Mac News Review

Turn Your Mac into a PVR, Mac mini Runs Final Cut Studio Slowly, Macintel as 'Vista Ready' PCs, and More

This Week's Apple and Desktop Mac News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2006.05.26

The big news is in the 'Book orbit this week, especially the MacBook, but desktop Macs haven't been forgotten. We have two new PVR options, price drops in Canada, and Macintel support for the Controu ShuttlePRO.

Although Apple says Final Cut Studio is unsupported on the Mac mini and MacBook, one user reports that it does work, albeit slowly, while others are discovering that the Intel-based Macs are perhaps the most "Vista ready" computers on the market.

PowerBook, iBook, iPod, and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review, and this week we also have a MacBook Special Report. News about Apple's transition to Intel CPUs and other Intel developments is covered in The Macintel Report. iPod news is covered in The iNews Review.

All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted.

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Turn Your Mac into a PVR

The Register's Tony Smith reports:

"Two companies this week launched products designed to turn Macs - the Mini in particular - into PVRs. Miglia's TVMax is the most mini-friendly of the two, but I-O Data's GV-1394TV/M3 connects to a FireWire port - handy for folk with USB 1.1-era computers.

"The TVMax, by contrast, requires a free USB 2.0 port. It's styled to match the form-factor and design of the Mac mini. The box ships with Elgato's eyeTV PVR software, and it's capable of converting content in hardware to PSP- and iPod-friendly formats. It bundles electronic programme guides from Titan TV (US) and TVTV (Europe)."

Link: Firms Punt Mac-friendly TV, PVR Boxes

Mac mini's Ceaseless Fan

Macworld's Christopher Breen says:

"In the course of creating the next Breen's Bungalow (a QuickTime tutorial) for Macworld's Virtual CD, I had occasion to disassemble an Intel Mac mini. After upgrading the mini's RAM and mashing the machine back together I couldn't help but notice that the computer's fan ran constantly at high speed.

"Turning to the Web, as I do when faced with similar predicaments, I found that this problem has cropped up for others - specifically some who visit Apple's Discussions Forums. The advice for fixing the problems ran along the lines of unplugging the mini for a few hours and zapping the PRAM. Neither solved my problem.

"One thread that seemed to be common to a lot of these complaints was the fact that the mini's RAM had been upgraded. Could the solution lie in faulty RAM? To find out, I whipped out the putty knife to crack the case with the intention of pulling out the new RAM."

Link: Mac mini's Ceaseless Fan

Core Solo mini Owner on Running Final Cut Studio 5.1

Apple says the Intel Mac mini is not supported with Final Cut Studio (see Final Cut Studio Is Not Supported on Mac mini (Early 2006) below), but that doesn't keep people from trying it. An Accelerate Your Mac reader reports:

"...In reply to earlier posts if Final Cut Studio would run on an Intel GMA 950 (graphics) based Mac:

"Just for the fun of it I installed Final Cut Studio 5.1 on my daughters Mac mini w/1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo processor with 512 MB RAM. I have only tried FCP and Motion. I started SoundTrack but have not used it.

"Final Cut starts and runs fine. I can capture from my VX2100 camera and edit in the timeline (just basic stuff so far).

"Motion also works on this machine (it kicks the crap out of my PowerBook 1.25 GHz). Ran the update for Final Cut Pro 5.1.1 and it also starts and does basic edits. So far so good on basic stuff."

Link: Intel Core Solo mini Owner Comments on Running Final Cut Studio 5.1

Mac mini Is My Most 'Vista Ready' PC

CNET's Ina Fried says:

"Last week, Microsoft released a test version of its 'Upgrade Advisor', a downloadable tool that aims to tell users how Vista-ready their system is.

"I decided to run it on all the systems I had at my disposal and found some interesting results. The first candidate was the four-month-old Compaq desktop that I have been using to test Vista. I also have a Windows XP partition, and I ran the tool using that.

"But despite the fact that I have been running Vista on the machine for months, the advisor tool said it would need a memory upgrade to run Vista. That's a problem, since I thought the 512 MB of built-in memory would be sufficient. The system does use shared memory for graphics. However, if all machines with shared graphics needed more than 512 MB of memory, that would be mean there are many fewer Vista-ready machines out there than previously thought....

