Dell's powerful Precision Workstation 470 lets you stop waiting for your computer to catch its breath while you work with multiple Photoshop layers, high-resolution files and other processor-hungry projects. Its single- or available dual-Xeon-processor CPU runs at 2.8 GHz or faster, and can handle up to 4 GB of advanced RAM to make even your largest photo-editing jobs a breeze. List Price: From $1,389. Contact: Dell, (800) WWW-DELL, www.dell.com.
Digital Photography Outdoors by James Martin (The Mountaineers Books, 2004; ISBN: 0-89886-974-9). Aimed at serious digital photographers, this book helps shooters achieve maximum quality in their images, both in terms of digital technique and traditional photographic ssentials like composition and the quality of light.
Rugged Portable Hard Drives
Back up your data on extra-tough portable hard drives from Fortress. The drives are built to withstand a six-foot drop onto concrete, safeguarding your precious images against impact. With capacities from 30 to 100 GB, the Mac- and Windows-compatible drives connect to your computer without drivers using FireWire or USB 2.0. List Price: From $499. Contact: Fortress Corp., (650) 924-0327, www.4tress.com.
Durable Modular Shipping Case
Pack your gear in Porter Case's Stowaway 20-20, designed to meet airline specifications for shipping cases. Its heavy-duty latches and military-grade structure will stand up to the abuse gear receives when you're on the move. The 20-20 fits on top of a Porter Case PC II or Elite model, allowing you to take multiple cases through the airport with ease. List Price: $229. Contact: Porter Case, (800) 356-8348, www.portercase.com.
Large LCD With Wide Color Gamut
Edit your images with Eizo's ColorEdge CG220 22-inch LCD monitor to see all the hues of the Adobe RGB color space. Unlike most monitors, the CG220 can accurately display this wider color space, which is used by professionals and offered on an increasing number of digital cameras for more saturated color, especially in the blues and greens. Estimated Street Price: $6,500. Contact: Eizo Nanao Technologies, (800) 800-5202, www.eizo.com.
Fast and Versatile Battery Charger
Charge all your batteries with a single device with the Lenmar Mach 1 Fusion SpeedCharger. With its included adapters, the unit can power up your AA- or AAA-sized NiMH batteries, Li-ion batteries for Sony and Canon camcorders and digital cameras, as well as the batteries for your cell phone, PDA and other electronic gadgets—in some cases, two sets of batteries at once. List Price: $139. Contact: Lenmar, (800) 424-2703, www.lenmar.com.
12-in-1 Card Reader
Memory card designs are proliferating, and many of us now have newer digital cameras with different memory than the camera we just gave to our kids. SanDisk's ImageMate 12-in-1 card reader accepts all popular memory card formats and comes with software enabling you to transfer your images and do other common tasks at the push of a button. List Price: $34. Contact: SanDisk, (408) 542-0500, www.sandisk.com.