt of 
speed when needed 

• The 14R's 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 
15R's8GBof DDR3 RAM 



Jl 



Connectivity 

At home or away, the 1 4R and 1 5R put 
the Web and more within reach with: 

• An Ethernet port and integrated Wi- 
Fi (802.1 1n) 

• Integrated 4G WiMAX access (ser- 
vice contract required) 

• Included Intel Wireless Display 
technology to wirelessly stream 
HD-quality media to an HDTV 
(adapter required) 

• An HDMI output 

• A 7-in-1 media card reader to trans- 
fer photos, music, video, and more 



Entertainment 

When it's time to unwind, you can: 

• Video chat with friends via the 

1 4R and 1 5R's 1 .3MP Web cam 

• Watch HD movies on the 14R's 
1 4-inch HD display and 1 5R's 
15.6-inch HD display 

• Burn home movies to DVDs 
using the 14R's DVD+RW/CD- 
RWand 15R's DVD+RW/Blu-ray 
Disc/CD-RW optical drives 

• Access stored media from the 
14R's 500GB and 15R's 750GB 
hard drive 



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First Glimpse / April 2011 45 



2nd Generation 
Intel Core Processors 



Performance You Can See 



Intel has unleashed the second generation of its 
Core processors, and they have all the features 
of their predecessors plus a pile of new ones. 

In addition to an increased baseline of perfor- 
mance and energy efficiency, Hyper-Threading 
still allows each core in the processor to handle 
two tasks simultaneously, and Turbo Boost 2.0 
gives an even faster burst of speed to Core \5 
and \7 processors when it's needed. 



Built-in Visuals 

The 2nd Generation Intel Core processors are 
even smarter than their predecessors; they're 
constructed with built-in visuals to deliver a 
stunning, seamless visual experience. 

• Intel Clear Video HD Technology enhances 
sharpness and color, delivers lifelike audio 
and video, and even extends battery life 
when you're enjoying 3D and HD playback. 

• Intel Quick Synch Technology's hard- 
ware acceleration makes creating video 
much faster, significantly reducing the 
time it takes to edit, burn, and share 
your creations. 

• Intel HD Graphics has built-in per- 
formance for mainstream gaming and 
provides stunning graphics for all your 
entertainment needs. 

• Intel Wireless Display lets you easily 
share content from your notebook with 
your HDTV; with a Wireless Display 
adapter connected to your HDTV, you 
can show off photos or video on the big 
screen with the click of a button. 




A Processor For Everyone 



CORE i3 



(Intel/ inside" 



CORE 15 



CORE i7 



Intel Core i3 

Ideal for the budget-conscious consumer, a Core i3 
processor delivers superb battery life and reduces 
energy consumption while easily handling basic 
computing tasks with 4-way processing. 

Intel Core i5 

The Core \5 can handle even more applications 
at once, including intensive tasks such as video, 
while maintaining energy efficiency and featuring 
4-way processing and Turbo Boost technology. 

Intel Core \7 

The cream of the Intel crop is the Core i7, which 
features the same technology as the Core i5 but 
can handle virtually any set of simultaneous 
computing tasks you can throw at it as it features 
8-way processing and Turbo Boost technology. 



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COMPUTERS 



Built-in Connectivity 

Intel 4G WiMAX & Wireless Display Technology 



The Advantage Of 
Embedded Wireless 

Wireless means freedom, be it from 
cables running through your living room 
or from being bound to an Ethernet con- 
nection. Intel features two built-in wire- 
less technologies in its new processors: 
Wireless Display and 4G WiMAX. 



^ 



Wireless Display. 

Intel Wireless Dis- 

I play, also known as 

WiDi, is a technology 
that makes sharing 
content from your notebook to your 
TV as easy as clicking a button. Just at- 
tach an adapter to your TV, complete 
the simple setup, and you're ready to 
start viewing content from your hard 
drive or the Web on your TV. 

4G WiMAX. 

With 4G Wi- 
Max, you can 
access mobile 
broadband all 
around town. So you can use your laptop 
to watch videos, keep in touch with 
friends, and access files anywhere your 
4G WiMAX provider offers coverage. 

Both of these technologies are built 
into almost every Intel Core-based 
laptop available at Best Buy stores. 
See the chart to the right to see which 
laptops have these new wireless capa- 
bilities. With embedded technology, 
the wireless capabilities are built right 
into your computer, so there's no extra 
hardware to lose, break, or occupy 
space in your bag. 




Intel Wireless Display- & 4G WiMAX-Capable Notebooks 





Processor 


4G 
WiMAX 


Intel 
Wireless 
Display 


Asus U52F-BBG6 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


Dell I14R-1296TMR 


Core i3 380M 


• 




Dell I14R-1296PBL 


Core i3 330M 


• 




Dell I14R-1296LPK 


Core i3 330M 


• 




Samsung RV511-A01 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


HP DV6-3225DX 


Core i3 350M 


• 


• 


Toshiba A665-S51 70 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


Sony VPCEB42FM 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


Toshiba R835-25* 


Corei3 2310M 


• 


• 


Sony VPCEA46FM 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


Toshiba M645-S41 10 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


Samsung SF410-A01 


Core i3 380M 


• 


• 


HPDM4-1265DX 


Core i5 460M 


• 


• 


Toshiba M645-S41 14 


Core i5 480M 


• 


• 


Asus U43F-BBA6 


Core i5 480M 


• 


• 


Samsung QX410-S02 


Core i5 480M 


• 


• 


HP DV7-4285DX 


Core i5 460M 


• 




Delli15R-2728MRB 


Core i5 480M 


• 




Sony VPCEB47GM 


Core i5 480M 


• 


• 


Toshiba A665-3DV10* 


Core i5 241 0M 


• 




SonyVPCF131FM 


Core i5 480M 


• 




Toshiba A665-S61 00* 


Corei7 2630QM 


• 


• 


Asus G73SW-BST6* 


Core i7 2630QM 


• 




Samsung RC512-S01* 


Core i7 2630QM 


• 


• 


*2nd Gen Core PCs 











Intel AppUp 8 " center 



Thanks to the Intel AppUp center (www.bestbuy.com/appup), your already- 
nimble netbook can be even more versatile. The Intel AppUp center offers 
scores of apps that are optimized for Intel Atom-based netbooks and screened 
for known viruses and spyware, so you can tailor your netbook to your 
needs. From one of today's most popular smartphone apps, Angry Birds, to 
the arcade classic Pac-Man — the Intel AppUp center has you covered. 



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First Glimpse / April 2011 47 



Raise Your 
Expectations 

Essential Power From Lenovo 



Why overpay for something that underdelivers? Lenovo (www.lenovo.com) 
believes in selling powerful and cost-effective computers. All of these systems 
sport Microsoft® Office 2010 Starter Edition* and the Windows® 7 Home 
Premium 64-bit operating system. 



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Lenovo B560 

MSRP: $499 

Solid value highlights this 
model in Lenovo's Essential 
line of budget-conscious 
computers. Security takes 
top billing with the Best 
Buy-exclusive B 5 60, as is 
evident from its fingerprint 
login system, USB port 
locker technology, 
Kensington lock sup- 
port, and face recognition with support for several users. There's 
802.1 1 n Wi-Fi to help you connect to the 'Net, plus a Web 
cam for video chatting over the Internet. Finally, there's Lenovo 
Energy Management to extend the life of the battery not only 
between charges, but also over the course of its lifetime. 

Perfect For: Students, business users, and home users on 
a budget 

• Intel® Pentium® P6200 2.1 3GHz processor 

• 2GB DDR3 memory 

• 15.6-inch HD LED Widescreen 

• 320GB hard drive 

• Gigabit Ethernet 

• 4-hour battery life (6-cell) 

• Numeric keypad 

♦ Coolest feature: 
VeriFace face-recognition security. 



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Lenovo V560 

MSRP: $699 

This notebook gives you 

upgrades in several key 

areas. It won't limit your 

wireless Web access to 

Wi-Fi hotspots; you'll get 

a signal wherever there's 

4G WiMAX coverage 

from your provider. 

Meanwhile, Intel's 

Hyper-Threading 

technology lets the dual-core CPU run optimized multimedia 

programs like a quad-core processor. Finally, there's the Active 

Protection System to guard the spacious hard drive from drops, 

along with the OneKey Rescue System for data protection. 

Perfect For: On-the-go home, school, and office users 

• Intel® Core™ i3-380M 2.53GHz processor 

• 4GB DDR3 memory 

• 15.6-inch HD LED Widescreen 

• 500GB hard drive 

• 1.3MPWebcam 

• 4.5-hour battery life (6-cell) 

• Numeric keypad 

• Stylish, thin, professional design — only 1 .3 inches thick 



Coolest feature: 

4G WiMAX wireless broadband support. 



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Lenovo L2261 Wide 
Flat Panel Monitor 

MSRP: $179.99 

Here's a widescreen display 
that manages to pack Full HD 
1080p (1,920x1,080) resolu- 
tion into a 21 .5-inch viewable 
area. LED backlighting provides 
rich, true-to-life color while 
reducing power consumption. 
Finally, the L2261's stand tilts, 
swivels, and provides cable 
routing for a clean look. 