"Ironically, the machine that was in the best shape for Vista, at least according to the tool, was a loaned Apple Mac mini with 1 GB of memory...."

Link: Mac mini Is My Most 'Vista Ready' PC

New Mac mini a Tempting Pick

The Boston Herald's Tom Rose says:

"Consumers who glanced at but did not bite when Apple unveiled its Mac mini last year have little reason to wait any longer. Featuring added capabilities and a noticeably faster processor, the new Mac mini is an ideal entryway into the fashionable and high-functioning world of Apple computers."

Link: New Mac mini Is a Tempting Pick

Apple Price Drops in Canada

Apple Store Canada has lowered the prices of several Mac systems by C$100-200.

The 15.4" MacBook Pros, previously at C$2,299 (1.83 GHz) and C$2,899 (2.0 GHz), are now C$2,199 and C$2,799 respectively. The 17" MacBook Pro (2.16 GHz) was C$3,299 and is now C$3,099.

For some historical perspective, my 233 MHz WallStreet PowerBook sold for C$3,499 back in 1998. These MacBook Pros are a tremendous value at these prices, thanks mainly to the Canadian dollar being at it's highest exchange rate with the greenback in nearly 30 years.

Link: Apple Store Canada

Apple #3 Among 100 Fastest-growing Tech Companies

Business 2.0 says:

"Our rankings highlight the companies whose business is reallybooming.

"Apple Computer

"Rank: 3 (2005 rank: 16)

"Why It's hot: 2005 was another banner year for Steve Jobs & Co., as Apple introduced the $199 iPod nano and the $499 Mac mini computer. The debuts helped add $6.4 billion to sales without putting a dent in profit margins."

Link: Apple Ranks 3rd Among 100 Fastest-growing Tech Companies

Seagate Swallows Maxtor

The Register's Andrew Orlowski reports:

"The largest hard drive vendor has just got larger.

"Seagate has completed its merger with smaller rival Maxtor, after shareholders agreement yesterday. The deal, announced last December, values Maxtor at around $2bn."

Link: Seagate Swallows Maxtor

Latest Articles on Mini Ture_MacJournal

Mini Ture_MacJournal's Darryl says:

"Hi Charles,

"Yet it really has only just begun to be the MAC-Intel-ification of my digital media 'i' hubs throughout my domicile. The global digital technological 'DT' wave is here with us and the option for us is to surf with the latest, not just because it is a novelty and exciting but because it is inevitable."

"So it is with this in mind that in taking a bite from the apple of knowledge we all must realize there is a human cost, but with the knowledge allowed in us, may we always use that knowledge for the betterment of those who need our creative help and assistance's but always for the greater human good."

The opening up of the digital media living room is truly ground breaking. Of course we have had the option of the PC media centre and such digital organization. But never before has there been an interactive Hub system so easily moved from place to place and in such an casual way. Using cable or wireless and this may be a gateway to the Internet superhighway. Place with the Mac mini a large HD reservoir storage device then even HDTV with its high overhead of storage is possible.

What I like is the fact that a low entry level solution has been provided by Apple for the rest of us and a modular system that may be added to, step by step, even if they are technically comparative baby steps


Toner Cartridge Remanufacturing Saves the Environment

PR: You are concerned with global warming, the economy and the environment. You strive to make a difference in all that you do and for that reason, you faithfully recycle. At home you separate plastic, tin and aluminum for the local recycler and at work you recycle your used paper and empty toner cartridges. Have you ever wondered what happens after you return cartridges to a recycler? Are you really making a difference?

The magnitude of cartridge recycling efforts was recently outlined in a detailed report by the International Imaging Technology Council, a not-for-profit trade association that represents the interests of the world's imaging supplies industry.

"There are more than 5,000 printer cartridge remanufacturers or dealers in the United States today who are responsible for employing 35,000 people and withholding more than 38,000 tons of industrial grade plastic and metals from landfills every year.

