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    $74.99 $56.95 list($169.99)
    1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS
    Too low to display list($299.99)
    2. Canon PIXMA MP760 All-in-One Photo
    $79.88 $74.85 list($199.99)
    3. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless
    Too low to display list($249.99)
    4. Canon PIXMA MP750 All-in-One Photo
    Too low to display list($299.99)
    5. Canon PIXMA MP780 All-In-One Photo
    $349.95 list($379.99)
    6. Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP Digital
    Too low to display $177.00 list($299.95)
    7. Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital
    Too low to display list($499.99)
    8. Sony Cybershot DSCW7 7MP Digital
    Too low to display list($799.99)
    9. Apple Cinema 20" Flat-Panel Display
    Too low to display list($449.99)
    10. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
    Too low to display list($549.99)
    11. Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet
    $289.99 list($279.99)
    12. Acer AL1912 19" LCD Flat Panel
    $64.88 list($179.99)
    13. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless
    $599.99 $540.00 list($679.99)
    14. palmOne Treo 650 PDA Phone (Unlocked)
    $728.99 $675.00 list($2,399.99)
    15. Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" LCD
    $318.69 list($349.99)
    16. Canon PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer
    $398.99 list($449.95)
    17. Archos AV400 20 GB Video Player/Recorder
    $351.49 list($399.99)
    18. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
    $75.49 $44.90 list($99.99)
    19. Canon PIXMA iP3000 Photo Printer
    $259.34 list($479.99)
    20. Samsung SyncMaster 710N-2 17"

    1. Panasonic KX-TG2730S 2.4 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System
    by Panasonic
    list price: $169.99
    our price: $74.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000068CNH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Panasonic
    Sales Rank: 8
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Upgrade your home or office phone with this Panasonic 2.4 GHz expandable cordless phone and all-digital answering system. Featuring Caller ID*/Call Waiting ID* with a backlit 4-line LCD display, the handset has a built-in speakerphone, selectable ringtones and direct dialing from the Caller ID memory or the 50-station directory. The answering system includes 3 individual voicemail boxes, Flash Memory message backup, a voice menu, time/day stamp, memo recording and Slow Talk playback for easier listening of recorded messages. The base unit supports up to 7 additional handsets (each sold separately) without additional phone jacks. Includes headset jack and belt clip for hands-free use, AC power adapter and 1 NiCD rechargeable battery. *Requires phone company service. No. TGA2730. Imported. ... Read more

    Features

    • 4-line LCD with easy menus; handset speakerphone
    • 2.4 GHz signal, frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum technology
    • Expandable to 8 handsets, 1 included
    • Built-in digital answering system
    • Caller ID with call waiting; 50-number directory

    Reviews (81)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Battery is just awful; everything else is great
    I chose to ignore all the reviews about the lousy battery life.I wish I hadn't.I've had the phone a couple months and the battery is so run down, I can't have a single 3-minute conversation.It's just awful.I'm today shopping for a new phone and will never buy Panasonic again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars No Autodial in Handset
    This phone is missing Auto dialing facility from Handset. You've to use base unit for speed dialing. All other features are cool.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Packs a Punch
    It doesn't take long to figure out that the new Panasonic Cordless packs a punch.In the words of Molvania's own techno-pop duo, Zlad!, this phone is "Electronik - Supersonik"Here, check it out for yourself!

    www.molvania.com/video_medium_2.html

    Pros:Clean, attractive design; lightweight.BoOO - YA!

    Cons:Answering Machine features may be unnecessary for folks with voice mail through their telephone service providers - very common.Still, even if you don't use answering system features, the cost easily justifies the purchase.

    Hey baby, wake up from your asleep.We have arrived into the future.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars great phone!
    i ordered this phone just a few days ago and received it immediately.i'm not sure what the gripe is all about because my phone works just fine.i made a few calls on it and the reception is crystal clear.the only thing that may be a problem in the future is that the battery is a NiCD battery.this means that, if you recharge it before it fully decharges, the battery won't keep the same capacity as it did when it was new.i'm actually assuming this will happen, so i bought a NiMH battery for this phone off of ebay so when the old battery fails, the new battery will be around to replace it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars instructions for maximizing battery life
    So many people have complained about short battery life, I felt it was necessary to post some basic information about the Ni-Cad batteries used by this phone:

    "Ni-Cad has a chemistry-related problem known as "Memory Effect", which limits the discharge capacity of the cell if it is not completely discharged during each use."

    This means that in order to maximize the battery life, you need to:

    1) fully charge the battery for at least 15 hours before using handset for the first time (you only have to do this once)
    2) do NOT put the handset back in the cradle unless the battery is almost dead.This means putting the handset in the cradle ONLY WHEN NECESSARY for charging.The longer you can wait before recharging the batteries, the longer they will last.

    It really is a shame that panasonic didn't use another (better) battery type, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy acceptable battery life... it just means you have to follow the two steps above.Once I got used to leaving the handset off the cradle, I realized it was much handier not feeling that I had to put the phone in the cradle all the time to "top off" the battery.

    For $30 (shipped, after $40 panasonic rebate), if you need a new cordless phone/answering system/caller ID box, this is a great deal and can't be beat!

    Edit: I've had the phone for 2 months now, and I still go over a week between charging the battery...(and that's using the phone daily!) ... Read more


    2. Canon PIXMA MP760 All-in-One Photo Printer
    by Canon Office Products
    list price: $299.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007W89H2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
    Sales Rank: 62
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Pixma MP760 Photo All-In-One Printer, Print/Copy/Scan ... Read more

    Features

    • USB, Direct Printer Port, camera card slots; PC/Mac
    • Prints photos, copies, and scans in one convenient unit
    • 4,800 x 1,200 optimized dpi color, 600 x 600 dpi black resolution
    • Up to 17 ppm color, 25 ppm black, 4-by-6-inch photo in about 36 seconds
    • Large 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing, editing, and printing

    Reviews (9)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Digital Image 10 Suite not compatible
    For months I have been using Digital Image 10 to scan thousands of photos. It's a great program. I used HP6110 to do the scanning. Smooth.

    I bought the Canon 760 to be able to scan slides and film. It does that job well.

    My problem is that when scanning photos, using Digital Image 10, only 1/4 of the photo was scanned.

    I tried working outside of the Automatic mode and got my entire photo scanned on a white sheet with my photo in the upper left corner.

    I am disappointed that when I brought this problem to Canon they told me to go to Microsoft.

    Make sure your photo software works with the Canon 760.

    5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful AIO
    I'm not sure what happened to the price, but I got this on Amazon for $186 on May 26, '05.It was a bargain, free shipping, no tax!So I bought it.I couldn't be happier with my purchase.It scans negatives, slides, anything!As far as I can see, the quality is great.On the printing side, it is also superb quality, both photo prints and regular documents.Don't forget to use Canon photo paper for your photos!Also, buy your ink cartridges on amazon, with the free shipping.It is great that each color has its own cartridge, so you just have to replace the one that is out, instead of replacing all the colors.Also, one thing you can't see in the photos is that if that front door is closed (where the prints come out from), it will open up automatically (slowly, and silently) right before printing begins.It is like some kind of futuristic printing/scanning/copying machine.By the way, it is pretty big, so make sure you have space for this baby.The dimensions are correct on amazon, BUT the actual footprint is smaller.It is approximately 14"x17"!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Some points not covered by others.
    Let me start by saying my previous printer was an HP 540 bought ten years ago and I do not own a digital camera nor a scanner.

    So why did I buy it? Because of the good reviews I have seen for the Pixma family, because people complaining about how the new HP printer family software installation is a bear, and complaints about Epson print heads clog if not used both here and on usenet. I bought it for home, and I have only needed to fax about twice in the last ten years, but I (we?) often need to copy, and I wanted a color printer, separate print cartridges, two paper trays. I hemmed and hawed and decided to pay the extra to get the MP760 features over the sheet feeder of the MP750. A digital camera will probably be next electronics purchase.

    First some notes
    - Another website said this printer has a parallel port. It does not. Not a big deal.
    - It works over USB 1.1. Not as fast, but if you are like me and would rather put the money for a USB 2.0 card into a new PC, you are not out of luck. You do need a USB OS. I am using XP Pro.
    - You do not need the PC turned on to copy or print pictures from memory cards OR from negatives or slides! But, when printing from negatives it will NOT let you print to plain paper. I don't know about scanning then printing, I would have to try it out.
    - The slide and negative holders are stored in the underside of the scanner lid. When you unsnap this carrier it exposes a white strip that appears to be a light source for scanning negatives or slides.
    - The memory slots come up as removable disk drive under XP, one does not have to use them for just digital picture files. Its a nice feature for me, since my home computer's USB slots are in the back and both are used. I have a SanDisk MobileMate SD to USB converter, I can put files on it at work, then take the memory out and upload with the MP760.
    - No thick all encompassing manual, but rather printed quick start guides and the full manuals installed in HTML format on your PC.
    - Two TWAIN drivers are installed. One limits you to 600 DPI when scanning. Need to be scanning negatives or slides to get to 2400 DPI (someone correct me if I am wrong).
    - Two paper trays - one is a cassette down at the very bottom, the other is an automatic sheet feeder from the rear.

    Random blathering opinions ---
    - The print quality is great, but I don't have alot to compare it to.
    - Reasonably quiet. Other manf's models made beeps. I don't want to wake up the kids when printing at night.
    - Big. And you need even more room with the sheet feeder in the rear and the door to open in the front for finished prints to come out.
    - I would rather have the manuals in PDF over HTML.
    - Getting at and installing the print head and cartridges is harder than the Deskjet 540. There is some sort of prop rod, that needs to be unlatched to get it back down, and two doors in front of the print cartridges.
    - A consumer magazine states that each photo print costs about $0.85 on an MP780, and at the store near me its $0.29 for digital prints. But then again I can make a print right NOW if I wanted to.
    - Manual says you should not to just drop the power to it, you have to press the ON/OFF button and wait. Annoying, and what happens if the power goes out? What about when it is in sleep mode? Would be nice if the PC powers down it assumes it should power down, or at least be an option.

    I can personally vouch that it copies color or grayscale, scans with PC color or grayscale, prints directly from film negative to photo paper, prints from PC, and no software problems thus far. Everything else I either can't test it (like the PictBridge) or have not had the time.

    Overall, I'm glad I waited this long to buy an MFC and I'm glad I waited a bit longer for the MP760.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Does itfax?
    Could any one please tell me if this machine does scan to fax??? I have fax program in my XP.There were so many good reviews about this AIO, so it is hard to let go, but I need to use fax at least once a week.I have also considered MP780, but it doesn't come with the negative slide,thanks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Which Canon Multifunction is right for you?
    First off, if you're in the market for a printer, you can't go wrong with a Canon.Canon printers consistently beat out the competition in independent tests for print quality.Their items are elegant, well designed, and most importantly, ink is affordable.

    We all know the razor and blade scheme: sell the printer below cost and make it up with pricey cartridges.Canon, however, saves you a lot of money by including the print head with the printer and not on each cartridge.Because of this, genuine Canon cartridges can be had for around $12, while 3rd party cartridges, which many claim work just as well, can be found for as low as $2.

    If you've already decided on a Canon multifunction, lets see which model is right for you.Canon's current market list is as follows:

    MP130 - New model, and the most affordable yet.
    Copy/Print/Scan
    18ppm black, 13ppm color
    2 ink tanks
    No auto sheet feeder!
    Card slots

    MP390 - Has a fax, About half the cost of the MP7xx's.
    Copy/Print/SCan/Fax
    18ppm black, 12 ppm color
    2 ink tanks
    card slots

    MP750 - Older model - exactly the same as mp780 but no fax.
    Copy/Print/Scan
    25ppm black, 17 ppm color
    5 ink tanks
    Built in Duplexing

    MP760 - New Model - geared towards photo enthusiasts.
    Copy/Print/Scan + Special Photo Features
    25ppm black, 17 ppm color
    5 ink tanks
    No auto sheet feeder!
    Built in Duplexing
    *Unique photo features:
    2.5 inch lcd screen
    Built in film adapter for 35mm slides or negatives
    can print directly from negatives
    Card slots

    MP780 - Does it all except for the mp760 photo features.
    Copy/Print/Scan/Fax
    25ppm black, 17 ppm color
    5 ink tanks
    Built in Duplexing

    Now, let's look more closely at some key differences between these models:

    *Fax: The first thing you should do is decide if you need a fax or not. If you do, you should choose between the MP780 or the MP390.If not, don't rule those two out just yet, they may have have other features you can't live without.

    *Note: There is NO auto fax/telephone switching on these models if you wish to use the same line for faxes and voice calls.

    *Number of ink tanks: The next important thing you should look at is whether you want to be able to replace each color individually or not.The MP750, MP760 and MP780 all have 5 individual ink tanks (photo black, black, cyan, yellow, magenta), while the MP130 and MP390 have only 2 (black and tricolor).The cost of each cartridge is about the same, but you will waste some leftover ink by throwing out the MP130 or MP390's color cartridge when just one color runs out.

    *Photo printing: If you're planning on printing a lot of photos, you should probably go with an mp7xx.These have a superior print head, as well as the 5 separate ink tanks.The MP760 is especially noteable with all the features Canon has added specifically for photos.These come at a price however, as the MP760 does not share the auto sheet feeder of its MP750 and MP780 cousins, or the fax of the 780.

    *However - If you plan on printing directly from memory cards, beware!The mp750 and mp780 do not have card slots!The 2 cheaper models and the mp760 do.

