This annual event takes place at a very early hour, unlike the Toy Fair the items of show here are available now, and, there are items that are already getting hard to find.
Here I will tell you about just ten items that if promises are kept I should be able to give you a full review of them all before Christmas. Firstly the only producer that I have selected two items from Mattel (Fisher Price brand). First a puppy that over a period of four days grows into a dog. You have the option to return it to a puppy or keep it at any stage. A nice idea that I look forward to seeing how well it functions.
If you have a Bluetooth enabled audio device (MP3 player, mobile phone etc) and want
a straightforward set of portable speakers then Parrot may just have what you're
looking for in their Parrot Party product
There are a very large number of portable speaker systems available on the market right now, a sector buoyed up by the popularity of MP3 players in general and the Apple iPod in particular. Many of the available units however are either dedicated to a specific type of player or are limited to a 3.5mm jack/phone auxiliary-in type solution.
Although your mobile phone probably came with a headset, you may want to replace it with something better.
When deciding on a new mobile phone for your personal use, it is no longer enough to look at elements covering cost, features and appearance but also the availability of add-ons and accessories. Take, for example, an accessory that turns your mobile phone into one that is hands-free for most eventualities. Although most mobile phones come with an ear bud style of headset, this is one popular area that is often considered for upgrading.
While a drum roll is often used to announce a new product, in this case the drum roll is the product.
When checking out this next product I was reminded of a Yellow Pages advertisement of a few years ago which advised customers "to let your fingers do the walking". However, in this case, instead of walking, your fingers would be required to do the drumming with Finger Beats. This product, distributed in the by Re:creation, could well be described as a portable drum kit for the emerging percussionist.
This is the ideal system for a child’s first system, not too many features no great bells or whistles but a good solid offering at a not too large a price. Alternatively it could be a backup unit.
So what do you get in the 23x18x8cm unit. A CD Player, FM/AM radio, Clock with Alarms, external connections so an MP3 player can output through the external speakers and of course the all but obligatory remote control. The speakers are 24x8.5x2cm and can either be wall mounted or sit on a fold out stand (deck chair like). Each speaker has a 3.5mm jack plug on the end of a 60cm lead.
A roomy laptop backpack for communiting, with plenty of space and the added benefit of specially designed cushioning and lost and found tracking sytem. Part of the extensive Tech air range.
This review is about the Tech air range of laptop bags. There are two unique features of Tech Air bags, one is the Tech Air technology and the second is the i-TRACK (tm) tracking system. Both features are about protection for your laptop bag and it's contents. The Tech air technology, is briefly a series of pressurised air tubes which surround the laptop compartment of the case/bag.
Turning your home videos into DVD content is becoming a popular activity. Corel has recently entered this area following its take over of Ulead.
Continuing the process of integrated the recently acquired Ulead titles into its portfolio of products, Corel has released VideoStudio 11 Plus. This product brings video editing and DVD authoring capabilities to the Corel family.
Scanners have come a long way since the bulky desk-top units of a few years back. The DocuPen RC800
is the latest in a range of hand-held scanners for those that just need to scan on the move.
The DocuPen is intended to be dragged down something flat that you want to scan. The device is intended for use on the move, scanning images and storing them for later retrieval by your computer. Internal standard memory is 8Mbytes, which is fine for storing a few black and white pages of text, but is insufficient for much in the way of colour.
Silver and grey this is a multi function unit (it has fax) and it is described as an office product so unfortunately however nice it may be it will be expensive.
First the all important dimensions it is 44x34x18cm rather different than what is stated in the HP link, mine include the inserted power lead. All the controls are in a panel in the centre of the face with the exception of the on/off switch that for some reason is at the bottom left of the front.
Here I am looking at superior luggage for you and for your notebook (up to 17inches) nothing gaudy or flashy just quality luggage.
Laptop Attaché This looks somewhat plain it is soft to the touch but everything is in the design. Take the shoulder strap it goes from a point 5cm from the edge of one side of the top zip to a similar point 5cm from the edge of the other side, so perfect balance even if the zip is not closed.
