Epson RX610, Missing Sync, Pioneer AVIC-S2

Epson RX610
RRP: $299

The Epson RX610 has the best copy and colour output quality of all the multifunction centres The West has seen so far. Six separate ink cartridges provide much higher contrast on prints than most desktop printers manage.

It comes with a host of small applications to manipulate and repurpose your digital images as you scan or before you print, and adit has plenty of add-ons. Printing to blank CDs, printing straight from your digital memory card and a host of other features make it a good contender if you’re due to move up to a new desktop printing solution. 4.5/5

Missing Sync
RRP: $39.95 (US)

Have many times shave you unpacked your new mobile and connected it to your Macintosh only to find there’s no Mac software or worse — it’s not compatible at all. The answer used to be to either copy all your data to a PC and sync it from there or forget it.

Missing Sync from US developer Markspace might be the best money you spend this year. For around AUD$45, it produces Missing Sync for the major mobile phone operating systems (Windows Mobile, Palm OS & Blackberry) which syncs data from your calendar, contacts, music, video, call log, bookmarks and more between your mobile and Mac. There’s also a button to mount the device on your desktop for deep level file manipulation (still in the works under the Leopard OS).

You simply specify the data you want to sync, click the button and you’re done in minutes, never to care how much mobile device vendors ignore you again. An essential purchase. Download at 5/5

Pioneer AVIC-S2
RRP: $549

Pioneer launched a range of in-car GPS with a flourish, and this device is the little brother to the units that are fitted right into the console of your car.

It does much the same as the heavier-duty hardware, with a strong emphasis on being your in-car media hub. The menu structure and on-screen instructions have a unique form factor that actually skews away from the consumer GPS norm, making some functions hard to find. Instead of following a huge green arrow representing yourself, you enjoy a bird’s eye view of your travels from above and to the side. It can be a little disconcerting but you’ll soon get used to it.

The real strength of the device is the Bluetooth connectivity. Once your phones or MP3 player’s connected, it’s a pretty seamless — and more importantly safe ?experience switching between the various functions. 3/5

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