    *Auto sheet feeder: The mp130 and mp760 do NOT have an auto sheet feeder.All 3 of the others do.An auto sheet feeder is very useful when doing a lot of scanning or faxing.

    *Duplexing: The mp7xx models each have built in duplexing.

    *Size: The mp7xx models weigh around 30 pounds and are quite big.The MP390 is a smaller, and weighs 18 pounds.The mp130 has a tiny footprint for a multifunction printer, and weighs 14 pounds.

    Some features that all of Canon's current MFPs share:

    *Copying: Each of these models has a copy function, and all have the same resolution (600x600 black, 1200x1200 color).
    *USB 2.0 connection
    *Pictbridge direct photo printing support
    *All 5 models are great looking and will complement almost any decor.

    My recommendations:

    If you want a great price on an excellent printer and don't need a fax: MP130

    If price is an issue but you still need a fax: MP390

    If you can afford an MP700 series and don't need a fax, card slots, or the MP760's photo features: MP750

    If you need its exclusive photo features (but no fax or auto sheet feeder): MP760

    If you can afford an MP700 series and need a fax (but no card slots and none of the MP760s photo features): MP780 ... Read more


    3. Motorola MD681 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone w/Answering System/Caller ID
    by Motorola
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $79.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CDELD
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 39
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Motorola MD681 combines powerful 5.8 GHz digital technology with strong call features, an integrated answering system, and expandability to six compatible handsets, each offering caller ID and visual call waiting. Plus, the phone includes a digital answering system with three individual mailboxes.

    Both the handset and base unit offer full functionality, with full keypad, speakerphone, and backlit LCD on each. The base unit is desk or wall mountable and offers face-up handset charging, while the handset also offers convenient intercom features, three-way conferencing, VibraCall alert, and a low battery indicator. Additional call features include redial, flash, mute, and hold. The MD681 comes with everything you need to get started, and is backed by a one-year warranty.

    Features

    • 5.8 GHz Digital with Multi-Handset Capability
    • Caller ID with Visual Call Waiting on Base Station
    • Expandable up to 6 total handsets
    • 3-mail box digital answering machine on base
    • Selectable Ringtones
    • Redial, Flash, Hold and Mute Functionality
    • VibraCall alert

    What's in the Box
    MMD681 base, one handset, NiMH rechargeable battery pack, charging transformer, telephone line cord, wall bracket, user manual, warranty information.



    See a detailed view of the phone's feature.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Selective ring tones and VibraCall alert
    • 5.8 GHz digital signal; expandable to 6 handsets
    • Digital answering system with 3 individual mailboxes
    • Caller ID with visual call waiting
    • Speakerphone capability from handset and base unit

    Reviews (96)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best cordless phone that I have used
    Pros:
    - sounds nice and clear for both handset and speaker phone.
    - speaker phone on both base and handset.effectively makes it two phones, which means if you suddenly find your handset out of juice, you can still use the speaker phone on the base, instead of having to get up and run to the corded phone in the other room.
    - NiMH batteries are better than NiCad in general.
    - small and feels sturdy.compare to the panasonic kx-tg2227 I had both the base and handset are smaller.

    Cons:
    - 8 uninspiring, ring tones.and except for a couple, too high-pitched.
    - there are 3 voice mailboxes, and there is no way to disable just one or two.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Phone broke 2 weeks after the warranty ended
    So, I liked this phone just fine while it worked.

    But it broke 2 weeks after the end of the 1 year warranty. Now the handset can't find the base, and it beeps approximately 5 times/minute while looking for its electronic mate (which it finds about 1/2 the time). When it can find the base, one can speak on the phone.

    Obviously I have only 1 data point to offer, and so can't make meaningful generalizations about product durability. But our Panasonic cordless system (bought june 2002) still works fine. And for an original $110 cost, I did think the Motorola would work for longer than 54 weeks w/out breaking. (Works out to $2/week in cost).

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked for 366 days after purchase, then broke
    I was very pleased with this phone ... as long as it worked. It stopped working just after 1 year from the date of purchase (really 11 months from the date of receipt, given Amazon.com left it on back order for 1 month. Which I learned now counts against my warranty time. Who knew?) For $105 I would have liked it work work beyond a few days past the warranty. But that is just me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear Quality of Motorola 5.8GHz Cordless Phone
    Motorola 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone w/Answering System/Caller Id is a great buy for many a reason.
    a)Crystal Clear Quality -- I am speechless by the clarity of voice...have not experienced this kind of quality before.
    b) Speaker-phone on the handset and on the Base equipment is a cool feature.
    c) Three mail-boxes -- Wow...I've one for me, one for my wife and one for my children.
    d)Voice-mail beeper -- this draws your attention to a new voice-mail...beeps softly without annoying you until you listen to your voice-mail.
    e) Great Price -- of course, via AMAZING Amazon.com.
    g) Handset expandability -- can expand upto 6 handsets (thoughI find this redundant for me)but quiteconvenient for a large family or a small business.

    Definitely, you'd not 'hang up' on it since it's quite 'engaging' and winsome besides its crystal-clear quality.

    Thank you.
    Ravi

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best phone on the market.
    We've gone through 4 cordless phones in less than one year's time.It's not the batteries, etc.This phone is clearer, crisper and you don't get the static one would get with any other cordless phones.Plus the features are endless. ... Read more


    4. Canon PIXMA MP750 All-in-One Photo Printer
    by Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
    list price: $249.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000650R0M
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
    Sales Rank: 252
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Enhanced Office PerformanceWith Exceptional Speed and Photo QualityA print-copy-scan powerhouse. The powerful Canon PIXMA MP750 Photo All-In-One is versatile and very fast. It can print or copy up to 25 ppm in black and up to 17 ppm in color,1 and a beautiful 4" x 6" borderless print takes about 36 seconds.1 Plus, its USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface2 enables fast image transfers and scanning speeds delivering improved performance for both printing and scanning functions. For even higher productivity, the integrated 35 page auto document feeder helps you speed through larger copy jobs; dual paper path lets you keep a second type of paper ready for printing; and built-in 2 sided printing saves both time and paper. Plus, electronic sorting automatically collates your copies, so you don't have to. This high-performance machine has the quality to match. When scanning photos and other images, you'll produce superb 2400 dpi scans with 48-bit color depth. Its ContrastPLUS 5-color ink system - four dye-based inks plus a pigment-based black ink - produces brilliant photos, along with laser-quality text. Canon Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) uses a high-performance 1,856-nozzle print head that ejects precise and consistent droplets as small as 2 picoliters. The result? Clear, detailed images with outstanding resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi.3 Canon Think Tank System. This efficient system has five individual ink tanks, so you'll replace only the ... Read more

    Features

    • USB 2.0 interface, PictBridge-compatible direct photo printing
    • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 color dpi resolution
    • Print and copy speeds up to 25 ppm black, 17 ppm color
    • 35-page auto document feeder, dual paper path, built-in 2-sided printing
    • 48-bit color scan depth

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars DID SOME RESEARCH...BEST BRAND/ PRINTER!
    After hours of research on every brand of printer (Epson, HP, Lexmark, etc.) Canon was the overwhelming and best choice.After deciding on Canon, I purchased the PIXMA MP 750.This being the newest at the time, early 2005, was also the printer with all the features I needed.
    I almost got swayed into an Epson after finding out how bad HP reliability is but found out that Epson has some problems with their Print Heads going bad and/ or drying up.This is an expensive problem from what I understand since not only the print heads are expensive but only a "trained pro" can replace it.On Canon printers, anyone can change the print heads, although I have not heard of many problems with Canon print heads.Also, on any printer, Always...Always turn the printer OFF when not in use.Do not allow ink jet printers to stay in an on or standby mode for long as this will allow any printhead on any brand printer to dry up. If the printer is off, the printhead is automatically covered to extend the life of it.

    To address an issue that it took me a while to find out...WHY IS THE 5th INK A 2nd BLACK INK?The second black is a black ink to enhance photos mainly.It is a PIGMENT black ink (ie. Epson DURABrite inks) that Canon says increases the quality of the other four Dye-based inks.If you are thinking that you have seen many other printers with the option to have 6 inks for photos...dont worry, this printer, with its ultra-fine printhead, does the greatest job of any HP, Epson, or other 6 ink printers!

    THE GOOD...

    Great looks,
    THE best paper handling system out there...no jams,
    Ease of use,
    Two paper feeds,
    Photo print quality is the best...even with only 5 inks,
    The Finest/newest print head in the price range ($200-250),
    Flat bed and sheet fed batch scanning,
    Individual ink tanks,
    Good software bundle

    THE BAD...

    None after 2 months of use!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Which Canon Multifunction is right for you?
    First off, if you're in the market for a printer, you can't go wrong with a Canon.Canon printers consistently beat out the competition in independent tests for print quality.Their items are elegant, well designed, and most importantly, ink is affordable.

    We all know the razor and blade scheme: sell the printer below cost and make it up with pricey cartridges.Canon, however, saves you a lot of money by including the print head with the printer and not on each cartridge.Because of this, genuine Canon cartridges can be had for around $12, while 3rd party cartridges, which many claim work just as well, can be found for as low as $2.

    If you've already decided on a Canon multifunction, lets see which model is right for you.Canon's current market list is as follows:

    MP130 - New model, and the most affordable yet.
    Copy/Print/Scan
    18ppm black, 13ppm color
    2 ink tanks
    No auto sheet feeder!
    Card slots

    MP390 - Has a fax, About half the cost of the MP7xx's.
    Copy/Print/SCan/Fax
    18ppm black, 12 ppm color
    2 ink tanks
    card slots

    MP750 - Older model - exactly the same as mp780 but no fax.
    Copy/Print/Scan
    25ppm black, 17 ppm color
    5 ink tanks
    Built in Duplexing

    MP760 - New Model - geared towards photo enthusiasts.
    Copy/Print/Scan + Special Photo Features
    25ppm black, 17 ppm color
    5 ink tanks
    No auto sheet feeder!
    Built in Duplexing
    *Unique photo features:
    2.5 inch lcd screen
    Built in film adapter for 35mm slides or negatives
    can print directly from negatives
    Card slots

    MP780 - Does it all except for the mp760 photo features.
    Copy/Print/Scan/Fax
    25ppm black, 17 ppm color
    5 ink tanks
    Built in Duplexing

    Now, let's look more closely at some key differences between these models:

    *Fax: The first thing you should do is decide if you need a fax or not. If you do, you should choose between the MP780 or the MP390.If not, don't rule those two out just yet, they may have have other features you can't live without.

    *Note: There is NO auto fax/telephone switching on these models if you wish to use the same line for faxes and voice calls.

    *Number of ink tanks: The next important thing you should look at is whether you want to be able to replace each color individually or not.The MP750, MP760 and MP780 all have 5 individual ink tanks (photo black, black, cyan, yellow, magenta), while the MP130 and MP390 have only 2 (black and tricolor).The cost of each cartridge is about the same, but you will waste some leftover ink by throwing out the MP130 or MP390's color cartridge when just one color runs out.

    *Photo printing: If you're planning on printing a lot of photos, you should probably go with an mp7xx.These have a superior print head, as well as the 5 separate ink tanks.The MP760 is especially noteable with all the features Canon has added specifically for photos.These come at a price however, as the MP760 does not share the auto sheet feeder of its MP750 and MP780 cousins, or the fax of the 780.

    *However - If you plan on printing directly from memory cards, beware!The mp750 and mp780 do not have card slots!The 2 cheaper models and the mp760 do.

    *Auto sheet feeder: The mp130 and mp760 do NOT have an auto sheet feeder.All 3 of the others do.An auto sheet feeder is very useful when doing a lot of scanning or faxing.

    *Duplexing: The mp7xx models each have built in duplexing.

    *Size: The mp7xx models weigh around 30 pounds and are quite big.The MP390 is a smaller, and weighs 18 pounds.The mp130 has a tiny footprint for a multifunction printer, and weighs 14 pounds.

    Some features that all of Canon's current MFPs share:

    *Copying: Each of these models has a copy function, and all have the same resolution (600x600 black, 1200x1200 color).
    *USB 2.0 connection
    *Pictbridge direct photo printing support
    *All 5 models are great looking and will complement almost any decor.

    My recommendations:

    If you want a great price on an excellent printer and don't need a fax: MP130

    If price is an issue but you still need a fax: MP390

    If you can afford an MP700 series and don't need a fax, card slots, or the MP760's photo features: MP750

    If you need its exclusive photo features (but no fax or auto sheet feeder): MP760

    If you can afford an MP700 series and need a fax (but no card slots and none of the MP760s photo features): MP780

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well designed multifunction
    I had originally planned to buy the Canon MP130 but chose this model instead since the launch of the MP130 in the US was delayed. In retrospect I am glad that I went with the MP750 despite the increased price and size. Print quality is generally excellent, especially when printing on treated inkjet paper. I keep regular cheap paper in the bottom cassette, and keep the nice stuff in the automatic sheet feeder, which makes it easy to switch. The printer is also very quiet compared to other inkjets I've owned, and does not have as long and obnoxious a startup/warmup sequence either. I like the fact that I can replace each color ink cartridge individually. The scanning and copier functions are quick and produce high quality output. I frequently use the double-sided printing option, which ends up saving a lot of paper.

