Dig If You Will…

Remember your old Polaroid camera, the big, slow, bulky one that had you waiting ages for your photos? Well, this isn’t it. The new Polaroid Spectra 1200 FF is a sleek, stylish and faster version. The Spectra is perfect for those in real estate or auto sales who need fast snapshots for clients. It’s also a perfect tool for insurance agents or business people who need to document items. The Spectra features wide viewing angles, a film counter, and two manually selected focus zones. The camera is also lighter421.5 ounces4than its predecessor. (Polaroid Corp., $89.99 plus $12.99 for Spectra instant film, www.polaroid.com)

Mix it up
If you work in a mixed-platform environment, you know what a challenge it is to get all your devices to play nice with each other. The Brother HL-1470N multiplatform network-ready laser printer makes life easier. Priced at just $499, the printer supports both the Windows and the Macintosh platform (iMac, iBook, and G4). It also comes with 8MB of memory and is expandable to 36MB. Most important, it boasts a 15ppm (page per minute) black and white and resolutions of up to 1,200 by 600 dpi. (Brother International Corp., $499, www.brother.com)

Big audio
Convergence continues to be the buzzword in tech circles, and the latest such product to hit the market is the Bose New Wave/PC System. The interactive audio system connects to your PC so you can listen to local and international Internet radio programs, digital audio files, AM/FM radio, and CDs. And with the light, thin remote control, your favorite song is never more than a click away. If you spend as much time in front of the PC as you do sleeping (and most of us do), it might as well be enjoyable. (Bose Corp., $449, www.bose.com)
4Sonya A. Donaldson

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