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By August 4, 2012 Read More →

olloclip iPhone 4 & 4S lens system unboxing

olloclip There are a few companies out there that have started making clip-on lens systems for the iPhone 4/4S and I’ve personally tried out a couple of the cheap (sub £10) options out there. To be honest, they weren’t much good, the worst one didn’t work at all really!

The folks over at eXpansys sent me over the Olloclip quick-connect to have a look at. The nice thing about the Olloclip solution is that it’s a full 3-in-1 lens system providing wide angle, fish eye and macro facilities within one neat package that simple slides on over the corner of the iPhone 4/4S. The soft plastic gives enough to ensure that there is no risk of scratching the phone whilst providing a reassuringly tight fit.

This system may not be the cheapest but it works really well and the lens optics are excellent.

Compatible with the iPhone 4 and 4S, the Olloclip is an attachable, high quality 3-in-1 lens for your iPhones camera. Just slide it onto the corner of your iPhone with your choice of lens and you’re ready to start snapping better quality images.

It features a macro, fish eye and wide angle lens that create sometimes stunning and sometimes hilarious pictures. The wide angle lens broadens your iPhones frustratingly narrow view (expands native viewing angle by 2x). The macro lens (focal distance of 13mm/.5″ providing 10x macro shots) will capture tiny details up close. For the sk8rs and hipsters, the fish eye lens gives a 180 degree view which offers a quirky perspective of your subject.

The Olloclip is indifferent to shooting video or using apps (Face Time, Instagram, Hipstamatic), is smaller than a car key and is made from light-weight aircraft grade aluminium so it won’t weigh down your pocket. It comes with a nifty carry case that doubles as a cleaning cloth, making it a great gift or toy for anyone.

Check out the quick video below.

 

By March 13, 2012 Read More →

MOTOACTV Review

MOTOACTV ReviewLooking to track your fitness regime? The MOTOACTV may be just what you have been looking for. Announced late in 2011 the MOTOACTV is a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one.

There are two types of sports people I think this product is gunning for. At one end of the scale, you have the hobbyists, like me, that go running a couple of times a week and maybe enjoy a spot of cycling and the pretence of being a triathlete. Having a training aid, whether that’s an app on your phone or iPod can be a real help to keep the motivation going. I’ve personally been using Endomondo on my BlackBerry for a couple of months now and find it’s a real help in pushing me to run that little faster as the kms clock by. I have however been thinking I might upgrade so something a little more technical. Here, MOTOACTV looks to be offering a step up from the mobile app to include the possibility for heart rate monitoring and easy to upload training cycles.

At the other end of the scale you have the purists for which only the best product will do. They need measurable stats for heart rate, performance, lap times, optimum speeds and so on. The MOTOACTV here is looking to offer this functionality whilst adding the more friendly benefits of an mp3 player to boot.

Is it worth well purchase? Read on to find out my thoughts.

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By July 31, 2011 Read More →

Synaps External Battery Reviews

Synaps External Battery I’ve recently been provided with two different types of external battery power for the Apple iPhone 4.

Both are made by Synaps. The first is the ‘Power case contour battery pack‘ (JP1300).

This external battery has been designed to fit the iPhone 4 and be used as a case as well as a method of charging your battery. Its available in Blue, Red and the colour I have been supplied, Black.

The packaging is clean and displays the product well. It’s typical retail accessory packaging, which can be seen as a negative as it wouldn’t stand out on a shelf of other accessories.

Once opened, you’ll find the battery pack, a micro-usb charger and a manual. It’s a real shame they decided to include a micro-usb charger instead of the official Apple dock connection as this means you need to carry an additional cable with you. The micro-usb cable does work with the USB plug supplied with the iPhone 4.

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By May 17, 2011 Read More →

Gear4 UnityRemote review

Gear4 UnityRemote review Here at tracyandmatt.co.uk we like to review interesting products and this one that I’ve been given for review is no different, here I have the new product from gear4 the UnityRemote. It is a very clever attempt at a universal remote and I have been putting it through its paces for over a week now.

