You can enjoy big-screen entertainment at home or on the road with the XPJ Personal Entertainment Projector. The portable projector can project images from 40 inches to 70 inches with a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels via a hookup to a video game system, a DVD player or other video device. The projector also can deliver sound through its built-in speakers or a connected speaker system. It ships with a 270-watt lamp for use now and a back-up lamp so the show can go on when the original lamp burns out. Cost: $249.
The party can get started with Hercules' Mobile DJ MP3. Designed to work with a PC, the wireless hand-held digital mixing controller lets you create mixes, personalize music and host a party, DJ style. Powered by two C batteries, the device's tools can scratch, synchronize, cross fade and mix music on two decks. It also features two jog wheels, two volume sliders, a pitch knob and various sound effects. Available in white or black, the device costs $99.
Digital photographers who can't get to a computer can back up their images with Photo Safe II. Available with an 80-gigabyte or 160GB hard drive, the portable digital storage device comes with built-in memory card readers for popular media, including the new mini Secure Digital card. Plus, it sports protective rubber covers and slot for a removable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. When you're ready to download the saved photos to a PC, you simply connect it to your computer. The device also can back up files on your computer via a USB connection. An 80GB version costs $139 while a 160GB version is $189.
You don't have to settle for tinny MP3 sounds on your drive to the beach this summer. Pioneer's FH-P8000BT CD player delivers top-notch sound, even when the source is only so-so. Thanks to technology that restores the musical detail lost when music files are compressed, the player gives new life to recorded discs and downloaded music files. Plus, it can easily be set to work with a connected iPod, a Bluetooth cell phone or a USB drive. It costs about $330. Other models are available.
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