Lenovo IdeaPad Z565 

MSRP: $599.99 

Grab a DVD, put your feet 
up, and get comfortable. This 
AMD/ATI-based notebook is an 
audiovisual powerhouse. Wi-Fi 
N and Ethernet support make 
the Z565 a stunning portable 
widescreen when you'd like 
to stream A/V content. 
Oh, and don't worry — 
this IdeaPad's a powerful 
productivity system, too. 

Perfect For: Movie lovers, video site aficionados, and board- 
room presenters 



AMD Phenom II N660 dual-core 3GHz processor 

3GB DDR3 memory 

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4270 integrated graphics 

15.6-inch HD LED Widescreen 

320GB hard drive 

Dolby® Advanced Audio™ sound enhancement 

HDMI 

DirectShare syncs your files with another laptop 

Island-style keyboard with numeric keypad 

4.2-hour battery life (6-cell) 



Coolest feature: OneKey Theater audio/video enhance- 
ment at a single touch. 




Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 

MSRP: $699.99 

This practical desktop com- 
puter gives you top value 
for your dollar. Packing the 
latest CPU technology from 
Intel, not to mention 8GB of 
RAM, the IdeaCentre K330 
can help you get things done. 
And when it's time for mul- 
timedia entertainment, this 
Lenovo IdeaCentre desktop 
delivers with HD video and 
digital surround-sound sup- 
port. Not just any monitor 
should be paired with this system's entertainment 
prowess, so check out the details on the Lenovo L2261 
Wide Flat Panel Monitor above. 

Perfect For: Value-savvy home and business users 

• 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-21 00 dual-core 
3.1GHz processor 

• 8GB of DDR3 memory 

• 1TB hard drive (7,200rpm) 

• Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 2000 

• USB 2.0 ports and memory card slots in front 



Coolest feature: Advanced video acceleration 
technologies baked right into the CPU. 



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



Monitors 



Q 



Does the size of a monitor directly relate to its 
resolution? 

A No, but larger monitors typically feature higher resolu- 
tions because more pixels are necessary to maintain 
crisp image detail. If two monitors are the same size but 
offer different resolutions, it's best to select the one with the 
higher resolution. 



QWhat is the difference between a DVI and VGA 
input? 

A DVI delivers a digital video signal from your computer 
to the monitor, while VGA carries an analog video 
signal that is prone to more interference than digital infor- 
mation. Thus, DVI connections provide you with a much 
crisper on-screen image. 



QWhat is the difference between contrast ratio and 
dynamic contrast ratio? 

A Contrast ratio is the measure of the brightest vs. 
darkest color a monitor can display using a static 
image. Dynamic contrast ratio makes the same assessment, 
but over a period of time. The bright/dark highs and lows 
will vary widely based on the content shown on-screen, so 
contrast ratio is a more reliable indication of a monitor's 
light/dark range. 



Q 



What does viewing angle mean? 

A Monitors look best when you're looking straight at the 
screen, but the on-screen content is still viewable up 
to a given slant, which is the viewing angle. 



QHow does the brightness level affect the monitor's 
quality? 

A Measured in nits, the overall brightness of a monitor 
will impact how easily it can be seen in bright envi- 
ronments, such as a room with natural sunlight or overhead 
lights. The higher the nit level, the better you'll be able to 
see the screen in bright conditions. 



Q 



What is a monitor's response time and why does it 
matter? 

A The monitor's response time measures how fast the 
#\ pixels can change from color to color. The quickness is 
important to gamers and people that watch movies because it 
can affect how well fast-action content is displayed. 



QWhat kind of tests does a monitor need to pass to 
become Energy Star qualified? 

A An Energy Star qualified monitor must meet the strict 
power consumption limitations set by the U.S. Envi- 
ronmental Protection Agency for On, Sleep, and Off modes. 



Q 

A 



How is the screen size of a monitor measured? 

A diagonal measurement is taken from the bottom left 
corner to the top right corner. 



QWhat are the benefits of a monitor with an 
HDMI input? 

A Many monitors with built-in speakers feature an 
HDMI input, so that you'll only need to connect one 
cable to deliver audio and video from your PC. 




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Computing Glossary 



Shopping for a computer 
can be 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, headsets, and 
digital cameras so they can be used to- 
gether without being connected physi- 
cally with a cord. 

broadband — Network connections 
that transmit high-speed Internet ac- 
cess. Broadband speed varies de- 
pending on the provider. Cable 
companies offer speeds of around 8 to 
11Mbps, whereas phone companies 
offer DSL, 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 op- 
erating 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 
connected by wires so they can 
communicate with one another and 
share information. 

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



you'll now find LCD TVs and computer 
monitors, and they are also in digital 
cameras, cell phones, portable DVD 
players, and 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 
instance, you may add more memory, 
replace an old CRT with a widescreen 
LCD, or swap out an older video card 
for a newer one that features an ATSC 
TV tuner so you can watch digital TV on 
your computer. Look for a computer with 
expansion slots or empty bays. 



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— Which Laptop Computer Is Best For You? 

A laptop 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 laptop models. 



What It Means 



Operating system 



%. 



Gateway 
NV55C03u 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 1250664 



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

Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



Processor 

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

2GHz Intel 
Pentium 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 

How much data 
the computer can 
hold; Memory 
that's read and 
written to 

320GB; 3GB 



Graphics 
Card 

Controls the 
quality of your 
video and 
images 



Intel HD 



Dimensions; 
Weight 

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

1.3x15x10 
inches; 5.7 
pounds; 15.6 
inches 



Optical drives; 
Media card reader 



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

Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



; 




HP G42-303DX 

MSRP: $449.99* 
SKU 1623912 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.4GHz AMD 
Turion II 



320GB; 3GB 



ATI Mobility 
Radeon HD 
4250 



1.4x13.5x9 
inches; 4.9 
pounds; 14 
inches 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



*. 



Toshiba Satellite 
C655-S5128 

MSRP: $525.99* 
SKU 1974715 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.53GHz Intel 
Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



Mobile Intel 
HD 



1.5x15.1x11 
inches; 5.5 
pounds; 15.6 
inches 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 




Lenovo IdeaPad 
V560-43422GU 

MSRP: $549.99* 
SKU 1945268 



Windows 7 Home 2.53GHz Intel 
Premium Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



Intel Graphics 1.3x14.8x10 
Media inches; 5.4 

Accelerator pounds; 15.6 



HD 



inches 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 




Dell Inspiron Windows 7 Home 

14R-1296PK Premium 

MSRP: $599.99* 
SKU 1648231 



2.53GHz Intel 
Core i3 



500GB; 4GB 



Intel HD 



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1.2x13.5x10 
inches; 5 
pounds; 14 
inches 



DVD±RW/CD-RW; 
Yes 



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Samsung 
SD410-A01 

MSRP: $699.99* 
SKU 1813049 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.53GHz Intel 
Core i3 



640GB; 4GB 



Intel HD 



1.4x14.9x10.1 
inches; 5.3 
pounds; 14 
inches 



Double-layer 

DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

Yes 



m. 



Sony VAIO Windows 7 Home 

VPCEA46FM/V Premium 

MSRP: $799.99* 
SKU 1892035 



2.53GHz Intel 
Core i3 



640GB; 4GB 



Intel HD 



1.1x13.6x9.4 
inches; 5.2 
pounds; 14 
inches 



DVD±RW/Blu-ray 
Disc/CD-RW; Yes 



S. 



Asus U43JC-BBA6 

MSRP: $879.99* 
SKU 2043062 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



2.66GHz Intel 
Core i5 



640GB; 4GB 



NVIDIA 
GeForce 
310M 



1.25x13.5x9.5 Double-layer 

inches; 4.7 DVD±RW/CD-RW; 

pounds; 14 Yes 
inches 



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



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Which Netbook Is Best For You? 



Netbooks don't offer the full capabilities that notebooks do, but these compact devices are ideal for those who need to stay 
connected while on the go. To find the netbook that fits your mobility needs, here's a comparison of the latest models. 



What It Means 




Toshiba mini 
NB505-N500BL 

MSRP: $287.99* 
SKU 1853531 



Operating system 

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



Windows 7 Starter 



Processor 

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



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



Hard drive size; 
RAM 

How much data 
the computer can 
hold; Memory 
that's read and 
written to 



250GB; 1GB 



Graphics card 

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



Memory 
card reader 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 



a separate 
peripheral 

SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/MMC 



Ports 



Slots that can Sockets that 

read media give your corn- 

cards without puter access 



to different 
peripherals 

3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 



HP Mini 
210-2145dx 

MSRP: $329.99* 
SKU 1783123 



Windows 7 Starter 



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



250GB; 1GB 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 



SD/SDHC/ 

MMC/MS/MS 
PRO 



3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 




Samsung 
N145-JP02 

MSRP: $339.99* 
SKU 1944065 



Windows 7 Starter 



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



250GB; 1GB 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/MMC 



3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 



%. 