Question is, is it good enough to be top of the universal remote market or is it just an expensive product that will end up at the back of shelves?

To find out, read on for the full review.

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By August 22, 2010 Read More →

Winstar USB 2 to DVI adapter review

USB 2 to DVI There are many ways of connecting a monitors to computers, the number of usual ports such as VGA, DVI or HDMI manufacturers can fit to their machines is limited. Whatever is your reason to connect one more display to your computer, a USB-to-DVI display adapter may the only solution.

Read on to find out more!

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By December 17, 2009 Read More →

Optoma Pico Pocket Projector

Ever wanted to show the photos on your digital camera or PDA whilst you’re out and about? Well, now it’s possible with this projector you can hold.

Devicewire.com have just send us the details of this nifty new toy. Check it out:

 

Pico

Pico Projector

 

Imagine being able to show your friends and family videos from your media player or mobile phone at up to sixty inches in size. Ever wanted to show the photos on your digital camera or PDA whilst you’re out and about? Well, now it’s possible with this revolutionary new projector you can hold in your hand. No need to worry about connecting to the mains either; the Optoma Pico Pocket projector comes supplied with batteries to give you complete freedom on the move and what’s more it’s fully rechargeable, just like your mobile phone.

Main Features
  • Easily share photos and videos from mobile devices
  • Project images on any surface
  • Ultra-light at 4 ounces including battery
  • Image size up to 60 inches
  • Vivid 1000:1 contrast ratio
  • DLP Pico technology
  • LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours
  • Recharge battery conveniently via USB or included AC power adaptor

The latest LED technology, Optoma’s projector expertise and Texas Instruments tried and trusted DLP® chip technology, (used in millions of business and home cinema projectors the world over), come together to produce astonishing image quality from such a small projector.

There’s no need to worry about replacing the lamp either – the Pico has a lamp-life of an astonishing twenty thousand hours: enough for more than eighteen years of life, even if you use the projector three hours a day, every single day of the year. We think once you’ve seen the Optoma Pico you’ll agree that it sets the standard in pocket projectors.

Box Contents
  • Optoma Pico DLP Pocket Projector
  • AV composite 2.5mm to composite female (audio and video)
  • Pico Carry Case
  • USB Charger
  • Extra Battery
  • AC power adaptor
Connects to:
  • iPod, iPhone and iTouch using the optional Optoma Apple connection kit
  • Your Nokia N95 and N96 using the optional Optoma Nokia connection kit
  • DVD Players and other video players enable with standard composite AV Out
  • Mobile phone, Media players,Camcorders, DV-Cams and Digital Cameras enabled with standard composite AV Out

     

      If your interested in one of these cool new gadgets head over to devicewire.com now and place your order. Its a good price!

      Posted by: James

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      By October 19, 2008 Read More →

      Wacom Cintiq 12WX Review

      What do you get if you cross a graphics tablet with an LCD monitor? The answer is the Wacom Cintiq range.

      In this particular case the Cintiq 12WX a 12″ widescreen monitor blended with a Wacom graphics tablet.

      So after the Bamboo Fun review the other week, how is this one going to fair.

      Wacom Cintiq 12WX

      The Wacom Cintiq 12WX

       

      What’s in the box?

      • Cintiq 12WX Pen Display
      • Video Control Unit
      • Grip Pen
      • Pen Stand
      • Replacement Pen Nibs
      • DVI, VGA, USB, and Power Cables
      • Power Adapter
      • User Manual
      • Installation CD
      • Adobe® Photoshop® Elements (6.0 WIN / 4.0 MAC) for editing, retouching, enhancing, organizing, and sharing digital photos
      • Corel® Painter™ Essentials 4.0 for creating natural media art and turning photos into paintings

       

      General

      Wacom are well known and well respected in the field of graphics tablets. They have, relatively recently, started doing a range called Cintiq where a LCD and a graphics tablet are combined into a single object. The obvious upside of this is that you are literally drawing onto the screen just like painting or drawing with a brush or pencil onto paper. This means there is much less technology between you and your work.