    The only minor complaint I have at this point is that the unit emits a very slight hiss whenever it is plugged in (even if not turned on) -- I believe this is from the flourescent tube in the scanner. Then again, I have very sensitive hearing and it doesn't bother my wife at all. The hiss is generally most pronounced right after the scanner is used, and then fades away (but never disappears completely). Still, something to consider if you're thinking of putting this in the bedroom. ... Read more


    5. Canon PIXMA MP780 All-In-One Photo Printer
    by Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
    list price: $299.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00030CHOE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Computer Systems, Inc. (CCSI)
    Sales Rank: 184
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Pixma MP780 Photo All-In-One Printer, Print/Copy/Scan/Fax ... Read more

    Features

    • 35-page auto document feeder, dual paper path, built-in 2-sided printing
    • USB 2.0 and PictBridge interfaces; 1-year warranty with InstantExchange
    • Prints and copies up to 25 ppm black, 17 ppm color
    • Faxes up to Super G3 speed in color or black-and-white
    • Scans up to 2,400 x 4,800 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth

    Reviews (32)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied
    This is my first multifunction printer/fax/scanner/copier. I'm very satisfied with the print, photos and relative ease in setting up my machine. The photos are much better then what I got from my Epson C80 or Dell 720 and the print appears to be as good as what I get from my (workhorse) HP 5MP laser. A very big selling point for me was the cost of replacement cartridges. Reviews are available elsewhere. I liked Consumer Reports review for one. I have one problem to fix... I was able to send a very nice crisp fax from home to work but haven't figured out how to configure, wire it, with my DSL so that it recognizes a fax as opposed to a voice call.. The manual says to ask my DSL provider... Ha!

    1-0 out of 5 stars WARNING WARNING THIS IS JUNK
    I own a small business with 3 locations. I have 6 HP G85 multi function machines and was looking for replacements as they are getting old. I read alot about Canon and many people bragged about how great it was and how wonderfull the multi cartridge system was. So I bought one.BAD DEALfor me The color copies compaired to any of my G85's SUCK their BAD. I actually had more than one customer over the years try to pick up their drivers license from my desk when it was actually the copy of their license. There is no Mistake on the Canon it dosent represent real life at all. I use VOIP and the HP g85 has no problem faxing. On the Canon it will almost never fax over VOIP. On my G85 it has a director program so that I can do maintenence and add fax information from my desktop. No such thing with the Canon Pixma. The copies are marginal in quality compaired to the Hp G85. Its the worst printer I have ever spent money on and do not recommend it to anyone. I called Canon for help and got NOTHING from them. They werent wiling to or couldnt help me with the questions I had about the machine. PLEASE SAVE YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT BUY THIS. If you have any questions please call me Ed 3109436377 Ill be glad to stand behind and back up what I have said here.

    1-0 out of 5 stars 3 strikes, it's outta here
    LCD instructions are in Japanese. Directions require you to read Japanese to change the language setting!Really.No answer to this on web tech support. to get to tech phone number, you must go to web first.Phone support not available on Sunday night. We need it for homework due tomorrow.

    software to register on the internet does not find internet, even though there is a cable link and all other web links work.

    Drivers will not install.tried twice on this win xp computer.

    might print nicely, I would not know.I would not give it any stars for tech support.installation software stinks.big $300 paperweight wasting my time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost there, but not quite
    Strengths: This AIO manages to combine excellent performance both in text and photo mode at a very good cost per page. The scanner is good, producing some very fast and crisp results.

    Weaknesses: Very large. Software subpar. Output door won't open if the surface the printer is sitting on is not perfectly flat. Front buttons can be accidentally pressed when scanning books/bound material.

    Summary: I'm a former HP AIO user that was tired of the high cost per page of the HP products. So this time I decided to try the Canon AIO. The Canon Pixma MP780 is basically a photo printer at heart with a decent scanner thrown in. I think this hardware is without doubt some of the best being made right now. But this product has a huge downside, software. The drivers, scanning and printing software included with the MP780 are sub par at best.


    Here are the software problems I've encountered thus far:

    Scanning software: - No auto correction for angled scans. - The "simple" interface does not allow for any other options for DPI settings besides 150 and 300 DPI. You have to use the "advanced' interface for any other DPI settings. The "advanced" interface is not a good choice for novice users. (just ask my wife)- After scanning you still have to "accept" the scans in another dialog. Very annoying. (Why can't they just be put into the output folders as you go?)

    Printing Software: - The included "Easy Photo-Print" software cannot print multiple images from differing folders. All images have to be in ONE folder for it to work. - The "Easy Photo-Print" software cannot print TIFF images. Even though this is the default format from the scan software.

    Printer Driver: - Mostly ok, but the interface is very pixilated. Reminds me of an old 16bit windows application.

    All in all this could be the "killer application" if the software package was re-written. But as it is, it's just an exercise in frustration.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great choice for an all-in-one...
    I had owned an Epson all-in-one. Worked great for about a year, then had massive printhead clogging issues. Buy an Epson -- you'll eventually regret it.
    Got a Pixma MP780. Very happy with it.
    The build is sufficiently robust. Controls are easy to reach and understand. Print quality of photos is outstanding. Regular text printing is very fast.
    As the other reviews here have mentioned, you can EASILY AND INEXPENSIVELY REPLACE the printhead. Someday, no matter which printer you're using, you'll have to do this. This Canon makes it very easy. (Epson makes it very expensive)
    I'm on a Mac running 10.3.8. All software worked as expected. Upgrading to Tiger 10.4 soon; we'll see if it breaks anything/everything. ... Read more


    6. Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Zoom
    by Fujifilm
    list price: $379.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002AHQM8
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Fujifilm
    Sales Rank: 193
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This Fuji Finepix 4 MP camera looks like a 35mm, but it's digital! Features 4 effective Megapixels; 1.5" LCD monitor; an astounding 10x optical zoom (37-370mm equivalent); 3.6x digital zoom; VGA-quality (30 fps) movie recording with sound; 16MB to 512MB xD-Picture card; high-speed continuous shooting; continuous auto-focus mode; digital movie recording mode with sound; auto, programmed AE, shutter-priority AE, manual, and preprogrammed AE scene position modes; state-of-the-art auto focusing; and manual shooting function such as custom white balance, exposure compensation, aperture or shutter priority; and more. Includes 16MB xD-Picture card; USB/video-out cable; wrist strap; CD-ROM with FinePix viewer Ver. 4.2; and user manual. Imported. Approximate dimensions: 4Wx3Hx3D". 11.9 oz. ... Read more

    Features

    • Store images on xD Picture Cards (16 MB xD card included)
    • Powered by 4 AA-size batteries (alkaline included; rechargeable Ni-MH recommended)
    • 4-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 11-by-15-inch enlargements
    • 10x optical zoom; 3.6 digital zoom
    • Captures video clips with sound; 1.5-inch TFT LCD screen; PictBridge compatible

    Reviews (24)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A few less-than-perfect aspects, but who cares?
    Let's be completely honest about the downfalls of this camera...

    1.It has slightly noticable vignetting (but nothing that can't be fixed easily with a few clicks of a photoshop brush.
    2.It's zoom from about 8x-10x is almost useless (at least with my tests)
    3.It's RAW format capability is almost useless.
    4.It's high-rez video recording has too many artifacts (too compressed) for my tastes...

    However, I still love the camera.It feels great in your hand, its manual mode is incredibly easy to use and gives you 5x the picture-taking capabilities of other cameras in its class(I took some amazing 15sec exposures of Paris at night you can check out --see bottom link) and the ability to attach standard lense filters is unheard of at this price.
    I have taken some amazing close-up flower pictures as well with perfect color reproduction and focus.You're pratically stealing this camera with the mail-in rebate bringing the final cost to $200.If all you need is a max 8x10 enlargement, this is about the best buying decision you can make.

    (...)

    good luck

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fujifilm Finepix S5100 4MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Z
    I was looking for a digital camera to replace a 2.1 megapixel camera with the features and feel of a film SLR without breaking my checkbook and I found what I was looking for in the S5100. I can get great pictures in auto mode and in auto even my wife (who is electronicaly challenged!) is able to use it with outstanding results (even on a moving motorcycle).The camera has a wide variety of features that I use to get the shots and quality I am looking for.The 10X optical zoom was a major feature that I was looking for and it provides closeups that are crisp and clear.Photo quality is excellent in all modes and I feet it is an excellent value in a camera that goes for under $300.It compares very favorably with cameras that a few of my friends, who are professional sports photographers, use and out shines or equals many cameras that cost twice as much.

    It takes a bit of reading to fully understand the functionality of all the features but the menues and features follow a relatively simple logic and with a little practice, they are easy to use and master.The manual is clear and easy to follow.

    This is not a beginners camera but Fuji has made it easy enough for the interested novice to get excellent results with a very small learning curve.While it is not a pocket camera, it is small and light enough to carry and not get in the way.The xD memory cards are a little expensive but you can get over 150 on a 256 card in the highest quality mode.

    I obviously am very impressed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fuji S5100
    I've recently purchased this camera to replace a canon S330 and Canon G5. This camera's highlight, also the reason why I bought this camers, is that it has 10x zoom. Other postive aspects, it does not drain battery and it uses AA batteries, which means when you run out, you can pretty much purchase them anywhere and get back into action. The negative side is that it does not take pictures as well compared with the Canons in darker areas. The LCD view finder is smaller and not as clear as the canons. When used all 10x, it has a problem with auto focusing. But with the price tag on its quality, one cannot really complain, compared with other cameras with 10x, you are really getting a good deal. Also, of course, quality compared to the G5 is lower, but the G5 still cost over 350 bucks while this guy cost is around 250. I purchased an adapter ring 55mm to 52mm and all my Canon lenses fit perfectly for this camera. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this camera with its price vs value.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great starter camera for aspiring Photo enthusiast
    I recently purchased this camera for my wife .... well it was a Mother's Day present, but it quickly became one of my favorite toys in the house....

    Anyway, this is our second digital camera, this one replacing the family's Sony DSC-P71 3.2 MP. The Fuji blows away the previous camera that we had, image quality far surpassing my expectations.

    Although an avid photo taker of my children, I had really never had professional photo training.... with this in mind, I did some research, and came up with the Fuji S5100 as the best camera for my budding photo craze... I am very pleased by the camera's Look, feel, and overall weight balance. Image quality is exceptional especially for a 4MP camera, I have found it takes photos at the quality of a higher MP camera.

    Price was incredible... $314 on sale at Best Buy + $50 rebate from Fuji = $264... a steal, considering that I resold our last camera for $140... overall net cost to me was $124.

    Again, this is our first more serious digital camera, and love it... at thisi point would definitely buy another Fuji product...

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent step up in digital cameras
    I replaced my ancient Olympus, 26 years old, that I had fully outfitted with lenses, etc. with a Fuji Finepix 3800.I was very pleased with this, with one exception. I missed the ability to change films speeds from the SLR film world.I moved up to the 5100 and have not stopped being amazed with the results. I bought a wide angle lens to increase the options with this.

    Today I bought a 3100 model for my daughter.

    I have complete admiration for all the Fuji products. ... Read more


    7. Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    by Sony
    list price: $299.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007VTUB2
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 13
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get pristine images with the spectacular technology of this Sony Cyber-shot 4.1 digital camera. The DSC-P42 features a 4.1 megapixel Super HAD CCD and 3x optical and 2x digital zoom. The camera comes with Memory Stick media and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Features include a 1.5" 67K pixel TFT LCD screen; MPEG VX fine with audio movie mode; 10-second self-timer and much more. Includes battery charger; USB cable; wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Made in USA. 2Hx1-1/3Wx3-4/5L". ... Read more

    Features

    • Powered by AA-size batteries (alkaline batteries supplied); up to 500+ shots per charge with NiMH batteries (not included)
    • 4.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 12 x 15-inch prints
    • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens; 1.5-inch LCD
    • Real Imaging Processor LSI allows for fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, plus extended battery stamina
    • Stores images on Memory Stick media; features 32MB internal memory

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
    If you are just an amateur photographer that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 4.1 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up hairs on a persons head and it will even be able to define a flea in the hair. 4.1 MP is just barely enough to make clear 8x10 prints.There are 5+ MegaPixel cameras out there, but at the consumer level there is really no point in spending the money on one (5 MP won't come in handy unless you are student taking pictures through a microscope or a telescope, it is more of a prosumer level) All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BIG value for the price
    I got this camera for one hundred and seventy seven dollars here at Amazon.It packs alot of power for a small camera at a very low price.Here's what I like about it:

    * Small compact size.I wouldn't exactly say this camera is meant for you pockets (although it would fit) as it's thicker than the slim design cameras that you may have seen.However, the thicker frame is what I like about it.It's very comfortable to hold with two hands - very good ergonomic design...fingers to not get in the way of the flash, lens, or viewfinder.I've tried taking pictures with the Canon Elph, and the thinness of that camera is very awkward (not good if you grew up with traditional point and shoot cameras).
    * Excellent, excellent battery life. Say goodbye to proprietary batteries.This puppy uses two AA batteries.If you invest $20 for rechargeable Energizer Ni-Mh batteries (4 batteries and a charger), you'll find yourself taking picutres non-stop.My prior digital camera was a Sony P-50 that also used two AAs.That camera killed off my Ni-Mh batteries after only about 20-40 pictures depending upon flash usage and how long I left it on.The S-40 didn't drain my battery until I took about 200 pictures (the vast majority with the flash on - and I didn't try to conserve the battery).I think it can take a even greater amount, because the 200 was when I 1st got the camera and started playing with all the features wasting battery life.
    * Relatively fast shutter.Press half-way to focus, then press all the way - practically no lag to take the picture unlike the older digital cameras.
    * When using a Memory Stick Pro, the S-40 can take video with sound at 640 x 480 fine quality - good enough to burn onto a DVD and watch on your TV.
    * Intuitive menu buttons on the camera...also has limited programmable camera features (i.e. ISO settings, EV, white balance, flash strength, center vs multi focus, etc.).
    * 32 MB of internal memory - probably won't ever need with my 512MB memory stick, but nice to have just in case.
    * 3X optical zoom on a Carl Zeiss quality lens.
    * The 35mm equivalent is 32 to 96 millimeters.What this translates to is that the camera has a wider angle (so you can capture more in the frame without backing up) than a typical 35mm camera lens.Check out the 35mm equivalent on the other "micro" digital cameras and you will find that they are something like 38mm to 102mm, which means you have to backup to capture the same amount of detail.The higher mm rating is good for zooming, but worse for group photos.It's alot easier to move forward to your subject (for a manual zoom) than to move backwards (for a manual wider angle) in crowded areas.
    * Takes good pictures...much better than my old Sony P-50 (which I got in 2001).

