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Flybook V33i with HSDPA from Dialogue Reviewed (Part I)

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in PC Hardware

Read more: Flybook V33i with HSDPA from Dialogue Reviewed (Part I)There are few notebooks that have been head turners from the moment they were launched. The Sony Vaio is one of them and the Flybook from Dialogue another. It's been about two-and-a-half years ago when we first reviewed the original Flybook  ultra-portable notebook.

At this very moment the latest incarnation, the Flybook V33i,  is  glamming up our desk, sporting a deep Ferrari-red exterior, making its diminutive size even  more delectable...

Now that the Flybook has attained almost cult status, the question remains: is our first  love for this highly connected machine still there?

AudioEngine 5 Speaker System Review

Written by Richard on . Posted in Audio

Read more: AudioEngine 5 Speaker System ReviewMany of the speaker reviews for this site have been multimedia speakers meant for a desktop computer.  This time, we're going to be looking at a different class of speakers which are meant for a slightly different purpose.  The Audioengine 5 is a speaker system meant for listening to music from an iPod music player.  In this review, we will examine how well the speakers accommodate the use of the iPod with these speakers.  And of course, we will examine the most basic concept in a speaker review...how well they sound.

Plane Quiet NC-7 Headphones - Reviewed

Written by Richard on . Posted in Mobile Devices

Read more: Plane Quiet NC-7 Headphones - Reviewed

The Plane Quiet NC-7  is a pair of noise-canceling headphones that offer the convenience of being able to take them wherever you go.  When evaluating noise-canceling headphones, we usually examine two main things:  how well the noise-cancellation feature works and whether the headphones have good sound with the noise-cancellation feature on or off.  If the product can nail these two down, then we've good a product.

Lumaray FL6

Written by Richard on . Posted in Mobile Devices

Read more: Lumaray FL6With the abundant number of flashlights available on the market, sometimes randomly grabbing one off the shelf is good enough for most people.  On the other hand, there are those that are a bit more picky and want the flashlight that is brighter, lasts longer, and is unique.  In this category, we're not talking about the cheap $10-20 dollar ones.  Usually the cost for these kinds of flashlights is a bit more expensive...usually $50 and above.  Today, I had the chance to look at the Lumaray FL6 flashlight.  It is a unique flashlight that does more than just shining light.  Let's find out in the review.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 Preferred Mobile Edition

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Software

Read more: Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 Preferred Mobile EditionDictation on the Run

Want to be able to type faster than the best secretary?  With unerring accuracy? Have a look at the latest version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, arguably the best speech recognition software around.  This particular edition that we are reviewing today is called Preferred Mobile and includes a digital Philips VoiceTracer recorder.

Kingston 133X Compact Flash Memory Card

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Storage

Read more: Kingston 133X Compact Flash  Memory Card

  Cameras are rapidly increasing in the number of Megapixels these days.  In fact, we have just started seeing compact consumer cameras capable of taking pictures of up to 10 Megapixels!  Whether those cameras take quality pictures is another story to tell.  In general, with an increasing Megapixel count, that means you're working with larger pictures.  And with larger pictures, that's definitely going to mean larger file sizes.  The moment you press that snapshot button, the camera needs to store that large 10 Megabyte file (just an example) as quickly as possible into its memory.  This example leads us into the product we will be taking a look at: the Kingston 133X Compact Flash (CF) memory card.

 

1 GB USB Flash Card from Brando - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Accessories

Read more: 1 GB USB Flash Card from Brando - ReviewedThese days you pick your flash memory not only according to the capacity you want, but also the form factor is important and even how it looks.

An interesting form factor is the one that looks like a credit card, only a tad thicker.2010-01-1

The clever thing about this one is that the USB connector is totally flush with the card and makes for a compact unit.

Brando is marketing these 1 GB cards in a variety of prints.  This includes even a picture of the Mona Lisa!

Have a look at what this is all about.

 

Qstarz BT-Q810 GPS Receiver - Reviewed

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Accessories

 

Read more: Qstarz BT-Q810 GPS Receiver - Reviewed

 

Great Battery Life and Super Sensitive

 

 

When Sean Lin of QSTARZ INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD. wrote to us to introduce his company and their line of MTK-based 32 Channel GPS receivers, we were kind of blasé about having to test yet another Bluetooth GPS receiver.
However, the Qstarz BT-Q810 was about as small a GPS receiver as I have ever seen and promised an astonishing 25 hours of autonomy.
Could this little number be as good as the best SiRFstarIII unit out there?

The InvisibleShield

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Mobile Devices

 Read more: The InvisibleShieldProtecting your Gadgets

Why would you write a glowing review about a product that you can't even see? That's precisely the point: you can't see it but it does have the very important job of protecting the shiny gadgets that you don't want to get scratched.

And that's why they call it the InvisibleSHIELD.

I have put it to good use on two of my most treasured devices, my Nokia N80 and iPAQ 4700. 

Let's see how we went.

Zaon MRX Portable Collision Avoidance System

Written by Martin Regtien on . Posted in Navigation

Read more: Zaon MRX Portable Collision Avoidance SystemGreater Safety in the Skies
One of the greatest safety advances of the last few decades in aviation must be the Collision Avoidance Systems installed in commercial airliners. They enable pilots to see who else is flying in their airspace so that they can avoid running into one another. This safety option is now available to all aircraft, including private airplanes, and today we will be reviewing the smallest and most affordable of these portable units, the Zaon MRX Portable Collision Avoidance System. This is the fourth in a series of reviews we have conducted on SureCheck/Zaon products in the last couple of years.

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