We recently got a new toy to try out with our iPod Mini - the iPod Mini TuneBase from Belkin. The item looks a little odd at first, but don’t let the odd looks fool the value of this accessory. The TuneBase is a charger/dock and FM Modulator for your car. This item is easy to set-up and get working. You plug it right in to your cigarette lighter, attach your iPod Mini, and tune the TuneBase to the desired radio station using the digital tuner. That’s it! Now you can enjoy your iPod in the car. All in all the Belkin TuneBase is a good accessory for anyone who wants to listen to their iPod Mini through their car radio. The Belkin TuneBase cost $79.99 and is available now.
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Despite the disappointing sales of the Olympus m:robe (I guess the millions spent during the Super Bowl didn’t help), Olympus continues to support the product. The m:robe MR-100 and MR-500 units get protective cases, remote controls, cradles, and a few other add-ons. If you have one of these units, check out the accessories. It never hurts to have a case that both fits your DAP, and also allows you to control it comfortably.
Read More | Olympus m:robe Accessory Page
We recently told you about the Macally SyncBoxII, the portable USB device that allows you to transfer data from one USB device to another. While it sounded intriguing, I needed to know if it would give us functionality that we don’t already have in some of our products. I made a few calls and got a few more details:
- If the USB device requires its own driver to operate, it will not work with the SyncBoxII. If it uses a built-in Microsoft driver, it will be compatible.
- The SyncBoxII will not recognize Mac formatted drives, nor will it recognize NTFS format. This one is all about FAT32.
- The SyncBoxII will fully support iPod-to-iPod transfers.
There you have it - many of you emailed asking if the product would actually allow two iPods to transfer/copy media back and forth to one another. It certainly will, now you can rest easy knowing you won’t have to use the iCopulate!
What the heck? Apparently this thing has been around for a while, but it’s news to me. Basically, the Thermaltake Xray fits into a 5.25” drive bay, and provides a bit of comfort for chain smoking, beer-swilling computer users. You see, the Xray provides both a beverage tray and a cigarette lighter. The light can be removed, and you can use the port to charge in-car accessories like a cell phone. Now you can finally be the envy of the LAN party - it’s just sad that it took this to get you there.
Read More | ThermalTake Xray Product Page
Ever wanted to transfer some files from your friend’s USB flash drive to yours, but didn’t have a computer around? With the SyncBoxII from Macally, you will never have that problem again. The handheld device allows you to transfer files from devices that use USB ports to other USB devices. This is great alternative to Apple’s iPod Camera Connector since it’s not iPod-specific. Now for the money question: Can it support iPod to iPod (or other hard drive based digital audio players) music transfers? No word yet, but time will tell. The MSRP is set at $49.95, and the web site states the SyncBoxII will be “coming soon”.
Read More | Macally Product Page
The Apple iPod Camera Connector seems like a must have for any iPod photo owner who uses a digital camera, but is it as good as it sounds? iPod Lounge set to find out, and put the device to the test. Good news is that it does just what it is meant to do – transfers pictures from a compatible digital camera to an iPod photo. However, its slow speed and the fact that full computer sync is required before a slide show is viewed are just a couple of its annoyances. Check the review, then decide if it’s worth your $29.95.
Read More | iPod Lounge
Most iPod owners love the iTrip, but many admit that it could be better. Battery Technology, Inc. hopes to provide that missing functionality with their Tunestir three-in-one iPod accessory. It is an FM radio receiver, transmitter, and remote control, all in one package. With a long cord, one could definitely use this in a car or truck to access the iPod functionality over the radio via the remote. The Tunestir is compatible with all iPod models that have dock connectors, and will be available later this month for $69.95.
Read More | iPod Lounge
We have gotten so used to giving away free gear, we now feel bad about neglecting to offer something for you to carry it all around in. Please accept this giveaway as our official apology. Tom Bihn is known for making super-functional bags for all sorts of needs, and they fit right in with the needs of those who are obsessed with technology. One item we were particularly impressed with is their Brain Bag - so much so that we are going to give one away. To enter, leave us a comment telling us what gear you currently have to have on you at all times. We want to hear about what our readers just can’t live without when they are on the go. As always, this one is open to US residents only. For more information on the Brain Bag, check out the product page.
Trust us – we know how frustrating it can be to take pictures with your digital camera that turn out to be washed out due to an inappropriate amount of flash. Otherwise, there isn’t enough light and images end up looking too dim. CameraBright, Inc. aims to solve this dilemma with their CameraBright X1 product line. Basically, the units are composed of a series of bright white LED’s which can be mounted to just about any digital cameras tripod port. The goal here is to fill the image subject with white light, aiding the flash of the camera, and creating a more natural looking image. The CameraBright X1 comes in three different flavors – Original for everyday use, Warm White for portraits or video, and an Extended Range model for objects that are farther away or just require a bit more light.
Read More | CameraBright
In an effort to make the PSP a symbol of iconic status, here comes the PS Pictogram Series X Porter bag and wallet line. While it is very cool that most of these products provide a safe environment for transporting your PSP without the fear of a dreaded scratched screen due to your car keys, it is just a bit odd seeing the PSP button layout used as an external design mark a la Louis Vuitton. The one that is most interesting to us is the PSP Case, which is actually a belt holster - stylin’. The price on items in this line? Ridiculous. For example, the above tote is 18900 Yen. That would be about $175 USD, also known as $75 less than a PSP.
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