HP/Targus Evolution HP700 Rolling Computer Bag
Reviewed by Alan Pearlman
More and more companies are coming out with better and better travel bags, but I think if I had to pick just one for myself, it would have to be the HP/Targus Evolution HP700 Roller. This stylish case is made of a high quality nylon/twill material, cleverly organized, and ideal for the traveling executive. The bag includes pen loops, a business card holder, a removable CD/DVD sleeve, three removable accessory pouches, a key fob, PDA or external drive pockets, and general use mesh pockets providing a place for even more mobile accessories. A padded ultralite portable sleeve in the notebook section, a separate file section, and a water bottle holder provide even more convenience.
The features that make this case perfect for the traveler are the hidden locking trolley handle, the “in-line-skate” wheels, and a retractable Airline Ticket/Passport Holder, which makes them accessible at all times without having to open your case.Targus makes the bag for HP, and it comes branded with an HP badge logo on the front of the case and an HP embossed logo on the luggage tag. This bag also features a patent-pending hidden mesh water bottle holder, and the workstation includes a removable accessory pocket, ideal for power cables and cords. The case will accommodate notebooks with up to 15.4" screens and boasts the SafePORT® Air Cushion System to protect your notebook.
HP mp3320 DLP Projector
Reviewed by Jeffrey Allen
Hewlett Packard has spent considerable effort designing products to make life easier for mobile professionals. The mp3320 DLP projector is one of the better buys in the projector market. The projector has a footprint smaller than a standard-sized sheet of paper, weighs only 3.8 pounds, generates 2400 ANSI lumens, easily connects to DVD players, PDAs, DVD players, and laptop computers. It has built-in VGA, composite, component, S-video, and HDTV connections. To make it even more appealing, the projector sells for approximately $1400. HP claims a lamp life of 4,000 hours using the economy mode and 2,000 hours using the economy mode. The projector boasts a 2000:1 contrast ratio and has native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution.
The mp3320 comes with a very serviceable protective case, which works fine when you carry the projector separately. It is small enough, however, that I can take it out of its case and put it in one of my larger computer bags, along with a laptop computer and other gear and files for travel.
The mp3320 sets up quickly and easily. It worked quite well (as in plug and play) with laptops running on the Mac OS and on Windows. It requires just a few minutes to warm up, and I could walk into a room, set it up, plug it in, turn it on, and have it ready for presentations within 5 minutes. The mp3320 runs quietly enough that it will not interfere with your presentations or the enjoyment of a video should you choose to project one. While it is on, the mp3320 does tend to run somewhat hot—not enough to burn you, but warm enough that you wouldn’t want to touch it or sit next to it on a hot day.
The projector generates a clear, sharp image with fairly good color rendition. The projector uses DLP (digital light processing) technology and a five-segment wheel that renders colors more vividly. It will project an image ranging from 24.4" to 292.5", measured diagonally.
At 2400 lumen, the mp3320 is a bit less powerful than the 3000 lumen normally recommended for use in a brightly lit courtroom. HP, however, has traditionally built projectors that seem brighter than many other projectors sharing the same lumen rating. I tried the mp3320 in several environments, including a large hotel ballroom and an even larger convention center setting. It worked extremely well in each environment, although, not surprisingly, it becomes more difficult to see in a bright naturally lit environment. As a general use projector, including courtroom use in most courtrooms where lighting can be controlled, the projector should function quite well. The combination of size, weight, power, and price makes this an excellent choice for a law office. One final note, however, when I checked the HP website to verify some information respecting this review, I discovered that HP lists this projector as discontinued. HP did not show a replacement model number on its website.
I did find several dealers online that were still selling the projector, at prices ranging from a premium to a discount by comparison to the list price.
Casio Exilim Ex-Z1000
Reviewed by Jeffrey Allen
Casio recently released the Ex-Z1000 camera; a little package containing a lot of features and using an amazing 10.1 megapixel resolution. Casio did not stop at the megapixel rating in supersizing this model. It also sports a 2.8" LCD display, making it easy for those of us with middle-aged vision to clearly see the image without our reading glasses. The camera presents a very bright image that you can actually see in daylight.
Interestingly, most consumers do not thing of Casio as a leading brand when they consider digital cameras. This is somewhat surprising, as Casio was a pioneer in the field and has produced a number of excellent digital cameras. Several years ago, Casio introduced its Exilim line. The Exilim cameras have a reputation for having stylish design, excellent functionality, and compact size. The Exilim cameras also have a reputation for user-friendliness.
The Z1000 follows in its predecessors’ footsteps. “Small” (the easily pocketed Z1000 takes up about as much space as a standard deck of playing cards), “svelte,” “easy to use,” and “highly functional” all accurately describe the Z1000. For that matter, so does “reasonably priced,” as this 10.1 megapixel gem lists for $399, a price point where no 10 megapixel camera has ever roamed before. Most significantly, the pictures actually look good. Clear, sharp images with rich color reward your photographic efforts with the Z1000.
In addition to its resolution, the Z1000 sports a 3x optical zoom, allowing image framing without image degradation. A 4x digital zoom allows further magnification, but at the expense of degrading the image. The camera also incorporates an effective antishake technology, a super-long life battery, rapid flash function, fast power-on, rapid play back, and a whiz-bang “best shot mode” that functions up to ISO 3200.
The easily followed menu guides you in setting up the camera originally and in modifying the settings to accommodate your picture-taking needs. One of the more innovative features that Casio has included in its more recent Exilim models allows you to digitize an old and somewhat faded picture, reviving its colors, improving on the quality of the original picture.
The camera also has a 2 and 10 second self-timer, a built-in flash, and uses SD and MMC cards for memory to add on to its internal 8 megabytes of memory. In addition to its ability to take high-quality digital images, the Z1000 also takes VGA-sized video (640 x 480 pixel) at 25 frames per second (motion JPEG).
For a full list of the camera’s features and specifications, go to the Casio website at www.casio.com.
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