Gadget News March 2008

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Logitech QuickCam Pro for Notebooks (Carl Zeiss AF 2007 model) Review

Everything USB :: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Some webcams try to stand out with their innovative design; others introduce secondary features intended to grab your attention. Logitech went for a different approach with their pro-series webcams: as sharp as possible, as often as possible. To achieve their goal, they contracted well-known optics maker Carl Zeiss to engineer the lenses, and built a new autofocus system designed to sharpen out-of-focus images as quickly and smoothly as possible. Is the result worth choosing Logitech over competing products like the Creative Live! Cam Optia AF and the MS LifeCam VX-7000? Let’s find out.

Corinex GameNet Review 
Club OC :: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
A lot of folks say that they’ve had no problems what-so-ever gaming with a wireless adapter. My personal feeling is that good old-fashioned copper still guarantees the fastest and most reliable connection. So unless you’re house is already wired with Ethernet to every room, we have to find a way to get the Internet to every device that needs it. Fortunately, there is company out there that feels our pain. Better yet, they have decided to help do something about it. Corinex brings us, the GameNet. The short story is, it’s Ethernet over Power line technology. The basics of the technology make it an alternative to using wireless protocols to network your home. When devices like this first started to make their debut, they used standard phone cords and proprietary network interface cards. With the GameNet, you’ll use RJ-45 Ethernet cables and your devices own network interface adapter to string your device to the transceivers.

Zebra P110m Card Printer REVIEWED
Bios Magazine :: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
“A dedicated card printer is a niche product, but for organisations that have a specific need they’re invaluable. The P110m is a fine example. It’s extremely well built, is a snap to use, and produces great quality results on a relatively wide choice of Zebra cards (almost every colour card is available, in addition to snazzy translucent ones). The only real downsides are that prints are in monochrome only and it can’t print on both sides of a card. Some may also have a need for lamination capability, which unfortunately the P110m doesn’t support. These features are available on other Zebra models, but of course you’re going to have to pay for the privilege.”

E-TEN Glofiish X800 Smartphone
Tweak Town :: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
“A little while ago we took a look at the Glofiish X650 from E-TEN and although it had a wide range of good features, the package as a whole had us feeling it was a bit overpriced. The reason for this is the X800, the bigger brother to the X6x0-series, as it’s not much more expensive than the X650 and still manages to add a wide range of extra functionality which we think you’d want in the first place if you’re spending this kind of cash on your Smartphone.

The main difference between the X800 and X650 is the fact that the X800 supports 3G and HSDPA data transfers. This alone makes it a much more useful device for those that need fast wireless data access on the move.”

Logitech Alto Express
Phoronix :: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
“In the market for a simple notebook stand but aren’t interested in the various notebook cooling contraptions like the Thermaltake iXoft or Prime Cooler CoolPad? If so, you may be interested in the Logitech Alto Express. The Alto Express is a notebook stand that raises the notebook display for increased viewing comfort and convenience.”

Epson Perfection V500 Photo Scanner
Bios Magazine :: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
“Epson’s Perfection V500 Photo has a lot going for it and is easily one of the best scanners in its price range. It allows a virtually instant start-up (useful for busy offices), has low power consumption, is a snap to use, and produces excellent scan results from both prints and film. The bundled software is useful, though you’ll probably use your own imaging software, and the transparency unit is excellent for amateur photographers looking to digitise their old photographs. Professional photographers will demand more, but for the general populous the Perfection V500 Photo is a winner. It’s also nice to know that you can use the scanner for office tasks, should you go for the optional ADF.”

HTC Touch Dual Review 
Digital Trends :: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
“The HTC Dual Touch is arguably the most feature-rich phone currently on the market, and it’s good looking to boot.”

SteelSeries Ikari Optical Mouse
techPowerUp :: Monday, March 24, 2008
The SteelSeries Ikari Optical gaming mouse is aimed at hardcore FPS gamers who want the best possible tracking. The optical version of the Ikari mouse looks just like its laser brother, but without the LCD display that indicates which profile is being used.

