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Feb 11

Clearance Center Spotlight: Clearance Roadshow

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Thanks for joining us again on the Vann’s blog for another edition of the Clearance Center Roadshow. Today we’ll be looking at some of the hidden treasures in our Clearance Center that have been appraised as being ridiculously good deals all around.

So, let’s head right on down into the center and see what’s been brought out today!

Please note that items in our Clearance Center are first come, first serve. If they are not listed after you click the links, chances are they have already been bought, and will not be available for purchase again. In other words: act quickly.

First up, we have a lovely classic PRS300 e-reader from Sony. Where did this beautiful piece come from? Well, we’ll let the Clearance center tell you:

“Previous customer opened this product and decided it wasn’t the right fit for them. Product has been discounted and retains its full warranty.”

Sounds like a gem that’s going to be one buyer’s treasure! But how does it stack up?

Well, the small size makes it ideal to carry, very important for an e-book reader. While it lacks any sort of wireless access, the internal memory can hold up to 350 books at one time, giving you plenty of material to read in between loading/unloading it through a standard USB port on your computer. It also has the ability to read the ePub format, giving you access to repositories like Google Books, or most public libraries. Plus, Sony’s own online bookstore lets you purchase newer books.

While the battery capacity isn’t quite as good as the current model, it does have the ability to last for around 7000 page turns, equaling out to about 14 books, before it needs to be recharged. It also lacks a touch screen, but the controls are intuitive, and easy to use.

How exciting.

Next up, we see that the portable Squeezebox Radio is sitting and waiting. Let’s listen in.

“Open box product. You save big when purchasing from our Clearance center. Full warranty.”

The Logitech Squeezebox Radio is best known for being a smaller, more affordable model of the larger Squeezebox Boom model. However, it does stand well on its own merits, and for anyone looking for an easy-to use internet/network radio, it’s a strong choice.

It uses a built-in Wi-Fi receiver to tap into your home internet network, and can stream from sources like Pandora, Slacker Radio, LastFM, and other popular services, and can connect to internet radio streams. With a little bit of set up, you can even get it to stream music files you have stored on your home computer.

Although it does include an alarm clock function it, it’s not the easiest part of this system to use. It does store alarm times online, though, so once you have it set up, your programmed wake-up calls aren’t likely to get erased.

While you don’t want to go into this expecting hi-fi quality sound, for using a single speaker it can put out a decent amount of sound, and can adapt easily to a wide variety of music styles. The quality of the sound is also surprisingly high, given the performance of other small radios like it.

Looks like fun waiting to happen.

Finally, one last portable device has shown up to be looked at, and it looks like the Kodak Zi8 pocket camcorder.

“Open box item. Unit is in excellent condition.”

While we’re surprised when we see these camcorders here, given the excellent feedback we’ve seen on them, it’s always a treat to get a chance to take a look at one.

The camcorder takes 1080p video, as well as 5-megapixel stills, and the video quality is quite good even if it won’t compete with camcorders at five times its price. It has an HDMI output that can be used to show off video directly from the camcorder, and looks good even when shown on a larger screen TV.

While it doesn’t have any built-in memory, SD cards are usually only a stone’s throw away and can be picked up easily. The included software also only works on Windows PCs, but good editing software for a Mac is easy to find.

The biggest problem with many small camcorders is shake, and while it’s not completely solved, the internal electronic image stabilization makes sure you don’t feel like you’re constantly filming on eggshells.

Well, that’s it for this edition of Clearance Center Roadshow. Remember to look for these, and other great deals in our Clearance Center, and join us next time!

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