Bluetooth Headset – Choosing The Right One For Your Cell Phone

A Bluetooth wireless headset is the way to go if you really want the freedom to use your cell phone almost anywhere.

Bluetooth headsets are typically larger than wired headsets, mainly because the battery has to be included. This extra size will determine how the headset will feel once mounted around your ear.

The first thing that you want to evaluate is comfort. There are basically two styles of headsets. One style wraps around your ear and can be adjusted. I found this style to be the most comfortable. With the other style, you press it into your ear. I was not comfortable with this style. You however, may be different so give them both a try.

Here are some other things that you want to consider when selecting your Bluetooth headset.

Ease of Use and Ergonomics

* Are the control buttons easy to get to

* Can you easily adjust the volume level

* Do you understand the instructions in the manual

* Is there a support number to call if you have problems

* Can you easily put it on your ear and take it off

* Is it comfortable to wear for extended periods of time

* Can you use it if you wear glasses

* Can it be worn on either ear

* Is there something to store it in when not in use

* Check the weight – does it feel like it's falling off

Ask About and Check the Features

* How many other devices can you use it with

* Find out about the range of the headset

* Check the sound quality

* What's the battery life and battery type

* Find out the warranty period and what is covered

* How do you know if the battery needs to be charged

* Compatibility with other cell phones and devices

There are a lot of different styles of Bluetooth wireless headsets available. Go try some on. Get the look and feel that is right for you.


Olympus E-PL1 Review

The Olympus E-PL1 is one of the best offerings in the micro four thirds digital camera format camera category. The Olympus E-PL1 uses the same large sensor that is used in larger digital SLR bodies by Olympus in the much smaller camera package. The E-PL1 follows the larger E-P1 and E-P2 from Olympus and can be had for under $ 500 with a 14-42mm f / 3.5-5.6 Zuiko lens. While missing the built in mic and control dials for exposure adjustment that is present in the E-P2, it adds a built in flash at an attractive price point.

What is the micro four thirds format?

The micro four thirds format was developed by camera manufacturers to enable consumers to have most of the benefits of digital SLR cameras in a more convenient package. The micro fourth third format cameras use a sensor that is typically nine times larger than the sensor on average point and shoot cameras. The larger sensor directly translates to higher quality images with less noise and better performance in low light photography. By removing a mirror box and enabling shooting exclusively with a live view on the LCD, the four thirds cameras are much slimmer than traditional digital SLRs. Basically, you get closer to digital SLR photo quality and control without the bulk of DSLRs.

Key Features

The Olympus E-PL1 has a 12 megapixel four thirds size sensor, a 2.7 "LCD and support an ISO range from 100-3200. It can also take HD video at 720p and up to 3 frames per second in continuous photo shooting.

Olympus EPL1 Pros

  1. Produces pictures with excellent color, detail and resolution
  2. Simple to use interface for beginners with scope for more manual control
  3. HD video button
  4. Image stabilization is built inside the camera
  5. Included kit lense is of good quality
  6. Built in flash

Olympus E-PL1 Cons

  1. LCD is of lower resolution compared to some competitors
  2. No dedicated dial for controlling exposure
  3. Menu navigation is a bit involved
  4. Battery life is average
  5. Selection of the auto focus point is not straight forward


The E-PL1 excels in the most important aspect of any camera – image quality. For users interested in finding the happy medium between your basic point and shoot and a full scale digital SLR system, the Olympus E-PL1 provides a great value. Olympus has recently added newer Zuiko ED 75-300mm f / 4.8-6.7 and the 40-150mm f / 4.0-5.6 lenses that are compatible with the four thirds format cameras so you will have quite a few options to expand your system if you want to. The EPL-1 is a definite contender to consider if you are looking to upgrade from a point and shoot or looking for a camera to compliment your bulkier SLR setup.


Apple iPod Touch 8 GB (2nd Generation) – An Honest Review

I have been a big fan of the original iPod touch and have been using one since its launch a couple of years ago. Recently, I inadvertently cracked the screen (long story) of my iPod so I got my self the new 8GB Apple iPod touch (2nd Generation). I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and not only did I notice that it has many improvements over the original model, but it sets many new standards for modern portable media players. Here is a quick look and this 2nd generation model.

