bells and whistles


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bells and whistles

A popular term for non-essential features or anything extraneous to a particular device or subject—e.g., colour and high-tech or ostentatious graphics in an otherwise scholarly textbook, or an imaging device that outputs files data and images to non-specialists and patients.
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Bing, the new search engine from Microsoft, does not break new ground, but it does have a few appealing bells and whistles.
All of the bells and whistles will be available to tenants of the park, from high-speed telecommunications in both wired and wireless forms, to high-capacity power for heavy users.
Sharp's UX-340L and UX-345L models have all the bells and whistles found on other moderately priced fax machines, such as caller ID display, automatic cover sheet writer, 15-second-per-page transmission, and 10-sheet document feeder What makes this duo so special is they use low-cost routing (LCR), which allows them to automatically choose the cheapest available long distance carrier every time an outgoing, tax or phone call is made.
It may not have all the bells and whistles of a full-scale branch library, but at least it gets something in the hands of kids before they graduate from high school.
5T Titanium edition wagon with all the bells and whistles.
Tabloid-sized newsletters often tend to get carried away with graphic bells and whistles that leave the reader wondering where to start reading, but Health & Science Quarterly resists that in favor of respecting its readers by giving them a sophisticated and eminently readable publication.
The Swanke Hayden Connell-designed tower will have "all the bells and whistles," with backup systems, special HVAC, high electrical and floor loads, plus a gym and restaurant to take care of the people needs and not just the hard drives.
A: If you're in the market for a bargain PC, the first thing to be sure of is whether your computing needs can be satisfied by a system that may not have all of the bells and whistles of its more expensive siblings.
Color Explosion, a new drawing activity from Crayola that's become one of the holiday season's hot sellers, is among several toys that offer kids an exciting play experience sans electronic bells and whistles.