"The average remanufacturer restores 338 cartridges per month, and is therefore saving 264 gallons of oil and 845 pounds of solid waste from landfills each month. Stacked one on top of the other, a tower of cartridges produced annually by an average remanufacturer would exceed the height of the Empire State Building."(1)

Tricia Judge, Executive Director of the Council, prepared the report. She goes on to say that, "While other manufacturing industries are shrinking or disappearing, the printer cartridge remanufacturing industry is growing and thriving."

"There are three different paths a spent toner cartridge can take," advises Joe Rogan, COO of Clarity Imaging, manufacturer of PageMax. "The first is a cartridge that can't be used. Those are melted down and the plastic is used for other items like lawn chairs. The second is refilling, which is what most remanufacturers in the industry are doing. The third is total recycling, which is what Clarity Imaging does. The only part of the cartridge not recycled is the last remaining dregs of used toner. We reuse every piece of the empty toner cartridge including the cardboard box it's shipped in."

You can feel good about your recycling efforts as they relate to toner cartridges. With over 5,000 printer cartridge remanufacturers or dealers in the United States today, you will find a good home for your empty toner cartridges.

Clarity Imaging Technologies is one of the leaders in remanufacturing used toner cartridges. Clarity Imaging Technologies, Inc. manufactures Page Max(R) laser toner cartridges in the United States. PageMax laser toner cartridges use patented "High Efficiency Toner Transfer Technology"(TM) to double the page yield versus the OEM cartridges, while providing comparable quality and reliability.

Clarity Imaging brings more than 15 years of technology leadership to producing and providing an innovative cartridge alternative which is cost effective, of highest quality, and provides uncompromising support to companies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Clarity Imaging offers its customers cradle-to-grave printer support providing products and services from the oldest to the newest releases of printer models, including a full line of magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) printing used in check writing. PageMax cartridges come with a Full Life Satisfaction Guarantee. If a customer is dissatisfied with a PageMax cartridge for any reason, Clarity Imaging will replace the PageMax Cartridge free of charge. Clarity Imaging Technologies is a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, MA. For more information, visit the company website.

(1) Position paper on the use of chip technology in printer cartridges and its impact on competition and customer choice, International Imaging Technology Council,

Link: Clarity Imaging


Final Cut Studio Is Not Supported on Mac mini (Early 2006)

A new Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"If you have a Mac mini (Early 2006), the Final Cut Studio (Universal) crossgrade Installer does not prohibit you from installing the pro applications, but this configuration does not meet the minimum system requirements for Final Cut Studio.

"See the Final Cut Studio system requirements for complete requirements.

"Note: The integrated graphics processor in the Mac mini (Early 2006) does not permit float processing in Motion and will result in degraded performance and other issues in Motion and other Final Cut Studio applications."

Link: Final Cut Studio Is Not Supported on Mac mini (Early 2006)

About LCD Display Pixel Anomalies ('Dead Pixels')

An updated Apple Knowledge Base article says:

"This document defines the term 'pixel anomaly', explains why such anomalies occur, and describes what to do if you feel your active matrix LCD panel has more than an acceptable number of pixel anomalies.

"Many Apple products use active-matrix LCD panels, including the iMac (Flat Panel), iBook, recent PowerBook computers, Apple Cinema displays, and iPod models with a color display. In addition to being slim and light, active-matrix LCD technology provides customers with many visual performance advantages when compared to traditional cathode-ray tube- (CRT) based displays, such as increased brightness, sharpness, and contrast ratio.

"Active-matrix LCD technology uses rows and columns of addressable locations (pixels) that render text and images on screen. Each pixel location has three separate subpixels (red, green and blue) that allow the image to be rendered in full color. Each subpixel has a corresponding transistor responsible for turning the subpixel on or off.

"There are typically millions of these subpixels on an LCD display. For example, the LCD panel used in the Apple Cinema HD display is made up of 2.3 million pixels and 6.9 million red, green, and blue subpixels. Occasionally, a transistor does not work perfectly, which may result in the affected subpixel being turned on (bright) or turned off (dark). With the millions of subpixels on a display, it is quite possible to have a low number of faulty transistors on an LCD. Therefore, a certain number of subpixel anomalies is considered acceptable. Rejecting all but perfect LCD panels would significantly increase the retail price for products using LCD displays. These factors apply to all manufacturers using LCD technology - not just Apple products.

