LOS ANGELES -- Why lug around a heavy laptop if you don't have to. The Sylvania Netbook is lightweight and comes with an Intel ( INTC) processor, 1 GB RAM and wireless connectivity. It is perfect as an email machine, portable DVD/music player and Web cam.

Next, the Sqeezebox Boom is an all-in-one network music player, just released by Logitech ( LOGI).Gadget Grrl says don't worry if you have never set up a network device; this one is super easy. After dialing in a few numbers to connect to the network, you are up and running.

Read more about the Sqeezebox later. Let's look at the netbook.

Sylvania Netbook
$299.99
Click here for more info.

Lugging around a heavy laptop is no fun, especially if you don't have to.Sylvania Netbooks are lightweight, 2.2 lbs, have an 80GB hard drive, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM and comes with wireless connectivity.

What I like about this small netbook is that it is perfect as an email machine andportable DVD/music player. Also, because there is a built-in Web cam, this would make a great Skype machine -- without carrying around all the extra weight of mostother laptops.

You can get these loaded with either Win XP or Linux. If you've always wanted to learn Linux, this would be a good way to start. And the Win XP booted up much faster than some more souped-up laptops I've seen.

There are three USB slots, an Ethernet connection slot (in case there is no wireless network) and an expansion slot. This model also comes in four colors: pink, yellow, black and white.

Squeezebox Boom
$299.99
Click here for more info.

Logitech has just released a new Squeezebox Boom, all-in-one network music player.Even if you've never set up a network device, this is super easy to set up right out of the box.

Turn on the power and the blue light, setup wizard will guide you through the steps.

You do have the option to plug directly into the device, via an Ethernet cable, but why bother when the Squeezebox is set up to detect your wireless network?

After dialing in a few numbers to connect to the network, you are up and running; it's as easy as that.

Then, you can access tons of Internet radio stations from all over the planet. You can also plug your iPod in and play whatever is loaded or play whatever is on your desktopvia the network. Formats are not a problem here, so in case you have audio files that include MP3's and WMA's, they will all be recognized.

There is the option to sign up for some of the online music services including Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius, Last.fm, Slacker, MP3tunes, RadioTime, Radio IO and Live365.

Also, included is a seven-day alarm with battery backup enabling you to wake up to the sound of waves or your favorite Internet radio station.

In my opinion, the speakers on the Squeezebox Boom are superior (and less costly)than the Bose music system.

Site to see: Lexy.com

If you've got a phone, you can access and use this site.

It's super simple and makes listening to your favorite snack-sized audio easy. The audio clips are usually from 1 to 6 minutes.

You create a Quikcast, choosing your favorite content. Dial a number and that content is delivered to your phone without having to download any special players or software to hear the content. And best of all, it's free (check with your mobile carrier for texting charges).

What I like about this is that you don't have to go through the syncing process that is prevalent on iTunes. All you have to do is make your selections and listen.

Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click here to visit her Gadgetgrrl Web site.

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