For information on hardware that Academic Technology
checks out to faculty members, click one of the following:
Other hardware of interest is linked below:
This page provides links,
findings and recommendations about hardware in use by
the District and Palomar staff.
at Palomar. This page will provide links to
employee purchase sites for Dell, IBM and Apple computers and other
hardware related information.
recommend the Apple iPad 2 for
general purpose tablet computing, feturing a xx" screen set at 1024 x
768 resolution. In many cases, especially with a companion
keyboard, the iPad2 can replace the laptop or even desktop computer.
For display in classrooms with most projectors you will need the
VGA adapter, and
with some projectors the
The Camera connector
kit is useful for transferring photos or videos to the device, while
a Smart Cover (or
some other cover) is essential to avoid scratching the screen.
For those who wish to embrace the Android world, we recommend the
Samsung Galaxy Tab, 10.1" screen. It has a brilliant 10.1"
screen set to 1280 x 800 resolution with best integration with Google
Portable media players (mp3 players)
recommend the Apple
iPod as the mp3
player of choice in any of its incarnations (including Nano and Suffle).
For playing academic podcasts, the relatively inexpensive Suffle will
work fine. All the iPods work with the same easy-to-use iTunes
software. The iPod does not support Windows wma sound format, but
will convert it in order to import files unless the wma file contains
Digital Rights Management. (DRM is applied, for example, to the
downloadable audible books from the San Diego County Library, which
supports only wma format.) We recommend any of the Creative
Zen mp3 players, if you need one that
supports wma format with DRM, or simply do not want to use the Apple
making Wimba Voice recordings or narrating PowerPoint or Camtasia
presentations we recommend the
Logitech ClearChat Pro USB headset. Using USB will eliminate
virtually all of the complications of attaching a microphone to a sound
card and the Logitech model (priced at around $40.00) will give you
excellent quality sound.
USB Wireless Microphones
We recommend the
Revolabs xTAG™ Wireless Microphone System. Read a full
description of this microphone
here. The xTag wireless USB microphone gets excellent sound
quality, and is comprised of a base-station with USB cable connection to
a computer and a wireless USB mic that transmits to the base station for
a distance of approximately 20m. The microphone is light and about
the size of a tube of lipstick with a metal clip to attach it to
clothing or a lanyard to wear around neck.
We recommend the audio-technica
ATR3350 omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone.
Kensington Wireless Presenter with red Laser Pointer and Memory.
The "and Memory" refers to a 2GB falsh stick which doubles as the
device's receiver and tucks away inside the device for portability.
The Kensington is basic but of excellent quality. It has forward,
back, screen black and laser pointer keys in a curved-tapered body that
fits comfortably in your hand. Store presentations right on the
See our camcorders page