"If you suspect your display contains a high number of pixel anomalies, take your Apple product to an Apple Authorized Service Provider for closer examination. There may be a charge for the evaluation."

Link: About LCD Display Pixel Anomalies ('Dead Pixels')


TVMax, the Missing Link for Your Mac mini

TVMaxPR: A revolutionary digital video recorder that perfectly matches Apple's Mac mini

Miglia Technology has announced TVMax, a revolutionary digital video recorder that perfectly matches Apple's Mac mini.

Eric Ferraz, Director of Product Management, Miglia Technology, commented: "TVMax is the ultimate analogue TV and video recording solution for any Mac user. It's lets you watch TV in window mode or full screen, convert your VHS tapes to DVD in a few easy steps and best of all, TVMax records in MPEG-2,

TVMaxMPEG-4 and DivX formats. Bundled with EyeTV 2.0, TVMax is also ideal for iPod Video owners thanks to the exclusive One Click iPod export function."

Delivering a great picture, TVMax is bundled with EyeTV 2, which lets you watch, pause, rewind and skip forward live TV, schedule recordings, access online

TV guides, edit recorded TV shows to cut out commercials, and much more!. For perfect viewing comfort, TVMax is supplied complete with an infrared remote control.

TVMax will let you store hours of TV programs on a single DVD using its built in hardware compressor, no need to strain your CPU any further, let TVMax take the strain!

Key Features

  • Watch, Pause, Rewind, Skip forward Live TV
  • Record and edit your favourite shows
  • One Click iPod export
  • Hardware compression to MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX
  • Convert VHS and Hi8 Tapes to DVD

Technical Specifications

  • Host Interface - USB 2.0
  • Host Connector Type - USB B Type
  • TV Tuner - Analog Tuner, CableTV ready
  • Up to 125 Channels
  • Resolution - Standard definition (PAL/NTSC or Pal/SECAM)
  • Antenna Connection - Antenna or cable
  • Recording Formats - MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX. Hardware compression
  • Power - External Power Supply


  • Length: 165 mm
  • Width: 165 mm
  • Height: 30 mm
  • Weight 400gr

Warranty - 1 year warranty (return to base)


  • Mac only
  • Mac with USB 2.0 connectivity
  • PowerPC G4/500 processor and higher
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.4.x and higher

TVMax is available now from Miglia's distribution partners or online store, for a recommended retail price of $249, €249, £169 (all prices are inc VAT).

All units carry a full 1 year RTB warranty. A list of distributors and resellers is available on Miglia's website.

Link: TVMax

Contour ShuttlePRO Steps Up to the Plate for Intel Mac

Contour ShuttlePROPR: Contour Design has released the latest ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress drivers for the Intel driven Apple Macintosh line. Contour's Shuttles, with optimized settings for Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress Pro, and other powerful editing packages, are among the first programmable editing devices to be compatible with the new Macs.

Add Editing Power and Efficiency

"The ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress are the ideal tools for editing efficiently and we're committed to keeping up with Apple's innovations," said Mike Jackle, company spokesman for the Mac/Media division. "Final Cut Pro, Avid Xpress Pro, and other users can be assured of full compatibility, and our ShuttlePRO will continue to complete Mac based editing stations." The ShuttlePro and ShuttleXpress both have jog/shuttle wheels and buttons that can be programmed for keyboard shortcuts (the ShuttlePro has 15 buttons and the ShuttleXpress has 5). The driver also includes preconfigured settings for dozens of the most powerful and popular applications, including but not limited to audio and video applications.

Software Features

  • Preconfigured for dozens of applications
  • Monitors the application you are in and automatically switches settings
  • Multiple settings per application.
  • Easily add/edit your own custom settings

Hardware Features

  • 15 fully programmable buttons on ShuttlePRO V.2
  • Super smooth jog knob for frame by frame navigation and control - ShuttlePRO V.2 features new alloy knob for professional feel
  • Spring-loaded and rubberized shuttle knob
  • Comfortable, ergonomic shape and design

System Requirements :


  • Apple PowerBook, iBook, iMac, G3, G4, or G5 running Mac OS 8.6 through 9.x or OS 10.1 or later
  • Available USB port
  • 10 MB of free hard disk space


  • PC Compatible running Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP
  • Available USB port
  • 10 MB of free hard disk space


The new driver is available at for download and can be found in the download section of the site. Contour Design continues to update their driver to ensure compatibility with all of the most current hardware and software.