      The first thing that struck me with the box is that it was larger than I thought it would be, especially as some people were talking about using this as a portable unit to go with their laptop.

      But anyway, let’s unpack it all.

      First off you come across the Cintiq display itself, very pretty :D. It’s immediately obvious that the Cintiq is an extension of the Intuos 3 range, the casing is very similar to the A5 Intuos 3. The big difference is the LCD that is laid into the middle of the unit.

      As you can see from the full specs below, that screen is 10.3″x6.4″, 1280×800 pixels and supports 24bit colour depth.

      As you can see there are a group of 5 buttons to both the left and the right of the LCD. The large ‘bar’ on the outside of these buttons is actually a slider sensor, which is very useful for scrolling or zooming your images. All of these buttons can be reconfigured to commonly used ‘modifier’ keys that you are likely to want to use whilst you are in your programs.

      Underneath the display there is a fold out stand that will hold the Cintiq at a more comfortable working angle, but if you prefer to use the unit flat or in your lap, then just fold it back in, it tucks away very neatly.

      Wacom Cintiq 12WX

      Cintiq Stand

       

      The only connection on display is at the back/top and this goes to the Video Control Unit. Basically the power and the computer video signals coming to the display go into this box as does the USB connection and then a single cable runs to the display. I think they’ve done this to try and minimise the amount of cables you are dragging around if you are moving the display whilst working. The buttons on the Video Control Unit allow you to change the settings on the monitor just as you would on any display, things like contrast, brightness, colour temperature – all the normal controls.

      Mac users should be aware that if they have the mini-dvi connector then they will need to get an adaptor to use this product as the included cables will only connect to either VGA or DVI-I.

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      cintiq_box_back cintiq_box_front

      Cintiq Video Control unit

       

      The pen has a little stand and some replacement nibs for when you wear the one in the pen down :D. Like most tablet pens it has a nib and an eraser – in this case both have 1024 pressure sensitivity levels.

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      Centiq tablet pen

      There are also a couple of pieces of art software included – Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 and Corel Painter Essentials 4.0

       

      Wacom Cintiq 12WX Specification:

      GENERAL

      • Overall dimensions: 16″ wide x 10.5″ high x .67″ depth
      • Weight: 4.4 lbs. with video control unit
      • Data port: USB
      • Graphics input: Analog RGB (HD 15pin) or digital DVI (29 pin)
      • Display connector: Proprietary DFP – DVI-I on video control box
      • Display adapters included: DVI-I to VGA, DVI-I to DVI-D
      • Stand adjustability: Flat on desktop, 25°to 60°
      • Rotation: 360° flat position on pivot
      • Mounting hole pattern: VESA 75mm
      • Power supply input: 100-240 VAC 50-60 Hz
      • Power supply output: 12 VDC 3.3A
      • Warranty: 2 years

       

      DISPLAY

      • Aspect Ratio: 16:10
      • Screen size: 12.1″ diagonal
      • Display area: 10.3″ wide x 6.4″ high
      • Native resolution: WXGA (1280×800)
      • Total pixels: 1,024,000
      • Number of colours: 16.7 million
      • Pixel pitch: 0.204mm x 0.204mm
      • Brightness: 180 cd/m2
      • Contrast ratio: 600:1
      • Viewing angle: 85°/85° H, 85°/85° V
      • Color management: ICC profile, 6500° K whitepoint default
      • Color management control: DDC/CI

       

      INTERACTIVE FEATURES

      • Technology: Patented electromagnetic resonance method
      • Resolution: 5080 lines per inch
      • ExpressKeys: 10 user-assignable
      • Touch Strips: 2 finger-sensitive, front mounted

       

      PEN

      • Type: Pressure-sensitive, cordless, battery-free
      • Switches: Tip switch, 2 side switches, eraser
      • Pressure levels: 1,024
      • Tilt range: +/- 60°
      • Grip: Latex-free silicone rubber
      • Model: ZP-501ESE
      • Nibs included: 3 standard, 1 stroke, 1 felt
      • Optional pens: 6D Art Pen, Airbrush, Classic

       

      REVIEW

      Having had a play with the Bamboo Fun before this I was looking forward to seeing one of Wacom’s more professionally targeted devices to see how they compare.

