Tim Boxer, Senior PET
Product Evaluation Team

Benjamin Akiva, Junior PET
Product Evaluation Team

The Epson V39 Scanner On My Desk Is A Beauty

WHEN Epson released its new Perfection V39 scanner, it promised to make scanning, restoring and sharing content easier than ever. Really?

See for yourself. Just plug the cord from the machine into a USB port on your computer, and you’re good to go. No AC adapter needed. No waiting for warm-up. Just click a button in the front and you’re in business. Now that’s a time saver.

I scanned documents and photos and am happy with the results. Clarity is great. You restore, archive and share photos directly to Facebook nicely.

The included software consists of ArcSoft Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe for oversized prints, Easy Photo Fix to restore faded pictures, Advanced Digital Dust Correction, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.

As Larry Trevarthen, Epson director of imaging, puts it, “From photos and keepsakes for family archiving to organizing important documents and DIY creative projects, the Perfection V39 is a must-have tool for today’s households.” And if you do business at home, it’s the scanner to use. Really!

Best Laptop Bag

INSTEAD of filling up those grey TSA bins on the conveyer belt with all your electronics and cords when passing through the security line at the airport (or wherever), use the stylish Trident Laptop Messenger Bag. This classy bag keeps all your gizmos and gadgets secure in highly padded compartments. Lay the bag flat, open it, and let it zip through the checkpoint scanner. Makes boarding a breeze. Trident Messenger B7203, suggested price #119.99. See more at

Better Vision With Adlens

AVOID eye strain and back strain at your computer or smart phone. Stop leaning in closer to the screen or backing away to be able to see clearly. With the turn of a dial on the Adlens Interface you can adjust the focus of each lens from -6 to +3 diopters to see clearly at near, intermediate and far distances.

The glasses have two wave-shaped polycarbonate plates that glide across one another to achieve vision correction. This allows you to fine tune your vision for the distance of the screen and reduce digital eye strain. Priced at $49.99 at

Interactive Reading

SILVER DOLPHIN Books has created a unique Animal Adventure series of high-quality activity-based books for children. The series includes Dinosaurs, Insects & Spiders, Ocean, Rainforest, Shark and Safari.

Each book set comes with a guidebook packed with colorful illustrations, intriguing facts about the subject, 3-D animal models, and a diorama with reusable stickers — that will engage, entertain and educate kids from 5 to 12.

It’s a fun learning experience as young readers meet wild and exotic animals face to face. Each set is priced at $21.95 at