Price - $109.95

Link: Contour Design

Media Buddy Portable Digital Photo Storage with Hard Drive

PR: Digital Foci, Inc. has introduced Media Buddy portable digital photo storage with hard drive and card reader that lets you instantly and securely save digital photos on a hard drive wherever you go, so you can keep snapping away and not worry about running out of memory card space.

Media BuddyMedia Buddy is the traveler's essential digital camera companion. Its built-in memory card slots let you copy and store photos directly from any digital camera card, without the need of cumbersome cabling. A lower cost alternative to Digital Foci's Picture Porter, Media Buddy is priced starting at only $219. Both Media Buddy and Picture Porter save photos on their portable hard drives, so you don't have to bring heavy laptops on the road, but Media Buddy provides a lower price by offering a backlit LCD for text-only use, instead of the Picture Porter's 2" color LCD screen for viewing photos (see this chart for Media Buddy vs. Picture Porter comparison).

Portable Digital Photo Storage

With Media Buddy's 30 GB to 80 GB hard drive versions, you'll virtually never run out of memory card space on the road again. Media Buddy frees up expensive memory card space and lets you reuse your memory card to keep snapping photos. Just insert the memory card from your digital camera into Media Buddy and download images into its built-in hard drive. The backlit text-based LCD screen lets users view file information and operation status, including copy progress and confirmation. You can select to save a specific folder or file from your card, or you can copy the entire contents of your memory card with the convenient one-touch Auto Copy button with no computer needed. A unique folder name is automatically created to indicate media card type and copy sequence per card type to keep you organized. When you get home, simply connect Media Buddy to your computer to retrieve your saved pictures.

Works with All Media Formats

Media Buddy works with all media card formats, including CF I/II, MD, SM, xD-Picture Card, MMC, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo, so you can copy and save your precious pictures directly from any digital camera memory card. You can also make copies of photos taken from friend's and family member's digital cameras by quickly inserting their cards into Media Buddy for instant archival of special picture moments.

External Hard Drive, Data Bridge & MP3 Player When connected to your computer, Media Buddy functions as an external hard drive. Use Media Buddy to back up and archive digital images, digital music and important files from you computer through its high-speed USB 2 connection. Since Media buddy is compatible with both Windows and Mac, you can also easily transfer files between computers with the different operating systems. In addition, Media Buddy is perfect as a portable MP3 player for listening to your favorite MP3 songs on the go.

Media Buddy Features:

  • One-touch operation for copying pictures directly from your digital camera memory card without the need of a computer
  • Backlit text-based LCD screen for viewing file information and operation status
  • Reads directly from memory cards
  • Memory card format support of CF I/II, MD, SM, MMC, SD Card, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, and xD-Picture Card (and miniSD with adapter)
  • Shows copy progress and copy confirmation
  • On screen menu includes browse, single file copy, and delete feature
  • Attractive brushed anodized aluminum casing
  • External hard drive for backing up your computer
  • High-speed USB 2.0 computer interface
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac
  • Transfers files between multiple computers running different operating systems
  • MP3 music player
  • Includes Ulead Photo Explorer to edit, enhance, and organize your photos
  • Built-in Lithium Ion rechargeable battery

Media Buddy weighs 11 oz. (with hard drive and battery included) with dimensions of 5.8" (L) x 3.4" (W) x 1" (H). It comes in 3 stylish colors: Powder Blue, Arctic Silver, and Pearl Gray and 4 storage capacities: 30 GB, 40 GB, 60 GB, and 80 GB. Media Buddy comes complete with Ulead Photo Explorer image management software (normally a $30 value), USB cable, earphones, AC adapter, Lithium-Ion battery, carrying case, resource disk, and user's guide. It is available immediately at Digital Foci's online store starting at $219.95. For more information, see the website.

