Cool, different, and interesting products.
The Cambridge SoundWorks 745i is an all-in-one AM/FM radio, CD player and iPod dock featuring a 2.1 subwoofer-powered audio system. Additionally, you can connect other audio sources through an AUX input. The 745i includes many important details that make the user experience that much better:
- Large backlit display panel with a clock
- RDS shows station and song info for the FM tuner
- Remote control
- Magnetic shielding allows placement close to TVs, computer monitors
- Available in Black or White
- Dimensions: 5 1/4″H x 14″ W x 9 3/4″D
- Weight: 12 lbs.
Usually selling for $399.99, Cambridge SoundWorks is offering a $25 off coupon (expires 6/11/07). Simply click here and use coupon code BEERMONEY at checkout.
Cambridge SoundWorks 745i | Cambridge SoundWorks | $374.99 (after coupon)
June 1st, 2007 |
Bose’s noise canceling headphones have long been a favorite of travelers and audiophiles. Now in its third generation, the Bose QuietComfort 3 features a smaller and slimmer design. The QC3 earcups rest comfortable on the ear instead of surrounding it and include a soft memory foam to cushion against the ear. It also features a rechargeable lithium-ion batter that lasts for 20 hours on a full charge and is foldable for storage and travel. In the box you’ll find an AC battery recharger, a dual-plug adapter, a 5′ extension cord, and a travel case.
If you purchase the Bose QuietComfort 3 prior to 1/31/07, you will receive a free Lexar MP3 player. The Hammacher Schlemmer deal comes with a 1 GB player while the Amazon deal features a 256 MB player.
Bose QuietComfort 3 and Free MP3 player:
Hammacher Schlemmer: $349.95 | Amazon: $349.00
December 6th, 2006 |
Architectural firm Foster & Partners, world renown for designing innovative modern buildings such as London’s 30 St. Mary Axe (AKA The Gherkin), the New Wembley Stadium, and the rebuilt Berlin Reichstag has recently designed the 20-06 Chair for Emeco, the Aluminum Chair Company. The 20-06 is based on Emeco’s classic 10-06 all-aluminum Navy Chair which was first manufactured for submarines in WWII. The ultra-light (only 5.5 pounds) aluminum (80% recycled) 20-06 Chair is hand made at Emeco’s Hanover, Pennsylvania factory and has an estimated lifespan of 150 years.
A limited-edition run of the first 500 20-06 Chairs is available for pre-order exclusively at DWR with delivery scheduled for January, 2007. As this is a one of a kind limited production, each chair will be engraved on the back with a number: 2/500, 3/500… (Norman Foster has chair 1/500).
20-06 Chair (Limited Edition / Numbered) | DWR | $400
November 7th, 2006 |
With only days to go before Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan arrives at movie theaters, the soundtrack is now officially available at iTunes and Amazon.
The movie documents the adventures of reporter Borat Sagdiyev (AKA British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen AKA Ali G AKA Brüno), Kazakhstan’s sixth most famous man, who travels to the U.S. to make a documentary for the state-run TV network. Through encounters with unsuspecting locals, Borat manages to offend every person alive and make us laugh until we cry. The soundtrack captures some of the humor from the movie with favorites such as “In My Country There Is Problem (Throw the Jew Down the Well)” and a very different interpretation of “Born to be Wild“. Additionally, the album includes five audio skits from the movie while the actual CD also contains five minutes of exclusive video outtakes.
Borat (Soundtrack) | $9.90 (iTunes) | $12.97 (Amazon)
October 30th, 2006 |
As far as we can tell the NextLink Bluespoon AX2 is one of the smallest Bluetooth headset on the market today. Weighing in at a mere 1/3 of an ounce and no larger than an an inch in each direction, the AX2 fits completely inside the ear while still maintaining a strong wireless signal and holding a charge for quite some time (talktime is estimated at 6 hours with almost 300 hours of standby). The AX2 includes a 3-button interface for accepting and ending calls and for volume control. The headset is charged through via USB through your PC or Mac using a provided cable that connects to the AX2’s mini USB port (. The Shopperism crew has had a chance to extensively test an AX2 which worked well with a Palm Treo and was very comfortable to wear and use.
If you’re looking for a good deal on the AX2, check out Overstock.com where you can buy a factory reconditioned model for a mere $29.95. Use this 10% off coupon (expires 10/31) and it’s $26.95. That’s a good deal on any headset but especially this one.
Bluespoon AX2 | Overstock.com | $29.95
October 9th, 2006 |
Our quest to find a perfect walk-around bag for our SLR (Canon Digital Rebel XT) ended recently with a purchase of a Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home camera bag.
The Australian based Crumpler began as a messenger bag company and has since added new products to its lineup including excellent camera bags. We were drawn to the Million Dollar Home series because we saw seven different sized bags designed to hold cameras plus accessories. Since looks matter, we were happy that the bags are made from high quality materials and are built and padded to securely hold cameras yet not look like camera bags.
Ultimately we chose the 4 Million Dollar Home because it fits our SLR with a long lens, an extra lens, 2 filters, and a spare battery. The main compartment is padded and feels like a solid square container. It includes a removable/adjustable divider which allows us to rest our camera (lens down) while still leaving a space for another lens or an external flash. A pocket, big enough to hold 2 plastic filter cases, is located in front of the main compartment and is sealed with a Velcro flap. The main flap includes a mesh pocket which comfortable holds an extra battery, cleaning cloth, and even extra memory cards. When closed, the main flap holds with both a Velcro and a plastic snap. The strap is about 2 inches wide and easily adjustable. Even though it sits very comfortably on our shoulder, we wish it had come with some padding on it.