      Straight out of the box this is a much slicker looking unit (as it should be for the price difference). It’s immediately obvious that the Cintiq 12WX has benefited from Wacom’s experience with their Intuos range of products. The buttons placed on either side mean that the device is equally suitable for left or right handed users, the stand allows people that want to have a tilted display to work that way without having to find something on the desk to rest it on, and the single cable at the top of the unit means that you can turn and twist the display to a position that is best for you whilst you work, without having to worry about yanking lots of cables around the desk. You won’t believe how thin the display is until you have it in your hands either 😀

      The unit is straight forward to setup – you connect the Video Control Unit (VCU) to the PC with either a VGA or DVI-I connection and a USB cable, you then plug the power into the VCU – then finally the display connects on other side of the VCU with a single custom cable. Drivers are included on the CD, though the first thing I always do with this sort of thing is download new drivers.

      The display can be set as primary monitor or as a secondary monitor (or third or fourth I suppose for those with multi card setups) – personally I connected it to the DVI-I output of my graphics card and set it up as a secondary monitor, extending the desktop.

      The first thing to do is to go into the driver setup and realign the pen – this asks you to click on some crosses on the screen so that it can check the pen alignment with the screen position (more on this later). All nicely lined up, let’s get going.

      I booted up my favourite art package, created a new document and started doodling. Instantly this was a different experience to the Bamboo of the other week or my other cheap tablet. The most obvious point is that because the monitor is part of the display you feel that you are interacting directly with the screen, it is suddenly just like normal drawing or painting as the pen appears to lay ‘ink’ into the screen. The pen moves smoothly over the display without much resistance, but enough to let you sense the resistance to your pen pressure – very nice.

      Wacom Cintiq WX12 quick demo video

      The real difference for me was the way the pen performed – it was doing exactly what I wanted it to. This seems like an obvious thing to say really, but it makes all the difference for art work. With other tablets I’ve used the sensitivity of the pen just hasn’t been high enough to sense subtle differences in the pressure that I applied, meaning that whilst the location was usually fine I couldn’t predict the weight of the line I was drawing. With the Cintiq 12WX it claims 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and whilst I can’t exactly check that, I can confirm that it is a completely different quality to anything I’ve used before.

      The tablet underneath the screen has a rating of 5080 lines per inch, so accuracy of the position of the pen is never going to be a problem either.

      The ExpressKey buttons on each side of the display can be reassigned to various functions – the neatest of which, I found, was flipping between monitors so that the pen was now controlling my primary display. This meant that I could put all my pen tools on one screen and just the drawing area on the Cintiq.

      The screen of the 12WX is 1200×800 pixels, which some people may think is too small but personally I found it fine once I’d pushed my tools onto the primary display area. The slider control then let me zoom in and out of the images, whilst a quick press of an ExpressKey let me drag the image about. The screen being the size it is means that the sensor is about an A5 size, which I found very comfortable to work with, things were never that far away so at no point was I having to make huge hand movements.

      All of which made for a very pleasant experience.

      Like most graphics tablet pens the 12WX pen has a nib and an eraser, which in actual fact are just detected as 2 different pens within most packages so you can make the eraser function as something else if you prefer. A quick flip of the pen and you can rub out your mistakes – or being on a computer just a quick CTRL-Z 😀

      I really enjoyed using the Cintiq 12WX, but I did run into a one small hiccup whilst using the display.