    If I had to list one complaint about the camera, it's that in low lighting any picture taken with the subject greater than about 10 feet away (which is about the flash strength area) will show up "dingy" and the background will be in dark faded colors.HOWEVER, I surmise that ALL point-and-shoot digital (and conventional) cameras have this problem as well.Unless you can attach a larger flash to the camera, which isn't an option on point and shoots, this problem will always exist.Only SLR digital cameras will good pictures in low light with subjects greater than 10 feet away.The S-40 does have a night scene mode where it makes the shutter very slow so more light is captured - in this mode, the camera will take good low light pictures, but you have to use a tripod for this mode.

    Overall, for under $200, I highly recommend this camera.You don't need to spend anything greater as this camera will do the trick.4.1MB is more good enough for photos as large as 8x10.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm so happy that I picked this camera!
    I love this camera! I've only had this camera for about a month, but every picture is so vibrant. I work with children and have taken LOADS of pictures that are terrific! it captures everything- from them running,swinging,jump roping and sliding with perfect contrast and clarity. At the store, I was comparing this camera to a Samsung that was the same price and boy was there a difference in quality, this was the best one. This camera was so easy to figure out. In the car on the way home, I opened it,glanced at the manuel,popped open the batteries it came with and started to take pictures. The zoom is fantastic (being my first and only digital camera- I have nothing to compare it to)I took a picture of the car's license plate in front of me which I could not see clearly (w/out using zoom) and then used the 5x digital zoom to get a super clear license plate number (would come in handy for accidents :)). The menus were so easy to figure out, and connection to my computer was a breeze. Also, the software is great. I have just made a slide show video CD using pictures of my students and the software this camera came with. I love it! I HIGHLY recommend this Sony s40 to everyone. I am now addicted to digital photography!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good Camera for Basic operations
    This is my first review.
    I purchased this camera for memorial weekend holidays from Officedepot and returned it after 3 days.
    Camera is taking good quality pictures, more flash power, good for indoor, outdoor pictures, movie mode.
    Camera records movie with audio, playback with audio internal speaker (nice feature), quick start to shoot, quick auto poweroff.
    good:
    1. Good Picture quality
    2. Long Battery Life
    3. Quick starter
    4. Professional quality Lens
    5. Uses AA batteries


    Bad:
    1. No Rechargeable batteries and charger, like all sony cameras
    2. Not fully manual operations
    3. Menu controls are confusing
    4. Manual doesn't explained all features
    5. Pictures are blurred of moving persons or objects
    6. You can not take pictures of moving or dancing (kids).

    Because of 5 & 6 reasons i returned the camera.
    I had P72 Sony purchased in Bestbuy for $99 is far better than this. I took continuous pictures ie burst mode and took all pictures in moving or dancing kids, even while driving the car without any problem.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camera!
    First of all, let me say that I am NOT a camera bug or a photographic expert (neither digital nor film) so this is a new learning experience for me.I am very impressed with this product.
    It delivers professional results and is easy to use.Newbees like me can get great results with the AUTO mode, then when you have the time to do so, you can experiment with the manual settings for custom results.The nice thing about digital (with a computer) is that you're not throwing away expensive materials (ie film) in order to learn.You can just delete your failures and try again.When you get a pic that looks printworthy you can either print it using your PC or you can connect the USB cord (supplied) directly to a photoprinter (if said printer has a standard called PICTBRIDGE). There are many settings that you can control (ISO sensitivity, EV, White Balance and other settings that shutterbugs are familiar with) or you can set it to AUTO and let the camera set it up for you.It uses JPEG format and you can get much detail setting it to 4 megapixels but these pics turn out BIG (almost 2 megs).If you don't want your pics that big you can set them down to 3.2, 3,1, or VGA and they still look very good, but they are smaller and easier to store.The camera is about the size of a bar of soap and fits very easily into a pocket. You can also take "webcam" type movies. The documentation comes in print and on the CD and is excellent, going into much detail on how to use the manual settings for best results.My only disappointment is with the Photo Editing program that comes on the CD.This program dosen't offer much for editing your pics on a PC (no problem for me though.I have PhotoDeluxe). If you have a good editing program that came with your printer (or scanner) you might want to use it instead.I think the software included with this camera is more suited for HandyCams (video cameras).
    The camera has 32 megs of onboard memory which allows you to shoot 16 pics at 4 MPs, 20 at 3MPs, 50 at 1 MPs and 196 at VGA.
    It has a slot for a memory stick if you choose to buy one. If you do decide to buy one of these cameras, do yourself a favor and buy some rechargable NIMH batteries, because I'll tell you ( and anybody with digicam experience knows this) alkaline batteries do not cut it with this camera.It comes with 2 alkalines and I think I took all of about 12 pictures before they were WIPED OUT!I then tried some regular Everready alkalines I had just bought and they wouldn't even power it up.The NIMH's that I bought work excellent and last long in between recharges. So, all in all, would I recommend this camera?Absolutely!! ... Read more


    8. Sony Cybershot DSCW7 7MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    by Sony
    list price: $499.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007S8C7I
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 30
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    7.2-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * Real Imaging Processor for high-quality images and faster camera response * 2-1/2" color LCD * JPEG options: resolution up to 3072 x 2304; 3072 x 2048; 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

    Features

    • In 5-shot burst mode, capture up to five 5 MP shots or 100 shots VGA at 0.9 frames per second
    • Powered by AA-size batteries (charger included); stores images on MS cards
    • 7-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
    • 3x optical zoom; large 2.5-inch LCD display
    • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great consumer-level point-and-shoot digital camera
    If you are advanced consumer, or thinking about prosumer, that is either finally switching from analog to digital or just want a decent camera to take on family vacations or school projects, this is a great camera. It is small, lightweight, and does just about anything you could possibly need it to do. It won't take pictures of hummingbirds feeding across a forest bed, but it will take a decent photo of the grand canyon. The quality of the 3x optical zoom is really good, but the picture is sacrificed slightly as you try to artifically enhance it with the digital zoom. The battery life is good enough to take on extended trips from your hotel or on a hike without having to carry around a charger or spare batteries. If you plan on taking lots of high quality large photos, you will need to get a larger memory stick (64 MB will work, 128 MB even better), but the memory stick it comes with will be enough to photograph your child's birthday party as long as you download the photos onto your computer afterwards. At 7 MegaPixels, this camera will pick up the fuzz on a bee head as its sitting in a flower. 7 MP is enough to make clear 15x20 prints. All around, while Sony's camera lenses may not compare with Canon or Olympus, Sony makes up for it with their superior knowledge of how to make a great consumer digital device and turn it into a decent digital camera. It is a great value for the price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera.
    It's compact but not too small.I was looking at Canon SD500 and Sony W7, and chose the W7, as the SD500 was just too small in physical size and really needed to hold it with both hands to feel secure.W7 is easy to use and picture quality is great.It would have gotten 5 stars if it had shutter and aperture priority mode built in.1Gb memory stick, 15 minute charger and extra batteries should be considered must have accessories with this camera. ... Read more


    9. Apple Cinema 20" Flat-Panel Display
    by Apple Computer
    list price: $799.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002ILKMW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 1207
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Apple Cinema Display line features a gorgeous new anodized aluminum enclosure to complement the Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4.

    Eliminate Tunnel Vision
    The widescreen design of the Apple Cinema Display line offers a natural format for arranging documents the way your brain processes themlonger wide than high. That’s why each display gives you the best view for your work. It just makes sense to be able to display a Web page and its code next to each other horizontally, or long video timelines in wide format. And the 20-inch Cinema Display, at an affordable price, provides the exact resolution to display widescreen High Definition material. Apple engineers find that 100 pixel per inch resolution is ideal for images, yet allows you to easily work with sophisticated type treatments or just plain email. This painstaking attention to detail moves the industry forward and gives you best LCD technology available.

    Connect With Pure Digital DVI
    Give your PowerBook G4 a second display when you’re not on the road. Now you can connect the 20-inch Apple Cinema Display directly to any PowerBook G4 with a DVI port. This DVI connection also removes all barriers to using an Apple display with a PC. If your graphics card supports DVI with DDC technology for widescreen viewing, you should be able to use these two displays with a PC.

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    Features

    • 1-year warranty covers parts, labor and backlight
    • 1,680 x 1,050 optimal resolution, 16.7 million colors
    • 400:1 contrast ratio, 0.258 mm dot pitch
    • 16 ms response time; DVI, Firewire and USB 2.0 connections
    • 170-degree viewing angles

    Reviews (11)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pricey but beautiful..
    First things first: the 20" Apple Cinema uses the same panel as the Dell Ultrasharp 2005FPW. I paid less than retail for the Cinema due to a coupon and another discount but regardless, the price was almost twice what the Dell cost (if caught during one of Dell's frequent sales or from a third party reseller). I repeat: the Dell and Apple use the SAME Philips panel.So why buy the Apple? I like the brushed aluminum case, stand and clean look. Frivolous but for something I have to look at every day, I find it important to have something that's pleasing to the eye. And please it does. It is truly a work of art that wouldn't be out of place in the Guggenheim. The resolution and response times are outstanding. Video is smooth with no noticeable artifacts. The display is very bright and has good off angle viewing. Using it in daylight with the windows open isn't a problem. The widescreen makes viewing and editing documents side by side easy. Did I mention bright? Bottom line, this is an outstanding display. The 20" widescreen is a good compromise between smaller 17"-19" displays and the almost too large 23"-24" screens. Larger is usually better for movies and television but for the desktop, I find the 23" and up a little too big. A best buy this isn't but a frivolous purchase once in a while won't kill you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Stunning display
    This is by far the best computer display I have ever seen in my 22 year affair with computers. The design of the display is just stunning - it's a jewel on your desktop or on your wall. It's bright (even in mid day full sunlight), it's crisp, the colors are alive/fantastic and it's very easy on the eyes. It is not only superior to any LCD I have seen to date but also better than any CRT I ever looked at (numerous - believe me, including all kind of mitsubishi, sony etc). I am truely excited about this monitor. By the way, DVD films look great on it too! Well worth the money. It will make you happy.
    Cheers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 20" with a PC/DVI
    After several months of debating whether or not it was worth the money, I finally bought one of these babies.I hesitated for so long because of the price.I came close to ordering the 21" Samsung several times but really wanted a WS.After seeing the in the Apple stores several times, I really wanted one but $1300 was a big chunk of change.Then when the price dropped to below $1000 I gave in.

    Overall, it is an impressive display.I am running it with a custom built PC using an ATI 9700 Pro w/DVI out.At first I could not get the thing to work at native resolution at all and any other res would produce strange results.Eventually, I discovered that something was wrong with my display drivers and I simply wiped out windows and started over from scratch (had been meaning to do it anyway and I upgraded the HD at the same time).After that, it worked like a champ.No problems whatsoever.

    My only grips are the incompatibility with XP and the USB hub in the display.This is a well know problem with the PCs and Apple does not seem to care.Also, the only hard button controls you get are brightness and contrast.No other screen adjustments with the PC.I haven't really need any since the display have proven to be very intelligent when resizing different screen res's and I can use the ATI drivers to adjust things like color temp and gamma.

    Other then that it is a fantastic display for the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Apple Cinema 20" Display
    I bought a G-5 last summer and was using a 17" PC monitor for months with it. Let me say that the monitor is more important than I thought! I am a graphic designer/artist that works on the computer most of the day. If you are using a computer as a professional and especially a graphic person PLEASE CONSIDER THIS FOR YOURSELF!!!!! I also talked my boss into getting me one at work ... so I have one at the office and at home.

    The graphics are so crisp and clear! The wide format which allows you to have all your pallets and toolbars open and still have a two page spread open with NO overlap! This is worth the cash in it's self. It is a lot easier on the eyes than a CRT.

    The only downside to it is there is a little banding on it when viewing a DVD movie, or a heavy video game... but mine is used 95% work and internet so I don't care.

    GET ONE!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Apple Cinema Display gives you full computing experience...
    There was a time that I never considered buying an Apple display. I figured a Mac costs enough money, without spending $1000, or more, on a display.In late January 2005, I purchased the newest Powerbook G4 12 inch 1.5 GHZ G4, with superdrive.The notebook had nearly all the performance I was looking for, and the small form factor allows me to easily haul it around the house, or the world should I ever get to travel properly.However, I wanted more from my Powerbook, when at my desk.

    Yes, I was already using my Powerbook with an external display.It was an analog Sony LCD.However, it was only 15 inches, with a resolution of 1024x768, so I actually had as little screen real estate on my external display, as I had on the 12 inch built-in display.I wanted more.