A couple more details on the bag. The 4 Million Dollar Home is made from water resistant 1000D Nylon shell and 420D Ripstop Nylon lining with brushed Nylon lining the main compartment. The bag is available in 4 different color combos: dark brown and oatmeal with pale olive interior (left), blue and light blue with dark orange interior, black and gun metal with light grey interior, and dark red and red with light blue interior.
Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home | Amazon | $58.50
September 27th, 2006 |
This past week, U2’s Zoo TV Live From Sydney was re-released on DVD nearly 12 years after its first VHS release. In addition to the standalone DVD, U2 also released a limited 2-DVD version which includes the original concert DVD plus a second which includes bonus live tracks, mini-documentaries and the legendary Video Confessional. The DVD is mixed in Dolby Digital 2.0 (Linear PCM Sound), Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS.
Zoo TV (1992-1993) was a 157-show tour featuring a gigantic spectacle of music, video, television, and Trabants (old East German cars). Bono, The Edge, Larry, and Adam performed great tracks from Achtung Baby and Zooropa and several classics from the 1980s. The elaborate stage setup included 36 video monitors, several televisions, and 11 painted Trabants suspended in mid-air. The constantly changing monitors and screens rotated through images, art, and videos meant to create a feeling of information overload. Later in the show, Bono assumes the role of MacPhisto an over-the-hill rock star who has brought us the “evils” of music, TV, and war (MacPhisto, of course, looks like the devil). To get a flavor of the show, the bonus DVD features clips from the video confessional which fans used during the show. As U2’s Manager described it: “There were people who proposed to each other. There were people who confessed to adulterous liaisons. There were people who took their clothes off – that was quite common. Yeah, and there were people who made serious points. We used to edit them together in the afternoon before the show…. there’s a good sample of those on the DVD.”
U2 Zoo TV Live From Sydney – 2 DVD Limited Edition | Amazon | $15.99
September 25th, 2006 |
The long-awaited debut of the Sony Ericsson P990i is now upon us so it is time to look at one of the most intriguing phones ever made. As of yesterday, it is officially available on Amazon for $649.99, the lowest we’ve seen so far (even better than eBay). The P990 is a tri-band GSM/GPRS world phone (900Mhz, 1800Mhz, and 1900Mhz — no 850Mhz for Cingular customers) with built in 802.11b WiFi, UMTS at 2100Mhz (Europe only), and Bluetooth 2.0.
A 240 x 320 260K color TFT touchscreen sits above a full QWERTY thumbpad which can be covered by a removable numberpad flap (not shown in photo). Above the screen is one of two cameras: the front camera is for video conferencing while the back camera is 2 megapixels with autofocus, 2.5x zoom, and a flash. Since the kitchen sink was too big, Sony Ericsson threw in an FM RDS tuner.
Running UIQ 3.0 on Symbian OS 9.1, the P990 includes a robust software package lead by a full phone and organizer suite which can be synced with Outlook and other PIM software using Intellisync or Activesync. The email client supports POP3, IMAP4, SMTP, BlackBerry Connect, Visto, and text messaging (SMS, EMS, and MMS). For web browsing, the great Opera 8.0 browser supports HTML, WAP, and xHTML while the RSS reader allows you to monitor your favorite feeds. Other bundled software includes a business card scanning software, a media player, a photo album, and several games.
With all these functions, the Li-Ion battery allows for 9 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time. Measuring at 4.4 x 2.2 x 1 inches and weighing in at 5.3 oz., the P990 may not be the smallest phone in the room but it is likely to offer more features than any other phone in the market.
Sony Ericsson P990 | Amazon | $649.99
September 20th, 2006 |
The new Logitech Harmony 1000 Remote Control (available in October) is the latest entry into the touch screen remote market. With a sharp 3.5″ color touch screen, this new remote allows users to control all aspects of their audio and video systems while impressing their friends with a device that looks much cooler than their TVs.
The Logitech Harmony 1000 uses Harmony’s great PC-based setup wizard which pings an online database containing over 150,000 devices, resulting in an easy and accurate setup without having to create complicated macros or programming. Using the device is easy and intuitive with a simple but effective UI that allows you to use all the functions on your devices with simple screen taps. Since the Harmony 1000 transmits both infrared and RF, you can control RF devices (or IR devices with optional receiver) that are inside a closed cabinet or in another room. The remote is rechargeable by placing it on its docking station (included).
Logitech Harmony 1000 | $499.99 (Pre-Order)
September 18th, 2006 |
Lonely Planet’s travel guides have always been our first choice for in-depth information on our many travel destinations. The style and presentations of the guides combined with the insightful information provided to us by the writers has served us well in our journeys. With this in mind, we are happy to talk about Lonely Planet Bluelist: 618 Things to Do & Places to Go, a fun and useful book which inspires us to continue traveling.
The book compiles 618 of the best places to go to and things to do in the world today as recommended by the authors, staff, and travelers at Lonely Planet. Covering every country in the world, this book lists the best travel experiences ranging from the normal (best place to drink) to the bizarre (best place to get naked). Individual country reviews provide great insight into the travel experience while also discussing the impact of global events and trends. And, of course, the book includes the great photos you would expect to see in a Lonely Planet guide. Lonely Planet is offering the book for free with a $40 purchase. Amazon is offering the 2006-07 version for $13.59. The 2007 version is available for pre-order.
Lonely Planet Bluelist: 618 Things to Do & Places to Go | Lonely Planet
Amazon | $13.59
September 17th, 2006 |