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Great Mid-Level Camera

, a robust entry-level DSLR, boasts several important improvements over the previous Pentax K-x. It has a 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution compared to the 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 dots. The K-r has an ISO sensitivity of 100 to 25600 compared to K-x 100 to 12800. Its Lithium-Ion battery, which allows 560 images on a single recharge, is adaptable to four AA batteries, whereas the K-x had AA batteries only. And the K-r shoots 6 frames per second in contrast to 4.7 on the K-x.

Pentax K-rThe printed user’s manual is formidable at 352 pages. Once you master the instructions, you’ll find this compact, lightweight digital SLR camera easy to handle and enjoyable to use. You have fast access to the essential control buttons and levers conveniently placed on the camera’s grip side.

The K-r features a CMOS image sensor with 12.4 megapixels. It has in-camera HDR image capture including a Night Scene HDR mode, and excellent live-view LCD monitor, and HD video. Continuous firing mode allows for 6 fps. It takes an SD/SDHC memory card.

The Pentax K-r is extremely comfortable to handle. A great camera for the mid-level shooter. Street price is $699 with 18-55mm lens.

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Travel Gear You Must Have

AGELLAN’S, the premiere travel gear source on the planet, has numerous cool items that appeal to the female traveler. Here are five that stand out. There is a lot more to choose from at www.magellans.com. For a print catalog call 1-800-962-4943 day or night.

AROUND THE WORLD SKIRT You will find this wrinkle resistant cotton, stretchy spandex skirt utterly comfortable for travel. Regular (S-XXL) and Petite (S-XL) come in black, plum or gray, priced at $52.50. Women’s (1X-3X) come in black or plum at $56.50.


AROUND THE WORLD CARDIGAN This will coordinate with your skirt. It’ a nice shape with on-seam zippered security pockets. Light heathered gray or black in sizes Regular (S-XXL) or Petite (S-XL) at $62.


MELLO SANDAL MELLO SANDAL This orthopedically designed footbed from Softwalk is supports multiple pressure points, enabling you to walk for hours in comfort. Fashionable for both daytime and evening. The leather sandal has 2¼-inch heel and deco cutouts, with elastic gores for a nice fit. Whole or half sizes 6-10, 11. Comes in black or stone, $109.

SONIC TOOTHBRUSHSONIC TOOTHBRUSH This travel toothbrush is a must-have. It even comes with an AAA battery, so you don’t need to pack a charger. Includes a replacement brush head and travel case. Colors are white/turquoise and white/purple, at $20.85. Order two or more at $18.85 each. Replacement heads are $5.85 each.


LUGGAGE HUGGERS Do you have trouble identifying your bag from all the other similar bags on the carousel? This poly/spandex band will help you spot your suitcase quickly. Comes in blue or red in sizes S (21-24 inch bags) for $12.85 or L (24-27 inch bags) for $14.85.

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USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card ReaderSpeedy Memory Card Transfer

SB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader
promises to transfer data from your memory card to computer ten times faster than USB 2.0: almost 10,000 images in less than a minute, 2,000 MP3 files in less than 13 seconds. It’s compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 at slower rates.

This Delkin device is great for backing up or sharing pictures, video, documents and music. An LED blinks during transfer.

It will meet all your needs with slots for CF Type I & II (UDMA), SD (all classes), microSD, Memory Stick, MicroDrive, MMC, xD and more. Yu can use more than one slot simultaneously for card to card transfer. Price $39.99 at www.Delkin.com.

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Mouse Makes Nice Gift

is an elegant mouse that will appeal to the Porsche (or any classic sports car) in your spirit. It lays claim to the world’s smallest 2.4 GHz USB receiver for its wireless functionality. Motormouse boasts real rubber tires, a wide spare tire for the scroll wheel, and a trunk that stores batteries and receiver. Comes in black, silver, red and pink for $49.95.

OTORMOUSEOrder the gift-wrapped edition ($54.99) for your business clients or friends and you get a gift box with additional items, including a soft carrying pouch with a spare battery section inside, a mouse mat, and two AAA batteries. Order from Avant Garde Gifts, of Marco Island, Florida, at www.motormouse.us.com.

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ROCKBOARD ScooterRockboarding For Fitness And Fun

is a scooter that stays on track as you propel it along. The reinforced handlebar is comfortable to grip as you go Rockboarding on the pavement. You can adjust the telescoping downpipe to lock the handlebars at the right height for you.

The nylon-reinforced spokes and urethane wheels provides nice traction and smooth rides. No kicking or batteries necessary. You rock back and forth and the scooter flies, up to 10 mph.

When Junior PET Johnathan gave it a test drive, he was the envy of all the neighborhood. Every kid on the block had to have a go at it. At the end of the day you fold it down to a compact size and put it away. Great for travel as it fits nicely in the car.

It’s quite a lot of fun for ages 8 and on, up to 200 pounds. "We wanted to combine fitness and fun that would appeal to kids as well as parents," said Richard Miller, head honcho of M.Y. Products in Franklin, Indiana. See more at www.rockboard.com. Available at Toys R Us and www.amazon.com for $199.99.

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GO BAGGIEThe Best of Toy Fair

is the best backpack for kids on the go, whether to school or on trips. This wonderful versatile bag eliminates the clutter of life for kids, featuring panels to store things such as arts and crafts materials, and extra pockets to carry all your essential electronics. These multiple compartments hold a spare set of clothing. One is even lined for food storage. Your kid can hang the Go Baggie on the headrest in the car to allow easy access to all its essential contents. It converts into a sturdy mobile play station. The fold-down activity desk/dry erase board will keep the child busy as you concentrate on the road. Great for children ages 5 and up. Backpack comes in different designs and colors, including Jaguar, Tiger, Peacock, Zebra and of course Princess. Available for $39.99 at www.gobaggie.com.


LEMONADE STANDLEMONADE STAND will appeal to all kids who know the value of a penny. This all-wood 32-pound stand sets up in minutes and allows the young entrepreneur to dish out drinks to thirsty neighbors and rake in the pennies for his favorite charity (read: college fund). The water-resistant top is big enough to hold cups and pitchers, with an extra shelf below the counter to stash your cash. The solid wood stand comes in three flavors: natural wood, yellow and white. Use the built in chalk board in the front to create your own graphics to lure the customers. Use the chalk, stickers and Design Idea Book to decorate the stand and lure thirsty customers. Brings out the creativity in your kid. Minimal assembly required, but that should pose no problem—your child will help you. After a busy day you can fold it up and store it the closet, garage or the trunk of your far. Priced at $149.00 for natural wood, white for $139.99, and yellow/orange at $139.99 at www.qtccompany.com.

GOTCHA!GOTCHA! A fast-paced party game, launched at the American International Toy Fair in February in New York, this new offering from Buffalo Games will keep your friends in stitches. It’s geared for 3-8 players, ages 14 and up, the game tries to catch players who fail to follow the rules. For instance, a rule card might direct people wearing jeans to use finger quotes while speaking. If any jeans wearer speaks without finger quotes, the first player to catch that and hits the buzzer scores. With thousands of different possible rule combinations, every game is different. Half a dozen cards are included so you can create your own rules and maximize the hilarity. $27.99 at www.buffalogames.com.


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