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Leica M8.2 Camera

Leica M8.2 Camera

Targeted towards well-heeled camera connoisseurs with a six grand price point, the Leica M8.2 gets luxuries such as a metal blade focal plane shutter and sapphire crystal screen.

Onkyo TX-NR906

Onkyo TX-NR906

The Onkyo TX-NR906 is a top of the line receiver (with the price to match): this 7.1 channel receiver has 1080p video upscaling, 145 watts per channel and can stream audio.

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Metallica Headphones

Metallica Headphones

You don’t have to be a greying rocker to appreciate these limited edition Metallica headphones, made in collaboration with Skull Candy. Choose from two designs: Hesh or Lowrider.

HP TouchSmart IQ816

HP TouchSmart IQ816

HP’s TouchSmart IQ816 series tops off their line of all-in-one touch screen PCs; this 25.5″ beauty gets a TV tuner, webcam, bluetooth, and can be wall mounted. It’ll be available 10/12.

HTC Touch 3G

HTC Touch 3G

HTC’s Touch 3G is the successor to their original Touch, and uses their next-gen TouchFLO interface for improved feedback. It sports a 2.8″ screen, 3G JSDPA and 3.2MP camera.

Lomo Action Sampler

Lomo Action Sampler

Lomo’s Action Sampler is a novelty 35mm camera that takes four pictures in one second, and then combines them into a single print. It’s a cheaper version of their Fisheye.

MS Wireless Keyboard 6000

MS Wireless Keyboard 6000

Microsoft’s Aero interface is translated into reality with their Wireless Laser Keyboard 6000; both the border and media buttons are translucent, dressing up an otherwise utilitarian design.

Motorola i576

Motorola i576

What Motorola’s i576 cellphone lacks in looks, it makes up for with ruggedness. Military certified for dust, shock, vibration and extreme temps, it also includes Bluetooth and GPS.

Sony Ericsson G705

Sony Ericsson G705

Sony Ericsson’s sexy G705 slider phone is coming Q1 2009 to the States, and will get tri-band 3G and YouTube compatibility. Also: auto-rotating screen orientation and a built-in GPS.

Sony Vaio NS

Sony Vaio NS

Sony’s new Vaio NS has a singular, but powerful claim to fame: this 15.4″ laptop gets a Blu-ray drive. Not bad for a sub-$1000 notebook, although you’ll be stuck with integrated graphics.

Antec Skeleton PC Case

Antec Skeleton PC Case

The Antec Skeleton PC case takes care of ventilation by stripping out most of the walls and slapping a 250mm fan on top; in total, there’s room for 7 expansion slots and 4 drive bays.

Lumix DMC-G1

Lumix DMC-G1

Not quite a DSLR yet not quite a point and shoot, Panasonic’s 12.1MP Lumix DMC-G1 uses a micro four thirds system that loses the mirror and prism but allows for swappable lens.

Fitbit

Fitbit

Using a motion sensor a-la-Wii, the Fitbit tracker can monitor your exercise levels and the quality of your sleep. The portable clip-on form factor and Wi-Fi syncing are tres cool, too.

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LG Lotus

LG Lotus

LG’s Lotus is like a cellphone-ized version of the last gen Nano, with a squat clamshell design, full keyboard, 2MP camera and stereo bluetooth. It’ll be available with Sprint in October.

Asus EEE PC 901

Asus EEE PC 901

Asus’ Eee PC 901 has dropped by $100, from $600 to $500; we suspect it’s due to competition from other netbooks, including Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 and the Acer Inspire One.

Boynq Wake-Up iPod Dock

Boynq Wake-Up iPod Dock

Boynq’s Wake-Up iPod Dock is uber-stylish, with three backlit LCDs for time, radio station and input channels. It also sports 3″ speakers and an equally stylish remote control.

Concept: Mini 3D Globe

Concept: Mini 3D Globe

We’re used to car concepts being over the top, but this laser-projected globe for the Mini Crossover takes the cake: it’s basically a 3D navi system with a touchscreen interface.

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Microsoft Arc Mouse

Although we’re not sold on its ergonomics, Microsoft’s Arc Mouse definitely turns heads with its folding clamshell design. Along with a tiny USB transceiver, it’s ideal for laptop users.

SideWinder X8 Mouse

SideWinder X8 Mouse

In addition to their Explorer line, Microsoft has added BlueTrack tech to their SideWinder X8 gaming mouse, giving it an impressive 4,000 DPI and 30 hours on a single charge.

inMotion Speakers

inMotion Speakers

Altec Lansing’s iPod-friendly inMotion Speakers both look and sound great: the moondance GLOW is a dual-alarm clock radio, while inMotion MAX delivers crisp, full-spectrum sound.

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Ion Audio iCue Mixer

Ion Audio iCue Mixer

Ion Audio’s iCue Mixer is a compact, entry level system for those wanting to mix MP3s from their computer. We do recommend a 3.5mm Y-splitter for your headphones, however.

Sony Vaio AW Laptop

Sony Vaio AW Laptop

The Sony Vaio AW laptop is ideal for photographers, with an 18.4″ Bravia-based LCD screen. It’ll also get a GeForce 9600M GT, dual 250GB or 64GB SSD drives and a Blu-ray burner.

HTC Touch Pro

HTC Touch Pro

Available 10/19 at Sprint, the HTC Touch Pro is an S740 and Diamond all-in-one, with quadband 3G, a 2.4″ touchscreen, slide-out keyboard, Wi-Fi and a 3.2MP camera.

Pinnacle HD mini Stick

Pinnacle HD mini Stick

Pinnacle’s PCTV HD mini Stick is the smallest HDTV tuner on the market and connects via USB. It comes with a TV antenna, remote and PVR software, with versions for the PC and Mac.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry fans rejoice: RIM’s Pearl Flip 8220 (formerly Kickstart) will be available to T-Mobile customers this fall. It’s a quad-band 3G phone with a 320×240 display and Wi-Fi.

Sony a900 Camera

Sony a900 Camera

The Sony Alpha DSLR-A900’s chief bragging point is a 24.6MP 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor. However, CNET reports that noise seems to be above average at high ISOs.

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