The Plasticsmith, a company specializing in Apple accessories, has begun selling its new tux line of iPod and iPod mini stands. The stands, made of clear acrylic, give your iPod a firm place to sit, with an added touch of here-to-fore unheard-of class. The stands leave both top and bottom connection ports available and are stabilized by rubber feet underneath. The stands, which sell for around $35 each, look like they would make a great gift for the professional in the family who tries to maintain the high-brow look of their office, but still wants to jam out to their tunes at work.
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There is always room for cheap gadgets like the iPorter in my home. The iPorter xSD hooks on to a keychain, and holds 3 digital memory cards. It contains an anti-static additive in the plastic to minimize shock risk to the card and prevent dust collection. It can hold SD, xD, MMC, and Memory Stick Duo flash memory. The best part, though, is the price - just $9.95 USD for a package of two.
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Apple’s most popular USB Drive - oh yeah it plays music too - has a new buddy to connect to. This adapter from Belkin is quite useful if you want to use your shuffle with the plethora of accessories for 3G and 4G iPods. For example, a car charger, FM transmitter, or those cool alarm clocks. Look for it in late September at a price of $19.99 USD. Read on for the full release.
xipkey has released quite possibly the strangest/coolest USB hard drive to date. The xipkey features an ultra-fast flash memory chip that can be used to quickly boot an entire operating system, along with a biometric fingerprint scanner for portable security. The xipkey is designed to take full advantage of the 480MB/sec offered by USB 2.0 while using a new technology to reduce wear on the flash memory chips. The xipkey has a unique Zippo-like form factor that seems practical to both slip into a pocket and to protect the USB 2.0 plug.
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OK, now this is just fricking ridiculous. I’m going to give you this one last product update, and then I’m going on strike, because seriously, enough is enough. The S 510 has styling liberally stolen from their diNovo line, with an impossibly flat keyboard (which they’re calling “zero degree tilt”), programmable function keys, media controls on the keyboard (including a useless “shuffle” button…thanks Apple), and battery life indicators on the keyboard to tell you when your six months are up and you need to make another sacrifice to the gods of Energizer. A remote control is included so you can kick back in your high back and…well, I’m not going to get into the disgusting details of what you might use a remote for with your computer. A wireless mouse rounds out the package. It’s $100, which is what happens when you drop stuff like Bluetooth and go with your own proprietary wireless technology. Gotta save something for the big spenders, donchaknow?
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Seriously, it’s getting a little silly in here. Logitech has updated the diNovo series ultra-flat keyboard and Bluetooth Media Pad long range remote commander thingy by adding a Bluetooth laser tracking mouse, the same one being included in the Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser. I can’t believe they got me to type that product name again.
The big news here is that if you were looking to get the diNovo set, you’d be well served to wait. They’re knocking $50 off the exorbitant price of $250, so you can get the package for $200. Plus, you’re getting a mouse out of the deal. I just wish that Logitech would remember those of us that like - no - need a more ergonomic keyboard, since only Microsoft seems to be updating their “Natural” line with anything approaching regularity.
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Logitech plan for world domination apparently includes smothering us in our sleep with product announcements. Hot on the heels of their new gaming products, Logitech announces a wireless desktop set for “the rest of us”, the Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5000 Laser. They are now in the running with Microsoft for the most unweildy product name award.
Borrowing the LCD from their G15 Gaming Keyboard (why, God…why?), the MX 5000 Laser includes “touch-sensitive” media controls that are ready for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. We thought all keyboards were “touch-sensitive”, but apparently, this is better. The wireless connectivity comes via Bluetooth 2.0, and the keyboard includes a thoughtful “Sync” button that allows you to sync your data with your Bluetooth phone automagically.
The Laser mouse included in the set is only 800dpi, but includes a battery meter and charging cradle. It’s also got a tilt-wheel, so apparently they aren’t just borrowing product name methodology from Microsoft. The whole kit and kaboodle will run you $150, no word on when the kaboodle might be available for purchase separately from the kit.
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Logitech has yet another new product coming down the pipeline in the form of an update to their QuickCam line. The QuickCam Fusion is a funky-looking USB 2.0 webcam that features 1.3 megapixel resolution for snapping images (nice!) along with improvements for low-light conditions and audio quality. The camera also boasts a wide-angle 78 degree lens, providing a nice field of vision for those on the other end. This one hits retail at $99.99 USD, which includes a monitor clip, headset, and Video Effects software that allows you to create 3D avatars which will replicate your facial expressions. Freaky.
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Recently we had the opportunity to review the Tom Bihn Monolith and Brain Bag. Today we are proud to present our thorough review and impressions of the Brain Bag - Tom Bihn’s carry all rough and tumble backpack. When you need to haul your your stuff in style, the Brain Bag is your friend. Check out after the jump for the full review.
Gear Live has reviewed bags made by the Washington State based Tom Bihn, and we have been quite impressed by them. We recently had the opportunity got to check out two more of their bags - the Monolith and the Brain Bag. The review is being done as a two part series and this first part is focusing on the laptop toting Monolith - a great solution for todays widescreen laptops. For a through review of the Monolith and our impressions over the last two weeks, read on.
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