Although the new model is pretty much the same size as its predecessor, its new rounded design makes it look slimmer. It retains its shiny stainless steel back that despite looks fantastic, it is a magnet for fingerprints and scratches. The new model is also a little lighter that the original

The Apple iPod touch 8 GB (2nd Generation) has a gorgeous scratch-resistant screen that display amazingly vivid visuals. It does pretty well under indoor lighting conditions where it can automatically adjust its brightness and contrasts to the ambient lights. Under direct sunlight however, the screen becomes less visible. To be fair, there are hardly any media players out there that produces good pictures under direct sunlight.

As i use the Apple iPod touch to listen to music most of the time, I was not able to adjust the volume of my music without taking the device out of my pocket and adjusting the volume on the screen. The new model has added physical volume control buttons onto it that is just heaven-sent. I am now able to adjust the volume of my music without taking the player out of my pocket or bag. There are also slight improvements in the quality of audio and video playback.


Here's The Secret To Having More Energy

Have you ever awakened after a night's sleep more tired and drained?

Do you ever crave a second wind by mid-day?

After a day's work, do you just pass out on the couch with no energy left for the kids?

Do you want to know the secret formula I used to continue to work full time during my pregnancy up until two days before giving birth to my son?

Well, if you answer YES to any or all of these questions then my secret energy formula is for you. But BEWARE … if you follow this formula, your productivity will go through the roof … and your boss just may ask you to do more work around the office!

Forget about all that hokis pokis nonsense that those other so-called experts claim will give you more energy. Let a Board Certified Internist reveal the medical secrets that they have been hiding from you.

The secret formula is this … energy in equals energy out. Whatever and however you take in energy or food determines how you will be able to use that energy later. Before my pregnancy I would spend hours each day on my feet walking from this part of the hospital to that part of the hospital and would grab a quick bite to eat whenever I got a free moment. No wonder I would come home dead tired with no energy to even cook dinner. But once I found out I was pregnant, I knew things had to change. I knew I had to eat more balanced meals and start conditioning my body for the changes ahead.

Here are the 9 simple steps to more energy:

1. Eat five to six smaller meals a day

Dividing up your meals so that you eat 5 or 6 times a day will jump start your metabolism. Every year, your basal metabolic rate — the amount of calories your body burns at rest — decreases. That means if you continue to eat the same amount of calories everyday for years, you can not help but gain weight. I hear it all the time from my friends and family. I can not tell you how many times they've called me up to go shopping because they just can not find anything in their closet that fits like it used to. Several years ago, I remember getting ready for a holiday dinner and picking out an outfit I was the year before thinking that I could still fit it. When I realized I could not expect to hold in my stomach all night … I found another more suitable outfit to wear. Once I started eating a meal every three hours, the pounds just started to come off. I felt like I was eating all the time but that is what I needed … to keep my body tanked up on enough energy so that I could work my 10 to 12 hours a day with ease.

2. Eat your carbohydrates earlier during the day

I eat my carbohydrates (oatmeal, whole grain breads, sweet potatoes) during the earlier part of the day when I really need them. Our bodies break down carbohydrates to glucose which is our body's major energy fuel. Every cell in our body uses glucose. We need more fuel when we are most active not when we're getting ready for bed. If we eat lots of carbohydrates and do not use them up that excess glucose gets stored as glycogen (a storage form of blood sugar) and some of it even gets stored as FAT!

3. Avoid sugary sweets like candy bars, donuts, etc.

These sweets are chock full of simple sugars that sky rocket your blood sugar. Your body responds to this surge in blood sugar by releasing large amounts of insulin. Your pancreas releases the insulin to drive the sugar from your blood stream into your body's cells for energy. The more insulin you have circulating around your body the more sugar goes into your cells dropping your blood sugar dramatically low. When your blood sugar level is very low you feel sluggish and tired. That's why you feel so tired several hours after eating a lot of sugary sweets or a large meal. By maintaining a more steady level of blood sugar through the day and avoiding these sugar highs and lows you'll prevent that after-meal dip in energy.

4. Walk everyday

You can walk … run … jog …. swim …. bike. Just be more active. We're all busy. We all have more things on our To-Do lists than we can finish in a day. But we all know that if push came to shove we'd make that after work meeting if our lives depended on it. Well, the Health and Wellness Queen is here to tell you that your life and your life do depend on you being more active. Your life depends on you conditioning yourself to handle the daily stresses at work and at home. If the most activity you get during the day is walking to the fridge during a commercial break for a snack then please see your doctor before beginning any exercise program to determine if you'll need any further testing. Once you've got the all clear from your doctor … then get to walking!

