Ultra Portable Tablet
ENOVO Ideapad Tablet K1
pure joy to carry and to use. I found it user friendly the
minute I took it out of the box. It has a Google Android 3.1
operating system, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity,
Micro SD card reader and back mounted webcam. The touch
screen experience is very nice on the 10.1-inch display
screen. Ten hours of battery life is very good.
Want additional apps? Access
Lenovo App Shop and Android Market to search thousands of
choices. And you can manage your social networking, such as Facebook and Twitter, on a single interface. For your
photos, music and videos thereís an online storage space
where you can sync them.
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There are 30 preloaded apps,
including Netflix and Documents to Go. Ideapad Tablet K1
starts at $349 at
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Epson Small-In-One A Big Winner
HEY call it a space-saving
printer. And it is. Epson Stylus NX430 Small-in-One
is nestled right next to my desktop looking sleek, small and
cool. I scan, print and copy.
The wireless unit comes with a 2.5
inch color LCD with touch panel and built-in memory card
slots. Set-up was simple; I was up and running in no time.
Whatís nice is that, with Epson
Connect cloud services, youíre able to do remote printing.
You can print with your notebook, smartphone or tablet
wirelessly to your Epson at home or office from anywhere in
When you insert your memory card,
you can see the photos on the LCD screen. You can print
multiple photos on one sheet of paper by selecting Photo
Layout Sheet. The printed web pages and documents come out
nicely and the pictures will make you proud. As soon as the
pictures come out, youíll notice that the ink is completely
dry. It does more. It will restore faded photos to their
And with four ink cartridges, you
replace only the one thatís dry: yellow, magenta, cyan or
black. Printer available at
www.epsonstore.com for $99.99
(recently reduced to $69.99).
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You Canít Beat Iomega eGo
LEADER in external hard
drives, Iomega has moved its portable hard drive line to USB
3.0. That means, with the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive,
you can transfer files up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
This superspeed hard drive is priced at $150 for 1TB and
$110 for 500GB at retailers or
With a drive capacity of 1T you
can store 125,000 songs, 200,000 photos or 193 hours of
video. The 500GB drive allows for storing 250,000 songs,
400,000 photos, or 385 hours of video. Tha eliminates a lot
of shoe boxes.
Donít worry if your PC doesnít
have the new USB 3.0, as the new USB 3.0 eGo Portable Hard
Drives are backward compatible, which means you can use them
with personal computers and other devices that only have USB
2.0 ports. If you want the power of 3.0, Iomega offers
adaptor cards (sold separately for $40) to insert into USB
2.0 laptops and desktops so you can get transfer speeds up
to 5 gigabits per second.
No external power supply is
required. The 2.5-inch portable hard drive gets power
through your computer. It comes in three colors: ruby red,
black, midnight blue. Itís a cool, sleek item. But rugged.
If you drop it, itís okay (up to 51 inches).
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Donít Leave Home Without These
AGELLANíS, worldís foremost
source for travel gear, offers so many items to sustain you
in your journey that you must call for a catalog:
1-800-962-4943. Or visit
www.magellans.com. Meantime here
are several examples of Magellanís-designed things tom make
your travels more enjoyable.
EVEREST BUTTON MOCK SWEATER A
handsome ribbed knit sweater from Royal Robbins in ringspun
cotton consists of stronger, longer fibers. Looks absolutely
stylish with its button mock neck collar and taped
herringbone weave trim on the inside collar. Available in
Tundra, Slate Blue or Black at $60.
MENíS VOYAGER JACKET This
multi-pocket convertible jacket/vest is an original
Magellanís design. There are separate womenís and menís
designs for better shaping and style. With its 12 pockets
you will have easy access to your iPad, phone, guidebook,
maps, camera, water bottle, umbrella and other necessities
of the road. Sun beating down on you? Just unzip the
sleeves, store them in a pocket and you have a nice cool
vest. Itís machine washable. $119.50.
