Epson printer doubles as a photo frame

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Gillian Shaw

PictureMate Show, 2-in-1 Digital Photo Frame, Epson

LaCie Coat, LaCie ForMoa

PictureMate Show, 2-in-1 Digital Photo Frame, Epson, $346 Multi-function is the name of the game when it comes to useful tech toys, and Epson delivers with a printer that doubles as a photo frame. Useful for on-the-go conversion of those snapshots to printed versions, it prints four-by-six photos. Print from a thumb drive or a memory card, and the printer will store up to 270 megabytes of photos in its internal memory. A 17.8-cm tilt screen lets you show off your photos.

ThinkPad X201 laptop, Lenovo, from $1,050

Weighing in at less than three pounds, the new X201 laptop is ultra portable, and unlike netbooks that may be only slightly lighter, it is a full-performance computer. Lenovo is using Intel normal-volt Core processors, rather than low-volt processors, putting it in the lead as the fastest ultra portable among the competition. That combines with more than 11 hours of battery life. Part

of Lenovo’s Think-branded lineup that includes the ThinkPad X201s, a featherweight under 2.5 pounds with more than 12 hours battery life and a price tag of $1,800.

ThinkPad X201 Tablet, Lenovo, $1,730 Another in the new Lenovo lineup, the new tablet has a 12.1-inch multi-touch screen, giving users the options of using it as a pen-or finger-based slate or as a full-sized laptop with a keyboard. Windows 7 like the others and an angle screen that makes viewing possible up to 185 degrees. A list of features including a fingerprint reader, a 2.0-megapixel camera, TV tuner, firewire, WiMAX and 3G as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet connectivity and expandable memory up to eight gigabytes.

LaCie Coat, LaCie ForMoa, from $15 US

Wrap your netbook, MacBook or new iPad up in a colourful coat from LaCie that will protect it with a double layer of neoprene with a soft inside lining. The Coat has an inside zippered pocket so you can keep your power cord and other accessories neatly tucked away. The ForMoa has handles that tuck away, making it double as both sleeve and a carrying case and it comes with three pockets for organizing those extras. The new LaCie covers come in several sizes from the smallest 10.2-inch to three laptop sizes for 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch laptops. In five colours.

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