TECH GIFT GUIDE
Gifts from $100 to $200
Sony MZ-N510CK — Net MD Walkman
Sony’s Net MD Walkman recorder, with an MSRP of $229.99, allows you to take your downloaded music anywhere you like. The MiniDisc player even includes a car kit with a rotary remote control for safe and easy operation. “The Net MD Walkman Digital Music Player takes portable audio enjoyment far beyond listening to your favourite tunes to include compiling, editing, filing and storage of them,” says Ako Ide, product manager, Portable Audio, Consumer Audio Visual/Information Technology Group, Sony of Canada Ltd.
Pioneer’s DV-363-S PureCinema Progressive Scanning slim line DVD player is available in black or silver for $179 retail. This product “is a great addition to any home theatre,” says Roger Archambault, senior product specialist, home electronics, Pioneer Electronics of Canada Inc. “With its easy set-up navigator and intuitive remote, you’ll be watching DVD movies in no time.” The unit can also play back MP3 and WMA files on CDs and CD-R/RWs, as well as DVD-R/RWs, V-CDs and SVCDs.
HP Photosmart 145
The Photosmart 145 is one of Hewlett-Packard’s newest compact 4×6″ photo printers and is capable of producing a photo in as little as a minute-and-a-half. Priced at $199.99 retail, the Photosmart 145 gives users the option of printing photos at home or while on the go, either with or without a computer. “Take the HP Photosmart portable printer to events, parties and family gatherings and you have a fast, easy way to print professional-looking 4×6″ photos directly from your digital camera’s memory card — no PC required,” says HP category business manager, Lori Abbott.
Samsung’s YP-35H is part of the Yepp line of audio players. At an MSRP of $199.99, it’s small but powerful with 128MB of built-in flash memory, multi-format support (MP3, WMA) and upgradeable firmware. You can also record your own memos with its built-in voice encoder. “This tiny workhorse has a lot of great features at a good price — and the sound quality is just awesome,” enthuses Louis Kim, corporate marketing manager, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. The player features a backlit LCD display with ID3 Tag Display, which shows the title and file name.
Epson Perfection 1670
The Epson Perfection 1670 Photo Scanner, priced at $149, allows you to digitize and restore your old faded photos at the touch of a button. The unit will scan photos, slides and negatives and restore photos with advanced software that’s simple to use. “Many of us don’t realize that the old photographs that have been passed down to us and accumulated through the years may be fading with each passing year,” says Don Cameron, marketing & communications manager, Epson Canada Ltd. “By using this new Epson scanner with Epson Easy Photo Fix technology, customers can restore and preserve their treasured photographs with a simple click of a button.”
Pentax’s Espio140V is a compact, sleek, point-and-click camera featuring a 38-140mm zoom lens, auto focus and auto exposure — all for $199.99. “The stylish Espio140V is easy to use and is packed with lots of features — you’ll want to take it with you everywhere,” says Christine Otani, marketing coordinator, Pentax Canada Inc.