Friday, January 06, 2006
BenQ, today announced a new line of CDR LightScribe and DVDR media. The maximum-speed 52x CDR LightScribe media supports the LightScribe direct-disc-labeling technology that burns text and graphics on the surface of the CD, offers a data capacity of 700MB / 80 minutes, and comes in quantities of 25.The DVDR media comes in three variations: DVD+R versions of both the designer and BenQ-branded discs. BenQ's 16x-speed DVDR Designer Collection features stylish designs on the discs, including images of movie film and director clip designs, and provides 4.7GB data capacity. The Designer Collection packs come in quantities of 25.The high-performance 16x-speed BenQ-branded media offers 4.7GB data capacity and comes in packs of 25.
BenQ, today announced the general availability of the CP120 micro-portable digital projector, the world's smallest and lightest projector with a built-in wireless capability. Ideal for small businesses and mobile professionals, the CP120 weighs only 2.9 pounds and offers flexible wireless connectivity with compatibility for the three most common variations of the IEEE802.11 wireless standard (i.e., 802.11a/b/g).
The CP120 provides a solid feature set that includes XGA native resolution, an ANSI brightness rating of 1500 lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. In addition, the CP120 features BenQ's proprietary Golden Ratio Color Wheel that provides high-grade color reproduction. Using the Golden Ratio Color Wheel, the CP120 produces more natural flesh tones by delivering better color saturation on red and blue than standard RGB without sacrificing green. This feature brings a rich true color picture to all video formats, especially DVD, high definition television or sporting event.
The CP120 also features a new technology for projectors: sRGB (Standard Red Green Blue). Defined by Microsoft and HP, sRGB creates color-matching between applications and hardware devices, such as monitors, scanners, printers and digital cameras to ensure that whatever users see on their computer screen will be exactly the same as what they will get from their projector. Unlike other projectors, sRGB ensures that users do not get a greenish color even if they prepared their presentation with a yellow background. They receive true-life-colors regardless of whether they are making a presentation or watching a movie.
The CP120 features a password function for enhanced security purposes and has a cooling-off time of 30 seconds. Travelers can easily take advantage of the high-altitude mode, no-hassle sliding lens door, spring adjusting foot and position hole fit for a tripod, which make the projector not only easy to use, but easy to transport.
- 8.58” (w) x 6.77” (h) x 2.40” (d) unit dimensions
- 2.9 lbs weight
- DLP™-based chipset
- IEEE802.11a/b/g wireless presenter
- 2000:1 contrast ratio
- 5-segment Golden Ratio Color Wheel
- 4:3 aspect ratio with 16:9 support
- XGA native resolution
- 54 inches at 6.6 feet throw ratio
- 1500 ANSI lumens brightness
- Inputs: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, EDTV and HDTV (1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p and RGBHV)
You can read all the news about CES over here.
BenQ, today unveiled three new additions to its digital camera lineup, the X600, C800 and E521. The highlight of the three models is the X600, the world's smallest 6-megapixel camera. All three digital cameras offer an ultra-slim, compact design and versatile feature set, and are ideal for consumers seeking a high-quality multi-function digital camera at an affordable price.
Equipped with Pentax's Super-Multi Coating (SMC) lens and a 3X optical zoom, the X600 delivers true-to-life, crisp photos with pristine clarity and superb contrast. A 2.5-inch high resolution LTPS LCD screen and VGA movie recording at 30fps with AVI (MPEG-4) format ensures comfortable viewing and super smooth movie clips. In addition, the X600 offers a smart photo-editing function that includes trimming, resizing, rotation, color filter, movie editing, all of which can be done via a touch of a few bottoms on the camera itself.
The compact design and ultra-thin thickness of 1.9 cm make the X600 an ideal accessory for on-the-go consumers.
Price: $ 399, available: currently
The E521 features a 5-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device), 3X optical zoom, MPEG-4 movie format and 2.0-inch OLED advanced display screen for very sharp rendering of photos. Targeting technology “first adopters” who demand the most advanced solutions, the camera features Pentax's Super-Multi Coating (SMC) lens, a 3X optical zoom and fluid VGA movie recording at 30fps with AVI (MPEG-4) format.
