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Luxix Camera

Super Shot

With Panasonic's DMC-FZ30 Lumix, you get a powerful zoom lens on a small body. The 8-megapixel camera has a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with a 12x optical zoom (35-420mm 35mm equivalent). Plus, blurry shots aren't as problematic because of a built-in sensor that detects hand movement and then triggers the lens to counteract unwanted shake. Other notable features include a two-inch rotating LCD, manual focus and zoom rings. List Price: $649. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.

NEC LCDHigh-Tech Screens
Using the latest color-reproduction technology, NEC Display Solutions' new flat-panel LCD MultiSync 90-series delivers sharper images. The monitors come in sizes of 19, 20 and 21 inches. In addition to improved image quality, the screens have some eco-friendly features, like a mode that adjusts the display's brightness relative to the ambient lighting. List Price: $749 (19-inch); $1,199 (20-inch); $1,599 (21-inch). Contact: NEC Display Solutions, (866) NEC-MORE, www.necdisplay.com.

Western Digital Transparent Drive
Transparent Drive

Spinning at 10,000 rpm, Western Digital's Raptor X SATA hard drive is swift. In addition to speed, the drive's capacity has doubled to 150 GB, along with the buffer size to 16 MB. If you really want to see how it works, a clear-top version with a durable see-through cover allows you to view its inner mechanisms in action. The Raptor X measures 5.8x4x1 inches and weighs 1.8 pounds. List Price: $289 (standard); $349 (clear-top). Contact: Western Digital, (949) 672-7000, www.westerndigital.com.

The Go-Anywhere Drive
When you leave, take your key files with you using Verbatim's sleek Store 'n' Go USB HD Drives. The compact devices come with Mobile Launchpad, allowing you to download and run programs directly from the drive along with accessing personal files and data. At just 1.8 ounces and 2.7x2.1x0.5 inches, these drives really can go wherever you do. They come in capacities of 4 GB and 8 GB, and with a travel wallet and USB cable. List Price: $129 (4 GB); $199 (8 GB). Contact: Verbatim, (800) 538-8589, www.verbatim.com.


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