      When you realign the pen you are realigning it based on your drawing position at the time of clicking on the little crosses. If you move your position or the tablet then you are no longer aligned up quite the same way – this is because of the plastic surface between the pen nib and the LCD surface. It’s there for the protection of the LCD surface, but that thickness means that the pen nib is never quite ‘touching’ the LCD display, so as you manoeuvre the tablet around or you shift in your chair you are changing the angle you are looking at the screen through this plastic, which changes the perceived alignment slightly.

      It’s only a few millimetres of plastic but it does affect the viewing angle slightly. It means that every time you (or anyone else for that matter) sit down to use the tablet your position will be slightly different to last time, so you will need to realign the pen again, and if you do end up twisting the display  to get a better drawing angle, then you will likely need to realign again.

      For me this became a frustration.

      This may be just me though, as I’ve seen lots of online videos of people very happily drawing away with their Cintiq’s (and with far more skill than me I should add).

      Matt also had a chance to play with the Cintiq for a little while. Matt had a chance to use the tablet to do some photo editing for touching up and background removal. He found that using a tablet drastically reduced the amount of time that these tasks take and made many of the edits he was making much easier to achieve than using a mouse.

      Matt also decided to use his creative flair and although, by his own admission, he is no artist managed to achieve some great results as you can see from the painting he did below.

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      Matt’s painting of Walt Disney

       

      Highlights

      • viewing angle of the monitor is excellent
      • pen sensitivity is excellent

       

      Lowlights

      • alignment became frustrating for me personally

       

      Conclusion

      I really do like the 12WX, but my frustration with the alignment led to me try using the display as a traditional tablet to draw on my primary monitor. I was much happier working this way as I wasn’t visually expecting the pen and the display to be aligned, I just watched the cursor position. So personally, I think I’d get an Intuos 3 – but I can certainly understand the appeal of the Cintiq 12WX, and if you are getting a tablet then I would certainly recommend trying the Cintiq 12WX to see what you think.

       

      Review by: Iain

      By September 8, 2008 Read More →

      Sony announces 2 new headphone ranges

      Sony has today announced two new headphone ranges; the BT and the EX ranges.

      EX range: The fun, affordable EX range of in-ear headphones includes the MDR-EX33LP, which will be available in five colours and come with hybrid silicone earbuds. Additionally – in the UK and Germany only – Sony have also today announced the MDR-EX500LP/ MDR-EX300SL headphones. The premium closed-type in-ear headphones deliver studio quality audio through a vertical in-ear design with new hybrid silicone earbuds for secure fit and long-term wear comfort.

      BT range: The DR-BT160AS Bluetooth Stereo wireless headphones stream crisp audio from any Bluetooth compatible device, perfect for active lifestyles.

      More details in the press release below:

      Would you like to experience the ultimate in studio-quality audio wherever you are? Need a sports-oriented Bluetooth™ Stereo headset without any wires to keep pace with your active lifestyle? Or maybe you’re ready for a great-sounding headphone with cool, fun looks to match your lifestyle.

      Whatever sounds right, you’ll find it with latest additions to the Sony range of beautifully styled, comfortable in-ear headphones.

      MDR-EX500LP / MDR-EX300SL in-ear headphones

      • Premium closed-type in-ear headphones deliver studio quality audio
      • Vertical in-ear design with new hybrid silicone earbuds for secure fit and long-term wear comfort
      • Innovative multiple layer diaphragm prevents resonanace and distortion
      • Newly-developed 13.5mm EX driver unit for truer sound with wide dynamic range and deep bass
      • Individually hand-tuned for ultimate sound quality (EX500LP)

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      Sony MDR-EX500 headphone construction

      Two new in-ear headphones make studio-quality sound accessible to anyone who’s ready for a dramatic step-up from their MP3 player’s supplied phones.

      The top-flight MDR-EX500LP delivers the ultimate in precision monitor quality audio. The latest addition to Sony’s popular EX Monitor Series of in-ear headphones features a newly-developed 13.5mm driver unit that’s oriented vertically in the ear for comfortable extended wear. This innovative Sony design provides an extended low frequency response with excellent sensitivity, smooth, powerful bass and a wider dynamic range.

