Sony Ericsson Z500. Due to market in late summer, the Z500 is a wireless phone that uses EDGE technology which enables high-speed data exchange for cell phones. It comes with a digital camera that captures still and video that can be applied to multimedia messages. It also features 3D gaming in two models: lagoon green and sky blue. Price not available at press time. Visit www.sonyericsson.com
Harman Multimedia's JBL On Tour portable audio system. Slightly larger than an eyeglass case and roughly the size of two iPods, JBL On Tour is designed to work with most digital music players, CD players, or laptops and desktop computers. The portable audio system uses a stereo pair of Odyssey transducers with six watts of power. On Tour also comes equipped with touch volume controls, an integrated protective cover and stand, and white-chrome accents for use with four standard AAA batteries. With a suggested retail price of $99, JBL On Tour is available since August. Visit www.jbl.com or www.harman-multimedia.com.
Lite-On LVW-5020 DVD recorder. Available next month for an estimated street price of $399. The "All-Write" LVW-5020 DVD recorder is notable for its ability to write to both DVD-R/-RW and DVD+R/+RWs, as well as CD-R/-RWs. It also features an 80-Gbyte hard drive for time shifting, live pause and rewind of TV shows, and up to 102 hours of TV recording. Because it's also a progressive scan DVD player, it features an advanced menu system that simplifies DVD recording setup and execution, as well as a DV Link (IEEE 1394) input for camcorder connection. Call (408) 935-5353 or visit www.liteonamericas.com.