Asus Eee PC 
1015PEB-RD601 

MSRP: $349* 
SKU 9966308 



Windows 7 Starter 1.66GHz Intel 250GB; 1GB Intel Graphics SD/SDHC/ 

Atom Media MMC 

Accelerator 
3150 



3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 




Dell Inspiron Mini 
101 2-21 990BK 

MSRP: $384* 
SKU 1063166 



Windows 7 Starter 



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



250GB; 1GB 



Crystal HD 
Broadcom 
Media 
Accelerator 



SD/SDHC/ 

MMC/MS/MS 
PRO 



3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 




HP Mini Netbook 
210-2185dx 

MSRP: $399.99* 
SKU 1799075 



Windows 7 Starter 



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



250GB; 1GB 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 



SD/SDHC/ 

MMC/MS/MS 
PRO 



3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 




Toshiba mini 
NB305-N444BN 

MSRP: $479* 
SKU 9999013 



Windows 7 Starter 



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



250GB; 1GB 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 



SD/SDHC/ 
SDXC/MMC 



3 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 



(ft- 



Lenovo IdeaPad 
0651-7HU 

MSRP: $529* 
SKU 1485072 



Windows 7 Home 
Premium 



1.66GHz Intel 
Atom 



250GB; 1GB 



Intel Graphics 
Media 
Accelerator 
3150 



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



2 USB; 1 VGA; 
1 Ethernet 



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



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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 
2k *| Elements 9 

yy| $99.99* 

"^B^ B www.adobe.com 

Easily edit, share, and manage your 
photo collection and get professional results 
using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. 



Broderbund Print Shop 2.0 
Professional 

$89.99* 

www.broderbund.com 

Create sophisticated projects using 



prmtshop 



the Wizard Design tool or a ready-made tem- 
plate. You can create greeting cards, banners, 
newsletters, photo projects, and more. 




Roxio Creator 201 1 

$99.99* 

www.roxio.com 

Use Roxio Creator 20 11 to easily 
capture, enhance, and preserve your photos, 
videos, and audio projects. New features 
include 3D effects, video stabilization and rota- 
tion, and a redesigned backdrop interface. 3D 
glasses are also included. 

B Corel PaintShop 
Photo Pro X3 Ultimate 

www.corel.com 

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 lets you manage, 
edit, and share your digital photos. Make auto- 
matic fixes in the enhanced Express Lab or you 
can use the included advanced editing tools. 

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




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. 

Jq Adobe Premiere 
Elements 9 

$99.99* 

1 www.adobe.com 
Turn your home videos into movies using special 
effects, music, and images from Adobe Premiere 
Elements 9. Once you're done, you can share 
them via disc or the Internet. 

Roxio Easy VHS To DVD 

$59.99* 
www.roxio.com 

Use Roxio's Easy VHS To DVD soft- 
ware to easily transfer video from VHS, Hi8, 
V8, or analog camcorders to DVD. You can 
also edit the video and add professional effects. 

Nero 10 Multimedia Suite 
Platinum HD 

$129.99* 
www.nero.com 

Nero 10 Multimedia Suite Platinum HD 
makes it easy to import video from nearly any 
source, add effects, and then burn the final 
result to BD, DVD, or CD. You can also share 
it between mobile devices. 





Business Applications 

■[■■k Microsoft Office 

" Home & Student 2010 

i^J $149.99* 

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

Individual Software 
ResumeMaker Professional 

$29.95* 

I www.individualsoftware.com 
It 's easy to write a professional resume 
quickly using ResumeMaker Professional. The 
software also includes advanced search tools. 

■ Intuit Quicken Home 
& Business 2011 
www.quicken.intuit.com 
The 20 1 1 version of Quicken Home and 
Business will help you categorize your home 
and business finances and show you profits 
and losses at a glance. Plus, you can streamline 
the tax-paying process when the time comes. 




Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2011 

$229.95* 

www.quickbooks.intuit.com 
Easily keep track of your company's 
finances with QuickBooks Pro 
2011. You can view expense and income 
breakdowns, account balances, and more, so 
its easy to know where your money is going. 



retail pricing. 



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Games/ 
Entertainment 

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. 

g Disney Interactive 
Studio Alice In 
Wonderland 

$19.99* 
disney.go.com/disney 
interactivestudios 

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

Electronic Arts 
The Sims 3 

$49.95* 
www.ea.com 

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

Lego Indiana Jones 
2: The Adventure 
Continues 

$29.99* 
www. I ucasarts.com 
Explore the locations from all 
four films and build your own 
levels and environments. Your 
favorite Indiana Jones charac- 
ters are depicted in Lego form. 





Home 
Productivity 



i 



B Nuance Dragon 
NaturallySpeaking 

$99.99* 
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%. 



vm 



Apple MobileMe 

$99* 
www.apple.com 

MobileMe, Apple's Internet ser- 
vice, lets you keep your email, 
contacts, and calendar up-to- 
date across your iPhone, iPod 
touch, Mac, and PC. It also 
lets you store and share docu- 
ments online via iDisk, and you 
can manage everything online 
through a suite of Web applica- 
tions at www.me.com. 



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H&R BLOCK 



H&R Block 
At Home 
Deluxe 

$44.95* 
www.handrblock.com 

The Deluxe version of H&R 
Block At Home makes it easy for 
homeowners and investors to file 
tax returns. Once you're done, 
you can use the five included 
federal e-files to file online. 

Nova Develop- 
ment Family Tree 
Maker Deluxe 

$69.95* 
novadevelopment.com 

Explore and preserve your 
family history with the soft- 
ware, a free three-month sub- 
scription to Ancestry.com, an 
iPhone app, and more. 



Security/ 
Utilities 



i 



Kaspersky Lab 
Internet Security 
2011 

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



Kaspersky Lab 
Pure Total 
Security 

$89.95* 






www.kaspersky.com 
Kaspersky Pure Total Security 
offers all-in-one protection for 
your PC. It protects against 
Internet threats and identity 
theft and also offers backup, en- 
cryption, and clean-up tools. 



webrool 



„, 



Webroot Internet 
Security Complete 
2011 

$79.95* 
www.webroot.com 
Internet Security Complete can 
protect your computer from 
spyware, viruses, and spam. It 
also uses advanced technolo- 
gies to ensure your identity is 
safe as you shop and browse 
the Internet. You can also back 
up digital photos and other 
files and sync them with a PC. 

Trend Micro 
Titanium Maximum 
Security 

$39.95* 
www.trendmicro.com 

Trend Micro's Titanium Max- 
imum Security is easy to use and 
provides a variety of tools that 
can keep your computer and 
identity safe. 





System Clean-Up 
& Repair 

Avanquest 
Fix-It Utilities 
11 Professional 

$49.95* 
www.avanquest.com 

Make your computer run like 
new. Use Fix-It Utilities / / 
to defragment, clean, repair, 
and optimize your Windows 
registry to improve overall PC 
performance and check your 
system memory, hard drive, 
and more. 




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 
2011 

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

iolo 
DriveScrubber 

$29.95* 
www.iolo.com 

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




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NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




KEYBOARD 



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

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

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




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

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




EXTERNA L HARD DRIVE 

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

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




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

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

in control 

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



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 
exceed 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 




PRINTER 



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



COVER STORY 



TM 



® 



JBL On Air 

Wireless 

Airplay 

Speaker 

Dock 



Audio Anytime From 
Anywhere 



"One good thing about music: When it hits you, you feel no pain/' Bob Marley sang those 
words, and he was right. Often, though, the songs we want to "hit" us immediately are in- 
conveniently stored on a computer located several rooms away. If only there was a way to 
instantly cue up "Trenchtown Rock" or any other track from anywhere in the house. With 
the JBL On Air Wireless Airplay Speaker Dock ($349; www.jbl.com), there is. 




JBL On Air Wireless 

Airplay Speaker Dock 

$349 | www.jbl.com 



Play With AirPlay 

With Apple's AirPlay network tech- 
nology onboard, the JBL On Air Wire- 
less Airplay Speaker Dock lets you: 

• Stream any song from an entire 
iTunes music library (version 10 
or higher) from an iPhone, iPod 
touch, iPad, or Mac or PC via a 
Wi-Fi connection 

• Stream audio simultaneously to 
multiple On Air systems in sepa- 
rate rooms 

• Use Apple's free Remote app to 
navigate and control iTunes songs 
via an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad 

• View album artwork and song data 
on the On Air Wireless Airplay 
Speaker Dock's built-in color LCD 



Dock & Rock 

Beyond integrating a connector so 
you can dock and charge any iPod 
or iPhone model, JBL's system can: 

• Play FM radio stations com- 
plete with RDS (Radio Data 
System) support to display 
track, album, and artist data 

• Stream Internet radio stations 
from iTunes 

• Output audio from non-Apple 
MP3 players and other audio 
sources connected to the sys- 
tem's auxiliary port 

• Display text in five different 
languages 



Extras That Matter 

Additional On Air Wireless Airplay 
Speaker System Dock features include: 

• Dual alarm clocks for waking to 
iPod, iPhone, or FM radio music or 
a buzzer 

• Three JBL transducers arranged 
in a HALO (horizontal acoustic 
level optimization) design for 
rich, full-spectrum audio that 
spreads 360 degrees 

• Proprietary COE (computer-opti- 
mized equalization) and OCT (opti- 
mized compression topology), DSP 
technologies that output booming, 
clear audio 

• An included IR remote that can con- 
trol audio from up to 1 5 feet away 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



HOW TO BUY 



MP3 Player 
Accessories 

Add Fun & Useful Extras 







MP3 players are useful whether you are storing your workout 
play lists, listening to your favorite albums, or watching video 
clips. And there are a variety of accessories that make your MP3 
player even more versatile. Let's take a look at the options. 



