Touch screens may be all the rage, but for many of you, there's no substitute for clacking away on a phone with a physical keyboard attached. From the rough-and-tumble NEC Terrain, to the sleek and compact BlackBerry Q10, we've gathered some of our favorite QWERTY-touting handsets that we've encountered in recent months. Check them out below and let us know in the comments section if any of these devices pique your interest.Editors' note: This post was originally published October 26, 2011, and is updated continuously.
We first heard about the prototype Tele Scouter two years ago, when it was proposed as an aid for interpreters, who would read translated text in the eye screen.
Another suggested use was as a reference for technicians and assembly workers, who can watch a video of how to put something together on the screen while doing it themselves. … Read more
There should be little doubt that USB 3.0 technology has arrived on PCs after a report released today forecast that tens of millions of devices using the standard will ship in 2011.
"The primary story for USB in 2010 was the emergence of the SuperSpeed standard. 2011 should be a much bigger year for the technology, especially in mobile PCs," said market researcher In-Stat. "This has led In-Stat to forecast that nearly 80 million USB SuperSpeed-enabled devices will ship in 2011."
USB is one of the most widely used connection technologies in the world, found … Read more
LAS VEGAS--We've seen a few dual-screen devices at CES so far, including the massive Kno Textbook Tablet and the 14-inch hybrid tablet-laptop Acer Iconia. Japan's NEC, though, has introduced a dual-screen tablet compact enough to use on those notoriously crowded Tokyo trains.
The LT-W Cloud Communicator has two 7-inch TFT LCD touch screens and weighs only 530 grams (18.6 ounces). It feels like it can almost fit in a large pocket, and would fit well in a satchel or purse.
The device, which runs Google's Android 2.1 operating system on an ARM Cortex processor, has … Read more
The Features score in CNET's monitor reviews is determined by asking one simple question: "What am I getting for the amount of money I'm paying?"
So, it should come as no surprise that a monitor that offers a lot for $300 would score highly in the Features subrating, and the NEC MultiSync E231W did just that.
First off, the NEC includes the "quadfecta" of ergonomic options, featuring tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment. It also includes a number of useful Eco options we first saw in the NEC MultiSync PA271W's OSD. No to … Read more
Monitors with LED backlights are currently a pretty hot commodity and I've found that while most manufacturers hock their LED wares to the consumer market, some, like Samsung and with its BX2350, are beginning to see that people spend a lot of time staring at monitor screens while at work.
On Monday, NEC stepped on the business monitor bandwagon to introduce a new line of LED-based monitors that, according to the company, are "ideal for corporate users looking for increased productivity and sleek aesthetics."
The new series begins with the 23-inch MultiSync EX231W, an LED-backlit LCD monitor with both DisplayPort and DVI connections. The monitor also offers a 14.6mm-wide bezel, a 9.3-pound weight and a USB port. It also includes a fully adjustable stand with 110mm height adjust, pivot, swivel and tilt, as well as a built-in carrying handle and quick release stand.
The monitor also includes a "human sensor," which detects user activity in front of the monitor and goes into sleep mode when it notices no one is there. No word yet if this works on cats or vampires.
Check out the full list of features (or at least, ones worth mentioning) here (my comments in parenthesis):… Read more
I've been getting requests to review the HP DreamColor LP2480zx for the better part of the last year. Sorry it's taken so long, but here it is. Better late than never.
It's an interesting endeavor, to review a product that costs well over $2,000. This is especially true when other devices that serve the same basic purpose exist and can be procured for fraction of the cost.
In this situation, the intended audience has to be considered. Does it meet their needs as best you can tell? Are there lower-priced alternatives?
This leads to comparisons that … Read more
As I've mentioned many times in the past year, LED-based monitors have become completely ubiquitous. So, in an LED-monitor world as vast as the one we live in--where one is released every week, practically--how does a monitor vendor make its LED hopeful stand out? NEC seems to think ergonomics and DisplayPort are the ways to go.
This week, the company announced the 23-inch MultiSync E231W. The monitor includes a fully ergonomic design, featuring 110mm height adjustment, tilt, swivel, and pivot, as well as DisplayPort support.
Also, in an attempt to diminish your carbon footprint when using it, the E231W … Read more
The decision's been made. The NEC Multisync PA271W is the best-performing monitor we've yet reviewed. It has a high resolution (2,560x1,440 pixels), impeccable color, and an incredibly detailed and in-depth onscreen display (OSD), obviously designed by crazy people (I mean this in the best possible way).
Unfortunately, these same crazies decided not to give this $1,349, 27-inch monitor an HDMI or even component ports.
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