Personal computing, communication, and entertainment devices have become an indispensible part of modern life, certainly including the teaching and traveling lifestyle. Tens of thousands of these devices and accessories appear in the market so ESLFocus has narrowed down the choices to an even dozen must-haves.
Nearly everybody has heard of Apple's iPhone. Many own or are already familiar with how to use it. Since the new Apple iPad
computer runs on the same operating system as the iPhone, it's a natural companion to everyone's favorite cell phone. Like the iPhone, the iPad boasts smooth control and a near-flawless graphical user interface, and it's a fantastic web machine, email host. It's small enough to travel or take to work, and you can add an external display, use as an excellent e-reader, and enjoy 10 hours of battery life. The iPad is affordable, powerful, and portable. Plus it's cool, heading the ESLFocus list of a dozen must-have devices.
Asus U30Jc-A1 laptop
Rising star Asus has recently made a name for themselves in the laptop world. Because the U30Jc-A1
is thin, light, powerful and affordable, it's our top pick for a portable, powerful PC. Featuring an Intel Core i3 350M / 2.26 GHz Quad-Core processor, this Asus laptop pleases for work and play. A big 13.3” screen headlines this attractive item, weighing less than a typical 15” laptop but outclassing and out-powering most. Pretty, sleek and including everything that a macbook can except the price - what's not to like? The Asus U30Jc-A1 is our top portable PC pick.
Apple iPhone 4
Unless you've been living under a rock you've heard about the new Apple iPhone 4
, slated for release June 24th. When compared to the already outstanding iPhone 3gs - currently ranked as best mobile phone - the new iPhone will feature 4 times the display resolution, weigh less, and come with a faster multitasking operating system. Need more? How about cameras on both sides, enabling video chat in high, 5 megapixel quality. Add a whopping 720p High Definition video system and you're exploring the state of the art in handheld communications. Exclusive AT&T compatibility may limit the iPhone in some eyes but in every other respect this is the phone to get, making the must-have slot for cell phones.
The HTC Incredible
is just that, incredible, making it one of the few suitable alternatives to Apple's iPhone. Partnered with Google, the HTC's Android
operating system delivers the blindingly-fast browsing experience you expect from Google's Chrome web browser. Connect via the Verizon 3g network and you're playing with real power. The HTC Incredible may be the one platform that many will use to ditch a pocketful or a briefcase of lesser devices: Web, phone, 8 megapixel camera, GPS, and all of it running through a fabulous display. Want to stay with Verizon and save on hardware costs while doing it? The must-have HTC Incredible has many not even looking the iPhone's direction.
Not that long ago video of any
quality meant lugging around fifty pounds of analog equipment, lengthy development, and lousy playback quality. In the space of 25 years digital microprocessing has put the power of studio-grade video in nearly everyone's reach. Today, the Flip brand has become the most popular choice for teens and adults alike, but with the advent of the amazing new Flip UltraHD
, true High Definition video drops into your pocket
. You get a true 720p recording of anything you like, anytime or anywhere you like, and all for a $170 starting price. The Flip Ultra HD runs on AA batteries and plugs easily into TV's with HDMI input, Macs, and PC's for easy downloads of great video.
Having captured great video while at home or away, when it comes to a premium voice recorder and fabulous audio
playback, you want the Edirol R-09HR
by industry leader Roland. Get exceptional playback and an easy to use recording remote control if you can't miss a word and want no-noise backgrounds. Class, note-taking, professional archiving, and transcription - the Edirol R-09HR is the undisputed king of voice recording.
Sony DVP-FX930 (Region-free version)
Decompress on the road anywhere you go
on the road with the region-free Sony DVP-FX930
portable DVD player. This portable DVD player is everything you need for on the go entertainment: Enjoy films on the hi-resolution 9-inch screen that swivels to fit any situation, and call up your favorite scenes with the DVP-FX930's handy remote control. Included are an AV cable, car charger, and a reliable 6-hour battery, enough for Gone With The Wind
or most of the Lord of The Rings
saga. Region-free means all DVD formats are compatible so viewing DVDs from Europe and Asia won't be a problem. If you like to watch movies on the go, then this top-twelve pick is for you.
Klipsch Image S4i
The Klipsch Image S4i
earphones have amazing sound quality for their price. They're audiophile-approved, super comfortable, they come with a special storage box and cleaning tools, and they even sport a call answer button for when you're using them with a cell phone. When compared to pricier headphones the Klipsch are as good if not better, all for under $100. If you enjoy great quality sound from your top-twelve pick, plug in a pair of Klipsch Image S4i earphones.
Nintendo DSi XL
In-the-know gamers know the DSi XL
is the latest portable gem from Nintendo. With a bigger set of screens over the previous DSi, the XL offers more display area to play your favorites from Super Mario and company. The DSi has plenty of games to choose from and the compact size means you'll carry it everywhere - except to class, of course. The Nintendo DSi XL is the top-twelve must-have gaming platform.
Canon Powershot SD4000 IS
The world of digital cameras is almost as bewildering as the universe of portable electronic devices. Fortunately, Canon has developed the classic pocket camera to a high art, and in the process, included some very high performance. For the closest thing to a full-frame SLR camera, the compact, lightweight Canon SD4000 IS
offers fast shutter speeds so you get great, pro-grade images in a small compact size. The impressive 10 megapixel camera boasts 720p video recording and an advanced onboard control system. Refined and powerful, the Canon SD4000 is the must-have choice for on the road images.
Whether filling a hotel room on the Riveria with Bach or making an impression with the local gamer club, for high quality, affordable speakers for your desktop, laptop, or personal audio device, the gorgeous Swan H2
speakers fit the bill. As hard as it is to believe, the little H2's have a genuine ebony finish in high gloss lacquer and a genuine black leather front baffle. Perforated, epoxy-painted metal grilles make the H2 durable and premium 2” full range drivers with Japanese-style raw-fiber cones provide a wonderfully natural sound. Great 2.0-channel listening anytime or place you want, and with a price tag of under $100 the pair, these
speakers a must have.
Apple Ipod Nano (5th generation)
It's true: No MP3 player is worth looking at unless it's the Ipod Nano
, especially now when that MP3 player is the latest 5th generation model. Besides having the crisp, clear sound you've come to expect from Apple's iPod, the iPod Nano is a great compact size good for taking anywhere. The latest Nano offers video recording, voice recording, an FM radio and even a pedometer! There's so much you get out of this MP3 player that it makes us wonder if anyone will ever catch up. The Ipod Nano is a must have for people who want to listen to music on the go.