Chargers and cables, a power adapter lets 

you charge your MP3 player using an AC/DC converter 
(for wall outlets) and a compatible cable. To connect 
your MP3 player to audio or video equipment, look for 
an appropriate cable that's compatible with your player. 
For instance, a 3.5mm auxiliary cable will plug into your 
player's headphone jack and route audio to a sound 
system with an open 3.5mm port. Composite audio 
cables feed sound to stereos with Composite inputs, and 
Composite or Component A/V cables carry audio and 
video to compatible TVs. 



Speakers and docks, a compatible 

speaker system will let 
you share your tunes 
with a roomful of friends. 
Some systems require 
a cable attachment, 
whereas others include 
an embedded dock con- 
nector so you can plug 
your device directly into 
the system. 



. . . share 
your tunes 
with a 
roomful of 
friends. 



Clock radios and car connections. 

You can wake up to you 
use an alarm clock 
radio with an MP3 
player dock. During 
your morning com- 
mute, you can listen 
to audio books using 
a cassette adapter, 
auxiliary cable, FM 
transmitter, or direct- 
connect kit. CE car 
tech professionals 
can install kits and 
factory deck adapters 
so you can listen to and 
the stereo system. 



r favorite songs when you 

. . . you can 
listen to and 
charge your 
MP3 player 
via the stereo 
system. 

charge your MP3 player via 



Cases. Cases are available in a variety of materials 
including hard plastic that protects your MP3 player if it 
falls out of your purse. Other cases are soft and are con- 
structed of absorbing gel materials, silicone, or neoprene 
(durable rubber). 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



Headphone Construction 

How Price Factors Into Quality 

Typically, acquiring the durability that results from superior engineering and quality materials means paying more. Headphones are 
no exception. The following illustrates why the price you pay generally equals a better-constructed pair of headphones. 

by Blaine Flamig 



Headband 



Compared to flimsy, nonadjustable headbands 
some low-end headphones possess using little 
or no padding, high-end models may provide 
handcrafted, adjustable, multi layered steel and/ 
or plastic bands with ample padding wrapped in 
genuine leather or other quality, soft materials. 



Earcups 

Low-end headphones typically sport plastic 
earcups with foam or artificial leather cush- 
ioning attached to the headband with plastic 
fittings. Conversely, high-end models may pos- 
sess aluminum, stainless steel, wood, or high- 
tech plastic pivoting earcups with replaceable 
cushions offering thicker padding and leather, 
velvet, velour, or other material. 



Cable 

Unlike thin, plastic, easy-splitting cables some 
headphones use, higher-end models usually 
have longer, thicker, and more flexible cables 
possibly braided, detachable, integrating a 
strain-relief mechanism, and/or boasting a 
Kevlar-like shielding. 



Connector 



High-end models typically provide a gold- 
plated jack vs. bare-metal contact that prevents 
corrosion and produces a better electrical con- 
nection and audio signal. 





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Record Lectures, 
Interviews & More 



Sony Digital Voice 
Recorder ICDPX3 12 



When you need to remember something important, tying a string around your finger just 
isn't going to cut it. With the Sony Digital Voice Recorder ICDPX312 ($59.95; www.sony 
style.com), you can record hundreds of hours of reminders, catalog every syllable of lec- 
tures and meetings you attend, and collect interviews for future reference. 



Record On Your Terms 

• Expandable Memory. The ICDPX31 2 
has 2GB of flash memory built-in, and 
you can add more memory via the Mi- 
croSD card slot — up to 32GB. This lets 
you swap cards for recording sessions. 

• INC (Intelligent Noise Cut). Sony's 
technology reduces ambient noise in 
playback, making voices more clear and 
easier to understand. The original re- 
cording is always there should the user 
choose not to engage the INC feature. 



Scene Select. Just like a digital camera, the voice 
recorder offers settings for different recording 
situations, such as voice notes or an interview. 
These automatically adjust the device's record- 
ing mode (Kbps), mic sensitivity, low cut filter, 
and noise cut to deliver the best results. 

Track Mark. This feature lets you drop up to 
99 electronic bookmarks in the recording. By 
pressing the Fast Forward or Rewind button, 
you can quickly jump to specific locations in 
longer recordings. 



Match A Sony Digital Recorder To Your Needs 

Sony's digital voice recorders offer quality recording and a variety of features. 
Take a look at the chart below to choose the recorder that's right for you. 







Built-in 
Memory 


Recording 
Formats 


Inputs/ 
Outputs 


Approximate Battery 
Life (Recording) 


ICDBX112 
ICDPX312 
ICDAX41 2 
ICDUX512 
ICDSX712 


Price: $39.95 
SKU 1792267 


2GB* 


MP3 


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55 hours 


Price: $59.95 
SKU 1792142 


2GB* 


MP3 


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72 hours 


Price: $79.95 
SKU 1792258 


2GB* 


MP3 


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84 hours 


Price: $99.95 

SKU 1792249 (black) 
SKU 1792133 (red) 


2GB* 


LPCM, MP3 


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Sony Digital Voice 
Recorder ICDPX3 12 
$59.95 | www.sonystyle.com 



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Expand Your 

Entertainment 

Options 

Satellite Radio Offers 
Exclusive Content & Features 



If you're like most of us, you have favorites: favorite songs, favorite 
sports, favorite talk shows, and more. But with a standard radio, you 
can't always get to them when and where you want: You might lose 
your favorite station when you cross the state line. Consider satellite 
radio as a potential solution. 



What Is Satellite Radio? 

Like satellite television, satellite radio is a pay-for-service entertainment medium to which you subscribe on a monthly or 
yearly basis. In this case, your satellite radio receives a digital signal broadcast by satellites that orbit the earth. One or more 
are constantly overhead, so you always have coverage; unlike terrestrial radio broadcasts, satellite radio coverage is literally 
nationwide. In fact, satellite radio — provided in the United States by Sirius|XM — is available in the 48 contiguous states and 
the District of Columbia, and some coverage is available in Puerto Rico. 

Satellite and terrestrial programming differ, of course; your favorite local DJs won't be available on satellite. But with 
satellite radio, you can choose from very specific entertainment options, listening to niche offerings such as music 
from the '30s or '40s, all comedy, etc. 



A Radio To Fit Your Lifestyle 

Satellite radios come in different forms, all delivering more than 130 crystal -clear, static-free stations. Stationary receivers 
can connect to most existing audio systems, so it's easy to add satellite radio to your media options. If you travel a lot, look 
into satellite receivers made especially for your car; some transmit to your car's FM radio, while others are permanently 
wired and might need to be installed professionally. If you're a hiker or otherwise often on the move, consider truly portable 
units, such as the XMp3i Portable Radio from XM ($199.99; www.xmradio.com). Some satellite radios can play MP3 files 
and record and play back shows at your convenience. Accessories such as speaker docks can add flexibility to your portable 
satellite radio experience, allowing you to dock your portable radio so you can listen at home. 



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FirstGlimpse / April 2011 61 



PORTABLE DEVICES 



ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



GPS-Enabled Devices 



Q 



How will I know if a mobile phone or tablet offers 
GPS navigation capabilities? 



A Most new smartphones come with GPS, and some 
tablets do as well. Typically, GPS functionality will be 
listed in the device's features. 



Q 



Will I need to download an application to receive 
turn-by-turn directions on my mobile device? 



A Mobile phones generally come with a navigation 
app that provides you with turn-by-turn directions, 
but you can also download a navigation program, such 
as Google Maps. 



Q 



What are the benefits of a GPS-enabled phone or 
tablet for navigation over a standalone GPS? 



A You won't need to carry a separate device to provide 
route guidance while you're traveling, and you're more 
likely to be able to use a GPS-enabled phone or tablet for 
walking directions. 



QAre there disadvantages when using a GPS- 
enabled device instead of a standalone GPS for 
turn-by-turn directions? 

A The constant GPS signal and use of the navigation soft- 
ware can quickly run down your cell phone or tablet 
battery. Additionally, route guidance might be disrupted if 
you need to take a phone call or use the mobile device for 
another purpose. 



Q 



Will I be able to receive GPS navigation on my 
phone or tablet in areas without a cellular signal? 



A Because the default navigation applications on your 
GPS-enabled devices rely on the data connection to 
provide directions, your GPS-enabled device will not, by 
default, provide route guidance. That being said, you can 
purchase a navigation application for some devices that 
provides offline GPS capabilities. 