    After deciding a 17 inch LCD would not be enough, I ordered the Apple's 20" Cinema Display, and I'm glad I did.Unfortunately, the box arrived beat-up, and there was even dirt inside.However, everything inside seemed to work ok, thankfully.Un-wrapping the cinema display was a joy, and I was eager to put it on my desk.The design of this display is stunning.The aluminium enclosure will please the eyes of anyone, and the back of the display is as beautiful, if not more beautiful than the front.There is a single cable that comes from the back of the display, which neatly goes through an opening on the aluminium stand.This single cable splits in the end into Firewire, USB, DVI, and a power connector that you plug into the power brick.I connected the firewire, USB, and DVI to my Powerbook, and then I connected the power to the display.Wow.It was perfect out of the box.I could never get the color profile right on my old external display, but the cinema display was out of the box the most beautiful display I had ever used.The brightness was exceptional, and it took a few days for me to get used to the brightness. Yes, you can lower the brightness with grace of your finger over the sophisticated tough-sensitive buttons on the right side of the display, but I loved the look at full-brightness.

    My computing experience has been at another level, since the cinema display arrived.Whether I'm browsing the web, working in Photoshop and iPhoto, or making a movie in iMovie, the 20" cinema display and its 1680x1050 resolution is a joy to use.The display also gives me two USB and two Firewire ports directly behind the panel, which is incredibly convenient.If you're a gamer, which I'm not, you will appreciate the 16ms response this display offers.

    Yes, your computer does all the hard work, but it is your display you interact with. A great display like the Apple Cinema Display allows you to get more done, with less work and effort. For example, you do not have to figure out how to fit all your Photoshop palettes on the screen, for there is plenty of room.

    DVDs are quite the experience on this display as well.I popped in Shrek 2, and I was amazed by the images, but DVDs are far from the only reason you should want a widescreen.The widescreen aspect of this display allows you to work in the way our minds are designed and used to working.We read from left to right, so a display that is wider than it is long makes a lot of sense.

    Overall, if you would like to save some money, there are other displays out there.Dell actually offers a 20 inch widescreen display, which compares nicely with this one, even supporting additional inputs.However, it does lack something.It lacks the beauty in design that the Apple Cinema Display offers, and it probably lacks some of the quality control that Apple strives hard to achieve.For example, Apple might reject some of the panels they use inside of this display, if they suspect quality concerns, where other manufactures may use any panel they are supplied with, without spending the time and money to ensure a quality panel. If you believe you would like to spend some money on a fantastic display to use with your Powerbook, PowerMac, or DVI-output PC, then you should not pass-up this beauty.It is truly a piece of art from an aesthetics point of view, and the images it displays are spectacular.This display will not look like "yesterday's" display anytime soon.In fact, it is a pleasure to enjoy a display that does not look like it should be part of a busy, cluttered office.This display oozes beauty and grace, and the stock Apple pictures do not do it justice. The Apple Cinema Display gives you the full computing experience. ... Read more


    10. Epson Perfection 4990 Photo Scanner
    by Epson
    list price: $449.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007Y79GC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 688
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Quality performance. Precision detail.

    With the image quality of a dedicated film scanner, plus the flexibility of a flatbed scanner all in one affordable product, the Epson Perfection® 4990 Photo delivers a total digital scanning solution.

    This powerful performer scans multiple slides simultaneously, as well as negatives and photos. And, with its built-in transparency unit, it accommodates film up to 8" x 10". Housed in a sleek outer case with an illuminated scan progress indicator, this scanner delivers intricate detail, due to an astounding 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution, 48-bit color depth, and 4.0 Dmax. And, it easily restores faded or damaged film and photos with Epson Easy Photo Fix™ and DIGITAL ICE™ Technology.

    Features:

    • Scan images with precision quality and detail
    • Get high-quality scans from negatives and transparencies
    • Automatically correct an image when scanning damaged film and photos
    • Speed through every scan
    • Epson Premium software bundle
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    Features

    • Adobe Photoshop Elements, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast SE 6
    • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces, PC and Mac compatible
    • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi resolution, 4.0 Dmax, 48-bit color, 16-bit grayscale
    • Adapters for slides, film strips, medium format, and 4-by-5 film
    • Epson Easy Photo Fix and Digital Ice technology

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars RIGHT from the start
    Seldom have I been so pleased with a purchase!

    UNLIKE the Microtek scanner I previously owned that gave me nothing but aggravation from the git-go, I loaded the software, plugged the Epson 4990 in with the included USB cable and, using Photoshop as the platform, IMMEDIATELY scanned an 8 x 10 page of medium format negatives successfully.Eyeballing the colors, I did not think ANY correction was needed.I had NO PROBLEMS loading the software or with anything else.

    I subsequently read the CD contained instructions and found that I had failed to use the 8 x 10 transparent media placement guide.It worked ANYWAY!

    This scanner is particularly suited for "serious" amateur and professional photographers.It comes with negative holders for 35mm, 120 and 4 x 5 sheet film.In addition, as noted above, it will also scan the whole 8 x 10 inch area so you can do proof sheets from your transparent negative file pages.

    I also scanned a music CD cover and liner, using Photoshop to convert the liner to black and white, and a 4 x 6 color photo.The scanner worked perfectly on all.The resolution of the four to six point type of the CD liner was crisp.This was a scan as a reflective image and NOT using OCR software.

    I have only had it for a week and will update this review once I've tried its OCR capabilities. ... Read more


    11. Epson Stylus Photo R1800 Inkjet Printer
    by Epson
    list price: $549.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007OVML0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Epson
    Sales Rank: 229
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Experience the power and speed of the Epson Stylus® Photo R800. Print brilliant archival quality glossy and matte photos! The world's first printer with 1.5- picoliter ink droplets and up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi, this revolutionary performer gives new meaning to quality and detail. And, it provides eight individual cartridges, including matte black ink and a unique gloss optimizer, for professional results every time - no matter what the paper type.Durable Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss pigment inks deliver long-lasting portraits, landscapes and more on virtually any media, including ink jet printable CD/DVDs and 4" and 8.3" 13" roll paper. It also prints borderless photos in convenient, frame-ready sizes. And, with innovative PRINT Image Matching II technology, you'll get brilliant prints automatically from popular digital cameras.The Epson Stylus Photo R800 offers groundbreaking quality and performance, for perfect prints made to last. With Epson Software Film Factory Epson Print CD software, and premium ICC Profiles, all included in the box, this affordable ink jet offers a complete photographic solution for many creative projects. Whisper-quiet operation and fast built-in connectivity make it an ideal fit for any home or studio, while high-speed performance makes it the perfect printer for quickly creating show-stopping high-gloss prints. ... Read more

    Features

    • USB 2.0 and FireWire interfaces; PC and Mac compatible
    • Up to 5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution
    • 4-by-6-inch photos as fast as 42 seconds, 11-by-14 as fast as 1 minute 51 seconds
    • Prints directly onto inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs
    • Supports poster prints up to 13 by 44 inches

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Professional photo printer for professional needs
    Quality
    With 2 built in black cartridges (8 total), one optimized for glossy paper and another for matte paper, this thing specializes in output quality.Another cartridge is a gloss finisher to protect the output - either way the ink dries instantly.There's a UK web site that reviews this printer hard core and likes it.Everything that comes through my Canon 20D and out this printer is magic - film doesn't even come close.

    Use
    For best results, make sure your camera, software, and printer are all set to the same color space, preferably AdobeRGB, and shoot in 16bit full color.With these settings, even 8 megapixel's is enough for full bleed Super B (13x19) posters.I started out printing everything in semi gloss because it looks/feels like "real" pictures but after trying matt paper, I'm never going back.Not only are the colors richer/deeper, there is zero glare in any lighting environment - and the ink still won't smudge.Coming from a film background, the hardest thing has been paper size standards.Most of the best paper is 8.5/11 and all the picture frames are old sizes: 8x10, 5x7, 4x6 - I hate trimming everything.

    Speed
    Using the firewire interface, I sometimes wait longer for the print job to que up on my 1.2 G4 than for the print to appear.Translation: fast.Even full page 600dpi+ originals come out fast enough for instant gratification.

    Appearance
    The light/dark grey finish and relatively compact case (with in/out puts closed) are equally at home in an office or bedroom.The fun part is printing to a printer larger than the computer its coming from.

    Software
    Controls are easy to use (OS X) and photo quality output is nearly automatic.Whatever you do, figure out how to turn off Expansion.This on by default unfeature increases the odds for a full bleed but at the expense of stretching the picture to an unpredictably larger size (spent hours figuring out why my borders were off).Prints equally well from Photoshop and iPhoto.Its frightening how smart the ink system is, not only can you see in the software how much ink is left, it tells you how many pages "like the last one printed" you can do with the remaining ink for the lowest cartridge.

    Alternatives
    When it comes to printing photographs, ink is everything and Epson has it.With the right paper, this pigment is rated to 200 years, has zero dry time, and is crazy color accurate.All you need to do is pick your size
    small = PhotoMate
    medium = R800
    large = R1800

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing to say the least!
    I bought my R1800 two weeks ago and it's fabulous! I've been doing quite a bit of photo retouching in PhotoShop and was anxious to see some of my work in large format. The resulting output totally exceeded my expectations! I was also surprised at the speed at which such fine output was generated. I was somewhat concerned about the cost of maintaining an 8-color system as the cost of replacement cartridges ranges between $12.99 and $14.99, but I've done quite a bit of printing and the color levels have barely budged (and I use the setting for the highest print quality). This is truly a great printer for digital photographers, scrapbookers, and PhotoShop enthusiasts like me. It's an incredible piece of equipment.

    1-0 out of 5 stars printer arrived dead
    I ordered the eagerly awaited R1800 on first day of availability from Amazon.When shipped, item arrived dead.Printer carriage did not move into position, soink cartridges could not be loaded. Defective printer was returned to Amazon (which promptly credited the return, including postage).

    On this single anecdotal incident, I do not fault either Epson or Amazon. Stuff happens.Perhaps damage in shipping.I merely provide this information for consumer information, in case other buyers have the same problem.

    My star rating is nominal, since unit received did not function at all

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beats any lab prints
    The Epson R1800 is built like a tank.Upon first inspection out of the box, you will be suprised at it's size.Set-up out of the box was a breeze.About 10 minutes of unwrapping everything and software installation and I was ready to print.

    The first prints came out amazing.I used to work in a one hour photo lab with a Noritsu QSS-3011, basically the Cadallic of mini-lab printers.The best of the best.I am college student majoring in photography so quality is #1 to me.I would always print my pictures at the lab and fine tune each print so I would get the best.With this printer, I get nearly the EXACT SAME QUALITY.Which is nothing short of amazing considering we are talking about a lab machine that is in the costs of tens of thousands of dollars.The prints that I have printed from the R1800 rival the quality of that from the Nortisu lab printer.

    The 8 inks provide a cost effective method instead of replacing one expensive color tank when just one color runs out.You can just replace whatever color you run out of.

    The R1800 prints bordless sizes up to 13" in width.It can print panoramics from 4" to 13" from rolls of paper. Imgaine having a 13" by 44" panoramic on your wall!With the R1800, it's just that easy.

    The R1800 can also print on CD's, which is a neat feature, but one that I probably won't use too much until I get ready to graduate and create portfolio CD's with my work on them.

    5,760 x 1,440 optimized dpi resolution is what makes these prints so amazingly crisp in quality.

    The speed of the printer is pretty impressive too.11x14's in under 3 minutes?4x6's in under 45 seconds?Yes please!

    I believe the best paper I've used with R1800 is Epson's Premium Luster paper.It's semi glossy with a sheer luster to it that makes the color and contrast hold of the paper look amazing.

    If you are even an amatuer photographer and care about the quality of your printers and are in the market for an at home studio printer, you cannot go wrong with the R1800.I would reccommend nothing else. ... Read more


    12. Acer AL1912 19" LCD Flat Panel Monitor (ET.L2302.022)
    by Acer
    list price: $279.99
    our price: $289.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002X8TVW
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Acer
    Sales Rank: 634
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Benefit from increased productivity, faster information throughput and reduced power consumption with this Acer® 19.0" flat panel.

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    Features

    • Simple setup; supports optional wall mount
    • PC compatible; 3-year warranty
    • 1,280 x 1,024 native resolution, fine 0.294 mm dot pitch
    • Wide 140-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles
    • 250 nits of brightness, 500:1 contrast ratio, 16 ms response time

    Reviews (8)

    3-0 out of 5 stars great picture but
    great picture and colors for a good price but has one bad pixel. Maybe this is my luck.

    5-0 out of 5 stars greatMonitor
    Great Monitor for the money, Its better than my old one that would heat my small home office up. The review from picky consumer"f" said the image quality was bad, maybe that person needs to see a eye doctor. Image quality is great, im glad i bought it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Bang For The Buck
    No dead pixels, nice vibrant colors (after some tweaking), no complaints. It's connected to an iBook 12' laptop which supports only up to 1024x768, and though Acer recommends using the monitor at 1280x960 for best results, I'm happy with the image it gives.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice bright display
    My 21" Nokia CRT finally gave out last week and I ordered up two of these Acer AL1912 LCD's to run off of my dual head video card.I checked around for a straight replacement for my old 21" but found the price on an equal monitor had actually gone up.I noticed the Acer LCD on sale for just over 3 bills and figured two would make a great replacement and give me a little more desktop real estate to work with.