      The MDR-EX500LP’s large driver is complemented by an extremely stiff multi-layer diaphragm. As well as improving high frequency response, this reduces unwanted resonance for ultra-pure, uncoloured sound.

      A new-shape silicone earbud offers an extra-comfortable fit, even for extended listening periods. The novel hybrid design features a soft, flexible outer structure that fits snugly in the ear. It surrounds a rigid inner core made of harder silicone that resists deformation to ensure that sound quality remains unimpaired.

      Reflecting Sony engineers’ dedication to perfect sound, every MDR-EX500LP unit is individually hand-tuned in the factory to achieve the ultimate sonic performance.

      Also in the EX Monitor Range, the MDR-EX300SL features a large 13.5mm EX driver unit, offering very high quality sound at an even more attractive price. Already available, the range-topping MDR-EX700LP introduced the original vertical driver design. It’s combined with Sony’s innovative multi-layer diaphragm inside a 16mm driver unit – the largest of any in-ear headphone design – to reproduce the clearest, most pristine audio.

      MDR-EX33LP and MDR-EX35LP in-ear headphones

      • Fun, affordable in-ear headphone with great Sony sound quality
      • EX33LP available in five high-fashion colours; EX35LP three colours
      • Hybrid silicone earbuds for secure fit and long-term wear comfort
      • EX33LP includes extra-small earbuds for smaller ear sizes
      • 9mm EX driver unit for wide dynamic range and deep bass
      • Convenient cord adjuster and cord slider to prevent tangling

      MDR-EX35 black

      Sony MDR-EX35LP headphones

       

      Now every music lover can express themselves with a fresh, colourful choice of headphones to match their personal style. Featuring new-look pearlescent and metallic colours, the funky MDR-EX33LP is available in five stylish colour variations (pearlescent white, metallic blue, pink, silver, gold).

      The affordable MDR-EX33LP delivers crisp, clear, low distortion sound with a wide dynamic range thanks to its high-quality 9mm diameter EX driver. Like other models in the new EX headphone range, a specially developed new hybrid silicone earbud assures extra-comfort wear.

      The choice of three supplied earbuds includes a Super Small sized bud that’s a comfortable, more secure fit for girls and younger music fans. The cord slider prevents cord tangling, and a handy cord adjuster is also supplied to control the length of the cable.

      Sharing the same 9mm EX driver and hybrid silicone earbuds, the MDR-EX35LP features sleek, contemporary looks and is available in a choice of black, white or red colour-ways.

      DR-BT160AS / DR-BT160IK / DR-BT14Q Active Bluetooth Wireless headphones

      • Wireless Bluetooth Stereo headset for sports and active lifestyles
      • Convenient fingertip control of MP3 player functions
      • Take wireless calls from Bluetooth phone with inbuilt microphone
      • Dual support design with soft elastomer hanger for comfortable, secure fit
      • Available as a kit with Bluetooth dongle for iPod

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      Sony DR-BT160AS headphones

       

      Now you can enjoy superb sound from your Bluetooth phone, Bluetooth WALKMAN®, or other Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player without a tangle of cables while you’re rushing around, jogging or working out.

      The DR-BT160AS Bluetooth Stereo wireless headphones stream crisp, wide bandwidth stereo audio directly from any compatible Bluetooth music source. The light, easy to wear headset also features an in-built microphone so you can take hands-free calls from your Bluetooth mobile phone without breaking a sweat… whether you’re pounding the pavement or the treadmill.

      The splashproof, street-smart design features a soft elastomer hanger for a comfortable, secure fit on your ears. The sliding earpiece shaft can be easily adjusted to fit a wide range of ear sizes.

      No-one needs the distraction of fiddling with their MP3 player’s controls when they’re exercising. The DR-BT160AS makes it easy to skip tracks and to adjust volume and other music player functions using convenient controls on the side of the headset.

      The DR-BT160iK kit teams DR-BT160AS headphones with the TMR?BT8iP Bluetooth dongle, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod®.