Q 



Why is the GPS turned off by default on most GPS- 
enabled devices? 



A When the GPS is on, it's constantly searching for the 
GPS signal, which reduces your device's battery life. 
For this reason, manufacturers allow you to turn the GPS 
function on or off, based on when you need it. 



Q 



What kinds of apps on my phone or tablet can typi- 
cally utilize GPS locations for reference? 



A Most location-based applications, such as points-of- 
interest and weather programs, take advantage of GPS 
coordinates to provide you with information about your 
location and nearby destinations. 



Q 



Can I use the GPS-enabled device to share my loca- 
tion with others? 



A There are a number of services, such as Foursquare, 
l Facebook, and Twitter, that let you share your GPS 
location when you post an update. 




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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. 



AAC — Short for Advanced Audio 
Codec, this format is a competitor of 
the more common MP3 file format. It 
is the default format used by Apple. 

Bluetooth — A wireless technology, 
supported by some MP3 players, 
that connects devices with short- 
range radio frequencies. 

capacity — How much data a player can 
hold. This is typically expressed in giga- 
bytes or megabytes. Generally speaking, 
1 GB will hold about 250 songs. 

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) — DRM 

is a security mechanism for digital media, 
associated with copyright. A common 
DRM scheme for digital music involves 
getting a licensed file to authorize play- 
back of a free or purchased song. 

earbuds — Small, circular devices you put 
into your ears so you can listen to music 
on your player. These serve the same 
function as headphones. Many music 
players include their own earbuds, but 



you can purchase a separate pair that is 
more comfortable or of better quality. 

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

music management program — A pro- 
gram, such as iTunes or Napster, that 
loads onto your computer and lets you 
play, organize, download, and pur- 
chase 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 1 MB MP3 file will last about 
one minute. 

playlist — A queue of songs a user cre- 
ates to play on a computer, burn to 
a CD, or transfer to an MP3 player. The 
playlist will only include directions to 
the location of the songs, not the actual 
songs themselves. 

podcast — A downloadable episode that is 
similar to a radio program. A user can 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 dig- 
ital audio format created by Microsoft. 

widescreen — A screen that has a 1 6:9 
aspect ratio. 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



Which MP3 Player Is Best For You? 

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



Memory type 



Capacity 



Video capabilities 



FM tuner 



Colors 



Battery life 



What It Means 




SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 

MSRP: $39.99*; 
$49.99* 
SKU 9448449 



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

Flash 



How much 
memory the 



Some MP3 
players can 



player has** play video 



Some MP3 players Several players 

let you listen to offer a variety of 

radio stations color choices 




Apple iPod shuffle Flash 

MSRP: $49* 
SKU 9845475 



2GB; 4GB 



2GB 



No 



No 



Yes 



No 



Black, purple, 
blue 



How long the 
battery will last 
when playing 
music 



15 hours 



Orange, silver, 15 hours 

pink, green, blue 



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Sony W Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $59.99* 
SKU 9964382 



Flash 



2GB 



No 



No 



Black 



1 1 hours 




SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ Flash 
MSRP: $89.99* 
SKU 1116229 



8GB 



Yes 



Yes 



Blue, purple, 
black, white 



24 hours 




Sony S Series 
Walkman 

MSRP: $99.99* 
$119.99* 
SKU 9443827 



Flash 



8GB; 16GB Yes 



Yes 



Black, violet, red 



42 hours 



Apple iPod nano 

MSRP: $149*; $179* 
SKU 1161925 



Flash 



8GB; 16GB 



No 



Yes 



Pink, orange, 
green, blue, 
silver, graphite 



24 hours 



Microsoft Zune HD Flash 
MSRP: $179.99*; 
$229.99* 
SKU 9449581 



16GB; 32GB Yes 



Yes 



Black, platinum 33 hours 

silver 




Apple iPod touch Flash 

MSRP: $229*; 
$299*; $399* 
SKU 9225377 



8GB; 32GB; Yes 
64GB 



No 



Black 



40 hours 



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



**One gigabyte of memory will hold approximately 250 songs. Actual 
capacity will vary depending on song length and format. 



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PORTABLE DEVICES 



Which GPS Device Is Right For You? — 

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



Screen size; 
Dimensions 



Text-to-speech; 
Traffic receiver 



Preloaded 
maps 



WAAS 



Bluetooth; MP3 
playback 



Included charging 
adapters 



What It Means 




Insignia 

NS-NAV01 
MSRP: $99.99* 
SKU 9351603 



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



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



4.3 inches; 

3.1x4.7x0.6 

inches 



Yes; No 



The regional 
maps that 
come included 
with the GPS 
unit 

Entire U.S. 



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

Yes 



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

No; No 



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

DC adapter 



Insignia 
NS-NAV02R 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 9953155 



4.3 inches; 
3. 3x4. 9x0. t 
inches 



Yes; No 



Entire U.S. 



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 



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Magellan 
RoadMate1424 

MSRP: $129.99* 
SKU 9894383 



4.3 inches; 
3.3x5x0.6 
inches 



Yes; Yes (with 
optional traffic 
receiver) 



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



Yes 



No; No 



DC adapter 



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Magellan 
RoadMate 3045-LM 

MSRP: $219.99* 
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 




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Garmin 
niivM390LMT 

MSRP: $229.99* 
SKU 2120256 



4.3 inches; 

2.9x4.8x0.6 

inches 



Yes; Yes 



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



No 



Yes; No 



DC adapter 




Garmin 
niivi1450LMT 

MSRP: $239.99* 
SKU 1089764 



5 inches; 

3.4x5.4x0.6 

inches 



Yes; Yes 



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



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 



«. 




TomTom 
XXL 550TM 

MSRP: $259.95* 
SKU 1334083 



5 inches; 

3.8x4.7x0.9 

inches 



Yes; No 



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



No 



No; No 



DC adapter 




TomTom 
GO 2505TM 

MSRP: $319.95* 
SKU 1582074 



5 inches; 

3.5x5.6x0.7 

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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PORTABLE DEVICES 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




GPS CHARGERS 

• Make sure your travel 
companion always has 
a full battery 

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




MP3 PLAYER CASES 

• Protect your MP3 player 
from bumps and scratches 

• Quickly access your play- 
er's functions with a clip 

• Keep your player out of 
your way with an armband 




• 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 
enjoyment to your journey. To make sure you are taking full 
advantage of the capabilities your portable 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 




CELL PHONE CASES 

• 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 



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• 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 




MOBILE SERV ICES 

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 
its needs. 

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

• Phone and battery recycling 

• GPS setup and deck instal- 
lation 

• MP3 vehicle integration 

• MP3 player setup and 
training 

• Cell phone repair services 
and loaner phones 



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APPLIANCES 



HOW TO BUY 



An Energy Star Appliance 



Save The World, Save Money 




The Energy Star logo is emblazoned across a plethora of devices, 
including appliances. It's a point of pride for appliance makers to 
achieve the coveted Energy Star certification. Developed by the 
EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star qualification 
indicates that a given product meets energy-efficiency standards 
and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 



LOOk for the logo. The best way to see if some- 
thing meets Energy Star requirements is to simply look 
for the Energy Star logo on the product label or box. 
You've no doubt 
seen the light blue 
logo, which in- 
cludes a star next to 
the word "energy/' 
on products before, 
as they're promi- 
nently placed on 
products to make 
it easier for you to 
find environmen- 
tally friendly and 
energy-efficient 
solutions. 



. . . simply 
look for the 
Energy Star 
logo on the 
product label 
or box. 



Save on your utility bills, in addition to 

helping the environment, Energy Star-qualified appli- 
ances can also help your wallet. Energy Star standards 
encourage manufacturers to develop more energy- 
efficient features, which can cut down on unnecessary 
energy consumption and water usage. If the washing 
machine or dishwasher plugged into your wall is using 
less energy or water, you'll pay less in utility bills each 
month. Those savings can add up fast. 



Standards. In addition to ensuring a product's 
energy efficiency, part of the Energy Star qualification 
includes not sacrificing performance and features. This 
means all Energy Star-qualified products deliver the tech- 
nologies and amenities you need in addition to cutting 
energy use. 



Cash baok. Some manufacturers offer sales tax exemp- 
tions or credits on Energy Star-qualified products. Thus, you 
may be able to save money right at the register. In some cases, 
manufacturers also offer rebates on Energy Star-qualified prod- 
ucts. Utility companies may offer rebates, as well. Check to 
see what offers are available when you buy an appliance. 



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



High-Efficiency Washers 



Qv 



Lwhat is a high-efficiency washer? 

A An HE (high-efficiency) washer features several 
improvements over traditional washers to reduce its 
impact on the environment while maintaining a high level 
of effectiveness at cleaning clothes. 



Q, 



, How do HE washers help the environment? 

A The main way in which HE washers are "greener" than 
regular units is that they use less energy, which usually 
correlates to lower greenhouse gas emissions. 



QWhat else makes HE washers more environmentally 
responsible? 

