December 29, 2009

Play Wizard with Magic Wand Remote


Shades of Harry Potter! The Magic Wand Remote Control can be programmed with up to 13 commands from your other remotes or IR devices. Then don your wizard's robe and swish, flick and spin while your neighbors think you have lost it. The remote also features a pulse to confirm that you got the gesture right and when the batteries are wearing down, and will go into sleep mode after 60 secs. of idleness. Although it is temporarily out of stock, pre-order now for $69.95.

Via Firebox

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December 24, 2009

Silver PAC Evolution 5500 Remote


The Silver PAC Evolution 5500 Remote has a 4.3" touchscreen and Sideshow technology for full media access for up to 100 devices, including your home entertainment system, lighting, HVAC, and your PC. It also features WiFi connectivity, an embedded Windows CE op system and hooks up via Z-Wave. The do-it-all remote is due in February but no price has been released.

Via Silver PAC

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November 21, 2009

NAV 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time again. Drag out that dusty wallet/purse and feed our economy. And while others freak out after losing their car at the mall or wait for Black Friday deals, we are shopping online which, in our opinion, can be just as inexpensive as the real world, especially when you consider gas, tax, obnoxious salespeople on commission and the fear factor when someone beats you to that last copy of Band Hero at Wally World. We have found audio and video goodies, gifts for kids, as well as gifts to fit every budget, even if yours is small. So without further ado...

Over $100.00 Ultimate Wish List

yoostar.jpgYoostar literally lets you perform with their Entertainment System. Act in a movie, TV episode or NBA game by replacing an actor or adding yourself to a screen. It comes with webcam, greenscreen, stand, remote and software. Yoostar will only work with PC although a Mac version is on the way.

hpdream.jpgHP's DreamScreen 100 puts every other digital frame to shame. Simplified remote, buttons and screens makes for easy access to music, photos and videos. Built-in WiFi connects you to your existing network for content on your PC or through the Interweb to access radio, weather, news and more.

zunevid.jpgThe Zune 120 GB Video MP3 Player with 3.2" color LCD is as ultimate as it gets. Not only does it hold 30,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 375 hours of video, it has the unique distinction of being able to tag songs you hear on FM radio that you might want to purchase. Play games, share with other Zunes and thumb your nose at those Apple folks.

160ipod.jpgTo be fair, Apple fanatics would love a new iPod classic 160 GB that has up to 36 hours of music or 6 hrs. of video playback and a 2.5" color LCD with LED backlight.

coolpixaccess.jpgHow kewl is the Nikon Coolpix S60 10MP Digital Camera with touchscreen? Even more so when it comes with an accessory kit with a 4GB memory card, carrying case, cleaning kit, screen protectors, tripod, spare battery and free prints with a promo code # on your invoice.

Under $50.00

pogo.jpgThe Next Generation Remote Control Extender not only looks unique, it turns any IR remote into RF by simply installing its battery transmitter and works up to 100 ft. away. No company knows film like Polaroid and their PoGo Instant Digital Mobile
lives up to their reputation. You get 2 x 3" borderless images from your camera or cell phone that are dry to the touch, water and smudge resistant.

memorexkaraoke.jpgWe know someone who signed up for a checking account so that he could get a free portable DVD player. Technology is so advanced now that almost anyone can afford one, like the Philips Portable DVD Player with 7" LCD display and 2 hour playback. AC and car adapters, and AV cables are included as is the built-in rechargeable battery. Nothing says you are the life of the party like this Memorex's portable Karaoke Home Entertainment System. It includes a CD player, echo control for those off key and a 2 digit LED display. Practice enough and you may be Oprah's next $250,000 winner.

Under $20.00

sonyremote.jpgSpeck's ToughSkin Rubberized Case is compatible with 80/120/160 GB iPod classic 6G and is built for those that are on the clumsy side. It also comes with a belt clip. Sony's RM-VL 600 Universal Learning Remote can handle up to 8 different inputs, is pre-programmed for most brands and has an easy one-touch control.