Price: $ 299, available: January 2006
The compact C800 features an 8-megapixel CCD (charge-coupled device), 3X optical zoom, MPEG-4 movie format and a large 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen for clear and comfortable photo viewing. The camera comes equipped with a Printer Mode for direct printing via a compatible printer and Burst Mode that enables four (4) shots to be taken per snap. The camera can be used as a Dictaphone and is bundled with 26MB of built-in memory.
Price: $ 229, available: January 2006
You can read all the articles about CES here.
BenQ, today launched the FP72V+, a new, ultra-fast version of its “family friendly” 17-inch LCD monitor that is specifically designed for everyday family activities such as music, videos, learning, instant messaging and communicating with friends. In addition to its speedy 8ms response time, the FP72V+ provides several features that address the needs of the whole family, including eyesight protection, detachable Web camera for flexible placement, adjustable height settings, wide viewing angles and a swivel base for sharing content.
The FP72V+ offers a “family friendly” feature set that was designed with four concepts in mind: Protect, Share, Hands-on Fun and Novelty. The “protect” concept refers to both a light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor based on the ambient lighting in the room and a timer that automatically lowers the brightness and contrast after a prescribed period of time. Both of these features help to ensure that users do not damage their eyesight from long durations of viewing. There is also a durable built-in protective film that helps safeguard the LCD monitor screen from scrapes and scratches. The protective film also helps improve the image quality of the picture on the monitor.
Regarding the “share” concept, a wide viewing angle and swivel base means that family members can easily turn the screen to show friends whatever is on the monitor. For “hands-on fun,” items such as the detachable Web camera enable the user to fit the monitor and its components into their living space in any manner that they choose. An adjustable height setting permits family members of all ages and sizes to access and view the monitor comfortably. The “novelty” concept pertains to the “robotic” shape of the LCD casing and silver metallic color that should appeal aesthetically to children.
- ultra-fast 8ms response time
- a wide viewing angle (150 degrees)
- high resolution (1280 x 1024 SXGA)
- high contrast ratio (700:1)
- can display up to 16.2 million colors
- includes D-Sub
- digital DVI-D ports
- three USB 2.0 connectors
At his Industry Insiders keynote at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show, the chairman of Dell Inc. introduced three new products that deliver previously unavailable features to enhance customers' experience in high-end gaming and mobile productivity. They include new XPSTM desktop and InspironTM notebook systems and a 30-inch LCD monitor, each offering extreme performance for entertainment, gaming and multimedia.
XPS 600 Renegade: Extreme Gaming
The XPS system is expected to be the first to support two new NVIDIA GeForce 7800 SLI graphics cards, which can link four graphics processors to speed up overall video performance or draw images with intense realism. The system also features Dell's first overclocked and factory-set 4.26 GHz Intel Extreme Edition dual-core processor. Overclocking is designed to increase the processor speed beyond mainstream usage to deliver over-the-top performance critical to extreme gamers. Dell's implementation of the processor is supported by the expertise of specially trained XPS technicians.
Dell expects to provide pricing and ship the limited-edition XPS 600 Renegade in the U.S. in the spring of 2006.
Inspiron E1705 Dual-Core 17-inch Widescreen Entertainment Notebook
The Inspiron E1705 notebook offers innovative features for multimedia on the go. With the computer's Intel CoreTM Duo processors, mobile users can watch movies on the 17-inch display with optional TrueLife technology, and simultaneously run an antivirus program without compromising performance. A Dell TrueLifeTM display provides a vivid viewing experience for DVDs and photos with its bright, high-contrast screen.
The Inspiron E1705 also includes the high-end NVIDIA 256 MB GeForce Go 7800 graphics card for realistic gaming and multimedia. With the computer off, one press of the Dell MediaDirectTM button will allow users to play videos, music or photo slideshows stored on the hard drive, optical drive, a USB key or from the integrated 5-in-1 media card.