A HE models make use of much less water than run- 
of-the-mill units for washing and rinsing laundry. 
Clean water is a critical natural resource that's scarce in 
many areas. 



Q, 



Is there another benefit to low water usage? 

A By using less water, an HE washer saves the gas or elec- 
tric energy used to heat the additional water required 
by a traditional model. 



Q Do an HE washer's energy savings extend to the 
dryer, too? 

A Yes. Because HE washers spin the water out of the 
clothes at a higher speed, they require less drying time 
and energy. 



Qlf HE washers use less water, does that mean they 
need less soap? 

A Yes, they use less soap. With an HE washer, you only 
need to put in a spoonful or so of HE detergent with 
each load. 



Q 



, Why do HE washers need special detergent? 

A HE detergents are formulated to produce fewer suds 
than non-HE detergents. If you use regular detergent, 
too many suds will interfere with the cycles of your HE 
washer and soil can redeposit on your clothing. 



Q 



, How good are HE units at cleaning clothes? 

A Quite good, actually, if you use HE-compatible soap 
and settings appropriate to the load. HE washers rinse 
clothes very well to eliminate grime and soap residue. 



V3c. What kinds of HE washers are available? 

A HE units come in both front-loading and top-loading 
models. Some have larger capacity for bigger loads 
and/or gentler agitation for items that normally require 
hand washing. 



Q 



, Do HE washers take longer to clean clothes? 

A Yes, in many cases. However, because they shorten 
drying time, HE washers may not extend the overall 
time it takes to do your laundry. 




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APPLIANCES 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




VACUUM BELTS, BAGS 
& FILTERS 

• Replace vacuum belts 
every year for optimum 
performance 

• Trap airborne pollutants, 
such as 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- 
efficiency 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 par- 
ticular surfaces, such as 
multifloor, wood floors, 
carpet, and upholstery 

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




LAUNDRY PEDESTALS 



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



Store laundry 
supplies in ped- 
estals 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 
alternative 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 
machine, as it can burst. 
Instead, 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 
includes a water line 
and power cord for the 
best performance. 



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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. 




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 



FirstGlimpse / April 2011 69 



In this section, you'll find products and services that are suit- 
able for businesses of all sizes. From digital signage that can 
hold up to prolonged hours of use in a small mom and pop 
store to powerful servers that can support a corporation's net- 
work of hundreds of workers, these pages offer a wide range 
of solutions for professional needs. No matter your size of 
business, First Glimpse's Built For Business section helps you 
discover the latest innovative technologies available in-store 
and online, so you can use them to grow success. 



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From The Smallest Offices . . . 




. . .To The Largest Enterprises 




Not everything a business needs can be found on a store shelf. Depending 

on the size and demands of your company, you may need to seek solutions 

through other avenues. Take, for example, Best Buy and its business support. 

To help you match the technology and services that fit your company, no 

matter its size, industry, or obstacles, Best Buy offers consultations with its 

business experts in stores, online, on the phone, and at your location. 




. . .The Full Business Scope 



. . . discover the 
latest innovative 
technologies 
available in-store 
and online . . . 



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HOW TO BUY 



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Office Tech Essentials 



Business Basics 




Buying tech gear for a small business is different than buy- 
ing devices for home use. There are features you may 
need in a commercial environment — even a modest- 
sized one — that you probably wouldn't at home. Let's 
take a look using some common office tech essentials 
as examples. 



CompUTSrS. Laptops are more often than 
not a better choice for small office workers than 
desktops or 
all-in-one com- 
puters. They're 
easy to take on 
the road for a 
business trip 
or home for 
the weekend 
before a proj- 
ect is due. And 

with a docking station connected to a larger moni 
tor, a keyboard, and a mouse, a laptop becomes 
a more ergonomic desktop in a trice. Tablets also 
show some signs of becoming more attractive for 
business use. 



Tablets also 
show some signs 
of becoming 
more attractive 
for business use. 



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Software. Vendors offer compa- 
nies multiuser licensing on software, 
along with tech support and version 
upgrade services. Also note that 
many "free" programs for search, 
security, and so on are only free for 
personal use. If you use these to run 



Vendors offer 
companies 
multiuser 
licensing . . . 



a business, you're expected to pay for the apps. 



Phon©S. Conferencing and dual-line support are popular business 
features for desk phones. As for cell phones, consider equipping your 

employees with 

, . . consider equipping 



your employees with 
smartphones . . . 



smartphones that 
tie in well with 
your network and 
applications such 
as company email. 



Printers. Forget entry-level 
color inkjets with high ink 
replacement costs. Businesses 
require printers that can pro- 
duce thousands of pages each 
month (a high duty cycle) at a 
low cost per page. Also, even 
small organizations can ben- 
efit from multifunction printers 
that can copy, scan, and fax. 
Finally, networking via Ethernet 
office can access the printer. 



. . . even small 
organizations 
can benefit from 
multifunction 
printers . . . 

or Wi-Fi is a must so the whole 



Miscellaneous. From digital projectors in the confer- 
ence room to networked security cameras keeping tabs on the 
premises — not to mention high-speed, business-class networking 
equipment tying it all together — there are plenty of tech essentials 
to consider for your small office. 



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by Marty Sems 



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Use Plastic 

To Your Advantage 

Badgy By Evolis Creates 
Affordable & Fast ID Badges 



If you run a business, you already know 
how handy those ubiquitous plastic ID 
badges can be: They're perfect for trade 
show name tags, employee IDs, customer 
loyalty cards, student IDs, membership 
cards, visitor identification, and more. 



evS)Lis 



Save Time & Money 

Every time you sign on a new 
employee or need a replacement 
card, sending out an order for 
new badges can be expensive 
and time-consuming. The Badgy 
Card Printer by Evolis ($999.99; 
www.badgy.com) is a quick 
and easy all-in-one solution that 
enables you to design and print 
your own standard-sized CR-80 
(3.37- x 2.13-inch) plastic ID 
badges. With Badgy, you can 
custom-design your own cards 
and print them in color in less 
than a minute, with photo-quality 
300 dpi resolution. 



For All Business Types 

Badgy is perfect for schools, 
shops, clubs, and companies 
wishing to provide an attrac- 
tive, durable identification card 
or employee badge that features 
bright, fade-resistant colors and 
photo-quality images. 



Badgy Card Printer by Evolis 

$999.99 

www.badgy.com 




Quick & Easy Setup 

Using Badgy is straightforward and simple: 
It connects to your Windows computer like 
any other printer, using a USB cable. After 
it's installed, just insert the blank cards (up to 
1 00 of them) in the hopper, drop in the color 
ribbon, and it's ready to print. You can design 
your own cards from scratch, or download 
any of hundreds of sample templates from the 
Badgy Web site. There's no special software 
needed, as the templates are available in a 
Microsoft Excel format. Select a template, 
add or change a logo and the text, and you're 
ready. In less than a minute, you'll have a 
brand-new, personalized plastic ID badge. 



Badgy Overview 

• Portable unit that measures 
only 6.54x7.64x14.75 
(HxWxD) inches and 
weighs 5.3 pounds with tray 

• Color dye sublimation 
and monochrome thermal 
transfer (300 dpi) 

• 40 seconds per card 
print speed 

• 1 00 card feeder capacity, 
1 card output tray 

• Compatible with Windows 

XP/Vista/7 



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ESSENTIAL THINGS TO KNOW 



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Mobile Office Products 



QWhat types of accessories can I connect to my laptop 
for presentations on the road? 

There are a variety of portable projectors, including 
Pico pocket-sized models, that you can use to display 
your laptop's screen on a wall or projector screen. A wireless 
mouse is also handy if you need to control the presentation 
away from your laptop. 



Q, 



How much do most portable projectors weigh? 

A Pico projectors generally weigh less than half a pound, 
while more powerful portable business projectors can 
weigh in around 5 pounds. 



Q 



What are the benefits of a laptop with an HDMI 
output? 



A By using an HDMI cable to connect a laptop to an 
HDTV, you only need to connect a single cable to 
play high-quality audio and video from your laptop on a 
TV for presentations. 



Q 

A 



Can a Bluetooth headset connect to portable devices 
other than my phone? 

Yes. Bluetooth headsets can also connect to many Blue- 
tooth-enabled GPS navigation devices as well as PCs. 



QWhat is the maximum distance apart that Bluetooth 
devices can operate? 

A There are three classes of Bluetooth technology. Most 
Bluetooth headsets are Class 3 (a maximum distance 
of 3 feet) or Class 2 (a maximum distance of 33 feet) to offer 
short range communications. Class 1 Bluetooth devices have 
a range up to 300 feet, but the standard is less common. 



Q, 



, Can I add Bluetooth functionality to a PC? 

Yes. You can invest in a USB Bluetooth adapter that 
plugs into a free USB port on the computer. 



Q. 



, Why should I consider a portable printer? 

A portable printer takes up very little space and lets 
you print important documents, such as contracts or 
reference materials, when you're out of the office. 



Q 



What are the benefits of an external hard drive with 
an eSATA interface? 