If you know somebody with a Flip Camcorder, we can't say enough about how grateful they would be if you got them a Tripod. Adjustable, it comes with interchangeable rubber feet.

motorolah350.jpgThe Motorola H350 Headset works with any Bluetooth-equipped phone up to 30 ft. away. Considering cell phone usage while driving is a no-no these days, this would be a simple hint in the guise of a gift. No gift list is complete without at least one I-Dog and our pick is the inexpensive Dance. Plug him into your iPod or MP3 player and he plays your music through his speakers and does a doggy dance. He obeys certain verbal commands and his lights move to the beat.

Under $10.00

The Iluv i203PUR Lightweight Earphones for iPod come in various colors but we kind of lean towards the purple ones. Lightweight earclips are included for those on the go and inline volume control makes them easy to adjust.

usbipodcharger.jpgiFrogz Luxe Case in blue and black fits iPhone 3G and 3GS, is soft to the touch and allows full access to all controls and functions. The Universal iPod USB Charger Kit works with most iPods and includes a car charger and a retractable 31.5" coil cable.

foldingspeaker.jpgINSTEN's Folding Stereo Speaker supports all iPods and other musical devices with a 3.5mm plug. The aluminum speaker folds up when not in use and are great for traveling. Nothing says portable as well as this Kinamax USB 3D Optical Scroll Wheel Mouse. With an ergonomic design, it has a retractable cable and comes with its own mouse pad.

A/V players

fuze.jpgIt's difficult to compete with the top of the line SanDisk Sansa Fuze. The player holds 4GB of media (expandable with SD slot,) which translates into up to 1,000 tunes. It also has FM radio with 40 presets and built in microphone.

Sony fans will appreciate their latest Walkman Video that holds over 1,800 songs or 30 hrs. of video on its 8GB. Its 2" TFT color display is LED backlit and the player supports most audio formats. Coby's MP305-4G combines an MP3 player, FM radio, and USB flash drive with the company's usual affordable price.

playaz.jpgOne of the most creative MP3 players we have found is the Jada Interactive Playaz . The little guy has built-in speakers, and audio output for additional speakers and gets down to whatever tune is playing.

For Kids

twilight.jpgThis is not to say that you can't share, for we have found that any time we buy something for our own kids, we dig them as much as they do. Nintendo's DS Lite Limited Edition Bundle comes with Super Mario. With advanced touchscreen, mic port and WiFi connection, watch them clean their rooms for the next month at least. The Scene It? Twilight Deluxe Edition will probably sell out quickly now that the movie is out.

We had to include something from Sesame Street as they recently celebrated their 40th birthday. The Silly Sounds Remote resembles Cookie Monster but press any of the number buttons and Elmo speaks or it makes a silly sound. The light flashes as well and when your kidlet wants to quit, he issues a time out phrase to keep her/him playing.

vsmile.jpgVtech's V.Smile TV Learning System is one of the hottest toys this season. Connect to your TV, pop in a Smartridge and your child can play games as well as learn. The included joystick works for left and right-handed users and games can be found for various age groups.

We personally recommend anything by Leapfrog, one of the best series of learning tools we purchased for our own kids. The Tag Reading System is almost a juvenile version of the Smartpen. With over 20 books available, touching with it makes the words speak and the pictures sing. Parents can connect to keep tabs on their kids.

minddflex.jpgAnd if you want a toy for yourself, give the Mindflex Game to your kids and, when they tire of it, take custody. The device features a cushion of air that a ball rests on and brain waves literally can be trained to move it up and down or through hurdles, hoops and other obstacles.

Ucreate Music allows kids of any age to become a DJ. An online library holds tracks special effects and filters and finished compositions can be shared online. Ucreate also comes in a Games & Artimation version for those who lean in another direction.

It's easy to get carried away when money isn't a major factor, but for most of us, that's the way it is. We hope we have made it a bit simpler. NAV hopes you have a great holiday this year no matter how you celebrate it!