Prices start at $2,299.
Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP 30-inch Flat Panel Monitor Lowers Price Barrier
The Dell Widescreen UltraSharp 3007WFP flat-panel LCD monitor provides 30 inches of viewable image, advanced functions and a stylish design for gamers, workstation users and professionals.
The 3007WFP also offers comfort and convenience features such as a height-adjustable stand with tilt and swivel capabilities and an integrated 9-in-2 media card reader and four USB 2.0 ports for connecting devices such as digital cameras and printers.
Prices start at $2,199
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Nokia 6102i (photo above)/6103(photo under) phones add popular Bluetooth technology to highly successful mid-range compact fold design.
Nokia today announced the Nokia 6102i and Nokia 6103 phones, both of which add the convenience of Bluetooth technology to the already strong feature sets found on these compact mid-range fold-style phones. The Nokia 6102i phone carries on the same striking design found on the Nokia 6102 phone, while the new Nokia 6103 phone features an updated modern look but retains the compact size and exceptional ease-of-use that made the Nokia 6101 phone such a hit with customers. The Nokia 6102i and Nokia 6103 phones will be available in a GSM 900/1800/1900 version primarily for markets in Europe, Africa and Asia while a GSM 850/1800/1900 version will be available primarily for markets in the Americas. Both phones are planned to be available during the 1st quarter of 2006 and are expected to retail for approximately €200, before applicable taxes or subsidies.
The addition of Bluetooth technology to this popular phone platform opens up a myriad of options for owners to increase the productivity and convenience of their mobile experience. Nokia offers a wide array of Bluetooth technology-enabled enhancements such as wireless car kits and wireless headsets as part of its line of mobile enhancements.
Today, Nokia announced a new trio of wireless headsets including one of the smallest such devices ever made available. Additionally, with an increasing number of products being introduced to market incorporating Bluetooth technology - from laptops to automobiles - owners of the Nokia 6102i and Nokia 6103 phones will find an ever expanding number of ways to use their mobile devices.
Along with Bluetooth technology, the Nokia 6102i and Nokia 6103 phones offer a strong feature set including a VGA camera with dedicated camera key, Nokia Xpress audio messaging for sending audio clips with just the touch of a few buttons and dual color screens with support for animated wallpapers and screensavers. Synchronizable contact and calendar information, voice dialing and recording and a built-in handsfree speakerphone make the Nokia 6102i and Nokia 6103 phones a perfect productivity companion, while an integrated FM radio and downloadable content support including MIDI and MP3 ring tones, themes and games satisfy the need for fun.
Philips announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few new products.
Key innovation highlights from Philips include advanced television technology with a new generation of Ambilight FlatTV displays, groundbreaking High Definition recording devices, mobile infotainment products and Internet protocol enabled phones. In addition, Philips announced a number of relationships that include Skype, Microsoft, Yahoo, vTuner and other market leaders, which will redefine how consumers access and enjoy digital content from Philips.
Full Surround Ambilight FlatTV display
Introduced for the first time at CES 2006, Philips showcased the new Full Surround (four-sided) Ambilight FlatTV display. Providing lighting around all four sides of the screen, Ambilight Full Surround creates a floating design, enhancing the coloring for greater visual impact and immersing viewers in the entertainment experience. Ambilight Full Surround not only provides an improved viewing experience, but complements the décor of any room.
In addition to the Ambilight Full Surround model, Philips also showcased the new Surround (three-sided) Ambilight FlatTV model, which emits lighting along the left, right and top. Ambilight Surround draws viewers into a relaxed experience and is ideal for movie watching and large rooms where a wall can be dedicated to the TV.
High Definition recording devices
A founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, Philips introduced its all-in-one PC Writer (TripleWriter), consumer Blu-ray Disc Video player (BDP9000) and new Blu-ray media (BD-R and B-RE, single layer 25 GB and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE 50 GB*).
