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Today we are one step closer to a completely wireless world. The wireless USB spec has been finalized after a myriad of delays. If you aren’t in the know, this is an official specification on how to transfar data through USB wirelessly. Look forward to mice, keyboards, printers - pretty much anything you use with a standard USB cable today, to have a wireless USB counterpart. The standard will use UWB for data flow.
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The ErgoDex DX1 keyboard is extremely unique. Basically, you have an electronic board onto which you can place keys which can be put anywhere you like. Check out the above configuration one gamer uses, optimized for EverQuest II. The directional keys are smack dab in the middle, and the F-keys are nicely lined down the side.
I use the DX1 to play Everquest II. I have laid the keys out in the shape of my hand. Everything is set up so that the keys are easy to reach from my fingers. My most often used keys are near my easiest to use fingers (index, middle, and thumb). Keys that I don’t use often are out near my pinky. I use about 47 Ergodex keys in my layout. My moving and turning keys are in the center. I use three keys with my thumb: cycle target, jumping, and missile attack.
The system includes the USB pad, the tray, and 25 configurable keys. If you want one, be prepared to drop 150 bones to get one.
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Sony’s new internal DVD burner, the DRU-800A, is now available at a price of about $130. This one incorporates both the -R and +R versions of the double layer/dual layer format, writing double layer media at 4x speeds. An external version, the DRU-800UL, will be available in may for about $210.
Sony DRU-800A write:
- 16x DVD-R and DVD+R
- 4x DVD-R DL and DVD+R DL
- 8x DVD+RW
- 6x DVD-RW
- 48x CD-R
- 24x CD-RW
Sony DRU-800A read:
- 16x DVD-ROM
- 8x DVD-ROM DL
- 48x CD-ROM
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For those of you looking to pick up a new Apple Cinema Display to go along with the new PowerMac, you will be happy to know that Apple has dropped the prices on the 20-inch 1680x1050 and 23-inch 1920x1200 models to $800 and $1500 respectively.
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nVidia has launched their website specific to their SLI products. The website is filled with a wealth of information such as reviews, educational material, and even a section devoted to teach you how to build your very own SLI system. This is a sure bookmark for all the gamers out there. Check it out.
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For those of you looking to blur the line of fantasy and reality even more, check out the PistolMouse FPS. Basically, this is a gun shaped mouse meant to be used in computer first person shooters. Rather than using your mouse to frag others with a quick left-click, you can now actually pull the trigger to take down your foes. Don’t know how comfortable this would be, or how accurate - the manufacturer, MonsterGecko, says it increases accuracy, but that is what they are supposed to say, right? Nonetheless, it costs $39.95 with a 30-day money back guarantee. It works via USB on Windows, Mac, and Linux boxes.
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An incredible invention for the use of technology for quadriplegics has been developed by Cynerkinetics Neurotechnology Systems. BrainGate aims to make computing a whole lot easier for those who are unable to use a keyboard and mouse. Having the hardware installed consists of implanting a silicon chip where the motor functions of the brain are, and drilling a hole in your skull for the “plug” for the chip-computer interface. This will allow quadriplegics to email, surf and play video games just by thinking actions. I doubt we get any product reviews on this one.
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Do your friends and family complain that you seclude yourself from the world when you are busy fragging away? Put an end to those complaints with the GameOptics X1620! This USB LCD interacts with your software such as Instant Messengers, POP email, music programs, stocks, local weather information, memos, and even display system information such as CPU usage/Memory usage/IP information. All that while playing your favorite game. The X1620 displays all that information through the use of a 2 line yellow/green display. I’m not sure if a 2 line display is enough to carry on a conversation on your favorite IM client, but at least it will bring some people one step closer to enjoying life outside of Half-Life 2 and Doom 3.
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In an interesting twist, it appears that Apple is now working on a two buttoned wireless optical mouse. AppleInsider is reporting that because of Apple’s slow-but-sure market share increase, it is now essential to provide a two button mouse for those who are used to them. Many a Windows user has made the claim that a one buttoned mouse just doesn’t cut it in the world of computing. The thing is, this is going to be an add-on product, probably retailing at $69 USD. For that price, users can purchase an alternative wireless optical mouse for their Mac - but who am I kidding? Mac users will snatch these up in droves.
RELATED: Why Apple Makes A One Buttoned Mouse
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I can think of only a couple things that might taste worse than room-temperature coffee. But you can avoid the trauma altogether by getting one of these warming pads that connect to your PC (or laptop!) via USB. Simply plug it in, pop your mug on top, and try not to touch the pad with your bare fingers. $18 at ThinkGeek.
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