OQO has opened its online outlet store that carries their refurbished UMPCs at some excellent price points. Their second generation mobile PC, unveiled at the 2007 CES, features 1.2GHz CPU, holds 512MB SDRAM, has a 40GB HDD and WiFi/Bluetooth capability. Prices begin at $999.00 and come with a 1 year warranty.
The site also offers a portable docking station with optical drive and multiple ports for $299.00 and the iGo Stowaway Bluetooth Travel Mouse with optical pickup and scroll wheel (compatible with the UMPC 02 ) for $79.00.
We were wrong. We found two docking stations this week. Take a look at the Phiaton’s Moderna Series MS600 with a D class amp and bass reflex structure. It has a max input of 60W and comes with remote and AC/DC adaptor. At a size of 340 x 180 x 120 mm and a weight of 5.3 lb., it does have a certain stylishness, especially if your MP3 player matches. Contact Phiaton for price and availability in your area.
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There is definitely a surplus of docking stations for iPods. This time it is the mStation 2.1 stereo Orb with dedicated subwoofer and 30 watts of power. At a size of about 8-inches, the device will sync with your iTunes. It has a 10-key IR remote for playlist selection and adjustment for volume, bass, and treble levels. In a choice of 7 colors to match your player, USB and mini-stereo cables are included with the Orb’s $129.95 price.
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While the Palm Foleo died on the vine, the concept may live on. I-Mate, makers of many fine Windows Mobile based smart phones is rumored to be working on a “shell” to go with their new Ultimate line. While the new shell would not contain any processor or memory of it’s own, it would feature a 1024x768 screen and a full sized keyboard to act as a dock for the smart phone. It is still unknown if the shell would feature batteries to increase runtime, but if it does that could be a killer feature for todays power-hungry HSDPA chipsets.
This seems like it would be a better approach than the Foleo. It would be cheaper, provide similar functionality, and allow a user to select which form factor they want (laptop vs. cellphone) at any given time as simply as clicking the phone into the larger frame. If this comes to market in a timely manner and offers a good user experience it could signal a new style of cellphone based computing—and a step into the “world of tomorrow”.
Creative TravelSound has come up with the i50 docking speaker for second generation iPod shuffles. It features four microdrivers and a digital amplifier, and offers 21 hours of play on each charge by USB. We like the look of this brushed metal slot-in docker, as it seems that PMP accessories seem to getting larger all the time, which to us almost deletes the purpose of portability. With the i50, you can slide it into someone’s Christmas stocking for ~£35 (~$72.00) without anyone being the wiser.
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boynq has some created pretty nifty playthings, including their latest iCube II, an integrated docking station with stereo speakers. Connectible by AC adapter, the device supports MP3 players and iPods with included inserts. The gadget features a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 KHz, 2 x 5W RMS (4 ohm) drivers, treble and bass control, and an audio cable is included for line-out to your home stereo system. Choose from a black or pink version for about $40.00. Contact boynq for availability in your area.
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Sometimes it’s the simplest invention that yields the greatest convenience. What inspired this profundity? The SendStation Dock Extender, a small device that lets you plug your iPod into its docking station (or iPod speaker system), while still in its case or skin! Using a removable support and one of three interchangeable caps, you can dock your iPod, regardless of the case or skin it’s in, as long it has a dock connector opening. Works with 3G iPods on up, and even the upcoming iPhone if you’re planning ahead. The Dock Extender will be available soon, with price still to be determined.
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