5. Get a good night's rest everyday

How can you expect to remain alert and focused on three hours of sleep a night? Now you may say, "I get six hours of sleep a night … that's plenty." But I challenge you to actually count how many hours of restful sleep you get. Do you lay in bed thinking about what's on schedule for the next day? Do you press the snooze button countless times in the morning before actually getting out of bed? Do you watch television in bed to help you drift off to sleep? Here are some simple tips to prepare you for a good night's sleep.

If you have a busy day coming out, write down all the things you need to do.

This stops you from thinking about it later when you're in bed trying to get to sleep.

Avoid sugar and caffeine before going to bed.

Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep-that means no television, no loud music. Instead, when getting ready for bed keep your room darkly lit and maybe even put on some soft relaxation music.

6. Drink eight glasses of water a day

Two thirds of our body is water so it's no wonder our body needs at least 64 ounces of water a day to perform at its best.

7. Drink no more than one alcoholic beverage a day

Alcoholic beverages are full of empty calories and do not provide you with the nutrients that your body needs.

8. Stop smoking

What more can I say. Smoking increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke and it also increases your risk for cancer. The time that you spend standing around outside smoking a cigarette you can use to take a walk and increase your daily activity.

9. Schedule 'down time' into your day

I know it sees that we can not do anything without our daily planners, whether it's on the computer, on the hand or on paper. But there is a method to our madness. Having a schedule keeps us on track. If you set some relaxation time-it could be a half hour before lunch or an hour after dinner-you'll be able to better handle what comes your way. We all need a stress release, so whatever you do to relax, schedule that into your day and you'll be surprised with the results.

Now I know there are skeptics out there saying that it can not be that simple. Can following these easy steps really lead to more energy? Well to all those believers and non-believers … the proof is in the pudding (no pun intended). Follow these 9 simple steps for a week and you'll be amazed at how energetic you'll feel. You have nothing to lose … except the skepticism. So give it a try!


The iPhone Craze – is the New Apple iPhone Cell Phone Worth All the Hype?

As the iPhone release date of June 29, 2007 approaches, it looks like the whole world is abuzz with anticipation over the latest product from the maker's of the much loved iPod.

When Apple creates, people listen, and watch, and drool.

The 2007 Macworld iPhone was introduced in January and ever since then the blogs have been heatedly discussing every attribute of this new arrival. The overall consensus is that many die-hard techies do not think the iPhone delivers enough power or versatility. They already have a list of gripes about the Steve Job iPhone that could potentially dampen the excitement.

But is that really going to happen?

No, and here's why. Once you see the iPhone in action, it's obvious that this is one cool gadget. The majority of people do not care one bit about all the little nitpicking technical details that this phone may or may not have right now. Once you take a look at how beautifully this baby is designed, you'll be mesmerized.

You can scroll through a menu with one finger!

There's also this cool iPhone zoom in zoom out thing you can do with your fingers to magnify photos in the photo library.

The mp3 player on this phone is amazing as well. You can easily flip through your library and see full view CD covers. Just click on the CD image you want. Immediately the list of songs pop up. Press the song you want to hear and turn up the volume.

Wanna know what the weather is like?

Press a button and quickly get local or national weather updates.

Wanna do a little web surfing?

No problem. A couple of quick presses of the fingertip gets you online in a snap.

Oh, yeah, and it makes phone calls too.

These are just a few of the features of the iPhone. Imagine what future generations of this cell phone will be like. The iPhone combines many gadgets into one sleek and beautiful package.

Okay, so how much does iPhone cost?

Some people feel that the Apple iPhone price is too much. There are two versions of this phone. The 4gb iPhone is $ 499 USD and the 8gb Apple iPhone is $ 599. In reality, these prices are consistent with other high-end cell phone releases that first entered the market. If you do a little research, you'll see that there are other cell phones that sell for $ 500 – $ 800. Looking at it that way, iPhone pricing is pretty good, considering it's revolutionizing the whole look and feel of an average cell phone.

Cingular and AT & T are the authorized carriers for the iPhone as of now, and of course, they'll be offering various packages. You'll need to budget some extra money for data use and any other feature that can have additional charges.