Belkin N1 802.11n Wireless USB Network Adapter Review
i4u :: Monday, March 24, 2008
“This is a USB powered 802.11n adapter that connects without requiring any opening of your PC case. Installing the Belkin N1 Wireless USB Network Adapter is the easiest network card install I have ever done. To set the adapter up you simply plug it into the USB port and then install the software and you are done.”

Apiotek Express Card to PC Card Adaptor EC-PCM2B Review
Mikhailtech :: Monday, March 24, 2008
With new laptops making the change from PC card to express card slots, more and more accessories are being produced in express card format. For those of us with older laptops wanting to add additional functionality to our laptops, this is a major problem. Enter Apiotek with their PC Card to Express Card Adaptor (EC-PCM2B).

Why You Should Never Buy An Unlocked iPhone!
Tech ARP :: Monday, March 24, 2008
“Speculations have arisen that Apple might just be using the same type of screen over and over again in newer models due to the huge amount of profits-to-losses it has gained and will continue to gain from iPhone sales. However, we do believe that they are trying their best to develop a screen which is robust enough be rid of this problem.”

Evo-G MP1 Review
XS Reviews :: Friday, March 21, 2008
“With so many different types of PC related products available, it’s not surprising that many manufacturers go a little unnoticed in certain circles. That’s why being a reviewer is interesting, as we get the latest and greatest from the big boys, and we also get to check out products from companies we’ve never heard of before. EvoG fall into this category for me, and they’ve been kind enough to send over their new MP1 mouse mat. It’s a cloth based pad with a plastic surface that should provide speedy gameplay; hopefully without a cost to accuracy. Let’s find out.”

NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler Review
Hardware Logic :: Friday, March 21, 2008
“With the introduction of their first ever notebook cooler, the Cryo LX, NZXT introduces a newproduct geared towards enthusiasts that own laptops. In an age where computing components require ever more elaborate cooling solutions, notebook computers are no different. Utilizing all-aluminum, 3mm thick construction, and three adjustable RPM 120mm fans, the Cryo LX is designed to keep your notebook ice cold. Can the Cryo LX deliver? Will NZXT’s first foray into the notebook cooling arena be met with standing ovation or bitter defeat? Read on to find out!”

SteelSeries Ikari Optical and Laser Mice
Tweak Town :: Friday, March 21, 2008
“Optical was around first; and has been since the 1980s. It’s older than most people realize, but it’s certainly come a long way. Optical sensors are in most modern mice that use LEDs to illuminate the patch of surface under the optical sensor; this creates a snap shot of the surface and gets compared to the last snap shot to determine how far the mouse has moved (if at all). Quite simply, if you increase the resolution of the optical sensor then you get greater accuracy. But this requires more powerful on-board image processor chips to do the grunt work of translating image differences into X and Y movement.

Laser Diodes came into use in 2004 for mice which were paired with sensors that have a much more enhanced resolution. This allowed the mouse to detect even more subtle changes of position, and therefore greater accuracy. ”

Logisys Ultra Slim Soft Touch Multimedia Keyboard 
Techware Labs :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Nitro takes a quick look at an ultra slim keyboard by Logisys and gives you the lowdown on the functionality of this little marvel. The keyboard and mouse are the most used device associated with your machine so their ease of use and functionality can be highly important. Will the Logisys replace your keyboard? Read our review.

Sprint and Verizon Phones Go Global
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Think you can’t roam in Europe with a CDMA phone? Think again. These hybrid handsets will keep you connected abroad.

Panasonic announces Lumix DMC-FX500
Digital Photography Review News :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Fans of flexibility will be bending over backwards to grab a glance at the latest offering from Panasonic. The FX500 features a 5x optical zoom that starts at 25mm (in 35mm terms), featuring the company’s O.I.S anti-shake system. The FX500 is also the first Panasonic to feature a touch-screen interface, which can be controlled using either fingertips or the included stylus.

Sprint and Verizon Phones Go Global
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Think you can’t roam in Europe with a CDMA phone? Think again. These hybrid handsets will keep you connected abroad.

