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Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200 Review

December 2nd, 2010 44 comments

About Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200

If you love to read, whether it be books, magazines, newspapers, or any other reading materials, wouldn’t you like the opportunity to be able to take them with you all the time and have a read whenever you wanted? Now, that is possible with the new Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200. Priced at $249, you can now let your inner bookwork come out and enjoy e-reading materials even when on the go.

When you buy Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200, here is what you will get in the package: one unit of this e-book reader, a USB cable, and user’s manual. The e-book reader is equipped with a 7-inch color touch screen display that is delivered via a VividView technology and offers up to 6 different font sizes to choose from, according to your needs. Because of its wide viewing angle, you’d be able to conveniently read the materials from any angle and still expect the same quality. Also, it offers 16 million colors to ensure that you can get the brightest display and most accurate color representation on the screen for increased readability.

Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200 features the AliveTouch technology that makes it ideal for children to use. With this feature, kids will be able to use words and pictures for reading, which gradually makes it possible to use the device for reading stories to them. With up to 8GB in internal memory, you can store as many reading materials as you want such as up to 6,000 ebooks, 25 full-color magazines, 50 kids’ books, photos, songs, and many more.

If the built-in memory is not enough, there is also a slot available for an SD media card such that you can expand on the device’s memory capacity. Finally, Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200 is equipped with a wireless LAN capacity such that you can easily connect online to access more reading content without requiring the use of an Ethernet cable.

Pro’s of Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200

*It makes reading easy even when you are using in inside a dark room or out in the sunlight;

*It offers flexible settings in brightness level to suit the natural lighting conditions such that you won’t hurt your eyes;

*It comes with a ReadToMe function, which is convenient if you wanted to rest your eyes and still be able to read your favorite books;

*Another useful app is the LendMe feature, which enables you to share your favorite read with others conveniently;

*The unit comes with a variety of color options to suit your own taste.

Con’s of Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200

*The touch screen’s reaction time is rather slow;

*The description for the product is not accurate and could be misleading for buyers.

The Bottom Line

The Barnes & Noble Nook Color E-Reader BNRV200 is considered as one of the best ebook readers on the market today! It is packed with useful features and applications that would please any bookworm, while also changing the way you experience your favorite reads with its innovative features. It is definitely a worthy investment for anyone who enjoys reading as their pasttime!

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Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader Review

December 2nd, 2010 2 comments

Velocity R103 Micro-Cruz Digital Reader is the new digital reader available in the market for a cost of 150 dollars. The days of people reading books are over. There is no need to have a big library in your home just have Velocity R103 digital reader and you can have close to thousand books in one single device. The storage can hole like 5000 books and the battery power can provide the user backup for 10 hours. There is a seven inch display available which can display a screen resolution of 800 X 600 resolution which is the best for reading. There is an inbuilt memory of 4 Giga bytes available which is built by using built in micro SD card which can allow storing of up to 5000 files.

There is scope of extending the memory storage up to 32 Giga bytes by using cards in the additional storage slots that are available. Velocity R103 digital Reader has an USB port connectivity available to the user which supports USB 2.0 and also it is backward compatible with USB 1.0. this allows the user a faster way of transferring data. He can copy files from his personal computer or to the computer from the digital reader. There is wireless connectivity that is available to the user, the user can connect the digital reader to their personal computer via wireless also. The wireless support provided is based on IEEE 802.11 b and g standards. This digital reader also comes with preloaded software named border ebooks library which gives user the access to the ebook library which has more than 2 million ebooks.

Velocity R103 Micro – Cruz Digital Reader also has additional features like alarm clock, notepad, calender and dictionary. There are various types of media formats that are supported which are as mentioned below ePub, PDF, PDB, TXT, HTML, MP3, WAV, AAC, MP4, H.264, GIF, JPEG, BMP and PNG. There is also an inbuilt accelerometer which has tilt sensing technology thus makes reading more easier for the user. There is one year warranty that covers the product from the date of purchase for labor and spare parts replacement that is to be done during that period. This has touch screen capability thus it makes life more easier for the user, and the rechargeable lithium ion battery makes it efficient design.

Velocity R103 portable and weighs only 1 lb so it is easy for the user to carry it around wherever they want to take it. This can be used as a digital reader or notepad or even as a music player, thus this is a multi solution product comes as a single package. The battery backup is amazing and allows the user to user it for maximum time before it drains out completely.

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HP Slate 500 Review

October 25th, 2010 No comments

Finally, HP released its much anticipated Tablet PC  HP Slate 500 which comes with a hefty price tag of $799. Let us see if the price of $799 for this device is justified or not.

Specs of HP Slate 500

HP Slate 500 is powered by Intel Atom Z560 processor. It is single core processor, processes task at the speed of 1.86GHz. Though the processor comes with single core but it is supported by hyperthreading technology. So you will get enhanced performance compare to ordinary single core processor. It has only L2 cache memory of 512KB.

When comes to memory, the HP 500 tablet pc comes with 2GB DDR2 memory. Now one thing consumer should keep in mind that memory is onboard memory and you can’t increase it.

The 8.9” WSVGA display of the HP 500 Slate PC comes with touchscreen feature. It also offer wide-viewing angles.

HP Slate 500 boast Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 500 as graphic cards which is supported with Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator. No doubt it is an impressive feature.

When comes to storage, the all new HP 500 tablet comes with Solid State Flash Module as storage device and the storage limit is 64GB

When comes to ports and connectivity, the device comes with one 2.0 USB port, headphone, mic combo jack and power connecter. However one can communicate with other with integrated mic and 3 MP camera.

