As a PC user, you just bought that new slick Mac mini and can’t afford a second set of keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers. What do you do? This tiny bad boy is all you need. IOGEAR has just announced their latest KVM switch, the MiniView Micro USB PLUS KVM Switch. This nice little gadget will allow the user to connect two computer systems to one set of keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers. This low-cost solution works well with either PC or Mac, making it an ideal choice for anyone that has recently obtained a Mac mini. The unit even comes with built in cables, no need to spend extra cash on them. The MiniView Micro PLUS KVM switch is the smallest two-port switch available today that includes audio support. The only drawback is that the audio is only stereo. The MSRP is set at $79.95, way cheaper than buying a new peripherals for your new computer.
“Consumers who purchase the new Apple Mac Mini are able to save their old computer and switch back and forth between the two computers, depending on what computing solution is needed,” said Miranda Su, vice president of sales and marketing at IOGEAR, Inc. “IOGEAR’s affordable KVM switches are an ideal solution because they connect two computers with just one keyboard, monitor and mouse, while allowing consumers to share multimedia speakers. That old computer no longer has to sit around and collect dust. PC users can now have the best of both worlds.”
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No more tiny, cramped PDA keyboards, or fumbling for the right keys on your cell phone. Roughly the size of a disposable lighter, the Virtual Laser Keyboard emits a keyboard onto any surface, and infrared sensors determine where your fingers are pressing. Other than not really being there, the keyboard acts just like a real one. Completely configurable, right down to the sound of clicks to simulate keypresses, the virtual keyboard is perfect for anyone who needs a small compact keyboard for their portable device. The Virtual Laser Keyboard can be yours for the low price of $200.
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Corsair Memory, Inc. has announced its latest addition to its voyager USB flash drive line up, the 2GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Voyager Flash drive. At the size of a common USB flash drive, this new device offers massive storage in an extremely portable size. Don’t let the size fool you, this drive is fast. The new Flash Voyager product is able to read at speeds up to 19MB per second! The flash drive sports a soft rubber shock resistant, water resistant case. The drive is available now for a retail price of $189. This would be a great product for anyone looking to quickly back up their data or to move valuable information from location to location. I’m sure it won’t be long until another company comes up with a larger capacity flash drive. The question is how much is too much?
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Add-on cards for notebook computers are set to receive an upgrade. The new cards are named “ExpressCards” and will have an orange rabbit as their logo. These new cards will be faster and smaller than the current lineup. They will even have features such as high speed backup and the ability to receive HDTV programing. Supporters of these cards expect the product to eventually hit the desktop PC market, where PC upgrades will not involve opening up the case. This is a very interesting concept. Imagine being able to just buy one upgrade card with the ability to use it on all your computers without having to open each one. Look for the new chipset in the notebooks to launch this month and for these cards to be available for purchase in the coming weeks.
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How many times have you printed a label for a freshly burned disc and screwed it up? Those labels are tough to stick on. With HP’s LightScribe discs and software, you will never have to print a label again. Using the laser in your drive, the software will etch a design of your choosing into the disc. All you have to do is flip the disc, run the software, and choose your image. Everytime, you will get a perfect image on your disk.
A few examples of things you can print on the disc:
- A list of track titles and lengths for a music CD
- A digital picture of the DVD or concert on the disc
- Images created in PhotoShop
- Professional looking labels for disks you give to clients
This technology is sure to change the way users burn discs. Now, if only they could figure out how to make labels for dual layer discs…
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At first glance, the iGesture by FingerWorks looks like an oversized touchpad. Although it does work like a touchpad when it comes to moving that pointer around on your screen, it’s much more than that. This 5 x 6.25 inch touchpad puts an end to all the clicking, key stroking, and carpal-tunnel that comes with using a mouse. That’s right, with a simple stoke on that pad with your fingers, you can perform functions such as:
- Tab/Back Tab
- Zoom In
- Zoom Out
- Find(In page)
There are many more features this nifty little pad can do, including many key-stroke shortcuts on your favorite games, Photoshop, and Maya. All the pre-defined gestures can be found here. Besides all those pre-defined gestures, the iGesture allows you to customize your favorite key-strokes through the use of an application. FingerWorks claims that the iGesture works as a Plug-And-Play device on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers; however, if you want to define your own personal shortcuts, the included software needs to be installed. FingerWorks has other products utilizing the same technology such as a keyboard, the TouchStream LP, which replaces your keyboard and mouse. Both of these products are not easy on your wallet at $129 for the iGesture and $339 for the TouchStream LP. These gadgets are sure to revolutionize the industry and are sure to catch the attention of many users that rely heavily on keyboard shortcuts.
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We knew this day would come, but who thought it would come so soon? Hitachi has announced the first half-terabyte hard drive for the consumer. After Hitachi released its first 400 gigabyte drive before any other company, they now also become the first company to release the 500 gigabyte 3.5” desktop drive. These drives can be seen in any of the increasingly common uses for a large quantity storage drive in the household today, such as PVR machines and stereo systems. The 500 gigabyte drive hopes to be released in the first quarter of 2005.
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Did you know that optical is different from laser? Anyways, Logitech is looking to pair up their laser mouse with a keyboard for a cordless mouse-keyboard bundle. The relatively new laser tracking technology is the result of an alliance between Logitech, the world’s No. 1 manufacturer of mice, and Agilent Technologies, the leader in mouse tracking technology. The nearly singular wavelength of a laser’s light is capable of revealing much greater surface detail than the red LED found in optical mice, in fact 20 times more detail. As a result, the laser can track reliably even on tricky polished or wood-grain surfaces. The mouse and keyboard package will be available in Europe around March, and here in the US by April, retailing for $149.
Earlier today at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple CEO introduced the world to the new Apple Cinema Display HD line. The displays include a 20-inch 1680x1050 model, a 23-inch 1920x1200 model, and the flagship (and incredibly gorgeous) 30-inch 2560x1600 display.
The 20" and 23" models are the first Apple displays that can be used with a PC out of the box. The 30" display uses it's 4 million pixels in conjunction with a dual link DVI connection and only works on a Mac.
While these anodized aluminum encased monitors are gorgeous, they certainly will leave your wallet hurting. The 20-inch display costs $1299, the 23-inch is $1999, and the 30-inch is a staggering $3299.
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