Ever wanted to make your own ice cream? Juliet reviews 3 of the leading brands in our gadget barbie kitchen trial
Ice cream is one of those deserts that is both a luxury and a necessity to keep in
the freezer, just in case you need something yummy for the kids at the weekend
or you are getting all weepy over the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy.
Leading and providing the competition, Nero 8 is packed with enough tools to satisfy most users looking to transfer data to optical media.
Continuing with its policy of supplying software in flip-top boxes, Nero's latest edition of its flagship product, namely Nero 8, is now with us. Arriving with the promise to "Create and Manage Your Digital Life", Nero 8 has upped its demands with regards to required system specifications to handle the various applications that make up this suite of software.
An efficient, good looking, easy to use and clean juicer with citrus and centrifrugal attachments to handle citrus fruits, hard fruit and vegetables.
Today I tested the / . It comes with two separate juicing attachments - citrus and the centrifrugal. As you'd expect the citrus juicer is there for oranges, grapefruits, limes, and the like. On top of the brushed crome electrical unit sits a bowl, sieve and a citrus squeezer which is just the same shape as those you use by hand.
These days with phones being able to do almost everything it is nice to find a phone that is easy to use and setup it does also have extras like an FM radio but they do not intrude.
The Fly SL600 is a small lightweight slide phone, with camera, FM radio plus all the other normal abilities of a phone but most of all switch on dial the number and speak. To receive a call open the slide and listen. Nothing fancy and this 'Fly' phone is available from Woolworth's. It seems to be tied to Vodafone but like most mobile companies choose your tariff to suit the way you use your phone.
Like many things, as soon as you get away from home the things you take for granted either
disappear, or become really expensive. Internet access is just one of those impossibly expensive
things that would be incredibly useful on the move.
La Fontera and Hawkings Antenna
Email is one of those services that we take for granted - almost everyone uses it. On the road
though if you want to access email you either have to find an Internet Cafe or pay an exorbitant
fee for the privilege, either using a WiFi hot spot or (slowly) via your mobile phone.
Joining the ever-growing family of Sony Ericsson mobile phones is the Z610i clamshell model.
When it comes to selecting from a candy bar, slider or clamshell with regards to my preferred choice of mobile phone style, my vote always seems to go to the clamshell. I mention this purely as a lead to this review of the Sony Ericsson Z610i phone which is of the clamshell variety.
As the most talkative of our feathered friends, a parrot can make an excellent pet especially if it does not need cleaning or feeding.
Squawkers McCaw As the most talkative of our feathered friends, a parrot can make an excellent pet especially if it does not need cleaning or feeding. Joining the FurReal Friends family is the new addition of Squawkers McCaw. This talkative, trainable parrot comes with its own perch, toy cracker (the biscuit rather than the Christmas variety), and a remote control. It is being aimed at the 5 - 105 age groups which just about includes this reviewer.
This unit is tiny, it will easily fit in the palm of your hand but that does not stop it having a decent display and lots of memory that can be further expanded by adding an SD card
This Alba 4Gbyte personal MP3 player is 5.5x4.5x1.5cm and the weight with it's single 'AAA' battery inserted is less than 50grams. The front has a 3x1cm LCD display that does not stop it having a very readable three line display that appears black on pale green (with backlight off) and black on pale blue (with backlight on). The unit is black with a sort of silver/grey border around the LCD display and joystick.
A time saving, easy to use, easy to clean food processor with a multitude of uses to bring the fund back into cooking, and all for just under £100.
Extending our look at gadgets for your kitchen, this week I tested the Kenwood Multipro Food Processor ( ). Another excuse to donn the pinnie and get cooking! The Multipro has an extensive range of uses, combining as it does the jobs of separate mixer, whisk, smoothie maker, juicer and liquidiser.
Although based on the same format, SD cards from various manufacturers also perform at different speeds with some brands falling into the slowcoach category
Digital cameras, mobile phones and PDAs have overlapping areas of functionality. They also all rely on memory cards as the means of increasing their storage capacity and, in some cases, enhancing their functionality with applications and data. Generally the most popular format of memory card used by such devices, unless the Sony family of products is involved, is that of Secure Digital (SD).