Electronics Guide

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Slideshow was created for a Technology Brown Bag session at Johnson County Community College on December 2 & 9 called "Electronic Gifts for the Season Part I & II." Description: Tis the season to buy electronics. If you are planning to buy electronic/digital toys or tools for the holiday, this session will be helpful. We'll focus on bargain hunting tips, features to evaluate and personal experiences with these different gizmos. We'll bring our expertise if you bring yours!

This is your chance to participate in a freewheeling discussion of dos and don'ts, tips and warnings with suggestions for holiday purchases.

The session will cover these digital/electronic gadgets: Digital Cameras, Digital picture frames, eBook Readers, Flip Video, Gaming Consoles (PlayStation3, Playstation Personal, Nintendo DS, Xbox, wii), GPS systems (Garmin, TomTom), iPods (all kinds), Laptops, Net books, SmartPhones and more.

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Electronics Guide

  1. 1. Electronic Gifts for the Season Part I & II Technology Brown Bag Session Wednesday, December 2 & 9, 2009
  2. 2. Electronic Gadgets & Gifts • Camcorders • iPods • Digital Cameras • Laptops • Digital Picture • Net Books Frames • SmartPhones • eBook Readers • Shopping Tips • FlipVideo • Gaming Consoles • GPS System
  3. 3. Camcorders • Mini - Tape • LCD Size • Hard drive • CCD’s • Flash Memory • DVD • Zoom Aiptek A-HD 720P $95 • HD • Shoot and Share • SD • Standard • Prosumer Sony HDR-FX1000 $699 Canon HG21 $699 TOC
  4. 4. Digital Cameras • Standard • Optical Zoom: Depends on • Sleek your distances • Advanced • Digital Zoom: • DSLR Don’t use Canon EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera • Colors: Who knew • Speed: Good luck there were so many finding out. Need further • LCD Screen: Easier research. Try CNet.com. to check pictures if • Resolution: Who cares? larger • Optical Sensors: CCD, • IS: pretty standard CMOS, 3CCD TOC
  5. 5. Digital Picture Frames • Buying Guides – Consumer Reports Buying Guide http://bit.ly/7PQLbF – How to Buy a Digital Photo Frame http://bit.ly/92Wiw4 TOC
  6. 6. Digital Picture Frames • Reviews – Consumer Search Best Reviewed Frames http://bit.ly/8hz1wn – ZDnet Digital Frame Reviews http://bit.ly/5QYRhA – Frame Reviews http://bit.ly/4wAjbS • Sale Items – Amazon.com Digital Frame Sale Items http://bit.ly/8SJlu0 – Yahoo Shopping http://bit.ly/7p3KFL – Tech Bargains http://techbargains.com TOC
  7. 7. Sony PRS-300 eBook TOC
  8. 8. Sony eBook Features & Benefits • Connects to PC or Mac via USB • Easy setup, software available online • Easy to add eBooks and PDF documents with downloaded software • Your eBook library maintained on PC or Mac & synchronized as needed • eBooks bought from Sony eBook site (special Borders Books section) • 5” screen using e-ink technology TOC
  9. 9. Sony eBook Features & Benefits • Reads Sony & EPUB books, PDF & documents • Reads e-books from libraries (www.sonysearch.overdrive.com) • Has link to thousands of free, public domain books hosted by Google TOC
  10. 10. Kindle eBook Reader • Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines • Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback • Books in <60 Seconds; no PC required • >360,000 books • Low Prices: $1.99 to $9.99 TOC
  11. 11. Kindle eBook Reader • 3G Wireless: no annual contracts, no monthly fees, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots, global coverage • Paper-Like Display • Holds up to 1,500 books • Longer Battery Life: up to 1 week on single charge • Built-In PDF Reader • Text-to-Speech feature • Free 1st chapters before buy TOC
  12. 12. Flip Video • Easy to Use • Uploads to YouTube • Short Battery Life Look for deals on refurbished or older models TOC
  13. 13. Gaming: Playstation • PS3 $299 includes Bluray, PS2 $100, PSP Go $240, PSP $169 TOC
  14. 14. Gaming: Xbox • $400 • better digital media TOC
  15. 15. Gaming: Nintendo Wii and DS • Wii $199 (Wii Play, Wii Fit) • DS $169 TOC
  16. 16. GPS • Global Positioning System (GPS): satellite-based navigation system • Uses network of 24 satellites • Placed in orbit by U.S. Dept of Defense • Originally military use, in 80s, government made system available for civilian use • Works in all weather conditions, anywhere, 24 hours a day • No subscription or setup charges/fees • GPS.Biggies: Garmin & TomTom • Consumer Reports http://bit.ly/4yq8pG TOC
  17. 17. GPS Features • Screen size: 2.5 to >5 inches • Spoken street names • Real-time traffic reports • Predictive data entry and dynamic search • Detour feature • Routing option • Mounts and mounting: suction cup or? • Power supply: powered by car's 12-volt socket or internal rechargeable battery • Bluetooth, MP3 player, Video player, Photo viewer, Foreign Languages TOC
  18. 18. Laptops • Buying Guides – CNET Buying Giude http://reviews.cnet.com/laptop-buying-guide/ – Laptopical Buying Guide http://bit.ly/5tKvEj – Techspot Buying Guide http://bit.ly/70MyDU • Reviews – Notebook Review http://bit.ly/8Rj1c – Laptoplogic Reviews http://bit.ly/4n2FyG – PCWorld Laptop Reviews http://bit.ly/jw57d • Sale Items – XP Bargains http://bit.ly/621HtY – Yahoo Shopping http://bit.ly/72V18F – Tech Bargains http://techbargains.com TOC
  19. 19. iPods •Touch •Nano •Shuffle TOC
  20. 20. Netbooks • Netbooks (mini notebooks, subnotebooks): a rapidly evolving category; small, light, inexpensive laptop computers for general computing and web access • Marketed as "companion devices" to augment other computer access TOC
  21. 21. Netbooks • ASUS Eee PC (~ $289 - $399) • HP Mini-Note (~ $329 - $499) • MSI Wind (~ $299 - $379) • Acer Aspire (~ $289 – $449) • Dell Mini (~ $ 329 - $499) TOC
  22. 22. Netbooks • Microcenter – Toshiba, Acer, MSI – $299 - $419 • Dell Outlet – $219 - $489 (refurbished) • JCCC Bookstore – Dell Mini 10-inch ($399) TOC
  23. 23. Netbooks Most use the Intel Atom processor Factors to consider: • OS (Windows or Linux are most common) • Keyboard size • Screen size • Battery life • Cost TOC
  24. 24. Smartphones •iPhone •Android •Blackberry TOC
  25. 25. Shopping for Deals: Tips • Search www.spoofee.com or www.passwird.com (is item ever on sale) • Beware of Shipping Prices • Check www.pricegrabber.com for price comparisons • http://www.consumersearch.com/ Prices too good to be true are not true. TOC
  26. 26. Information assembled by staff members of the Educational Technology Center, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS

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