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Sony VAIO VGN-AR270 CTO Notebook with Blu-ray

Sony VAIO VGN-AR270 CTO Notebook with Blu-ray

The Sony Vaio VGN-AR270 CTO is the optimal notebook for the mobile gamer. You can select up to an Intel Core 2 Duo (Processor 2.33ghz) for processing power and Sony advises Windows XP Media or XP Pro, of course, but it's optimised for Windows Vista when you want to make that change. This VGN-AR270 CTO series comes with optional Blu-ray support and it seems as though Blu-ray is pulling ahead in the competition but that could change tomorrow. The technology is worth buying regardless of who pulls ahead so lets continue.

This powerful VAIO comes with a fast ATA hard drive, DDR2 up to 2GB memory, a NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GT or 7600. Speaking of graphics, it also features VGA out, HDMI out, and S-Video out. The drives can be customized from DVD±RW all the way to Blu-ray. The screen is a stunning 17" (1920 X 1200) widescreen displays, so your dvd and Blu-ray movies can be viewed as the director intended with Full HD 1080p. This VAIO features the XBRITE LCD technology so it delivers solid blacks and vibrant colors that don't blend during fast, live, and spontaneous movements.

The VGN-AR270 also features a built in camera with zoom and a microphone so you can chat, AIM, and use the video capabilities. This laptop has an estimated battery life of 1.5 to 3.0 hours, a 80GB HDD, and it weighs 8.4 lbs so overall it's a worthy notebook from Sony. The standard features include Bluetooth, ethernet port, wifi, FireWire, USB 2.0, card slot, and a place for your memory stick. Another must have feature is the glare filter and anti-reflective coating and Sony doesn't fall short with the VAIO VGN-AR270 (CTO).

Price: $2589.99+

Sony VAIO VGN-AR270 CTO NoteBook

CEIVA digital photo frames are whole-family friendly

As I’ve made very clear before, digital photo frames should not darken my door unless they have some sort of in-built wireless connectivity. Yes, you can pick up a cheap display that just takes memory cards but, my argument goes, after that initial flurry of “oh this is fun, let’s load photos onto it!” you’ll end up never bothering. Wireless means you can constantly be streaming new photos, it means you don’t have to to worry about how much on-board memory there is, and finally it’s just cooler, dammit.

The latest to catch my eye is CEIVA’s range of FrameT displays, which take advantage of the company’s PicturePlan service. There’s the option of on-board WiFi, but what singles them out is that they can also connect via dial-up. “Why is that important?” I hear you splutter, “what sensible person doesn’t have broadband?” Well, my grandmother certainly doesn’t. Let me explain: like I imagine is the case all over the world, there are grandparents missing out on family photos because they don’t have (or want) internet access. A CEIVA frame could sit happily on my grandmother’s sideboard, downloading new photos in the middle of the night and letting her see the mischief everyone has got up to when she’s up in the morning.


Halo 3 Beta Not Quite as Open as Thought

Bad news for everyone looking forward to getting their hands on Bungie’s Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta this upcoming spring: Microsoft has revealed that the test will not be a true public beta; instead, users will need to “register for the opportunity to be one of the select members.” So, unless you’re quick, it’s possible that you might need to wait until Fall to enjoy Halo 3 in all its glory. So, how does one register? Hit the jump to find out!


Elecom Mouse: M-D13UR Series

Looking for a new mouse for your laptop computer could be a hard work. You’d need something that portable and fit in your hand. Choose the right one that worth buying is somehow not so easy. Elecom has introduced the M-D13UR series, the flat mouse that can change to the three-dimensional form. It is a wireless mouse with the FH-SS system of 2.4GHz allowing approximately 10m operation. The laser beam of non-visible light gives the M-D13UR a high accuracy performance. The back of the mouse can rotate 180 degrees creating more natural angle when use at a desk or a flatter surface.

For the price of 7,875 Yen (approx. $68), the mouse is available in silver, black, and red colors.

Elecom launches mouse with changing shape, touchpad [via electronista, elecom]

Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone: QC3

Walking down the street and having hard time hearing music from your mp3 player because the noise was too loud? Or, thinking that on-ear head phones aren’t any good! This Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphone from Bose might change your mind. People who have experienced “Bose” would know the quality of the brand. No headphones will eliminate noise completely, but with QC3 headphones, you can feel the difference.

QC3 is a headphone with QuietComfort and Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology providing you a rich-clear audio detail that you might have never experienced before. The QC3 is a compact, lightweight, and easy fit for hours of comfortable listening. The headphone is powered with battery. The kit comes with wall-socket charger and rechargeable battery with approximately 20 hours of run time. Purchase the QC3 for $349 and receive a free 256MB MP3 player valued at $50 before January 31, 2007.

QuietComfirt 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones [via Bose]

Rockridge Sound’s VTS-384 Tube Amp for iPod

When iPod was first introduced to the market, I hardly imagined that it would become the most popular in the market with tons of accessories. Now you can see devices that are designed for your iPod everywhere, but if you’re looking for something with a “classic” look, a new iPod speaker dock from Rockridge Sound is the answer for you.

The VTS-384 has a trio of tubes per stereo channel delivered “full analog” sound out a pair of 2x2W (8ohm) speakers. And nothing is better than the analog sound from tubes. The kit comes with a remote for controlling the iPod, wire protectors for those tubes, and RCA and USB jacks for sourcing non-iPod music or connecting USB speakers. When it hit in February, this gorgeous dock can be yours for an expected MSRP of $604 to $777.

Rockridge Sound’s VTS-384 tube amp and speaker dock for iPod [via engadget]

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