    After setup, I measured the new 19" LCD and the old 21" screens to compare and found the actual viewable size was only 3/4" smaller!Though max resolution is 1280 x 1024 on the LCD, I only notice a small difference, the addition of the 2nd flat panel though yeilded a great deal of welcome new space.The new LCD has a very nice bright and vivid display and after installing the driver, I was able to update the refresh frequency to 75hz and play my favorite first person shooter (counterstrike source).

    Games are always the toughest test for any computer system so a component that can game well, will definately do great on any desktop application like photo editing, or web browsing.I noticed while browsing a couple sites, the white background of pages was so bright it was actually too much so I cranked the brightness down to 50%.The display stand and case have a nice black design that is compact compared to its equal CRT counterpart and compliment my black computer case and keyboard.The shelf on my desk that the CRT monitor used to sit on had a sag of about 1" that leveled back out after its removal and replacement of the new LCD.The more compact LCD also takes up much less space on my desk so I have room for more junk food and empty coke cans... what a great bonus :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value
    I thought this monitor would be too good to be true for the price. It is fast, clear and I have not touched a control since getting it out of the box. It has been a joy to play video games on. Its footprint is tiny and I really enjoy the increased desk space. The screen geometry seems perfect. I am using 1280 by 1024 resolution and have no problem seeing anything and I have "over 40" eye sight. I had to clean it and just used a dry cotton towel and it removed the dust in one pass. It then looked perfect again. It looks like it was made for my Dell CPU. ... Read more


    13. Motorola MD671 5.8GHz Cordless Speakerphone/Caller ID
    by Motorola
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $64.88
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    Asin: B0000CDELC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Motorola
    Sales Rank: 66
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    53909 Digital 5.8GHz Multi Handset System - 5.8GHz Expandable cordless telephone system - Only one phone jack required for system- Up to 6 handsets total- Caller ID, call waiting caller ID- Speakerphone (handset and base)- 5 Day battery standby time- 50# Phonebook- Vibracall alert- Rubberized side grips- Quick-touch menu- Multiple ring tones- Headset jack- Blue backlit LCD displays- Handset locator- 10# Redial- Intercom to the base- Dual keypads- Wall mountable- Silver with blue accents
    Package Contents:- Base unit and handset- Belt clip- AC adapter - Wall bracket- Line cord- Manual
    BATTERY:HHR-P546 or ATTBAT-2401ADDITIONAL HANDSET:MOT-MD61
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    Features

    • Integrated battery meter with audible and visual alert signals
    • Measures 8.09 x 3.5 x 12.75 inches (WxHxD); 1-year warranty
    • 5.8 GHz digital cordless phone with dual keypads and graphic displays (on handset and base unit)
    • Expandable to 6 handsets for large households; built-in base and handset speakerphones
    • Caller ID with visual call waiting and 3-way conferencing technology

    Reviews (59)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Quality phone, short on ergonomics
    This phone, and the expansion kit are high-quality. I'm not one for whiz-bang bells & whistles. It performs clearly and flawlessly as a cordless phone. I think that is the most important part and is where this phone shines. You're paying for that quality, and it's worth it.

    The only strike against it is ergonomics. Small buttons on the base make it difficult to dial from the base. The buttons on the phone are sized appropriately for the size of the phone, and are larger than the ones on the base.

    The phone is flat and relatively narrow. It's easy to hold, especially with the ribbed-rubber sides. However, it does not do well if you try to "sandwich" it between your head/ear and shoulder. It supports a mic/speaker headset (on the portable) with the same type you use for your cell phone.

    The speaker phone is adequate on the phone and base, but I rarely use it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars solid structure and good voice quality
    I have bought 3 of these phones so far and I would recommend it to anyone.This is a better choice to the MD681 which I own 1 of.681 has a flaky answering machine is not integrated with the rest of the device.It is in my opinion not worth the money.Also you can use multiple handsets from different base stations and make thehandsets all look at the same base - this can be cheaper than buying individual expansion sets!

    3-0 out of 5 stars its an ok phone
    I took it bcoz of mail-in rebate

    Its an ok phone
    clarity is fine
    has not interfered with my netgeear router

    the phonebook usage is a mess
    really tedius

    1-0 out of 5 stars I believe this rebate deal is an outright scam
    I purchased this phone several months ago, and subsequently recommended it to a friend, based on the low price after rebate. I submitted my rebate according to all directions - I'm a VERY meticulous person where rebates are conerned. I also handled the rebate for my friend, to save her time.

    Having recently visited a rebate tracking service website, I was shocked to find that both rebates were rejected. According to their information, the offer I submitted was not valid for the phone I purchased. Well, guess what: the rebate -was- valid, and -did- apply to exactly the right item, model number, UPC code, and so forth. I -always- check these things before sending in a rebate. In fact, I check these things twice because I want to avoid precisely this kind of problem. Naturally, since I mailed in the original UPC code for both phones, it's virutally impossible for me to "prove" my case. I'm left with little recourse but to warn other potential buyers.

    The phone itself is of adquate quality, though the speakerphone function leaves much to be desired. Overall the phone would be a reasonably good deal IF the rebate offer were actually honored. As it stands, I feel I've been cheated by Motorola (or whomever handles their rebates), and will never purchase another Motorola product. Buyer BEWARE!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Fine, but transmits on 2.4 GHz also (interferes w/ wireless)
    The phone works fine.

    But it transmits on 2.4 GHz frequency for incoming calls (which is not disclosed on the materials included w/ the phone), and which can interfere w/ wireless networks. As a 50+% 2.4 GHz phone, it isn't a great deal, either.

    I think Motorola should really provide better documentation for this, so buyers can make informed decisons (other than returning the product). ... Read more


    14. palmOne Treo 650 PDA Phone (Unlocked)
    by PalmOne
    list price: $679.99
    our price: $599.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000982UY2
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: PalmOne
    Sales Rank: 740
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get All You Need, All In OneTreo 650 PDA Unlocked GSM PhoneThe Treo™ 650 smartphone from palmOne makes it easier than ever to stay connected. It simplifies your life by combining a compact mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging, and web access. There’s also Bluetooth® technology so you can connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices. Not to mention an MP3 player, a digital camera that captures video, and a vibrant color screen that brings everything to life – all in a device that’s still small enough to fit in your pocket. Seems like Treo smartphones just keep getting smarter. The Treo 650 smartphone looks and feels just like a phone, but it’s so much more. Carry thousands of business and personal phone numbers with you, and dial any of them by name from your contacts list. Or enter a name or number on the QWERTY keyboard. There’s even an on-screen dial pad. speakerphone, speed dial, conference calling, call history, and caller ID make managing all your calls that much easier. Available as a dual-band digital CDMA phone, and as a GSM quad-band world phone. The included VersaMail® email client makes it easy to access and manage your email on the go – whether you use a popular desktop email client, IMAP or POP3. View photos, HTML, and even native Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint attachments. Synchronize your corporate Microsoft Exchange email and calendar with built-in Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® ... Read more

    Features

    • Unlocked for use with your existing GSM 850 MHz, GSM 1800 MHz, GSM 900 MHz or GSM 1900 MHz service provider and SIM card. Note: This phone does not come with service or a SIM card.
    • Fully integrated phone and PDA with digital video and VGA camera capabilities
    • Integrated Bluetooth technology and expansion card slot for SD and MMC-based memory and expansion cards
    • Vibrant 320 x 320 touchscreen display
    • Improved backlit QWERTY keyboard

    Reviews (5)

    2-0 out of 5 stars phone constantly reboots and crashes
    Don't get this phone.It constantly reboots and crashes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the glossy look and the songs of praise fool you
    Although the Treo650 looks incredibly great and glossy and the songs of praise in the magazines keep on coming, this one is a real problem and frustration maker (resets without warning, batteries ware out after a few hours, turns "dead" suddenly so you have to remove and replace the battery to bring it to life again... just to name a few of the problems).

    Posessing the Treo650 will place you in the primary league of most wanted gadget owners, but will shoot you high in the frustration tree as well...

    But the worst is that if you use it professionally, you're bound to miss some important calls and appointments... So beware, this shiny beauty can mean trouble...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Save your money
    I purchased the unlocked GSM phone, and have been extremely disappointed. The phone periodically resets during phone calls, and drops calls randomly. When I called support, they had me do a number of inneffective actions with each call. Finally, I was told that they had a know hardware issue and that I could send my phone in, and within 1-2 weeks I would have it returned, or I could have it expedited (1 week) for 25.00. Eitherway I am very dissatisfied as I am paying for a known issue in their product and spent several hours to get any resolution.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Palm Smartphone functionality, poor performance!
    Actually, this phone has all the makings of the breakthrough product which PalmOne needed to compete against the Blackberry. But, this phone is plagued with constant endless automatic rebooting and automatic shut down of the phone feature. Certainly, these symptoms are not typical of Palm reliability and stability that their users have come to appreciate. Until these technical issues are resolved, I couldn't recommend this phone to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent combination of phone and PDA
    For those who see things from Palm's point of view (the Zen of Palm, as it were) this device is an excellent choice. It combines the efficient and superbly usable Palm operating system with an adequate phone implementation. Combining the two devices (PDA and phone) is a Good Thing®

    First, the PDA: You're getting Palm's fabled ease of use, coupled with the massive library of 3rd party PalmOS applications. Pretty much anything you want to do with a PDA, from acccessing your PC via VPN, to playing FPS games, is supported by someone. There are literally thousands of utilities, games, and other applications can be downloaded, often for free. The built-in support for MP3's, MS Office files, the 320x320 screen, and the camera all add up to an excellent PDA.

    Next the phone: This is an adequate implementation of a phone. While the device seems to do well at getting a signal, and there is no problem with making calls from the built in applications, putting the PDA to your ear does take some getting used to. A bluetooth headset solves this, and I'm not sure there's a better solution. The speakerphone is both loud and clear.

    The only con (thus far) is a lack of support in some older 3rd-party applications. If you happen to download something that isn't "well behaved" you can wind up with the occasional soft reset. No loss of data, but annoying nevertheless. This is usually the fault of a programmer taking liberties and using "unsupported" methods... for instance, accessing memory directly to write to the screen.

    Overall, I highly recommend the Treo 650. ... Read more


    15. Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" LCD Flat Panel Monitor - Black
    by Samsung
    list price: $2,399.99
    our price: $728.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000A03NH
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 5045
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Thin Frame and a Wider Screen! UXGA Resolution! 500:1 Contrast! A dramatic vision! Picture quality beyond belief. Phenomenal contrast. Exquisite, crystal clear UXGA resolution. Spectacular performance. The Samsung SyncMaster 213T provides the most effective user environment for professionals across a wide variety of fields. It is changing the very nature of work for CAD/CAM users, graphic designers, engineers, desktop publishers, medical users and many, many others. Now you too can enhance your professional development with a wider screen.Form, Function and Finesse! The SyncMaster is an elegant, flexible, and most importantly, high-performance 21.3" dual-input analog/digital LCD display. Form, function and finesse are embodied in this stunning monitor that pivots, turns, and rotates, all with a simple touch. The dual inputs accommodate an analog or digital signal, all-the-while showcasing ultra-crisp, ultra-vivid graphics and text. The 213T boasts a contrast ratio of 500:1, 1600 x 1200 active native resolution, pixel pitch of 0.270mm H/V, Xtrawide™ 170°/170° viewing angle, analog and digital video inputs, and a scanning frequency of 30-81 kHz horizontal and 56-85 Hz vertical.The 213T’s Pivot Technology lets you turn your display from landscape to portrait without breaking a sweat. With a narrow bezel (measuring a mere 0.75") the 213T is a desktop space-saver – and if you’re feeling more permanent, you can even mount the display on the ... Read more

    Features

    • Wide 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles
    • Compatible with PC, Mac, and Sun Microsystems; 3-year warranty
    • 1,600 x 1,200 native resolution, 0.27 mm dot pitch
    • Analog and DVI-D digital interfaces
    • 500:1 contrast ratio, 250 nits of brightness

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent monitor for the price
    I purchased a 213T to replace a three-year-old 181T.The 181T is still working fine (though it has some slightly noticeable burn-in).The 181T has an incredibly sharp picture (I work with text all day and I'm very fussy about monitors).I was dubious that the 213T could deliver the same picture quality with a 3" larger screen and priced hundreds less than I paid for the 181T.

    I was pleasantly surprised.The 213T's picture is perfect.No dead pixels, extremely sharp, and colors that look even better than the 181T.Don't believe the other reviews that caution against using this monitor in analog mode.There is a perceptible difference between the digital and analog mode, but the analog picture is still of outstanding quality.I used analog mode for about a week before replacing my graphics card with a dual-DVI Matrox P650, and I could have lived with it, but I wanted both monitors running in digital mode.

    Two noticeable differences between the 213T and the 181T:the 213T comes out of standby a lot faster (about 2 seconds instead of 5), and the fluid is much slower on the 213T.If I take a window with a dark blue background and white text, and drag it around on the 213T, the text smears to blue.There is almost no change in the text color on the 181T.This might be an issue for some people, but it isn't an issue with the way I use the monitor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! Beautiful, functional at a good price
    Gorgeous image, rotation for LONG viewing with included PivotPro software, color/brightness correction for various settings (office lightings, home lightings, etc.) with included Natural Color software. Comes with VGA and DVI cables. Very pleased.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not quite perfect, but very good
    As all of the other reviews are stellar, I had to add my own cautions.

    First, I am generally very happy with this monitor and highly recommend it for most uses.I primarily use this for stock charting software and it is excellent for this.I also am supplying a natural 1600x1200 res signal from my IBM t42 laptop so I am giving it as high a quality signal as possible.And the difference between a 21" and 20" screen is VERY usable!