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October 14, 2009

URC Remote Includes PowerBlaster


Don't you just love a remote that comes with a PowerBlaster? The URC RFS200 PowerPak Bundle comes with a MasterControl RF20 that is pre-programmed for almost any kind of TV, DVD and CD players, satellite receivers, set top boxes and game systems. It can also "learn" commands from your other remotes, old or new. Features include a fully backlit keypad, customizable LCD screen, 40 built-in favorites channels, and it comes with 4AAA batteries. The IR PB can be used behind walls or in other rooms, giving you control up to 100" away without pointing. The URC remote is a must have when you are weaning your kids (or spouse) from too much game watching or playing.

Via URC PowerPak Bundle

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September 24, 2009

Loop Your Presentation


Hillcrest Labs' Loop acts as a remote for your PC and is especially handy for those connected to a TV or projector. Plug the wireless receiver into your USB port, get a grip on the in-air mouse and click on objects onscreen, even across a room. The thumb has access to buttons that include "select" and "back" and a scroll wheel. The Loop can be used with PC, Mac, Windows Media Center, Apple TV and with PowerPoint presenters.

Via Hillcrest Lab Loop

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September 10, 2009

Harmony 700 Universal Remote is Rechargeable


The Harmony 700 is no ordinary remote. The company has made it rechargeable so you never have to worry about extra batteries should you be in the middle of a weekend movie marathon. The remote features fave channel icons and commands with one-touch buttons. This universal control can work with up to 6 different electronic components and Logitech says it will support over 225,000 devices from more than 5,000 brands.

Via Harmony Remotes

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August 14, 2009

AT&T U-Verse Point Anywhere Remote


AT&T U-Verse customers can now forget about the need to keep their home theater directly in the line of sight with the TV Point Anywhere RF Remote Control. With a simple plug-n-play USB adapter, the preprogrammed codes make it compatible with most major brands. The remote is backlit for low light, has one-button access to U-verse TV and a temporary lower price of $49.00.

Via AT&T

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July 31, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote


If you have been considering replacing your old button remotes, Logitech's Harmony 1100 Advanced Remote can combine them all with one universal 3.5" LCD touchscreen. Available in silver or black, you can control up to 15, count 'em, 15 different components. The remote sends both IR and Z-wave wireless signals and is compatible with both Windows and Mac. Set up is via your PC and control is one-touch with Logitech Smart State icons. Logitech claims that its database includes 5,000+ brands and 225,000+ IR devices so we would definitely label that universal.

Via Logitech Remotes

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July 28, 2009

Sonos Debuts Controller 200


The wireless Sonos Controller 200 has made its debut. Replacing the 100 model, it is an excellent answer to turning you into a one music system family. With simple setup and instant on when you pick it up, it features a rapid intuitive search by song, artist, or radio station when typed in. Dedicated mute, volume and zone buttons make control even easier.

Take the CR200 throughout the house or outside with its convenient transflective screen. You can alter the volume in different rooms from the same unit and it comes with a lithium ion battery that is good for 5 days of use and can be easily replaced. The company has also updated its Software 3.0 for use with the CR200 or iPhone controller. There is now one-touch access to such info as concert listings, artist bios, album reviews and more.


The controller comes with its own charging cradle at a price of $349 and is compatible with other Sonos Multi-Room Music System hardware. If you haven't found the joys of the music system, the Sonos BU250 Bundle comes with the ZonePlayer 90 and the ZonePlayer 120.

(Thanks, Thomas)

Via Sonos

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July 27, 2009

URC MX-5000 Remote "Satisfies" With Haptic Feedback


Universal Remote Control has unveiled their MX-5000 that is controlled with haptic feedback. The remote features narrowband RF and IR, has built-in WiFi and comes with a base station, built-in rechargeable battery and charging base. URC claims that when you press a button on the 2.7" touchscreen you receive a "very satisfying sensation." At a price of around $1,500.00, it had better be.

Via CE Pro

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