Nikon D60 Review
Digital Photography Reviews :: Friday, March 21, 2008

The 123 of digital imaging 5.0
Digital Photography Review News :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Site contributor Vincent Bockaert has today announced a totally new version of his excellent ‘The 123 of digital imaging Interactive Learning Suite’. A favorite piece of reference material I never hesitate to recommend this excellent interactive electronic book which will provide you with both pathways for learning as well as reference. No matter what your knowledge level there will be plenty to learn from the 123 of digital imaging. On top of a major expansion in content (now 4,200 pages covering 153 topics) the new version is now fully Mac OS X compatible and has a completely redesigned user interface. Free demo download available, follow the link inside.

Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Video Review
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Canon’s newest, highly anticipated PowerShot is a pretty awesome camera, but it didn’t quite get our Editor’s choice. Find out why.

Sprint and Verizon Phones Go Global
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Think you can’t roam in Europe with a CDMA phone? Think again. These hybrid handsets will keep you connected abroad.

Panasonic Adds Touch Screen to FX-Series Camera
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Panasonic announced the 10.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FX500 point-and-shoot camera, with a 3-inch touch screen, 5X optical zoom, and a new Auto Focus tracking system.

Update: Customized zzzPhones Hit a Few Snags
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Chinese company zzzPhone is still determined to sell high-end, low-cost customized smartphones to US consumers. They’ve just hit a few bumps along the way, says zzzPhone distributor Jesse Nowlin.

Sprint and Verizon Phones Go Global
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Think you can’t roam in Europe with a CDMA phone? Think again. These hybrid handsets will keep you connected abroad.

RIM BlackBerry 8830 (Sprint)
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Sprint’s BlackBerry 8830 sees our Editors’ Choice BlackBerry for Verizon and raises Big Red two better, adding a range of useful apps and freeing the SIM card slot for lower phone rates overseas.

Just posted! Nikon D60 review
Digital Photography Review News :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Just posted! Our in-depth review of the latest entry-level Nikon digital SLR, the D60. The D60 replaces the D40X and adds a stabilized kit lens, Expeed processing, a clever new anti-dust system, Active-D Lighting and a smattering of feature and interface enhancements. But the big question is, does Nikon’s new baby have what it takes to compete in the increasingly crowded beginner’s SLR market? Find out after the link…

FCC 700-MHz Plan Might Tip Spectrum Winners
PC Magazine (PDAs) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin is circulating a plan among fellow commissioners that would de-link the troubled d-block from the other blocks in the 700 MHz auction.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4: A new standard?
Digital Photography Review News :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Sigma bolsters its top-end EX range with the announcement of a HSM focusing-motor-equipped 50mm f/1.4 lens. Offering a moderate telephoto field of view on APS-C cameras, Sigma’s DG designation means it will also work as a standard lens on full-frame digital cameras. We believe this is the first time a 50mm f/1.4 lens has been offered with a ring-type focus motor. Pricing and availability information to follow as soon as we have it.

Motorola Z6c and Samsung Ace World Phones Video Review
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Sascha Segan, Lead Analyst for Mobile Devices, tests out Sprint and Verizon’s global phones in Europe, the Carribbean Islands and outer space!

Canon EOS 450D early samples
Digital Photography Review News :: Friday, March 21, 2008
We’ve just been handed a production version of the new Canon EOS 450D / Rebel XSi and have done our best to bring you some sample images. The London weather has done us no favors but we thought you’d be eager to find out how its 12.2 megapixel images look so we persevered. A mixture of lenses and ISO settings were used to try to give an all-round impression of the camera’s behavior and, as always, you can download the original files to scrutinize.

Blackberry 8830 (Verizon)
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
The ultimate business tool for Verizon subscribers, the BlackBerry 8830 lets you stay connected, any time, anywhere, in comfort and style.

Sony Cybershot DSC H-10
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Friday, March 21, 2008

Verizon Explains New Open Device Policy
PC Magazine (Phones) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
Verizon Wireless is holding their Open Development conference in New York City today, outlining a radical new direction for a wireless carrier which has previously strictly controlled the devices on its network.

Pentax Unveils Small New Shooter
PC Magazine (Cameras) :: Friday, March 21, 2008
The Optio V20 is compact and includes lots of innovative new features, like a blink-detection function.