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Netbooks are great when you need a mobile computer that’s as lightweight as possible. But they leave much to be desired when it comes to computing horsepower. Netbooks simply don’t have enough oomph to run processor-intensive applications such as video encoding, CAD/CAM, gaming or music-production software.

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3 years ago
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Gaming, on the PC platform, used to be reserved for desktop systems. Notebook computers simply weren’t powerful enough. But today, notebook computers are more powerful than they need to be even for high-end gaming. A good example is the ASUS G74SX, available in two trim levels, the G74SX-A1 and G74SX-A2.

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3 years ago
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Panasonic has introduced a slew of new pocket-size camcorders. The format seems to have taken hold and is getting to be more popular, not less. One has to wonder why the Flip was discontinued, but at least vendors such as Panasonic can continue to fill this niche market with these small, fun camcorders.

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3 years ago
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Today Apple released a new bag of goodies. They’ve got a fire-breathing new 27-inch display that boasts a rocking FireWire 800 port and new Thunderbolt capabilities. There are new razor-thin MacBook Air laptops with faster i5 and i7 processors, backlit keyboards and the sizzling Thunderbolt port.

 
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3 years ago
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With the arrival Epson’s Stylus Photo R3000, Epson has narrowed the gap between their prosumer photo-quality desktop inkjet printers and their larger-format, Professional Imaging inkjet printers. In terms of physical size and technology, the Stylus Photo R3000 (aka the SP R3000) is both larger and technologically more advanced than the Epson Stylus Photo R2880, which it supplants as the top gun of Epson’s prosumer desktop line-up.*

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3 years ago
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HP’s glossy TouchPad tablet has a lot to recommend it. Notably, the innovative webOS operating system manages multiple tasks simultaneously. It treats all your open applications as cards that you drag across the screen.

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3 years ago
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If you’re a musician or a producer who uses (or is considering using) an Apple iPad in your creative process, one of the most interesting accessories out there for recording and performing music is the Alesis iO Dock.

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3 years ago
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Today’s digital audio workstation software arms you with unthinkably powerful editing and routing capabilities, but what really makes your mixes shine are third party plug-ins that run within the host application. When it comes time to decide which plug-ins suit you best, it’s important to ask yourself two questions:

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3 years ago
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Swarovski Optik has just announced two new CL Companion binoculars, a 10x model and an 8x model. Designed for crisp imagery in a lightweight and highly portable package, the CL Companion binoculars easily find the mark.

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3 years ago
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Zoom has announced the latest addition to its highly regarded line of portable digital recorders, the new H2n. It's a big deal because this model is an update to the Zoom H2, which has been one of the most popular portable recorders ever.

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3 years ago
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When you’ve been building ever-improving variations of the same basic camera for more than 50 years, some new models are not as earth shattering as others.

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3 years ago
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Some professional camcorders can cost an arm and a leg. Sony’s PMW-F3 falls into that category. Fortunately, manufacturers realize that not everyone can afford to part with an arm and a leg, so they find ways to offer products with similar feature sets to the pro cameras, but which can be had for just an arm.

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3 years ago
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Don’t you just love it when the forecast calls for sunshine and blue skies with a 42% chance that it will be rainy and miserable? When the day’s weather promises to be schizophrenic at best, photographers have some serious decisions to make.

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3 years ago
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Since the release of the original Olympus Pen cameras about two years back, there’s been a growing interest in Four Third and Micro Four Third format mirrorless cameras, based on the promise of DSLR image quality in a smaller, lighter package.

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3 years ago
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Spring is in full swing and summer will come and go before you know it, so be sure to enjoy the nice weather while you can. The warmer weather lures people outdoors, and the longer daylight hours keep them outside longer.

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3 years ago

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