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Gateway, BenQ vie for monitor coolness

Nov 28, 20053 mins
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* Gateway, BenQ vie for monitor coolness * The past 7 days on the Cool Tools Happy Blog * Cool Yule Tools: the game show * What's in Keith's gift sack? * Featured reader resource

Keith Shaw’s Cool Tools Alert

LATEST COOL TOOLS COLUMN: Gateway, BenQ vie for monitor coolness

Attend to the tale of two monitors, one filled with features galore and a whiz-bang widescreen size, the other a simple, square, basic fellow.

The Gateway FPD2185W TFT LCD monitor is a $600 high-definition, 21-inch, flat-panel LCD monitor, the 2185W lets you display two letter-sized documents next to each other without having to toggle between applications or documents.

The BenQA FP71G+ LCD monitor is a $330 flat-panel monitor stripped of fancy features; the FPG71G+ still provides a 17-inch display in a sleek, yet basic, package. The monitor includes an 8 millisec response time, a 500-to-1 contrast ratio and 300 nits of brightness.


Treo e-mail for $2 a month

If you’re like me, you want to buy a Palm Treo device and get all your e-mail pushed to you wirelessly, but the pencil-pushers at the company balk at the high monthly cost (they tell you something about how you don’t produce revenue or something crazy like that).

Xitel launches iPod docking station

The latest docking station for the iPod (connects to a home stereo system as well as charges the device) comes from Xitel – the HiFi-Link for iPod costs $99.95 and supports the new video iPod devices as well as ones with the Universal Dock design.


It’s holiday gift giving time! Keith (with a little ‘The Price is Right’ inspiration) brings you six products from our annual Cool Yule Tools 2005 Gift Guide sure to please the gadget lover.

COOL YULE TOOLS 2005: What’s in Keith’s holiday gift sack?

We’ve been dreaming of the future, and it has arrived in the form of this year’s online holiday gift guide. We’ve got reviews and suggestions of more than 100 high-tech products that you’ll want to give to friends, family or yourself.

Browse the gifts by topic:

See the complete list:

After Hours Gifts (games, games and more games):

Keith Shaw is an award-winning editor at Network World. In addition to creating the Cool Tools universe of columns, blogs and videocasts, he also edits the weekly DEMOletter newsletter and is the senior editor of product testing at Network World You can reach Keith at