TechnologyGuide Week in Review

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This week’s TechnologyGuide update gives us an in-depth look at two new Nokia smartphones, a couple of Panasonic point and shoots, and a new multitouch platform from the number two PC manufacturer, Dell.

The Nokia E71 was an unexpected worldwide success for the Finnish device maker, especially in the U.S. The QWERTY keyboard and S60 tweaks garnered plenty of positive reviews from both power and casual smartphone users. But upon hearing that it would be coming to AT&T, there was mixed opinion. While the E71 was indeed a solid model, past experience with Nokia’s S60 devices on AT&T left a sour taste in many users’ mouths.  The E71x is a bit different. Packing an upgraded operating system and a few other solid tweaks, this new smartphone seems set to change past impressions.

For the past week or so, Brighthand’s Ed Hardy has been taking a look at the Nokia N97 smartphone.  Expecting a great experience thanks to the improved Symbian S60v5 operating system, the N97 still managed to surprise him.

DTR has been hosting an ongoing video tutorial series on how to build your own computer from scratch. In this third installment, we look at installing the CPU and heatsink, RAM, and a new video card.

As we mentioned in our first look at this desktop, manufacturers have been expanding and improving on the idea of the desktop computer, and Dell has no plans to get left behind. The Studio One 19 is Dell’s newest take on the idea of the all-in-one computer, and it’s certainly memorable. Let’s take a deeper look and see how it stacks up.

Seemingly nothing more than a middle-of-the road pocket camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 has some surprising features. The FS25 comes off the assembly line with a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor, a 5x optical zoom, a new and advanced Intelligent Auto Mode, AF tracking, an Intelligent Exposure Mode, high ISO capability of 6400, and a 3.0 inch LCD.

Those who read the fine print of camera introduction press releases will find some rays of hope in Panasonic’s newest point and shoot: a 12 megapixel sensor replaces the 10 megapixel sensor of the earlier models and the Lumix DMC-FX48 carries Panasonic’s latest processing engine, the Venus Engine V. They will also find that the new higher resolution sensor is the same physical size as the earlier models and could understandably be concerned about negative impacts to ISO noise performance. King Arthur’s magician Merlin produced some pretty powerful magic in his time – can Venus Engine V do the same for the FX48?

The HP ProBook 4710s is a low-priced 17-inch business notebook designed to provide businesses with a good desktop replacement notebook without breaking the bank. If your company wants the HP Elitebook 8730w but has a tight budget, the ProBook 4710s might be a good alternative at a starting price of just $899. Is this budget-priced notebook as good as it sounds? Keep reading to find out.

Acer managed to strike gold in the middle of a global economic crisis thanks to their affordable Acer Aspire One netbooks. These low-cost, ultraportable laptops have quickly become popular travel companions for people who don’t want to haul a heavy notebook to Starbucks. The latest 10-inch Acer Aspire One, the D250 series, offers a great balance of features at a starting price of less than $300. Read on to find out more about the Acer Aspire One D250-1165.

Dell has expanded their line of printers to include photo inkjets, the trendy inkless Wasabi, and speedy laser printers. And while we’ve delved into their consumer lineup with reviews of the P703w, the V505, and the Wasabi we had yet to touch anything from the business side. Until now. This week, we’ve got a review of the Dell 2230d single function monochrome laser printer. It’s advertised as a compact yet speedy printer with good, basic features but will it live up to the hype? Read on to find out!

While many companies have environmental sustainability programs and pledges these days – it’s finally cool to be green – Lexmark has taken their environmental pledge to the next level by including their employees and community in an effort to “go green”.  Based in Lexington, Kentucky, residents of the community and around the world can see Lexmark’s pledge not only to “provide innovative, high-quality printing solutions and services for our customers in a safe, environmentally responsible manner” but to “extend our support of community, where Lexmark employees are dedicated to creating cleaner, smarter, safer futures where we live and work.”


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