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'Pretty in Pink'

Still Stuck for a Mother's Day Gift? Go Pink.

By Allan Weitz

In a quest to find a selection of fun Mother's Day gifts, I went to the homepage of our newly enhanced B&H website and ran a search on the word 'pink', which is hereby declared the official color of Mother's Day. The results were mind-boggling. In a blink I found myself browsing over 90 pages of 'pink things'. After filtering out the 80-billion filters we sell with the word 'pink' in the description, I was left with a wonderful and often humorously eclectic selection of pink things guaranteed to make Mom stand out (even more-so!) when she enters a room.

Who'd-a-thunk B&H carries over twenty pink digicams & digicam kits, a couple of pink tripods, a pink laptop, pink hard-drives, a bunch of pink MP3 players, and a laughably large selection of pink cases, pouches, and bags. Pink ear-buds and pink speakers? Got them. How far can your pink imagination go? How about a pink Leatherman tool? No joke. Depending on your Mom's particular needs (or quirks), we offer a choice of four.

This being B&H Photo, we start the pink parade in the camera department, where we have a bevy of sleek pink digicams. The Olympus Stylus 760 ($199.95) sports a 7.1 Mp sensor, a 3x optical zoom (37-111mm equivalent), Dual Image Stabilization (a sensor-shaking / ISO-boosting hybrid), video capture at 15 fps with sound, 23 scene modes (whew!), played-back on a bright 2.5' LCD.

Sony's pink offering is the Sony Cybershot DSC-W80, ($219.95) which features a 7.2 Mp sensor, a 3x Zeiss Vario-Tessar zoom lens (35-105 equivalent), Double Anti-Blur Image Stabilization (an optical IS / ISO-boosting hybrid), numerous on-board image-enhancement tools, a bright 2.5' LCD, and a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that boasts way over 300 exposures per charge.

Casio's offering, the Exilim EX-Z1050 ($269.99) contains a 10.1 Mp sensor, a 3x (38 - 114mm equivalent) aspheric-surfaced zoom, digital image stabilization, 38 exposure modes (double-whew!), high-speed capture modes (up to 7 images-per-second in low-resolution mode and 3 images-per-second high-speed flash), a 2.6" LCD, advanced in-camera image editing, and a 'Super Life Battery' that makes claim to over 350 exposures-per-charge.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX10 ($174.95) packs a 6 Mp sensor, a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens (35- 105 equivalent), advanced image stabilization (optical / ISO-boosting hybrid), high-quality video capture at up to 30 fps, a 2.5" LCD, claims of up to 370 exposures per charge, and 27Mb of built-in memory.

And if you currently own a 'ho-hum' chrome Panasonic DMC-FX01 or DMC-FX07, you can join the pink parade by slipping your digicam into a pink GGI Silicon Skin ($14.95).

If you want to check out our entire stock of pink digicams and digicam kits, type 'pink camera' into the search box and hang onto your hats.

While we couldn't turn up any pink batteries or memory cards, we did a choice of pink table tripods. From Hakuba we have two pink beauties. The Multipod Tabletop Tripod with Clamp Head ($9.95) will support your pink digicam a whopping 10" off tabletops, fence posts, car roofs, etc., while the Clear Flexible Mini Tabletop Tripod ($9.95) can be twisted and shaped to support your digicam at a less daring height of 5"3.

For editing all of Mom's photos, as well as running spreadsheets and firing off directives to her office underlings, may we suggest Sony VAIO C Series VGN-C291NW/P ($1649.95) in 'Blush Pink'. This estrogen-enriched laptop contains a 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 CPU, 2-gigs of RAM, a 160GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, Intel GMA 950 Graphics, a 13.3" widescreen display, 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, Sprint Mobile Broadband, and the Windows Vista Business.

For backing up and/or transporting important data may we suggest LaCie Skwarim USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drives (30-Gig for $79.95 or 60-Gig for $139.95). Both of these hot-pink hotties spin at 4200 RPM, contain a 2Mb buffer, and transfer data at rates of up to 20Mb/second. Designed by famed industrial designer Karim Rashid, these pocketable (3"x3") drives are sheathed in a pop art inspired, soft-touch plastic skin.

If Mom likes to whistle while she transfers files, the Sony 1-Gig NW-E003 Flash Drive with built-in FM Tuner ($64.95) can store up to 1-gig of data, contains an FM tuner, and can play MP3, ATRAC3, WMA, and AAC music formats. A 3-minute charge buys you up to 3 hours of play time, while a complete charge will keep Mom whistling and transferring files for up to 28 hours.

If Mom spends her workday pounding the keys of a Mac, she might get a giggle out of a pink KB Keyboard Cover for her MacBook ($24.95), MacBook Pro ($24.95), or Apple Pro ($29.95) keyboard.

Is Mom into music? From Apple we have the iPod nano 4GB Portable Digital Music MP3 Player, Generation 2 ($187.95), which can store up to a thousand songs and/or photos and last up to 24 hours on a full charge, while the smaller, less expensive Apple Shuffle 1-Gig Portable Digital Music MP3 Player, Generation 2 ($79.00) can store up to 80 CDs-worth of music in a slim package. And needless to say, both are of these iPods are pink.

Has Mom been hankering for satellite radio on the go? Pioneer's Inno GEX-INNO1 XM2go portable XM Satellite Radio Reciever/MP3 Player ($149.95 after rebate) can play Mom's MP3s as well as receive up to 170 XM satellite radio channels at home, the office, or in the car. The Inno GEX-INNO1 XM2go contains 1-gig of storage space.

Already own an iPod or MP3 player but want to go pink after the fact? B&H carries a selection of skins, cases and covers - in pink - to help you make the transition, including the speck ToughSkin Case ($15.95).

To round-out the look of all Mom's new pink music player don't forget a pair of pink Sony MDR-EX51LPP In-Ear Portable Stereo Headphones ($24.95).

If a pink desktop audio system is more to your (or Mom's) liking, check out the Tivoli Audio's Songbook Ultimate Travel Radio ($159.95), which features FM reception, an alarm clock, auto and manual tuning, auxiliary input and output, all in a tough-yet-attractive, weather-resistant case. As for power, the Tivoli Audio Songbook Ultimate Travel Radio works off AC, 12V, or AA batteries.

To shuttle all of the above around from point 'A' to point 'B', B&H offers a huge selection of pink bags, cases, and pouches. Included among these pink beauties are the RoadWired Skooba Skin 1415 for 14-15" laptops ($29.95), the Mobil Edge MEMCXS Komen Milano Tote Case ($87.95), also for 14-15", laptops, the Mobile Edge Faux-Croc Portfolio ($42.95), which is made from genuine pink crocodile and designed for most 15-17" MacBook Pro Laptops, Crumpler's Thirsty Al Device Pouch Extra Large ($16.00), and lastly (drum roll please!) the lifepod Rock Steady Gym Bag with Speakers ($99.95).

And if none of the above do the trick, you still have the Leatherman Squirt P4 Plier Tool with Gift Tin ($35.50). And trust us. Mom will thank you for this last one.

Please note: All prices are subject to change based on current market prices. The prices contained in this newsletter reflect current prices at the time of publication.

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