TRAVELSOX You definitely need for
the long haul. These graduated compression socks were
designed by medics in Italy to alleviate tiredness and
swelling during lengthy flights. You may want to wear these
on a daily basis for comfort and energy. With enhanced
elasticity, itís easy to pull on and slip off. Comes in
Black, Khaki or Navy Argyle, or Diamond pattern, for men and
women, at $29.85.
ON TOUR UNDER-SEAT ROLLING TOTE A
Magellanís design, this ultra-lightweight wheeled tote bag
has an easy access 3-in-1 compartment, two interior pockets
and a hidden zippered pocket inside. Thereís a water bottle
pocket on the outside. Available in Black or Titanium at
SAFE PASSAGE SMALL TOTE This
Magellanís item is perfect to secure your iPad and other
essentials for comfortable carrying. The zippered main
compartment has a padded section for your iPad plus a slip
pocket for your phone or MP3 player and a zippered
compartment to hold your passport or boarding pass. Carry
your guidebook or magazine in the back pocket with snap
closure. A piggyback strap secures your back over your
wheeled luggage. Comes in Black or Chocolate at $79.50.
lightweight, these black leather boots from Teva have side
zippers and shock absorbing mid-soles. They come with
one-inch heels and a decorative button accent. Black leather
is $140; Gunsmoke Nubuck is $120.
NOTRE DAME JACKET Another
Magellanís exclusive, this all-purpose travel coat has a
quilted embroidery pattern thatís pleasing and stylish. Plus
roll-back button cuffs. Wear it as a blazer or coat. Works
nicely either way. Five pockets and two zippered security
pockets give you plenty of room for what you need to take.
Available in Grape or Black at $145.
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ASIO this year introduced
four new timepieces in its Edifice Solar Series. The
EFA134SB-1A1 comes in a nice stainless steel case and band.
Leave the watch with its solar battery in sunlight for a
day, and itís good to go for five months on this full charge
(thereís a low battery indicator). Features include full
auto calendar, world time (29 cities), 4 daily alarms and 1
snooze alarm, stopwatch and hourly time signal. It looks
pretty good in every social circumstance. MSRP $150. See
OTTERBOX cases are essential
if you want to keep your smart phone dust-free, scratch-free
and neat looking. The company has a variety of cases for
different brands of phones. Pictured is the Commuter Series
for a BlackBerry Torch 9810 and 9800 smart phones. The
texture of the outer case is so smooth you can slide it out
of your pocket effortlessly. $34.95 at
DEFENDER SERIES for your iPad
2 from Otterbox is a high impact case engineered for rugged
use when youíre on the road. Its foldout stand gives you two
positions: one to view the screen, and the other to type
comfortably. Be sure to screen the video at
www.Otter.com to see how to wrap
your iPad in this polycarbonate case for rugged use. Priced
IRIX lights your path.
Wherever you turn, you have this headlamp to show you the
way. Itís a lightweight hands-free flashlight you wear on
your head, with a comfortable adjustable headband to keep it
secure. Powered by one AA alkaline battery (included, by the
way), with a runtime of 72 hours. Use the ergonomic dial to
change the LED focused beam from low to high and in between,
from 6.8 feet to 98 feet. $39.99.
AURORA is a leading
manufacturer of plush animals. Theyíre made of cuddly fabric
and are so soft they practically melt in your hands. Maddy,
the cute little pink and white puppy pictured here, is a
childís perfect gift for snuggling during naps. Auroraís
online shop is sold out of the 25-inch size ($35) but you
can get it at
Amazon.com. Sizes 12-inch and 28-inch are available at
SPECK has your iPad 2 covered.
The companyís SmartShell is an ultra-thin hard case
that covers your back, and coordinates with Appleís Smart
Cover on the front. Its soft-touch finish gives you a secure
grip. $34.95. The PixelSkin HD Wrap comes with a
protective cover that folds back into a viewing stand and
typing stand with
multiple angles. This case has
a pixilated, high-contrast glossy-matte finish. Price
$49.95. Both at