AeSATA is up to six times faster than USB 2.0, so it 
will take less time for you to transfer files from a 
computer to an eSATA drive. This can be beneficial when 
you need to transfer a large collection of video, image, or 
document files. 



Q 



How much faster is a USB 3.0 external hard drive 
than one with a USB 2.0 interface? 



A 



A USB 3.0 external hard drive can theoretically trans- 



fer data up to 10 times faster than a USB 2.0 drive. 
However, in most real-world tests, USB 3.0 connections 
work around three times faster than USB 2.0. 



QWhy should I invest in a traditional GPS navigation 
device when my mobile phone can provide turn-by- 
turn directions? 

You might temporarily lose the turn-by-turn navigation 
when you need to make or receive a phone call. Also, 

your phone's GPS navigation feature can quickly deplete 

battery life. 




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First Glimpse / April 2011 73 



Pair Your Business 
With A Magellan GPS 



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When it's time for your company to hit the road, you want to make the best use of your time. 
The Magellan (www.magellangps.com) GPS devices in the chart below are packed with premier 
features such as 6 million points of interest, Highway Lane Assist, Multi-Destination Routing, 
Route Optimization, and much more. No matter which model you choose, you'll have plenty of 
tools to make navigation easy within the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 



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Roadmate 


Roadmate 


Roadmate 


Roadmate 


Roadmate 


Roadmate 


Roadmate 


Roadmate 


2036 


2136T-LM 


3045-LM 


3065 
Commuter 


5045-LM 


1700 


5175-LM 
Traveler 


9055-LM 


9894222 


2337263 


9895142 


9904781 


1297328 


9464153 




2265414 



Screen Size 



Map Upgrade 



Traffic Wake-up 



Built-in Wi-Fi 



Bluetooth® 



Voice Dialing 
Speed Limits 



Periodic 
Reporting 



Pedestrian 
Mode 

EUMap 

Memory Card 
Slots 



USB Cable 

Windshield 
Mount 




$99.99 



4.3 inches 



Pay on 
Demand 



Lifetime 




$149.99 



4.3 inches 



Lifetime 



Lifetime 



$199.99 



4.7 inches 



$199.99 



4.7 inches 



Lifetime 



Lifetime 



Compatible 



Pay on 
Demand 



Lifetime 



Via phone 



Compatible 



$199.99 



5 inches 



Lifetime 



Lifetime 



Compatible 



$249.99 



7 inches 



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Available At 
Press Time 



$299.99 



Pay on 
Demand 



Compatible 



5 inches 



Lifetime 



Lifetime 



Compatible 



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



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$299.99 



7 inches 



Lifetime 



Lifetime 









Compatible 



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BUILT FOR BUSINESS 



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Laptop 

An Energy-Efficient & Powerful Series 




Lenovo® ThinkPad® 
T410s Notebooks 



MSRP: Starts at $1,299 

SKUs: N/A 

www.lenovo.com 



Quick Overview 

The thin and light Lenovo® ThinkPad® T41 Os 
notebooks offer an ideal blend of portability, 
performance, and energy-efficiency. Featuring 
an Intel® Core™ i5 processor with Intel® Turbo 
Boost Technology, they can automatically 
boost processing performance when you 
need it. Plus, for easier navigation, the T410s 
is equipped with the UltraNav™ multi-touch 
touchpad and TrackPoint® pointing device. 

Perfect For 

Everyday users and businesspeople who 
want a light and powerful laptop with inte- 
grated features that will help them become 
more productive while on the go. 



Outstanding Benefits 

• Intel® Core™ i5 processor (2.4GHz to 2.66GHz) 

• Lightweight, starting at 3.94 pounds and less than 1 inch thick (0.83 inch) 

• 1 4-inch backlit 1 ,440 x 900 high-resolution LED screen 

• Up to 4.8 hours of battery life; up to 7.9 with additional Ultrabay battery 

• Intel® HD integrated graphics or switchable graphics between Intel® HD 
integrated and NVIDIA® Optimus™ NVS3100M with 512MB graphics 

• Choice of built-in 3G broadband, WiMAX, Bluetooth®, and Wi-Fi support 

• Genuine Windows® 7 Professional (32- or 64-bit) 

• Energy Star® qualified 



♦ 



Coolest Feature 



Lenovo's Green Power Scheme, ThinkPad EnergySaver technology, and 
Battery Stretch help you preserve your laptop's battery life for when you 
need it the most. 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



This Month's 

Blu-ray Disc Releases 



Country Strong 



Rating: PG-13 | MSRP*: $34.95 | SKU: 2257424 
( Release Date: 4/1 2) 




Gulliver's Travels 



Rating: PC | MSRP*: $39.99 SKU: 2019145 
( Release Date: 4/19 ) 




The King's Speech 

Rating: R MSRP*: $39.99 SKU: 2137043 
( Release Date: 4/19 ) 




April 



Date 



MSRP* 



SKU 



. . . And Justice for All 



200 MPH 



Batman Beyond: Return of 
the Joker 



Benny & Joon 



Big Cats Collection 



Blood Out 



Blow Out 



Casino Jack 



Country Strong 



De-Lovely 



Farewell 



Fiddler On The Roof 



Goemon 



Gulliver's Travels 



Highwater 



Human Planet: The Complete 
Series 



Jawbreaker 



Jolene 



Kes 



Lars and the Real Girl 



Le Cercle Rouge 



Mystic Pizza 



Nature: Broken Tail - A Tiger's 
Last Journey 



Nova: Making Stuff 



Rabbit Hole 



Romeo and Juliet 



Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure 



Short Circuit 2 



Sniper: Reloaded 



Somewhere 



South Park: The Complete 
Fourteenth Season 



Stan Lee's Superhumans 



Street K ings 2: Mot or City 



Sweetie 



Taxi Driver 



The Chronicles of Narnia: The 
Voyage of the Dawn Treader 



The Girl Who Leapt Through 
Time 



The Holy Mountain 



The Inheritance 



The King's Speech 



The Last Continent 



The People vs. Larry Flynt 



The Scent of Green Papaya 



The Terror 



The Way Back 



Tron 



Tron Legacy 



Universe: The Mega 
Collection 



Aloha Scooby-Doo! 



Babe 



Much Ado About Nothing 



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GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



bbl\D bQITI6 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. 



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Early Childhood. 

Titles with this ra- 
ting have content 
that may be suit- 
able for children 
ages 3 and older. These 
software titles contain no 
material that parents would 
find inappropriate. 



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



dJMl.'lj Everyone. Titles 

^^t with this rating have 
^^0 content that may 
WmA 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 suitable for chil- 
dren ages 1 and 
older. Games in this category 
may contain more cartoon, 
fantasy, or mild violence and 
language as well as minimal 
suggestive themes. 




SfflSE Mature. Titles with 
At this rating have 
Jtv* 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. 

•Q Titles with this 
p^^ rating have content 
mm that is only suit- 
able for persons 18 
years and older. Games in 
this category may include 
prolonged scenes of intense 
violence, graphic sexual 
content, or nudity. 



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



GAMING TIPS FOR PARENTS 




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

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



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

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



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

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



Be aware of non rated 
ESRB material a game may 
contain. "Mods" are pro- 
gram downloads that can 
alter a game's content, 
and online games often 
have live player chats 
as well as other user- 
generated content. 



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First Glimpse / April 2011 77 



GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



Which Game System Is Best For You? 

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



Hard drive size 



What It Means 



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 



PlayStation and 
PlayStation 2 cards 
with optional USB 
memory card adapter 



Optical drive 

Aside from game 
discs, other playable 
media formats 



Video 
resolution output 



Ports 



Highest number of Hookups for 



CD, DVD, BD 



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



controllers as well 
as video and audio 
outputs 



1,920x1,080 



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



Nintendo Wii 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 991 6446 



512MB 



SD/Nintendo 
GameCube 
Memory Card 



Can only play 
game titles 



720 x 480 



4 controller, 

1 A/V Multi Out, 

2 USB 



Microsoft 
Xbox 360 4GB 
Console With Kinect 

MSRP: $299.99* 
SKU 1162439 



4GB 



USB flash drive 



CD, DVD 



1,920x1,080 



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




Nintendo DSi 

MSRP: $149.99* 
SKU 9249725 



256MB 



SD 



None 



Dual 256x1 92 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 




Nintendo DSi XL 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 97601 66 



256MB 



SD 



None 



Dual 256x192 



1 headphone, 
1 microphone 




Sony PSPgo 

MSRP: $199.99* 
SKU 9459659 



16GB 



Memory Stick Micro 



None; download to 
internal and remov- 
able memory only 



480x272 



1 USB, 

1 headphone 




Sony PlayStation 
Portable 3000 

MSRP: $169.99* 
SKU 91 75082 



64MB 



Memory Stick Duo 



UMD (Universal 
Media Disc) 



480x272 



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



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



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78 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 















Included 














Online 


Wi-Fi access; 


