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Nokia SU-1B Digital Pen

Nokia SU-1B Digital Pen

Nokia’s SU-1B Digital Pen is the most compact design among the current crop of (somewhat hefty) Anoto-based digital pens. And size does matter, because great functions are secondary if you struggle to write with a digital pen.

January 13, 2004 by in Hardware

Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset

Logitech Mobile Bluetooth Headset

The Mobile Bluetooth Headset's soft styling and neat carry case give it a more gentle appearance than many a competing device, but is there substance behind the pleasing design? That's debatable: battery life is good, certainly, but this isn't the cheapest headset we've examined, and it lacks extra functions.

January 8, 2004 by in Hardware

i.Tech Bluetooth Clip Headset

i.Tech Bluetooth Clip Headset

The i.Tech Bluetooth Clip headset aims to solve the problem of looking a bit silly through a different design. The main body of the headset is a clip which attaches to your jacket or other clothing, with a small ear bud used for sound output.

January 5, 2004 by in Hardware

Orange SPV E200

Orange SPV E200

Orange launched <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mobilephones/0,39023925,10002142,00.htm">the first UK phone</A> to run Microsoft’s smartphone software, followed that hardware up with a <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mobilephones/0,39023925,10005060,00.htm">revamp</A>, and has now released the first device to run the new Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone platform. Each new phone has offered some ergonomic tweaks; with the SPV E200 we also get a couple of major additions in the shape of Bluetooth and a built-in digital camera.

December 22, 2003 by in Mobility

Motorola MPx200

Motorola MPx200

Motorola became the first handset manufacturer to openly declare a Windows Mobile-based smartphone when it announced the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mobilephones/0,39023925,39116278,00.htm">MPx200</A> earlier this year in an exclusive deal with Orange. The device joins Orange's SPV, now on its third incarnation as the SPV E200, as one of only two current models of phone running Microsoft's operating system available in the UK. Motorola has done a fairly good job, although Bluetooth and a camera are both absent from the hardware, while the SPV E200 runs a more recent version of Microsoft's software. The MPx200 is available on Orange's network and is free with certain tariffs. It will also be offered shortly on a pay-as-you-go basis.

December 17, 2003 by in Mobility

Jabra BT200

Jabra BT200

Jabra is another company trying to make the headset look less like a growth on your ear. The BT200 is an inexpensive, unsophisticated headset that's suitable for less demanding users, and is designed to be less obvious in use.

December 16, 2003 by in Hardware

Sony Ericsson HBH-35

Sony Ericsson HBH-35

Sony Ericsson has designed a sleek and stylish headset that manages to be reasonably unobtrusive, despite having a boom microphone. Also, although it's at the heavier end of the range of headsets, its design means its still quite comfortable. It's also one of the highest-priced Bluetooth headsets we've seen.

December 16, 2003 by in Hardware

Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 610 BT/WLAN

Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 610 BT/WLAN

When we reviewed Fujitsu Siemens’ first handheld, the <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/handhelds/0,39023880,10001512,00.htm">Pocket LOOX 600</A>, we thought it was a serviceable device, but didn’t find anything especially outstanding. This time around, with the LOOX 610 BT/WLAN, Fujitsu Siemens has pulled out most of the stops in terms of specifications, and has come up with a good-value alternative to HP’s high-end iPAQs. However, moderate battery life and lack of SDIO support let the side down.

December 9, 2003 by in Mobility

Logitech QuickCam Sphere

Logitech QuickCam Sphere

The success of instant messaging has spurred Logitech to add a range of IM-friendly features to its latest Webcam. The QuickCam Sphere, which costs £79.99 (inc. VAT) from Amazon, delivers plenty of features and applications: a Webcam with an integrated microphone and mechanical pan and tilt ability should have wide appeal; add a face tracking capability that allows the camera to automatically follow you around, plus ‘one’click’ video email, and you’ve got a very attractive package.

December 8, 2003 by in Hardware

Mitac Mio 339

Mitac Mio 339

The Mio 339 is the second Pocket PC to hit the UK from Taiwan-based company Mitac, following its entry level <A href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/handhelds/0,39023880,10003117,00.htm">Mio 338</A>. This is the first Pocket PC we’ve seen that incorporates a digital stills/video camera, and it has one or two other nice features too. But it enters a crowded market where there’s lots of similarly priced competition: so is the camera enough to make the Mio 339 a viable choice?

December 1, 2003 by in Mobility

Olympus DS-660

Olympus DS-660

Tapes are out for dictation machines these days, as manufacturers and users cross the digital divide into the world of flash-memory-based devices. Much of this has been prompted by the lowering of flash memory prices over the past few years, and now pretty much any dictation machine comes with enough memory to store the equivalent of a sack-full of tapes. Memory is so abundant now that many devices double up as disk storage, with some even adding an MP3 player for good measure.

November 27, 2003 by in Hardware

LaCie Ethernet Disk

LaCie Ethernet Disk

LaCie is best known for its external storage options, and the company recently expanded its portfolio to include a Network Attached Storage (NAS) range, the Ethernet Disk. Designed to run ‘headless’ in a rack, the Ethernet Disk can also serve as a PC if required. Its target is the small workgroup market, and this file and print server supports between 10 and 25 users. Several capacities are available, ranging from an entry-level 80GB (£329, ex. VAT, reviewed here) right up to 500GB (£999 ex. VAT). As NAS kit goes, the Ethernet Disk range carries relatively low price tags, and so offers good value for money.

November 24, 2003 by in Storage

Logitech io Personal Digital Pen

Logitech io Personal Digital Pen

The io Personal Digital Pen from Logitech, which looks like a futuristically designed marker-pen, incorporates an optical sensor that captures your keystrokes. Software inside the pen digitises these, turning them into information a PC can understand and display. For the pen to work in this way, you have to write on special ‘digital paper’, although its ordinary ink cartridges allow you to write on standard paper too. The digital paper incorporates an irregular grid of tiny dots, and it’s these that allow the optical sensor in the pen to do its job.

November 21, 2003 by in Hardware

Nokia Wireless Car Kit

Nokia Wireless Car Kit

Driving while using a handheld mobile phone is to become illegal in the UK from 1 December 2003. With on-the-spot fines of £30, rising to a maximum £1,000 fine if you are taken to court, the case for evaluating hands-free car kits becomes more topical by the day. There are several reasonably priced wireless hands-free devices available. Nokia’s Bluetooth-based Wireless Car Kit is compatible with the company’s 3650, 6310, 6310i, 6650, 8910 and 8910i handsets, as well as other Bluetooth 1.1 phones that support the Handsfree profile.

November 17, 2003 by in Hardware

Sony Ericsson GC79

Sony Ericsson GC79

Unveiled back in the spring at CeBIT, Sony Ericsson’s new GC79 wireless PC Card has finally seen the light of day. But the wait has been worth it: the GC79 adds wireless LAN functionality to the feature set of the card it supersedes, the GC75, a tri-band GSM/GPRS PC Card. Plug the GC79 in to your notebook, and you now get the best of both wireless worlds -- fast Internet access when you’re in a Wi-Fi hotspot and decent (but not quite so fast) Internet access when you’re elsewhere.

November 14, 2003 by in Hardware

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