Will all the cool kids have iPhones?

Yes. All the cool kids, early adapters, and influentials will definitely own an iPhone – all adding to the hype. These people will show off their new toys to all their friends, who will then want one of their own to play with.

All in all, I'll say that the iPhone is worth the hype because so many people will want one that it will become the new standard in cell phones –

So, sit back and enjoy the excitement.


9 Tips to Increase Your iPhone Battery Life

The battery life of the iPhone has to be one of the biggest complaints and during heavy usage, usually e-mail synchronization and using the phone, you may get 3 or 4 hours max. When I know I will be using the phone heavily, I slip into conservation mode using the following methods. This is usually at a conference or when I know I will not get to charge for a day or two.

This will extend the life for another couple of hours which helps get through the day!

  1. Turn sound off -If the phone has to make a noise or vibrate, it's using battery life which you want to conserve. So turn it off.
  2. Do not listen to music. If you need your phone for e-mail or other work purposes, do not deplete the battery just listening to music
  3. Change E-Mail to manual – If you have your iPhone configured to push e-mail down to your phone real time, turn this back to manual to conserve battery life. Do a manual pull of mail when and if you need it.
  4. Set Autolock to 1 minute. The longer the screen is turned on, the more it uses the battery. You can of course just put into sleep mode immediately after use as well.
  5. Turn Bluetooth off if you are not using it.
  6. Reduce the brightness as far as you can without compromising your eyesight.
  7. Turn Wi-Fi off if you are not using it as this is a big battery drain.
  8. Turn 3G off and use the slower speed GSM settings if mobile data speed is not an issue for you.
  9. Turn off Location Services. You know where the phone is!

At least once a week try to run your battery completely down anyway, then recharge your iPhone to 100%. This will keep your battery in good condition.


Extend Your Apple iPhone’s Battery Life

There is nothing more annoying to cell phone users than losing your battery’s power while they are on the phone. This has happened to nearly everyone at one point in time, and maybe it caught you by surprise. When running a cell phone as powerful as the iPhone, it’s easy to understand why your battery’s power can begin to drain. When listening to your favorite music, checking your email, and text messaging your friends, you are using a lot of your phone’s power. Therefore, , you will begin to drain your cell phone of battery life quicker than you thought.

You can check Apple’s website and there they explain the iPhone’s battery life expectations, but they only assume that you are running one application at a time. iPhone users, I believe (correct me if I’m wrong), are multitaskers. Multitasking means a shorter battery life for the iPhone.

Don’t despair, there are several things you can do to make your Apple iPhone’s battery life even longer. The iPhone isn’t known for draining its battery extremely quick, there is always room for improved battery performance. If you follow these simple tips, then your iPhone can last longer then you can imagine.

The best tip by far is to simply turn off your Bluetooth if you are not using it. Very few people understand that when you keep your Bluetooth turned on, when you are not using it, you are draining your battery. This is because there is a set amount of power that is controlled by the Bluetooth section of your iPhone, and the power is draining because the phone is constantly searching for other Bluetooth devices. If you do not want to pair with a Bluetooth device, than make sure that your Bluetooth is turned off.

Always lock your iPhone when you are done using it. When you are finished talking on the phone with your wife, checking your e-mail, or sending a text message, make sure that you activate the lock button. Many people wait for the screen to shut down by itself after they are using it, while this may seem like a great idea, you are wasting battery life. Make sure that you set your auto-lock because this is a great way to ensure your phone will lock itself just in case you forget to. There are iPhone owners that set their auto lock for five minutes after use. If you multiply this five minutes of power usage by ten times per day, your battery will not last you as long as you might think. This is why it is always suggested that you set your auto lock for one minute (1) after you have completed using your phone. This will ensure that your iPhone screen will not stay lit when it is not being used.

If you want to have a hassle-free way to save your iPhone’s battery life, than this is the way to do it.


Hydrogen As Clean Fuel – Advantages and Disadvantages

Several scientists believe that hydrogen is the best form of alternative energy resource and has unlimited potential. It is considered as a clean energy resource and also one of the most acceptable forms of fuel available today.

Using hydrogen has numerous advantages. One is that it burns in the air and leaves water vapor as residue. Water vapor has no environmental disadvantages as of now. Also, several experts think that hydrogen will very soon replace all types of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear power. So there will be a cleaner form of energy in the future if this concept develops.