Parental 


Compatible 


accessories & 


Available 










community 


Media streaming 


controls 


game formats 


services 


accessories 


Controllers 


Perfect for 






Web site 


Access the 


Helps parents de- 


Game titles that 


Accessories 


Extras that can 


Included 


Who can benefit 






membership 


Internet without a 


cide what content 


can be played on 


included with 


help enhance 


controllers; 


from the special 






for downloads, 


cable hookup; 


their kids can or 


the game system 


the console 


your gameplay 


wired/wireless 


features the gaming 






upgrades, and 


Send and receive 


cannot access 








controller com- 


system offers 






more 


media wirelessly 










patibility 








Yes, free 


Yes, 802.1 Ib/g; 


Options avail- 


Sony Play- 


DualShock 3 wireless con- 


Move Navigation con- 


Includes 1 


Someone who wants 






PlayStation 


Yes — Netflix and 


able for games, 


Station 3 


troller, Move motion con- 


troller, Blu-ray remote, 


DualShock 3 


the value of a full 






Network 


content from your 


BDs, DVDs, and 


titles and select 


troller, Eye Camera, USB 


Bluetooth headset, 


wireless con- 


gaming system with 






membership 


home network 


Internet access 


PlayStation 
titles 


cable, PlayStation Network 
membership, A/V cable 


memory card adapter, 
wireless keypad, cables 


troller; wireless 


a BD player and 
media streaming 






Nintendo Wi-Fi 


Yes, 802.1 Ib/g; 


Options available 


Nintendo 


Wii remote and 


Wireless Wii 


Includes 1 wire- 


Gamers of any 






Connection 


Yes— Netflix 


for games, online 


GameCube 


nunchuck, sensor 


remote, wheel, 


less Wii remote 


age who want a 










features and 


and Wii titles 


bar, Wii Sports 


classic (wired) 


and nunchuck; 


unique wireless 










downloads, and 
more 




game, console 
stand, AA/ cable, 
adapter 


controllers, wire- 
less sensor bar 


both 

(some titles require 

a wired remote) 


gaming experience 
that requires little 
gaming knowledge 






Xbox LIVE 


Yes, 802.1 1n; 


Options available 


Xbox 360 sup- 


Kinect Sensor, 


HDMI cable, 


Includes 1 wire- 


Those who want an 








Yes — Netflix and 


for games, Xbox 


ports backward 


Wireless con- 


USB flash drive, 


less controller; 


Xbox console with a 








content from your 


LIVE, console 


compatibility 


troller, Kinect 


Xbox LIVE 


wireless 


Kinect Sensor to play 








home network 


play time, and a 


of the original 


Adventures game, 


headset, Play & 




games only with body 










Family Settings 


Xbox, Xbox 360, 


A/V cable, free 


Charge Kit 




movement, built-in 










pass code 


and Xbox LIVE 
Arcade titles 


one-month trial to 
Xbox LIVE Gold 






wireless capabilities, 
and more 






Nintendo Wi-Fi 


Yes; Yes 


Options available 


Nintendo DSi 


AC adapter, 


Audio headset, 


N/A 


Users who want a 






Connection 




for Nintendo DSi 
content 


and Nintendo 
DS titles 


2 styli 


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




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






Nintendo Wi-Fi 


Yes; Yes 


Options available 


N/A 


Rechargeable bat- 


Cases, adapters, 


N/A 


Those who want a 






Connection 




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




tery, AC adapter, 
stylus, and 4 
preinstalled titles 


headphones, full- 
sized stylus 




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






Yes, PlayStation 


Yes, 802.11b; Yes 


Included 


Available for 


AC adapter, 


Protective screen 


N/A 


Those who need a 






Network 






download from 
PlayStation store 


USB cable 


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




bigger screen for their 
gaming, Internet, and 
media entertainment 






Yes, free 


Yes, 802.11b; No 


Options avail- 


PlayStation 


AC adapter, 


Battery charger, 


N/A 


Those who want to 






PlayStation 
Network 




able for UMDs, 
Internet, and 


Portable titles 


battery pack 


travel case, 
memory cards, 




enjoy gaming as well 
as movies, photos, 






membership 




video downloads 






AA/ cable, AC 
adapter, car 
adapter 




and music when 
they're on the go 

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First Glimpse / April 2011 79 



GAMING, MEDIA & MORE 



NOTEWORTHY 



Accessories 
& Services 




RACING WHEELS 

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

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

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

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




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

A tripod microphone stand 
will make your song-based 
games more true to life 
Extra cymbals for your 
rock drum kit will give you 
more freedom to express 
musical ability 



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





EXTERNAL MEMORY 

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

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

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




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




WIRE LESS CONTROLLER 

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

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

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




GAMIN G SERVICES 

Your local CE retailer 
provides some helpful ser- 
vices, both in-home and 
in-store, to enhance your 
game console. Specifically, 
the professionals can set 
up online connections, 
install system updates, and 
transfer data to a game 
storage device. 

• Configure online accounts 

• Console system updates 

• Stream media from a PC 
to a game console 

• Connect a console to a 
home-theater system 



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80 April 2011 / FirstGlimpseMag.com 



GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 



A Peek At The Digital Future 




Media Tablets 



UNTIL NOW, MEDIA TABLETS may 
not have been much more than a blip 
on your radar. Overall, these are hy- 
brid devices— a dash of notebook PC 
a pinch of smartphone, a scoop of 
MP3 player— but don't have the his- 
tory or entrenched user base of any 
one device. Eventually, though, 
their prominence is likely to rise. 
Let's take a look at what this 
young class of device is and how 
it might fit into your life. 

What Is & Isn't 
A Media Tablet? 

What qualifies a device as a media tablet 

depends, to an extent, on who's doing the 

defining. For instance, ABI Research 

describes a media tablet as a 

device with a touchscreen of 5 to 

11 inches, Wi-Fi Internet 

connectivity, and video 

and gaming capabilities. 

The feature list doesn't 

necessarily end there. A 

media tablet may also 

play digital music, access 

email, display photo 

libraries, function as 



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an ebook reader, and let you view or 
work with documents such as PDFs 
and word processing files. In addi- 
tion, it might run the kind of small 
specialized applications that were 
first developed for smartphones. 
Finally, accessories unique to a 
particular model may further extend 
its capabilities. 

Media tablets with the ability to make or 
receive phone calls are starting to appear. 
These models are larger than your typical 
smartphone, but the trade off is a screen 
that's large enough for media enjoyment. 
You'll also find the typical tablet doesn't 
have the computing power of most note- 
books or netbooks— or a keyboard, for 
that matter— for that reason it won't au- 
tomatically be a complete replacement for 
those devices. 

Then again, a touchscreen can easily 
implement an on-screen keyboard, or 
a device may permit connecting an ex- 
ternal USB keyboard when you need 
one. And computer processor chips get 
more powerful every year. 

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

Small Size, Big Variety 

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

And consider this third strong recom- 
mendation: a protective sleeve. Media 
tablets don't fold up like notebook com- 
puters do, so the screen is vulnerable even 



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GLIMPSE AROUND THE CORNER 



A Peek At The Digital Future 



when the unit isn't in use. This is not a 
gadget you want banging around unpro- 
tected in a purse or backpack. 

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

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

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

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

Yours For The Taking 

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

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

by Brian Hodge 




Dell Streak 5 | $99.99 with a two-year service provider agreement | www.dell.com 



Dell Streak 5 Pocket Tablet Phone 

At first glance it might just look like an oversized smartphone, but the Dell Streak 
5 ($99.99 with a two-year service provider agreement; www.dell.com) is much 
more than that. It's also an Android tablet that can navigate, entertain, and keep you 
connected when you're on the go. 

Using 3G connectivity, the Streak's built-in GPS and turn-by-turn, text-to-voice 
guidance from Google Maps deliver real-time map information to get you from point 
A to point B. And the Streak is also a multitasker — it can juggle more than one ap- 
plication at a time, letting you simultaneously map a destination and listen to your 
favorite tunes or call a friend who's supposed to meet you for a bite to eat. 

Because it's bigger than most smartphones, it offers a 5-inch screen that's optimized 
for browsing the Web, playing games, watching video, and much more. Durability is 
also kept in mind, as the high-quality touchscreen is made from Gorilla Glass, which 
can withstand scratches and other damage. 

The included Stage User Interface grants you quick and easy access to your favorite 
apps, including Facebook and Twitter, so you can easily keep up with the latest hap- 
penings in the lives of your friends and family via their real-time updates. • 



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BMI and body-fat percentage. 



teed Blender 



Add some fresh-fruit smoothies to 
your diet for a burst of healthy food- 
induced energy. 




Sportline 91 5 Solo Heart HoMedic 
Rate Watch For Women Shoulder 



Springtime means that we can finally start 
to unearth ourselves from our winter co- 
coons and get out and about. Track your 
heart rate as you work out with this watch. 



Trainer 



Make the most of your workouts with 
interval training. The Circuit Trainer helps 
swimmers monitor rest and exercise ratios 
to improve both strength and endurance. 




Sometimes all you need to feel re- 
freshed is a good massage. This 2-speed 
massager has a heat option, too, so you 
can soothe sore muscles. 



An MP3 player can help motivate you 
while you exercise, and this one will stay 
put while you get moving. It's even sweat- 
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