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In Focus: May 2007

Canon HV20 camcorderHD SHOOTERCompare Prices
Capture crisp, high-definition video with an affordable, palm-sized camera. The Canon HV20 camcorder features a 10x optical zoom lens, 2.96-megapixel CMOS image sensor and DIGIC DV II image processor for shooting full HD resolution (1920 x 1080i) video with true-to-life color. The 24p Cinema Mode helps your footage look more like a professional film. The HV20 also comes with a microphone and earphone jacks, plus you can opt to record in standard definition mode. Estimated Street Price: $1,099. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

24-inch VX2435wm and 28-inch VX2835wm LCD screens from ViewSonicSPACE MONITORS
Your images have room to stretch on the
24-inch VX2435wm and 28-inch VX2835wm LCD screens from ViewSonic. The wide-format displays let you look at big images side by side, enhancing workflow. Features include a smart color engine for optimal color reproduction, 1920 x 1200 dpi resolution, ClearMotiv 5-millisecond video response times for playing back high-definition video and built-in stereo speakers. List Price: $699 (VX2435wm); $879 (VX2835wm). Contact: ViewSonic (800) 888-8583, www.viewsonic.com.

Western Digital‚’s My Book Pro Edition IICompare PricesAMPLE SPACE
A remarkable 1 TB of capacity and extra data protection are what you get with Western Digital's My Book Pro Edition II, a dual-drive, triple-interface RAID storage system. When you save files, two copies are recorded on separate internal hard drives. If one drive fails, the other continues to read and write data until the faulty hard drive is fixed or replaced. The new system also features advanced backup software, operates at a speed of 7200 RPM and uses FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000,www.westerndigital.com.



Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printerCompare PricesWIDE FORMAT
The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer delivers 13x19-inch prints bursting with vivid, lasting color and doesn't cost a fortune. The printer uses Epson's six-color, high-definition Claria inks and a MicroPiezo print head capable of producing five sizes of ink droplets for clear, detailed images. An 11x14-inch photo takes about three minutes to print. Other features include image-editing tools that correct color, adjust tones and sharpen prints. List Price: $399. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

Bite‚’s Open Air Footwear
Free your feet from those boots you wore all winter with
Bite's Open Air Footwear. You get the flexibility of a sandal with the sole of an athletic shoe. The Xtension 3 sandal has an all-mesh lining to reduce heat over your foot, along with a dual-density posted midsole, cushioning, arch support and other health-conscious features designed to help strengthen your feet. List Price: $79. Contact: Bite, (800) 248-3465, www.biteshoes.com.

Mirage Adventure Island from HobieSAIL OUT
Mirage Adventure Island from Hobie is part sailboat and part kayak. The 16-footer has two retractable amas that fold up against the side of the boat for easy docking, transport and maneuverability. The cockpit offers a stable platform with all of the versatility of a pedaling kayak when weather conditions won't permit sailing. Other features include a daggerboard, oversized Twist and Stow rudder, mast and sail cover, and ama/daggerboard bag. List Price: $2,999. Contact: Hobie Cat, (800) HOBIE-49, www.hobiekayaks.com.



PowerMax automobile cell booster from Digital AntennaSTRONG SIGNAL
When you're in the middle of nowhere, stay connected with the PowerMax automobile cell booster from Digital Antenna. The PowerMax 4KMR-10A ups your cell phone and air card's signal strength to three watts, increasing its range to more than 20 miles. The wireless device can enhance the signals of multiple cell phones within a standard vehicle. A three-inch separation and a metal roof between inside and outside antennas are necessary for it to work. Estimated Street Price: $379. Contact: Digital Antenna, (954) 747-7022, www.digitalantenna.com.



Magellan CrossoverGPSCompare PricesSTAY ON TRACK
Know where you are at all times with the Magellan CrossoverGPS. The device gives you turn-by-turn driving guidance and navigation for outdoor adventures in the wilderness or on water. View preloaded street and topography maps on a 3.5-inch color touchscreen display while getting both voice- and text-prompted directions that offer the fastest and most efficient routes to your destination. Estimated Street Price: $549. Contact: Magellan GPS, (866) 339-0488, www.magellangps.com.



Arc‚’Teryx Beta AR JacketZIP IT
Stay dry this spring wearing the Arc'Teryx Beta AR Jacket. This shorter-cut Gore-Tex® shell blends durability in a compact, lightweight design. A drop hood, reinforced elbows and top-stitchless wear areas add an extra layer of technical refinement. The hip-length, waterproof jacket comes in basalt, black, cinder, formula one (red), mandarin and wasabi. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Arc'Teryx, (800) 985-6681, www.arcteryx.com.



Catalyst 75 backpack from The North FacePACK UP
Carry everything you need comfortably in the Catalyst 75 backpack from The North Face. Pivotal Suspension System technology works with the body's movements to constantly and evenly transfer the pack's load to your hips, resulting in a more comfortable and efficient backpack. Perforated foam back panels eliminate excess weight and circulate air through airflow channels, which improve breathability and moisture evaporation. Sizes range from 14x17 to 18x21 inches. List Price: $389. Contact: The North Face, (800) 447-2333, www.thenorthface.com.






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