FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

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May 1, 2008
2008 / May 2008

Sansa Fuze MP3 Player

Looking for a spiffy, economical alterative to that much-hyped MP3 player that everyone is always talking about? (Hint: It’s a four-letter word that starts with an ‘‘i’’ and ends with a ‘‘d.’’) The brandnew Sansa Fuze from SanDisk is loaded with features, playing music, video, photos, FM radio and audiobooks. It also has a microSD card slot that lets you quickly add content and expand your storage capacity. A built-in voice recorder and 1.9-inch color screen come in handy. It’s available in an array of colors, including black, red, pink and blue; and best of all, with a starting price of $79.99, it’s a bargain that’s hard to beat. $79.99 (2GB, 500 songs), $129.99 (8GB, 2,000 songs). (http://www.sandisk.com/sansafuze)

Panasonic SDR-SW20 Camcorder

Another debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, this camcorder is built for adventure, whether you’re snorkeling in the Caribbean or rockclimbing in South America. Rugged and compact, it’s completely waterproof (in seawater, too) to a depth of five feet, and shock-proof against drops from up to four feet. A “quick start” function means it initiates recording just six-tenths of a second from the time the LCD is opened, making it easy to catch unexpected memorable moments. And you can connect it via USB cable to a DVD burner and press a single button to copy recorded video clips from an SDHC/SD memory card to a DVD disc. $399.95. (http://www.panasonic.com)

Slingbox SOLO

The latest version of this very nifty device has a streamlined new silhouette and is compatible with both standard and high-definition televisions. It magically transforms your PC, laptop, Mac, and a variety of smartphones into personal, portable TVs, letting you view your cable, satellite or DVR programming on a wide range of devices anywhere you can access the Internet. So if you’re cooped up in a hotel room halfway around the world, you can still catch all your favorite shows. How cool is that? $179.99. (http://www.slingmedia.com)

Ziszor! Handheld Paper Shredder

Drowning in piles of unopened junk mail and old bills, but afraid to toss them for fear a conniving scoundrel will root through your garbage and steal your identity? Paper shredders are a terrific solution, except for the fact that they’re usually too unsightly and unwieldy to assimilate gracefully into your décor. Never fear — here’s Ziszor! to the rescue! A sporty, handheld paper shredder that measures just 10 inches long and weighs less than 1.5 pounds, it’ll take care of any sensitive documents in no time and even comes with disposable plastic catch-bags, so there’s no need to stand over the garbage as you shred away. Just insert any folded paper (up to five sheets) into the slot, press the trigger button, and presto! — sensitive documents are julienned instantly. It’s powered by four AA batteries, which are included, along with three catch-bags. $39.50. (http://www.ziszor.com)

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