    But there are some issues that some of you might want to note:
    *Sharpness:While the 213T is a 1600x1200 res monitor, it is clearly not as crisp and detailed as my 15" laptop, also a native 1600x1200 screen.There is a loss of some detail and an overall softness that would probably make a CAD/CAM or photo-junky frustrated at times.
    *Getting the colors right:No problem getting things bright, but getting the colors to come close to that on my laptop or my desktop has been impossible.Photos that I know well simply look far too different on the Samsung and no amount of fussing with the monitor or the supplied software has been able to resolve this.Again, if you are a graphics or photo person, you might find this an issue.

    As for me, I am perfectly happy since I bought this primarily to have a second monitor attached to my laptop for dual screen use with stock charts. And frankly a bit of color shift and a bit of softness is completely overshadowed by the huge picture and amount of 'stuff' that I can have active on the screen.Consider your needs and useage.This may be the perfect monitor for you as well.And comparitively very affordable, too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars very pleased
    I ordered this monitor from tigerdirect.com with a new computer.I had originally ordered the 19" but was not pleased with the picture brightness. My salesperson recommended the SyncMaster 213t.It arrived today and I couldn't be more pleased.TigerDirect loaded the software and the cables were already connected to the monitor.So setup was a breeze.The first thing you notice is the SIZE.Fantastic.The letters are so very clear as compared to my 21" crt hitachi.The screen can be rotated to three positions and that is one great feature.To make it short, if you want a quality image and you want it large and you want the ability to rotate your screen from landscape to portrait, then look no further, BECAUSE THIS IS THE MONITOR YOU WANT.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Huge screen, sumptuous color, and rotates for full-page view
    This large-screen (21") LCD monitor fully lives up to the top ratings awarded by both PC-World and Consumer Reports. The colors are breathtakingly realistic - better than the Trinitron CRT it replaced. The 1600x1200 pixel viewing area is huge - more than sufficient to give ample working room for image, tools and palettes in Photoshop. Not the least [in addition to the standard tilt, swivel and height adjustments] the screen rotates to a vertical position so that you can get a full-page view of a word-processing document, or a photo in portrait mode. And the Pivot Pro software is included in the package. Also included are two full-size cables: for connecting to either a standard VGA (analog) graphics adapter, or to a newer digital DVI card. The 25 msec refresh time might cause smearing when playing games (not tested), but otherwise the display is simply awesome and rock steady; I didn't see a bad pixel in the nearly 2 million pixels on board.

    Installation is another story, however. The enclosed setup guide is virtually useless - not helped a bit by the unfathomably literal Korean translation. The complete guide is on the CD, and in handsome full color with animation yet. But what use would that be if you can't get the monitor to work in the first place? That said, installation from the CD went smoothly, yielding a great 1286x1024 image - but when I tried to get to the native 1600x1200 display setting, the monitor would not sync properly. After several hours of head-scratching and web searching I finally located the latest driver, and all is well at last. Still, too heavy a burden is placed on the end-user; wouldn't an old-fashioned phone call have been nice! [BTW: don't be fooled by the ludicrous "retail list price" shown; the monitor lists for well under a thousand bucks.] ... Read more


    16. Canon PIXMA iP8500 Photo Printer
    by Canon Office Products
    list price: $349.99
    our price: $318.69
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    Asin: B0002F9Y2I
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
    Sales Rank: 968
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    print resolution: 4800 x 2400 dpi black; 4800 x 2400 dpi color * ChromaPLUS 8-color ink system * direct photo printing with PictBridge-compliant cameras * dual paper path * two-sided printing * ... Read more

    Features

    • Directly supports PictBridge-compatible digital cameras and DV camcorders
    • PC and Mac compatible; 1-year warranty with toll-free phone support
    • Sharp 4,800 x 2,400 dpi maximum resolution
    • Up to 16 ppm black, 12 ppm color; built-in 2-sided printing
    • Borderless 4-by-6-inch photo in just 23 seconds

    Reviews (15)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible printer
    As many other reviews both here on Amazon and elsewhere attest, this is an incredible printer.The photos are amazing and the printer is really fast.Unlike previous printers where you more or less went and did something else while waiting for a print-out, you can just hit print and see the photo shooting out of the printer.It is also amazingly quiet.You literally cant hear the printer at work...

    However, I do feel that the printer puts a little too much magenta in its output.A few (and only a small percentage) appeared to be redder than what was on screen or what is natural.I have read that this can corrected by not selecting vivid in the options while printing, but I have not tried it yet.This is perhaps the reason for the four stars (I would have given it a 4.5 if Amazon let me).

    Finally, I have tried both the Canon Photo Paper Pro (their best) and the Konica Glossy Photo Paper (professional weight) and the Konica paper is way better.The colors are so much better than the Canon's and I doubt I will ever use the Canon paper again.You should really try the Konica paper with this printer (and perhaps with other brands as well).Best of all, its cheaper and heavier than the Canon paper...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Way extra Magenta in pictures
    I don't own this printer - I have the i960, and don't like the extra magenta you see in pictures.Close friends bought the 8500 and have even more magenta and green in the pictures.I thought I was just extremely picky but they were overwhelmed by the extra red and green in the pictures.

    It's a shame Canon isn't paying more attention to accurate color representation vs. VIVID colors - vivid doesn't looks so great on flesh tones!

    Make sure if you buy this printer you really try it out during the return period.


    ****Update*****
    Since apparently I wasn't being very helpful - I thought I would hopefully add some helpful information, aside from what might appear to be a rant against Canon.I LOVE my Canon camera, BTW, and I loved my Canon S820 printer.

    So, let me add:

    1) Canon Photo Paper Pro will show MUCH more accurate color than the Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy.(This is one of my gripes - if I'm trying to fine-tune colors in a picture, I have to print tests on the expensive Photo Paper Pro because the colors are completely different from, say, high-res photo paper.

    2) When you're printing, in the Canon printer settings, set Color Adjustment to Manual.Then Click "Set..." and check the "Enable ICM" box.In this window, you can also fine-tune color balance settings although I've never had any luck here.

    3) Good points about Canon printers:they seem to use ink sparingly and the separate ink tanks are nice.They're fast.The resolution is great - even on my s820 prints you'd be hard-pressed to see dots or banding.The photo prints are glossy throughout just like "real" photos.No de-glossed black areas.I haven't noticed any fading in prints I've done, for over 3 years.


    So, my hopefully helpful summary is:use Photo Paper Pro and make sure you're happy with the color in your prints.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for color
    I've been searching for a good photo printer for ages. I tried an Epson and was so fed up with clogged heads (and ink consumption!) that I took it back as a defective product. The Epson PictureMate didn't last a day. (*miserable* beast of a printer!)So. I did my research. I read reviews until I needed new glasses. I took my own memory card to test printers, and I found the new love of my life! The Canon Pixma ip8500 is a *jewel* of a printer. It's the same ink/ink set/printer head as the $500 ip9900, but for $150 less.

    PROS:
    1) Set up was fast and easy (but come on - this no cable nonsense is getting old. Spring for the blasted cable, Canon!)
    2) Right out of the box the colors were *better* than the digital processing done on Kodak paper by professional equipment.
    3) 8 separate ink tanks means no more wasted ink. Cyan and magenta will be the first to go.
    4) 100 pictures later - ink is still very full
    5) I'm finicky, and after I've done my Photoshop work, I want the picture to print exactly as I see it - with the exception of *minimal* cropping (after some tweaks) this printer *delivers*. Gorgeous color, properly rendered. ZERO ink jet detailing in skies.
    6) Prints up to 11x14, and has a tray for additional paper. Feeder holds plenty of heavyweight photo paper or card stock.
    7) quiet as the grave! I often turn to look at it to see if it's working, because you can't hear it!

    CONS:
    1) Does not read memory cards. Must read from camera, or be hooked to computer. (but it does use USB 2.0 so is very fast)
    2) Like most consumer level printers, this one doesn't do straight b&w photos well. Some images were "light b&w" and the printer interpreted this distinctly on the purple/blue side. The very darkest pictures fared better, but were still noticeably inferior to professional processing.

    I can't speak highly enough about this printer. It's performance is almost without flaw (and hey, even the b&w pictures aren't *bad* they just aren't the *best*) Buy this baby and you will NOT be doing the trek to your neighborhood developer!


    5-0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT Product
    I had some minor problems with my previous Canon S800 printer, mostly in handling thicker paper (business card stock) so decided to upgrade. I knew I wanted a Canon printer and my choice came down to the iP5000 or the iP8500. I spent a lot of time searching the internet for reviews and talking to Canon tech reps. I got a lot of information but it still left me in a quantry, still between the same two printers.

    I think the information I found will be helpful to everyone who's goal is to find the best photo printer. The iP5000 is being pushed by Canon (rightfully so) as new technology, which focuses mainly on the small droplet size of the ink heads (1 Picoliter). The smaller the droplet size the better is the resolution (definition). Although the iP8500 has a 2 Picoliter droplet size, it has 2 additional ink cartridges-red & Green, which just happen to be primary colors.As Canon noted, this gives you an almost infinite range of colors allowing for "true-to-life" color.

    My deciding factor was the droplet size of my current S800 -- it is 4 Picoliter.By buying the 8500, I decrease the droplet size, increasing my photo definition 200% and I added a broad range of colors to produce more accurate colors.

    But these are just numbers. What was I really going to see and would I appreciate the difference. The answer is a resounding YES!!!!!

    I had a picture of an Egret next to a pond. The 8500 changed the color of the water to the truer color as defined by my 19" flat screen monitor. The rocks along the edge of the pound on the S800 photo seemed blurred as if caused by the depth of field while the 8500 photo showed the rocks clear as crystal showing their rough edges.

    Another photo of a brilliant California early morning red sky(actually more orange), which I always thought was a brilliant picture paled in comparison to the bright, vivid colors from the 8500.

    A comment on the StevesDigicam website on this subject said: "...the iP8500 prints show a visibly wider color gamut than those printed with 6 or 5 color photo printers.Noticeably more vibrant are the reds and greens and the ability to reproduce varying shades of orange that prove difficult to impossible on the other inkjet printers".

    Bottom Line: If you're an avid photographer and want your prints to accurately represent the quality of your photo equipment (I have a digital Rebel), I highly recommend the Canon iP8500.

    I hope this information is helpful to your selection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Jackie Brown Says: Great Printer; Support Needs Improvement
    J. Morrison I've encountered this driver (won't install) problem before with several other Canon printers. The issue has to do with Canon's idiotic insistence on making the driver (and Easy Photo Print) install via Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser only. If Mozilla's Firefox or Safari or any other non-Internet Explorer browser is set as your default browser, the printer will not install. Canon's website is equally IE-centric and horrible to navigate if you don't use Internet Explorer. Nowhere on their site or within the installation instructions does it tell yout that you must use IE to load the drivers and software. This is inexcusable in 2005. Make sure you let them know how irritated this situation makes you.

    Anyway, to solve the problem, temporarily set IE as your default browser and then install the drivers. This worked like a charm for me with the Canon s9000, i560, i960 and i9900. When you're all done, return to your regularly scheduled default browser. :) ... Read more


    17. Archos AV400 20 GB Video Player/Recorder and MP3 Player AV420
    by Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
    list price: $449.95
    our price: $398.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002IHP3K
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
    Sales Rank: 1628
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    She works fulltime like the rest of us but never misses an episode of Oprah. What gives? This 20GB video player from Archos makes recording TV and tailoring entertainment to your schedule easier—and more portable—than ever. It starts with the convenient one-time setup TV cradle. Record up to 80 hr. of video directly from TV, VCR or a cable/satellite receiver. Take the player with you on the go and watch recorded shows or videos, view digital photos and enjoy music too. It's powered by internal rechargeable Li-Ion batteries but comes with an AC charger/adapter, too. Available storage capacity may vary. 8/10Hx4-9/10Wx3-1/10D". ... Read more

    Features

    • Connects to TVs, VCRs, and cable/satellite receivers
    • Watch video on 3.5-inch LCD screen
    • Store and play MP3, WMA, and WAV digital audio files
    • Archos 500619 AV420 20 GB Video Player / Recorder and MP3 Jukebox Player
    • Record your favorite video programs--up to 80 hours on 20 GB hard drive

    Reviews (28)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Really Nice Device
    I just purchased this device a few days ago and I have to say I am very impressed.I had been thinking about this purchase for about 6 months, doing research weighing the pros and cons, etc.I finally deceided to take the plunge and I am glad I did. It does have a few drawback but the good far out weighs the bad.I won't bore you with the obvious stuff if you are looking at this device you already have a pretty good idea what it is all about.So I will just stick with the highligts and my thoughts.

    The Good Stuff

    Recording VHS tapes are a snap no problems really at all quick and easy set up and you walk away and a few hours later, you have it.

    Playback is incredible, it is so clear it is almost easy to forget how small it is.

    The size, fits right in your shirt pocket.Can your portable DVD player do that?

    Music, just send it over create playlists and you are set.Protected music too.Just add the plug in.

    Pictures, again just send them over and start the slide show.

    The Not So Good Stuff.

    The Manual, I am pretty intuitive but even this manual left me stumped at times.But if you are patient and go over it a few times most things can be figured out pretty easily.

    The TV cradle and remote, I am still trying to figure out how to get the IR transmitter to work with my VCR after about 2 hours I deceided to try again later.You can still set up scheduled recordings you just have to leave your VCR on and on the channel you want to record, not the most ideal situation but workable.

