Reviews

  • New video glasses for iPod: myvu's very cool

    You'll look a little like an alien wearing it, or like Cyclops, that X-Men character – so you might think twice before donning MicroOptical's myvu Personal Media Viewer ($299) in public. (I actually found myself more tempted to wear the video glasses in a dark room at home than on the train.) But the myvu is undoubtedly the coolest iPod accessory you'll find this season, however indulgent it might be.

    - Dec 8, 2006 10:13 AM ET
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  • Review: HD DVD laptop a decent early volley vs. Blu-ray

    Pavilion dv9096 HD DVD laptop

    Hewlett-Packard

    $1,529 (after $50 mail-in, $150 instant rebate)

    17-inch BrightView display (1440 x 900 WXGA or 1680 x 1050 WSXGA)

    NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 discrete graphics, 256MB dedicated DDR2 VRAM

    802.11 a/b/g and Bluetooth options

    100 GB base; dual hard disk for up to 240 GB

    Weight: 7.8 lbs and up

    Thickness: 1.57 inches

    Optional HP webcam w/ intergrated dual stereo mics

    Available 10/06

    Utility Factor: Low/Medium

    Cool Factor: Medium

    The main reason I wanted to test-drive this MORE

    - Oct 4, 2006 4:59 PM ET
  • Review: A beautiful Bluetooth headset from Plantronics. But how does it sound?

    Discovery 655 Bluetooth Headset

    Plantronics

    $65 - $125

    with pen-clip AAA battery charger

    up to 3.5-hr. talk, 80-hr. standby

    Without question, the Discovery 655 is one of the coolest Bluetooth headset concepts I've seen. The headset is comfy and customizable, the charging options are clever and plentful, and the design is gorgeous. Of course, none of that has anything to do with whether the thing works.

    - Oct 3, 2006 2:00 AM ET
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  • First look: An anti-bacterial mouse to go with that soap

    Germ Free Wireless Laser Mouse

    Iogear

    $39.95

    USB, RF

    Windows 2000, XP; Mac OS X 10.1.5+

    Utility Factor: Low/Medium

    Cool Factor: High

    I could barely bring myself to give a high "cool" rating to a product that has "Germ Free" as the first two words in its name – the marketing seemed to be playing a little too much to the obsessive-compulsive crowd. But once I popped in the batteries, plugged it in and took the darn MORE

    - Sep 25, 2006 3:13 PM ET
  • Review: iPod 80GB, with new iPod Games

    iPod 80GB

    Apple Computer

    $349 (or 30GB version for $249)

    Battery: music, 20 hrs.; video & games 6.5 hrs.

    Utility Factor: High

    Cool Factor: High

    More than ever, Apple is letting the iPod stretch beyond its role as the world's best media player. With the advent of iPod Games, the option for movie downloads and a smart new iPod control panel in iTunes 7, the device is taking its first steps toward becoming a full-fledged entertainment MORE

    - Sep 21, 2006 2:19 PM ET
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  • First look: myvu wearable iPod video display is headed somewhere

    myvu personal media viewer

    MicroOptical

    $299 - $399

    320x240 resolution

    Utility Factor: Medium

    Cool Factor: High

    Last week I got a visit from MicroOptical, a company out in Massachusetts that is doing some fascinating stuff with heads up displays. It makes the myvu personal media viewer ($299 basic version, $399 "made for iPod" version), which is basically a wearable contraption shaped like a pair of sunglasses that you can plug into a video iPod or another MORE

    - Sep 18, 2006 11:49 AM ET
  • Review: BlackBerry Pearl is smooth, but no surefire winner

    BlackBerry Pearl 8100

    Research in Motion, through T-Mobile

    $199 after rebates

    5.1 x 2.3 x 0.9 inches

    7 ounces

    Utility Factor: Medium

    Cool Factor: Medium

    The Pearl is a great piece of jewelry, but the interface could use some work.

    - Sep 18, 2006 10:00 AM ET
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