Both the BDP9000 consumer player and the TripleWriter (SPD7000) will be available in the second half of 2006
GoGear HDD jukeboxes
The HDD1850 and HDD6330, let consumers have ultimate control over their digital content at home or on the move. The Philips’ GoGear HDD jukebox range supports Microsoft’s PlaysForSure initiative. Both of Philips’ GoGear HDD devices will be compatible with portable subscription offerings, allowing consumers full access to more than one million track catalogs from supporting online services.
Busy consumers will appreciate the HDD1850 and HDD6330’s flexible features, intuitive control and compact design. The HDD1850 features 8 GB for up to 4,000 songs or 2,500 pictures; the HDD6330 features an impressive storage capacity of 30 GB to hold up to 15,000 songs or 8,400 pictures.
Expanding communications and entertainment through new relationships
Broadening its Connected Planet™ family of products, Philips introduced a new DECT™ phone enabled to supply consumers with Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. The new phone has the ability to utilize existing landline telephone service, as well as make free Internet calls via Skype.
Philips also announced a new collaboration with MSN for an exclusive deal that will revolutionize the way consumers communicate and take VoiP on the PC to a whole new level.
Extending the relationship with Microsoft, Philips’ hard-disk, portable jukebox products give consumers a great way to discover and share new music using PlaysForSure technology.
Julian Suwandi has reviewed the Motorola i930 Nextel. The old cliché "Better late than never" applies to this Smartphone. The Motorola i930 runs Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition for Smartphones (WM2003SE) rather than the new Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, he says.
- works overseas on GSM networks
- has Push to Talk
- excellent call quality and volume
- full sized SD slot rather than MiniSD
- loud speakerphone
- older operating system
- heavy and chunky design
- no Bluetooth
- uninspiring battery life
Read the full review at Mobile Tech review.
3G has reviewed the Motorola RAZR V3x 3G Phone.
A RAZR revving to 3G speeds would surely be top of everyone’s wish list, they say.
A fluent video streaming performance complements its superb feature set and stunning design.
The RAZR’s wafer-thin profile may have been compromised a tad, but for a 3G phone it’s positively svelte.
Read the full review at 3G.
Jungle-Life has reviewed the Philips GoGear HDD6330.
Firstly, let it be said that I'm a complete and total iPod hater. I was an early adopter of the first-generation iPod as I saw it as an innovation but since then the only innovation has come from Apple's marketing department. Each amazing new feature is touted 6 months after the last as if it were some miraculous evolution of technology. All I can say is this: Buy an iPod now and cry in 6 months when you're holding yesterday's must-have toy or, pick up something different and set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd.
You can read the full review at Jungle-Life.
CE-ATA was developed to facilitate the unique communication between small-form-factor hard drives and consumer electronic devices that increasingly require low-cost, high-capacity storage. The CE-ATA Consortium intends to accelerate the adoption of hard drives into portable CE devices by addressing CE-specific requirements such as low pin-count, low voltage, power efficiency, cost effectiveness and integration efficiency. The Hitachi Microdrive 3K8 is the first hard drive to realize this goal.
You can find here all the news about the Consumer Electronics Show.
HP launched today at CES in Las Vegas the Photosmart M527.
This is a 6 megapixel digital camera. It features 3x optical zoom, 7x digital zoom. The M527 has a 2-inch LCD display and 16 MB internal memory.
The camera will be available in April.
You can find here all the news about the Consumer Electronics Show.
HP launched today at CES in Las Vegas the Photosmart M525.
This is a 6 megapixel digital camera. It features 3x optical zoom, 7x digital zoom. The M525 has a 1.7-inch LCD display and 16MB internal memory.
The camera will be available in April.
You can find here all the news about the Consumer Electronics Show.
HP launched today at CES the Photosmart M425.
This is a 5 megapixel camera with 1.7-inch LCD display. It features a 3x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom.
The M425 will be available in April.
HP launched today at CES the Photosmart R727.