    The WMP plug in, it doesn't say so but you have to download some stuff from the site and copy it to your ARCHO's then run the set up, after I figured that out it took no time at all.

    Overall this is a great device, the biggest knock most people have is the encoding and transcoding of movies (getting around the whole copyright thing).I am no fan of the number of restrictions that Hollywood and the music indrusty wants to force upon us.But that is not why I bought it.I want to record tv and vhs and dvd's and watch them on the Archos and for that it works just fine.

    One last thing on this whole coping DVD thing, one other nock I have heard is that to record a DVD you have to do it in real time.I hate to tell people this but to rip a DVD, it can take a few hours just to do that so the whole time issue is a moot point.DVD's take time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great product but 20GB is not enough
    It is a great product as mentioned already by other reviews.But with all these great features, the 20GB is not enough...maybe for an iPod.

    Considering how bigger and heavier it is compared to most MP3 players, plus the fact that it records and stores video, sound, music, etc.. you would want to store more videos and music so you always have a wide variety of choices and minimize the need to keep on re-recording or re-connecting to your PC.Better go for the 80GB or better yet the 100GB models.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Hope nothing goes wrong!!!
    I gave this three stars because it is a great device, but cross your fingers if something goes wrong. Hopefully you will not have to deal with their customer service. They give customer service a whole new meaning.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Device!Meets my expectations for Video.
    This is a great little device.Very easy to figure out and the OS is intuitive and easy.I bought it a couple weeks ago after 2 months of researching and reviewing.So far, I am impressed. I wanted to take video with me when I travel and wanted a convenient way to store photos when I take a camera and leave the laptop home.

    Took a look at the MSI Mega View 566, but it does not support Memory Stick Pro or provide such an adapter. They will have one this summer for that but I didn't want to wait.

    The build quality seems excellent.I have mostly copied DVD's from my collection off my DVD player with absolutely no problems with either the video or audio part; no problems with dialogue matching the video.I can only assume that the "learning curve" and problems others here refer to with video is for downloaded movies from the internet which may need converting. I have put the entire series "Band of Brothers" and a couple surfing movies on this with still about 9-10 Gig left. Have not loaded any music yet.

    The only reason I did not give 5 stars was due to the fact I use a Memory Stick Pro for my camera and the firmware (I have the latest as of today) apparently does not support that yet.I purchased a 4-in-1 compact flash adapter (not thiers) and with MS Pro I get an "Invalid Card" message. The technical help at Archos told me that they were having issues with Memory Stick even with their own CF adapter that they sell, and that the firmware would be updated (didn't know when, hopefully soon). He said regular Memory Stick should work, but I got the "Invalid Card" message with that too. Alas! I'm leaving for Europe next week and was hoping to use this to store photos; guess I'll have to find a place to burn CD's. But I'll still be able to watch movies on the plane!

    I'll give it 5 stars when they update the firmware.Otherwise, I highly recommend this device. You won't regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Choice!
    I also did a lot of online research, and found that the Archos was the best choice for me.Samsung, MSI, RCA & Creative all make similar products, but the Archos unit makes it easy to record TV shows in from TiVo or other sources.To my knowledge, this is the only unit of this kind that has an IR Blaster to hook up to a video source.You set the timer (like a VCR) on the AV420, and at the right time, it will switch your video source to the correct channel, and record for the specified time!It was also very simple to set up a Yahoo calendar, add shows I want to record into the calendar, and drop a copy on the system folder in the AV420 unit - that creates a recording schedule, and is even easier to use than a VCR.I am convinced that for anyone that wants to take TV shows on the train, bus or to the gym, this unit is by far the best choice!! ... Read more


    18. Canon CanoScan 9950F Flatbed Scanner
    by Canon
    list price: $399.99
    our price: $351.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002U41AI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon
    Sales Rank: 720
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    Product Description

    maximum resolution: 4800 x 9600 dpi * 48-bit color depth * scan up to thirty 35mm negative frames or 12 mounted slides at a time * scans medium format 120 roll film * supports professional films up to 4" x 5" for both transparencies and negatives * FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement) * high-speed USB interface * FireWire® (IEEE 1394) interface (compatible with MAC OS only) * ... Read more

    Features

    • USB 2.0 interface (PC/Mac), FireWire (Mac only)
    • 4,800 x 9,600 dpi maximum optical resolution, 19,200 dpi interpolated
    • Rich 48-bit color and subtle 16-bit grayscale
    • Batch scanning of up to 30 35mm negatives
    • Scan documents, negatives, slides, 35mm film, and large format 4-by-5-inch film

    19. Canon PIXMA iP3000 Photo Printer
    by Canon Office Products
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $75.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002GU4DA
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Canon Office Products
    Sales Rank: 52
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    print resolution: 600 x 600 dpi black; 4800 x 1200 dpi color * direct photo printing with PictBridge-compliant cameras * two-sided printing * print speed: up to 22 pages per minute with black-and-white; up to 15 pages per minute in color; 36 seconds for a single 4" x 6" photo * print sizes: letter (8-1/2" x 11"), legal, 4" x 6", 5" x 7", envelope * ... Read more

    Features

    • Direct print port, PictBridge compatible
    • USB interface; PC and Mac compatible
    • Up to 4,800 x 1,200 dpi color resolution
    • Up to 22 ppm black, 15 ppm color; 4-by-6-inch photo in about 36 seconds
    • Built-in 2-sided printing; 4 individual ink tanks

    Reviews (57)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning printer .... on the cheap
    Never thought much of Canon printers, but picked up this one to use with a Powershot. I hooked it up to the 'puter anyway and installed the drivers/software, and that was completely painless, which surprised me (my backup machine; Win 98SE, eek!).

    Then I connected the cam, pushed the "print" button and printed a picture straight from it- in about 30 seconds. It dropped into the paper tray, and right after that, my jaw dropped. Brilliant colors, sharp print, just like from the drugstore. Simply lovely. It also operates perfectly from the computer, handling whatever you throw at it without blinking. The colors are bright and the black is deep and crisp.

    Two ways to feed paper; individual ink tanks; sensible, unobtrusive design - and it's quiet enough for a spy.

    This printer will make you smile.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent printer, you wont regret buying it
    This printer is simply amazing. ok, it doesnt have a parrallel port connection, but does anyone really need 1? It uses usb just fine. It is very inexpensive and cant understand what more you could get by getting a higher priced printer. I had considered getting the ip4000 or ip5000 but I figured I dont do much photo printing so I went with this. After printing a photo when I set it up, I cant see how the other models could be much better. It looks like i just brought the photo home from the photo lab! Setup was easy on an XP machine. I havent tried duplex printing yet but im sure it works fine. Oh and as far as how loud it is...after the initial click which isnt very loud, it produces almost no noise at all while printing. Run your finger over a piece of paper from side to side a few times, thats about the noise that it makes. Other than the initial click, you could print while someone is sleeping in the room. It even has a quiet mode which I guess is supposed to make the click quieter but I see no need for it since its already pretty quiet. If youre considering a printer, just buy this one, you wont regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super duper printer!
    This printer is absolutely amazing.If I didn't know the price I would have assumed it to be over $200 because of its fantastic output.Colors are absolutely impeccable and vivid. Keep in mind that you can use this photo printer as a regular printer too.Print speeds are a lot better then my last HP printer.The included Easy-PhotoPrint software is awesome too... it allows you to crop images, remove blemishes, correct red-eye, correct lighting, and soften images... basically its like a professional photography service. Also keep in mind that this printer isn't exactly tiny... it is a little bit above average in size but by no means too large. Its ink cartridges are inexpensive and last a long time.I purchased my iP3000 with a PowerShot SD400 (super awesome too!) so with the $70 rebate I will get this printer for only $10 from Amazon!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great purchase, price, printer!
    This printer was not only a great price, but it does a fantastic printing job. Very easy to set up and prints photos with ease and excellent quality. Don't miss your chance to pick this up at the very reasonable price.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for only some people
    This is a sweet printer in most ways.The paper handling is great, the image quality is great, it is fast, and the ink is a resonable price.

    The downside?If you are thinking about using Linux even a little, ignore Canon Printers.The support is nonexistant. (I recently switched, and everything works great EXCEPT this printer.My HP works fine) ... Read more


    20. Samsung SyncMaster 710N-2 17" LCD Flat Panel Monitor (Black)
    by Samsung
    list price: $479.99
    our price: $259.34
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000300958
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Samsung
    Sales Rank: 314
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Razor-Sharpness and Innovative Features The Samsung SyncMaster 710N is a 17-inch TFT-LCD offering razor-sharpness and innovative features. An analog monitor with a 0.6" ultra-thin bezel and wall-mount capability, it delivers a 600:1 contrast ratio, 0.264mm pixel pitch, 1280 x 1024 resolution, scanning frequency of 30-81 KHz horizontal and 56-75 vertical, and 160/140 (horizontal/vertical) degree viewing angle. ... Read more

    Features

    • 12 ms response time; MagicTune and MagicBright functions
    • PC, Mac, Sun Microsystems compatible; 3-year warranty
    • 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, 0.264 mm dot pitch
    • Wide 160-degree horizontal viewing
    • 300 nits of brightness, 600:1 contrast ratio

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars State of the Art Monitor
    I have had this monitor for several months now and I believe it to be the best computer investment I have made in years.

    What I like:
    -Thin bezel (frame around screen)
    -Small footprint
    -Generally sharp looking screen design
    -Sharp image
    -Easy to install and use
    -Definitely puts less strain on my eyes than my old 21" CRT, I can spend hours in front of the PC.
    -Last but not least the 3yrs warranty (where else can you get that?)

    Disadvantages:
    -The stand does not have much swiveling adjustments
    -The stand cannot be adjusted vertically
    -Some screen designs out there look more appealing but the 710n-2 surpasses them technologically. (See below)

    LCD monitors have obvious advantages over CRT monitors:
    -LCD monitors consume less power
    -Do not produce electromagnetic radiation as CRTs do
    -Do not flicker like CRTs
    -Produce a sharper image (especially with text)
    -Are light and slim in size
    -Have a full viewable size

    LCD monitors also have disadvantages compared to CRT monitors:
    -LCD monitors do not show consistent brightness and color shades as your viewing angle shifts
    -Are slower in responding to image changes wich means movies or games visual quality is affected. Choosing an LCD with a low response time should correct this issue however.

    The technical specs of this monitor make it one of the best -if not the best- ones out there.
    Please compare its technical specs, line to line, with the competition and see for yourself.

    Here are a few hints:
    -Dot pitch is the size of the individual pixels that make up the screen, the smaller the dot pitch, the better the details' quality.
    Samsung 710N-2 = 0.264 mm
    Competition > 0.284mm

    -Contrast ratio: This spec is really irrelevant; it measures the difference between the darkest and the lightest areas of a test screen. Above 300:1 is considered good.
    Samsung 710N-2 = 600:1
    Competition >450:1

    -Viewing angle (Horizontal and Vertical): Not important, unless you intend to watch your monitor by sitting at an angle to it (i.e. presentations for a group). A bigger angle is a plus
    Samsung 710N-2
    Horizontal viewing angle: 160 degrees
    Vertical viewing angle: 140 degrees

    -Response time: A hidden but revealing spec. It measures the response time to image changes, the smaller the response time the better off you are watching movies and playing games.
    Samsung 710N-2 = 12 ms
    Competition > 16ms

    -Brightness: A measure of screen luminance or brightness, it is an indication of a pleasing image under all ambient light conditions.
    Samsung 710N-2 = 300 nits
    Competition = 250-300 nits

    I hope this review will help you decide which monitor to buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 12MS Fast, Great LCD Monitor
    I have had this unit for 3 months now and got it at a higher price. It is a great unit for almost anything I use including the games I play, photoshop, and excel stuff that I do. Samsung makes the best monitor out there since they are one of the largest display company in the world. I have read it that they only use exclusively Samsung panels that are the best in the world. Unlike Viewsonic that do not make their own products, I guess Samsung is getting the best panels for its branded monitors. I highly recommend this monitor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Samsung makes some of the best flat panel monitors
    I did alot of comparative shopping and watched LCD prices drop over the last few months.I got an excellent price on this monitor.My friend has a slightly older Samsung LCD and the clearity of the display impressed me.This monitor is no acception.It's stylish looking and doesn't take up alot of deskspace, but more importantly it has features to make it a worthwhile purchase.It's got a 12 ms response time, a 600:1 contrast ratio and 1280 x 1024 max resolution.Comparing this to my economy priced philips 17 in CRT (107s) is not even possible.I havent done any gaming with this monitor yet, but with 12 ms response time their should be no ghosting.Most LCDs are 25ms or 16ms, but Samsung provices 12 ms with this model.More of an issue for gamers, but certainly not a bad thing for the rest of us.DVDs look sharp and crisp.The adjustment menu allows for diff color modes, entertainment, internet, custom and a couple others.A useful feature as for typing I like to tone down my monitor's brightness to save my eyes.The menu selection keys are sort of hidden in the right hand lower corner, which although some people say is inconvenient, takes little getting used to.The menu is intuitive and easy to use.You also get 3 year parts and labor coverage + 3 months for returning your product registration.

    The only cons I can think of are fairly superficial.The power cord is only partially hidden by the back part of the stand, while older samsung models mask the entire cord.The model is not available in silver, but the black is still really sharp looking.The stand is limited to tilting the monitor up or down.Some monitors on the market allow you to adjust height and swivel, for me this is not a concern as I wouldnt use this feature.

    This monitor is recommended to anyone looking to upgrade to an LCD.It saves deskpace and has excellent image quality. ... Read more


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