2009 BMW X6 XDrive50i

by Jonathan Spira
2009 BMW X6 XDrive50i

I was a bit conflicted about the BMW X6, given its weight and size.  But with the X6, BMW answers the question of what happens when you build an SUV that handles like a sports sedan.  First, you call it a Sports Activity Coupe, even if it has four doors (the low roofline helps although it limits visibility). Then you endow it with a low center of gravity and a …

PrintStik

by Jonathan Spira
PrintStik

While not a substitute for a desktop printer, the PrintStik’s size (1”x2”x11”, with a weight of 1.5 pounds) is remarkable for a device that can print an 8.5×11” page.  The output resembles that from an older fax machine but if you need to print short-lived documents during a trip and you aren’t certain of having access to a printer, this is the only printer you can tuck into a briefcase …

Nikon D90 Digital SLR

by Jonathan Spira
Nikon D90 Digital SLR

Out of all of the digital cameras introduced for the holiday season, the Nikon D90 stood out in my tests.  Not only is it the first DSLR (digital single lens reflex) with HD video recording (at 720p resolution) but it has inherited many of the features of Nikon’s best DSLRs including a 12.3-megapixel image sensor developed in-house by Nikon,
Nikon’s intelligent scene recognition system (from the D3 and D300), which interprets …

Panasonic DVD-LS86 Portable DVD Player

by David Goldes
Panasonic DVD-LS86 Portable DVD Player

Most portable DVD players are rather unremarkable.  The Panasonic DVD-LS86 distinguishes itself with a large 8.5” screen, extraordinary battery life (up to 13 hours according to the manufacturer), and expanded file support (MPEG3, MPEG4, WMA, MP3, and DivX not to mention DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and CD-R/RW discs).
This combination makes the DVD-LS86 the perfect companion for the business traveler even if the 13-hour battery life is a bit exaggerated …

WhereverTV Receiver

by Jonathan Spira
WhereverTV Receiver

Bored by the 500+ channels supplied by your cable box?  The WhereverTV Receiver opens your TV up to thousands of live international television channels without the need for a PC.  The receiver works with any standard TV and is simple to install: Ethernet cable (for Internet) in and RCA composite video cable (connects to the TV) out.  It even comes with a remote control.
Once the TV is on, you can …

Vudu Box

by Jonathan Spira
Vudu Box

Instant Gratification
While the Blu-ray v. HD DVD battle made headlines (HD DVD lost, in case you weren’t paying attention), it probably didn’t matter. The idea that movies have to be delivered on a piece of plastic is about as forward thinking as making a better buggy whip to compete with the automobile 100 years ago.
The Vudu set-top box gives you high-definition access (up to 1080p) to thousands of movies on …

Ipevo TR-10 Portable VoiP Conference Phone

by David Goldes
Ipevo TR-10 Portable VoiP Conference Phone

For many business travelers, Skype has become an indispensable part of how they communicate.  Ipevo’s stylish portable conference phone, which is optimized for Skype, is one of the most useful items I’ve come across recently for the business traveler.  It works both as a speakerphone and handset (slide the switch to change modes) for Skype and is compatible with Mac and Windows personal computers.  Voice quality (for both sides) is …