Dell 26″ LCD TV

dell w2600 26 inch lcd hdtv tv

Dell has announced a new addition to their line of LCD TVs that is a leap forward for them in terms of good looks.

The Dell W2600 is a 26″ LCD TV that is HDTV (720p) ready, has a good 500:1 contrast ratio, 450 nits brightness, 25 ms response time, dual tuners, and works with a PC at 1280×768 pixel resolution.

The Dell W2600 26″ LCD TV is 32.7″ x 16.6″ x 4.2″ and weighs 43lb (with stand).

It is currently available from Dell.com for $1999 with free shipping and we think it may come down as low as $1699 later in the year.

Dell Shopping Link

(Dell are also expect to announce Plasma TVs later this fall)

New Apple iMac G5 Details

apple imac g5 details

Apple has officially launched the new iMac G5.

The design of the iMac G5 has all the computer components inside the monitor, kind of like a big thick tablet pc on a stand, or as a Apple puts it: “The entire computer, including a G5-based logic board, slot-loading optical drive, hard disk, speakers, and even the power supply — dwells inside the enchanting display”.

There are 3 models of iMac G5 available:

1.6GHz iMac G5 with 17″ widescreen lcd monitor, 256mb DDR400 SDRAM, 80GB hard drive, 64mb GeForce FX 5200 graphics, and combo cd-writer/dvd drive, for $1299.

1.8GHz iMac G5 with 17″ widescreen lcd monitor, 256mb DDR400 SDRAM, 80GB hard drive, 64mb GeForce FX 5200 graphics, and combo cd and dvd writer drive, for $1499.

1.8GHz iMac G5 with 20″ widescreen lcd monitor, 256mb DDR400 SDRAM, 160GB hard drive, 64mb GeForce FX 5200 graphics, and combo cd and dvd writer drive, for $1899.

The 17″ iMac G5 is 16.9″ x 16.8″ x 2″ (6.8″ with stand), and weighs 18.5lb, and the 20″ iMac G5 is 18.6″ x 19.4″ x 2.2″ (7.4″ with stand) and weighs 25.2lb.

They look nice but I guess I expected a little more for the price: no built-in wireless, DVD-writer is only 4x speed, underpowered video card, 20″ display only goes up to 1680×1050 resolution.

More from Apple

Rio Carbon 5GB Limited Edition

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The Rio Carbon is a potential iPod mini killer – Rio carbon has more storage (5gb hard drive), Rio Carbon is smaller than the mini (2.5”W x 3.3”H x 0.6” D), Rio Carbon is lighter than the mini (3.2oz), and the battery life is longer than the mini (20hrs).

The Rio Carbon is now available for pre-order for $249.99 and will ship September 3rd.

Rio also has a cool limited edition of the Rio Carbon, just 500 available: The limited edition Rio Carbon is laser engraved and numbered on the back, has a limited edition collectors box, has free 2 day air shipping upgrade, and comes with 3 months of Napster music service and 20 free song downloads.

I have pre-ordered one and will be reviewing it next to my iPod Mini when I return from my trip on September 14th.

Pre-Order the Rio Carbon Now

Dell Axim X50 Photo?

dell axim x50 photo

Engadget found a pic on an Asian forum that is supposed to be the Axim X50 but it looks faked to me, too much like the old Axim X5.

Here’s what is known about the Dell Axim X50:

Like the X30 there will be 3 models, presumably called High, Mid, and Low with different processors and/or memory to differentiate them.

The X50 high will have a 3.7″ VGA (640×480 pixel) screen, and all versions of the Dell Axim X50 Pocket PC will feature both a compactflash and a SD memory card slot.

Dimensions are said to be similar to the Dell X3 and X30 but the design will be different.

Expect other features of the Dell X50 Pocket PC to be similar to the X30: wireless and bluetooth in the high, lots of memory, removable battery etc.

This has the potential to be a killer Pocket PC, correcting the only big drawback of my X30 with the new VGA resolution screen.

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1 Review

sony network walkman hard drive mp3 player

I didn’t think much of the Sony Network Walkman when it was announced: a 20gb MP3 player for $399 ($100 more than the iPod), that mostly used Sony’s own ATRAC3 music format. I’ve been waiting to see a review to see if it’s worth looking at.

Judie over at the gadgeteer got hold of a Sony Network Walkman and write a detailed review. Here’s what she thought:

Liked: great battery life, small, solid, easy to navigage
Didn’t Like: ARRAC format, high price, must use Sony SonicStage application to manage music.

I still think I will give it a miss.

Mobile Site Updated

The mobile version of ShinyPlastic.com has been updated:

The mobile home page now shows just the last 10 items with details and 50 more with just the date and title.

Individual pages have been created for every item.

A seperate style sheet is being used.

Take a look at http://shinyplastic.com/mobile/ on you pocket pc or other mobile device and let me know what you think.

Akimbo Internet Video Player

akimbo internet video player

Akimbo, the broadband internet based video on demand player is almost ready to launch.

Through the Akimbo service you can download and watch any of the 20,000+ hours of programming from 50+ channels they have available.

The Akimbo player is available for pre-order for $229 and is expected to ship in October. The player requires a subscription ($9.99/month or $199.99 lifetime) plus you will have to pay to watch some premium programming.

The Akimbo player has a 80gb hard drive and an ethernet port but if you want to go wireless you will need a seperate 802.11b USB wireless adapter.

(more from the associated press)

Sony Cybershot V3

sony cybershot V3 prosumer 7.2 megapixel digital camera

New digital camera #3 for today from Sony is the Cybershot V3.

The Sony Cybershot V3 is more “prosumer” featuring a 7.2 megapixel sensor, 2.5″ LCD screen, 4x optical zoom, MemoryStick and Compactflash (type 1 only) memory card slots, hot show for flash, some manual controls, and 640 x 480 pixel 30 frames/second video.

The Sony Cybershot V3 is 4.7″ x 2.2″ x 2.7″ and weighs 13.8oz.

The Sony Cybershot V3 will be available in late october for around $700.

Sony Cybershot L1

sony cybershot L1 4.1 megapixel digital camera

Sony’s second new camera for today is the ultra-compact Sony Cybershot L1.

The Sony Cybershot L1 features a 4.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, 1.5″ transreflective LCD screen and records video at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 frames/second onto a MemoryStick Pro memory card.

The Sony Cybershot L1 manages to pack all of that into a body that is just 3.8″ x 1.7″ x 1″ and weights just 4oz.

The Sony Cybershot L1 will be available in October and will cost around $300.