This is a 6.2 megapixel camera with 2.5-inch LCD display. It features 3x optical zoom and 8x digital zoom.
The R727 will be available in March of this year.
HP launched today at CES 2006 in Las Vegas the Photosmart R927 digital camera.
It's a 8.2 megapixel camera and a 3-inch LCD display. The camera features 3x optical zoom and 8x digital zoom, along with 17 shooting modes, macro multi-zone auto focus and burst mode for quality shots in a variety of conditions.
It will be available in March.
Today in Las Vegas the yearly Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is started. In this post you can find all related articles of CES.
With more than three decades of history, the International CES reaches across global markets, connects the industry and enables CE innovations to grow and thrive.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-800
Weighing only 9 grams, the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-800's simple and elegant form factor offers the ultimate in freedom and comfort when used with a compatible mobile device. Available in two colors, coffee black and silver white, the headset incorporates an optional, removable ear loop, for use in either ear, in addition to a strap that allows the wearer to place and remove the headset with one hand. With talk time of up to 6 hours and up to 160 hours of stand by time, the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-800 provides a hassle-free and long-lasting communications experience. The power button, volume control and call answering buttons make it easy to handle calls, and its voice recognition capabilities enables you to make calls and redial without even having to touch your mobile device. Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-800 is Nokia's first wireless headset with Bluetooth specification 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR).
Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-900
Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-900 is an elegant headset with a comfortable and ergonomic earhook that can easily be switched from one ear to the other. It has excellent audio quality even in noisy environments as it supports both noise reduction and echo cancellation. With talk time of up to 8 hours and up to 180 hours of stand by time, the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-900 presents a wireless solution even for long-lasting communications needs. The headset weighs 18 grams and supports Push to talk over Bluetooth wireless technology.
Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-200
The sleek Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-200 is an easy-to-use wireless headset with comfortable ear hook and convenient function keys. Weighing 14 grams, it completes the Nokia Bluetooth headset trio with very user-friendly functionality and a feeling of simplicity. It has talk time of up to 5 hours 30 minutes and up to 150 hours of stand by time.
The Nokia Bluetooth Headsets BH-800 and BH-200 are planned to be commercially available in the first quarter of 2006 and the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-900 in the second quarter of 2006 with estimated retail prices (excluding taxes) of USD 140, USD 55 and USD 100, respectively.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Samsung will release the new YP-T8N digital audio player series at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
- 1.8-inch LCD display
- plays MP3/OGG/WMA and ASF audio
- MPEG 4 video
- JPEG photo viewing
- DNSe 3D audio processing
- FM radio
- text/e-book display
- line-in and voice recording
- 20 hours battery life
available in 4GB, 2GB and 1GB.
Samsung will soon release the Digimax S500. This digital camera has 5MP with optical zoom and a 2.4-inch LCD display.
Price isn't known yet.
More technical details at dcviews
Monday, January 02, 2006
Kodak has introduced a digital compactcamera. It incorporates Retina dual lens technology to offer 5x optical zoom within nonextending lenses on a 8.0-inch thick camera body. The V570's top lens has an ultra wide angle of 23mm and a wide f/2.8 aperture. The lens delivers a standard 'fisheye' effect, but users can allow or disable this with the V570's distortion correction technology.
The camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen with 230 000 pixels and 32MB internal memory, which can be expanded with SD memory cards. It can shoot video at 30 frames per second with digital image stabilization and still use the optical zoom.
The new Kodak camera will be available at the end of January worldwide for about $ 399 or € 340
Steve's digicames has reviewed this digital camera from Sanyo, the Xacti E6.
The 6-megapixel SANYO Xacti E6 digital camera features a full 3-inch color LCD screen – the largest in its class – which provides an approximately 230% larger viewing area than a 2-inch screen. Such a big screen is ideal for composing and framing the subject, checking the captured photo and sharing pictures with others. The bright, exceptionally viewable trans-reflective LCD screen incorporates a low-temperature polysilicon liquid crystal design known for its excellent color reproduction.
Read the full review over here.