The user interface of the device is HP Slate Digital Pen.

HP slate 500 comes with both wireless and Bluetooth support. The wireless feature is supported by Integrated 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. In some model HP offers external USB DVD writer

The 2 cell polymer battery provides 5 hours of battery life.

When we review a tablet or netbook, the weight of the device is always matter of concern because it is mostly used by mobile folks. Here is no exception as well. HP slate 500 tablet PC weighs 1.5 lbs which is initial weight, when comes to size it comes with dimension of 9.21 x 0.58 x 5.91.

The device is energy star certified

After reviewing specs of HP Slate 500, I still feel it is overpriced. I still prefer ASUS netbook which comes at much less price. Whats your opinion about HP slate 500 ? We would like heard your opinion. Please post it as comment.

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Fujitsu Lifebook TH700 Review

June 30th, 2010 1 comment

Fujitsu is growing name when it comes to thin notebooks, tablet PCs and netbook. The Lifebook brand already established itself in the computer market. Recently the Fujitsu US updated their product page by adding all new Fujitsu Lifebook TH700 Tablet PC. With $1149 the TH700 Tablet PC looks bit pricey but before making any conclusion let us take a look to its specification-

Specification of Fujitsu Lifebook TH700

  • When comes to processor it equipped with Intel core i3 -350M processor with clock speed of 2.26 GHz. The hardFujitsu lifebook TH700 tablet PC drive space is 320GB (SATA) revolving at speed 5400 rpm onto which Genuine Windows 7 home premium is loaded as an operating system.
  • The TH700 tablet comes with 12.1” WXGA backlit LED display with 1280 * 800. The Lifebook TH700 tablet PC offers dual digitizer capacitive touch screen feature with pen as an input device
  • When graphics concerned, it equipped with Intel HD graphics.
  • Ambient light sensor
  • The tablet offers 4GB DDR3 RAM in two slots 2GB + 2GB
  • For wired network support it comes with Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • For wi- fi support  Fujitsu TH700 tablet PC comes with  Integrated Atheros XSPAN 802.11 BGN (b/g/n)
  • Fujitsu lifebook TH700 tablet PC also comes with Bluetooth support ; V2.1
  • Dual layer DVD writer
  • The key board of Lifebook TH700 Tablet PC is spill resistant and full-size 84 key.
  • 2 megapixel inbuilt webcam
  • Audio of Lifebook TH700 comprises of Realtek 269ALC high definition Audio, integrated with 2speakers and 2 digital array microphones.

The lifebook TH700 tablet PC offers impressive number of connectivity feature. It comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports, VGA connector, HDMI port, one head phone jack and one mic-in. Like its predecessor, The device is also integrated with fingerprint sensor

The 11.69”* 9.17”* 1.5*” Fujitsu lifebook TH700 tablet PC weighs only 4.2 lbs. The 6 cell standard lithium ion battery produces 5 hour of battery life

Pros

  • As The Fujitsu Lifebook TH700 offers dual digitizer feature so one can use it both as notebook or tablet PC
  • Bluetooth support

Cons

  • Though the price of Lifebook TH700 is 700$ less than its previous similar product but still price looks hefty.

As the product is quite new we can’t comment more but will soon back with user reviews of Fujitsu Lifebook TH700 tablet PC

Archos 7 home tablet Review – Android Based

June 8th, 2010 No comments

Recently Archos unveiled their 7 inches touch screen home tablet supported by Android application. The Archos 7 home tablet is available at Amazon at a price of $199 at the time of writing this review.  Archos already established itself as portable media device manufacturer. With the releasing of Archos 7 home tablet they offer aficionados pioneered electronic device at bargain price.

Specification of Archos 7 home tablet

As name suggests, the sleek and trendy Archos 7 comes with 7 inch TFT LCD. It is just .47 inch in thickness and weighs about 0.8lbs. The touchscreen has 800×480 pixel resolutions. The tablet is able to support  HD; 720p. It also supports 16m colors

The tablet comes with 8 GB flash memory. It also comes with microSDHC slot so one can increase storage capacity with the help of it.

Archos defined their Archos 7 home tablet as filler between smart phone and desktop PC.

For browsing internet this tablet comes with wi-fi connection ( 802.11 b/g) and has USB connectivity – USB 2.0 slave and USB 2.0 Host.

Pro of Archos 7

The 8 GB flash of Archos 7 tablet said to be capable of storing 7 full length movies, 4000 songs and 80,000 movies.

User can enjoy video in  not only popular formats like AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, and FLV but it support HD format as well supported by 720p.

Archos 7 home tablet is integrated with Android application. So user can design their tablet as per his/her choice by downloading various free or paid android based applications available in the web.

Archos 7 is wi-fi enabled, so you can browse web easily. The 800 pixels widescreen resolution allows full page visibility. The USB host connectivity allows the tablet to connect it with keyboard, mouse and other external storage device so that you can easily access your office documents.

The virtual key board and social networking application enable user to stay with friends and family through out the day. Archos 7 comes with 2 in-built speakers, built-in leg stand and in-built microphone.

The lithium polymer battery of Archos 7 home tablet supports 42 hours of music and 7 hours of video with single charge. The device comes with one years of limited warranty.

Final thought

There are plenty of positive user reviews at Amazon and also few negative users’ reviews for Archos 7 home tablet. But at $199, no doubt it’s a great deal.

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