      Also available, the DR-BT140Q ear-clip headphone offers great audio quality from your Bluetooth music player, with a comfortable clip-on fit and fingertip control of player functions.

       

      Posted by: Matt

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      By September 7, 2008 Read More →

      Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

      The more observant of you will have already noticed and know of this cool device, but with the recent press highlights of it we thought we ought to see just what all the fuss is about!

      Well it seems it is a revolutionary bit of kit.

      In short the Sony Reader eBook PRS-505 is an electronic book with a very clever screen that is not backlight, and is really thin so it feels a bit like a book and you need light to read from it.  Its internal memory will allow up to 160 ebooks to be stored whilst memory card slots allow for even more expansion.  With an impressive battery life, the Reader will allow for 6,800 page turns.

      Our friends at Clove Technology expect to have the Sony Reader eBook PRS-505  in stock this coming week.

       

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      Overview of Sony Reader eBook PRS-505:

      Experience the joy of reading your favorite books-all stored digitally in one compact mobile device. The slimmer, redesigned Reader eBook lets you carry a stack of books in one hand.

      The Sony Reader eBook holds about 160 eBooks or hundreds more with optional removable memory cards.

      Smaller than a typical paperback, 8mm thick and very light: it’s a stylish unit that fits in your coat pocket. Its portable size makes it the perfect travel companion; allowing you to read a variety of books whenever and wherever you want. Its long battery life lasts up to 6,800 continuous page turns, and the amazing paper-like screen technology is easy on the eyes.

      A perfect companion, with a compact and lightweight design, you can take it almost anywhere and read your books whenever and wherever you want.

      More compact than many paperbacks, it weighs about 9 ounces (without cover), is 1/3" thin. You can easily hold it in one hand.

      The Reader eBook provides a new way to experience reading. It boasts an impressive 6-inch display, utilising a breakthrough E Ink technology that’s almost paper-like, making it easy to read, even in bright sunshine. In addition, the screen allows for high contrast and high resolution, with a near 180º viewing angle. The text can also be magnified for sight-impaired readers.

      The Sony Reader eBook isn’t just about reading eBooks. Using the included eBook Library 2.0 PC Software, you can easily transfer Adobe PDF documents, Microsoft Word documents, BBeB Book, and other text file formats to the Reader, allowing you the flexibility to access and view multiple files at any time.

       

      Features of Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

        • Easy to use menu and simple, intuitive controls

        • Add bookmarks, read page-by-page or "fast forward" through the book

        • Automatically find the page you were last reading.

        • Call up your stored books quickly: by author, title or date

        • MemoryStick  DUO and SD Card slots allow you to optionally increase capacity up to approximately 13000 titles!

        • Very low power consumption

        • Can be fully charged in only 4 hours from a laptop or PC via supplied USB cable.

        • Uses the EPUB standard – the most widely used eBook type.

        • Use with headphones to listen to music while you read (MP3 or AAC files).

        • All necessary software (eBook Library) plus quick start instructions supplied. Full user guide is included on PDF.

        • Complete with soft tan case

         

        What’s in the box of Sony Reader eBook PRS-505?

          • Sony Reader eBook PRS-505

          • Soft cover Tan, man made

          • USB Cable 

          • Quick Start guide

          • eBook Library software

          • User Guides (PDF)

           

          Sony Reader eBook PRS-505 specification:

          Display Screen

          Technology – E Ink® "Electronic Paper"

          Screen size (inch) – 6

          Resolution – 170 pixels per inch

          Grey scale – 8-level grey scale

           

          Storage Capacity

          Built in flash memory (MB) – 192 (Approx. 160 eBooks)

          MemoryStick™ MS DUO slot – YES (Approx. 13000 from 16GB Stick)

          SD Card Slot – YES

           

          Power

          Battery Type – Rechargeable lithium-ion

          Battery Life (reading EPUB eBooks) – Approx 6800 page turns

          Recharging Time – Four hours with USB, Two hours with optional AC charger

           

