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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 23, 2007 / 13 Kislev 5768

Great phone, great LCD, great prices

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Palm Inc.'s Cento phone/personal information manager/media player, $99 with a two-year Sprint service agreement, isn't the ultimate answer to Apple Inc.'s IPhone ($399 plus service), but it's a nifty alternative.


The Westinghouse L2410NM LCD computer monitor, $429 list but $80 lower at online retailer NewEgg.com, isn't the ultimate LCD monitor, but it's pretty darned close.


The common theme of these two disparate items is price: the prices you can find for each are great, given the value received.


Let's start with the Palm Cento. Palm has been taking its licks from the IPhone and a raft of other competitors, including Research In Motion's BlackBerry range of products. The Cento swings back with a color screen, built-in 1.3 Megapixel camera/camcorder, a full keyboard, Sprint's broadband data and video services, Bluetooth connectivity - and all this in a tiny package that rivals the BlackBerry Pearl in overall size. The Cento is a bit thicker, which is a good thing.


In performance, it's a great phone, if you like Sprint's service, which some do and others don't. I used Sprint in Washington and in New York City, without hassle. If Sprint's network isn't your cup of tea, you may have to wait until early next year. That's when Sprint's official, three-month exclusive lead, expires, and there are rumors of a GSM version coming out at that time, perhaps for use on AT&T's wireless network. A GSM phone would have the option of working overseas, which Sprint's CDMA-based device doesn't do in many other places.


I very much enjoyed having the small size of the Cento, its wide range of capabilities and especially Sprint's range of broadband video and music content, including several TV services, such as Fox News, and numerous Sirius Satellite Radio channels. Those features cost extra and could add to your monthly bill, but they also provide a nice escape while traveling.


Overall, the Cento is a great device that puts Palm back in the mobile device game. But as a GSM user myself, I can only cast a longing eye towards the future.


That future is here for me, however, with the Westinghouse L2410NM LCD. Retail prices for this product are all over the lot, but the post-mail-in-rebate $349 from NewEgg.com is the best I've seen.


The monitor is great: right now, I'm staring at it during most of my eight-hour office day. Not only are the colors vivid, the monitor is easy to handle, and I've had no performance problems, other than a non-working electrical outlet shutting things down. Moving the power cord to another outlet solved that problem.


The monitor can work with VGA, HDMI or component video inputs, meaning you could, conceivably, hook up a Sony PlayStation 3, a Windows PC and a digital cable tuner all at once, switching among the inputs using a button on the side of the monitor. Other controls include a power switch, volume adjustments and controls for the built-in feature menu. There are built-in speakers, as well.


After unpacking the monitor and connecting it to the desired devices, however, there's not much need for adjusting. In my test, it picked up a notebook computer's signal quite well, once I adjusted the portable's settings to utilize the monitor, as I would with any external display.


Needless to say, there are far more expensive 24-inch LCD monitor models: an NEC monitor I viewed at NewEgg, for example, was more than triple the Westinghouse unit's price. But for most of us, the Westinghouse should do just fine. I'm happy to recommend it; find more details at www.westinghousedigital.com.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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