Hydrogen is available in the entire universe and in abundant quantities. Also, it is a renewable source of energy and does not get depleted with time. Hydrogen is found in water, and the three parts of our planet is made up of water. So there is no question of depletion when it comes to hydrogen. Also, another interesting fact is hydrogen is being used to power space shuttles and to provide electricity on their voyage. Therefore, it is already an established resource for power.

Today, there are hydrogen powered vehicles in the market. Several manufacturers are exploring the options for future use. However, in order to produce hydrogen, a great deal of energy is used. This is the biggest disadvantage of producing hydrogen as a clean fuel. One of the most common methods is to break down compounds that contain hydrogen in huge quantities. These compounds include methane. When methane is broken down, it leaves behind just hydrogen and carbon monoxide.


TomTom VIA 1535TM Review

The TomTom VIA 1535TM is part of the highly acclaimed VIA series. The device comes with free lifetime traffic and map updates. The wide 5 inch touch screen is beautiful to look at, but at times, slightly sluggish. Neverheless, it is a great navigator in the 5 inch segment and comes with preloaded maps of US, Canada, and Mexico.

1535TM has an integrated mount which is better compared to the EasyPort mount found in earlier versions. Simply place the mount in place and twist the knob to lock the device. Attachment with windshield is robust and the device remains firm in place even during difficult driving conditions. There is also a friction dashboard mount but it is not as effective as integrated mount. Rear side of the navigator has the power button. Location of power button is not a problem, but the unit takes one or two seconds to start. Micro-USB slot lies on the right side, opposite to the power button.

Satellite locking time for the VIA is higher compared to other models of TomTom but once the device attains connection, obtaining route information is fast and easy. Failure in satellite connection is rare even though it may take a full minute to lock. A useful feature in hardware is that the screen turns upside down if the device rotates through 180 degrees. This feature is important when you are using a friction mount.

TomTom VIA 1535TM comes with rearranged features from older models. However, itinerary planning feature is gone and route planning comes with only via point. The interface remains intuitive, but there are time lags when using the touch screen. You have to move into the menu for saving information related to Points Of Interest (POI) and favorites. Saving details directly from the result screen is not possible. However, the maps display specific categories in POIs which aids fast navigation.

The startup screen has a new Favorites shortcut wherein you immediately get the details of saved routes and destinations. IQ Routes and Advanced Lane Guidance have clear distinctions about unpaved roads, which is a big help in unknown terrains. Voice recognition is excellent and variations of different phrases work equally well. Moreover, you can enter the complete address in one shot. The VIA easily pairs with mobile phones using Bluetooth technology and allows hands free-calling. All in all, 1535 TM manages to satisfy TomTom fans with its core navigation features and voice command responsiveness.


Casio CTK Review

The Casio CTK-2100 is a low-cost keyboard with a 61 piano-style key layout. It includes a USB port for general MIDI support. This keyboard is aimed at beginners, with a Step-up learning system that gives instructions on how to play.

The positives:

Plenty of features and functions for the price. 150 rhythms, a sampling function, a voice pad function, and the ability to connect a CD or MP3 player via the audio input so that you can play along to your favorite song on the keyboard. It has a step-up learning system that makes it easy to hear the progress made in your playing skills.

It has hundreds of pre-programmed songs that break down and show you how to play them exactly, note by note. A really great teaching aid.

  • New Voice Pad function
  • New 48-note polyphony AHL sound source
  • 400 Tones, 150 Rhythms
  • New StepUp lesson system
  • Sampling Function, Audio-in Terminal for mp3-Player

The negatives:

This is a beginner keyboard at a budget price. Therefore the key weight is light. You may hear noise from the keys when you press them. You cannot affect the tone by pressing the keys hard or easy – as with a real piano or more expensive keyboard. But this is not a big deal to most people buying a keyboard in this price range.

  • The headphones can be difficult to figure out (premium package).
  • The stand can be difficult to put together (premium package).
  • The LCD is not very bright which requires good lighting to see.
  • Occasional packaging issues.

The Casio CTK-3000has a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 400 total onboard Tones, 150 Rhythms and Digital Effects. It has the Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player, USB port for MIDI implementation and a pitch wheel.

The positives:

The touch sensitive keys makes it more like playing a real piano and therefore a good value for the price.