          Compatible Formats

          Unsecured / free eBooks & text files – EPUB eBook, BBeB Book, Adobe® PDF, Microsoft® Word, TXT, RTF

          DRM (Secure / purchased) eBooks and text files – EPUB eBooks (Adept) BBeB eBooks (Marlin)

          Unsecured Audio files – mp3, AAC (not most DRM audio)

          Image & Photo files – JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP

           

          General data

          Width (mm) – 122

          Height (mm) – 175.3

          Depth (mm) – 7.6

          Weight (g) – 260

          Audio Output – 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack (for headphones, etc)

           

          Posted by: Matt

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          By August 30, 2007 Read More →

          More Parrot launches: speaker and digital photo frame

          More news from Parrot, who today launched the Parrot DS1120. The Parrot DS1120 is an amazing all-new high-fidelity set of two wireless stereo Hi-Fi speakers that work seamlessly with your mobile phone or MP3-player, delivering unrivalled sound quality in the house.

          Parrot DS1120

          Parrot DS1120

          Packed in a pure and compact design, it plays your favourite tracks from any Bluetooth® Stereo (A2DP) music source with great Hi-Fi quality.

          “The Parrot DS1120 has been designed to deliver optimal audio performance, and provides a very easy connection to a wide range of audio sources,” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “Its wireless design provides more flexibility than any traditional stereo, which makes it ideal for the home environment.”

          The Parrot DS1120 has a Class-D digital amplifier in each speaker with a total power output of 30W RMS, delivering a crystal-clear sound with the necessary punch. The bass system is cleverly hidden in the speaker stands and the three-button user interface located at the top speaker face is touch-sensitive.

          If the audio source device does not have Bluetooth technology nor support the A2DP profile, you can still play your music wirelessly by using a Bluetooth 2.0. USB Parrot dongle included with the Parrot DS1120 or in the traditional way by simply connecting your music source via an RCA auxiliary line which is also included.

          The Parrot DS1120 will be available worldwide in stores and on www.parrotshopping.com from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £139.99.

          Further to this, and the earlier news, Parrot have also unveiled its new multi-connectivity digital photo frame, the DF7220.

          Parrot DF7220

          Parrot DF7220

          The Parrot DF7220 lets you recall and share more than 300 pictures with an unrivalled ease of use in a cool and fresh design. This brand new photo frame with built-in memory has a bright 7-inch diagonal display.

          The Parrot DF7220 provides multiple digital solutions such as Bluetooth® wireless technology, a memory card slot and USB connectivity. With the Parrot DF7220 you can share the pictures of your loved ones anytime anywhere, from your mobile phone, your computer or your digital camera. Like all other Parrot products, the Parrot DF7220 photo frame is also equipped with advanced wireless networking functions, making it easy to transfer digital photos.

          “Each picture tells a different story. We want to enjoy our pictures anytime and very easily” says Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “The multi-connectivity of the Parrot DF7220 is a great complement to our range of wireless Photoviewers including the Parrot PHOTO VIEWER 7” and 3.5”. It offers fun and simplicity in a fresh design at a very affordable price”.

          It smart design allows you to enjoy your favourite photos, in the order you want, with customizable slide shows and an ultra-simple three button user interface. Its built-in sensors keep the image upright whether the frame is positioned vertically or horizontally.

          The Parrot DF7220 also allows for brightness adjustment and shuts off automatically when it’s dark. To fit with your interior and your style, the frame of the Parrot DF7220 is interchangeable.

          To upload pictures, simply select the Parrot DF7220 in the list of Bluetooth devices on your phone, digital camera or computer. Then select the picture you want to display and send it to the frame via Bluetooth. The picture is instantly converted to the size of the screen.

          The Parrot DF7220 will be available worldwide in stores and on www.parrotshopping.com from October 2007 onwards and will be available for the MSRP of £99.99.

          For more information, please visit our website www.parrot.com

          Posted by: Mark

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