Yet another sleek and stylish iPod pretender is on its way from Creative, maker of the famed Nomad line of MP3 players. This one, called the Zen, is a 10 gig hard-drive based MP3/WMA player. It comes with both USB 1.1 and firewire ports, and its sleek aluminium exterior measures just 3″ x 4.4″ x 1″ and weighs about 9 oz. Price and availability unknown, but the specs are available from the Japanese website. Translate through Babelfish.
Update: The Nomad Zen is now available with 20 gig drive for $350.
Update 2: It’s only $300 with the $50 rebate.
CNet has a review of the Envision EN7500 17-inch LCD monitor with TV tuner built in for only $600. That seems like a pretty good deal considering that’s about the same price as a regular 17″ screen. Worth looking into, if you’re looking for a compact display for entertainment in the den or entertainment plus computing in the home-office.
The new T-Mobile branded Sidekick (formerly called the Danger Hiptop) is available today in T-Mobile stores and at the website for $200 (after rebate) with activation — and it includes the extremely lo-res color camera attachment (120×90?). Kewl. For more info on the device, including a review, go to Dangerinfo.com.
Palminfocenter has come up with some spy pics of Palm’s new upcoming handhelds, and they all are sure to spark the handheld war afresh; Palm’s low end unit will be called the Zire, will have 2 megs of RAM and cost just $99. According to Palminfocenter, the Tungsten line will be the high end line, and will include the first Palm OS5 handheld with ARM-based chip @ 175 MHz with 16 megs of RAM, internal Bluetooth, a “double density” 320×320 TFT screen with 65k colors and a fancy slide out Graffitti area cover with D-pad (pictured right). Another rumored device is a Palm PDA/Phone with similar features as the Tungsten T, but with wireless access and a biult-in keyboard for thumb-typists. Visit Palminfocenter for better pics and specs.
[Posted by Nate Heasley]