  • Plenty of onboard tones, rhythms, and effects for the price.
  • Digital readout is easy to see.

The negatives:

  • The keys are light and can be prone to noise, as with any inexpensive keyboard.
  • The holder for the music on the keyboard isn’t the greatest.
  • Does not come with a/c adapter.

The Casio CTK-4000 is an affordable instrument with a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 570 total onboard Tones, 180 Rhythms and Reverb plus Chorus Digital Effects. Packed with great features such as Casio’s famous Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player and a USB port for MIDI.

Featuring a 61 note keyboard with Piano Style, Touch Sensitive keys, 570 sounds, 180 rhythms, Reverb and Chorus Digital Effects, built-in USB and an audio input for an MP3 player.

The positives:

Doesn’t feel as cheap as some of the more inexpensive models.

  • Quality digital sounds
  • Plenty of volume with a full, rich and improved sound than lesser models (AHL and arpeggiator).
  • Velocity sensitivity aka Touch response (note that velocity sensitivity is the speed with which you hit the keys, not the pressure with which you hit the keys).
  • 48 note polyphony (24 note for dual-layer tones like Strings Piano)
  • Split function: divide the keyboard into 2 zones, anywhere. Supports octave shift (1 octave) of each zone.
  • Layer function: layer 2 sounds for a rich effect. Layer effects on only right-side zone if split function is active. If using Dual-layer tones, up-to 4 instruments sounds are produced simultaneously.
  • Adjustable Reverb (10 levels), Chorus (5 levels), Key Transpose (12 notes), Octave shift (2 octaves) Pitch tuning (approx 100 cents), preset scales (16 scales)
  • Auto-Harmonize function: 12 types, adds additional notes to your playback, active only if auto-accompaniments are active.
  • 90 Arpeggiator Patterns: Up, Down, U/A Type A, U/D Type B, Random. Arpeggio Hold function.
  • 305 Music Presets: Based on popular songs, the tone(s), rhythms, tempo and other settings are available as presets on the keyboard. Just select the preset and start playing. Songs include Careless Whispers, How Deep Is Your Love, Killing Me Softly
  • One-Touch Rhythm Presets: Upon selection of a rhythm, activate Rhythm preset to automatically select the suitable tempo and tone. Very useful if you are moving from Trance (140 bpm) to Slow Jazz (80 bpm) and don’t feel like hammering the tempo button 60 times or pressing multiple keys to change the tone from Synth to Sax.
  • Full Range Chord: In this mode the keyboard recognizes and plays the chords if any 3 keys are pressed anywhere on the keyboard. Selecting chords is not limited to the Left-zone of the keyboards anymore. Very useful for Harmonium players of India who typically play melody using chorded formation.
  • Indian tones (15) & rhythms (7 types)
  • Great training features and onscreen help.

The negatives:

  • No weighted keys
  • No pitch wheel
  • No stored settings of music can be saved.

The Casio CTK-5000 is the flagship of the CTK-series. Featuring a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 670 total onboard Tones, 200 Rhythms and Reverb plus Chorus Digital Effects. Packed with great features such as Casio’s famous Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player, pitch wheel for additional expression over sounds, Line Outputs and a USB port for MIDI. All this makes CTK-5000 more realistic and expressive than ever before at this price range.

Featuring a 61 note keyboard with Piano Style, Touch Sensitive keys, 670 sounds, 200 rhythms, Reverb and Chorus Digital Effects, built-in USB, line outputs, a pitch wheel for greater expression and an audio input for an MP3 player.

The Positives:

  • Better action on the keys than from the lesser models. Keys seem to be somewhat weighted. Keys are less noisy than the lesser models.
  • Acoustic sounds are realistic.
  • Speakers are great – very loud with no noise.
  • Great ability to layer sounds.
  • A fantastic selection of 90 harmonies & arpeggios.
  • Full range chord feature (keyboard automatically selects the right chord).
  • 32 Registration Memory (store keyboard settings like Tone, Style, Tempo, Layers and recall at the touch of a button.
  • 800+ sounds.
  • XLR outs.
  • Recorder: 6 tracks x 5 songs, 1 lesson song, approximately 12,000 notes total.
  • Metronome.
  • Pitch wheel added.

The Negatives:

  • Time consuming access and programming.
  • Manual is not entirely clear on some subjects.