LG will be unveiling their latest Google TV at next month's CES. The GA6400 and GA7900 series utilizes their Magic Qwerty Remote to work with Voice Search and PrimeTime quick guide. There are more goodies as well. New Home Dashboards use "cards" like folders that display apps, other content and even real-time news and weather information. The OnLive app is pre-installed for gamers and WiFi makes it easy to connect to YouTube, Android smartphones and tablets. And of course it is 3D friendly.
What that means is that the current line of LG's HDTVs, including their 47G2 47" Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV is marked down for those who want to save some coinage. It comes with Google TV, Six Pairs of 3D Glasses and is now available for less than $1,00.
December is a good month to purchase HDTVs since the price tends to go up closer to the Super Bowl. RCA is featuring a 32" LCD with built-in DVD Player and 3000:1 contrast. It features a 1366 x 768 tuner mode, 2 HDMI connections ATSC/NTSC compatibility and runs on 2 AA batteries (included.) All that for less than $300.00.
We have an older version of one of these Sony Standard Cassette Players for over a decade and it is still running. And although we have mostly moved on to digital, we still occasionally drag it out. It seems that as of next month, Sony will be discontinuing several models of their TCMs, so this is your last chance to scoop one of these puppies up super-cheap. It has some great features for a portable cassette player including speed variance, voice activation recording, built-in mic and headphone jack.
Sometimes tiny is a good thing. The UG007 is a mini-PC with a Dual Core CPU and runs Android 4.1. It has 8GB internal storage that can hold up to 32GB with SD card. Hook it up to your TV via HDMI and you've got game, well apps anyway. Its Bluetooth keyboard may be small but certainly easier than most smartphone keyboards. Compatible with most file types, the dongle comes with a charger, HDMI and USB cable and is also available in white.
Last year LeapFrog's LeapPad managed to capture the Toy of the Year Award so you know that the LeapPad 2 will be one of the hotter devices this holiday season. The improvements include a higher resolution, front and back cameras, video recorder, a faster processor, longer battery life and back compatible with games from the first generation. The tablet is recommended for ages 4 - 9 and can be used with stylus or small fingers. Available in both green and pink, the package includes 5 built-in apps, an app of your own choosing and a Cartoon Director app for making movies. Special bundles and accessories are also available.
Although canned air is a luxury for those who eat while they surf, wouldn't it be wonderful if you could get one that never runs out? You practically can with the rechargeable Hurricane 2 Canless Air System. You get over 500 full charges, the equivalent of about 20 cans of air per charge. That's 10,000 uses! Because it has a wind speed of 150 mph, so there will be some noise but the device can be used at any angle so that seems a fair compromise.
Amazon is jump starting Black Friday which, as we all know, comes on the Friday following Thanksgiving. If you want to take advantage and get all your shopping done early in the quietness that is not the nearest mall, you can check out their Countdown Specials now or subscribe to their Email Daily Deals. The deals vary in savings, from 15 to 50% off. The day we checked this out, we found72% off office electronics.
Beats recently came out with a new speaker system designed for those who like their brand but not their usual prices. For less than $200.00, the Pill is portable and can be used from up to 30 ft away. It can double as a speakerphone with its built-in mic. The system features 4 speakers, can be controlled by other Bluetooth devices and has both a 3.5mm line-in and -out. Included in the package is a 1.5m audio cable, AC adapter, USB cable and handy carrying case.
Harman's JBL OnBeat Venue Wireless Speaker, when used with an iPhone/iPad, is thought by many to sound good enough replace a home entertainment system. With dual full-range drivers and Slipstream port technology, it can also run older iOS devices with its 30-pin connector. An auxiliary jack can attach to an HDMI TV (cable not included.) Included is the free app MusicFlow download for volume control and EQ settings, as well as editing and mixing.
Those looking for a reasonably priced pair of headphones can look no further than Audio-Technica's closed-back dynamic Professional Headphones. We bought the ATH-M30 for less than $42.00 when we needed a pair that would have decent sound at very little cost. The 'phones manage to block a lot of exterior sound while capturing both treble and bass nuances. With a 20-20,000 Hz frequency response and an impedance of 65 ohms, they have a very comfortable fit, are lightweight and have a flexible 11 ft. cable. We wanted a 3.5mm connection and it also comes with a ¼" adapter.
Logitech's new Harmony Control has an intuitive color touchscreen. Use it for TV, music or home cinema viewing with access to 50 favorite channels. Swipe getstures, such as volume and pause, are customizable. The universal remote works with over 5,000 brands and 225,000 devices, and has a backlit button layout for easy navigation in the p.m. The Harmony replaces remotes on to 15 different devices and comes with its own charging station.
Portable Blu-ray and DVD players are certainly commonplace these days and more affordable than ever. Sony's latest portable Blu-ray Player has a 9", high-res widescreen LCD, a 180º swivel flip screen and a rechargeable battery that will last about 4.5 hours for those long commutes. The player features an HDMI output for viewing on your HDTV and a USB input offers more accessibility for video, photos or tunes. With support for most video platforms and a price around $200.00, the BDPSX910 comes with an AC adapter, remote and car charger.
Here comes the holidays. A new Xbox 360 Bundle is already available for preorder. It comes with Halo 4 Standard Edition. Also included in the Limited Edition are two wireless controllers with blue LED and rotating D-pad, Infinity Multiplayer mode, sound effects and a code for unique, downloadable content to dress up your avatar. Best of all, should the price drop before you receive your bundle, you will get the full package at the lesser price.
OMG! We absolutely adore Breaking Bad! The more evil Walt gets, the more we like it. Jesse now seems a wuss in comparison. So how much of an oxymoron are these plushies? Made by MissCoffee, another fan, the set was made for an LA art gallery and not for sale unless enough of us can convince her to mass produce.
Btw, if you haven't seen Breaking Bad, shame on you! Catch up on the current Season 5 as well as previous ones.