  • Memory card supported: CompactFlash I & II, MicroDrive, SmartMedia, MultiMedia Card, SD Card, miniSD (adapter required), Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, xD-Picture Card
  • Hard drive: 30 GB - 80 GB 2.5" hard drive
  • LCD screen: Text-based LCD screen with backlight Computer interface
  • USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1)
  • Transfer rate: Up to 480 Mbps
  • Music format support: MP3
  • Bundled software: Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE (Image management software) for Windows
  • External power: AC 110-240V AC to DC adapter, 12V/1.5 DC to device
  • Battery power: Built-in 7.4V 880mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery
  • Battery life: 1.6 hours of continuous operation OS compatibility
  • System requirements:
    • Windows XP Home/Pro, ME, 2000, 98/SE
    • Macintosh OS 8.6 and later
    • Linux OS kernel versions 2.4.x and later
  • File system support: Standard FAT 12/16/32
  • Dimensions: 5.8" (L) x 3.4" (W) x 1" (H)
  • Weight: 11.2 oz. (with hard drive and battery)
Link: Digital Foci

Picture Porter Digital Photo Album

PR: Digital Foci, Inc. has introduced Picture Porter portable digital photo album with hard drive and card reader that lets you instantly and securely save and view digital photos and video on a hard drive wherever you go, so you can keep snapping away and not worry about running out of memory card space.

Picture PorterEspecially valuable for vacations, trade shows, special events, parties, and for pro photographers who take and show a large number of photos, Picture Porter saves photos on its compact portable hard drive, so you don't have to bring heavy laptops on the road. Picture Porter takes the worry out of losing precious photos stored on easily damaged memory cards. Its built-in memory card slots let you copy and archive photos directly from any digital camera card, without the need of cumbersome cabling. With Picture Porters' compact 20 GB and 40 GB hard drive versions, you'll virtually never run out of memory card space on the road again.

Portable Digital Photo Album

With its high-capacity hard drive, you can now carry your collection of digital photos and video with you all the time right in your pocket and view them anywhere you go on Picture Porter's bright 2" color LCD screen. With Picture Porter, you can rotate, zoom, pan your pictures, view EXIF information, and play picture slideshows for friends. You can even connect Picture Porter to a TV and share your photos and music with family and friends on a big screen in the comfort of your living room.

Works with All Media Formats

Picture Porter works with all media card formats, including CF I/II, MD, SM, MMC, SD Card, miniSD, xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo, so you can copy and save your precious pictures directly from any digital camera memory card. You can also make yourself copies of photos taken from friend's and family member's digital cameras by quickly inserting their cards into Picture Porter for instant archival of special picture moments.

MP3 Player & Data Bridge

Picture Porter is also perfect as a portable MP3 and video player - keep your entire content collection in one place for easy access. Bi-directional data transfer lets you copy files directly from any memory card to the Picture Porter hard drive and vice versa. In addition, you can easily transfer files to and from your computer and between computers with different operating systems through its high-speed USB 2 connection.

Picture Porter Features:

  • Photo and video player
  • MP3 music player
  • Archives files
  • Color LCD screen for viewing pictures and videos
  • Bi-directional data transfer that allows direct transfer to and from memory cards
  • Output to TV
  • Directly reads & writes from memory cards
  • Memory card format support of CF I/II, MD, SM, MMC, SD Card, miniSD, Memory Stick, MS PRO, MS Duo, and MS PRO Duo, and xD-Picture Card
  • Image format support of JPEG, Tiff, BMP, RAW
  • Music format support of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
  • Video format support of MPEG1, MPEG4, and DivX 5.x
  • Includes Ulead Video Toolbox 2 to edit video clips, create slideshows and convert video files
  • Transfers files between multiple computers running different operating systems

System requirements:

Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems, Picture Porter is compact and lightweight weighing only 8.6 oz (with hard drive and battery included) with dimensions of 5.2" (L) x 2.8" (W) x 1.2" (H). It comes in 2 stylish colors: frosted white and graphite and 2 storage capacities: 20 GB and 40 GB. Picture Porter comes complete with Ulead management software (normally a $70 value), USB cable, video/audio cable, earphones, AC adapter, Lithium-Ion battery for 3.5 hours of video and 7.5 hours of music, remote control, carrying case, and user's guide.

It is available immediately at Digital Foci's online store starting at $359.

Link: Digital Foci

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